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Archive for October, 2009

C-Span Civics Bus stops by UNCW

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

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Local college students got a media and civics lesson from a national network Thursday. The C-Span Civics Bus stopped by UNCW Thursday afternoon.

The bus serves as a mobile production studio and educational tool for the television network. C-Span provides free resources for college students, including over 100,000 hours of video archives.

Organizers hope speaking to college students will encourage more civic involvement. “Even if you’re not old enough to vote, what goes on in the government does affect you. Health care is a huge topic right now and that certainly affects everybody,” said C-Span Marketing representative Vanessa Bailey.

UNCW student Eric Noyes said, “It’s a great way to see the country. I think it would be a great job, so I definitely could see myself doing that.”

The C-Span Bus Program started in 1993 to bring worldwide issues to communities throughout the country.

The bus travels 11 months a year while producing shows and stopping at many colleges and universities.

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Local college students got a media and civics lesson from a national network Thursday. The C-Span Civics Bus stopped by UNCW Thursday afternoon.

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Some concerned over using USS North Carolina as ghost ship

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

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A local military vet is wary of plans to use the Battleship USS North Carolina for a Halloween celebration, but organizers say the event won’t tarnish the military memorial.

For a couple of weekends later this month the Battleship becomes the “Ghost Ship.” One Navy vet is concerned bringing ghosts and goblins aboard goes against the true spirit of the sailors who served during World War II.

Larry Williams is third generation military. He served in the US Navy until 1985 and proudly remembers the day the Battleship first found it’s home in the Cape Fear River. “To us, it was brought in especially as a memorial to the men that served on board that ship during World War II,” he said.

Williams supports many of the events that take place at the battleship, but he’s worried a Halloween celebration just isn’t in the right spirit of the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial. “This Halloween thing kind of takes away from respect to those who served and died aboard that vessel,” Williams said.

Battleship Executive Director Captain Terry Brag says organizers of the Ghost Ship are sensitive to the ship’s standing as a memorial and took that into account when planning the event. “Nothing that has to do with military, the former crew, the military legacy of the ship.”

But the battleship North Carolina is completely self-sufficient. It gets no state or federal funding. That means the staff has to come up with creative ways to increase attendance to keep the memorial alive.

“If we just maintain the status quo, then we were not going to be generating the revenue to keep this fine beautiful memorial in good shape,” Captain Brag said.

He added, if people visit the Battleship for special events, they’ll want to learn more about its history and the memorial. “If I can get them here, they have a great time, and they always come back.”

Other veterans groups we spoke with didn’t seem excited about the Ghost Ship, but say they understand the need to think outside the box to raise money, and keeping the memorial alive is everyone’s top priority.

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A local military vet is wary of plans to use the battleship USS North Carolina for a Halloween celebration, but organizers say the event won’t tarnish the military memorial.

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Farmers markets helps “Buy Local” push

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

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Every Thursday morning vendors set up a farmers market at the Waterford Shops in Belville. But today was a little different, with an increased focus on buying local.

“We like to support businesses in our area.” said Terry Grillo, Executive Director of the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce.

Young and old came out thursday to check out the farmers market. There was a little bit of everything, from purses and llamas to plants and produce. But the focus this day was trying to get the word out about the importance of buying local products.

“We work in seven counties to support our local farmers,” said UNCW professor Leslie Hosfeld, “and to create a ‘Buy Local’ campaign where we have more of our local food in our school system and in our universities and all our institutions in our seven-county region.

This effort is called Feast on the Southeast.

“We’re trying to get farmers into schools and large institutions like hospitals,” Jane Steigerwald, Feast on the Southeast’s assistant program director, said. “We’re trying to get the farmers to work with local restaurants and also educate people on the importance of buying local.”

Produce wasn’t the only local product for sale. Ronald Kastner says his beef business benefits from the buy local push because it gives him better exposure to customers.

“Our biggest venue is the farmers market,” Kastner said. “Even though we have the store on carolina beach road we do more out here with the local people out here at the market place.”

Organizers say buying local not only helps local businesses, but the area economy in general by keeping more of our food dollars in the region. They also say it increases access to affordable and healthy foods.

For more information about Feast on the Southeast and how and where you can buy local, visit http://www.feastsoutheastnc.org.

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Every Thursday morning vendors set up a farmers market at the Waterford Shops in Belville. But today was a little different, with an increased focus on buying local.

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What’s open or closed for Columbus Day

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

What’s open or closed for Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 12

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Whats Happening: October 9-11

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

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Break out your poodle skirt, it is the first ever 1950’s Sock Hop to benefit the Cape Fear Eastern Area Radio Reading Service. It is Friday from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. at 254 North Front Street in the WHQR gallery. Tickets are $45 per person or $80 per couple

Help strike out breast cancer at a Bowling for a Cure tournament Saturday at Cardinal Lanes Beach Bowl in Ogden. It is from 2:00 until 6:00 p.m. A four person team is $100. Call 319-7129 for more information.

Saturday, coastal hounds will walk the town. Two legged and four legged participants can walk the track at Shallotte Middle School to raise money for Carolina Canines, an organization that trains service dogs. It starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m. For more information visit carolinacanines.org.

Atkinson celebrates its one hundred anniversary. The festival begins at 9:00 a.m. with an opening ceremony. At 7:00 p.m. enjoy a BBQ chicken or pork dinner for $8.

The Rocky Point Harvest Festival Parade is Saturday. It begins at 10:00 a.m. on Highway 210 West. A baseball game follows the festival at 2:00 p.m.

There will be some fun for your four legged friend Saturday at the 16th Annual Bark in the Park at Wrighstville Beach Park. The Canine Disc Championships competition begins at 11:00 a.m. Admission is free.

The National Alliance for Mental Illness is holding its Seventh Annual Walk for Awareness at Hugh MacRae Park Saturday. The walk starts at 10:00 a.m. The registration fee is $15 for adults.

It is a birthday celebration for a place near and dear to the hearts of many children. Wilmington Parent Magazine and the Children’s Museum turn twelve. A party takes place Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Kids get in free with an adult admission.

There is a World War II party Saturday to honor veterans. It is from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Calabash VFW Post 7288 on Carter Drive. Enjoy dinner, music and share war stories.

Pleasure Island is all about some seafood and music this weekend. The 16th Annual Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival is Saturday and Sunday at the Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area in Kure Beach. Two day tickets are $30 in advance. Gates open at 11:00 a.m.

Home plate is where the heart is. Sunday, Wilmington Cardiology is holding its first Physicians vs. Staff softball game at Veteran’s Park in Wilmington. It starts at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 each. Proceeds go to the American Heart Association.

You can always find out what’s happening by going to our Community Calendar page.

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videoPull out your social calendar; it’s your chance to see man’s best friend literally jumping for joy or head on down to Pleasure Island for some seafood, blues and jazz.

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