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Archive for October, 2009

If you shuck it – Don’t chuck it

Monday, October 19th, 2009

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If you shuck it – Don’t chuck it. That is the tagline for a North Carolina program that is using old oyster shells to make new ones. New reefs are being built from oysters across the state with much success.

“We’re finding that the oyster shell itself is the best material, the best substrate, to grow new oysters out in tidal areas,” Airlie Gardens Environmental Education Manager Matt Collogan.

Airlie Gardens is just one location in the county that has created a thriving oyster population from new reefs. There are plenty of benefits to more oysters in the water.

“A single six inch oyster in a high flow area can filter fifty gallons of water each day. So the more oysters we have, the cleaner the water’s going to be,” added Collogan.

And that is a good thing for waters like Bradley Creek that have been too polluted for safe shell fishing for years. The state-wide program from the Division of Marine Fisheries is asking all citizens to recycle their old shells after they eat them. Doing so, not only cleans the water, but also benefits a dwindling oyster population.

“We’ve lost ninety percent of our oyster population in the last hundred years. Since the year 1900 nine of out ten oysters have disappeared,” said Collogan. “So, North Carolina recognized that and now they’re passing legislation. It is just a matter of connecting the science with the policy makers, and I think we’re bridging that gap.”

This past weekend Airlie Gardens donated all of its thousands of oyster shells from its annual oyster roast to the project. The shells will join others to make a new reef locally in the near future.

To find locations to recycle your oyster shells, you can visit www.ncfisheries.net.

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videoOysters are a popular treat from the sea, but after we shuck, many of us are disposing of our shells the wrong way. A state program is focusing an effort to recycle those shells to better the environment.

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Wilmington candidates to answer questions at tonight’s forum

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Ask the Candidates Election forum will be held 7-9 tonight at the UNCW Burney Center with candidates for Wilmington City Council and mayor.

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Walkers make big strides for breast cancer

Monday, October 19th, 2009

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Hundreds of people pounded the pavement in downtown Wilmington Saturday to fight breast cancer.

The annual Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk/Run is a major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. This year’s event took about a three-mile trip around the streets of the Port City.

Those who participated all did so in memory of a friend or loved one who suffered from the disease. Jenny Shope and more than twenty others dubbed themselves “Pearl’s Girls” to remember her mother who died of breast cancer.

“Anything you do for breast cancer will help. Whether you contribute your time, your money, your energy,” said Shope. “If you help somebody that has breast cancer, if you just go to visit them, if you take them a meal, anything you do is helpful. Just don’t forget them.”

Nationally, more than 600,000 walkers participate in making strides each year, raising more than $60 million.

This year’s event in Wilmington brought in more than $30,000.

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Hundreds of people pounded the pavement in downtown Wilmington Saturday to fight breast cancer.

The annual Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk/Run is a major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

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Goodwill – Leland animal officer brings dogs in danger back home

Monday, October 19th, 2009

By Will JonesWill.Jones@StarNewsOnline.com

This area’s roads are dangerous to pedestrians and pets, not to mention to drivers themselves. Lou Tranzillo wrote about saving someone’s pet dogs from zooming traffic.

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Gas leak leads to evacuations, road closure around S. Kerr and Cedar avenues

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Buildings near the intersection of Cedar Avenue and South Kerr Avenue were evacuated because of a gas leak.

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