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Archive for November, 2009

Permit extended for Beach House Marina in Surf City

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

By Amanda HutchesonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

The Surf City Town Council voted unanimously Wednesday to extend the conditional use permit for the Beach House Marina project’s dry stacks by another year.

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Go green, tax-free weekend on Energy Star appliances

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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Saving energy is not a new concept. The United States has been noting the top performing appliances by awarding Energy Star seals for over fifteen years. They may cost a bit more, but can mean savings down the road.

Lowe’s appliance specialist Debbie Ruddell said, “They’re more expensive but in the long run you’re going to save money, because its going to bring your electric bill down and its also going to bring your water bill down if you pay for your water.”

North Carolina home improvement stores are expecting a big weekend as all Energy Star models will be tax free on big ticket items like refrigerators and washers. The savings can be substantial.

When you are at the store, there are a lot of different appliances to choose from. You want to be careful on which one you buy.

If you look inside the appliances you can see the US Energy Guide which actually tells you how much you can expect to pay per year on your energy bill.

This type of sale, makes helping the environment easy; it really is a win-win situation.

“If you’re concerned about the environment, if you want to reduce your carbon trail, then it’s a good thing to do. Also, it’s going to reduce your utility bills and usually it’s actually going to perform better too,” said building performance specialist Skye Dunning.

But in these economic times, it really boils down to saving money. “We’re all trying to save money; we don’t want to spend money. So Energy Star appliances are the way to go,” added Ruddell.

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videoThis weekend is a good time to go green, because the tax man is cutting us a break. The State of North Carolina is encouraging folks to ditch their old appliances for new, more energy efficient models. Energy Star appliances will be tax free this weekend.

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St. James opponents pursue larceny charges against clerk

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

Opponents of St. James’ forced annexation are not letting up on criminal charges filed last month against the town clerk for allegedly stealing their protest signs.

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Can what you do when you are young affect your hearing when you get older?

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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Gwen Robinson has suffered from allergies all of her life, so she suspected congestion may be part of the reason why she has pressure in her ear, making it hard for her to hear. But she also wondered if time was taking its toll on her hearing.

“Sometimes I have to have people repeat what they say to me,” 54-year-old Robinson said.

Turns out, many of us gradually do experience hearing loss as we age. But the way you treat your hearing in your younger years affects its function later. Prior to mid-life, nerve hearing loss usually is not an issue. But Dr. Paul Atwater suggests if things seem muted – get to the doctor to see if the problem is wax buildup. Also, don’t use a cotton swab to clean out your ears. It only pushes the wax further inside. Don’t smoke. Also, turn down the volume.

“Noise exposure is the most common cause of a hearing loss in a younger person,” said Dr. Atwater.

That noise, certain medical conditions, and your family history can contribute to hearing loss as you age. You may inherit the tendency towards losing your hearing as you get into your late 50,’s, and beyond.

As for Robinson, it doesn’t appear that she has hearing loss due age, so she is trying allergy medications, hoping to find some relief.

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Hearing loss can be a normal part of aging, but what you do when you are younger can often affect how well you hear in your golden years.

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Vocal coach, accompanist honored for her dedication to students

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

By J.J. KnightSpecial to the StarNews

“One of my former students had such a natural gift, every time she opened her mouth it would be like, ‘Oh, this feels so good,’ ” said Patricia Ainspac, vocal coach and accompanist in the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. “And it’s a different feeling when it’s someone you’ve really…

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