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Archive for November, 2009

Overcoming Odds & Obstacles: Ivey Hayes

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

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You know the hat, the smile and the hands. Amazingly, the twisted hands are those of a painter.

“Believe it or not it was the greatest thing that could ever happen to me,” said Ivey Hayes/

While he earned a masters degree in art, Ivey Hayes was earning his living as a bailer at Wilmington’s Federal Paper Company. Though he was good, painting was a watercolor pastime.

Then severe rheumatoid arthritis set in. By the summer of 1987, Ivey was disabled by it. That is when his doctor recommended that he use painting as therapy.

“As a result of getting sick, it gave me time to use my hands and get into painting like never before,” Hayes said. “And so it was a positive thing, not a negative thing. As a result of using painting as therapy you see what’s here today”

What is here today is a magnificent array of color and perspective in acrylic, born of bright visions Ivey says come from above. “I was given a gift from the Lord to be an artist.”

And the Lord speaks in colorful ways says Ivey. From the coastal scenes, to music, to sports. But even with the help of his brother Phiilip, it is getting harder.

“The doctor said I would lose my gripping and my fingers and I can see that little by little. It’s taking place. But while I can paint, I paint,” Hayes said.

Often he uses one gnarled hand to steady the other. Some days it hurts, other days it’s okay. But Ivey Hayes is not about to stop.

“As long as there is breath in this body and ability to perform, I’ll never give up. Now, I may not be able to do like I used to, but I’ll never give up,” he said.

Ivey Hayes is also a musician. He is an accomplished keyboard player. He can now use only one finger on his left hand and two fingers on his right, but he still plays regularly.

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videoTuesday’s during the month of November, we are going to tell the stories of people who have overcome odds and obstacles. These are resilient people who refuse to be defeated by disabilities or dissuaded by the chance of failure.

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Old law enforcement center gets new life

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

By Si CantwellSi.Cantwell@StarNewsOnline.com

Not too long ago, the red brick complex at 20 N. Fourth St. was bustling with sheriff’s deputies, 911 dispatchers and other law enforcement and emergency officials. Upstairs, inmates slept on mats in overcrowded cells.

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Going Green with rain barrels and compost bins

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

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There is yet another way to go green right in your own backyard. The New Hanover County Soil and Water Conservation Office is holding a compost bin and rain barrel sale.

Rain barrels cut down on water usage to help save the environment and save money. They are placed underneath your gutter and collect rain water that can be used again to wash your car or water your yard.

“This is one of the easiest ways you can get involved. These are easily installed and just a way for you to help promote natural resource protection in our area, as well as saving some money for your pocketbook,” said Jennifer Alford of NC Soil and Water Conservation.

The sale will be held the second Thursday of each month at the Conservation Office at the New Hanover County Government Center.

The rain barrels go for $95 and the composting bins cost $70.

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There is yet another way to go green right in your own backyard. The New Hanover County Soil and Water Conservation Office is holding a compost bin and rain barrel sale.

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Website helps businesses exchange biomass materials

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

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The biofuel industry is a young one, but it is getting a boost online. NCBiomassTrader.org provides a marketplace for buyers and sellers of materials that can be reused instead of being thrown away.

Eco-Collection Systems in Wilmington is a business that converts used frying oil into a format ready to use to make bio diesel. It is one of the first companies to take advantage of this website and has already seen some success.

“Well we’ve had several people across the state who have contacted us and would like to purchase our product. We’ve also put our listing in as far as our need or want to buy the used oil from the restaurants,” said Cameron Calhoun of Eco-Collection Systems.

Tuesday morning, Calhoun received an e-mail from a potential customer outside of Atlanta who is looking to buy; a buyer who would not know of his services otherwise.

“It makes the information available in an easy format so that people who are purchasing large amounts of frying oil can find people like me who have it for sale,” added Calhoun.

Like the industry itself, Eco-Collection Systems is quite young. In the first year of production, the company has already sold thirteen tanker loads of oil to the bio diesel industry, and plan on growing quickly from here.

“I’ll also be happy as that website grows, as the network continues to build. Again, we’re doing business with people that we weren’t doing business with a month ago when we look to be saying that in the years to come with this website,” Calhoun said.

The website has plenty of reusable materials available including wood chips, saw dust, as well as used cooking oil. To learn more about the program or to donate used oil, visit NCBiomassTrader.org.

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videoA new website is helping businesses exchange materials that may otherwise become waste. NCBiomassTrader.org is already having an impact locally.

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Parents, toddlers come out for preschool day at Cape Fear Fair and Expo

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

By Cece NunnCece.Nunn@StarNewsOnline.com

It was a morning at the fair that parents of little children love – preschool day, when admission is $6 for unlimited rides, costumed characters and even a drink and a snack.

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