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Archive for November, 2009

Honoring Veterans with the Massing of the Colors

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009


For the past 15 years, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Wilmington has hosted the Massing of the Colors, a very special veterans day ritual. A overwhelming sense of American pride filled the church.

“This is the day we can thank veterans for what they have done,” said Lt. Col. Gary Greene.

“I have never missed one of these. I also think of several friends that did not make it home,” added World War II veteran Tanky Meier.

Veterans and their families sang, prayed, and talked about the history of the Massing of the Colors.

“After World War I, the folks that were part of General Pershing’s Army decided that they needed to have somebody who could recall how bad things were in that war, and they decided to get an organization together called the Military Order of the World Wars,” said Green, a veteran of the Air Force.

The program allowed veterans to come together with their unit flags and American flags to commemorate the good things that came out of the war. Thus, the Massing of the Colors.

Delivering the Veterans Day address was Carolina Beach native Col. Jeri Graham, a 24-year Army veteran.

“Every day is an important day to thank a service member for what they do, what they have done, to serve this nation,” said Graham. “I’m very proud to be part of that brotherhood and sisterhood.”

Col. Graham knows many people who work at the hospital in Fort Hood. She commended their bravery. “I think in tragedy certainly what we have seen out there is how people pull together to focus on the care,” she said.

“I hope most folks can remember a veteran that they know and give them a little bit of thanks, just give them a phone call, a handshake, something that says i do recognize that you’ve done service to our community, to our country, and I thank you for that,” said Gary Green.

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videoThe annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Wilmington National cemetery was moved inside due to the rain, but the Massing of the Colors went as planned at a nearby church.

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Back in business after year of rebuilding

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009


One year ago, an electrical fire destroyed Valino’s Restaurant on Carolina Beach Road. Last week owners re-opened the restaurant with a new name and a new look.

“It was horrible. I mean to see your whole livelihood go up in smoke was not fun at all,” said owner Donna Schriener.

Donna Schriener and her husband owned Valino’s Restaurant for six years. Last year a fire destroyed their business.

“I felt like I missed my family. It was right around the holidays, it was awful,” said bartender Ashley MacGregor.

Since then, the Schrieners have worked to rebuild the restaurant for themselves, the staff, and their customers.

Last Monday they opened Schriener’s Restaurant and Karaoke Lounge.

“To finally have closure, it’s done, I’ve been through all of this stress and now we’re open. So that was a good feeling,” Schriener said.

The owners say they gave the new restaurant their family name to signify a fresh start, but customers and employees say it’s the connection to the Schrieners that will keep them coming back.

“It’s family. You get to come here and hangout with the same folks and have lunch, have dinner, breakfast is great,” said customer Scot Shutters.

“Everyone came back here to work, which really speaks volumes to what kind of place this was,” MacGregor said.

The new restaurant is a bit more upscale, but has the same menu and karaoke. Customers say despite the new look, the atmosphere hasn’t changed.

Schriener says rebuilding the restaurant wasn’t easy. “It was a very long process. But it was all worth it now, I think.”

The employees would agree. “I felt like a took a nap for a year and just woke up and came back to work. It was great,” MacGregor said.

As for the future of the restaurant, Schriener has a simple plan. “Well hopefully to be here for a while.”

Next year smoking will be banned in restaurants throughout the state, but the Schrieners decided to open as a non-smoking restaurant because they didn’t want to damage the brand new building. They say that has already helped them attract some new customers.

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videoOne year ago, an electrical fire destroyed Valino’s Restaurant on Carolina Beach Road. Last week owners re-opened the restaurant with a new name and a new look.

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Son tells of father’s unique war time service as a Navajo code talker

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

By Chelsea KellnerChelsea.Kellner@StarNewsOnline.com

When U.S. Marine Teddy Draper Sr., returned from the South Pacific at the end of World War II, he would not tell his sons what he did there.He wasn’t allowed.

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Great white shark spotted off Wrightsville Beach

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

According to a forum posted on WBLiveSurf.com, someone reported seeing a great white shark Sunday about a mile off the coast near the Oceanic (formerly Crystal) pier in Wrightsville Beach.

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President of John S. Clark Co. to retire at year’s end

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

By Jim BrummStarNews Correspondent

James M. Walker, the founder of John S. Clark Co.’s Wilmington office, will retire as president and chief operating officer of the construction company at the end of the year.

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