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Archive for September, 2011

Brunswick Community College pottery class builds totem poles for gallery

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Every year, Kimberly Smittle-Caroon assigns her Brunswick Community College adult-education students an assignment that will be displayed or, in the case of last year, played at the Franklin Square Art Gallery in Southport. With the hand-constructed drums and drum circle last year, Smittle-Caroon had difficulty deciding what this fall’s big assignment would be.

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Sunset Beach celebrates fall with block party

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Thousands of tourists flock to Brunswick County beaches each summer, but the recent decrease in traffic and the vacant spots on beach strands are indications that locals have reclaimed the area for the fall.The residents of Sunset Beach are taking this opportunity to get the community together and celebrate the place they call home. Sunset at Sunset, the community’s fifth annual block party, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Village at Sunset Beach shopping center. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Scotts Hill Baptist Church sends mission team to West Africa

Monday, September 12th, 2011

SCOTTS HILL | “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations.”Members of Scotts Hill Baptist Church are taking the verse from the book of Matthew in the Bible seriously. Later this week, some will embark on their 10th journey to the West African country of Ghana for a mission trip, where they hope to successfully share the word of God in the city of Accra.

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9/11 5k run honors fallen NYC firefighter

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

CASTLE HAYNE, NC (WWAY) — A 5k walk/run in honor of a New York firefighter who died on 9/11 was held at CFCC after the memorial ceremony.

It’s called the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Tower Run.

Folks walked or ran the more than three miles in honor of Stephen Siller, who gave his life that fateful day. He ran from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center with more than sixty pounds of gear on his back.

Two New Hanover County firefighters decided to run with their gear on to remember Siller’s heroic actions.

“The least we can do is do this in memory with another brother firefighter,” said Mike Whitwan, a Lt. with New Hanover County Fire Services. “We didn’t do a tower, but hats off to all those guys. They are really good firemen.”

Phoenix Connections sponsored the event and all donations went towards veterans, the homeless and disabled in our area.

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CFCC Memorial event draws hundreds to honor and celebrate lives lost on 9/11

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

CASTLE HAYNE, NC (WWAY) — Ceremonies were held all across our county today to remember what happened ten years ago. Hundreds in our area came together to honor and celebrate the lives lost on that day in 2001.

“It’s so we never forget,” said Carol Russel, who lives in Wilmington. “Never forget what these people did to us and we are always vigilant and know that it could happen tomorrow.”

Cape Fear Community College held a memorial event at their North Campus. The service marked the events of that tragic day in real time.

“I was actually working September 10th night and September 11th, so to go ahead and hear the radio transmissions in my head again and to see what I saw first hand, it brings me back almost instantaneously,” said James Kadnar, a retired New York City firefighter.

A bell was tolled four separate times, each to honor those who died in the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and Flight 93.

“One of the gentlemen said not to hold our heads down anymore in grief, but to look up and to be thankful,” said Charlie McGee, who lives in Wilmington. “It’s kind of like a celebration of life and how we’re going on and America is not giving up.”

CFCC dedicated its own memorial, made by interior design students. At its forefront, a piece of steel recovered from the World Trade Center site.

“I think everyone’s lives ought to be celebrated as opposed to thinking all the time with sadness,” said Kadner. “I don’t think they would want us to be walking around with our heads held low.”

“I’m not just proud to be an American, I am an American and I will die an American,” said Chuck Siegal, who is from New York. “I hope the day that I die, that somebody puts an American flag in my hand.

The ceremony involved members of local fire departments, law enforcement agencies and government officials. Members of the NYPD and New York City Fire Department were also honored at the event.

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