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Archive for November, 2011

Wilmington native receives recognition

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Wright honored for his work as a member of a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Khost Province.

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Wilmington could dump dog clean-up stations

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Removing stations a cost-saving measure.

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Wilmington familes open hearts and homes to Marines

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A busload of Camp Lejeune Marines made their way to the Port City Thanksgiving morning to enjoy a holiday meal with strangers.

Port City Java organized the event that brought more than 50 Marines into Wilmington, pairing them off with families that were grateful for their service and happy to feed a few more.

Though more than one hundred families wanted to help out, only 27 were needed. Twig Rollins considers himself lucky to be chosen.

“We’re going to have 20, 21 of us here and it would be ok with me if we had 42 of us,” he said. “Just to let them know that they are loved and appreciated and that it’s just not lip service. They really are appreciated for what they do and what they are willing to give.”

18 year-old Quamir Mathis and 20 year-old Andrew Fildes are both away from home and say this is the next best thing.

“I was like ‘a real Thanksgiving dinner, yes!’ said Fildes.

“I’m pretty new at it, but I’m trying to defend my country and I just appreciate the gratitude that they’re showing us by bring us into their home,” said Mathis.

Bill Harrell served in the Navy and knows how homesick the holidays make someone. He still remembers when a family took him in for Christmas dinner more than 60 years ago.

“They think about being at home on thanksgiving and Christmas, I know I did when I was in the service,” he said. “Just a whole lot of enjoyment and it helped me to realize the true meaning of Christmas.”

Harrell says he hopes the Marines have the same fond memories of this Thanksgiving.

“They’re awesome,” said Fildes. “It’s great to be off base for a little bit.”

“These are my family,” said Mathis. “This is my family. That’s the best way I can think of it.”

Both the families and Marines say what they are most Thankful for is each other.

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Feeling sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner? Don’t blame the the bird!

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After you enjoyed your Thanksgiving meal, you may have taken a nap. Some people claim it’s a side effect of the tryptophan in the turkey. But maybe it’s time to stop blaming the bird.

“Turkey is a great food. Honestly we should enjoy the turkey. That’s one of the healthiest things on the table,” registered dietician Diana Davis said.

Healthy, for sure. But a sleed aid?

“An hour from now I’m gonna be sitting somewhere in a chair, laid back,” said Mack Cooper, who was busy eating a Thanksgiving lunch at a local restaurant.

Many people drift off to dreams after a hearty helping of turkey and its numerous side dishes. Some claim it’s the tryptophan in the turkey that causes drowsiness.

Davis says you should actually look at what else is heaped up on your plate.

“It’s the quantity that they’ve eaten, especially the carbohydrate foods that are causing an increase in blood sugar, and with that comes the fatigue, the all I want to do is take a nap,” she said.

Tryptophan is actually found in foods we eat every day.

“Protein foods are rich in tryptophan,” Davis explained, “but the quantity of tryptophan that you’re consuming from that turkey dinner is not sufficient to produce that response.”

Rather than just laying back on the sofa after your meal, Davis recommends you get up and take a walk and allow your body to utilize some of that extra glucose that’s circulating in the bloodstream.

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Diners enjoy free meal at Ezzell’s Breakfast House

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Restaurant opens its doors to the community

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