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Archive for December, 2011

UNCW announces $1 million gift

Monday, December 12th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — UNCW announced a big, early Christmas present today. The school says it has received $1 million for its Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

This second million-dollar gift from the Bernard Osher Foundation will enhance the university’s ability to provide community members with opportunities for continuing studies.

OLLI is a university-led and member-supported organization that provides lifelong learning opportunities, focusing on adults aged 50 and older.

“It’s been a program that’s been important to us for a long time,” UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller said. “The Osher Foundation has been very generous in their support this year, so this additional funding is just a way for us to continue to provide this service in southeast North Carolina.”

The Bernard Osher Foundation seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts with special attention to reentry students.

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Give & receive Friday at Krispy Kreme to help Salvation Army

Monday, December 12th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This Christmas and every day there are many families looking for help. That’s why WWAY is partnering once again with 103.7 The Bone and the Salvation Army for the Help for the Holidays One-Day Blitz to restock the Salvation Army’s food pantry.

We’ll be at Krispy Kreme at 2822 South College Road in Wilmington Friday from 5:30 a.m. till 6:30 p.m. Stop by and donate at least five non-perishable food items or five dollars, and you’ll get a coupon good for a dozen glazed donuts.

It’s your chance to give and to receive this holiday season.

Last year we collected more than 6,800 pounds of food and more than $1,100 in the red kettle. Help us top those numbers this year!

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Partnership to aid with marketing

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Retailers and lodging operators are invited to learn more about a marketing partnership.

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Lake Waccamaw State Park is the North Carolina 2011 Park of the Year

Monday, December 12th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -– Lake Waccamaw State Park in Columbus County has been named the North Carolina 2011 Park of the Year by the NC Division of Parks and Recreation.

The park was chosen for its “exemplary contribution to the North Carolina state parks mission of stewardship, public service and education,” through initiatives in environmental education, community partnerships and special events planning.

“Each of our state parks strives to further our mission and be a valued member of its community, but Lake Waccamaw State Park went above and beyond with its hard work in 2011,” said Lewis Ledford, director of the NC Division of Parks and Recreation. “In these times when state budgets are stressed and state parks attendance remains at record levels, the effort by the staff at Lake Waccamaw is especially commendable.”

The park has been heavily involved in community events such as the anti-litter campaign Big Sweep, a summer science enrichment camp, water quality monitoring, the Waccamaw River Paddle Trail initiative and the Take-the-Lake Personal Endurance Event. During the year, it also increased its interpretive programming and the acreage of prescribed burns for natural resource management.

The state parks system began choosing a Park of the Year in 2010 with nominations from each of four districts. Each of 35 state parks and four state recreation areas submits an annual report that is objectively scored on progress in recreation, natural resource protection, sustainability, public safety and environmental education. Final judging is by senior and district administrators. To honor the Park of the Year, a medallion is attached to a hiking staff that is passed to the current award recipient each year. South Mountains State Park in Burke County captured the first-ever award in 2010.

Lake Waccamaw State Park has a five-person staff that was under the direction of Superintendent Chris Helms until recently. In October, Helms was named superintendent at Carolina Beach State Park and his replacement has not been named. Lake Waccamaw State Park encompasses 2,159 acres including the bay lake for which it is named and reported 89,534 visitors in 2010.

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ADHD drugs safe for adults’ hearts, research finds

Monday, December 12th, 2011

AP Medical Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — The biggest study of its kind says Ritalin and other drugs used to treat attention deficit disorder are safe for adults’ hearts.

The results echo findings in children published by the same authors last month.

The new review involved health records for more than 440,000 adults aged 25 to 65. It found that those on ADHD drugs had about the same number of heart attacks, strokes and sudden heart-related deaths as adults who didn’t use those drugs.

The research will be published in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s Dec. 28 print edition, but journal editors said they released it online Monday because of its public health importance.

Online: JAMA: http://www.jama.ama-assn.org

AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/LindseyTanner

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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