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Archive for March, 2012

For Sunshine Week, a how-to guide on tapping into public records

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

This is Sunshine Week (March 13-19), a national initiative focused on the importance of open government and freedom of information.

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Homes on Azalea Festival Home Tour announced

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — The Historic Wilmington Foundation (HWF) has unveiled the eleven homes and one historic church for the 2012 Azalea Festival Home Tour on Saturday, April 14, from 1 to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 15, from 1 to 5 p.m.

The tour this year is a wonderful reflection of the architectural and stylistic diversity of Wilmington’s historic districts. In addition to ten inviting houses HWF is pleased to feature Fire Station Number 2 on Fifth Avenue and the Chestnut Street Presbyterian Church. The Italianate Fire House with Dutch Revival detailing was built in 1915 and the 1858 Chestnut Street Presbyterian Church is a wonderful depiction of Carpenter Gothic and Italianate architecture.

“The tour offers our citizens the opportunity to visit and enjoy all twelve sites on tour. Please plan to join us this spring. It is a tour not be missed,” explained George Edwards, Executive Director.

Mayor Bill Saffo, New Hanover County Commissioner Chairman, Ted Davis, Jr. and City Councilman Kevin O’Grady will officially open the tour during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 14, at 12:30 p.m. at the Parsley House on 224 South 3rd Street.

Tickets for the tour are $25 and are on sale now at the Azalea Festival Office at 5725 Oleander Drive, online at www.wilmingtontickets.com and at the Historic Wilmington Foundation office at 2011 Market Street. Tickets will be available at all local Harris Teeter stores starting March 21. Tickets can also be purchased day of the event for $30 at any of the homes on the tour.

What: 2012 Azalea Festival Home Tour presented by Historic Wilmington Foundation
When: Saturday, April 14, 1-6 p.m. & Sunday, April 15, 1-5 p.m.
Ribbon Cutting: Saturday, April 14, at 12:30 p.m. at the Parsley House, 224 South 3rd Street with complimentary Dairy Queen ice cream.
Tickets: Available now for $25 at Azalea Festival Office, Historic Wilmington Office, www.wilmingtontickets.com and Harris Teeter locations beginning March 21.

2012 Home Tour Sites
Parsley House, 1857: 224 South 3rd Street
Barker-O’Connor House, c. 1896: 517 South Front Street
Dudley-Chadbourn House, 1843: 323 South Front Street
Ebert-Artis House, c.1938: 206 South 5th Avenue
Love House, 1932: 208 South 5th Avenue
Fire Station No. 2, 1915: 602 South Fifth Avenue
Ulstad House, 2005: 309 Castle Street
Way House, 1896: 208 Castle Street
Cook-Matthews House, 1882: 108 Castle Street
Chestnut Street Presbyterian Church, 1858: 714 Chestnut Street
Schaefer House, 1916: 1904 Princess Street
Diehl House, c. 1923: 1809 Grace Street

All proceeds from the Home Tour will advance the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s efforts to protect and preserve the irreplaceable historic resources of Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear region. Since 1966, the foundation has successfully saved more than 100 historic properties from demolition.

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U.S. Senate panel hears about Camp Lejeune water

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

A retired Marine said science and victims will suffer if the military can delete information about the water.

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10 years later, Mason Inlet move deemed ‘success’

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

The move came after years of debate.

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US Senate panel hears about Camp Lejeune water

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A US Senate committee is hearing about the military’s attempt to delete information from a report about contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune.

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard from Jerry Ensminger of Elizabethtown, a retired Marine whose 9-year-old daughter died of leukemia in 1985. Ensminger told the committee that information the military wants to delete from a report could mean life or death for contamination victims.

Wells at Camp Lejeune were contaminated by fuel leaks and other sources before tests alerted officials to the problem. Health officials think as many as 1 million people may have been exposed to tainted water before the wells were closed.

Ensminger is testifying about the Marine Corps’ request that information about the location of water systems be left out of a federal report.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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