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Archive for January, 2013

Farmers lend a helping hand toward bigger goal

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A diverse group of people began raking, digging, and clearing land this weekend for the urban farm project. Experienced members of Crop Mob had no problem lending a helping farm hand.

“Right now they have access to land, which is great,” said member of Crop Mod Brittany Taggart. “That is the first step. But there is a lot of clearing and laborious things to be done so we are helping them with that.”

It is a mission to provide entrepreneurial opportunities for post-incarcerated citizens by introducing them to growing crops and raising farm animals.

“You have a stigma attached to you. You have a felony record on you. No one wants to really hire you. They don’t want to take chances with you,” said LINC Farm Manager Scott Jordan. “So we are trying to empower people to be entrepreneurs.”

Working within the community can help people with criminal records make connections and learn skills that will lead them in the right direction says Jordan.

“People are going to see that you are trustworthy. People are going to see that you are motivated. And they are going to be willing to give you a chance.”

But that is not the only benefit of farming. Taggart says it is healing.

“They are going to learn a lot about food and farming, but there is a therapeutic piece to it. There is something about gardening and farming that can really touch people.”

Of course, there are other reasons why volunteers put their hearts and backs into this mission.
The project also wants to give lower income families access to organic, healthy food that is typically hard to find and expensive according to LINC Operations Manager Aimee Cox.

“I think all of these people here care about where their food comes from.”

While the vision for the project is complete, it will most likely take much longer for the land to be farm-ready.

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Health Watch: Breakthrough dermatology procedure

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Are you looking to roll back the clock on your age but don’t want the pain associated with a face lift? A Wilmington doctor may have the solution for you.

Two months ago, 54-year-old Jennifer McLean was contemplating having a painful facelift procedure, but after a consultation with a surgeon, she had second thoughts.

“They wanted to go up and push in, and I saw the pictures on the computer, and I was like, ‘That’s not me,'” McLean said.

After looking over her options, she turned to the Wilmington Dermatology Center, where Dr. Rosalyn George had recently began performing a new laser-based procedure.

“We just started offering a laser called Fraxel,” Dr. George said. “Fraxel has been around for a while, but this one has not. This one is a little more different, because it offers a little more versatility, so I can start treating something deep for wrinkles, or I can switch it over to a different wave length and use it for pigment, so it’s nice to have it for that versatility.”

McLean was skeptical at first, because she was worried about the side effects, but Dr. George assured her that today’s laser technology has come a long way.

“Within the last ten years they have developed these lasers that are just treating these small areas of skin, so you’re leaving most of the skin intact, and the recovery time was better. You can get to the same results for the wrinkles and the pigment, but you don’t have all of the down time,” George said.

McLean and Dr. George say the results from just one Fraxel procedure are almost unbelievable.

George says that people are taking better care of their skin and are trying to maintain their skin. She recommends these procedures to keep your skin looking good.

McLean says although her husband said she didn’t need the treatment, he said she looked amazing afterwards.

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WEATHER: Sunny and mild for Sunday

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Sunday will be sunny and mild but another surge of Arctic cold arrives on Monday night.

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Crop Mob builds urban farm for LINC, INC

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

You may have heard of a flash mob, but what about a crop mob? Dozens of people teamed up with the organization, LINC Inc., which helps former inmates.

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Hundreds gather to honor Detective Kyle Jones

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Saturday was a somber day in Brunswick County as officers, friends and the family of Detective Kyle Jones gathered to honor him.

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