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Archive for March, 2013

Gun control supporters rally outside NRA fundraiser

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The National Rifle Association held a fundraiser this weekend near the Wilmington Convention Center, and some folks had a few things to say about it with signs that protested the event.

The group, which calls itself Carolinians for Sensible Gun Laws, is based out of Wilmington. Members say they want to spread awareness for the need for gun reform which they say starts in the legislature.

“Right now is a critical time,” group member Bert Blake said. “People need to call to their Congressmen, senators and their representatives to let our voice be heard, too.”

The group says the NRA acts as a lobbyist in Washington itself. They say the more noise the NRA makes, the louder people need to be about gun reform.

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First female space shuttle pilot to speak at UNCW on Monday

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Eileen Collins was scheduled to command a NASA space shuttle flight in the spring of 2003.

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Cape Fear Red Cross looks for volunteers

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross held a volunteer recruitment Sunday afternoon. The organization holds these events a couple times a year to encourage people to assist in its efforts. Leaders say the role the community plays in times of disaster is huge, both in preparedness and recovery.

“It is so important to have volunteers,” Autumn Mihm of the Red Cross said. “Ninety-seven percent of the Red Cross workforce is volunteers.”

Breaking that statistic down, that’s one Red Cross staff member for every 15 volunteers.

John Hall signed on with the organization six months ago to give back to the community after he retired.

“I’ve had a chance to assist clients on four different occasions where people basically lost everything,” he said.

The Cape Fear Chapter has about 400 volunteers, but leaders say its doors are always open for new faces. Volunteers are able to work with emergency and blood services as well as office assistants.

“We have opportunities for almost everyone depending on your time, your skill set and what you are really interested in doing,” Mihm said.

The chapter is also looking for volunteers to assist with its amateur radio system. This system provides emergency communication during a time of disaster. These frequencies allow the Red Cross to communicate with other amateur operators, Red Cross emergency vehicles and is also connected to the hospital system.

“Communication is the key during a disaster,” Disaster Director David Garrison said. “If we can’t communicate and find out what’s going on in different areas, then it is harder to take care of the situations there.”

Volunteers and leaders alike agree that no matter which area of work you choose, they are all rewarding.

“Being at the Red Cross is really a passion for all of the people here. It’s not just a job,” Mihm said.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Red Cross you can log on to its website at RedCross.org, or you can call the local chapter at (910) 762-2683.

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Commissioners shoot down outdoor range in Currie

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

To the relief of many Currie residents, a proposed shooting range will not be built in the town.

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Caper Fear Red Cross looks for volunteers

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Wilmington, NC (WWAY)– The Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross held a volunteer recruitment Sunday afternoon. The organization holds these events a couple times a year to encourage people to assist in it’s efforts. Leaders say the role the community plays in times of disaster is huge, both in preparedness and recovery.

“It is so important to have volunteers, ninety-seven percent of the Red Cross workforce is volunteers” said Autum Mihm, Regional Director of Communications.

Breaking that statistic down, that’s one Red Cross staff member for every fifteen volunteers.

John Hall signed on with the organization six months ago to give back to the community after he retired. “I’ve had a chance to assist clients on four different occasions were people basically lost everything” he said.

The Cape Fear Chapter has about four hundred volunteers, but leaders say it’s doors are always open for new faces. Volunteers are able to work with emergency and blood services as well as office assistants.

“We have opportunities for almost everyone depending on your time, your skill set, and what you are really interested in doing” said Mihm.

The Chapter is also looking for volunteers to assist them with it’s amateur radio system. This system provides emergency communication during a time of disaster. These frequencies allow the Red Cross to communicate with other amateur operators, Red Cross emergency vehicles, and is also connected to the hospital system.

David Garrison, the Regional Director of Disaster says “communication is the key during a disaster. If we can’t communicate and find out what’s going on in different areas then it is harder to take care of the situations there.”

Volunteers and leaders alike agree that no matter which area of work you choose, they are all rewarding.

“Being at the Red Cross is really a passion for all of the people here. It’s not just a job” said Mihm.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Red Cross you can log on to it’s website at RedCross.org, or you can call the local chapter at 762-2683.

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