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Tim Mathews, Horticulturalist with the North Carolina State Cooperative Extension, and Jan Broadfoot, President of the Pender County Master Gardener Association,  joined us to talk about plants. This weekend (9/16-17) is the Pender County Master Gardener Plant Sale. A list of the vendor-provided plants can be found online: Perennials & Natives plus Shrubs, Trees, Grasses, Vines, Ferns. Additionally, the Master Gardeners will bring a selection of surprises. 

Forward Motion Dance presents its annual collaborative showcase this weekend-Cape Fear Arts in Motion: Duets, Pirouettes, and Vignettes. Director of the show, Tracey Varga, joined us in the studio and we mainly talked about the live music element. A flute trio, violinist Danijela Zezelj-Gualdi, and soprano Nancy King are performing with the dancers, plus Julia Walker Jewell is playing an original piano piece called The Dance of the Coin. Listen above to hear about how Varga approached choreography for this piece and Jewell's intention with it.

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Kevin Spears is running as a Democrat for the New Hanover County Board of Education. He says neighborhood schools aren't the best way to serve the area’s students.  

Our beloved pets' instincts can wind up complicating our lives and impacting us in ways we never thought possible. WHQR commentator Annie Gray Johnston explains how her dog Maybelline gave her the fright of her life after sniffing around a particularly precious backyard area.

Tuesday, 9/13 is WHQR Day (notice how 9/13 is a lot like 91.3). On Tuesday morning, Mayor Bill Saffo will make a proclamation on the air, and WHQR hopes listeners will show support by wearing WHQR buttons, stickers, and/or t-shirts.

Emma Saunders

For the third time, retired educator Emma Saunders is running as a Democrat for New Hanover County’s Board of Education. Her primary goals are to increase access to preschool and work with the J.C. Roe Suspension Center to give at-risk students a second chance.

Hailing from Raleigh, NC, I am no stranger to the fandom that follows Rise – a biscuit and doughnut bakery that, on multiple accounts, has been lauded as “last-meal worthy."  Rise has been on the tip of everyone in Wilmington’s tongue lately in anticipation of the opening day. Its quick development in the Triangle has fostered a legacy that is making it the cool new kid on the block, just in time for the new school year.

Pineapple Shaped Lamps (PSL) has been making Wilmington audiences laugh for 6 years now. The group has really grown over the years, as you'll hear from Devin DeMattia. He's been with the troupe since the start. DiMattia joined us in the studio to talk about PSL history and the 6th Anniversary Show, hosted by local actor/director Adrian Monte and featuring both new skits and old favorites.

Listener Jimmy wrote:

I was a bit taken aback by a story aired in WHQR that informed us that “A conservative limited-government group is actively campaigning against Democratic nominee Deborah Ross in North Carolina's U.S. Senate race”. The story went on to outline their objection to Ms. Ross’ policies, accusing her of “raising taxes and supporting reckless government spending.", buzz words worthy of Roger Ailes.
I found that story, virtually verbatim, in the News and Observer, and discovered that your reporting left out the next paragraph, which revealed that this particular limited government group is funded by the Koch brothers. They, like most superrich, find government spending anathema to their quest to personally acquire the largest share of the nations’ wealth. After all, he who dies with the most cookies wins.

New Hanover County’s Board of Education has three open seats this year.   On September 7th, we met the Republicans.  On this edition of CoastLine, we meet the Democrats vying for those spots – which carry four-year terms.  All three are seeking first terms on what is currently an all-Republican Board.

Guests:

Sandra Leigh, seeking first term

Emma Saunders, seeking first term

Kevin Spears, seeking first term

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