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Congressman David Rouzer met with New Hanover County and Wilmington city officials today, to discuss issues that impact the area and the country. At the top of the list for the Republican from North Carolina’s 7th District is opioid addiction. 

NCOAE

The headquarters of the National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) is right here in Wilmington, North Carolina. There are various programs and courses available for people who want to experience the wilderness-including Education Without Walls for chronically homeless/impoverished youth. Support for the program comes through volunteers, gifts-in-kind, and underwriting of courses. 

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The MC Erny Gallery

Dram Tree Shakespeare

There’s an old saying about Shakespeare plays:  they’re a lot more fun to act in than they are to watch. 

However, there are efforts in town that are shaking apart that old idea and building a whole new paying audience for Shakespeare.  We’re seeing this most notably with Dram Tree Shakespeare and Alchemical Theatre, whose productions are associated with the Theater Department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

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The latest test results are in from the state’s Department of Environmental Quality. On Wednesday the DEQ reported that concentrations of GenX in finished drinking water from the Cape Fear River continue to be below the state’s public health goal. 

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Nan Graham hopes to visit Irmo, South Carolina, in September to attend the annual Okra Strut. Nan is bearing down on her 24th year as a commentator on WHQR. She is grateful for the opportunity to address the burning issues of our time. 

You can hear more of Nan Graham's commentaries here.

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its staff, or its members.

GenX and the water has been burned into Wilmington’s consciousness for almost two months now. State and local agencies continue to test and analyze the region’s water supply. The Environmental Working Group, a Washington, D.C.–based non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on health and the environment, just released a drinking water database. It includes data from the Cape Fear region.

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Governor Roy Cooper says Chemours will have to turn off the faucet. The DuPont spin-off will not get a permit to discharge GenX into the Cape Fear River. Cooper made that vow at a meeting yesterday in Wilmington with local and state officials.

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Five women hanged during the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts were memorialized Wednesday, July 19th on the 325th anniversary of their deaths.  Sarah Good, Elizabeth Howe, Susannah Martin, Sarah Wildes, and Rebecca Nurse might sound like familiar names -- either from history class or the Arthur Miller play, The Crucible, which was based on the Salem Witch Trials.  Twenty people were killed during that 17th century witch hunt. 

White House Photograph Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library.

North Carolina state legislators have passed House Bill 527 – also known as an Act to Restore and Preserve Free Speech on the Campuses of the Constituent Institutions of the University of North Carolina -- almost exactly along partisan lines.  Sponsored by North Carolina State Representative Chris Millis, a Republican from Pender County, the bill now sits on Governor Roy Cooper’s desk.

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Rural England, 1865. Katherine is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Friday Feedback for July 21, 2017

Jul 21, 2017

Well, today is my last full day in the office before retirement, so Friday Feedback is heading for the last transmission. It will be bleedin’ demised and pushin’ up daisies after today. I’ve had a great time reading these little messages each week for the last seven years, and I’ve learned a lot. Thanks to all of you for making it possible. I’m very happy to report that the future looks bright for WHQR. The new manager, Michelle Rhinesmith, will be moving from public radio service in Florida soon and will assume her duties on August 14th. She and I have been in daily touch, and I’m confident that the station will continue to grow under her strong leadership. Please welcome her to the coast and to WHQR.

WHQR, StarNews, and WWAY sponsored a public forum at Odell Williamson Auditorium to explore persistent questions about the fluorochemical load in the Cape Fear River -- which is much of southeastern North Carolina's drinnking water supply.

The Friends of Public Radio, Inc. Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Michelle Rhinesmith has accepted the position as Station Manager for WHQR Public Radio, serving the greater Wilmington Community at 91.3 and 92.7fm.

WHQR broadcasts its next Soup to Nuts LIVE! performance this Friday, July 21st, at 8 pm, and also Saturday, July 22nd, at 9 PM. Featuring the TWJ Trio, we will hear a mixture of Broadway Favorites and Jazz Standards. The show will be on air on 91.3 FM.

We've done it - we've made history together again!!!! As of 2:55pm, WHQR has raised $75,135 during the Summer Stealth Drive, going over the summer goal of $75,000 and allowing us to CANCEL the traditional on-air summer fundraiser!!!!!! 

We are so excited that we are able to have a summer free of program interruptions. Way to go WHQR friends!!! Thank you.

Enjoy all the great joys of summer (with your soundtrack from WHQR).

Opera Wilmington

This summer, Opera Wilmington presents Carmen, the masterpiece by Georges Bizet. It's a tragedy, but a lively and often comic one, with the gypsy Carmen at the center. Australian musicologist Sally Macarthur says Carmen has been called every name in the book, from a seductress to a victim-some say she's a feminist. Opera Wilmington's Artistic Director Nancy King goes with the latter.

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This week Gov. Roy Cooper told the EPA to get to work. In a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Gov. Cooper asks the EPA to move quickly to finalize its health assessment and set a limit for the unregulated chemical GenX. Meanwhile the EPA earmarked more than $3 million for the NC DEQ to enforce the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act. This all happened as county and city officials held a press conference on the topic of GenX.  

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State officials are releasing the first results of water quality samples and an updated preliminary health assessment for concentrations of the unregulated compound GenX in finished, or treated, drinking water. Samples were analyzed at the U.S. EPA lab in Research Triangle Park, and at Test America, a lab in Colorado under contract to Chemours. The latest results mirror those from the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, with levels in the 68 to 125 parts per trillion range. Is that cause for celebration? Not so fast.

WHQR invites you to a public forum on the GenX water issue Wednesday night, July 19th from 7 - 9 PM at Odell Williamson Auditorium.  The StarNews, WWAY, and HQR News will pose your questions to a panel of experts. You can also listen live, on 91.3 FM, WHQR. 

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State officials late Friday released their first results of water quality samples and an updated preliminary health assessment for concentrations of the unregulated compound GenX in finished, or treated, drinking water.  

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Downtown Wilmington is being adorned with new outdoor art through Pedestrian Art Public Sculpture program. A free public reception is at Expo 216 on Front Street on Sunday, July 16. The artists will be there, along with sponsors from the Arts Council of Wilmington, the Dreams Center, Artworks, City of Wilmington, and more. Guests have the opportunity to take a trolley ride with the artists to see the 9 new installations-and some new locations downtown. Shuttle tours are at 1:00pm, 2:45, and 4:00, leaving from Expo 216. The reception itself begins at 2:00pm.

As our final day of the Summer Stealth Drive approaches, we are running a giveaway for an Apple iPad Air! Make your donation BEFORE 7:01 PM ON JULY 18, 2017, and have your name entered to win!*

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Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville is having a concert Saturday, July 15 called The Color of Harmony featuring blues/slide guitarist Lakota John and musician/storyteller Reggie Harris. I spoke to Meredith Morgan from the museum about this event-and about the museum; listen above and see the transcript below. Below the transcript, find more information about exhibits, activities, and events at the Museum. 

Friday Feedback for July 14, 2017

Jul 14, 2017

Listener Jeff wrote this week about several things: “Sorry to hear of your retirement. WHQR listeners will miss you (in a good way).” I imagine that by now some listeners may be saying “How can we miss you if you won’t go away?” Never fear, campers: next Friday will be my last day in the office. I hope to hear from you by then. Jeff went on to add; "1) I think WHQR should emphasize sustainer memberships (monthly donations by credit card) during all fundraising drives. All major NPR [member stations] have started emphasizing this approach, as it presumably smooths out their cash inflow and makes it more predictable. Since so many people come to Wilmington and stay, particularly people who are used to subscribing to a local NPR station elsewhere, it would make sense for WHQR to make donating easy for them.

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