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The River Mother

Jun 9, 2015

Philip Gerard is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, as well as numerous essays, short stories and documentary scripts for public television. He teaches in the Department of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington. 

  

    

Enviva Domes To Be Raised At Port of Wilmington This Week

Jun 8, 2015
Isabelle Shepherd, WHQR

The Port of Wilmington’s skyline will soon be changing. The first of two Enviva wood pellet storage domes will be raised late this week, possibly as early as this Thursday – if the weather holds.

It’ll happen overnight. Crews will cover the dome’s foundation with polyester roofing material, which will form the outer shell of the wood pellet storage container. It takes just six hours to inflate the structure, like a hot air balloon, to its full size. Then, the much lengthier process of reinforcing the dome with steel and concrete begins.

Connecting Veterans and Civilians through Story

Jun 6, 2015

Author Lawrence (Larry) Winters is a Vietnam Veteran and an author of two books:  The Making & Unmaking of a Marine: One Man's Struggle for ForgivenessBrother Keeper.  Dina Greenberg is a writer and facilitator of narrative workshops.  These two are teaming up this weekend at the Cameron Art Museum for a workshop called "The Stories We Carry," an opportunity for Veterans and Civilians to connect through stories and writing.

Bonsai Show at the Arboretum

Jun 5, 2015

Mary Recupero, the President of the Cape Fear Bonsai Society, is excited about the 2nd Annual Bonsai Show at the Arboretum on Saturday, June 6.  Last year, the Bonsai showcase attracted hundreds of visitors interested in seeing this living art and learning how to do it for themselves. 

You know her as NPR’s senior political commentator, joining Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne on Morning Edition most Mondays to discuss politics. 

Of course our big news this week was the visit of Cokie Roberts to Wilmington on Wednesday. It was our largest fundraising event ever, with 500 people in attendance.

When you come in contact with the brilliance of the performers from Camerata Philadelphia, you will likely be amazed that these artists are again coming to Wilmington, and that again, performances are FREE.   Listen to a recording here of the ensemble performing music by Dmitri Shostakovich. 

USDA

WHQR recently reported that Tregembo Animal Park, a roadside zoo in Wilmington, received a USDA citation for violation of the federal Animal Welfare Act. Tregembo initially claimed this citation, due to an ailing bear with facial lesions, was their first. But there have been two similar citations in the zoo’s past. 

Due to the bear’s sickness, Tregembo Animal Park received a code 2.40 citation, which indicates inadequate attending veterinary care. It’s a direct noncompliance item—or NCI—because it directly impacts the wellbeing of the animal.

Youth Development through Golf: 1st Tee

Jun 3, 2015

Randy Hofer is the new Executive Director of First Tee of the Cape Fear Region, a program serving youth from New Hanover, Pender, and Duplin counties.  Randy was a leader of another First Tee in Philadelphia before moving to Wilmington.

The aim of the program is to help youth develop life skills, including self-management, goal-setting, and resiliency.  They accomplish this through the game of golf and connected character-building activities.

WHQR is sad to announce the loss of American radio broadcaster and voice of the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts, Margaret Juntwait. Margaret passed away this morning after a long battle with ovarian cancer.

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