Dec 18,2014: Visit Santa at Cross Creek Mall

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Enjoy Christmas in the Park during the Week

(Fayetteville, N.C.) – Residents are encouraged to enjoy Christmas in the Park during the week so that they can avoid any potential inclement weather this weekend. Before heading to the event, residents are asked to check the weather forecast and call the inclement weather line at (910) 306-7325.

Christmas in the Park is celebrated at Arnette Park, located at 2165 Wilmington Hwy., and features a large amount of yuletide activities. The holiday tradition is being held through Dec. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Admission to Christmas in the Park is $10 per family vehicle, $30 per commercial vehicle and $75 per motor coach/bus. Photos with Santa cost $5 per photo (no personal cameras), marshmallow roasting costs $1 per stick and $1 per four marshmallows (no personal supplies), Christmas Express train rides are $1 per person and kid’s craft projects are $1 per craft. Cash is the only form of payment accepted. Service animals are the only pets allowed.

Visitors can take a leisurely stroll on a ½-mile paved walking trail, while taking in the sights and sounds of the Christmas season. Entertainment will be provided by local artists and guests can relax and watch holiday movies on the outdoor movie screen.

Arnette Park is a beautiful combination of developed facilities and natural woodland, spanning 100 acres adjacent to the Cape Fear River.

Learn more about Christmas in the Park, coordinated by Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks Recreation, by logging onto www.fcpr.usor by calling (910) 433-1547.

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Earth Talk: Saving Our Soils and Climate with Biochar

Dear EarthTalk: What is biochar and how can it help reduce my carbon footprint?

– W.J.

Biochar is a naturally occurring, fine-grained, highly porous form of charcoal derived from the process of baking biomass—and it’s been associated with fertile soils for some two thousand years. “Biochar is found in soils around the world as a result of vegetation fires and historic soil management practices,” reports the International Biochar Initiative (IBI), a trade group representing the world’s burgeoning biochar industry. “Intensive study of biochar-rich dark earths in the Amazon has led to a wider appreciation of biochar’s unique properties as a soil enhancer.”

 

Indeed, researchers have been hard at work perfecting their own methods for manufacturing biochar by baking biomass in giant oxygen-free kilns. The resulting biochar can then be used as a soil amendment to help restore tired, compromised farmland, not to mention contaminated industrial sites, all the while taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. A liquid by-product of the biochar production process can also be converted into a carbon-neutral “biofuel” that can displace other carbon intensive fuels.

 

Farmers can layer biochar into their fields where it becomes part of the soil matrix and helps retain water and essential agricultural nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. “You can basically think of it as a soil reef upon which abiotic and biotic phenomena happen,” says David Shearer, CEO of Full Circle Biochar, one of a handful of U.S. based biochar start-ups working to commercialize the age-old “technology.” Farmers like the fact that using biochar can lower their water and fertilizer bills as well as yield more and better quality agricultural products—leading to better market performance overall. “This is really a hedge for farmers,” reports Shearer. “It really helps them manage their financial risk and it helps them manage risk into the future around production.”

 

Beyond agriculture, biochar can also be used to clean up polluted land. “For example, if you have a mine that has contaminated soil adjacent to it, biochar … will allow you to remediate soils,” says Shearer. He adds that biochar also makes for an excellent filtration medium: “We know that activated charcoal has been used for millennia as a filter mechanism, and so there is discussion in the biochar community that maybe the first step is we’ll use it as a filtration media, and then we’ll move to agriculture as the cost of production of biochar comes down.”

 

As far as environmentalists are concerned, the greater the demand for biochar the better, given the fact that it is a potent storage mechanism for carbon dioxide that would otherwise head into the atmosphere and contribute to climate change. “The carbon in biochar resists degradation and can hold carbon in soils for hundreds to thousands of years,” reports IBI. “We can use this simple, yet powerful, technology to store 2.2 gigatons of carbon annually by 2050. It’s one of the few technologies that is relatively inexpensive, widely applicable and quickly scalable. We really can’t afford not to pursue it.”

 

CONTACTSInternational Biochar Initiative (IBI), www.biochar-international.org; Full Circle Biochar, www.fullcirclebiochar.com.

 

 

EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: earthtalk@emagazine.com.

 

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/ct/weston/news/earth-talk-saving-our-soils-and-climate-with-biochar-21389206

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Dec 17,2014: Murchison Road Community Farmers Market

The Murchison Road Community Farmers Market, a program of the Fayetteville State University Development Corporation (FSUDC), strives to be a guiding force in shaping the environmental, social, and financial health of the Murchison Road Community by bringing the highest quality local growers and food artisans together in the Murchison Community. The farmers market contributes to the sustainability and success of Fayetteville by serving as a community gathering place, a vehicle for a regional economy, and a center for fresh, local food.

Open Every Wednesday and Saturday 10am-2pm Year Round, Rain or Shine! 

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/nc/fayetteville/events/murchison-road-community-farmers-market-2014-12-17

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City Asks Residents to Identify Priorities for Fayetteville

(Fayetteville, N.C.) – The City is asking residents to identify what they think are the top priorities for Fayetteville. Residents are invited to provide input at a Community Café Conversation on Thursday, Jan. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Smith Recreation Center, located at 1520 Slater Ave.

Residents will also be asked what success looks like and how the City can promote transparency and accountability for results. The results from the Community Café Conversation will be used as a source of information for the next City Council Strategic Planning Retreat in February. Strategic planning is a roadmap employed by many local governments to guide the use of money, personnel and resources to realize a shared vision of the future. It outlines what a community hopes to achieve through a long-term and annual goal-setting process and provides steps for reaching those goals.

The City will also seek feedback on what performance reporting will look like and how performance should be communicated to residents. 

Registration is limited to 60 participants, so residents must reserve their seat today by contacting Tonya Coleman at (910) 433-1474 or tonya.coleman@ci.fay.nc.us.

To join the conversation now, visit http://fayettevilleoutfront.com/projects/charting-the-course-with-strategy-and-performance-management.  

For information about the City’s Strategic Plan, log onto http://www.cityoffayetteville.org/strategic_plan/.

For questions regarding the City’s Strategic Plan, contact Rebecca Rogers Carter, Strategic Performance Analytics Director, at (910) 433-1068 or rrcarter@ci.fay.nc.us.

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Dec 16,2014: Visit Santa at Cross Creek Mall

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Dec 15,2014: Visit Santa at Cross Creek Mall

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Dec 14,2014: Visit Santa at Cross Creek Mall

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Dec 13,2014: Murchison Road Community Farmers Market

The Murchison Road Community Farmers Market, a program of the Fayetteville State University Development Corporation (FSUDC), strives to be a guiding force in shaping the environmental, social, and financial health of the Murchison Road Community by bringing the highest quality local growers and food artisans together in the Murchison Community. The farmers market contributes to the sustainability and success of Fayetteville by serving as a community gathering place, a vehicle for a regional economy, and a center for fresh, local food.

Open Every Wednesday and Saturday 10am-2pm Year Round, Rain or Shine! 

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/nc/fayetteville/events/murchison-road-community-farmers-market-2014-12-13

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Ribbon Cutting Being Held for Bicycle Man Trail Head

(Fayetteville, N.C.) – A ribbon cutting for the Moses Mathis “Bicycle Man” Trail Head will be held Tuesday, Dec. 16 at Noon. The ceremony will be held at J. Bayard Clark Park, located at 631 Sherman Drive, at one entrance to the Cape Fear River Trail.

Mathis resided in the Tiffany Pines community of Fayetteville and, along with his wife Ann, reached out to the youth of the community through his bicycle giveaway program.

He became a role model for many children, teaching self-esteem and community pride.

Over time, his bicycle organization grew to include six surrounding counties. Mathis passed away in 2013.

The Bicycle Man Community Outreach Projects organization is still in operation and works to take kids from drug-infested neighborhoods, introduce them to a positive environment and build confidence, self-esteem and good work habits. For more information about the organization, log onto http://thebicycleman.com/.

Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks Recreation has overseen the trail head project. To read more about Parks Recreation, visit www.fcpr.us.

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