Parks & Rec Teams Participate in Community/Youth Day

(Fayetteville, N.C.) – Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks Recreation youth football teams and cheerleaders have been invited to participate in the Fayetteville State University Community/Youth Day on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. The event will be held during Fayetteville State’s first home football game of the season, when the Broncos kickoff against Virginia Union at Luther “Nick” Jeralds Stadium.

Approximately 20 Parks Recreation youth football teams, cheerleaders and their coaches will be in attendance at the game. Recreation athletes who plan to attend the game will also be recognized and have a designated place at the stadium to sit.

Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks Recreation offers a plethora of athletics, programs and classes at their facilities throughout Fayetteville and Cumberland County. For more information about Parks Recreation, log onto www.fcpr.us.   

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AmericanTown’s Heroes: CJ Burford Bikes Cross Country for the Children’s Cancer Society

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart” sounds like something you might see on an inspirational poster. You know, the kind with the image of the sun breaking through the clouds or a hiker summiting a mountain. It’s actually a bit of verse, taken from the Bible, and it’s a statement that a young boy took to heart and has turned into a mission to help others.

CJ Burford loves to ride his bike, so he thought why not ride my bike for a reason, which was the seed for an idea to make a difference for others. CJ just embarked on a major bike ride! One that will take him from Oceanside, CA to St. Augustine, FL.

He started out on the first of September and plans to reach Florida in the middle of December. He is making the ride to raise awareness and monies for the National Children’s Cancer Society, so if you see him and his family along the way show your support in the way that feels right for you. And don’t worry, it looks like CJ’s dad is riding alongside him.

You can follow CJ’s progress on his Facebook Page, CJs Rides for a Reason, see photos of his adventure on the blog and learn more about him and his effort on his website, loveFAR.org (FAR stands for “For A Reason”). If you would like to donate, there are links on the website where you can also see all the businesses who have signed on to sponsor.

What do you love to do? Do you do it for a reason? Take inspiration from CJ and turn something you love into a way to make a difference in the lives of others.

If you know someone making a difference in your community, nominate them for next week’s AmericanTown’s Heroes.

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/ca/oceanside/news/americantowns-heroes-cj-burford-bikes-cross-country-for-the-childrens-cancer-society-20376346

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Sep 17,2014: Dog Fashion Disco and Schmegma

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EarthTalk: Ethanol’s Unrealized Promise

Dear EarthTalk: I thought that putting ethanol in our gas tanks was going help fight climate change, but lately I’ve heard reports to the contrary. Can you enlighten?       -- B.B.

Ethanol and similar “biofuels” made from corn and other crops seem like a good idea given their potential for reducing our carbon outputs as well as our reliance on fossil fuels. But recent research has shown that the federal government’s push to up production of corn-derived ethanol as a gasoline additive since 2007 has actually expanded our national carbon footprint and contributed to a range of other problems.

 

U.S. corn producers started ramping up ethanol production in 2007 as a result of President George W. Bush’s Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), which mandated an increase in the volume of renewable fuel to be blended into transportation fuel from nine billion gallons in 2008 to 36 billion by 2022. Ethanol now makes up 10 percent of the gasoline available at filling stations.

 

But environmentalists now say that the promise of ethanol has turned out to be too good to be true. For one, there is the issue of net energy produced. According to CornellUniversity ecologist David Pimentel, growing and processing corn into a gallon of ethanol requires 131,000 BTUs of energy, but the resulting ethanol contains only 77,000 BTUs. And since fossil-fuel-powered equipment is used to plant, harvest, process and distribute ethanol, the numbers only get worse.

 

The non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) warns that continued production of corn ethanol is not only “worse for the climate than gasoline” but also bad for farmers, the land and consumers: “It is now clear that the federal corn ethanol mandate has driven up food prices, strained agricultural markets, increased competition for arable land and promoted conversion of uncultivated land to grow crops.”

 

Additionally, the group reports that previous estimates “dramatically underestimated corn ethanol’s greenhouse gas emissions by failing to account for changes in land use,” citing a 2012 study documenting the conversion of eight million acres of Midwestern grassland and wetlands to corn fields for ethanol between 2008 and 2011. “These land use changes resulted in annual emissions of 85 million to 236 million metric tons of greenhouse gases,” says EWG. “In light of these emissions, many scientists now question the environmental benefit of so-called biofuels produced by converting food crops.”

 

Given the potential negative impacts of so-much corn-based ethanol, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly weighing a proposal to cut the amount currently required by law to be blended into gasoline by 1.39 billion gallons. If the federal government decides to do this, it could lower U.S. carbon emissions by some three million tons—equivalent to taking 580,000 cars off the roads for a year.

 

Meanwhile, researchers are trying to develop greener forms of ethanol, but none are ready for market yet. “The lifecycle emissions of ethanol ‘from seed to tailpipe’ depend on how the ethanol is made and what it is made from,” reports the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The best ethanol, they say, can produce as much as 90 percent fewer lifecycle emissions than gasoline, but the worst can produce much more. So there still may be room for ethanol in our energy future, but not if we keep doing it the way we are now.

 

CONTACTS: Renewable Fuel Standard, www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/renewablefuels; David Pimentel, vivo.cornell.edu/display/individual5774; EWG, www.ewg.org; UCS, www.ucsusa.org.

 

 

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.

 

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Sep 16,2014: Exhibition

Featuring Artist:

Local Artists selected to exhibit include:
• Shane Booth – photography 
• Jonathan Chestnut – mixed media sculptures
•  Erica Goodpaster – photography 
• Sarah Grusenmeyer – photography

Artists invited from across the country are:
• Ricky Charles, drawing and Cecilia C. Givens, painting – New Orleans
• JooYoung Choi, time-based media – Houston, Texas 
•  Elva Trevino, mixed media – San Antonio, Texas
• Jill Brody, photography – Providence, RI 
• Susan Parrish, found objects and mixed media sculpture – Raleigh, NC 
• Betti Pettinati-Longinotti, stained glass – Winston Salem, NC 
• Shea Justice, mixed media  – Boston, MA 

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/nc/fayetteville/events/exhibition-mediating-relevance-the-politics-of-gender-2014-09-16

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Sep 15,2014: Exhibition

Featuring Artist:

Local Artists selected to exhibit include:
• Shane Booth – photography 
• Jonathan Chestnut – mixed media sculptures
•  Erica Goodpaster – photography 
• Sarah Grusenmeyer – photography

Artists invited from across the country are:
• Ricky Charles, drawing and Cecilia C. Givens, painting – New Orleans
• JooYoung Choi, time-based media – Houston, Texas 
•  Elva Trevino, mixed media – San Antonio, Texas
• Jill Brody, photography – Providence, RI 
• Susan Parrish, found objects and mixed media sculpture – Raleigh, NC 
• Betti Pettinati-Longinotti, stained glass – Winston Salem, NC 
• Shea Justice, mixed media  – Boston, MA 

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/nc/fayetteville/events/exhibition-mediating-relevance-the-politics-of-gender-2014-09-15

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Sep 14,2014: Cumberland County Fair

Schedule:

10:15 am – Church Services on the Fairgrounds

1:00 PM – Petting Farm Opens – Presented by Lumbee River EMC

1:00 PM – When Forever Comes Band – Cross Creek Subaru Entertainment Stage

2:00 PM – Racing Pigs – Sponsored by Lumbee River EMC

2:00 PM – Truman’s Trivia Contest – Kidsville News Stage

2:00 PM – Lucy Hemingway – Cross Creek Subaru Entertainment Stage

3:00 PM – Truman’s Spelling Bee Round 1 – Kidsville News Stage

3:00 PM – Turner Family – Cross Creek Subaru Entertainment Stage

3:30 PM – DaVille Skate Team Show

3:30 PM – Kerry’s Dance Beat – Kidsville News Stage

4:00 PM – Michael Daughtry — Cross Creek Subaru Entertainment Stage

4:00 PM – Racing Pigs

4:30 PM – Cumberland County Hooperz – Kidsville News Stage

5:00 PM – Torres One Ring Circus

5:00 PM – Truman’s Spelling Bee Round 2 – Kidsville News Stage

5:00 PM – Glad Trio – Cross Creek Subaru Entertainment Stage

6:00 PM – Racing Pigs

6:00 PM – Larry Chason – Cross Creek Subaru Entertainment Stage

6:30 PM – DaVille Skate Team Show

7:00 PM – Dixie Travelers – Cross Creek Subaru Entertainment Stage

7:00 PM – Torres One Ring Circus

7:00 PM – Truman’s Spelling Bee Round Finals – Kidsville News Stage

8:00 PM – Racing Pigs

8:00 PM – Annointed – Cross Creek Subaru Entertainment Stage

8:00 PM – Cumberland County Hooperz – Kidsville News Stage

9:30 PM – DaVille Skate Team Show

10:00 PM -  2014 Cumberland County Fair Closes

Admission:
Monday – Thursday: $15.00 – includes admission unlimited rides and entertainment
Fri /Sat/Sun – $6.00 gate admission – ride tickets wristbands available separately Children under 2 free – no ride access

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Author, Afghanistan Veteran Damalis Bryant Pits 13 Iconic Teams Against Each Other in ‘NFL’s All-Time Dream Showdowns: Fantasy Matchups & Realistic Results’

Fayetteville, NC – With another glorious NFL season kicking off, fantasy football gurus as well as amateur fans have a new resource to pique their interest in the game’s storied history. “NFL’s All-Time Dream Showdowns: Fantasy Matchups Realistic Results” compares 13 of the best single-season pro football teams by way of compellingly narrated, fictional games. Author and sports buff Damalis Bryant completed the book while deployed in Afghanistan as a supply specialist in the US Army; the book is now for sale on Amazon and Barnes Noble.

Given the growing popularity and diversity of fantasy football leagues, the market for Bryant’s first published book is potentially huge. The Madden-like fantasy matchups that he describes are painstakingly researched and realistic. Bryant has published “NFL’s All-Time Dream Showdowns” though Write To Excite Publishing, the company he founded in 2012.

Bryant’s fantasy football book showcases the unique style that he developed while working as a sports journalist at his alma mater, Norfolk State University. Prior to publishing “NFL’s All-Time Dream Showdowns,” he finished similar books on boxing and professional basketball.

Chapter one of “NFL’s All-Time Dream Showdowns” includes detailed scouting reports on all 13 teams. Subsequent chapters build around themes of interest to historians of the game. In chapter 3, for example, the focus is on the 1992 Dallas Cowboys, perhaps the high water mark for “America’s Team.” Chapter 5 pits the San Francisco 49ers of 1989 and 1994 against rivals from different eras. The books concluding chapter features a series of high-caliber matchups designed to select the “greatest ever” NFL team.

Reviews of the book have been enthusiastic:

- “I enjoyed this book immensely, from the early introduction of Hall of Fame greats to the final whistle when the Super Bowl Champ of All Time is revealed. Anyone with any interest in football also will enjoy this wonderful book.”

- “I found this to be a very enjoyable book. If you like football, I think that you will enjoy this loving tribute to the great teams of the past.”

- “Damalis Bryant writes well and that is one of the reasons that this book works as well as it does. His research and concept is so on the mark that even the most informed footballer will cheer him on. That, fans, is an amazing achievement.”

Next up for Bryant is the publication of his already-finished books on the NBA and heavyweight boxing, both of which follow the same format as the NFL book. Book on Major League Baseball as well as welterweight and middleweight boxing are also in the pipeline. Bryant has a sequel in mind for “NFL’s All-Time Dream Showdowns” that will chronicle 12 new teams that didn’t make the original cut. Sequels to the other planned books are also likely.

About Damalis Bryant

Decorated serviceman Damalis Bryant graduated from Norfolk State University with a print journalism degree in 2002. While working on his degree, he covered news and sports for “The Spartan Echo” and developed a keen interest in sports writing.

In 2009, Bryant joined the US Army and was deployed to Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011. He has received numerous awards for service and bravery, including the Combat Action Badge, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Parachute Badge and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.a

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/nc/fayetteville/news/author-afghanistan-veteran-damalis-bryant-pits-13-iconic-teams-against-each-other-in-nfls-alltime-dream-showdowns-fantasy-matchups-realistic-results-20402481

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Sep 12,2014: Performance

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Stormwater Inspectors Complete Water Quality Monitoring

(Fayetteville, N.C.) – Recently, the City’s Stormwater Division collected water samples from streams to monitor water quality in six of the watersheds located within the city limits. Stormwater inspectors collect samples on a quarterly basis and have been doing so since September 2005 as part of the City’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.

Inspectors take samples in the Cross Creek, Blounts Creek, Beaver Creek, Buckhead Creek and Little Rockfish Creek watersheds. When testing, the inspectors observe air and water temperature, hours since the last rain event, pH of water, turbidity, dissolved oxygen levels, conductivity and flow rate, as well as to report any signs of obvious pollution.  Once the inspectors record these observations, water is collected for laboratory testing. The samples are sent to Microbac Laboratories to be analyzed for several water quality indicators, such as total suspended solids, nitrogen, phosphorous and fecal coliform.  These indicators are set by the North Carolina Division of Water Quality (DWQ).  Results of these tests are published each year in the City’s Annual Stormwater Report to DWQ

The City’s Stormwater Division undertakes water quality monitoring activities for several reasons.  One reason is so that the City remains compliant with the NPDES MS4 Phase 1 permit. Staff also samples to assess the effectiveness of best management practices and local water quality.  The City uses the results to compare with other large N.C. stormwater programs.

While the Stormwater Division samples on a quarterly basis, the sampling in September coincides with World Water Monitoring Day, which is celebrated on Sept. 18 of each year. World Water Monitoring Day is part of the World Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMC) that runs from March until December. The WWMC is an international educational and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world. To learn more about the World Water Monitoring Challenge, please visit http://www.worldwatermonitoringday.org/.

For more information on the City’s Stormwater Division, please visit www.cityoffayetteville.org/stormwateror call (910) 433-1613.

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