E received more
than 100 entries.
Opening and cata-loguing
each was not
gifts on Christmas morning — never
knowing what the next file would hold.
What a gift they are.
Photography is art and appreciation
of it is subjective. The professional eye
of our director of photography made
the selections with input from other
team members. We are confident you’ll
enjoy the results. Shutterbugs can count
on this competition being an annual
event. In this spirit, to capture a photo
of me for this issue we ventured, cam-eras
in hand, to Skywatch Bird Rescue
in Castle Hayne. There you’ll find
rehabilitation and permanent residents
of the flying kind — from waterfowl to
birds of prey — in an ever-rotating and
fascinating winged population large
to small, including black swans, owls,
peacocks and emus.
I am also very excited to bring you
an excerpt created just for you from a
larger, family-authorized, biographi-cal
work in progress by Marimar
McNaughton on Marge Gates, the
late wife of Jim Leutze, now UNCW chancellor emeritus. I, for one, have a newfound respect for this exceptional woman. It is an
extraordinary snapshot of an amazing life.
During Hurricane Florence, and the mandatory evacuation from our homes, I gained an increased appreciation for shared live
stream. Find, in this issue, the locations and links to the Wrightsville live cams for real-time looks at some of the most favorite spots.
It’s not the same as being there in person, but it sure helps.
And a huge, sincere thank you to WB Police Chief Dan House and his fine officers for the videos they shot and made immedi-ately
available in the anxious hours following the storm. What a blessing you all were, and are, to residents. And the public works
crews — plus all the other departments: Thank you for a job well done, we hold you in our hearts.
Life as we know it has slowly edged closer to normal, and yet north, south, east and west, there are so many so immersed in the nega-tives
of the storm’s wrath. Many are still displaced while the impact on area businesses has been underreported. The very best way to
encourage all of our businesses as they recover is with your financial patronage; plan real soon to pop into each to see what’s new.
It will mean a lot.
Pat’s hair by Frank Potter, Bangz Hair Salon. Hair styled by Rob Asp, Bangz. Makeup by Jonie Green, Bangz.
Debuting this issue are the winners of our inaugural
photography competition for amateurs and professionals.
A walk on the wild side: This is Romeo, an amorous emu at Skywatch Bird Rescue.
PHOTOS BY ALLISON POTTER