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State Doc Pick of the Week : Social Relationships between Wineries and Local Communities

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Wineries and Local CommunitiesThe Cooperative Extension Service published a document titled Social Relationships between Wineries and Local Communities: Perspectives of North Carolinians from the Piedmont. North Carolina is home to over 100 wineries and ranks 4th nationwide as a wine tourism destination, according to the NC Department of Commerce in 2012.

In this document they talk about how the NC Wine Trails are benefiting communities with wineries and how fast the wine industry is growing in North Carolina. To support this fast growth, they conducted studies to discover some of the social relationships between wineries and local communities in North Carolina.

Some of the findings include: few neighbors visit their local wine trails, residents have some positive social relationships with their local wineries, frequent visits foster better winery-community social relationships, wineries need to increase their marketing efforts among residents, and finally they offer their lessons learned and recommendations.

You can view, download, print, and save this document here.

Celebrating National Aviation Week: Take a Short-Hop over to NCpedia for North Carolina’s Aviation Firsts

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Celebrating National Aviation Week: Take a Short-Hop over to NCpedia for North Carolina’s Aviation Firsts

This week is National Aviation Week, built around Friday’s upcoming National Aviation Day, first proclaimed in 1939 by President Franklin Roosevelt.  Roosevelt issued the proclamation to designate the holiday to coincide with the anniversary of Orville Wright‘s birth on August 19, 1871.

And although the Wrights’ epic flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903 gave the state one of its most memorable mottos — First in Flight — there are even more flight “firsts” that contribute to that distinction.

Photograph of Belvin Maynard, William Kline, and Trixie

Photograph of Belvin Maynard – and his dog Trixie – and William Kline, ca. 1910. Republished in NCpedia courtesy of Digital Forsyth.

Here’s just a sampling of some of the “firsts”, and you can find more information by following the links to NCpedia:

  • 1873: Henry Gatling’s hand-cranked monoplane was flown near Murfreesboro; claimed to be the first plane built in the U.S.
  • 1903: The Wrights flew the first manned and powered airplane at Kitty Hawk.
  • 1903: Georgia Ann Thompson — better known as Tiny Broadwick in NCpedia — became the first woman to make a parachute jump from an airplane. Broadwick is also credited with being the first person to make a free-fall descent and for troubleshooting a near-disaster that lead to the invention of the rip-cord.
  • 1907: Luther Paul’s twin-rotor unmanned helicopter the Bumble Bee flew in Carteret County; claimed to be the first helicopter flight in the U.S.
  • 1919: Belvin Maynard, born in Sampson County, set a record for 318 consecutive loops in 67 minutes at an airfield in France. For a time Maynard was known as the “greatest pilot on earth” and has also been credited with performing the first in-flight wedding in 1922 (although this detail has not been proven!).
  • 1928: pioneering aviatrix Louise Marcellus McPhetridge Thaden flew to 20,260 feet, at the time the highest altitude reached by a woman; Thaden and her husband participated in the development of all-metal planes and later resided in High Point where they operated a plastics engineering firm.
  • 1928: The state’s first regular air mail flight by Wheeler Airlines landed at Lindley Field in Greensboro.
  • 1948: North Carolina-born aeronautical engineer Francis Rogallo patented his invention the self-inflating Rogallo Wing which became the basis for foot-launched hang-gliders. (The first glider flown using the wing was developed and made by Californian Barry Palmer in 1961.)
  • 1969: North Carolina’s Warren Hervey Wheeler became the country’s first African American to own a commercial airline, Wheeler Flying Service.
  • 1974: Dare County resident and kite-maker John Harris in NCpedia became the first person to hang glide from the peak of Grandfather Mountain.

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State Doc Pick of the Week : Carolina Lawns

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The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service published a guide titled Carolina Lawns: A Guide to Carolina LawnsMaintaining Quality Turf in the Landscape.

This guide is intended to help residents of North Carolina keep their lawns healthy and good looking while also educating its readers about Carolina grasses and the benefits, both for you and the environment, of keeping your lawn in good shape.

Here are some of the things this guide covers: what to plant, establishing new lawns, caring for new lawns, maintaining established lawns, renovating a lawn, pest management, and more. This guide will help you to choose the right type of grass for each of the Carolina seasons based on your region, climate, intended use of your lawn, and the desired appearance of your lawn.

You can view, download, print, and save this guide here.

New @NCpedia: North Carolina Olympians in the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame

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Harry Williamson wearing University of North Carolina track warm-ups. Writing on the back of the photograph indicates it was taken three weeks before the try-outs for the 1936 Olympic games. Harry Williamson competed in the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin, Germany and was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1999. Photo appears in NCpedia courtesy of the High Point Historical Society, High Point, NC. Used by permission.

Harry Williamson wearing University of North Carolina track warm-ups. Writing on the back of the photograph indicates it was taken three weeks before the try-outs for the 1936 Olympic games. Harry Williamson competed in the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin, Germany and was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 1999. Photo appears in NCpedia courtesy of the High Point Historical Society, High Point, NC. Used by permission.

New @NCpedia: North Carolina Olympians in the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame

The spotlight is on the Olympics in Rio this week. And North Carolina has a long history of sending athletes who have ties to the state in one way or another. This year a few dozen athletes with Tar Heel ties are competing.  Check out this recent article from WUNC Radio with links to TeamUSA.org and USAgym.org.

A North Carolinian first competed in the modern Olympics in Berlin, Germany in 1936.  That year, Harry Williamson, a former UNC-Chapel Hill track and field athlete (1932-1936), qualified for the 800 meter sprint, placing 3rd in the trials.  A native of High Point, Williamson won his heat at the Olympics but ended up placing 6th in the Olympic event, although only seconds behind the winner. In 1999, he was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

And speaking of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame:  the SHOF is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of History and operates its own museum on the 3rd floor of the Museum in downtown Raleigh.  The space is a trove of North Carolina sports history, trivia, lore and artifacts.  There’s enough there to occupy many visits!  And you can visit their website to peruse a long list of inductees.

NCpedia’s most recent addition comes to us thanks to folks at the SHOF who have put together a list of 31 Tar Heels who have made it to the Olympics and into the Sports Hall of Fame. This list includes both athletes and coaches, including the first inductee into the newly organized SHOF in 1963 — track and field athlete from 1960 Olympics, Jim Beatty — along with the three famed Yow sisters. So, race on over to NCpedia to learn more!

Kelly Agan, North Carolina Government & Heritage Library

 

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