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Hometown Hero: Dick and Sheryl Forbis

This week’s WCHL Hometown Heroes are Sheryl and Dick Forbis. Two pillars of the community who use their skillsets and spare time to help those in need through Habitat for Humanity and the Augustine Project, among other activities! The Augustine Project is a non-profit organization that works to improve the reading, writing and spelling abilities of low-income children and teens struggling with literacy skills. Tutors work with children individually for 60 sessions or more of 45 minutes. “It’s a joy to be a tutor and to be a volunteer with the Augustine Literacy project,” said Sheryl. “The children change...

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Hometown Hero: Marjorie Land

This week’s Hometown Hero is Marjorie Land, a caring woman and extraordinarily active member of her community. Called a “precious jewel” by Mae McLendon, who nominated her for this week’s Hometown Hero, Land is retired with 41 years of nursing experience. Land has made use of her wealth of experiential knowledge to help those around her in everything from house calls to involvement with local schools systems. “Just about everything I did was putting me in contact with people who had health issues that I could help them with,” said Land. “I could point them in the right direction...

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North Carolina Comicon: Heroes Welcome

Photos by Meredith Lewis It’s that time of year again: colorful costumes and superheroes galore clogging up the crosswalks of Durham. The North Carolina Comicon is back in town. “I love comic conventions. Anywhere there’s a con, that’s where I’ll be,” said Damon Lemay, a con-goer from the Outer Banks and part-time Colonial Marine xenomorph buster. “The best part about comic con is seeing everybody from all walks of life come together. Whether they’re nerds, business owners, work in construction, whatever … everyone is the same here.” There was a time when the word “convention” in reference to a gathering...

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Barns and Bluegrass: Celebrating 45 Years of Music

Banjos and fiddles, barns and bluegrass. Some things just go together. It’s been 45 years of continuous music and traveling for Tommy Edwards and The Bluegrass Experience, but coming home still tastes just as sweet as it ever did. On Sunday, November 13, the Barn in Fearrington Village will be raising the rafters to commemorate almost half a century of music with “Pickin’: A Celebration.” Tommy Edwards and The Bluegrass Experience includes big-time bluegrass names known well to North Carolina residents. Tommy Edwards – two time winner of the World Bluegrass Guitar Championship – on lead guitar, Mike Aldridge...

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Hometown Hero: Rich Giorgi

Rich Giorgi isn’t your average everyday bicycle enthusiast. As a co-founder of the completely non-profit and volunteer-staffed ReCYCLEry in Carrboro, Giorgi makes owning a piece of personal transportation as easy as putting it together yourself from scrap. Which isn’t always easy. “The ReCYCLEry is really important to the community because it allows everyone access to a bicycle,” said Rachael Fiorentino, a fellow volunteer at the ReCYCLEry. “Even if you can’t afford one, you can come here and earn one.” That spirit of earning a tangible result for effort and elbow grease is a constant at the ReCYCLEry, which functions...

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Dr. Ashley Robertson, DVM: Hometown Hero

Dr. Ashley Robertson, DVM, is this week’s Hometown Hero. Dr. Robertson has spent a large portion of her time recently performing multiple surgeries for the ASPCA on the animals surrendered to the Hoke County Sheriff’s department. She has donated significant time and personal resources to the task, discounting bills to charge only enough to cover cost of supplies. Dr. Robertson has a history of admirably selfless behavior when it comes to the treatment and care of animals, having been the sole doctor at Meadowmont Animal Hospital in Chapel Hill and working closely with local animal rescues alongside being the...

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Adopt Onion: She has layers, and she’ll bring a tear to your eye

(photo by Katie Stember) Meet Onion! She’s a young Labrador Retriever mix who’s small but with a large personality. When she was first rescued, she was a little anxious and fearful, but since being in the care of Paws4Ever and some loving sponsors Onion has blossomed into a trusting and affectionate little pup. She is very communicative, making silly faces and small noises to get attention without barking for it. She loves tennis balls, even when they’re a bit too big for her. Especially when they’re too big for her.   (photo by Katie Stember)   Onion is very...

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Dorothy “Dottie” Bernholz: Hometown Hero

Dorothy Bernholz, photo courtesy of The Daily Tar Heel/Jason Wolonick Dorothy “Dottie” C. Bernholz certainly fits the bill of a “Hometown Hero.” Since her landmark case against the North Carolina State Bar arguing for the existence of Carolina Student Legal Services in 1976, Bernholz has been a pillar of the community and a figure that inspires the kind of respect and admiration that heroes are made of. As the legal definition of adulthood shifted in the mid-70’s from age 21 to 18, a sudden swell in Americans with the rights and responsibilities of adults defined college towns such as...

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