BEAVER QUEEN PAGEANT CELEBRATES ITS CENTENNIAL
It’s the only pageant ballerina, astronaut, bee keeper, lieutenant and an old woman can take the stage and all vie for the same crown — The 2014 Beaver Queen Pageant.
With costumes donned and tails raised, the five contestants showed their best sides all to benefit the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association and Beaver Lodge Local 1504 … Oh, and of course, the environment.
What started off 10 years ago has grown into family fun, even with a few innuendoes that organizers call “pure silliness.”
Lee Ann Tilley, a board member with the ECWA, has been working on the pageant for two years. She said her first time at the pageant was what sparked her interest in the organization.
“Then I learned all about the good work they were doing,” she said. “This is just such a fun day.”
Plus, Tilley gets to raise money for a cause, all while being silly.
“It’s family friendly,” she said. “But there are a lot of things that will go over the children’s head.”
It’s also a neighborhood party for those who live around Duke Park.
Warm up the fires at City Hall, it’s time to start burning the public’s mortgage on the American Tobacco complex. The city’s incentive-payment promises for the redevelopment of the former cigarette factory are set to start dropping off as of July 1, when its annual obligation to the project drops from $919,011 to $291,325.
Annual Fishing Rodeo draws young, old alike
Eleven-year-old Samantha Andino’s been participating in the annual Fishing Rodeo for four years.
Samantha is known for her hats — ones she creates specifically for the event. This year, she sported a pink whale with ocean waves and fish pinned on. She designs them specifically for the rodeo.
Her mother, Tammy Andino, said the rodeo is an opportunity for family bonding, especially in nature.
“I love it here … and my daughter loves it out here too,” Tammy Andino said. “It’s a great opportunity to see all the families together connecting, getting down to basics, you know? Everything is so electronic these days. This is something basic and fun.”
Police said about 1:30 Saturday morning two men broke into a house on the 900 block of Washington Street and shot an individual inside. The individual was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The Broadway hit that combines the music of ABBA with humor, fun and poignancy first came to the Durham Performing Arts Center in 2010 and is back this weekend for a short run. Opening night on Friday played to a lively, jubilant crowd who didn’t need to wait for the final curtain to let out a whistle and excited applause.
On Saturday, young entrepreneurs came together for the first Young Entrepreneur’s Expo, sponsored by the Patricia Taborn Modeling and Talent Agency, INC. (PMTA), a local non-profit.
ANNUAL WALK FOR THE ANIMALS RAISES THOUSANDS FOR APS
There was a new sheriff in town Saturday, and she walked on four legs.
The “sheriff” was actually Piglet, a 5-year-old rat terrier owned by Durham County’s real sheriff — Mike Andrews.
And just like Andrews’ victory as the election polls this month, Piglet was a winner at the Durham County Animal Protection Society’s annual Walk for the Animals. Piglet, dressed as a cowboy with miniature gun holsters and a hat with sheriff’s badge, took first place in the best-dressed contest on Duke University’s East Campus.
Andrews and his wife, Pam, are strong supporters of the county’s animal shelter, donating monthly.
“I love animals — dogs especially — and it’s very important to protect them,” Pam Andrews said. “Dogs are definitely our best friends. They love you no matter what.”
Piglet was among an estimated 500 dogs and an equal number of owners who participated in a walk around Duke University’s East Campus to raise money for the Durham shelter.
The ACC sought a home for its baseball tournament and Durham is glad to provide it. On Thursday, at the league meetings Amelia Island, Fla., ACC commissioner John Swofford announced the league baseball tournament will be held at Durham Bulls Athletic Park for four consecutive years, beginning in May 2015.
To meet long-term needs, Durham needs a bigger allotment of Jordan Lake water, to the tune of nearly a two-thirds increase on its present reserve, the city Water Management Department told state regulators.
When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, they will be asked to fill four of the seven seats on the Durham Board of Education.