What Exactly is a Boar?

The wild boar is a male animal of the pig family, or swine. It is only two feet high and four feet long, but it is strong enough to kill a tiger or a bear. The boar has a woolly body covered with bristles, which are short, stiff hairs. The boar has several tusks in its mouth, and they are almost as sharp as razor blades. These dangerous little animals used to live and be hunted in England until they were all killed, about five hundred years ago.

Today you can still find wild boars in the forests of central Europe and in certain parts of Russia, India, and the United States. The wild boars that now live in America were brought to North Carolina about fifty years ago by an English sportsman. He wanted to raise them so he could hunt them on his estate. Some of them escaped. Now they wander over a large area of dense forest in the southern part of the Great Smoky Mountains. People who live in the hills of Tennessee and North Carolina often see them.

Hunting the wild boar has been a favorite sport of man for many thousands of years. In India, the boar is hunted with spears and the sport is known as “pig-sticking.” Most often the boar is hunted on horseback, with rifles and a pack of specially trained brave dogs. The dogs are no match for an angry boar, but the dogs can chase and tire the boar out until the hunters arrive. A wild boar is so strong and courageous that it will not cry out no matter how badly it is wounded. Even when it is shot through the heart and is dying, it will stay on its feet and kill anyone who comes near.

Car Accident Claims in At-Fault States

In most states, a person responsible for a car accident is the party legally liable for losses and damages (including injuries to passengers and other drivers) resulting from the accident. These states are referred to as “fault” states, and include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Losses and Damages

Losses and damages that result from car accident claims among these states are generally covered by the “at-fault” party’s insurance company. The at-fault driver will then face an increased car insurance premium. But sometimes, insurance companies are not willing (or extremely hesitant) to payout the full and fair amount of compensation needed by the driver or any injured victims, in which case, a personal injury lawyer is necessary to take control of the negotiations between parties and recover what is rightfully owed.

Proving Fault

Although there are various factors and laws that influence the final verdicts of such cases, the main influence is fault. In a fault state, any person injured in a car accident will carry the burden of proving the opponents fault and liability in the accident. In fact, this will be the primary objective for their legal team. This however, can be quite challenging and complex, since fault is not always so cut and dry. For example, if a stop light is not functioning properly and a driver crosses an intersection and collides with another driver, which makes the first driver then collide into a third vehicle, assigning fault is complicated. This is why it is important to retain experienced counsel for professional and assertive representation.

To prove fault, the claimant must prove 4 things:

1. A legal duty of care was owed

In the case of car accidents, all drivers have the legal duty to operate a motor vehicle safely and obey all laws, traffic signals, and rules of the road.

2. The duty was breached.

The claimant would have to provide evidence proving the opponent did not uphold their duty of care.

3. The breach was a direct cause of the accident and subsequent injuries.

Again, the claimant would have to provide evidence demonstrating how the breach led to the accident, which then caused their injuries.

4. The injuries resulted in losses and damages that can be compensated financially.

Last, the claimant has the burden of proving how their injuries caused them to suffer monetarily, such as lost wages, time of work, hospital bills, medical expenses, and more.

Historic Real Estate: Revival of the Curtis-Foster House

Neighbors cheer as award-winning preservationists help restore the black sheep of the block to its original beauty. Over the past several decades, the historic Curtis-Foster House, located on North 6th Street in Wilmington North Carolina, has fallen into significant disrepair and turned into an eyesore on a street of historical homes. This came to a halt in late 2005 when Osprey Holdings LLC bought the property, ending its tenure as an unauthorized, low-rent boarding house and began to restore the property to its original grandeur.

110 North 6th Street, named the Curtis-Foster House after its original owners, was built circa 1865 for George Curtis and his wife, Melvina Ann Medley. The couple married on November 23 1849 and had three children, one of whom, Katie, died from measles age six February 2, 1869. Curtis died a year later, leaving his wife to care for the home until 1881 when she leased the property to Gertrude Foster for five dollars a month (in today’s market, a house of this type could rent for over $1000 a month!).

Tim O’Callaghan of Osprey Holdings LLC began work on the 5000 square foot home last summer. His first step was to take a sledge hammer to the walls in search of asbestos, a hazardous material used for insulation up until the 1980s. To his relief, O’Callaghan found only cedar lap siding, a sign of solid construction.

Patching and coating the original tin roof with Hydro Stop to prevent leaks was next, followed by restoring the windows. To re-tie, re-weight, scrape, clean, and prime just one window is a full-day project. Still on the list: refinishing the original hardwood floors and cherry banister.

“The most exciting step is restoring the floors,” said O’Callaghan. “The entire room will reflect off them.”

Though not yet complete, renovation of the Curtis-Foster House has already had an impact on neighbors’ comfort and the salability of the area. Since March 2006, four homes on the block sold for an average of $197 per square foot, a huge increase in activity and value since the years before. The Curtis-Foster house will join the selection of Wilmington historic homes for sale in the late spring.

AP US History Outlines – The Restoration Colonies

After the end of the Cromwell era in Britain, Charles II, who was restored to the throne, gave his supporters large tracts of land in the New World. The colonies that were developed on these parcels of land are known and the Restoration Colonies, and form an important part of US history.

New York

James, the brother of Charles II, took a group of British ships and forced the Dutch out of New York. James moved cautiously, and initially created a legal code called the ‘Duke’s Laws’ that only applied to Englishmen. New York grew slowly and was ruled autocratically. It was hardly the important commercial center that it is today.

New Jersey

The New Jersey Colony was owned by Quakers and developed to become quite successful. Generous land grants, limited freedom of religion and a representative assembly fueled migration to this colony.


Pennsylvania was owned by William Penn, who advertised the advantages of moving to his colony throughout Europe. Pennsylvania also became an economic success and expanded quickly. Penn was quite tolerant, and his colony had relatively good relations with the nearby Indian tribes. Ironically, it was this toleration brought people to Pennsylvania that didn’t care about Indian rights, creating conflicts.


The colony of Carolina (which had a constitution that was drafted by John Locke) developed two distinct population centers and eventually split in half. The two resulting colonies, North Carolina and South Carolina, had different economic bases. North Carolina generally grew tobacco for transport to Virginia and later export to Europe. South Carolina, on the other hand, grew largely food crops. This food was then sold to feed the expanding slave populations in the Caribbean.

Why Are Family Fun Events Important?

A family fun destination can transform a typical day or evening into a intimate time of bonding and adventure. With the advent of social media and rapidly developing computer technology, children are becoming more isolated from their parents, taking their cues from pop culture icons with an agenda. Family fun is not just about entertainment! Carving out space in time where you can gain the ear of your children and instill good values in them that will help them to grow up with integrity and the wisdom to stay safe in a dangerous world.

UpwardEvents is a company that operates with the goal of promoting family fun destination events, so that families can spend quality time together. Whether that means keeping you apprised of Charlotte Christian events or if it entails connecting you with a North Carolina ticket broker, we are committed to getting you outside of the house with your little tribe.

Family fun tickets are our specialty, helping you to secure reasonably priced passes to the family fun destinations of your choice. There is no reason to spend yet another weekend in front of the computer while your children lose themselves in their iPods and video games. Utilize a North Carolina ticket broker to obtain tickets to shows, exhibits, interactive learning adventures and more.

We live in the age of information and social media, where ‘cyber-friends’ are becoming the norm and face-to-face social interactions are on a severe decline. Don’t text your children, take them out to Charlotte Christian events where you can enjoy each others’ company while getting rooted and grounded in strong family “moral” values. Family tickets are easy to come by and your kids will appreciate your effort to connect with them, whether they want to show it at first or not. Secure your family event and bring your family together as a tight-knit unit.

Amethyst is February’s Birthstone

If you’re still young enough to remember your birthday, you probably also remember the special birthstone assigned to it. But at your age, we bet you don’t really know the SIGNIFICANCE of your birthstone and what power the ancients felt would be bestowed about you by wearing it.

February’s birthstone: Amethyst

Birthstone powers: Brings peace and calm to your life

Alternative Birthstone: Bloodstone

Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February and the traditional anniversary gemstone for the sixth of marriage. Once considered more valuable than diamonds, this member of the quartz member occurs naturally as crystals within rocks. The stones are mined in Brazil, Uruguay, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Zambia, Australia and in the mountains of Russia

American amethysts are mined in Maine, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Montana and Colorado. Amethyst from Maine is usually dark with North Carolina amethyst having a bluish tint unique to that area. Amethyst can lighten if exposed to strong sunlight for a long time. When heated to 550-560 Centigrade, the color changes to dark yellow or reddish brown. (They are then called citrines. These are more richly colored and more expensive then natural citrines)

Ideally deep medium purple with rose-colored flashes, amethysts generally range in hue from pale lilac to nearly black purple. Since purple has always been the color of royalty, amethysts abound in the ornaments of in the British Crown Jewels and in the adornments of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, as well. They have been found in ruins dating as far back as the ninth century, adorning royal jewelry, scepters, and crowns.

The intense violet hue of February’s birthstone appealed to early monarchs, perhaps because they often wore this color…as a symbol of their elevated position. Purple dye was once scarce and expensive, so it was reserved for the garments of royalty, and the color came to symbolize power and status.

Sobering Thoughts with Amethyst

The Greeks believed that whoever wore an amethyst or drank from an amethyst cup would not become intoxicated. In fact, the word amethyst is derived from the Greek word “amethystos,” meaning sober. In ancient Greece, the gemstone was associated with the god of wine, and it was common practice to serve this beverage from Amethyst goblets in the belief that this would prevent overindulgence. It was also claimed that amethyst had a sobering effect on those “drunk” on love’s passion.

Even today, amethyst is considered a stabilizing force for those struggling to overcome addictive behaviors. In general, the gemstone is believed to be a calming, tranquil influence that symbolizes peace.

Amethyst and Prayer

Amethyst is symbolic of piety, spirituality, and a devotion to God. The rich purple gemstones are used worldwide to ornament churches and crosses used in religious ceremony, and they frequently found in the rings and on the rosaries worn by bishops and priests.

It is also believed that amethysts bring on pleasant dreams because they allow you to “channel” positive universal energy. As a result many people place an amethyst under their pillow before going to sleep at night to enjoy “sweet dreams” throughout the night.

The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks Book Review

This book took place in 1999 when North Carolina had the worst storms in history.

The main Character is Denise Holton whom was traveling to Edenton, North Carolina with her son Kyle (age 4) in the back seat.

Denise dedicated her life to her son Kyle and he was a full time job for her as he required special attention for a “speech”/”language” disability. As a single mother she set out to do her best. She worked four nights a week, five hour shifts earning enough to get what she needed to. She became a master of budgeting, a master of cutting corners. She had $238.00 in the bank and her car is 19 years old.

The reason why she was a single mother is that the father is Brett Cosgrove, and he was the type of man who attracted attention. She was 23 and in her second year of teaching, her friend Susan introduced Denise to Brett who was in town for a short investment banking business deal and they basically had a “one night stand” that led to her pregnancy of her wonderful son Kyle. The father did not want anything to do with her or the baby.

“She worried about Kyle all the time, and though all mothers worried about their children, she knew it wasn’t the same. Sometimes she wished she knew someone else who had a special needs child more like her son Kyle. At least then someone would understand. At least then she’d have someone to talk to, to compare notes with, someone to offer a shoulder when she needed to cry. Did other mothers wake up every day and wonder whether their child would ever had a friend? Any friend? Ever? Did other mothers worry whether their children would go to a regular school or play sports or go to the prom?”

As Denise was traveling in her car with Kyle in the back seat, a doe, fully grown on this stormy night froze in front of her car; she knew she would hit it! As she swerved to miss not to hit the deer she crashed into a tree and her head hit the steering wheel and felt excruciating pain in her forehead and suddenly fell unconscious.

The next thing she hears is “Hey, Lady, are you all right?” All she could say is KYLE! Where is my son? He was not in the car! Taylor McAden was the man from the fire department who found Denise first. This led to a community of fireman and volunteers to find Kyle in a swampy area near the crash site. Taylor McAden found a blanket, in the swampy areas about 50 yards from the spot where Denise had crashed. It took hours when Kyle was found by Taylor and brought to the hospital where Denise was taken for her injuries. Since Kyle could barely speak this task of finding him was harder than a normal case.

Taylor’s mother Judy always wanted him to find a wife and settle down. But for some reason “love” was just not his thing. His relationships would start off wonderful and then he lost interest. But this is not the case for how he felt for Denise as the relationship develops. In the end they end up happily ever after with Taylor adopting Kyle as his son.

Quote I love: “You are going to come across people in your life who say all the right words at all the right time. But in the end, it’s always their actions you should judge them by. It’s actions, not words that matter.”

K Line Trains

Chapel Hill, North Carolina based MDK Incorporated originally owned these products and eventually sold them to K-Line Trains which is in actuality a brand name for ‘S’ and ‘O’ gauge models of locomotives. At the early age of four, Maury Klein started manifesting utmost interest in toy trains watching intently battery powered trains make those endless loops on those toy train tracks. The most famous train sets during those days was the brand Lionel and he got one as a present at the age of six. Ho took it apart and tried to discern the ins and outs of a train and in1975, Maury Klein founded MDK Inc. which bore his initials.

Little did Maury realized that millions of people are fascinated with trains just like him and in 1974, while in school at the University of North Carolina, he was already earning through a small business selling train models via mail order. As his sales grew, he began to believe that there was enough opportunity for him to set up his own train company in the tinplate marketplace.

Claims for more shipments with the ever growing increase in orders of his model trains, Maury Klein built a building on a piece of land near Chapel Hill, North Carolina and this is where his mail order business started growing by leaps and bounds. His father entered the scene in 1979 to help Maury out in the making of new train models – the O27 and the ‘O’ gauge track now under the MDK K-Line, a brand and model of his own.

MDK sold many Lionel train brands and its closest competitor, MTH Electric Trains was likewise a huge dealer of these Lionel trains. While Maury’s mail order business grew, his ads appeared on well-known train magazines such as Model Railroader which was very famous towards the end of the decade 70’s.

Another competitor, Louis Marx and Company’s closed down finally in 1978 and this marked the ascent of Maury’s MDK K-Line of trains. Maury even bought the tooling and accessories formerly owned Marx and used it in his own production lines and he was able to buy all these heavy machineries and manufacturing paraphernalia at bankruptcy prices. He had a lot of the other tools Marx left behind by scavenging through the old warehouses and factories and eventually found the molds for the Marx 1947 model #333 pacific and #1829 4-6-2 Hudson locomotives in a run-down Fisher-Price warehouse a few meters away from Buffalo, New York. Part of the story was the warehouse was so dilapidated snow was falling off its roofing and the warehouse had no lights and no heating whatsoever and there they found the molds.

Maury again had some very fine acquisitions in the form of the Kusan rolling stock dies. These dies are design for building Auburn Model Trains which were American Model Trains as was earlier known. Williams Reproductions sold these dies to MDK K-Line in 1986 and in the same year, MDK was producingO27 locomotives, cars, and other figures.

Quality Public Education

In 2004 Forbes magazine ranked Raleigh, North Carolina’s Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), third in the nation for “Best Education in the Biggest Cities”. It’s no wonder, as Greater Raleigh is able to provide superior education opportunities in both public and private settings. WCPSS is a national leader on the education front. The school system boasts a solid high school graduation rate, great access to educational resources, and affordability in housing. All these factors, combined with it’s amazing programming make for an undeniably strong school system.

If you are moving to the Greater Raleigh area and want to know about specific WCPSS programming, read on:

K-12: The Formative Years

Committed to excellence, The Board of Education has adopted an ambitious goal. They aim to have 95 percent of WCPSS students in grades three through 12, at or above grade level by the end of this year! Such ambitious goals are indicative of a forward thinking and committed board, who are dedicated to providing the best education and ensuring that positive growth continues.

Parents in this area have a wide variety of educational options. There are many traditional public schools and also numerous private and special-needs schools. WCPSS offers over 20 programs in the district with 51 magnet schools. The award winning magnet school program provides creative approaches for teachers to reach students and to meet different student’s individual learning styles and needs. Magnet schools in the area, have been especially recognized with awards such as the United States Magnet School of Excellence of award and the Magnet School of Distinction award.

Recently the district received a portion of a 2.3 million dollar grant to open a health and life science themed high school aimed at developing students for both higher education and jobs in biotechnology and health care. Students at these schools will have the opportunity to participate in internship programs and will have access to community college and university level courses. There’s other grant funding in place which comes from the New Schools Project, an 11 million dollar grant that will create more than 100 new and redesigned high schools across the state.

Post- Secondary: Superior Education at Your Doorstep!

North Carolina State University, as one of the nation’s top research universities, is a great example of one the best post secondary options in Raleigh. Home to BTEC, The Golden LEAF Biomanfacturing Training and Education Center, this University is committed to providing a highly trained, industry-focused workforce. Dedicated to pursue “innovation in action”, NCSU partner’s with business’s, industry and government with a focus to collectively create innovative products and research.

The region’s community colleges also offer solid programs for those wishing to pursue technical, or specialized training in particular sectors of the workforce.

North Carolina community college is focused on biotechnology training to provide a highly trained workforce for the estimated 125,000 residents of NC who will be employed in this sector by 2025.

Wake Technical Community College is a leader in biological and chemical technology programs. They also offer North Carolina’s only community college lab facility for industrial pharmaceutical technology. As a state leader providing over 20% of all industry training offered by community colleges in the state, Wake Tech serves as a catalyst for economic growth and development. This exceptional community college assists thousands of businesses with its superior Small Business Center and New and Expanding Industry Program.

It is easy to see why Raleigh, North Carolina boasts one of America’s most educated workforces. If education is important to you and your family, consider Raleigh, North Carolina as a smart option for a solid future.

3 Retired Numbers of the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays

The South Carolina Stingrays have been members in the ECHL since the 1993-94 season. NHL multi-time 50 goal scorer Rick Vaive was the team’s first head coach, lasting for five years. The Stingrays have won the Kelly Cup championship on three occasions to date, the most recent in 2008-09. The team plays out of the 10,537 seat North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, South Carolina. Currently, the Stingrays are affiliated with the Boston Bruins of the NHL and the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. The team has retired three jersey numbers

Number 12 is retired in honour of the late Mark Bavis. Mark played just three years of pro hockey between 1993-94 and 1995-96 with a total of 87 regular season and 17 playoff games with South Carolina. Mark was selected in the ninth round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers, 181st overall. He chose to play four years at Boston University between 1989-90 and 1992-93.

Bavis was working as a scout for the Los Angeles Kings when he was aboard flight 175 that hit the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001. Mark died beside fellow Kings scout Garnet ‘Ace’ Bailey. His jersey number was retired by the Stingrays just before the start of the 2001-02 ECHL season.

Number 14 is retired by Carolina in honour of David Seitz. David played nearly 500 regular season and nearly 60 playoff games with the Stingrays between 1996-97 and 2003-04. He totalled a very respectable 587 regular season and 73 playoff points over that time. His final season of pro hockey was played in 2004-05 with the Lubbock Cotton Kings of the Central Hockey League. Interspersed in his years with the Stingrays were 17 games with the Rochester Americans of the AHL and seven games with the Chicago Wolves of the IHL.

Seitz helped the Stingrays to two of their three Kelly Cup titles. In 1996-97, the Louisiana IceGators fell to Carolina four games to one. In 2000-01, it was another five game series with the Trenton Titans the victim. David was inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame in 2012.

Number 24 is retired in honour of Brett Marietti. Brett is the only Canadian of the three players and played his junior hockey with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League before turning pro. With exception of 1993-94 when he played in the AHL with the Rochester Americans, Marietti played his entire pro hockey career with the Stingrays.

Between 1994-95 and 2002-03, Brett played 550 regular season games, contributing 481 points and sitting 1,127 minutes in the penalty box. He played 69 playoff games for the club and totalled 62 points. His jersey number was retired in 2003 and he served one season as assistant coach with the club in 2003-04.