Thank you, Dr. Bill Wood, for 27 years.

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FPC will miss you, the Teague family will miss you, and I will miss you.  Thank you, Dr. Bill Wood for 27 years.  You brought me into adulthood in the Presbyterian church and you baptised each of my children into the church (three of 800!)    I can’t wait to see what you will do next. (And it was a wonderful celebration).

The Session of First Presbyterian Church Charlotte, NC

cordially invites you to a celebration honoring

The Reverend Doctor William Pape Wood

for his twenty-seven years of leadership

at First Presbyterian Church and the community,

and forty years of ministry in the Presbyterian Church at large

on the occasion of his retirement

November 21, 2010

 

 

Bill Wood by the Numbers

Number of sermons 1,100

Number of baptisms 800

Number of weddings 800

Number of new members added 1,863

Number of Officer Training classes 28

Number of Stewardship seasons 27

Number of Capital campaigns 3

Number of mission trips participated in 3

Number of dollars raised for benevolences over $12 million

Number of Associate Ministers 16

Number of William P. Wood/First Presbyterian Scholars 5

Number of children enrolled infant-5th grade 736

Number of Youth enrolled 264

Number of children in Weekday School 255

Number of children in Child Development Center 101

Number of current TV viewers 39,000 homes

source: http://www.firstpres-charlotte.org/FirstNews/fn.20101121.pdf

 

 

The Burger Company – follow up

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restaurants, followup:  I did not have the tater tot nachos … but I thought it ranked “good enough to go again” … We’ll see how I feel after I try the tater tot nachos … a combination of two of my favorite things.  Review of The Burger Company – The Charlotte Observer.

Charlotte’s libraries are on the forefront of reinventing themselves

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It is interesting that as libraries are reinventing themselves we have not invented a new word … media center just doesn’t stick … but the root of the word “library” is book.  Another word similar is  dial   … we now punch numbers into a phone but still use the term dial!~

In Charlotte, N.C., the library district built a separate complex, the Imaginon, with digital equipment that children and teens can use to make blue-screen movies, stop-motion animations and rap songs.

Those who spent their childhood reading “Treasure Island” and “Ramona” in a quiet corner of the stacks may resist the idea that libraries could become frenetic workshops. But advocates say equipping libraries with tools for digital creation may be one way to help young people interact with history and literature in a familiar medium.

“That’s how a culture reproduces itself,” said Anne Balsamo, a professor of interactive media at USC. “It doesn’t just make things up willy-nilly, but it also takes time to look back and discover the ways things were done in the past. So yes to rap music and yes to turn-of-the-century poetry.”

via Libraries reinvent themselves as they struggle to remain relevant in the digital age – chicagotribune.com.

 

“This will be the biggest economic issue of your lifetime” – Unknown economics professor, Davidson College 1982

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water resource management, NC, SC:  “This will be the biggest economic issue of your lifetime” – Unknown economics professor, Davidson College 1982

“Today is a beautiful day, a gorgeous day for a settlement concept to be proposed to you,” S.C. Deputy Attorney General Bob Cook told the bi-state commission. “I’m here to tell you today that the settlement concept is not only a better result, but it’s a fair resolution for both states.”

The deal is built from a compact that a 70-member stakeholder group from both states previously crafted and signed in August 2006. That pact, called the Comprehensive Relicensing Agreement, is required for the renewal of Charlotte-based Duke Energy Corp.’s (NYSE:DUK) 50-year federal license to use the Catawba to generate electricity. The renewal is still pending before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The new settlement deal places strict drought protocols on any entity that pulls water from one of Duke Energy’s reservoirs along the river.

via Settlement reached in N.C.-S.C. water war | Charlotte Business Journal.

 

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools are not faring well in the Great Recession

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One of the most important characteristics of a community are its schools.  Let’s hope that this recession does not destroy the good in our system.

In a night marked by split votes, angry protests and accusations of racism, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board approved a sweeping plan to close 10 schools and make other dramatic changes.

In the most controversial item, the board voted 5-4 to close Waddell High and make it the new home for Smith Language Academy, a K-8 magnet. Harding High, which had also been considered as a home for Smith, will turn into a neighborhood school housing many of Waddell’s students, along with the International Baccalaureate magnet now at Harding.

Most other efforts to block or revise the plan failed, often with the board’s only two black members on the losing end of votes.

via Board closes Waddell, saves Harding – CharlotteObserver.com.