The Dance and Theater programs at Arts Enter, led by Amy Watkins and Wayne Creed have been selected to make a film as part of the Experimental Film Virginia festival in Cape Charles this season. Watkins and Creed will be using dancers and thespians from Arts Enter School of Dance and the Arts Enter Academy of Theater Arts in the film. Filming will be on location in Cape Charles. To fund the project, AE Dance and Theater have created the Go Fund Me Campaign listed below. Please help our young artists by supporting their project with your kind donations!
The events last week that led to the killing of the gorilla Harambe, begs the question of whether it is even ethical to keep animals in captivity; that is, should we do away with zoos? Certainly, there is the argument for the educational role of zoos, as well as the function they serve for conservation. The question is how well are they doing either? There is no doubt, some zoos, at least in America are better than others. The Cincinnati Zoo would certainly be considered a good zoo, one that attempted to create the best possible, most natural, most comfortable enclosure for Harambe – however, it may have been this high quality enclosure that led to the tragedy.
If we insist on keeping animals enclosed, than there has to be a better way to do it. And there is….
Whales have returned to Atlantic waters for the summer, and NOAA wants to remind mariners that vessels 65 feet or greater in length are required to travel at 10 knots or less in areas and seasons where endangered North Atlantic right whales may be present.
In waters off coastal mid Atlantic states, this rule is in effect within 20 nautical miles around all major ports. We also established a program for temporary voluntary speed limits, called Dynamic Management Areas, when an aggregation of three or more right whales is confirmed in a particular area. We send out email alerts (sign up here) when these DMAs are established, and they are also posted online.
These requirements were put in place primarily to protect right whales, which, with fewer than 500 animals remaining, are some of the most endangered whales in the world. However, these rules benefit other species that use coastal areas to migrate and feed, and as nursery grounds.
With no dorsal fin, right whales are particularly difficult to see from the surface. And, they often feed just below the surface, making them hard to see even at close range. Going slowly in areas where right whales have been sighted is the best way to avoid hitting them. [Read more…]
While the Cape Charles Mirror has received a healthy dose of abuse, and general ill-will while focusing on animal rights issues in Northampton, a reader did send over the transom another kind of letter, one that was sent to the animal rescue organization Guardians of Rescue. This is from a nine year old boy named Mathew who, for his birthday didn’t want anything for himself. Instead, he asked friends and family to donate money to a non-profit organization, Guardians of Rescue, whose mission it is to “to facilitate and foster programs and activities that further the unique benefits of interaction between people and animals.”
In 2009 Bill Savage started a grist mill operation which would grow, cure and grind an heirloom variety of Indian corn known as “Bloody Butcher” c.1840 DNA. The project quickly flourished, allowing Mr. Savage to sell his cornmeal to local, natural and historic distributors including Whole Foods and Monticello.
A few years later, in the Spring of 2013, Bill brought in his local antique tractor club for a fun “plow day” to help plow his corn field. With the ground turned up, his brother Bob Savage took the opportunity to use his metal detector to search the field. Soon, a large piece of metal was detected –it turned out to be an 18th century barrel hoop. More investigation unearthed clam and oyster shells with both halves still together.
Lecture Series Saturday, June 18, 2016 :
Adaptive Reuse of Historic Structures: Reuse and repurposing is the ultimate in recycling. Speaker – Ruth Akright, Classic Property Resources; 9 am, Fee: $25/person
Rehabilitation Tax Credits and Standards of Rehabilitation: Learn what is available from both State and Federal Programs. Speaker: Jessica Ugarte, Department of Historic Resources, 10 am, Fee: $25/person
Landscaping Your Older Home: Speaker: Kim Allen, The Gardening Lady; 3 pm, Fee: $25/person. Kim will teach you how to recognize what plantings are appropriate for your home’s particular architectural style as well as what will grow best in your climate.
Historic Cape Charles Old House Fair – Saturday, June 18, 2016 10am – 5 pm
Historic Cape Charles and Classic Property Resources are proud to present an expo for anyone interested in preservation, maintenance and restoration of older or historic homes and buildings. The expo is a great opportunity to connect with experienced craftspeople and preservation minded product There’ll be an “Old House Academy” featuring speakers on historic
preservation related subjects; workshops and classes; a trade show of old house vendors and artists; walking tours and carriage tours; costumed history guides; Realtor open houses and more.
Additional activities for the day include: side walk sales at the Mason Avenue shops; a book sale at the Cape Charles Library; and an outdoor concert featuring the Air Force Band at the beautiful gazebo in Central Park.
Bring the family and come enjoy the small town atmosphere of Historic Cape Charles. Nestled between the Atlantic and the Chesapeake Bay, the town has a wonderful collection of historic homes many of which have been or are in the
For more information on this exciting event, or to apply as a vendor please contact Ruth Akright at 477-2795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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May 26, 2016
Fishing and seafood industries a strong part of U.S. coastal economy
Commercial and recreational saltwater fishing in the United States generated more than $214 billion in sales and supported 1.83 million jobs in 2014, according to a new economic report released by NOAA Fisheries today.
The report, Fisheries Economics of the United States 2014, provides the most recent statistics on commercial and recreational fisheries and seafood-related businesses for each coastal state and the nation. Key to the Report are the jobs, sales, income, and value added to the Gross National Product by the commercial and recreational fishing industries. This provides a measure of how sales in the two industries ripple through state and national economies, because each dollar spent generates additional sales by other firms and consumers.
Special to the Cape Charles Mirror, this is part 2 of Robert C. Jones essay, How not to be a Vegan: Veganisms
In adopting vegan practice, a number of ethical vegans see veganism primarily as an individual lifestyle choice, an expression of their commitment to decreasing (and ultimately ending) the suffering and death that accompanies the commodification of sentient nonhuman beings.
Since many ethical vegans may believe (wrongly) that no animals are harmed in the production of their vegan consumer goods and foodstuffs, this ethical vegan “lifestyle” may sometimes be accompanied by a sense of ethical purity, a belief that once one adopts a vegan lifestyle, one then has “clean hands” and may carry on one’s consumerism with a clear conscience. Seen as a kind of litmus test of one’s commitment to social justice for animals, veganism may sometimes thought to be the “moral baseline” for those seeking to end the suffering and domination of other-than-human animals. Though there are debates among vegans about questions of purity and commitment, there appears to be a growing public perception of vegans, a kind of vegaphobia—that may be based in fact, prejudice, or more likely a combination of both—that vegans see themselves as better than and morally superior to nonvegans; that they may sometimes appear to be “preachy”; that they may exhibit a kind of self-righteous zealotry, acting as the “vegan police” who promulgate veganism as the universal, one-and-only way to fight systemic violence against animals. It was perhaps proponents of identity veganism that prompted philosopher Val Plumwood to describe vegans as: crusading [and]…aggressively ethnocentric, dismissing alternative and indigenous food practices and wisdom and demanding universal adherence to a western urban model of vegan practice in which human predation figures basically as a new version of original sin, going on to supplement this by a culturally familiar methodology of dispensing excuses and exemptions for those too frail to reach their exacting moral norms of carnivorous self.⁴
The craft beer movement has taken off in Virginia, bringing small batch beverages to even smaller towns throughout the state. While Cape Charles has missed out on small batch hefeweizens, ales, ipas andstouts, take a look at the latest craft breweries opening in 2016. View the Beer Map to get a visual of just what’s happening across the state: