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Seaside Church Hosts
Kite Fly Plus A Make
BY SUSAN USHER
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a kite!
And like Superman himself, the
best of them leap into the air, defy
ing gravity as they soar aloft?fire
breathing fighting dragons, space
ships, diamonds, boxes, octopi and
even exotic birds with fanciful tails.
Kite-making has been popular in
China and other Far Eastern coun
tries for centuries, and kites have
played important roles in science
and warfare through the ages.
Alexander Wilson and Thomas
Melville of Scotland used kites in
1749 to carry thermometers aloft for
the first high altitude temperature
In 1752, Benjamin Franklin used
kites in his infamous study of light
Australian Lawrence Hargrave's
invention, the box kite, was used in
meteorological and aerodynamic
studies, while Alexander Graham
Bell used the tetrahcdral kite when
exploring problems of airplane con
The first aerial photographs were
taken from a camera suspended on a
In World War II kites bearing the
pictures of enemy planes were used
by fighter pilots for target practice.
And on the open seas, huge box
kites were flown above war ships to
ward off attacking enemy aircraft
Long steel wires suspended beneath
the kites could damage an approach
ing plane and even force it down.
FLYING MULTIPLE STUNT KITES tike this takes teamwork, but
provides a beautiful spectacle in the sky.
BEGINS MON. MAY 10
County Announces Program
To Recycle Telephone Books
Wondering what to do with that
bulky old out-of-date telephone di
Brunswick Countians receive
more than 62 tons of phone books
every year. In an effort to keep some
of them from taking up landfill
space, the Brunswick County Re
cycling Program will be collecting
telephone directories this year.
The collection project will be
done in two phases because both the
Southern Bell and Atlantic Tele
phone companies serve the area.
Recycling Coordinator Mary Mc
Cariey said. The first collection will
be for customers of the Southern
Bell district, including the Leland,
South port and Oak Island areas.
Collection will begin Monday,
May 10, and will continue through
Friday, June 11. Telephone books
may be dropped off at the following
locations between 9 a.m. and S p.m.
Monday through Friday (although
some drop boxes may be open on
The South Brunswick Middle
School PTA will meet tonight
(Thursday) to elect officers of 1993
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.
at the school. Following (he business
meeting, the SBMS Careers Explo
ration class will sponsor a student
Talents to be showcased range
from instrumental guitar to tap danc
ing. "The students have been work
ing on this project for two months,"
said Jackie Burger, Careers Exp
loration teacher/advisor. "They are
excited and looking forward to
showing off their talents to friends
Burger and fellow teacher/advisor
Mike Williams helped the students
organize the show. "It was the stu
dents' idea. They planned it and
they've done the work," Burger
Several teachers, including Steve
Skillman and Donna King, will per
form along with the students.
A charge of $1 per person or a
maximum $3 per family will be
charged for the show. Proceeds will
go to the Careers Exploration class
Northwest Park, N.C. 74/76, Le
land; Lcland Park, Village Road,
Leland; Smithville Park, N.C.
133/87, Southport; Old City Shop,
Fodale Avenue, Southport; Long
Beach Recreation Center, Oak
Island Drive, Long Beach; Boiling
Spring Lakes Town Hall, Boiling
Spring Lakes Drive; and at the pub
lic assembly building at the Bruns
wick County Government Center,
Look for the labeled container in
which to deposit telephone books. If
a business or industry has a large
volume (more than 10), arrange
ments can be made for pick-up by
calling McCarley at 253-4488.
All phone books will be accepted
at each site. However, a second
group of collection locations will be
announced later for Atlantic Tele
phone Co. customers.
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But most kite makers and kite fly
ers aren't out to make advances in
science or warfare, or to set a
record. No, they're out simply to
have a good time, enjoying an activ
ity that's almost synonymous with
Seaside United Methodist Church
at Sunset Bcach is doing its part to
On Sunday, May 16, kite flyers
will gather on the strand in front of
the gazebo at Sunset Bcach to play
and to compete (at no charge) in
Seaside's second annual kite fly.
Last year 200 to 300 fliers partici
pated over the course of the after
noon and this year an even larger
crowd is expected, said spokesman
Ginger DeBerry. She's hoping for
clear skies and moderate winds of 4
to 15 miles per hour?optimum fly
ing conditions for all but the lightest
Teal-colored T-shirts featuring the
logo for this year's event are avail
able at the church after Sunday ser
vices and during fellowship lime at
the church after the community kite
fly. Cost is S8 each, and the shirts
are available in children's and adult
sizes through extra large. Starting
this year, the shirts will be offered in
a different color each year.
The fun starts at 12:30 p.m. with
stunt kite flying demonstrations by
Klig's Kites of Myrtle Bcach, S.C.
DeBerry said competitive events
are planned for girls, boys, men and
women in all age groups, with addi
tional prizes for the kites them
selves?highest flying, longest
flight, smallest kite. "There will be
all sorts of prizes," she said. "We
want to involve everyone. We want
everyone to have a great time!"
Entries can be store-bought or
homemade. To add to the fun and
anticipation. Seaside UMC will con
duct a free kite-making workshop
Saturday, May 8, starting at noon at
the church on N.C. 904 south of
Grissettown. Materials will be avail
able at no charge, along with advice
for making and flying a kite.
"Volunteers from the church will
be there to give instructions," said
DeBerry. "We'll have basic patterns
for beginner and more advanced kite
For Seaside UMC, the annual kite
fly is a fine outreach into the com
munity it serves. fun for adults as well as children. capture memories of our childhood
"It's good, clean fun for anyone "It's a chance to be a kid again, to or perhaps fulfill some dreams we
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