Kayaking course, Arts Partnership, Watermelon queen, U.S. Navy

September 16, 2001 | Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, SC)Page: C8 | Section: GOOD NEWS

Kayaking course

William Hammond of Spartanburg completed a 22 day Baja Sea Kayaking course with the National Outdoor Leadership School this spring.

The expedition style course explored the Baja California peninsula and the Sea of Cortez a rugged land of sharp contrasts. This area is one of the driest parts of the Sonoran desert ecosystem with its own highly specialized and often unique plants and animals. The students explored these varied worlds in a sea kayak, with a snorkel, and by foot.

In the kayak and in camp, the students learned things like how to be a leader, how to be part of a team, and how to be an effective communicator.

A private non-profit school, NOLS operates wilderness field expeditions on five continents and boasts over 50,000 alumni worldwide. The school runs 10-day to semester-length courses for people aged 14 to over 70 in the Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Alaska, Western Canada, Mexico, Patagonia (Chile), India, Australia, and East Africa. College credit and scholarships are available. For information, call NOLS at (307) 332-5300 or check out our web site at www.nols.edu.

Arts Partnership

The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg has awarded eight grants totaling $24,700 for cultural projects ranging from dance classes for inner-city children and a 2-day writers conference to a musical concert.

Funding for the grants comes from the County and City of Spartanburg, the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributors to The Arts Partnership campaign.

Organizations receiving grants include:

— $2,500 to Ballet Spartanburg for “Art in Motion,” a six-week program in June providing dance instructions for Spartanburg inner-city young people;

— $2,500 to Cannons Elementary School for “School/Community Arts Interaction,” a series of community arts programs presented throughout the year at Cannons Elementary School;

— $1,700 to Hub City Writers Project for “Writing in Place,” a 2-day writers conference in August that will focus on helping writers develop a sense of place in their writing.

— $2,500 to Hub City Writers Project to support publication of “The Place I Live: Hub City Kids Write About Home,” a book of writing and artwork by 150 Spartanburg elementary school children;

— $2,500 to Spartanburg Technical College Foundation to support a symphonic concert at “Red, White and Boom,” a traditional Fourth of July celebration at Barnet Park at the end of June;

— $2,500 to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church to provide a professional Greek band at a 3-day Greek Festival in September;

— $2,500 to Spartanburg Repertory Company to support the production of one-act operas in June, including a new work by Spartanburg composer S. David Berry;

— $8,000 to Carolina Foothills Artisan Center in Chesnee to implement a regional marketing plan to promote the artisan center.

Projects for which grant funds are being sought must occur between Sept. 1, 2001, and Aug 31, 2002. Application forms, guidelines and help with filling out applications may be obtained by calling George Loudon, organizational services and outreach director of The Arts Partnership, at 542-2787.

Watermelon queen

South Carolina Watermelon Queen Julie Bryant of Greenville knows that melons are a treat for all ages. Young melon lovers Adam Shuler (center) and Scott Smith joined Queen Julie for a summer celebration at Blaney Baptist Church of Elgin, featuring worship, watermelons and tomato sandwiches. Queen Julie, a senior at USCS, has been busy this summer promoting South Carolina grown watermelons in Washington, D.C., and throughout the Carolinas.

U.S. Navy

Barry Hull, son of Dr. and Mrs. D.C. Hull, has been promoted to Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves. Hull is a graduate of Spartanburg High School, and Clemson University. During his active duty Navy career Hull was a member of squadron VFA-81, the Sunliners, based onboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga, and flew over 100 hours of combat during Desert Storm. He flew in the first mission over Baghdad, in which Hull’s wingman Scott Speicher was shot down. Controversy still exists over Speicher’s death, and his status has recently been changed from KIA to MIA.

Hull flew the F/A-18 Hornet, a single seat, twin engine supersonic jet fighter. The dual role fighter is capable of both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions and many would argue is the world’s premier fighter aircraft.

Today Hull is a member of CVSE 0267, a carrier augment unit and drills at Dobbins Air Reserve base in Marietta, Ga. He is also a pilot for American Airlines based in Dallas, Texas. Hull owns and operates Texaco Xpress lube on Pine Street, and Sunliner Tire and Auto located at Reidville Road and Hwy 290.

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