Field Of Honor Begins in September

            You can purchase a U.S. flag for the 14th Annual Field of Honor, where American stars and stripes will be on display Sept. 11 through Nov. 14 on the parade field of the U.S. Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum. Each flag will tell its own story of the men and women past and present who have served in the military. The flags also will identify the sponsor. The flags are a cooperative effort of the Cool Spring Downtown District and the U.S. Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum. To purchase a flag, go to

https://shop.asomf.org/field-of-honor/?gclid=CjwKCAjw1JeJBhB9EiwAV612y_uiHWU98zL7d7EelMhhUClUEMIG9rE2Nv6fZ7EgwbzqM88_T6UtDhoCevQQAvD_BwE

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            The Fayetteville Dogwood Fall Festival is returning Oct. 15-17 with downtown hayrides and Halloween events kicking off the festival from 6-10 p.m. on Oct. 15, according to a news release. A number of children’s activities are planned, and there will be local vendors. A Battle of the Bands is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 16 along with live entertainment, including a dueling piano performance. A car and motorcycle show is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 17. For more information, send email inquiries to director@thedogwoodfestival.com or call 910-323-1934.

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            Residents out Stedman way are excited about a new concession stand and improvements to the Stedman Recreation Center and Stedman Elementary School Park. “We worked on this for a long time, and we kept pushing and progressing and the County and Parks and Recreation worked with us to make sure we got what we needed,” Stedman Mayor Martin Jones says in a news release. Improvements include new bathrooms, a walking trail, handicap-accessible sidewalks and a patio-style entry, dugout renovations and new split-rail fencing and landscaping. The project cost of $478,000 was paid for by the Town of Stedman and Fayetteville Cumberland Parks and Recreation. A ribbon-cutting was held on Aug. 5.

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            “Bill, we have gotten lots of nice comments about your article about our parents and the log house,” Martha Goetz writes about our CityView Magazine issue in July regarding the log house on Breezewood Avenue, where Goetz grew up with sisters Bettie Wooten Downing and Joan Wooten Nicholson. “Thanks again for encouraging us to do it and for all your hard work putting it together. Our children and grandchildren really appreciated it, too, and will have a special keepsake!”

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            The Cumberland County Public Library has been awarded a $95,846 grant by the State Library of North Carolina to fund the project titled “Connecting the Last Mile: Digital Inclusion and Navigation at Cumberland County Public Library,” which focuses on enhancing digital inclusion and navigation services for the community. “Connecting the Last Mile will equip customers with the tools and skills needed to improve their access to resources and educational materials,” Faith Phillips, the library director, says in a news release. “Our goal is that the customers we serve will feel knowledgeable, empowered and equipped with the skills and resources they need to confidently navigate all aspects of today’s digital society.” The grant is made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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            Some more good news for the library, which is recipient of a $5,000 project support grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County for the 13th annual Cumberland County Storytelling Festival. “Storytelling and events like the storytelling festival are critical for encouraging literacy and promoting discovery and learning in our community,” Phillips says in a news release. “Storytelling helps listeners be creative and to use their imagination, all skills that can foster literacy and a love of reading.” The free festival will take place March 1-31, 2022.

Bill Kirby Jr. can be reached at bkirby@cityviewnc.com, billkirby49@gmail.com or 910-624-1961