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Dantzler To Chair Foundation Board


Cumberland Community Foundation Officers for 2021-2022 are Ricky Lopes, Left, Treasurer; Lani Dickey, Secretary; Gail Riddle, Vice Chairwoman; and Bruce Dantzler, Chairman. (Photo – Cumberland Community Foundation)

                  Bruce Dantzler is the new chairman of the Cumberland Community Foundation board of directors. “It is an honor to serve our community through CCF,” Dantzler says in the foundation July newsletter. “I look forward to growing our grants and scholarships in the coming years.” Other officers are Gail Riddle, vice chairwoman; Lani Dickey, secretary; and Ricky Lopes, treasurer. Dantzler was elected to the board in 2016 and has served on the Education Grants Committee, the Robert H. Short Scholars Committee, the foundation’s Executive Committee, the Education Ad-hoc Committee and the 40th Anniversary Celebration Committee.


            City residents who might be wondering about every-other-week recycling need wonder no longer. The city will continue to swap out smaller blue recycling bins through this month, according to a news release, and the every-other-week recycling collections begin Aug. 1. 

Recycling customers who have yet to receive the new, blue 96-gallon recycle cart should continue placing their 35-gallon cart at the curb on designated pickup days. If you have received the new, blue cart, use it for recycling and continue to place your empty 35-gallon cart at the curb. After Aug. 1, if you have not received a new cart or crews have not collected your small cart, call 910-433-1329.


            “We want to replace all of our diesel buses with electric vehicles,” Randy Hume, director for Fayetteville Area System of Transit, says in a news release, and FAST isn’t wasting any time with five on the way, thanks to a couple of federal grants. One award is $2,458,675 from the Federal Transit Administration Low or No Emission grant program for three electric buses, according to the release, and the other is $1,955,000 from the Federal Transit Administration’s Urban Formula Program for two electric buses.  Additionally, the City of Fayetteville received $255,500 from the N.C.  Department of Environmental Quality’s Volkswagen settlement in March 2021. Fayetteville PWC, the release says, will assist FAST with the selection of bus charging equipment and provide strategies to reduce electricity costs.  “I believe the new buses,” Hume says, “will reduce emissions, improve air quality, upgrade our quality of life and reduce FAST operating costs.” Look for the new electric buses in the summer of 2023.


            There’s more to a cup of lemonade than to quench your summer thirst. Siblings Maggie and Davis Townsend set up a lemonade stand on June 23 at their Vanstory Hills home, and at just 50 cents a cup, the youngsters raised $916.11 for the Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation’s Friends of Children. Cheers to these 8-year-old twins who made their parents, Vance and Lauren Townsend, and all of us proud.  


            “Bill, you did a wonderful article for CityView about us,” Betty Wooten Downing writes in a letter about growing up as one of three sisters in the log house home along Breezewood Avenue that was published in our July edition. “We appreciate it so much and enjoyed being with you. The information will be so enjoyed by our whole family. Many details that you included we probably had never even shared with our own children. Also, every now and then, I would be approached by someone who had driven by the house and inquired about it and would be surprised to find out it was the Wooten girls’ home. You have made Martha, Joan and I happy. You have a real gift for writing.” The log home was built by John Wooten, a pharmacist, in 1939 from Cypress trees out ofHope Mills Lake. Mr. Wooten and his wife, Sudie Cloninger Wooten, raised three daughters in the home – Joan Wooten Nicholson, Martha Wooten Goetz and Betty Wooten Downing. You can pay no higher compliment to a writer, Mrs. Downing, than to say he or she told the story well. The log house was a story I wanted to tell for more than 20 years.


            And an email from Joan Nicholson. “Bill, I wanted to thank you for writing the fine article about the log ‘cabin,’ our father, his drug stores and our childhood,” says Nicholson, the second-born of the Wooten sisters. “Numerous people have contacted me to let me know how much they enjoyed learning this history of Fayetteville. They were amazed that we lived in the county and that the area has changed so much.” Again, a story that long was on my journalism bucket list.

            “Bill, it was a great article,” Lynne Robertson O’Quinn writes in an email about our story on the log house home.  “I have had so many calls and comments on it. Thank you.”
The log house today is home for His Outreach Worldwide ministry headed by Mrs. O’Quinn.

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