– COMMUNITY – WPD shows support for breast cancer with pink patch Weaverville – The fight against

cancer is a daily struggle for families around the world and in

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communities. To support the fight and bring aware-

ness, a Los Angeles Sheriff As- sociation started a project called “The Pink Patch Project”. This project spread to 89 agencies, in-

cluding Weaverville’s own police department who made a presenta- tion to the Hope Women’s Cancer Center. “It allowed a lot of our officers

to talk about the importance of early detection, especially as it af- fects one in every eight women,” Officer Somer Oberlin said. “The fight against cancer, in general, touches so many people’s lives.” Breast cancer is a disease


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Weaverville Officer Somer Oberlin at the Hope Women’s Cancer Center “I asked ‘Why would they come

caused from tissue cells, mainly in the breast, that begin to grow abnormally and uncontrollably, according to the City of Hope’s website. There are different kinds of treatment, such as radiation therapy, drug therapy, and endo- crine therapy. However, all agen- cies fighting against breast cancer stress the need for preventative treatments and early detection. As a further show of support the Weaverville


awarded a frame display contain- ing pink patches of Weaverville’s local officers to the Hope Wom- en’s Cancer Center. This local cancer center is part of the Mis- sion Cancer program and Mission Breast program.

to Hope?’ We have been involved with taking care of women for al- most 25 years here in the commu- nity,” said one of Hope’s directors, MaryAnne Smith, “To get this recognition is very special to us.” Officers involved in the “Pink

Patch Project” have exchanged their uniform patches for bright pink versions. These patches can vary in their design to match that of the city or town, and are typi- cally worn the entire month of October. “The Weaverville Police De-

partment has always focused on being strongly community-orient- ed,” Officer Oberlin said, “and be- cause it was so well received and

stirred up so much conversation we decided to extend wearing them beyond October.” The patches are worn to sym-

bolize their support, and to have a conversation about breast cancer, public awareness, and early detec- tion. The project has been picked up by firefighters, EMS, and po- lice departments, according to Officer Oberlin. These agencies are also raising funds for breast cancer research and treatment. “We feel very blessed to be re-

cipients of this, and appreciate the fact of

ness in the community,” Smith said. “We see this every day, and women are catching it early and it makes the difference.”

Band gets second invite to elite competition

NBHS - The North Bun-

combe High School Concert Band received its second invi- tation to the U.S. Army’s “Pershing’s Own” Con- cert

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Invitational. The event will be hosted in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. later this month. “We were invited two years

ago, but it was too late of notice for us to go. Luckily we were in- vited again,” band director and teacher Andrew Shelton said. This invitational hosts eight

bands chosen by a board of Marine band directors, college band directors, and retired col- lege band directors out of 100 bands across the country. The NBHS band was one of the eight representing North Carolina. “I think we are ready. We

are feeling good, and really just need to get a couple things polished out,” Kayla Guilliams,

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a senior clarinet player, said “Overall everything is coming together really well.” The other bands are coming

from South Carolina, Mary- land, Florida, Minnesota, Penn- sylvania, and some from the west coast, according to Shel- ton. These bands receive a mas- ter class, perform their own two songs in front of each other, and finally are all given the same song to perform. After


performances, the bands are judged by a board to determine the winner who will receive the Presidents Cup. “That’d be awesome, but


not what I’m really aiming for. Be cool if it happened,” Shelton said, “but I really just want to go and play some great music at an awesome venue in front of awe- some people.” The band previously held a

mattress sale to fundraise mon- ey to help the kids and cover anything the original budget could not. Otherwise they have

been practicing as much as they can, when they can. Most of their practice is done in classes due to a busy school year filled with sports and academics for the students. It is just an hour and half every day and they do as much as they can, according to Shelton. “I know they’ll play great. I

don’t know if they’ll be the pick there, but I do know we are go- ing to bring something differ- ent,” Shelton said. “We are a good school with a long tradi- tion of jazz. One of the pieces we are playing will really show off that hat.” The NBHS band will be

showcasing their two perfor- mances March 20, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Mars Hill University be- fore their trip. “Really right now, I think the

kids are in a good place that they can be really proud with what they are about to do,” Shelton said, commenting confidently on the band’s abilities. them raising the aware-

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