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    {mosimage}In preparation for the thousands of troops making their way to Fort Bragg due to BRAC reassignment, Fayetteville/Cumberland County is demonstrating its commitment to the military by creating an army of volunteer civilians known as the Army’s Army. The Army’s Army is the world’s only volunteer organization of citizens and businesses who’ve pledged their moral, physical and spiritual support to those in the military. Specifically, they’ll do everything they can to make soldiers and their families feel welcome, appreciated and safe in Fayetteville and Cumberland County.
{mosimage}As part of a Memorial Day celebration launching the initiative, Brig. Gen. Arthur Bartell thanked the citizens who volunteered for the Army’s Army. "They stay here because you open your hearts to the soldiers and family members of Fort Bragg and also Pope Air Force Base," said Bartell. "We call that, in the Army, selfless service."
    As members of the Army’s Army, volunteers will act as ambassadors to military families around the globe. Members can participate in various activities, such as answering e-mails and phone calls from soldiers and their families interested in finding out more about the community. Participating businesses, such as restaurants, may offer special discounts or have a table reserved at all times for the military. Bumper stickers on cars and posters in local community windows will serve as a constant reminder that the citizens of Fayetteville/Cumberland County support, appreciate and welcome soldiers.
    For more information about the Army’s Army, visit the Web site at www.armysarmy.com.

Breastfeeding Coalition seeks info
    The Breastfeeding Coalition of Cumberland County is requesting nominations for “breastfeeding friendly” places of business, restaurants, public facilities or faith-based organizations. This could be a workplace that provides time and a place for a breastfeeding employee to pump and store expressed milk, it could be a business with a written breastfeeding policy, a restaurant or store that is accommodating to breastfeeding moms, or any business, faith-based or public facility that has welcomed a mother and her nursing baby.
Nomination forms may be requested by calling (910) 484-8570 or via email to  HYPERLINK mailto:BfCoalitionofCC@gmail.com BfCoalitionofCC@gmail.com. Deadline for submissions is July 15, 2008.
    Presentation of certificates of recognition to selected establishments will be during World Breastfeeding Week, the first week in August.

Cape Fear Valley Call for Art
    Calling all artists! Cape Fear Valley Health System will host a juried art exhibit to acquire original works of art by talented local and regional artists.
    The art exhibit will be during Fourth Friday on July 25 at the Arts Council headquarters in downtown Fayetteville. Up to 15-20 of the winning entries will be purchased by Cape Fear Valley Health System and displayed inside the new Valley Pavilion at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.
    The competition is open to all artists 18 years and older from North and South Carolina. A maximum of four, two-dimensional original works are allowed per entrant and must be submitted electronically by Wednesday, June 18. Initial judging of all entries will be done through JPEG submissions submitted on CD, DVD or USB jump drive. There is a $20 entry fee ($15 for Arts Council members) for two entries and $5 for each additional entry.
Works chosen for the juried exhibition will be accepted Monday, July 14, through Thursday, July 17, and on Saturday, July 19, at the Arts Council headquarters. The Fourth Friday juried exhibition and reception is Friday, July 25, from 7-9 p.m.
    To download an entry form visit the Web site HYPERLINK “http://www.theartscouncil.com/” www.theartscouncil.com. Then get your creative juices flowing.

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