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AIRING SUPPORT FOR ISLAND CREEK

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Members of local veterans group pose with Dr. Tim Weir, host of Loving Life, a lifestyle and wellness show on the CW22 out of Raleigh, N.C. (Susan Kyte photo)
SoVaNow.com / August 07, 2013
Dr. Tim Weir, host and producer of “Loving Life,” a wellness and lifestyle show that airs out of Raleigh, N.C., visited Mecklenburg this week to film a segment on the Island Creek park and its full-access boating and fishing facility, which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is building in tandem with local veterans organizations and the Kinderton Women’s Club.

Weir’s show appears weekdays at 8:30 a.m. on CW22 out of Raleigh, N.C., and on Legacy TV and Walk TV with the Skyangel network in western Virginia.

Weir said he likes to focus on individuals and groups who are making a difference, not waiting for government to find a solution. He personally believes that “our veterans have given so much for our country that it is important we don’t forget them.”

He was particularly keen on showcasing the story of the Island Creek because of the focus on veterans and after hearing how the community has embraced the park.

Speaking with Tom Loftus, former commander of American Legion Post 45, and a driving force behind Island Creek, Weir called the project unique because it is the first time he’s heard of a non-government program where “vets are helping other vets find ways to enjoy life.”

Weir, who still occasionally finds time to work as a chiropractor — he has an office in the Raleigh, N.C. area — took advantage of the show to ask viewers to help fund the Island Creek Project, which to date has just over $50,000 available to build a picnic shelter, restroom facilities, covered fishing pier and boat launches that are all 100% handicapped accessible.

While that’s a good start, Loftus says much more is needed to fund all of the aspects of the park, including installing cement pathways which will allow those in wheelchairs to access all areas.

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