When the weather turns cold, daydreamers can look ahead to favorite pursuits. It’s not too early to plan time at a variety of outdoors-related events the new year will bring. Here are ideas to get you started. Use our many trails: State parks will be open Jan. 1 for First Day Hikes. One family-friendly hike will start at 11 a.m. on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail; meet at the Falls Lake causeway pull-off on Six Forks Road. Find hikes at ncparks.gov/first-day-hikes.
The first million took a decade. The second, a bit longer. The third, well, that’s a few years out. The millions are servings of protein from donated venison processed at Pearce’s Custom Processing on Perdues Road in Louisburg. Jeff Pearce has kept count, 4-ounce portion by 4-ounce portion, since he signed up in the 1995-96 hunting season to become a processor of deer donated to N.C. Hunters for the Hungry. “I was doing so good they put me on the board the first year,” Pearce, 67, said, laughing.
If your bank account still has a few dollars at the end of this buying and giving season, don’t forget the organizations that provide outdoors opportunities. Nonprofits serve the state from the mountains to the sea. Here are a few that would benefit from donations of any size. For fans of mountain trout streams, there’s the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians (www.flyfishingmuseum.org) in Bryson City.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".