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The Great American Eclipse is now less than 7 days away!1024px-Diamond_ring_eclipse art

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will occur and for the first time in over 99 years, the event will be visible to almost every state in the United States. Many people have been planning for this event for years. Others have only recently developed an interest in the awe-inspiring event.

As people across the country prepare for what has been dubbed the Great American Eclipse one of the most discussed issues is how to view the event, and the need to have special solar eclipse glasses to protect your eyes from the damage that can be caused by looking directly at the sun.

Experts, including NASA and the American Astronomical Society (AAS), have been warning consumers that many of the solar eclipse glasses that are available on the market are unsafe. They want to make sure that everyone that plans to view the Solar Eclipse protects their eyes.

To ensure that consumers deal with reputable retailers and vendors when buying solar eclipse glasses, NASA and the American Astrological Society (AAS) have put together a list of Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers. This list was created by the members of the AAS and is based on members past experiences with each vendor.

The AAS’ reputable vendors of solar filters and viewers list:

Glasses-Angled solar glasses

• American Paper Optics (Eclipse) / EclipseGlasses.com / 3dglassesonline.com
• APM Telescopes (Sunfilter Glasses)
• Baader Planetarium (AstroSolar Silver/Gold Film)
• Celestron (EclipSmart Glasses & Viewers)
• DayStar (Solar Glasses)
• Welding filters with shade 12 or higher
• Explore Scientific (Solar Eclipse Sun Catcher Glasses)
• Lunt Solar Systems (SUNsafe SUNglasses)
• Meade Instruments (EclipseView Glasses & Viewers)
• Rainbow Symphony (Eclipse Shades)
• Seymour Solar (Helios Glasses)
• Thousand Oaks Optical (Silver-Black Polymer & SolarLite)
• TSE 17 (Solar Filter Foil)

To visit the AAS website click here, https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters

Over the weekend web retailer, Amazon.com issued a warning to customers and began offering refunds to consumers that purchased Solar Eclipse Glasses sold via Amazon by some third-party vendors that have the potential of being unsafe. Amazon has been reaching out to customers that may have purchased the potentially unsafe glasses.

In a statement, Amazon said, “Safety is among our highest priorities. Out of an abundance of caution, we have proactively reached out to customers and provided refunds for eclipse glasses that may not comply with industry standards.” The statement also explained that Amazon was making the recall and refund announcement because they “want customers to buy with confidence anytime they make a purchase on Amazon.com and eclipse glasses sold on Amazon.com are required to comply with the relevant ISO standard.”

So if you bought your solar eclipse glasses via Amazon.com check the retailer’s website for more information. If you purchased your solar eclipse glasses from another retailer, make sure that they meet the ISO standard.

For other information about the Great American Eclipse, including information about safe viewing, the science of an eclipse, and a map showing the phases and path of the eclipse, visit the website: www.greatamericaneclipse.com

For more information about the Solar Eclipse Glasses recalled by Amazon, click here.

For more information about the Eclipse and how you can view it safely, NASA has created a website full of Eclipse Watching Information and Safety Tips to visit the NASA Eclipse 2017 website, click here.

For resources about the Great American Eclipse from the American Astrological Society, click here

Coverage of the Amazon Recall, Fake Solar Eclipse Glasses Are Being Sold Online. Here’s How to Avoid Scams, from Melisssa Chan, can be viewed online from TIME.COM 

Everyone at Wallace & Graham, want you to enjoy the Great American Eclipse and make sure that you protect your eyes!

A Note from Attorney Mona Lisa Wallace about “From the Ashes” documentary

Dear Friends:

I was fortunate to be able to attend the documentary, From the Ashes, last Thursday night at the Norvell Theatre in Salisbury. It was an exceptionally well-done documentary. I strongly recommend that each and every one of you should see this documentary if you have not done so.

From the Ashes will premiere on the National Geographic channel on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at 9/8c. I encourage you to see this and to suggest to your friends that they do as well.

Thank you for all of your support and confidence.



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Mona Lisa Wallace


Free Screening of “From the Ashes,” a documentary about the impact of the coal industry to take place in Durham and Salisbury Thursday, June 15th.


“From the Ashes” a documentary about national the impact of the coal industry is set to air on the National Geographic Channel later this month, but on Thursday, June 15th, the Yadkin Riverkeeper, Sierra Club, and residents from the Salisbury, NC, area will be hosting a free screening of the documentary.


The documentary “From the Ashes,” debuted at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, will be airing on National Geographic Channel on June 25th and is set for global distribution later this year. The film, produced by Michael Bonfiglio of RadicalMedia in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, seeks to provide a realistic, unbiased, clear-eyed examination of the impact of the coal industry, and who, what and how’s of the industry’s impact. The film discusses issues ranging from the economy and the environment to the health and safety of communities and individuals working and living near coal mining and coal-fueled energy production facilities.


A New York Times review of the film finds it provides “a concise overview of the issues,” without placing blame on business executives or politicians, instead, letting those most impacted tell their own stories of how their land, air, water, and lives have been affected by the coal industry. Going on the say that ‘From the Ashes,’ does not need much commentary from corporate or political spokespeople, because the dismay and sorrow of those most impacted speaks for itself through the stories told in the film.


Some of the stories included in the film are those of local residences in Dukeville, North Carolina. The small community of Dukeville, which is not far from the Buck Steam Station, is featured because of the effects of pollutions from the operation of the power station, which led to the state of North Carolina noting residence in April 2015 that the community’s water was not safe to drink. Following the state’s warning, the community worked to hold Duke Energy, the operator of the Buck Steam Station, accountable for the toxic impact of their actions. According to Will Scott, Yadkin Riverkeeper, “Duke has to clean up,” this will include cleaning up coal ash and running a water line to the community to provide them with clean water. Scott called the community’s efforts a “testament to what a small community can do, even against the country’s largest utility, to defend their right to clean water.”


See below for a listing of Free Community Screenings of “From the Ashes.”


Form more information about the documentary, “From the Ashes” visit the film’s website at www.fromtheashesfilm.com


Tune into the National Geographic Channel premiere of “From the Ashes” on June 25th at 9 p.m.






SALISBURY              Thursday, June 15, at 6:30 PM

Location:        Norvell Theatre,

135 E. Fisher St.

Salisbury, NC

No ticket is needed; seating is first come, first served.

Doors open at 6:00 PM.



DURHAM                               June 15 at 7:00 PM

Location:        Levin Jewish Community Center

1937 W Cornwallis Rd,

Durham, NC 27705

For more information call:  (919) 354-4936



30th annual National Cancer Survivors Day®.

Cancer does not discriminate.

Cancer sees no color, race, or religion.

Cancer is a disease not bound by state and national borders or political party lines.

Cancer can affect anyone, and the chances are it has impacted your life or the life of someone you know.



Sunday, June 4th, 2017 will mark the 30th annual National Cancer Survivors Day®.
According to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, there are more than 15.5 million people living with and beyond cancer in the U.S. today – and more than 32 million cancer survivors worldwide.
To celebrate the lives of those cancer survivors the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation deemed the 1st Sunday in June National Cancer Survivors Day. The organization would like to use the annual event primarily as a Celebration of Life, held to acknowledge cancer survivors in our communities and to raise awareness of the ongoing challenges cancer survivors face because of their disease.
A cancer survivor, according to the National Cancer Institue, is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life, including those living with terminal diagnosis as well as family members, friends, and caretakers of those impacted by the disease. National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation spokesperson, Laura Shipp explained that “National Cancer Survivors Day® is an opportunity for cancer survivors – and those who support them – to come together and celebrate life, celebrate the fact that, for the majority of survivors, cancer isn’t the death sentence that it once was.”
Shipp goes on to say, “Over the last few decades, we’ve made great progress when it comes to cancer survival. And that’s absolutely something to celebrate. However, as many survivors will tell you, the effects of cancer don’t end when treatment does. Cancer survivors face ongoing, often long-lasting, hardships because of their disease. On National Cancer Survivors Day®, we want to raise awareness of the many challenges of cancer survivorship and advocate for further research, more resources, and increased public awareness to improve the lives of cancer survivors.
We at Wallace & Graham share many of the same concerns for cancer survivors. We have represented many individuals impacted by the ravages of various cancers. As a firm, we would like take the time to celebrate those that have been impacted by cancer and encourage everyone to take a few minutes on Sunday, June 4th, 2017, to honor the life of a cancer survivor.
For more information about National Cancer Survivors Day visit: http://www.ncsd.org
Below is a list of local events planned in honor of Cancer Survivors and National Cancer Survivors Day®

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