Luke Matheny gets his Oscar. Plus, Thirty Seconds with DSO's Jeri Lynne Johnson, Edge of Seven helps the world's women, Blue Rocks by the numbers, Dover's new tower of power, Vikki Walls uncorks her favorite CDs and more.
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Living on the Edge
Erin Guttenplan started nonprofit Edge of Seven to encourage volunteers to travel the world while undertaking service projects that help girls in developing countries. Guttenplan’s first project renovated a school in Nepal, where two of every three women are illiterate. “I used to work for an educational travel company,” says Guttenplan, of Wilmington. “I went to Nepal and immediately shifted my focus from my professional career to the people of Nepal. I saw an opportunity there for the organizations that were failing to get aid from those in America who wanted to contribute donations and volunteer.” Seven of every 10 girls in the Everest region of Nepal don’t go to college because of a lack of housing for girls, so Edge of Seven volunteers are building a hostel there that will allow 40 women to pursue higher education. “Traveling truly opens your eyes and makes you realize that Americans take so much for granted,” Guttenplan says. For more, visit edgeofseven.org. —Rebecca Kasman
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