Community News Follow OBX News as it happens http://outerbanksvoice.com Endowment in Memory of Martin Smith Supports the Local Battle Against Substance Abuse By José Valle It’s a story heard all too often in our community: a young person from a caring family is fun-loving, friendly, and hardworking. But somehow, the young person experiments with drugs, and begins to abuse. This was the story of Martin Smith, who died of a cocaine and heroin overdose in March of 2005 at age 29. For Martin’s mother, Peggy Saporito, the most difficult part was dealing with the uncertainty: “The fact that you had no idea if this was something that would continue for years, or if there was actual hope after treatment — that was the hardest part.” After Martin’s death, Saporito found the strength to turn her grief into something positive. In September of 2005, she started the Martin Smith Endowment Fund with the Outer Banks Community Foundation to support the Dare Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA) when it was a brand-new nonprofit. “The characters and dialogue change, but all over the country, family and friends continue to discover that someone they live with, know, or have heard about is involved with substance abuse,” Saporito said. The fund helps Dare CASA continue its work of reducing and preventing substance abuse and addiction in Dare County by providing education, instruction for local physicians, and community resources for treatment referral. “What is so cool about the Outer Banks is that we’ve only got about 35,000-year-round residents, yet we have a lot of stuff for as small of a community as we are,” said Amber Bodner, Dare CASA’s program director. “Ten or fifteen years ago, there were not as many resources for drug education and treatment.” Based on Dare CASA assessments, the three substances abused most by Outer Banks youth are alcohol, marijuana, and prescription medications. Among adults, prescription medications and heroin appear to be the most abused. Consequently, these are the substances Dare CASA is working hardest to combat. “We need to know what the substances in Dare County are, who’s using what, and how we direct our messaging so we can have the best responsibility to our funders, and to the local people who support us,” Bodner said. Donating is one way to help combat substance abuse, while also helping those that live on the Outer Banks. “The Martin Smith Endowment Fund will help the community this year, next year, and all the years to come,” Lorelei Costa, executive director of the Community Foundation, said. “Perpetual endowments such as this one not only make it easy for organizations to receive these necessary funds, but help provide them with a reliable source of income for the future.” And donating to the Martin Smith Endowment is now easier than ever before: “Anybody can donate in any amount at any time,” Costa said. Saporito and Bodner think the best thing for families dealing with addiction is to realize that there is always hope and help. “Every single dollar that comes in is for this community,” Bodner said. “So our hope is just that we can continue doing the work that we do, spreading our message and helping families.” In this way, Dare CASA and the community remember Martin Smith, one of many who fall into the grip of addiction and pass away too soon. “I want this fund to say more than just his name,” Saporito said. “It is for basically any Martin out there, the struggles that they’re going through, and to hopefully help them find some sort of recovery for their future.” For the original article, and more information about how to donate to the Martin Smitth Endowment Fund, contact the Dare CASA at http://darecasa.org/casa/, and visit www. obxvoice.com and search [tags]. Thanksgiving basket partnership seeks sponsors, applicants By Outer Banks Voice Roanoke Island Woman’s Club is looking for sponsors and applicants for its Thanksgiving Basket Program, provided in collaboration with the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services. Sponsorship opportunities include monetary and basket donations. Individuals interested in making a monetary gift can mail checks to: Thanksgiving Program, P.O. Box 1666, Manteo, N.C., 27954. For basket sponsorship information, can call Christine Dorsey at (804) 564-1273 or Leigh Bracy at (252) 475-5566. Applications for the Thanksgiving Assistance Program are available at the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services – Social Services Division Campus in Manteo from Oct. 3, through Nov. 4. All Dare County residents may apply. Sponsorship will be based on need, along with the availability of donations and funds. Try a little TENDERNESS® The Family Gourmet Buffet 2 (5 oz.) Filet Mignons 2 (5 oz.) 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Community News Clemens descendant to bring Mark Twain to Kitty Hawk Meet Mark Twain through a direct descent of the great American author when Ryan Clemens performs in the fourth full season of the Don and Catherine Bryan Cultural Series. “Whiskey with Twain,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk. “An actor, director, playwright, teacher and Mark Twin enthusiast, Ryan Clemens is a pretty fun guy,” said John Tucker, chairman of the Bryan Cultural Series. “Join us for a great evening full of fun and laughs.” Clemens will take Mark Twain into the Dare County schools during the week. He will meet with classes at several middle and high schools and bring his relative’s wit and wisdom to the students. “Mark Twain wrote ‘I never let my schooling interfere with my education,’” Tucker said, “but we believe bringing his literature to life will add to students’ appreciation and understanding of this great American author.” Theater from Western Washington University and an Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Regent University. He is also a member of the Actor’s Equity Candidate Program. Follow OBX News as it happens http://outerbanksvoice.com Besides Mr. Twain, some of Clemens’ favorite roles include Prospero in The Tempest, Brutus in Julius Caesar, Bob Crotchet in A Christmas Carol, Mortimer in The Fantasticks, and Arnold in The Boys Next Door. The best part he has ever had is that of husband to his supportive wife Sonja, Clemens said. As Virginia Stage Company’s Resident Theater Artist, Clemens has performed both on the main stage and in a variety of touring shows, classes and workshops. Originally from Wyoming, he began his career leading a traveling Wild West show. Clemens has performed at theaters around the nation, with his recent work including four seasons with Norfolk’s Virginia Stage Company and three seasons with the Virginia Shakespeare Festival. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Tickets for “Whiskey with Twain” are $15 and are available online at Bryan Cultural Series and by phone at (252) 564-9767. They are also available at Duck’s Cottage Coffee & Books, 1240 Duck Road in Duck; Duck’s Cottage Downtown Books, 105 Sir Walter Raleigh St., in Manteo; Gray’s Department Store, 3860 N. Croatan Highway in Kitty Hawk, and Sea Green Gallery, 2404 S. Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head. Heidi’s Fine Jewelry now open in Kitty Hawk The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for Heidi Meyer at Heidi’s Fine Jewelry, located at 2705 N. Croatan Highway in Kill Devil Hills. Heidi’s opened earlier this year and offers a variety of designer jewelry, fun sterling silver, and antiques. In addition, the store offers other accessories such as clothing and home décor. The shop offers jewelry repair and is open all year. Outer Banks Chamber Board Director Niels Moore opened the ceremony and congratulated her on her success over the years designing jewelry. Joining Meyer were friends and customers, along with Peter Rascoe, Southern Shores town manager and Chamber board members Dianne Denny, Pat Broom and John Woolard III. Chamber diplomats representing Nags Head Golf Links, G R Little Agency and OBX Bank attended, along with Chamber members representing Max Radio of the Carolinas. Ribbon cuttings are provided free of charge to members of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, sponsored in part by Pepsi Bottling Co. V RY LIVE GAME. E 2016 NFL SUNDAY TICKET INCLUDED WHEN YOU SWITCH TO DIRECTV. $ 60 00 MO. Plus taxes. For 24 months W/ 24-mo. TV agmt. & other qual. AT&T service.* Regional Sports fee applies in certain markets. facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds November 2016 27 2-Year all-included pricing CHOICE All-Included Package FREE YOURSELF FROM BAD CREDIT CALL FOR A FREE CONSULTATION TODAY Renews at full price. Offer ends 10/22/16. New approved customers only, lease required. Hardware and Programming available separately. Other conditions apply. NFL, the NFL Shield design and the NFL SUNDAY TICKET name and logo are registered trademarks of the NFL and its affiliates. ©2016 AT&T Intellectual Property. All Rights Reserved. AT&T, Globe logo, DIRECTV, and all other DIRECTV marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. IVS RY SUNDA . 800-541-6495 Out-of-market games only. CALL NOW and ask about Next Day Installation. Remove negative items from your report* More than 92% of our clients see positive results within the first 90 days!* Get the credit score you deserve! 800-690-4871 *Client results vary. There is no guarantee that your results will match those above. We count a single removal from all three bureaus as 3 removals.