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Follow OBX News as it happens Top Stories This Month Beach Food Pantry sets up permanent endowment fund The Beach Food Pantry has established a new charitable endowment to fight hunger in Dare County. The Beach Food Pantry Endowment Fund will provide ongoing and perpetual support for the nonprofit as it works to provide direct nutritional assistance to Dare County residents. The fund, to be held at the Outer Banks Community Foundation, will be available to cover all of the Pantry’s program, operating and capital needs. “Since the Beach Food Pantry was first organized in 1989, we have helped thousands of Dare County residents feed their families through a temporary crisis or emergency situation,” said Theresa Armendarez, executive director of the Pantry. “Our staff, board, and volunteers work incredibly hard each and every year to raise the funds we need to support our mission. With this new endowment, we now have a permanent, sustainable source of funds to supplement the annual dollars we raise. This means that we will be able to feed more families in our community, seek more food donations, and provide more educational programs about nutrition and food.” “All of us at the Community Foundation are honored to partner with the Beach Food Pantry,” said Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s executive director. “This is a vital organization that plays a leading role in assisting the needy in our community.” Earlier this month, the Community Foundation awarded a grant of $5,000 to the Pantry to purchase a generator for use during natural disasters and power outages. In 2015 the Community Foundation awarded a two-year, $50,000 grant totowards the purchase of the Pantry’s new building in Kitty Hawk. Anyone can make a tax-deductible gift to the Beach Food Pantry Endowment Fund at The Pantry and the Community Foundation also invite major gifts, bequests and legacy donations to the fund. Please contact Lorelei Costa at 252-261-8839 for more information about leaving a planned gift to benefit the Pantry. The Outer Banks Community Foundation holds endowment funds by and for over 40 nonprofits and churches across the Outer Banks, including Food for Thought, Interfaith Community Outreach, Outer Banks SPCA, St. Andrews By-the-Sea, Elizabethan Gardens, Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station, Dare County Arts Council and Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church. For more information on establishing an endowment for your nonprofit, contact the Community Foundation at 252-261-8839. Leaders of the Food Pantry and Community Foundation: from left, Richard Bruce, Jane Webster, Teresa Osborne, Theresa Armendarez, Howard Neren, Steve Hanson, Bob Muller and Lorelei Costa. Did you know the Albemarle Tradewinds is located in more than 250 locations in NENC and Chesapeake? UNABLE TO WORK? • DENIED BENEFITS? • WE CAN HELP! SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY Fighting for Your Social Security Disability Benefits for Over 20 Years! “ Applications/Hearings/Appeals Immediate Access to Experienced Personnel We Strive For Quick Claim Approval Free Consultation I could not be happier about the job performance of BGA. They have proven that they are there to help unfortunate people who are in need of a helping hand. America should be proud to have them represent those in need. I would recommend them to anyone -Gil B. Call for an Immediate Evaluation (800) 749-5230 Bill Gordon & Associates, a nationwide practice, represents clients before the Social Security Administration. Member of the TX & NM Bar Associations. Mail: 1420 NW St Washington D.C. Office: Broward County, FL. Services may be provided by associated attorneys licensed in other states. ” If you are interested in Outer Banks history, nature, recreation, and family activities, Roanoke Island Festival Park is an ideal choice. This Roanoke Island attraction, across from the Manteo waterfront and just 5 miles from Nags Head and 30 minutes from Hatteras Island and Kitty Hawk, is a 25-acre interactive historic site representing the first English settlement attempt in 1585. Visit the various venues below to learn more about our vibrant attraction on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where history, the arts, family gatherings, multiple activities and environment combine to make a memorable Outer Banks stop. The park also hosts many performances throughout the year in the Indoor Theatre and concerts at the Outdoor Pavilion. Several venues at the park can be rented for weddings, receptions, meetings and corporate retreats. Group Tour rates are available. 30 Albemarle Tradewinds November 2016

Follow OBX News as it happens Top Stories This Month October is a special month for birders on the Outer Banks. By Jeff Lewis Waterfowl flock in. Most of our dabbling (puddle) ducks arrive this month. Check the Pea Island, Mackay Island and Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuges impoundments, and the pond on Bodie Island. American Wigeon, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail and Green-winged Teal should be easily found. Gadwall, Mallard and Black Ducks increase as migrants join our yearround populations. Snow Geese and diving ducks are more prevalent in November. Our local Canada Geese populations increase when the “real” ones migrate from the north. A few sea ducks start “stringing out” over the ocean late in October, but November is a better month to find them. Several raptors push through—some continuing south, others staying for the winter. Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s Hawks take residency near successful feeding stations, upsetting local Mourning Doves and Blue Jays! Local Redtailed Hawks are joined by northern over-wintering brethren: Northern Harriers are seen drifting low over marshes and farm fields. The American Kestrel, Merlin, and Peregrine Falcon increase by October. Kestrels are easily found on the Alligator River NWR and utility lines across the state; Merlin and Peregrine numbers peak in October and are found mostly around wet habitats like impoundments at Pea Island NWR and the Cape Point area in Buxton. Our Bald Eagle population increases in fall and winter, and is reliably located on the Alligator River and Lake Mattamuskeet NWRs. Shorebird migration continues into October. Several sandpipers near the end of their fall migration: Spotted, Solitary, Stilt, White-rumped, Pectoral, and Semipalmated Sandpipers. Others, like Greater Yellowlegs, Sanderling, Dunlin, Short and Long-billed Dowitchers and Wilson’s Snipe, settle for the winter. Look in appropriate wet habitats. Eastern Willets, from summer are replaced by look-alike Western Willets during fall and winter. Both are on our ocean beaches, along with “wave-chaser” Sanderlings. Songbirds undergo a changing of the guard, and many breeding birds leave this time of year. All our swallows leave for the winter except Tree Swallows, which increase a hundred-fold as northern birds move to North Carolina. Our flycatchers depart, replaced by the Eastern Phoebe in winter. Only two of Eastern North Carolina’s 17 warbler species are hardy enough for winter: Pine Warbler and Common Yellowthroat. Orange-crowned, Palm and Yellowrumped Warblers join them. The under-appreciated sparrow family arrives primarily in October, including beloved back-yard Eastern Towhee (year-round), Dark-eyed Junco, and White-throated Sparrow. In various open habitats, look for Chipping, Field, Savannah, Vesper, and Lark Sparrows. In brushy areas, seek Song, Lincoln’s and White-crowned Sparrows. In swampy habitats you can find Swamp Sparrows. In wooded areas White-throated and Fox Sparrows are likely. These “little brown jobs” can be a very challenging, rewarding family to seek and identify. Cory Davis named Chamber Young Professional of the Year The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce has announced that Cory Davis, owner of Davis Cleaning, is the 2016 Outer Banks Young Professional of the Year. The new award from the Chamber was presented at its annual Meeting and Awards Dinner. For backyard birdwatchers, keep year-round birds happy and watch for Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Indigo Buntings, Red-breasted Nuthatches and Baltimore Orioles. In areas heavy with wild muscadine grapes, you probably have orioles. They often chatter in treetops, even if you can’t see them. Sometimes nectar feeders or grape jelly lures them down. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds decline in October, but an over-wintering crop of hummers should arrive late in the month. Keep an eye on birdbaths, as any number of migrant songbirds may stop for a refreshing dip or drink. The Outer Banks holds the exciting Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival each October. Dozens of birding, paddling, photography and natural history trips are offered, led mostly by local or regional experts. Refuge tours, workshops and programs are offered. The 20th anniversary of “Wings Over Water” took place this year October 18th through October 23rd. For more information go to www.wingsoverwater. org or call 252-216-9464. For this article in full, visit www. and search [tags]. Do you or a loved one STRUGGLE on the stairs? We have the AFFORDABLE solution! TOLL-FREE *Certain restrictions apply. MENTION THIS AD FOR $250 OFF * PURCHASE OF A NEW STAIRLIFT! 1-800-850-6153 CALL NOW Immediate Past Chair Maylon White said the award recognizes an individual from the Young Professionals Group who has made an outstanding contribution to the Outer Banks community. Davis is a regular at Young Professional events. In addition to sponsoring beach cleanups, her company has donated items to the Classroom Safety Bucket project, which supplies Dare County classrooms with items needed during a lock down or other emergency, and made donations to local school supply drives. Davis Cleaning regularly donates gift certificates for local community events in support of non-profits and school events. The company also works with Hands of Hope at The Outer Banks Hospital, providing services to cancer patients who have undergone treatments and need assistance Cory Davis, the owner of Davis Cleaning, with Chamber Board Chair Brent Tomlinson and Immediate Past Chair Maylon White. 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