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Albemarle Tradewinds October 2016 Final

October 2016

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All of our clients get their own QR code for free when purchasing an ad. Vote for Smart Investment Moves Submitted by Chuck O’Keefe The presidential election is little more than a month away. Like all elections, this one has generated considerable interest, and, as a citizen, you may well be following it closely. But as an investor, how much should you be concerned about the outcome? Probably not as much as you might think. Historically, the financial markets have done well – and done poorly – under both Democratic and Republican administrations. Also, many factors affecting investment performance have little or nothing to do with the occupant of the White House. Consequently, no one can claim, with any certainty, that one candidate is going to be “better for the markets” than another one. Still, this isn’t to say that any given presidential administration will have no effect at all on investors. For example, a president could propose changes to the laws governing investments, and if Congress passes those laws, investors could be affected. But in looking at the broader picture, there’s not much evidence that a particular president is going to affect the overall return of your investment portfolio. As mentioned above, many factors – corporate earnings, interest rates, foreign affairs, even natural disasters – can and will influence the financial markets. But in evaluating a president’s potential effect on your investments, you also need to consider something else: Our political system does not readily accommodate radical restructuring of any kind. So it’s difficult for any president to implement huge policy shifts – and that’s actually good for the financial markets, which, by their nature, dislike uncertainty, chaos and big changes. The bottom line? From your viewpoint as an investor, don’t worry too much about what happens in November. Instead, follow these investment strategies: Stay invested. If you stop investing when the market is down in an effort to cut your losses, you may miss the opportunity to participate in the next rally – and the early stages of a rally are typically when the biggest gains occur. Diversify. By spreading your dollars among an array of investments, such as stocks, bonds and other investments, you can help reduce the possibility of your portfolio taking a big hit if a market downturn primarily affected just one type of financial asset. Keep in mind though, that diversification can’t guarantee profits or protect against all losses. Stay within your risk tolerance. Investing always involves risk, but you’ll probably be more successful (and less stressed out) if you don’t stray beyond your individual risk tolerance. At the same time, if you invest too conservatively, you might not achieve the growth potential you need to reach your goals. So you will need to strike an appropriate balance. Forget about chasing “hot” stocks. Many so-called “experts” encourage people to invest in today’s “hot” stocks. But by the time you hear about them, these stocks – if they were ever “hot” to begin with – have probably already cooled off. More importantly, they might not have been suitable for your needs, anyway. In any case, there’s really no “short cut” to investment success. Chuck O’Keefe is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones. Edward Jones (252) 335-0352 Find me on Facebook at: Edward Jones - Financial Advisor: Chuck O’Keefe 5K FUN RUN/WALK AND DISMAL DAY AT THE DISMAL SWAMP STATE PARK ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22nd Registration is open for the Dismal Swamp State Park’s annual 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, October 22 at 9:30 am. Registration for the event is free and open to the public. Interested participants can pre-register by calling (252)771-6593 or register at 8:30 am the day of the event. The first 100 participants will receive a free T-shirt. Dismal Day festivities and other events will run from 10am-2pm at the Dismal Swamp State Park. Do not miss this annual family festival celebrating history and nature! 36 Albemarle Tradewinds October 2016

Museum Anniversary By: Wanda Lassiter, Curator, Museum of the Albemarle The Museum of the Albemarle (MOA) will celebrate its 50th anniversary in May 2017. In last month’s issue we discussed life at the museum in the 1990s. This issue of Albemarle Tradewinds will focus on the museum in the 21st century. MOA moved from its location on US Highway 17 South to the large green building on Water Street in Elizabeth City in 2005. Artifacts that were once held all across Elizabeth City in various storage areas were moved to the new 7,780 square foot collections storage area. On May 1, 2006 the Museum hosted a Grand Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with state and local dignitaries along with staff and the public. For half a century, MOA has presented over 170 exhibits reflecting on topics ranging from Native American life, paper dolls, baseball, the Civil War, moonshine, and Louis Comfort Tiffany. Each exhibit giving visitors a look into life in the Albemarle region and beyond. Volunteers and Junior Docents have assisted to presenting programs such as A Night at the BOO-seum!, Civil War Living History Day, and Archaeology Day to our growing number of visitors. Directors Edward Merrell and William J. Mc- Crea have steered the museum toward success in this century so far. In the past few years, MOA has offered travelling exhibits to institutions across the state including Grandfather Mountain, the Barker House in Edenton, the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, Tryon Palace, and libraries in Manteo, Kill Devil Hills, Gates, Pasquotank, and Camden Counties. 295,213 guests Fall is upon us by Pastor Dan Bergey Eventually the weather will catch up with the calendar and cooler temps will be arriving. The hours of daylight have already started to shorten and the ocean is kicking into full storm mode. High school football, as well as other sports are in full swing, and the area Marching bands are busy competing. Sometimes it’s hard to find a still moment in your life. Instead of searching for that moment, make time for it. Set aside a time every day to just relax. Push aside the daily busyness and stress and just meditate on God. Before you know it this will be routine and you won’t need to schedule it into your day. You’ll also find that you look forward to these moments and treasure the time you have with God. visited institutions where MOA placed a travelling exhibit for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. As the museum marks its half century, the dreams of those dedicated individuals 50 years ago continue to come to fruition as it continues to grow with new exhibits, programs, and lectures. Through new technology such as Audio Tours, the museum connects with visitors virtually. MOA will begin to explore more partnerships with other institutions both locally and abroad to bring new exhibits and research to our visitors in the upcoming years. Conservation will continue to be performed on our collections in the next half century. Over $40,000 was raised for artifact conservation in the past 6 years through generous donations from individuals and organizations and through fundraising by the Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle and programs such as Adopt an Artifact and North Carolina Preservation Consortium. Artifacts such as the circa 1863 Cox portrait, a circa 1872 Masonic Apron, World War I uniforms, an 1886 silk quilt, and numerous wedding dresses have all been saved for future generations by the conservation efforts. MOA has grown to be loved by our visitors and seen as an integral part of northeastern North Carolina’s tourist attractions. Recently, the World’s Largest Travel Site, Trip Advisor, ranked MOA as the #1 “Thing To Do in Elizabeth City.” In the future MOA will continue to make a cultural impact on the region. Join us in 2017 to celebrate MOA’s 50th birthday. Check out or social media sites for all the birthday events, programs, and exhibits. collinsmaintenancejanitorial@ His Word By : Ron Ben-Dov I believe; Why you ask? He gave me His Word; I believe; Lord, I believe; I believe with heart and soul, You see; He gave me His Word; I believe in the resurrection; I believe in everlasting life; I believe in salvation; For He gave me His Word. If you are looking for something different, fun and free to do with your family, on November 5th New Life of Currituck will be having a Drive-In theatre set up. We will be showing Zootpia at 6 PM. Concessions will be available for donations. For more information, contact the church office at 252-453-2773. Psalms 119:9-11 How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. This month’s message is at the bottom of page 46 Office - 252-453-2773 Church website - Dan Bergey - Senior Pastor Born in Telaviv, Israel Lived in NY from ages five until eighteen, becoming a U.S. citizen at eleven. A US Navy veteran, merchant seaman, graduate of ECSU with a BS in Accounting. Was a Motor Fuels Tax Auditor for NC, and currently employed as an IT Security Control Specialist for a local EC NC bank. In 2008 a life changing event occurred and the flow of faith based poetry has run ever since. More of my poetry can be found at: Ron Ben- Dov at Albemarle Tradewinds October 2016 37