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Albemarle Tradewinds September 2016 Web Final

September 2016

Orthodox Christianity

Orthodox Christianity ST. MOSES THE BLACK (330-405 AD) St. Moses was an Ethiopian. He was a slave of a pagan government official who dismissed him for theft and incorrigible behavior. Moses took up a life of criminality and violence. Moses was a man of great physical prowess. He led a gang of bandits in the Nile valley. Being sought by the authorities, Moses fled to Egypt’s Nitrian Desert, to an area known as Sketis, which was known for its secluded monastic communities. There, to escape detection, Moses took refuge in one of the monasteries. Moses was deeply impressed by the single-minded devotion and ascetic discipline of the monks. He soon became a Christian, was baptized, and joined the monastery. He was trained by St. Isadore the Priest and received instruction from St. Macarius the Great. After many years of spiritual struggle, Moses himself became a great monastic elder and a guide of souls. Some of his sayings and some anecdotes of his life were recorded by his disciples and passed down to us in the Apothegmata Patrum (The Sayings of the Desert Fathers). When Moses was seventy-five years of age, in about the year 405, the monastery was attacked by barbarian invaders at whose hands Moses and seven companions were martyred. His earthly remains are at the monastery of al-Baramus, in Egypt. His feast day in the Orthodox Church is August 28. All chapters copyright © 2016 by author Nick. Martone.; inquiries c/o St. George’s Church, P.O. Box 38, Edenton, NC. (252) 482-2006. From the “Apothegmata Patrum:” A brother at Scetis committed a fault. A council was called to which Abba Moses was invited, but he refused to go to it. Then the priest sent someone to say to him, “Come for everyone is waiting for you.” So he got up and went. He took a leaking jug, filled it with water and carried it with him. The others came out to meet him and said to him, “What is this, Father?” The old man said to them, “My sins are running out behind me, and I do not see them, and today I am coming to judge the errors of another.” When they heard that they said no more to the brother but forgave him. Ron Stevens Hand-Carved Decoys Ron Stevens is a woodcarver of eastern waterfowl. As he drifts into semi-retirement, he spends even more time in his busy workshop perfecting his unique skill. By “chip carving” cedar knees into lifelike decoys, then painting with detail of exacting feather head-to-tail, Stevens’s blue ribbon pedigree is evident. A current resident of Elizabeth City (EC) via Chincoteague, VA, then the US Coast Guard, he continues to display in shows along the east coast. His style ascended from research of H. V. Shrouds, and studying the works of locals Ned Burgess and Ambrose “Hambone” Twiford. His passion is projected as he teaches 2-3 classes per year in the white building on the Kenyon Bailey property in EC. The depth of artistry in his decoy creations emerged from a three-dimensional approach to carving. He developed a system of tripod cameras in his aviary some years back to create angle, curve, and depth to show an exacting proportion in a life-like decoy. By: C.L. Cooke Stevens work will be displayed this month at the Currituck Wildlife Festival. (See page 2 for details) Y’All Come. The experience for all ages is enriching. 8 Albemarle Tradewinds September 2016

Possession of firearms by people convicted of felonies For decades, the law in this state concerning possession of firearms by people convicted of felonies was murky at best. A felon who completed his probation/parole could possess a long gun anywhere, and a handgun only on his own property. However, this conflicted with federal law, which prohibited a felon from possessing any firearm. The federal law was rarely enforced at the state level, and even then it was used against people who committed a new, serious crime like bank robbery. The state legislature changed the state law to conform with the federal law, so that no one with a felony conviction could have a firearm. This poorly publicized change in the state law caught many people unaware. Suddenly, people with a 30 year old felony were being arrested while out hunting, and charged with the major felony of Possession of Firearm by Felon, which carries mandatory prison time. The public outcry led our legislature to create two ways to provide relief to people who had a single lapse in judgment years ago, but have abided by the law ever since. The first way is to have the conviction expunged. An expungement is available for people who have committed a low-level felony (class H or I), such as breaking or entering or larceny. Generally, the applicant has to have a single felony conviction, with no subsequent convictions (other than a traffic conviction) for 15 years since he completed his probation/parole. The motion has to be filed in the NC court where the conviction occurred. He also has to demonstrate good character. If granted, an expungement wipes the conviction from the public records. In fact, the statute goes on to say that the person may thereafter deny that they were convicted, or even arrested, without fear of prosecution. Because an expungement has the effect of restoring the person to his pre-conviction status, he may again possess a firearm. Unexpected Elegance You will love the versatility of Magnabilities Interchangeable jewelry. Inexpensive Value and beautiful choices… or design your own Magnetic inserts for $8.00 Mention this ad and you will receive a $5.00 discount on your first order. ties-Jewelry-Sales-by-Lynne-B- 494654930708079/ 252-339-5218 The second way is to petition for restoration of firearms rights. This method leaves the felony conviction in place, but allows the person to regain his rights to a firearm. The advantage of this method is that it allows for restoration of rights even to those convicted of more serious offenses (Class D felonies and below), and it can include an out-of-state conviction. Generally, an applicant has to have had a single felony conviction, had no subsequent offenses, and been of good character for 20 years following the restoration of their other civil rights. (In NC, this would be the completion of probation/parole. Other jurisdictions define restoration of rights differently.) Under either method, the felony has to have been non-violent, and not involved an assault or the use of a weapon. The felony generally cannot be a sex crime. The person cannot be under a domestic violence protective order. They have to have demonstrated good character for the required time period. It is important to note that the judge is not required to grant relief in either case. The statutes say the judge “may” grant the relief if the court finds that the criteria have been met, so it is important to present the case to the court in the most favorable light. No judge is going to grant the motion if he/she has any idea that the applicant will be back in court on another charge in the future. 100% homemade soap with only natural ingredients. This one is an olive oil soap with zest from different citrus fruits. Super skin-nourishing with an excellent fresh scent and light lather. $4 per bar Paint and Craft Parties with Lynne, located in the Hobby Lobby Store in Elizabeth City. Dates: July 12, 2016 at 5:00 pm August 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm Sept 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm Oct. 11, 2016 at 5:00 pm Please register by calling 252-339-5218 Lynne Every second Tuesday of the month. $25.00 includes all supplies and you take your painting or Craft home. Albemarle Tradewinds September 2016 9