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August 2016

Gun Tips By: Lloyd

Gun Tips By: Lloyd “Duke” Hodges Since I began this column, I have endeavored to avoid any political comments. I felt that politics had no place in the column. Recent events in our country and around the world however have modified that thinking. There are many calling for restrictions on the responsible, law abiding gun owners in our country. Those calling most loudly are being protected by the federal government agenices or are rich enough to hire 24/7 protection. Where does that leave you and yours? Whether you are a hunter, sport shooter or simply want a way to protect your family and home, there are some things you need to know. BE ALERT -- always look around you for anything or anyone that seems out of place. If you are uncomfortable – leave. Tell the authorities ( our undervalued police and sheriffs departments). If you are at a public event, BE AWARE. Check for the location of exits before you settle down to enjoy the show. Look around for security personnel – are they highly visible and are they armed. Does your family know what to do? Talk to them about this! Let’s remember that we are all Americans and that the rule of law exists for all of us. The supreme law of the land is the United State Constitution – not parts of it that suit our immediate needs but every bit of it. When was the last time you read the Constitution—especially those first ten amendments that we call the Bill of Rights? Last of all – BE ALIVE – you are important - to your family – to your friends – to your community and your country!! Next month, I will get back to the basics of this column – but thanks for letting me sound off. Train, Observe, Be Alert, Be Alive! FULL BREAKFAST FOR JUST $6.45 DAILY SANDWICH SPECIALS W/ DRINK AND DESSERT UNDER DINNER SPECIALS W/ DRINK AND DESSERT STARTING AT $9.95 LOOK FOR OUR NEW DINNER ITEMS DAILY HOMECOOKED SPECIALS Mention Albemarle Tradewinds in store and receive 10% OFF YOUR PURCHASE! Quit Smoking Start Vaping Today! Friendly Family Atmosphere, Smiling Faces with Great Food & Prices! Take-Out Orders Welcome! (252) 335-4700 • 913 W. Ehringhaus St., Elizabeth City, NC 12 Albemarle TradewindsAugust 2016

Cattails by: Coy Domecq Cattails are considered by many to be invasive weeds that choke shallow ponds and crowd out other plant species. It has been said that cattails can grow faster in water than corn does in a fertilized field. The familiar sight of the common cattail plants can be seen around the edges of ponds, creeks, freshwater marshes, and ditches. These plants have the distinctive characteristics of slender upright stalks that reach as high as ten feet and the unique brown hotdog-like flower spikes. Cattails reproduce by seeds that germinate readily in sun-laden shallow water and by underground roots, or rhizomes. Even with the disdain many people feel towards cattails, they have played an important role in human history and still serve a vital function in wildlife habitat. Historical records reveal that cattails were consumed by Europeans as long as 30,000 years ago. Many parts of the cattail can be eaten. Native Americans gathered rhizomes and rootstock when other food sources were scarce. The roots contain more starch than potatoes and more protein than rice. The outer parts of young plants, when boiled, taste similar to asparagus. The newly developed flower spikes can also be boiled and eaten like corn-on-the-cob. The pollen can be collected and used as a flour to be baked. The leaf bases can be eaten raw or cooked, especially when they are young. (With all the food versatility cattails provide, caution should be exercised that cattail roots be collected from unpolluted water sources as the roots can absorb and accumulate lead and pesticides.) In addition to the many food uses of cattails, they also once provided a building supply store for early, and not so early, humans. The dried stems were used for weaving to produce roofing materials and baskets. The brown, fluffy flower spike particles were stuffed into pillows as fill. The dried spike materials were also long used as flotation fill in life jackets, or the air-cell filled stalks when bundled as an impromptu personal floaty. Studies have shown that even after being submerged for more than 100 hours, cattail fibers remain buoyant. Coy is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and owner of Vortex EHS, LLC. He holds a Master of Science degree from Imperial College, London in the field of Environmental Management and is an Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer for Construction and General Industry. In addition to his professional interests in Environmental, Health, and Safety, he has a variety of personal interests including plant propagation and cooking, and enjoys reading across a range of subject matter. Coy lives with his wife and daughter in rural Northeastern North Carolina. He can be reached at WANTED 10 DECKS, PATIOS, OR SCREEN PORCHES To convert to sunrooms for year-round use! The Albemarle Tradewinds reaches 60k readers each month in printed and social media ...... call Ken and learn how. 252-333-7232 Albemarle Tradewinds August 2016 13