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July 2016

Gun Tips By: Lloyd

Gun Tips By: Lloyd “Duke” Hodges Here we go again. The AR platform is a hot political issue. Among shooters it is a very popular firearm. Looking at mine and viewing the accessory packages I kinda think we should call it GP for general purpose. Just a thought. Some years ago I saw a photo of a 1911 John Dillinger used, however, he had crafted several magazines together which equaled the capacity of a tommy gun. That was some firepower and packing that thing was about fifteen pounds lighter and not too noticeable either. Holly Audette’s article, Right to Bear Arms Protects From Tyrannical Government, June 20,2016, Hope you read it. It is factual. It is the Second Amendment as conceived long ago by thinkers and now hysterical officials try to trash it along with the rest of the Bill of Rights. It is to me a crime to punish law abiding gun owners for the despicable acts of a very few. We do not need any new gun laws: there are enough to take care of the problems-if they are enforced. Well, back to our gun choices. Be practical, use what you can operate with some degree of comfort and most certainly what you can control. Shooting irons now come in all sizes and calibers. Too much gun will make a good paper weight. Too small, well, it may get lost in a dresser drawer. What is also very important is how to carry the thing. A quality holster will protect the piece as well as the skin behind. This goes for semi-auto’s as well as for wheel guns. I have touched on a practice routine that fits your life style. Read different gun publications as they offer good advice and see what fits you. Remember this: anger, booze and guns do not mix. Now is the time for cool heads. Train, Observe, Be Alert, Be Alive! Car Show On Saturday June 4, 2016, there was a car show in downtown Edenton hosted by Unanimity Masonic Lodge # 7. All proceeds and donations went for the needs of the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford, NC. The car show which was held in conjunction with the Edenton Music & Water Festival and the Heritage Farm Fest; featured many makes and styles from the era of when vehicles were made of real materials; more characteristic than nowadays. “Best in Show” was awarded to Tim Phelps for his 1955 Chevrolet, Belle Air, 2 door hardtop, 427 CID, Pro Street. A special thanks goes to Rick and Gail Howard along with the other organizers of the well done show during which 20 cars received awards. As a result of the show, approximately $1300.00 was contributed to the Oxford Home for Children by Unanimity Lodge #7. 12 Albemarle Tradewinds July 2016 albemarletradewinds.com

Wild Blackberries by: Coy Domecq One of my favorite wild–foraged foods is the local blackberry. I have fond childhood memories of family outings to collect buckets of the plump ripe dark berries to be used fresh, baked into incredible deserts, and made into jams and wine for use during cooler temperatures. Did I mention that not only buckets were filled at the collection sites? At the end of the day, stomachs were also full of the sweet berries with telltale markings around the mouth and teeth stained a dark blue-black. The blackberry is a member of the Rose family. There are many local names for blackberries, among them briarberries, bramble berries, and dew berries. The natural distribution of the most common blackberry varieties, or taxa, throughout the eastern Carolinas, include European, Sand, Pennsylvania, Southern and Chesapeake berries. Because blackberry types interbreed and hybridize readily, there is confusion and debate among scientists about which berry belongs to what type. Fortunately for the berry eaters, regardless of type, they all taste delicious. Archeological evidence points out that blackberries have been consumed by humans as long as 2,500 years ago, during the Iron Age. Nutritionally, the blackberry is a significant form of dietary fiber, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K. Although currently unverified, important phytochemical components in blackberries show promise as antioxidants and are under investigation for their toxicity to cancer cells. Collecting blackberries is not without peril. Most blackberry bushes have thorns along their canes that can cause discomfort if the collector is not mindful of these sharp prickly deterrents. There seems to be folklore associated with an abundance of snakes near areas full blackberry plants. Any truth to that may be in part due to the fact that birds frequent the berry bushes. As much as birds like berries, snakes like birds. From personal experience, I remember a very real direct correlation between the sweeter the blackberry population, the higher the redbug, or chigger, count. This, I believe, is a reminder that little in life is free, not even wild-collected blackberries. 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 chdomecq@hotmail.com. WANTED 10 DECKS, PATIOS, OR SCREEN PORCHES To convert to sunrooms for year-round use! facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds July 2016 13