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May 2016

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Try a little ® TENDERNESS Elizabeth City Habitat for Humanity has extended the deadline until May 31 for persons interested in applying to purchase a home to be constructed later this year on Fifth Street. “We are trying to get as a deep a pool of qualified applicants as we can,” said President Fran Sutton. “We want to find the best partner family for this house.” The organization accepted applications earlier this year but did not receive many responses which prompted the group’s board of directors to reopen the period to accept applications. “It is important for those who wish to apply to realize that these houses are not given away,” Sutton explained. “There are qualifications for these no-interest mortgages just as there would be for conventional mortgages.” A family of four must have a gross income under $45,600. In addition, the monthly payment must be no more than 30% of their gross income. Applicants must expect to pay $600 each month for their mortgage payment, taxes and insurance. In addition to meeting income requirements, applicants must live in Pasquotank County, have a need for this house (such as high rent or utility bills, unsafe or unhealthy conditions) and must be willing to partner with ECHFH by contributing 500 hours of “sweat equity.” Those hours can be earned by a number of means, including attending new homeowner meetings to learn how to budget, working in the local Sale Store, and working on the construction of the house as well as other houses that will be built in the area. Habitat houses traditionally have 1100-1200 sq. ft. They are simple houses built to get families into a decent house. ECHFH will be partnering with the City of Elizabeth City to make the house as energy efficient as possible. Applications may be picked up at Taylor Mueller Realty, 440 S. Hughes Blvd. or at the ECHFH Sale Store, 306 Mill St. In addition to the application, applicants must also submit proof of income such as pay stubs, a credit report and proof of employment. For further information, contact Emily Spivey, 252-287-5267 or emilyspivey919@gmail.com AESOP’S FABLES The Widow and Her Little Maidens The Family Gourmet Buffet 2 (5 oz.) Filet Mignons 2 (5 oz.) Top Sirloins 2 (4 oz.) Boneless Pork Chops 2 Boneless Chicken Breasts (.5 lb. pkg.) 2 (4.5 oz.) Stuffed Sole with Scallops and Crabmeat 4 (3 oz.) Kielbasa Sausages 12 oz. pkg. All-Beef Meatballs 4 (3 oz.) Potatoes au Gratin 4 (4 oz.) Caramel Apple Tartlets Omaha Steaks Seasoning Packet 46191DBY | Reg. $200.90 Now Only $ 49 99 PLUS, 4 Burgers FREE! Limit 2. Free gifts must ship with #46191. Standard S&H will be added. Expires 6/20/16. ©2016 OCG | 605B120 Omaha Steaks, Inc. Call 1-800-992-7317 and ask for 46191DBY www.OmahaSteaks.com/save19 A WIDOW who was fond of cleaning had two little maidens to wait on her. She was in the habit of waking them early in the morning, at cockcrow. The maidens, aggravated by such excessive labor, resolved to kill the cock who roused their mistress so early. When they had done this, they found that they had only prepared for themselves greater troubles, for their mistress, no longer hearing the hour from the cock, woke them up to their work in the middle of the night. 18 Albemarle Tradewinds May 2016 albemarletradewinds.com

If you wish an article written about your business call Scott at 252-312-2302 What makes a great festival? By: T. Wade Nichols, Executive Director Sponsored By: It looks so effortless, as if it an event just happens. But nothing could further from the truth for even a simple event. Farmers markets don’t just appear and then disappear four hours later. A manager has to organize the day, get help with putting up tents and tables, and removing everything to reveal a green lawn at the end. But when you get to big events, with multiple vendors, entertainment and more, then any festival has to have a small core of volunteers. And that is certainly the truth with Elizabeth City’s own North Carolina Potato Festival. My own first exposure was a recap meeting where everyone else knew each other. There was a brief financial report, then a discussion of what worked well, and what might need changing. The location of some animals seemed to be a little problematic because of noise from other displays. That would end up getting changed later on when planning for the next year would get underway. That first meeting was lively and there was a lot of laughter. During a meeting two or three months before the event someone presented some ideas for children’s activities. Coloring contests and large scale kid-art installation were discussed, along with an idea for potato race. I’m not sure if the race will happen this year, but something tells me that a pine box derby style of modified potato race will happen some time. Booth holders were discussed, the distribution of various arts and crafts presenters, and all with an emphasis on quality. Some food vendors were already known and someone talked about contacting them early to make sure they had Potato Fest on their calendars. As a Coast Guard City, it’s gratifying to see how the Coast Guard folks are stepping forward to volunteer and take part in the activities. There will be a great search and rescue demonstration in the early afternoon, so look for a larger ship in the harbor. Parking was discussed, and most people were saying something had to be done. We discussed remote parking at the mall or some other parking areas, but Parks & Recreation suggested the Enfield park with about 300 spaces. After two or three more meetings a shuttle service was pieced together to get remote parkers to downtown. So, while you are enjoying a good time at NC Potato Festival in 2016, appreciate the volunteers and feel good about the fact that so many in the community are working together to pull off a great time. facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds May 2016 19