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June 2015

The Albemarle Tradewinds

The Albemarle Tradewinds merges your business into printed and social media. A retired educator and veteran, Cooke has become an advocate for renewed patriotism, and a critic of poverty in our region. “If many politicians have become more the problem than the solution,” states Cooke, “then good people are encouraged to speak-up, step-up, and fix the mess.” 17 and 64 to Interstate Standard is Smoke and Mirrors by C.L. Cooke Improved transportation became the economic undoing of Northeastern North Carolina long ago. Planes, trains, big trucks, and I-95 made the port cities of Edenton and Elizabeth City dinosaurs for moving products to the Hampton Roads area in Virginia. Water traffic was just too slow. Once this happened, our area was doomed to 100 years of poverty and counting. The decision was made that the economic future of what are now the 1st and 3rd Congressional districts would forever be tied to Virginia. In a recent show of unity, our Congressional delegation led by Walter B. Jones and G.K. Butterfield co-sponsored a bill to designate US 17 and US 64 as interstate. Such improvements to these highways to meet the interstate standard will probably not occur in my lifetime. The net effect of this vision will be to move commerce faster through our area on its way to Virginia and beyond. What can slow this traffic down to spend dollars in our counties, make a fuel stop here and there, and a Waffle House along the way?…that would be nice…the cheese and eggs is wonderful. So again, few jobs, nothing of substance to fight our high poverty, or improve the quality of life for the citizens these professional politicians represent. In 2013, our current Governor stated in Elizabeth City the same mantra that the economic future of our area is tied to Virginia. For generations now, both Democrats and Republicans have accepted the fate of Northeastern North Carolina and have shown no vision for the families and future generations…throw all the bums out. Just watch the smoke in the rearview mirror as the trucks and traffic leave us behind on their way to somewhere other than here. But, there is a ray of hope. A plan to resurrect us from the depths of despair has surfaced. The concept shadows what the state of New York is touting as their tax-free zones. It will take federal legislation to approve such a plan because the tax-free zone for us would be free of federal taxes, fees, and encumbrances for a specified time. An in-depth look at this plan is available. I subscribe to the theory “Don’t kiss me unless you love me”. As an elected official, represent me, or go home. Politicians have smooched us with an unacceptable fate. My biggest concern though is the apathy shown by low voter turnout, and an ambivalence by the general public to engage in activism. The future looks bleak for our children and grandchildren. We don’t have to become crowded by progress, but it would be dramatic to pull our people out of poverty and brighten the light of hope for their future. This is a call for everyone 55 and older to step forward, energize, and take our country back. The legacy we are about to leave behind is an embarrassment, and not what he had hoped for our children and grandchildren. The next time you vote, take someone half your age with you and make sure they know the issues..doing nothing is not acceptable. Comments? E-Mail to br549@modernmedianow.com 20 Albemarle Tradewinds June 2015 albemarletradewinds.com

A Very Berry Galette By Rosie Hawthorne Kitchensaremonkeybusiness.com Parts - Sales - Service Since 1927 “Galette” is a French term for a flat round pastry topped with fruit and it’s a perfect vehicle for all the wonderful fruit available now. It’s not as fussy as a tart or pie. It’s more of a free-form creation where the fruit is piled onto the middle of a round piece of pie dough and then the edges are pulled up and draped over to contain the fruit. Use your favorite pie dough recipe or use the refrigerated doughs from the grocery store. Assembly: 1 pie dough 2 cups mixed fresh berries – blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries turbinado sugar for sprinkling 1 TB honey 1 TB cold unsalted butter Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place dough on lightly floured surface and roll it into an 8-inch circle, about 1/8 inch thick. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Be sure your baking sheet has sides, since this will leak. Spread the fruit over the dough, piling up in the center, and leaving a 2- to 3-inch border. Sprinkle a tablespoon or so of the turbinado sugar over the fruit and drizzle on the honey. Top fruit with slivers of butter. Fold the uncovered border of dough up over the filling, allowing the dough to pleat as you lift it up, working your way around the galette. Dip a pastry brush in water and give the crust a light coating. Sprinkle the crust with more turbinado sugar. Bake for 35- 45 minutes, or until pastry is crisp and golden. Let galette rest 10 minutes before serving. Serving suggestion: vanilla ice cream. Everything’s better with ice cream! Used Auto Parts We buy junk + Wrecked Cars Cars Used Auto Parts Part Locating Service 810 Sawyer St (Behind Salvation Army) Elizabeth City (252) 338-0817 Parts - Sales - Service Since 1927 For more recipes and tours through Rosie’s Garden, visit me at KitchensAreMonkeyBusiness.com. Your local computer repair store. From Laptop Repair to virus removal we do it all. Located in Elizabeth City NC. 252-562-0987 Did you know the Albemarle Tradewinds is located in more than 200 locations in NENC and Chesapeake? facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds June 2015 21