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May 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.” Why Seniors Need To Drive by C.L. Cooke I once followed an elderly lady to a local bank. She had just driven across Ehringhaus Street from Golden Corral to the PNC parking lot. She did not realize that she almost caused three separate accidents during that short trip. Two vehicles hit the brakes to avoid collision, and one swerved onto the curb as she was about to broadside the moving vehicle. I told her what had just occurred. I told her I was aware that she did not know the sequence of potential accidents that could have caused numerous injuries or deaths. When I looked her in the eyes and said I was considering taking her tag number to the local police, she looked so surprised. Then I stated that her drivers permit might be revoked and she replied, “That would be terrible.” After pondering, I decided it would be terrible for her to lose her license because of me. Maybe it would be best if a close family member initiated that decision: one closer to her, one who knows she should no longer drive…one who would run errands for her, and take her to lunch, or pay bills, or shop for presents for her beloved children and grandchildren. After all it should be our responsibility to care for our seniors and make their last years as memorable and comfortable as possible. So, I ask you this. Seniors whom you know are an accident waiting to happen, could you please do the right thing and avoid the critical accident waiting to happen. Get the family involved. For the rest of us who might not be that far gone, but our sight is not what it was, our reflexes have slowed, but we need to be on the road…give us a break. We are out there buying gifts for you and the kids. We are spending money, paying bills, and are still an important economic engine because our generation worked hard, saved, have our retirement and are spending it. Heck, if you took us off the road, the economy might go flatter than a pancake. So, instead of motioning to us as number one with your middle finger, mean it and use the first finger next to your thumb. Be on the lookout for us, anticipate our inadequacies and help us continue to help you. When you see us at the Potato Festival, say Hi and give us a hug…then offer us a ride home! Comments? E-Mail to br549@modernmedianow.com 20 Albemarle Tradewinds May 2015 albemarletradewinds.com

Strawberry Meals Forever By Rosie Hawthorne Kitchensaremonkeybusiness.com Parts - Sales - Service Since 1927 Every May, I anxiously wait to get my postcard from the Malco’s farm in Point Harbor telling me their strawberry fields are open for business. The Hawthornes usually come back with twenty-plus pounds and I’ll make pies, galettes, jam, strawberry ice cream, smoothies, and the list goes on. Whatever I don’t immediately use, I freeze in quart-size freezer bags so I can enjoy them later. Strawberry Pie 1 pie crust, baked and cooled If you don’t make your own crust, I recommend the refrigerated crusts that come rolled up in a box, not the frozen crusts. 1 quart strawberries, plus about 2 dozen extras 1 cup sugar 2 TB cornstarch ¼ cup water 1 TB butter 4 oz. package cream cheese, softened Rinse and trim strawberries. Reserve about 2 dozen of the nicer shaped strawberries or enough to cover the base of the pie. Place the quart of the strawberries in a medium saucepan over medium heat, mashing the berries, and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer, add in the sugar and stir until dissolved. Make a slurry by dissolving the cornstarch in the water and add to strawberries. Bubble slowly over medium low heat for about 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Stir 4 TB of the strawberry mixture into the cream cheese until smooth and spread evenly over the base of your cooled pie crust. Place the reserved strawberries, point side up in the cream cheese mixture, then pour the rest of the strawberry mixture into the pie crust. If you’re lucky enough to have some of the strawberry filling leftover, save that for toast, pancakes, French toast, or ice cream. Refrigerate until set, preferably overnight. Please visit with Rosie at www.kitchensaremonkeybusiness.com for more recipes and fun stuff! 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 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 May 2015 21