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January 2015

A retired educator and

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.” 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.” Economic plan for our area by C.L. Cooke The key elements to a successful economic development plan for Northeast North Carolina and the 1st Congressional District (NC01) is found in our history and topography already in place. We just need to modernize our thinking and prioritize our commitment to improve the quality of life. Competitive advantage for our purpose is doing better with what is inherent to our geographic location. We are blessed with history, marine related topography, and an agrarian society that does not employ many people. So given our rural nature and natural beauty, why don’t more vacationers visit us; more sportsmen, boaters, and outdoor enthusiasts utilize our waters; or a new labor intensive business locate here to hire our neighbors, friends and children. Let’s start with our workforce. Many self-employed individuals who are trade specific comprise a healthy percentage of the non-governmental work-force. Carpenter, plumber, painter, mechanic, handy-man, would identify a few categories. Search the largest employers in many areas and you will find the federal, state, and local governments head the list. Much of the government function is service related, and the local level is weighted toward public school employment. So, what is missing for our area where many commute across the state-line on a daily- basis, or are self-employed, or can’t find a decent paying job locally? The percentage of students who enter The College of The Albemarle (COA) and have to take Developmental Reading and Writing or Math is startling. Combine this fact with a perception that the Community College System, charged with workforce development, may not have the resources and capacity to adjust to a changing technical workforce need, and we may understand why new business start-up or relocation to our area is in a funk. Leadership and Vision may be all around us, so here is the plan. The list of local and area stakeholders is extensive, so we will start here. The essence of the Pilot District is a tax-free zone, where federal participation , or regulation, or intervention is eliminated, a living wage established, employee-owned, and/or profit-sharing businesses are opened, and the local public education districts are in-synch with the job market and basic functional literacy for job market needs. The geographic zone should encompass a Congressional District. You see, NC01 is one of the poorest in America, and the plan would identify about 20 districts nationwide in the initial implementation. I am not so naive to think that the current political atmosphere in Washington, DC would endorse this plan, but we start here, plant the seeds, nurture and strengthen our plan, introduce the bill in The US House, then cultivate our support. I am ready to present more detail as we progress through the process. Our current representatives, Walter B. Jones (NC03) and G.K. Butterfield (NC01) should be contacted by individual voters. The more calls to their office the better. Your future, and that of your children, can be molded and determined by your collective efforts. Voter participation is at an all-time low. Though we may be disgusted with the results, if you do not participate, then do not complain. Get with the program. 20 Albemarle Tradewinds January 2015

Time For Oysters By Rosie Hawthorne My favorite thing about winter on the Outer Banks is the oysters. We go through 5-6 bushels each season, so I’m always coming up with different preparations to showcase oysters. My offering for you this month is Oysters Hawthorne. Please enjoy. Oysters Hawthorne 2 dozen oysters, shucked 6 slices bacon, fried, drained, and crumbled, 1 tablespoon bacon grease reserved 2 TB unsalted butter ½ onion, chopped 6 ounces spinach, chopped ¼ cup dry sherry 1/3 cup heavy cream Drops of Texas Pete, to taste Drops of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce. Grated Parmesan cheese and panko breadcrumbs for sprinkling Grated fresh nutmeg Pats of butter Lemon wedges Phone # : 252-489-8667 Seeking responsible person to share my furnished home. North side of Elizabeth City, Quiet, clean environment, no drama. No Pets. Call for details. Ask for Jesse $400/Month 1/2 Utilities Place half-shells with oysters and their likker on a baking sheet. Prepare the topping: Fry up 6 slices bacon. Drain on paper towels, then crumble and set aside. Pour out grease, reserving 1 TB. In same pan, melt butter over medium heat. When bubbly, add in onions and cook for a minute. Drop in spinach and cook until wilted, stirring, about two minutes. Increase heat to medium high for a few seconds, remove pan from heat, and pour in sherry. Cook two minutes. Reduce heat and add cream. Heat through. Top oysters with above mixture. Note: If you want more oyster flavor, go easy on the toppings. Experiment. Try the oyster with different amounts of toppings and see what you like. Add bacon crumbles. Place a drop or two of Texas Pete and Lee & Perrins on each oyster. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and panko breadcrumbs. Top with pat of butter and freshly grated nutmeg. Broil about 4-5 minutes at 450°, 6-8 inches away. Whenever broiling oysters, or anything else for that matter, maintain vigilance! When the liquid in the half shells bubbles, it’s ready. Serve with lemon wedges and have a taste of ocean. The Albemarle Tradewinds merges your business into printed and social media. Phone # : 252-331-5814 Pine Cabinet Regular Price $165 Sale Price $125 Located inside Coppersmith Antiques & Auction Co. 418 N. Hughes Blvd Elizabeth City, NC 27909 Albemarle Tradewinds January 2015 21