MAKING A CANOE AT THE MUSEUM Visitors to the Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center recently had a chance to discover how difficult it is to turn a twelve foot Cyprus log into a canoe!At the recent Annual Journey Home, volunteers participated in a number of activities that required team effort and a sense of adventure. Long time museum supporters, Mitch Mayhew and Chief John Blackfeather, led the canoe project using primitive tools that would have been available to natives. They began by giving the log the outlines of a canoe, hacking at it to shape both ends. Coals and pine cones were heaped on top, letting the simmering fire “scoop” out the insides. Once a hollow area was created, volunteers began to scrape away the charred wood using traditional tools. The process was slow and laborious but very rewarding. “It was an amazing weekend,” said Carl Bornfriend, executive director of the museum. “We were surrounded by woods and the smells of the Cyprus log, working with our hands and learning just how much skill it took to actually make a canoe. And the best part is that countless others will have a chance to experience that same thrill over the coming months.” Chief John Blackfeather works on the canoe. Amber Roth photo The canoe is the first phase in a long-range project to build a village on the museum nature trail. Plans are in place to start a long house in April 2015. In the meantime, visitors will have the opportunity to help with the project. “Scrapers” are available for anyone who wants to work on the canoe. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, Mondays by appointment only. For more information, visit the web site at www.nativeamericanmuseum.org or call 252-995-4440.
Nancy Lamb - Your Local DA office In 1984 I left Wake Forest University School of Law behind and headed eastbound to my new position as the first female prosecutor in the First Judicial District. Having grown up in the small mill town of Troy, N.C., and attending college in the mountains at Appalachian State, I had traded the rolling foothills of my hometown for the flat, wetlands of Northeastern North Carolina: A place that would become my home for 30 years. I chose an area of law that I knew would become my career, and I made Northeastern North Carolina my home. I met my husband in this beautiful place. All three of my children were born right here at Albemarle Hospital. I have made a wonderful life in this area, and it all began with a telephone call from the District Attorney’s office that brought me here. I knew that I wanted to make a difference, and I knew that would be accomplished in the office of the District Attorney. The purpose of the District Attorney’s office is to help those who have been criminally wronged. Cases are investigated by law enforcement and depending on the elements of the case, which are decided by our NC General Statutes, charges may be brought. If only cases were as quickly brought to justice as “Law & Order” or “CSI”, or evidence were so easily obtained. The truth is that it takes time to get our evidence processed. For instance, in a Possession With Intent to Sell and Deliver Schedule II, which is cocaine, the State must prove that the powdery substance confiscated is, in fact, cocaine. It must be sent to the state lab where it could sit for months. Without the state lab attesting to the fact that the evidence is indeed cocaine, a clever defense attorney or public defender could plant the seed of doubt alleging that the white substance was not cocaine but parmesan cheese! Yes, the cheese defense has been used before! If one juror believes that the defendant could have been selling parmesan cheese, then the entire case is lost. The State has the burden of proof to show without a reasonable doubt that the case brought before 12 jurors is a crime, based on the laws of the State of North Carolina. There are many agencies that make up the criminal justice system, from the law enforcement officers who investigate the crime to the prosecutors who determine how the case should proceed and if there is substantial evidence to charge the individual. It often takes time to bring a case to trial. The most important factor to remember is to seek the truth, not race against the clock simply to clear a calendar. The late Frank Parrish often said that he would rather see a guilty man go free than put an innocent man in prison. The District Attorney’s office holds the power to change the lives of many with one stroke of the pen. It is always best to err on the side of caution when dealing with the lives of human beings. The American Justice system is not always perfect, but it is by far the best system in the world. Our Constitution has provided us with a strong foundation that we can build on and improve. If we all strive to follow the law, we will make this a great system that works for every citizen. Cancer Survivors must be very diligent in what they consume Cancer survivors must be very diligent in what they consume. So, in this article I’ll discuss “essential nutrients”. Essential Nutrients include: Water, Carbohydrates, Protein, Lipids, Minerals, and Vitamins. -Water/Hydration is necessary for all life, but is particularly important to cancer survivors. Cancer survivors should always include anti-oxidant’s in their hydration regimen. Fluid intake should consist of at least 64ozs. I like green tea, pomegranate juice, red wine, and vegetable juice with high potassium content. I use a digital scale to weigh myself before sleep and in the morning. I use the difference between the two, to determine how much to rehydrate. Proper hydration is the key to everything -Carbohydrates should be the bulk of your diet, and current scientific studies suggest that some components in cruciferous carbohydrates could protect cells from DNA damage, inactivate carcinogens, promote anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory immune system responses. -Proteins are in the area that requires diligence. Protein should be limited to less than 15% per day, and the bulk of that should not include antibiotics. In my last article (May 2013) we touched on the avoidance of antibiotics. Antibiotics can compromise the immune system so you might want to limit your consumption of proteins where they may occur (red meat, poultry).Oily fish such as tuna, salmon, are excellent alternatives as they are a powerful source of the polyunsaturated lipid, omega 3. -Lipids (fats, oils) together with carbohydrates, and proteins are the main constituents of plant and animal cells. Fats should be primarily polyunsaturated or monounsaturated. The quality of your fat intake has a direct impact on your quality of life. -Minerals are essential for carrying out various body functions including, promoting health and growth, blood circulation, and fluid regulation, among a plethora of other things. Minerals are classified into two categories, major minerals and trace minerals. -Vitamins facilitate the chemical reactions that produce among other things, skin, bone, and muscle. For the most part, vitamins are obtained from food, but a few are obtained from other sources. For example, Vitamin D is synthesized by the sun. The crux of this article is to emphasize the need to consume the highest quality essential elements to assure cancer survival and the highest possible quality of life. A cancer survivor must build their diet around their needs . The Ingredient statements and nutrition facts on packaged foods should be required reading. Warren is a retired USDA Food Safety Specialist and cancer survivor. Warren Green is head of a prostate support group and can be reached at 252-312-1884