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April 2014

OBE EXPO BY KATIE

OBE EXPO BY KATIE BEDARD-GOYTOWSKI The first-ever Spring Expo organized but the Outer Banks Entrepreneurs - of the Albemarle can only be described as a success. More than 1,000 people visited the event, held on March 29 in Elizabeth City’s Southgate Mall. “It turned out really well,” said Tracy Anderson, vendor coordinator for the event. Organizers of the show worked tirelessly for months, securing sponsors, vendors for the space, and advertisers for the 500 welcome bags handed out to the first visitors to the event. Community members streamed steadily into the Expo throughout the day, drawn in by the lively atmosphere of live DJ Lady J, regular door prizes, a silent auction and great deals by many vendors. Familiar faces like State Representative Bob Steinburg, District Attorney Andrew Womble, and Nancy Lamb, who is campaigning for district attorney, were also welcome visitors. All three spent time visiting booths, speaking with visitors and getting to know local small business owners. “Not only was the public happy with the event, but vendors were very pleased with the turnout,” Anderson said. “Vendors like Charming Lockets, Deco’z by Dawn, Paparazzi, Thirty-One and many others did great. Other local vendors and service providers made great connections within the community, like H&R Block, Carpet Connection, Plexus Slim and Paradise Treasures.” There were 59 small businesses and direct sales representatives participating in the event, she added. While the event raised money for the OBE-Albemarle’s general fund, the majority of proceeds benefited two local charities. “More than $1,000 was raised for each charity, the SPCA and USERL (United States Equine Rescue League),” Anderson said. “The SPCA is very dear to me, and USERL is very dear to Georgeanne (Midgette, who worked with Anderson to organize the Expo). I’m all about animals and kids.” Anderson noted that her own dog was housed at the SPCA for six months while in a quarantine after a bite from a wild animal. “They were kind to my dog,” she said. “I wanted to repay that.” A foster pony from USERL, Cooper, also attended the event. Besides money raised by OBE-Albemarle for USERL, the nonprofit was also accepting donations for a much needed surgery for Cooper. Event visitors stepped up, donating a significant amount of money, Anderson said. “Because of the fundraiser and the donations, he is able to get his surgery.” Katie is a freelance editor and writer, specializing in business and event features, public relations and marketing materials, editing and copyediting manuscripts, grant writing and administration, and more. Contact her at 231-649-3404 or katielynnbedard@gmail. com to find out how she can help you! Breeder’s Choice Rose Collection 3 for only $ 29 .99 Up to 75 % Savings! A hand-selected mix of the latest and best new rose varieties from our breeding program. Available only from America’s favorite nursery, Spring Hill. These are all premium grade roses backed by our No-Risk Guarantee. Quantities are limited, call to order today! To order, call (800) 915-0271 anytime. Mention keycode 0450628

Camp Corral Dr Crime Since October 2001, the world in which American military children grow up has been changed dramatically by unprecedented levels of deployment and the increased reliance on Reserve and Guard members. To date, a total of over 2.1 million American men and women in uniform have deployed and of those Service members, approximately 44 percent are parents. Camp Corral, a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt, non-profit corporation, is a free, one-of-a-kind summer camp for children of wounded, disabled or fallen military service members. Since its founding, Camp Corral has grown to 20 camps in 16 states, and served over 4,000 children. Although any child from a military family is eligible, registration priority is given to children of wounded, disabled or fallen military service members. The vision behind Camp Corral is one where kids, ages 8 to 15, are free to be kids, far away from the day-today challenges they face as children of military service members. The reality of a parent being deployed away from home for over a year is the norm for all children from military families. And for 75 percent of Camp Corral’s campers, a parent coming back injured, disabled or never coming back is their reality. Providing positive, recreational experiences in the outdoors helps foster resilience, and Camp Corral has proven to be a ‘week of a lifetime,’ providing kids non-stop fun with activities like canoeing, swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, ropes course challenge, archery, horseback riding and other camp and outdoors activities. The week also encourages the campers to create friendships and bond with other kids who share similar family situations. Currently Elizabeth City and Chesapeake locations of Golden Corral are accepting donations to send a kid to Camp Corral. Forever and Ever By RJ Ben-Dov 10/21/12 Friendship lasts a lifetime, But family is forever; A mother, A father, Siblings too, These are God’s gift to you; Blood is thicker than water, So it’s been said; Water is like friendship, A finite life that ends; The blood is forever; He gave His blood, For you to be saved; His blood, your salvation; Forever and ever, Amen. TREASUREHUNTER UPSCALE WALKERSPALMS Want to know more? Visit campcorral.org SKEETERBEATER SONYASGRILL SOUTHGATE BAREFOOT BEADSPOT COLLINS COPPERSMITH DUNAVANTS FOOTPRINT GRACELAND JEFFREYS LAWNDOCTOR OCEANTANNING PAGEAFTERPAGE RIVERCITY Dear Dr. Crime: Is crime worse now than it used to be? I am a single mother and I worry about what my kids are doing when they are out at night. Thanks. Belinda. Dear Belinda: Many people wonder about that, and there is no single answer of yes or no. It depends on who, what, when and where. However, here in North Carolina, agencies report their activity to the State Bureau of Investigation and they produce a state figure. According to them we did not do so badly. The serious crime rate per 100,000 people decreased 4.4 percent during 2012 when compared to 2011. Some specific violent crimes went up. But that does not answer your question well. In your county of Pasquotank there were 3,387 major crimes in 2012, up from 3,269 the year before. Your neighbor, Camden County, had 1,256 serious crimes, down from 1,306 in 2011. Do you have a crime and delinquency related question? Write to Dr. Crime at professorcrime@gmail. com. Also, if your child is a “youthful offender” Dr. Crime can offer suggestions on how to work with the criminal justice system. For more information see http://drcrime.weebly.com