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Albemarle Tradewinds March 2018 Web OPT

March Edition of the Albemarle Tradewinds Magazine

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Marketing a Marina by Claude Milot Albemarle Plantation in Hertford had a premier marina that was under-utilized. So, early in 2015 a marketing committee was formed to research and implement a plan to bring more boaters to the marina. The committee met on March 5, 2015, to see what it could do. It had no money, but plenty of enthusiasm and lots of ideas. It realized that if it were going to attract boaters to the Plantation marina, it fi rst needed to draw more of them to the Albemarle Sound. For that, it needed to enlist the help of other boating communities in the area. And for that it needed an organization. Committee members were aware of another organization called the Great Loop that markets a trip around the eastern seaboard, the Great Lakes, and the Mississippi River. So, they decided to name the new organization the Albemarle Loop (“the Loop,” for short). Committee members went to work soliciting marinas in the Albemarle Sound to join. Almost overnight the Loop consisted of member marinas in Plymouth, Columbia, Edenton, Elizabeth City, Hertford, the Dismal Swamp Canal, and Albemarle Plantation. By the end of March, the Loop had published a brochure and also created a website: https://albemarleloop. com. Through the website, the Loop offered many services such as event management and IT services, retailer discount coupons, and advertising from retailers and boat repair companies. It also added human interest and historical articles about the Sound, made presentations to organizations, and distributed brochures up and down the East coast. A Great Little Museum in Hertford We’re accustomed to spacious museums, some on multiple fl oors, most with many exhibits and plenty of room to walk around. But there’s one museum I really like that doesn’t fi t any of those descriptions. It’s in one room with little walk-around space, and it’s dedicated to a single topic. Tucked away inside Hertford’s Chamber of Commerce building is a museum dedicated entirely to the life and exploits of Jim Hunter, baseball Hall of Famer and Hertford’s favorite son. Brainchild of Sid Eley, Hertford’s former mayor and now the Chamber’s director, the Jim “Catfish” Hunter Museum has been accumulating artifacts and memorabilia related to Hunter’s life and career ever since Eley came up with idea of a museum around nine years ago. They have never stopped pouring in, not only from friends and neighbors who knew Hunter, but from baseball fans who followed his career with the Athletics and Yankees from 1965 to 1978. The museum desperately needs room to expand, because every nook and cranny is fi lled with old uniforms and gloves, autographed bats and balls, newspaper clippings, photographs, Sports Illustrated covers, even Hunter’s old travel trunk. A visitor is likely to fi nd Sid Eley happy to conduct a personal tour of the museum, complete with stories about Jimmy (what the locals always called him) that are not in the record books. Eley ought to know: he was only one year behind Hunter in school and knew his four brothers and three sisters. He even taught three of By Claude Milot Sponsored by Dwelling Management Solutions In 2016 the Loop structured its management by appointing two managing directors, then added a writer and a fi nancial person. The Loop managed its fi rst three years on a minimal budget, but by 2018 it had grown to five commercial and fi ve non-profi t marinas and had become an independent non-profi t organization. As a commercial member of the Loop, Albemarle Plantation has realized many benefi ts. By promoting the Albemarle Sound and the Albemarle Plantation as a premier boating area, it has increased sales not only at the marina, but also at its restaurants and golf course. Perhaps more important, it has promoted strong community relations with Hertford and the other towns on the Albemarle Sound. As further proof of the success of the Albemarle Loop, the number of transient boater visits to the Plantation marina has increased from a mere two in 2014 to 59 in 2017, while visits to the website surpassed 12,000 last year, proof that an increasing number of boaters, particularly spring and fall migrants along the intracoastal waterway, are discovering the Albemarle Sound and all its wonderful towns. Jimmy’s children in his science classroom. Jimmy was a Hall of Fame Man,” he says. “He never bragged about how good he was or how much money he made, and he never had a bad word to say about anyone.” Jimmy Hunter returned to Hertford after he retired in 1978, just as he had every offseason. In 1998 Hunter was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). After a stem cell experimental treatment failed, he was determined to help fi nd a cure and began the Jim “Catfi sh” Hunter Foundation that funded the Jim “Catfi sh” Hunter ALS Clinic in Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville. Jim Hunter died on September 9, 1999, at the age of 53. But he very much lives in the hearts of people like Sid Eley who knew and loved him. And he lives in the Jim “Catfi sh” Hunter Museum in Hertford, a little place well worth the visit. You’ll never fi nd a rainbow if you’re looking down. -Charlie Chaplin BROADSTREET COUNSELING CENTER ASSESSMENTS FOR DUI/DWI SUBSTANCE ABUSE - EDUCATION/COUNSELING RELAPSE PREVENTION FAMILY EDUCATION Mr. Marvin Gill Haddock Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Ms. JoAnn R. Kaminski Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, CCS, ADC ADET Class DWI / DUI Groups For people who want to become a drug and alcohol counselors call and ask for Joann. 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SWEET TATERS By Jimmy Fleming mrfl I like sweet taters!!! I must have inherited that from my grandmother Ruby because she loved them too. I remember so many great meals at her home and most of them included sweet potatoes in some form or fashion. Her favorite was just a baked one either in the oven or wrapped in foil on top of the old wood heater. She also fi xed candied yams, sweet potato planks, sweet potato pie, sweet potato biscuits, and sweet potato casserole to name a few. There are several local farms that grow sweet potatoes and they sell out quickly after digging. Sweet potatoes are planted in hot beds as slips and transferred to the fi eld as sprouts. When they are dug in the early fall they have to be cured for a time in baskets. There used to be several curing houses in Tyrrell county made just for the process of heat curing sweet potatoes. When my grandmother was a little girl they raised sweet potatoes for their own use in a garden. Their potatoes were cured in a potato hill which was a hole dug in the ground in the driest part of the yard. The hole was lined with straw and a layer of potatoes then another layer of straw and potatoes and so on until the hole was fi lled. They would construct a primitive roof or cover for the hill to keep the rain off and they would have “hill cured sweet taters” for the rest of the year. Another thing both my mom and grandmother liked to do was put a sweet potato with tooth picks stuck in them in a mason jar with water in it and letting the vine grow like a hanging fl ower basket. You could also cut the early vine growth as slips and put them in water to grow your own sprouts to put in the garden. Enjoy a humble eastern NC sweet tater soon … you’ll be glad you did!!! Pet Partners By Jane Elfring T herapy animals can make a huge difference in the lives of people they meet. After the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, therapy dogs came to the school to assist students when they returned to the school. Locally, Pet Partners of Coastal Carolina has been active visiting nursing homes and local library story hours, working with special needs individuals, and helping local college students relieve exam stress. In each of these situations, handlers see the positive impact that animal presence has on individuals. Alzheimer’s patients who might otherwise remain in their rooms respond to the dogs and talk about animals they had while they were growing up. In the Read With Me program, students with literacy challenges have the opportunity to read to the animals to increase their fl uency. Pet Partners of Coastal Carolina is part of a national organization founded more than 40 years ago by a group of veterinarians and a psychiatrist who saw the positive impact of animals on their human clients’ health and happiness. The organization works to improve human health and well-being through the human-animal bond. Unlike most therapy organizations, Pet Partners welcomes owners of dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs. All handlers must be able to complete an on-line Pet Partners Handler Course. This computer training explains the organization’s philosophy and requirements. Once this training is completed, dog owners must also complete an obedience training program. All animals must be current on vaccinations and be screened by their local veterinarian before they are evaluated by a Pet Partners licensed team evaluator. If the animal passes this evaluation, it is approved to begin working in the local area. 201 N.Poindexter St Elizabeth City, NC 27909 Call for an appointment today. Repair, sales, service, and lessons Danielle's Boutique Weddings Proms Each tuxedo is $40.00 off. Grooms tuxedo is rent free with 5 or more rentals Book your tuxedos with us and receive a free wedding gift. Only 4 lots available Check our website Guitar Repair Dan Glass Certified Luthier 252-621-3994 Call and ask about our 2018 prom combo Danielle’s Boutique, Bridals, Formals, & Tuxedo Rentals 1305 W Ehringhaus Street # 125 (Known as 125 Jordan Plaza) Elizabeth City, NC 27909 The next meeting of the group will be March 15, noon, at Kathy’s Kreations, 1775 Weeksville Rd. For further information on the organization or training your animal for therapy work, contact Sheron Mosby, 757-572-2614. (252)335-5252 or (252)338-8965 Albemarle Tradewinds March 2018 15