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March Edition of the Albemarle Tradewinds Magazine

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“Let me show you Car Buying Made Easier” Visit my website or Give me a call 252-435-7740 252-338-2131 Villa The Restaurant Breakfast Specials All Day Irene and Savvas Rallis 846 Halstead Blvd, Elizabeth City, NC (252) 338-6206 Nothing is permanent in this wicked world - not even our troubles. - Charlie Chaplin Elizabeth City Habitat for Humanity Elizabeth City, NC- Elizabeth City Habitat for Humanity has a new AmeriCorps member, Mariah Andrade, whose primary job will be to increase the number of qualifi ed applicants applying for Habitat for Humanity homes as a family services coordinator. She will also be recruiting more volunteers for local activities. Andrade’s job is to look for applicants that may need affordable housing. She is available to speak to local churches and organizations about the local affi liate’s activities. Andrade is also looking for volunteers to help at the Habitat for Humanity store, which is located at 306 Mill St., in Elizabeth City, as well as volunteers to help with building projects in Pasquotank County. Andrade was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and has lived in Vermont and Virginia. No stranger to Elizabeth City, she attended Elizabeth City State University and graduated with a degree in sociology in 2016. She made Elizabeth City her permanent home in 2014. “I believe everyone should have the opportunity to own their own decent, affordable home. My goal is to bring awareness to this organization and help get people involved with Habitat for Humanity’s activities.” “We are excited to have Mariah working with us this year,” said Jane Elfring, President of Elizabeth City Habitat for Humanity. “We believe that her presence in the community will increase our capacity to help more people in Pasquotank County. Her primary focus will be family services but she will also be recruiting new community volunteers.” AmeriCorps is a network of National Service programs that 1197 US Highway 17 South, Elizabeth City NC By Jane Elfring engage more than 80,000 Americans each year in intensive service throughout the U.S. National Service programs, such as AmeriCorps, are funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Since Habitat partnered with the Corporation for National and Community Service in 1994, more than 9,558 AmeriCorps members have served with Habitat for Humanity across the country. They’ve raised tens of millions of dollars, engaged nearly 3.5 million volunteers and built alongside more than 26,000 homeowners, helping to build strength, stability through decent shelter. Habitat for Humanity International was established in September 1976 by Linda and Millard Fuller in Americus, Georgia. Their vision was to eliminate poverty housing around the world. The Fullers followed a partnership housing concept, where those in need could work side by side with volunteers to make simple, affordable, and decent homes. Their partnership’s mission statement was “What the poor need is not charity but capital, not caseworks but co-workers”. Elizabeth City Habitat for Humanity was established in the early 1990’s, to provide the citizens of Pasquotank County with affordable housing. Many of the early members included prominent citizens of the area and active participation by the nuns from St. Elizabeth (now Holy Family) Catholic Church. To date, Elizabeth City Habitat has built or rehabbed 10 houses in Elizabeth City. Future projects include building new homes on the lots of Fifth Street here in Elizabeth City. Andrade can be reached at 252-331-2662 or 252-696-1948. 440 S. Hughes Blvd. Elizabeth City, NC 27909 252-331-1770 16 Albemarle Tradewinds March 2018

Stella Knight Attorney Who Will Act for You if You Can’t? Power of Attorney – Understanding the Basics I got a call yesterday that made me think writing about powers of attorney would be a good topic for this month. A power of attorney is one of the most important tools to have in your estate plan. By: Stella Knight of attorney, incompetency hearings and guardianships are expensive, unpleasant, and most of the time do not have the results that you would have wanted if you had made the decisions ahead of time yourself. Estate Planning & Elder Law Wills and Trusts Power of Attorney & Living Wills Asset Protection Guardianships for Adults & Children Probate Licensed in North Carolina & Florida 751 Body Rd, Hertford NC 27944 (252)264-3600 Home Visits Available website - Kayak sales and rentals Trailer parts & accessories Extensive inventory of marine grade stainless steel hardware We have thousands of marine supply and water sports items available next day free shipping. We have a large inventory, and can get almost anything West Marine carries next day with NO shipping cost. We have a delivery truck straight from our distributors in Norfolk M-F. 43 Camden Cswy Elizabeth City, North Carolina, NC (252) 335-5108 First, let’s defi ne a Durable General Power of Attorney. This is a legal document where you (the principal) give authority to another person or entity (the agent), whether family member, friend, or bank, to act on your behalf (to make fi nancial decisions) should you become disabled, incapacitated, or need their help. Generally, this power of attorney deals with your fi nancial affairs, such as bill paying and investment management, if an accident, illness, or diminished capacity leaves you unable (or unwilling) to handle your own affairs. By creating a power of attorney, you are not giving up anything – you are still in control. You can still act on your own behalf and you can “fi re” the agent whenever you want for any reason. However, if you need help, the agent can step in and manage your fi nancial affairs for you. The agent may have broad or very limited authority to deal with the principal’s assets. The power of attorney is durable because the agent’s powers are not affected should the principal become incapacitated or incompetent in the future. A durable power of attorney is particularly important should the principal suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Remember, to effectively execute a durable power of attorney, the principal must be mentally competent. So, if your loved one has the early signs of dementia, don’t wait! If you do not have a durable power of attorney and become incapacitated, your relatives will have no choice but to go to court. Your family members will have to have you declared incompetent. This is called a guardianship proceeding. Compared to a power Jim Bray for Sheriff A health care power of attorney is a different document that gives the person you designate as your health care agent broad powers to make health care decisions for you, including the power to consent to your doctor not giving treatment or stopping treatment necessary to keep you alive. This power exists only for those health care decisions for which you are unable to give informed consent. Again, so long as you are able to make your own health care decisions, you continue to do so. I recommend that everyone, regardless of age or fi nancial position, consider executing both a durable general power of attorney and health care power of attorney. Yes, even if all your fi nancial assets are in joint names (you and your spouse or you and your child), these documents are important. Joint ownership is not a substitute for executing these powers of attorney. I often get calls from family members because they are unable to talk with their loved one’s insurance company, retirement benefi ts’ manager, or file their loved one’s tax returns, or the sell the jointly-owned automobile. Yes, those are real problems. Don’t wait until there is a crisis to plan or talk with someone about powers of attorney. As they say: “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.” The information contained in this column is of a general nature and does not constitute legal advice. The characters in this article are fi ctitious. My name is Jim Bray and I am a Republican candidate for Sheriff in Perquimans County. I would like to tell you a little about my life’s journey. I was raised in Chowan County by my grandmother, Hazel Ammann, and graduated from John A. Holmes High School in 1985. I joined the United States Marine Corps in January of1990 and married my wife, Kim, in September of that same year. Shortly after my enlistment with the Marines was over, I began the 91st Highway Patrol school in November of 1993. I graduated in May of 1994 and was stationed in Hyde County North Carolina. I transferred to Perquimans County in 1996 so we would be close to family. My oldest son, Cole, was born in 1994 while in Hyde County and my youngest son, Dalton, was born in 1998. As my sons grew older, I became active in coaching baseball and soccer. I remained a Trooper in Perquimans County until I was promoted to Sergeant in 2015 and stationed in Currituck and Dare Counties. Fortunately, I did not have to move. I made the decision to take the promotion so that I could gain valuable supervisory experience in preparation for my run for Sheriff in 2018. The Patrol places a lot of responsibility on a supervisor and I have enjoyed the challenge. The vast amount of training I have received in my career along with all my personal experiences has more than prepared me for the position of Sheriff. My ambition is to serve the people of Perquimans County regardless of the fact the Sheriff’s salary will be reduced if I win. I am a proven leader that will help the citizens of Perquimans County believe in local law enforcement once again and restore the integrity of our profession. Albemarle Tradewinds March 2018 17