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March Edition of the Albemarle Tradewinds Magazine

Poke Salad or is it Poke

Poke Salad or is it Poke Sallet? T his issue’s plant article begins and ends with warning. A warning, because caution is not strong enough. This feature is not a how to. It is for information only. All parts of this plant are toxic. Pokeweed grows throughout the southeast United States. It has a storied history as a food source and for medical use. The plant even enjoyed fame in the 1969 song titled, “Poke Salad Annie”. Only when the plant is young can the leaves and shoots even be considered as items to be ingested. This can only be done when the plants are prepared in an exact manner by experts. At no time, regardless of plant age or preparation technique, can the berries or taproot be consumed. All kinds of health maladies can occur, including death, from poisoning caused by this plant. With this kind of pedigree, why would anyone even consider eating any part of this plant? By some accounts eating pokeweed was a matter of choice between survival or starvation. According to the USDA Database, a serving of 3.5 ounces of boiled poke sallet has half the daily requirement of Vitamin A and beta-carotene, and almost 100% of Vitamin C and Vitamin K. Various concoctions of pokeweed were also used as treatment for mumps, skin ailments and as a weight loss tonic. Even today, festivals are held in various southern towns celebrating the pokeweed legacy. My strong recommendation is that any festivals providing samples of pokeweed recipes should be held in proximity to the nearest hospital emergency department. This is not a plant to be toyed with; not by amateurs at all, or even experts if they have a shred of doubt about the preparation of this plant. What is massage therapy? T he holistic application of physical touch to affect the systems of the body-the muscular, skeletal, elimination, digestive, circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, lymphatic, emotional, mental and nervous systems is called Body massage. Body massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body with the hands for healing, therapeutic, pleasurable and relaxing effects. Body massage is the loving touch of the heart expressed through the hands. Professional therapeutic massage originated in China, is an age-old healing art, which can alleviate mental, physical and emotional ailments. by: Coy Domecq 2. Improves and increases blood circulation and the fl ow of tissue fl uid (lymph) 3. Nourishes the skin (with the right oils) 4. Soothes and relaxes nerves 5. Assists in removal of deposits of tissue 6. Releases emotional and mental tension 7. Creates a feeling of well-being WANTED 10 DECKS, PATIOS, OR SCREEN PORCHES To convert to sunrooms for year-round use! CALL TODAY 338-8443 OUR NEXT 10 SUNROOMS WILL BE AT A SPECIAL SAVINGS! *This spectacular savings will be available for a limited time and can not be combined with any other offers. 252-338-8443 Showroom located at 184 Lovers Lane, Elizabeth City Therapeutic Massage Let us study about the healing powers of body massage. STRESS Body massage helps releasing stress and tension in our bodies by increasing oxygen fl ow and blood circulation in the body. Excessive unresolved tension and stress in our daily lives could cause continuous muscular tension. This type of mental tension or stress diminishes the fl ow of oxygen and blood to the muscles and organs causing pains and aches, feelings of fatigue, symptomatic heaviness, tightness of muscles and stiffness. This can even increase the chance of strains and injuries. . Tension creates a tendency for a build up of toxins in the body, and reduces the fl ow of the more subtle energy or life force (Prana or Chi). Muscular stress also deforms the skeletal anatomy, which further compounds present problems and develops new ones. Benefits of Body massage 1. Assists weight loss Therapeutic Massage Please join us for our Grand Opening Celebration Sunday, April 29th From 2 to 4 pm 656 Ocean Hwy South Hertford, NC The following door prizes will be given away 60 minute massage Hot towel Foot Scrub Paraffin Wax Hand wrap You must be present to register Put a Spring in your step with a massage from Head To Toe! 34 Albemarle Tradewinds March 2018

Northeast North Carolina Family History – family sports traditions… By: Irene Hampton - With the recent conclusion of the 2018 Winter Olympics, there seems to be a growing interest in the sport of curling. When I mentioned that I had won a high school greenspiel, my family seemed surprised. I know I talked about curling in the past, usually around the winter Olympics, but I decided to dig through some old photo albums to fi nd proof. As I have mentioned before – my boxes are in a less than organized state and not always labeled correctly. For anyone with older albums, may I suggest a serious intervention in those albums to save what is hopefully still in them. I eventually discovered the right box but I’m not sure the photo of the newspaper clipping is going to make it along with this column. When I found it, lines had bled through and it had wrinkled. Greenspiels are tournaments for those who are relatively new to the sport or returning after an absence. Our high school held one every year. Regular tournaments are usually called bonspiels. In a newer album my mother had put together before she died I found a clipping of my father after a team he was on won a bonspiel in Calgary, Alberta in 1942. At the time dad was working for the Canadian Parks Service in Jasper National Park. My mother noted that the curling rocks his team won were donated to the Banff Curling Club. My husband commented that the brooms they were using looked like something you would buy at the hardware store. In my time they were still made of straw, but totally round. If you watched any Olympic curling you would have noticed a very different “broom” is used today. Before my time, both of my parents played golf and bowled. My siblings are accomplished skiers and my younger brother played in many a hockey league. He also took up golf and considered becoming a pro for a while. Banff has an amazing 18-hole golf course associated with what was then the Banff Spring Hotel. We all took part in the gymnastics programs sponsored by our local Legion, but winter sports were certainly were where the action was – except I froze when my feet were still while skiing or skating. I fared much better in summer when a 20 mile bike ride was a frequent afternoon activity or a day hike in the mountains was enjoyed with family or friends. My husband played baseball for J. P. Knapp High School and although he only played football his senior year, he usually points out that he was in the starting line-up. He played during the 1973 football season when the team went 8 and 2. In over 35 years of marriage he rarely talks about football, but can remember almost every detail of his high school baseball career! He played tennis at COA and inter-collegiate softball at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro. His softball career continued into the Marine Corps where he played on a unit team and the base team for Tustin, CA. What I remember most about those games was trying to stop our oldest son from picking up cigarette butts that were invariably all around the bleachers. Both of his sisters were cheerleaders at Knapp and his father coached his older brother in baseball. At a recent family get together, his brother mentioned that their great-grandmother bowled at a bowling alley in Coinjock. Apparently it was a fall while bowling that lead to the decline that killed her. Who knew! Our own children played a variety of sports in leagues in Elizabeth City. Both sons played for their church and middle school teams, but our youngest son continued to play at Pasquotank High School. He played baseball, basketball and soccer. He exchanged baseball for tennis his junior and senior years and although they regularly lost, their coach and teammates thoroughly enjoyed their tennis time together. He had the opportunity to coach youth summer basketball at BYU and played on intramural teams there. So while contemplating Canada’s sad showing in curling this Olympics brought to mind memories of my family’s curling activities, I realized that many of the memories of the sports our collective family have participated in are fading from our tired brains and some have never been told. I am going to make a greater effort to collect the specifi cs of these activities, get them recorded and shared before they are no longer remembered. Sport is important enough for the world to participate in them worldwide every four years. Our families’ participation in them is an important part of our story. We need to make the effort to collect and share those stories. Good luck. Port o' Plymouth Museum Come join us in celebrating Living History Weekend! April 28 – 29 Battle re-enactments Artillery demonstrations Naval demonstrations An encampment Book signings Period music First Ever Fireside Feast Civilian Demonstrations and more....... Free museum entrance Now celebrating its 28th year! (252) 793-1377 Irene Hampton earned a certifi cate in Genealogy from Brigham Young University and worked as the Genealogical/Local history Researcher for the Pasquotank-Camden Library for over 12 years. She has also abstracted and published “Widow’s Years Provisions, 1881-1899, Pasquotank County, North Carolina”; “1840 Currituck, North Carolina Federal Census” and “Record of Marriages, Book A (1851- 1867) Currituck County, North Carolina”. You may contact her at Albemarle Tradewinds March 2018 35