Celebrations, July 15

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Elizabeth City Attorney Donald Prentiss was presented the Citizen Lawyer Award by the N.C. Bar Association last month. He is shown here with his wife Heidi after receiving the honor during the Bar Association’s Annual Awards Banquet in Wilmington.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Prentiss receives Citizen Lawyer Award 

In recognition of his volunteer service and community leadership, the North Carolina Bar Association recognized Donald C. Prentiss with its Citizen Lawyer Award at the Bar Association’s Annual Awards Banquet on June 21 in Wilmington.

This award honors attorneys who not only dedicate their time and talents to serving their communities, but also inspire others to do the same.

After obtaining his undergraduate and law degrees from Wake Forest University, the Middletown, New York, native settled in Elizabeth City in 1985 with his wife, Heidi. Since then, Prentiss has practiced law with the firm of Hornthal, Riley Ellis & Maland and distinguished himself as a gifted trial lawyer and leader in Northeastern North Carolina.

His service includes membership on the Albemarle Economic Development Commission, the Board of Directors of the Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors of the Elizabeth City United Way, the Board of Directors of the Elizabeth City Boys and Girls Club, and the Board of Directors (Chair) of the Food Bank of the Albemarle.

Prentiss is also a member of Christ Episcopal Church and the Elizabeth City Morning Rotary Club. 

In addition to his community service, Prentiss has served on the Board of Legal Services of North Carolina and the Board of the Client Security Fund. Locally, Prentiss has served as President of the First Judicial District Bar and the First Judicial District Councilor to the North Carolina State Bar.

He is a member of the North Carolina and American Bar Associations, as well as the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys. Presently, Prentiss serves as the Vice Chair of the North Carolina State Bar Disciplinary Hearing Commission. 

Prentiss is recognized as a lawyer who takes his professional responsibilities seriously, both in and out of the courtroom. His devotion to community service, community leadership, and public interest legal services provides a wonderful example and model for others. The North Carolina Bar Association recognized Prentiss for successfully balancing his countless commitments in the community and legal profession. 

Jennings awarded FFA scholarship 

The National FFA Organization awarded a $5,000 Georgia M. Hellberg Memorial scholarship to Jacob Jennings of Northeastern High School. The scholarship is sponsored by the Georgia M. Hellberg Memorial. Jennings plans to use the funds to pursue a degree at North Carolina State University. 

This scholarship is one of 1,829 awarded through the National FFA Organization’s scholarship program this year. Currently 114 sponsors contribute more than $2.5 million to support scholarships for students.

For 34 years, scholarships have been made available through funding secured by the National FFA Foundation. This generous funding comes from individuals, businesses and corporate sponsors to encourage excellence and enable students to pursue their educational goals.

The 2018 scholarship recipients were selected from 8,831 applicants from across the country. Selections were based on the applicant’s leadership, academic record, FFA and other school and community activities, supervised agricultural or work experience in agricultural education and future goals.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 653,359 student members who belong to one of 8,568 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 344,239 alumni members and 2,051 alumni chapters through the U.S. 

Currituck Chamber aids Senior Nutrition Program

The Currituck Chamber of Commerce has donated $1,943.59 to Currituck Senior Nutrition Program from the agency’s Spring Social event proceeds.

These funds will help support the Home Delivered Meals (Meals on Wheels) Program which helps older people remain independent in their homes by providing a nutritious daily meal to individuals unable to shop, cook, or feed themselves.

The Currituck County Senior Centers; Barco, Knotts Island and Powell’s Point are places designed to give Senior Adults in Currituck the opportunity to meet other seniors, receive services geared towards seniors and participate in activities that will affirm their dignity and self-worth.

The Currituck Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with its Chamber members to continue these charitable works for the improvement of the community. We graciously thank our Chamber members for their participation in attending and providing items for the silent auction. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund also received an equivalent contribution.

New Horticulture Agent Joins Pasquotank Cooperative Extension

Grace Manzer has been named Extension Horticulture Agent, effective July 9, the Pasquotank County Cooperative Extension announced.

Manzer graduated from North Carolina State University in May with a Bachelors of Science in Horticulture.

Grace was born in West Virginia but at 3 months of age her family moved to the area. She has been raised in an agricultural family and went through the Pasquotank County School System where she was heavily involved in FFA. Grace was also a member of the Pasquotank County 4-H where she received the honor of being inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame.

“Pasquotank County provided me with a fantastic community to grow up in, and I am very excited to be back here for work to share my passion for plants and support local agriculture.” said Manzer.

Grace’s major area of responsibility is commercial horticulture and providing support for commercial cabbage and potato growers in Pasquotank County. Additional responsibilities include management of the Pasquotank Extension Master Gardener Program and support for homeowners related to home horticulture.

Gardner, Chandler are top L&F agents

Diana Gardner and Marie Chandler have been named Long & Foster’s top agents for the month of June.

Business leaders Phyllis Bosomworth and Erin Nixon announce the Sales Agent and the Listing Agent for the month.

Gardner was named Sales Agent of the Month. For over 12 years Diana has earned Top Sales and Listing awards in real estate. She holds the e-PRO & SFR certifications, and the AHSS , GREEN , MiRes and SPS designations. Diana has held numerous positions on local boards including past President of the Elizabeth City Chamber of Commerce. Currently she serves as President of the Elizabeth City Rotary Club, Treasurer for Kids First Inc. and Lector Coordinator for Holy Family Catholic Church.

Chandler was named Listing Agent of the Month. Marie began her real estate career in 1995 after working for many years as an accountant in the construction industry. Since 1996 she has been a top selling or listing agent in the Albemarle area and was Realtor of the Year in 2003. She believes that hard work and caring for her clients has been the key to her success.