Celebrations, Oct. 7

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Sunday, October 7, 2018


Pilmoor Memorial celebrates 90 Years 

Pilmoor Memorial United Methodist Church celebrated its 90th year on Sept. 23.

Guest speaker for the anniversary event was former pastor Rev. Randy Blanchard who served the church from 2009-2013. Also, Louise Taylor Brown, who attended the church in 1928, was in attendance.

Pilmoor Memorial United Methodist Church was named for Joseph Pilmoor, a missionary who preached the first Methodist sermon in North Carolina on Sept. 28, 1772, on the steps of the Currituck Courthouse. 

Joseph Pilmoor’s Bible, given to Pilmoor United Methodist Church in 1988 by his family, was on display. In addition, the first Bible used in Pilmoor Church, the Baxter’s Grove Methodist Church Bible and hymnal were on display.

Guest enjoyed a luncheon following the service. Memorabilia of the church from 1928-2018 was scattered among the tables.

Pilmoor has been a central part of the community in Currituck County.

In 1931 the congregation purchased a church bus, the first in North Carolina, and named it “Miss Memorial.” The bus was used for nine years to bring people to church from Churches Island to Sligo.

In 1985, the church’s Food Pantry was established. It continues to serve families in need in Currituck County. A pre-school was started in 1989, with classes for 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds. They support the Girl and Boy Scouts and provide their youth activities such as MYF and Vacation Bible School. 

Alvarado named to Chowan Honors College 

Sonia M. Alvarado, a sophomore at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, was named to the Chowan Honors College last month.

Alvarado, who maintains a 3.5 GPA in her biology major, is very active in the community and is a member of Greater Welch's Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Tyner. A graduate of J.A. Holmes High School, she is the daughter of Jose and Annette Alvarado.

COA Alumni Connect  at Regulator Marine

College of The Albemarle staff met with 13 of the college’s graduates employed at Regulator Marine last month during an Alumni Connect event.

Patti Kersey, Chowan County Commissioner and a member of the COA Board of Trustees and COA Foundation Board of Directors, was instrumental in planning this surprise visit. She said, “Every Regulator employee is an ambassador for COA. They represent the modern manufacturing workforce with quality trade skills that COA provides in a variety of workforce disciplines.”

Keith Stevens, Vice President of Operations, surprised the graduates at their monthly “All Hands” meeting, where staff members are praised for ensuring a safe work environment and where acknowledgements are given to employees.

COA graduates received a lapel pin and a goody bag compliments of COA.

N. Lee Norfleet Jr., Regulator Marine Business Process Manager, also shared his story of how COA enabled his career.

“As a veteran returning to civilian life, College of The Albemarle helped to build my educational foundation through excellent teachers, awesome facilities and at a very reasonable cost. The coursework I undertook in obtaining my associates degree fully prepared me for when I transferred to East Carolina University. Even after graduating from ECU, I returned to COA and took several courses in computers and systems analysis that I still use today. I attribute much of my success to the skills I learned at COA.”

COA’s Alumni Connect initiative highlights the makeup of our local community in the workforce.

Morrisette, Powell lauded by L&F

Debbie Morrisette and Mel Powell were named the top sales agents in September at Long & Foster.

The firm’s executives Phyllis Bosomworth and Erin Nixon announced the Sales Agent of the Month and Listing Agent of the Month.

Morrisette was named Sales Agent of the month. She began her real estate career in 2004 and has received many awards for her real estate achievements. She has earned the CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) designation, GREEN designation, SRF, ResMil and the GRI designations. Debbie has earned Top Producer for Long & Foster Elizabeth City office for 7 consecutive years – 2011 through 2017.  

Powell, named Listing Agent of the month, is a native of North Carolina who moved back to the area after living in Virginia and Florida for many years. Powell has over 25 years of experience in restoration of homes and has developed an insight for the process. He is currently owner of the Foreman House B & B in Elizabeth City.