Celebrations, Dec. 9

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Alex and Sandra Leary (l-r) and Brian Forehand display the Robert James Award for Preservation Excellence presented to the Camden County Heritage Museum and Historic Jail.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Camden museum, jail win preservation award

The Camden County Heritage Museum and Historic Jail were recently awarded the 2018 N.C. Preservation Consortium Robert James Award for Preservation Excellence.

The award was announced Nov. 16 at the North Carolina Preservation Consortium Annual Conference in Raleigh. The event recognizes state institutions that have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the preservation of tangible and intangible heritage of enduring value. The Museum was selected for its commitment to preserving Camden County’s rich heritage and historic jail.

The Camden County Heritage Museum and Historic Jail opened in September 2017 and has seen over 1,000 visitors. Visitors experience various time periods through the museum’s interpretive storyboards, furniture, photographs, census records and artifacts. The museum engages the public and provides guided tours to local school personnel, classrooms, civic organizations and the general public.

The museum and jail are open on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 15. New exhibits and artifact conservation are scheduled to take place at the museum from Dec. 16 through Feb. 28. 

National Military Family Month celebrated in Edenton 

National Military Family Month was celebrated Nov. 28 by the Boys and Girls Club, Edenton Unit, where 10 military families were honored whose members have served or are presently serving.

Charlie Boyce of Elizabeth City, a retired sergeant from the United States Army, was guest speaker. Boyce served 20 years in the Army and National Guard.

Boyce urged the club members to first get a good education and then think about what they want to do in life. Other veterans were present and gave the youth encouraging words about military life and benefits for their future.

Also, Hilda Boyce, retired veteran of 22 years in the U.S. Army stated, "In the military you are in for one reason and that is to protect and serve our country."

Three of the members parents were present for the celebration. They include: Ayanna and Damien Dixon (5th-6th graders) parents represented Angela Sykes & Damien Dixon; Johnathon Arnold (6th grader) parent Brad Arnold.

The club members sang patriotic songs under the direction of Jerry Zachery and Barbara Brown, program tutor. It was such a great learning experience for the club members. 

Askew joins Chowan-Perquimans Habitat

Katie Askew has joined the Chowan-Perquimans Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors.

Katie, who graduated from D.F. Walker High School, relocated to Washington, D.C., worked in the federal government for 37 years and retired as a supervisor budget analyst while serving as the Chief of the Financial Management Division for the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology located at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Katie returned to Edenton and has volunteered with White Oak School and D. F. Walker Elementary School. She is a member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers, American Uniformed Services of Health Sciences, National Association of the Advancement of Colored People, D.F. Walker Alumni Association, Ruth Chapter No. 8, Order of the Eastern Star, and faithful member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Hertford and New Canaan Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.

Katie used her professional skills with Habitat by joining the Family Support Committee, which is dedicated to ensuring all Partner Families succeed as homeowners. In that capacity she provided financial and budget counseling to several members. She is also a member of the Homeowner Selection Committee which is currently involved in selecting a prospective homeowner for 2019.

River City Alphas Present Gift Cards To Pasquotank County DSS

The Epsilon Chi Lambda Alumni Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., River City Alphas, recently presented $200 in grocery gift cards to the Pasquotank County Dept. of Social Services for distribution to families needing assistance with the purchase of food during the Thanksgiving Holiday. 

COA gains hospitality leadership program

The North Carolina Community College System has approved a Continuing Education Dual Enrolled program in Hospitality Leadership for College of The Albemarle.

This makes COA the first community college in the state to offer this Career and College Promise-Workforce Continuing Education pathway for dual enrolled students.

The hospitality industry is a major source of the economy along the Outer Banks. COA first offered certifications in reservations, housekeeping and maintenance through Workforce Development and Career Readiness. The classes were successful and college officials began to look for more opportunities to help this innovative program grow.

In working with Dare County Schools, it was evident that there was a firm commitment for students along the Outer Banks to have the opportunity to receive the certifications. 

Robin Zinsmeister, Dean, Workforce Development, Public Services and Career Readiness, said, “This is, hopefully, the first of many Workforce Credential Pathways that make it possible for high school students to enroll in a continuing education/workforce program and gain industry specific skills that are much needed in Dare County. We were happy to partner with all three high schools for the Hospitality and Tourism program to allow for the certifications.”

“Creating a Career and College Pathway state certification in Hospitality Leadership now provides our local high school students and community an opportunity to be employed immediately, either during or after they graduate from high school,” said Tim Sweeney, Dean, Dare County Campus, when discussing the approval from the state.