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Lifestyles Columnists

December 16, 2018

The 350th Anniversary of the Albemarle Region celebration is coming to a close, but there is much to remember and much still to do.

In 1668, the area of the Albemarle became four precincts: Currituck, Pasquotank, Perquimans and Chowan. These precincts became the first counties of North Carolina,…

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December 16, 2018

I stared blankly at the airline ticket agent as she asked me again.

“Can I help you?” She smiled and waited for me to reply.

“I don’t think so,” I said, digging though my nearly-empty purse. “I don’t have my ID.”

I struggled to hold back the tears as…

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December 14, 2018

Now that we’ve had several hard frosts, many of the herbaceous wild plants have withered. There is one native woodland fern that is still bright and green. It’s called Christmas fern and it’s a native with untapped potential.

In wilderness areas I’ve seen it grow in soils…

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December 13, 2018

One of the best things about living here is that this is a community that remembers.

A number of groups held remembrances of Pearl Harbor on Friday. Patriotism and gratitude are found in abundance in the Albemarle and this was no exception.

I noticed a group of half a dozen or so Navy veterans in…

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December 09, 2018

In 2003, the Historic Hope Foundation Board of Directors received a North Carolina Humanities grant to research, offer community discussion, compile, and publish a guide to African American Churches in Bertie County. The results of this publication project suggested that it was likely that the…

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December 07, 2018

Anyone who has ever taken a walk in a brushy pasture in fall has probably encountered agrimony. Often, people run into it before they see it. Before you realize, you’re covered with little spiny balls that stick to everything. Dogs are adept at getting covered with them too.

I remember…

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December 05, 2018

I need to take this opportunity to remember my friend Becky.

Rebecca “Becky” Bunch died Sunday at age 64. She spent four decades covering Chowan County for the Chowan Herald and was a tireless advocate for all things Edenton.

For four years I was her editor at the Chowan Herald but the…

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December 02, 2018

Despite its broken appearance and incompleteness, this work of indigenous art is imposing in its scale and age. Built of clay and impressed with patterns derived from netting, this large pot is over one-thousand years old, dating to a time long before the English founded Jamestown. Pottery has a…

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November 30, 2018

I always look forward to this time of year when citrus supplies are plentiful. My favorite one has always been the tangelo, but that is changing. It’s not because I like them less, it’s because they are nowhere to be found.

The reason for this is the citrus greening disease. It’s…

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November 29, 2018

We put up our Christmas tree this week.

This is not a big deal for most people but it represents a definite departure from tradition in our case. We have put our tree up late — closer to Christmas — for decades and never have had one up before December until this year.

I’m not…

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