Donation of blood

Those who wish to donate blood can do so in Roxobel next week.

Out and About lists current events sponsored by nonprofit groups in Bertie County. Please send listings to the Bertie Ledger-Advance, P.O. Box 69, Windsor, NC 27983, or e-mail them to All events must be submitted by 4 p.m. each Monday.

April 30

Ethics and Personal Leadership

WILLIAMSTON – The Continuing Education Division of Martin Community College is offering a Principles of Ethics and Personal Leadership Course for EMS providers.

The course will be April 30-May 2 on the MCC campus in Williamston.

To register go to or for more information, contact Robert Whistler at or call 252-789-0266.

May 3

Blood Drive

ROXOBEL – The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 2-6 p.m. Monday, May 3 at Sandy Run Baptist Church.

The church is located at 310 East Church St.

May 5

History at Lunch

ELIZABETH CITY – The Museum of the Albemarle will host its monthly History at Lunch at noon on Wednesday, May 5.

The event will be held both in-person and online and will feature local author and educator Chris Barber, who will present The Tie That Binds: Rehoboth Methodist Church and 300 Years of Worship along the South Shore of the Albemarle Sound.

To attend in person, visitors must respond by April 30 by calling Lori Meads at 252-331-4054. Those wishing to attend by Zoom should register on the museum’s Facebook page.

The virtual program is supported by Southern Bank.

May 8

Success Vendor Expo

AHOSKIE – A Success Vendor Expo is planned for 2-7 p.m. Saturday, May 8 at the Ahoskie Creek Amphitheater.

The event will feature small business vendors, bounce houses, National Guard recruiters and drawings.

The Ahoskie Creek Amphitheater is located at 125 Edgewood Drive in Ahoskie.

May 10

CDL Program

AHOSKIE – Roanoke-Chowan Community College is partnering with Trans Tech to offer a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) program.

The class will be held May 10-June 3 from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. each Monday through Thursday.

For more information, contact the RCCC Department of Continuing Education at 252-862-1234 or 252-862-1307.

May 17

Fire Academy

WILLIAMSTON – The Division of Continuing Education at Martin Community College will offer a Fire Academy starting on May 17.

The program is designed to prepare future fire and rescue workers for N.C. Firefighter Certification while simultaneously earning credits toward a degree in public safety.

For more information, contact Fire Training Coordinator Larry Johnson at or via phone at (252) 789-0205.

June 7

CDL Program

AHOSKIE – Roanoke-Chowan Community College is partnering with Trans Tech to offer a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) program.

The class will be held June 7 through July 3 from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. each Monday through Thursday.

For more information, contact the RCCC Department of Continuing Education at 252-862-1234 or 252-862-1307.


Summer and Fall Registration open at MCC

WILLIAMSTON – Martin Community College is now registering students for its 2021 Summer Term and Fall Semester.

For more information, visit, call 252-792-1521 or email

New Degree Program

WILLIAMSTON – Martin Community College has added a new Applied Engineering Technology degree program.

The program is for those preparing to be engineering technicians.

AET graduates should be able to qualify for employment in automation, computer, electrical, industrial or mechanical engineering fields.

For more information, call 252-7921521 or email

Cosmetology Services

WILLIAMSTON – The Cosmetology Department at Martin Community College has resumed its student-provided services for the Spring Semester.

The hours of service are 9:15 a.m – 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:15 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Friday.

A price list is available at under the services tab.

Call 252-789-0250 for an appointment.

Vessel Safety Check

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 16-02 is offering free Vessel Safety Checks for boat owners in Bertie, Martin, Washington, Perquimans, Hertford and Tyrrell counties.

The vessel examiner will discuss with the recreational boater the purpose of specific marine safety equipment, clarify state and federal regulations and discuss safety procedures. The examiner will also answer questions.

Small boats and paddle craft such as kayaks, canoes and personal watercraft are also welcome.

For information or to schedule a check, call Jeff Russell at 252-340-3272 or email

High School Equivalency

AHOSKIE – Roanoke-Chowan Community College offers multiple pathways to earn a High School Equivalency diploma. Qualified students can receive financial aid for college courses while working on the HSE. For more information, contact Tishadda Walton or Tenia Stevenson at 252-862-1309 or 252-862-1258.

Caregiver Support Group

WINDSOR – The Bertie County Caregiver Support Group will meet at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Bertie County Council on Aging Senior Center, 103 West School St. in Windsor.

For more information, call Tamyra Jovel at 252-974-1837.

Volunteers Needed

WINDSOR – Vidant Home Health and Hospice is currently searching for volunteers.

Opportunities include direct support, indirect support and respite care. Training is provided.

To schedule a presentation about the volunteer program or to sign up as a volunteer, contact Shameka Watford at 252-209-3737 or via email at

Gallery Theater Seeks Input

AHOSKIE – Is there a play someone is interested in seeing performed at the Gallery Theatre, Inc. in Ahoskie? If so, email Hugh Davis at or go to and submit the title to the theatre.

Bertie County Veteran’s Office Provides Service

WINDSOR – Bertie County Veteran’s Affairs Officer Denise Clark acts as the local advocate for veterans, to provide information about rights and benefits.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 252-794-5304.

DAV Claims

WILLIAMSTON – The Disabled American Veterans meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month to file claims at the AMVETS Post 227 Building, 214 East Main St. in Williamston.

There is no charge for this service.

For more information, contact service officers Charles Lins at 252-508-6326 or Charles “Red” Beddard at 252-802-0633.

Small Business Center

WILLIAMSTON – Martin Community College’s Small Business Center (SBC) also serves Bertie County.

Requests for assistance are welcome.

To schedule an appointment, call 252-789-0201.

GED Testing

Martin Community College’s Division of Continuing Education offers online GED testing for all four competency modules: mathematical reasoning, reasoning through language arts, science and social studies.

For more information, call 252-789-0229.

Stroke Survivor Support Group

EDENTON – A Stroke Survivor Support Group sponsored by Vidant Chowan Hospital meets at 3 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Chowan Ag Building/Cooperative Extension.

For more information, contact Jacki or Jordan in the Rehabilitation Department by calling 252-482-6767.

Thadd White is Editor of the Bertie Ledger-Advance and can be reached via email at