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August 2009

Tyrrell County’s County Magazine

Issue # 24

www.ScuppernongGazette.com

Cover Photo by Neli Lemme


SAVE THE DATE!

STEAMED BLUE TO RED-HOT, LIVELY! HARD CRAB DINNER AND ART AUCTION Annual benefit auction Saturday, September 19, 2009 www.pocosinarts.org

A PROUD SPONSOR OF THIS EVENT Photo by Ingrid Lemme


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“You may not see a red wolf, bobcat or alligator, but they’re there…and just sharing their home territory is exciting!“ www.ecotourismnc.org

DEAR READER

Couple of the Month Mr and Mrs

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You can’t believe how excited we were to hear from Justin Boner what a great turnout the annual Alligator White Perch tournament was! We hope the annual Big Party weekend at Kitty Beach will also get good attendance, as it has in the past. Our son and daughter-in-law sure had a great time. Also save the date (and some money) for our annual Pocosin Hard Crab Dinner and Art Auction in Sept. get your tickets ASAP, the event was sold out last year. We are a

proud sponsor of all 3 events. We are always looking for stories and photos and like to hear from you, also if you have lived at one time in Tyrrell and just want to stay in contact. With our magazines on-line forever (or as long as there is light;) you can read or flip through all back issues easily. We started a ‘twitter’ for the Inner Banks, whatever that means ;) - just because everyone else does it. Our first grandbaby will be born August 15th.....IL


...On the Board Walk... Teacher

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of the Month “The Hatteras Caper: A Saga of Bad Money Doing Good� by Dr. Buck Rish of Washinton

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Twitter www.Twitter.com/ InnerBanks

Sheriff Darryl Liverman

Columbia High School Principal Mrs Manning

Thank you!

http://digital.lib.ecu.edu/historyfiction/counties.aspx?

Kid of the Month

(10) Photo by his Mom Christy Maready

Kid of the Month Gabriel (Gabe) Maready

Teen of the Month Ethan Armstrong, 17

Pet of the Month Buster, the every so busy, fun, cute dog!

Business of the Month Columbia Crossing Restaurant and Good Times Tavern


Lady of the Month The lovely Miss Violet Brickhouse Featured with her granddaughter Tammy Brown

Teen-Man of the Month. He graduated with honors and will be a freshman at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC this fall.


Watermelon Salad with Mint Leaves Recipe Courtesy by Paula Deen Ingredients

Directions: Cut the flesh from the melon and cut into bite size pieces, removing and discarding the seeds, and set aside. Peel and slice the onion into rings. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, salt, pepper, and whisk until salt is dissolved. Slowly whisk in the olive oil, a few drops at a time. Add in the chopped mint, taste, and adjust seasonings. In a large bowl, combine the melon, onion, and feta. Pour the dressing over the melon mixture and toss gently until everything is coated and evenly mixed. Garnish with mint sprigs. To serve, divide salad among individual plates and garnish with mint leaves.

1 (5-pound) watermelon 1 Tyrrell sweet onion 1/4 cup red wine vinegar Salt and pepper 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled 6 whole mint sprigs


Columbia’s first annual In-water and On-land Boat Show, celebrated at the town docks last month, turned out to be a great event. People strolled the docks of beautiful downtown Columbia and viewed 16' to 42' new and preowned Skiffs, Runabouts, Center Console and Cruisers and listened to familiar tunes by Milton Bullock. Milton, aka "The Golden Platter" played his music on the Town Docks during the Columbia Boat Show. Mr. Bullock is one of the original Platters and has entertained millions over the many years of his career.


Tyrrell County was formed in 1729 from Chowan, Bertie, Currituck and Pasquotank counties. Named for Sir John Tyrrell, one of the Lords Proprietors of the Carolina colony. Tyrrell County's original boundaries originally stretched westward from Roanoke Island to near present-day Tarboro. In 1870 the territory was divided and resulted in what is now known as Tyrrell, Martin, Washington, and Dare counties. Elizabethtown, later renamed Columbia, was established on the banks of the Scuppernong River in 1793 and became the Tyrrell County seat in 1799. This photo was taken by Neli Lemme at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh


Important Question for Local Historian I have a question that you may be able to answer.  During the Revolutionary War there were several flags in the colonies.  I have flag displays that are placed in our yard on many holidays. For the July 4th holiday we fly the 50 Star, Gadsten, Culpper flags and the Gulford Courthouse Flag.  The reason I fly the Guilford Courthouse flag is because it symbolizes my North Carolinian roots. Do you know of any local historian that would know if the soldiers from the Columbia area carried the Guilford Courthouse Flag? If not what flag did the fight under? If you know or could point me in the right direction to find out what flag my forefathers fought under I would greatly appreciate your assistance. I would appreciate it if you did ask in the next edition. Attached is a picture of the flag display.   The Guilford Courthouse Flag is the one carried by General Green who commander many of he North Carolina troops in the Revolutionary War. The other picture is of our flag display showing support for our troops. Hopefully, someone will know what flag the Tyrrell County Revolutionary War soldiers fought under so it can be added to our flag display. Hopefully I will find out because the flags will be displayed at the State Capitol in Sacramento in October.  If the Guilford County flag is not the correct one. I would really appreciate a picture or drawing with description of the correct flag so I can either buy or have one made.

Thank you Steve Dall P.O. Box 204 Esparto, CA 95627 strada.1@juno.com


BIKING Around the Scuppernong A 16 mile round-trip to Columbia. This route follows the edge of a swamp forest, through the country side and over the Scuppernong river at Cross Landing Bridge. Follow the U.S. 64 west out of Columbia, turn left onto Old Columbia Road (NC 1110) after crossing the bridge out of Columbia. At the end of Old Columbia Road turn left onto Travis Road (NC 1112), turn left again at Chapel Hill Road. Take a left onto Cross Landing Road (NC1105), which crosses the Scuppernong River. About a mile after the river turn left onto Bodwell Road (NC1108); follow this road crossing over Second Creek and Rider's Creek. Take a left at the end of the road onto the NC 94 to return to Columbia. Year-round! www.ecotourismnc.org


PAY IT FORWARD?   Heart warming movie, great plot, and who can resist that cute little kid? Ha! Maybe in a perfect world, but in reality that does not happen … or does it? I’ve been working on getting my legal documents for over three years. I was born in Bulgaria and it has taken some time to adjust to life in Columbia, NC, but it is my home now. So while on a recent trip to our beautiful states capitol, I did the unthinkable. I lost my billfold with all my documents, I.D., social security card, debit & credit cards, check book, you name it. We went to the Secretary of State office to get our marriage certificate notarized for my passport. After dropping off our marriage certificate, my husband and I walked to the Raleigh Museum of Natural Science. It was free and the exhibits were phenomenal. There were four levels with tons of things to see, from live animals to fossilized dinosaurs. Once on the 3rd floor, my husband found a ‘Smooshed Coin Machine’. You know, add a penny, two quarters, crank the handle and get back a souvenir coin from your visit. (We collect them) I looked in my purse and realized I had lost my billfold with all my important paperwork. My heart sank into the pit of my stomach and a large lump instantly formed in the back of my throat. A line began to form behind us as I dumped out my entire purse right there on the floor and looked again and again, but no billfold. My husband helped me gather my things and we began the big search. From top to bottom and back up again we looked, but nothing. After we left a detailed description at the ‘lost and found’, we hit the street. We traced our steps all the way back to the public parking lot and up to the fifth floor, still nothing. “Maybe it’s in the truck!” I said wishfully. On the floorboard of the truck was nothing but an empty water bottle. The walk back to the Secretary of State office was a long one, keeping my eyes peeled for my red leather “Life Line”. We walked in and passed the guard with our heads hung low, and sat in the waiting area, with thirty minutes to go before out marriage certificate was ready. “Maybe we should report it to the police.” I said to my husband.


“Excuse me, where is the closest police department? I have to report a lost or maybe stolen billfold.” I explained to the guard. “What’s the last name?” Asked the guard at the counter. “Lemme, Neli Lemme.” I replied. After a short pause that seemed to last for hours, “Oh yeah! Here it is. A man found it and dropped it off here.” Said the guard with the hallow and wings. I was ready to hug the guard, what a relief ! “Did the man who found the billfold leave a name or number so I can thank him?” I asked with tears in my eyes. Smiling, the guard said, “No he did not, but I know him. He is a homeless man, and his name is Christopher. He does not have a phone number.” It took me a few seconds to catch my breath. A man with nothing, went out of his way to return to me what is mine, I mean everything. From my check book, to my legal documents and even my lucky two dollar bill, was still in its spot. I may never meet him to thank him personally for the kind, wonderful, and noble deed he has done for me, so I guess the only thing I can do is ‘Pay It Forward’. Mr. and Mrs. Lemme, My name is Lisa Rousseau and I was requested to contact you regarding your Pay it Forward article. What a great human interest story! And we are so happy that it had a happy ending. I understand that you will be publishing this in your August issue of the Scuppernong Gazette and was wondering if I may request a couple of revisions?  Since The Healing Place is a facility where our clients anonymity is of utmost concern I would like to request that you only use Christopher’s first name.  Would it be possible to add some information on our facility and what we do? The Healing Place of Wake County is a non-profit rescue, recovery and rehabilitation facility for homeless men and women with alcohol and other drug addiction. We offer a long term 12 step-based peer run recovery program and we help people find their way back to a productive and meaningful life.We have such a wonderful program and I truly enjoy working here. It’s amazing the miracles I witness on a daily basis. Thank you, Lisa M. Rousseau, The Healing Place of Wake County, Raleigh, NC 27603 - 919  838-9800 Main www.hpowc.org

Helping People Find Their Way Back


www.visittyrrellcounty.com


‘Expressions’ is a décor store in a traditional white clapboard house located on Hwy 64, Columbia, adjoining Food Lion. The store features antiques, collectibles, floral and garden items.  Expressions offers space and sales opportunity for Inner Banks

they would be present at  the store and participate in selling goods.   During that time, an artist could be demonstrating their work, setting up or resetting the presentation of their work. In addition to contribution of 6 hours per week, there would be a commission of 20% on sales of participants work.  This plan is ready to start immediately to take advantage of high summer traffic on Hwy 64. If you are interested and would like to know more, please contact

Artists and Crafters. In exchange for time ‘minding the store’ Expressions will provide exhibit space, feature work and promote sales.  With this plan, an Artist or Crafter would contribute one day per week  (6 hours from 10.00a.m. until 4.00p.m) when

Lilias Morrison at ljm@realescapes.com or call LJM at 252 202-7743 IBX Arts was features in then July issue of ‘Our State Magazine’


2009 Big Party Weekend Location: Kitty Beach 937 Rhodes Rd. Columbia, N.C. 27925

Ticket Information: 2000 Tickets, Numbered American Legion Post 182 Raffle 2008 Harley Davidson 1200 Nightster or $ 5000 Cash Drawing: Aug. 15 2009 @ Kitty Beach $10.00 Per Ticket Any Questions Please Call 252-706-0066

www.kittybeach.info

EVENT SPONSORS: Rob Thompson Roofing American Legion Post 182 JT Plumbing Flemz B.F. Goodbrush (Barbara Fleming) ScuppernongGazette.com (The Lemmes) Shenandoah Harley Davidson East Coast Electrical Services ( John Harris) Kenny Moran & Carl Spruill


TYRRELL COUNTY’S ANNUAL WHITE PERCH TOURNAMENT RESULTS

Dear Ingrid Thanks again for your support of our tournament.  We had an amazing turnout of 76 participants.  I have attached a picture of the winners of the Junior and Master

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divisions, as well as a full list of the winners.  Glad to hear that Neli and Dom had a good time.  We hope to see them again next year. Regards, Justin Boner

TOP FINISHERS (Junior Division):

TOP FINISHERS (Master Division):

1st, Joshua Britt, Columbia, 12 fish, 4.4 pounds;

1st, Bud Tillett, Columbia, 12 fish, 6.0 pounds, $300;

2nd, Ben Decker, Belmont, 12 fish, 4.2 pounds;

2nd, Jason Sampson, Columbia, 12 fish, 5.4 pounds, $150;

3rd, David Bennett, Belhaven, 12 fish, 4.0 pounds;

3rd, John Lowdermilk & Ricky Todd, Wendell, 12 fish, 5.4 pounds, $75.

John Lowdermilk & Ricky Todd Wendell

4th, Gabriel Maready, Columbia, 12 fish, 4.0 pounds;

Congratulations to ya’ll!

5th, Garrett Creef, Greenville, 12 fish, 3.4 pounds.

Justin R. Boner Ecotourism Programs Coordinator, The Conservation Fund www.conservationfund.org www.palmettopeartree.org


Picture caption (Master Division): Top finishers in the tournament were: front row (left to right): Justin Boner of The Conservation Fund with Bud Tillett (1st place), Jason Sampson (2nd place), and Ricky Todd & John Lowdermilk (3rd place). Photo by Kiernan McGorty, Justin Boner始s wife.

Picture caption (Junior Division): Top finishers in the tournament were (left to right): Gabriel Maready (4th place), Garrett Creef and Ben Decker (2nd place) with Justin Boner of The Conservation Fund. Photo by Kiernan McGorty, Justin Boner始s wife.

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STEAMED BLUE TO RED-HOT LIVELY! Annual benefit auction, Saturday, September 19, 2009 4:30 pm: Registration - In the Studio Exhibit of Live Auction Items - In the Gallery, Bar, Music, & Silent Auction Items - Under the Tent 6:00 pm: Hard Crab Dinner & Buffet  7:30 pm: Live Auction 8:30 pm: Dessert & Dancing 'til 10 pm with Blackwater Dinner and bus seating are by reservation only due to limited seating

Reservations: $45 per person* Chartered Bus Service from the Outer Banks: $20* limited seating Visa and Master Card accepted Refund Policy *Tickets are non-refundable. Cancelled reservations are considered tax-deductible contributions to our education program's scholarship fund. Storm Date:  September 26, 2009

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