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March 2009

Issue 19

Tyrrell County’s Favorite Publication

www.ScuppernongGazette.com

Cover Photo Neli Lemme


Tyrrell Calender of Events March  02, 2009 Tyrrell County Board of Commissioners Meeting March  02, 2009 Tyrrell County Board of Education Meeting March  02, 2009 Columbia's Board of Aldermen Monthly Meeting March  03, 2009 Children's Storytime at the Tyrrell County Public Library March  04, 2009 Smart Start Cooperative Playgroup March  04, 2009 River Town Christmas Committee Meeting March  09, 2009 Tyrrell County ABC Board Meeting March  10, 2009 Children's Storytime at the Tyrrell County Public Library March  10, 2009 Tyrrell County Planning Board Meeting March  11, 2009 Tyrrell County Tourism Development Authority Meeting

March  12, 2009 Columbia's Planning Board Meeting March  16, 2009 Tyrrell County Board of Commissioners Meeting March  17, 2009 Rural Health Association Monthly Meeting March  17, 2009 Children's Storytime at the Tyrrell County Public Library March  24, 2009 Children's Storytime at the Tyrrell County Public Library March  29, 2009 Tyrrell County Historical & Genealogical Society Meeting March  30-31, 2009 Public Notice - Tyrrell County Water Department - Flushing Water Mains March  31, 2009 Children's Storytime at the Tyrrell County Public Library


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A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work.  ~ Author Unknown

DEAR READER

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We are looking for Easter Photos that have been taken in Tyrrell County and a fun Easter bunny - Easter egg story! Please e-mail to NeliP@mac.com or snail mail to Scuppernong Gazette 436 Bridgepath Road Columbia, NC 27925

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Thank you so much for the Scuppernong Gazette!  I grew up in Gum Neck, am Jacob and Arnette Parker's daughter, and I currently live in San Diego.  I

There are days when one feels particularly ready to tackle that big project and then at times we just need a break! If you love to fish, like Neli and our son Dom, then it's a great way to empty your mind of responsibilities and ‘bad news in the media’ that often seem overwhelming. miss Tyrrell County terribly so this is an awesome way to keep in touch and be aware of all that's going on.  I LOVED the ladies of the month!  It brought back such good memories.

Don't forget that one day of doing nothing but sitting and waiting for the fish to bite can clear your mind sufficiently to make it all work ... We thank all our readers for their fine emails and letters and look forward to a wonderful Easter on the Scuppernong. - Ingrid

Thanks again. Julia Parker


Pocosin Art Events From February 10th through March 21st, Pocosin Arts will exhibit the work of several northeastern North Carolina jewelers and host two bead-making workshops. A Jewelry Exhibit will include a wide variety of work by the following artists: Kathryn Osgood, Marlene True, Peggy Wilson, Miriam Fauth, Valda Belyeu, Bruce Barnett, Alice Vest Bateman, Marion Sak, Shand Stamper, Nancy Blass Winn, Carolyn Sleeper, and others. Saturday, February to 3:00 pm, hosts a beadpresented by Miriam, a resident of eight originally from will demonstrate greeting cards into string them necklace. your old greeting charming and Send the card back who gave it to you Miriam often hears about her cannot believe you of paper!” The from grandmother granddaughter to a finds it teaches her in a relaxing and pastime. The be $8 (plus a small per person and will the Pocosin Arts register by 5:00 pm February 6th.

7th, from 1:00 Pocosin Arts making class Miriam Fauth. Columbia years, and London, UK, how to recycle beads then together as a Transform cards into a unusual gift. to the person as a necklace! this comment necklaces: “I made this out craft passed to a friend, Miriam to slow down enjoyable workshop will materials fee) take place in Studio. Call to on Friday,

Saturday March 14th and Sunday March 15th, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm join Kathryn Osgood for a two-day metal bead-making workshop working with sterling, copper, and/or brass exploring techniques including roll printing, stamping, soldering, riveting, stone setting & piercing to make unique one-of-a-kind beads. All skill levels are welcome, some soldering experience is helpful. Tuition: $140. Register by Friday, March 6th. Suggested Materials: hand tools (jeweler’s saw, files, etc. if you have them – tools will be available for student use), 22 gauge sterling silver, brass, or copper sheet (instructor will have some material available for sale), and wire or tubing (some will be available for sale). Visit www.pocosinarts.org call 252-796-2787, and/or email hilary@pocosinarts.org for more information about events and programming. Pocosin Arts is located at 201 Main Street, Columbia, NC. The Pocosin Arts Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.


A Little Bit of Everything Some people who have lived in Columbia for a long time have never been to the little shop across the street from Tyrrell County High School. My friend Tammy and I went to see what’s it all about. Here you may find that one special gift for someone on your list, the ladies as well as the ‘hunting guys’ and the people who fish. We particularly remember the warm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere of the shop.   It is a favorite of many locals and also attracts shoppers who walk through historic downtown, looking for that unique and unusual gift.

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cheerful, fun shop and its friendly owner Keith Ward who just loves to talk and welcomes anyone like his own kin. - NL Photos by Neli Lemme

Business of the Month!


Dear Ingrid and Neli ~ Wouldn't it be wonderful if man kind would get along that good? - Or if you could see and hear more good news. All you see and hear is bad, good deeds are hardly ever mentioned and there are many good deeds that would be a good example to our children and the world. Keeping them busy doing for people, making arts and crafts, doing carpeting, house and yard work and not being wasteful would make them proud and keep them out of trouble. Thanks for so many good deeds and people being shown in the Scuppernong Gazette and also the beautiful area we can be proud of.   Lottie Roughton, Columbia, NC ( cute photo, Miss Lottie)    

www.visittyrrellcounty.com


Lost in a Draft Box in Stumpy Point Dear Ms. Ingrid - I must explain something.  I thought that this email had been sent to you and today I found it in my 'draft' box rather than the 'sent' box.  In fact there were over a dozen emails to various friends and what I thought were already sent on various dates were abiding their time in the draft box.   This morning I have already tried 3x copying to new messages and some other means of 'tricking' the computer and it still has the last laugh and you're not getting my email.  If nothing else, I will mail it to you via post office. I am so very sorry.  Surely you must think of me as lacking the common courtesy of

thanking you for all you have done for me.  Having my story published in the Swan Quarterly ( www.SwanQuarterly.net )was definitely a high light for me and greatly appreciated. I don't know why my computer has done this....for I have never purposely put anything in  'draft'.  I am sending it on as I intended it to be last Sept.  I truly sorry that this didn't  come to you in a timely manner. I hope that the work on your home in Swan Quarter is proceeding satisfactorily.,,.. .....Thank  you for making available the Scuppernong Gazette.  I am not sure the relationship of Neli, but the cover photographs are absolutely beautifully done.  The publications for Swan Quarter and Columbia are truly outstanding. Over the years, on my trips between Stumpy Point and the mountains my only experience of Columbia has been Highway 64.  After reading these publications, I became interested and have several times take a tour through the business section and the residential part.  It is a lovely town.... and one which causes me to think "this would be a nice place to call 'home'".  Last December, I made several trips for the purpose of shopping there.  Thank you for opening that door to me through your publication.

I hope that in even these difficult and uncertain times, 2009 is unfolding favorably for you.

With gratitude,  Johanna Logan Cooper, Stumpy Point, NC http://www.graciouslightmusic.com/fishermansdaughter.htm


...On the Board Walk... Movie of the Month

Couple of the Month

‘New In Town’ Comedy Mallory Liverman & Brandon Phelps, they starring Renée sure are a good looking Zellweger and Harry couple and live both in Connick Jr. - FUNNY Tyrrell County. www.newintownmovie.com

CHAMBER POCOSIN www.visittyrrel www.pocosina lcounty.com rts.org

Teacher of the Month

Miss Sherryl Dowty, one of our wonderful Tyrrell County teachers and Lady of the Month.

Pet of the Month Man of t.Month

Adorable puppy-dog Daisy, she is three month old and belongs to Larry Bartley on Shifting Sands Road

PALMETTO www.palmetto peartree.org

Guy Mitchell Phelps here with his daughter Julie. Guy is fighting with a cancer, all our prayers are with him.

ECO TOUR. www.ecotouris mnc.org

IBX ARTS

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Book of the Month

The Civil War on Hatteras Island, North Carolina : A Pictorial Tour Portrait of the Past 3' Palm Beach 235-2007 Price: US$ 39,182 Located in Columbia, Our ‘award -winning’ Tyrrell kids. Photo taken NC, Fiberglass, Fuel last summer at Kitty Type: Single Gas Beach. You know who Engine you are, Stay ‘cool’ kids! series

Kids of the Month

Boat of t.Month


Inner Banks’ Eco-Gem Discovered Tyrrell County is a perfect destination for your next eco-getaway. Tyrrell is situated in the AlbemarlePamlico estuary of northeastern North Carolina. At more than 30,000 square miles (19.2 million acres), the Albemarle-Pamlico estuary is one of the largest and most biologically diverse estuarine systems in the country. Eighty-five percent of Tyrrell County’s land base is wetland, which provides critical habitat for more than 20 rare, threatened, and endangered species, as well as an abundance of waterfowl and neotropical migratory birds.  

Tyrrell County is truly a coastal community and our location has influenced our food, culture, and history. The Albemarle Sound to the north, the Alligator River to the east, and the Scuppernong River, which runs through the town of Columbia, provide a scenic backdrop to this historic town and a perfect location for a canoe trip or river cruise.   The name Scuppernong comes from the Algonquin Indian word “ascopo” meaning sweet bay tree. “Ascupernung,” meaning place of the ascopo, appears on early maps of North Carolina as the name of what is now the Scuppernong River. Nearby Lake Phelps is the state’s second largest natural lake at over 16,000 acres. Thirty ancient dugout canoes, dating over 4,000 years old, have been found in the lake’s shallow waters.    Tyrrell County Ecotourism Committee, PO Box 55, 203 S. Ludington Dr., Columbia, NC 27925 Ph. (252) 796-0723 - photo credit: Palmetto-Pear Tree Preserve, www.ecotourismnc.org


Salt Herrings?-by Jimmy Fleming February and March bring a lot of things to Tyrrell County and eastern North Carolina. In my short life I've seen summer like days in February fit for ‘fishin and froggin' and trees and flowers budding all in normally our worst winter month. On the other hand, I've seen March roar and you could hide your Easter eggs in a snow drift. During these months you can ride around Tyrrell County and see farmers planting potatoes or fishermen standing on canal banks trying to catch that first bass or speckled perch of the new year. One of the things that comes to my mind this time of year is the annual herring run. It's a time when you can get some fresh herring roe and cut some herrings to salt away for another day.

Today's herring industry is quite a bit different than it was in the past. Today the herrings are sometimes thought of as trash fish and only important for their roe. In the past the blue back herring was one of the most important food fishes in this area. Herrings were caught in huge numbers and brought to one of several fish houses in the county. There the herrings were cut and the eggs or roe removed. Since there was no refrigeration, the cut herrings were usually salted and packed in either jars or barrels. The salt herrings would keep well and were eaten by local folk all year or shipped by boat to other parts of the country. My Grandma Ruby used to put up her own salt herrings in a big stone crock that she kept in one of her sheds. She would get the fish layered and packed just right and sometimes used molasses to add a different flavor. At any rate, she sure could cook some mighty fine salt herrings and I certainly enjoyed it when I was lucky enough to be there when she cooked them. My Aunt Alma Spencer has a reputation for cooking salt herrings and serving them at the Gumneck Reunion luncheon every September. Believe me, when she sets that platter on the table those herrings don't last long. Even now, local restaurants will have a salt herring buffet or special to help folks like me, which there are quite a few, satisfy that craving for herrings. I salute the lowly herring as one of my Tyrrell County favorites. (C) THE TYRRELL COUNTY "ENQUIRER" Archives 1997 of Jimmy Flemming of Flemz Market, Columbia, NC Thank you for the wonderful story, Jimmy.


Lady of the Month Miss Sherryl Dowty A fine Tyrrell Teacher

Photo by Neli Lemme


Protecting Water-Front Land I was fortunate that my neighbor Larry called me last month for help with a project he was working on. Larry intention was to protect his Albemarle waterfront land by adding a seawall and since we had some fine days in February, we worked whenever the weather allowed us to. We got some timber from Atlantic Supply, after all properly treated wood will have a huge impact on how long the wooden bulkheads and retaining walls will last. If you are building in saltwater, use wood treated to a retention of 2.5 pcf. If your bulkhead will be in fresh water, use at least .60 pcf treated wood.

Albemarle Sound water is brackish or fresh, as opposed to the saltwater of the ocean, as a result of river water pouring into the sound. There are companies who will sell and deliver all components to you as a package, but that comes with a high price ticket. Home or land owners who are interested in improving or protecting their waterfront property could save a lot of money by doing some of the work themselves. - DJL

Photos by Neli Lemme


Music Across The Sound

Saturday, March 7, 2009 7:30 pm Free

Featuring:

Rodney Kemp Molasses Creek Snow Hill Baptist church Chorus Green Grass Cloggers Jule Garrish Earl Carawan Vincent Whitfield’s Gospel Chorus The Mac & Tammy McRoy Band Jamie Tunnell Aaron Caswell

Mattamuskeet High School Gym Presented By: Hyde County Mainland and Ocracoke Arts Committees

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East Carolina Bank Hyde County Government Hyde County Schools Tideland Electric Beaufort County Community College Beaufort County Arts Council North Carolina Arts Council National Endowment for the Arts

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Organization of the Month: Columbia’s Lions Club Lions are an international network of 1.3 million men and women in 205 countries who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. The Columbia Lions Club has presently 17 members and more are welcome to join. Lions are known for working to end preventable blindness and participate in a vast variety of projects important to their communities. These projects range from cleaning up local parks to providing supplies to victims of natural disasters. Beginning in 1917, the association of Lions clubs has provided millions of people with the opportunity to give

something back to their communities. The photo on the right features three of the 17 Colombia Lions at the Columbia Food Lion. Left to right: Lion Brenda Cooper, Lion David Furlugh, and Lion Anita Spencer. Columbia’s Lion Club district 31 J has the # 0000011717 and meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at Andy’s at 6 pm. The president of Columbia’s Lion’s club is John Donoghue. Lions club members are men and women who strive to make a difference in their local community as well as in communities worldwide. Their volunteer efforts go beyond the support of vision care, to addressing unmet health and education needs worldwide.

Thank You Columbia Lions!

www.lionsclubs.org Photo by Neli Lemme


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