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Progress with FEMA, insurance in courthouse repair funding By Andy Pettigrew Post & Voice Publisher Progress is reported with FEMA and the insurance company that insures the Pender County Courthouse, according to Pender County Director of Facilities Allen Vann. Vann told Pender County Commissioners Monday a meeting with FEMA officials last week gave a better picture of what will be eligible for reimbursement in the Court-
house repair project. The historic Courthouse was heavily damaged during Hurricane Florence and has stood unused since the storm in 2018. Court facilities once housed in the building have been temporarily housed in other buildings around downtown Burgaw â€œFEMA has offered a re-inspection of the Courthouse this week,â€? Vann said. â€œThe
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Miss NC Blueberry Sarah Beth Howard pulls the candy cane switch to light the Burgaw Christmas Tree on the Courthouse Square Nov. 29 to begin the holiday festivities in the county seat. Read more on page 5A about the upcoming holiday activities in Burgaw.
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The NC Blueberry Festival Association will sponsor the Burgaw Community Christmas Celebration Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Join local church choirs and musicians in a perfor mance of Christmas classics. This is a free, family event. The Christmas Celebration is hosted by Middle District Mission-
Burgaw Community Christmas Celebration Dec. 13 ary Baptist Association, located at 1821 NC Hwy 53 West in Burgaw. Come for an evening of Christmas music, prayer, scripture reading, and fellowship. Guest musicians will include Shelby Rowe (harpist), Gail Penny (pianist), Roderick Monroe (pianist), Sarah Daniels (violist), David Farrior
(violinist) and Lori McKoy (flutist). A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow the event. Please mark your calendar. This is an event you will not want to miss. If you are interested in joining the community choir, practice will be held Thursday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at Middle District Baptist
Social media post leads to arrests From Staff Reports The Pender County Sheriff â€™s Office was notified Nov. 25 of a social media post referencing a potential shooting at Burgaw Middle School Nov. 26. Upon notification of the post, an investigation was launched. As a result of that investigation, at 4:48 a.m. Nov. 26, two search warrants were executed at two mobile homes located on Tasha Lane in Burgaw. During the search warrant service, two BB pistols that
Association. Anyone interested in singing in the choir is welcome. Contact Beth Looney at (910) 789-0096 or info@ncblueberryfestival. com for more information.
Pender County Commission Chairman George Brown will continue to hold the gavel for 2020 as he was reelected as board chair. The board also tapped Commissioner Fred McCoy as the vice chair for the next year. â€œItâ€™s always an honor to be chairman,â€? Brown said. â€œIt gets hard to make all the meetings you need to attend, but I appreciate the faith in me.â€? Commissioner David Williams, who has served as chairman, commented on the time required to serve as chair of the board. â€œWe all have a lot of
George Brown meetings, and people wanting to talk to us. But you do have a lot of meetings aside from the ones that we all have as chair,â€? said Williams. â€œI appreciate all the extra time it takes to be chairman.â€?
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s'USTAVIO -ATTHEW "ACA 3T *OHNS #HURCH Road Hampstead. Injury to personal property, misdeMEANOR PROBATION VIOLATION TWO COUNTS OBTAIN PROPERTY by false pretense, possession of marijuana .5 to 1.5 oz. Arrest by PC Sheriff â€™s Office. Incarcerated under $6,300 secured bond. s*OHN !LVIN "LAND *R .EW 3AVANNAH 2D "URGAW 3ECOND DEGREE BURGLARY )NCARCERATED WITH NO BOND listed. s#ARLENE 2ENEE "RANNON 7ILD 4URKEY 4RL 2OCKY 0OINT $OMESTIC ASSAULTBATTERY 3HOPLIlNTCONcealment of merchandise. Arrest by PC Sheriff â€™s Office. Incarcerated under $100 secured bond. s*AMES 2OBERT #ARY ,EGACY $RIVE 2OCKY 0OINT $OMESTIC ASSAULT ON A FEMALE DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED POSsession of open container of alcohol in passenger area. s4INA #ROMARTIE 53 (WY 3 "URGAW Felony probation violation, misdemeanor probation violation. Arrest by Probation officer. Released under $13,000 secured bond. s!NDREW #LAYTON $ENSON 0RESWICK $R 2OCKY Point. Sell Schedule 3 Controlled Substance, fleeing to ELUDE ARREST WITH MOTOR VEHICLE OPEN CONTAINER ALCOHOL IN PASSENGER AREA DRIVING LEFT OF CENTER HITRUN FAILURE TO STOP FOR PROPERTY DAMAGE DRIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED RECKLESS DRIVING TO ENDANGER !RREST BY 0# 3HERIFF S OFlCE Incarcerated under $10,000 secured bond. s$EJSHEA .AMOI &EASTER . 4IMBERLY ,ANE "URGAW /BTAIN PROPERTY BY FALSE PRETENSE !RREST BY "URGAW 0OLICE $EPARTMENT 2ELEASED UNDER secured bond. s!DRIAN $OUGLAS &ERGUSON (IGHSMITH 2D 5NIT ! "URGAW #OMMUNICATING THREATS !RREST BY "URGAW 0OLICE $EPARTMENT 2ELEASED UNDER SECURED bond. s2ICHARD 4HOMAS &LOWLER $EER 2IDGE $RIVE %AST (AMPSTEAD $RIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED !RREST BY 3URF #ITY 0OLICE $EPARTMENT 2ELEASED UNDER secured bond. s#AMERON !DAM (ANSEN (OLIDAY $RIVE !T-
KINSON -ISDEMEANOR LARCENY !RREST BY 0ENDER #OUNTY Sheriff â€™s Office. Released under $2,500 secured bond. s4YLER 'LENN (INES .ORTH 2AILROAD 3T !TKINSON $RIVING WHILE IMPAIRED CIVIL REVOCATION OF DRIVERS LICENSE DRIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED DRIVING LEFT OF CENTER !RREST BY .EW (ANOVER 3HERIFF S /FlCE 2ELEASED WITH NO BOND LISTED s-ALIK 3HARMEL *ORDAN 0IKE #REEK 2OAD "URGAW !SSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON ASSAULT ON FEMALE !RREST BY 0# 3HERIFF S /FlCE 2ELEASE WITH NO bond listed. s-ARCO !NTONIO 6EGA ,OPEZ .# (WY 7 'ARLAND -ISDEMEANOR DEATH BY VEHICLE UNSAFE LANE change, ICE hold. Arrest by PC Sheriff â€™s Office. IncarCERATED UNDER SECURED BOND s#YNTHIA 0AULETTE -ILLER (ALL 2D 7ILLARD Resisting, obstructing, delaying officer, Pender County Sheriff â€™s Office. Released under $100 secured bond. s:EKE -ICHAEL ,YN -ODISETTE 0ENDERLEA (WY "URGAW 3IMPLE POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA RECKLESS DRIVING TO ENDANGER !RREST BY "URGAW 0OLICE $EPARTMENT 2ELEASED UNDER secured bond. s"RITTANI !MANDA /#ONNELL #ASTLE &ARMS 2OAD #ASTLE (AYNE $RIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED !RREST BY "URGAW 0OLICE $EPARTMENT 2ELEASED UNDER secured bond. s7ENDELL #LEVE 2ICE )6 0OINT #ASWELL 2OAD 7ILLARD 7EAPONS ON EDUCATION PROPERTY !RREST by Pender County Sheriff â€™s Office. Released under $500 secured bond. s3TEVEN 2ANDALL 3EIGLER 3UNDANCE #IRCLE (AMPSTEAD $RIVING WHILE IMPAIRED EXCEEDING POSTED speed, resisting, obstructing, delaying officer, driving left OF CENTER 2ELEASED UNDER SECURED BOND s"IRCH ,EE 3HEPPARD &ERRIS $RIVE !TKINSON &ELONY POSSESSION OF COCAINE 2ELEASED WITH NO BOND listed. s3HANITRA 3IMPSON . 4IMBERLY ,ANE "URGAW 3PEEDING TWO COUNTS DRIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED TWO
Burgaw Rotary serves community in 2019 By Lori Kirkpatrick Post & Voice Staff Writer 4HE "URGAW 2OTARY #LUB has been busy this year. From golf tournaments to local school programs to international projects, they have it all covered. Coming UP $EC THE GROUP WILL PARTNER WITH THEIR LOCAL )NTERACT #LUB TO YEAR OLDS AND AN )NTERACT #LUB in India in a Rise against (UNGER PROGRAM $URING the event at Pender High School, 120 student memBERS WILL BE PACKING MEALS and conducting a video CONFERENCE MEETING WITH THE )NTERACT #LUB AT 'OENKA 7ORLD 3CHOOL IN )NDIA 4HE charter president of the Indian club, Nischal Pandey, EARNED THE 3ERVICE ABOVE 3ELF !WARD FOR ALL OF Rotary Club. Rotary Club WILL PROVIDE THE )NTERACT #LUB WITH T SHIRTS AND A catered meal. "ETH 3HIBLEY "URGAW Rotary Club President since July of this year, discussed some of the programs the club is involved in.
h7E HAVE OUR ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AND WE DID IT AT $UPLIN #OUNTRY Club this year,â€? began ShibLEY h)TS NOW CALLED THE 2ICHARD 6ON "IBERSTEIN -EMORIAL 'OLF 4OUR NAment in honor and memory OF 2ICKY "IBERSTEIN (E WAS ONE OF OUR LONGEST SERVING MEMBERS 7EVE ALSO DONE TWO 2ISE AGAINST Hungers so far, preparing 1,000 meals for Hurricane $ORIAN RELIEF IN THE "AHAMAS "EVIN 3TOKES IS OUR chairman of the Interact Club at PHS and sheâ€™s doing AN EXCELLENT JOBv 4HE "URGAW 2OTARY #LUB recently participated in the #HRISTMAS 4REE ,IGHTING ON THE 4OWN 3QUARE AND they are involved in the Blueberry Festival and 3PRINGFEST EACH YEAR 4HEY WILL SOON lNISH UP AND INternational project called 4OOLBOX )NITIATIVES 4HIS INVOLVES SENDING JEWELERS tools to developing counTRIES IN !FRICA 4HE GROUP IS WORKING TOWARDS A goal to send specific tools to Africa - digital scales, steel
Pender EMS and Fire Report
Nov. 24-30 Pender EMS Report Total number of Patient Contacts: 202 Calls per Station Burgaw Station 1 42 Sloop Point Station 14 19 Hampstead Station 16 27 Surf City Station 23 21 Top. Beach Station 4 4 Union Station 5 15 Rocky Point Station 7 37 Atkinson Station 9 22 Maple Hill Station 13 4 Scott Hill Station 18 0 Hwy 421 Station 29 11 Type of Calls Cancelled: 18 Refusals: 73 Stand by: 0 Transported: 98 Treated/released: 13 Fire Department Reports Total Calls: 47 Calls per Station Rescue Station 1 Burgaw 8 Fire Station 13 Maple Hill 0 Fire Station 14 Sloop Point 13 Fire Station 16 Hampstead 8 Fire Station 18 Scotts Hill 8 Fire Station 21 Long Creek 7 Fire Station 29 Hwy 421 3 EMS St. 4 Topsail Beach 0 Fire Call Type Summary Fire 12 Motor Vehicle Crash 6 Search and Rescue 0 EMS First Response 22 Cancelled 7 Ocean Rescue 0
COUNTS !RREST BY "URGAW 0OLICE $EPARTMENT 2ELEASED under $600 secured bond. s*USTIN 2ASHEED 3MITH 5NION "ETHEL 2OAD (AMPSTEAD 3PEEDING RECKLESS DRIVING TO ENDANGER simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia. Arrest by Pender County Sheriff â€™s Office. Released under $200 secured bond. s4YREE *OHN 3MITH -ORIN 2OAD "URGAW -ISDEMEANOR PROBATION VIOLATION !RREST BY /NSLOW #OUNTY Sheriff â€™s Office. Released under $10,000 secured bond. s(ALEY $ANIELLE 3QUIRES /LD &ARM 2OAD (AMPSTEAD $RIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED POSSESSION OF OPENCONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL IN PASSENGER AREA !Rrest by PC Sheriff â€™s Office. Released under $100 secured bond. s*OSEPH -ATTHEW 7ALLACE . 'REEN 3T (OLLY 2IDGE $RIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED THREE COUNTS !Rrest by PC Sheriff â€™s Office. Released under $1,000 secured bond. s2ONALD "RUCE 7ILSON 3HELTER #OVE 2OAD "URGAW 3ECOND DEGREE TRESPASS INJURY TO PERSONAL PROPERTY unauthorized use of motor vehicle, misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury. Arrest by PC Sheriff â€™s Office. Released under $1,500 secured bond.
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Zachary and William Rivenbark deliver dictionaries to Penderlea School for the Burgaw Rotary Club DRAW PLATES FOR MAKING WIRE AND A ROLLING MILL TO MAKE TEXTURES ON METAL h3OMETHING ) AM SO EXCITED ABOUT IS THE 4OGETHER 7E 2EAD PROGRAM 4HIS IS something Rotary is doING IN OUR $ISTRICT 7HICH INCLUDES THE 2OTARY #LUBS IN OUR AREA 4HIS IS A PILOT PROJECT AND WE ARE one of the first Rotary clubs TO ATTEMPT THIS 7E GAVE AWAY MORE THAN BRAND NEW BOOKS AT (ALLOWEEN IN 2OTARY 0ARK /CT 4HAT WAS A BIG TOWN EVENT WITH 0ARKS AND 2EC v SAID Shibley. " U R G AW 2O T A R Y H A S raised $255 for their Polio Plus program. Eradicating polio is a big mission for Rotary Club, and Shibley SAID THAT THERE ARE NOW LESS THAN CASES IN THE WORLD !FGHANISTAN AND 0AKISTAN ARE THE ONLY PLACES WHERE there are active cases of polio, and there are currently Rotarians on the ground giving inoculations there. h7E ALSO PARTICIPATED IN a silent auction at Heritage 0LACE 7E WERE ONE OF THEIR platinum sponsors for the gala. At our foundation LUNCHEON THE "URGAW CLUB WAS REPRESENTED IN EVERY SINGLE AWARD THEY PASSED OUT /UR "URGAW 2OTARIANS are doing great, not only for our community but for the foundation at large. 7E RECENTLY HAD OUR lRST informational meeting at Bandanas Restaurant and
ADDED lVE NEW MEMBERS TO the club,â€? said Shibley. 2UTH 'LASER WAS THE previous president of the "URGAW CLUB 5NDER HER leadership last year, the GROUP WAS AWARDED THE 2OTARY #ITATION WITH Silver distinction. Only five Rotary Clubs out of the 51 in the district earned that distinction. Shipley noted THAT 'LASER HAS SET HER OFF on a very good path as the NEW PRESIDENT /UT OF ALL THAT "URGAW Rotary Club does, Shipleyâ€™s favorite service project of the year is the dictionary project. â€œItâ€™s my favorite because WE COME TO THE THIRD GRADers bearing these gifts of KNOWLEDGE 4HESE DICTIONaries are the perfect learning tool for all the children WHO ARE FUTURE LEADERS OF the earth, so itâ€™s the best GIFT WE CAN GIVE THEM 4HE Hampstead Club covers the east side of the county and THE "URGAW #LUB COVERS THE WESTERN SIDE "ETWEEN OUR TWO 2OTARY #LUBS NO third grader is left out,â€? said Shibley. 3HE ADDED h)TS SO EXCITING BECAUSE WE CAN DO SO much good through Rotary WE DO MORE GOOD TOGETHER as a group than any one of us could ever do on our OWNv For more information about Rotary Club, visit HTTPSWWWROTARYORG en.
Both Sanchez and Branch appeared in court Nov. 26 and remain incarcerated in the Pender County Jail under a $500,000 secured bond.
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Practicing Presence Who can resist the sound of children chanting ‘let’s open presents’ at Christmastime? Children are palpably present, unlike their adult counterparts who are typically worried about what comes next. Young ones get as excited about the wrapping as they do about the gifts, which I still find true of myself to this day. I have always been attracted to bright shiny objects, including presents with significant presence. Think ‘Price is Right’, where folks make quick choices based on outside appearances. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could embrace life’s packaging with similar eagerness and excitement? I’ll admit, it was one of my most anticipated aspects of the season, right up there with seeing what Santa brought on Christmas morning. Our family always opened presents on Christmas Eve, after dinner, baths and bedtime prep. We gathered around the tree, excitedly opening all the gifts we had randomly received all month. Some arrived on the porch in big brown boxes from relatives and friends far away, while others appeared intermittently as each of us embraced individual elf duty along the way. After the holidays, inquiring minds always want to know: What did you get for Christmas? Seems that how and with whom you spent the holidays is secondary. But the older we get the more we realize it is not what is under the tree that matters as much as who gathers around it with us. Adults are always busy working on ‘to dos’ while children are better at perfecting ‘ta das.’ Why not create a ‘to be’ list for the holidays, rather than the traditional to do list, and start it with a plan to be more fully present. Gifts are a language of love, but our presence is much more revealing. How do you celebrate your holiday, and with whom do you enjoy spending time? What are your fondest memories and what moments offer the most meaning? That is the essence of our presence, and the real reason for the season. Practicing presence is paramount to hearing and honoring our purpose on this planet, yet many neglect to navigate this priceless path. Dr. Charles Stanly suggests finding a quiet place where it is dark and free of distractions if necessary to experience the essence of presence and make it a primary practice. Where are you the most present? And who can benefit most from your
Morning song Mr. Roo greets the morning an hour or so early every day, much to the dismay of the geese. I don’t know why our rooster gets an early start, but that’s better than the one we had who might crow at any point on the clock, day or night, for no reason other than the fact that he could. He was not our favorite chicken. It is true that I love the night, with the glory of a star-spotted blue-black sky reminding us that we’re really not that significant. There’s nothing like being in the deep woods or beside a snapping fire with a lazy moon sliding through the pines with the enthusiasm of a first-grader leaving Grandma’s house for the classroom of a least-favorite teacher. But when it’s been a bad night, the morning always seems to make things better. When the dawn reluctantly shoos away a good night, the sunrise makes things better still. Perhaps Mr. Roo has a consistently positive attitude, and that’s why he starts the day before the day itself. Maybe he just has a strict work ethic, and sees time in bed as wasted if one can see the first hues hint that the sun is about to make its appearance. I love the dawn – not as much as Mr. Roo, perhaps, but still with the joy of a child on Christmas. God never paints the sky the same way, and no amount of photography can ever truly pre-
Jefferson Weaver serve His artistry, on a canvas He created, with paints of light He mixed Himself. My day usually starts with Mr. Roo’s reveille (or is it reverie? Who knows?). It isn’t long after his first call to arms that the alarms go off, reminding me that lying in bed doesn’t count for getting up and at’em. William IX is also a morningaphile, and it doesn’t take long for him to work his way up to a full-bore redbone roar if I spend too much time under the covers. My bride could sleep through a hurricane in a capsized boat flying through a glass factory, so responding to the hound’s entreaties fall on me. The other dogs are far more polite; indeed,
Walter the Wonder Dog will often give William a stink-eye, and slide into my still-warm spot beside his mother. As the door opens, William joyously rockets toward freedom, judiciously avoiding the alwaysangry geese. The nightshift cats exchange places with the dayshift, exchanging notes about the mouse in the kitchen or the varmints that trespassed in the yard. Old Red whickers, Tally whinnies, and Melanie draws back and brays with the music that only a fan of donkeys can love, although she readily shares the tune with everything and everyone within a mile with ears to hear. Mellie is a lady, though,
Long distance are giving tips Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any long-distance caregiving tips that can help me help my elderly father who lives in another state? He has physically declined over the past year, but is determined to stay living in his own house. Worried Daughter Dear Worried, Providing care and support for an aging parent who lives far away can be very difficult and stressful. Here are some tips and resources that can help. When it comes to monitoring and caring for an aging parent from afar, you have a couple options. You can either hire a professional to oversee your dad’s needs, or you can manage things yourself by building a support system, tapping into available resources, and utilizing technology devices that can help you keep tabs on him. Professional help If your dad needs a lot of help, you should consider hiring an “aging life care professional” who will give him a thorough assessment to identify his needs, and will set up and manage all aspects of his care. These professionals typically charge between $100 and $200 per hour, and are not covered by Medicare. To find a professional in your dad’s area, ask his doctor for a referral or visit the Aging Life Care Association website at AgingLifeCare.org. Do-it-yourself If your dad only needs occasional help, or if you can’t afford to use a care manager, here are some things you can do yourself to help him. presence? As we embrace the adventure of Advent and embark on another new year, it is a perfect time to reflect on your past and
s!SSEMBLE A SUPPORT SYSTEM Put together a network of people (nearby friends or family, neighbors, clergy, etc.) who can check on your dad regularly, and who you can call on from time to time for occasional help. Also put together a list of reliable services you can call for household needs like lawn care, handyman services, plumber, etc. Tap local resources: Most communities offer a range of free or subsidized services that can help seniors with basic needs such as home delivered meals, transportation, senior companion services and more. Contact the Area Aging Agency near your dad – call 800-6771116 for contact information – to find out what’s available. s5SE lNANCIAL AIDS If your dad needs help with his financial chores, arrange for direct deposit for his income sources, and set up automatic payments for his utilities and other routine bills. You may also want to set up your dad’s online banking service, so you can pay bills and monitor his account anytime. Or, if you need help, hire a daily money manager (aadmm.com) to do it for you. They charge between $25 and $100 per hour. Benefitscheckup.org is another excellent resource to look for financial assistance programs that may help your dad, particularly if he’s lower-income. s(IRE IN HOME HELP anticipate your future, but be sure to practice presence in the process. My holiday challenge to you is this: commit to being more fully present
De pending on your dad’s needs, you may need to hire a part-time homecare aide that can help with things like preparing meals, housekeeping or personal care. Costs can run anywhere from $12 up to $25 per hour. To find someone, ask for referrals through your dad’s doctor or area hospital discharge planners, or try websites like Care.com, CareLinx.com, CareFamily.com or CareSpotter. com. s5TILIZE TECHNOLOGY: To help you keep tabs on your dad and manage his care from afar, there are various technologies that can help. For example, there are motion sensors (like Silver Mother - sen.se/ silvermother) and video cameras (nest.com/camera) that can help you make sure he is moving around the house normally; computerized pillboxes (medminder.com) that will notify you if he forgets to take his medication; simplified computer tablets (grandpad.net) that provide important face-toface video calls; and a variety of websites that can help you coordinate care (lotsahelpinghands.com) and medical information (reunioncare.com) with other family members. For more tips, call the National Institute on Aging at 800-222-2225 and order their free booklet “Long-Distance Caregiving: Twenty Questions and Answers.” Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book. in every moment and give the gift of your presence whenever possible. It is a priceless gift and one that that keeps on giving.
and usually only gives one brief bray as I stagger outside to greet the day. Our home is back in a hollow, with a mixture of vintage pines and hardwoods towering over the house, and a misbegotten pine plantation due east. The lane parallels the old railbed, so for several months out of the year, the sun shines straight and clean down the pine, bay and scrub oaks lining the tunnel from the start of day to the end. The guineas, busy with their secret but important plans, are usually examining the yard by the time I am stirring, although I admit it’s fun to wake them from their perches in the old oak, and watch them panic their way to the ground looking like miniature turkeys, but with none of the grace and class of a big gobbler. The geese are shrewish from the moment I walk outside, whether it’s Pippin on a late nest shared with, then stolen from the ducks (if those eggs hatch, they’ll be a confused bunch of birds) or the rest of the gang. The other geese complain that the ditch is too cold, or the pinestraw too lumpy, or the corn too dry for their tastes. A half-hearted, harmless wave of the walking stick usually sends them away with threats to write a strongly worded letter to management.
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Regina Hill Post & Voice Columnist
We are Thankful Thanksgiving is past, but our unique blessings should be remembered every single day. We live in a beautiful land rich in privilege and opportunity. My third graders at Dixon Elementary are constant reminders that the future is ripe with hope. As you can see, they understand what is truly important. My family is important to me. They are always there for me. I’m thankful for my pets. Even though they are dead, I still love them. -Lily I’m thankful for God because he made us all for a good reason. -Owen I’m thankful for my family and friends. -Jake I am proud of my teacher because she comes to school whenever she’s
Continued on page 8A tired or feeling too shabby. She likes to tell us her Mrs. Hill stories which are really funny. But, she makes us think ridiculously hard. That is why I am thankful for Mrs. Hill. -Elliot My family makes me feel good. I’m glad that doctors make me feel not so sick. Thank you for chocolate and chocolate factories. -Jamison I am thankful for my family, my friends, my dog Nova and my cat Seven. -Talon My teacher makes me happy because when I feel sad she helps me get my confidence back. -Finley Thank you for the teachers that teach me every day. All of the teachers are working so hard to help us get to college. My heart is happy when I am near my family and friends. I am thankful for my family, friends and that I have a house and food. -Airlie I am thankful for my family because they are loving people. I am also thankful for bees because they pollinate apple trees and other crops. -Isaiah I am thankful that my teacher is fun every day and that I have friends that play with me. -Katie My heart is happy when I am my true self and not acting like somebody I’m not. I’m also thankful for my teacher because when Continued on page 4A
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Mara A.C. Wessell, CRPSÂŽ Financial Advisor
16406 US Hwy 17 N Coastline Station, Suite 4 Hampstead, NC 28443 Bus. 910-270-0414 TF. 877-910-0414 Fax 800-769-8581 firstname.lastname@example.org
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New at investing? Follow these suggestions If youâ€™re fairly new to investing, you might be wondering what sort of rules you should follow or moves you should make. And while everyoneâ€™s situation is different, there are indeed guidelines that make sense for all investors. Here are some to consider: Learn the basics. The investment world can seem confusing, but the more you know about the basic components, the more confident youâ€™ll be when you begin to invest. For starters, youâ€™ll want to be familiar with the essential types of investments: stocks, bonds, mutual funds, government securities and so on. And itâ€™s also important to know that some investments are designed to provide growth â€“ an increase in the investmentâ€™s value â€“ while others provide income in the for m of dividends or interest payments, and still others may of fer g rowth and income. s3ET YOUR GOALS 9OU need to know why youâ€™re investing â€“ and that means you must clearly define your goals. Do you want to retire early? When you do retire, what kind of lifestyle would you like to have? Are you planning on helping your children (or grandchildren) pay for college? Once youâ€™ve established your goals, you can create the appropriate investment strategy for achieving them, taking into account your time horizon and risk tolerance. s)NVEST REGULARLY !T first, you may only be able to afford to put in small amounts to your investment accounts, but even so, try to contribute REGULARLY 9OULL GET INTO the habit of investing and, later on, when you earn more money, you can ramp up your contributions. If you have a 401(k) or similar plan at work, the money can come out of your paycheck before you even see it. s4HINK LONG TERM !S you begin investing, itâ€™s
important to have the right attitude. Specifically, donâ€™t look for the â€œhotâ€? investments that will make you a â€œbundleâ€? in a matter of weeks. Investing just doesnâ€™t work that way â€“ instead, itâ€™s a decadeslong process of carefully choosing, managing and adjusting a diversified portfolio thatâ€™s suitable for your individual needs. And by maintaining a long-term focus, youâ€™ll be less susceptible to making ill-advised moves in response to short-term market events. s$ONT GET SCARED OFF by downturns. If you invest for many years, itâ€™s inevitable that you will experience sharp drops in the financial markets. But these declines are actually a normal part of investing. If you overreact to them by selling investments just because their price has dropped, youâ€™ll not only be breaking a cardinal rule of investing â€“ to buy low and sell high â€“ but youâ€™ll also be disrupting the type of cohesive, continuous investment strategy thatâ€™s necessary to help you achieve your goals. s'ET SOME HELP 9OU may find it easier to navigate the investment landscape if you get some help from a professional advisor â€“ someone who understands your goals and family situation and who can make appropriate investment recommendations. A financial advisor can also suggest changes to your portfolio in response to changes in your life (new job, child graduating college, etc.) and in your goals, such as a new date for retirement. When you invest, there arenâ€™t many guarantees. But by following these suggestions, you will know, at the very least, that youâ€™re taking the steps that can lead to success. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.
Local veteran featured in Pender RSVP perks meeting By Barbara Mullins Special to the Post & Voice The Pender Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) was proud to feature speaker Cliff Goodall, a 94-year-old World War II Navy veteran, in their November Perks meeting as they honored him and all local veterans for their service to our country. Goodall signed up for service to our country when he was only 17 years old. He was subsequently part of the D Day invasion of Normandy and his stories, full of insights and valor, were breathtaking and entertaining. For the past five years, he has returned to Normandy where he been recognized for his service. While in
Normandy, Goodall participates in parades; visits with children in schools to share his stories; and, stays WITH A LOCAL FAMILY 9OU ARE a role model for all of us, Mr. Goodallâ€™ We deeply appreciate you and your many contributions to our country. Pe nd e r R SV P Pe rk s meetings are held each month to help volunteers and other interested community members lear n more about how to live healthy, happy and productive lives. One of the RSVP signature programs is helping local seniors with significant unmet needs, continue to remain living independently at home. To lear n more about Pender RSVP, you can visit
RSVP Director Barbara Mullins and Cliff Goodall the Pender RSVP Facebook page, @PenderCountyRSVP, or contact Barbara
Mullins at 910-259-9119, extension 329 or bmullins@ penderpas.com.
Continued from page 3A she is tired she always finds ways to make us so joyful. Another reason Iâ€™m thankful is because of doctors. Some of them have to drive one hour just to help us and some of them work on Saturdays when they could be going to the beach with their families. The last reason Iâ€™m thankful is for friends because they always have your back if they are truly your real friends. -Sloane I am thankful for my friends who are nice and for my family making turkey. -Mariah I am thankful for my family because they keep me safe and help me with stuff. -Gabe Iâ€™m thankful that I have a home, a family, friends and my teacher. I have everything that I need. -Camieo Be thankful for what you have. Be thankful if you have what you need and when you get things you want. -William Iâ€™m thankful for my family. They make my
Regina Hillâ€™s third-grade class at Dixon Elementary School memories go to the flow. My dogs make my heart open. -Kaylee Iâ€™m thankful for my teacher Mrs. Hill. She leads the way to my path. I am proud of my dad because he keeps us free. My Jesus made me free and happy. -Valerie I am thankful for everyone on the earth for who
they are and what they do. Iâ€™m thankful for people who help others and are kind. -Haylee I am thankful for my family. They care and protect me. Iâ€™m thankful that people donâ€™t come in my house and take me away. Iâ€™m proud to be in America where Iâ€™m free. Iâ€™m happy for my friends because
they bring me light and joy. Next, Iâ€™m happy Iâ€™m not a pig because I donâ€™t like mud and Iâ€™d muss my human family. Last, Iâ€™m thankful for my teacher. She doesnâ€™t care if I get something wrong. She helps me learn no matter what. -Olivia Happy Thanksgiving.
Topsail Presbyterian Christmas Tea Dec. 7 Topsail Presbyterianâ€™s women are holding their annual Christmas Tea Dec. 7 from noon until 2 p.m. in the Topsail Presbyterian fellowship hall, 16249
Highway 17 North, Hampstead. All proceeds are donated to the local 4Cs Food Pantry. The hall is turned into a Christmas wonderland
and lunch, dessert and tea are served on our best china. The afternoon will include entertainment and a raffle of several specialty baskets. Please add this
event to your calendar and come support 4Cs Food Pantry. Make your reservation by calling Topsail Presbyterian Church 910270-2312.
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