Town Council to Meet on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

30th September 2016

The Duck Town Council will hold its regular meeting on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Paul F. Keller Meeting Hall at 1200 Duck Road.   The public is welcome and all interested parties are encouraged to attend.  For the agenda click here, or visit the Town Council page to view the agenda […]

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Museum of the Albemarle -- By By: Wanda Lassiter, Curator, Museum of the Albemarle

29th September 2016

The Museum of the Albemarle (MOA) will celebrate its 50th anniversary in May 2017. In last month’s issue we discussed life at the museum in the 1980s. This issue of Albemarle Tradewinds will focus on the 1990s.
Over the years, as the museum’s popularity grew, visitation rose, and the interpretation area expanded to 13 counties. Bertie, Hertford, and Northampton counties were added to the museum’s interpretative area in 1997.
Museum leaders included Barbara Taylor, John Whitley (interim), Charlene Akers, Wesley Creel, Rhonda Tyson, Claire Glasson (interim), and Edward Merrell.
The museum opened over 40 exhibits during this decade including Taste of the Past: Early Foodways of the Albemarle Region, 1585-1830; Columbia Bicentennial 1793-1993: A Visit to Heart’s Delight; The Lost Colony Drama: Applauding 60 Years; Fire and Wind: Disasters of the Albemarle; and Fixing the Farm: The Rural Craftsworker.
Visitors left wonderful comments on their visit including: “It is our hope that the museum enriches their [children’s] lives through enjoyment and learning.” “If we don’t preserved history, what is the youth of tomorrow going to know about today?” “MOA was born to preserve local history.”
In 1989, MOA acquired a rare find, a circa 1755 house. Built along Knobbs Creek about five miles upstream from the Pasquotank River, the Jackson House interprets the lives of Albemarle farmers during the late colonial and early republic years. Though modest by later standards, the house allowed the family to live in a measure of comfort afforded to a very small minority of the region’s population. It is typical of many regional houses that were occupied by successive generations of the same family. The Elizabeth City Historic Neighborhood Association and the Museum of History Associates provided funds to move the house to the museum grounds in 1990. The Jackson-Jennings House Restoration Fund was established in 1992 and the Guild of Museum Friends pledged $25,000 toward the house’s eventual restoration. The Guild presented the final installment of their pledge in February 1999.
MOA contracted building conservator Russ Steele of Currituck County to reassemble the Jackson House beginning in 2004. Today, the house can be found in the main gallery Our Story, interpreting the lives of small and mid-scale farmers from 1755 to 1820. Inside the house are artifacts and some reproduction items such as a circa 1735 corner cupboard, circa 1780 rocking chair, brass candlesticks, crocks, a spinning wheel, and a small wooden crib. Most children who step inside the house find amusement in the indoor “bathroom,” which is simply a pot under the bed. Also be sure and notice important features in the construction of the house including crown molding, flush-sheathed wainscot, corner stair ghost marks, and molded Georgian chair rail.
Pick up next month’s issue of the Albemarle Tradewinds to learn about the museum during the 2000s.

Sears Elizabeth City

29th September 2016

Ghost Walk 2016

28th September 2016

The Albemarle’s premier living history event, The Historic Elizabeth City Ghost Walk, will take place October 14 and 15, from 5:30 to 9:30 each night. Ghost Walk is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the Best of 20 Years of Ghost Walk. Eight sites will host characters from Elizabeth City’s past, including a Vaudeville musical reminiscent of the James Adams Floating Theatre at Arts of the Albemarle.
Here’s a run-down of this year’s ghosts:

Nell Cropsey, the beautiful 19-year-old whose 1901 murder has never been solved. She’ll appear at the Episcopal Cemetery, near the Pool family vault, where her
body spent one night—the night of her autopsy.

Tamsen Donner taught school in Elizabeth City in the 1830s and married a man from Camden. After his death she moved to the Midwest and met George Donner.
Together they perished in the Donner party tragedy, trying to cross the Sierra Nevada Mountains during an early blizzard. Tamsen’s body was cannibalized by other members of the party. She’ll appear at 1207 Riverside Avenue.

Orville and Wilbut Wright traveled here by train many times between 1900 and 1909, on their way to Kitty Hawk. They’ll appear in the former Fowler Store on Water Street, where the Wrights actually purchased supplies to set up camp in Kitty Hawk.

Captain Israel Perry took Wilbur Wright to Kitty Hawk on his fishing boat Curlicue, on Wilbur’s first trip there in 1900. Captain Perry will give a droll account of his experience with his soon-to-be famous passenger and the storm that almost capsized them. He will appear at 905 Riverside Avenue.

The famous American poet Robert Frost visited Elizabeth City in 1894, when he was a young man. In a fit of pique over a failed romance, Frost traveled to the Great Dismal Swamp with the intention of ending his life. There he met up with a group of duck hunters who brought him to Elizabeth City. Frost wrote of the experience many years later in his poem “Kitty Hawk.” Frost’s ghost will haunt 1210 Riverside Avenue.

Luther “Wimpy” Lassiter was an international billiards phenomenon who was a native and life-long resident of Elizabeth City. The six-time Nine Ball Champion will appear at Coaster’s Bar and Grill on Poindexter Street.

Moses Grandy was a maritime slave from Camden County in the early 1800s. A skilled river pilot, Grandy worked to buy his freedom three times—having been cheated of it twice by his master. He published his life story in London in 1843. Moses Grandy will appear at the Coast Guard Park on Riverside Avenue.

Ghost Walk tickets are $12; $10 for military and early responders. Tickets may be purchased at Muddy Water Coffee House, Page After page Book Store, Bryon’s
Hot Dogs, and Arts of the Albemarle. A preview of the Vaudeville show at Arts of the Albemarle’s Maguire Theatre will be held on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7:00.
The preview will be $5 at the door.

Interior Custom Creations

28th September 2016

Dear Dr.Crime

27th September 2016

Dear Dr. Crime: I see TV reports about police that confuse me. What is going on?
Police Fan
Dear Fan: Dr. Richard Johnson of the Dolan Consulting Group out of Raleigh, NC has recently
released a review of the research about police myths. I will try to summarize his important paper.
Epidemic use of force: Criminals caused 16.3 times more deaths than police. 30.5% more deaths
were caused by falls and 34.2% more deaths were caused by motor vehicles than by police. The profession responsible for the vast number of deaths is the medical profession. Compare the 990 police caused deaths with the 251,454 deaths caused by medical errors!
Deaths by police are on the rise: Center for Disease Control shows a decline from 2012-2014 with
an average decline of 3.3% per year.
Police kill unarmed people: Armed cannot mean only a gun or knife, it includes motor vehicles,
clubs, and hands used by assailants, or 11% of police killed were by unarmed citizens and 9.3 percent
of those killed by police were “unarmed”.
Police target African-American men: Johnson reports “…258 of the 990 individuals killed by the
police in 2015 were African – American , all but 10 of which were male. So that means 25% of
those who died from police use of force in 2015 were African American men and 1% were African
American women. On the other hand, 468 (47.3%) of those killed by police in 2015 were White
(non-Latino) males and 26 (2.6%) were white (non-Latino) females. In other words, almost twice
as many non-Latino Whites died from police use of force as did African-Americans” . Johnson
reports African American men are 14.4 time more likely to die in a traffic accident than from the
police. They are 27.4 times more likely to be murdered than killed by police.
Implicit Bias by Police drives Deadly Force: Citing a review of 46 research studies involving 5,600
subjects, Johnson reported an absence of research findings of racially prejudicial behavior. He
pointed out that the research showed police drew their guns, fired or accidently shot White suspects
more than African American suspects.
Excessive Force is linked to a lack of Diversity of Police Forces: The US Dept. of Justice reported
12.2 % of police are African American, 11.6 % are Hispanic and 3.5% are other non-white, that is
about the % in the population. Many of the major cities have police forces that are a majority nonwhite.
What should we conclude? Johnson pointed out that there are roughly 385,000,000 police citizen
contacts, and 11,205,833 arrests per year. Those actions involve 48,315 officers assaulted and 990
suspects killed. Let’s follow the research and help the kids from early age to be good citizens. Educators: that means Ethics Courses. We should improve and increase our research into causes and
expand our human relations training in our police academies.

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Planning Board to Review Special Exception Permit Application on October 12, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

27th September 2016

The Planning Board of the Town of Duck will review the following special exception permit application on October 12, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in order to provide a recommendation to the Town of Duck Town Council: SE 2016-001    Section 156.092(C) of the Town Code requires the use of loose stone surface (gravel), porous pavers, or […]

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27th September 2016

The Planning Board of the Town of Duck will review the following special exception permit application on October 12, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in order to provide a recommendation to the Town of Duck Town Council: SE 2016-001    Section 156.092(C) of the Town Code requires the use of loose stone surface (gravel), porous pavers, or […]

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Duck Fire Open House Planned for October 11

27th September 2016

Duck, NC  — Duck Fire Department invites the public to the Public Safety Building located at 1259 Duck Road for an open house on Tuesday, October 11th from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. Activities include learning how to use a fire extinguisher, climbing aboard a fire truck and more.  This year, participants will learn about fire safety […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Ghost Walk in Elizabeth City

27th September 2016
It’s time, once again, for your annual dose of Elizabet […]

Gun Tips -- By Lloyd "Duke" Hodges

26th September 2016

Last installment I vented a bit, that ain’t over till it’s over. Not this time however. As Americans we are about to enter hunting season. Some who enter the wild are experienced and there are newbies. The deal is that when the bullet leaves the barrel you can’t call it back. No frills, if you have sighted your game look beyond just in case there is another hunter in the line of fire. Many will hunt and bring home some prize. Some will not. Safety is the real winner out there. A remembered hunt is great. I hope none of you hunters will have more on your plate than you can deal with. Nuff said.
Now is the time to get your shooting arms ready. Pull em out and check them. Did you unload them. Double check and then clean them up. Good lubes are available. A dirty, gritty gun doesn’t cut it and it may not operate. Never ask about calibers since we operate in millimeter and English measurement. Look at the stuff you like and find the up and downs of a specific round and will it do well in your piece. I too scratch my head as to what will in a specific bore work and what will not.
As I have mentioned, much has happened in our nation as well as others. Many have resorted to concealed carry permit operators and some just open carry. If you don’t know what your preference will do, well, you may not be a winner in conflict. Gun handling, safely, will refresh knowledge and sublimely boost confidence. All part of the game. Know before you go. I still have favorites one being the .357 magnum. With that I have clear choices. Snake shot, 38 special and .357 magnum. Three for one. Have a great time in the woods and look where you step.

Duck Jazz Festival Celebrates Ten Years

26th September 2016

Duck, NC – The Duck Jazz Festival presented by PNC celebrates its 10th year of bringing high quality jazz performers from around the nation to the Town of Duck for this special event held annually on Columbus Day weekend. This year’s festival adds a new event in the Duck Town Park, a Concert on the […]

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WEEKLY POLICE BLOTTER – August 15th, 2016 – August 21st, 2016

26th September 2016

 TOWN OF DUCK POLICE DEPARTMENT 1259 DUCK ROAD ● DUCK, NORTH CAROLINA 27949 (252) 261-1112 ● FAX (252) 261-2108 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Weekly Police Blotter August 15th – August 21st, 2016 Total Calls for Service: 267   TRAFFIC Officers issued 23 traffic enforcement actions.   PROPERTY CHECKS 131 Business checks were made. 7 Extra Patrol Checks […]

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Sammy's Barber Shop

26th September 2016

Frisco Pier -- by Jake Worthington

24th September 2016

The National Park Service will be tearing down the beloved Frisco Pier in the fall. The pier, which took its last knockout punch in 2010 with Hurricane Earl, has been closed since that sad September day. While I never had the privilege of fishing on her, I have caught plenty of Speckled Trout and Puppy Drum while surf fishing on her north side. I have heard the stories of friends and old fishermen tell the tales of how many fish had been caught from her wooden planks. The pier was said to be a haven for King Mackerel and Cobia. Located near the Frisco-Hatteras border, the old wooden pier was built in 1962 and was called the Cape Hatteras Pier. The pier was damaged during Hurricane Isabel in 2003 and was then bought by its last owner Tod Gaskill. Gaskill repaired the pier, but hurricanes and storms took their toll. Then Hurricane Earl struck the knockout blow which closed the fishing platform permanently. The National Park Service struck a deal with Gaskill in 2013, in which the Park Service purchased the pier and the right of way from the state highway. This essentially ended all talk and rumors that the pier would be saved and repaired. The National Park Service announced this June that they would finally be removing the skeleton of the beloved pier and her
pier houses in the late fall of 2016.
The Frisco Pier House is an iconic Hatteras Island Landmark and is recognized by its bright yellow colors that have survived numerous Hatteras Island seasons.
She is regularly the focal point of photographers and painters who use her for beautiful works of art. Wooden piers like Frisco are disappearing from the North Carolina coast because of their high maintenance and insurance costs. The Frisco Pier was the only fishing pier south of Diamond Shoals on Hatteras Island, and because of its location is one of the reasons the pier produced such great pier fishing seasons. This same location is also one of the reasons it may have become a victim of numerous hurricane assaults. They don’t call the area of Diamond Shoals “The Graveyard of the Atlantic” for nothing, and all of the damage to the pier is evidence of the dangers of having a pier in such a hot spot. However with the risk comes the reward. If you look at old fishing reports from the pier or talk to some of the anglers who used to walk her planks, you will learn that the Frisco Pier was a highly productive pier. I have talked to anglers who said the pier frequently yielded great catches of the normal bottom fishing fish such as Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Trout, Sea Mullet and a host of other fish. So if you are down here in Hatteras this late summer or the early fall, make sure you stop by, + take a picture or two of her, and wish her farewell.

Fitness Warehouse

24th September 2016

Neither a borrower nor a lender be. -- By: Stella Knight

23rd September 2016
As a parent, I want to treat my children equally and also to make things simple for them when I pass away. I have recently written about the importance of planning – making your wishes known to family members and friends. What happens if you have lent money (whether $10,000 or $50,000) to your middle child, but also placed all your assets in joint name with rights of survivorship with your youngest child? Are you setting your family up for strife, turmoil, and hurt feelings? Here’s an example that illustrates the importance of some
advance planning.

Margaret is a sixty-five-year-old widow and mother of three. At her death, she wants her children treated equally and also to make things as simple as possible for them. She has placed all her assets in joint name with rights of survivorship with her youngest daughter, whom she trusts implicitly. Margaret assumes that when she dies, the youngest daughter will divide any remaining property with her brother and sister.
Furthermore, Margaret has loaned approximately $25,000 to her middle daughter.
First, it’s important for Margaret to accurately and completely express her desires either in a will or trust or to family members, so that at the time of her death there will not be hurt feelings, unanswered questions, and a divided family.

There are different methods for distributing property at your death: by operation of law, disposition in a will, or distribution pursuant to a trust. Assets that you own with a child (with rights of survivorship) will pass to the child by operation of law since (it is assumed) that the child will be the surviving joint owner.
These assets will not be part of your probate estate. The child becomes the sole owner of these assets. The potential problem: what if she decided not to divide these assets with your other children? This does happen.

Furthermore, there may be gift tax consequences to your youngest child if she were to divide the assets and give more than $14,000 to each of her siblings in a year. 

Is this really what you want?

There are many serious issues regarding the loan to the middle child. First, is there anything in writing that states the interest rate and the amount and frequency of payments? If not, you should get something in writing immediately. The writing should include this important information as well as when the debt is to be paid in full. Is this loan a secured obligation? In other words, has your daughter given you a lien or second mortgage on her home or business? If your daughter doesn’t repay the loan, does she have any assets to sell to
pay the debt? Are your daughter and her husband jointly liable for the loan?
At your death, it will be necessary to establish the date of death value, also known as the outstanding balance on the loan. Have you been keeping detailed records of payments? Many times, family members make no payments, only interest payments, or partial payments during the lender’s lifetime. If accurate records are not kept, the outstanding balance may be a source of contention among your children. Whether or not you intend to forgive this loan at your death – it should be stated in your will or trust. There are also tax
consequences both during your lifetime and at your death regarding this loan to your daughter. The discussion regarding potential tax issues is beyond the scope of this article.
Now is the time to open the lines of communication with your children and to discuss these issues. It is important for you to know your options and to make your desires known to your family and professional advisors. You can decide to treat this as a loan, as an advancement against your daughter’s inheritance, or as a gift. Open communication will allow family members to know what’s going on. When action is taken in secret, feelings are often hurt and the family may become divided. Your children may have some suggestions depending on their financial positions and further concerns. Avoid future family conflict, seek competent
advice, and get something in writing.

Stella Knight is an attorney licensed in North Carolina and Florida, with a major area of her law practice emphasizing estate planning, probate, trusts, wealth preservation and elder law.

This is a fictitious situation to illustrate the principles discussed. The information contained in this column is of a general nature and does not constitute legal advice.
If you have questions, consult with a qualified attorney.


Signed, Sealed and Delicious! Elizabeth City’s Local Restaurants’ Signature Dishes

23rd September 2016
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WEEKLY POLICE BLOTTER – September 12th, 2016 – September 18th, 2016

23rd September 2016

TOWN OF DUCK POLICE DEPARTMENT 1259 DUCK ROAD ● DUCK, NORTH CAROLINA 27949 (252) 261-1112 ● FAX (252) 261-2108 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Weekly Police Blotter September 12th, 2016 – September 18th, 2016 Total Calls for Service: 261   TRAFFIC Officers issued 8 traffic enforcement actions.   PROPERTY CHECKS 125 Business checks were made. 15 Extra Patrol […]

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