Celebrations, April 29

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The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center and Rest Area in Camden County was recognized recently as beautiful and unique by two national publications.


Sunday, April 29, 2018

Dismal Swamp Welcome Center rest area noted for beauty

The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center and rest area in Camden County was recently recognized by two national publications as one of the most beautiful and unique rest stops in America.

USA Today recently listed the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center as a favorite rest stop in the nation due to the excellent condition of facilities and amenities offered. The article states, “It’s a unique place…also accessible by boat and has its own welcoming dock.”

The Welcome Center was also mentioned in a recent Architectural Digest article titled, “The 15 Most Beautiful Rest Stops in America.” Beautiful scenery provides the perfect location for “motorists to pull over and enjoy a stroll along a nature trail” or paddle the historic Dismal Swamp Canal.

The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center provides assistance and information to both highway and waterway travelers for North Carolina's historic sites, attractions, special events and travel conditions. This tourism office is operated by the North Carolina Department of Transportation and managed by Camden County.

Located on the historic Dismal Swamp Canal, the Welcome Center features a facedock for recreational boats traveling through this 22-mile-long waterway. The canal is also an alternate route on the Intracoastal Waterway and managed by the Norfolk District Army Corps of Engineers. The Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, managed by Camden County Parks and Recreation, and the Dismal Swamp State Park are adjacent to the center.

Local residents inducted into Phi Kappa Phi

Several local residents were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Danielle Bright of Camden was initiated at East Carolina University, Casey Bundy of Elizabeth City was initiated at East Carolina University, Bobbie Lowe of Hertford was initiated at East Carolina University, Meghan Matulewicz of Moyock was initiated at East Carolina University and April Rogers of Edenton was initiated at Methodist University.

These residents are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. 

Area students make FSU Chancellor's List  

Darby Armstrong and Amy Dodson, both from Elizabeth City, were recently named to the Fayetteville State University Chancellor's List for the spring 2017 semester.

Students named to the Chancellor's List completed at least 12 semester hours during one semester and earned a GPA of 3.75 or higher.

Students were recognized on April 17, 2018 at the Chancellor's List of Students Program of Recognition held at the J.W. Seabrook Auditorium at Fayetteville State University.

Amy Dodson also was recognized for being named to the Fall 2017 Chancellor's List. 

Tufts selected for educational adventure

Amanda Tufts, a science teacher at Camden County High School, will be among 24 educators from across North Carolina to experience the natural world like never before, as part of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Educators of Excellence Institutes. 

She will be among 12 North Carolina educators traveling to Belize, Central America, from July 24 to August 1. Along with two educators from Belize, participants will learn about similarities between the ecologies of the tropics and their own region of North Carolina. They will study birds, butterflies, and other animals unique to the tropics, and have the opportunity to explore a rain forest, Mayan ruins and a coral reef. 

Another group of teachers will explore New England.

“These trips have the power to change educators’ lives,” says Liz Baird, head of school and lifelong education. “Not only do the Institutes inspire and reward outstanding teachers, they also have a hugh impact on how teachers teach and relate to their students.” 

COA Alumni Connects visits Great Clips

College of The Albemarle is on a mission to make connections with its many graduates working in local businesses.

On April 16, Dr. Lyndasu Wynegar stopped by the Elizabeth City Crossing Center and connected with three COA graduates employed at Great Clips — Amy Burnham, Amanda Taylor and Janelle Carter. Janelle graduated in 1983 and went on to be self-employed for 34 years, owning her own salon, and recently joined the team at Great Clips. Janelle works with Amy, a 2017 graduate 

Amanda, a 2013 COA graduate and manager of Great Clips, said, “Always follow your dreams,” when asked what advice she would give prospective students before choosing their career path.  

The CEF Awards 4 Mini Grants

The Currituck Education Foundation awarded 4 mini grants of up to $250 for projects in the Currituck County Schools.

One grant went to Maria Del Acqua, Child Nutrition Manager at Jarivsburg Elementary, for a Point of Sale register laser barcode scanner. This will allow meal lines to move faster and give children more time to eat their meals.Brittney Barefield, of Shawboro Elementary, received a grant to purchase a reading intervention program called Sound Partners;

Diane Davenport, of JP Knapp Early College, received a grant to help with the cost of the AMORE Conference. This helped with the cost of fabric for sewing lessons during the conference. Helen Taylor, of Jarvisburg Elementary, received a grant to purchase Ozobots, which are small robots that engage students with computer programming;

Also, Sandy Reynolds, of Shawboro Elementary, was matched with the Currituck Extension Center as a community partner who was able to provide 3D Snap Circuits to meet her project goals in the form of curriculum support and equipment loans. Carly Osmon, of Jarvisburg Elementary, was also matched with the Currituck Extension Center as a community partner who was able to provide resources to meet her project goals on life cycles.

These are the first grants the newly formed Currituck Education Foundation has awarded since it was founded a little over a year ago. The Currituck Education foundation supports public education in Currituck with funding to meet needs, in order to create an engaged, educated community. They seek businesses and individuals who are willing to donate. To make a donation visit http://www.currituckeducationfoundation.org/donors.html

Hoadley wins hoops camp contest  

Bryce Hoadley was recently named the winner of the Albemarle EMC Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp contest.

Bryce is a rising eighth-grader at Elizabeth City Middle School. He is an honor roll student, has perfect attendance and is a member of his school’s Advancement Via Individual Determination program, which prepares students for college.

COA’s Culinary Arts welcomes Pasquotank seniors 

College of The Albemarle’s Edenton-Chowan campus brought students together in the kitchen on April 17, as Pasquotank County High School seniors were invited to prepare an Italian meal with COA Culinary Arts students.

Chef Leslie Lippincott, COA’s Culinary Arts Instructor/Program Coordinator, explained, to students, how “flavor is a combination of the five tastes, texture and temperature.”

She compared the notes that make up an opera to the components that make up a dish, touching on how the high notes, such as citrus, work together with deep notes, like umami, to enhance and balance out tastes.

This is the fourth year that Chef Rory Remillard, Culinary Arts Instructor at PCHS, has worked in conjunction with Chef Lippincott to plan a collaboration for seniors enrolled in the Food II Nutrition Class at PCHS, to work alongside COA students. “Students gain practical experience working in a different kitchen under a different chef,” stated Chef Remillard.

Students were placed into rotating groups and given hands on tasks to prepare each menu item. 

Mediacom brings internet to students

EDENTON — Mediacom Communications announced recently that it now provides discounted broadband service to K-12 students in more than 1,000 low-income households, and that participation in the company’s educational Connect2Compete program increased each month over the past year.

To extend student learning from classrooms to homes, Mediacom partners with the national non-profit, EveryoneOn, to provide affordable, high-speed internet service to students who qualify for the National School Lunch Program. The current 2017-18 school year marks the first full year in which Mediacom has offered the program throughout its entire service area. 

“Technology and the internet play an increasingly critical role in the education of our youth. As a leading broadband company, Mediacom wants to close the achievement gap between students in homes with access to high-speed internet and those without it,” said Ed Pardini, senior vice president for Mediacom operations.