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Monday, January 26, 2015
Who: Moneka Midyette, Tobacco Prevention Specialist
What: Five-year anniversary of smoking ban in bars and restaurants
Phone: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

Who: Hector Garza (director) and JoAnn M. Williams (producer, and also plays a main character named "Weedy")
What: "Sty of the Blind Pig"
When: Jan 30-31 at 7:30 pm and Feb 1 at 2pm in Ayden (Arts & Recreation Community Center at 4354 S. Lee Street)
AND Feb. 6-7 at 7:30 pm and Feb. 8 at 2 pm in Greenville (3rd St. Community Center at 600 W. Third Street)
Phone: 877-339-5550
Details: Tickets at the door are $14 general admission; $12 seniors/students (discounts on line at )

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Who: Jonathan Phillips,Organizer. DJ Maxey, Minister at Eastern Pines Church of Christ
What: Brothers First Motorcycle Ministry 1st Annual SNOWBALL Run!
When: January 31st at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Eastern Pines Church of Christ -3380 Portertown Rd (across from the Fire Dept)
Phone:(252) 945-4692
Details: Cost is $10. Riders are free. 100% of the money will be used to help people in the community. We will have coffee and doughnuts before the ride AND a FREE chili and cornbread meal after the ride. This will be a great time to meet fellow riders and enjoy some awesome fellowship!!

Who: Jeff Charles, Voice of the Pirates
What: Morning Drive With Jeff Charles
When: Weekdays, 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. on Pirate Radio 1250 & 930 AM

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Who: Albert Cliff, Pastor at Church of God of Prophecy
What: Annual Barbeque Plate Sale
When: Friday, January 30, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: 6747 Clark's Neck Road, Washington
Phone: (252) 493-1465
Details: barbeque plate sale $7. Barbeque, boiled potatoes, baked beans, bread, dessert

Who: Humane Society of Eastern Carolina
What: Pet of the Week
Phone: (252) 413-7247
Web: >

Teacher of the Week

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Who: Erin Scully, Oakwood Fine Arts Department Chair, Co-Director of the musical
Elise Karriker (portrays Reno Sweeney)
Baird Whichard (portrays Evangeline Harcourt)
What: Anything Goes (musical)
When: 2/5 - 2/8
Feb. 5 at 7pm
Feb. 6 at 7pm
Feb. 7 at 7pm
Feb. 8 at 2pm
Where: Monk Auditorium, The Oakwood School
Phone: 252.931.0760
Details: The Oakwood School presents a cast of 46 in this exciting production!
The age-old tale of Boy-Meets-Girl and the complications that ensue intrigue every audience, and no musical puts it on stage better than ANYTHING GOES! This show is an amusing story wrapped around one of Cole Porter's magical scores.
Aboard the S.S. American are Billy Crocker, a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who in turn is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh; nightclub singer and former evangelist Reno Sweeney; and Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin, who is posing as a minister. A series of comical mistaken identities ensues as the passengers and crew sing and dance their way across the Atlantic.
It's a wonder that all the romances are sorted out and disaster is averted aboard the magical ship where ANYTHING GOES!
ANYTHING GOES (Beaumont 1987) played for 784 performances on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre starring Patty LuPone, Howard McGillin and Bill McCutcheon. In 2011 it was revived at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre starring Sutton Foster and Joel Grey.

Friday, January 30, 2015
Who: Chef Jeff Yourdon, Lenoir Community College
What: Super Bowl Recipes
Details: Chef Jeff will show us some delicious dishes to put together for watching the Super Bowl this Sunday.

Cauliflower Fritters

Makes about 12
1 med head cauliflower, very thinly sliced
½ cup yellow onion, fine dice
1½ tsp salt
1½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp black pepper
2 eggs, beaten
½ cup almond flour
¼ cup olive oil

Combine cauliflower, onion, salt, garlic powder, pepper, eggs, and almond flour in a large bowl and mix well.

Refrigerate mixture for at least 30 minutes.

Heat olive oil in wide skillet over medium-high heat. Use a ¼-cup measure to carefully scoop fritters into the skillet, working in batches if necessary. Cook fritters for 3 to 4 minutes on one side, until crispy. Flip and cook for 3 to 4 more minutes. Serve warm.

Buffalo Cauliflower

1 head cauliflower, leaves removed
2 ½ tablespoons canola oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup hot sauce
1/2 cup Sriracha (Asian chile sauce)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 tablespoon crumbled blue cheese or more to taste

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 375°F.

Cut the stalk end off the cauliflower so that the head sits flat and place it on a large baking sheet. Rub 2 tablespoons of the canola oil all over the cauliflower, season to taste with salt and pepper, and roast until the outside starts to brown, about 30 minutes.
Transfer the cauliflower to a cutting board and let cool. Once the cauliflower is cool enough to handle, cut or break it into small florets. Can do this a day ahead.

In a medium saucepan over moderate heat, bring the hot sauce and Sriracha to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer then slowly whisk in the butter until fully incorporated. Remove from the heat and let cool.
Can make this a few days ahead and keep in the refrigerator

In a large, deep sauté pan over moderate heat, warm the remaining 1 teaspoon canola oil. Add the cauliflower florets, season to taste with salt and pepper, and sauté until heated through, about 3 minutes. Add enough Buffalo sauce to coat the cauliflower and continue sautéing until both the cauliflower and the sauce are hot. Transfer the cauliflower to a platter and garnish with the crumbled blue cheese.

Clam Dip

1 cup mayonnaise
2 cups sour cream
1 teaspoon dried chives
1 ½ teaspoons dried parsley
1 ½ teaspoons dried dill weed
2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 ½ teaspoons onion powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cans of chopped clams, drained

In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, chives, parsley, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper and clams. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

Crab Rolls

6 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3/4 pound fresh crabmeat, picked over
3 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter, room temperature
4 hot dog buns, sides split open
4 red leaf or Bibb lettuce leaves

Whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice, lemon peel, and cayenne pepper in medium bowl. Mix in crabmeat and chopped green onions. Season crab salad to taste with salt and pepper.

Spread butter on insides of hot dog buns. Warm large skillet over medium heat 1 minute. Place buns, buttered side down, in preheated skillet and toast until golden, about 3 minutes. Place 2 toasted buns on each plate. Place 1 lettuce leaf inside each bun. Divide crab salad among buns and serve.

Who: Bobbie Parsons, Saving Graces for Felines
What: Cat Adoptions at PetsMart
When: Monday - Friday 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: PetsMart in Greenville
Phone: (252) 355-3404

WITN Sunrise Bios

NAME: Heather King
TITLE: WITN News at Sunrise Anchor and Executive Producer
ALMA MATER: University of Missouri
MARRIED: Happily!
CHILDREN: Lauren, Kate and Dixie the Dog
FAVORITE TV SHOW: How I Met Your Mother
FAVORITE BAND: U2, Kelly Clarkson
FAVORITE BOOK: Impossible to pick a favorite, but one of the best recent ones is "The Glass Castle" by Jeanette Walls
FAVORITE FOOD: Homemade pizza
FAVORITE THING TO DO ON YOUR DAY OFF: Sleep in, spend time with my family, try new recipes - especially baking!
FUN FACT: I’m the youngest of four, and the shortest in my family. I am a towering 5’1” tall.

Heather King always knew she wanted to be a journalist and tell stories, but she didn't figure out the TV part of it until high school. Heather says, "don't laugh, but a few years on the Glenbard West speech team made the difference." So, she left the Chicago suburb where she grew up for the heart of the Midwest and headed to the University of Missouri.

Heather worked as a reporter and anchor at KOMU-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri. The minute she felt the buzz and energy of an actual newsroom, she knew she picked the right career. Heather's reporting has been recognized by the Radio and Television News Directors Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Heather is the anchor and executive producer of WITN News at Sunrise and also reports. She's been fascinated by morning news since an internship with a Chicago television station. Heather will admit she hasn't always been a morning person, but she says it's easy to wake up well before the sun when you love your job!

Getting into work early often means getting out of work early in the day. That schedule has allowed Heather to enjoy quality time with her daughter each afternoon. She is also a member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Pitt County Corporate Board and is on the committee that plans the annual MS Walk in Greenville.

Heather and her husband Chris live in Greenville with their two daughters, and their dog, Dixie.


NAME: Jim Howard
TITLE: Meteorologist WITN News at Sunrise
ALMA MATER: Florida State University
CHILDREN: Two Stepsons
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Law and Order: Criminal Intent
FAVORITE MOVIE: Reservoir Dogs
FAVORITE SONG: "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" by Billy Joel
FAVORITE BOOK: "Isaac's Storm" by Erik Larson
FAVORITE FOOD: Michaelangelos Pizza in Greenville
FAVORITE THING TO DO ON YOUR DAY OFF: Toss up between working in the yard and sleeping
FUN FACT: I've skydived over 40 times. I've got an irrational fear of wasps.
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND AND COULD ONLY TAKE ONE ITEM WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD IT BE?: Computer with satellite internet connection...I could learn survival skills off the internet.

"There's gonna be weather, whether or not."

These were the words Jim Howard's grandfather would tell him every time Jim would start talking about approaching snow. Growing up in Poughkeepsie, New York allowed Jim many opportunities to bug his family about the snow. Now, living in North Carolina allows him to bug them about hurricanes as well!

Jim's road to Eastern Carolina went from a childhood in upstate New York to his adolescence in South Florida. Looking out the airplane window his first time flying into West Palm Beach, Jim turned to his mom and said "look, there's snow on the ground!" Jim says she gave him a funny smile. The smile turned into a laugh when they stepped off the plane and Jim realized that the "snow" was sand, and the air felt like a furnace! This is just one of many experiences that fueled Jim's desire to learn more about the earth's atmosphere.

Jim's passion for weather took him to Florida State University, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Meteorology. Within a week, he secured his first job, as the morning meteorologist for a Panama City, Florida television station. Although he was very excited about his first job, he quickly discovered one big problem. He would have to readjust his alarm clock from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Strong coffee and cold showers became a regular part of his morning!

Jim says he was a fully transformed "morning person" when offered the opportunity to work as the meteorologist on WITN-7 News at Sunrise in 2001. With family in both New York and Florida, Eastern Carolina has proved to be the perfect location for Jim. He says being a part of WITN-7 News at Sunrise has been rewarding beyond his expectations. The people of Eastern Carolina are as kind and generous as any he's every met, and the variety of weather keeps him on his toes! From snow and hurricanes, to severe thunderstorms and flooding threats, Jim says there's one thing that can be definitely said about our climate:

"There's gonna be weather, whether or not!"

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