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Congratulations to Farmedic Trainees
Volunteers are Key to Flying Pirate Half Marathon Success
Dare County High Schools Art Show Opens at RIFP
Troop 182 helps collect food for Pilmoor food Pantry
Peer Power Program Recognizes Heart Health Month

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Half Marathon Volunteers NeededIn less than 2 weeks, volunteers from Wells Fargo Bank and the Outer Banks community will be waiting at the finish line of the Flying Pirate Half Marathon race with medals, water and blankets in hand. The Half Marathon is the grand finale to the Flying Pirate Weekend on April 12-14.

Runners from as far away as Great Britain and Washington State may cross the finish line, but it's the hundreds of repeat, local volunteers who continue to make the Gateway Bank Outer Banks Marathon and Flying Pirate Half Marathon races two of the East Coast's top race events. OBSE's races have been applauded for the volunteers' effort in creating a positive environment for our visitors. Outer Banks Sporting Events is the nonprofit group who organizes and handles the mechanics of hosting the Gateway Bank Outer Banks Marathon, the upcoming Flying Pirate Half Marathon, the Outer Banks Triathlon and, the new obstacle race, Storm the Beach.

About 250 more volunteers are needed for the April 12 - 14th weekend to help make the Flying Pirate Half-Marathon a world-class

event and a great success for the runners, their families, the spectators, and for the
Outer Banks. For additional
information on olunteering, visit the website, call (252) 255-6273. Volunteering can be done as an individual or small group, or in the form of an organization. We have volunteer duties to fit all physical limitations and abilities. I'm going to help runners get on the bus at 5:00 am in the Walmart Parking Lot.

Hatteras Island Community Emergency Response Team
Forming to better prepare our community, our neighbors, and ourselves for emergen cies and disasters.
Training includes:
* Personal preparedness
* Light Search and Rescue
* Hands on Fire extinguisher training
* Basic triage and first aid

Free training classes will be offered on the island and online to accommodate your schedule and available time. This program is supported by all 7 Hatteras Island Fire/Rescue Chiefs and Dare County Emergency Management, and is endorsed by the Hatteras Island Community Task Force. For more info: Carol @ 252-995-2051

Dare Literacy Council

Volunteers are also needed to assist DLC before, during, and after the April 20th book sale. Even one hour of volunteer time would be appreciated. DLC needs volunteers to:
* Distribute publicity posters prior to the sale
* Transport books and other items from donation locations to a storage facility before the sale (larger vehicles preferred)
* Sort books into categories (e.g. children's books, cookbooks, biographies, audiobooks, etc.) prior to sale
* Set up and organize tables one day prior to sale
* Maintain tables and make sales on April 20th
* Break down tables, clean up, and transport items to a storage facility after the sale.
Further questions about the Book Sale can be directed to DLC at 252-216-7773.

Law Enforcement Torch Run
Its time again for our 2nd annual Law

Enforcement Torch Run to raise money for Special Olympics North Carolina. This year we will carry the Flame of Hope in Dare County on Saturday, April 20th starting at 9:00 A.M.. The route we will run the torch is up the beach road starting at Jeanette's Pier in Nags Head and will end at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk. The distance of this run is 14.7 miles (The course is divided into 7 - 2 mile legs so, you can run as little as you want or go for the whole distance!!!).

We are looking for volunteers to help run the torch up the beach road. In addition to runners, we are looking for volunteers to help with legistical jobs such as setting up the booth for t-shirt donations, taking pictures, and driving runners to their starting point.Please contact Officer Lora Gilreath

Volunteer Training to Identify Dragons

The Currituck County 4-H will be hosting a volunteer training entitled Identifying Dragons on April 16, 2013 at 6:00pm at the Currituck County Center of NC Cooperative Extension in Barco, NC. This training will be conducted by Rhonda Morris, Executive Director of Kids First, Inc. and will teach volunteers to recognize individuals who may inappropriately target young children enrolled in youth programs. This program is open to all organizations that utilize volunteers. Pre registration is required and there will be a small fee of $3.00, made payable to Currituck County and mailed to NC Cooperative Extension, Currituck County Center, 120 Community Way, Barco, NC 27917 Attn: 4-H. For

more information or to register please contact Stephanie Minton at the Currituck County Extension Office at 232-2262, or you can register on-line at

League Sponsor Trip to CFI
The League of Women Voters of Dare invites members and friends to join them on April 13, 2013 for a visit to the UNC-Coastal Studies Institute. The UNC-CSI Open House will be held at the New Research and Education Campus in Wanchese from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Staff, faculty, and partners of UNC-CSI will answer questions and provide information about the mission of CSI and recent research projects.

LWV members and others interested in attending will meet at the back parking lot of College of the Albemarle , by CVS in Manteo, at 11:30 AM to arrange carpools. Lunch will be at the Fisherman's Wharf, Wanchese from 12 noon to 1:30 PM. Please contact Joan Phifer at 480-3200 for a luncheon reservation. The visit to Coastal Studies Institute will be at 1:45PM.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership in the League is open to men and women of all ages.

Clay Jenkinson as Thomas Jefferson
You have heard him on "The Jefferson Hour"now you have a chance to see him in person. Clay Jenkinson is America's foremost historical interpreter. He will bring Thomas Jefferson to life the Outer Banks.
Thursday April 18th at 7:30 pm, Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk.;Tickets are $15 and available at Brown
Paper Tickets.The event is presented with support from Village Realty, Dominion NC

Power and the Hilton Garden Inn. The Bryan Cultural Series strives to inspire, educate and challenge through presentations of the visual, literary and performing arts. The series will offer high quality programming from regional and national talent. Programming for each category will be curated by persons familiar with the respective field. The Series strives to be a cultural destination for residents and visitors alike
Funding comes from sustaining patrons, sponsorships, grants and admissions. The Bryan Cultural Series needs volunteers to help select and present our programming. If you are interested in volunteering for an event please let us know through the contact form or by calling (252) 207-5287.

Lunch and Learn: Cancer Care
Liz Sherwood, RN, MS, ANP-C.Liz Sherwood has been a patient counselor/advanced practice nurse at The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center since 1998. She has worked with all the multidisciplinary programs at UNC as well as Caregiver Support, Stress Reduction/Mindfulness, Seasons of Survivorship and various educational groups. She is an integral part of multidisciplinary programs including patient assessment and interventions for patients and family members during active treatment stage & after. Her goal is to make sure patients are more aware of the resources available to survivors and to advocate for patients to get the services they need in their transition from active treatment to survivorship.

The Lunch & Learn Workshop will be held at the Cancer Resource Center (located on the second floor of the Medical Office Building, adjacent to the Outer Banks Hospital) at 4810 Croatan Highway, Suite 220, Nags Head, NC. TO REGISTER FOR THE LUNCH & LEARN WORKSHOP, CALL (252) 449-8265 Seating is limited and registration is requested. A complimentary light lunch will be served. UNC Nurse Navigators are available to assist patients, caregivers and health care professionals with cancer related support, at no charge. The OuterBanksHospital's Cancer Resource Center is open to the public with computers available for use. There are staff members available to assist with internet searches. Call the UNC Cancer Outreach Clinic at 252-449-8265 to make an appointment or refer a patient

Dinner with a Doc
.Dr. Christine Petzing will share her wisdom for caring for people with Alzheimer's. Knowing more about the disease, caring for your loved one and the importance of taking care of yourself are all topics that will be explored. Dinner will be provided. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 449-4500 to register.
| 252.449.4500 | Milepost 14 | 4800 S. Croatan Highway | Nags Head The Outer Banks Hospital, THE RIGHT CARE. RIGHT HERE.Thursday, April 11, 6:00 pm, The Outer Banks Hospital Education Suite,

American Winter
Over the weekend Larry and I watched HBO's American Winter. It was hard to watch. This film is one of the most heart-wrenching social documentaries I have seen. And if you know me, you know I've seen a lot. Here is the trailer.

American Winter - Preview

Five years into the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, American Winter presents a telling snapshot of the state of our society as it exists for millions of Americans across the country. Shot over the course of the winter months of 2011-2012, the film follows eight Portland families -found through their calls to 211info, a referral service that steers thousands of families in crisis to available social services -battling to keep their heads above water while facing over whelming financial challenges and a shrinking social safety net. The devastating effects of the mortgage lending crisis, soaring unemployment, a broken healthcare system, and the budget cuts to the social services are presented through the eyes of these families, all falling into poverty for the first time and struggling to keep their kids fed, clothed, and with a roof over their heads.

These folks could be representative of our relatives, our neighbors, friends, part of our community here and the Outer Banks. If not here 50 miles from here. 19.9%, or 61,390 residents here in northeast North Carolina are considered food insecure. This means they do not have reliable and consistent access to nutritional food. In the FRAC 2011 report ( DC-based Food Research and Action Center) showed that northeast NC ranks second only to the Bronx burrough of New York City when it comes to food hardship. wow. The Food Bank of the Albemarle served 149,314 Households in 2011-2012 and provided 3,978,337. of meals. This represent a wholesale Value of Food distributed worth 7,924,846 dollars.

I hope the Outer Banks Peace and Justice Interfaith Coalition will show this film next fall. You all are invited to come. FRAC stated we can do something! We can organize a conference call to our state and federal representatives. FRAC even publishes ideas and questions to ask our legislative representatives.
If you would like to help in the organizing, please contact me.

"like" Food For Thought
Support Food for Thought ... Helping to feed about 600 Dare County youth each weekend. Like Food for Thought at the
Walmart Fight for Hunger.

Then VOTE ONCE A DAY APRIL 1-30 so we can win

funds to help feed area kids. We will use the $20,000 to purchase food for healthy, non-perishable weekend meal bags for the 2013-14 school year. Developed by Dare County School Department's nutritionist, Food for Thought's standard bag contains two breakfasts, two lunches and two snacks. A typical lunch includes milk, beef stew or beans and franks, fresh fruit, canned fruit, a pudding cup and snacks.

Help spread the word - invite family and friends to vote for Food for Thought every day!

Every day people are struggling to put food on their tables. According to the USDA, 1 in 6 Americans don't know where their next meal will come from, and one-third of those people are children. By collaborating with nonprofit partners, communities, associates, suppliers and our customers, Walmart is fighting to end hunger. In 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation made a historic $2 billion commitment to fight hunger in America through cash and in-kind donations. The Fighting Hunger Together leverages Walmart and the Walmart Foundation's size and scale to provide nutritious food and funding to nonprofits that are committed to finding solutions for this important issue.

"like" Food Bank of Albemarle
Food Bank of the Albemarle will be in a national competition against our fellow food banks for a $45,000 grant generously provided by Walmart. This grant will enable us to provide hungry kids with meals over the weekend. Each food bank has submitted a project that will be voted on by the public on facebook. We know that we have a good chance at winning this money, but we will need your help in getting the word out about the competition. If you have a moment, would you encourage your facebook fans to "like" the Food Bank of the Albemarle facebook page . The competition starts April 1 and runs through April 30. And VOTE.

The Numbers from the NC Justice Center
19,530---amount in dollars of the federal poverty level in 2013 for a family of three (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

15,080---amount in dollars earned by a minimum-wage worker in a year ("Time for a Raise: The impact of raising the minimum wage on North Carolina's working families and the economy," N.C. Budget & Tax Center Brief, March 2013)

7.25---amount in dollars of the current federal minimum wage (Ibid)

9.00---amount in dollars of the federal minimum wage 2015 under proposal by President Obama (Ibid)

10.10---amount in dollars of federal minimum wage that would be established by the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 introduced in Congress (Ibid)

527,000---number of workers in North Carolina who earn less than $9.00 an hour who would be affected by a raise in the minimum wage (Ibid)

166,000---number of workers in North Carolina who earn slightly above $9.00 an hour who would indirectly benefit from increase in minimum wage as employers incrementally increase their wages to reflect the new wage floor (Ibid)
61---percentage of workers in North Carolina who would benefit from an increase in the federal minimum wage to $9.00 who are women (Ibid)

49.9---percentage of workers in North Carolina who would benefit from an increase in the federal minimum wage to $9.00 who are white (Ibid)

Ask and you will find. Last week I sent an email to Renate and others asking who new parents of children with Down Syndrome could contact for support. She and Dayna quickly responded. On the Outer Banks, you are never the 'only one' and never alone if you need support. There is an organization called SNAP, which holds casual meetings of parents with children who have special needs. We support, encourage and enlighten each other.
We share stories, ask questions and form friendships. We'd love for you to join us! We meet twice a month. Locations and times may vary so please check back often for updates. For more information, call Dayna 252-232-2100

Mark your calendars-first Wed of the month
Mar 6th, Apr 10, May 1st, 9:30am, Henry's Beef & Seafood Restaurant. (252) 261-2025, 3396 N Croatan Hwym Kill Devil Hills, NC and in Elizabeth City, Apr 18, May 16, 9:30am, Andy's Pancake and Steakhouse, (252) 335-4700, 913 W Ehringhaus St,
There is also a website with specific resources for parents of children with Down's Syndrome.

Annual Holocaust Community Remembrance
This year the community observance of Yom Hashoah (the international day to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust) will be held at the UU Meetinghouse on April 7, at 7 pm. The night will begin with a short service including the "Reading of the Names" of some of the six million Jews who perished in the death camps of the Nazis. If anyone is interested in reading names, please contact George Lurie at or 255-1866.

I Have Never Forgotten You - trailer
Following the service there will be a reception with light refreshments (contributions appreciated), then the showing of the movie "I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life & Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal." Simon Wiesenthal was an Austrian-Jewish architectural engineer who became a Nazi hunter and humanitarian after surviving the Holocaust. This documentary is a comprehensive look at Wiesenthal's life and legacy. Narrated by actress Nicole Kidman, it features interviews with longtime Wiesenthal associates, government leaders from around the world, friends and family members - - many of whom have never discussed this legendary figure before on camera. Previously unseen archival film and photos also highlight the film. This event is sponsored by UUCOB and the Jewish Community of the Outer Banks. There is no fee for the evening, but food donations for the Beach Food pantry are requested.

Wrap For Employment

April is Autism Awareness Month:
April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). 1 in every 88 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Help celebrate World Autism Awareness Day and Light It Up Blue with Autism Speaks.World Autism Awareness Day will shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities will help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism epidemic and will impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention.

Light It Up Blue is a global campaign that includes landmarks, buildings, local communities and people like yourself who will come together on April 2nd for World Autism Awareness Day to light the world blue. Participate virtually by taking photos and Lighting them up blue with a festive picture frame. Email them, or share on your social networks to become part of the Light It Up Blue movement. Or download an Iphone App

Wanted Images of the building or launch of Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II celebrates her 30th birthday on November 22, 2013! Do you have photos of the building or launch of the Elizabeth II? RIFP will feature an exhibit celebrating the 30th anniversary Nov 1- Dec 31 and we are seeking some creative images. Contact us at (252) 475-1500 ext 244 or if you would like to share them.
Talk like a Pirate Party at Pamlico Jack's for Polio Plus
Participants can brush up on their pirate talking skills by attending a pre-event for the Putt Putt for Polio event at Pamlico Jack's Restaurant in Nags Head on Friday, April 5, from 5-7 p.m. Captain Darby- an Outer Banks Irish Pirate, will teach participants how to talk like a pirate, walk like a pirate and dance like a pirate to pirate music. Pirate-in- training, Samuel Smith, will be on hand to help with the children's pirate skills. In addition, Captain Darby will demonstrate how a pirate flag should be used and tell some pirate tales and lore. Don't miss his authentic and historic pirate weapons display- fun for the entire family! Tickets are $10 for those 13 and older, 12-6 years old- $ 5 and 5 and younger-free. The ticket price includes a chance to win a two night get-away at the Hilton Garden Inn is included in the price of the ticket. Food is also included in the ticket price and a cash bar will be available.or more information visit and check us out on facebook at
Putt Putt for Polio family event
The Putt Putt for Polio family event will be held on Saturday, April 20, at Professor Hacker's Lost Treasure Golf at 1600 N Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills (rain date Sunday, April 21) from10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Two individuals will compose a team which could include moms, dads, grandparents and children or anyone that wishes to support this world-wide cause championed by Rotary International. Manteo, North Banks, First Flight ,Kitty Hawk and Currituck Wild Goose Rotary Clubs, all part of Rotary District 7720, are organizing the event with the support of other Rotary clubs within District 7720.Participants are urged to dress like a pirate and talk like a pirate! So come join us on April 5th to brush up on your pirate skills!

Polio Plus information will be available at golf holes and Rotarians and volunteers, dressed as pirates, will be on hand to cheer the crowd on! The Currituck County High School Beta Club and Drama Club will be volunteering and providing entertainment throughout the day. Captain Darby, an Outer Banks Irish Pirate, will serve as a spokesperson for the event, along with Junior Pirate Samuel Smith, and he and his band of pirates will create mild mayhem! Magic Mike the Pirate Clown will be on hand and small trinkets will be given away to participants. Glenn Eure will provide small pirate drawings for the fishing tournament. Other activities include: a fishing tournament ($5) at the pond on the golf course (with prizes) and children's hand prints and tattoos Hot dogs, hamburgers and BBQ chicken dinners, cooked by the Manteo Rotary Club, will be for sale. Tickets are $5 for all players with all proceeds going to Polio Plus. For more information visit and check us out on facebook at

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