Edenton Observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Dr. Alisa Robinson McLean, the Area Superintendent for Durham County Public Schools was the keynote speaker at the 2016 birthday celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. An enthusiast crowd of approximately 500 people attended the event held at Swain Auditorium in Edenton, NC. Nearly 100 of those attending were students. Several community leaders spoke passionately about MLK’s legacy, his impact on their own lives and how his dedication to service continues to inspire future generations. The celebration of MLK’s birthday featured a poem recited by a local fourth grade student, a prayer from Bishop Landon Mason, music by the Judah Arts Community Youth Ensemble and a closing civil rights hymn, We Shall Overcome.

The tribute was hosted by the Chowan County Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee. This year’s theme was galvanized in part by a paper King had written in 1947 while a student at Morehouse College. King wrote, “We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education.”

Martin Luther King’s Legacy Inspires Locals

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Dr. Alisa Robinson McLean, who grew up in Elizabeth City, NC offered an energizing speech influenced by her personal reflection of King’s legacy. She challenged all generations to ask what King cited as one of life’s most persistent and urgent questions, “What are you doing for others?”

Please don’t let that day be ‘a day off’ for you; but rather ‘a day on’ for service to your fellow man.

This call for action echoed across the country as other communities celebrated King’s contributions through a national day of service. And consistent with King’s teachings, Dr. McLean affirmed that the time is always right to do the right thing. These same sentiments that King presented at the height of the civil rights movement are still remarkably relevant fifty years later!

McLean summarized her speech articulating that King’s life and legacy was grounded on vigorous action – as much about what he did as what he said. May we honor Martin Luther King’s memory by being courageous, insightful, helpful, positive and intentional!

Local Knowledge: Martin Luther King, Jr. first visited Edenton on December 20, 1962. He spoke to approximately 500 people. He also delivered a speech at an All Citizens Freedom Rally at the local armory in Edenton, NC on May 8, 1966.

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Dog Friendly along the Albemarle Sound

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Winter often ushers in a season of nor’ easterly winds, dreary days and sub-freezing temperatures. Here in Eastern NC, we also have lovely stretches of milder weather. And those of us who own dogs are certainly glad to have several pet-friendly options available to us when the forecasts are favorable. Here’s a winter sampling of all things dog friendly along the Albemarle Sound.

Parks, trails and wagging tails

There are endless opportunities for dog friendly outings along the Albemarle Sound and Outer Banks. From county parks and multi-use trails to National Seashores and waterfront boardwalks. Many towns and parks encourage a pet welcoming environment. Some accommodate pet owners with user-friendly pet waste stations, dog-friendly parks and courtesy fountains for canines.

I live in the very pet friendly town of Edenton, NC. I recently walked my dog Harper with my friend Doug and his dog Wanda. I was talking to him about how friendly our town was and he quickly smiled and added, “The dogs are nice too!” We both met several months ago while walking our dogs in Queen Anne Park. Several of the small parks, neighborhoods and open spaces along Edenton Bay and the Edenton Cotton Mill Village offer ideal dog walking opportunities with convenient waste stations, open space and beautiful views of the bay. Unfortunately, there are no off-leash parks in the region of the Albemarle Sound. If you’re looking at scouting out new parks and facilities, be sure to check their rules and regulations and obey all leash laws. Some parks have restricted seasons when dogs are not allowed so it’s best to do a little research before you and Fido head out to a new place.

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Dog lovers and explorers

Traveling around the sound, I’ve discovered several parks in the region that are dog friendly. Nags Head Woods Preserve offers several designated dog-friendly trails of various lengths including the Roanoke, Discovery, Town and ADA Trails. The town of Kitty Hawk operates the year-round Sandy Run Park, which adjoins the two-mile Paul Pruitt Multi-Use Path along The Woods Rd. Together, their trails and paths offer an extended winter outing for your family, friends and canine. My wife and I have a hyperactive chocolate lab so we recently took Harper out along the half-mile boardwalk at Sandy Run then ventured out on the paved multi-use path for an additional two miles. The paved trail is generally sheltered from coastal winds and there’s parking and restrooms available at Sandy Run Park.

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Canines on the coast

The beaches along the Outer Banks become less restrictive for pets during the off season so be sure to consider the seventy-plus miles of open beaches during your next mild winter outing. Most beach towns and public beaches still require leashes and in most cases, leashes which are not longer than 6 feet. The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau provides a comprehensive one-stop resource concerning dog-friendly beaches and town regulations for visitors to the OBX.

North Carolina State Parks provide pet-friendly facilities as well. Jockey’s Ridge in Nags Head and Pettigrew State Park along the shorelines of Lake Phelps both allow leashed pets.

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Finally, our own National Parks celebrate their 100th anniversary this year! The park service permits dogs year-round (must always be restricted to a 6’ leash and designated swim beaches excluded) so load up your dogs when you travel along Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Last month, I was pleasantly surprised to find a handy pet fountain during our last canine adventure to the Bodie Island Visitor Center and Lighthouse.

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Fore more dog friendly info, visit our interactive map and use our category filter “dog-friendly” to browse more resources including lodging, pet supply stores and restaurants who love dogs. Have fun, be safe and enjoy all the dog-friendly retreats along the sound!

What’s in Your Doggie Bag? Be sure to pack treats, toys, water, bowl, waste bags and a towel. Always be courteous to others and pick up/dispose of waste. Make sure your pet is wearing a secure collar, I.D. and registration tag. You’ll be set for your next excursion.

 

 

 

 

 

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