THE PERQUIMANS WEEKLY
Volume 3*, No. U USPS 428-060 Hertford, Perquimans County, N.C., Thursday/ April 21, 1983
County DSS budget tentatively approved
% By VAL SHORT
The Perquimans County Board of
CommisaloMrs tentatively approved
the 1MVM county budget request by
Paul Gregory, Perquiman*
Department of Social Service*
director Monday night
Although the $2tt.M0 request
reflects a T.St percent increase over
last year, the approximate $22,000 of
carry over from the current budget
win cover the increase, according to
"Things will remain the same as
far aa taxes are concerned," Gregory
With reports circulating that .
rabies is spreading southeastward
through Virginia, getting your
% animals vaccinated against the fatal
disease may be especially important
program has just about
-W. Ray White
Perquimans County Dog Warden
and Rabies Inspector W. Ray White
began his annual vaccination clinic
April I. White will vaccinate dogs at
each county precinct through April
SO. He will also hold clinics at the
Arrqutmans County Health
Department April 23 andSO from
There is a $2 charge for eaeh
Although North Carolina has not
had a rabid dog in several years,
White said there has been an in
crease in rabies in bats and foxes.
White said he only knew of one case
of rabies in Perquimans County,
which occurred many years ago.
"The vaccination program has just
about eliminated it (rabies,)" said
White will be vaccinating dogs at
these locations: Chappell's Store,
Winfall, April 20, M p.m.; New
Hope, April 21, 1-5 p.m.; Bateman's
Store, Woodville, April 21, 5-7 p.m.;
and Holiday Island, April 23, 9-11
White added that annual vac
cination of dogs against rabies is
required by law.
commented, adding that hii
department had not had this type of
carry over in previous years.
The 1MM4 budget request for the
Perquimans DSS totalled 92,102,842,
which includes over $1 million from
federal funds, nearly 1500,000 from
?tale sources and the remainder
from local funds.
Medicaid reflects the largest
portion of the total DSS budget with a
requested $1,250,672. Also requested
is a total of $397,300 for Aid for
Dependent Children and $291,851 for
administration and overhead.
Also at the meeting, members of
the Hertford Fire Department, led by
Chief Pete Riddick, appeared before
the commissioners to request funds
for a new tanker at an estimated cost
of ISO, 000-J55, 000.
No action was taken and board
members told Riddick the request
would be considered at budget time.
Diane Riddick appeared before the
Board to discuss water problems at
the residence on Harvey Point Road.
Describing the water as "gray,
slimy stuff," Mrs. Riddick com
plained the water was ruining her
Commissioner Lester Simpson
asked Mrs. Riddick to "bear with
us." "We're doing everything we
know what to do," Simpson said.
"You're not paying for bad water,
you're paying for good water,"
In a previous meeting of the county
commissioners, the Board approved
the installation of a monitoring
system, which could help alleviate
the back wash of dirt and debris in
the water system. The com
I loving care .
The Perquimans County
Health Department is
participating in Public
Health Week this week.
Above, Public Health
Nurse Connie Thomas, left,
and Celia Felton, right,
technician, examine their
oldest home health patient,
Mrs. Ealey McDonald, of
Hertford, who is 97. Below,
Nurse Norma Wood listens
to sleeping Aaron
Maupini's heart during a
routine WIC visit. (Photos
by *Val Short)
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County volunteers sought for awards :
By VAL SHORT
It's time once again tor volunteer*
to stand up and be counted aa the
county opens nominations for the
IMS Governor's Volunteer Awards.
Eleven awards will be presented to
Perquimans County volunteers this
year In the following categories:
Individual human service volunteer,
individual community volunteer
lender, coordinator of volunteers,
youth volunteer, senior citisen
volunteer, disabled person volunteer,
school volunteer, and one-oo-one
Group categories include: com
Week Ip North Carolina
proclaimed by Governor
Jtan Hunt, the county selection
committee hai announced the 1983
"Volunteers built this country,"
the director of the Governors Office
of Citizens Affairs Charles Petty said
recently to a group of area volun
teers. "If we ever get to the point
where people no longer help each
other, we're in serious trouble," he
Volunteerism continues to be a
vital link in the chain of growth,
progress and community spirit in
Perquimans County and everywhere.
The County Chamber of Com
merce, the Jaycees, lions, BPW, and
other local civic organizations, 4-H
and other youth groups, and chur
ches ? all owe much of their
existence to Perquimans County
County 4-H Extension Agent
Juanlta Bailey said volunteer leaders
are very important "Without
volunteers, our 4-H clubs would not
survive," she commented.
She added that volunteers work
with 4-H for a variety of reasons ?
because they enjoy watching
children achieve, and because they
want to share their interests with
According to statistics provided by
the Governor's office of Citizens
Affairs, three million North
Carolinians volunteered in 1M1,
representing 71 percent of all adult
men and women.
They averaged 17 hours of
volunteer work each month, totalling
BOO million hours.
The Governor's Volunteer Awards <
program is now in its fourth year and I
la held to promote volu&ieerism and 1
to provide them with much-deserved
According to Bill Cox, county
selection committee chairman,
applications forms will be accepted
through May 13. Applications are
available in his office at the
The awards nominations are open
to all volunteers in Perquimans
County. County winners will be In
vited to the Governor's Volunteer
Award ceremonies in Raleigh next
In his speech at the ceremony last
year, Gov. Hunt told volunteers,
"Your example of giving instead of
getting, caring instead of com
plaining, actions instead of apathy, is
the eatalyst which will continue to
?lake North Carolina a good place to
live and work."
Local governments eligible for recreation grants *
U.S. Department of the Interior
through the Land wad Water Con
NRFD Secretary Joseph w.
Grlmalejr vtewi the program aa a
much needed beset to overstrained
local hodc'iU. "With the current
aak crisis, many counties and
In North Carolina haa had to
?Tec abolish their recreation
? ' Orlmiley i
lacing local governments, will help
toward tha purchase and development
of paries and recreation areas in our
communities," he added.
Grants will be awarded on the basis
of competitively rated applications.
FuD applications are doe June 30 with
grants to he swarded in the (all. ;
Grimsley said that (actors to be
considered in rsting the applications
include how well the project supports
the State Comprehensive Outdoor
Recreation Plan, prtar grant ad
-? by the applicant, the
quality of previous and existing ?
recreation programs, the suitability
of the designated site, the outdoor ?
recreational needs of the community Ufx
and1 the long-range plans for -
management of the facility. ,
Applications also mutt make a by
minimum commitment of local ma
revenues equal to the amount of the at]
federal grant. ata
Grimstey added 4m t Interest in the hea
mlssioners expressed hope that the
completion of the water plant in
Winfall will help the water problems.
Bids for maintenance of grounds of
county properties were opened at the
Monday night meeting. The two bids,
which were neither accepted nor
rejected, were submitted by Henry
Elliott, $7,850, and Steve Perry,
The commissioners decided to
consider the bids, which they said
could be accepted or rejected.
In other business, the Board of
?proclaimed the week of April 25 to
29 as the Week of the Young Child.
?approved a petition from
residents from Evergreen Drive in
Snug Harbor for maintenance im
?heard budget requests from
county agencies read by Durwood
Reed, county finance officer.
?met with Mark Williams of
Elizabeth City, candidate for the
vacant position of county forest
By VAL SHORT
Ninety-seven year old Ealey
McDonald of Hertford is one of the 55
home health patients in Perquimans
County. Dressed in her "company"
housecoat and slippers, Mrs. Mc
Donald eagerly awaits her weekly
check-up by Public Health Nurse
Connie Thomas and Celia Felton,
community health technician.
Both work with the Perquimans
County Health Department ? both
are doing their part for public health
in Perquimans County.
The Home Health program
provides home care for people of all
ages and economic backgrounds,
who are essentially home bound,
explained Mrs. Thomas.
Both Mrs. Thomas and Mrs. Felton
work under doctor's orders in
providing such services as changing
draftings, providing Woodwork and
rehibilitation therapy for stroke
victims, bathing, working with
diabetics, and helping victims with
chronic respiratory problems.
"We do a tremendous amount of
teaching," explained Mrs. Thomas.
She added that they work with
families, instructing them how to
handle patients. This enables the
patients to remain at home.
She said they also coordinate with
Jther agencies to ensure that other
iccds are met, and they serve a
iasons between the patients and
Mrs. Thomas said they become
re ry involved with the patients and
amilies and probably sometimes
?em like family members them
"That's the main difference in this
nd hospital nursing ? you do get
ery involved," she said.
Patient, family and staff in
olvement is a common thread
unning through all of the programs
nd services at the Perquimans
ounty Health Department.
According to Mrs. Jodi Brantham,
ealth Department supervisor,
ublic health provides a unique
pportunity for family-centered
salth care. "We see people form 1
irth to death ? we get to know the <
itire family and you don't get that <
nd of care elsewhere," she said.
Public health provides a more
;rsonal approach to medical care, 1
Mch is exciting, said Mrs. Bran- '
"I'm very excited about it - I'm '
cited about the variety of services
tered here," she said.
"With the increasing cost of health j
re. I hope there will always be a .
ice for public health," she added.
Celebrating Public Health Week ?
* week, the Perquimans County
*lth Department it part of a four
iinty district department that also
lude? Pasquotank, Chowan and
"be Perquimans department is
?ted oo Charles Street in Hertford ?
1 has been recently renovated "to s
ike it a pleasant place to be," said c
'We hope the community will look
?> us as a community resource,"
"be programs and services offered
the Perquimans Health Depart- ?
?t are many ? and all are aimed ?
iroridin* quality health care in an Cl
KMphere of caring and respect. |&
[eternity care is available at the
1th department, which toctode*
taught by V.
Kate Shales of Hertford , which "I'd
put up against any prenatal
education in the state," said Bran
tham. Clinics are held every first
and third Monday.
With this program, Brantham said
parents are more informed and
better prepared for childbirth and
have a more positive approach to
Child health clinics are provided
every second and third Wednesday
with an emphasis on prevention and
education, said Brantham.
Family planning is provided at the
health department, with a special
clinic for teenagers that emphasizes
Immunization clinics are held
Fridays at the health department
and according to Brantham, they
work closely with the county school
system to make sure all students are
Eye clinics (every fourth Monday,)
pap smear clinics (fourth Tuesdays,)
and X-rays (second and third Friday
mornings in conjunction with the TB
program) are also held at the local
WIC ? or Women Infants and
Children ? is provided by the health
department as a nutritional sup
plemental program, explained Mrs.
The sanitarian provides routine
inspection of restaurants, meat
markets, and rest homes in the area.
He also provides lot evaluations for
septic tanks. The sanitarian also
samples private water lines and
provides rat poison to the community
at no charge.
Services at the health department
are meant to compliment medical
care in the community, as the staff
works closely with area doctors and
agencies, said Brantham.
"We try to meet the needs of the
community in whatever areas that
seem to be deficient," she said. Some
jf the services are provided at no
:harge ? some are not.
Howard Campbell, PPCD director
laid, "Although no service will be
lenied because of inability to pay,
n any services are charged ac
cording to a sliding scale."
The services provided by the staff
rf the Perquimans County Health
>epartment are many and as
irantham stated, "It belongs to
veryoDe ? we want them to utilise
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