Hertford, Perquimans County, N.C., Thursday, August 25, 1983
Heritage Day will feature native Americans
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"A Tribute to Native Americans"
_ will kick off the Indian Summer
W Festival Sept. 15 at the Newbold
- White House ia Hertford.'
*- This Heritage Day event will get
underway at 10:M a.m. and continue
Music by the Perquimans High
School1 Band will welcome native
Americans to Perquimans County.
There will be a portrayal of the
presentation of the first recorded
^ deed by Indian Chief Kilcoconewen to
The Hertford Fifes and Drums will
present * history of flags.
Representatives from Indian groups
throughout North Carolina are in
vited and will be present (or this
Speakers will include Adolph Dial,
Professor of History at Pembroke
State University; Betty Mangum,
Director of the Division of Indian
Education, C. Dept. of Public
Istruction; and Bruce Jones,
Executive Director of N. C. Com
mission on Indian Affairs.
W. R. Richardson, Chief of the
Haliwa-Saponi Tribe, from Hollister
and a representative of the Mcherrin
Tribe in Hertford County will also be
present. Sarah Hodgkins from the
Dept. of Cultural Resources in
Raleigh will bring greetings.
Collections of local Indian artifacts
will be on display. Exhibitors are
Herbert Crase, Corbin Dozier. Asa
Stallings, Preston Elliott and Troy
Indian heritage crafts demon
strations and exhibits will include
pottery, wood carvings, baskets,
jewelry, quilting and food.
One of the featured guests is Dr.
David Phelps, Dept. of Anthropology
at East Carolina University, who will
be on hand to identify artifacts and
discuss culture of the coastal In
"Native foods" will be a special
presentation by Hilda Livingston,
Education, Marine Resources
Phil Evans, historian from the
National Park Service, will speak
about relationships of early settlers
and Yeopim Indians who were a
native tribe of this area.
A Brunswick Stew lunch will be
served at 12:30 p.m. Plates will cost
$2.00 and may be purchased on site.
Betty Mangum and Adolph Dial
will visit Perquimans County Schools
during the day.
"Son of Thunder-Man of
Lightening," an exciting movie about
the history of the Cherokee Indians
will be shown at the Perquimans
County Library at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30
Everyone is invited to come and
participate in this occassion to honor
and pay tribute to native Americans.
There will be special registration for
all persons who are of Indian
Prior to the Festival, there will be
an exhibit in Morgan's window on
For more information contact the
Perquimans County Chamber of
Jamie Wilder, from Holiday
Island, is beating the heat in
?the Albemarle Sound. Staying
under water or inside with the
air conditioning is about the
only way to stay cool during
the recent heat wave which
has hit the area. Record
temperatures in the 100s have
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been recorded. (Photo by Val
! Commission hears
report of services
available to area
By VAL SHORT
A representive of the state's
Department of Natural Resources
and Community Development told
the Albemarle Commission last
Thursday (40 million had been
allocated for the state Community
Development Block Grant program.
Tom Richter, director of the
Division of Community Assistance
told the members at their regular
meeting that most of the funds would
be allocated for community
revitalization, housing and public
works projects around the state. He
said counties that had applied for
those funds should be notified by the
end of August.
Eight million dollars of the total
are designated for economic
development, while the remainder is
. used for developmental planning and
emergency disaster relief, according
Richter said his office handles
many requests for sewer and water
rate studies. "Those of you who got
your systems in five to ten years ago
should be glad you did," he com
mented, adding that costs for such
systems were almost prohibitive.
Another service available from the
Division of Community Assistance,
according to Richter, is landscape
architecture. He said an architect
was on the staff to provide assistance
to local government for public
buildings at no charge.
In other business, the Albemarle
?approved the new Aging Council
policies and procedures, but did not
approve the Aging Council bylaws.
?approved a contract with Jarvis'
Restaurant in Hyde County to
provide meals and a nutrition site for
25 senior citizens.
?approved the appointment of
Michael Nesbit, director of Dare
County's Emergency Medical Ser
vice, to the Emergency Medical
?heard a report of the
clearinghouse committee in which
seven requests we're approved.
County Commissioners hold meeting on water problems
By SUSAN HARRIS
TJiere is still no sure oure for the
0ioor quality water being pumped
from the county's Phase I water
plant, although the county com
missioners met Monday night with
the water department personnel and
two representatives pf Rivers and
Associates, the plant engineers.
Ron Sessoms, the engineer who has
been in charge of the plant for the
past several years, attributed part of
the water quality problem to a
change in the raw water being
pumped from the three wells at
Phase I. Sessoms said the iron
content in the raw water has risen
from 5 or 6 parts per million to 10 or
11 parts per million.
"It's something nobody could tell,"
Sessoms told the commissioners. He
said the gradual iron increase has
put a strain on the plant.
"I wouldn't even consider cross
connects at this time," Sessoms said,
because of the irregularity with
which the impure water shows up.
Sessoms said the water is coming
from the plant somewhere, but he
does not know where.
Water department supervisor
Russell Chappell told the com
missioners that all three filters at the
plant are backwashed each day
around 8 a.m. Two of the water
softeners are cleaned in the morning
and one is cleaned around 1 p.m.
Chappell said that he has spent
several days watching the plant and
sampling the water, to no avail.
Sessoms said that the chlorine used
in the water treatment oxides the
iron and mangenese, giving the
water a black or gray tint when the
minerals are not removed from the
Commissioner Charles Ward
suggested that Chappell monitor the
water after backwashing by using a
fire hydrant at the plant site to drain
the water for approximately 30
minutes before allowing it to enter
the county system.
Sessoms blamed recent problems
on the lack of rain in the area and
high water consumption.
"We are pumping more water than
I have ever seen pumped out of that
plant," Chappell said. "It em
barrasses us," he continued. "It's
"We've got to do something,"
Commissioner Ward said.
Sessoms and Chappell agreed that
perhaps new media in the filter
might help the situation. The present
media works off of dissolved oxygen,
Sessoms told the commissioners
that a specialist will be coming
before the month's end to give the
plant a thorough check-up.
Sessoms also suggested an ad
ditional retention tank be added to
the Phase I plant, allowing more
time for the water to settle. Sessoms
offered to check on the cost
feasibility of acquiring a new tank.
"You've got some mighty patient
people in this coun'.y," Sessoms
praised the customers.
"I think their patience is running
out," Commissioner Ward answered.
Remedies already tried have in
cluded tearing down the filters and
cleaning them thoroughly; checking
fire hydrants on Harvey Point Road,
where the problem seems to be
worse, each day; and fluctuating
backwashing times to determine the
The problem has been labeled
"discouraging" by both Sessoms and
Chappell, as the county enters into its
sixth year of water production.
Williams is new recreation director
me new director 01 me
Perquimans County Recreation
Department was named last, week
and began work Monday, announced
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mil v,ox, Mayor ana lown Manager.
Hertford native Howard Williams
was selected from 16 applicants who
applied for the position recently
vacated by Bobbi Veon.
"We are real proud to have
Howard as our recreation director.
We feel like we have made a good
choice and he will do an outstanding
job," said Cox.
The selection of the new director
was made by a committee composed
of town council members, county
commissioners, representatives of
the schools and members of the
Recreation Advisory Council.
Williams, who worked with the
county recreation program as a
summer intern, received his
Bachelor of Science degree in Parks
and Recreation and Conservation
from East Carolina University this
While at ECU. Williams worked as
a gym and equipment room super
visor with the Intermural Depart
ment and also as a volunteer with
midget football and softball with the
Greenville Recreation Department.
He alao graduated from Chowan
College and Perquimans High School
in lffS. While in high school Williams
J|tertford police issues warning
Th* Hertford Police Department U
warding area merchants not to ghre
" tor retained merchandise
a receipt J ??
warning was prompted by
el groups of juveniles who
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talng M for refunds ac
to Hertford Chief of PoUce
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No arrests have been made, but
Merritt laid be would like for mer
chant* to be aware of the problem.
A break-in was reported in Winfall
during the week it Auguat 8, ac
cording to Winfall Police Chief Joe
house while the family waa
vacationing. Among items taken
included a black and white television
aad several family heirlooms.
Lothian said no arrests have been
made bat tbe investigation is con
la a two-car coDiaion which oc
curred In Winfall last Sunday asor
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Greeting candidate lor
governor Lacy Thornborg
daring his recent ristt to
Perqnimnna were Keith
Haakett and Jarrls Ward.
Thornborg stopped with hla
campaign staff to chat with
ntm at the Perquimans
Courthoo? last Wednesday
during Ids week4ouf tour of
the northeast Also pictured
above are, second from right,
Wayne Hooper, chairman of
the Jackson County Com
missioner* and far right.
Prank Watson, Jackson
County Clerk at Court (Photo
fay Val Short)