Sneads Ferry North Carolina: 2008

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Lewis Realty Associates, Inc. Has New Web 2.0 Site

Lewis Realty Associates, Inc. of Surf City and Holly Ridge is proud to announce their “Web 2.0” website, www.lewis-realty.net.

The most complete area information and real estate site features expanded area information including videos, history, up to date fishing reports/area news, weather and many other area topics.

The site features a user friendly real estate sale search that offers “web 2.0” features like virtual tours, multiple pictures, email notification of new listings/price changes and a tool called “The Property Sand Bucket”. The “Sand Bucket” allows a user to save listings to a personal account to view at a later time, share with friends or their Lewis Realty Associates, Inc. broker. Currently the real estate sales section of the website is being upgraded with Google maps, Send Address/Directions to Mobile Phone and user defined RSS feeds of listings.

Lewis Realty Associates, Inc. also handles property management in the Topsail Island Area and has several tools online for users looking for rentals. The long term rental section is complete with multiple pictures, virtual tours of many rentals and a Google map showing the properties location. The Vacation rental section offers much of the same with a map search, multiple pictures, virtual tours, online availability/booking with credit cards.

The company is also in the process of starting a local real estate blog which will be syndicated to various area related websites.

The company is also automatically sending their sales listings to leading national websites (nearing 140 sites as of late winter 2008) and is also sending vacation rental listings to over six national vacation sites. This is much more internet exposure than other area companies. Over 90% of the home buying and renting process now starts on the internet.

Lewis Realty Associates, Inc. also maintains a training program keeping their staff and brokers up to date on technology and utilization of technology.

Lewis Realty Associates, Inc. Knows Topsail Island . . . They Have Been Here Over Forty Five Years.

More Information can be found at Topsail Island Real Estate & Vacation Rentals

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Beauty at the Beach Hair & Nail Salon Welcomes Misty Rackley

Beauty at the Beach Hair & Nail Salon Welcomes Misty Rackley!



Misty Rackley has been in hair design for over eight years. She has a real passion for doing hair. Misty is THE ONLY Framesi Color Technican in this area. Framesi Color Technicans are subjected to a strict educational program to ensure they exhibit higher than average color results. Many Framesi Color Technicans are employed by fashion designers and modeling agencies around the country to prepare runway models. Misty is also an “Extreme” eyelash extension technican. “Extreme” eyelashes have been seen on your favorite actresses and actors on the red carpet. Once again, Misty is the ONLY “Extreme” eyelash technician in the area. It is Misty’s goal to always make her clients feel beautiful. Misty truly gets joy from making others feel good about themselves. Don’t get your hair cut, get your hair designed by Misty today! In efforts to welcome Misty to the area we are offering $20 off any first time color or high-light scheduled with her!

Beauty at the Beach
Hair & Nail Salon
910-327-3270
http://www.beautyatthebeach.org/

Located in Sneads Ferry next to Ricks, behind the Shrimp Shack!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Sarah Catbagan Gets A Heart

Today is a brand new day for one young lady and the people in and around Sneads Ferry are working to ensure it continues that way!

Sarah Catbagan had been in need of a heart transplant for some time. She now has it!!!

With the high cost of the surgery and other things needed, the businesses and residents of Sneads Ferry North Carolina came together to assist. The Sharks Motorcycle Club partnered with JK's Full House, Bottoms Up Sports Bar, Brass Pelican and Lo-Re-Lei's Pub and Grill to hold a poker run today with proceeds to go for Sarah. See Sarah Catbagan story.

Also, there will be a Pig Pick'n tomorrow (Sunday, August 24, 2008) at Lo-Re-Lei's Pub and Grill in Sneads Ferry with the proceeds from that to go to Sarah as well. Please come out to show your support for this young lady to help give her a new lease on life.

Donations:
Donations my be deposited at any First Citizens Bank to the Sarah Catbagan Benefit.
Fore More Info: Call 910-389-7698.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Sneads Ferry Residents Have The Heart To Give

In keeping with what the residents of Sneads Ferry, North Carolina are all about, there are multiple events being held in the area to raise funds towards giving a young lady a heart transplant and a brighter future.



Sarah Catbagan Needs A Heart Transplant
Sarah is a 16 year old who is currently in need of a heart transplant. She is being treated at the University of Virginia Children's Hospital.


Sarah is currently a sophomore in high school and would like to go to college to pursue a degree in criminal justice.



Please help give her a second chance by donating to her family to help with mounting hospital bills and to have a Heart Transplant!





Poker Run To Benefit Sarah Catbagan


August 23, 2008





The Sharks Motorcycle Riding Club and Lo-Re-Lei's Pub & Grill will co-sponsor this Poker Run. Sign ups at 10:00 a.m. The ride will leave Lo-Re-Lei's at 12:00 noon. Stops will include J&K's Full House, Bottoms Up Sports Bar, Brass Pelican and return to Lo-Re-Lei's. Poker hands will cost $10.00 or 3 for $20.00. Door prizes will be awarded. Bar-B-Q plates will include all the fixings and will cost $6.00 each.


Winning Hand Will Receive $150.00 Cash!!!
Pig Pick'n Sunday, August 24, 2008
There will also be a separate Pig Pick'n on August 24, 2008 at Lo-Re-Lei's in Sneads Ferry, NC.
Tickets may be purchased for $6.00 per plate at various locations in and around Sneads Ferry redeemable Aug. 24, 2008 (Sunday) which is the day after the Poker Run.
Donations:
Donations my be deposited at any First Citizens Bank to the Sarah Catbagan Benefit.
Fore More Info: Call 910-389-7698

Friday, July 25, 2008

Photography: From Shanghai to Sneads Ferry!

Photography: From Shanghai to Sneads Ferry!
Phillip Jarrell, Harvey Bradshaw and John Echo


Location: Thurston Art Gallery
Artist Sherry Thurston. Owner
Designer of the “Sneads Ferry Sneakers”, copyrighted, ‘92
328 Peru Road
Sneads Ferry,NC
910-327-1781
910-526-9988 cell
sherrythurston@charter.net

Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10-2pm for this show up to August 2nd, 2008
(Saturday 10-5pm year round.) Appointments for other times can be arranged with a phone call. We have a small art gallery in the south housed in the 1939 Original FreeWill Baptist Church built by Preacher Potter now Thurston Art Gallery in Sneads Ferry. NC purchased in 1980 by Ms. Thurston. We hope you can make it to see this great show. All works are for sale too. You may be looking for the right piece of art or photography for investment.


Phillip Jarrell
We are hosting a wonderful mulimedia artist Phillip Jarrell, who wrote "Torn Between Two Lovers" with Peter Yarrow. With 30 yrs in photography and many music cd covers, mag covers, a new guitar, Jarrell Guitars, Phillip is living in Shangahi,China now! Also designer of large banner photos in German airports featuring the Olympics in Beijing.
Due to Phillip's parents being from Eden, NC and his birthplace of Ft. Jackson, SC he chose a southern location to house his first US show with the encouragement of his cousin, Diane Kendrick, Professor & Arts Coordinator of Averett University, of Danville, VA. Phillip was going to have a joint show one here and one in Shanghai but with the earthquakes in China he delayed his show until after the Olympics. He hopes to have his show in the Grand Theatre in Beijing! Phillip was pleased with our opening! He sent us videos welcoming us to his show on July 1st. He would be so pleased if you could take the time to see his work! Send him an email to let him know if you got to see it!

Quote: In 2007 Phillip calibrated with the "Shanghai Chinese Opera Costume Institute" on a book project, which is now being used in a number of fashion universities around Chinese. Phillip is the only credited photographer for the 160 page book, in titled, "Colorize". In 2007 Phillip also Calibrated with Sarah Foster, a very talented art director, at Getty Images, to create a collection of dramatic, action images, some of which were targeting the topic of the 2008 Olympics. The idea was to work in colleage, making giant people, in the modern city of Shanghai, achieve impossible feats. Sometime a keen to Alice in Wonderland. These two projects gave birth to the technical skills and the creative work flow that would become, what is after 30 years of working as a photographer, Philip's first every art exhibition. The work will show in Shanghai, China, and Sneads Ferry, N.C., simultaneously. Opening July 1, 2008. So actually these costumes are made by students of the "Shanghai Chinese Opera Costume Institute". And in the video you can see some of the designers helping the models to get into the costumes, and putting on the make up. In most cases the designers are also designing the make up. Sherry… “Thanks for all your work showing the images. Phillip”

Ms. Thurston wishes to let you know about this amazing show with three men, over 50 doing some incredible things with photography!

Links to see works by Phillip Jarrell, Harvey Bradshaw and John Echo
http://www.phillipjarrell.com/
http://www.thurstonartgallery.com/
http://www.ncarts.org/





BIOGRAPHY OF HARVEY D. BRADSHAW, June 2008
This is Harvey’s first show of his photography

Harvey D. Bradshaw was born in his grandparents' home on Old Folkstone Road in Sneads Ferry, Onslow County, North Carolina on August 25, 1932, in the heart of the Great Depression. He is a 10th generation descendant of Alexander Grant, who came to America from Grantown-on-Spey, near Inverness, Scotland, in 1691. Alexander had jury duty in Swansboro, Onslow County, NC, on July 4, 1732, the year George Washington was born.




For the first six years of his life Harvey and his mother lived with his grandparents, James Benjamin and Bettie Dixon Grant, and his bachelor uncles, Percy Granville and Hubert Leon Grant. His mother's youngest brother, Sterling Dixon Grant, and his wife, Edna Murrell Guthrie Grant, lived nearby and had four children--Betty Claire Grant Allison, Eric Dixon Grant, Elfleda (Tillie) Grant Shepard, and James Murray Grant--who became more like brothers and sisters than cousins. His natural father, Harvey Deakins Bradshaw, 28, of Decatur, Alabama, had died of rheumatic fever in Atlanta six months before his birth. His mother, Velma Grant Bradshaw Moore, married his stepfather, Paul Milton Moore of Green Wreath Farm at Bruce, west of Greenville, Pitt County, North Carolina in 1938.




Harvey had a perfect attendance record in the first grade at Dixon School (named for his grandmother's family) and was a mascot for the graduating class of 1937. He attended Falkland School in Pitt County through the eighth grade and graduated with honors from Greenville High School in 1950. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Naval ROTC scholarship, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in June, 1954, with a BA in journalism.




He accepted a commission in the United States Marine Corps, finishing as honor man in his platoon at The Basic School at Quantico, Virginia. After flight school at Pensacola, Florida, and Corpus Christi, Texas he was awarded his "wings of gold" as a Naval Aviator June 22, 1956.He has two sons, Paul and Toby.




Harvey served the Marine Corps for 26 years, retiring as a Colonel/Chief of Staff at Cherry Point July 31, 1980. He flew 306 combat missions in Vietnam in 1967, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross and 23 Air Medals. He commanded Marine Fighter/Attack Squadron115, the "Silver Eagles" in Japan, Okinawa, and the Philippines in 1974-75. He commanded Marine Aircraft Group-31, with six F-4 Phantom fighter/attack squadrons and support units, at Beaufort, SC, in 1976-77. He was honored as Marine Corps "Aviator of the Year" in October, 1977.





After his retirement in 1980, Harvey developed Fairlane Farms on property he inherited in Greenville. He moved back to Sneads Ferry in the mid-1980s, developing Grantwood, a subdivision on Everett's Creek some three miles from where he was born, where you could hear the ocean when the surf was high on Topsail Island. The development is dedicated to 300 years and 12 generations of the Grant family in Onslow County. The streets are named for family members, beginning with Alexander Lane and down to Bridget Lane, named for his first grandchild, Bridget Louise Bradshaw, 17, the daughter of Toby and Moira Carr Bradshaw.
Harvey has continued his lifelong interest in writing and photography, culminating in a photo safari to Zimbabwe, Africa, with Toby, Moira, and Bridget in July 2007 when these images were captured.









John K Echo:

John was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He spent his summers with his country grandmother; picked beetles off of potato plants and dropped them into a jar of kerosene, mucked pig pens and crushed oyster shells for the chickens.

He continued his inspiring education at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute as assistant photography editor. (The editor could take better pictures than he could.)

After complete victory over public education, he joined the Navy and became a photographer, photographing such things as the launching of the nautilus and the sinking of the Merrimack.

Some years after leaving the navy he received a B.A. in physics and art. He finally started his career with a large company and became a senior research technologist and retiring as a senior production artist. John’s wife, Virginia, has a B.A. in music and a masters for English. Virginia’s musical skills have given inspiration to John’s artwork.

Art and photography have always been a way of life with John. He has won rewards both for art and photography.

John and Virginia retired and moved to North Carolina, in the 90’s; he was inspired by the state’s many moods. This show displays John’s love of North Carolina.

Most of John’s photographs are photographed from a jet-ski or a motorcycle. These vehicles allow John extreme mobility.
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Hope you can come see these beautiful works. Yes, the gallery is open. Just call if you need it opened at your convenience until August 2nd. We will be taking it down the following week. Ms. Thurston will be getting her show back up and preparing to teach.

Ms. Thurston is the Visual Arts teacher at Dixon H. S. and teaches private art lessons afterschool for children and adults. Her art is on display for show and sale at her gallery, Topsail Art Gallery, Racine Gallery in Wilmington and SunsetriverMarketplace, Calabash.

“ It is my hope to give the artists and new businesses in the area the feeling of being welcomed and have a place to show their art and many other creative talents!”

From this hope the following show was created:
“Love of the Arts”, the show for several artists, we had 11 visual artists, 6 singers and 2 poets, February 2008. We are hoping to continue doing this open house style of showcasing the arts here in Sneads Ferry next February 6, 2008. “Photography and visual arts!” Contact Sherry Thurston.










Friday, June 27, 2008

Hampstead Kiwanis Award Scholarships

HAMPSTEAD KIWANIS AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS

The Kiwanis Club of Hampstead awarded five $500.00, Robert Carpenter Memorial Scholarships to the following students;
Jansen Elise Barber, of Hampstead, a senior at Topsail High School who will be attending East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.
Corey James Godwin, of Greenville, NC, a senior at Topsail High School who will be attending the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado.
Brittany Lynn Zinser, of Hampstead, a senior at Topsail High School who will be attending NC State University in Raleigh, NC.
Samantha L. Herrick, of Rocky Point, a senior at Heide Trask High School who will be attending UNC at Chapel Hill, NC.
Cara Suzannah Harrison, of Burgaw, a senior at Heide Trask High School who will be attending UNC at Wilmington, NC.
Joan Carpenter presented the Robert Carpenter Memorial Scholarships to the five students and wished them success in all of there future in devours.
The Kiwanis Club of Hampstead want to thank all the people who donated to our scholarship fund.

Submitted by Sal Ferrotti
270-2145

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Gary Schwarz Speaks To Hampstead Kiwanis

GARY SCHWARZ SPEAKS TO HAMPSTEAD KIWANIS

This past Thursday at a meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Hampstead, Gary Schwarz owner of Pender Pines Nursery was the program speaker. Gary and his wife Sharon who is the firm’s bookkeeper and advisor started Pender Pines Nursery eleven years ago next to the Senior Center on highway 17 in Hampstead. Gary’s imagination and work ethics have created a garden center unequaled in the area. Along with a pond filled with koi surrounded by flowers and plants, there is an arboretum with a pathway through the woods following a bubbling creek with markers identifying an abundance of plant life. The most recent addition is a large nursery building equipped with computerized watering and light systems that create the best flowers year round. Gary, his son and his employers have the nursery knowledge to help customers with their questions and purchases.

President Jim Higgs of the Hampstead Kiwanis Club Presenting a certificate of appreciation to Gary Schwarz of Pender Pines



Gary’s presentation to the Hampstead Kiwanis Club had numerous tips for members with gardens regarding watering, fertilizing and soil composition. For his knowledge and efforts, Gary was recently chosen as President of the NC Flower Growers Association. For the best flowers, plants and trees in the area, a visit to your local nursery and garden center like Pender Pines is a must.



Submitted by Sal Ferrotti
270-2145

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Christmas Comes Early At Hanover Center In Wilmington




SATURDAY JULY 12...CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY WITH HANOVER CENTER'S FIRST INAUGURAL SIDEWALK SALE AND VENDOR SHOWCASE...OFFERING SAVINGS AND VALUES FOR EVERYONE.

MOZO THE CLOWN ON HIS MOTORIZED TOILET WILL BE THERE, FREE PEDI CAB RIDES, FREE FACE PAINTINGS, FREE CARICATURES, BANDS, FOOD MUSIC, GIVE AWAY'S AND MORE.

FESTIVITIES START AT 10:00 AND WILL CONTINUE TILL 6:00, RAIN OR SHINE.


For more information:
Web http://www.hanovercenter.com
Bruce Henderson bhenderson6@ec.rr.com or 343-9739



HANOVER CENTER: Supplying the Needs of Neighborhoods

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Andy’s of Sneads Ferry Now Serves Frozen Custard

Andy’s of Sneads Ferry Now Serves Frozen Custard

(Sneads Ferry, N.C.)-Andy’s, one of the Southeast’s fastest growing “fast casual” restaurants, is proud to announce that beginning Monday, June 12th they are adding a brand new item, frozen custard to their Sneads Ferry location.

Currently known as Andy’s Cheesesteaks & Cheeseburgers, the Mount Olive based company has changed its name to Andy’s Burgers, Shakes, and Fries. The name change comes with many other changes that the company plans to implement throughout 2008. Now those changes include frozen custard.

While Andy’s has always been the place to go for a great old fashioned hand dipped milkshake, they are now improving the quality of that great product by adding frozen custard.

To put it plainly, frozen custard is a premium ice cream that is smoother and creamier than any ice cream sold in North Carolina.

Andy’s plans on making Emma’s Frozen custard fresh several times a day by churning their own special blend of all-natural ingredients.

They will be serving shakes, sundaes, floats, malts, cones of custard, pints of fresh made custard, and Twist-rrr’s. Twist-rrr’s are similar to a blizzard or concrete; and along with shakes can be made with over 15 different mix-ins and toppings. Andy’s will be offering a fresh flavor of custard every day.

Founder Kenny Moore said,” This is the biggest thing we have done since cooking our first burger. I think the addition of frozen custard will take Andy’s to the next level. By adding frozen custard to all of our locations, we have become the second largest seller of frozen custard in the country.”

Andy’s is in the process of executing the most ambitious and aggressive rollout of frozen custard that any American company has ever tried. The results of that aggressive plan will make Andy’s the second largest seller of frozen custard in the country behind only Culver’s in the Midwest.

For more information about Andy’s please contact Alex Ramos at 919-635-0902 or visit www.andyscheesesteaks.com.


What is frozen custard?


Dating back to the early 1900’s, frozen custard is a cold dessert that is thought of as highly superior to ice cream, made with eggs in addition to cream and sugar. One main difference between custard and ice cream is the creation process.

Ice cream is made using a process called overrun, in which air is blended into the mixture of ingredients until its volume increases by approximately 100%, meaning half of the final product is composed of air. By comparison, custard is blended much slower and may have an overrun as low as 20%. The low percentage of overrun and the egg yolk give frozen custard a thick, creamy texture and a smoother, softer consistency when compared to ice cream. In addition, frozen custard is most often served at 18 degrees F rather than the -10 to -20 degrees at which ice cream is stored. The higher temperature allows you to really taste the goodness of the natural flavors without numbing your palate the way ice cream does.



About Andy’s
Andy’s offers a unique dining experience where customers enjoy fresh-cooked, quality food in a casual 50’s style diner setting. Since founder Kenny Moore opened the doors to the first Andy’s location in Goldsboro in 1991, the North Carolina burger chain has grown to over 100 locations across the state by providing outstanding food and first class customer service. For more information on Andy’s, please visit www.andyscheesesteaks.com or call 919-635-0902.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Knights Of Columbus Set New Records For Charitable Giving And Volunteer Service

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS SET NEW RECORDS FOR CHARITABLE
GIVING AND VOLUNTEER SERVICE

The Knights of Columbus announced today that it has set new records for charitable giving, and volunteer service hours in 2007. The results of the Order’s Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity for the year ending December 31, 2007 show that total contributions to charity at all levels reached $144,816,004.00 million – exceeding the previous year’s total by more than $1 million. The survey also shows that reported number of volunteer hours by Knights for charitable causes grew to 68,695,768 million hours, up more than 440,000 hours from 2006. There were 393,030 Knights of Columbus blood donors during the year, and Knights made more than 5.5 million visits to the sick and bereaved.

Cumulative figures show that during the past decade, the Knights of Columbus has donated $1.28 billion to charity, and provided in excess of 612 million hours of volunteer service in support of charitable causes.

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest lay Catholic organization, with 1.75 million members in the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Central America and Poland.

St Jude the Apostle Council 12281 of the Knights of Columbus of Hampstead, NC

received the above news on Friday, June 7th from the Knights of Columbus office of New Haven, Connecticut.

The Knights of Columbus of St Jude the Apostle, Council 12281 recently distributed Operation Lamb Funds of over $14,000.00 to 10 local schools, a nursing home and the Pender County Special Olympics and nine State Agencies to help the intellectually disabled children with donations collected in 2007 at three Food Lions and Harris Teeter. The Knights are collecting for Operation Lamb, 2008 at Food Lion on July 4, 5 and 6th. Operation Lamb program in North Carolina was named after the biblical quotation “whatsoever you do to the Least Among My Brethren, that you do also to me.” (Matthew 25:40) The special children and the Knights thank the public for there past generous donations.

Submitted by Sal Ferrotti

Bridge Work on Rt. 210 Nearing Completion

According to North Carolina Department of Transportation Resident Engineer Chad Kimes the bridge work on Rt. 210 near Rt. 17 should be completed by Friday, June 13, 2008.

This has been the cause for the rerouting of traffic from Rt. 210 between Rt. 17 and "4 Corners" in Sneads Ferry, North Carolina. Having the bridge open again is great news to many reducing the travel time getting out to Rt. 17 and/or Jacksonville, North Carolina.

John R. Morgan Elected Chair of the North Carolina Association of CPAs

John R. Morgan Elected Chair of the North Carolina Association of CPAs

Raleigh, North Carolina — Greensboro resident and Salisbury native John Robert Morgan, CPA, JD, has been elected 2008–09 Chair of the North Carolina Association of CPAs (NCACPA), the only statewide organization for CPAs.

Morgan is a sole practitioner, working primarily in areas of estate planning, probate, and business planning. He was licensed as an attorney at law in 1973 and obtained his CPA certificate in 1984.

Prior to being elected Chair of NCACPA, Morgan served on the Board of Directors from 2000–2003 and Executive Committee from 2002–2003; and acted as Treasurer from 2005–007 and Chair-Elect from 2007–2008. He is also an active member of NCACPA’s Professional Development Committee. Morgan has been an instructor for NCACPA seminars in the areas of personal financial planning, retirement planning, business planning, and estate planning. He received the Outstanding Speaker Award in 1996, 2001, and 2002.

In addition to his twenty-four years of membership with NCACPA, Morgan is a member with the North Carolina Bar Association and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He serves on the North Carolina Bar Association’s Tax Council and is Treasurer of the Greensboro Bar Association. He has led courses in various areas of estate planning law and tax law for the Bar Association and acts as a mentor to first-year law students at Elon University School of Law.

In his role as Chair, Morgan will also serve a three-year term on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Council, where he will represent North Carolina on national issues.

About NCACPA

The North Carolina Association of CPAs is the only statewide association for CPAs in North Carolina. With more than 12,300 members, NCACPA is one of the largest CPA organizations in the country. Founded in 1919, the association serves the accounting profession through legislative support, educational programming, and networking opportunities to connect our members to each other and to their community. The association is also involved in promoting financial literacy to North Carolinians through free public seminars. For more information, please visit our website at www.ncacpa.org.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Antivirus and AntiSpyware Protection in Sneads Ferry

Being an online computer professional in Sneads Ferry I am often asked how to prevent personal computer problems due to a virus or spyware. Here I shall share a little secret that may help those in the area as well as some elsewhere around the world.

First, I promote websites online as in "marketing" and not hardware (e.g. fix harddrives, monitors, printers, etc.). When it comes to doing major fixes to a personal computer, I trust professionals similar to most of you. As this is critical to my business, I take great care to find quality and service I can trust.

What do I use?

For antivirus protection on my personal computers I use AVG version 8 by AVG Technologies which can be downloaded at http://www.download.com/ (search for "free avg"). I have used AVG software now for the past few years with great success while others I have spoken with run into problems using other antivirus software (e.g. Norton, McAfee, etc.).

I also use Microsoft Windows Defender for additional spyware protection as there is more to computer threats than the multitude of virus applications.

Where do you go for service?

When I first moved to the Sneads Ferry, North Carolina area, I spoke with several business professionals that relied on their computers extensively. One business kept being mentioned repeatedly with many recommendations at that was Hampstead Electronics (Radio Shack) in Sneads Ferry. Specifically, Will Beauchamp, the computer technician there was often labeled the "saviour" for many computers thought to be completely lost due to virus attacks, spyware and/or hardware failures.

Will has an extensive background in personal computers and stays abreast of the latest challenges and fixes related to the above mentioned issues regularly. If you are ever in the area and have need of quality personal computer service you can trust, take it to Hampstead Electronics near "4 corners" in Sneads Ferry and ask for Will Beauchamp. You will quickly find is can do attitude and fantastic customer service refreshing and quite welcome.

Hampstead Electronics (RadioShack)
1950 NC Hwy 172 Ste A (in Treasure Plaza)
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460-6693
Phone: (910) 329-5000

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Wilmington Creative Calendar April 17 - April 20, 2008

Looking for something fun to do around the area? Check out the upcoming events on the Creative Calendar!

CREATIVE Wilmington.com
a Wilmington Arts non-profit organization 501(c)3

Creative Calendar
April 17 - April 20, 2008

THURSDAY
APRIL 17, 2008

7:00PM
Avant-garde Cinema night will survey recent and historical short films by experimental
7:00PM
The Grey Gardens Spring Fashion Show will have an ECCENTRIC GLAMOUR
7:00PM
MFA Thesis Reading, featuring:
Chitescu, McNeil-Manasco, Ronfeldt
8:00PM
Here it comes again! The 7th annual Arts Sensation is on board at City Stage
8:00PM
An afternoon in the attic becomes an adventurous treasure hunt for a lonely, lazy
8:00PM
Come on as the weather gets nice, bring your drums and fire toys, or just come enjoy
8:30PM
Every Thursday Night at 8:30 by
Wilmington's Premier Salsa Instructors



FRIDAY
APRIL 18, 2008

8:30AM

Turn Their Passion Into Action!
with Gail Perry, MBA, CFRE, author

11:00AM

Learn to make earrings & pendants, using several different techniques.
3:00PM
musician, Lee Venters on the history of the Bossa Nova and short performance
7:00PM
The labyrinth is an archetype, a divine imprint, found in all religious traditions in various
7:00PM
UNCW theatre students studying the relationship between dramatic performance
7:00PM
Be a part of the only film festival in Wilmington, North Carolina, run by students
8:00PM
Mike will be back at the Connection Internet Cafe from 8 to 10pm.


SATURDAY
APRIL 19, 2008

Play outside while learning how to create a backyard home for wildlife.
Celebrating WISE WOMEN
A CRONING Ceremony OF JOY!
The New Castle Street Art and Antique District is sponsoring the 2nd Celebration On Castle.
Los Angeles based Casting Director and Manager, Susan Nickells is offering
11:00AM
Our first Doo-Wop Festival at Silver Coast Winery. Come enjoy, the great music
1:00PM
ACME Art Studios
Spring Show and Open House
4:00PM
It's stockings-with-seams, jitterbugging that makes you check your pulse,


SUNDAY
APRIL 20, 2008

11:00AM
The New Castle Street Art and Antique District is sponsoring an Appraisal Fair.
1:30PM
3.2.1.Blast off! Venture into Cape Fear Museum's portable planetarium and explore.
2:00PM
Ruby, a seven-year-old rabbit, loves her Grandma very much and wants to do
3:00PM
Lee Venters on the history of the Bossa Nova and short performance by Vermillion Sands
3:00PM
If the surf's flat, join UNCW's Randall Library for an afternoon reflecting, musing
4:00PM
The Cape Fear Chorale presents Requiem composed by Gabriel Fauré
6:00PM
At Teen Vida, Wilmington's Hottest DJ's play all of your favorite music.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

1st Annual Top Gun Challenge, Scheduled for July 11th-12th, 2008

1st Annual Top Gun Challenge, Scheduled for July 11th-12th

Winston Salem, NC – The Top Gun Challenge is an event that features North Carolina’s elite high school quarterbacks. Registration for this event is open to all incoming High School Quarterbacks. Registration information, if not mailed directly, can be found on the following link NY) http://ultrasonicsports.com/NC/northcarolina.html

The Challenge will be held July 11th-12th in Winston Salem, NC at Wake Forest University. Each Quarterback will be evaluated, instructed, and tested in 7 events that will produce the QB1 Top Gun Champion. Quarterbacks will only be competing against quarterbacks from their state with the champion moving on to the Top Gun Challenge Championship in Tulsa, OK July 25th-26th.

Event one, Mental Testing, challenges each quarterback’s understanding of the game and assesses his leadership qualities. Event two, Physical Testing, is a mini-combine format that tests over-all athleticism, strength and speed.

Events three through seven, On-The-Field-Events, tests the speed, mobility, accuracy and arm strength of each quarterback. These 5 on-the-field-events will be held Saturday, July 12th, 7:00 at Wake Forest University. Friends, family and high school football fans are invited to attend this portion of the challenge.

The Top Gun Challenge has been held in Northwest Arkansas for the past five years but has expanded this year to include nine states (NY, PA, NC, CO, OH, NJ, CO, OK, OR) and a Top Gun Championship in Tulsa, OK.

The Top Gun Challenge is a Darin Slack Quarterback Academy Event. DSQA began training quarterbacks in 1988. Since its inception, The Academy has trained over 16,000 aspiring athletes, and has seen many go on to excel at the collegiate and professional levels, most recently, Matt Flynn of the 2007 BCS National Champion LSU Tigers.
No matter the outcome, the 2008 Top Gun Challenge promises to be one of the best. For more information on the Top Gun Challenge, please contact Mike Malloy at 570-262-2846 or by email at mmalloy@ultrasonicsports.com. You can also visit www.topgunqb1.com or www.quarterbackacademy.com.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Creative Calendar by CreativeWilmington.com March 27 - March 30, 2008

Looking for something fun to do around the area? Check out the upcoming events on the Creative Calendar!

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a Wilmington Arts non-profit organization 501(c)3
Creative Calendar March 27 - March 30, 2008

THURSDAY MARCH 27, 2008
ROBERT DELFORD BROWN
6:00PM
"ROBERT DELFORD BROWN: Meat, Maps and Militant Metaphysics"

Open Mic Night at Old Books
6:30PM
WANTED: Singers, musicians, actors, opera divas, ballerinas, poets, writers,

Treasure Island
7:00PM
Along with young Jim Hawkins, the audience sails abroad the HMS Hispanola

National Lampoon's Vacation
7:00PM
This is the blockbuster comedy that introduced America to the hilarious antics

Fire and Drum Jam and Mike Blair
8:00PM
Bring your drums and acoustic instruments and join the jam as the fire spinners

Four Dogs and a Bone
8:00PM
The Red Barn Studio Theatre proudly presents John Patrick Shanley's dark comedy

Trojan Women 2.1
8:00PM
Cruelty, suffering, duty, honor, nobility and romance...the many faces of war.

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FRIDAY MARCH 28, 2008
Basic Earring or Stringing
11:00AM
Learn to make earrings & pendants, using several different techniques.

Color Harmonies
11:00AM
Color Harmonies featuring the works of Raleigh artist Kristen Dill and Charleston

Treasure Island
7:00PM
Along with young Jim Hawkins, the audience sails abroad the HMS Hispanola

The Kite Runner
7:00PM
After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan

Debbie Does Dallas
8:00PM
The most infamous adult film of all time provides the basis for this hilarious musical

Mike Blair LIVE
8:00PM
The second night in Mike's big week of gigs will be at The Connection Internet Cafe.

Trojan Women 2.1
8:00PM
Cruelty, suffering, duty, honor, nobility and romance...the many faces of war.

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SATURDAY MARCH 29, 2008
Craft Fair at Marston Pavilion
9:00AM
This event is open to the public! Saturday, March 29th from 9 - 5 and Sunday

Learn to Play Guitar
9:00AM
If you have always wanted to learn to play the guitar, this class is for you.

Change the world
9:30AM
Volunteers learn carpentry, metal working, and just what Appropriate Technology means

Meet the Oboe
11:00AM
Oboist Petrea Warneck for their free family concert series, "Meet the Instrument"

Bellydance Showcase
8:30PM
Come enjoy Middle Eastern dance, food, and music. This is always a great night

Sexy Saturday's @ Club Vida
9:00PM
For the Spring we turn out the Hottest Saturday Nights DJ Flaco Spins

WHO'S BAD @ SOAPBOX
9:00PM
In glitzy jackets and glittering gloves, Who's Bad, The Michael Jackson Tribute Band

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SUNDAY MARCH 30, 2008
THEATRE DISCUSSION
1:00PM
Jacki Booth, director, stage manager, and founding member of Guerilla Theatre

Treasure Island
3:00PM
Along with young Jim Hawkins, the audience sails abroad the HMS Hispanola

School of Common Sense
3:00PM
Have you ever heard about the Fort Fisher Hermit? Maybe you were lucky enough

Tea Party with Poet Earl Braggs
3:30PM
Earl Braggs teaches creative writing, poetry, African-American literature

Four Dogs and a Bone
3:00PM
The Red Barn Studio Theatre proudly presents John Patrick Shanley's dark comedy

Creative Writing Night at Old Books
6:00PM
We open our doors to all students and faculty from UNCW to read their own written work

Tamara Matthews
7:30PM
Back by popular demand, vocal star Tamara Matthews joins CMW's founding members

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Grand Opening of Sneads Ferry's Premier Dance Studio: Studio J

Please join us for the grand opening of Studio J, Sneads Ferry’s premiere dance studio on Sunday March 30th from 3:00pm to 6:00pm located directly behind the Curves Building off of Highway 210. Studio J offers a variety of dance classes and styles and specializing in Tap, Jazz and Stylized Ballet. We offer Zumba, Clogging, Modern, Hip Hop, Line Dance and Latin Ball room styles also. Whether you are just looking for a fun way to get or stay in shape or you are looking for a serious physical, mental and artistic workout, you don’t have to look any further. Studio J has something for all ages!

Studio J’s Artistic Director, Janet Beam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance from The University of North Carolina At Greensboro. She has an extensive background in dance performance ranging from soloist in the Charlotte Regional Ballet and Central Piedmont’s Dance ensemble, “Dance Central”. She has performed in more than 20 classical repertoires and also numerous original choreographies directed by Gay Porter of Regional Ballet Theatre and also Katharyn Horne of the Metropolitan Opera House/American Ballet Theatre of New York. For more on Janet Beam’s dance resume you can visit the website at http://www.mystudioj.com/ and also learn about other instructors joining the Studio J staff. You may also register for upcoming classes via the website. Studio J encourages each individual interested in attending classes to register now in order to get an accurate assessment of classes to be held and their designated time slot.

Studio J was designed and created by Craig L. Beam, Janet’s husband who will be the studio’s guest piano accompanist for designated ballet classes in the future. Again, don’t forget to register now for upcoming classes and drop by our studio anytime to view our “dream in progress” and keep the date of Sunday March 30th open for our Grand Opening and Open House for Studio J. Look forward to seeing you there.

Craig L. & Janet W. Beam
Studio J

Friday, March 14, 2008

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper to Present Two Prestigious Awards at Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina’s Statewide Conference

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper to Present Two Prestigious Awards at Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina’s Statewide Conference

NC Attorney General Roy Cooper will join over 400 child advocates and leaders from across the state to recognize the personal achievement of two exemplary North Carolinians. The prestigious Donna Stone and Blue Ribbon Parent Awards will be presented on Tuesday March 18 at 12:30pm in the Twin City Quarter Conference Center of Winston-Salem, NC. Attorney General Cooper decided to personally recognize the award recipients because in his words:

“All children deserve a safe and caring place to grow and learn. We’re grateful for caring people who work to stop child abuse and help children across our state.”

The Donna Stone Award recipient, Mr. Cleveland Hunt, was nominated by the adoption unit of Nash County Department of Social Services for his exemplary initiative in raising awareness of the “Safe Surrender” of newborns. Mr. Hunt, a paramedic in Nash County, turned a personal encounter with two abandoned newborns into an independent enterprise to raise awareness of Safe Surrender locations. Mr. Hunt started by raising awareness as well as raising over $1,800 to design and print signs. These signs clearly indicate Nash county fire and rescue stations as locations where young mothers can safely surrender their infants without fear of prosecution. Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina gives the Donna J. Stone Memorial Award to an individual or group with a demonstrated commitment to child abuse prevention in memory of the significant contribution of Donna J. Stone, who founded the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse in 1972.

The Blue Ribbon Parent Award recognizes the initiative of a parent and community leader. Ms. Beth Taylor is the first recipient of Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina’s Blue Ribbon Parent Award. Ms. Taylor began her engagement with prevention efforts in the “Families and Schools Together” program at Old Fort Family Resource Center. Over the past eight years, Ms. Taylor’s involvement encouraged community activities from the donation of more than 400 blankets for needy families to establishing the “Circle of Parents” program at Old Fort Family Center. The Blue Ribbon Parent Award recognizes parent leaders whose involvement in local programs expands awareness, services, and support to others in their community.

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina is a statewide, citizen-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect in all its forms. With a network of over 350 agencies and professionals across the state, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina turns information into action by promoting effective community-based prevention programs, public awareness activities, educational initiatives, and training programs. Founded in 1979, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina is a state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. For additional information, please call 1-800-CHILDREN or visit www.preventchildabusenc.org.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Chimney Swift Tower, New to Sneads Ferry

When Jim Fulcher asked his wife, Virginia, what she wanted for Christmas last year, she said a Chimney Swift Tower. The requested gift was not the type of thing a woman can wear on her finger or dangle from her earlobes and definitely not easily shown to friends at lunch, but she had read in the Jacksonville Daily News that Chimney Swift habitat was declining in our area due to the capping of chimneys, loss of tree cavities and new construction methods. Virginia has always been impressed with the benefits Chimney Swifts, who are insectivores, offer our environment and mulled over the information contained in a Letter to the Editor long enough to feel compelled to do something about it. Jim and Virginia share a waterway enjoyed by an array of wildlife. For many years, the nature loving couple has continued to supplement wild birds’ diets and provide condos or gourds for Purple Martins when nesting time rolls around each spring. After going on the Internet and downloading schematics for a tower and an acceptable materials list from www.chimneyswifts.org, Jim recruited another builder to help him construct the tower. “It took a few weeks or more to complete the twelve-foot tower, due to waiting out wet weather conditions and allotting time for the concrete to thoroughly set up,” Jim told me when he called. Although I hoped when putting out the word that chimney swifts were in need of alternate habitat to encourage them to return to our area, many months ago, I had no idea anyone had taken the “verbal” yellow flag and thrown it down. Jim invited me to Sneads Ferry to take a look at the tower he built for Virginia (and the Chimney Swifts, of course). My husband and I jumped in the car that day and within twenty five minutes I was absolutely thrilled to be standing next to a swift tower I had only dreamed someone would care enough to ask about, let alone build on their own. Jim sounded confident and proud when he said he “reinforced everything to ensure it will withstand hurricane force winds.” He dug a foundation platform so deep; he needed twenty bags of cement to fill it. Angled, iron girders (wider than the schematic called for) were set in place to form an extremely sturdy base. Finished this past week, the twelve-foot tall swift tower, which Chimney Swifts like better than the eight-foot according to something Jim read, stands in waiting along Swan Point off Stump Sound in Sneads Ferry. So “yes, Virginia, we can honestly say there is a Santa Claus, well . . . a Santa’s helper, also known as your husband,” who made this special and most unique Christmas present, a Chimney Swift Tower, happen. Virginia can’t wait for the first migratory Chimney Swift couple to show up from South America’s Amazon Basin and check out their new digs. Although, the tower is large enough to house quite a number of roosting pairs of swifts, Virginia says she will be thrilled to see just one couple this year. Most stories have a moral–this one has a few, but the one I like most is: The little things we do can make a very big and positive difference. When your words mean so much to someone else, they become powerful. You may or may not find out what effect or influence they've had, but just keep doing your part to make the world a better place and know others, like Jim and Virginia, will to.















Article by: Linda Bergman,
Wildlife Rehabilitator
who volunteers at the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter in Newport
lbergman@ec.rr.com
346-8345

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Creative Calendar by CreativeWilmington.com March 6 - March 9, 2008

Creative Calendar by CreativeWilmington.com
March 6 - March 9, 2008



THURSDAY MARCH 6, 2008
Open Mic Night at Old Books
6:30PM
WANTED: Singers, musicians, actors, opera divas, ballerinas, poets, writers,

Beginning Beach Music Dance
7:00PM
Learn Beginning Beach Music Dance before the Summer Concert Series heats up.

Soul Retrieval & Journeying
7:00PM
Experiential lecture/class on traveling to non-ordinary/shamanic reality healing

Debbie Does Dallas
8:00PM
The most infamous adult film of all time provides the basis for this hilarious musical

Chatham County Line
8:00PM
Chatham County Line, the NC quartet who fuse old-time, gather-'round-the-microphone

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8:30PM
Every Thursday Night at 8:30 by Wilmington's Premier Salsa Instructors

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9:00PM
Encore Magazine's best sketch comedy troupe three years running

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FRIDAY MARCH 7, 2008
Empty Bowls 2008
11:00AM
Join in on the international project to fight hunger!

Chi Gong at laughing hearts yoga
12:00PM
This series is designed for the novice as well as practitioners of T'ai Chi, yoga

Eckhart Tolle Reading Group
2:00PM
Pomegranate Books is pairing up with Oprah's online book club!

Winter Jazz: L.J. Johnson Quartet
6:00PM
Bring friends and food for an evening of jazz at Cape Fear Museum.

Family Book Night
7:00PM
Family Book Night @ Barnes and Noble Mayfaire Town Center

Justin David
8:00PM
Meet the young songwriter / guitarist / mandolinist / fiddler / singer who's

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8:00PM
The legendary MUDDY WATERS once said, "The Blues had a baby and they named

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SATURDAY MARCH 8, 2008
Breakfast with the Fishes
8:00AM
Get a sneak peek of the Aquarium before it opens for the day. Coffee, juice

Hidden Battleship
9:00AM
Up, Down, and All Around! See the Battleship like you never have before!

Camellia Air Layering Lecture
10:00AM
Come join members of the Tidewater Camellia Club to learn about air layering

Story-YELLER! Storytime
10:00AM
Fun for kids of all ages Saturday Mornings Old Books on Front St. 22 N. Front St.

Debbie Does Dallas
8:00PM
The most infamous adult film of all time provides the basis for this hilarious musical

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9:00PM
For the Spring we turn out the Hottest Saturday Nights DJ Flaco Spins

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SUNDAY MARCH 9, 2008

Family yoga
10:00AM
Family fun is brought to the mat through partner poses and music in a safe

Easter Themed Pics for your Pet
11:00AM
Professional photographer Dick Parrott will be at Dog Gone Crazy-20 Market St

Behind the Scenes Tour
1:00PM
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the Aquarium?

Salt Marsh Exploration
3:00PM
Hike the salt marsh trail and view first hand the activities of marsh-dwelling animals

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6:00PM
At Teen Vida, Wilmington's Hottest DJ's play all of your favorite music.

Debbie Does Dallas
8:00PM
The most infamous adult film of all time provides the basis for this hilarious musical

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Monday, March 03, 2008

Lo-Re-Lei's Pub Is Now On MySpace

Keeping up with the trend of entertainment on the web, Lo-Re-Lei's Pub in Sneads Ferry now has a web address on MySpace.com. Their new site is http://www.myspace.com/sneadsferrylorelei which contains pictures of patrons having fun as well as information about regular weekly events.

As this is just getting started, there is surely to be lots more detail coming. Drop by their new MySpace account to say Hello. Better yet, drop by the pub itself to see what all the hoopla is about for yourself!

And tell them you read it on the Sneads Ferry News Blog!!!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Future Permits For Fireworks In Sneads Ferry Up In The Air

Trouble continues in Sneads Ferry. Sneads Ferrians are battling over whether it should incorporate, property infringement over a fisherman’s heritage and livelihood, and now involved in an ugly clash over fireworks.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

VFW Post 9983 St. Patrick's Day Dinner

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9983 of Holly Ridge, North Carolina will be holding a St. Patrick's Day Dinner consisting of corned beef and cabbage with trimmings on Sunday, March 16, 2008 from 2 pm until 6 pm.

$7.00 donation

For more information call 910-329-1881

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Testing at New River Community Church

Blood Drive & Bone Marrow Testing

When: Saturday, March 15, 2008 from 10 am to 4 pm
Where: New River Community Church (see directions and contact info below)

On Saturday, March 15, 2008 there will be a Red Cross Blood Drive & Bone Marrow testing within the New River Community Church gymnasium between 10 am and 4 pm. Donations may be made in honor of Josiah Allen (diagnosed with Leukemia). Those who are 17 years or older, in good health and at least 110 lbs, are potential donors. Please bring a picture ID. You may also be tested for bone marrow transplant, which only requires a mouth swab, on the same day (18 years to 60). Donations for the bone marrow testing are welcome. The Red Cross would like an estimate as to how many will come so you may sign up at any local Church within the Sneads Ferry area (these sheets will be picked up by March 3, 2008). Signups are a courtest and are not required.

Note: The hospital has used a lot of blood products in Josiah Allen's treatment ~50 transfusions! Someone else gave freely. We want to give back and make sure others are provided for in their time of need. Thanks!

Directions to the Church:
Highway 172 toward the back gate in Sneads Ferry.
Look for the big blue sign that says New River Community Church.
Turn right on to Wheeler Creek Rd.
Church is on the left.
Map to New River Community Church

Phone: 910-327-6722
Website: http://www.nrccog.org

Monday, February 25, 2008

Josiah's Day

Benefit for Josiah Allen
Teenager recently diagnosed with Leukemia
"I'll tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me." Mathew 25:40

March 8, 2008

Motorcycle Run, Bike Games, Prizes, Music and Lunch
Ride registration will be a donation
Dinner plates $5.00 donation (CALL 910-327-6624 FOR DELIVERY)
Registration starts @ 9:30 a.m.
Kick Stands up @11:00 a.m.

Directions to Benefit:
Highway 172 toward the back gate in Sneads Ferry.
Look for the big blue sign that says New River Community Church. Turn right on to Wheeler Creek Rd. Church is on the left.
Map to New River Community Church

Friday, February 22, 2008

The Sea Witch is in the house!

The Sea Witch is in the house!

Jean Hudson, owner of Sea Witch Antiques, has opened a new antiques and collectibles booth within the D & F Flea Market this weekend. With the rainy weather and colder temperatures, this is an excellent weekend to drop by the flea market to check out what is new.

Tell them you read it in the Sneads Ferry News!


D & F Flea Market
1324 NC Highway 172 West
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
Phone: 910-329-0155

Days/Hours Open:
Friday & Saturday 8 am - 5 pm
Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Sneads Ferry Prepares For Spring 2008

This past Sunday my younger son and I went out for a bike ride checking out the latest happenings in Sneads Ferry. It was a very pleasant day with warmer temperatures and a regular breeze so we made our way towards the waterfront and the marinas. Looking out over the Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW) was spectacular seeing the islands including Topsail Island and North Topsail Beach.

As usual, the people were quite friendly and waved often from homefronts, cars and boardwalks. Nearly everywhere we went, people went out of their way to say "Hello" and wish us a good day. It reminded me just how lucky we are to live in a small waterfront community in Eastern North Carolina.

The following are just a few pictures from our ride which took us down to Swan Point Marina and the surrounding housing areas. Click on the pictures to see a larger view of each. Enjoy!


Sneads Ferry Coffee

Being a coffee lover, I recently revisited places in Sneads Ferry, North Carolina that sell coffee. The following are my personal opinions based on my tasting, the business atmosphere, etc.

First, the places I have tasted the coffee in Sneads Ferry that in the running for "the best" included: Trading Post Coffee House (http://tradingpostcoffeehouse.com/), Sneads Beans (http://www.sneadsbeans.com/), and McDonald's (930 NC Highway 210). These places were chosen for the quality of coffee along with other factors.

Sneads Beans
I visited Sneads Beans on multiple occassions and tasted a variety of coffee drink types including latte, espresso, mocha, etc. The taste of these was satisfactory but, there was much lacking regarding the atmosphere of the shop, hours of availability and the website advertised on the front door was not operational. My concern for tourists and others not being able to know when they could obtain a coffee and/or other related information seemed to be realized. There was discussion by management about modifying the driveway for military personnel being able to purchase without violating military protocol on their way to/from work as well as gifts available in the shop's front section. As of my last visit, these were still in the discussion phase.

McDonald's
The local McDonald's is quite similar to others around the country. The coffee has been continually served very fresh and tasty. The price is reasonable and the military can drive through at hours not possible with other coffee houses in the area. If your purpose is to get a quality coffee on the way to/from work without violating military rules, this very well may be your best option.

Trading Post Coffee House
The Trading Post Coffee House located on Hwy 210 past 4 corners towards Topsail Island has a well proven reputation. The quality and service has been demonstrated repeatedly and the atmosphere is very nice. This coffee house has plenty of room to relax, enjoy your coffee and much more. The gift shop is rather well stocked along with a big screen TV for those wanting to watch the news, etc. The staff have always been very kind and considerate to me and those around upon each of my visits. Additionally, having wifi Internet access for customers is a serious plus to computer geeks like myself. If you desire a nice latte, espresso or similar, here is the place to shop in Sneads Ferry, NC in my opinion.

As I drink a lot of coffee each day, this is a very important subject for me. Realizing that different people have different taste, you may want to check these places out for yourself. Hopefully, my comments on each will save you time and expense.

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