Eddie Barber

APRIL IS A wonderful month in Emerald Isle; even the April showers will bring the beauty of May flowers. There are many exciting events scheduled during April in Emerald Isle and the Crystal Coast.

Our marathon, half-marathon and 5K will be held on Saturday, April 9. We are anticipating another great event. Thanks to all those who have worked so hard in making this event possible. I am planning on walking the 5K. I am excited about walking because this will be my first time being a participant in this event. The 2016 race proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Emerald Isle bicycle path.

This great event would not be possible without the tremendous assistance of many volunteers on race day. I would personally like to thank each and every volunteer and the Race Director Candace Dooley. Members of the race committee are: Patrick Dooley, Dorla Pake, Bryson McLean, Noelle Ricks, Annita Best, Amy Reardon, Emily Sylvester, Suzanne Rush, Frank Rush, Emily Egerton and Stephanie Whitehead.

I would like to invite everyone to attend the next pancake breakfast at Emerald Isle EMS. The breakfast will be held on Saturday, April 23 from 7-11am. What a great way to support an outstanding organization and have a fantastic breakfast. The pancakes and sausage are great. The cost is just $5 per plate. Please join me for breakfast on April 23.

April is also the time to sign up for summer day camp. Registration, for children ages 6-12, is Monday, April 25through Monday, May 2 from 8am-noon. Camp runs daily, no camping out required. For 2016, a lottery system will be in place for registration. Registration forms must be turned in by noon on May 2. Only one registration form required per family. Staff from Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation will conduct the lottery on Tuesday, May 3 and parents will be contacted accordingly. Registration forms are available at www.emeraldisle-nc.org.

A Vietnam War Commemorative Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 10am- 4pm at the Crystal Coast Civic Center. The Otway Burns Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, in cooperation with the Dept. of Defense Vietnam War Commemoration, invites all area Vietnam War Veterans to a celebration to HONOR and THANK them for their service. The celebration is free. Lunch will be served and there will be entertainment by Wild Honey and Jackie Gore & the Martin Davis Band. To RSVP, contact Missy de Tenley 252 504-1336 or ddetenley@ec.rr.com.

In closing, I would like to thank everyone who had a part in making our 25th St. Patrick’s Day Festival a success. What started out as a dream 25 years ago has turned out to be a premier event for the Crystal Coast. Special thanks to all of our volunteers and corporate sponsors. A very special big THANK YOU to Alesia Sanderson who has worked so tirelessly and so faithfully over the past years. Thanks Alesia for all your hard work.

I hope everyone enjoys April. I am looking forward to seeing you around the beach!

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