Summer time is here and we have had a lot going on in Emerald Isle. On Friday May 25, the Veterans Memorial was dedicated at the Wildlife Resources boat ramp next to Chapel By The Sea. The fund raising effort was led by Bernie Whalley Committee Chairman of Veteran’s Memorial and a retired Marine. The monument honors all military vets from all services, Army, Marine Corp, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine. The weather was great and there was a crowd of about 300 for the occasion including at least 6 WWII Vets, and many Vets from other wars. The speakers included Representative Pat McElraft (Senator Jean Preston would have been there also, but she was ill) and Lt. Col. Ed Lang who heads up the Pedro Squadron and is stationed at Cherry Point. It was especially meaningful to have Lt. Col. Lang with us since he heads up the Pedro Squadron, lives in Cape Carteret with his wife Christine, and their children Katharine and Jonathan attend Croatan High School. Sometimes we forget that our fighting forces have families just like those of us that they are protecting. Be sure to check out the Memorial when you are in town.
Also at the boat ramp on June 3, we dedicated a picnic shelter in honor of Gordie McAdams. Gordie was a Town Commissioner for 10 years, including 3 terms as Mayor Pro-Tem. Unfortunately, he passed away at the very young age of 42 (in 2003) while riding his bicycle here in Emerald Isle. He loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and always willing to help others. He had a lot to do with making Emerald Isle the great place it is today and has surely been missed. Materials were purchased with funds contributed at the time of his death and the picnic shelter was built by volunteer labor from the Crystal Coast Woodworkers, a woodworking group that meets monthly in Emerald Isle. Check it out and have a picnic there some time. You will enjoy it.
Please welcome two more new businesses to town. Debra Blondin is a nationally certified Massage and Bodywork Therapist. She performs Swedish massage, deep tissue massage and reflexology. In addition, she is a Certified Medical Massage Therapist. Her focus is on relaxation, stress relief, pain management and overall mind, body and spirit connection and wellness.
Her mother, Bette Blondin, is a licensed psychotherapist, (counselor) and a certified hypnotherapist. Her preferred work is with private clients who need help steering their lives a bit and need someone to talk through their issues to find their own solutions. She uses hypnotherapy to help with relaxation and anxiety, also to help clients stop smoking and to lose weight. They are both located at 142 Fairview next to Ballyhoo’s.