AACHO members enjoy fellowship; share pride in culture

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Afro-American Caribbean Heritage Organization (AACHO) members include Denise Powell, center, and President Vivian Richardson, standing third from right.
COURTESY OF AACHO

Members of the Afro-American Caribbean Heritage Organization (AACHO) recently caught a great comedy, “Ripcord.”

The play provided an opportunity to interact and enjoy the performance together – and have dinner at the Golden Corral.

AACHO, in its 38th year, is notable for an annual Black Heritage Festival, attracting thousands of visitors to the event.

The play was a lineup feature at Bunnell’s Flagler Playhouse. The comedy was written
by David Lindsay-Abaire.

The event was chaired by AACHO Finance Secretary Denise Powell. The hilarious play took everyone on a journey about relationships at a nursing home.

“We could barely make it home; we were so stuffed,’’ reminisced President Vivian Richardson.

AACHO can be traced to 1980, where in Palm Coast, a small group of African-Americans and African-Caribbean Americans got together to preserve a dual heritage, cultural traditions and shared ancestry.

AACHO history

In 1981, the group elected officers and laid the foundation of the Afro-American Caribbean Heritage Organization.

With a constitution adopted on March 16, 1982, the charter was received on Sept. 2, 1982, from the State of Florida.

These target points were written in AACHO’s history by President Emeritus Mildred O’Bryan.

The former president cited President Cynthia Hunt for initiating both the Black Heritage Festival and Caribbean Night.

AACHO is the story of an organization’s imminence as “Keepers of the Culture.”

AACHO buys into the duty of each generation sharing pride in its heritage, and passing on the knowledge of accomplishments and contributions handed down, and these traditions are to be preserved.

Throughout the years, AACHO has gained a well-known, well-respected reputation in the community.

No need to stockpile, county says

Flagler County Emergency Management reminds residents that there is no need to stockpile groceries and paper goods.

“Unlike the situation with a hurricane, the flow of supplies is not being disrupted,” Emergency Management Director Jonathan Lord said in a March 26 release.

“Please only buy what your family needs for a week because there are a lot of families that are unable to buy food and supplies for weeks in advance,” he added.

On March 25, Flagler County asked its residents – especially those who are over 65 years old or who have a pre-existing medical condition – to stay home for 14 days to the degree possible.

“We ask that you only go to the store once a week, and get only the things you really need,” Lord said. “We don’t need people making extra trips because they can’t find what they are looking for.”

Some guidelines

The CDC guidelines stipulate that all gatherings should be limited to 10 people or fewer, and six feet of distance should be maintained.

Officials urge all residents and businesses to follow Florida Department of Health and CDC guidance that includes frequent hand-washing; staying home when possible; and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

Additionally, those who are sick and/or told to self-isolate should remain at home unless seeking medical care. Cover coughs and sneezes, wear a facemask around others, and disinfect touched surfaces daily.

For more information

Anyone with government services questions should call Flagler County’s main telephone
line to get further clarification, 386-313-4000.

All COVID-19-related questions should be directed to the hotline, 866-779-6121.

Check for current information on Flagler County’s website  www.flaglercounty.org, and follow Flagler County Government or Flagler County Emergency Management on social media. The county’s social-media team will provide updates through these official accounts:

Flagler County Government: Facebook.com/FlaglerCounty-Government

Flagler County Emergency Management:
Facebook.com/FlaglerEOC
Twitter.com/FlaglerEOC
Instagram.com/FlaglerEOC

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As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted, the prodigal son, or daughter, and the bereaved.

Celebrations

Belated birthday wishes to Clarice “Dollie” McLean, March 25; Vicki Seward, March 26; Jean Tanner, and my son, Christopher McCarthy of Queens, March 27; Barbara Jackson, March 28; and Cynthia L. George-Durbin, March 29.

Birthday wishes to Delcena Samuels, Stephanie Robinson Matthews, April 7; Eugene Price and Patrice Straker, April 8.

Happy anniversary to Frank and Almedia Quarterman, April 3; and Bob and Lynne Williams, April 7.

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