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Letters: Etiquette At The Green Waste Dumpster:

A Call To Use It Right. Letters To The Editor

2016 Oriental Dragon Boat Races at River Dunes:

7th Annual Festival. The Story

2016 Hoop Pole Regatta:

Youth Racing in FJs And Optis. The Story

A Proposal:

She said yes. The Story

John McKee Poole, 1931-2016:

He taught thousands how to sail. The Story

The Piglet Opens:

Oriental Piggly Wiggly: Views, Day 1. The Story

Piggly Wiggly Grand Opening - Video:

Live Video Coverage. The Story

Piglet Preview:

Inside Oriental Piggly Wiggly. The Story

Letters: Piglet Anticipation:

Open Arms. Letters To The Editor

Letters: Scant Degrees of Separation :

Oriental-Falklands Connections. Letters To The Editor

Fiddler's Green:

Shakedown Cruise: 9600 Miles From Oriental To The Falkland Islands. The Shipping News

Chuck Lee Cycles Cross Country. Again. :

29 Days in 2016 TransAm. Spokes

Minnesott Community Day 2016:

Minnessott Beach On Parade. The Story

Parade Master Retires:

He Will Meister No More. Letters To The Editor

Croakerfest 2016:

Beyond the Parade. The Story

Croaker Festival 2016 Parade:

Volunteerism, Brexit, The Pig. The Story

Bob Brown:

Remembering Bob.... The Story

Letters: Search for Fan Creates Oriental Fans:

Words of Thanks. Letters To The Editor

Croakerfest 2016 Schedule:

This Year: A Cannon, New Fireworks Site, Gospel Sing. The Story

Mister June 2016 - Jack:

Oriental Dog Citizen. Pet Of The Month

FY17 Budget: Hike in Property Tax, Trash Fee:

June Town Board Mtg: $848K Plan. The Story

Letters: Against The Property Tax Increase:

Former Commissioner Weighs In. Letters To The Editor

Silospalooza 2016:

4th Annual: Hours of Music, No Rain. The Story

The Bears Return:

Backyards As Feeding Grounds. The Story

Letters: What's In A Name Change?:

Oriental Or..... Letters To The Editor

Poll - Should Oriental Change Its Name?:

The word "Oriental" has been banned from use in federal law.. Online Poll

Old Theater Celebrates 70 Years:

Scenes from 'Music & Memories'. The Story

Firefly :

Adventure From Land To ICW And Back. The Shipping News

Singing Out About HB2:

Susan Werner's Debut of "Carolina" in Oriental. The Story

PCC President Pick Expected In May:

Four Finalists Vie To Succeed Late Cleve Cox. The Story

PAWS Pet Parade 2016:

49 Dogs Hit The Streets. The Story

Bathroom Re-opens With On Duty Compliance Officer:

Gender Identity Assured Thanks To New State Funding. World Exclusive NewsExtra

Town Docks Get Paint Color Guide:

A Quick Way For Visiting Boats To Spot Oriental's Public Docks. The Story

Five Trucks. 45 People. Three Venues. 40 Seconds Of Video.:

Apple Semi-Stealthily Visits Oriental. The Story

Letters: Sailpack Thank You:

Oriental Welcomed 5 College Teams At Regatta. Letters To The Editor

Primary Election Results March 15, 2016:

Kenny Heath, Kari Forrest Hammond Victorious. The Story

Primary Elections Mar 15 :

Early Voting Now - Bring Photo ID. The Story

It Happened In The Park :

Pictorial of Performers. The Story

Letters: On Requiring Annexation For Water:

Avoid or Repeat Walmart Experience?. Letters To The Editor

Riding The Ferry - With The Captain:

A Crew's Eye View. The Shipping News



A familiar vessel in these waters, Bounty has returned. Bounty is a double-ended ketch designed by William Atkin. Bounty had several owners locally, but was purchased by a couple from New Zealand over a year ago. But Bounty is back… Oriental often has that effect.

Saturday August 27, 2016

Which will be the “H” storm? Which will be the dreaded “I” storm?

It’s hard to tell this morning. Check the Atlantic scene.

The storm near the Bahamas isn’t happening, and if it does it’s Gulf bound. There is a system just east of us though:

NASA/NOAA Global Hawk aircraft indicate that the low is producing winds near 35 mph east of the center. This low is forecast to move westward and then west-northwestward at about 10 mph toward the coast of the Carolinas during the next few days, but any development is likely to be slow to occur due to the system’s proximity to dry air.
  • Formation chance through 48 hours…low…20 percent
  • Formation chance through 5 days…low…30 percent

Friday August 26, 2016

4:07p While things are quiet this weekend in Oriental, just down the road a bit in Vandemere they are celebrating the grand opening of a Waterfront Park on Saturday.

11:09a Rotisserie chicken? Hot all day – check PigCam.

Now Elmer, sometimes you look a little confused. A latitude / longitude reminder might help.

6:45a Dry, sunny 90 today. A small chance of rain on the weekend.

Light winds in the marine forecast. ODC will be sailing in those light airs Saturday as the PHRF fleet races.

Eyes are on a tropical wave, Invest 99, now at the east end of Cuba. The storm that might become Hermine, now is looking a little less stormy. The national Hurricane Center has lowered the chance of it becoming a declared storm to 30% in the next 48 hours / 60% in the next 5 days.

A broad area of low pressure associated with a tropical wave is located between the southeastern Bahamas and the northeastern coast of Cuba. The low is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms mainly to its south and east, and upper-level winds are not expected to be particularly conducive for development during the next day or so while this system moves more slowly toward the west-northwest at about 10 mph. However, environmental conditions
could become a little more conducive for development over the weekend or early next week while the system moves through the Straits of Florida and into the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

Computer models on Invest 99 don’t look scary for us (but they do if you’re in wet Louisiana):

Thursday August 25, 2016

8:41a Closer to home, a new cam debuts today on TownDock.net. PigCam. There is a whiteboard on the wall at Oriental’s new Piggly Wiggly, and PigCam will bring you that whiteboard with its daily specials and Piglet info. Right to your desktop / laptop / phone.

Checking PigCam today you’ll find a link to Thursday (today) only specials at The Pig…

8:24a Hurricane update. There are two systems on the Atlantic (Fiona fizzled out Tuesday). And really only one to watch. While Gaston is now a hurricane, he’ll be staying mid Atlantic, passing well east of Bermuda on his way north.

The tropical wave that is not yet a declared storm is the one that has potential trouble. From the National Hurricane Center:

An area of low pressure associated with a tropical wave is
centered just southeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The wave is producing gale-force winds over water to the north of Hispaniola, however, satellite images indicate that the shower and thunderstorm activity is well removed from the area of lowest pressure. Surface data also indicate that the low continues to lack a well-defined center. Although upper-level winds are only marginally conducive for development during the next day or so, they are expected to become a little more favorable by the weekend, and this system could become a tropical depression during the next couple of days. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the wave later this morning.

That Hurricane Hunter aircraft visit will provide more conclusive info later today. Meanwhile, the early computer models mostly indicate a Florida visit. And after that, the Gulf. Louisiana is nervous:

Wednesday August 24, 2016

ferry logo4:26p Ferry service back on normal schedule with two boats running (the Kinnakeet had required repairs.) What is normal schedule? It’s right here.

12:07p The Ferry is running on a one boat schedule today – that means just half the normal runs. The one boat schedule is here:

11:54a It looks like the tropical wave just east of the Caribbean will likely become a tropical storm – now an 80% chance of forming in the next 5 days. While 80% leaves some uncertainty , we’ve never seen the National Hurricane Center assign an 80% number to a system that didn’t actually form.

The early computer models (these are early) continue to indicate a Florida landfall, keeping what would be Tropical Storm (or Hurricane) Hermine south of us:

Mom nature was kind to us overnight… it cooled to 64 degrees early this morning. A mild (for August) mid 80s today, reaching back to about 90 for Friday and the weekend with clear, sunny days.

Tuesday August 23, 2016

4:12p Local mariners that use the Dawsons Creek entrance – the Coast Guard may not be replacing an entrance buoy:

The Coast Guard is proposing to discontinue Dawson Creek Entrance Buoy 4 (LLNR 33801). Dawson Creek Entrance Buoy 4 is currently missing and a replacement cannot be placed on station due to lack of available water. With the encroaching shoal, the Coast Guard cannot mark best water to ensure the safe navigation of vessel traffic in the area. Interested Mariners and other stakeholders are strongly encouraged to comment on the potential impacts this proposal would have on navigational safety. You may provide feedback using the U. S. Coast Guard Fifth District Waterway Data Sheet, available online at this link.

All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to 24 August, 2016 to be considered in the analysis. Refer to project number 05-16-098(D). Send comments to CGD5Waterways@uscg.mil or pablo.a.ortiz2@uscg.mil.

Thanks to Joe Valinoti for the tip re the Coast Guard notice.

1:38p Fiona is finished, sayanara, kaput, done. The official term is post-tropical.

10:21a Two State Representatives visit this week – NC House Rep Michael Speciale, District 3 (that’s us – includes Beaufort, Craven & Pamlico counties) will join NC House Rep John Bell, Majority Whip, District 10 (Craven, Greene, Lenoir & Wayne counties) at PCC this Thursday at 10a. You can attend – more info here.

5:10a Gathering force, Tropical Depression Seven has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Gaston. Gaston will become a hurricane, but is forecast to stay offshore.

Fiona’s track on first glance appears to be headed for us, but Fiona is weakening – forecast to dissipate in the next couple days.

Which leaves us with a tropical wave, approaching the Caribbean. It now has a 60% chance of becoming a tropical system in the next 5 days. It could be trouble, although its early computer models suggest a Florida landfall more likely than our shores:
It is unusual to have this much agreement among computer models, before a system has actually been declared. Takeaway? The models might give us confidence that this will indeed stay south of us. But it is early on…

The next name on tap (it would be used for the above system) is Hermine. Upcoming 2016 storm names include Ian, Julia, Karl, Lisa, Matthew, Nicole, Otto & Paula.

Monday August 22, 2016

5:22p Tropical Depression Seven has been declared. This system should reach tropical storm strength by tomorrow and get named Gaston. Gaston is expected to become a hurricane.

But there’s good news. Gaston’s track is now forecast to keep it well offshore:

The next possible storm may be of greater concern. Now “Invest 99”, this system approaching the Caribbean has a track that could be trouble:

Invest 99 is not a declared tropical system, but it has a 50% chance of developing into one in the next 5 days.

1:47p The new storm hasn’t been declared – yet:

A low pressure area associated with a tropical wave is centered about 300 miles southwest of the southern Cabo Verde Islands. The associated showers and thunderstorms are well organized. However, recent microwave satellite data suggests the system has not yet developed a well-defined circulation. A tropical depression could form at any time tonight or on Tuesday as the system moves westward to west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph over the eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean.

7:23a Storm Fiona has downgraded to a Tropical Depression. While Fiona won’t be visiting our shores, the storm has trended farther west than initially forecast. Its track will pass west of Bermuda, heading north.

Which brings us to the far eastern Atlantic… just off Africa. Something is cookin’. From the National Hurricane Center:

Thunderstorm activity continues to show signs of organization in association with a tropical wave and a large area of low pressure located almost 300 miles south of the southern Cabo Verde Islands. Environmental conditions are conducive for development, and a tropical depression is likely to form later today while the system moves westward to west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph over the eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean.

As this system strengthens it will get the name Gaston.

Meanwhile, back here in Otown… a perfect late August forecast. Sunny, clear, a bit less humid and highs near 90 for most of this week. Tuesday even cooler, high 85.

Saturday August 20, 2016

12:50p Let the cooling trend continue. 81 at midday. Just the kind of weather for la dolce far niente – the sweetness of doing nothing.

You may though want to take one break from that idleness.

NauticaWheelers offers its monthly wine tasting this afternoon and today it’s italian wines. With a book signing no less. That’s at 3 and again at 4p.

6:19a That rain yesterday did cool things down. 71 degrees at 6a? We’ll take that.

Here’s the rest of the day, weatherwise.

Friday August 19, 2016

3:51p Almost a half inch of rain these past few hours but even more impressively.. temperature is 78 right now. Below 80? On a summer afternoon in Oriental? That’s as rare as Usain Bolt seeing the back of another runner’s jersey.

If you’ve got a moment and some blood to spare, the Red Cross is at Oriental United Methodist Church this afternoon.

Tomorrow afternoon Nautical Wheelers is offering samples of Italian wines – and new author Craig Elliott us signing copies of his book, set in Italy. Details, here.

Many folks attack their yards on the weekend (and if you’ve got Smilax thorning its way through your shrubs, “attack” is putting it mildly.) Town residents don’t have to schlepp up to the Grantsboro dump to get rid of pulled weeds, leaves, branches and vines but instead can bring ‘em to a dumpster in town set aside specifically for green waste.

In Letters to the Editor, there’s a call to observe ‘dumpster etiquette.’

1:26p Phew. It is coming down. Looks like we are back into that weather territory where “chance of afternoon thunderstorms” means something.

Before yesterday afternoon’s downpour, we’d gone a good week without rain. The weekend forecast looks like we’ll get more. and then, highs in mid-80’s —woo-hoo — come Tuesday.

Thursday August 18, 2016

12:07p Ker-tha-dunk. Your car’s tires may have encountered some of the deeper potholes that have cropped up on streets in Oriental. The craters can do an even worse number on a bike tire – or ankle.

Town Manager Diane Miller says the potholes should be filled in soon.

We experimented with a new patch that chemically activates when tamped and the test cases are holding well, so we’ve ordered a few pallets of the patch so we can do it ourselves, saving about half of the cost of contracted paving. We’ll be patching pretty regularly here soon, and also be able to get to the (potholes) as they start rather than having to endure them for a year at a time

Town Hall is “still compiling addresses of the offending holes,” a task that began earlier this summer. Just send the street address nearest the potholes to admin@townoforiental.com. Your struts and bicyclists tires will be grateful.

8:06a Computer Model consensus shows Tropical Storm Fiona heading north and staying out at sea.

But just in case you needed a small dose of fear with your cornflakes… there is one computer model way different from the rest. And what does it do? It tracks a line to the Pamlico Sound.

Don’t gulp your coffee. Those outlying models have a good track record of being wrong.

5:50a Help Heartworks help hundreds of kids here in Pamlico County. Heartworks is holding Harborfest, a weekend fundraiser next month at River Dunes and would really appreciate some volunteer help. 75 volunteers are needed, in fact.

You can find out more this morning at 10a at Oriental Town Hall. Or at 7p in Bayboro

Chris Fulcher is proposing an expansion of his facilities on Oriental’s Harbor. Plans include a 300 ton Travelift and 100 foot long washdown area for vessels. The washdown would use a newly state-required retention-recycling system for the water runoff. It would be done in open air.

That TravLift and washdown corridor would go on land between the eastermost Fulcher/Point Pride buildings and the former public right of way to the harbor that the town gave up in the land swap 4 years ago. It would be within several dozen yards of Oriental’s second Town Dock. Click here for map of site; the washdown area is highlighted.

Fulcher’s now unroofed building would be used to paint boats – a roof would be needed to contain that. For some of the project a Special Use Permit is needed, and with that a public hearing is required. SUP Application is here.

The item was New Business at The Planning Board yesterday. The Planning Board sent the application up to the Town Board. Town Manager Diane Miller says the Town Board could, at its September meeting, set a public hearing as early as the first week in October.

Wednesday August 17, 2016

1:39p Oriental’s Planning Board meets at 3p today. One item of New Business on the agenda reads, “Chris Fulcher SUP/LUP.” It’s about a proposed “gantry crane” and “washdown” for trawlers on the Oriental Harbor a few dozen yards from the new Town Dock.

Planning Board chair Eric Dammeyer says Town Manager Diane Miller has already approved the Land Use Permit (And her signature is on a similar application labelled as an SUP or Special Use Permit.)

At the 3p meeting she will be briefing the Planning Board which Dammeyer indicates will not have any decision in the matter because the project appears to comply with the Growth Management Ordinance.

The meeting is open to the public.

Some of the documents.

This map shows the area where boats would be pulled from the harbor.
This is the approved LUP.
This is the area of the proposed washdown pad.
And this is the file from Town Hall labeled “SUP.

That file had been erroneously labeled at Town Hall. Town Hall later on Wednesday provided the correct SUP application which can be read here. It will be subject to a public hearing, likely in October.

10:07a Condolences go out to Larry Suvak whose Shar-Pei, Tiani, died suddenly on Friday.

You may have seen the two on frequent walks near Sailcraft Marina where they lived. Below on their boat, Tiani would listen attentively while Larry practiced daily on sax and other instruments. 2-1/2 years ago, Tiani was Pet of the Month.

8:39a The dog days of summer were supposed to have ended last week but that dog’s stayin’ on the porch. Yet another hot one – a high of 91. Mid-70’s about as cool as it gets today – and that already happened at daybreak.

The temps do relent a bit around sunset and some evening walks thru town have found breezes, too. If you’re walking by the waterfront around 7:25p, you could catch the full moon rise – about a half an hour before sunset.

Tuesday August 16, 2016

A storm is brewing in the far eastern Atlantic, now with a 80% chance of forming in the next 5 days.

But there is good news – conditions are forecast to keep this storm at sea and well away from our coast. Computer models (at right) tell the story.

The next storm name on tap: Fiona. Coming up… Gaston, Hermine. Ian.

Photos from the 2016 Oriental Dragon Boat Festival now up.

A bit cooler. A tinge. A skosh. A couple of degrees less than yesterday’s 93 is today’s Oriental Weather Forecast

Monday August 15, 2016

While the dragon boat races played out at River Dunes on Saturday, Oriental had a lot of activity just off its shores, too. Photos from the Hoop Pole Regatta are up - and show the young sailors with the backdrop of Oriental’s waterfront.

Photos from the dragon races and from yesterday’s watermelon gathering .. coming.

Sunday August 14, 2016

Billy Flockhart’s made some big proposals this year. In January, at a public meeting, he laid out an idea to open a Piggly Wiggly and give Oriental a full service grocery once again.

At yesterday’s Dragon Boat Fest at River Dunes, Billy made another very public proposal. Unlike the long survey 700 responded to before he opened the store, this time around Billy had only 1 question. For only 1 person.

There was also, of course, a Dragon Boat race and we’ll have some photos of that. Also coming up are photos from another great event; in waters just off of Oriental Saturday, the Hoop Pole Regatta drew lots of young sailors.

Kudos to the paddlers and sailors. It was gruelingly hot. Yesterday’s high – 93 with a heat index past 100. More of the same today in your Oriental Weather Forecast – high 95°, heat index 105°.

Got a Heat Advisory til 8 tonight. Fay Bond’s heat advice is to stop by her yard at 4p today for some watermelon. Go on, be part of a tradition that’s closing in on half-a-century.

Saturday August 13, 2016

The 7th Annual Dragon Boat Festival has some 16 teams racing today at River Dunes. There’s the processional of teams – on land – at 9 and at 10:15 the start of the racing. Aside from a lunchbreak, it’s about 4 hours of racing – heats, then finals – ending circa 3:30.

There’s no admission charge but you may want to bring a non-perishable item – they’re being collected for the Fishes and Loaves food pantry.

The festival organizer Flora Moorman wants to recognize those who were part of a dragon boat team in the earlier years. If that’s you, look for the Charter Member Tent. Or, the Extraordinary Paddlers tent nearby if you’re game to pick up a paddle and round out a team.

Links to some earlier Dragon Boat races:

The First One: 2010
The Last Year On Oriental’s Waterfront: 2012
Racing at River Dunes: 2014

The Oriental Weather Forecast has highs in the low 90’s today and ol’ Mister Sun’s gonna be showing his stuff. SPF-ing advisable. Hydrate.

A memorial service and celebration of life this afternoon at Brantleys at 4 for John Poole. The co-founder of Oriental’s School of Sailing – and before that, piemaker at Poole’s Pies in Raleigh – was 85.

Gravy Boys in concert tonight at the Old Theater. You might still be able to get tix — check in with Nautical Wheelers.

And as you’ll see in What’s Happening, Sunday afternoon is watermelon Sunday at the Bond’s lawn. Yes, you are invited.