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Chowder Cook-off 2018:

A festival celebrating chowder & St. Patrick's Day. The Story

College Sailing Teams Visit Oriental:

Sailing students train in town. The Story

Letters: Bring Back Classical Music:

Classical Radio Ends Suddenly. Letters To The Editor

Mister March 2018 - Zeus:

Breed Ambassador. Pet Of The Month

Hodges Street Flooding. Is There A Fix?:

Hodges Street and Raccoon Creek: A Brief History. The Story

Winter Birds at Pungo Reserve:

Photographer captures wildlife at Pungo Reserve. The Story

Whittaker Point Is Eroding:

Whittaker Creek Properties Potentially Threatened. The Story

Oriental's Chinese New Year 2018:

A Dragon, a Rickshaw, and Pots & Pans. The Story

2018 ~ Year Of The Dog:

Celebrating two Oriental favorites. Drawing The Town

Pirate Ship Owl:

A 1960's sailboat in a 1780's disguise. The Shipping News

Town Board Meeting February 2018:

Military training, Chinese New Year, Seismic Blasting. The Story

Mister February 2018 - Mister Earl:

Man About Town. Pet Of The Month

Letters: Waiting Years For Drainage Fix:

Ponding at Main & South Water. Letters To The Editor

Quarterly Workshop Becomes Quasi Town Meeting:

Erosion, SUP procedures, and talks with the Coast Guard. The Story

A Labyrinth is Coming to Town:

A spiritual offering with a river view. The Story

Second Snow of 2018:

Scenes from a snowy village. The Story


6 legs aboard 30 feet. The Shipping News

The Snow Birds Of Oriental:

Rare Woodcock Sightings In Town. The Story

Town Board Meeting January 2018:

Wider Shoulders On 55, Deeper Whittaker Creek Channel. The Story

Instead of Football Regatta:

Two boats sailed, 50 sailors celebrated. The Story

Dragon Run 2017 Into 2018:

Oriental Dragon welcomes Year of the Dog . The Story

Bright Lights of Oriental:

Christmas displays light up the town. The Story

Mister December 2017 - Chip:

Quail counter hobbyist. Pet Of The Month

Diesel Spill Blows into Oriental's Harbor:

Quick response, quick clean up. The Story

Friends Of The Dragon 2018:

Oriental's Dragon Shouldn't Be Homeless. The Story

Giving Locally Guide 2017:

Helping Those Who Help. The Story

Old Sails Turned Into Sea Bags:

Recycle a sail, help create young sailors. The Story

Spirit of Christmas 2017:

We hardy few: festivities continue in spite of rain. The Story

2017 Spirit Of Christmas Schedule:

Parade & Lumaria Saturday. The Story

Town Board Meeting December 2017:

New Commissioners sworn in, retiring commissioners honored. The Story

Bristol Channel Cutter “Grace B” at the town dock.

Friday March 23, 2018

9:50a Fresh roasted coffee beans, right here in river city. Croakertown Coffee Company opened this month, a coffee roastery in Oriental. Roaster Sally Pichette writes in:

The Roastery open to the public on Fridays 9am – 3pm starting this week. Our coffee samples for tasting this week will feature Colombia and Peru. We now offer Single Serve Cups with a Dark Roasted House Blend.
The Roastery is at 108 Straight Road, (formerly the Optisonics Lab) between Hwy 55 and the fire station. Open today til 3p.

8:04a The overnight low was 34… a sunny mid 50s day is ahead. Saturday is staying dry for the Pet Parade – sunny & about 50.

For our small town (& county), Saturday is crazy busy. A boating seminar, a march, a forum, a convention, Girls on the Run and a band concert Saturday night. And add that Pet Parade Saturday 11a. The whole long list is in What’s happening.

Perfect sailing winds, 10-15 knots on the Neuse.

Thursday March 22, 2018

1:24p The Old Theater holds auditions for The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree tonight at 6:30p… at The Old Theater. This musical comedy will be performed in early June.

New Piglet weekly specials are online.

Sweet Potato Blonde Ale. It’s among the options this week as New Village Brewery has a tap takeover by 217 Brew Works.

1:07p A busy Saturday in and near Oriental. Arbor Day pruning, how to manage a sailboat race, PAWS Pet Parade, County Democrats are having a convention, Girls On the Run Fun Run and the Unified Christian Network community forum. It’s all in What’s Happening.

While cool, Saturday’s weather will cooperate with sunshine. High just about 50.

10:28a On the Neuse today, winds are 10mph out of the NW.

Berkley Hill, Pamlico Animal Control Officer, picked up a raccoon on Blackwell Point by Silverbrook Rd that tested positive for rabies. Officer Hill can be reached at 252-745-3202 in case of any other reported cases.

7:29a Wake up. More coffee. Prepare for your audition.

Wednesday March 21, 2018

3:50p Yesterday’s high, 78. Today’s high… 46. Elmer, it just ain’t fair.

Sunshine is coming Thursday, and a semi- balmy mid 50s.

12:08p Fishing. It’s a pretty big part of town, both the big trawlers and the smaller boats that head out. Today TownDock brings you what we hope will be the first of many fishing reports.

We talked with Jeff Styron of Garland Fulcher Seafood. Jeff sells fish to grocery stores and restaurants (and retail on Hodges Street.) He works with both the larger fishing trawlers and many small local fisherman, providing him with insight on different types of fishing. Take a listen:

What’s with the birds chirping? Recorded sitting at Garland Fulcher Seafood on Hodges (sitting in the plastic seats.)

9:01a Does the world need another banjo player?

Maybe, if it’s you. You can learn to play the banjo, starting today at PCC.

8:58a Mom Nature giveth, and she taketh away. Yesterday was 78 degrees. Today… not.

A cool mist in the air, high today just upper 40s. It feels like January. But then yesterday afternoon felt like May or June.

Sailing has been a hot topic lately. Today, we turn to fishing. Stand by…

Tuesday March 20, 2018

5:33p High temp today – 78 at 2:50p. Very fitting for a first day of spring. But cold air is visiting… the Oriental Weather Station shows temps dropping like a rock:
temperature graph
Low to near 40, then lows into the mid 30s through Friday.

4:26p It is officially spring, and Nautical Wheelers is thinking about spring things.

3:21p What’s the “normal” water level? According to the Oriental water level gauge it’s the level right now.

The gauge is at Lou Mac Park… installed by the state in 2013.

2:40p Lots of bicyclists around town this afternoon… even Miss Julia.

12:19p Speaking of boats, there is a boat show coming to town. Soon. April 13-15. Power & Sail.

12:01p After four college teams last week, there are no college sailors in town this week. Illinois was scheduled to be here, but reportedly last minute flight costs prevented their visit. Drexel University is set to be training in Oriental next week.

The big event is at the end of the month – 20 teams from 18 schools are in the Sailpack Regatta March 30 – April 1. 150 sailors and coaches are expected. All in Oriental.

A lot of sailing activity going on for this early in the year. Mark Fields with Bow To Stern writes in:

This month our new to the fleet Wild Cat 35 catamaran is going out on charter for a 6 day adventure, the Matcheswala family whom received their ASA certifications last fall is chartering our new Hunter 34, our new Cal 24 is going out with Capt John while Capt Dennis is teaching an ASA 103 class on the Endeavor 32, with Capt Harry teaching a half day catamaran class.
Oriental is fortunate to be home to two sailing schools.

Oriental’s School of Sailing,a US Sailing school, has just started a program called First Sail. Basically, if you’d like to find out if sailing is your thing… come on out for a free first sail. Sailing instructor Capt Will Flannery explains:

Starting this month we are offering Free First Sails. This program is designed for anyone interested in learning to sail. First Sails are an introduction to Sailing that last about an hour and are done on a Weather Permitting basis.
Contact: Capt. Will at 252-571-8911

6:32a Lightning. Thunder. Welcome to the first day of Spring.

Rain on and off all day today. It will clear some mid-day, then more rain tonight:
Monday March 19, 2018

4:41p March brings the annual Chowder Cookoff. Saturday folks came to the Oriental Marina grounds as 10 teams competed to have the best chowder for 2018.

The winner was Rachel Tipton and her Southwestern spicy potato cheese chowder. Rachel was a bit surprised:

“I can’t believe this. I’m not a cook. I don’t cook.”
Ben Casey was at the Chowder Cookoff for TownDock… here’s the story.

2:48p Town Hall says your blue recycling bin is probably still full:

town hall signRecycling is running a little late, please leave carts at the curb until emptied.
Reminder: No bags of any kind can go into recycling and only trash inside the bin (not next to) will be picked up. Thanks.

8:24a Is there some theatrical pirate in your soul? The Lady Pirates Of Captain Bree is a play coming to the Old Theater in June.

But first it needs cast. Like you. Auditions begin this week on Thursday.

8:11a We may see rain this afternoon – 60%. Tuesday is the first day of spring 2018… it threatens the possibility of a thunderstorm.

Sunday March 18, 2018

8:31a Learn or get better at golf. Go birding. Quilting. Yoga. Create ceramics. Or finally discover how to play mandolin, banjo, violin or ukulele. Classes begin this coming week at PCC.

8:22a Waking up slow? Might be that third beer.

It may be a cloudy start, but by about 1~ish this afternoon the sun will take over. Highs mid 50s.

It was seriously windy overnight… peak wind 41mph @ 2:49a.

Carry on…

Saturday March 17, 2018

3:50p A Small Craft Advisory on the Pamlico Sound Sunday… gusts up to 30 knots. On the Neuse River calmer conditions, northeast winds 10 – 15 knots.

2:20p This afternoon it’s the NSA Shrimparoo at O’Town. Tonight music at O’Town, Brant Island Strings, plus at New Village Brewery, it’s Patrick Bliss.

Corned Beef & Cabbage all over (see below.)

You and your tummy can rest on Sunday.

7:45a There’s a 40% chance of rain today, but it isn’t expected to show up til later this afternoon… 3 ish.

All should be clear for the Chowder Cookoff today. High mid 60s.

5 to 10 knots on the Neuse.

7:37a St Pats culinary plans? The corned beef n cabbage dinner at St Peter The Fisherman is sold out. But there is corned beef hope for you.

M&Ms Cafe is serving corned beef n cabbage all day… lunch & dinner. Over at O’Town corned beef n cabbage is on tap for dinner.

Friday March 16, 2018

4:46p Today’s high reached 72 in Oriental. Hope you got some vitamin D.

3:47p At the New Village Brewery they are picking artwork for their new Farmhouse Ale. On a recent Saturday local artists painted up their farmhouse visions. You can vote today & tomorrow at the brewery. Here are four of the seven… click a painting for a bigger view and you can scroll through all seven:

3:25p You really can be well fed Saturday. Chowder Cookoff 11:30a – 1:30p. Shrimparoo 2p – 5p. Saturday 4p until Weeping Radish brats & sausages at The Brewery. For dinner St Pats Corned Beef n Cabbage at MMs Cafe & O’Town.

What’s Happening.

8:20a Perfect March weather today… sunshine mid 60s. Saturday about 60 and a chance of rain.

On the Neuse 10-15 knots today, Saturday a lazyyy 5 knots.

8:14a A full weekend ahead. The annual Chowder Cook-Off is Saturday 11:30a – 1:30p on the Oriental Marina / Tiki Bar grounds by the harbor. Ten bucks and you get to sample lots of chowder. The $ go the the Oriental Woman’s Club and their charitable missions.

Nautical Wheelers wine tastings Saturday 3 & 4p. Saturday morning 9a at Town Hall the SCOO / NSA seminar is on something most boat owners have to deal with… diesel engine maintenance & repair.

NSA’s Shrimparoo is Saturday at O’Town.

St Patricks dinner Saturday night at St Peter The Fisherman. Corn Beef n Cabbage is also on the menu Saturday night at MMs Cafe and O’Town Pub. Saturday evening Brant Island Strings performs at O’Town, and Patrick Bliss plays at New Village Brewery.

Tonight at The Old Theater – it’s “Waking Ned Devine.”

It’s all in What’s Happening.

Thursday March 15, 2018

3:55p College sailors are invading Oriental all this month… different teams arrive every week for training. Here are views from this week…

Earlier this week regular listeners to WTEB’s classical music radio signal had a shock. No classical music. Oriental resident Paula Valinoti would like to see that decision undone and the classical music restored.

11:51a Over 40 college sailors are in town this week for training. Temps have been a bit cool for sailing, but that hasn’t stopped them at all. They have just dressed the part:

After a cold day on the water, foul weather gear was hanging out to dry late Wednesday afternoon:

(Jim Edwards photos – click image for bigger view)

7:35a Sunny and about 60 today and staying that way through the weekend.

New Village Brewery is serving up beer and non-alcoholic root beer from The Weeping Radish today through Saturday.

Wednesday March 14, 2018

4:50p NOAA has issued a Special Weather Warning for Thursday:

Gusty southwest winds and low relative humidities will produce an
elevated fire risk for Eastern North Carolina on Thursday
afternoon. Winds will gust to 25 to 30 mph with relative
humidities dropping to 20 to 25 percent.
Outdoor burning is discouraged. Please refer to your local burn
permitting authority on whether you can burn.
If you do burn, use
extreme caution and ensure fire suppression equipment is readily
Outdoor burning in Oriental comes under General Ordinances, Chapter C. It can be summarized by the info ( from the Ordinance) at this link. Basically, if winds are above 10mph, you can’t legally burn.

Town Manager Diane Miller adds there is a better solution:

You can take any vegetation to the water plant dumpster – not longer than 6” in diameter, 4’ long. If can’t get it there – get it to the right of way and call Town Hall – no loose leaves/grass.

10:45a Mildred street will be closed to traffic for about an hour today. The construction at the playground requires more concrete.

From Town Manager Diane Miller:

Mildred Street will be CLOSED between Second and Third Avenue to Through Traffic from 11:00am-noon for Concrete truck at Lupton Park.

9:11a Specials for St Pats among the weekly deals now online at The Piglet.

8:55a Temps forecast to be just in the high 40s today, and partly sunny.

Tuesday March 13, 2018

7:23a Roads in Oriental are just fine, and also fine in the county from reports. It is just porches & porch steps & docks that have some icey stuff.

6:31a Little of the forecast snow arrived overnight. Some came down for a few minutes, but not enough to collect. But there is some ice on porches & docks. Until the sun gets a chance to shine on it, some caution.

Sunny & clear today, highs just near 50. Just mid 40s Wednesday, but Friday promises a 60 degree sunny day.

Westerly winds have pushed water levels back to normal. They will likely fall even more today.

Brisk on the water… NW Winds 15 To 25 on the Neuse. On the Pamlico Sound 25-30 knot winds and a Gale Warning.