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Birds Tangled In Fish Nets:

Two Rescues In March. The Story

Letters: Collegiate Sailing Events - Thank You:

A Village Made It Happen. Letters To The Editor

First Oriental Sailpack Invitational Regatta :

More College Events Possible This Year & Next. The Story

Prepping For The Regatta:

Spring Break Training in Oriental. The Story

5th Great Oyster Revival:

Fundraiser for Pamlico Community College. The Story

Seals Near Oriental?:

Far Outside Home Waters. The Story

Snow Fall in Oriental:

Change In Precip & The Landscape. The Story

Indoor Dragon Boat Race In Oriental:

First In US. The Story

Chinese New Year 2015 / 4713:

Year Of The Goat. Drawing The Town

Ice Encases Village:

A New Midwinter Look. The Story

18 FJ's Added To Bow To Stern Fleet:

It Takes Village Volunteers. The Story

Bika, Nordic Visitor:

The Suddenly Longer Sailboat. The Shipping News

Miss January 2015 - Tyra:

Pickers Dog. Pet Of The Month

Splash of the Silver Voyager:

Low Tech Launch for a High Tech Voyager. The Story

2015 Instead of Football Regatta:

Tradition Of Sailing In The New Year. The Story

Friends Of The Dragon 2015:

Help Out A Fellow With Fire Breath. The Story

Reindeer in Oriental:

Boat Yard Grazing. The Story

Pete Parham, 1925-2014:

A Grandson Remembers. The Story

Letters: Military Drones :

Noise Drones On & On. Letters To The Editor

2014 Guide To Giving Locally:

Help Out A Nearby Non-Profit. The Story

Blaze Sinks Lz Sea Dogs :

Sailboat Lost at Whittaker Pointe Marina . The Story

Spirit of Christmas 2014:

Friday Night Lights. The Story

Oriental's 2014 Spirit of Christmas Parade:

1 Dragon, 2 Pigs, 3 Horses, 11 Pipers and a Host of Reindeer. The Story

Spirit Of Christmas Schedule 2014:

Friday and Saturday events. The Story

Grandmother Kayak Voyager:

Slim Boat To Guatemala. The Shipping News

2014 Hurricane Season Ends:

Quietest Season Since 1997. The Story

Chicken With The Lady's Head Cut Off:

Oriental Grocery History. Drawing The Town

Letters:Why Didn't The Pamlico Commission Want Wetlands Law Enforced?:

Reax To Monday's Vote to Compromise. Letters To The Editor

Pamlico Commission Says No To Citizens Enforcement Action:

Majority Votes To "Dialogue" Over Draining Wetlands. The Story

Miss November 2014 - Betsy:

Exit the Puppy Mill. Pet Of The Month

Getting EPA To Do Its Job:

Waters and Wetlands At Stake. Guest Columnist

Election Results 2014:

We Have A New Sheriff. The Story

Jenny Kruger Illustration in NYT:

Oriental to The Times Via Nebraska. The Story

Letters: Burning Yard Waste:

Where There's No Smoke, There's Ire. Letters To The Editor

Chili Cookoff 2014:

A Taste Of the Old Theater's 7th Annual. The Story

2014 Sunfish Worlds:

Scenes From The Final Day Of Racing. The Story

Letters: Walking With Ghosts:

An Appreciation. Letters To The Editor

Venezuelan David Gonzalez Arria Wins 2014 Sunfish Youth Worlds:

The Adult Sunfish Worlds Start Today. The Story

Letters: Gill Netting In Oriental's Creeks:

Controversy Just Off Shore. Letters To The Editor

Mister October 2014 - Eisenhower :

Liking Ike. Pet Of The Month


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A recent sunrise at Pierce Creek as mist lifted from the water’s surface. (Photo: Em Mallard)

Wednesday April 1, 2015

Happy April to you. The Oriental Weather Forecast gifts us with sunny skies for this first day of April and temps in the 60’s. Not quite as warm as yesterday but we should be back in the 70’s again tomorrow.

April’s a busy month. Next weekend — the 10th. 11th. 12th — Oriental’s Rotary brings on the Oriental Boat Show. (If you want to be a vendor, there are a few spaces available. More details here…)

The What’s Happening listings show that there’s still more in April… Jeremy Davis and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra at the Old Theater on April 9 and at River Dunes new amphitheater on the 10th.. A week later, the Oriental Tour of Homes.

This Saturday at the Farmers’ Market, Dorita Boyd of Raindrop Ridge Farms makes her yearly visit. From 8-11a she’ll have a great array of hard to find herb plants…..

Tuesday March 31, 2015

Out like a lamb. A very warm lamb. This last day of March has sunny skies and temps hovering close to 70. Wednesday and Thursday looking pretty good. as well.

Usually the ferry ride across the Neuse is a straightforward affair – running between Cherry Point and Minnesott Beach. On Sunday there was a sailboater to rescue…The NCDOT’s press release on the rescue is here.

Monday March 30, 2015

Hang in there. Today’s an extension of yesterday’s late March drear and drab. But look ahead a day in the Oriental Weather Forecast. Just one big sun to make your salutations to… Meanwhile, hang in there.

Might want to also scroll down a bit here to yesterday’s posting about a bunch of events coming up that may need some of your attention now.

Sunday March 29, 2015

Yeesh, what did we do? What kinda karma are we being hammered for? End of March Sundays in Oriental should be balmy, warming, a time to get the summer plant seeds sown in the garden. Yes, frost can conceivably happen thru mid-April here, but still… it would’ve been nice to have some warm weather this weekend. Instead we’re inside, warming our namastes by the fire…

The Oriental Weather Forecast may have temps getting in to 50’s but only for a little while this afternoon. Later this week we see temps in the 70’s.

May be a good time to go tripping thru the What’s Happening listings of all the events coming up. There are more than a few that you can be part of…

The Oriental Boat Show is coming together for that weekend of April 10-12. If you’ve got something boat or water related to show the world, the Boat Show’s a good place to do it. Sam Myers, the Rotary’s Boat Show impresario is the person to contact at sam@orientalboatshow.com

Want to do something to feed the hungry? Oriental United Methodist Church is aiming to package 10,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now on April 11. They figure with 40 volunteers they can do it in a couple of hours.

Leigh Price of OUMC says the meals go wherever needed — here and abroad. If you want to contribute some funds – say a $25 share – of the $2,900 they are hoping to raise for the supplies, that’d be appreciated, too. Contact Leigh at 249-1361

In May, comes the Art on the Neuse Arts Fest on Oriental’s harbor. Right now, the Pamlico Arts Council is taking applications from artists who want to show — and sell — there on May the 9th. Entry fee is a reasonable $35 — first time exhibitors welcomed.

Also that day, some friends of the late Joe Cox are staging a one-day retrospective of his work and the decades the NCSU School of Design professor and his wife Betsy spent in Oriental. (You have the Cox’s and a few others to thank for dreaming up the dragon motif for a town named Oriental and the New Years’ Eve dragon run half a century ago.)

So now, the call is out for those with some of Joe Cox’s works to lend them for this one-day display at the OYC. Contact Stan Allen in New Bern at 252-633-4685. (Click here for one example of Joe Cox’s work.)

Friday March 27, 2015

Well, if you’re fascinated by graphs that show drama, check out today’s temps from the Oriental Weather Station’s Data Division. In the past hour – between 11 and noon — temps have dropped 10+ degrees. They’ve not plateaued yet, either.

The Oriental Weather Forecast puts us into the 30’s by early morning, with that chance of snow. Even colder between Sat night and Sunday morning. Cover those plants….and watch your footing on the docks and stairs tomorrow and Sunday morning.

Thursday March 26, 2015

How weird is this weather? We’ll likely see a high in the mid-70’s today (it’s already in the mid-60s this morning). but then look ahead in the Oriental Weather Forecast and check out Saturday. Chance of snow. Temps in the 30’s Sat morning.

Some big events on the horizon in the next month. Two weekends from now is really busy…. The Rotary’s pulling together its Oriental Boat Show on the weekend of April 10-12. That’s Friday thru Sunday and like last year, it’s going on right here in town — and in waters off of Oriental Harbor Marina.

Also happening on that Thursday and Friday of April 9 and 10 is the Pamlico Musical Society’s last show of the season, with Jeremy Davis and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. Thursday the 9th they’re in the Old Theater, Friday the 10th they’re the first show ever at the new outdoor theater at River Dunes. Tix available at Nautical Wheelers.

Going on right now over at Public Radio East is their spring drive. You know the drill — the radio station brings you all kinds of programs and a couple times a year asks you to pay. Whatever you want. Odd business structure, but it is what it is. You don’t have to live here to pitch in either – even if you’re just listening on weekends, you can give. Number’s 1-800-222-9832.

Wednesday March 25, 2015

We’ve got highs in the upper 60’s in today’s Oriental Weather Forecast. Into the mid-70’s but rainy tomorrow. Today may be the time to get outside.

Looks like some trees are banking on spring staying. The swamp maples, which have been in red bud for weeks, are rocking the two-tone look as its leaves pop— bright maroon and chartreuse are the new black.

It being Wednesday, you’ll find Open Mic night at the Silos tonight. That and a whole lot more, in What’s Happening

Coming up this weekend, the Pamlico Community Band presents its spring concert on Saturday night.

And Oriental Dinghy Club kicks off its season with a Saturday evening dinner. If you’ve been wanting to get in more racing on the water without the bother of maintaining a boat, ODC always has a place for more crew on the boats that compete on many Saturday mornings. This Saturday’s dinner is a way to get to know more about the racers and racing. (That means you’re invited.) For more details, click here.

Monday March 23, 2015

Okay, so maybe yesterday’s Dock Quote about saying goodbye to the long cold lonely winter was a bit premature. (Chalk it up to the perennial optimism here on the Duck Pond.)

Reality is, the socked-in skies and rising damp are back with us today…The Oriental Weather Forecast has periods of bleh, followed by more bleh. Rain maybe too. But tomorrow comes at least a glimmer of sun. Enjoy it then. The rest of the week looks like we’ll be living inside a cloud bank.

Saturday March 21, 2015

1:18P Gorgeous spring afternoon. Raise a toast to the new season at Nautical Wheelers during their 3rd Saturday Of The Month wine tasting. It’s from 3-5 out on the porch at 411 Broad.

While you’re out, stop by the Town Dock where a 130-year old working boat from Mystic has tied up. (We found the owner using a classic wooden boat hook to measure the depth at the dock.) You might also get a look at it on Harborcam

And at 3:30 this afternoon, Habitat for Humanity officially dedicates the house volunteers build off of White Farm Road. It’s Oriental’s first Habitat house. The family moved in last month. The public’s invited to today’s dedication.

Oriental’s Tree Board planted that Drake Lace Bark Elm near the upper Duck Pond this morning — making it the 1000th tree planted by the volunteer boarding the past two decades.

6a This is more like the spring day we want — and need. Sunny skies, high in the 60’s and no rain. That Oriental Weather Forecast gives us a chance to dry out. Well, maybe for a day, cos the back half of your weekend could see rain.

Take a walk round town and look toward the ground — things are popping thru and blooming. Trees are leafing — well, in their nascent form — too.

Oriental’s Tree Board’s had a busy time the past two decades and is about to plant its 1000th tree this morning. You’re invited. It’ll be on the upper Duck Pond. First though, you can pick up some tree pruning tips in a workshop outside the Wit’s End.

(That we have 999 trees already planted can perhaps be best appreciated when you’re looking for relief from the summer sun…. Today’s Dock Quote touches on some of this.)

From trees to the Trio Valinor. The three piece – guitar, fiddle, standup bass— combo has sold out for tonight’s show at the Old Theater. But Pamlico Musical Society is bringing Trio Valinor to the porch of Town Hall for a 2p jam session. Bring a chair, and if you have one to play, an instrument….

NSA Shrimperoo is at two. What’s Happening has more details..

A reminder that tomorrow, at the Oriental History Museum, Creekeeper Bill Hines talks about birds and the environment and water quality. That’s 2p mañana. (Sunday, Buckeroo.) It’s tied in to the museum’s ongoing exhibit of photographs by local birders. You can see that today, even.

Friday March 20, 2015

Tonight, the Old Theater’s Friday Flick is the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. This is the original. (The sequel with a similar name is playing in those big, big box theaters right now.) But you can take in the original in the comfy exotic Old Theater. $5.50 and all the popcorn you care to eat. (If you want curry on that popcorn, you may have to bring your own…)

Happy Spring. So maybe a day with rain isn’t exactly how you pictured it but that’s what the Oriental Weather Forecast has in store today.

Tomorrow’s supposed to give us clearing skies. Just in time for the 1000th tree planting in Oriental tomorrow morn. A lace bark elm’s going in by the Duck Pond. The Tree Board is also offering a workshop on how to trim your trees…

Also tomorrow, as you’ll see in What’s Happening, Trio Valinor plays in a jam session on the porch of Town Hall. Bring your instrument and join in…. Also tomorrow, NSA offers up a Shrimperoo….

A bit more on the stories of the birds entangled in fishing nets is up.

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