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News From The Village Updated Almost Daily
- Farmers' Mkt - Wed Sept 3 8-11a
- Wed Open Mic Night @ The Silos - Sept 3
- Harbor H2Ofronts Comm. Mtg - Sept 3
- Wed Night Sailboat Race 5:30p
- Lynn Hines @ Library - Opening 9/4
- Almost Deck Party @ The Bean - Sept 5
- 2014 Greens Creek Challenge - Sept 6
Fishing Ships & Intent Of Land Swap . The Story
Buying Now For The Future. Letters To The Editor
Precautions For Fishermen. Letters To The Editor
Dream of the Fuel Efficient Cruiser. The Shipping News
13 Teams At River Dunes. The Story
Fundraiser Brings 24 Ukes To School. Letters To The Editor
Questions of Why That's Allowed. The Story
Query: How Will Town Board Respond?. Letters To The Editor
Recognizing Action To Protect And Preserve The Coastal Environment. The Story
Trailblazing For Bike Paths. Letters To The Editor
Supporting Pamlico High Golf. The Story
Flight of the Condor. The Shipping News
Readers Come Through. Letters To The Editor
Schools Of Sunfish & FJs On The Neuse. The Story
A Job Well Done. Letters To The Editor
Song, Hats, Seeds. The Story
Pirates, Pageant Queens, Politicians. The Story
34th Annual Croakerfest. The Story
It Takes A Village Time To Prep. The Story
First Annual at Paradise Cove Marina. The Story
Once Again, Lawmakers Need Reminding. Letters To The Editor
Doing Nothing But Fueling Up. The Shipping News
Keeps Attorney From "Any Fiduciary Capacity" Until "Further Order From The Court". The Story
The Economic Benefits To North Carolina. Letters To The Editor
4th Annual Raises $140,000. The Story
Don't Alter Glenda's. Drawing The Town
Ongoing Effort To Host More Races. The Story
Playing in the Parking Lot. The Story
Return of Southeast Regionals. The Story
Reading Lessons. Letters To The Editor
No Room at The Bins. Letters To The Editor
Tradition Of Giving A Start on the Neuse. The Story
ODC Results From May 10. The Story
Sawyer Wins Sheriff's Primary In Pamlico. The Story
Who Is On The Ballott May 6. The Story
Scavenging, Wrecking or Theft?. The Story
Boat Made & Raffled Off. The Story
Rotary's Move To In-Town Show A Success. The Story
Paddling 200+ Miles of Neuse To Oriental . The Story
Open Air Museum. The Story
Check your parking brake. The Story
1100 Cyclists, Many Wheels, One Dragon. The Story
Update on Red Lee Jukebox At Oriental Museum. The Story
Changes To Voting Laws Go Beyond Photo ID. The Story
Calling A Deck A Deck. The Story
HarborCam is back – the repaired & renewed view of Oriental’s harbor returned Labor Day. The TownDock Technology Dept is still learning some new tricks with the cam – clearer images and even a possible alternative view may be in the near future.
Tuesday September 2, 2014
2:07p The news from Town Hall – Town Hall has no internet access today. Any email you send Town Hall likely won’t get seen today. Hopefully the net is back by tomorrow.
Yesterday’s Oriental trash/recycling pickup was delayed due to a truck breakdown – it should get completed today.
11:42a The Town’s ordinance that keeps fishing trawlers from staying at the Town Docks may be getting another look over. The full story is now up…
Oriental’s History Museum made it on to the News and Observer’s list of NC’s One Hundred Best Kept Secret places to visit in the state’s 100 counties. The museum was Pamlico County’s spot, and was featured in yesterday’s N&O.
9:30a Labor Day may mark the end of summer in one sense, but phew, temperature wise? It’s as though summer’s now begun.Oriental Weather Forecast has a high of 91 – on the thermometer – today. But do the old Heat Index calculation and it’ll feel like 102. Hot all week. August may have been our September…
Oriental’s Town Board meets tonight at 7p. It’s not on the agenda for tonight, but one issue to look for in coming weeks and months, is the Board’s vote in early August to keep the Town Docks off limits to commercial boats — with some exceptions. At the Board’s agenda meeting last Thursday seafood plant owner and former Mayor Sherrill Styron called on the Board to lift the ban so that large fishing trawlers could use the docks.
The controversy is centered on the newly renovated dock acquired in the Chris Fulcher land swap. At the time the swap was proposed in 2012, proponents said getting that dock would put all of the recreational boating at one end of the harbor and leave the commercial boats in the private docks outside that area.
As said, it’s not on the agenda for tonight but could come up in Commissioners Comments. And will likely go to the new Harbor Waterfronts Committee which meets tomorrow. Update: The Story is now here.
Monday September 1, 2014
2:24p An old friend is back. HarborCam.
Sunday August 31, 2014
3:41p How many years in prison would you risk for a bottle of vodka? Two men may not have done the math on that question before taking action early today.
There were break-ins at two restaurants – Brantleys and The Silos — in Oriental before dawn this morning. Nothing was taken from Brantleys. From The Silos, they stole a cash register, a bottle of Grey Goose vodka and another bottle of liquor, and $24 in loose change. The front door of The Silos was crowbarred open.
Oriental Police Chief Dwaine Moore says a security system video shows two young white men in their late teens-early 20’s wearing hoodies in the restaurant for 5 minutes between 5:25 and 5:30a. Anyone with any tips to help the investigation is asked to call Chief Moore at 252-497-5430.
He notes that the county sheriff’s department is investigating two home break ins Friday near the Dawson’s Creek Wildlife Ramp. It’s not clear if there’s any connection.
Still, the Chief is encouraging other businesses in Oriental to secure their belongings, because, “we’ve got people who want to start taking things as if they were their own.”
Oriental has a calmer crime rate than most places on the planet, but stuff can still happen.
11:14a Sunny and a high in the upper 80’s today. That’s the August we are more accustomed to – it just took about a whole month to get here. If you look ahead in the Oriental Weather Forecast it seems like September gives us even more of the August weather — highs in the 90’s for Labor Day and for days afterward.
Up at Paradise Cove today, the three B’s — beer, brats and Bob Laverty. Details here. Some sailboat races between here and New Bern going on out on the Neuse, too.
Coming up in two weeks, Oriental’s first Ol’ Front Porch Music Fest. Dottie Osmun is asking anyone with a non-profit — or a craftsperson — who wants to sell that day to let the organizers know. By tomorrow. If your civic organization wants to sell wares or desserts the person to get in touch with is Leigh Price. Artisans contact Dottie. Click here for contact info…
Saturday August 30, 2014
A murky start with the cloud cover, and there is a 20% chance of rain — cos it is still after all, The Soggy August of 2014. But the sun’s poking thru.
Lots going on this Labor Day Saturday. Out on the river, you should be seeing a bunch of sails, among them the participants in the Oriental Dinghy Club’s First Labor Day Pursuit Race. It gets going at 11a. Here on land, the Oriental Farmers’ Market is happening on Hodges from 8-11a – honey, eggs, baked goods, produce and jewelry. The full listing is here.
Inside, Village Gallery has its ever changing collection of works by artists with a local connection. Oriental’s History Museum has exhibits from both on high — a display of aerial photos of town and one where you can mark your place — as well as from the terra firma – fossils. And of course, the restored Wurlitzer falling somewhere in between on that time line.
Tonight, Dale Montgomery’s leading his Oriental ghost walk starting at the Dinghy Dock. How to get in touch — with Dale — see here. (Getting up with the spirits… that’s more than a click away.)
Friday August 29, 2014
12:14p Cristobal is now officially “post tropical” – no longer a hurricane or tropical storm. It looks like we are clear of any storms for the next week of hurricane season. The only current concern is a bit of breeze off Africa. From the Tropical Outlook:
8:58a This week TownDock.net received a beautifully written letter to the editor. It came by US mail, which is rare, but rather nice. A stamp and everything. It was really well written, with obviously much thought. But it was anonymous. TownDock’s requirements for letters are simple:
8:02a Vibrio Vulnificus is a waterborne bacteria that can occur in our waters during the summer. A local fisherman was infected with it recently. Ashley Erwin sends in this cautionary note for local fishing.
7:23a There’s some Sunfish sailing news this morning. First off, Jerry Dasson, Sunfish Fleet Captain for the Oriental Dinghy Club, reports a great showing by ODC Sunfish racers last weekend:
Seven One Design Classes were represented. The Sunfish class had the largest number of entrants – 12 boats. Four members of the ODC Sunfish Fleet participated. Charlie Garrett was victorious with a 1st place win followed by George Midyette in 3rd, Todd Cox in 8th (on a loaner boat), and Ned Albee (a new Sunfish racer), in 9th.
Also in Sunfish news – we have two local entrants in the October Sunfish Worlds at Camp Sea Gull.
It’s Oriental’s world famous “Midyette Brothers” – Ken “Turtle” Midyette & George Midyette (they’re cousins, but seen on the water together so often that “Midyette Brothers” is frequently used). They were selected with the last two slots available for a Sunfish Worlds invite. Both are accomplished sailors, but Turtle admits to playing up the “local family roots card” pretty hard in their application. Team TownDock will be cheering on the Midyette Brothers in the Worlds.
The Sunfish Worlds will be amazing to have just down the road from Oriental. Oriental has another key part in the Worlds. All 72 of the brand new Sunfish Race boats are coming from Sunfish Dealer Triton Yachts in Oriental.
Thursday August 28, 2014
7:43a This morning Hurricane Cristobal is just north of us (36.3N – Oriental is 35.02N) as it passes by – harmlessly out to sea. All should be calm for at least a week now, but we are heading into the historically peak part of hurricane season – the end of August through the first 3 weeks of September.
There is a disturbance just off Africa that could be the next system we need to watch. The next names on tap for the 2014 storm season are Dolly, Edouard and Fay.
Sunshine, dry and highs near 90 today & Friday. A small (20%) chance of rain Saturday along with light winds for the Labor Day Pursuit Race.
Saturday night, take a walk into old Oriental. It’s the Ghost Walk, starts up at 8:30p near the dinghy dock. Dale Montgomery has collected some unusual stories about Oriental’s past.
Wednesday August 27, 2014
Oriental Dinghy Club has put together a race for this Saturday and on short notice, they’re getting a good race together. This is a pursuit race, the kind where there’s not a gazillion boats all at the start line at once, making for less anxiety about sharing hull paint. It’s a gentler, kinder race that, mathematically, would have the boats closer together at the finish. ODC is hoping some not-so-frequent racers will take part. There’s still time to get in on this Labor Day Pursuit Race. Today’s the day they wanted to get a sense of how many boats were taking part. More info here.
Saturday’s been the traditional day for the Oriental Farmers’ Market, but a few of the vendors have lately been setting up on Wednesday’s as well. They’ll be out there on Hodges from 3 to at least 5p. Plants, biscotti, produce and garlic are on tap..every bit of it locally grown or locally made.
The Board of Adjustment met yesterday and for three hours heard testimony and deliberated over whether an RV set up at Whittaker Creek Yacht Harbor should get a pass on being in violation of the Town’s zoning and development rules, aka, the Growth Management Ordinance. A recap just below.
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