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- Paradise Cove - Barefoot Wade Sept 7
- Carolyn Rush @ Village Gallery
- Town Board Mtg - Sept 2
- 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
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
A Readers' Guide On What To Look For. The Story
A Labor Day weekend tradition is the Oar Race from New Bern to Oriental (the race back is the Michelob Regatta). The Oar Trophy is awarded to the winner of the first race. It’s a different trophy than any other local race award – the oar above was from the MV “Clara”, which participated in the WWII evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940. Each year a new name of the race winner is added. More about the tradition in this 2010 file story. Photo from Saturday night’s race party in Oriental. (Charley Bratton photo)
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.
Tuesday August 26, 2014
5:41p The Board of Adjustment has upheld the decision by Oriental Town Manager Diane Miller that an RV a man is living in at Knute Bysheim’s Whittaker Creek Yacht Harbor was in violation of Town ordinance. The 4-0 vote by board members Ken Small, Doug Carmichael, Paul Olson and Joe Valinoti came about three hours after the hearing started. (Background is here.)
One argument for appeal was that those with boats at the marina had over the years used trailers to live in while they worked on their boats. However, that attempt at being grandfathered in failed as there was no evidence – such as a paper trail – specifying that trailers were used continuously since before 1999 when the Town passed its Growth Management Ordinance which set limits on RV living.
The appeal failed on another score in that there was no evidence that Bysheim sought permits for people to live in RV’s, nor a Special Use Permit for a campground. Further, the Board noted that while the GMO requires a sewer hook-up for an RV, there was no evidence of such with this RV.
Bysheim declined to provide comment when approached after the Board’s decision. His attorney, Alexander Dawson, made inquiries about appeal. Once the ruling is formally written and entered in to record, by the end of this week, Bysheim would have 30 days to take the case to Superior Court.
Oriental’s attorney, Scott Davis, said afterward that Oriental’s Board of Commissioners may want to revisit the Town’s rules, which currently say a 2 week RV stay may be extended to 6 months if a person is working on a house. The GMO is currently silent on living in RV’s for half a year while working on boats. Town Manager Miller agreed, after the hearing, that that’s something for the Town Board to consider. She said that in her decision affecting Bysheim she was only implementing the Town’s rules as written.
Hurricane Cristobal continues its trek north/northeast. The Category 1 hurricane is forecast to stay out at sea.
While there may be tropical storm conditions in Bermuda Wednesday, we don’t expect to feel the storm at all here. A good reference point is Hurricane Earl (Sept 2010). Earl was offshore, but still much closer than Cristobal is expected to be. Earl caused hardly a breeze in town.
5:39a Cristobal has been upgraded to hurricane status, now with winds near 75 mph. The forecast track remains cooperative though, keeping Hurricane Cristobal well offshore.
Oriental’s Board of Adjustment meets this afternoon for a hearing on whether Whittaker Creek Yacht Harbor should have been declared a campground. The Town Manager said no, that it wasn’t grandfathered in as such. The owner of the marina, Knute Bysheim appealed. At the center of this is an RV on the peninsula there in which a man has been living since at least early this year. The Town says he can’t because it’s not a campground.
While Bysheim has said the site has a sewer pumpout as a campground would need, the Town says CAMA inspected recently and found no means of pumping out the RV, which sits a few yards from the waters of Whittaker Creek. Last week’s hearing was continued to this week after Bysheim’s attorney said he was stuck in an airport in Puerto Rico. Hearing’s at 2p .
The Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival on Sept 13 is shaping up really well. A dozen porches will be stages that day and as of yesterday’s requested deadline, 17 different musical acts have signed on. There’s still time for more local artisans to get a space to sell their work. Here’s how.
The Letters to the Editor inbox has been a busy spot in recent days, as writers weigh in on the possibility of Oriental becoming Ruth-less if Town-n-Country grocery closes.
Monday August 25, 2014
11:42a News from Town Hall – high waters have the Town Dock closed to overnight visitors:
Town Dock #1 is the original dock on Hodges St. Town Hall informs us that it is OK to use the dock for a brief tie-up during the day.
The high waters (and pleasantly cool temps) we are getting are from the north winds. Those winds are expected to be lighter by Wednesday, and water levels are then likely to recede at least partially.
The current track of Tropical Storm Cristobal has it off North Carolina Wednesday morning, and probably then at hurricane strength. However, Cristobal is forecast to be far enough offshore that we do not expect its effects to be felt locally.
Tropical Storm Cristobal links:
10:47a Impulse, the boat that dragged anchor in to the Pecan Grove channel has been moved. The dockmaster at Pecan Grove says he got in touch last night with the boat’s owner, who said he’d been at his father’s funeral and counted on friends to keep an eye on the boat in Oriental’s anchorage. The boat owner got there at first light today and took it out of the channel.
Still more letters to the editor about our town’s locally owned grocery, Town-n-Country and the impact the WalMart Express store has had since it opened in May a few hundred feet away.
Another day like yesterday. High of 81, NE wind bringing a hint of autumn to the air. Oriental Weather Forecast has the week looking pretty dry. Some chance of rain at the weekend, alas.
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2005 Toyota Sienna For Sale for $4000
Professional Caregive: Elders, Pets and Home
Price Reduced-Unit & Slip in the Heart of Oriental
Daylight Basement/Carport/Moving Sale Sept 5 & 6
1988 Trojan International
Boat Slip for rent
Sink, Water Filter System, Water Softener, Generator
Respected blue water cruiser waiting to go again
Bos'un Johnny's-Boatswain's Locker Consignment Shop
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