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Town Board Meeting, January 2017 - A Recap:

Short Term Rental, Floodplain, Electric Charging Stations . The Story

Scenes From New Years 2017 Regatta :

Wind A No Show. 33 Boats Do. The Story

Friends Of The Dragon 2017:

Give A Dragon A Hand. The Story

Giving Locally To Help Locally:

Sustaining The Groups That Sustain Us. The Story

Letters: Pedestrians And Cars:

Walk On The Left. Letters To The Editor

Tablets For Christmas?:

The Geek Checks Out The Options. The Village Geek

Letters: Illegal Internet Sweepstakes In Pamlico County:

Reader Asks Why An "Illegal" Business Exists. Letters To The Editor

Town Board Meeting - December 2016:

The Pig, The Golf Course, The Flood Map. The Story

Spirit Of Christmas 2016 Schedule:

Fri Dec 9 - Sat Dec 10. The Story

Letters: Oriental's Piggly Wiggly:

Food For Thought on Shopping Locally. Letters To The Editor

Wanted: Dragon Keeper:

Needed For New Year's Run. The Story

County Solar Farm Regulations Proposed:

Array of Rules As Pamlico Scouted . The Story

More Than Half Of Oriental Precinct Votes Early:

Countywide: 45% Rate. The Story

Town Board Meeting November 2016:

A Recap: Short Term Rental SUP, Holiday Lights, Spring Cycle. The Story

Letters: Fall Snowbirds Arriving Later in Oriental:

Matthew's Impact. Letters To The Editor

Chili Cookoff 2016:

Hot Chili Raises $3K For Old Theater Roof. The Story

3rd Annual Ol Front Porch Music Fest:

Sunshine. Strings. Smiles.. The Story

Pamlico Firefighters On The Scene In A Flooded Town:

Eric Kindle Reports From Princeville. The Story

Pamlico County Teams Together To Help Flood Victims:

Pamlico Pays It Forward. The Story

Map Your Way To Oriental This Weekend:

Seeking A Dry Route. The Story

The Possible Map Route:

Map your way in. The Story

In Matthew's Wake:

After The Winds And Rain. The Story

Oriental As Matthew Approaches:

A Town Preps. The Story

Hurricane Parking Information:

High Ground To Escape High Water. The Story

Questions Regarding Proposed Ship Yard:

Reader Questions Unclear Plan. Letters To The Editor

Large Scale Travel Lift & Boat Wash At Oriental's Harbor?:

Bob Arrington Writes On The Potential Impact. Guest Columnist

News From Town Hall - Sept 30:

Charlie Overcash Reports In. Guest Columnist


Blessed with a Bristol Channel Cutter. The Shipping News

GMO Change Would Allow Short Term Rentals In Residential Neighborhoods:

Public Hearing Tuesday Night. The Story

Riding The Wave:

Oriental's Julia Tingle. Spokes

Red Rickshaw Joins Southern Living Design Circle:

Scott Williams Makes An Exclusive List. The Story

Dawson Creek Oak:

What If Joyce Kilmer Had Seen The Tree?. The Story

Bill Sage Trust Account Funds Dispersed After 2 Year Freeze:

NC State Bar Investigation Ends, Funds Returned To Local Clients. The Story

New Read: Whortonsville Yacht and Tractor Club:

First On T-Shirts, Now A Book. The Story

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

Oriental will be host to a nationwide exclusive Friday. Donald Trump. Meryl Streep. Both on the same stage @ The Old Theater.

Monday January 16, 2017

8:12a Will it rain today? Probably not… if it does, not much. Rain is more likely Wednesday. Unseasonably warm all week.

8:01a Oriental is home to a nationwide exclusive event Friday. Donald Trump and Meryl Streep will appear on the same stage… Old Theater. Possibly not at the same time.

Continuing a tradition, the Presidential inauguration will be shown live on the Old Theater screen. Free admission ($1,000 donations accepted). Doors open 10:30a. Bring your own food and prescriptions.

Later Friday, same stage. Meryl Streep will appear for the Friday Flicks in Mamma Mia. Showtime 7:30p. Tickets $5.50, popcorn included.

Oriental Police may provide heightened security in the theater district.

Friday January 13, 2017

7:32a Boo. Friday the 13th. It’s such bad luck that the sun will shine and the local world will reach about 70 degrees today. Humans wearing shorts spotted this morning in Oriental.

Short term rentals, a Microbrewery & Floodplain mapping were among the subjects at January’s Town Meeting. Here’s the report…

Thursday January 12, 2017

2:46p Weekly specials at The Pig – check ‘em out.

2:31p Cycle NC is coming to Oriental April 27-30. Some 1,400 bicyclists will be in Oriental for weekend. Town Manager Diane Miller is seeking some volunteer help:

I’m asking for 33 citizens (locals with the “inside scoop”) to man information tent at Lou Mac Park in shifts to simply answer questions and point folks to the places they are looking for and the resources they need. We’ll have tables full of information to give out, but we need YOU, the citizens, to be able to tell folks about the genre of music at “X”, the best seafood (in your humble opinion), where to get great burgers, where I can find someone to sell me a doohickey to fix this on my bike handle, where to find the next dose of Claritin, where to replace the shorts I just split open, where to rent a kayak for the afternoon, etc.

The shifts:
Thursday, April 27, 10AM-2PM (4), 2PM-6PM (4)
Friday, April 28, 7AM-11AM (4), 11AM-2PM (4), 2PM-5PM (4)
Saturday, April 29, 8AM-12PM (3), 12PM-3PM (3), 2:30-5:30PM (3)
Sunday, April 30, 8AM-12 PM (2), 12PM-3PM(2)

To volunteer email Diane at Town Hall, manager@TownOfOriental.com.

11:12a The chill of early this week fades. 71 big fat degrees today -and the
Oriental Weather Forecast gives us another day just like this tomorrow.

Not too shabby weatherwise for the King holiday weekend, either. Mid to upper 50’s all 3 days – wee chance o’ rain Saturday but otherwise, looks beautiful.

Might be not quite warm enough for an evening picnic outside tomorrow night, but is a community dinner planned for inside. You’re invited to the Oriental Food Initiative’s Healthy Pot Luck. Put your tastiest, healthiest dish together and share. Details here.

Saturday afternoon brings a chance to jam bluegrassy style with the band, Iron Horse. The jam session’s at Pamlico Community College. The band plays a sold-out show at the Old Theater Saturday night.

Wednesday January 11, 2017

12:50p Condolences go out to Elizabeth and Roger Cordes. Elizabeth’s mother, Anne Holloway passed away on Sunday. A retired teacher, she was 82 and lived in New Bern in recent years. Obituary with more on her life may be read, here.

An update. Organizers of a meditation group say they’ve had a great response. Look here soon for info on when and where the meditation group will be meeting.

Mindfulness is an ingredient Friday evening at the Oriental Food Initiative’s Pot Luck. You’re invited. Whip up something healthy and tasty — and share. More details here.

9:55a Ferry’s back up and running, says Sue Kinner:

Most of the fog has cleared out and the Cherry Branch Ferries are now running on schedule.

6:19a Long way around if you have to get to the other side of the river. The ferry’s not running.

The Cherry Branch Ferries are unable to run this morning due to dense fog.

Tuesday January 10, 2017

12:49p One detail about the floodplain map update that’s the subject of a meeting at the county courthouse in Bayboro tonight. It is, as we reported a while back, based on data collected from 1988 thru 2010.

That means the maps take into account the high storm surge of 2003’s Hurricane Isabel but not the even higher flooding of Irene which came in 2011- a year after the cutoff of 2010.

Standards for new construction and flood insurance would be officially based on this thru-2010-not-2011 update and that gives some reason to cheer.

But you can’t fool Mother Nature, who i’n‘t paying attention to any map; adding another cinder block above the minimum … probably a good idea.

8a Whoooo, baby it’s still fill-in-the-blank weather — colder-than-a-____________ out there this morn. True, it’s not in the teens like yesterday – it was in the mid-20’s after sunrise – but still cold enough to have warm thoughts about our swampy, sweaty Augusts.

Steinbeck has the mirror image of that in today’s Dock Quote.

PCC has some classes starting today… birding class led by Pauline Sterin. And t’ai chi at Town Hall. Details for both in What’s Happening.

And tonight at the courthouse, a meeting about the new floodplain maps. The state’s updated the maps to reflect the reality of high water events that’ve happened since the last update, which used data from 1988. Building regs and insurance rates can be affected by the updates.

Monday January 9, 2017

5:57a There was a news item on the radio this weekend about how we humans had gone soft by keeping the temp around us at 70 degrees all year and how exposing ourselves to extreme weather was healthy for our immune systems.

This morning we’ve got that immuno boost. It’s colder than… than an ice-encrusted packet of Emergen-C out there. 17 degrees just before 6a. Oriental Weather Forecast says it’ll top out at upper 30’s today and back to 20 tonight.

Ferry is back to running today at full strength.

The Oriental Food Initiative’s book discussion about ‘Food Matters,’ planned for tonite is cancelled being put off til a later date, TBD. Temperature matters.

Sunday January 8, 2017

7:02p Hope your heater is heating. Currently 22 degrees… tonight’s low now forecast to reach 14.

These mean graphs show it:

8:41a The Ferry is back in operation – earlier on a one boat schedule – but now both boats are running. The word from Cherry Branch:

Back on full schedule as of 8:30AM.

Snow. There actually was a small dusting yesterday afternoon. Not enough to assign a number to it, but you can see it about.

The Duck Pond has a layer of ice this morning. No hockey yet.

7:54a The forecast was about spot on. Overnight we reached 18 degrees (it is still 18 at this writing).

Today… the sun will shine. Beautiful views. Cold thermometers. High today 29. Low tonight 16.

Oriental is awake in the cold. The Bean on Hodges & Oriental Deli on Broad are both open. Right now. Hot stuff awaits.

Saturday January 7, 2017

2:38p An ice & snow mix coming down right now in Oriental… avoid driving if you can.

2:31p For wall to wall weather info, TownDock.net streams NOAA Weather Radio (the same signal you hear locally on a Marine VHF):

Add some diesel stink and it’ll feel just like being onboard.

2:18p Windyyy today. High wind 37mph so far – that was at 9:41a. While still breezy, winds have diminished some as the day has progressed… letting water levels go down a bit. Now 1.33 ft (it was almost 2 feet this morning).

Just a few days a go… it was almost calm. January 1 was the Instead Of Football Regatta. Take a look…

1:55p Slow day at Fulcher’s Seafood on Hodges. Jeff Styron just closed up shop for today.

Over at Oriental Deli Tim Jalbert says “we will be open snow or shine Sunday 7 – 2 pm.”

1:48p Billy Flockhart at The Pig says PIggly Wiggly Oriental is open – but will be closing early today at 5p. Head on down to The Pig between now and 5p and get set for the cold weekend.

Cold? How about low 17 tonight, Sunday… the high won’t even reach freezing. High 30. And and low 17 ahead for Sunday night. Sunday will be sunny & clear though.

Stay warm and think ahead a few days. Next week it warms again… clear and into the 60s Thursday / Friday / Saturday.

1:27p From Pat Stockwell at The Provision Company:

We’ve been open since 9a. Groceries and wine are the big movers. But we did sell some line earlier. Bean is now closed.
Those Provisioners are standing by til 5:30p. Grab a cleat and some Pinot Noir.

12:21p Tom McIlhenney at The Toucan Grill just called in – The Toucan is open, now through “at least 8pm.” Tom says staff is there, and happy to have hungry/thirsty visitors. The Toucan plans to be open normal hours Sunday too… noon til 8pm. Hot food and warming beverages standing by…

10:20a Fresh fish could taste good on a cold day. The brave crew at Fulcher’s Seafood are open on Hodges Street today…. they will be there normal hours or as long as weather allows.

Dave Seargant is closing M&Ms Cafe for today and Sunday (Dave cites concern re staff driving on icy roads). M&Ms back open Monday regular hours.

9:44a The tough hardy Wheeler’s crew are at work early – Nautical Wheelers is open. From Bill Wheeler:

Nautical Wheelers is open early this morning and will be open until 5:30p today.

Women’s Duck Boots on sale in sizes 6, 6 1/2, 8 to 9 1/2 ( sorry no size 7 and 71/2), and we several wines that are on sale. We have Gloves, Toboggans and warm Base Layer by Columbia, Smartwool socks and ear muffs.

Help your crew fight off cabin fever with jigsaw puzzles, model ships to build, magnetic dart boards, Tenzi dice games and Bananagrams word games. Open until 5:30 Today and 10-5:30 on Sunday.

Warm socks and a bottle of wine… life sounds fine. More info in Oriental Go Local.

7:20a Snow views are looking less likely today. So, we’ll cheat a little. At right, the town dock snowy view from February 2015. Click that image for the big view.

More views from that 2015 snow in Oriental here.

Meanwhile, back in January 2017. Rain. Ice on the way. Read below.

ferry logo6:45a No Ferry this morning (high water & potential ice make it hard to operate). From Cherry Branch:

We have suspended operation due to adverse weather conditions.

Water levels will get higher today – 20-25 knot north winds forecast for the Neuse. On the Pamlico Sound even higher, 25-35 knots.

Water levels currently at 1.85 ft.

6:37a Will it snow? Hmmmm. Looking less likely.

The hour-by-hour forecast indicates we will reach 32 (freezing) at 11a. You may want to plan any driving to be before 10a at the latest, as icey roads are about assured.

Temps will drop into the 20s as the afternoon progresses. Some snow may sneak in, but sleet & ice are the more likely visitors.

The TownDock Cross Country Ski Team is disappointed.

6:31a Almost an inch of rain overnight. Add brisk north winds and water levels are now at 1.76 ft above normal. Boots help for morning wading.

The Bean is open.

Friday January 6, 2017

5:05p Here is both weather information and a summation of life. It is from WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson:

Some will get more snow than expected, others will be sorely disappointed.
Damn. Snow is just like a bank balance.

4:22p We may only see an inch of snow, but there is more in the mix. Ice and sleet likely too. The snow & sleet is expected to begin mid morning Saturday.

But wait, there’s more. Wind. North wind.

North winds on the Pamlico Sound raise water levels here. Keep track with >> Oriental Water Level Guage

NOAA Weather Radio:

More weather links:

1:20p If you’ve got water pipes that may be vulnerable to the hard freeze coming – say, lines going out to a dock that are not buried very deeply or at a house you can’t get to today, give Town Hall a call, pronto. (See below.)

9:14a No one wants water pipes to freeze and then burst. Town Manager Diane Miller says Town Hall can help now, before that winter storm hits. But you have to ask today. Like, now.

If people need their water (or irrigation) turned off today, Public Works is available until 3PM to make that happen.
Oriental Town Hall is 252-249-0555.

8:13a Standing by for weather. It will actually get warmer today (sorta)… high near 50 this afternoon. Then the cool & wet stuff begins to arrive. First, as rain this afternoon / this evening. Then, it is forecast to just get cooler & cooler… hitting freezing (32) mid-morning Saturday. By noon, Saturday, snow is expected… but ice and sleet could be in the mix.

Total snowfall of about an inch expected. It might be enough for the semi-annual meeting of Oriental Cross Country Ski Team.

Saturday night a movie (Amazing Grace) was scheduled at the Old Theater. Visiting snow had other plans. It has been rescheduled to Sat Jan 28.

5:30a We’ll be getting some stay-inside-and-cocoon weather this weekend. Oriental Weather Forecast has snow, sleet, subfreezing temps, gales from the north, 35mph.

To think this is a week that started with a lack of weather, wind in particular. Photos now up from the 24th Annual Instead of Football regatta.

Thursday January 5, 2017

Today we have the relative warm before the storm… high in the low-50’s. Enjoy it. Snow – and sleet and rain – coming up in the Oriental Weather Forecast on Saturday. Basically, the whole winter mess – with temps to match. Near 20 Saturday & Sunday nights.

Your social schedule is getting busy … tonight, auditions for the sequel of It Happened In The Park. Movie night at the Old Theater Saturday night with a showing of Amazing Grace.

Starting this new year with thoughts of eating healthier? A good read on the subject is the book, Food Matters. It’s also the Oriental Food Initiative’s pick to talk about at the latest ‘Food For Thought’ book discussion next Monday night.

Much more in What’s Happening. – including a meditation group that’s forming, a chance to jam with bluegrass band, Iron Horse, and a course on becoming an EMT. Check it out, here,.

Tuesday January 3, 2017

Fog is clearing. It’s a lot less pea-soupy out there. The warm air, though, lingers. 65 at midday and in the 60’s again tomorrow. Enjoy it now cos that Oriental Weather Forecast shows some precip in the form of flakes come Saturday.

Town Board meets tonight. There’s another public hearing regarding a special use permit to rent out a home in one of Oriental’s residential neighborhoods for use as a daily, weekly or weekend rental. More on that, here. For the rest of the meeting, see the agenda, here.

Later this afternoon, the newly-formed Migraineurs migraine support group meets.. more on that here.

Looking ahead in What’s Happening, there are auditions for a sequel to last year’s, It Happened In The Park on Thursday night.

Marsha’s Cottage is now having a 50% off sale on all the fall and winter clothes. For more on what’s for sale locally, see – and hear – Oriental Go Local.

Sunday January 1, 2017

8:32a If you see Bean Barrista Hannah today… she doesn’t want to hear Happy New Year. Give up a Happy Birthday instead…

7:30a Rain today? Yeah, it well could. 40% chance. Shhhh. Think of it as a 60% chance of dry. Ish.

It won’t stop hardy boaters from hitting the Neuse… the Instead Of Football Regatta starts at noon. Light 5-10 knot winds on the water.

7:16a Happy 2017 TownDocker. Here is the Croaker Drop last night at the town dock:

Thanks to iPhone Filmologist Bonnie Truelove

Saturday December 31, 2016

7:25p Not just another Saturday night in Oriental…

The New Year’s Dragon is ready for its 8p run and 11:30p run down Hodges.. at the moment, she’s resting in her lair at the corner of South Water. (The lair, you’ll notice, bears a fair resemblance to a Rotary tent.)

At the 8p run, that dragon AND the Chinese Dragon will be running. Might wanna make some way so they can meet.

A Word: If you’ve gotta take a selfie, make it quick. Dragons get restless. Y’know tht good luck you get from touching the dragon? Well, Bunkie, it fades when you block the dragon and crew….

If you don’t care so much about the selfie and want to live in the moment of it all, grab that pot and pan, make some noise and clang in the dragons’ approach… folks are gathering already. The Drummin’ Dragons are getting the rhythm section going….

Croaker Drop is at midnight. Countdown clock is in bow of a boat, whose crew is from Aspen. Left side of Town Dock. Croaker will be going up the mast after Dragon Run One.

Friday December 30, 2016

3:48p Oriental Village Veterinary Hospital is open on Monday January 2, normal schedule.

1:04p Friends Of The Dragon 2017 slots all filled. Thank you!

12:49p Just one Friends Of The Dragon slot left – it could be you.

11:04a Most of the Friends Of The Dragon slots are taken (thank you!) – but the Dragon still needs a little more help to avoid becoming a homeless serpent.

If you see Donna Creech today… it’s Happy Birthday time.

8:38a For most, this is a short work week. But one fellow works harder this week than any… the Oriental Dragon.

Oriental’s New Year’s dragon history goes back to the 1960s. There have been a few dragons since then, all revered. Most recollections suggest the current one is the grandest… he(she?) has been with us a couple of decades. He has had various homes, some of them less than ideal. To allow him a dry, out-of-the-weather life, the dragon now lives in his very own dry storage unit. He needs some help once a year… here is how you can be a Dragon Patron.