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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

Mr. 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

Mr. 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

EV Charging Stations Come To Oriental:

Electric cars can recharge at Town Hall, Town Docks. The Story

Building A Sprit Sail Skiff With Old & New Skills:

Traditional Boat Building Meets Contemporary Education. The Story

The Turtles of Fay Bond:

Fay feeds a crowd every night. Pet Of The Month

Thanksgiving Bike Ride Around Oriental 2017:

Fifty Cyclists Uphold Thanksgiving Tradition. The Story

Better Cell Service Coming To Oriental? Maybe.:

Small Cell Antennas may be coming to town. The Story

Giving Locally on Giving Tuesday:

The List of Area Non-Profits That Could Use Your Donation. The Story

Parade In Search Of A Theme:

2017 Spirit of Christmas Parade Needs You. The Story

Town Board Meeting November 2017:

GMO approved, Fulcher LUP issued, donation for a dog park. The Story

Chinese New Year is today in Oriental… 2018 is the Year Of The Dog. You can see the Dragon Run today at 2p in Oriental… but artist Laura Turgeon saw it ahead of time for a Year Of The Dog drawing.

Saturday February 17, 2018

6:15p Rain held off today for Chinese New Years celebrations on Hodges St. The TownDock TV crew was there:

8:57a OK. Maybe not the best Happy New Year weather. But it’s a lot warmer than it was for the Dec 31 Dragon runs.

The run today is fittingly just with the smaller Chinese Dragon. The Chinese Dragon was ordered in late 2010 directly from Guondong, China. It arrived early 2011.

Cloudy, mid 50s and maybe some drizzle today. Be a good dog and get out and see that Dragon run.

If you see Allison DeWeese today it’s Happy Birthday time.

7:20a Happy New Year dear reader. Today is Chinese New Year in Oriental. The Dragon runs at 2p on Hodges by the harbor. There’s a 9a – 11a wok cooking demo at the Farmers’ market. Restaurants in town are featuring a special Chinese dish. At the brewery you can learn to paint a dragon today.

For 2017 the animal was the rooster. 2018 brings in The Year Of The Dog. The dog is the symbol of loyalty and honesty. It’s said that people who are born in a “year of the dog” are faithful and trustworthy.

The Chinese animal zodiac or shengxiao, which means ‘born resembling’, are arranged in repeating cycles of 12 years.

Which Chinese zodiac animal are you?

Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934
Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935
Rat: 2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936
Ox: 2021, 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937
Tiger: 2022, 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938
Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927
Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928
Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929
Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930
Goat: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931
Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932
Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933

Friday February 16, 2018

8:50a Sunny/partly cloudy & mid 70s today. It feels kinda crazy warm for February. We’ll take it.

It just goes to show how right Pamlico Jack was (and the groundhog wasn’t) in predicting the end of winter.

Saturday will get cooler (high just about 50) & perhaps wet, but starting Monday at least three days of 70 degree weather.

We may get some more military action overhead today (see below) as the training has been extended.

Thursday February 15, 2018

5:32p Military training in and above Oriental has been extended to Feb 16. From US Marine Corp Cherry Point:

Marine light helicopter and MV-22 Osprey aircraft will conduct aerial gunnery training at Marine Corps Bombing Targets 9 and 11 in the Pamlico Sound as late as 11pm on Friday Feb 16.

A small contingent of Marine forward air controllers will operate in and around the town of Oriental February 12-16. They will support simulated close air support missions as late as 10pm above the town during this period – residents should expect to see both rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, possibly low, over the town.

Boaters should remain clear of the restricted areas surrounding Bombing Targets 9 and 11. This is also a reminder to boaters and hunters that Bombing Target 11, commonly known as Piney Island in the southern Pamlico Sound, is a U.S. Government restricted area. Trespassers risk serious injury or death, as well as prosecution for trespassing.

The serious injury or death part sounds worse.

4:50p Southern Appalachian brews are on tap starting today at New Village Brewery. There’s even a Belgian Blonde.

12:30p Planes and helicopters are over town (as promised.) The Ground Crew tells TownDock.net that the planes are staying high because of shifting weather conditions. TownDock staff is crushed – no good F18 video to be had.

Those same conditions pushed the helicopters a little lower. The skies over Oriental will be busy for the rest of the day.

9:01a TownDock has talked to the Marine Ground Crew… wanting to get a heads up on the incoming aircraft today (an F/A 18 pass by is quick.) The next time we get invaded visited will be around 11a this morning. Correction – 1100 hours. Helicopters, A-10s, EA-6B Prowlers, and F-18s are all scheduled to be overhead. On the ground, you might see this crew around town:

Thanks to Town Manager Diane Miller for the above photo.

The F-18s are coming from an aircraft carrier off the NC coast.

7:07a Saturday is Chinese New Years in Oriental. The Dragon runs at 2p. What’s that all about? Check out scenes from the 2017 run.

Wednesday February 14, 2018

4:10p F/A-18 aircraft just made a brief & loud run through town. Too quick for TownDock’s TV crew to catch.

3:44p No sign of the F/A-18s. But helicopters have been buzzing downtown:

The helicopters have been staying higher than the 2010 Marine’s training visit to Oriental. This writer misses being able to check the rivets.

11:23a Town Hall has promised… that they have been promised by the United States military that we will get some proper invasion this afternoon. “F/A-18s inbound today.”

An F/A-18 should be able to do a proper strafing of Oriental. At least a noisy fly-by.

Waiting. Impatiently.

9:15a It’s quiet in Oriental. We were expecting military training, an invasion of sorts. No sign of it this morning.

Feeling ripped off. Where’s the fun mayhem we were promised?

Happy Valentine’s Day dear reader. Cloudy & 60 today, near 70 Thursday… then look out for upper 70s maybe 80 degrees on Friday. Thermal shock.

Valentine dinner options … right here.

Tuesday February 13, 2018

10:32a Military has been spotted, wandering around Oriental Marina & Inn. The outfit du jour is jeans, black shirts with a flag on the sleeve, and camouflage backpacks.

The Tiki Bar remains in civilian hands at this writing.

10:18a Military training is hypothetically happening in Oriental today through Thursday. No sign yet. TownDock’s Allison DeWeese has a theory:

Apparently they’re practicing their camouflage and doing a damn fine job of it.

9:15a From Jim Edwards, more info about how folks can help with the coming Sailpack Regatta (the subject of the video above):

Here is the link to the updated SailPack Regatta Registry.

SailPack is looking for support in housing and food for sailors attending the regatta March 30 – April 1. We will be putting sailors in local hotels with funds raised as well as anyone willing to put up sailors in their house. We will try and put teams together in locations, trying not to split a team. With this in mind we prefer hosts that can take a minimum or 4 to 5 sailors. Understanding that they would prefer a bed, but they do not mind sharing, sleeping in a couch or even a soft floor. Funds will also go toward food for sailors and volunteers.

We may also have a need for a mark boat or two due to the size of the event.

The registry form is here. Jim Edwards can be contacted at 252-474-6000.

9:10a Valentine’s dinner plans? M&M’s Cafe and O’Town Pub have Valentine options.

Over at The Piglet flowers are waiting – plus specials for romantics who choose to dine at home.

8:12a Drizzly. Damp. Cold. Other than that a charming day ahead. High maybe upper 40s, lows tonight sneak into the 30s.

Just semi-ideal weather for military training today. Current weather conditions may not feel like a hot desert location. But we don’t know what they’re training for. With NAFTA talks breaking down, a Canadian invasion could be in the planning stages (keep it quiet.)

Monday February 12, 2018

9:12a We are about to be invaded. Fortunately, it’s our side doing it. Military joint training is happening in Oriental Tues Feb 13 through Through Thurs Feb 15. Training starts as early as 5a and is underway as late as 10p.

More about the training exercises is in this month’s Town meeting report.

In May of 2010 there was military training in the skies and on the streets of Oriental. TownDock then did a NewsExtra report (for Facebook users readers that may need additional illumination) – a NewsExtra is one of TownDock’s occasional (about once a year) made up stories. The military training parts were real. Photos of helicopters and sounds all very real. The dog surrendering to the Marines… well you’ll figure it out.

8:55a Rainy, humid, unseasonably warm. It feels odd this morning… as it did much of Sunday.

Temps will slowly drop this afternoon as we return to cooler stuff for Tuesday. Wed & Thursday should be dry… Friday calls for beaming sunshine and 70. Your vitamin D supply can be restored.

Sunday February 11, 2018

9:16a Some Sunday morning gospel… this was recorded last October at Oriental’s Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival:

The recording is The Gospel Ensemble, seen here on a Freemason Street porch during the 2017 Front Porch Music Festival:
gospel ensemble
The front porch music is returning… the dates for 2018 are Oct 5 & 6.

7:33a Warm days ahead. High today near 70 (just a small chance of rain). Monday wet, but come Wed & Thur warm & dry days.

It will be a bit brisk on the water today, 15 – 20 knots.

Saturday February 10, 2018

3:44p Recently a boat pulled into Oriental’s town dock that looked like it was from another era. And it was… on the outside.

1:47p The sun is finally trying to sneak out. This afternoon is forecast to be drier. Sunday cloudy & a high near 70… a small chance of afternoon showers.

There are wine tastings this afternoon at Nautical Wheelers, 3 & 4p. Bill says they are adapting to the weather:

Join us under the Carport around back for today’s Wine Tasting.
We are moving the wine tasting around back to stay out of the rain. Same Wine, Natalie will still be with us but it will be a drier location.
The wine tastings are focusing on ideal selections for Valentines Day.

Tonight Saltwater Gold Unplugged plays at O’Town Pub. “Unplugged” is the acoustic version of the band, tailored to the indoor venue.

Tarboro Brewing is what’s on tap at New Village Brewery today. The Imperial Stout is divine (this writer sampled a pint as part of an investigative report.) Sometimes you need something you’ve never had before. Filling that need – Seed Spitter Salted Watermelon Gose.

12:40p A PAWS yard sale today at the Woman’s Club.

Friday February 9, 2018

5:05p Patient TownDock.net readers (that would be you) are awaiting the story of a visiting mini pirate vessel. Despite motivational TownDock staff floggings, it appears that story will wait for Saturday morning delivery.

Meanwhile, lets look back at a previous Shipping News. In 2012 a Core Sound work boat visited Oriental. Her name was Nancy Ellen.

Valentine plans? O’Town will be open Valentines Day with a special four course Wine & Dine evening.

2:07p Saturday afternoon brings a Valentine themed wine tasting to Nautical Wheelers, tastings at 3 & 4p.

12:39p True, some hearty souls like to pull in the jib or bury the rail out on the river in the first months of the year. Most though, don’t.

But boaters can put these winter days to good use. SCOO and NSA are once again offering their free Winter Seminar Series. for the next 8 Saturdays, starting tomorrow.

6:52a In Go Local, Marsha’s Cottage has the stuff to make you look good for that next trip.

6:33a Need some sunshine? Today is the day. Mostly sunny & mid 50s. Starting Saturday some clouds & rain are visiting for a few days.

PAWS is having their annual yard sale this Saturday. If you have items you’d like to donate, you can today between 10a and 2p at the Oriental Woman’s Club.

There’s another sale Saturday. Friends Of The Library Book Sale at Pamlico Library, 9a – 2p. Hardcovers a buck, paperbacks 50 cents.

Thursday February 8, 2018

Love you some oysters? Cook a serious chili? You have 2 weeks to prepare for PCC’s Great Oyster Revival & Chili Cookoff on Feb 24…

Wednesday February 7, 2018

3:00p A military invasion is coming to Oriental (OK, just training.) Seismic blasting and a Dog Park were also on the agenda when town commissioners met Tuesday night. The full Town Board Meeting report is here.

10:24a Thursday morning Oriental’s Tourism board has a breakfast meeting at Brantley’s restaurant. You’re invited. Tourism Board member Marsha Paplham says she hopes local business owners and leaders of non-profits will come and share ideas. The meeting starts at 8:30a – but come earlier (8:00a should work) for breakfast and a better chance to meet others.

9:57a New specials at The Piglet… they may help you step up your Valentine game.

8:29a While rain is likely today, it won’t be until late. Mixed sun & clouds with temps reaching 70 this afternoon. Rain isn’t expected until early evening.

Tuesday had lazy 5 knot~ish winds on the water. Today a bit brisker, 10-15 knots on the Neuse.

Last night was Oriental’s monthly Town Board meeting. TownDock.net was there… report coming.