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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

Piggly Wiggly Grand Opening - Video:

Live Video Coverage. The Story

Piglet Preview:

Inside Oriental Piggly Wiggly. The Story

Letters: Piglet Anticipation:

Open Arms. Letters To The Editor

Letters: Scant Degrees of Separation :

Oriental-Falklands Connections. Letters To The Editor

Fiddler's Green:

Shakedown Cruise: 9600 Miles From Oriental To The Falkland Islands. The Shipping News

Chuck Lee Cycles Cross Country. Again. :

29 Days in 2016 TransAm. Spokes

Minnesott Community Day 2016:

Minnessott Beach On Parade. The Story

Parade Master Retires:

He Will Meister No More. Letters To The Editor

Despite the dropping temps, 15 small boats helped kick off the 2016 Spirit of Christmas at the Friday night Kayak Flotilla. Heather Brewer’s stand-up paddleboard into a conveyance from the Polar Express, the theme of Saturday’s land parade. (Click on image for more photos.)

Saturday December 10, 2016

Spirit all over town today. Check the schedule here.

Basically, parade at 1p. Almost everything all over town all day. Details in that schedule.

Yeah, yeah. It’s cold. But sunny. Just imagine that sun is warm. High mid 40s today.. Thermal undies popular.

In the parade? Here is the lineup map:
parade lineup

Friday December 9, 2016

10:27a The Lighted Kayaks are tonight in the harbor. Larry Summers writes in:

The Kayak/Dinghy Flotilla is tonight. We meet at the Oriental Wildlife Ramp at 4:30pm for a 4:45 departure. If you need to decorate at the ramp please come earlier. Sunset is around 5pm and the Christmas Star will be lighted at about 5:30pm accompanied by holiday songs. If you would like please join us with your decorated paddled or rowed vessel. It is a relatively short paddle and we will stay within the Oriental Harbor.

To help stay dry we will have a Yak-A-Launcher (Get Kayaktive, LLC) available to help launch and recover. Please have a bow-line tied-up to the bow of your kayak to help facilitate the launch & retrieval.

We also are planning to go to the OTown Pub to warm up after the paddle. You can walk there from the Wildlife Ramp.

Questions re the kayak paddle? Call Larry Summers 252-675-0467 or Bill Hines 252-571-0264.

10:12a In the Spirit Of Christmas parade? Here is the parade lineup for Saturday’s 1p parade (click the image for a larger view):
parade lineup
Questions about the parade… or even if you still want to enter… call Parade Master Scott Pickard 912-341-9940.

Thursday December 8, 2016

11:55a A slow boat to Cherry Branch.. The Minnesott Ferry operating hourly rather than half hourly. From the Ferry Service this hour:

We are on a one boat schedule.. due to a mechanical failure. Expect delays. Will resume ASAP.

10:26a Remember the first 6 months of this year? Oriental had two empty food store buildings and no full service grocer after WalMart and the Town-n-Country shut down. Billy Flockhart raised the idea of opening a Piggly Wiggly. Enthusiasm ensued.

It’s been 4 months since The Piglet opened, and earlier this week, a Letter to the Editor raised concerns about whether enough people were shopping there. The idea that where you shop can affect the larger community has sparked others to write in as well. Your letters and thoughts welcomed, too.

So what to do? Well, if having food stores in town is important to you, you could also work this in to your holiday shopping. Gift certificates. The Piglet, as well as The Provision Company – which has a grocery section with locally grown dairy, meat, produce and organic products – both sell gift certificates. You give them as a gift, the stores get more shoppers.

Saturday’s Spirit of Christmas parade has 52 entries, says Scott Pickard, who picked up the parade meister baton this year. We’ll have a map up on TownDock soon so that those in the parade will know where to assemble on Ragan Road before the 1p start.

Also … a reminder from Scott that there’ll be a food drive for Heartworks – the aim is to feed 40 local families a Christmas dinner. Non-perishables can be brought to Marsha’s Cottage, Nautical Wheelers or Village Hardware.

Tuesday December 6, 2016

4:32p For a Tuesday, it is one busy night in Oriental. Downstairs at the Silos starting about now, Luminaria 101. At 5p, the first meeting of a migraine support group. . The Old Theater’s holding auditions at 7p for a sequel to It Happened In The Park. Across Broad Street at Town Hall, the Town Board holds its monthly meeting at 7p. Meanwhile in Grantsboro, an alternative therapy seminar at PCC at 6p. More in What’s Happening.

3:10p In late July, The Piglet opened and Oriental had a full service grocery store once again. Now, four months later, a Letter to the Editor wonders if some shoppers are forgetting what it was like to be without an in-town supermarket.

1:21p One of the singular sounds of the season, particular to Oriental, can be heard later this afternoon at The Silos. That’s where folks are gathering at 4:30p to fold white paper bags for Friday night’s luminaria.

More than 1500 bags have to be opened, their edges turned down before being refolded. Sounds like dry-winged dragonfies or moths in neverending takeoff – though your mileage may vary. Find out for yourself. 4:30. The Silos, lower level.

6:33a Know a wiseman? An innkeeper? The Children’s Theater Workshop still has some roles to fill for this Saturday afternoon’s Live Nativity during Spirit of Christmas. Joseph and sheep needed ,too.

They are rehearsing from 4-5:30p today and Friday. For more info, email 1996ctw@gmail.com or contact the co-directors, Rebecca Bennett at 402-3372 and Jordane Tomczak at 617-1793.

Monday December 5, 2016

That rain this morning left a chill in the air, but it should warm up in to the upper 50’s. The Oriental Weather Forecast brings us rain again tomorrow but after that, the week’s weather looks to be dry and clear. Could be nippy for Spirit of Christmas.

You can warm things up by being a part of the event. Saturday’s Polar Express-themed parade welcomes more entries as does that night’s flotilla of lighted sail and power boats. Ditto, the Friday night harbor parade of lighted kayaks, canoes, dinks and paddleoards.

More than 1500 luminaria will light up thoroughfares in the Old Village Friday evening. First they have to be created. It takes a village.. and a few days. That starts tomorrow – 4:30p – at The Silos.

If you are challenged by migraines, you are not alone. A support group – Migraineurs – has its first meeting tomorrow at 5p.

Been thinking of simplifying life and getting rid of stuff? Dorothy Parker provides an incentive in today’s Dock Quote.

Sunday December 4, 2016

2:09p The visiting 57’ motor sailor looking for crew to the Bahamas… has found a new crew member.

7:02a Have to get to the other side of the Neuse? The ferry should be getting you there on its regular schedule. From Sue at the ferry, late yesterday:

M/V Kinnakeet has been repaired and approved to be returned to service. We will be on schedule with both boats operational in the morning.

Saturday December 3, 2016

2:23p Reduced ferry schedule for this afternoon:

The Cherry Branch Ferries are on a one boat schedule with departures from Cherry Branch at 2.30, 3.30, 4.30, 5.30, 6.30, and the regular night schedule. Departures from Minnesott will be at 2.00, 3.00, 4.00, 5.00, 6.00 and the regular night schedule.

10:10a Want to be a Dragon Keeper? (It’ll stand out on your resumé.) There’s an opportunity right now…

9:30a Yes, another cool morning – it was close to freezing at sunrise – but it is warming. Should get into the mid-50’s.

How about a run to warm up? At the high school track in Bayboro at 10 this morning, Girls on the Run are doing their 5K. Public’s welcome to cheer ‘em on.

Friday December 2, 2016

After yesterday’s balminess, this morning’s cool air packed a bit of a punch. The Oriental Weather Forecast gets only to the upper 50’s today and mid-50’s this weekend.

Okay, so raise your hand if, when you hear certain classical music, your mind goes to Bugs Bunny. Or to singing, ‘No More Rice Krispies’ …

In the spirit that you may know more classical music than you give yourself credit for… tonight at the Old Theater, pianist Alina Kiryayeva presents a program called Moving Pictures. They’re classical selections that have turned up in movies and cartoons. Tomorrow night she’s presenting a non-pop culture referenced program. You can still get tix at Nautical Wheelers.. or the box office tonite.

Gather all ye wise men and lambs — tomorrow morning there’s a casting call for the Live Nativity that’ll be presented at next weekend’s Spirit of Christmas.. (Click here for more details.) That’s a kids’ production.

But there’s plenty for adults to sign up for — you can be in the parade, on Saturday the 10th. Theme is The Polar Express. (We’re thinking you’ll hear a lot of bells ….)

Also, on tap next weekend: kayaks, canoes, paddleboards all lighted up, lighted up, parade into the harbor Friday night. More paddlers and lighted boats welcomed. Saturday night, the flotilla of bigger sailboats and power vessels passes along the riverfront. You can be in that, too.


Thursday December 1, 2016

70 degrees. Before noon. It’s practically tropical. The Oriental Weather Forecast has still more sunny skies tomorrow and Saturday.

Later this afternoon at the library in Bayboro, you can put in a bid for any of 5 Christmas trees. They come already decorated – that was done by Pamlico HS art students. Each tree riffs on a story line from a children’s Christmas storybook. You’ve invited. Bidding not mandatory – you can go simply to support the students’ efforts.

What’s Happening, in coming days? Classical pianist Alina Kiryayeva performs at the Old Theater Friday and Saturday nights. The playlist for Friday’s concert will be classical works that’ve turned up in pop culture – movies ,cartoons. Saturday’s show will have a different focus. Tix at Nautical Wheelers. Alina’s also presenting a free inform-ance Saturday afternoon. More details are here.

Wednesday November 30, 2016

10:25a Here’s a chance to give an early holiday gift — Pamlico Musical Society brings classical pianist Alina Kiryayeva to the Old Theater on Friday and Saturday nights; each night has a different program. Still are tix available for these concerts – you can get yours at Nautical Wheelers or on line. More details, here.

Want a Christmas tree that’s already decorated – and with a local touch, at that? Art students at Pamlico High have designed and made ornaments and put them on 5 trees, each taking its theme from a kids’ Christmas book. You can bid on them starting tomorrow at a reception in the library.

Meanwhile, if you’d like a more permanent tree in your life, Oriental’s Tree Board can help. The folks who plant and take care of trees on Oriental’s streets and in town parks, are now thinking about sites for this winter’s tree planting. From the Tree Board:

If you are interested in having a street tree planted in front of your property, contact Town Hall (249 0555) and a member of the Tree Board will visit your property to evaluate the site with you for possible planting. We only plant in the public right of way and will discuss with you the species most appropriate for your site. We consider the presence of both above-ground and underground utilities, and the presence of existing trees in our site evaluation and planting recommendation.

5a Made it. Today marks the end of the official Hurricane Season. In those 6 months, there was the one close call from Matthew – Oriental dodged that bullet but folks upriver and inland bore the brunt of things.

We were lucky. This year.

The Atlantic storms of 2016:
• Alex (January 13 – 15, 75 knots, 981mb)
• Bonnie (May 27- June 5, 40 knots, 1008mb)
• Colin (June 5 – June 7, 55 knots, 996mb)
• Danielle (June 19 – June 21, 40 knots, 1007mb)
• Earl (Aug 2 – Aug 6, 75 knots, 979mb)
• Fiona (Aug 17 – Aug 23, 45 knots, 1004mb)
• Gaston (Aug 22 – Sept 3, 110 knots, 956mb)
• Hermine (Aug 28 – Sept 3, 75 knots, 982mb)
• Ian (Sept 12 – Sept 16, 55 knots, 994mb)
• Julia (Sept 14 – Sept 19, 35 knots, 1007mb)
• Karl (Sept 14 – Sept 25, 50 knots, 986mb)
• Lisa (Sept 19 – Sept 25, 40 knots, 999mb)
• Matthew (Sept 28 – Oct 10, 140 knots, 938mb)
• Nicole (Oct 4 – Oct 18, 115 knots, 950mb)
• Otto (Nov 21 – Nov 26, 100 knots, 975mb)

Tuesday November 29, 2016

11:04a Oriental’s Spirit of Christmas celebration is almost here, Dec 9-10. Saturday Dec 10 is the SOC Parade – with Polar Express theme – at 1p. Then, at dusk, a flotilla of decorated sail and power boats.

You can still register for the parade – registration extended til Dec 7.

9:55a There’s a giving opportunity of another sort this evening. In this instance you can give your opinion. Pamlico Musical Society wants to hear what you think about performers it’s thinking about bringing to Oriental next season. Listening Session is from 6:30-7:30p.

7:15A In the space of a few days since Thanksgiving, we’ve had Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Today, it’s Giving Tuesday, a concerted effort at fundraising for non-profit organizations.

There are lots of worthy national organizations, of course, but as with the commerce days, it’s important to think – and give – locally just as you would shop locally.

Over the years, TownDock has published a guide to local giving.. We’ll have an updated version later today but in the meantime, here’s the most recent guide…