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PCC President Pick Expected In May:

Four Finalists Vie To Succeed Late Cleve Cox. The Story

PAWS Pet Parade 2016:

49 Dogs Hit The Streets. The Story

Bathroom Re-opens With On Duty Compliance Officer:

Gender Identity Assured Thanks To New State Funding. World Exclusive NewsExtra

Town Docks Get Paint Color Guide:

A Quick Way For Visiting Boats To Spot Oriental's Public Docks. The Story

Five Trucks. 45 People. Three Venues. 40 Seconds Of Video.:

Apple Semi-Stealthily Visits Oriental. The Story

Letters: Sailpack Thank You:

Oriental Welcomed 5 College Teams At Regatta. Letters To The Editor

Primary Election Results March 15, 2016:

Kenny Heath, Kari Forrest Hammond Victorious. The Story

Primary Elections Mar 15 :

Early Voting Now - Bring Photo ID. The Story

It Happened In The Park :

Pictorial of Performers. The Story

Letters: On Requiring Annexation For Water:

Avoid or Repeat Walmart Experience?. Letters To The Editor

Riding The Ferry - With The Captain:

A Crew's Eye View. The Shipping News

2016 Indoor Dragon Boat Races:

One Boat, One Pool, 48 Paddlers. The Story

Letters: Graffiti Ordinance - Support & Opposition:

Nipping In Bud, or Cutting Speech?. Letters To The Editor

Oriental's Graffiti Law: Dangerous Waters:

Town Could Clamp Down On What Is Said. Guest Columnist

Willow Oak Cut Down In Lou Mac Park:

1929-2016. The Story

Walmart Closes Express Store in Oriental:

The Timeline: Two Weeks and... Gone. The Story

Oak At Lou Mac Park To Be Cut:

Spread of Rot A Safety Concern. The Story

Letters: A Town Shopping For A Grocery:

Post-Walmart, Post-T&C Oriental. Letters To The Editor

Oriental WalMart Closing: Renee Smith Interview:

Town-n-Country Manager Calls Move "Pitiful". The Story

Letters: On Oriental WalMart Closing:

Experiment Over, Now What?. Letters To The Editor

50+ Boats in New Years Day Sailing in Oriental:

23rd Instead of Football Regatta. The Story

Letters: Covering Up Graffiti:

How To Get There . Letters To The Editor

Town Board Tables Graffiti Law:

January Board Meeting. The Story

Letters: Thanks For New Years in Oriental:

One To Remember. Letters To The Editor

Dragon Run, Croaker Drop In To 2016:

Half Century of No Rain on This Parade. The Story

Abby Normal:

Positive Flotation: Boat Easier Than Apartment. The Shipping News

Friends Of The Dragon 2016:

Even A Dragon Needs A Home. The Story

First Annual Reindeer Run 5K :

100 Runners, Walkers Help Hope Clinic Raise $1700. The Story

More Cord Cutting:

Rabbit Ears For A Digital World. The Village Geek

Letters: Spirit of Christmas Thanks:

Lighted Flotilla Takes A Village. Letters To The Editor

Spirit of Christmas Parade 2015:

Merry Dinghy Christmas. The Story

The Bear Is Back:

He's a birdseed eatin' machine. The Story

Heads Up!:

You Can March Right In. Drawing The Town

2015 Spirit of Christmas Schedule:

Friday & Saturday December 11-12. The Story

Green Christmas Dinghy:

Boats need Christmas too. Drawing The Town

2015 Chuck Fondeaux Century Ride:

100 Miles - Some More, Some Less. The Story

11 Months Out, Candidates File For County Commission Race:

Candy Bohmert, Angie Propst Seeking Seats. The Story

Moths: Flying Over The Water:

Practice at Minnesott Before Bermuda Regatta. The Story

High School Sailors in Raleigh Regatta:

First Season Includes A Race in Oriental. The Story

Robert Miller Still in Hospital:

2 Months Since Shooting: Update. The Story



Annie is a 21 ft Drascombe Coaster. It’s crew of one, Curt Bowman, has visited Oriental & the Town Dock before…

Friday May 6, 2016

Bear on the roads aren’t the only thing to keep an eye out for. Ragan Road near Broad Street, appears to be home grounds for a turtle. It’s been seen crossing the asphalt and hanging out in a nearby puddle.
The silver lining in this morning’s cloud cover is that the Oriental Weather Forecast is only calling for scattered showers. Yeah, a 50-50 chance of them – but flow with us here, okay?- it beats the 3 inches of rain that fell since Tuesday.

Clearing skies aren’t coming a moment too soon for the busy Mother’s Day weekend in town. Art on the Neuse is all day tomorrow. It’s the 13th Annual with artists showing and selling their works. There’s live music, too. All at the Oriental Marina. Good place to get Mom some art…

Also tomorrow, just down Hodges, at the Wits End, the Garden Club holds its Plant Exchange. Bring some, take some. Buying is also an option…

If you’ve needed an incentive to downsize, here’s one. In Oriental tomorrow it’s Brown & White Goods Pickup Day, aka Big Trash Pickup. Roll those big ol’ appliances and furniture out to the curb by 7a and the crews will come by and pick that up. Saves you the schlepp to the dump…

This cool, rainy weather got you needing a warm, sunny meal? Tonight, Oriental Womans Club is serving lasagne as part of its Notte Italiano. (Another reason to go – Nautical Wheelers is bringing some good wine to the table for a tasting.)

You’ve got some musical choices tonight, too.

Ken Belangia plays the intimate second stage at the Red Rooster — under cover of the new bar roof.

The Pamlico High Show Choir sings songs from the movies at Hatsell Auditorium in Bayboro (tonight & Saturday nights).
More details in What’s Happening.

Wednesday May 4, 2016

1:51p A word to the wise about driving these days. Bears are out again, not only demolishing backyard bird feeders by night, but venturing out on to roadways in broad daylight. Yesterday alone, four bears were hit by cars in neighboring counties.

A NC Wildlife officer says two baby bears and a large adult bear were killed near Little Washington yesterday and another bear was also hit by a vehicle in Craven County. Nothing like that here in Pamlico County as of yet — but with an increase in bear sightings, it’s wise to drive with bear in mind.

12:05p No, you are not imagining it. Your feet actually are splashing when you walk around Oriental. We’ve got one very wet landscape. An inch of rain yesterday, 6/10ths of an inch today – so far – and the Oriental Weather Forecast says we could get a bit more this afternoon.

Art on the Neuse – also known to last-minuters as ‘that great place to find Mothers Day gifts’ is coming up this Saturday. Artists will be showing and selling their works.

The Oriental Garden Club holds its springtime plant exchange on Saturday morn. Bring plants to swap or pay a relative pittance for the offerings. It helps you tap into some plants that have proven to do well here.

Eat Italian Friday night at the OWC’s Notte in Italia. Lotsa lasagne. Nautical Wheelers will have a wine tasting at the meal as well. Still tix for you, bella-Bunkie.

Tuesday May 3, 2016

11:18a 9/10ths of an inch of rain so far today. Right now, Saturday’s seeming to be the first dry-ish day. Good thing too, with Art on the Neuse Outdoor Art & Music Fest going on…

Friday night is time to mangiare. Oriental Woman’s Club hosts a Night in Italy dinner. It’s a scholarship fundraiser…

9:17a Rain continues. About 3/4” so far, and it looks like a long, wet day ahead.

The Croaker Festival is coming – this year July 1-3. July 2 (Saturday) is the big day. With the 4th on a Monday, it will be a 3 day weekend.

Part of the festival is the fine art of Garbology. It’s cleaning it up before it gets outa hand. Jane Stasser writes in:

You have heard of “Adopt A Highway”. Now you can “Adopt-a-Garbology-Run!” Help “Keep Croakerfest Clean and Green” and give positive exposure to your organization or family at the same time. All it takes is 2 stalwart members of your group to walk beside the Garbology forklift, waving at the crowds and emptying trash bins. A sign will be posted on the forklift recognizing your group. A Garbology run only takes 30-45 minutes.
For more info contact Jayne Stasser at 252 617-9219 or jayne.stasser@gmail.com.

Check out some scenes from the 2014 Croaker Festival to get you in the spirit.

7:21a Deep dark clouds this morning, and weather radar showing rain all around:

Monday May 2, 2016

Tonight a “new tradition” returns. Open Sailing at Bow To Stern Boating. Every Monday night during the warmer months folks go sailing on small boats. They sail Sunfish & FJs. It costs a big 5 bucks. Sailing starts 5p. Beginners welcome, everyone rigs the boats together.

Tonight being the first sail of the season, a Pot Luck dinner will cap the evening. Dinner starts about 7p – you don’t need to sail to join in the dinner. Just bring a side & a drink. Questions – call Jim Edwards at 252-474-6000. Directions & map at this link.

The “World Exclusive” NewsExtra story about Bathroom Compliance has had more traffic than any story TownDock.net has published (except for hurricane coverage).

It has been read over 300 thousand times. And counting…

Sunday May 1, 2016

8:14a Results from ODC’s first Pursuit Race of the 2016 season:

  • 1st place Water Phantom, Charlie Nelson (Overall Winner)
  • 2nd place Out Of The Blue, Joe Glorioso (New ODC Racer Prize Winner)

Nine boats raced, 7 finished. Multihulls were out in force (3) but monohulls took the top spots Saturday.

Joe Mattea writes in:

The race went very well, the weather was very pleasant with a pretty steady 8-10kt winds of the NE for most of the race. RaceQs seemed to ‘generally’ work (RaceQs is the App that shows boat positions live during the face) … for some reason, it did not pickup the track for Water Phantom or Il Gatto. Everyone else showed up fine.
We had 2 boats retire due to equipment problems but, this is the time of year to identify these sorts of thing so they’ll be ready for the next Pursuit Race, May 21st.

Here is a link to the 3D race replay. Next Pursuit race is Sat May 21. More experiments in “live coverage” coming…

7:33a Happy May Day. The 1st of May means the beginning of the outdoor church services, 8:30a at Lou Mac Park. It’s the service done by Oriental United Methodist Church. They are outdoors May through October, weather permitting (rain sends the service indoors at the church).

The weather should cooperate today. Mostly cloudy (that’s partly sunny in marketing terms), just a small chance of afternoon showers. It will be warmer than yesterday – highs getting to the upper 70s.

Another calm day on the Neuse ahead. South winds 10mph. Those south winds are bringing in the warmer air.

Saturday April 30, 2016

6:38p On the Neuse today ODC raced:

  • 1st place Water Phanom, Charlie Nelson (Overall Winner)
  • 2nd place Out Of The Blue,Joe Glorioso (New ODC Racer Prize Winner)

More details Sunday morning.

12:06p The Town Yard Sale is officially over, although there are always more than a few yards that keep on selling into early afternoon.

The ODC Pursuit Race (1st of the season) is underway. Nine boats out on the Neuse.

The marine forecast is friendly – 10 knot northeast winds.

9:12a The Town Wide Yard Sale is running full throttle. Spotted on Ragan Rd:
sh green stamps

Some folks come from out of state to find amazing values at the Oriental Town Wide Yard Sale
5:58a Now calm down a bit there. The yard sale doesn’t officially start til 7am.

That’s right, you’re not supposed to be cruising around with you and the family at this hour, trying to get in on deals before anyone else notices.

We can see you’re sorely tempted. Click here for the yard sale map (we know ya want to). Every place that has a number on that map, has a yard sale (sometimes a few yards). You’ll have to show up to discover what stuff they actually have. 7am. Meanwhile, just sip your decaf.

Cloudy (but dry) today. High upper 60s / near 70. Fine yard cruising weather.

Friday April 29, 2016

3:54p ODC kicks off the 2016 Pursuit Sail Races Saturday. Nine boats are signed up to race, including three trimarans:

The race starts at noon…. and will feature live coverage via RaceQs. A link will be on TownDock Saturday to “take you to the races”.

3:40p Saturday is the Town Wide Yard Sale. Over 100 yards will be selling. It starts at 7a and goes til noon.

At right the map that shows where those yards are (just click on it for the wowza big version). Deals are waiting:

Hard copies available at Town Hall Saturday during the sale.

2:03p We are a bit closer to having a new president at Pamlico Community College. You can meet the 4 candidates in person in a week or so. Or now, in the story, here.

7:32a Last night at the Old Theater Piggly Wiggly owner Billy Flockhart talked about the coming store. Opening date still planned for mid June, but Billy cautions there is much to do and that could slip a week or two.

The opening hours of the new store impressed the audience:

  • 7a – 10p, seven days a week.

More info from last night’s meeting coming later.

Some rain fell overnight (just over tenth of an inch)… it should clear and turn into a partly sunny day, high mid 70s.

Thursday April 28, 2016

10:48a Update from Town Wide Yard Sale Central Command.

Marsha Paplham says that if your yard is part of Saturday’s second-hand retail event, you may pick up your number and info starting at 3 this afternoon. The place: Marsha’s Cottage. (This is earlier than previously scheduled, but please note, it’s 3p, Bunkarino, not 2:45, 2:50. 3p.)

Still some spots for you at Saturday’s Nautical Flea Market outside the Provision Company. Give ‘em a call at 249-1797…

7:11a Here comes the rain. Can call that 100% chance now.

7:02a It feels like it is trying to rain this morning. 50% chance.

A few drops have fallen, but weather radar shows much of the moisture is staying north of us. Still, wet stuff is near…

Wednesday April 27, 2016

The good news is that the Oriental Weather Forecast has no rain for Saturday’s Town Wide Yard Sale. Between now and then, though, we could get some precip.

Bleh. The ground’s gracious damp enough as it is. And with the temps up near 80, (slap) the mosquitoes have already made their 2016 debut. Even with the Town’s Tuesday and Thursday predawn mosquito-spraying-from-a-truck, the skeeters are still lurking and biting.

So short of a DEET-dip, what’s a Bunkster to do?

You may find some relief from an alternative that the Provision Company’s now stocking: New Mountain sandalwood sticks, which Pat imported from Australia. Light ‘em like incense and keep them near you where you are outside. We tried them in the TownDock gardens – with a high skeeter per bare arm ratio, it’s one of Oriental’s tougher testing grounds – and nary a skeeter came by. Not one. The sticks smell good too.

A special wine is in at Nautical Wheelers. Marsha’s Cottage has sales and new lines. Check out what’s new at a bunch of stores in town at Oriental Go Local

One big “keep it local” issue – having a full service grocery store in Oriental again – is the talk of the town tomorrow night at the Old Theater. Billy Flockhart owner of the Piggly Wiggly in Grantsboro will talk about where things are with his plans to open a second Pig in the now vacant Walmart Express building. He’s aiming for a June opening.

Tomorrow night’s public meeting, organized by the Oriental food Initiative is free. Starts at 6:30.

Tonight, Wednesday — sail racing and open mic. On the Neuse and at The Silos respectively.

Oh, and if after Saturday’s yard sale you want your unsold stuff to get gone, now’s the time to make arrangements with Habitat or Hospice so they can pick it up Saturday afternoon. Details here.

Tuesday April 26, 2016

Saturday’s Town Wide Yard Sale is looking to be a big one. Marsha Paplham says it has upwards of 100 participating yards.

Here is the map that will tell you where the yards are, so you can plot out your route:

Hard copies will also be available at Town Hall the day of the sale.

If you are one of the sellers, you can stop by Marshas Cottage on Friday to pick up your yard number. That’s Friday. (No early birds, please)

Monday April 25, 2016

2:55p The sailing season is underway in Oriental. While many take to the water 12 months a year, the warmer months bring races, regattas… just more sailing.

The Oriental Dinghy Club hosts much of the local sail racing. Their Pursuit Series of races kick off this Saturday. Joe Mattea writes in:

The Oriental Dinghy Club initiates a new Pursuit Series of races this year. This includes 5 race days starting April 30.

Pursuit races differ from most of the other area races in that boats do no start ‘in mass’. Normally, they start one or two at a time…in other words, ‘spread out’. If you have a boat that 20’ or more in length and has an appropriate level of liability insurance this series is for you. If you’ve ever done the New Year’s Day ‘Instead of Football Regatta’, these races will seem familiar.

You don’t even have to be an ODC member to enter… they’ll let anyone come and try their hand for one race… for just $10.


The races add another new feature. Live coverage. Really. OK, there won’t be a TV news crew.

They are instead taking advantage of RaceQs technology. Boats have the RaceQs App installed in an onboard smartphone. A RaceQs link will literally show the race live (and can also be checked later). Friends & Family can check on a boat from anywhere. We’ll have the link big & bold at the top of the TownDock home page this Saturday for the race.

For racers – some more info (PDF downloads):

For more info about joining ODC visit www.orientaldinghyclub.com

But – there’s more.
A week from today marks the return of Open Sailing. Open Sailing is every Monday night at Bow To Stern Boating. From Jim Edwards:
Open Sailing is a great way for sailors of all abilities to get out on the water. You can be a landlubber with no sailing experience, a world class racer, or anywhere in between.

You just show up at Bow To Stern on Monday Nights.

  • 5:00 Rigging and a quick “how to”. Everyone sailing needs to help rig. (we will show you how)
  • 5:30 Shove off (Simple short course for some fun racing or you can just sail around)
  • 30 minutes before sunset – Head back to the Boating Center.
  • Sunset – All boats will be put up with the help of all the sailors.

The cost? Five bucks. This Monday will also have a Potluck Dinner to kick off Open Sailing for the 2016 season. More info at bowtosternboating.com.

6:02a A sunny couple of days early this week, highs in mid-upper 70’s. That’s the takeaway from the Oriental Weather Forecast

Yesterday was the deadline to get your yard on the map for Saturday’s Town Wide Yard Sale.

But if it’s boat bits you want to sell, you can still get a place at the Provision Company’s Nautical Flea Market.

Thursday night at the Old Theater, the Oriental Food Initiative holds a public meeting where Billy Flockhart will give an update on the Piggly Wiggly store he’s aiming to open in June.

In meantime, you can provide some feedback on what you want to see at the store…click here for the survey.

Friday April 22, 2016

1:01p Update on next Saturday’s Town Wide Yard Sale – this Sunday is the deadline to get registered so your yard will be on the map.

The form is here for you to fill in and then take to the hardware store thru tomorrow or drop off at Marsha’s Cottage as late as Sunday. You can also call Marsha at 249-0334 and register that way…..

9:23a Friday started out with sun but the Oriental Weather Forecast is looking like rain and thunderstorms later today and off and on tomorrow

TwwwwanGGGG. Over at the Community College tomorrow, it’s the 3rd Annual Bluegrass Festival. It does keep growing. Two stages and 10 performances this year. Pamlico Chorale sings swing and opera and lots of notes in between in its Spring Concert tomorrow eve (and again, Sunday afternoon.) Also mañana, NSA talks sail trim at a free morning seminar.

Take a look ahead in to the What’s Happening calendar and you’ll find a few even busier weekends coming up…

Next Saturday, the 30th is the Town Wide Yard Sale. It’s free to take part. You will want to register though, in order to be on the map that lays out where all the treasure trove yards are. The registration form’s right here: you can print it out, fill it and bring it to the hardware store by tomorrow or Marshas Cottage by Sunday’s deadline..

(And don’t go angstin’ there Buckerino: the form’s got just three blanks to fill in. Nothing like the exacting standards of a Bathroom GCO.)

For a decade, the Yard Sale has been on the 1st Saturday in May and alert readers may have noticed that while as close as April 30 is, it is not in fact the first Saturday in May. For those wondering why the change….

The move was made because the following Saturday, May 7, is the Art on the Neuse outdoor arts & music fest which would already be bringing a bunch of folks to town. For AOTN, you still have time to sign up if you are an artist wanting to show and sell your works. More details, here.

Thursday April 21, 2016

Restaurant activity in Oriental is on the move. The latest? Mexican food is coming to town.

Dave Sargent of M&M’s Cafe tells TownDock.net that he is buying the current Nel’s Sports Bar on Broad Street. The new restaurant will be called “Buena Vida” (translation “Good Life”)… opening mid to late May. Dave says it will be a mix of Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes, plus classic Mexican restaurant touches like a Margarita Bar & chips on the tables. Nel’s last day was yesterday. Buena Vida will be open Wednesday – Sunday (Sunday lunch only).

Chris Daniels of The Silos announced earlier that he’ll be opening a new restaurant. “O’Town” will open mid May at the Oriental Harbor location of the former Water Street Grill / Trawl Door. O’Town will celebrate life in Oriental, open Thursday – Sunday.

Wednesday April 20, 2016

Wednesday night sail racing out on the Neuse tonight.

Or if you’re more inclined to jive than jibe, Silos has Open Mic Night.

Upper 60’s/low 70’s thru tomorrow. The Oriental Weather Forecast may have some weekend rain.

But no worries about getting wet – there are inside events:

Boxscore update: if you read the TownDock.net World Exclusive News Extra about the Bathroom Compliance Officer, you are not alone. At last count earlier today, it had been read over 170,000 times.