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7th Annual Festival. The Story
Youth Racing in FJs And Optis. The Story
She said yes. The Story
He taught thousands how to sail. The Story
Oriental Piggly Wiggly: Views, Day 1. The Story
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Open Arms. Letters To The Editor
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He Will Meister No More. Letters To The Editor
Beyond the Parade. The Story
Volunteerism, Brexit, The Pig. The Story
Remembering Bob.... The Story
Words of Thanks. Letters To The Editor
This Year: A Cannon, New Fireworks Site, Gospel Sing. The Story
Oriental Dog Citizen. Pet Of The Month
June Town Board Mtg: $848K Plan. The Story
Former Commissioner Weighs In. Letters To The Editor
4th Annual: Hours of Music, No Rain. The Story
Backyards As Feeding Grounds. The Story
Oriental Or..... Letters To The Editor
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Adventure From Land To ICW And Back. The Shipping News
Susan Werner's Debut of "Carolina" in Oriental. The Story
Four Finalists Vie To Succeed Late Cleve Cox. The Story
49 Dogs Hit The Streets. The Story
Gender Identity Assured Thanks To New State Funding. World Exclusive NewsExtra
A Quick Way For Visiting Boats To Spot Oriental's Public Docks. The Story
Apple Semi-Stealthily Visits Oriental. The Story
Oriental Welcomed 5 College Teams At Regatta. Letters To The Editor
Kenny Heath, Kari Forrest Hammond Victorious. The Story
Early Voting Now - Bring Photo ID. The Story
Pictorial of Performers. The Story
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A Crew's Eye View. The Shipping News
My Girls entered the harbor Wednesday morning, low on her lines. The trawler brought a full load of shrimp to Garland Fulcher Seafood’s docks. They’ll be unloaded and prepared for market. (Click on photo to enlarge, and see more.)
Thursday August 25, 2016
Thursday August 25, 2016
8:41a Closer to home, a new cam debuts today on TownDock.net. PigCam. There is a whiteboard on the wall at Oriental’s new Piggly Wiggly, and PigCam will bring you that whiteboard with its daily specials and Piglet info. Right to your desktop / laptop / phone.
Checking PigCam today you’ll find a link to Thursday (today) only specials at The Pig…
8:24a Hurricane update. There are two systems on the Atlantic (Fiona fizzled out Tuesday). And really only one to watch. While Gaston is now a hurricane, he’ll be staying mid Atlantic, passing well east of Bermuda on his way north.
The tropical wave that is not yet a declared storm is the one that has potential trouble. From the National Hurricane Center:
centered just southeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The wave is producing gale-force winds over water to the north of Hispaniola, however, satellite images indicate that the shower and thunderstorm activity is well removed from the area of lowest pressure. Surface data also indicate that the low continues to lack a well-defined center. Although upper-level winds are only marginally conducive for development during the next day or so, they are expected to become a little more favorable by the weekend, and this system could become a tropical depression during the next couple of days. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the wave later this morning.
That Hurricane Hunter aircraft visit will provide more conclusive info later today. Meanwhile, the early computer models mostly indicate a Florida visit. And after that, the Gulf. Louisiana is nervous:
Wednesday August 24, 2016
4:26p Ferry service back on normal schedule with two boats running (the Kinnakeet had required repairs.) What is normal schedule? It’s right here.
11:54a It looks like the tropical wave just east of the Caribbean will likely become a tropical storm – now an 80% chance of forming in the next 5 days. While 80% leaves some uncertainty , we’ve never seen the National Hurricane Center assign an 80% number to a system that didn’t actually form.
Mom nature was kind to us overnight… it cooled to 64 degrees early this morning. A mild (for August) mid 80s today, reaching back to about 90 for Friday and the weekend with clear, sunny days.
Tuesday August 23, 2016
4:12p Local mariners that use the Dawsons Creek entrance – the Coast Guard may not be replacing an entrance buoy:
All comments will be carefully considered and are requested prior to 24 August, 2016 to be considered in the analysis. Refer to project number 05-16-098(D). Send comments to CGD5Waterways@uscg.mil or email@example.com.
1:38p Fiona is finished, sayanara, kaput, done. The official term is post-tropical.
10:21a Two State Representatives visit this week – NC House Rep Michael Speciale, District 3 (that’s us – includes Beaufort, Craven & Pamlico counties) will join NC House Rep John Bell, Majority Whip, District 10 (Craven, Greene, Lenoir & Wayne counties) at PCC this Thursday at 10a. You can attend – more info here.
5:10a Gathering force, Tropical Depression Seven has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Gaston. Gaston will become a hurricane, but is forecast to stay offshore.
Fiona’s track on first glance appears to be headed for us, but Fiona is weakening – forecast to dissipate in the next couple days.
Which leaves us with a tropical wave, approaching the Caribbean. It now has a 60% chance of becoming a tropical system in the next 5 days. It could be trouble, although its early computer models suggest a Florida landfall more likely than our shores:
It is unusual to have this much agreement among computer models, before a system has actually been declared. Takeaway? The models might give us confidence that this will indeed stay south of us. But it is early on…
The next name on tap (it would be used for the above system) is Hermine. Upcoming 2016 storm names include Ian, Julia, Karl, Lisa, Matthew, Nicole, Otto & Paula.
Monday August 22, 2016
5:22p Tropical Depression Seven has been declared. This system should reach tropical storm strength by tomorrow and get named Gaston. Gaston is expected to become a hurricane.
The next possible storm may be of greater concern. Now “Invest 99”, this system approaching the Caribbean has a track that could be trouble:
Invest 99 is not a declared tropical system, but it has a 50% chance of developing into one in the next 5 days.
1:47p The new storm hasn’t been declared – yet:
7:23a Storm Fiona has downgraded to a Tropical Depression. While Fiona won’t be visiting our shores, the storm has trended farther west than initially forecast. Its track will pass west of Bermuda, heading north.
Which brings us to the far eastern Atlantic… just off Africa. Something is cookin’. From the National Hurricane Center:
As this system strengthens it will get the name Gaston.
Meanwhile, back here in Otown… a perfect late August forecast. Sunny, clear, a bit less humid and highs near 90 for most of this week. Tuesday even cooler, high 85.
Saturday August 20, 2016
12:50p Let the cooling trend continue. 81 at midday. Just the kind of weather for la dolce far niente – the sweetness of doing nothing.
You may though want to take one break from that idleness.
NauticaWheelers offers its monthly wine tasting this afternoon and today it’s italian wines. With a book signing no less. That’s at 3 and again at 4p.
6:19a That rain yesterday did cool things down. 71 degrees at 6a? We’ll take that.
Friday August 19, 2016
3:51p Almost a half inch of rain these past few hours but even more impressively.. temperature is 78 right now. Below 80? On a summer afternoon in Oriental? That’s as rare as Usain Bolt seeing the back of another runner’s jersey.
If you’ve got a moment and some blood to spare, the Red Cross is at Oriental United Methodist Church this afternoon.
Tomorrow afternoon Nautical Wheelers is offering samples of Italian wines – and new author Craig Elliott us signing copies of his book, set in Italy. Details, here.
Many folks attack their yards on the weekend (and if you’ve got Smilax thorning its way through your shrubs, “attack” is putting it mildly.) Town residents don’t have to schlepp up to the Grantsboro dump to get rid of pulled weeds, leaves, branches and vines but instead can bring ‘em to a dumpster in town set aside specifically for green waste.
1:26p Phew. It is coming down. Looks like we are back into that weather territory where “chance of afternoon thunderstorms” means something.
Before yesterday afternoon’s downpour, we’d gone a good week without rain. The weekend forecast looks like we’ll get more. and then, highs in mid-80’s —woo-hoo — come Tuesday.
Thursday August 18, 2016
12:07p Ker-tha-dunk. Your car’s tires may have encountered some of the deeper potholes that have cropped up on streets in Oriental. The craters can do an even worse number on a bike tire – or ankle.
Town Manager Diane Miller says the potholes should be filled in soon.
Town Hall is “still compiling addresses of the offending holes,” a task that began earlier this summer. Just send the street address nearest the potholes to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your struts and bicyclists tires will be grateful.
8:06a Computer Model consensus shows Tropical Storm Fiona heading north and staying out at sea.
But just in case you needed a small dose of fear with your cornflakes… there is one computer model way different from the rest. And what does it do? It tracks a line to the Pamlico Sound.
Don’t gulp your coffee. Those outlying models have a good track record of being wrong.
5:50a Help Heartworks help hundreds of kids here in Pamlico County. Heartworks is holding Harborfest, a weekend fundraiser next month at River Dunes and would really appreciate some volunteer help. 75 volunteers are needed, in fact.
You can find out more this morning at 10a at Oriental Town Hall. Or at 7p in Bayboro
Chris Fulcher is proposing an expansion of his facilities on Oriental’s Harbor. Plans include a 300 ton Travelift and 100 foot long washdown area for vessels. The washdown would use a newly state-required retention-recycling system for the water runoff. It would be done in open air.
That TravLift and washdown corridor would go on land between the eastermost Fulcher/Point Pride buildings and the former public right of way to the harbor that the town gave up in the land swap 4 years ago. It would be within several dozen yards of Oriental’s second Town Dock. Click here for map of site; the washdown area is highlighted.
Fulcher’s now unroofed building would be used to paint boats – a roof would be needed to contain that. For some of the project a Special Use Permit is needed, and with that a public hearing is required. SUP Application is here.
The item was New Business at The Planning Board yesterday. The Planning Board sent the application up to the Town Board. Town Manager Diane Miller says the Town Board could, at its September meeting, set a public hearing as early as the first week in October.
Wednesday August 17, 2016
1:39p Oriental’s Planning Board meets at 3p today. One item of New Business on the agenda reads, “Chris Fulcher SUP/LUP.” It’s about a proposed “gantry crane” and “washdown” for trawlers on the Oriental Harbor a few dozen yards from the new Town Dock.
Planning Board chair Eric Dammeyer says Town Manager Diane Miller has already approved the Land Use Permit (And her signature is on a similar application labelled as an SUP or Special Use Permit.)
At the 3p meeting she will be briefing the Planning Board which Dammeyer indicates will not have any decision in the matter because the project appears to comply with the Growth Management Ordinance.
The meeting is open to the public.
Some of the documents.
That file had been erroneously labeled at Town Hall. Town Hall later on Wednesday provided the correct SUP application which can be read here. It will be subject to a public hearing, likely in October.10:07a Condolences go out to Larry Suvak whose Shar-Pei, Tiani, died suddenly on Friday.
You may have seen the two on frequent walks near Sailcraft Marina where they lived. Below on their boat, Tiani would listen attentively while Larry practiced daily on sax and other instruments. 2-1/2 years ago, Tiani was Pet of the Month.
8:39a The dog days of summer were supposed to have ended last week but that dog’s stayin’ on the porch. Yet another hot one – a high of 91. Mid-70’s about as cool as it gets today – and that already happened at daybreak.
The temps do relent a bit around sunset and some evening walks thru town have found breezes, too. If you’re walking by the waterfront around 7:25p, you could catch the full moon rise – about a half an hour before sunset.
Tuesday August 16, 2016
A storm is brewing in the far eastern Atlantic, now with a 80% chance of forming in the next 5 days.
But there is good news – conditions are forecast to keep this storm at sea and well away from our coast. Computer models (at right) tell the story.
The next storm name on tap: Fiona. Coming up… Gaston, Hermine. Ian.
A bit cooler. A tinge. A skosh. A couple of degrees less than yesterday’s 93 is today’s Oriental Weather Forecast
Monday August 15, 2016
While the dragon boat races played out at River Dunes on Saturday, Oriental had a lot of activity just off its shores, too. Photos from the Hoop Pole Regatta are up - and show the young sailors with the backdrop of Oriental’s waterfront.
Photos from the dragon races and from yesterday’s watermelon gathering .. coming.
Sunday August 14, 2016
Billy Flockhart’s made some big proposals this year. In January, at a public meeting, he laid out an idea to open a Piggly Wiggly and give Oriental a full service grocery once again.
At yesterday’s Dragon Boat Fest at River Dunes, Billy made another very public proposal. Unlike the long survey 700 responded to before he opened the store, this time around Billy had only 1 question. For only 1 person.
There was also, of course, a Dragon Boat race and we’ll have some photos of that. Also coming up are photos from another great event; in waters just off of Oriental Saturday, the Hoop Pole Regatta drew lots of young sailors.
Kudos to the paddlers and sailors. It was gruelingly hot. Yesterday’s high – 93 with a heat index past 100. More of the same today in your Oriental Weather Forecast – high 95°, heat index 105°.
Got a Heat Advisory til 8 tonight. Fay Bond’s heat advice is to stop by her yard at 4p today for some watermelon. Go on, be part of a tradition that’s closing in on half-a-century.
Saturday August 13, 2016
The 7th Annual Dragon Boat Festival has some 16 teams racing today at River Dunes. There’s the processional of teams – on land – at 9 and at 10:15 the start of the racing. Aside from a lunchbreak, it’s about 4 hours of racing – heats, then finals – ending circa 3:30.
There’s no admission charge but you may want to bring a non-perishable item – they’re being collected for the Fishes and Loaves food pantry.
The festival organizer Flora Moorman wants to recognize those who were part of a dragon boat team in the earlier years. If that’s you, look for the Charter Member Tent. Or, the Extraordinary Paddlers tent nearby if you’re game to pick up a paddle and round out a team.
Links to some earlier Dragon Boat races:
The Oriental Weather Forecast has highs in the low 90’s today and ol’ Mister Sun’s gonna be showing his stuff. SPF-ing advisable. Hydrate.
A memorial service and celebration of life this afternoon at Brantleys at 4 for John Poole. The co-founder of Oriental’s School of Sailing – and before that, piemaker at Poole’s Pies in Raleigh – was 85.
Gravy Boys in concert tonight at the Old Theater. You might still be able to get tix — check in with Nautical Wheelers.
And as you’ll see in What’s Happening, Sunday afternoon is watermelon Sunday at the Bond’s lawn. Yes, you are invited.
Friday August 12, 2016
9:17a It has been a busy summer for restaurant news in Oriental. It continues.
Buena Vida is no more. After less than 2 months in business (opening June 15), the Mexican restaurant has closed. The signs came down yesterday. The restaurant owned by M&M’s owner Dave Sargent and his daughter Amelia had been Oriental’s first Mexican establishment and arguably, the first to focus on a particular ethnic cuisine.
There is good news for those hungry for ethnic fare. Another restaurant is planned for that space. Call the transition, Mex to Med.
Frank Zeidan, who had run Frank’s Mini-Mart in recent years, is planning a restaurant serving Mediterranean, Middle Eastern fare. No word yet on opening date.
8:59a John Poole, 85, died earlier this week. For over two decades John taught thousands how to sail. His efforts were an important part of making Oriental the Sailing Capital Of North Carolina.
John’s memorial service is 4:00p this Saturday, August 13th in the meeting room at Brantley’s Restaurant. A celebration of life will be held immediately following the service at Brantley’s.
Saturday night great music (and energy) comes to the Old Theater. It’s The Gravy Boys, 7:30p. Still a few tickets left. Sunday – it’s watermelon time at The Bonds. More info on all this in What’s Happening.
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