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News From The Village Updated Almost Daily
- Read With A 3rd Grader - Feb 20
- Acupressure Classes @ PCC - Feb 21, 28
- SCOO Seminar - Emergency First Aid - Feb 21
- Wed Open Mic Night - Feb 22
- Underground RR Talk - Feb 23
- Our Democracy - Photos Sought Thru Feb
- Women’s Retreat - Feb 25
- PAWS Annual Yard Sale Feb 25
- Kate McGarry @ Old Theater - Feb 25
New Sport, New Gym at Camp Caroline Gym . The Story
Valentines By The Sea. Drawing The Town
A yawl on a mission. The Shipping News
Billy Flockhart On Changes At The Piglet. The Story
Year of the Rooster. The Story
Rooster & Dragon. Drawing The Town
Shrimp Fishermen Show Up In Numbers. The Story
Short Term Rental, Floodplain, Electric Charging Stations . The Story
Snowflakes spotted. Drawing The Town
Wind A No Show. 33 Boats Do. The Story
Give A Dragon A Hand. The Story
Sustaining The Groups That Sustain Us. The Story
Walk On The Left. Letters To The Editor
The Geek Checks Out The Options. The Village Geek
Reader Asks Why An "Illegal" Business Exists. Letters To The Editor
Deck the decks with bows of holly. Drawing The Town
The Pig, The Golf Course, The Flood Map. The Story
Fri Dec 9 - Sat Dec 10. The Story
Food For Thought on Shopping Locally. Letters To The Editor
Needed For New Year's Run. The Story
Array of Rules As Pamlico Scouted . The Story
Countywide: 45% Rate. The Story
A Recap: Short Term Rental SUP, Holiday Lights, Spring Cycle. The Story
Matthew's Impact. Letters To The Editor
Hot Chili Raises $3K For Old Theater Roof. The Story
Sunshine. Strings. Smiles.. The Story
Eric Kindle Reports From Princeville. The Story
Pamlico Pays It Forward. The Story
Seeking A Dry Route. The Story
Map your way in. The Story
After The Winds And Rain. The Story
A Town Preps. The Story
High Ground To Escape High Water. The Story
Reader Questions Unclear Plan. Letters To The Editor
Bob Arrington Writes On The Potential Impact. Guest Columnist
Charlie Overcash Reports In. Guest Columnist
Blessed with a Bristol Channel Cutter. The Shipping News
Public Hearing Tuesday Night. The Story
Oriental's Julia Tingle. Spokes
Scott Williams Makes An Exclusive List. The Story
Two pickleball players in action. In just 2 years, 4 dozen Pamlico County residents have taken up the sport. Since February of last year, the hub of pickleball action has been the gym at the brand new Lee Center at Camp Caroline.
Monday February 20, 2017
The run of spring-like weather continues. Highs near 70 today. Your Oriental Weather Forecast gracing us with these kind of conditions all week.
You can help a child read. Heartworks is looking for a volunteers to spend about an hour a week with one of a half dozen 3rd graders who are having challenges understanding reading. Heartworks is holding an info session this afternoon for those interested in volunteering…
Coming up.. pickleball in Pamlico County…
Sunday February 19, 2017
3:30p Oriental’s Piggly Wiggly is asking what ‘premium wines’ you’d want the store to carry in addition to its current offerings. There’s a survey.
In Oriental you can get wines at Nautical Wheelers and the Provision Company. Your taste runs more to beer? You’re in luck. At the ProvIsion Company, there’s manager Pat Stockwell’s Overstock Sale on beer at 15% off.
12:40p The folks over at Heartworks say some of the 3rd graders who go there for after-school activities are having trouble with reading comprehension.
Their teacher says their skills could improve if they had an adult outside of school with whom they could read and then discuss what they read. If you’d like to be one of those adults, Heartworks is holding a session for volunteers tomorrow…
There are a couple of books you may want to be reading yourself. Pamlico County library’s ‘Let’s Talk About It’ community read series of NC authors kicks off a week from tomorrow with a discussion of Charles Chestnutt’s Marrow of Tradition. His 101-year old novel is based on all-too-real events in Wilmington in 1898.
Paying more attention to your diet? Eating on the Wild Side may help you get more nutrition out of the veggies and fruits you eat. The book is the latest Food For Thought selection from the Oriental Food Initiative which will be discussing it March 13.
11:14a Tonight in Arapahoe Ben & Carolyn Casey talk about the research that has gone in to a coming book about life on Core Sound. Joining the Caseys is boatbuilder Heber Guthrie (one of his boats is on the cover above). More info here.
Again with the beautiful weather (the kind of weather we dream of in August). The Oriental Weather Forecast has more perfect low 70’s & sunshine.
Saturday February 18, 2017
8:30a 54 degrees and rising. That’s a beautiful thing. Your Oriental Weather Forecast has temps in the low 70’s. Get out there and enjoy!
Fine day for a bike ride – Oriental’s cyclists head out on their Saturday ride at 10:30a from in front of The Bean. (if you miss today’s, they do it again tomorrow, same time, same starting place)
The SCOO/NSA seminars continue this morning. CPR at the fire station. Also up in What’s Happening today Minnesott GCC has a craft beer (and wines) gathering this afternoon.
Looking a bit ahead, the 4th Annual Ol’ Front Porch Music Fest is coming up Oct 6-7. Organizers are already at work on lining up musicians and porches for them to play on. You can be part of the action, too. The OFPMF needs volunteers.. click here to find out how.
Friday February 17, 2017
Temps up to 60 and clear today says the Oriental Weather Forecast. Great outdoor weather for the weekend and … wow, check it out … for the next week when highs everyday are in the 60’s.
Tonight’s Friday Flick at the Old Theater is Don Juan de Marco about love and delusion, Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando as his shrink. More details in What’s Happening where you’ll also find how to donate blood today and take a CPR course manana….
Thursday February 16, 2017
1:30p Planning Board meets this afternoon at 3. Agenda has been made available. It contains news that a used car/boat/camper lot is planned for Broad Street next to the marine consignment store.
5a A busy few days leading up to the weekend. Today for instance….
Early this morning, Oriental’s Town Board holds a specially called meeting: the issue, a CAMA major permit request by Chris Fulcher. Part of it is put TravLift support tracks100 feet in to the harbor. The 45-foot tall 300-ton TravLift would be part of a trawler maintenance operation the fishing businessman proposes on the harbor.
The Town is the only territorially adjacent landowner. Under CAMA rules, the Town Board has less than two weeks to state if it objects or not. More on this morning’s 8a meeting and several public records on the proposal, so far, here.
The meeting is open to the public.
Perhaps you’d like to start your day in a calm, clarifying way. OMM, the newly formed Oriental MIndfulness Meditation meets this morning at 7a.
Later on in the day, SCOO kicks off this year’s winter seminars. First session is Marine Communications. (No Bunky, …not some Parris Island drill instructor yelling.) Pete Waterson of Seacoast Marine Electronics leads the workshop on how to make electronica on your boat work for you. It’s free. Details here.
And it being the third Thursday of the month, there’s an open jam session at PCC tonight.
Tuesday February 14, 2017
7:01a Happy Valentine’s Day, Dear Reader. It’s a brisk morning with sunny near 60 day ahead.
If a boat ride is on your romantic day list, Mom Nature is cooperating. Light 5 to 10 knot NE winds in the marine forecast.
Haven’t yet found that fitting gift for your sweetie? Check out Oriental Go Local for gift ideas and calibrating your February mindset.
Really in oops Valetine’s trouble? The Pig has roses. She’ll think you drove out of town to a fancy florist.
What’s Happening’s is a busy place this week. Town Hall yesterday added one event – a special Town Board meeting 8a on Thursday morning. On the table: whether the Town would raise any objections to Chris Fulcher getting a CAMA major permit to build a100 foot long docks into Oriental’s harbor for a 300-ton TravLift. The 45-foot tall hoist would be used to lift trawlers to land. More here.
Sunday February 12, 2017
1:05p Ba-da bing. That was quick. The ferry’s back to its 2 boat schedule.
It is one seriously, gloriously gorgeous February Sunday.. clear skies, mid-70s today, warm winds out of the southwest – that ring of exposed mud around the Duck Pond confirms that. The week to come isn’t looking to be as warm, but still, not too shabby, says your Oriental Weather Forecast.
Looking for a destination to walk or ride your bike to? Oriental’s History Museum’s put together a fascinating exhibit of Forgotten Landmarks. Lots of photos and even some Laura Turgeon sketches.
That museum exhibit also includes also a painting of the house once cobbled together around a tree near the Town Beach. The Robinson Crusoe-inspired cottage was the work of – well, one of the works – of the late Bob Pittman. Bob was also a prolific painter and Village Gallery’s featuring a selection of his paintings this month.
Both the gallery and the museum are open today…
12:20P We’re back to one ferry making runs across the Neuse to and from Minnesott Beach. The word in the past hour from Ops Mgr Sue Kinner:
We will leave the MB side at 1230, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 1230.
Saturday February 11, 2017
7:31a All fixed at Cherry Branch… both boats back in operation. Normal full schedule.
Spring is visiting this weekend. Sunshine & near 70 today, mid 70s Sunday.
Friday February 10, 2017
6:41a The Ferry is back in operation, but still a one boat operation (one ferry needs repair). The one boat schedule:
Minnesott Beach; 5:25am; 6:15am; 7:15am; 8:30am; 10:00am; 11:30am; 12:30pm; 2:00pm; 3:00pm; 4:00pm; 5:00pm; 6:00pm; 7:00pm; 8:00pm; 9:00pm; 11:00pm; 12:30am.
Thursday February 9, 2017
11:33a Not a great week for ferry travel. First one boat died (see below). Now the water levels are so low that the remaining boat can’t run at all:
9:28a It could be Saturday before the ferry runs its normal schedule across the Neuse. Sue Kinner writes:
Pamlico Library Book Sale is Saturday. They’re still accepting books to sell. If your downsizing is more wide-ranging and goes beyond your bookshelves, PAWS is welcoming donations to sell at its yard sale later this month, too.
Wednesday February 8, 2017
5:55p An update from Cherry Branch:
Our schedule from the Cherry Branch side will be 5am, 545, 645, 745, 9,11, 12 noon, 130, 230, 330, 430, 530, 630, 730, 830, 10, and 12 midnight.
The schedule from the Minnesott side will be 525 am, 615, 715, 830, 10, 1130, 1230 pm, 2, 3, 4,5,6,7,8,9,11,and 1230 am.
4:35p The ferry is on half schedule. From Cherry Branch:
9:52a February thunder, a rare sound, may’ve woken you up before dawn – that or the rain pelting the roof. Should be less misty-moisty by mid-afternoon, says the Oriental Weather Forecast. which also gives us a rinse-and-repeat with more rain o’ernight and in to tomorrow morning.
The story is that after her husband died, Anna Lupton Gwaltney was at her wits end about how she’d support herself and 2 children. She opened what was then – this was the 1960’s – Oriental’s only beer joint in a building on Hodges Street. She named it The Wits End.
Long after the beer and pool hall closed in the 1970’s, and through the many other businesses that set up shop there, the name has stuck. And it’s likely to convey through its latest change. As reported last night, the Wit’s End is about to become Town property. Owner Lissa Pierson is donating it to the Town.
Tuesday February 7, 2017
8:15p The Town Board tonight approved a Special Use Permit for the New Village Brewery and Taproom. the microbrewery setting up next to the post office. At the Public Hearing, there was no opposition. Two residents spoke in favor, and commissioners spoke supportively of the new business.
Lili and Frank Bacon have several other permits to acquire – from the state to sell beer, and from the Feds to brew beer. They are aiming to open the doors on April 1, and will be selling beer made elsewhere while waiting for brew permits to come through.
Meanwhile, an older landmark will soon be the Town’s. Town Manager Diane Miller announced that the owner of the Wit’s End is giving the property to the Town. Miller says it’s not clear yet what the town would do with the land and 75 year old building next to the Duck Pond, which has been for sale for the past decade.
In the 60’s and 70’s it was a place to have a beer and play pool. The building with its list to port has also been home to a kayak shop, a frame shop, a sailing school, a bodega, art gallery, glass-painting studio and home to the Oriental Farmer’s Market in its early years. And that’s in just the past 15 years…
6a Oriental Town Board meets tonight and holds a public hearing on the Special Use Permit that a proposed micro brewery would need.
Frank and Lili Bacon plan the brewery to occupy part of the former Croakertown store next to the post office, in an area that is zoned MU or Mixed Use (aka: commercial and residential.) Serving (and brewing) alcohol requires the SUP, the first of several permits needed. Beyond that, state and federal hoops would have to be jumped thru before beer brewed on premises could be served.
The Public Hearing meeting starts at 7p. More background here on this, the agenda for the rest of the meeting, and minutes from some recent meetings.
Monday February 6, 2017
10:20a The sun’s out and things are warming up. Could get in to the 60’s today,, 70’s tomorrow.
A note: Town Hall is not open today.
6a Residents from Arapahoe-Minnnesott Beach to Other-side -of-the-Bridge Oriental could have a new representative on the County Commission after tonight’s meeting.. Two women – Missy Baskervill and Patricia Mills – are interested in the District 5 seat vacated by Kenny Heath last month. It’s up to the Board.
Sunday February 5, 2017
Sunshine’s taken over, after that overcast morning. Highs in the mid 50s today and into the 60s tomorrow.
Considering the couch potatoing on tap later today, you may want to go stretch those legs a bit for — say, a walk to Oriental’s History Museum. A new exhibit called Forgotten Landmarks opens today.
The idea behind this exhibit was to highlight structures that once stood in the area, only to have disappeared by way of backloader, gravity, or impenetrable walls of smilax. The museum’s volunteer curators called out for photos and drawings and the exhibit opening today is the result. Opening reception for Forgotten Landmarks starts at 2p. You’re invited.
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