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Letters: Dredge Spoil Poses Danger to Wildlife:

Dredge spoil captures deer. Letters To The Editor

2018 Oriental In-Water Boat Show:

A British Seagull, a Chris Craft, and a Swift Trawler all in one place. The Story

Wooden Sailing Skiff's Journey to the Boat Show:

NCCHA's new old boat comes to the show. The Story

Town Board Meeting April 2018:

Fees new and old, rezoning for a sale, street closings finalized. The Story

SailPack Regatta 2018:

20 teams from 16 Schools Sail on the Neuse. The Story


Circumnavigators become coastal cruisers. The Shipping News

Dragons, Pirates, and Popcorn at the 2018 PAWS Pet Parade:

Bribe the judge for a good cause. The Story

SailPack Regatta Comes March 30 - April 1st:

Coach Dana Magliola on the SailPack Regatta. Guest Columnist

Chowder Cook-off 2018:

A festival celebrating chowder & St. Patrick's Day. The Story

College Sailing Teams Visit Oriental:

Sailing students train in town. The Story

Letters: Bring Back Classical Music:

Classical Radio Ends Suddenly. Letters To The Editor

Mister March 2018 - Zeus:

Breed Ambassador. Pet Of The Month

Hodges Street Flooding. Is There A Fix?:

Hodges Street and Raccoon Creek: A Brief History. The Story

Winter Birds at Pungo Reserve:

Photographer captures wildlife at Pungo Reserve. The Story

Whittaker Point Is Eroding:

Whittaker Creek Properties Potentially Threatened. The Story

Oriental's Chinese New Year 2018:

A Dragon, a Rickshaw, and Pots & Pans. The Story

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

Mister 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

Cruisers of all kinds come through Oriental. Some head out to open water, some cruise the coast, and others take on The Great Loop. A few weeks ago, the SV SkinnyDipper sailed into Oriental 333 days after beginning the Great Loop trip. Story coming….

Thursday April 26, 2018

9:30a Mixed sun & clouds today and highs near 70. Looking to the weekend, Saturday sunshine and a hint of summer – we may see 80 degrees. Sunday back to about 70.

Check ‘em out – the weekly specials at The Piglet are online.

9:18a There is an auction today for two boat slips at Sea Harbour. It is an online auction – unique in that it is run very much like a live & in-person auction.

Auctioneer Stephen Jax explains how it works:

The bidding starts at noon – and the slips are expected to be sold this afternoon. The auction is at this link.

7:51a Sunny week and weekend coming up. Perfect for a barbecue and a few beers to help Sound Rivers protect the Neuse. Live music, 4 breweries from the Neuse River Basin, and an eco-friendly pig picking are happening on Saturday at 5p.

Wednesday April 25, 2018

2:23p This Saturday some BBQ is being served. But it isn’t just any BBQ event – it’s for Sound Rivers – the folks that look out for the health of the Neuse. When you first hear that Sound Rivers is serving up BBQ pork it might sound odd – large numbers of giant hog farms near the Neuse are thought to be a significant source of pollution.

But they aren’t just serving any pig – it’s naturally raised by a small NC family farm. The fellow that is doing the cooking is Jim Kellenberger. You’ve likely seen Jim around Oriental… at right is Jim in the Croaker Festival parade on behalf of Sound Rivers (Jim isn’t particularly shy.)

Jim isn’t just good with his big cooker and BBQ pig – he also on the board of directors of Sound Rivers. TownDock talked with Jim this week (he was traveling so we had to catch him by phone) – Jim tells more about both Sound Rivers and the BBQ:

It’s all this Saturday at New Village Brewery. And it isn’t just the BBQ that will raise $ for Sound Rivers. From Lili at New Village Brewery:

The brewery is donating $1 for every pint sold Saturday – plus IWPC (The Provision Company) is matching dollar for dollar for every pint all day Saturday. So that’s $2 per pint to Sound Rivers for every beer sold on 4/28.

12:36p Dredge spoil has to go somewhere. A concerned citizen writes in after she comes across a deer caught in the sludge.

7:40a Sunny and clear, temperatures in the mid 70s. Looks like the same is coming for the weekend.

Avoid the lines and vote early – early voting is happening now through May 5

Tuesday April 24, 2018

1:23p Oriental is under rabies quarantine. What does this mean for you and your pets? Keep them collared and under the control of a responsible adult.

Animals without a chaperone will be held and Animal Control will try to find the owners. If none can be found, they’ll be taken to Craven Pamlico Animal Services Shelter and held for three days. There’s more information from Animal Services here.

TownDock.net talked to Animal Control Officer Berkley Hill. There have been 5 reports of rabies in the county, 4 of those on the outskirts of Oriental Village. Hill says the quarantine will be in effect for 60 days. The time frame could change if more cases are reported.

10:15a It’s blowin’ out there. High wind so far today 30 mph at 9:30a this morning.

9:22a There is a Gale warning on the Neuse. There’s also a Coastal Flood warning, but it’s unlikely to affect us (the high winds we’re getting are from the southeast). Winds are 15 – 25 mph with gusts around 40. High wind overnight was 21mph.

Rain will continue until this afternoon and will clear later this evening.

Monday April 23, 2018

10:20a Sunday’s cover photo featured a 40’ motor vessel named Ignite.

While it was berthed at the town dock, Oriental resident Bob Arrington recognized the craft – it had been called Cortado by its previous owner. Bob wrote an article about Cortado – it ran in in PassageMaker magazine last year. Like the new crew of this vessel, the crew of Cortado was a cruising family of four. See the article at this link.

8:41a There is a Small Craft Advisory tonight through Tuesday. Which brings the question: What is a small craft?

One wouldn’t think this is as difficult as “What is the meaning of life?” – but it seems the answer may be almost as obtuse.

NOAA’s definition of “Small” Craft:

There is no precise definition for small craft. Any vessel that may be adversely affected by Small Craft Advisory criteria should be considered a small craft. Other considerations include the experience of the vessel operator, and the type, overall size, and sea worthiness of the vessel.
If your vessel is smaller than the Queen Mary, NOAA may think it is a “Small” Craft. Maybe. Example to compare your vessel with:

Sunday April 22, 2018

8:19a It’s about as pretty a morning as possible. Sunshine and near 70 ahead.

On the Neuse 5-10 knot winds from the east.

A boat named Ignite? One was tied up to the town dock this morning. Owner Micheal Reuter explains why this is the third boat he has named Ignite:

Saturday April 21, 2018

11:22a The wine tastings today at Nautical Wheelers will be under the carport (rear of the store) at 3p & 4p. The theme is “Staff Favorites” – click here for a preview.

8:14a Today is the Tour Of Homes in Oriental. More info at this link. Today is also Earth Day. You can participate on-the-water… the SIP & SUP is a lazy paddle this afternoon on Smith Creek.

There are wine tastings today at both 3 & 4p at Nautical Wheelers. At West Marine starting at 9a this morning free gift cards to the first 50 customers. It’s all in What’s Happening.

8:02a Frightening things can happen in our town. From Diane at Town Hall:

We found this appropriately belted (for safety)to the changing table in the men’s room at the Harbor…in case someone you know may be looking for it…

The bathroom in question is at Oriental’s new town dock. It’s a bathroom that has been in the news before.

7:47a A note yesterday from a TownDock reader asked this question:

In the 8:50am HarborCam photo…is that a gator in the duck pond???!!!
We checked (click the photo at right for a big view.) It does kinda look like a gator. While we’re not sure what the gator / 2×4 / etc may be, an otter has been spotted a few times lately in the Duck Pond, which may be what made an appearance in that Harborcam pic.

7:08a It almost feels more like autumn weather. Saturday & Sunday will both be crisp sunny mid 60s days.

Nice on the Neuse for both power & sail… 5 to 10 knot northeast winds today & Sunday.

Friday April 20, 2018

9:39a 50 years ago a man named Randy Repass started selling rope out of his garage. He called it West Coast Ropes. It grew to be the company we know as West Marine, now with 278 locations and about 5,000 employees.

One of those locations is right here in Oriental. Tomorrow, Oriental’s West Marine will join in that 50 year celebration by giving away gift cards (worth from $5 to $100) to the first 50 customers that come through the door. The store opens at 9a Saturday.

6:34a Looking forward to the weekend? Sunny & clear, with temps in the low 60s today and Saturday. Sunday, they’ll reach the mid 60s. Plan accordingly.

Oriental’s Officer Nic Blayney is holding a workshop for local business owners tonight at 5p in the Town Hall. He will discuss safety and security for your business as the summer season begins.

The Parker Quartet plays tonight at 7:30p The Old Theater.

Volunteers are needed to help paint a large scale map of the United States at Fred Anderson Elementary on Saturday.

Thursday April 19, 2018

3:45p The sun shone… and then the rains came, but 100 vendors still turned out for the Oriental Boat Show. Take a look at the scenes from this year’s boat show here.

10:50a Early voting begins today and runs through May 5th. This is the election to determine who will be on the ballot in November. It is also the election to pick the Board of Education members. More information on where, when, and how to vote is here.

8:23a Ferries are back on schedule and both boats are back up and running.

6:50a The ferry is down to a one-boat schedule again, until further notice. From Sue Kinner:

ferry logoCherry Branch Ferries will be running on a ONE BOAT schedule until further notice.

From Cherry Branch at 7:45, 9, 11, 12, 1:30pm, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 10:00, and 12 midnight.
From Minnesott at 7:15, 8:30, 10, 11:30, 12:30pm, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, and 12:30am.

Wednesday April 18, 2018

4:50p The Grammy Award winning Parker Quartet will be playing at the Old Theater this Friday. Tickets are still available for the evening performance.

1:39p From Sue Kinner, Operations Manager at the Cherry Branch – Minesott Beach Ferry:

CHERRY BRANCH FERRIES are back on schedule and running on time. The maintenance required on the BAUM was completed ahead of time and we are back on the river. Come ride with us, it’s a beautiful day for a Ferry ride.

8:52a Wednesday means new weekly specials at The Piglet. They are online…

Have you seen the Heber boat building video? It will make you smile.

8:21a Today may be the warmest this week. Want some heat? Today is your day. Upper 70s today, mid 70s Thursday… then a return to the 60s for the rest of the week.

7:01a The ferry from Cherry Branch to Minnesott is a one-boat operation today. See below for the adjusted schedule.

Tuesday April 17, 2018

4:20p From Cherry Branch:

ferry logoCherry Branch Ferry will be a ONE BOAT operation tomorrow, Wednesday, April 18th from 11am thru 2pm while maintenance is done on M/V BAUM.
There will be a boat from Cherry Branch at 10am, 1130, 1230, & 2pm.
There will be a boat from Minnesott Beach at 9am, 10, 11, 12, 130, & 2:30pm.

8:06a There’s a free film screening and discussion today at 11:30a. Being Mortal will be shown at St. Peter the Fisherman on White Farm Rd.

For other events happening in and around Oriental, check out What’s Happening.

7:42a We have a variable weather week ahead – highs jumping back n forth between near 60 and near 80. Low 60s today, Friday & Saturday, but close to 80 Wednesday & Thursday. But sunshine through it all… great weather to get outside for some vitamin D.

Monday April 16, 2018

6:15p We reached a balmy (it was balmy compared to early this morning) 72 this afternoon. Clear & cool tonight… low near 40.

Check out Heber and Ian above – it’s some fine boat building.

12:12p Water levels may be low, but the skies make HarborCam a brilliant view today.

9:47a The anemometer signal is online again. It’s breezy…. showing west 28mph just a few minutes ago.

9:26a Deep draft boats might have to stay in the slip today… water levels down almost 1 1/2 ft right now. It’s high southwest winds pushing the water away.

One victim of the overnight weather – the TownDock Oriental Weather Station wind gauge. The anemometer on the roof at TownDock Headquarters is spinning, but it isn’t sending out the wireless signal with that windy data.

A “volunteer” may have to visit the roof this afternoon.

8:30a Now that power & net are back, we can ponder the weather. High wind overnight 46 mph – that hit at 2:54a. That’s about when the power went out too – perhaps no coincidence.

Sunshine today and mid 60s. Back into the mid 70s Wednesday, near 80 Thursday. We’ll survive.

8:23a Spectrum net is back. Bean is brewing coffee. Brantleys is warming up the grill and will open at 9a. Oriental Deli is open and waiting to serve up a breakfast sandwich.

The Piglet opened as normal at 7a today (Billy installed a big generator a few months ago – the Pig is ready.)

Life as we know it has been restored.

For some of us, this was a good test drill for the coming hurricane season. TownDock World Headquarter’s generator didn’t start initially. It does now.

7:52a Power is restored (Duke) in town Oriental. We have varied reports of power out in the county (Tideland.)

Spectrum internet still down.

7:23a Good morning. Power has been out in Oriental since about 2:50am. It appears all power is out in the “downtown” part of town. Readers elsewhere send in reports to news@towndock.net.

Internet services are down for those with power if they have Spectrum (formally Time Warner.) Centurylink may be working.

Generators are running (if ya got ‘em).