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Town Manager Says Pick Up After Your Dog:

"Landmines" In Park. The Story

Town Board Meeting, February 2017:

Beer On Tap: Brewery Gets SUP; Wits End Offered To Town. The Story

A Peck of Pamlico Pickleball Players :

New Sport, New Gym at Camp Caroline . The Story

Buoy Meets Girl:

Valentines By The Sea. Drawing The Town

Good Run:

A yawl on a mission. The Shipping News

Piggly Wiggly Jan 2017 Update:

Billy Flockhart On Changes At The Piglet. The Story

Chinese New Year Dragon Run:

Year of the Rooster. The Story

Year Of The Rooster:

Rooster & Dragon. Drawing The Town

NC Marine Fisheries Meeting Votes Agaiinst Proposal To Limit Trawling:

Shrimp Fishermen Show Up In Numbers. The Story

Town Board Meeting, January 2017 - A Recap:

Short Term Rental, Floodplain, Electric Charging Stations . The Story

Snowshoe Rabbit. Snowshoe Hair.:

Snowflakes spotted. Drawing The Town

Scenes From New Years 2017 Regatta :

Wind A No Show. 33 Boats Do. The Story

Friends Of The Dragon 2017:

Give A Dragon A Hand. The Story

Giving Locally To Help Locally:

Sustaining The Groups That Sustain Us. The Story

Letters: Pedestrians And Cars:

Walk On The Left. Letters To The Editor

Tablets For Christmas?:

The Geek Checks Out The Options. The Village Geek

Letters: Illegal Internet Sweepstakes In Pamlico County:

Reader Asks Why An "Illegal" Business Exists. Letters To The Editor

Christmas Cat Boat:

Deck the decks with bows of holly. Drawing The Town

Town Board Meeting - December 2016:

The Pig, The Golf Course, The Flood Map. The Story

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

It’s the 7th Annual Oyster Revival, 3 – 5p today at PCC. Come prepared to eat…

Saturday February 25, 2017

80 big degrees in our Oriental Weather Forecast today. Tomorrow things take a dip … though it’d be a stretch to call 59 degrees in February “cold.”

If this balmy weather i’n‘t enough to get you out of the house, take a look at What’s Happening. It’s one busy Saturday.

How fast can you pull on that Spandex? If you get down to the TownDock in front of The Bean by 10:30 you can join local cyclists for their Saturday ride. (Actually, Spandex is not required. Pants would be appreciated, however.)

Tonight’s Pamlico Musical Society concert at the Old Theater has sold out. But fear not, because at 1:30p, Kate McGarry and some of the Tough Get Growing Ensemble, will give a free informance at O’Town Pub.

(And at least one pair of tickets for their show tonight is up for sale. Anne Siddens is the person to call at 252 617 5552)

PCC is serving up oysters from 3-5p – it’s a fundraiser for the PCC Foundation.

But even the morning’s hopping. PAWS annual yard sale’s underway at OWC. As is the OUMC Women’s Retreat at Camp Caroline and the SCOO/NSA Navigation seminar.

Friday February 24, 2017

2:18p Another sold-out Pamlico Musical Society concert. No more tix for Kate McGarry and the Tough Get Going Ensemble at the Old Theater tomorrow night.

But chin up, Buckeroo, because you can see her for free tomorrow afternoon at O’Town. PaMuSo has arranged for one of its free informances and Kate McGarry’ll be talking about the range of genres that influence her jazz stylings.

1:45p Never mind spring.. it’s getting to be almost summery. 75 degrees just before 1p today. More tomorrow.

That bird on the cover today? Oriental’s go-to birding expert is Liz Lathrop. We went to her. Liz’s take:

looks like a 1st winter Great Black-backed Gull …takes about 3 years to get the striking black and white adult plumage with yellow bill.

Its youth may explain why the gull’s takeoffs to fly are a bit pokey. Drivers are advised to watch for the gull as well as dogs near the harbor.

Thursday February 23, 2017

2:50p The Kate McGarry show this Saturday night is almost but not quite sold out. Pamlico Musical Society says Nautical Wheelers has a few tix left…

1:55p Perhaps not a topic you’ll want to read while eating, but Town Hall’s reminding folks to pick up after their pets. Apparently, the need to remind arises because humans aren’t tending to that delicate task.

Green plastic bags – for plucking the offending waste – are in dispensers around town in case you forgot to bring a plastic bag when you set out to walk the dog. Or want to do random acts of kindness to compensate for your own free-range dog’s deposits…

10:05a Low 70’s today .. and looking ahead to the weekend, the Oriental Weather Forecast is calling for it to get close to 80 on Saturday (but then only in the high 50’s on Sunday.)

PAWS holds its big yard sale on Saturday – and that means a clearing-out-the-clutter opportunity today and tomorrow. You can drop off your donations at the OWC Clubhouse – today til 1 and tomorrow 10a-2p

Tonight at the library, historian Leesa Jones discusses the Underground Railroad and the part the Pamlico River played as slaves made a break for freedom. Her presentation is free and open to the public…

Coming up at the library next Monday, the first Let’s Talk About It a series of discussions of 5 books by NC authors. The Marrow of Tradition is a historical novel based on the violent overthrow of Wilmington’s black elected officials by white supremacists in 1898. The library has copies of the book (and the other 4 in the series.)

Saturday’s a busy day. Oyster Roast at PCC .. all you can eat while raising funds for the PCC Foundation. Womens Retreat. SCOO/NSA Seminar on navigation rules. Pamlico Music Society brings Kate McGrary and The Tough Get Going Ensemble to the Old Theater Saturday night. Lots more in What’s Happening.

Wednesday February 22, 2017

10:30a Have you found a camera tripod? The TownDock staff is missing one.

It’s a heavy-duty unit – black and silvery. When last seen, it had an orange plastic holder for an iPhone attached to the top. The tripod’s brand name is Manfrotto, which in Italian dialect translates to “too big to leave behind and lose” but we have done just that. Somehow, our trusty tripod has gone walkabout.

If you’ve found it or seen it somewhere lately, please contact us here at TownDock. Call 252-249-2040 or email info@towndock.net.


7:46a We must be livin’ right. Sunshine. High 70, then 75 Thursday through Sunday. T-shirts in fashion about town.

Calm on the water. 5 to 10 knots today. Just 5 knots Thursday.

New specials at The Pig. Check out Pigcam.

Monday February 20, 2017

12:50p Just a couple of years ago “pickleball in Pamlico” would have struck the ears as oddly as “Gymnasium on Dawson’s Creek.”

But they are both very real. Almost 4 dozen area residents now play the sport with the funny name and this month marks the first full year that they’ve played out of the new Jack & Gladys Lee Building at Camp Caroline. The story..

9:30a 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…

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:

Cherry Branch Ferry will be a one boat operation for the remainder of the afternoon. The M/V CHICAMACOMICO has experienced a mechanical failure and has had to be taken out of service until repairs can be made.
We will leave the CB side at 12 noon, 130, 230, 330, 430, 530, 630, 730, 830, 1000, 12 midnight.

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.

On the water 10 to 15 knots from the southwest.

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:

Cherry Branch; 5:00am; 5:45am; 6:45am; 7:45am; 9:00am; 11:00am; 12:00pm; 1:30pm; 2:30pm; 3:30pm; 4:30pm; 5:30pm; 6:30pm; 7:30pm; 8:30pm; 10:00pm; 12:00pm.

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:

ferry logoThe M/V KINNAKEET is no longer able to get to our ramps. The Neuse River water level has dropped too low for us to safely load. The Cherry Branch Ferry is now out of service/shut down. We will notify you when we return to service.

9:28a It could be Saturday before the ferry runs its normal schedule across the Neuse. Sue Kinner writes:

The M/V BAUM will be out of service due to a shaft seal failure. The Cherry Branch Ferry will be on a one boat schedule for the next two days, TODAY, Thursday February 9, 2017 and tomorrow, Friday, or until repairs can be accomplished.

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.

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.