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Chicken With The Lady's Head Cut Off:

Oriental Grocery History. Drawing The Town

Letters:Why Didn't The Pamlico Commission Want Wetlands Law Enforced?:

Reax To Monday's Vote to Compromise. Letters To The Editor

Pamlico Commission Says No To Citizens Enforcement Action:

Majority Votes To "Dialogue" Over Draining Wetlands. The Story

Miss November 2014 - Betsy:

Exit the Puppy Mill. Pet Of The Month

Getting EPA To Do Its Job:

Waters and Wetlands At Stake. The Story

Election Results 2014:

We Have A New Sheriff. The Story

Jenny Kruger Illustration in NYT:

Oriental to The Times Via Nebraska. The Story

Letters: Burning Yard Waste:

Where There's No Smoke, There's Ire. Letters To The Editor

Chili Cookoff 2014:

A Taste Of the Old Theater's 7th Annual. The Story

2014 Sunfish Worlds:

Scenes From The Final Day Of Racing. The Story

Letters: Walking With Ghosts:

An Appreciation. Letters To The Editor

Venezuelan David Gonzalez Arria Wins 2014 Sunfish Youth Worlds:

The Adult Sunfish Worlds Start Today. The Story

Letters: Gill Netting In Oriental's Creeks:

Controversy Just Off Shore. Letters To The Editor

Mister October 2014 - Eisenhower :

Liking Ike. Pet Of The Month

Scenes From A Nautical Flea Market:

From One Boat To Another. The Story

Felix:

Magic Cat. The Shipping News

High Water Comes, Again:

PIctorial: A Changed Low Lying Landscape. The Story

Letters: Sodium Content On Hodges:

Warning: Salt Water. Letters To The Editor

Letters: Thanks For Ol' Front Porch Music Fest Success:

Thanks... Letters To The Editor

Ol' Front Porch Music Festival:

Scenes From First OFPMF - Date For Next One Set. The Story

Letters: Fenced In:

An Unexpected Wall. Letters To The Editor

The Porches Of Oriental's Ol' Front Porch Music Fest:

A Pictorial. The Story

Oriental's First Ol' Front Porch Music Festival:

Inspiration: Porches Then And Now. The Story

2014 Greens Creek Challenge:

NCSU Sailpack Team Joins In. The Story

Miss September 2014 - Mooky:

Silent Studio Hound. Pet Of The Month

Letters: On Call To Let Trawling Ships At Town Docks:

Intent of Land Swap Raised. Letters To The Editor

Letters: Love Letter To Oriental:

A Family's Thanks. Letters To The Editor

Letter: In Defense Of Summer:

The Grass Is Greener. Letters To The Editor

Board Asked To Change Law On Trawlers At Town Docks:

Fishing Ships & Intent Of Land Swap . The Story

Letter: Shopping Local At Town-n-Country:

Buying Now For The Future. Letters To The Editor

Local Fisherman Infected With Waterborne Bacteria:

Precautions For Fishermen. Letters To The Editor

Audacity:

Dream of the Fuel Efficient Cruiser. The Shipping News

Dragon Boat Festival 2014:

13 Teams At River Dunes. The Story

Letter of Thanks for Ukuleles:

Fundraiser Brings 24 Ukes To School. Letters To The Editor

Big Trawlers At New Town Dock:

Questions of Why That's Allowed. The Story

Letters: Large Trawlers At New Town Dock:

Query: How Will Town Board Respond?. Letters To The Editor

Propst Gets NC Coastal Pelican Award:

Recognizing Action To Protect And Preserve The Coastal Environment. The Story

Letters: Remembering Margaret Madgwick:

Trailblazing For Bike Paths. Letters To The Editor

The 2014 British Open at Minnesott :

Supporting Pamlico High Golf. The Story

Jaz:

Flight of the Condor. The Shipping News



The Bean now has the most impressive Liftovator install at any coffee shop in these parts. The first lift – the Grand Opening – awaits. North Carolina has the countries most famous Secretary Of Labor – Cherry Berry – whose photo and signature adorn every elevator in the state. There is a move afoot to invite Cherry Berry to the Bean Liftovator Grand Opening Event. Details coming…

Wednesday November 26, 2014

Rain. Soggy leaves swirling around everywhere. Today has all the charm of a winter tropical storm. Strong winds around town… the Oriental Weather Station registered a 28mph peak this morning at 10:12a.

Alas, Thanksgiving will deliver. Sunshine, mid 50s.

Tuesday November 25, 2014

11:20a Seen a green “kite board”? It was lost yesterday on the waters of the Neuse. Looks similar to a wake board. If you’ve seen or found it, call Eric at The Bean, 252-249-4918.

9:14a Oriental Yacht Club (OYC) was started in the late 1960s. Prior to that, the building served as a fish house and a grocery store. Back in the 1930s, it was Goodwin’s Grocery Store. They had a fresh food feature that can’t be matched today…

8:34a Thunderstorms are to our south & west – and they’re coming. But meanwhile, we are having a beautiful morning in Oriental. The sun is shining – a warm sun.

We’re expecting afternoon showers, and Wednesday has a 100% chance of rain. But come Thanksgiving, sunshine. Turkey day will be cool, high just near 50. Just wear your warm stuff for the Thanksgiving Morning Bicycle Ride.

A check of the TownDock archives reveals that this year is the 10th Annual Thanksgiving bike ride – or “Turkey Pedal”.

We found the story from the first ride – The 2005 Turkey Pedal. (You’ll notice the photos are small – in 2005 many readers had dial-up internet and the site was designed for that.)

You’re invited to the 2014 Turkey Pedal.

Monday November 24, 2014

9:21a Dang those hourly forecasts. It’s still raining. 50% chance today, and that percentage is clearly the more operative number. Almost an inch (.91) has fallen since midnight.

7:06a Sunday saw a half inch of rain, and overnight we’ve had about 3/4 inch fall at the Oriental Weather Station. Checking the hour-by-hour forecast, the rains should end by 9am~ish.

Today – warm. OK, by November standards – HOT. A mid 70s high forecast.

Sunday November 23, 2014

A bit of rain this morning, then more of it expected this afternoon… rain delivered with a mid 70s high.

Did you get out last night? Otown (and nearby) had plenty to do. The Bean was packed with Barefoot Wade playing (at left). A TownDock.net reporter did check his trade name credentials, and can report that Mr. B. Wade is actually barefoot.

Today is calmer. Watching the rain is on the event schedule.

Saturday November 22, 2014

Today’s the weekend day for outdoor pursuits – sunshine and mid 50s. Sunday warmer, but rain expected.

Looking a few days forward in the forecast… for Thanksgiving day partly cloudy (that’s mostly sunny in marketing terms) and highs near 60. It sounds like fine weather for a bike ride.

The Thanksgiving morning bicycle ride has become an Oriental tradition. It started about a decade ago, created on the theory that a bit of morning exercise might be helpful ahead of the day’s feast. It brings out about 50 riders (a few less if its cold), all participating in an Oriental style Norman Rockwell moment. There’s usually a few dogs too… some ride in baskets… some run the whole event. The 2014 Thanksgiving Bicycle Ride is set for Thanksgiving morning, 9a. Just gather on Hodges Street by the Town Dock & The Bean.

Looking into the TownDock.net archives, here are photos from previous Thanksgiving Bike Rides:

2013 Thanksgiving Bike Ride

2012 Thanksgiving Bike Ride

2011 Thanksgiving Bike Ride

2008 Thanksgiving Bike Ride

Friday November 21, 2014

Dang, Bunky. You’re gonna need a VPAA® (Village Personal Administrative Assistant) just to keep track of this weekend. Saturday night requires some executive level decision making.

Tonight
• Wild Honey plays 6:30 – 9:30p at Water Street Grill
• Nebraska shows @ 7:30p The Old Theater.

Saturday
• Barefoot Wade plays 7-10p at The Bean
• The documentary Speaking Stones & Singing Stones premieres 7p at The Old Theater
• The Capital G Band plays Sat night at Paradise Cove Marina

Sunshine near 50 today, mid 50s Saturday. Sunday we’ll be getting wet.

Thursday November 20, 2014

Back to the 50’s for the next few days, says the Oriental Weather Forecast

What did the County Commission do Monday night regarding the wetlands in Merritt and Florence? Commissioners didn’t join in the Citizens Enforcement Action to get EPA to enforce the law. The account of the meeting is here. You can also read Letters to the Editor on the subject, here.

In What’s Happening, the Old Theater’s hopping — call it the Nebraska-India weekend. Friday night’s the Friday Flick for November, Bruce Dern in “Nebraska” and on Saturday, a premiere of a documentary by a filmmaker now living in New Bern. Speaking Stones, Singing Stones is about a clan of royal warriors in India, with lots of architecture of the region.

Saturday night the Bean’s presenting Barefoot Wade. Capitol G Band’s at Paradise Cove. Details, here.

And of course, if you’re starting your holiday shopping, give yourself a break from the long lines, big box stores and their generica and pop in to the shops here in town. Turn shopping in to the gift that keeps on giving…

Wednesday November 19, 2014

4:20p An update on the Atlas Tract wetlands destruction story. County Commissioners – all but one – voted Monday to not seek to have the federal wetlands law enforced, but to instead “dialogue” with Spring Creek Farms. That’s the Illinois agribusiness that owns 4600 acres, many now clearcut and some drained to create farmland near Florence and Merritt. The story is here.

And… it’s sparked some activity in the Letters To The Editor in-box.

7:15a You survived. The overnight low hit 23. A beautiful sunny day is ahead… high mid 40s, look for near 60 Thursday.

Spirit Of Christmas comes to Oriental Dec 12-14. Saturday Dec 13 1p is the big parade on Broad St. Friday night though has a different parade – the Christmas flotilla. Joe Valinoti is the flotilla organizer – Joe writes in:

There will be a Christmas flotilla as part of the 2014 annual Oriental Spirit of Christmas festivities.

Boats will rendezvous at Oriental marker “1” at 1630 on Friday, December 12th and proceed on a prescribed route as yet to be determined. Those participating and desiring a reserved slip at the new, free, town dock will be provided one on a first to register basis. This dock will be reserved from Friday noon until Sunday noon. A limited amount of electricity will be provided at this dock for lighting only. We will also have free overflow slips available throughout Oriental for out of area or out of town boaters.

Please contact Joe Valinoti via email at joesail1@gmail.com for flotilla instructions including slip assignments.

Click here to download the Christmas Flotilla Entry Form.

Need some spirit? Here are some links to previous Spirit Of Christmas stories (lots of photos):

Tuesday November 18, 2014

7:07a It’s a balmy 40 at this writing. This could be today’s high… at best it will climb a few degrees. Cool dry air is coming our way… delivering a low tonight near 20 degrees. The 20 degree low is just a one-nighter… about 30 Wed night and warmer stuff returns by Thursday.

Monday November 17, 2014

After the fog lifts, a warm rainy day is ahead. Keep your warm stuff ready though, Tuesday cool & clear returns. The Tuesday night low – 21.

Big night tonight at the Pamlico County Commissioners meeting. Those who want the EPA to protect wetlands from being destroyed are calling on the Board to join the Southern Environmental Law Center and the NC Coastal Federation in what’s called a Citizens Enforcement Action.

In essence, it’s to get the EPA to do its job and enforce wetlands laws on 4,000+ acres of land near Florence and Merritt.

You may recall that a year ago, lots of wetland woods in what’s called the Atlas Tract were being cut to the nub of trees and there was evidence the owners of the land, Spring Creek Farms, were trying to drain that land, much of which was wetlands. That would mean that what is now wetland forest — which acts as a sponge to keep chemicals out of our creeks — would be changed in to more financially valuable, but less environmentally helpful, farmland.

Federal laws have been on the books for decades to keep wetlands from being converted. At issue tonight are 251 acres that EPA told the owners to cease and desist clearing earlier this year. Since then, not a peep from EPA. Nothing, in terms of saying, “Hey, fill in those ditches. It’s the law.”

That’s where the citizens enforcement action comes in. It’s a bid to get the EPA to do its job. Wouldn’t cost the county anything – the Law Center and Coastal Fed are paying for the legalities of the action — but it would help to have the standing of the Pamlico County Commissioners as part of it.

Local realtor Allen Propst wrote recently about the need for a citizens enforcement, asking for the public to contact their commissioners in advance of the meeting and to attend tonight.

The meeting’s at the County Courthouse and starts at 7p. Tonight’s agenda indicates an attorney for the Law Center – Geoff Gisler – will be speaking as will Clark Wright, an attorney representing Spring Creek.

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