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King Tides Project Comes to Oriental:

Photographs contribute to UNC research. The Story

Bought. Sold. The 2018 Town Wide Yard Sale.:

Push mower with a cupholder and Santa riding a chicken. The Story

Town Board Meeting May 2018:

Ordinances amended, rezoning request denied. The Story

RiverKeeper and Citizen Scientists Get Funded:

'Cue for the Neuse brings in nearly $5,000 raised for river protection. The Story

SV SkinnyDipper:

Powerboaters become Loopers on a Meadowlark 37. The Shipping News

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

Last year, Gunnery Sergeant William C. Kilian conducted the 2nd Winged Aircraft at Lou Mac Park. They received a standing ovation. The band returns tonight. Lou Mac Park at 6p. Bring a chair. Maybe an umbrella (50% chance).

Wednesday May 23, 2018

7:53 Maybe it will rain today, maybe it won’t. There’s a 50% chance of precipitation hitting the ground today. Mid 80s for the high temp.

You have several entertainment options for your evening:

Sailors gather at 5:30p Marker #1 for Wednesday night sailing. Lou Mac Park will host the 2nd Winged Aircraft Band this evening at 6p. If you prefer to make your own music, it’s open mic night at the Silos.

Check out the band at Lou Mac last year.

Tuesday May 22, 2018

10:05a A sleigh ride in June in North Carolina? The 2nd Marine Winged Aircraft Band is known to play “Sleigh Ride.” They will be playing Marine & band tunes Wednesday night at Lou Mac Park, starting at 6p. Bring a chair. Maybe even an umbrella – there is a 50% chance of showers Wednesday evening.

The forecast for Saturday’s Silospalooza is looking good.

8:23a Mid 80s today and winds from the SW, 10-15k.

Wednesday night racing is back. All you have to do is show up. Boats meet at Marker #1 at 5:30p. If you’re new to racing, and the race startup sequence, here’s your chance to practice in a fairly low-stakes race. For some, it’s not a race at all; just an excuse for an evening sail.

Monday May 21, 2018

11:03a Last September the Marines came to town. As in the 2nd Marine Air Wing Band. They made a lot of people smile – check out the scene at Lou Mac Park.

They are returning – this Wednesday. The free concert starts at 6p, Lou Mac Park. Bring a chair.

10:05a Town Hall says your big blue recycling container may have to wait another day. Waste Industries sent Town Hall this note:

We had some challenges this morning. We are completing the trash collection route today. It appears that we will not be able to service the recycle route until Tuesday. We will ensure we service the recycle route before end of day tomorrow. Thank you.

8:12a For the past couple weeks, the marine forecast has indicated south or southwest winds every day.

A radical change has finally appeared. Come Thursday, northeast winds on the Neuse.

Sunday May 20, 2018

5:28p There was a fire next door to the Grantsboro Piggly Wiggly Saturday night. The Habitat Resale store was destroyed. From store owner Billy Flockhart:

There was a fire in my building next-door to the Grantsboro Piggly Wiggly – the Habitat Store it is a complete loss. We’ve had smoke damage and a little smoke damage inside the Piggly Wiggly. We closed at 7 o’clock last night, closed all day today and will reopen at 7am tomorrow. We have put in a long day & night scrubbing and cleaning and sanitizing everything.
This is the Grantsboro Piggly Wiggly that was affected (not Oriental.) Both the Grantsboro and Oriental Piggly Wiggly stores are locally owned by Billy Flockhart.

6:08a Today is forecast to be rather like Saturday – a 60% chance of rain and thunderstorms. Looking ahead, it isn’t until late in the coming week that we finally have a day without a chance of precipitation.

That would be Friday. Right now it looks like next weekend will be a dry one… clearer skies arriving just in time for Silospalooza.

Saturday May 19, 2018

3:25p Despite the weather – wine tastings are on today at Nautical Wheelers – safely under the rear carport. Next tasting at 4p.

3:07p High wind so far today – 41 mph at 1:34p. It’s an odd feeling weather day. Wind. Rain. Thunderstorms threatening. Sunday looks like more of the same.

On the bright side… it isn’t constant rain. Just about 1/10” inch so far today (almost an inch yesterday).

On the water, the marine forecast has served up south and southwest winds for the past week. There is no break in site yet… that same forecast continues into the coming week.

The south winds have kept water levels on the low side… about a half foot below normal this afternoon.

Friday May 18, 2018

1:37p Introduction To Windsurfing is still a go for tonight 7p-9p, meeting at the deck by Oriental’s School Of Sailing. Instructor Will Flannery says this introduction is a presentation and discussion meet up, and if weather conditions permit a short demo too. Contact Will for more info by phone or text at 252-571-8911.

11:45a It’s been raining hard this morning… but not steadily. No rain for a while. Then mega monsoon for 5 minutes. At this writing about 1/3 of an inch has fallen. Update – now closer to 3/4” at 1:25p.

9:22a The brewery’s new Farmhouse Saison Ale debuted Thursday. It’s almost gone… from Lili:

The Farmhouse Saison flew off the taps yesterday. We have about 2.5 kegs left to serve this weekend (100 more pints). While supplies last…
New Village Brewery is open from noon til 10p~ish today & Saturday.

8:12a It’s that almost summer kinda hot / cloudy / might rain / all eighties every day time of year. And so goes today, high near 80, chance of rain 80%. But these rainy days, only rain for a little while. The weekend will be fine.

8:01a Those fancy duds that just sit in your closet get to come out one day a year. That day is today… this afternoon Village Gallery celebrates with it’s 10th Annual Black Velvet Event.

PCC’s Pepsi Cup Golf Tournament raises money for the PCC Foundation Saturday. Nautical Wheelers will have wine tastings Saturday at 3 & 4p under the carport (in case of rain.).

It’s all in What’s Happening.

Thursday May 17, 2018

4:03p It is just over a week away – SilosPalooza 2018 is Saturday May 26.

8:54a The Boy Scouts are coming…. this weekend they are at Bow To Stern Boating. They come, they camp… and they learn to sail. And they get their sailing merit badge (Bow To Stern has been certified as a small boat merit badge facility.) The merit badge is officially called “Small Boat Sailing.”

More are coming. Several troops, as well as Girl Scout troops, will be visiting through the summer.

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Above are scouts visiting Bow To Stern last year. The same scene(s) will unfold this weekend.

6:51a The Oriental Tourism Board holds a breakfast meeting this morning at 8:30a, inviting local businesses and non-profits to attend. Held in the back room at Brantley’s restaurant, it’s a meeting for sharing ideas & networking. The meeting starts at 8:30a, but folks are encouraged come by at 8:00a for breakfast ahead of the discussions.

Wednesday May 16, 2018

2:51p Oriental’s New Village Brewery has been serving up lots of craft beer lately, but not brewing. Frank & Lili Bacon write in to explain why – and with good news:

The New Village Brewhouse was shutdown for retooling the 1st quarter of this year. Now we are brewing again. On Thursday, The New Village Brewery will be releasing the 1st batch of 2018, the first in a new series of Farmhouse Ales. While supplies last – the Farmhouse Saison (5.6%) will be tapped on Thursday at noon.
The brewery is open Thursday – Saturday every week. Here’s whats on tap this weekend.

12:33p New specials at the Piglet come out every Wednesday.

Sirloin steaks, vine ripe tomatoes & seedless grapes are among the the specials for May 16-23… see them at this link.

9:44a On the Pamlico Sound today, the military will be putting one or two of its bombing targets to use. In case you were wondering…

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (May 16, 2018) U.S. Navy special boat teams will conduct surface direct live fire training as late as 10 p.m. May 18 at Cherry Point Bombing Target 11 in the southern Pamlico Sound.

Boaters should remain clear of the restricted areas surrounding Bombing Targets 9 and 11. This is also a reminder to boaters and hunters that BT-11, commonly known as Piney Island in the southern Pamlico Sound, is a U.S. Government restricted area. Trespassers risk serious injury or death, as well as prosecution for trespassing.

Not all small craft warnings are meteorological. Give a wider berth than usual to Brant Island Shoals and Piney Island.

7:40a 70% chance of showers. Temperature near 80. Tomorrow and Friday: rinse and repeat.

Tuesday May 15, 2018

1:22p Researchers with the North Carolina King Tides project came to town to install a low-tech water level gauge at the town dock. They need your photography skills to help document water levels in and around Oriental.

11:48a Every May folks come out for the annual PCC Foundation Golf Tournament, supporting scholorships at PCC. The 2018 tournament is this Saturday.

9:00a Some rain is expected today with temps in the mid 80s. Thunderstorms are forecast Wednesday through Saturday.

Monday May 14, 2018

4:41p We have tardy trash. From Town Hall:

Trash pickup is running a little behind today. If you have an opportunity, please encourage residents to leave cans at the curb until emptied.

11:20a Back in February the Oriental Tourism Board held a breakfast meeting, inviting local businesses and non-profits to attend. The goal was to share ideas and network. It worked. The second meeting (now a quarterly event) is this week, Thursday 8:30a at Brantley’s. The meeting starts at 8:30a, but come by at 8:00a for breakfast ahead of the discussion.

9:01a Hurricane Season starts June 1, and usually nothing forms until at least July. But this morning there is a “tropical disturbance” in the Gulf between Florida & Cuba. From NOAA:

A large area of cloudiness, showers, and thunderstorms extending
from western Cuba across the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Straits, and much of the Florida Peninsula is associated with a broad surface low and trough interacting with an upper-level
low. This system could acquire some subtropical or tropical characteristics while it moves slowly northward across the eastern Gulf of Mexico during the next few days. Regardless of subtropical
or tropical cyclone formation, this system will enhance rainfall across portions of Florida and the northeastern Gulf Coast during the next few days.
  • Formation chance through 48 hours…low…30 percent.
  • Formation chance through 5 days…medium…40 percent.
You can see the disturbance in this NOAA GOES East satellite view:

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IF anything forms, early data indicates it is more likely to get Alabama wet than us.

8:40a Officially, summer begins June 22. But we’re getting some weather that may have more summer than spring in it. Sunny & 90 today, then that classic summer~ish chance of thunderstorms begins Wednesday and stays every day through the weekend.

It may be early in the week, but you need to make those hot date Friday plans. And you can. Friday is the 10th Annual Black Velvet Event at Village Gallery. You get to support the arts and put on your fancy duds.

Friday night the Friday Flicks reach back to 1952 for Blackbeard The Pirate.

Sunday May 13, 2018

9:54a The blues. With brews. It was the Saturday night scene at New Village Brewery, with the blues from Fairlight Moriah & The Scorpio Moon:

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Just as the Scorpio moon is always changing, so does the cast of The Scorpio Moon. The players Saturday night worked.

6:35a Another near 90 degree day ahead (along with sunshine). Monday will be a bit milder, mid 80s.

Saturday was event filled in town: Art On The Neuse, a Nautical Fleamarket, live music at multiple venues. Sunday looks to be a calmer day, but if you’re seeking a new outdoor pastime there may be something for you. Dragon Boat paddling… this morning at 8:30a.

On the Neuse easy 5-10 knot SW winds today.