It's Tuesday December 10, 2013
WIldlife Ramp Wildlife | December 9, 2013
At the Wildlife Commission Boat Ramp on Midyette Street, fog covered the far waters while a bird scanned the nearby scene. The bird was soon to learn it did not have the solitary-seeming environment to itself… (Steve Leech photo)
Wildlife Ramp Flight | December 9, 2013
The bird took flight on the approach of a neighborhood Labradoodle, Rika. (Steve Leech photo}
Town Dock PIling | December 8, 2013
The working part of Oriental’s Town Dock. The pilings don’t often get a second glance once boats wrap their lines and tie up for two days for free. But some days the sunlight just prompts a closer look.
Aliento at Town Dock | December 7, 2013
The teak ketch “Aleinte” at the Town Dock. Cruising aboard are Nielsen J. van Duijn and Christina Montano, their four kids and dog Cousteau. They hail from Blue Hill, Maine. The van Duijn’s have owned the 52-foot vessel a year and half. Christina says “aliento” means “breathe of life” in spanish. The name fits, “because I’m always telling everyone to breath.” Since the van Duijn’s have owned the 20-ton vessel, they removed the hull’s green paint and restored the decks. The bowsprit was built new in their kitchen. The bobstay’s view is here.
Transom: Barefoot | December 6, 2013
A transom at Sea Harbour Yacht Club offers a suggestion for today’s weather – a December day with highs in the 70’s.
Paul and the 2013 Spirit of Christmas Parade | December 5, 2013
It’s that time of year again.. the pleading, the imploring, the begging. Parade meister Paul Fairbank says he’s looking for entrants in the December 14 Spirit of Christmas parade. It’s free, just call 249-0023 or drop in on Paul at the hardware store to say you’ll be in it. The parade theme this year is “White Christmas.” Since snow’s not a dependable thing at this latitude, you may want to bring your own flakes….
Paul Fairbank & Snowflakes | December 5, 2013
Flakes of snow. No two are alike. Paul Fairbank organizes the Spirit of Christmas parade whose theme this year is “White Christmas.” He welcomes more entrants in the December 14 parade.Details, here.
New Town Board Seated | December 4, 2013
Oriental’s new Town Board took their seats last night at the Town Hall meeting room dais. The newcomers to the Board are, at right, Commissioner Sandy Winfrey and at the other end of the dais, Commissioners Charlie Overcash and David White. Returning to the Board are Commissioners Barbara Venturi and Larry Summers and Mayor Bill Sage. Outgoing Commissioner and former Mayor Sherrill Styron was honored for his 24 years of service.)
Sherrill Styron | December 4, 2013
Bank Closed TFN | December 3, 2013
Bank Robbery Dec 2 | December 2, 2013
The scene this afternoon at First Citizens Bank in Oriental… where a bank robbery occurred. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken, and two armed suspects fled on foot.
Oriental Bridge in Fog | December 2, 2013
Fog shrouds the Oriental bridge and the waters of Smith Creek leading to the Neuse River. More views, in a photo essay, here.
Prinses Mia Deck and Neuse River | December 1, 2013
The deck of Prinses Mia and the Neuse River. The steel vessel and Dutch Captain Martijn departed Oriental Saturday. The plan… Beaufort for a couple days and then offshore to Bermuda. Click here for an on-deck view of the ships bowsprit.
Prinses Mia Bowsprit | December 1, 2013
Bowsprit of the Prinses Mia, on the Neuse River. The Dutch-flagged boat owned by Martijn Dijkstra left Oriental Saturday after an eventful stay during which Prinses Mia towed the French vessel Primadonna away.
Transom: Alpenglow of Dillon, Colorado | November 30, 2013
Usually, you have to be in a higher elevation to experience alpenglow — that reddish reflected light on mountainsides that happens when the sun is below the horizon. Oriental was treated to it recently. No mountains came to town, but the boat named Alpenglow was tied up to Oriental’s free Town Dock for a few days this month.
Thanksgiving Ride 2013 - Wildlife Ramp | November 29, 2013
The Wildlife Ramp on Midyette Street was one of the last stops during yesterday’s Thanksgiving Morning Ride Through Oriental. Some briefly considered adding a triathalon aspect with a dive in to the waters, but the temperatures dissuaded them. About 50 cyclists braved the (air) temps in the 40s. (Another photo, here.)
Thanksgiving Ride 2013 - At Sailcraft | November 29, 2013
One stop at the Thanksgiving Morning Bike Ride Through Oriental touched down at Sailcraft boatyard. About 50 cyclists braved temps in the 40’s for the hour long trip which rolled alongside the waterfront and creeks. (Another photo, here.)
Sail Adirondack Chair | November 28, 2013
Lou Mac Park serves as Oriental’s living room, a place to pull up a chair and watch the river. Frost covered the walkway and the chairs on this Thanksgiving morning.
Gary Williams - 1942 - 2013 | November 27, 2013
Gary Williams, after he scored his first hole-in-one, at Minnesott Golf Club in May 2011. The Vietnam War veteran and two-term president of Oriental’s Rotary Club passed away Sunday at 71. Gary Williams is survived by his wife Susan, 3 children and 5 grandchildren. A memorial service is set for 3p today at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
Martijn Dijkstra | November 26, 2013
Martijn Dijkstra, cruising sailor from Holland, and proposed Grand Marshall of the 2013 Spirit Of Christmas parade. Meet Martijn aboard Prinses Mia in The Shipping News…