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Letters: Thanks for Saving A Life:

'An example of the best humankind''. The Story

Virginia Jenks Goodwin, 1934 - 2024:

Wife, mother, and a founding member of St. Thomas Episcopal. The Story

Basketball Sailing:

Handle Hard Better. Captain's Blog

2024 Dragon's Breath Regatta:

Thirteen Races for Thirteen Vessels. The Story

June 2024 Town Board Meeting:

New Business Application, New Deputy Finance Director. The Story

SailPack Coach Dana Magliola Named To The ICSA Hall Of Fame:

Dana receives the Outstanding Service by a Volunteer Award. The Story

Letters: Defunding Pamlico Schools?:

Two views on what's happening with schools. Letters To The Editor

May 2024 Town Board Meeting:

Statements called rumors, and how about an outdoor movie?. The Story

DANGER SHOAL: A New Sign in Whittaker Creek Channel:

Change to Whittaker Creek Channel Mark #3. The Story

Janice Frazier Coakley, 1960 - 2024:

Animal advocate, twin sister, loving wife & mother. The Story

2024 Town Wide Yard Sale:

Trinkets & Treasures. The Story

2024 Sailpack Regatta:

Collegiate sailors compete on the Neuse. The Story

Rezonings Denied, SUP Review Coming:

April Town Board Meeting 2024. The Story

Rumors Addressed, Questions Answered:

March Town Board Meeting 2024. The Story

Sailpack 2024 This Weekend:

Everything you need to know about this weekend. Guest Columnist

The 2024 Oriental In-Water Boat Show:

Motorboats, Sailboats, and a Masthead Float. The Story

Thanks to Neuse Neighbors Volunteers:

April is Volunteer Month. Letters To The Editor

2024 Pet Parade:

A pirate ship, a pun, and an impersonation. The Story

Douglas 'Doug' Wayne Gaither, 1945-2024:

Repairman, Husband, Helper. The Story

RV Park Proposed Near Whittaker Creek:

Residential to Multi-Use Rezoning Requested. The Story

Josephus "Jos" J. H. P. Muffels, 1953 - 2024:

Adventurer, Craftsman, Loving Husband. The Story

The Spring Break 'Trophy' Regatta:

Collegiate sailors train in Oriental. The Story

The 2024 Dragon Burn:

Smoke, fire, and ash. The Story

Chowder Chow-Down:

The 2024 Oriental Woman's Club Chowder CookOff. The Story

Letters: Thanks from the Friends of the Library:

Appreciation for the helping hands. Letters To The Editor

Wes Barbour and SV Summer Wind:

A boy and his sloop. The Shipping News

"You Are Wrong.":

February Town Special Meeting. The Story

Phillip Ira Sax, 1948 - 2024:

Solo sailor, celestial navigator, dear friend. The Story

Oriental's 125th Birthday Celebration Guide:

What's happening, where and when. The Story

Resignation, with Regrets:

"This was supposed to be my forever house". The Story

An Irritated Public & A Question Left Unanswered:

Febraury 2024 Town Board Meeting. The Story

Ground Breaking: A New Library Is Coming:

Work on a dedicated space begins. The Story

Worms Damage Dock, Cause Closure:

Waiting on bids, no time frame for a fix. The Story

Anna Ice, 1938 - 2024:

Loving friend, mother, and helper. The Story

48 Hour Film Project - 2024:

Small Town Filmmakers on the Big Screen. The Story

Alan Herlands, 1949 - 2023:

Family Man, Loving Husband, Commissioner. The Story

Winterization 2.0:

Get Your Boat Ready For Freezing Temps. Captain's Blog

A More Accessible Oriental:

Public input wanted. Letters To The Editor

Gerry Crowley, 1944 - 2023:

Commodore, Sailor, Volunteer, Friend. The Story

Dragons Ring in 2024:

A new dragon joins the run. The Story

Friends Of The Dragon 2024:

It takes a village to house a dragon. The Story

Pauline and SV Elektra:

Powered by wind, sun, and music. The Shipping News

The Nativity, A Few Carols, & Lots of Lights:

The other side of The Spirit of Christmas. The Story

2023 Spirit of Christmas Parade:

Candy, kids, and Santa. The Story

Barbara Gaines, 1937 - 2023:

Mother, educator, adventurous spirit. The Story

2023 December Town Board Meeting:

Two new Commissioners & legal questions about liaison position. The Story

2023 Spirit of Christmas Schedule:

What's happening, where and when. The Story

Village Gallery Is Closing Dec 24:

Gallery Founder Judy Wayland Writes In. The Story

A cat looks out from the Garland Fulcher Seafood docks.

Tuesday June 18, 2024

2:42p A visiting sailor writes in with thanks to former dockmaster Ceri Anne Lewis for her caring and welcoming demeanor.

And for saving his life.

Read his letter here.

9:27a Croaker Festival Parade Master Paul is back. This time, with a theme and what to do in case of rain:

To sign up, visit Paul at the Village Hardware store on Broad Street in Oriental, give them a call at 252-249-1211, or click here to sign up online.

Monday June 17, 2024

3:02p Wednesday, find out more about the shipwrecked steamer that gave the town its name. Enjoy lunch while you’re at it.

Prime Time hosts a lunch & learn session with Oriental History Museum president Lou Ostendorff, this Wednesday in the OUMC fellowship hall from noon – 1:15. Your registration for this free event is requested by noon Tuesday, June 18.

Sad news to share: longtime resident Virginia Goodwin has passed away. Her memorial is scheduled for June 22 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

2:22p The second Invest (potential tropical storm) of this storm season has been declared by the National Hurricane Center. No worries re this one: Invest 91 is in the Gulf of Mexico, heading across Mexico, towards the Pacific.

More in the Hurricane Center.

6:46a Mid-80s today through Thursday. Low 90s forecast for the weekend.

No rain until later this week – and then, only a 30% chance. Winds out of the east at 5-10 mph.

Registration for the Children’s Theater Workshop is open. The half-day workshops run for two weeks, and begin July 1 and July 15. Dates and registration information here.

Saturday, it’s Silospalooza. Pronounced Silos-pa-loo-za.

An annual day of music, food, and dancing takes places behind the Silos restaurant. Gates open at 3p. First band takes the stage at 3:30p. You’re invited.

Check out previous paloozas here:
Silospalooza 2023
Dancing into the Night – Silospalooza 2021
Dancing at Silospalooza 2019

Friday June 14, 2024

2:49p Another item for your Saturday morning: local wooden boat builder, designer, and master woodworker Tom Lathrop is closing up shop.

There are hardwoods, sanders, routers, small power tools, a unisaw, and more up for sale. Come take a look, starting at 8a.

Before you go, you might want to know a little about Tom.

1:51p It’s Friday afternoon. The weekend is practically here.

Tonight at the Brewery: A Taste of Philly food truck form 4-8p, and Sticks & Strings play from 6 – 8p.

There’s live music from TerryLynn Melody down at the Red Rooster starting at 7p.

Participating in the 61st Ocracoke Regatta? You’ll need to be anchored out by Indian Island tonight for Saturday’s early morning start.

On Hodges Street, the Oriental Farmer’s Market gets going at 8a Saturday morning. Meet two candidates running for seats in the North Carolina State Congress: Tare Davis & Mary Beedle, from 10a – noon at the Oriental Woman’s Club.

Visit the Oriental Museum from 1-4 for their new exhibit about haberdashery & vintage hats. From 2-4p, stop in at Nautical Wheeler’s for the Sip N’ Shop wine tasting.

Roadside dogs is at the Brewery from 2-7p.

Arlington Place hosts an Open House Saturday from 3-5p, you’ll be able to tour 7 custom homes.

Sunday is Father’s Day. Fusion Blue Cuisine food truck is at the Brewery form 4-7p.

It’s all in What’s Happening.

12:36p Put your creative talents to use helping the Pamlico Regional Library. You may even win a prize.

The Library is sponsoring a Stop Motion Video Contest. All you need to do is make a short video – 60 seconds or less – about a literary or library themed adventure, using the stop motion video technique.

Entries are due by July 15 at midnight.

Get the full rules – and learn how to make a stop motion video – here.

9:05a High near 90 today and tomorrow. Sunday – mid 80s. Sunny throughout the weekend.

On the Neuse: northeast winds at 5-10 knots, increasing 10-15 late this morning & afternoon.

Oriental NC Forecast
Neuse River Marine Forecast
Pamlico Sound Marine Forecast
Weather Radar
TownDock streams NOAA Weather Radio Online

Thursday June 13, 2024

8:31a Upon occasion, sailing can be bucolic. Seemingly easy.

But let’s be honest: often, sailing is hard.

Hard is the subject of the latest Captain’s Blog. There’s going to be a certain amount of life that is just simply hard. If you learn to Handle Hard Better, life just may be fine.

The source of this sailing wisdom? A basketball coach. We’re calling it Basketball Sailing. Read on.

8:20a There’s a new web cam on TownDock – OHVM Cam. OHVM stands for Oriental Harbor Village Marina (sometimes called Oriental Harbor Marina). Have a look:

It joins the existing cam views:

Wednesday June 12, 2024

3:04p There’s a waterline break in the County. From County Manager Tim Buck:

The water consumers of Pamlico County Water System will be experiencing periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system due to a waterline break. Water department contractors are making repairs to the system. The following areas are covered under the advisory:

Residents on Highway 55 in Alliance from 13225 Highway 55 to 13605 Highway 55 are affected by this outage. This includes Virginia Road, Connett Lane and any other adjacent roads.

When water is restored, residents are advised to “boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, making ice and washing hands) or use bottled water. Vigorous boiling for one (1) minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water.”

10:42a Saturday is the 61st annual Ocracoke Regatta.

Boats – sail and power – race the 33 miles to Ocracoke. It happens this Saturday, June 15, and you’re invited. Mark Henley of McCotter’s Marina has more info:

Stop in at the Provision Company on Hodges Street, call McCotter’s Marina at 252-975-2174, or click here to get the registration information and flyer.

8:28a It’s Wednesday, and Oriental’s Piggly Wiggly has new weekly specials.

Here are the Piglet deals for June 12 – 18.

Tuesday June 11, 2024

4:50p Invest 90 is being tracked in the Gulf. This will simply rain on Florida on its track east & northeast. A tropical storm is unlikely to come of it, but it is a reminder that storm season is upon us.

Hurricane Center

8:37a The Croaker Festival is July 5 & 6. Parade Master Paul Fairbanks needs your ingenuity, your civic pride – and your commitment to be part of this year’s Croaker Festival Parade:

Be a proud American and join the parade. You and your wheelbarrow / lawn mower / motorized cooler / bicycle / golf cart / ugly car will be great parade additions.

Saturday, July 6 is the big day: the parade starts at 10a at the corner of Ragan Road & Broad Street. Lineup is at 9a.

Call the parade hotline at 252-249-1211. Parade entry forms at Village Hardware or click here to signup online. Beyond a hit to your reputation, there is no cost to be in the parade.

Monday June 10, 2024

8:24a Sumer is coming. So is the Children’s Theater Workshop.

For two weeks in July, children (from 1st through 12th grades) work with an experienced theater teacher to learn all stage production and acting. At the end of the session is Sharing Night – when the kids show off what they’ve learned.

Each session is divided by grade:

Held in July at the Old Theater in Oriental, a carefully selected & experienced theater arts teacher leads grade divided, two week sessions. The schedule for this summer is:

• Completed 1st/2nd grades: July 1 to 12, 9a-noon
• Completed 3rd/4th grades: July 15 to 26, 9a-noon
• Completed 5th-7th grades: July 1 to 12, 2p-5p
• Completed 8th-12th grades: July 15 to 26, 2p-5p

Click here for more info, or to contact Theater Director Yolanda Cristiani with any questions.

Today’s forecast: small chance of rain, north winds at 5 mph, high in the low 80s.

Oriental NC Weather Forecast
Neuse River Marine Forecast
Pamlico Sound Marine Forecast
Weather Radar

Saturday June 8, 2024

11:55a PecanCam is back.

Friday June 7, 2024

4:21p Live music, fundraisers, and an on-the-water race or two. It’s the weekend in Oriental.

Sliders and tater tots, bratwurst and schnitzel. Get any – or all – of it at Tanja’s Hella Fat Food Truck, 5-8p at the Brewery tonight. Mac the Swamp Donkey serenades the Beer Garden 5:30-8p. Catch Oriental Midnight playing just down the highway at the Red Rooster, starting at 7p.

Saturday morning, get fresh eggs, baked goods, stained glass, and more at the Farmer’s Market on Hodges St., 8-11a. Oriental Dinghy Club hosts races on the Neuse – a PHRF race Saturday at 12:30p, and a dinghy race Sunday at 1:30p.

Saturday afternoon, it’s Pints for Parkinson’s at the Brewery. Event starts at 2p. Jim Kellenberger is back on the grill, serving BBQ Chicken and fixin’s starting at 4p. Caffeinated Soul Boogie plays in the Beer Garden from 6-8p.

Sunday morning, Oriental UMC holds river side services in Lou Mac Park at 8:30a. Island Fyah Jamaican Food Truck serves at the Brewery Sunday from 3-8p.

It’s all in What’s Happening.

The Oriental Dinghy Club holds races most weekends in the summer. Last weekend, they opened their racing season with the Dragon’s Breath Regatta. Check out the scene here.

9:36a The Pamlico Library Book / Tech Mobile visits town today. They’re bringing wifi hotspots, new books, laptops – all which you can check out – and information about their upcoming programs.

Don’t have a library card? They can sign you up for one. They’ll also bring your books-on-hold if you ask.

The Library’s Book / Tech Mobile is at the Piggly Wiggly today from 10a to noon.

Hot this weekend with temps in the mid to high 80s, low 90s Sunday.

Out on the Neuse, west winds at 10-15 knots, becoming southwest at 5-10 knots this afternoon.

Oriental NC Forecast
Neuse River Marine Forecast
Pamlico Sound Marine Forecast
Weather Radar
Neuse River at Oriental Water Level Gauge

Thursday June 6, 2024

3:49p Over 50 people showed up for Tuesday’s Town Board Meeting. Commissioners passed the annual budget, welcomed a new finance officer, and heard about a new business in town.

The June meeting report is here.

10:05a Residents weren’t the only ones taking an evening stroll in Mainsail Point last night.

Thanks to readers Emily Fritz and Allen Propst for the bear-sighting info. Per Emily Fritz, “The bear was seen on Raccoon Run then swam in the creek to Mainsail Point.”

This summer, send your kids or grandkids to camp (bears are not invited): registration for The Children’s Theater Summer Workshops is now open.

Students who have completed first through twelfth grades may participate. Classes taught by age.

Children work with a drama coach for two weeks learning the fundamentals of acting and storytelling. At the end, they put on a show demonstrating what they’ve learned. Find out more here or contact Children’s Theater Director Yolanda Cristiani at 1996ctw@gmail.com to register.

Wednesday June 5, 2024

2:50p The 2024 Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival is set for October 4 & 5.

This year is the festival’s 10th anniversary – it was founded in 2014 by Dottie and Dick Osmun and Leslie Kellenberger. The inspiration was music played on the porches of Oriental decades ago, on porches like this:

When you attend the festival you simply walk from venue to venue. Most performances are on porches, some are on the main stage near the riverfront.

In between seeing & listening to music, there are also food and arts/crafts vendors. If you’re interested in being a vendor at the festival, more information and vendor applications are here.

If you’re just a regular wandering music lover, here’s a look at previous festivals:

2023 Ol Front Porch – Fingerpickin’ Champions & Bluegrass New Yorkers

Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival 2022

Main Stage: Norwegian Bluegrass

2019 Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival

Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival 2018

9:58a Benjamin Franklin said that “if you want something done, ask a busy person.”

It’s been a couple centuries since Franklin said that. It might be even more true today. There may be no greater example of Franklin’s quote than Dana Magliola.

Dana is the volunteer coach of the NC State SailPack. He’s also the Commissioner (volunteer) of SAISA, the South Atlantic Conference of the Intercollegiate Sailing Association. He also has a full time job with the NC Chamber of Commerce, plus a wife and two children.

It’s no surprise that he has just received the ICSA 2024 Outstanding Service by a Volunteer Award, which also means Dana is now a member of the ICSA Hall Of Fame.

Tuesday June 4, 2024

7:25p This evening’s Town Board Meeting was standing room only.

The big news is that the town of Oriental is off the Unit Assistance List one year early. Town staff has been working with the UAL for a year and a half. Town Manager Diane Miller credited Deputy Finance Officer Tammy Cox for having the audit in on time and the previous Board of Commissioners for raising water rates two years in a row. Both contributed to the town’s early exit from the UAL program.

Commissioners Litzenberger and Roe together made comments about the County’s Budget meeting, and how everyone is facing rising costs across the Board. Roe said the county is dipping into their funds for around $1.9 million to balance their budget. Oriental has a balanced budget, but tax increases are likely looming.

A full report is coming.

11:56a TownDock.net met up with Keith Bruno of Endurance Seafood last Friday. This time, we met on the water, where Bruno was fishing.

He talked speckled trout, fastidious crabs, and a commercial-guys-only flounder season:

For fresh fish, stop by Endurance Seafood and say hi to Keith & Zach. 252-249-2558.

Monday June 3, 2024

1:48p County Commissioners meet tonight at 7p. The budget is a hot topic of debate.

There has been discussion – but not action – about moving money out of the School Board budget. Potentially up to $1 million. This is according to Jeremy Johnson, the Superintendent of Pamlico County Schools.

David Wickersham, chairman of the Pamlico County GOP, sent out a letter saying County Commissioners were doing the best they could, and looking for ways to trim the budget and pay for services – without raising taxes or dipping into the County’s General fund.

Both letters can be found here.

Tonight’s County Commissioner Meeting is at 7p at the courthouse in Bayboro. If there is a large turnout, the meeting will take place in the courtroom.

Sunday June 2, 2024

9:18a Coming to the Old Theater stage today at 3p, Mac McRoy & The Southpoint Band. They are serving up traditional bluegrass and gospel. Have a listen:

Tickets online here, or at the door.

Saturday June 1, 2024

1:19p TownDock’s Oriental Weather Station has provided local temperature, wind, rain, humidity & barometer readings for a couple decades. The weather server crashed a few months ago at a challenging time. While the local and marine forecasts continued on TownDock, that Oriental specific info was missed.

Today the server is back, after too much coding & caffeine.

FYI, Oriental Weather Station readings come from a weather station in “downtown” Oriental, at TownDock HQ, near the harbor. Current conditions are again updated every 5 minutes, 24 hours a day.

It’s a relief to have the data back on line, particularly on June 1, the first official day of the 2024 Atlantic Hurricane season.

Oriental Weather Station
Oriental NC Forecast
Hurricane Center

Friday May 31, 2024

Live music, live theater, luminaries, and a regatta. It’s happening this weekend in Oriental.

Grab a Cuban sandwich and listen to Noah Cobb tonight at the Brewery; music starts at 6p, food truck serves until 8p. Sean Aldridge plays the Bantam Stage at the Red Rooster at 7p.

Vessels sailing the Dragon’s Breath Regatta take to the water Saturday and Sunday – you can watch from Lou Mac Park. Starting times are given out at the 8:30a Skipper’s Meeting on the deck of the Tiki Bar. The Farmer’s Market open at 8a.

As part of their fundraising efforts to replace their septic system, Pierce Chapel presents the play Church Folks at 3p Saturday. All are welcome to attend.

Southern Breeze Seafood serves at the Brewery at 5p, Brant Island Strings plays in the Beer Garden at 3p, and Songs from the Road Band plays from 5-7p.

That evening, the Oriental Woman’s Club releases memorial luminaries into the river at 8p. (They also pick them up about an hour later).

Sunday, hear Mac McRoy and The South Point Band play at The Old Theater at 3p. There’s Trivia at Brewery starting at 4p.

It’s all in What’s Happening.