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Town Board Meeting May 2019:

Vehicle awarded, public hearings set. The Story

Treasures for Sale at the 2019 Town Wide Yard Sale:

Shark suits and sewing machines. The Story

Janet Adkins, 1928-2019:

A life filled with art. The Story

MV Sea Glass:

Pushing the limits. The Shipping News

Duck Pond Dragon Returns Post-Florence:

An Oriental icon restored. The Story

2019 Oriental In-Water Boat Show:

Power boats, coastal cruisers, and an electric boat. The Story

2019 Sailpack Regatta:

Hosts NC State win first place. The Story

Judi Heit, 1948 - 2019:

Dedicated to Oriental & The Old Theater. The Story

2019 SailPack Regatta April 12-14:

Coach Dana Magliola on the 2019 SailPack Regatta . Guest Columnist

Mr. & Miss April 2019 - Buddy & Lily:

They chose each other. Pet Of The Month

Town Board Meeting April 2019:

Waterline work begins, CycleNC returns, Board responds to NCDOT. The Story

2019 PAWS Pet Parade:

Over 200 paws hit the pavement for the pet parade. The Story

Steve Chard: Kayaking the Great Loop:

"It's the best kind of idiocy.". The Shipping News

Way Down Wanderers Headline 2019 Ol' Front Porch Music Festival:

21 Performers Invade The Porches Of Oriental. The Story

Town Board Meeting March 2019:

Board asks Cycle NC for cooperation, repair contracts to be awarded. The Story

2019 Chowder Cook-Off :

Toucan's Clam Chowder Takes 1st Place. The Story

Hwy 55 Bridge Replacement Plans Raise Safety & Economic Concerns:

Town, County officials meet with NCDOT. The Story

Lois Moye, NC School Hero Contender:

Help Pamlico High Math Teacher win $10,000 for her school. The Story

A Wedding on the Dock:

Adventurers marry on the town dock. The Story

Landing A Harrier On The Mall:

Captain John Rahm Tells The Story. Guest Columnist

Rainbow Farm:

Childhood Story Returns as a Children's Book. The Story

Chinese New Year 2019 - Year of the Pig:

A pig and a dragon meet on Hodges St.. The Story

Should the new Lou Mac Pier have a dock?:

The pier could have a dock. Letters To The Editor

Mister February 2019 - Ziggy:

Dog personality in a cat's body. Pet Of The Month

2019 - Year Of The Pig:

Oriental's favorite beasts dance. Drawing The Town

1st Annual Dragon Burn:

Dragon burned for the Arts. The Story

Holly Martin and SV Gecko:

"I've always felt like a boat was my first home". The Shipping News

Town Board Meeting January 2019:

Bidding begins on pier and Whittaker Point projects. The Story

Instead of Football Regatta 2019:

Trimarans, power boats, and two Army Landing Craft. The Story

Two Dragons and a Croaker - New Year's Eve 2018 into 2019:

Traditions and a fresh start. The Story

Marte Fenton, 1940 - 2018:

Oriental's spiritual guide. The Story

Friends Of The Dragon 2019:

Oriental's Dragon Needs A Present. The Story

Santa Parks At The Town Dock:

. Drawing The Town

2018 Spirit of Christmas Weekend:

'Nautical Christmas' in Oriental. The Story

2018 Spirit Of Christmas Schedule:

Have a Nautical Christmas. The Story

Town Board Meeting December 2018 :

Speed limit 45 to 35 on Broad, South Ave update. The Story

Third Grant Received for Whittaker Point Restoration:

New grant brings total to $1.5 Million. The Story

Giving Tuesday 2018 - Giving Locally:

The List of Area Non-Profits That Could Use Your Donation. The Story



Exposure to the salt and sun put some rust on this bike bell. It’s on the (equally rusty) handle of a tricycle parked on C dock at Oriental Harbor Marina. Click for the bigger pic and more.

Tuesday May 21, 2019

5:25p And that was that. Andrea is now post-tropical. Andrea’s brief 2019 stormy career is over. She started yesterday. Dismissed today.

We can now imagine that tropical storm season hasn’t started yet. Coverage for the moment is over, and will officially begin again June 1.

Post-tropical Andrea Tracking Chart
Post-tropical Andrea Forecaster’s Discussion & Computer Models
Post-tropical Andrea Public Advisory

8:39a Storm Andrea will remain Subtropical. The “before the season storm” is forecast to pass south of Bermuda, dissipating Wednesday.

But a 2019 name has been used. Andrea ✓. Tropical Storm/Hurricane season is supposed to be June 1 – Nov 30. Storm names coming up: Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto and Imelda.

8:24a Croakertown Coffee, Oriental’s own coffee bean roastery, is raffling 2 tickets to the Hope Regala BBQ dinner on Friday, June 7. Stop by the store at 108 Straight Road to enter. The drawing will be June 5.

You don’t have to buy anything to enter the drawing, but you can check out Croakertown’s Daily Brew or the new Fire House Brew while there. For every bag of Fire House Brew sold, Southeast Pamlico Volunteer Fire Department Station 19 receives 1$.

Croakertown is open Tuesdays & Saturdays 7:30a – noon and Wednesday ‘til Friday 7:30a – 2:00p.

Monday May 20, 2019

8:50p It is now confirmed a Cherry Point Marine Corps Harrier jet crashed tonight near the Cherry Branch ferry station, some 4 miles from the runways at Cherry Point. The following is the Marine Corps’ statement on the crash:

MCAS CHERRY POINT, NC — A 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, AV-8B Harrier based out of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., crashed earlier today near Havelock, N.C. The pilot ejected safely and is currently being transported to Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern, N.C. for further evaluation. There are no reports of civilian casualties or property damage at this time.

Personnel from 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing responded to the scene and assisted the Havelock Sheriff Departments, which initially responded to the accident location.

The crash site has been cordoned off by military officials. The cause of the mishap is currently under investigation.

Aircraft Crash near Cherry Branch Ferry. Marine Corps On Site.
7:54p There is no confirmation regarding the aircraft crash near Cherry Branch ferry this evening, however Sue Kinner confirms that Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station personnel are currently on the scene.

7:38p The ferry has shut down for the night due to a nearby aircraft crash:

The Cherry Branch Ferries are shut down for the remainder of the night in order to enable rescue and recovery equipment access to the recent aircraft crash next to route 306 (Ferry Road) in the vicinity of the Cherry Branch Clubhouse.
Photo provided by Sue Kinner at Cherry Branch:

6:44p That was fast. NOAA sent an aircraft out to look at the “disturbance” on the Atlantic this afternoon. They confirmed it was a subtropical storm. So Subtropical Storm Andrea has been declared. Andrea won’t bother us, but is forecast to rain on Bermuda:

Subtropical Storm Andrea Tracking Chart
Subtropical Storm Andrea Forecaster’s Discussion & Computer Models
Subtropical Storm Andrea Public Advisory

Today is May 20. Tropical Storm / Hurricane Season doesn’t officially start until June 1.

But here we are.

2:01p It is looking more likely that a subtropical storm could form on the Atlantic. But too be clear – it isn’t coming anywhere near us. The latest from the National Hurricane Center:

Showers and thunderstorms associated with a broad area of low pressure located several hundred miles southwest of Bermuda are showing signs of organization. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for the formation of a short-lived subtropical or tropical cyclone later today or tonight. The disturbance is expected to merge with a cold front on Wednesday.
An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is currently en route to investigate the disturbance.
• Formation chance through 48 hours…high…70 percent.
• Formation chance through 5 days…high…70 percent.
Click here to see the computer models on this disturbance. Chalk this up to being a real reminder that hurricane season begins June 1.

9:10a The TownDock creative writing crew is slow today. Brains melting just a bit on day three of summer~ish heat in May.

Sunny & 90 today. Meh. It’s cools down to daytime highs of 80 for Tuesday & Wednesday.

Sunday May 19, 2019

2:25p That disturbance on the Atlantic is now being tracked as Invest 90. NHC says “This system could develop into a short-lived subtropical or tropical cyclone late Monday or Tuesday while moving northward or northeastward.”
You can see if it forms that the forecast takes it east and away:

click image for the big view

9:10a Today the Pamlico County Democratic Party hosts a Block Party at Lou Mac Park, 3-6p. Free food, drink & talk.

8:35a Both summer and storm season may be arriving a bit early. Summer officially starts June 21 – the summer solstice. Saturday peaked at 90, and today and Monday are expected to be the same. As well as hot today, almost no breeze. The Neuse marine forecast is for south winds at 5 knots.

The potential storm in the Atlantic looks a bit more possible this morning, but beyond the alarm of this happening in May… this won’t be a concern. If a storm develops (and it probably won’t), weather conditions indicate it will stay at sea – likely just slowly moving north over the Atlantic. From NHC:

An area of low pressure is expected to form by Monday several hundred miles southwest of Bermuda. This system could develop into a short-lived tropical or subtropical cyclone late Monday or Tuesday while moving northward or northeastward. Environmental conditions are expected to become unfavorable for further development by Wednesday.
Here’s a look at the disturbance (X marks the spot) and it’s forecast route if it formed:

Saturday May 18, 2019

3:30p Hurricane season officially starts June 1. Even then, activity isn’t likely the first month. But the Atlantic may have other plans… a potential system is out there today. From the National Hurricane Center:

A large and elongated area of cloudiness and disorganized thunderstorms has developed well to the east of the Bahamas. An area of low pressure is expected to form within this area of disturbed weather several hundred miles south or southwest of Bermuda by early next week. Gradual development of this system into a tropical or subtropical cyclone is possible during the early and middle part of next week while it moves northward or northeastward.
• Formation chance through 48 hours…low…near 0 percent.
• Formation chance through 5 days…medium…40 percent.
Mom Nature. Just keeping you alert.

We have some good storm names on tap for 2019. They include: Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto and Imelda.

9:07a If you purchase Jeff Little tickets online (you can at this link) just bring a printout of the email ticket confirmation as your ticket tonight. Meanwhile, here’s some Jeff to tide you over until then:

There’s more Jeff Little Trio if you scroll down this page. There are tickets at Nautical Wheelers too if you like that real ticket experience. Speakin’ of Wheelers, they’ll be semi-delicately tasting wine today at 3 & 4p.

6:50a All is calm this morning. The barometer trended up. The winds down. From The Oriental Weather Station:

click image for the big view

Sunny and near 90 today… the same forecast is with is through Monday.

Friday May 17, 2019

7:37p It has been a much breezier day than forecast. High wind 29 mph this afternoon at the Oriental Weather Station, and at least one boater reported over 30 mph gusts on the Neuse. A lot to handle for sailing, but the air felt good in town on a porch.

Saturday should be calmer.

2:32p There have been some significant donations to the Whittaker Creek Dredging fund in the last week. It is up about four thousand dollars – the new total $93,237.

That is over 85% of the $109,389 the town must raise to be eligible for a $218,744 grant. The fundraising mission is getting closer.

10:05a Your dance card can be full this weekend in Oriental.

Risque film tonight at the Old Theater. Ken Belangia is making music tonight at the Red Rooster Bar (behind The Silos.) Food trucks today & Saturday at New Village Brewery, plus acoustic artist Melissa Plett performs Saturday night in the Beer Garden. Go kayaking Saturday morning with Bill Hines & Larry Summers. Wine Tastings at Nautical Wheelers Saturday at 3 & 4p. The PCC Foundation annual golf tournament is Saturday at Minnesott Golf & Country Club.

Saturday night’s big event is a fundraiser for the Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival. The festival brings performers to the porches (and stages) of Oriental for days of free music (the festival is Oct 4-6 this year.) That free music is possible due to generous donations and a couple of fundraisers. Like Saturday night’s performance of the Jeff Little Trio. The Trio’s sounds have roots in Appalachian, Americana, and old timey music. The concert is on the big stage at The Red Rooster. Tickets $22 at Nautical Wheelers, or get them online at this link. $25 at the performance.

Event details in What’s Happening.

For more info about October’s Ol’ Front Porch Music visit olfrontporchmusicfestival.org

5:55a Wake up. Be brave. Sunny mid 80s ahead. The weekend will be just like #&%$ summer, highs near 90 both days.

Should you be a seafaring type, light 5-10 knot southwest winds today through Sunday on the Neuse. On the Pamlico Sound a bit brisker, 10-15 knots.

Thursday May 16, 2019

1:59p Most of the debris from Hurricane Florence is gone. But this morning, Carol Mabe told TownDock.net she found these photos in a debris pile just before the entrance to White Farm Rd.

If you know these smiling faces, let Carol know at cmabex2@gmail.com or 252-249-1600. Carol’s got the photos waiting for you.

8:12a Pickleball. Strange name for a popular game. Learn the game, or brush up on your skills, with the local Pickleball league at one of two introductory sessions this month. The first is this Friday from 9-11a at Camp Caroline.

It’s the third Thursday of this month. That means the open jam session at Pamlico Community College. Bring an instrument, your voice, or just a chair to listen.

Wednesday May 15, 2019

3:12p A reminder re hours at New Village Brewery – they are now open Wednesday – Sunday.

Got grill? At The Piglet specials this week include NY strip steak and Videlia onions.

If you like spring’s cooler days today is the magic day. For those that crave summer, sunshine and temps near 90 this weekend.

7:53a Sun and clear skies all week. High 70s today and high 80s later in the week.

Tomorrow morning is the Tourism Board Breakfast Meeting. Business owners and non-profits gather at Brantley’s at 8:30a. If you’d like breakfast, be there at 8a. On the agenda – getting ready for CycleNC 2020.

Tuesday May 14, 2019

12:33p Another circumnavigation, starting & finishing in Oriental, was completed just a few minutes ago. Congratulations to Howard and Ros Cheetham aboard catamaran “Misto” – they completed the round-the-world voyage in just 2 1/2 years. This is Misto (flying colors) as she arrived moments ago (the town dock was full – here Misto readies to turn and back into town dock #2):

Here is a link to Misto departing Nov 5, 2016. TownDock will have more photos and Misto’s story coming.

10:34a The Jeff Little Trio plays this Saturday 7:30p at The Red Rooster. Check ‘em out:

The performance is a fundraiser for the Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival. Tickets at Nautical Wheelers, or online at this link.

10:20a Sunny 75 today, just near 70 Tuesday. The low tonight – 51. It just might be the coolest night we see until autumn.

Happy sleeping.

8:16a When Hurricane Florence took out the pier, it also took the water gauge. Since then, the HarborCam has been the best way to determine local water levels.

But there is hope. Construction on the pier is about complete. The water gauge isn’t far behind. The state has said the gauge would be installed about a month after the pier is completed. When that happens, TownDock.net will post the data under water levels. Until then, the harborCam view is always available.

Monday May 13, 2019

7:47a It’s Monday the 13th. Plan accordingly.

Rain not so likely this morning, but could visit after 3p and thru early evening. Nothin’ but sunny & dry in the forecast starting Tuesday.

Cycle NC is expected to visit Oriental in April of 2020. The event has visited town before, bringing over a thousand cyclists for a weekend. Here’s a look at Cycle NC’s 2017 visit to Oriental.

The Tourism Board hosts quarterly breakfast meetings for local business owners (and others) to compare notes. This Thursday May 16 the meeting’s focus is on how to best support CycleNC in 2020. The meeting starts at 8:30a in Brantley’s back room.

Sunday May 12, 2019

2:47p It drizzled all morning, but in the last hour rain has come down hard & heavy. Over an inch of rain so far and weather radar shows more precipitation on the way.

6:18a Happy Mom’s Day dear reader. Mom gets a break in the inside shade today… it looks like rain. A 70% chance of rain today, and the hour-by-hour forecast shows that wet probability is higher starting this afternoon.

Today and Monday highs near 80, then north winds bring cool air Tuesday & Wednesday, highs just near 70.

Saturday May 11, 2019

8:48a You may not have noticed them unless you took a peek on Smith Creek… there are over 80 Scouts in town this weekend. The Scouts are in Oriental to get their small boat sailing merit badge, which they are learning from the crew at Bow To Stern Boating. Troops 202 from Cary and 104 from Fayetteville NC are both camping & sailing. Here’s the scene this morning at Bow To Stern:

8:11a This morning is the moment to get the town to haul off your old stuff. It’s Oriental’s annual Brown/White goods pickup. Details here.

At Oriental Woman’s Club Fine Arts & Crafts are showcased today from 9a – 3p. BBQ by Smokin’ Joe’s BBQ Co. from 4-8p, then Songs from The Road Band serves up bluegrass tonight at New Village Brewery (it’s a Hope Clinic fundraiser.) At the Old Theater tonight Mother Land dances on stage. FYI, Nautical Wheelers was out of Mother Land tickets – they now have more available.

It’s all in What’s Happening.