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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

When shrimp season arrives (and the heat of summer) we will start to see boats we don’t commonly see visit the harbor. This is one of those boats – the Everett Gene of Snead’s Ferry – visiting back in August 2014 (the photo was taken on a Saturday night.) Shrimp season hasn’t started yet this year, and some fishermen are thinking shrimp won’t be out there in numbers until late June or even July.

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.

Friday May 11, 2018

3:27p Got some big stuff that’s gotta go? The Town Of Oriental is pickin’ stuff up Saturday:

Brown Goods White Goods Pick Up this Saturday, May 12. Needs to be out in the right of way by 7 am.
This brings up the age-old question. What are “Brown Goods” and “White Goods”?
white goods
ˈ(h)wīt ˌɡo͝odz/
plural noun: white goods; plural noun: whitegoods
large electrical goods used domestically such as refrigerators and washing machines, typically white in color.

brown goods
plural noun: brown goods
television sets, audio equipment, and similar household appliances.
It is confusing. An olive or black refrigerator is a “white good.” A white plastic TV is a “brown good.”

And you are now educated. You’re so good.

11:05a TownDock Senior Weather Geeky Management may be easily amused, but this satellite view of the east coast is kinda cool.

Did Pirate Edward Teach ever make beer? History suggests he may have been more involved in alcohol acquisition than creation, but there is now an Edward Teach Brewery in Wilmington. Their beers are on tap this weekend in Oriental at New Village Brewery. Peg Leg Chocolate Stout available.

10:22a While Oriental has Art On The Neuse Saturday, some Oriental area folk are performing some art tonight in New Bern:

Wendy Osserman was invited to perform at the Bank of the Arts in Fusion Poetry: Art during Art Crawl Friday, May 11, 317 Middle Street, New Bern. 6 pm: reception and performance. Jane Tigar will play multiple instruments, and they will be joined by dancer, Danielle Madrid. Event is free of charge.

9:05a If Mom has been behaving lately, you might take her out to M&Ms on Mother’s Day.

8:42a Opening just a few months ago, Oriental is now home to a coffee roaster. They roast coffee, right here in river city. Croakertown Coffee sells mostly to wholesale accounts, but they are open Fridays for retail customers. Today they will be giving lessons on how to make espresso or cappuccino at home. Stop on by.

Saturday has multiple goings-on. Starting at 8a a Nautical Fleamarket at The Provision Company. Come sell or buy some more bronze bits. It’s the 15th annual Art On The Neuse from 10-4p at Over Harbor Marina (by O’Town restaurant.) Fairlight Moriah & The Scorpio Moon perform the blues live from 6-8p at New Village Brewery. Come Sunday morning, you can try out paddling a Dragon Boat.

It’s all in What’s Happening.

7:14a Sunny & 85 today… Saturday the same. Sunday even more summery with highs near 90.

Time to find those short pants in the closet.

Thursday May 10, 2018

9:33a Oriental’s Dog Park has its official grand opening today at 11a. It is on Straight Rd behind the Volunteer Fire Department. It requires an ID tag to use and you can pick up the paperwork from Town Hall.

The ID tag is for the dog. You’re probably OK without one. Probably.

9:12a The view from NOAA’s GOES East satellite… you’ll see the sun rise over the east coast – and note the mostly clear skies over us:

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Wednesday May 9, 2018

8:25a A little misty, a little overcast, but not a bad day. Highs in the low 70s and winds around 10 mph.

Wednesday means open mike night at the Silos. Go play them a tune and show off that accordion you picked up from the Saturday’s yard sale.

Accordion players should be aware: there is no chicken wire protecting players from the audience.