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Ol' Front Porch Music Festival Returns October 2021:

2021 brings a focus on North Carolina bands. The Story

Dan Giro, 1942 - 2021:

A man of many firsts. The Story

Mr. January 2021 - Tillman:

A dog takes the lead. Pet Of The Month

The COVID Vaccine - What's Up in Pamlico County:

Phase details and limited supplies. The Story

New Year’s Boat-er-lutions:

Have a better boating year. Captain's Blog

Flooding, Buckling, Potholes: Board Plans Road Repairs:

Town Board Meeting January 2021. The Story

In Honor & Memory 2020:

From the Tree of Names and Lights. The Story

The COVID-19 Vaccine In Pamlico County:

Registration Must Go Through The County Health Dept. The Story

A Hazy Instead of Football Regatta:

A baker's dozen braves the weather. The Story

A Dragon Rolls Through Oriental New Year's Eve:

Neither rain nor pandemic can stop a Dragon. The Story

Friends Of The Dragon 2021:

It takes a village to house a dragon. The Story

Letters: Keep the Cheer Going:

An appeal to keep the lights on. Letters To The Editor

Twenty Five Degrees on Christmas Night:

To winterize in Oriental?. Captain's Blog

Letters: Thanks for the Cheer:

To Santa and Fire Station 19. Letters To The Editor

Noses and Opinions, Part Deux:

Show me your chain plates. Captain's Blog

Spirit of Christmas 2020:

Additions, subtractions, and a lot more light. The Story

Light Up Oriental:

Contest brightens up Oriental's nights. The Story

2020 Spirit of Christmas Schedule:

What's happening, where and when. The Story

Alan, David Bowie, and Blue 9:

Six legs on a new voyage. The Shipping News

Development of the COVID-19 Vaccine:

Speed, safety, and the process. Guest Columnist

Giving Tuesday 2020:

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

Two Rides, One Event: 2020 Thanksgiving Day Bike Ride:

The tradition keeps rollin' on. The Story

Thank You From Ol' Front Porch:

Hope to see you in 2021. Letters To The Editor

New Mask Mandate in NC:

Masks now required inside. The Story

Ferry Returns to Full Schedule Dec 1:

Cherry Branch - Minnesott Beach Ferry. The Story

Endeavor 32 Auction at SailCraft:

Now taking bids. The Story

Abandoned Housing Tabled, Compliance Grant Approved:

Nov 2020 Town Board Meeting. The Story

The Spirit of Christmas is Coming:

Light Up Oriental. The Story

Waiting for the Right Time:

SV Luna Sea. The Shipping News

Ninety-Six Miles To Go:

WaterTribe's NC Ultra Marathon Challenge. The Story

The Classic Car Poker Run:

Driving for charity. The Story

Housing Ordinance on Hold, Fines for Illegal Dumping:

October 2020 Town Board Meeting. The Story

Pamlico Arts Accepting Applications for Arts Grants:

Submit by November 2, 2020. The Story

A Trike Made for Fishing:

Folk art goes for a ride. The Story

Music in the Creeks:

Pirate Jam returns. The Story

Opinions and Noses:

Part 1 - Everyone has them. Captain's Blog

Pamlico County November Election Information:

Sample Ballot, Voting Deadlines, How and When to Vote. The Story

A Walk on Styrontown Beach:

What the high water left behind. The Story

Old Theater’s Got Talent:

Time to show off. The Story

What's Next For Oriental's Recreation Park?:

Take the survey. The Story

Talking Trash; Recycling Changes Coming:

Town Board Meeting September 2020. The Story

Styron Accepts Plea Agreement:

Jeff Styron in his own words. The Story

Camping in the Creeks:

Spartina and Annie. The Shipping News

A New Space For Heartworks:

Brand-new classrooms raise the bar. The Story

After the Cough is Gone:

Emerging aftereffects of COVID-19. Guest Columnist

Solo Cruiser Emily Greenberg:

Life aboard SV Søhund. The Shipping News

Jon Webster, 1964-2020:

From philosophy to motorcycles to The Bean porch. The Story

Oysters Are Coming, Dilapidated Houses Are Going:

COVID Testing Proposed at August 2020 Town Board Meeting. The Story




A deep fog covered Oriental’s harbor mid-January.

Friday January 22, 2021

4:57p Dave Sargent at M&M’s writes in, expressing relief:

I’ve received COVID test results from most of my employees – all negative. We’re still waiting on a few results – those employees will not be able to work until a negative result is returned.
The restaurant has been cleaned and sanitized, following state and local guidelines.
With this achieved, M&M’s Restaurant will open Saturday at 11a, resuming normal hours. We look forward to welcoming our fine staff and customers back.

M&M’s is open 7 days a weeks, 11a until 8 to 9p ish (depends on how busy the night is).

Salty Sistas Food Truck at the brewery now til 8p. More info here.

A couple cold nights ahead… 31 tonight, sunny & 50 Saturday… Saturday night drops to 25 degrees.

Thursday January 21, 2021

4:11p The Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival. It’s the biggest annual music event in Oriental, bringing in a couple thousand folks. Attendees walk about Oriental, taking in bands & performers playing on porches.

In 2020 it didn’t happen, a COVID-19 victim. But organizers feel by October 2021, things will be close enough to ‘normal’ that the festival can happen. Here’s the story…

8:47a The morning’s gray skies hint at rain, but the chance is low: only 20%. Radar suggests the rain will stay to the north of Oriental.


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High today in the mid 50s, low near 40 with SW winds at 10-15 mph.

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Wednesday January 20, 2021

3:28p The number of COVID cases in a county (or zip code) can be deceiving. Particularly when you don’t know the size of the population. Is 50 cases a high infection rate? A low rate? Depends on the size of the population.

Pamlico County has a total of 673 cases for the entire county – a county of some 13,000 people. That translates to a rate of infection of 529 per 10,000 people.

To put the numbers in perspective, zip code 28529 has a total of 196 cases – less than 28515 at 205. But 28529 has a significantly lower population than 28515. The rate of infection (per 10,000 people) in 28529 is 748. By comparison, 28515 (with a smaller population that also includes the prison) has an infection rate per 10,000 of 592.

In 28571, the COVID case rate is much lower. There are 71 cases, with an infection rate of 226 per 10,000.

TownDock.net now includes the case rate per 10,000 for each zip code. You can find it below the zip code map, along with more state data on COVID in North Carolina.

8:42a Another restaurant is closed due to COVID-19. Dave Sargent writes in:

We have a single case of confirmed COVID on our staff. Out of abundance of caution M&M’s is closed today, and will remain so until all employees are tested and the restaurant is thoroughly cleaned.
Today a crew is giving all surfaces a deep clean. We are following state and county health guidelines.
Please know the safety of both M&M customers and employees is deeply important to me. After we can see negative testing results come back, we look forward to re-opening.
I am thankful for the wonderful support M&M’s receives from the community, and look forward to re-opening as soon as we know it is safe to do so.

Test results are now taking two to three days. If all goes well, M&M’s could return this weekend.

Dave Sargent tells TownDock.net that upon re-opening, it will be mandatory for all M&M’s employees to wear masks.

8:18a After a sub freezing morning, today is absolutely warm. ish. It’s 50 at this writing… mid 50s ahead.

Don’t put that warm hat away… tonight is back to a low of 31.

Tuesday January 19, 2021

5:50p A few minutes ago church bells rang. Joe Geraghty did the ringing, as Oriental United Methodist Church took part in a nationwide ringing of the bells commemorating 400,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19.



3:28p There is a special memorial to COVID-19 victims today – church bells will ring out across the country this afternoon.
Churches will ring their bells at 5:30p to represent the 400,000 Americans who have died from the virus.

This will be happening in Oriental too – Oriental United Methodist Church will ring their bells 40 times today at 5:30p.

8:57a Dan Giro passed away January 9. He was a Rotary President, and simply put forth a positive spirit.

More about Dan’s life is here.

8:20a The Silos restaurant is back. From Chris Daniels:

I have received test results from the majority of The Silos staff – all negative. The last few employees will not report to work until their results are complete.
So – YES! We will be operating at our normal hours and menu today.
We have sanitized the kitchen, both dining rooms and the bar. It’s been a long 4 day weekend. Thank you all for your patience and well wishes. See ya today for pizza.

The Silos had closed late Thursday through Saturday. Chris confirmed it was just one employee that had COVID. FYI, Chris says the “2-3” day test taken at CVS came back in 48 hours. It looks like this if you are fortunate:

Monday January 18, 2021

4:42p It is expected to sneak below freezing tonight… low 30.

3:01p What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?

That was the question Martin Luther King asked in a speech he gave to a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967. This was six months before he was assassinated.

From the estate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today is Martin Luther King Day.

2:02p Dogs. They’re good at persuading people. Usually it’s “give me a treat” or “take me for a walk.”

But this dog can persuade someone to sleep on the floor. Read about Tillman, the January Pet of the Month.

5:50a It’s warmer at this hour than it has been for over a week. It’s 42. OK, maybe not flip-flop weather, but it’s not below freezing. Sunny and low 50s ahead today… then back to a low near 30 tonight.

Today is Martin Luther King Day. It is a federal holiday, meaning the post office and banks are closed. The county commission meeting normally scheduled for tonight will be on Tuesday.

Saturday January 16, 2021

6:15p The high reached 53 early this afternoon – and then temperatures dived:


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Low tonight just below freezing – 31. Sunday through Tuesday sunny and low 50s… Wednesday forecast to warm up to the mid 50s.

11:10a If you’ve been trying to register to get the COVID vaccine, you may have found it frustrating. Phone lines at the Pamlico County Health Dept have often been busy (more phone lines are coming). When you do get through, answers have not been consistent.

TownDock has combined the latest information from the Pamlico County and North Carolina Health Departments into one article – The COVID Vaccine – What’s Up In Pamlico County.

While this article provides more information about the vaccine process, candidly… this process can still be confusing. TownDock will be seeking more answers in coming days.

FYI, so far Pamlico County has administered 540 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (that’s the first shot – a second shot follows about a month later). TownDock has added vaccine information to the COVID-19 cases tracking page – Coronavirus In North Carolina.

8:42a The Silos closed Friday afternoon. From Chris Daniels:

To our dear customers: We have one confirmed case of Covid-19. I have reported it, and I am following all regulations. This means that the restaurant will be closed for at least the rest of this business week. All employees will be tested, and the restaurant will be thoroughly cleaned.
We are following every precaution as mandated by our governor and health department. Rest assured, your safety and the safety of our employees is our highest priority. Thank you so much for all of your support and understanding.

Chris isn’t sure when the re-opening date will be, stating “I’m waiting on test results from my staff and will reopen when it’s safe.”

When the Silos has a re-opening date, it will be on TownDock.net.

7:20a A Dense Fog Advisory In Effect Until 9am This Morning.

After that, a sunny 50 degree day is ahead.

Friday January 15, 2021

9:41a Almost a 30 degree temperature swing expected today. Overnight the low dipped to 34… this afternoon temps expected to reach the low 60s.

Today will be a calm day to be on the water – gentle 5 knot winds from the southwest. Saturday waves return, 10-15 knot winds early, freshening to 15-20 knot west winds Saturday afternoon.

You’ll see water levels drop Saturday & Sunday from those west winds.

Not one, but two interesting food trucks at the brewery this week. Today it’s Jasmine Tasty Thai, Saturday Krab Kingz Seafood. The brews & dinner details are here.

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Neuse River Marine Forecast
Pamlico Sound Marine Forecast
Neuse River at Oriental Water Level Gauge

Thursday January 14, 2021

3:19p Fire Chief Mike Guzzo spoke to TownDock.net about donations the department received from the Tree of Names and Lights:

Fire Station 19 – the Southeast Pamlico Volunteer Fire Department – wanted to say thank you to everyone who donated to the department through the Tree of Names and Lights. We appreciate it. We wanted to let people know the money is going toward some new equipment we’re purchasing this year.

Donations to the 2020 Tree of Names and Lights raised $1,605 for the fire department.

11:33a From Pamlico County Emergency Management:

The Pamlico County Health Department is reporting the seventh (7th) COVID-19 associated death in Pamlico County.

The individual died on January 13th, 2021 from complications associated with the virus. The patient was 83 years old and had several underlying medical conditions. To protect the families’ privacy, no further information about this patient will be released.

The full press release is here.

10:29a If you see Keith Bruno out on the water today and tomorrow, let the man work – he’s busy pulling old crab pots out of the Neuse.

High today mid 50s, low mid 30s. Tomorrow will be the warmest day in a while – high near 60 and a low near 40.

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Pamlico Sound Marine Forecast
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Wednesday January 13, 2021

12:31p Pamlico County Emergency Management announces the sixth death in the county from COVID-19.

The individual died on January 9th, 2021 from complications associated with the virus. The patient was 78 years old and had several underlying medical conditions. To protect the families’ privacy, no further information about this patient will be released.

There are 627 cases of coronavirus in Pamlico County, 66 of those cases were reported in the last 7 days.

There are nine more cases than yesterday. They’re in zip codes 28571, 28515, 28583, 28510, 28529, and 28560.

NC COVID Dashboard information and the zip code map are here.

12:18p The fog has finally lifted – and hour ago it was still thick “downtown” near the harbor – but clear once you got more than about 100 yards from the water’s edge.

9:35p This morning’s fog is still hanging around. Here’s the view from PecanCam at 9:40a:

Currently 38, warming up to the mid 50s later today. Light and variable winds. Small chance of rain tonight.

Tuesday January 12, 2021

It’s one of those winter days. Cold(ish), rain, clouds, drizzle. This stuff can make humans grumpy.

Fortunately a high pressure system is moving in from the west, bringing clear skies this evening. That clearing will bring along some cold… low tonight 31. Then welcome sunshine Wednesday, mid 50s. Thursday and Friday even nice, highs near 60.

The Neuse will be almost flat Wednesday, with gentle 5 knot west winds.

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Neuse River Marine Forecast
Pamlico Sound Marine Forecast
TownDock Weather Radar

Monday January 11, 2021

2:53p Knots, hitches, and fenders. Capt. John Rahm shares his boater resolutions – and a demonstration – in the latest Captain’s Blog.

2:15p Pamlico County Health Department (PCHD) has delivered all of their current supply of the COVID-19 vaccine to county residents. But more is on the way. From Pamlico County Medical Director Dr. Stephanie Carperos:

PCHD is temporarily out of vaccine. The shipment was delayed and is due to arrive Wednesday morning. Patients are being notified of changes in their appointments if needed.

10:13a It’s a 50s kind of week, meteorologically speaking. High temps are forecast to range from to low to high 50s through Sunday. The only rain in the forecast is likely to happen tonight (60% chance) and tomorrow (50% chance). After that, it’s sunny or mostly sunny for the rest of the week.

On the Neuse, light N winds at 5 kts. Winds are NE at 5 kts on the Pamlico Sound.

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

Sunday January 10, 2021

7:41a The overnight low reached 29. It will “warm up” to near 50 this afternoon. If you’re looking for a warm day break, this coming Friday is forecast to reach 60 degrees.

The 9a outdoor church service at Lou Mac park is cancelled this morning – freezing temperatures the reason. OUMC will have services inside the (heated) sanctuary today at 11a.

On the Neuse light winds today and for the next few days.

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