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Smoke in the Sky, Fire at Buccaneer Bay:

Volunteer fire departments save home. The Story

Teresa Badger, 1952 - 2022:

Volunteer, Educator, Mother. The Story

Missing Machinery, Net House a Go:

Town Board Meeting August 2022. The Story

Oil, Texture, and Landscapes:

Judy Crane - August Artist of the Month. The Story

It's the Water, Not the Wind:

NOAA presents Hurricane Prep Seminar at Town Hall. The Story

Letters: What's the Plan, Town Board?:

Lack of drainage on village roads. Letters To The Editor

Ashley, Apache, and SV Friends:

A new life on the water. The Shipping News

Logan's Run:

A simple lesson. Captain's Blog

CroakerFest is Back - Festival 2022:

Miss Minnow, Marines, and Firetrucks. The Story

Camp Don Lee Installs Living Shoreline:

With Help from the North Carolina Coastal Federation. The Story

July 2022 Town Meeting:

Employee Inflation Bonus, Tent Camping OK. The Story

The Wheeler Lesson:

A humbled Captain. Captain's Blog

Public Responds to Anonymous Flyer at Town Board Meeting:

Town Board Meeting June 2022. The Story

Experiments in Texture and Style:

The Art of Marguerite Chadwick-Juner. The Story

2022 Hope Regala:

Over 200 gather to celebrate Hope Clinic. The Story

The Fulla Bulla™ Effect:

Boats make ripples. Captain's Blog

Primary Elections 2022:

Where and When to Vote. The Story

2022 Town Wide Yard Sale:

Antiques, guitars, and Santa Claus. The Story

May 2022 Town Board Meeting:

Efficiency and Unrestricted Funds. The Story

Gary Johnston, 1946 - 2022:

Husband, Sailor, ODC Commodore. The Story

Letters: At-Large BOE Candidate Jamie Gibbs:

Hear from the candidate himself. Letters To The Editor

Loop Lovers meet the Bitter End:

An argument for losing an eye. Captain's Blog

Dan Steiger, 1940 - 2022:

Pilot, Jack-of-all-trades, family man. The Story

SailPack Regatta 2022:

Collegiate Sailing Returns to Oriental. The Story

Collegiate Regatta & A Pig Pickin':

2022 SailPack Regatta April 23-24. Guest Columnist

Speeding Solutions for Hodges Street:

April 2022 Town Board Report. The Story

2022 Oriental In-Water Boat Show:

2,400 attendees welcome the boat show back. The Story

2022 Holy Week and Easter Celebrations in Oriental:

What it is and where you can worship. Guest Columnist

Waterbirds and Oysters:

Village Gallery's March Artist of the Month. The Story

Need a Tow?:

With insurance and without. Captain's Blog

2022 PAWS Pet Parade:

Pets take over Lou Mac Park. The Story

A Pro-Fence Public & Harbor Water Paint Pollution:

March 2022 Town Board Meeting. The Story

Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday:

What it all means. Guest Columnist

SailPack Returns to Oriental in April:

Sailing again after two years' hiatus. The Story

Stuff Experienced:

Small stuff can matter in a big way. Captain's Blog

Sam Rouse and SV Nortena:

Eagle Scout to Viking deckhand to solo sailor. The Shipping News

Paint Chip Pollution:

Red paint swirls in the harbor. The Story

Equipment Purchases and 300k Gallons of Water:

February 2022 Town Board Meeting. The Story

Vibrant Landscapes and Iridescent Earths:

Village Gallery's February Artist of the Month. The Story

Don Henderson, 1945-2022:

Father, Sailor, Attorney, Photographer. The Story

Ol' Front Porch Festival Promises Two Full Days Of Music:

More genres, more music for 2022. The Story

Groundhog Sees His Tiger:

Two traditions, one drawing. Drawing The Town

Eyes On The Ice:

Winter Scenes From A January Storm. The Story

I Have A Dream:

The famous speech, take one. Guest Columnist

In Honor & Memory 2021:

From the Tree of Names and Lights. The Story

What’s your plan?:

No plan can turn out to be a bad plan. Captain's Blog

Grant Needed for Hodges Repair, Budget Agenda Set:

January 2022 Town Board Meeting. The Story

Dragon Rolls Through (Most of) Oriental:

New Year's Eve 2021 - 2022. The Story




A barge, a fishing trawler, and those bright orange fenders. It’s a common weekend scene in Oriental’s harbor. The barge has been digging out the channel for the Oriental Yacht Club. The fenders belong to fishing trawler Lillie Jane unloading at the Garland Fulcher docks.

Wednesday August 10, 2022

9:45a You may have noticed a lot of shrimp trawlers out on the river lately. TownDock visited fisherman Keith Bruno to find out more:

The disturbance off Africa, Invest 97, is looking less likely to become a tropical storm system. From NHC:

A tropical wave located several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Some gradual development of this system is still possible over the next few days. However, environmental conditions are forecast to become less favorable by this weekend.
  • Formation chance through 48 hours…low…20 percent.
  • Formation chance through 5 days…low…30 percent.

Atlantic Tropical Storm Outlook
Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion
Oriental NC Forecast
Neuse River Marine Forecast

Tuesday August 9, 2022

Plumes of smoke over the water are a usual thing around Oriental, especially when looking out from Lou Mac Park to the bombing range in the Neuse.

But the smoke seen this morning was not in its usual place: it rose above Buccaneer Bay. Check out the scene, and the response from fire fighters here.

Monday August 8, 2022

8:36a That tropical wave just off Africa has continued to develop… it is now being tracked as Invest 97. Here are two early views of the potential forecast track:

This disturbance has a medium chance of becoming tropical depression later this week. The next name on tap for the 2022 season is Danielle, followed by Earl, Fiona and Gaston.

Atlantic Tropical Storm Outlook
Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion
Oriental NC Forecast
Neuse River Marine Forecast
Pamlico Sound Marine Forecast

Sunday August 7, 2022

The final performance of Who Killed Mr. O’Blatherskite is today at 3p, on the Oriental Old Theater stage.

More 90+ degree heat today. It gets a bit worse mid-week, reaching the mid nineties. Then next weekend a break may be in store… cooler mid 80s highs are forecast for Saturday & Sunday.

It’s been quiet on the Atlantic, but that could be about to change. From NHC:

A tropical wave located just off the west coast of Africa is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the far eastern tropical Atlantic. Environmental conditions appear generally conductive for gradual development of this system while it moves westward to west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph across the eastern and central tropical Atlantic, and a tropical depression could form around the middle part of this week.

This disturbance isn’t even an Invest yet, but there is an initial indication of a probable track:

Oriental NC Forecast
Neuse River Marine Forecast
Pamlico Sound Marine Forecast
Hurricane Center
Neuse River at Oriental Water Level Gauge
TownDock streams NOAA Weather Radio Online

Saturday August 6, 2022

Near 90 and heat index values above 100 today. Light and variable winds becoming SE winds at 10 mph this afternoon. Very slight chance of rain later today.

Anita’s Authentic Taqueria Food Truck at the Village Brewery, a new artist at the Village Gallery, and a play at The Old Theater.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out What’s Happening.

Friday August 5, 2022

5:07p Teresa Badger was an educator for Pamlico County Schools for 30 years and a driving force in the restoration of Holt’s Chapel Community Center. She passed away August 1. Her services with be Saturday & Sunday in New Bern. More about the life of Teresa Jones Badger is here.

10:42a A warm August weekend ahead. Mostly sunny, temps near 90, and winds out of the south / southeast up to 10 mph.

A dead railroad baron, a motley crew of suspects, and a murder in need of solving. Who Killed Mr. O’Blatherskite is an interactive comedy where the suspects and the audience try to figure out whodunnit.

Performances are at the Old Theater Friday and Saturday at 7p, and Sunday at 3p. Get your tickets online here or pick them up in Oriental at Nautical Wheelers on Broad Street.

Visit with The Village Gallery’s August Artist of the Month, Judy Crane, Saturday from 2 – 5p. Crane is known for her soothing landscapes and calming palette.

Want to know what’s going on int Oriental? It’s all in What’s Happening.

Thursday August 4, 2022

12:10p An excavator sold out from under the town and a contractor to take on restoration of the Net House on Oriental’s harbor.

It’s all in the August Town Meeting Report.

Wednesday August 3, 2022

4:10p There was a Covid exposure at New Village Brewery last weekend. Lili writes in:

Due to a COVID-19 exposure that occurred during an indoor event on our premises last Saturday, July 30th, the brewery would like to encourage anyone who was there last Saturday evening to be on the lookout for any COVID-related symptoms, and to get tested and isolate in order to prevent transmitting the virus to others, even if asymptomatic. 

Such incidents are bound to occur even when all the prudent precautions are taken.  That said, there will be notable changes to service this week (and for the immediate future) in order to protect the health and vitality of brewery staff and the community. 

The Brewery will remain open during regular hours, and still have music and food trucks.

Find out about the new changes and the upcoming beers and food trucks here.

11:01a Judy Crane is the August artist of the month at The Village Gallery. View a preview of her work here and then visit her in person this Saturday from 2-5p at The Village Gallery.

Tuesday August 2, 2022

11:06a South Avenue and the pier at Lou Mac Park often host a handful of fishermen and women on any given day. They’re seen casting lines from the end of the pier or from the curve in the road where South Avenue becomes Vandemere Street.

On Monday, one such lucky person reeled in a Red Drum from the Lou Mac Park Pier. It’s estimated to be around 40lbs. Congratulations to fisherman Hunter Wooten:

After 6 years of waiting, the Net House restoration project may finally move forward: after 10 rejections, Town Manager Diane Miller reported at the Town Board Meeting that a bid has finally come through. More coming in the meeting report.

Hot and hotter again today: high near 90, heat index in the mid 100s. It is forecast to remain mostly sunny and near 90 for the rest of the week.

Monday August 1, 2022

5:21p Tomorrow morning at 8a, Commissioners gather at Town Hall for the monthly Town Board Meeting.

Check out the August agenda here.

8:41a Just under an inch of rain fell in the Village yesterday. Today, not so much – there’s only a 20% chance of it showing up.

It’ll be near 90 and mostly sunny, with a heat index around 100. Winds out of the Southwest at 10-15 mph.

Friday and Saturday, the Old Theater hosts the interactive comedic western Who Killed Mr. O’Blatherskite? You can buy your tickets online or at Nautical Wheelers.

The New Bern Historical Society is also looking for a few ghosts to help out with the annual New Bern Ghostwalk in October. Auditions are August 6. Find out more here.

Friday July 29, 2022

8:01a The heat of summer. It has TownDock crew hiding from the mid day sun.

At Sailcraft Service they are closing early Fridays for the remainder of summer. From Jennifer Pawlikowski:

Now through Sept 2 we will be closing at 3pm on Fridays. Friday, August 5 we will close at noon for a Sailcraft Service employee party.

The heat is on again today. HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11A THIS MORNING TO 8P THIS EVENING
Today sunny, highs mid 90s, with heat index values up to 111.

Oriental NC Forecast
Oriental Weather Station
Neuse Water Levels
Weather Radar
Neuse River Marine Forecast
Pamlico Sound Marine Forecast

While we’re overheated, lets look forward to a cooler month. October has some of Oriental’s most revered events.

Sept 30-Oct 1 is the Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival. The following weekend, Sat Oct 8, is the Oriental Classic Car Show. The Chili Cook-Off is Oct 22. And here is a tentative date – the Classic Car Poker Run is likely to run Sat Oct 29.