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Docking: Returning To Your Slip:

Return To Your Slip Without Calling The Insurance Company. Captain's Blog

The 2019 Ol' Front Porch Music Festival:

Wanderers and Rabbits, Bluegrass and Jazz. The Story

Harborfest for HeartWorks 2019:

Harborfest puts Children front and center. The Story

Thomas Alexander Deaton, 1990-2019:

Memorial Service Sunday Sept 29. The Story

Competing for Gold:

North Carolina Senior Games. The Story

Veterans Thank Piggly Wiggly Associates:

Support of charitable missions honored. The Story

O'Town Restaurant Closes:

2016-2019. The Story

2019 Oriental Cup Regatta :

Relaunch of an Oriental tradition. The Story

Endurance Seafood Benefit Concert raises $10k:

From one fisherman to another. The Story

Kyshona Sings the Blues:

Music therapist and activist visits Oriental. The Story

Strange Lights Sighted Over Neuse:

Readers question and answer. The Story

Town Board Meeting September 2019:

Hurricane Dorian, short term rental, renewable energy. The Story

Paul Friedman & Waterdog:

Part-time sailor dies prepping for Hurricane Dorian. The Story

Letters: The Spandrel Says Goodbye:

Condo association rules against business. Letters To The Editor

The Hurricane Dorian Gallery:

Reader submitted photos. The Story

The Hurricane Dorian Film Festival:

The Film Festival For The Hurricane Accosted. The Story

Surge Forecasts - Three Sources:

How high will Dorian's water's reach. The Story

Greens Creek Challenge 2019:

Twenty-six years of Challenge in the Creek. The Story

Docking ~ Getting Underway:

Leave Your Slip Without Scaring The Marina. Captain's Blog

Les Evans, 1929-2019:

Husband, Father, Sailor, Engineer. The Story

Bow to Stern One Design Regatta 2019:

Five classes, 50 plus sailors. The Story

Mister August 2019 - Lucky:

When Lucky is more than a name. Pet Of The Month

Minnesott Beach & Its Future:

A resident's view on a recent decision. Letters To The Editor

Whittaker Creek Dredging - Raising The $:

Tracking The Fundraising Progress. The Story

Minnesott Beach Votes No On Acquiring Golf Course:

Three votes against, one abstaining. The Story

What is a Service Dog? A reader writes in.:

Service Dogs. Emotional Support Dogs. What does it all mean?. Guest Columnist

Ralph Kudart, 1953-2019:

Former Owner Of Sailcraft Service Boatyard. The Story


Cleaning the street, seeking a way forward. The Story

Mister July 2019 - Baloo:

A new name & a new life. Pet Of The Month

SV Seraphina Dismasted:

8 crew aboard, 2 masts go down, no one gets hurt. The Story

Croaker Festival 2019:

Marines, Firemen, Tractors, & a Funnel Cake. The Story

Croaker Festival Regatta 2019:

FJs and Sunfish at Croaker Fest. The Story

Town Board Meeting July 2019:

Paving update, audits completed. The Story

Mister June 2019 - Titan:

From pound dog to yachtsman. Pet Of The Month

Amron Takes Her Leave:

Elvis has left the building. The Story

Hope Regala Raises Record Amount for Clinic with a Mission:

Over $140k raised to help those in need. The Story

Birds in the Boom:

A nest is inadvertently launched. The Story

New Generator Installed at Town Hall:

Emergency power by crane. The Story

4/10” of an inch of rain fell overnight. It is forecast to rain for much of today.

Wednesday October 16, 2019

10:29a Almost an inch of rain today. So far. Rain and cloudy skies will stick around for the rest of the day.

Tomorrow, sun and temps in the mid to high 60s through Saturday.

Fall weather calls for a comfy chair, warm blanket, hot beverage, and a book. You can get some new reading material this weekend at the Pamlico Library’s Fall Book Sale.

If you haven’t perfected your chili recipe, you’ve got one week left. Saturday, October 26, is the 12th annual Chili Cookoff.

Haven’t signed up? Contact the Old Theater at 252-249-0477 or oldtheater@gmail.com.

Check out past chili cookoffs:
Chili Cookoff 2018
The 2015 Chili Cookoff
Scenes from the 2014 Chili Cookoff

Tuesday October 15, 2019

10:41a He was born in France (that far away France – not France, North Carolina.) Raised in Great Britain. Somehow, his musical influence was American boogie-woogie bluesy piano-pounding pioneers like Jerry Lee Lewis and Albert Ammons.

He’s playing Friday night in Oriental. Henri Herbert:

Henri Herbert tickets $20 (discounts available for Theater members, Military and Students with ID.) Tickets at Nautical Wheelers and online at www.oldtheater.org.

9:07a Will we get a storm named Nestor? No, calm down… not a visit, just the storm existing at all.

Tropical Depression Fifteen isn’t looking like it will gain enough strength to get a name. If it does, that name is Nestor.

You don’t meet a lot of dudes named Nestor. Nestor is from Greek Mythology. If you thought your neighbors kids had odd names, hang on. From Wikipedia:

Nestor was the legendary wise King of Pylos described in Homer’s Odyssey. Nestor was the son of Neleus and Chloris. His wife was either Eurydice or Anaxibia; their children included Peisistratus, Thrasymedes, Pisidice, Polycaste, Perseus, Stratichus, Aretus, Echephron, and Antilochus. In late accounts, Nestor had a daughter Epicaste who became the mother of Homer by Telemachus.

8:55a We get a taste of different versions of autumn weather this week. Sunny & 80 today, rain Wednesday, then sunny and high just into the mid 60s for Thursday & Friday. Overnight lows later this week around 50.

On the Neuse easy / lazy 5-10 knot winds today. They will freshen to 15-20 knots Thursday.

TownDock’s hard working automotive reporting unit is working on an extraordinary collection of photos from Saturday’s Classic Car Show. Stand by patient reader.

Monday October 14, 2019

5:42p Tropical Depression Fifteen has formed. It’s far far away – at the coast of Africa. It is forecast to stay far away.

Fifteen is forecast to become a tropical storm – named Nestor – and then dissipate in about 4 days.

3:50p It’s fitting that on Columbus Day, some yachting is discussed.

Columbus had a large crew. They generally followed orders, to avoid flogging.

You likely have a small crew. Unfortunately, flogging is now frowned upon. You may need to convince your crew to follow orders due to your charm, persuasive skills, and deep knowledge.

That knowledge is where your reading TownDock may be useful.

This month on Captain’s Blog, Captain John Rahm will get you safely back to your slip. It even includes some simple rules that most of us can follow.

2:25p Storm Melissa is now Post-Tropical – the storm was mid Atlantic and no threat to the US coast.

Melissa was the 14th storm system this year. Another tropical system will likely form this evening from Invest 94. It is forecast to stay near Africa, again far from our shores. The next name on tap is Nestor.

1:44p The Red Cross wants your blood. You can give it to them this Friday at the Women’s Club.

Help them reach a goal of 29 pints by calling Jean Jerger at 919-622-7344 for an appointment. Or if you’re the non-committal type, you can just show up between 1-6p. They’ll be happy to see you.

9:43a The 50/50 raffle at Friday’ Rockin Rib Roast raised $890 – $445 for Hope Clinic and $445 for one lucky winner. Montracies Styron, Jr., the 6 year old son of Silos cook Tinisha Gibbs, picked the winning ticket. Gary Farrell was the winner.

Total funds from the fund raiser raised $3,000 for Hope Clinic.

click pics for larger view of Montracies, Gary, and BBQ.

6:42a Almost an inch (8/10) of rain fell overnight. The rain is likely over for today – you can see that precipitation departing east on weather radar:

After a cloudy morning the sun will break through. Sunshine and 80 is what’s ahead for Columbus Day.

Sunday October 13, 2019

9:18a Oriental has hosted a lot of events lately. Today, appropriately, feels kinda lazy.

For your lazy~esque Sunday, a mix of sun & clouds, high near 80.

Out on the Atlantic Melissa is a tropical storm, headed east and away. There is a new Invest. Invest 94 is right at the coast of Africa. Early indications are that the potential system will have a northern track that would make coming anywhere near here most unlikely. Invest 94 may boomerang back to Africa.

Saturday October 12, 2019

5:13p Spending a day at the car show was fun. And too much sun.

Congratulations to Danny Lloyd, winner of the 2019 Best In Show award, for his immaculate 1939 Packard sedan. Complete results from the show are coming to TownDock, on one of those days that ends in y.

7:35a Pinch yourself. A near perfect autumn day is ahead. Sunny, dry, upper 70s.

The Oriental Classic Car Show runs 10a – 3p today on the waterfront near Lou Mac Park. Hazardous Waste collection 9a til noon today at the county courthouse in Bayboro. ODC runs its annual Neuse Solo sail race today.

Friday October 11, 2019

2:21p Sip Verdeca wine. Then some Sangiovese. It’s Sip n Shop, now til 6p today at Nautical Wheelers.

Another tropical storm? There is. Kinda. Subtropical Storm Melissa has formed. Melissa is off the US northeast coast. It is forecast to track east to east-north-east, staying out at sea.

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

12:02p There’s a 1953 Dodge Coronet painted to resemble race car legend Lee Petty’s (that would be Richard Petty’s daddy.) It arrived this morning from Virginia, ready to compete in Saturday’s Classic Car Show. Take a look:

click pics for larger view

10:41a Tonight you have your choice of live music. Hope Clinic’s Rockin’ Rib Roast fundraiser starts at 6p and features Saltwater Gold at the Red Rooster. Down the road at the Old Theater, at 7:30p, trio Ensemble Schumann performs.

Saturday, it’s the Oriental Classic Car show. Check-in starts at 8:30a, the show opens at 10a. Judges and People’s choice awards, there’s room for antiques, customs, hot rods, and moderns.

It’s all in What’s Happening.

Thursday October 10, 2019

5:23p Did you lose a set of keys? Perhaps near Dolphin point? You can call Officer Wichrowski, until 7p, to identify them. 252-497-5883

After 7p, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow and call Town Hall. (252) 249-0555

4:07p At the Main Stage on Saturday, organizers of the Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival, took up donations help rebuild Ocracoke after the island flooded during Hurricane Dorian in September.

Collections were taken early, and some festival goers arrived later. Because of this, Dottie Osmun, one of the co-founders of the festival, is keeping the donation period open until October 18. Funds will directly benefit Ocracoke’s own music event, the Ocrafolk Music Festival.

Donations can be made out to OFPMF, Inc. and mailed to OFPMF, P.O. Box 775, Oriental, NC 28571.

Be sure to note Ocracoke Hurricane Relief in the memo line.

12:53p Good news for the Whittaker Point restoration fund: additional funding has been secured to help restore the point. The Town of Oriental has received $1,842,525 from the National Resources Conservation Service from the US Department of Agriculture.

Town Manager Diane Miller writes in:

This funding is in addition to the funding already approved ($900,416 from the Golden Leaf Foundation, $200,000 from NCDEQ, and $400,000 from National Fish and Wildlife) and was sought to cover expected overage with the additional granite recommended for the project. We should be able to execute all phases of the project with this additional funding. Grand total secured from all sources: $3,342,941.00.

Read more about the Whittaker Point Restoration and the initial three grants here.

8:36a Familiar bands and a few new ones came and played the porches and stages of Oriental this past weekend. Listen to the Gospel Ensemble, Watch the Way Down Wanderers, and take a look at the scenes from the Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival right here.

8:11a It’s not obvious at this cloudy moment, but a sunny autumn day is ahead. High low 70s.

The sun will shine. Honest.

Wednesday October 9, 2019

7:40p The two Invests on the Atlantic each had a 40% chance of forming this morning. Tonight, both now have a mere 10% chance of forming.

It’s autumn on the Atlantic. Tropical things are calming down.

The drek drizzly weather finally breaks Thursday. Sunny and near 70 tomorrow, then mid 70s Friday and near 80 for the weekend.

11:15a T-bone steaks. Pork chops. Reed & white seedless grapes. They are among the new weekly specials at Oriental’s Piglet store.

8:58a High of 71 today. That autumn weather is sticking around; mid to high 70s for the rest of the week.

town hall signLast Thursday, the Planning Board met for a workshop focused on solar energy. Today, they continue their discussion on the same topic at 1p at Town Hall. The Planning Board researches and recommends zoning ordinances to the Board of Commissioners.

8:01a There’s activity on the Atlantic. Even two Invests (in orange below)… neither of which appear to pose a likely threat.

Atlantic Tropical Storm Outlook