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Mr February 2020 - Max:

A Squirrel-Seeking Man. Pet Of The Month

Town Board Meeting February 2020:

New events, GMO addition, Whittaker Creek projects updated. The Story

Letters: Hope Clinic Executive Director Says Thanks:

Year-end donations made a difference. Letters To The Editor

What is going on over Oriental?:

Answer: a lot. Guest Columnist

Donna Mannion, 1939 - 2020:

Systems Analyst, Commodore, Volunteer, Wife. The Story

Home Sales Become A Trip To The Super Bowl:

Century 21 Awards Sail/Loft Realty Tickets To The Big Game. The Story

Shahid & SV Safina:

Making life work on a 30 ft space. The Shipping News

Water Gauge to Return:

Gone in 2018, back in 2020. The Story

Minnesott Beach Golf & Country Club has Potential Buyer:

Wayfarer's Cove offers to purchase golf course. The Story

Dragons Bring in Chinese New Year in Oriental:

Dragons run and burn. The Story

Warren Bruce, 1930-2020:

Pilot, Sailor, and Husband. The Story

Varsity Cruising:

To the Beaufort docks. Captain's Blog

90 Years of Grace:

Celebrating an Oriental institution. The Story

Todd Cox Receives 2019 Doc Hyde Award:

An Award To The Person Who Enhances Sailing In Oriental. The Story

New Minnesott Town Board Revisits Golf Club Purchase:

Golf course purchase back in play. The Story

New Fire Insurance Rating for Oriental:

Effective February 1, 2020. The Story

Town Board Meeting January 2020:

Whittaker Creek updates, Brewery SUP, Mobile Licensing cut. The Story

Nancy Huff, 1935-2020:

Hope Clinic co-founder, Hospice chaplain. The Story

Electric Vessel with Historic Roots:

EV America. The Shipping News

Forty+ Boats on New Year's Day:

2020 Instead of Football Regatta. The Story

In Honor & Memory; The Tree of Names and Lights:

A tradition rekindled. The Story

Dragons Run on Hodges - New Year's Eve 2019 into 2020:

Drums, Dragons, and a lucky new year. The Story

Friends Of The Dragon 2020:

Oriental's Dragon Needs A Present. The Story

I’m Sorry For What I Said:

...when we were docking our boat. Captain's Blog

Mr. & Mr. December 2019 - Amos and Andy:

Brand ambassadors, exemplary employees. Pet Of The Month

Pecan Grove Marina Dredging Complete:

Channel Now At 8 Feet. The Story

2019 Spirit of Christmas Weekend:

Rain delay doesn't stop Spirit of Christmas. The Story

2019 Spirit of Christmas Schedule:

What's happening, where and when. The Story

Town Board Meeting December 2019:

Commissioners sworn in, public hearing set. The Story

Giving Tuesday 2019 - Giving Locally:

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

Tour de Oriental: The 2019 Thanksgiving Bike Ride:

85 cyclists, 173 wheels, total gears unknown. The Story

Fall Splendor: Pamlico County Edition:

A closer drive than the mountains. The Story

Miss November 2019 - Sasha:

Dog on the run. Pet Of The Month

Curing Evils With Spring Lines:

Add Some Spring To Your Life. Captain's Blog

Neuse Neighbors Network:

Helping seniors age in place. The Story

Town Board Meeting November 2019:

A canceled hearing and lower rates. The Story

Election Results 2019:

Price, Barrow, White, Simmons, Overcash, Belangia Elected. The Story

Letters: Commissioner Dammeyer's Endorsement:

Election day is Nov 5. Letters To The Editor


Pilgrim II started life as a Navy Launch, built in 1988, decommissioned in 2002. She is 50 ft, with a throaty Detroit Diesel 671. Pilgrim stayed the night at Oriental’s town dock.
(click photo for the big view and more Pilgrim pics)

Tuesday February 18, 2020

9:03a Snow. We might get some Thursday night. Probably no snowmen will be made however – little or no snow accumulation is forecast.

Meanwhile, today feels like spring. Sunny & 70.

Enjoy it while you can – Wednesday brings in high winds and rain.

Monday February 17, 2020

4:24p Commercial fisherman have enjoyed an unusually long winter shrimp season on the ocean, plus the speckled trout fishery has been outstanding in local waters. TownDock.net talked with fisherman Keith Bruno Sunday, and got his view of what is going on with fishing:

7:40a Winter’s thermal yo-yo continues. Sunny & 60 today, clouds and 70 Tuesday. Later in the week (Friday) lows near 30 and highs just touching 40.

Saturday February 15, 2020

4:53p Nest Cafe food truck at the brewery til 7:30pm tonight.

A week from today the North Carolina Coastal Heritage Association (NCCHA) holds it’s annual meeting. Last years was held in the town of Atlantic on Core Sound. This year will be closer (for most TownDock readers) – it’s in Oriental at Brantley’s next Saturday Feb 22.

7:27a Almost freezin’. Overnight low… 33. Clear cool and just high forties ~ maybe 50 today. The winter thermal yo-yo is back in action. Highs near 60 Sunday & Monday, 70 Tuesday.

Friday February 14, 2020

1:32p Tuesday night, town commissioners heard updates for the two Whittaker Creek projects: the creek dredging and the point restoration. The solar ordinance was approved after some clarification, and new public hearings were set for March. Read the meeting report here.

12:15p Jasmine Tasty Thai food truck is serving now til 7:30p at New Village Brewery (plus live tunes for the Valentine’s dinner hour).

11:05a His introduction to Pamlico County was a stay at the prison. Now he is a sidekick on emergency missions, and seeker of frozen dairy products. Meet Max, February’s Pet Of The Month.

9:16a Dear sweet reader: Happy Valentine’s Day.

Tonight at the Old Theater Pamlico Music Society presents Barbra Lica, a Juno-nominated jazz vocalist and songwriter. Showtime is at 7:30p, with a Valentine’s theme.

If you can’t make tonight’s show, Lica is doing an informance, free and open to the public, today at 1:30p at Oriental United Methodist Church, hosted by Prime Time.

Thursday February 13, 2020

9:28a Temps will be in the 70s today with a better than 50% chance of rain this afternoon. SW winds have already hit 31 mph today (at 7:47 this morning). The forecast predicts gusts up to 35 mph. Tonight, cool in the mid 40s.

Wednesday February 12, 2020

4:47p This Valentine’s Day, the ladies of the Oriental Woman’s Club want one thing: your blood.

Give them what they want this Friday at the Red Cross Blood Drive.

The Woman’s Club is at 1007 Gilgo Rd. Show up between 11a-3p or demonstrate your commitment by making an appointment online.

8:22a At Tuesday night’s town meeting: An adventure sailing/kayaking event is coming to town in June. The Solar ordinance passed. The brewery is rebuilding a utility building. The hardware store wants to build a new store building next to where they are now. A dental office looks to rise. More $ needed (and likely found) to rebuild Whittaker Point. Dredging was delayed but coming. This and more in the meeting report coming later today.

Clouds. We got ‘em, today & Thursday. Near 60 today, a toasty mid 70s tomorrow. Clear and cool returns Friday.

Tuesday February 11, 2020

1:54p Read the agenda for this evening’s Town Board meeting here.

11:41a There are two public hearings at tonight’s Town Board meeting. The first is for a Special Use Permit (SUP) to demolish, reconstruct and raise the garage/shed on the property of the New Village Brewery.

town hall sign The second public hearing is to add a 7 page Solar Energy System (SES) Ordinance to the town’ s Growth Management Ordinance (GMO). The ordinance regulates height, setbacks, vegetation & fencing requirements for both ground and roof mounted SES, with the SES plans to be sent to civilian and military aviation authorities within 5 nautical miles.

The ordinance also covers the process for dealing with ‘abandoned’ SES, including removal. SES systems are defined in two ways: Level 1 – integrated, ground, or roof mounted systems, and Level 2 – ground mounted systems larger than 50% of the primary structure footprint and primary use SES such as solar farms.

Level 1 systems are allowed in all zones, though some require a Land Use Permit. Level 2 systems are not allowed in residential zones, and require permits in mixed use zones.

The Town Board meets tonight at Town Hall at 7p. Agenda will be posted when available. The Solar Ordinance is available right here.

8:10a Wet is to our west, and appears to be coming our way. Mid Atlantic radar has the view:

(click image for the big animated radar view)

Monday February 10, 2020

2:18p Hope Clinic is a local non-profit serving the medically needy in Pamlico County. Executive Director Yolanda Cristiani writes in with a thank you.

8:29a Last week, drenching rains fell across eastern North Carolina. In Oriental, the wind was more significant than the rain; it pushed water levels down. Inland, it’s a different story.

Last week’s rain is forecast to cause moderate flooding this week in Kinston and Goldsboro, along the Neuse River, and in Greenville on the Tar River. Water levels are projected to peak mid-week.

Neuse River at Goldsboro
Neuse River at Kinston
Tar River At Greenville

6:39a Temps will warm up to near 70 today, and winds will be out of the south at a mere 10 mph.

With the shift in wind direction (and intensity), the sandbar outside the channel to Pecan Grove Marina is under water again, but barely.

Here’s the PecanCam view from 6:30a this morning:

Sunday February 9, 2020

8:51a In today’s sailing world, retrieving an anchor often involves pressing a button on an electric windlass.

It wasn’t always that easy.

Go back a couple centuries, and anchor retrieval involved the whole crew on deck, hauling it back in. They hauled away. That’s the subject of today’s Dock Quote.

The quote comes from a song – Haul Away Joe. There are surely hundreds/thousands of renditions of this traditional sea shanty. But this one is magic – four English lads singing around a kitchen table:

7:02a Almost freezing overnight – the low touched 33 degrees. Stand by for a semi~warm mid 50s today. All sunshine.

Saturday February 8, 2020

12:01p Brisket & Chicken. McGrady Grill Food Truck is serving now til 7:30p at New Village Brewery. Check out the menu here.

9:42a The forecast ahead is hard not to like. Sunny and 50 today, mid 50s Sunday… and near 70 Monday.

On the Neuse, suddenly all is calm. The marine forecast is 5-10 knots today, just 5 knots Sunday, 5-10 Monday.

9:37a Croakertown Coffee has three local artists visiting this morning, showing off their works and answering questions:

• Roz Kutchins, Glass Artist
• Lori Yarrow, Lori Yarrow Designs (jewelry)
• Barbara Moore, Pottery

They are there now till noon today. Also visiting is Annie from “Sweet Annie’s”. Annie is the owner of a new Coffee Shop and Bakery that will be opening later this month in Bayboro.

7:05a A simple message this morning from Cherry Branch Ferry Terminal:

ferry logo WE ARE RUNNING TODAY!
Yesterday we couldn’t get our ramps low enough to the boats. This morning the River has come up and we are on schedule and on time. Come ride with us…

Friday February 7, 2020

5:05p High winds have water levels low. Boats aground. The ferry isn’t operating.

But now – it’s cancelled a food truck. The Kaci Creole Food Truck got flooding (where they are from) and can’t make it to the brewery tonight due to these high winds.

3:57p It’s one of the more popular Sailing Winter Seminars – Darrel Foster leads a session on Diesel Maintenance Saturday, 9:30a at Town Hall. Sponsored by Oriental’s sailing clubs (SCOO, NSA & ODC) – the seminar is free to attend.

Saturday at 3 & 4p Nautical Wheelers has wine tastings – this time the focus is on perfect wines for Valentines Day.

The Pamlico County Library has book and bake sale Saturday, 9a to 2p.

Tonight Kaci Creole food truck rolls in to New Village Brewary, serving from 5 – 7:30p.

It’s all in What’s Happening.

3:50p Winds are less intense, but still are blowing 30-35 mph.

3:41p Power is back for Tideland customers – back about an hour ago.

1:00p High wind so far today at the Oriental Weather Station – 51 mph. At Cherry Branch Ferry Terminal, they report a high wind today of 65mph. The Cherry Branch / Minnesott Ferry is still down due to the weather.

12:01p Low waters have fully revealed the sandbar at the edge of the Pecan Grove Marina channel.

tideland logo11:22a Power is out for Tideland Electric customers near Oriental and for a significant part of Pamlico County. Tideland says there are 1600 homes currently without power.

Power outages are a frequent occurrence during high wind events. Power has remained on (so far) in beautiful downtown Oriental (Duke Energy).

ferry logo9:36a High winds. Low water. The Cherry Branch / Minnesott Ferry has now shut down due to the challenging conditions.

We have new high wind peak – 49mph at 9:22a.

9:14a Today’s high wind has matched Thursdays. We hit 47mph at 8:26a. The wind off the harbor is making it difficult for coffee drinkers to open The Bean front door.

8:37a Water levels are going back down at Cherry Branch:

Low lying trucks, log and grass trucks and low cars will no longer be allowed on M/V Kinnakeet. The River’s water level is rapidly dropping and we are beginning to have vehicles scraping as they cross onto the deck. At this time, M/V Neuse is having no problems and is still able to carry low lying vehicles. Her schedule is fm CB 9,11,12, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30. Fm MB 8:30, 10, 11:30, 12:30, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

8:18a We’re seeing winds regularly blowing in the 30s right now, but a warm day is ahead. Sunny & near 60 today, then reaching down to the mid 30s tonight.

While there is a Gale Warning on the Neuse today, it’s all calm for the weekend ahead. Northwest winds 5-10 knots Saturday, Sunday an easy 5 knots east.

8:11a Winds diminished late last night & overnight, but they are back. High wind so far this morning 44mph (we saw 47mph yesterday). From the Oriental Weather Station, watching the barometer & winds:

click image for the big view

Oriental NC Forecast
Neuse River Marine Forecast
Pamlico Sound Marine Forecast
Newport Morehead City NC Weather Radar
Southeast Weather Radar
National Weather Radar

5:25a Water levels are still low, but they have crept up enough at Cherry Branch that ferry is back in operation. From Sue Kinner:

Cherry Branch Ferries ARE on schedule and on time this morning. Come ride with us.

Thursday February 6, 2020

8:34p The Cherry Branch / Minnesott Ferry is shutting down tonight, due to low water levels. From Sue Kinner at Cherry Branch:

ferry logoThe 830pm run from Cherry Branch and the 9pm from Minnesott will be Cherry Branch Ferries last runs this evening. The winds have blown the water out of our basins and we cannot get our ramps down on the boats. Will update in the morning.

8:14p A wind peak of 47mph just a few minutes ago.

3:38p High wind so far this afternoon now 44mph. It’s crankin’ out there, and is forecast to get even higher late tonight and through just past noon Friday.
Oriental NC Forecast
Neuse River Marine Forecast
Pamlico Sound Marine Forecast
Newport Morehead City NC Weather Radar
Southeast Weather Radar
National Weather Radar

Tonight isn’t getting that cold – lows in the upper 50s. Friday night winter returns, temperatures forecast to reach the mid 30s.

2:14p How low is the water right now? Low enough that a pelican found a perch near the entrance to Pecan Grove Marina. Take a look at the newly revealed perch:

The Oriental Weather Station recorded a new high wind for today: 42 mph at 1:54p.

10:49a There’s a cold front moving through, bringing rains and strong winds. The Oriental Weather Station registered today’s high wind (so far) at 29 mph at 9:50a.

Those winds are out of the SW, perhaps becoming W winds as the storm moves through. While they might create coastal flooding in places like Ocracoke, in Oriental those same winds create coastal un-flooding. Water levels will be going down.

Winds from the W-SW blow water out of the creeks. The more the wind blows, the more water leaves. On the HarborCam, you can see the pond dragon has run aground.

Over on PecanCam, trained on the channel to Pecan Grove Marina, the sandbar left of the marker is becoming more visible as waters recede.

10:26a Boom. Then a trail of smoke. What’s going on in skies over the Neuse, and over Oriental? Colonel John Rahm USMC (ret.) explains.

8:31a Sad news from the Mannion family. Donna Mannion died peacefully at home Tuesday. She was an avid sailor and recently helped establish the Prayer Gardens at the OUMC Community Labyrinth.

6:52a Today’s high is near 70, but it comes with a 70% chance 100% chance of rain. S winds 15-25 mph today. Tonight, gusts up to 45 mph and a near 100% chance of rain.

Dear reader, there will also be high winds and low water in the marine forecast. Luckily for you, most of it will happen while you’re asleep. The low water advisory is from 10p tonight until 1a tomorrow, while the gale warning begins tonight and extends through Friday afternoon.