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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



Going for the hands-free watermelon consumption method at the Bond’s annual Watermelon Sunday. The event has been going for 52 years, started by Oriental resident Fay Bond and her late husband John. Fay, who will be 99 in September, was still cutting up and serving watermelon. (Click for the big view and more from Sunday.)

Monday August 15, 2022

2:59p A dredging barge has been docked in Oriental Harbor some time. It’s back at work this week, this time at Oriental Marina & Inn. Tom McElheney told TownDock.net this is a maintenance dredge, intended to deepen the slips to 6 1/2 feet.

Take a look at the dredge in action today:

McElheney expects dredging to be finished before the weekend, barring any unexpected delays.

1:51p Candidate for US Senate Cheri Beasley will be at the Pamlico Heritage Center today from 3- 4p as part of her Standing Up For NC Tour.

Click here to find out more and register to attend.

10:24a Oriental’s own Dragon Boat Racing Team, The Dragon Masters, won this weekend’s Dragon Boat Races at River Dunes.

Dragon Master crew member Darlene Marquart said her crew’s average age was in the high sixties. Their youngest crew member is 42.

The Dragon Masters beat out eight other teams for the win, including two teams of Marines. Story coming.

Cooler weather ahead, and some rain. High temps near 80 today and 80% chance of thunderstorms tomorrow. High temps are forecast to range between low to mid eighties for the rest of the week.

Sunday August 14, 2022

High in the mid 80s. Winds out of the northwest around 10 mph. It’s a good day to enjoy watermelon at the Bonds’.

It’s an annual tradition – the 52nd year. And everyone is invited. It’s even at a reasonable time – 4p.

The Watermelon feast can be found on the lawn across from John Bond (aka Minuscule) Beach on Neuse Drive.

Friday August 12, 2022

11:01a The Oriental Weather Station reports about a quarter of an inch of rain has fallen today. So far.

After weeks of near 90 degree weather and heat indexes ranging between 100 and 110, today’s rain may be viewed as a welcome respite.

And it looks like it will be with us most of the day. Take a look at the TownDock Radar:


click radar image for animated view

Saturday and Sunday are forecast to be rain free with highs in the mid 80s.

10:10a Watermelon, the Dragon’s Breath Regatta and the Dragon Boat races, and live music; there’s a lot going on in Oriental.

At the Brewery, Big Jim Kohler Band plays from 6-8p has cancelled due to rain, Meraki Mediterranean Food Truck serves from 3-8p. Brant Island Strings is onstage at the Red Rooster at 7p.

Saturday is the Dragons’ Breath Regatta on the Neuse and the Dragon Boat Races in Grace Harbor.

Sunday, everyone (visitors and residents alike) is invited to enjoy Watermelon at the Bonds’ at 4p.

It’s all in What’s Happening.

Thursday August 11, 2022

10:42a In 2010, the first Dragon Boat race was held in Oriental. These long, low boats held rows of paddlers, a steer person to guide the direction, and a drummer to help keep a steady beat.

In 2010, they raced in the water (and waves) off Lou Mac Park. It occasionally resulted in scenes like this:

The event has since moved to the calmer waters of Grace Harbor at River Dunes. Races are this Saturday, August 13. Captain’s Meetings start at 8a, followed by opening ceremonies, parade of boats and more.

Races begin around 9:45a. The event is free, but consider bringing along a non-perishable food item to donate to Pamlico County Fish & Loaves.

Check out the first Dragon Boat race in Oriental here.

8:05a The tropical wave west of Africa, Invest 97, ain’t gonna become a storm. From NHC:

Development of this system is not expected due to unfavorable environmental conditions while it moves west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph during the next few days.
• Formation chance through 48 hours…low…near 0 percent.
• Formation chance through 5 days…low…near 0 percent.
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.