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The 2014 British Open at Minnesott :

Supporting Pamlico High Golf. The Story


Flight of the Condor. The Shipping News

Letter: Thanks From Hope Clinic:

Readers Come Through. Letters To The Editor

Croaker Regatta 2014:

Schools Of Sunfish & FJs On The Neuse. The Story

Letters: Croakerfest 2014:

A Job Well Done. Letters To The Editor

Scenes From Croakerfest 2014:

Song, Hats, Seeds. The Story

Croakerfest 2014 Parade:

Pirates, Pageant Queens, Politicians. The Story

Croakerfest 2014 Schedule:

34th Annual Croakerfest. The Story

Oriental Gets Ready For Hurricane Arthur:

It Takes A Village Time To Prep. The Story

Cardboard Boat Regatta:

First Annual at Paradise Cove Marina. The Story

Letters: Stop Tolls On the Ferries, Year 3:

Once Again, Lawmakers Need Reminding. Letters To The Editor

Far Niente :

Doing Nothing But Fueling Up. The Shipping News

State Bar Injunction On Bill Sage:

Keeps Attorney From "Any Fiduciary Capacity" Until "Further Order From The Court". The Story

Letters: Remove All Ferry Tolls:

The Economic Benefits To North Carolina. Letters To The Editor

Leukemia Cup Regatta 2014:

4th Annual Raises $140,000. The Story

Glenda's House Of Alterations:

Don't Alter Glenda's. Drawing The Town

2014 Sunfish Masters In Oriental:

Ongoing Effort To Host More Races. The Story

Silospalooza 2014:

Playing in the Parking Lot. The Story

Lightnings Strike Again In Oriental:

Return of Southeast Regionals. The Story

Letters: Literacy Tutors Seeking Students:

Reading Lessons. Letters To The Editor

Letters: Recycling :

No Room at The Bins. Letters To The Editor

Art on the Neuse 2014:

Tradition Of Giving A Start on the Neuse. The Story

18.9 Nautical Miles Sailor - ODC's Long Distance Race:

ODC Results From May 10. The Story

Primary Vote Results:

Sawyer Wins Sheriff's Primary In Pamlico. The Story

Primary Elections Ballot Guide 2014:

Who Is On The Ballott May 6. The Story

Primadonna's Latest Controversy:

Scavenging, Wrecking or Theft?. The Story

Oriental Boat Show 2014 Working Skiff:

Boat Made & Raffled Off. The Story

Scenes From The Oriental Boat Show 2014:

Rotary's Move To In-Town Show A Success. The Story

Boat Show 2014 - Hope Floats In:

Paddling 200+ Miles of Neuse To Oriental . The Story

Oriental Boat Show Nautical Flea Market:

Open Air Museum. The Story

Launching A Jeep:

Check your parking brake. The Story

Cycle NC 2014 Ride in Oriental:

1100 Cyclists, Many Wheels, One Dragon. The Story

Wurlitzer: Work Goes On:

Update on Red Lee Jukebox At Oriental Museum. The Story

Voter Registration Deadline Looms, Fewer Early Voting Hours:

Changes To Voting Laws Go Beyond Photo ID. The Story

Board Says No SUP for Extended Deck :

Calling A Deck A Deck. The Story

Oriental Local Knowledge:

A Readers' Guide On What To Look For. The Story

Window Shopping:

Like Ships In A Bottle. The Story

Chowder Cookoff 2014:

Scenes From The Competition. The Story

The Friday Morning Ladies:

What Happens At Brantley's, Stays At Brantley's. Drawing The Town

Passing The Hat For Pat:

A Good Response To Bad Check. The Story

Hope Clinic Ball 2014:

Annual Ball Is The Hope Clinic's Largest Fundraiser. The Story

Sailing Movies Worth Watching:

The Best. The Worst. Sometimes They Are The Same.. The Story

Letters: Croakerfest:

. Letters To The Editor

Scenes Of The Snow:

Third Fall In As Many Weeks Covers Oriental. The Story

Superbowl 2014 - TownDock Makes The Call:

Six Legs Of Experience. TownDock TV

ducks new town dock
Two ducks survey the early morning scene at the end of the new Town Dock. The birds are regularly seen paddling around the harbor and they’ve quickly incorporated the new structure in to their cruising routine. In the background, the fishing vessel “Mary Margaret”, one of many shrimping trawlers that had brought their hauls to Garland Fulcher Seafood this weekend.

Monday July 28, 2014

7:32a If you regularly check out TownDock’s Hurricane Tracking page you may have noticed it looks a bit different now. We are taking advantage of new data available from NOAA – the standard two day Tropical Weather Outlook is now Five (5) days.

hurricane trackingFor example, this morning there is a disturbance southwest of the Cape Verde Islands (near Africa). While it has a 30% chance of becoming a tropical system in the next 48 hours – NOAA data indicates a 70% chance in the next 5 days. On the graphic the X marks where the disturbance is, the red shaded area the area where it would likely be when (or if) it becomes a tropical system.

This tool gives you a better “heads up” about any potential tropical systems.

If this morning’s “disturbance” does become a tropical system, and gathers enough strength to be named… the next 2014 name is Bertha. It is too early for useful computer models, but it initially appears it would head through the Caribbean, with Florida a more likely target than our shores.

If Bertha seems a familiar name – a hurricane named Bertha landed at Wilmington NC in 1996, then heading inshore through eastern NC (it passed west of Oriental).

Saturday July 26, 2014

8:50a If your life’s one anchor (or dinghy, mosquito net or brass scale) short of perfection, there’s still time to set things right. The Nautical Fleamarket runs ‘til noon. In front of the Provision Company.

Just down the street at the Farmers’ Market, plenty of honey, sausage, watermelons and fresh produce are to be had. Nothing like some just-harvested veg to go with that Rocna anchor you didn’t know you needed. Come on down.

Friday July 25, 2014

On the Saturday list: Nautical Fleamarket Saturday morning at the Provision Company. The Farmers’ Market will be underway at the same time right next to the Fleamarket on Hodges St. PCC holds its “Fresh Start” Open House Saturday from 10a-2p. ghost walk

Saturday night, take a stroll into the paranormal – Dale Montgomery’s Ghost Walk starts at 8:30p near the dinghy dock. Dale has collected numerous stories that really do explore the history of Oriental and the area… it’s a good mix of storytelling with a dash of nocturnal fear. More details about all these events are in What’s Happening.

Walmart is in the news this morning – Walmart America’s CEO Bill Simon is leaving the company. Simon has a second home at River Dunes. walmart express

Last year, there had been some conjecture that Simon’s occasional local presence was what led to Oriental getting a Walmart Express (it opened in May just a few feet from the Oriental town limits). While possible, Walmart did indeed announce two years ago that North Carolina was going to be the test market for deployment of the new smaller stores (there are now about 20 of the Express stores around the state).

Re Simon’s departure, there is a relatively kind article in the Wall St Journal – and a not-so-nice story in Forbes.

Meanwhile, back in Oriental. A chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Saturday looks like it should avoid getting wet. On the water, light winds.

Thursday July 24, 2014

claret jug11:52a This past weekend golf was in the news. At The British Open some young whippersnapper named Rory McIlroy whupped up on Tiger Woods, and won the Open and the Claret Jug.

But that wasn’t the only British Open. At the same time, there was a British Open (well, maybe slightly less British) at Minnesott Golf & CC. It beat that other Open… two Claret Jugs were awarded.

6:59a Monohull or multihull? Cat or tri? It’s a discussion/argument often heard at The Bean. It gets about as many converts as a Baptist vs Episcopalian debate, but we humans have to argue about something. A recent Town Dock visitor spurred some new dialogue… a 40 foot tri named Jaz.

Prepare to get wet today… 70% chance of rain. Thunderstorms possible this morning, but quite likely this afternoon. Highs into the upper 80s.

OK, Bunky. You’re trying to move up in the world, to put some extra gait in your step. Today is the day. The Dragon Boat practice is at 6p. The Drumming Dragons beat their drums at 7p. The UHOOs (Ukulele Hoalohas of Oriental) play at 3:30p. More info in What’s Happening. Carry On…

Tuesday July 22, 2014

4:01p A letter of thanks to pass along from Hope Clinic.

10:11a Some sad news to share. Fred Mahlstedt has passed away. Edward Mays writes in to say that Fred died on Friday after heart surgery at Carolina East. Fred and his wife, Pat moved to Oriental 20 years ago from Miller Place, NY on Long Island.

Edward pays tribute to his friend:

Fred was known all around town. He never met a stranger and when asked where he was from, loved to tell people, with his New York accent, that hewas born and raised in North Carolina. Didn’t get too many takers on that.

Fred was a fixture at the Village Club and when he could, The Silos. He always had a joke or tease for those who worked there. Fred loved his dogs. He lost his 15-year-old “Truffie” a few months back. His daughter, Pattie, shared one of her dogs, Tank, with him and he couldn’t have enjoyed him more. Fred was a good friend with a big heart. He would do anything for anyone. He will be missed.

Fred Mahlstedt was 80 and is survived by his wife Pat, one son and three daughters and 9 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to PAWS and Pamlico EMS.

Coming up this Saturday Pamlico Community College holds a Fresh Start open house to share info about the courses being offered in the fall semester. Also, details on financial aid and other details for those thinking of attending the school…

Want to play the ukulele? Oriental’s uke group, the UHOOs have fine-tuned their practice schedule. They’re now rehearsing on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at Sea Harbour. Do they welcome more uke players – even beginners? That’s a resounding, four-stringed ‘Yes’ you just heard. Details here….

For more of what’s going on in Oriental, visit our What’s Happening page. There’s on ever updated list of events coming up as well as — when you scroll down — a listing of weekly happenings that are ongoing.

Monday July 21, 2014

A real page-turner, this week’s Oriental Weather Forecast High mid 80’s and chance of rain. That’s today. That’s tomorrow. Wednesday, brace yourself for some variety. Temps will be up around 89 with a chance of rain. Ditto, Thursday. Friday and Saturday (contain your excitement further if you can) High of mid-80s with chance of rain.

There’s news from ODC:

The Oriental Dinghy Club PHRF fleet held its final races of the early series for the 2014 season. Joe Valinoti and his IL GATTO crew showed why, year-after-year, they’re the boat to beat in ODC PHRF Division 2. He won races Saturday edging out Joe Mattea’s OLD GLORY for 1st place for the season’s first series.

In Division 3, WATER PHANTOM, skippered by Charlie Nelson, also had 2 bullets on Saturday to take 1st for the early season.

Brian Brown, sailing his Moore 24, NEVERMORE, had two 1st places on Saturday but, Jim Flaherty’s J70, SHAMROCK, had enough of a lead in Division 4 to hold on to 1st place for the early series.

Sunday July 20, 2014

Rinse and repeat, repeat, repeat. Your Oriental Weather Forecast calls for high of 85 and chance of rain/thunder. Same thru Tuesday.

Oriental’s History Museum’s presenting a way to get a rare view of Oriental with the aerial photos in the Come Fly With Me exhibit. New photos taken from the sky and some older ones to compare them to. There’s even one where you can mark where your house is. It’s free, though donations always welcomed. There’s also a handmade wooden chest being raffled — great holiday gift — which you can see and buy tickets for. Proceeds all go to help the museum with its operations…