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Scenes From A Nautical Flea Market:

From One Boat To Another. The Story


Magic Cat. The Shipping News

High Water Comes, Again:

PIctorial: A Changed Low Lying Landscape. The Story

Letters: Sodium Content On Hodges:

Warning: Salt Water. Letters To The Editor

Letters: Thanks For Ol' Front Porch Music Fest Success:

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Ol' Front Porch Music Festival:

Scenes From First OFPMF - Date For Next One Set. The Story

Letters: Fenced In:

An Unexpected Wall. Letters To The Editor

The Porches Of Oriental's Ol' Front Porch Music Fest:

A Pictorial. The Story

Oriental's First Ol' Front Porch Music Festival:

Inspiration: Porches Then And Now. The Story

2014 Greens Creek Challenge:

NCSU Sailpack Team Joins In. The Story

Miss September 2014 - Mooky:

Silent Studio Hound. Pet Of The Month

Letters: On Call To Let Trawling Ships At Town Docks:

Intent of Land Swap Raised. Letters To The Editor

Letters: Love Letter To Oriental:

A Family's Thanks. Letters To The Editor

Letter: In Defense Of Summer:

The Grass Is Greener. Letters To The Editor

Board Asked To Change Law On Trawlers At Town Docks:

Fishing Ships & Intent Of Land Swap . The Story

Letter: Shopping Local At Town-n-Country:

Buying Now For The Future. Letters To The Editor

Local Fisherman Infected With Waterborne Bacteria:

Precautions For Fishermen. Letters To The Editor


Dream of the Fuel Efficient Cruiser. The Shipping News

Dragon Boat Festival 2014:

13 Teams At River Dunes. The Story

Letter of Thanks for Ukuleles:

Fundraiser Brings 24 Ukes To School. Letters To The Editor

Big Trawlers At New Town Dock:

Questions of Why That's Allowed. The Story

Letters: Large Trawlers At New Town Dock:

Query: How Will Town Board Respond?. Letters To The Editor

Propst Gets NC Coastal Pelican Award:

Recognizing Action To Protect And Preserve The Coastal Environment. The Story

Letters: Remembering Margaret Madgwick:

Trailblazing For Bike Paths. Letters To The Editor

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

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A piling at Oriental Harbor Marina, bathed in a dusk light.

Wednesday October 1, 2014

Condolences go out to Sam Alitto, whose wife Suzy died on Sunday. For several years, Suzy was in many plays at Oriental’s Old Theater. She played a cop. She played a trucker. She wore a tiara in another production. Suzy liked the stage. Her friend, Lynn Whalen remembers that in one play, she had to stand backstage and literally “hold on to the apron strings” of Suzy’s costume, so anxious was she to hit the boards.

A few years ago, Suzy was diagnosed with cancer and at Leukemia Cup races in recent years, friends said they were sailing for Suzy. On Sunday, Suzy passed away at the hospital in Greenville. She was 66.

A viewing is set for tomorrow at Bryant Funeral Home in Alliance from 4-6p, with a service to celebrate her life starting at 6p. Sam asks that in lieu of flowers, donations in Suzy’s memory be sent to the American Cancer Society.

Starting at noon today, you may notice more military planes overhead and more radio traffic on the ground. The Marines are in town – in civilian garb – for a five hour exercise. Oriental’s the staging ground.

If you missed the Nautical Flea Market on Saturday, you can still see some photos of the exotica nautica that was up for sale…

Tuesday September 30, 2014

The Oriental Weather Forecast has today thru Friday as partly cloudy but no chance of rain. For four (4) days. Highs only in the upper 70’s for most of that. It seems ages since we’ve had a run of clear, dry, not too hot weather. Would be nice if that streak held out thru the weekend.

Saturday is the Neuse River Solo Race, which last year was amended to include, in a separate competition, double-handed crews. There was a stipulation — the combined ages of the 2 crew members had to add up to at least 150. That worked – it got more folks out on the water than would take on a solo race – and so they’re doing it again. Solo, or duet, there’s still time to sign up for Saturday’s race.

Next week, the big Sunfish World Championships are coming to the Oriental area. They’ll be happening out on the river, and will be based out of Camps Seagull and Seafarer. It’s bringing together the top Sunfish racers from around the world and runs from Oct 8 thru the following weekend, Oct 17-18.

There’ve been a lot of Sunfish on the waters here this year. For a taste of what’s to come… here’s TownDock’s coverage – with lots of photos – of the Sunfish Masters championship races earlier this summer.

Monday September 29, 2014

As if the air weren’t moist enough — there’s a chance of rain today – and tomorrow – in the Oriental Weather Forecast. That wet from this summer is lingering and air conditioning isn’t keeping up with it.

The folks at Prime Time, which offers a range of services for seniors, is presenting a workshop tomorrow on Safe Driving For Seniors. The session is free and aims to help with the particulars that go with driving while aging. A former NC Highway patrolman will be offering tips and reminders — which we all can use, no matter the age. More info is here.

A reminder that on Wednesday, Oriental is the backdrop for a training exercise by the Marines. They’ll be, we are told, “in civilian attire”. They’ll be the ones carrying hand-held radios.

On Thursday this week, a different thing entirely. Marsha’s Cottage hosts a Kickoff To Fall — new lines of clothing, cosmetic makeovers, — basically, a day of pampering yourself. Starts at 10a.

And a week and a half from now, on Thursday night October 9, TownDock.net, the Pamlico News and Pamlico Community College are presenting a candidates forum at PCC starting at 7p. The GOP and Democratic candidates for State House, State Senate and Pamlico Sherrif are taking part. Democratic candidate for Congress, Marshall Adame has also agreed to be there. It’s a chance to hear what the candidates have to say about their run for office and their stands on some of the issues.

Sunday September 28, 2014

10:03a Some sad news to pass along. We received word this morning that Ashton Whipple has died. His friend Marvin Bullock wrote in to say that Ashton, who’s been living in Florida the past five years, took a fall Friday night and passed away this morning. He was in his mid-80’s. As Marvin put it,

Oriental was his home for the best years of his life. I learned a lot from that man.

It was in his retirement in Oriental that Ashton found and honed his gift with watercolors. A few years ago, just as he was moving away from here, a retrospective of his work took place on the porch at Marsha’s Cottage. The story is here.

8:34a Another non-rain day. A tinge warmer than yesterday, with a high of 80 in the Oriental Weather Forecast But don’t expect any great drying out – which we need – cos there’s a chance of rain for the three days after today. Plus, winds out of the north. What water doesn’t come from the sky, will push its way down the Sound.

Saturday September 27, 2014

6:48a A beautiful day is ahead. It is actually forecast not to rain. Sun, high 70s. Dry. Enjoy.

Cable TV and internet service is down this morning for Time Warner users. Bill Wheeler writes in:

Just got off the phone with Time Warner. There is a major outage in Oriental and in the Wilmington service area that includes Oriental. Our home Internet is down. The tv is frozen (think freeze frame) at 1:35 am on all the channels. Phone and Internet from TW are down at the store. We will use alternative bank card processing if needed. Sue at TW Business Class assures me that all efforts are being used to resolve the technical issues.

Friday September 26, 2014

Avast, matey. You don’t have to commit piracy to get a good deal on outfitting your boat. Saturday’s the Nautical Flea Market – starts at 8a – out in front of the Provision Company.

For the more landlubber approach, the Oriental Farmers’ Market will be happening right next door on Hodges. (You can get a preview of what’s for sale there, here.) Good deals all around….

Our latest Shipping News profiles Felix, the wonderful, wonderful cat.

Meanwhile, if you can’t wait til tomorrow to go treasure hunting for all the cool finds at the flea and farmers’ markets, take a look at the TownDock.net Classfieds.

Thursday September 25, 2014

6:55a If you are heading out by car or boat… there is a bit of fog this morning. Water levels are down again… you can actually see the pavement on Hodges Street.

Northeast winds continue, however. They are light today, but stronger winds Saturday will likely see some higher water levels again. The peak water levels (at just over 2 feet) were early yesterday morning.