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Where There's No Smoke, There's Ire. Letters To The Editor
A Taste Of the Old Theater's 7th Annual. The Story
Scenes From The Final Day Of Racing. The Story
An Appreciation. Letters To The Editor
The Adult Sunfish Worlds Start Today. The Story
Controversy Just Off Shore. Letters To The Editor
Liking Ike. Pet Of The Month
From One Boat To Another. The Story
Magic Cat. The Shipping News
PIctorial: A Changed Low Lying Landscape. The Story
Warning: Salt Water. Letters To The Editor
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Scenes From First OFPMF - Date For Next One Set. The Story
An Unexpected Wall. Letters To The Editor
A Pictorial. The Story
Inspiration: Porches Then And Now. The Story
NCSU Sailpack Team Joins In. The Story
Silent Studio Hound. Pet Of The Month
Intent of Land Swap Raised. Letters To The Editor
A Family's Thanks. Letters To The Editor
The Grass Is Greener. Letters To The Editor
Fishing Ships & Intent Of Land Swap . The Story
Buying Now For The Future. Letters To The Editor
Precautions For Fishermen. Letters To The Editor
Dream of the Fuel Efficient Cruiser. The Shipping News
13 Teams At River Dunes. The Story
Fundraiser Brings 24 Ukes To School. Letters To The Editor
Questions of Why That's Allowed. The Story
Query: How Will Town Board Respond?. Letters To The Editor
Recognizing Action To Protect And Preserve The Coastal Environment. The Story
Trailblazing For Bike Paths. Letters To The Editor
Supporting Pamlico High Golf. The Story
Flight of the Condor. The Shipping News
Readers Come Through. Letters To The Editor
Schools Of Sunfish & FJs On The Neuse. The Story
A Job Well Done. Letters To The Editor
Song, Hats, Seeds. The Story
Pirates, Pageant Queens, Politicians. The Story
34th Annual Croakerfest. The Story
It Takes A Village Time To Prep. The Story
This photo taken last night from SV IL GATTO – Joe Valinoti’s boat. Joe is the instigator/organizer of the Wed Night Races… they have been running about a decade now. Last nights was the final one of the 2014 season… blessed with a magnificent sunset. (Alice McElroy photo)
Thursday October 30, 2014
11:20a Two bits of news from Town Hall.
One: the historic marker about NC’s First Motorized School Bus, thought to have been stolen earlier this week, was actually taken by NC DOT so that it could be primped and repainted. Town Hall checked with DOT initially and was told DOT didn’t know about the sign, but it turns out, the state crews took it to work on it.
Second bit of news in the air, literally is that at this afternoon’s Town Board agenda meeting, the Board may be lifting the ban on burning in Oriental. This would appear to be in response to the backlash in recent days from some folks who say burning is their right and one the Town can’t take away.
Thing is, the Town Board can. The Town banned burning as of last Friday because it gave residents an alternative — a dumpster at the water plant where folks could drop off leaves and branches, a trade-off that the state does in fact allow.
In the face of some of that outcry, the town even said this week that it would pick up branches left at curbside by those who said they couldn’t bring them to the dumpster. “We will take it away for you,” said Town Manager Diane Miller. But Miller adds that for some who complained of the burn ban, “even that wasn’t good enough.”
Town Hall has also heard – more quietly – from others who have appreciated the chance this past week to not breathe in smoke and respiratory irritants and cancer-causing toxins.
Despite the health issue, and cleaner air over Oriental this week, those opposed to the burn ban have been turning up the heat. And Commissioners may be responding to that. Word came this morning that the burn ban as it exists may be killed at this afternoon’s meeting, according to Commissioner Charlie Overcash.
Meanwhile, the Town Manager says the Board has options: lifting the ban entirely, instituting it again and this time as a change to the General Ordinance (not just as a simple vote as the board did at its last meeting) or requiring an Air Quality permit for outside burning.
Opponents of the burn ban are hoping to draw a crowd to the 4p meeting. It is open to all.
9:40a Got a few seconds? Listen here and see if you recognize this voice:
It’s a May Day call the Coast Guard received on October 16 from someone who said their boat was in distress near Dawson’s Creek. The Coast Guard and other emergency responders went out, at no small expense, but found nothing.
They have however, found a similarity with 6 other calls in our area in the past year, all of which were apparently bogus. Here’s another from what the Coast Guard says is the same man.
That the boat was named, Hook Line and Sinker may give pause now, but the Coast Guard has to respond to all calls —- even for questionably named vessels. It isn’t cheap – $150,000 was spent on the searches — and it wastes time and resources.
Do you recognize the voice? The turn of phrase? There’s a $2,000 reward for info leading to the arrest of the person making these false calls. Number to call is 910-343-3880.
Wednesday October 29, 2014
3:34p The Bean is being painted this afternoon… blue. It has been a “moss green” since sometime in the last century. TownDock Senior Management is trying to cope with this radical change.
3:25p Someone swiped something from our town. We want it back. News from Town Hall:
Diane H. Miller
7:56a Folks in Oriental are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of TV weatherman/meteorologist Skip Waters. He was 61. Skip managed to blend the friendly folksy weatherman of years past with a modern meteorologist of today. He was also a frequent MC, judge, guest (whatever was asked) at local charitable events – here are just a few:
When hurricanes came, TownDock.net shared observations with Skip during the storms. He will be much missed.
Skip wouldn’t mind us mentioning the weather now.
Another semi-summer day ahead… highs in the low 80s. After a rainy Thursday cooler autumn weather returns Friday. Over the weekend the evening lows could reach the high 30s.
Tuesday October 28, 2014
10:02a TownDock.net never aspired to be a vital source of yard waste information, but here we are.
From The Town Manager:
If you need assistance to get your debris to the dumpster, please call Town Hall at 249-0555 with your address, leave it at the curb, and we’ll be happy to come get it for you.
6:00a Want to paddle? A group of folks are going out kayaking today, as they do just about every Tuesday and Thursday morning. They meet at 9a at the Wildlife Ramp at the end of Midyette Street. Larry Summers says they put in there or go to another location, depending on where folks want to paddle. For more info or to find out the likely destination of the next kayak outing, call Larry at 675-0467.
Monday October 27, 2014
12:05p TownDock readers speak out… another view on ending yard waste burning.
9:07a It is a light air week ahead – and it was a light air weekend. Those diehard sailors at ODC still sailed – from ODC here are results from Saturday’s Pursuit race:
While QUIXOTIC finished ‘first’, ODC salutes its new members who got out on the water Saturday and became a bona fide part of the Oriental sailing scene. Congratulations to Marshall Tyler, Steve Peters, Don Munn, and Ray Ruppert.
7:46a One more mini-dose of semi-summer… highs today through Wednesday near 80. OK, this morning ain’t summer. 46 degrees the overnight low.
If you like light air lazyyy sailing, this may be your week. The Neuse marine forecast just 5 knot winds today, 5-10 knots the rest of the week.
The weekday sailing events continue… tonight is Open Sailing Night at Bow To Stern. Grab a Sunfish or FJ (Flying Junior) for the night… both are boats that can move in light air. Arrive a bit before 5p. The Wednesday Night Race continues through autumn, just get your boat out and near Marker 1 for the 5p start. Details on both events in What’s Happening.
Saturday October 25, 2014
Wow. Seems like forever since we’ve had this kind of run of clear, dry skies. Our good fortune continues thru and beyond the the weekend, says the Oriental Weather Forecast
The town now has a dumpster where Oriental residents can drop off their yard waste. As part of this autumn pilot program, the board voted for ban on outdoor burning of yard waste. Some welcome fewer carcinogens in the air, but some want the yard burning back.
W Winds 5 Knots
On land, the Oriental Farmers’ Market is the place to shop as local as is possible. They’re out there on Hodges from 8-11a. Fresh produce, honey, eggs, baked goods, crafts. The more detailed list is here.
If you’ve come to the market in the past year to buy one of Phyllis Santinoceto’s hundred flavors of biscotti — or more recently, Sicilian bread or ricotta cheesecake — you’ll want to stop by there today. It’s Phyllis – and her husband Joe’s – last day selling at the market. They are moving to Virginia. A farmers’ market there will be gaining some good biscotti. Here, we may lose some weight…
In other What’s Happening action, Mac McWilliams is playing at Paradise Cove tonight. There’s a potluck, too. OWC has a halloween party for adults tonight. And during the day, Arapahoe United Methodist holds a church bazaar.
A lot more boats are pulling up to the two Town Docks — the original dock on Hodges and the new one next to the Toucan Grill. Snowbird season is here… lots to look at as the visitors tie up.
Friday October 24, 2014
8:43a It may not be quite the same as actually tasting the chili, but you can almost taste some fire in the photos from the 2014 Chili Cook Off.
Mom Nature may be trying the make up for the soggy summer of 2014. A perfect weekend ahead, sunny & 70s. It looks that way for days…
Thursday October 23, 2014
9:33a It may be healthier to deeply breathe in this fall. As of today, no open burning is allowed in Oriental.
That’s because the Town yesterday brought in a dumpster to the water plant, at Gilgo and Windward, where residents of Oriental may drop off their yard waste. Town Manager Diane Miller told the Town Board at a recent meeting that if the Town gives residents this place to dispose of branches and leaves, the Town can say no to open burning. The Board voted to ban the burning while this pilot program is in place.
This also helps town residents who didn’t burn, but would schlepp their yard waste to the dump in Grantsboro, which charged by the pound. The yard waste dumpster at the water plant is open only to Town residents, whose taxes pay for it, and not to those who live outside the Oriental town limits. More details here.
7:10a A change is on the way. It involves a resetting of clocks, but it’s not the end of Daylight Saving Time switcheroo in a week and a half. No, Bunky, we’re talking about a more monumental time-shifting.
It is this: the Spirit of Christmas parade on December 13 will be starting at 1p. Paul, in his subtle way, explains:
Parademeister Paul Fairbanks says the reason the parade used to start late in the afternoon, was because a tree would be lit in LouMac park right afterward. But that’s no longer an issue. And besides, says Paul, a 1p start will keep little kids from freezing in the fading light and sometimes chilly temps that marked the parade when it started in the late afternoon. So, mark those calendars.
And put on your holiday theme thinking cap. Paul says he’s tired of coming up with themes for the parade, so he’s asking you to make suggestions. Details on that are coming…
Meanwhile – check out some Spirit Memories:
- Spirit Of Christmas 2013
- Spirit Of Christmas Parade 2012
- Spirit Of Christmas 2011
- Spirit Of Christmas 2010
- Spirit Of Christmas 2009 – the last year with Larry Walker as Santa
We’ve got a bunch of things going on in coming days. For starters, today’s the first day of early voting. Tomorrow’s flu shot day at Town Hall. Hope Clinic serves up BBQ chicken for lunch, Friday. Friday night’s the Old Theater’s Friday Flick, Something Wicked This Way Comes to tie in with Halloween (not, we think, election day.)
On Saturday, Arapahoe United Methodist holds a bazaar, Oriental’s Farmers’ Market’s going on, ODC has a pursuit race, St Thomas Episcopal offers a Low Country Boil, Oriental Woman’s Club presents a Halloween party for adults, Paradise Cove’s potlucking it. All of the details are in What’s Happening.
Wednesday October 22, 2014
More autumn weather today says the Oriental Weather Forecast.
In What’s Happening, you’ll find a mid-week farmers market on Hodges from 8-11 today. Baked goods – bread, biscotti plus caramel for starters – for sale. It’s the last Wednesday Phyllis will be there as she’s moving. Stock up on a lotta biscotti now.
A lot of photos of the recent Sunfish Worlds are up…
Stay At The Oriental Marina Inn
Puppies looking for Furever homes
Cherry Dining Room Table
Sweet, little black dog
3rd. Annual Coconut Regatta
Catalina 30 Tall Rig
Jeff's Diving and Salvage, buying boats and parts
3BR/3.5BA Waterfront in Bell Point / Merritt
Avon Sea Rider RIB
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