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Letters: Burning Yard Waste:

Where There's No Smoke, There's Ire. Letters To The Editor

Chili Cookoff 2014:

A Taste Of the Old Theater's 7th Annual. The Story

2014 Sunfish Worlds:

Scenes From The Final Day Of Racing. The Story

Letters: Walking With Ghosts:

An Appreciation. Letters To The Editor

Venezuelan David Gonzalez Arria Wins 2014 Sunfish Youth Worlds:

The Adult Sunfish Worlds Start Today. The Story

Letters: Gill Netting In Oriental's Creeks:

Controversy Just Off Shore. Letters To The Editor

Mister October 2014 - Eisenhower :

Liking Ike. Pet Of The Month

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:

Thanks... Letters To The Editor

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

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Fish in a grill, one of many versions that local artists have been painting, some of which you can see tomorrow at the Fine Crafts Show put on by the Village Gallery and the OWC Garden Club. A few dozen area artisans will have a range of three dimensional art for sale at OWC from 9a-3p. .

Friday October 31, 2014

It could rain today, but maybe not on that Halloween Parade this evening, according to the Oriental Weather Forecast. High in the mid-60’s today and in to the 40’s tonight

Along with the trick or treaters who flock in to Oriental on Halloween, you’ll be able to take your own ghost walk tonight. Ghostwalker Dale Montgomery’s venturing out at 8:30 and 11:30 . Elsewhere in What’s Happening, Paradise Cove has a Halloween party tonight.

You can get in your early voting today until 5p or tomorrow from 8a-1p.

Oriental’s Town Board in a 3-0 vote yesterday rescinded the ban on outdoor burning of yard waste. The issue has smoldered for the one week the ban was in place. The dumpster the Town set up for residents to drop off yard waste will remain, but the Board decided that the dumpster and the curbside pickup of branches and leaves from those who couldn’t get to the dumpster wasn’t enough to ban burning.

In some quarters, lifting the ban spells a victory for those who took a position of it’s-my-right-to-do-in-my-yard-as-we’ve-always-done-so-don’t-regulate-me. Smoke, however, doesn’t know a property’s boundaries, and for others in Oriental, the Town Board yesterday knowingly gave the okay for residents to once again emit toxins, respiratory irritants and carcinogens in to their neighbors yards.

The Board said it would look at a ban once the dumpster pilot program is over, in about 90 days. The Town Manager noted that there are restrictions on the books about open burning — one must always be with the fire, have a hose, and be no closer than 50 feet from a building. Violations may be reported to the fire marshal.

The Board meets again Tuesday night.

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.

Click here to download EPA’s information document about the various toxins that go up — not just over the burner’s yard but in to his or her neighbor’s homes.

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:

Please see attached photo of an historic marker that was stolen from the Town of Oriental last evening. If anyone receives inquiry about its sale or disposal, please contact local law enforcement and me. We would be grateful if you would kindly redistribute this request to anyone you think might become the end receiver of such an object, so we can get it back where it should be as soon as possible. Thank you for your effort and assistance.
Diane H. Miller
Town Manager

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.

It’s Wednesday Night Sail Race time. Light 5-10 knot winds on the Neuse today. Get your big sails out and take a lazy run tonight.

Tuesday October 28, 2014

town hall sign10:02a TownDock.net never aspired to be a vital source of yard waste information, but here we are.

From The Town Manager:

The first dumpster for green waste is almost full. GDS will be changing it out either this afternoon or tomorrow morning. Because some folks are having trouble getting the debris up and over the edge, they will turn the rolloff around with the new delivery and leave the end open so that you can literally walk into it. It will help tremendously if you’d be so kind as to put it in the new container as close to the rear as possible.

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:

The saying goes, ‘…great sailors finish first in light wind races…’. That held true on Saturday for ODC’s 2nd Pursuit Race of 2014. Art Tierney & crew aboard s/v QUIXOTIC finished first on a day when a very light & intermittent NW wind was made even more challenging by an unusual light upriver current. By the time the racers were approaching the leeward mark, a sea breeze resulted in boats having to beat to the leeward leg.

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.

Out on the river, ODC has a pursuit race going on. It may be a slow pursuit – the marine forecast says west winds at 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…

On the water 10-15 knot winds today, then lighter air Saturday & Sunday.

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:

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.