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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

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

alligator shikoluk
In Minnesott, an alligator catches some autumnal rays. Jan and Sheldon Shikoluk took a photo of this gator – from a respectful distance – a few days ago while on their way to Wayfarers Cove Marina. It’s there most days, they say. An alligator has also been seen from time to time at the nearby golf course. The Shikoluks say this one is a baby of a much larger parent. (Click here for another view.)

Tuesday October 21, 2014

We may have entered The Big Dry Out. Check the Oriental Weather Forecast It’s partly cloudy today and tomorrow and then a streak of big, bright, beautiful yellow suns all the way thru the weekend. Temps in the 60’s’ and 70’s. Woo. Hoo. At. Last.

In those stiflingly hot days of summer, we all look for a little shade to cool down. Oriental’s Tree Board is trying to provide more shade — and make the town look better, too. The Tree Board’s going to be planting more trees soon and as part of its planning, is asking homeowners if they’d like a tree or two (or three) in the rights of way in front of their homes. Among the trees are live oaks, crape myrtles, lacebark elms, redbud, to name a few. There’s no charge — it’s just what the tree board volunteers do. For more info on how to get a tree on your street, click here.

Meanwhile, Oriental’s History Museum is working to expand its Sailing Capital of NC display. As part of that ramp up, the Museum’s asking if the public has any local racing memorabilia and photos going back the half century since sailors started coming to Oriental. Old charts of this area, marina ads, older cruising guides that mention Oriental are welcome, too.

Also, to show how navigation has changed, the museum would like to have a sextant and a Walker Log (that measures distance over the water when you didn’t have an electronic knot meter.) If you have any of these items and would like to donate them, the Oriental’s History Museum would greatly appreciate it. Drop Sarah Goodnight a line at museum@dockline.net

And there’s sailing in the future, too. ODC’s put together a pursuit race this Saturday. They’ll even put someone who knows about racing on your boat if you’re new to it all. They’d like to know by tomorrow so they can make those arrangements….

Elsewhere in What’s Happening… one more mid-week Farmers’ Market tomorrow morning.

Monday October 20, 2014

7:20a Autumn temps have finally consistently arrived. Sunny near 70 today… bouncing between mid 70s and mid 60s the rest of the week.

Storm Gonzalo finally became Post Tropical Sunday… the speedy storm (dubbed “Speedy Ganzalo”) visited Newfoundland Sunday after hitting Bermuda Friday (remnants expected near Scotland later today). It traveled north at 45mph… that is a crazy fast moving storm.

As we go from AC to flipping on the heat, today’s Dock Quote applies. Especially tonight..

Sunday October 19, 2014

1:22p Dutch sailor Martijn is visiting at the Town Dock aboard Prinses Mia (click here to learn and see more about Martijn & the boat). For Sunday HarborCam is zoomed in so you can get a better look at the handsome sailing vessel.

7:31a The Old Theater’s 7th Annual Chili Cook-Off brought a lot of folks out to the Oriental Marina for a fine fall day and 13 kinds of chili. The winner — as picked by a panel of 3 judges and by the public voting — was the chili served up Seacoast Marine Electronics. That was a first. In previous years of the cookoff, no chili had ever won over both the judge trio and the popular vote.

There were a variety of chilis to try – salsa verde pork, a beef with lime, a beanless chili, some peach and mango inflected chili, and one that tasted like beef bourguignon (whose secret ingredient was not, in fact wine, but, we were told, copious amounts of Yeungling Black and Tan.) We’ll have more on the chili fest and photos.

Also coming, photos from the Sunfish Worlds.

But wait, Buckeroo, the weekend’s not over.. It may be Sunday, but more’s going on. Bryan Mayer’s playing at Paradise Cove this afternoon. And here in Oriental, this afternoon and evening there are 2 events just steps from each other.

Tonight at 6:30, HarborSounds puts on a show of music and history — The History of Bluegrass — at Oriental United Methodist Church. Come on by. No charge, but pie will be served and donations appreciated — it goes to the church’s fund for lots of projects in town.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church holds a fashion show — Home Town Fashions — starting at 2:30p.

More events on the horizon. Take a peek at What’s Happening A new listing is next Saturday’s ODC Pursuit Race, to bring out the racer in you….More here.

Saturday October 18, 2014

We have a beautiful fall day.. The Oriental Weather Forecast gives us a high in the upper 70’s and a crispness in the air — even more in coming days as winds clock around and come at us from the north.

But about today — it’s a go-outside-and-breathe-it-in kinda day. What your schnozz may be picking up, down by the harbor, is the smell of chili. 13 kinds of chili. The makings of the Old Theater’s 7th Annual Chili Cookoff. Starts at 11, runs til 2p. Keeps the Old Theater running.

To wash that down — if you’re 21 or older — Nautical Wheelers is expanding its wine tasting today. It’s still on from 3-5, but you needn’t wait til then. They’re pouring samples of 6 wines from early afternoon. Amble by their lawn on Broad Street after tasting and judging the chili.

Chill and chili may not be the only things in the air as Halloween approaches …. Don Mau has written in in praise of the Ghost Walk in Oriental. There’s another Ghost Walk tonight…..and on other nights thru Halloween.

Oriental’s Rotary is busy today. It has a nautical flea market from 11a-5p and it’s serving up its BBQ Chicken dinner from 5-7p

Friday October 17, 2014

9:35a OK. Another action-packed October weekend ahead. In case you need the phrase explained, in a town of 900, “action-packed” means something is happening.

And something is.

Saturday is the annual Chili Cook Off, 11a-2p on the grounds of Oriental Marina. The Chili Cook Off is a fundraiser for Oriental’s fine Old Theater. Chefs cook up chili and compete for fame and modest fortune. There are 13 teams set to compete:

Also Saturday, Rotary BBQ Chicken Dinner, Ghost Walk… and Sunday Bryan Mayer makes music at Paradise Cove. All the details in What’s Happening.

7:23a Update – ad gone. It sold too quickly. This morning’s creative/honest writing award goes to Monty Brumbles for an ad titled Run down dinghy and possessed Mercury.

6:46a Bermuda may seem far away, but in a way they are neighbors. Head out Beaufort Inlet, sail east… and the first land you’ll find is Bermuda.

This morning Bermuda is bracing for a visit from what looks like a brutally powerful hurricane. Hurricane Gonzalo thankfully downgraded to Category 3 (from 4) early this morning. But at Category 3, the storm still brings 135mph winds. Our thoughts are with Bermuda today.

Hurricane Gonzalo links:
Hurricane Gonzalo Tracking Chart
Hurricane Gonzalo Forecaster’s Discussion & Computer Models
Hurricane Gonzalo Public Advisory

Life is calmer here in eastern North Carolina… a perfect weekend ahead. Sunshine, today mid 70s, Saturday near 80, Sunday cooler autumn air, mid 60s.

Thursday October 16, 2014

5:26p Argentinian Francisco Renna has won the 2014 Sunfish Worlds. In 2nd place Jean Paul de Trazegnies of Peru, 3rd place to American Conner Blouin from Maryland.

We had some local sailors in the Sunfish Worlds. George Midyette placed 52nd overall – his best finish was today’s final race where George placed 22nd. Ken “Turtle” Midyette placed 61st overall. Young Kara Wheeler 68th.

Rob Eberle from New Bern placed 48th (Rob frequently sails locally in events like the Greens Creek Challenge).

Mott Parks Blair from Wallace, NC (near Wilmington) finished 36th overall – his family keeps a larger sailboat in Oriental (Sunfish are challenging to sleep on).

Click here for complete results from the 72 competing sailors.

4:34p Results from race 9 – the final Sunfish race of the day (and perhaps of the 2014 Worlds). 1st place Jean Paul de Trazegnies of Peru, coming in 2nd American Conner Blouin from Maryland.

We are waiting on the announcement re whether this was the final race of the week, or if there will be more Sunfish Worlds racing Friday.

3:15p Jesusa Bailon of Ecuador has won race number 8… winning two races in a row today at the Sunfish Worlds. The race organizers had announced earlier that there would just be two races today, but the days third race has just started a few minutes ago. We’ll have results…

11:25a Even a Sunfish needs a little wind. The Sunfish Worlds…. are waiting… for wind. It is flat and calm on the Neuse right now. This photo is from a few minutes ago:

7:22a Hurricane Gonzalo is a beast – now a Category 4 storm, winds at 140 mph. And pointed right at Bermuda, expected to arrive on the island nation Friday. Here is the view of Gonzalo from space:

6:00a The Sunfish Worlds could wrap up today, now that the skies have cleared after yesterday’s deluge. (There were moments in the downpour when the Sunfish could’ve skimmed along the instant ponds on Broad Street in Oriental.) First race of the day on the course off of Camp Seagull and Seafarer is slated to start at 10. The spectator boat, Joy Boy, is going out again today… You can get tickets at the camp.

A couple of call outs for lending a hand. Over at White Farm Road, the Habitat for Humanity house is coming along – walls up, the roof over everything — but right now, they’re in great need of people who’ve had some experience putting up vinyl siding. If you have the know-how and the time to spare, they could really use your skills. Give Tim Balfour a call at 745-3247. The hope is that the Sylvester family can be in their new home by the holidays…

On another front, the Oriental fire station is looking for a trailer. You may recall that this summer, the Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation presented the fire station with a boom that could be deployed on the nearby waters to contain oil or other ick-oid spills. The bulky boom’s now in the fire house, in a bundle on the floor. The fire team thought that having it on a trailer would be better when a call came in, as all they’d have to do is hitch it to a truck and get to the spill site. So if you have a utility trailer or boat trailer you’d like to donate, give NRF Creekkeeper Bill Hines a call at 571-0264.

Wednesday October 15, 2014

12:26p Today is a total rain-out for the Sunfish Worlds. While the goal had been to go for 12 total races this week, race officials have changed that. They now say they will target 8 complete races for the championship. There have been 6 complete races so far…. so it seems likely that the 2014 Sunfish Worlds will finish Thursday.

Click here for the standings thus far.

7:15a We got about a quarter inch of rain overnight… and more wet coming. A 90% chance of rain today.

storm 8 Hurricane Gonzalo is now a Category 3 storm with 125mph winds. We’re fortunate that the storm is staying out to sea, but folks in Bermuda are bracing for Gonzalo to make a direct hit.

Hurricane Gonzalo links:
Hurricane Gonzalo Tracking Chart
Hurricane Gonzalo Forecaster’s Discussion & Computer Models
Hurricane Gonzalo Public Advisory

The tropical storm season officially runs until Nov 31, although November storms are relatively rare.
The Sunfish Worlds continue today at Camp Sea Gull. Tuesday’s four races were all won by one sailor… Francisco Renna of Argentina. Today the races continue (weather permitting) starting at 10a. If rain holds up the races today, Friday will be an additional race day.

Want to attend the Sunfish Worlds? You can:

Spectators are welcome on-site any day, free of charge. Camp Sea Gull is also offering a spectator boat, the Joy Boy II. While on-site you can purchase a wrist-band that gives you access to lunch, activities, and the Joy Boy II.
• Wed 10/15 Joy Boy is not running $25/adult, $15 under 12, free under 5
• Thu 10/16 Joy Boy is running all day $35/adult, $25 under 12, free under 5
• Fri 10/17 TBD

Wednesday October 15, 2014

Oriental Farmers’ Market has its mid-week market today. You’ll find baked goods for sale from 8-11a.

Coming up this weekend, a lot. The Old Theater holds its annual Chili Cookoff at the Oriental Marina midday on Saturday. Come and taste and then.. you be the judge.

The band Harbor Sounds gives its History of Bluegrass on Sunday evening at Oriental United Methodist Church. You’re invited to this musical presentation, and to have some of the pie afterward. Earlier on Sunday, St. Thomas Episcopal Church Women present Home Town Fashions from Marsha’s Cottage and Nautical Wheelers.