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Miss January 2015 - Tyra:

Pickers Dog. Pet Of The Month

Splash of the Silver Voyager:

Low Tech Launch for a High Tech Voyager. The Story

2015 Instead of Football Regatta:

Tradition Of Sailing In The New Year. The Story

Friends Of The Dragon 2015:

Help Out A Fellow With Fire Breath. The Story

Reindeer in Oriental:

Boat Yard Grazing. The Story

Pete Parham, 1925-2014:

A Grandson Remembers. The Story

Letters: Military Drones :

Noise Drones On & On. Letters To The Editor

2014 Guide To Giving Locally:

Help Out A Nearby Non-Profit. The Story

Blaze Sinks Lz Sea Dogs :

Sailboat Lost at Whittaker Pointe Marina . The Story

Spirit of Christmas 2014:

Friday Night Lights. The Story

Oriental's 2014 Spirit of Christmas Parade:

1 Dragon, 2 Pigs, 3 Horses, 11 Pipers and a Host of Reindeer. The Story

Spirit Of Christmas Schedule 2014:

Friday and Saturday events. The Story

Grandmother Kayak Voyager:

Slim Boat To Guatemala. The Shipping News

2014 Hurricane Season Ends:

Quietest Season Since 1997. The Story

Chicken With The Lady's Head Cut Off:

Oriental Grocery History. Drawing The Town

Letters:Why Didn't The Pamlico Commission Want Wetlands Law Enforced?:

Reax To Monday's Vote to Compromise. Letters To The Editor

Pamlico Commission Says No To Citizens Enforcement Action:

Majority Votes To "Dialogue" Over Draining Wetlands. The Story

Miss November 2014 - Betsy:

Exit the Puppy Mill. Pet Of The Month

Getting EPA To Do Its Job:

Waters and Wetlands At Stake. Guest Columnist

Election Results 2014:

We Have A New Sheriff. The Story

Jenny Kruger Illustration in NYT:

Oriental to The Times Via Nebraska. The Story

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

Felix:

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


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The Minnesott Beach ferry may not have a catamaran, or even a cat boat, but it does have a cat who hangs out on the Minnesott Beach side. One morning last week it cooly sauntered to the loading ramp to scope out the scene before vehicles rolled on. A ferry worker says there’s a cat who hangs out at the Cherry Branch terminal on the other side of the Neuse as well.

Sunday January 25, 2015

No rain in today’s Oriental Weather Forecast, welcome news after the drenching we got yesterday and Friday. Highs in mid-50’s today and tomorrow, then a bit of a dip in temps and possibility of snow Tuesday.

Saturday January 24, 2015

Rain’s been coming at us as promised. The numbers: since it started Friday afternoon 1.78 inches have fallen at the weather station here in downtown Oriental. And still more’s in the forecast til early afternoon.

Flood watch in effect til noon. Down here in the low-lying part of town swaths of land near the Duck Pond are submerged once again. (It happens a lot, even without a formal flood warning from the forecasters,)

Coming up in What’s Happening, Village Gallery’s open today for your rainy-Saturday look at the new exhibit. Tomorrow, there’s a student art exhibit at the OWC.

Next Wednesday, the Methodist church is serving up beans and rice Nicaraguan style as a fundraiser – Rob Sampson has been in Nicaragua working to upgrade water and sanitation in villages there. Having a dirt bike would enable him to do that work in a wider area. Donations for the beans and rice dinner go toward that. More details, here.

Friday January 23, 2015

Hard rain’s gonna fall. We’re in for a couple of inches falling, starting this afternoon but really coming down tonight. The Oriental Weather Forecast has a flood watch tonight in to tomorrow morning.

Hmm…more puddles and water on already saturated ground? O Joy. Makes one wish the precip would come down as snow…

In What’s Happening tonight, Harbor Sounds plays a benefit concert. On Sunday, OWC presents a student art show.

Thursday January 22, 2015

High in the mid 50’s today says the Oriental Weather Forecast.

Tomorrow night Harbor Sounds helps raise the roof — or raise money for the roof and other repairs — at the Anointed Remnant Church on Kershaw Road right at the 306 intersection. More details here…

Wednesday January 21, 2015

We’ll be at 65 degrees today, for a second day. Enjoy it now cos the mercury’s dropping tomorrow — to 51 for a high, which admittedly is not shabby. But not balmy like today. The Oriental Weather Forecast has details. Weekend’s looking a bit precipity….

At the Silos it’s Open Mic Nite tonight. Planning Board meets starting at 3p. (new time for the Planning Bd mtgs.) Link to the agenda is here.

Elsewhere in What’s Happening, for a teensy month, February has lots going on. Concerts. Boating seminars. Asian New Year Dragon Run. The listings keep pouring in. Check it out.

This weekend, though, may be one of those where we take a breath and just enjoy la dolce far niente – the joy of just doing nothing.

Tuesday January 20, 2015

Well, another day where you cannot complain about the weather. (Hope that doesn’t throw off your day.) High in the low 60s today — and again tomorrow, says the Oriental Weather Forecast Mid morn, it’s already at 54.

Monday January 19, 2015

Streaming sunlight this holiday Monday and a high close to 60 today. The Oriental Weather Forecast gives much the same thru Wednesday.

The Post Office is closed today, as is Town Hall as per the King holiday.

For the civic-minded, there are three town committees meeting this week. Water Board and Tourism Boards tomorrow, Planning Board on Wednesday. No agendas are on line from Town Hall for any of the meetings, so it’s unclear what’s to be discussed. You can attend though, it being the law and all….

If you want to get better at reading the skies, coming up on the weekend of February 7 & 8 you can learn a lot more about marine meteorology in either one or two days of courses geared to boaters. The classes are, Basic Weather for Mariners and Wind Forecasting for Racing and Cruising. They’re taught by two sailors and meteorologists. It’ll be here in Oriental.

Also coming up in February, the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s presenting it’s annual boating skills course.

Saturday January 17, 2015

A crisp, clear Saturday morning with the Oriental Weather Forecast calling for highs around 50. Might want to get out and breathe in that air today – tomorrow we’ll supposed to get rain.

Nautical Wheelers has a wine tasting this afternoon – Italian wines. Also in What’s Happening, Village Gallery has a new exhibit, made up of a work by each of the gallery’s resident artists. History Museum’s open too. Farmers market’s on Hodges this morning.

While you’re at it, take a minute to look ahead in What’s Happening in coming weeks and months… It’ll help you schedule your social calendar…

Friday January 16, 2015

Get on outside. Revel in it. The cold snap’s no more. Midday today we are in the mid-50’s. The Oriental Weather Forecast has more of the same tomorrow. Warmer still on Sunday, but you’ll be dodging raindrops then. The King holiday on Monday looks drier…

Lawrence of Arabia’s at the big show at the Old Theater for this month’s Friday Flick. $5.50 gets you in the door and gives you free popcorn. We think water will be for sale — which’ll come in handy between the desert scenes, the popcorn and Peter O’Toole’s baby blues. It’s all for the good cause of raising funds for the Old Theater’s ongoing ops.

Thursday January 15, 2015

We’re on a warming trend. The Oriental Weather Forecast puts our high around 47 today and into the 50’s thru Sunday. It’ll be good to be outside and take our time being out there.

This afternoon, Village Gallery features an opening reception for a special exhibition of its artists. That reception is from 2-5p. The show will be up thru the end of February.

If the thermometer isn’t moving upward fast enough for you, you might take to the desert sands via tomorrow night’s Friday Flick at the Old Theater. Lawrence of Arabia’s on the big screen. Yes, there will be an intermission.

Wednesday January 14, 2015

Yesterday. Was. Cold. Not so much by the numbers, but something about the air just cut a biting chill (it was one of those rare days day where it got colder throughout the daylight hours) . Today at least temps will rise – although just making it in to the low 40s. Saturday is a day to look forward to – sunshine and mid 50s.

Coming Friday night… the “epic of epics”. Lawrence Of Arabia comes to the Friday Flicks at The Old Theater. It’s long, but the film has off the charts positive ratings. 5 stars at Rotten Tomatoes. 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
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Bring your comfee seat cushion – the film is over 3 1/2 hours. It’s so long the Old Theater folks will not show a cartoon at the start. There will even be an intermission. Friday night…

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