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News From The Village Updated Almost Daily
- Town Bd Agenda Mtg - July 31
- Farmers' Mkt - Sat Aug 2
- Paradise Cove Potluck - 8/2
- 2014 Dragon's Breath Regatta - Aug 2-3
- Come Fly With Me - O'tal History Museum
- Carolyn Rush @ Village Gallery
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
First Annual at Paradise Cove Marina. The Story
Once Again, Lawmakers Need Reminding. Letters To The Editor
Doing Nothing But Fueling Up. The Shipping News
Keeps Attorney From "Any Fiduciary Capacity" Until "Further Order From The Court". The Story
The Economic Benefits To North Carolina. Letters To The Editor
4th Annual Raises $140,000. The Story
Don't Alter Glenda's. Drawing The Town
Ongoing Effort To Host More Races. The Story
Playing in the Parking Lot. The Story
Return of Southeast Regionals. The Story
Reading Lessons. Letters To The Editor
No Room at The Bins. Letters To The Editor
Tradition Of Giving A Start on the Neuse. The Story
ODC Results From May 10. The Story
Sawyer Wins Sheriff's Primary In Pamlico. The Story
Who Is On The Ballott May 6. The Story
Scavenging, Wrecking or Theft?. The Story
Boat Made & Raffled Off. The Story
Rotary's Move To In-Town Show A Success. The Story
Paddling 200+ Miles of Neuse To Oriental . The Story
Open Air Museum. The Story
Check your parking brake. The Story
1100 Cyclists, Many Wheels, One Dragon. The Story
Update on Red Lee Jukebox At Oriental Museum. The Story
Changes To Voting Laws Go Beyond Photo ID. The Story
Calling A Deck A Deck. The Story
A Readers' Guide On What To Look For. The Story
Like Ships In A Bottle. The Story
Scenes From The Competition. The Story
What Happens At Brantley's, Stays At Brantley's. Drawing The Town
A Good Response To Bad Check. The Story
Annual Ball Is The Hope Clinic's Largest Fundraiser. The Story
The Best. The Worst. Sometimes They Are The Same.. The Story
Third Fall In As Many Weeks Covers Oriental. The Story
The Starting Line, a painting by Mimi Dixon. Her work can be seen at Village Gallery on Oriental’s Harbor. Real starting lines can be seen this weekend at the Dragon’s Breath Regatta.
Thursday July 31, 2014
7:46a From the 8a Tropical Outlook (the info usually appears earlier than the stated time):
Stand by for Bertha.
Fine day ahead… mid 80s, not much chance of rain. The weekend could be wet though…
The stormy thing out in the far eastern Atlantic continues to mess with our minds. Not a declared storm yet – NOAA has it
at 60% now at 70% (nudged up in the 8a Tropical Outlook update) that it may be one in the next couple days.
The good news is that most of the early computer models show the likely path staying at sea… favoring a course closer to Bermuda than our fair city (or somewhere in between):
Wednesday July 30, 2014
1:57p The “disturbance” in the eastern Atlantic looks a bit less like it will form into a tropical storm. The latest update from NOAA has it a 50 % chance of forming into a storm in the next couple days (down from an 80% chance this time yesterday). In the Forecaster’s Discussion it states “THE SYSTEM LACKS ANY ORGANIZED SIGNIFICANT DEEP CONVECTION” – which does sound like an awkward social problem for a would-be adolescent storm. Until it gets more organized, it remains some swirly thunderstorms at sea.
TownDock is keeping an eye on this… if it forms and gets enough force to be named… the next name in line for 2014 is Bertha.
The forecast for the next few days – August. Perhaps a bit cooler than average.
Gentle winds for tonight’s Wednesday Night Sail Race, 5 to 10 knots should be enough to push the boats around the marks.
Tuesday July 29, 2014
8:00a The “disturbance” in the far eastern Atlantic looks like it will be declared a tropical depression… possibly later today. More info on the Hurricane Tracking page. The computer models are inconclusive at this stage, but have enough information to get your attention:
7:09a Last nights thunderstorm included an addition – hail. It came down in near golf ball size at Minnesott Beach (see above). Readers report big hail at Arapahoe too, and some much smaller “pea sized” hail in Oriental.
Comfortably cooler for the next few days, highs staying in the mid 80s, and not much chance of rain.’
Results in from ODC’s weekend racing:
This is an AP flag
The Ensign Fleet had 3 races with the final one coming down to the wire. It was an incredibly close finish. ZIP, skippered by Bill Kirsch, won that race and 2 out of 3 for the day. For the season, ZIP holds a one win lead over BOUNTY, skippered by Charlie Carpenter.
In the Sunfish Fleet, it was almost a case of ‘the last man standing’. Jerry Dasson’s tiller extension came off. He raced on, but it was difficult to be competitive. Joe Grimm bowed out due to rigging issues. The day belonged to George Secrist and Paul Welles – each had 2 firsts and 2 seconds. George has a commanding lead for the season’s standings to date.
This coming weekend is the 2014 Dragon’s Breath Regatta at Oriental Harbor Marina.
Monday July 28, 2014
7:32a If you regularly check out TownDock’s Hurricane Tracking page you may have noticed it looks a bit different now. We are taking advantage of new data available from NOAA – the standard two day Tropical Weather Outlook is now Five (5) days.
For example, this morning there is a disturbance southwest of the Cape Verde Islands (near Africa). While it has a 30% chance of becoming a tropical system in the next 48 hours – NOAA data indicates a 70% chance in the next 5 days. On the graphic the X marks where the disturbance is, the red shaded area the area where it would likely be when (or if) it becomes a tropical system.
This tool gives you a better “heads up” about any potential tropical systems.
If this morning’s “disturbance” does become a tropical system, and gathers enough strength to be named… the next 2014 name is Bertha. It is too early for useful computer models, but it initially appears it would head through the Caribbean, with Florida a more likely target than our shores.
If Bertha seems a familiar name – a hurricane named Bertha landed at Wilmington NC in 1996, then heading inshore through eastern NC (it passed west of Oriental).
Saturday July 26, 2014
8:50a If your life’s one anchor (or dinghy, mosquito net or brass scale) short of perfection, there’s still time to set things right. The Nautical Fleamarket runs ‘til noon. In front of the Provision Company.
Just down the street at the Farmers’ Market, plenty of honey, sausage, watermelons and fresh produce are to be had. Nothing like some just-harvested veg to go with that Rocna anchor you didn’t know you needed. Come on down.
Friday July 25, 2014
On the Saturday list: Nautical Fleamarket Saturday morning at the Provision Company. The Farmers’ Market will be underway at the same time right next to the Fleamarket on Hodges St. PCC holds its “Fresh Start” Open House Saturday from 10a-2p.
Saturday night, take a stroll into the paranormal – Dale Montgomery’s Ghost Walk starts at 8:30p near the dinghy dock. Dale has collected numerous stories that really do explore the history of Oriental and the area… it’s a good mix of storytelling with a dash of nocturnal fear. More details about all these events are in What’s Happening.
Walmart is in the news this morning – Walmart America’s CEO Bill Simon is leaving the company. Simon has a second home at River Dunes.
Last year, there had been some conjecture that Simon’s occasional local presence was what led to Oriental getting a Walmart Express (it opened in May just a few feet from the Oriental town limits). While possible, Walmart did indeed announce two years ago that North Carolina was going to be the test market for deployment of the new smaller stores (there are now about 20 of the Express stores around the state).
Thursday July 24, 2014
11:52a This past weekend golf was in the news. At The British Open some young whippersnapper named Rory McIlroy whupped up on Tiger Woods, and won the Open and the Claret Jug.
But that wasn’t the only British Open. At the same time, there was a British Open (well, maybe slightly less British) at Minnesott Golf & CC. It beat that other Open… two Claret Jugs were awarded.
6:59a Monohull or multihull? Cat or tri? It’s a discussion/argument often heard at The Bean. It gets about as many converts as a Baptist vs Episcopalian debate, but we humans have to argue about something. A recent Town Dock visitor spurred some new dialogue… a 40 foot tri named Jaz.
OK, Bunky. You’re trying to move up in the world, to put some extra gait in your step. Today is the day. The Dragon Boat practice is at 6p. The Drumming Dragons beat their drums at 7p. The UHOOs (Ukulele Hoalohas of Oriental) play at 3:30p. More info in What’s Happening. Carry On…
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