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North Street Corn Belt:

Corn On The Grow. Drawing The Town

Town Wide Yard Sale 2015:

Treasures At A Glimpse. The Story

PAWS Pet Parade 2015:

Tenth Annual Celebration. The Story

2015 Oriental Boat Show:

Boats New and Old. The Story

Paddling The Neuse End to End :

Oriental Bound, Bringing Attention To The Waters. The Story

Anne of Mystic:

130 Year Old On First Trip South . The Shipping News

Birds Tangled In Fish Nets:

Two Rescues In March. The Story

Letters: Collegiate Sailing Events - Thank You:

A Village Made It Happen. Letters To The Editor

First Oriental Sailpack Invitational Regatta :

More College Events Possible This Year & Next. The Story

Prepping For The Regatta:

Spring Break Training in Oriental. The Story

5th Great Oyster Revival:

Fundraiser for Pamlico Community College. The Story

Seals Near Oriental?:

Far Outside Home Waters. The Story

Snow Fall in Oriental:

Change In Precip & The Landscape. The Story

Indoor Dragon Boat Race In Oriental:

First In US. The Story

Chinese New Year 2015 / 4713:

Year Of The Goat. Drawing The Town

Ice Encases Village:

A New Midwinter Look. The Story

18 FJ's Added To Bow To Stern Fleet:

It Takes Village Volunteers. The Story

Bika, Nordic Visitor:

The Suddenly Longer Sailboat. The Shipping News

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


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Silospalooza 2015, last night at the new Red Rooster stage behind the Silos. A few hundred turned out for the afternoon and evening of live music from 5 bands. Some gave the new, grassier dance floor a workout.

Sunday May 24, 2015

What a great Saturday – the kind of day that banished memories of the winter’s chill, without bringing on the summer’s heat. Perfect weather to be outside and there was lots to do out there…

Silospalooza 3, at the Silos’ new Red Rooster stage and road house, drew lots of folks to hear and dance to the bands. 7 brave souls took part in the pizza eating contest (photos coming) and a real rooster, a real red rooster, stalked throughout the joint.

Out on the waters, yesterday was Day One of Paddling in Pamlico. Today the kayakers have a choice of three routes, all of which converge on Paradise Cove Marina at one point. More details are here. The intrepid paddlers have yet one more day on the waters planned for tomorrow too..

Yesterday was a big one for the firefighters of the brand new Substation 19-2 on Orchard Creek Road. The building across from River Dunes was dedicated at midday and in accordance with tradition, there was a “wet down” ceremony. For that, other fire departments turned their hoses on the new building — and the volunteers there respondedlikewise. (Think a water gun fight with a lot of water pressure.)

The new station is right across from River Dunes front entrance and will serve that and neighboring parts of the Oriental – Southeastern Pamlico Volunteer Fire District. We’re told the volunteer firefighters will respond to all calls in the district. 8 of the district’s new volunteers live in River Dunes.

If you’re out on the roads, you may want to take a bit more care. There are more folks around for the Memorial Day weekend, walking and cycling, but there are also more turtles on the roads, too. Sometimes so small they’re not noticeable until you’re almost upon them.

And in other Wildlife in Oriental news, this coda to last week’s alligator-in-Whittaker-Creek story. We’d reported that some folks were wondering if it might be a crocodile instead. Bob Miller says it’s unliklely.


Regarding the question of crocodiles versus alligators in North Carolina. Years ago I worked in south Florida for the Florida Forest Service. There were crocodiles only in the very southern part of Florida. The rest of the state has alligators but not crocs. This from Wikipedia:

‘American crocodiles, unlike American alligators, are extremely susceptible to cold temperatures and live exclusively within tropical waters. During 2009, unusually cold weather in southern Florida resulted in the deaths of about 150 wild American crocodiles, including a well-known crocodile which inhabited Sanibel Island far north of their natural range.’

It’s reasonable then, to call the creature in the creek, a gator. Rule of thumb: Crocs that show up here in Oriental are the ones on people’s feet.

One more thing that bears mentioning. Pause in your walk or ride thru town to literally smell the flowers. Clover and privet and honeysuckle are working their magic this week.

Friday May 22, 2015

We’re lucking out weatherwise this Memorial Day weekend. Sunny skies for starters and no mention of precip thru Monday.

Good thing too, for a couple of big outdoor events. Tomorrow afternoon and in to the night, Chris Daniels and the crew at The Silos are staging their third annual Silospalooza music fest. Five bands, a bunch of musical offerings from Americana, country, blues, jazz. Good beer to drink, too.

New scene for Silospalooza this year — it’ll be behind the Silos on the Red Rooster stage. It’s proving to be a great space to watch a show. Another change from the first 2 Silospaloozii —- if you were looking forward to kicking up some dust as you did before in the front-parking-lot dust, sorry. Dancing this year is on the more forgiving grass…

Silospalooza starts at 1p and runs til way dark..

Earlier in the day, of course, you can be part of Paddling in Pamlico — Saturday is the first of three days of paddling all over the County. Bill Hines and Larry Summers have put together a variety of courses for all skill levels. More details here…

As far as we know, there are no plans to kayak up Whittaker Creek’s western prong. That’s where an alligator has been sighted a couple of times since late last week. We’ve yet to see it out of the water, but given its head size, one woman who lives nearby has pegged the gator as being 5-6 feet long.

Another resident, Russ Boltz, wrote in to put the current reports of this gator in to historical context:

Have you recalled that you did a similar story in 2005, which referred to a small ‘gator by Deaton’s that was about 2 feet long? “Today’s” gator is probably that one, grown up. That would make her/him one of the longer-term residents of Oriental.

Click here for that 2005 story.

For the record, we understand there’s some debate of whether this is a ‘gator or a crocodile. No one’s been quite close enough to get a look at the shape of its snout — one telltale way of differentiating.

Thursday May 21, 2015

High in the mid-80’s and some thunderstorms this afternoon. The Oriental Weather Forecast says those storms could bring hail and gusty winds…

Tonight, the Pamlico Arts Council is at the Old Theater for its annual members’ meeting. If you’re thinking of becoming a member, you’re invited, too. Wine tasting, nibbles and a presentation on the animation art of Chuck Jones’ Warners cartoons – think, the Wabbit.

Wednesday May 20, 2015

That deluge last night wet the ground a bit. Today’s
Oriental Weather Forecast gives us a reprieve from the rain and yesterday’s energy-zapping high of 88. Cooler – low 80’s — followed by a string of days in the 70’s.

May that gives you something to sing about…. It being Wednesday, it’s open mic night at The Silos tonight. Jam session tomorrow night at Pamlico Community College.

The really big show is coming up on Saturday with the 3rd Annual Silospalooza. This year, for the first time, the bands are playing on the new stage – the Red Rooster – behind the Silos. Plenty of space to dance on the grass there. THings kick off at 1p with the Del RIos, followed by the Opry Band, The Rockets, Saltwater Gold and the Blues Casters…

For years, down on Orchard Creek Road across from the River Dunes entrance there’s been a sign marking the site of a future fire station. Now it’s a reality – a SubStation to Oriental’s Station 19, it’ll be called 19B and manned largely by folks living in that part of the fire district. 19B is the first substation in Pamlico County’s system of volunteer-staffed fire districts. On Saturday, there’ll be a dedication ceremony.

Lots more going on in the What’s Happening calendar.

Monday May 18, 2015

Summer looms. Case in point: today’s Oriental Weather Forecast. High close to 90 and our old friend, the chanceofafternoonthunderstorm. Chance of rain for a few other days this week, too but temps from here on oughta be a couple of notches cooler.

So, you have been counting the days til the new season of The Bachelorette. (your secret’s safe with us, ) Or okay, let’s put it another way. Say you’re just clicking thru the channels tonight and happen upon, “The Bachelorette.”

Take a close look. Among the men competing to be picked by the bachelorette, you may see a face that looks familiar.

That would be Ryan Beckett who stayed a while in Oriental last June. It was a boat that brought him here.. with some prompting from Pat Thomaier and her husband, John Messer.

Pat says they met Ryan while cruising in northeastern NC:


We first saw Ryan bobbing across the Albemarle on a C&C 30 , conspicuous because there were no lifelines, and he was alone. At the Alligator River Marina that night, Ryan introduced himself, and explained that he’d just bought the boat in Long Island.

He was new to sailing. The plan was to get the boat back home to Florida and then fix it up with his uncle’s help. A friend who’d started the trip with him couldn’t do the whole trip , so he planned go the rest of the way alone. We traveled together for a few days, sitting out weather and trading stories.

John and I were a little concerned about his safety, and suggested that he stop in Oriental, stay with us and get a few critical things —like lifelines and the mystery engine problem – fixed before continuing. An especially scary storm came up as we approached Oriental, and that sealed the deal.

He was pretty amazed at the sailing culture in Oriental and, as you can imagine, got a lot of advice over coffee at The Bean. He eventually continued the trip with a safer boat and a lighter wallet, and now sails off the coast of FL near Wellington, where he sells equestrian real estate.

And tonight, he’s on The Bachelorette.

Sunday May 17, 2015

9:10a There was no power earlier at The Bean (on Hodges) either. Power now restored, there was an un-caffeinated crisis for a while in the 7 o’clock hour at The Bean. Coffee now brewed. Village peace restored.

7:06a No juice this morning? Bill Wheeler writes in that electricity is down at Main and Broad.

Duke Energy has at least 2 trucks in Oriental and working on the power outage. Lineman said about 200 locations were without power. The bank’s lights and are on at the ATM.

Saturday May 16, 2015

7:45a Just a traffic note: Hodges St from South Water to Wall is closed to vehicles until 9a to allow for setting up Art on the Neuse.

6:38a A fine day for art on the harbor. The Art on the Neuse festival gets going at 9 – dozens of artists, music until 4. It’s Oriental’s only outdoor arts fest and the Oriental Weather Forecast cooperates, with temps topping out in the low 80’s and mostly sunny skies. Looks like it was a good bet to postpone from last weekend.

Lots of art for sale. And once again, the Pamlico Arts Council, which organizes the free – no admission – art fest, will be selling commemorative posters for this year’s Art on the Neuse. The posters always feature a painting by a local artist – this year, Janet Adkins. Collect ‘em all….

Stand-up paddle boarding is the kind of thing you can go off and do by yourself, but this morning it gets more social. The Social Paddle for Stand-Up Paddlers gets started at 10 from the Midyette St Wildlife Ramp.

Busy day all around. Wine tasting at Nautical Wheelers starts at 3. Pamlico Community College golf tourney at Minnesott Golf and Country Club. Pamlico High’s Show Choir brings on the end of the world as we know it. Theme of their show this year, is Apocalypse. But before that, BBQ dinner is served at 6:30.

For many bees recent years have been rather apocalyptic – this morning the Ag Extension Service offers a free workshop on honeybees, pollinators and pest control. This will be outside the Wits End – across from the Farmers’ Market.

What’s Happening has more info.

Friday May 15, 2015

Lovely May days, today and tomorrow. The Oriental Weather Forecast suggests that Saturday’s Art on the Neuse will have good weather. The art and music fest – Oriental’s only annual art fest — is free. Starts at 9a…

This afternoon, the Village Gallery holds its annual Black Velvet fundraiser – marking the start of its 7th year under the red roof on Hodges.

The bear saga continues. It seems that if you live near a place with “Creek” in its name, you may count on a visit. The latest evidence of a bear visit is near Dawson’s Creek in the Dawson’s Bluff neighborhood.

Usual MO. Donna Rubenstein writes that a bird feeder was bent and taken down.

If it’s the same bear as appeared on Whittaker and Pierce Creeks, it did a bit of traveling. Maybe the Whittaker Creek gator provided inspiration to go beyond Oriental.

Donna Rubenstein also reports that the bear left “a gift on the bottom step of the deck.” Yes, that.

This means that the existential question about the bear and the woods can now be answered, “Not always.”

Thursday May 14, 2015

3:31p That alligator sighting was not a one-time thing. Still others who live on the upper part of Whittaker Creek — behind Tosto and Pineview — have seen the gator today. Within the past hour. Kathie Mau adds that it looks to be about 5-6 feet long. On a pure scientific scale, that meets the threshold of “nothing you’d want to mess with.” Keep a closer eye on kids and small dogs at creekside…..

6:05a We are continuing to hear of a bear – always one bear – paying visits to backyards near creeks. First the ursine creature was seen off of Morris Creek – taking out a couple of bird feeders there. Then he – we think it’s a he but few have been close enough to confirm — he was seen in town and in the upper areas of Whittaker Creek, in particular the area around Pineview.

This past weekend Bob Miller found evidence of a bear visit in his yard on Pierce Creek. A bird feeder, with a post that had seemed hefty enough, turned out not to be. Yesterday, another bird feeder went down on the eastern fork of Whittaker Creek. Suspect: the bear, given the tracks and path cut across a yard on Audubon.

Now, in a new twist on wildlife news in Oriental, it’s conceivable the bear himself could get a surprise at the water’s edge.

Don Mau did. Don spied what appeared to be an alligator in the upper reaches of Whittaker Creek yesterday. Those waters would be not far from where the bear was spotted on Pineview last week.

One wonders what happens if the bear and alligator meet..

We can report that no tigers have been found on any boats on Whittaker Creek. But if you want that experience, you can get it tomorrow night, when the Old Theater’s Friday Flick is Life of Pi. It’s just one of a boatload of things to do in Oriental this weekend. To give you a jump start on planning your social calendar, here’s what all’s happening…

Village Gallery hosts its annual Black Velvet fundraiser late Friday afternoon. The Pamlico HS Show Choir kicks off its three day run Friday night, too.

Saturday, it’s Take Two for the Art on the Neuse arts and music fest. Lots of art being shown and sold, on the harbor, at the Oriental Marina. Out on the waters, meanwhile, a social gathering for stand-up paddleboarders. At Minnesott Golf & Country Club, the Pamlico Community College golf tourney’s going on. Saturday afternoon, Nautical Wheelers is serving up samples of wine. And in the morning, there’s a workshop on honeybees and pollinators and pest control – Ag Extension’s offering that for free at the Farmers Market.

Details, as always, are in What’s Happening.

Today there’s an informational workshop on how to avoid being scammed. Prime Time’s offering Scam Jam. It’s at Oriental United Methodist Church…

Wednesday May 13, 2015

bailer recyclingHelp bail out a dinghy. As our bailer models above show, a boat bailer can come from simple household products. Bow To Stern needs dozens of bailers for their Optimist & FJ sailing dinghys. Help a young sailor bail out their boat. Thick plastic is best (milk or water containers are too thin). Gallon sizes perfect, half gallon OK too. Arizona ice tea container? Perfect. Liquid detergents work too. Just drop em off in the waiting recycling container at Bow To Stern at 290 Blackwell Point Loop Rd. Drive friendly, it’s a one lane road with dogs and kids.

Monday May 11, 2015

3:29p The sun. Ahhhhhhh.

3:10p If you were planning to get your DMV work taken care of this Thursday here in Pamlico County, there’s been a change of plans. The mobile unit will not be here as per its regular schedule. Instead, the big DMV truck will roll in to the County the following Thursday, May 21. (That gives you more time to primp for the drivers license photo…)*10:33a* Hey Bunky. Here’s an easy way to do your civic duty for the day.

The Town is putting together a list of sidewalks that are uneven, have cracks or otherwise need repairs. Noticed some of those near where you live — or maybe seen some topsy-turvy surfaces on your walks around town? If so, pop an email over to Town Hall — deputytownclerk@townoforiental.com . Just spell out the street (house) address closest to the sidewalk that you think could use some repair. The sooner the better.

5:54a It will be a rainy but otherwise mostly calm day ahead. Tropical Depression Ana is no longer being officially tracked by the National Hurricane Center (NHC). There is a Public Advisory however on what is left of the wet system:

AT 500 AM EDT THE CENTER OF ANA WAS LOCATED NEAR LAT 35.5 NORTH LONG 78.4 WEST. TROPICAL DEPRESSION ANA CONTINUES TO WEAKEN SLOWLY AS THE CENTER OF CIRCULATION MOVES FARTHER INLAND ACROSS CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA. MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE HAS ALSO CONTINUED TO INCREASE SINCE LANDFALL. NEVERTHELESS, NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADARS SHOWED HEALTHY RAINBAND STRUCTURES ON THE EASTERN HALF OF THE CYCLONIC CIRCULATIONMOSTLY OFF THE NORTH CAROLINA COAST. SOME OF THE HEAVIER RAINBANDS ARE BEGINNING TO MOVE INTO THE OUTER BANKS OF NORTH CAROLINA. THE STRONGEST REPORTED SURFACE WINDS OF 25 TO 30 MPH WERE LOCATED JUST OFF THE NORTH CAROLINA COAST TO THE EAST OF THE CIRCULATION CENTER. ANA HAS MOVED IN A NORTH-NORTHEASTERLY
DIRECTION OVERNIGHT ACROSS CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA. NUMERICAL MODELS ARE IN CLOSE AGREEMENT IN MOVING ANA NORTH-NORTHEASTWARD ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA IN THE EARLY HOURS ON MONDAY AND REACHING SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA BY MONDAY AFTERNOON. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 15 MPH, WITH HIGHER GUSTS.

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