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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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Fenders reflected in the waters of Deatons.

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 just 5 mph.

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.

Wednesday October 22, 2014

More autumn weather today says the Oriental Weather Forecast.

In What’s Happening, you’ll find a mid-week farmers market on Hodges from 8-11 today. Baked goods – bread, biscotti plus caramel for starters – for sale. It’s the last Wednesday Phyllis will be there as she’s moving. Stock up on a lotta biscotti now.

Tomorrow’s the start of early voting. Friday you can get a flu shot, at Town Hall.

A lot of photos of the recent Sunfish Worlds are up…

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