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News From The Village Updated Almost Daily
Pat Stockwell Would Like To Know "Where's Pascal?". The Story
Case For Oriental Getting Control. Letters To The Editor
Armed Robbers In And Out In About A Minute. The Story
Planning Board Picks, Banning Overnight Dinghy Stays, Harbor Plan. The Story
Photo Essay. The Story
Cold Weather and Dozens Of Cyclists. The Story
The Not Normal Voyager. The Shipping News
Board Votes For $900 Plaque, Not Chairs. The Story
Thanks and Other Thoughts. Letters To The Editor
Dutch Boat Prinses Mia Tows French Boat Away. The Story
Oriental's Commissioner & Mayor's Races. The Story
Special Water Treatment?. Letters To The Editor
Pay Back Sought. Letters To The Editor
Numbers Show Town Could Negotiate Better. The Story
Reax To Clearcutting, Conversion To Farmland. Letters To The Editor
Buy-Boat Stewardship . The Shipping News
Charts Now Avaiable As PDF's. The Story
Annexation No Longer A Condition?. Letters To The Editor
Allen Propst Writes On The Loss Of Pamlico Wetlands. Guest Columnist
Celebrating At PCC. The Story
Axelson Takes People's Choice Award. The Story
Bright Yellow Bursting With Life. The Story
Audio: 11 Candidates' Responses. The Story
Dinghy Dock A Temporary Resting Place. The Story
Hot Dogs: Links To Past and Future. The Story
"Shame On Me For Trying To Help". The Story
Dogs Have Their Sunday. The Story
Singlehanders Allowed a Second Hand. The Story
Reaction To Accusation . Letters To The Editor
Racism Accusation Leveled At Opponents. The Story
Playing Both Sides of Broad Street. The Story
Fire Station 19 Engineer. The Story
A Bargain for Wal-Mart. Guest Columnist
Opponents Say It'd Be Insult To In-Town Businesses. The Story
At the Wildlife Commission Boat Ramp on Midyette Street, fog covered the far waters while a bird scanned the nearby scene. The bird was soon to learn it did not have the solitary-seeming environment to itself… (Steve Leech photo)
Sunday December 8, 2013
Have you seen SV Primadonna? While the vessel isn’t missed by most in Oriental, one man would like to know where it currently is.
Today is one of those winter days when staying inside by the fire has much appeal. Temps just in the 40s today, but warming to the upper 60s / near 70 Monday.
Friday December 6, 2013
Warm again today. May want to revel in it as much as you can. The Oriental Weather Forecast is pointing to a rainy weekend.
Think of that rain as a way to keep those Christmas trees fresh and spritzed. Trees will be for sale at Oriental Marina tomorrow — a benefit for the Pamlico Toys for Tots campaign. The Farmers’ Market’s happening tomorrow morning as well. Lots of good stuff for sale.
Tonight, the Rhythm Doctors are in the house at Paradise Cove Marina. And you may still be able to snap up the last few tickets for tomorrow night’s Gravy Boys concert, presented at the Old Theater by the Pamlico Musical Society.
Lots more going on – especially in the next week’s run up to Spirit of Christmas. You’ll find it in What’s Happening.
Thursday December 5, 2013
12:55p Condolences go out to Gordon Keller’s family today. A retired Marine Colonel and developer at Minnesott Beach, Gordon Keller died yesterday at the age of 89.
His son, Robert, says Gordon Keller had been a Commanding Officer of MAG 14 at Cherry Point decades ago. After his Marine career, the Birmingham, Alabama native set up a development company as well as Keller Construction and developed the Minnesott Beach area. Gordon Keller moved to Sail Loft just outside Oriental 24 years ago.
He is survived by his son, Robert and daughter, Susan, 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday at Arapahoe Unite Methodist Church at 11a. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of Pamlico County and The Wounded Warriors.
6:02a Deep fog this morning. Fellow sailor, here is a foghorn to guide you to safety:
TownDock Legal informs us this is not to be used for navigational purposes
If you thought yesterday was warm.. today’s supposed to get in to the 70’s. Tomorrow, warmer still, says the Oriental Weather Forecast.
Hardly seems the kind of conditions to bring us snow, but perhaps folks can conjure up some for next weekend and the Spirit of Christmas parade. The theme: White Christmas. If you want to be in that December 14 parade, make Paul Fairbank’s day and give him a call at 249-0023.
Larry Summers is coordinating a show of lighted-up boats in the harbor for next Friday and Saturday nights, so that lots of folks can see the decorated boats up close. Call Larry at 675-0467 to reserve your spot. There’s also an effort to have the flotilla/boat parade out in the channel off the waterfront as well, though festooned and lighted boats can tie up in the harbor regardless of whether they are in the boat parade. Just let Larry know about either. Word is that kayaks are getting in to the lighted boat act this year, too.
And just so you know, there will be luminarias lighting the streets of town on Saturday the 14th. Folks have come thru to organize it. 1200 white bags need to be transformed in to the magical lights. Details on how you can help out.. here..
First Citizens Bank in Oriental re-opened for business yesterday, two days after a pair of robbers hit the bank. THe bank was robbed just after 4p Monday. A few hours earlier that afternoon, there was a thwarted robbery attempt at a bank in Aurora, a few miles from the Pamlico/Beaufort county line. A question that’s arisen since then is why there was no news of that suspected robbery attempt in Aurora, sent out in time to warn other banks in the area to be on the alert. Pamlico Sheriff Billy Sawyer says his office was not notified by Beaufort authorities. There currently is not a formal network for passing that kind of information along.
Wednesday December 4, 2013
Oriental’s new Town Board took the oath of office last night and then settled in to a two hour meeting. Their first act was to choose members of the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment.
The new Planning Board members are Eric Dammeyer, Jackie Mahan, Cecily Lohmar and David Kibbe. They will serve with current Planning Board member, Mindy Schmitz. The Planning Board meets monthly.
The Board of Adjustment – which meets and rules on a case by case basis when a property owner seeks an exception to the Town’s building standards – will consist of Doug Carmichael, Joe Valinoti, Ken Small, Warren Johnson and Bill Marlowe. Paul Olson and Pappy Khouri will be alternates.
A brief recap of the meeting – The Board voted to buy 20 folding chairs for Town Hall from Walmart for $500. It was revealed that the Town is on the hook for $33,000 in unemployment insurance claims.
The planned vote on the dinghy dock and small boat dock time limits did not happen, because of counsel from the Town’s Attorney to the Harbor Waterfronts Committee chair, Barb Venturi, right before the meeting. At the Board meeting, the Town Attorney spoke dismissively of some efforts to seek jurisdiction of the harbor waters. (Scott Davis said he had only been considering the matter while in his car on the way to the meeting.) Town Commissioner Larry Summers challenged Davis about his legal advice and expressed concern about missing an opportunity to take control of the harbor in the next Legislative session.
Tuesday December 3, 2013
11:28a Yesterday’s bank robbery didn’t take long… one minute and 16 seconds. Here are photos from the bank’s security cameras.
7:02a Last night the First Citizens parking lot was crowded with police vehicles, and yellow police tape blocked the entrance. This morning it all appears clear, but a sign at the entrance indicates the bank won’t be open today (see above). First Citizens Bank in Oriental was robbed just after 4p Monday by two armed men… more details below.
5:45a Oriental gets a new Town Board tonight. Three new members to be sworn in and right away, they have a busy agenda. One issue before the Board – a proposed ban on overnight stays for dinghies at the 3 public small boat docks in Oriental. Also to be presented at this meeting, the recommendations of the Harbor Waterfronts Committee. And the Board has to pick Planning Board members and members of the Board of Adjustment. A preview of the meeting — and update on some other issues — here.
Spirit of Christmas update: It’s a week from this weekend. There’ll be no flotilla this year. It’s just been harder and harder to get enough folks to light up their boats for that Friday night parade. So, no parade of boats… but … there is talk of getting as many lighted boats as possible to tie up along the harbor on Friday and Saturday nights (Dec 13-14) so that folks can see them closer than they’d be out in the river. We’ll have more details as they develop. We are told that there will be the Friday night – December 13 – lighting of the Oriental Star at the Town Dock and an old-fashioned carol sing to go with it.
Meanwhile, the Parade Chief, Paul Fairbank, says he’s looking for entrants in the Saturday afternoon parade. Theme this year is “White Christmas.” Give him a call at 249-0023.
Monday December 2, 2013
Updated 5:55p While out for an afternoon walk, two eye witnesses say they saw two suspected bank robber fleeing. Eye witnesses Lenise Kilborn and Walter Lane, both of Oriental, describe what they saw:
Sheriff Billy Sawyer tells TownDock.net that an attempted bank robbery earlier today in Aurora fit a very similar description:
Call Pamlico County Sheriff Billy Sawyer 252-229-3100 if you have information.
5:08p Bank robbery. Oriental. Those are words that don’t seem to make sense together.
But this afternoon, two armed men robbed First Citizens Bank, and fled on foot at about 4:10p. Cash was taken, the amount not yet released. The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Department arrived in large numbers, blocking off the entrances about 4:20p today. Pamlico County Sheriff Billy Sawyer is offering a $1,000 Reward to anyone who can supply information that leads to an arrest. Call 252-229-3100.
12:13p There are still a few tickets left for this Saturday’s Gravy Boys show at the Old Theater…Might want to jump on that cos shows typically sell out…Details, right here.
8:08a A misty, moisty morn. The Oriental Weather Forecast puts our chance of rain at 50-50 today. Later this week… temps up in the 70’s.
All that change-up in the temps, what’s Mother Nature to do? Fog, for one. A photo essay on a recent midday fog.. here
At 5:30 today, the Harbor Waterfronts Committee meets and touches up its master plan for the harbor. It’ll be presented to the Town Board tomorrow. New Town Board is installed tomorrow night and could be voting on Planning Board and Board of Adjustment picks then. Also on that agenda… a daily time limit on the small boat docks — dinghy dock, Midyette Street launch site, wharf wall next to Town Dock. Details in What’s Happening
Sunday December 1, 2013
Well, quick like a rabbit, 2013 zips in to its last month. The Oriental Weather Forecast has temps in the upper fifties today…
Martijn Dijkstra took off yesterday, bound for Beaufort and then Bermuda. Just before he left on Prinses Mia, someone at the Town Dock unfamiliar with Martijn’s boat, asked “Is that another of those French boats?” It’s not the first time someone in town asked that.
This may stem from a confusion over the flags of the two countries. So here is a quick guide to telling a Dutch flag from a French one when it’s flying off the back stay: The Dutch flag is a horizontal band of red, topping a band of white, and then blue. The French flag, or tricolor, is a vertical band of blue at the left, white in the middle, rouge on the right side.
Martijn, being a thrifty lad, has also been known to fly an “open flag” as a Dutch flag substitute.
Lest there be any mistake, Martijn’s Prinses Mia is in fact the boat that towed the French crew’s boat, Primadonna, out of Oriental’s anchorage on November 12. That story is here. As for Prinses Mia, there’s a Shipping News profile of Prinses Mia, here.
In What’s Happening, tomorrow evening there’ll be a special meeeting of Oriental’s Harbor and Waterfronts Committee. It’s working on a master plan for the harbor to present to the Town Board. That new Town Board, by the way, takes office on Tuesday night.
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