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December 24, 2010

Buxton Village Books is now selling Google eBooks

Independent bookstore customers living on or visiting Hatteras Island no longer have to choose between reading digital and supporting their local bookstore. Buxton Village Books is now selling Google eBooks online at 
Google launched its e-book program on Dec. 6 and is partnering with the American Booksellers Association so independent bookstores can provide an easy way for their customers to discover, read, and buy e-books at competitive prices.

"More and more of our customers are buying e-readers and are looking to purchase e-books,” said Gee Gee Rosell, owner of Buxton Village Books. “Google eBooks now allows us to remain the store of choice for our loyal customers who are reading digital and to serve new customers. As an independently owned bookstore, we want to participate in the future of reading and e-books are a big part of that future. 

A Google eBook is a new form of cloud-based digital book that allows readers to access their libraries on almost any device from one single repository, regardless of where the e-book was purchased. Google is offering hundreds of thousands of titles for sale, ranging from new releases and bestsellers in every category to classics in the public domain.

In addition to e-books, readers can search through a database of five million titles of print books at, peruse staff picks, bestsellers, the Indie Next List, and continue to enjoy the experience of shopping at Buxton Village Books.

Roanoke Island Historical Association announces new director of development

The Roanoke Island Historical Association, producer of “The Lost Colony” symphonic outdoor drama, announces the appointment of Teresa James Griffin to the role of director of development.  Griffin will assume the position effective Jan.10.
Originally from North Carolina, Griffin left the state in 1973 to pursue her bachelor’s degree in English from Wheaton College and a master’s from Northern Illinois University.  For the past 10 years Griffin has served as dean of the Dare County College of the Albemarle. During her tenure as dean, Griffin expanded campus buildings and facilities, added new programs, and created a stronger alliance between the college and Dare County. As a result of her leadership, student enrollment at COA doubled, as did the size of the campus.

Griffin’s extensive community involvement includes Create the Future Initiatives, Dare County Imagination Library, Hosea House for Women, Dare County Marine Industry Association, N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Dare County Arts Council, Friends of the Elizabethan Gardens, Dare County Children and Youth Partnership, Land of Beginnings Festival, and the State of the Child Conference.  Griffin and her husband Henry “Hank” Newbold Griffin attend Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church.

“Teresa brings a substantial record of community involvement and senior administrative experience to our organization.  Combined with her positive ‘can do’ attitude, she will be a superb addition to our management team and a wonderful asset to ‘The Lost Colony,’” said chief executive officer Michael Hardy.

Griffin fills the vacancy left by Ken Keating who recently announced his plan to return to New York with his family.   

November 10, 2010

Outer Banks Hospital president is moving on

Van Smith, president of The Outer Banks Hospital, has submitted his resignation, effective Jan. 1, 2011, to accept a leadership position with Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, N.C. 

Smith, who holds an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and master’s degrees from the University of Alabama - Birmingham, has more than 15 years of progressive health care leadership experience. He spent the first 10 years of his career with Carolina Health Systems in a variety of leadership roles and his last five years leading The Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head.  Under his leadership, the hospital has grown significantly, adding personnel, physicians, and expanding service lines.  During that time the hospital has also been recognized nationally for quality, service, and operational performance.

“We are grateful for the goals Van has achieved during his five years of superior leadership,” said Bobby Owens, chairman of the board of The Outer Banks Hospital. Owens added that a search committee will begin the recruitment process.  In the interim, an interim administrator will be appointed to assist the leadership team with day-to-day operations and facilitate a smooth transition.
Smith will be assuming the position of senior vice president at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.  In this role, he will oversee operations of the East Carolina Heart Institute, cardiovascular, emergency, and adult medical services.  “It was a difficult decision,” said Smith, who has been with the hospital since January, 2006.  “It has been an honor to work with this group of dedicated professionals.  They continually impress me with their commitment to quality care and patient safety.  I am proud to have served with them.  Going forward, this community will continue to be well-served by The Outer Banks Hospital.  It has a very bright future.”

New company manages cottages for off-island owners

Hatteras Helping Hands (HHH) was created out of a necessity -- a necessity that hit home for Mary and Pat Turick, literally.

For years they had dreamed of owning their own piece of paradise on Hatteras Island. Finally, through time and patience, their dream happened. They put their cottage in the hands of a realty management company, as most off-island owners do, for its maintenance and cleaning. But they did not receive the quality service that they thought they would be getting. Instead, they got the furthest thing from it.

   Mary and Pat had thought it over. Should they stay in Pennsylvania or step out on a limb and move to the island that they had fallen in love with over the years while they vacationed here? The decision didn’t take long to make. They packed their bags and headed south.

Once on Hatteras, one of the first decisions they made was to make a difference when it came to the way rental cottage homeowners and visitors were treated. They jumped in with both feet and formed Hatteras Helping Hands, a property management company like no other on the island because this company was started by a husband and wife who understood what was needed through their own experiences.

   When asked what sets their company apart from the others, they will tell you “quality.” They believe that owners should get what they pay for. And at HHH, they will.

The company starts off by making sure its cleaners are trained and equipped with the best knowledge and supplies in order to do the job right. Each cottage is inspected weekly for cleanliness and maintenance issues. “We take pride in our work,” Mary and Pat say. “It reflects on us as a company. We just want to make everyone happy, all the way around the board.We’ve been there. We know.”

  Hatteras Helping Hands is more than just a cleaning company. It also offers pool and spa care, lawn care, storm preparedness, and maintenance programs, such as battery, bulb, and filter changes. It is a total property management company.

You can reach Hatteras Helping Hands at 995-3390 or visit the website at

Kitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding Resort opens in Rodanthe

John Harris, owner and president of Kitty Hawk Kites, and the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce recently cut the ribbon on Waves Village: Kitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding Resort in Rodanthe.

With the opening of Good Winds Seafood and Wine Bar, the resort has realized a dream in the making for more than 10 years. The kiteboarding resort boasts dining, on-site luxury three bedroom / three bathroom accommodations, a kiteboarding school and demo center, and multiple retail facilities, including Kitty Hawk Kites, Kitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding Center, Life is Good, Kitty Hawk Sports, and Forbes Candy / Highway 12 Coffee and Tea Company.

The resort is designed for kiteboarding fanatics. However it offers amenities that any family, couple, or watersports enthusiast would enjoy including a pool, outdoor hot/cold water showers, gear lockers, stand-up paddleboarding, surfing, and kayaking. 

Hatteras Realty, their Cape Hatteras real estate company partner, attended the ribbon cutting, along with staff, friends, and well wishers. Also attending were Outer Banks Chamber Ambassadors Debbie Saunders, Courtney Quillin, Allyson Sproul and Ryan Woodard, along with Hatteras/Ocracoke Council member Rhonda Roughton and Chamber member Skipper Hines.

Shore Details, the company that serves homeowners and guests, is expanding

Started in 2007 by Pam and Rene Stoffel, Shore Details has become the “go to company” for both homeowners and guests on Hatteras Island.   Started with an idea to "do it better,” Pam and Rene began from the first moment working with the idea that details matter!  

Now even the staff can be heard saying, “At Shore Details, they mean it when they say -- it’s all about the details.”  With the attention to every detail and the mantra that “it’s all about the service,”  their guests and owners are finding a new peace of mind.  Pam and Rene tell them, “relax and let us do the work.” 

And that the company does. From the first moment the guests arrive until they check out, they are pampered with personal professional service.  The personal shopper will have their groceries stocked when they arrive, fishing trips are booked, and dinner plans made. Shore Details will even send in a personal chef or plan a surprise birthday party.   Owners also soon find out what true concierge service is all about.

With open communication, trained housekeepers, and friendly staff, homeowners can’t go wrong.  No more wondering “Who’s really watching my house”?   Pam and Rene and all the staff pride themselves on the care they give each and every homeowner and each and every home!    

Shore Details is a property service company providing quality services to both owners and guests.  From housekeeping and maintenance to pools and spas, the company provides every service owners need to be sure their home and their guests are well cared for.   No longer is there a need to rely solely on the mega companies. With Shore Details, homeowners have a new option -- handle the rentals themselves and turn everything else over to a company they can trust.  One company, one reason not to worry!   

After many years in the property management industry, Pam has learned this business from the ground up, right here on Hatteras Island.    With the help of her husband, Rene they have slowly grown the company into one that will enhance the Hatteras Island experience. 

After running the business from home for four years, they have now moved into a new location in Buxton at 47039 Buxton Back Road, right next to Village Video.  They welcome you to stop by and see their new facility.   Guest and owners can stop by to surf the net on the wireless network or just chat a while.  The staff loves to share the latest happenings on Hatteras Island. 

Also new in 2011 is the new Shore Discount Card.  You’ll want to keep an eye out for an ad on The Island Free Press ( that will announce the premiere of this card and tell you more about this great new way to find savings and discounts all around Hatteras Island.  Shore Discount Cards are not only for guests, island residents will want to know more about them also.

As Pam says, “After all, discounts matter too!!

Keep an eye on Shore Details by going to .    New clients, new services, and new testimonials will keep you coming back to see what’s new with this young Hatteras Island business. 

September 24, 2010

Tracey Midgett joins Hatteras Realty sales team
The Hatteras Realty sales ream announces the newest addition, Tracey Midgett. Tracey resides in Hatteras Village and will be covering sales on the entire island.

"Tracey is a very experienced, top-producing Hatteras Island Realtor. We are happy to have her as a part of our team," Hatteras Realty said in a media release. " As a longtime island resident and Realtor, Tracey is committed to providing quality service to her clients and will be a wonderful asset to Hatteras Realty.

You can contact
Tracey Midgett at 252-305-2359, e-mail her at [email protected] or visit her at her web-site at

September 15, 2010

La Fogata Mexican restaurant opens in Avon
La Fogata, a popular Mexican restaurant on the northern beaches of the Outer Banks, has come to Hatteras Island.
The eatery opened in late August in the Avon Shopping Center on Highway 12.
It's located in a newly remodeled area and seats about 80 people.  It offers the full menu from the La Fogata locations in Kitty Hawk and Nags Head with beer and wine but no liquor.
La Fogata is open daily from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. and the phone number for information or carry-out orders is 252-986-1118.
Brothers Tony and Chava Fernandez are running the new Avon restaurant, and they said they hope to be open year-round and may add delivery service in the future.
For more information, the website is

August 23, 2010

Michael Davenport is Sun Realty’s Agent of the Month

Michael Davenport has been selected as Agent of the Month for Sun Realty’s seven offices.

Davenport has been with Sun Realty as a broker for 25 years. He is very active in his community and serves on several local boards, including the Dare County Board of Equalization and Review. He is chairman of the Oregon Inlet Waterways Commission, and is active in the Outer Banks Association of Realtors. He serves on the Legislative and RPAC committee on the local and state levels.  He has also been elected as Regional Vice President for North Carolina Association of Realtors for 2010 and 2011.

Davenport and his assistant LeAnne Wiggins can be reached at Sun Realty’s Kill Devil Hills office.  To contact him, e-mail [email protected] or call him at 252-441-8011 ext.234.

August 23, 2010

Wal-Mart makes contribution to annual Powwow in Frisco              
 Kitty Hawk.  Wal-Mart manager, D'Andre Knight, recently presented a check to Carl Bornfriend, Executive Director, of the Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center to support the living history weekend and annual Powwow sponsored by the Frisco Native American Museum.   Wal-Mart has partnerened with the museum for a number of years to help provide the multi-cultural event held annually on Hatteras Island.  The 13th Journey Home and 2nd annual Dancing Moccasins are scheduled for April 30 and May 1, 2011.  For more information, visit the museum at or contact them at 252-995-4440.

August 4, 2010

Susan Flythe is new manager of CHEC

Susan Flythe, manager of finance and administration, has been selected by the Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) Board of Directors to be the next executive vice president and general manager.

Flythe will take the reins following the retirement of the current manager, Jim Kinghorn.    The transition is expected to be complete by January, 2011.

Flythe moved to Hatteras Island to work for CHEC in March, 2002. As the manager of finance and administration, she oversees customer service, billing, warehouse, human resources, information technology, and the finance functions of the cooperative.  She has also been the cooperative’s representative to the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperative’s political action executive committee.     Prior to coming to CHEC, Flythe was the vice-president of accounting for Pee Dee Electric Cooperative in Darlington, S.C.

A native of West Virginia, Flythe graduated magna cum laude from Marietta College in 1991 with a bachelor of arts degree in accounting.  She obtained her certified public accountant certificate in 1992.

Flythe resides in Buxton with her husband, Paul, and daughter, Chloe.  They are active members of the Buxton United Methodist Church.

August 1, 2010

New restaurant is now open in Frisco

Capt'n Rolo's Raw Bar & Grill opened earlier this summer on Highway 12 in Frisco, just north of the Frisco Woods Campground.

The owners are husband and wife, Roland and Beth Mulder, who have lived at Hatteras for 25 years.  They have been in the restaurant business off and on for about 20 years and are former owners of the Sea Robin restaurant in Avon. Roland has also been a commercial fisherman.

The Mulders have completely renovated the building, which now has a polished wood bar with seating and also table seating.

Capt’n Rolo’s serves fresh local seafood. Meals and sandwiches are served all day. The restaurant features homemade soups, cole slaw, and pasta salads.  Fish tacos are a specialty. In addition, there is a raw bar.

There is a kids’ menu and both domestic and imported beers – in bottles or on tap.

The restaurant will be open year round with daily lunch and dinner specials and live entertainment through the week.

The kitchen is open at 11 a.m., and the bar is open at noon until the folks go home.

Capt’n Rolo’s is closed on Sunday.  For more information, call 995-FOOD (995-3663).

June 21, 2010

Atlantic Coast Café has a second restaurant -- at Avon Pier

The owners of the Atlantic Coast Cafe in Waves have opened a second location on Hatteras Island. The new restaurant is in Avon at 41001 Highway 12 at the Avon Pier.

The Avon location offers the same, great customer service and popular menu of freshly-prepared food that Atlantic Coast Café is known for in Waves – serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in clean and comfortable family-friendly surroundings.  

Customers appreciate the free WiFi, the kids’ menu, and the fact that vegan options are available.  Frequent visitors and large groups will want to take advantage of the “come back card” (buy 10 wraps or Reubens, get one free).  The restaurant accommodates large parties (eat in or take out) and is available for events, such as wedding rehearsal dinners or business group luncheons.

You’ll likely see the familiar face of  General Manager Sheila Collie in both locations.  Visit the ACC website,, for more customer comments and to view or download full menus. 

May 10, 2010

Andrea Facci is closing Frisco office

Andrea Facci, Ph.D., LPC, LCAS, CRC , will close her Frisco office, effective Aug. 31.

“After six years of practice, providing both counseling and more recently DWI services, to the community, I will be closing my Frisco office effective Aug. 31, 2010,” Facci said in a media release. “It has been a very great honor to work here, and I am, and will always be, grateful for the opportunities provided to me by the people of Hatteras Island.”

She will continue to provide counseling services at her Kitty Hawk office and would welcome any Hatteras Island clients there.  Alternatively, she can also gladly supply a list of  providers for counseling or DWI services in the Manteo and Nags Head areas. Please contact 252-255-1847 or [email protected].

April 29, 2010

Outriggers is new restaurant in Hatteras village

Hatteras village is getting a new restaurant and bar. Brian Noel, a retired firefighter from southern Maryland, and his wife, Laura, are opening Outriggers Offshore Bar and Grill. Outriggers is located at the north end Hatteras village On Highway 12, and will be open before Memorial Day weekend. During the season, Outriggers will be open daily from 11 a.m. until midnight and will serve casual dining fare for lunch and dinner and will also have a bar. Noel said that during the season, they’re planning to have Karaoke, a DJ, and live entertainment on various nights of the week.

April 12, 2010

Catfish Pottery opens in Frisco

Catfish Pottery, Frisco’s newest art gallery, opened its doors on April 1. Edith Camp, a native of Franklin, Va., owns and runs the gallery, which features local and other artists. 

Camp studied ceramics and sculpture at the University of Richmond. She has lived on the island for 16 years and had previously worked with Glenn Dodenhoff sculpting mugs for the Ugly Mugs coffee shop in Avon.

Catfish Pottery is located next to the Frisco Sandwich shop, on Highway 12 in Frisco, and will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

April 9, 2010

Frisco Tackle has new owners

Frisco Tackle, located on Highway 12 in the heart of Frisco, is under new ownership. 

Bobby and Beverly Cox took over ownership of the shop last Oct. 1. They’ve worked hard to revamp the place. They have installed all new shelving, new peg-board, and they have expanded the products offered.  The store now carries convenience items, beer and wine, beach goods, children’s toys, apparel, and gifts.

They have also extended the hours. During the winter months, Frisco Tackle will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and beginning Memorial Day, the shop will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 or 11 p.m.

The Coxes are originally from Maryland, near Rockville, and are in the process of moving to Hatteras Island permanently.

March 29, 2010

Kelly Wilson is promoted at Outer Beach Realty

Outer Beaches Realty, Inc., of Hatteras Island has announced that Kelly Wilson has been promoted to vice-president of the company.  As a graduate of Cape
Hatteras High School, Wilson began working with Outer Beaches upon receiving her bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University.  She has been with the company for 18 years.

Wilson’s responsibilities will include strategic analysis, accounting and finance, guest services, and information technology.   She resides in Frisco with her husband, David,
and children Andrea and Simon.

Hatteras Island’s only laundry and dry cleaning service is now open
Ruth Sheeley, who moved to Frisco from Akron, Ohio, seven years ago, opened Ruth’s Simple Stitch on March 15. The shop is located on Highway 12, between Beach Pharmacy and Village Video in Hatteras village. Services available at Ruth’s Simple Stitch include light alterations and sewing repairs, dry cleaning drop-off, ironing, and laundry wash, dry, and fold.

The building also houses Ruth’s Simple Edible Treats, where Sheeley serves homemade baked goods and coffee.

Ruth’s Simple Stitch is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 7:30 until 11:30 a.m.