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Dec. 24, 2010
Hatteras-Ocracoke Council selling event calendars
Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce Hatteras-Ocracoke Island Council has
been selling local, custom-designed calendars over the last few months
that promote community events. Proceeds from the sales go directly to
the Family Enrichment Partnership of Hatteras Island (FEPHI).
combines the efforts of schools, day care centers, churches,
businesses, community organizations, and professional organizations to
protect the welfare of children and improve the quality of life for
Hatteras Island families. Net proceeds to FEPHI to
from the calendar sales are more than $7,000.
Cape Hatteras-Ocracoke event calendar features 13 local artists –
Stephanie Kiker, Kim Mosher, Don Bowers, Denise Gaskins, Linda
Browning, Wayne Fulcher, Lisa Cooper, Mary Bassell, Glenn Dodenhoff,
Daniel Pullen, Carole Nunnally, Jennifer Johnson, and Ann Ehringhaus.
Scheduled community events are noted on the calendar along with links
for detailed event information on the Outer Banks Chamber’s website,
calendar was made possible by the support of local businesses. Cape
Hatteras Electric Cooperative is a gold sponsor. Silver
are Atlantic Coast Café, Hatteras Realty, Kitty Hawk Kites,
Daddy’s Restaurant, Midgett Realty, Ocracoke Realty, Outer Beaches
Realty, Spa Koru, and Surf or Sound Realty. Bronze sponsors
are Back Porch Restaurant, Frisco Sandwich Shop, Mad Crabber
restaurant, Ocracoke Campground, and Village Conery.
of the Hatteras-Ocracoke Council Promotional Affairs Committee who
donated their time and efforts to this project include John Griffin,
Mary Helen Goodloe-Murphy, Joe Thompson, Bonnie Williams, and Rhonda
are excited about this new Cape Hatteras-Ocracoke Event calendar which
showcases the craftsmanship of local artists, promotes annual
events of the islands, and also has raised much needed funds for the
Family Enrichment Partnership of Hatteras Island,” said Outer Banks
Chamber Board Chair Robin Mann. “We appreciate businesses that have
supported the inaugural project through advertising, providing event
information, selling of the calendars in their retail shops, or giving
it as a customer appreciation gift. Response to the calendar
been exceptional and plans are already underway for a 2012 edition.”
2011calendars are still available. For more information, Contact Rhonda
Roughton at (252) 489-9784.
Dec. 14, 2010
CHSSCS Hatteras Green Eco Team scores a national win
Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies students -- entering
as the Hatteras Green Eco Team -- have won a finalist spot in this
year's Lexus Eco Challenge Land/Water competition. The CHSS team is one
of two high school team finalists in the eastern region of the United
States and one of eight nationally.
team won for the students’ efforts to inspire both residents and
visitors to be more sustainable in their lifestyles and habits and to
regard themselves as stewards of Hatteras Island.
students, all ninth graders, are Savannah Brown, Ian Folb, James
Pitetti, Andrea Wilson and Lindsay Young. All in Christin Brown's earth
and environmental science class. Brown is the team adviser.
addition to Brown's guidance, CHSS Career Development Coordinator
Elaine Whitaker assisted in organizing the team's Green Fair. The Green
Fair was part of the team's outreach to inform others about green
living and green jobs. Fair participants included BlueGreen Outerbanks,
Hatteras Recycle, the Cape Hatteras Electric Membership Cooperative,
UNC Coastal Studies Institute, NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries, and
team also created informational magnets that were distributed to Outer
Beaches Realty and will soon include Midgett Realty as a way to educate
visitors about ways to think and live "green" while visiting the
island. They worked in tandem with the Builder's Club for a beach
clean-up this fall and are planning another larger beach clean for the
spring. The Eco Team has a social media presence on Facebook and is
maintaining a blog to document its activities and to receive community
this win, the Hatteras Green Eco team advances to the Lexus Eco Final
Challenge, "Be the Change." Beyond this year's competition, Brown says
the students are planning several other green activities and hope to
turn the group into a club that continues after they have graduated.
now, the students are reaping another type of "green" reward. Each
received $1,400 in prize money, Brown received $1,000 (used for
school-related material), and CHSSCS netted $2,000. .
follow the Eco Team's blog, visit http://hatterasgreenecoteam.tumblr.com/
and to find them on Facebook, search for Hatteras Green Eco Team.
Teacher of the Year is Karla Willis
Hatteras Elementary School Teacher of the Year Karla Willis was born
into a family of teachers. She knew early on that she wanted a career
as an educator.
come from a family of teachers, beginning with my grandmother who
taught Sunday school for many years and would have leaped at the
opportunity to teach school if she had been able to attend college,”
Willis recounts. “My mother fitted a teaching career of 18 years around
raising a family and supporting my minister dad in his work. I have
aunts and cousins who teach school as well. The need to teach has been
almost a calling in my life from an early age.
the honor of being our school’s teacher of the year has humbled me and
made me aware that I can and do make a difference, as well as having
achieved my goal of becoming and being recognized as a true teacher,”
earned her degree in elementary education from Southeastern University
in December, 2003 and began at Cape Hatteras Elementary as a first
grade teacher in August, 2004. Now in her seventh year at CHES, she has
spent the past six years teaching kindergarten.
am rewarded by watching my students grow and change to become
confident, independent individuals,” notes Willis. “My beliefs
concerning individual differences allow me to see the potential of each
child, no matter what their abilities. I believe that children will see
themselves as we see them, so it is vital that we set our goals high
for them in order to encourage their best efforts.
an early childhood educator, I am committed to establishing a solid
foundation for future success,” asserts Willis. “I try to understand
the individual needs of each child, and find a way to help them achieve
their highest potential.”
accomplish this, Willis understands the importance of connecting with
not only each student, but also the family.
Principal Sherry Couch describes Willis as a “dynamic educator who
inspires collaboration and creativity among her peers. Karla Willis
takes educating the ‘whole’ child to a new level. Consistently focused
on academics, she directed the K-2 team in revising the annual field
day to incorporate learning activities that addressed a variety of
curriculum goals. Her capacity to help students learn in fun and
challenging new ways helps prepare our students with 21st century
and her husband, Woody Willis, will celebrate their seventh wedding
anniversary this month. They reside in Buxton with 2-year-old Ezekiel
Alden Willis and are expecting their second child, a girl, in March.
Seafood dinner assists Hatteras
Meals and Food Pantry
second annual Hatteras Connection Seafood Dinner raised $2,478 for
Hatteras Island Meals, Inc., and collected more than 10 fish boxes of
non-perishable food items and personal care products for the Hatteras
Island Food Pantry.
team of well-known local chefs prepared fish donated by island
fishermen and fish dealers for the Dec. 7 dinner at the Hatteras
Village Civic Center.
included Tracy Morris of Frisco Sandwich Company and The Catering
Company, Nathan Robinson of Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café, Don Oden of The
Breakwater Restaurant, Sharon Peele Kennedy of Hatteras Harbor Deli,
and Elwood Wescoat, Brett Barnett, and Forrest Paddock of The Inn on
team was assisted by seafood chowder specialist Lynne Foster of
Hatteras, cornbread and coleslaw connoisseur Sue Mattingly of Buxton,
and many other volunteers.
from every sector of the island worked to make the dinner a success,”
said Susan West, Hatteras Connection coordinator.
traveled from as far as Corolla and Down East Carteret County to attend
Island Meals, Inc. serves daily lunches to as many as 45 people who are
homebound, convalescing from surgery, or dealing with extenuating
Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men’s Food Pantry was used 2,260 times
helping people with more than 100,000 meals last year and assisting 183
families with medical and housing expenses.
Connection is a community-based project dedicated to sustainable
economic development and environmental stewardship and committed to
working to ensure a future for new generations of watermen on Hatteras
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