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Dec. 24, 2010

Chamber’s Hatteras-Ocracoke Council selling event calendars

The 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).

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 date from the calendar sales are more than $7,000.

The 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,

The calendar was made possible by the support of local businesses. Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative is a gold sponsor.  Silver sponsors are  Atlantic Coast Café, Hatteras Realty, Kitty Hawk Kites, Mack 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.

Members 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 Roughton.

“We 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 has been exceptional and plans are already underway for a 2012 edition.”

 The 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

Five 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.

The 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.
The 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.
In 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 Hatteras Connection.
The 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 feedback.
With 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.

For 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. .
To follow the Eco Team's blog, visit and to find them on Facebook, search for Hatteras Green Eco Team.

CHES Teacher of the Year is Karla Willis
Cape 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.

“I 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.
“Given 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,” Willis adds.
Willis 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.
“I 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.
“As 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.”

To accomplish this, Willis understands the importance of connecting with not only each student, but also the family.
CHES 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 skills.”
Willis 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 Island Meals and Food Pantry   

The 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.

 A 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.

Chefs 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 Pamlico Sound. 

The team was assisted by seafood chowder specialist Lynne Foster of Hatteras, cornbread and coleslaw connoisseur Sue Mattingly of Buxton, and many other volunteers.

“Folks from every sector of the island worked to make the dinner a success,” said Susan West, Hatteras Connection coordinator.

People traveled from as far as Corolla and Down East Carteret County to attend the dinner.

Hatteras Island Meals, Inc. serves daily lunches to as many as 45 people who are homebound, convalescing from surgery, or dealing with extenuating medical conditions. 

The 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.

Hatteras 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 Island.

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