Letters to the Editor
Letters to the
note: In the Sept. 24 Letters to the Editor, John Griffin of
Salvo wrote a letter taking organizations to task for scheduling events
on the same day – in this case, Sept. 17 with Day at the Docks and the
Chicamacomico Banks VFD chili cook-off and Oct. 2 with the Carey
LeSieur Foundation fundraiser and the Kiwanis lobster sale. We received
several letters in response.)
Day at the Docks Organizing Committee understands the frustration
caused by multiple events occurring on the same date on this island.
We have experienced that with other activities during every
season of the year. Autumn is particularly hectic because of
nature of life and work on the island and sometimes really good things
pop up, despite the best efforts to ensure as clear a date as possible
- like school athletics teams moving into the playoffs! Guess
where everyone goes that night!
is not that "it doesn't matter." It does, but cannot always
helped. We wish everyone success with their programs and
never intentionally want to cause them harm.
at the Docks was started to celebrate the "Spirit of Hatteras" when we
recovered from Hurricane Isabel in 2003 as an intact community,
anchored by the commercial and charter fishermen. Our
were able to continue working and bringing in much-needed income when
Hatteras village was in isolation and other sources of income dried up.
of the readers are probably aware that the ocean broke through the road
leaving Hatteras village literally cut off from the rest of the world.
The evening before the rebuilt road was reopened, the people
Hatteras and Ocracoke came together in the Methodist Church in Hatteras
village for music, laughter, fellowship, and an enormous dessert spread!
was a tradition born.
at the Docks is an expanded continuation of a major event in the lives
of our people, a confirmation of the strength of community. We
celebrate on the Saturday closest to the date of Hurricane Isabel,
Sept. 18, because it is a meaningful date to Hatteras villagers and to
our many friends and visitors.
encourage people to come to Day at the Docks and stay for the entire
day and remain for the Blessing of the Fleet but understand that many
will have to dip in and out in order to do other things. That
why this year we posted the schedule prior to the event in this paper
and in the local print press, on Facebook, and on the Day at the Docks
website. We will do the same next year.
year Day at the Docks took place on the anniversary date, Sept. 18.
Next year's date is September 17, 2011. We hope
coincide with any other events or create friction. and we would love to
welcome everyone to Hatteras village's working waterfront for another
celebration of the indomitable Spirit of Hatteras and the living
traditions of our watermen.
Foster for the DATD Organizing Committee
Kiwanian, I can say our lobster sale has long been a tradition for our
club and has always fallen on the Saturday of Columbus Day weekend. We
do this to take advantage of the cooler weather because we
boiling lobsters outside and because it is one of the busier weekends
in our fall season, which sales rely on
sure that is the same reason that HICF does their Fun Run that same
weekend. We do want everyone to take part in both as they both support
a great cause. So feel free to go to the run and call a Kiwanian to
reserve your lobster for a later pick-up. We're flexible and want
everyone to enjoy themselves and support as many causes as they can,
because they are all equally important!
to all from the Kiwanis Club
Kiwanis Club of Hatteras Island thanks the community for supporting the
annual Lobster Sale fundraiser event. More than 500 lobsters
sold for $15 each, producing a profit of close to $3,500.
Proceeds from the sale support Kiwanis school programs and scholarships
for Cape Hatteras Secondary School. The Kiwanis Club
Village Grocery for taking delivery and storing the live 1.3-pound
lobsters overnight. The word coming back to Kiwanis Club
is that these were the freshest and best lobsters yet.
Boyer and Vicky G. Barris
Club of Hatteras Island
you. Hatteras Island community
Carey LeSieur Foundation, along with the Brigands Bay Homeowners
Association, and homeowners Anita and Brud Bills would like to thank
everyone who helped make this year’s “Bucket Party” the best
It was such a great day and a beautiful event.
for the Grilling Extravaganza with an assortment of ribs, chicken, and
beef brisket goes to the Connor family and T. Bentley
The Conners --Crazy Johnny (son), Johnny (dad) and Rauna (mom) went
above and beyond for the cause. They not only cooked, they
until the food was gone.
Crabtree cooked racks of ribs this year, and I think he sampled every
rack to make sure it was done. Doc also couldn’t keep his
out of the homemade Italian sauce with meatballs (my grandmothers’
was a potluck buffet, so everyone brought a side dish to
When one family would call it a day, another group arrived. People were
sitting around on lawn chairs or blankets having conversations and then
the music began. The wonderful music performed by Sean
and the second performers, Luis Zambrano and Kristen Evans, added such
a beautiful combination of easy listening and uplifting
Hatteras Island community is one of a kind. All the villages were
represented at the party this year. We believe we had approximately 300
to 350 people attend – again this is an all time high. What a great
tribute to Carey LrSieur.
cannot express the heartfelt gratitude that I feel for the support of
the Hatteras Island Community. I personally would like to
the following businesses/people for their help in getting the party
ready and for the cleanup that night:
- My Brigands
neighbors who show up year after year to help with setting up and the
breaking down of the party. There are too many to mention.
- Frisco Fire
Hatteras Village Fire Company, and Our Lady of the Seas Catholic Church
for supplying the tables and other necessities. Many thanks
Rich Marlin, Dave Kelmer, and Father Bob Brown.
- Pastor Ken
Hatteras Baptist Church, who gave permission for us to use the marquee
to advertise the ‘Bucket Party’ up on Highway 12.
- Mila Bills
(daughter-in-law) who learned how to make my families tomato sauce snf
helping make the meatballs and stayed after the party to help clean up.
his awesome crew cut the grass, trimmed, and weed wacked the yards.
Homeowners Association for co-sponsoring the event.
- Dare County
spraying the area for bugs.
their many donations.
party raised $2,000 for the Carey LeSieur Foundation
and we hope to see even more people at next year’s get together.
Community supported Locomotion
Hatteras Island teen organization, recently held a barbecue
to raise funds for the organization, and it was
success. Locomotion gives many thanks to Johnny Conner III of Crazy
Johnny’s BBQ who donated his time and efforts to prepare the food and
help plan the event. His parents, Johnny and Rauna Conner, of
Conner’s Supermarket were also on hand, helping to prepare food and
Conner family is a huge asset to our community and we feel blessed to
be able to work with them,” said Kathy Kiddy, Locomotion’s director.
and visitors alike were drawn in by Capt. Steve and his mermaid bride,
Sherry Smith, who enthusiastically advertised the event. The food was
awesome and Locomotion looks forward to working with Crazy Johnny’s
again in the future.
Food Drive in progress on Hatteras
think renters exiting the island should be able to drop off unused food
items (non-perishable) at various places (local real estate offices
along with keys), which could be used to support the Island Food
note: Many local real estate management companies do have
drop-off points for visitors to leave their non-perishables.)
to the National Park Service, predators have negatively
the hatching success of both sea turtles and shorebirds at the Cape
Hatteras National Seashore, preventing the NPS from completing its
mission of protecting threatened and endangered species and species of
concern. Predator management operations ( killing ) would occur between
the months of January and March, when predators are most active, and
June and August, to protect new born chicks and turtles, so as not to
interfere with the breeding season.
predators targeted for control ( to be killed) include red fox, gray
fox, raccoons, Virginia opossums, coyotes, mink, river otter,
feral cats as these species have been observed depredating or damaging
bird and/or turtle nests in previous years. In addition,
and muskrats have been observed damaging nests and native vegetation,
including piping plover proposed critical habitat.
get big surf for competition -- too big
wanted to say again that Daniel Pullen’s pics are amazing. He captures
the waves, the surfers and all the surroundings just at the right time
to create a beautiful picture. For us visitors, you bring Hatteras to
us when we're not there. Good job, Dan. Peace and respect.
shoaling shuts down Hatteras Inlet ferry
more than 14 days and $300,000 in funding areis spent to dredge. And
over the years, paying for gas and ferry maintenance, and so
forth. I wonder how much it would cost to build a bridge?
to the Frisco Pier?
father, Bob Comstock, was surf fishing the year Frisco Pier was being
built. After a conversation with the builder, he went back
to Virginia and talked to two of his friends about buying the
pier. The three of them purchased the pier and opened it for
business. It was a wonderful place to visit every chance I
could. When my father took ill in 1983, I worked his monthly
shift. Absolutely loved doing it. Upon my father's
the pier reverted to remaining owners. I would have loved to
been able to take my fathers share but it was not possible.
heart breaking for me to see the pier in such poor shape. My
father would be absolutely shocked!! I do hope the current
does something to bring it back to life.
Hatteras villages will be voting on mixed drinks on Dec. 7
is just perfect the way it is. This is the only place I can come that
gets me away from all of the fast pace world. I get a little upset when
I see the ferry lines back on Highway 12. It is like sitting in rush
hour traffic. My point is, keep the mixed drinks out of paradise.
wife and I own a home in Frisco and are long time visitors to the Outer
Banks. We strongly support being able to buy liquor by the drink. It’s
a plus for the economy and only natural.
village shipwreck appears and disappears with the shifting sands
for this story ! Recently, my family rented a beach house at the end of
Flambeau Road and the shipwreck was amazingly (the first word that came
to my mind) visible. It was barely visible at the same time of the year
in 2007, but this year we took some awesome pictures. Thank you for
believe that Allen Burrus speaks for most of the community when he says
that it appears the NPS and USFWS almost want the bridge to collapse.
government organizations sporadically send representatives to Dare
County to listen to our concerns and complaints over the Bonner Bridge
and beach access issues, yet none of them hear us.
constant end message is "We will relay this on to our superiors."
the superiors really cared, then they themselves would be here.
course the environmentalists would want a ferry system, as none of them
would have to frequently use or rely on it. No, would the ferry system
have any affect on their well being or livelihoods.
environmentalists have a constant track record of extreme solutions as
long as it does not affect them directly.
is the breaking point for this community? When does enough--become
Mob Bikes to the Light for Great Fun and a Great Cause
a wonderful slide show. Thanks to photographer Don Bowers for the
of the coolest events/fund raisers I have ever seen and one of the
greatest places in the world!!
would love to attend and participate one day.
going to share this with others.
idea for entire community! I sure hope it was a success! Based on
costumes, and picture, it sure looks like it. Congratulations!!
the island’s wildlife
kudos to wildlife rehabilitators Becky and Richard Marlin! We
a duck tangled up in fishing line behind the Cape Hatteras Motel in
Buxton, and they showed up in less than 15 minutes. Thanks for all you
do. The duck did get himself untangled. A happy ending.
hosts N.C. State vets at clinic to spay and neuter 97 feral cats
for your positive comments. It really helps. We need to figure out a
way to get more vet volunteers to Ocracoke. We did the clinic with
North Carolina State and had lots of support and donations, but it was
still expensive. During the "off" season, we can get more people to
donate cottages, etc. We just have to find vets who can neuter/spay
ferals in North Carolina. Any ideas?
great story! I
always park across the road to walk the beach every September
I stop and admire those beautiful horses! May this be an institution
that doesn't give way to "progress."
story. Mr. Bob will be missed.
Relocated, renovated, redecorated, and ready for the rest of its life
is beautiful! The new owners have really decorated it so nicely and it
looks so much like the movie. I am so glad it was moved and renovated
and not torn down. It has so much character. I loved the
from the moment I saw it in the movie. I would love to stay there
Note: The is a copy of a letter to Carolina County magazine, published
by North Carolina Electric cooperatives.)
would like to submit a brief letter to the editor of Carolina
Country. First, let me say that I enjoy your publication and
found several useful articles. My letter follows:
resident of Buxton, N.C. on Hatteras Island, I want to congratulate
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative for a job well done. With
continuing infrastructure improvements over the years, we managed to
get through Hurricane Earl with barely a blink in the power.
was it -- just a momentary blink -- at my house. Not yet
generator, I had imagined walking down Highway 12 with the coffee
grinder in my arms, looking for a place to plug it in. I was
delighted to be able to continue enjoying all the conveniences of home
at home. Thank you for great service!
another matter, I really wish that we could enter the 21st century here
with our outside pole and security lighting. Every light on a
pole I have seen here on Hatteras Island is the old-fashioned,
barn-style drop light. These lights intrude past the areas
are there to light. They light the neighbors’
bedrooms, and porches, are hazardous to hatching sea turtles, and range
into the otherwise gloriously dark starlit skies here. There
several styles of outside pole lights that leak less light out and up
while effectively lighting the areas needed, such as a cobra or shoebox
fixture with a flat lens. I wonder if we might start
the outdated fixtures with more environmentally friendly ones?
Note: This is a response from Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative)
you for your compliment on electric service during Hurricane
Earl. It would be nice if we could assure continuous service
all times, but that is not always possible.
regard to your questions about outdoor lighting, here is some
information that may give insight about current and possible future
outdoor illumination provided by the Cooperative.
Hatteras Electric offers outdoor lighting as a related business
service, as do most electric utilities. In addition to many
obvious business related reasons, CHEC offers this service for several
non-traditional reasons. If lighting service is not available
from the utility, individuals wanting lighting will provide it
themselves, leading to safety issues and much less attention to the
environmental aspects you have identified.
at least the last 10n years, CHEC has not aggressively promoted outdoor
lighting when approached by consumers about this service.
Additionally, when subdivision developers have insisted on lighting in
subdivisions, the Cooperative has offered only one type fixture which
is a shaded down-light type. These can be seen in several
subdivisions, notably Wind Over Waves, Hattie Creef, and South Beach
subdivisions in Salvo.
general purpose fixture the Cooperative uses has actually evolved over
the years from the bluish white mercury vapor (MV) fixture to the
present yellow high pressure sodium (HPS) fixture. HPS lamps
contain far less elemental mercury than the old MV lamps, last longer,
and are more energy efficient. These general purpose fixtures
be darkened on sides that light is not desired, which is frequently
done. Their main advantage, in addition to being cost
is that they hold up well in our corrosive salt environment.
the last couple of years our material supply cooperative, Tarheel
Electric Membership Association, has been developing a light emitting
diode (LED) general purpose fixture in partnership with an LED
manufacturer. CHEC has installed 10 of these fixture
under a test on our system for about six months, including one each at
the Salvo Fire Department and the Old Lighthouse Beach access parking
area at Buxton. These LED fixtures are not quite ready for
production, but appear to have several advantages over HPS fixtures,
including additional energy efficiency, an extremely directional light
pattern, and sealed parts for corrosion resistance.
2004, the Cooperative conducted literary research in an effort to
determine if a particular lighting color was less visible to sea
turtles. It was determined that only low pressure sodium
seemed to disturb the habits of sea turtles less than other lighting
sources. LPS lighting has not received wide acceptance as a
lighting technology and availability is limited, so this technology has
not been employed.
Hatteras Electric Cooperative
Election Season is upon us
note: The next two letters are copies of letter to state Sen.
Marc Basnight, a Democrat who represents Hatteras and Ocracoke.)
success in the coming election doesn't look good on Hatteras
Island. Our troubles are blamed on the environmental
groups. Publicity about wind generators and plastic bags
help. Our open beaches are our top priorities. For
reason and the general climate regarding national issues, there
definitely is a distinct "throw them all out" mentality.
recently plastic bag ban being extended to all businesses is poor
timing. While I support this measure personally, it is very
costly and inconvenient for the small business owner. Our
businesses are the ones most affected by the beach closures.
recently completed video, "Piping Mad," explains this very well.
personally researched the reported science of the closures, I know it
to be non-existent. The letter submitted by Gordon Myers,
executive director of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, as
comment to the National Park Service’s DEIS is most helpful.
might consider PR releases of this information as the work you
have done for us. No doubt you have worked for us in other
of which most islanders are unaware.
Consent Decree requirements for the federal and state listed birds are
most onerous. To continue these practices will destroy the
economy of Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. Recent examples are
closures of Oregon Inlet, North and South Ocracoke Inlet Spits
summer for state listed birds apparently do not follow NCWRC
guidelines. The State could provide better nesting habitat by
depositing freshly dredged sand on Pamlico Sound areas as has been
successfully used by the listed birds in the past.
effects of the recent storms and hurricanes have destroyed
our threatened sea turtle nests’ which could possibly have
saved with proper relocation to safer areas. The NCWRC needs
research the better methods of relocation that are used in other
Atlantic and Gulf coast areas. This was mentioned in the Myers
letter. The loggerhead sea turtle is in the process of being
listed as federally endangered. The endangered Kemp's Ridley
turtles were relocated to improvised hatcheries late in the
gestation period this year due to threats of the oil spill.
call this to your attention because I support your
Please respond with haste to your electorate.
Democrats are in trouble along the Outer Banks. The island inhabitants
are enraged with the recent actions of our governmental
There is a growing voter backlash against all incumbent Democratic
politicians who have been unable or unwilling to support their
electorate against the transgressions of these agencies.
Department of the Interior has run roughshod over the public with
delays to the Oregon Inlet Bridge and unwarranted denial of access to
the federal beaches. Yes, these are federal agencies, but
is a lot of control that our state was capable of providing:
Bridge: The state assembly can generate resolutions and the
governor can sign them. A resolution could declare that the
unconscionable delays are nothing more than cleverly devised stall
tactics. The public must be served by a replacement
After all it is only a replacement not something novel and foreboding
that will destroy the world! Have Governor Perdue declare an
emergency for public safety and direct the NCDOT to begin immediate
construction with or without DOI paperwork. Send a detachment
the NC National Guard to the bridge site to control any dissenters
before they show up. This is a message that needs to be
to the DOI.
Access: The legislation that created this National Seashore
provided that it would be a Recreational Area and the beaches would be
dedicated to active water sports and other public recreation.
Wildlife was to be protected on the island interiors and the 13 miles
of Pea Island Refuge. NPS made many promises from 1949 to
the public in order to obtain title to the lands necessary to form the
new type of National Park
NPS has broken those promises (RICO violation) and violated the USC 459
law through their closure actions and draconian proposals set forth in
the DEIS. By these actions the NPS has abrogated their
to administer Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area – the
democratic leadership of NC could prepare resolutions for our U.S.
Senators and Congressman to remove Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke lands
from federal jurisdiction and to revert them to the control of North
Wildlife Resources Commission: Gordon Myers commentary to the
DEIS was the first sign of moderation towards public access
this commission. During the Reg-Neg process the NCWRC
of Sue Cameron and David Allen offered no such balanced view but were
in the environmental forefront with clamor for excess bird protection
even to include numerous species of no concern. Dr. Matthew
Godfrey with his long term advocacy of natural nesting has done more to
endanger the loggerhead turtle than any other person in North Carolina.
there needs to be a house cleaning of personnel within NCWRC.
you can see, there is much that our state leadership with a Democratic
majority could have done to alleviate the suffering of the Outer Banks
people and those who choose to come here from all parts of North
Carolina and beyond. We islanders don’t have deep pockets to
contribute to PACs nor do we have lawyers on staff to expose the
environmental distortions. We set out jars to collect the
change against the day when we must defend our rights in court.
islander has a vote and if we feel abandoned by the Democratic
majority, there is no reason to expect our loyalty at the
You have a problem that needs to be addressed.