Letters to the Editor
Letters to the
Bike to the Light or Run for Fun -- all for a good cause
events coming in
October, but why does Kiwanis' Lobster Sale have to conflict with HICF
Fun Run? Same as it did last year. But we should note the improvement
as the Carey LeSieur Foundation’s Bucket Party, which isn’t the same
day as the other two events as was the case in 2009.
mirrors what we
had on Sept 18 when both Day at the Docks and Chicamacomico Banks VFD
both scheduled events, and both seem to feel "it doesn’t matter." Well,
it does. Maybe old-time locals won’t attend events in other villages
(but maybe they might if they had they opportunity), but I can assure
you that many of us recent transplants wish we could. We moved here in
2006 and that year we were able to attend both Day at the Docks and the
chili cook-off. We loved both. We have subsequently had to make a
choice that we would have preferred to avoid.
Come on, planners,
together (which you obviously have done for your event) and work with
other island event planners to make weekends a destination rather than
a need to choose between two or three great times.
note: I think most island organizations try to coordinate
events, but fall is a busy time for all local groups and their
fundraisers. I don’t know what exactly the hours were on the
chili cook-off, since I did not get any information, but the Day at the
Docks began at 10 a.m. and ended with the Blessing of the Fleet at 6
p.m. It seems to me that folks could have visited both events
over the course of the day. It’s the same with the lobster
and the Fun Run. It seems you can run and pick up your
pick up your lobster and join the Fun Run festivities in progress.)
sixth annual Day
at the Docks gets great weather and great crowds
Loved it -- every word and every photo. Thanks especially to
Lynne and Ernie Foster for originating a tradition anchoring our
history, culture, and Hatteras Island past, but making it inclusive of
everyone, residents and visitors alike. I hope it will carry
into the future.
The schedule for Day at the Docks makes us realize just how much we
miss Hatteras when we have to come back to Florida. We wish you good
weather and lots of fun for everyone.
Farewell to the
I feel like I lost an old friend -- and a couple fish, too.
Golf carts are
the way to go on Ocracoke and are catching on in Hatteras village
I have mixed feelings on this. I think it is a neat idea for Ocracoke
and Hatteras village, but I also think that it will be abused by the
tourists and we will end up with an accident next summer. I would have
liked to see the carts allowed in residential areas, no matter the
State vets at clinic to spay and neuter 97 feral cats
It made my heart so happy to read this article. I volunteer with a
mobile clinic here on the Eastern Shore that also does feral cats as
well as local Humane Societies and owners with limited income. It is
wonderful to see the feral cats get this care. Kudos to the all the
volunteers and people that helped Ocracats get the medical care to the
kitties.! Addressing the problem of overpopulation and making an effort
to control it in a positive way is near and dear to me.
Kudos to all of you for your efforts. I am proud to say we do
same thing here once a month. The organization
does this. On Sept. 11, we managed to spay/neuter 99 cats, the most
we've ever done in one day. Our vets and techs were and are
wonderful. The volunteers are pretty good too!
Plastic bag ban
will expand to all businesses on the Outer Banks on Oct. 1
Is there any contact or further information for business to be part of
the group getting bags from International Paper? Is there a date or any
other information about when or where they are planning to distribute
note: For more information on buying bags, call the Outer
Chamber of Commerce at 252-441-8144.)
The old Hatteras
These pictures brought up so much emotion in me, especially the view
from the lighthouse. I got teary-eyed just looking at it. I remember
the first time I came down to Hatteras as a young girl in the very
early ‘80s. The island was so sparse and beautiful. i miss that old
Love the old photos and would like to see more! I've been visiting the
islands since 1966. So much has changed except the magic!
White doves over
Hatteras lift the spirit
Thank you Lynne, Irene, and Donna. The article was fantastic, and I'm
loving the slide show, too. Lynne, your photo of Lou
our guys near "Granddaddy's dock" (very significant for the two of us)
is great! It's hard to capture these guys on the
me tell you it took us a lot of practice and luck. Your
was good the first time. Thank you all so much.
were really "in our heads" with this one.
Having been the recipient of a release of these doves at my daughter's
memorial service, I cannot begin to convey to you the beauty and
spiritual blessing I felt as I released the dove symbolizing the return
of her soul to her Heavenly Father. I will always be indebted to Liz
and Lou for the gift of this ceremony and treasure the memory forever!
Lynne's article was so full of information, and it is an inspiration
for a wonderful new asset to our island business scene.
Island is a trip back in time
We have visited Portsmouth several times in the past 20 years, and with
every visited we love it more. We are coming to Ocracoke next week and
plan on spending one day on Portsmouth. Thank you for keeping this
island open to visitors
Both sides of my family came from this island and my grandmother, Dot
Salter Willis, is the last living person who was born on this
island. She also wrote a book based on the written stories of
father, Benjamin Bowden Salter, and the book entitled "Portsmouth
Island : Short Stories and History" is a wonderful read and takes you
back in time to a simpler, more peaceful place. This island
deeply loved by anyone who's been here, it just grabs a piece of you
and won't let go. Maybe it enjoys the company as much as we
immigrant’s long journey to a new life on Ocracoke
Our family had the pleasure of meeting Margarita while visiting
Ocracoke this summer ( as we have done for 40 years!), We went to have
> supper with our granddaughter who was renting a house across
lane from Margarita's casa. There was no place to park
blocking the roadway, and we were turning around to leave and park on
the highway when she came out and graciously invited us to
in her yard. Our son lives in Peru and speaks fluent Spanish, so they
had quite a conversation. It was wonderful to read the story of her
life. Immigrants add a richness to our culture that we should all
appreciate. May God bless them all!
thank you note to a
member of our community
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Joel Groetsch from
Joel went above the call of duty to help my family with the recent
flooding from Hurricane Earl. Joel stopped by our business to
check out the flood damage. Our friends that work for us (and
also worked hard!) had explained to him that my husband was out of
town. Joel proceeded to stop by our home to make sure that
4-year-old son and I were okay. He then helped our family for
next several hours!
"I would want someone to help my wife if I was out of town," said Joel.
His professionalism, giving of his time, and unconditional help has
renewed my faith in people and their willingness to help others in
need. He makes me proud to say that he is a member of our
community. I said to Joel that for him to be available on the
Saturday of Labor Day weekend was unbelievable! He said,
when our community needs us the most!" I thank God that we
been blessed with such a wonderful friend! My deepest and
heart-felt thank you goes to Joel Groetsch!
Letters to the
offshore will bring rough surf and rip current risk for much of the
family and I love coming to the OBX every year, and I hate to see that
Earl is coming so close to the islands. I just hope and pray
passes by quickly and no damage will be done. I also hope
folks who didn't evacuate in 2003 when Isabel came through
remember how bad it was and will leave if they are told to this
time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, and I hope to
you again soon. Godspeed to all of you.
to the Frisco Pier?
pictures of the pier!
terribly, terribly sad to see such a wonderful place to fish and watch
people be destroyed. My family and I spent many an enjoyable time on
the pier and I will cherish my T-shirt that proudly displays the
beautiful Frisco Pier.
sad to see it go down like that, I only wished they could've done
something long ago to preserve it. We were down in June and I
took several pictures of it. I guess they were the last.
the Park Service thrown in the towel on the Frisco Pier? Does
anyone know the status of the current concession holder? The
is a significant economic asset for Frisco, Buxton, and Hatteras.
Allowing it to decay both reduces this much needed impact, makes it far
more difficult to attract another private concession holder, and
creates a health and liability hazard for Frisco beach.
the Park Service does not have the budget to rescue the pier, they must
either create highly favorable terms to attract a private concession
(And given the state of the pier, it may be too late.) or regrettably,
tear it down.
have other solutions?
photos in the slideshow are beautiful! It is sad to see the
fall after all these years. The weather may be able to take
the pier, but it can't take away the years of memories created
there. Farewell to our fishing friend.
remember spending some time on that pier back in the day -- watching
sharkers waiting for Jaws, jigging for live bait in the pilings, and
trying out the double-rod, live-bait rig with my Dad. Frisco will be
the way, the hotel we used to stay at in Hatteras met a similar fate
with Isabel. We stayed at the Sea Gull for 10-plus years in a row.
note: The Sea Gull Motel has been rebuilt on a smaller scale
a shame. Too bad the pier could not have been rebuilt years ago. Maybe
it would have stood the test of time and the storms. Hopefully, with
the help of others, we can help get it back into shape and bring back
feel like I lost an old friend, and a couple fish too.
leaving Ocracoke collides with yacht
they also test the people from the yacht, and, if not, why?
is interesting to me that no drug/alcohol testing was apparently
performed on the crew of the 35-foot motor yacht that apparently caused
the whole incident. Darn shame!
Earl Update: The islands are open for business and the Frisco
Pier is still standing sort of
for the timely news and Don Bowers’ slide show! We are so glad all are
safe and Highway 12 is set to re-open tomorrow.
and Paula Brown
just thankful that Hatteras Village did not suffer any more damage than
it did. My family has been vacationing there for over 15
and the people who call it home have our unwavering respect.
think Jim Cantore is an idiot. Good for Mr. Burrus to call him out!
property owners in Frisco and Hatteras, it seems we dodged the worst
bullets Earl had to offer. Your photos are most welcome. You're keeping
us close to our beloved Hatteras.
and I hope everyone is fine and well, and that your damage wasn't
severe. Here's to a quick clean-up and a good rest of the summer!
were fortunate in dealing with Earl and then betrayed by our
commissioners. Another brilliantly poor decision to open the
islands to all comers instead of letting residents and employees on
first to prep for visitors. Now our cleaners can't get here
because of traffic, no boats were ready at ferry by the time people
started lining up, and stores are not open or not staffed/stocked
they had to do was wait until 5 p.m., or at least 3 p.m. for heaven’s
sake. Give us a chance. Those guests could have been spending
money up there while waiting for access. Now everyone--guests
residents -- are frazzled and unhappy. Way to look out for us. Thanks a
you for all of your wonderful updates! You make not being able to be in
our favorite place just a little more bearable. So glad "she held,
though she creaked."
you for your great coverage of Hurricane Earl. All the news agencies
did a great job from Nags Head. You were the only source that let us
know that Hatteras and Ocracoke are still there. One NBC
kept saying Hatteras, S.C. Thanks again for a great job. See you in
edges closer to Cape Hatteras
the Banker ponies in safe areas during the storms? If not,
they ever moved?
note: The Banker ponies have lived on the islands for
years and know how to stay safe in a storm. They are not moved.)
are keeping everything crossed, from fingers to toes, for everyone.
Earl has to die!
watch posted for North Carolina coast
thoughts and prayers go out to all in the OBX area. I live hours away
but I feel as OBX is home. Take cover and hold on tight. I am actually
reading “The Ash Wednesday Storm” by David Stick. That brings things
home when we maybe seeing a storm hit again. God Bless and know you are
in our prayers.
family comes to Hatteras every year for vacation. We love it! We will
be praying for everyone on the island during Earl.
Residents of Hatteras and Ocracoke:
Texas Gulf Coast resident, I want to implore you to leave your beloved
islands for your own personal safety's sake. You cannot
stay at home and survive the tidal surge from a Category 4 or 5
those of you who do not remember Hurricane Ike, which hit Galveston and
Bolivar Islands south of Houston, Tex., in 2008, please be aware that
as a result of Hurricane Ike in the United States, 112 people were
killed, and 23 are still missing.
the last two years, our Galveston Island County News has reported the
actual names and ages of those who were killed or disappeared during
the storm. Among them was a mother and her two school-aged
you imagine the terror these two kids felt as the 25-foot waves crashed
over their home and they were swept out to sea?
is simply crazy for adults, let alone children, to think they can
survive the 50-foot waves, which the Weather Channel is now reporting
you will experience.
please evacuate as ordered by your local public safety
officials. Please do it in memory of the two kids
Galveston who unnecessarily died in the tidal surge in 2008.
groups lose second effort to stop critical habitat for piping plovers
article gets it right with Judge Boyle’s quote. What fun is power if
you can't step on the little guy, keep him poor and miserable. If that
were taken away they might just as well give away all their money and
influence and live like the rest of us. Personally, I still have my
recipes for squab and look forward to the opportunity to try them out.
been coming to Hatteras Village with a group of friends for 30 years.
We enjoy surf fishing and love just driving out with all the kids,
play, fish, and have fun. As a group, we have never abused the
seashore. I just want -- like many hard-working, tax-paying,
beach-loving humans want -- access to drive and nest with my kind on
on beach access issues
the folks at the University of North Carolina National Public Radio
have finally provoked me into action. Simply put, I will
my financial support from the radio station until they air both sides
of the issues concerning Hatteras Island and the National Park Service.
I have asked them several times if they could do just that, and I now
assume that I don't contribute enough to make an impression. It appears
that they are more concerned to air the opinions of the National Park
Service, SELC, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Audubon without a chance
for others to express their opinions on the same issues. My
contributions were modest, but regular, and the only way I can seem to
get at the whole truth is to suspend them. I sincerely hope that others
will follow my example and speak the only language that evidently gets
heard by those responsible for the public airways, namely, withdraw
your support until the whole story is told.
recently returned from my annual vacation to Ocracoke and was quite
disappointed this year because we could not drive to the South Point
because a "couple" fledglings had not left their nest. It
crazy to me that miles of beach are block off for a "couple"
birds. The birds get the calm waters of the South Point and
humans get the rough waters of the ocean with the rip currents and
undertow. The birds get the best section of the beach for
shelling and finding sand dollars. It just isn't fair for so
miles of beachfront to be blocked off for a "couple" birds.
next year, I'll bring my kayaks so I can kayak around and shell without
having to put my feet on the shore on the birds’ beach.
father first brought me down to the OBX in the late ‘40s. After he died
in 1945, I lost touch with Nags Head and Hatteras until the early ‘70s.
I’ve visiting every year since. I have been retired 20 years as a
Virginia State game warden, and your online paper has been invaluable
in enabling me to keep in touch with the goings on in a place that goes
back to my roots.
reason I'm writing this time is an article in the August issue of the
Southside Electric Co-Op magazine, "Cooperative Living." The article by
Audrey T. Hingley is entitled "Political Correctness Run Amok." It is a
full page article which discusses your situation with the attempted ban
on off-road vehicles.
like to send it but I can’t find your address.
is a sign of our times I guess that people who have no direct knowledge
of a situation try to dictate to those who have an intimate
relationship with a place that has been calling them back for over 60
up the good fight.
note: You can
reach Editor Irene Nolan at PO Box 414, Buxton, NC 27920 or [email protected].)
have a picture taken in 1993 looking the same direction as the July,
1958 photo from the top of the Cape Hatteras light house. Would anyone
be interested in the erosion difference during these eras? Who do I
send it to? I gave my final "oath" of enlistment in the U.S. Coast
Guard at the top of the light ouse; the reason for being up there then.
note: You and others with interesting older photos can send
to [email protected].)
amazing photos! I wish I could have experienced Hatteras
before it became so populated by summer homes and tourists.
Outer Banks will always be a special and beautiful place, but I sure
would have loved to see its "wild" side!
Carolina Health considering closing one of its Hatteras medical centers
frequent visitor to the island, we have always felt safer with two
health care facilities on the island. My husband and I have
health concerns that cause us to sometimes be in immediate need of
those services. No matter which part of the island we are on,
knowing that those services are usually within 15-30 minutes away is
what keeps us returning year after year. We do not have to give up
visiting there, based on the fact that there is no health care
conveniently located. If there is any possible way to keep both
facilities open, then by all means keep them open. You will
only be providing the islanders with a great service but also all of
the island's many visitors as well.
live half of the year on Hatteras Island and the other half in
Greenville, N.C. I work on the ferry docks in Hatteras. I don't think
it's a good idea to close down both health centers. That is our only
way of getting medical help, other than traveling an hour to Outer
Banks Hospital. I don't think it is right to take away something we
need down here. I mean, if you need to save money, close down one of
the places that has more than a couple doctors’ offices.
Everything that has been going on in Hatteras Island is pretty much
telling everyone that they don’t want anyone to live here -- might as
well take away the biggest thing that we need, which is medical care. I
am so fed up with everyone's decisions when they don’t even live on the
island. My mother lives on the island year round. She has diabetes. If
there isn’t anyone to care for her down there when she needs someone,
how am I suppose to feel safe about her being down there? We need a
medical facility. That’s all there is to it.
came down to the Outer Banks in September. We decided to take our
friends down to see Serendipity and couldn't find it on the way to
Hatteras and Ocracoke! On the way back, we started looking again, and
it wasn't there. However, it was just after Hurricane Earl, and there
was a ton of sand in piles along the road. We figured it was behind the
newly laid dunes.
we got to our vacation rental, we went on the Internet and, lo and
behold, the house had been moved and sold to new owners. Read the
newspaper article on Island Free Press and watched the video! Best of
luck to the new owners and on the purchase of the house.
year we got to tour the house inside and out, and it was beautiful. We
have many pictures of the inside and outside. Love that house. It's so
to the moving company on such a great job moving it to it's new
will stop by next year and see how the house is shaping up!