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Letters to the
Editor....01.27.2012 1:00 pm
land of summer sun and fun becomes a winter wonderland
Anne, what a
descriptive article of the delight and beauty of snow!
Great news on the
What a beautiful sight! My husband and I and two more couples were
there in November and experienced the nor'easter. We are going back in
March (We love it.) and maybe it might snow for us!
Thanks for sharing.
Thank you very
much for sharing
the snow pictures. I am so glad the island did not lose electricity! I
look forward to the online news. Thank you
any be for sale? Love the lighthouse shots.
note: Photos are for sale through Indian Town Gallery in Frisco. You
can call the gallery at 252-995-5181 or send e-mail to [email protected].
The website is http://www.indiantowngallery.com.)
about how folks there got creative removing the snow! Reading about
kids playing in the snow for the first time is really something being
snow storm brings 6
inches or more to Hatteras and Ocracoke
My family and I come to Rodanthe every year and it was really
cool to see all that snow at the beach. Wish we were there to
Thanks so much for
wonderful slide show. We read islandfreepress.org every week and look
forward to keeping up with our favorite place on Earth!
Wish I could have
Thanks for the
and the story-telling pictures.
makes me feel like I am still part of Buxton and surrounding villages.
I miss being there so much, but it is too cold right now. Thank you for
all the information.
beautiful. We see a lot of snow here in West Virginia, but since you
don't see snow all that often at the beach, it makes it look special.
We were there during December and had a light dusting right after
Christmas. Nothing to compare to this event. Thanks to all the folks
for sharing their pictures.
I loved seeing the
pictures. The snowmen are great. I love OBX and would loved to have
been there to enjoy the snowy OBX. Thanks for sharing.
found your pictures
beautiful. My family and I come to Rodanthe every year, and it was
really cool to see all that snow at the beach. Wish we were there to
Wow! The Outer
Banks has more
snow on the ground than we do in Canada. What weird weather this year.
Great slide show!
We visit Avon
twice a year. However it is a bit warmer then. In Pennsylvania we have
plenty of the white stuff, so it was great to see another side of the
OBX we love.
bids farewell to The Big Kids Club and honors its founder
Sundae, thank you
for such a
well written article honoring Juju. I hope the community will seriously
consider bringing back this very successful program for their children.
Children do not need more school after school. They need a warm, safe,
inviting atmosphere where they can be kids. The Big Kids Club met this
need so well. Juju will always find a place where she can work with
children. That is what she loves. I hope that place can continue to be
village takes first step to re-open vacant medical center
I helped collect
money for the
clinic in the ‘60s and will be glad to help again.
My question is why
of the five
seats would TWO be occupied by "Hatteras Fire Protection Association"
people and not community members from all over the island?
of us who live "elsewhere" have a interest in what happens to this
facility. Some of us don't happen to like HealthEast and would be
instant patients of Hatteras Medical Center should it reopen under the
hands of another provider.
may have twice
been cut off from the rest of us, but I might remind the village elders
that this is HATTERAS ISLAND as a whole not just one village.
are taking note
of sea level rise on North Carolina coast
Regarding the sea
Yes it's a problem
but not all
from what the article implies.
It focuses on
volume increase and thus implies and hints at climate warming as the
There is data
satellite laser measurements that indicate about half the "rise" in the
Mid-Atlantic region is due to the land sinking from shifts in the
So only part of
the story is
told in this "Chicken Little" article.
Hamilton (aka Salvo Jimmy)
The fate of Ocracoke’s Island Inn is still unknown
Just curious -
will the building sell for and roughly is there an estimate to bring
back to code? If you have that information, it’s still a nice
Township approves liquor by the drink
Island restaurant owners, best wishes for your success and profit from
this newly legal enterprise.
New Letters to the
Editor....01.18.2012 9:15 am
Letters to the
friend of mine is named Joe Saur. He is curious as to how Joe
Creek (near Frisco) on Hatteras Island got its name. We've made several
inquiries and Google searches but so far have come up empty.
Note: Saur Creek is a new one on me. I’ve never
it. Anyone out there know about this creek? And, if so, do
how it got its name?)
Talking Trash on
Ocracoke is akin to ‘wading into quicksand’
Interesting discussion -- but I see no mention of recycling, which
would substantially reduce trash collection and landfill use and
potentially generate income for the collectors.
contracts for road work in Dare and Hyde
Since the Canal Zone is under water much of the time I'm sure the Army
Corp of Engineers will declare it wetlands as they have a road in
Carova, thus stopping the project.
Hamilton (aka Salvo
In defense of a world without Walmart
My mom lives on-island off season. I get there as often as I
Please, oh please, don't ever allow a Taco Bell to open up.
Hatteras Island is the way it is, because IT IS and that
Tell you beer-stealing buddies two things -- who leaves the house
without packing their drawers and if you by chance forget your drawers,
who's gonna care? You are at the beach, on Hatteras Island,
goodness sake. Enjoy the breeze...... and no Walmarts either.
July 4 fireworks
shows are cancelled on Hatteras and Ocracoke
Please post ASAP whether or not there will be fireworks at Ocracoke
this year. Reservations must be made soon. With the beach closings, it
will no longer be worth our trip from Pennsylvaniato hike and drag our
stuff to the beach plus no Fourth of July celebration.
National Preserve takes flak for its ORV plan
So many of the vocal groups involved in management and access believe
that all or nothing is the only acceptable choices. I think this is
sometimes called a scorched earth policy.
In this case, we are talking about adding an area where traditional
uses are included but that's not viewed as acceptable. (Sound familiar
to anyone who remembers traditional access to CHNSRA?)
Three cheers for Superintendent Ramos!
It appears some won't be happy until every undeveloped piece of land in
the country is accessible only by looking through the glass in a museum
An autographed baseball in a glass container has its place but if ALL
the baseballs are in glass cases, appreciation for the game will
Note the superintendent talks about “promises” that helped establish
the Preserve. Those similar "promises" that helped establish
seashore have been basically ignored.
In the Congressional enabling legislation for the Preserve, there is
the use of "recreational values" in the very first paragraph.
The link can't be posted, but you can Google it with Big Cypress
Hamilton (aka Salvo
close Hatteras clinic on Dec. 30
This will definitely be a hardship for Ocracoke residents as well.
targets coastal counties again
Once again, coastal counties are being singled out by the insurance
industry for unwarranted increases in insurance rates in the Inner and
Outer Banks counties. This time the targets are dwellings, which are
defined basically as homes that are either rentals or second
homes. The rates could be increased as much as 25 percent on
coast, and the rationale, once again, is the proclaimed fear of a
My primary purpose in writing this is to ask you and other editors in
the region to speak out in your editorial capacity to encourage all our
citizens and legislators to contact Insurance Commissioner Wayne
Goodwin, asking him to stop, take a deep breath, and carefully analyze
the data before ruling in favor of the insurance lobby. Here are a few
salient points to use:
North Carolina is one of only a handful of states that have created a
Rate Bureau, which is nothing more than a legislated price-fixing
organization. Since there is no price competition, the Commissioner
gets to decide who pays what based on the Rate Bureau’s request.
The Insurance Commissioner owes his allegiance to no one but the
statewide electorate. Since we have about 10 percent of the population,
it’s obvious we’re at a numerical disadvantage and he is under no
pressure to protect us.
The irrational claims of the insurance industry that a Katrina could
happen at any moment is absurd. We have never had a Katrina. Although
Hugo came pretty close, it hit Charlotte and missed us. We have never
had a Category 5 and only one Category 4, and that was Hazel which
tracked up I-95.
The only defense we currently have is to let the Commissioner know that
the continuation of unfair increases will be met with a continuation of
litigation and, hopefully legislative remedies to restore competition
in the marketplace.
Note: NC 20 is a coalition of 20 North Carolina coastal
counties. You can find out more about the organization at http://www.nc-20.com/
. For more information on the North Carolina Department of Insurance,
go to http://www.ncdoi.com/)
for prayers and support
I wish to thank everyone for their prayers and support during the past
year for my wife Pat.
This is her second battle with breast cancer, and it was no easier than
the first round. But the support and care the people of Hatteras have
shown us has made it all bearable.
The prayer shawl made for Pat has provided hours of warmth and comfort
while has received her infusions and a feeling of “I am not alone.” The
support of the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation has truly been a
God-send in helping cope with the financial burden of traveling and
treatments at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Pat has just had her 3 month check up since the last infusion and all
is well and clear.
We have had 43 wonderful years together and are looking forward to many
Again, I thank all for the friendship and support shown us and look
forward to spending my time here on this island among such caring and
I use this site to stay informed about Hatteras Island where I have
vacationed for 30 years. (Frankly I liked not having a TV or
phone in my cottage and shopping for food and bait at the same
store.) I imagine many others also check this site
frequently. I would like to know what visitors to Hatteras
to preserve a place I have come to cherish, where my son and now his
family have also spent memorable vacations with me. I realize
that modern life is synonymous with change and accept it. I
know that if we all don't help preserve what we can, the things that
attracted me to Hatteras 30 years ago will disappear. So what
we do? I don't just mean save water, recycle, etc.
that those of us who appreciate the island can actually help--could be
a resource to the residents who provide us with our memorable
visits. Let those who don't care go to Myrtle Beach and eat
Hatteras Connection is working to ensure a future for island watermen
While living on Hatteras Island for seven years, we had our mail
delivered to the Avon Post Office. I always looked for Susan’s writings
in the papers, as she has a knack for saying the right things in my
mind. It was also a pleasure to see her at the Post Office and talk to
her. Hatteras Island is lucky to have her voice heard.
Islanders have always been resilient and determined. For
generations they have adapted to change, and today is no different.
Building on our "connections," our common bonds, our shared challenges
and our emerging opportunities, the communities along the Banks
southward to Down East Carteret County will build a future that
continues the old traditions in new ways! Thank you, Susan,
your leadership and vision. Thanks, too, to the people of
Hatteras who are investing time and work in their futures.
I am all for supporting local watermen. But the commercial fishermen
need to band together with the recreational fishermen to form a
Beach Access Issues
About the Park Service economic impact study -- I guess owning a
business in Buxton for 34 years does not qualify us to be included.
Living: In defense
of a world without Walmart
In the many years I have visited Hatteras Island, I actually have
overpacked underwear. I usually have swimming trunks on 90 percent of
the day, and pajamas the rest of the day and night.
I like that the Walmart is up north (of Hatteras), just far enough
away, but just close enough to get to. Plus we can hit it on
way in if we realize we forgot something during our drive.
State Sen. Marc Basnight resigns for health
It is so sad to see him in that state of health. That man has done so
much for all of us. he will be sorely missed. Thank you for all you
have done, Sen. Basnight. I wish you the very, very best.
To a great senator and a personal friend: Best wishes and a happy
marriage in your retirement.
The fate of
Ocracoke’s Island Inn is still unknown
The first time I went to Ocracoke, I stayed at the Island
That was about 1972. I've stayed and eaten there too many
to count since then. When it was owned by Russell (drat -
escapes me!), his daughter ran it and his son ran the
had a dinner there with the Carolina Jaguar Club, and Russell read us
some of the columns that he had written about his experiences on the
island. Most memorable. So was the “all you can eat
blackened Spanish mackerel” that I re-ordered twice! Haven't
to Ocracoke in several years, and really hate to hear that the place is
closed. I'll miss it, but it will stay fresh in my
I really miss "Berkley House" too!
shows are cancelled on Hatteras and Ocracoke
Will Hatteras and Ocracoke have a fireworks show this July 4 (2011)?
note: There will be a July 4 celebration on Ocracoke with
activities, including the Old Time July Fourth Parade.
told that no decision has been made yet about fireworks.
also be July 4 activities on Hatteras Island, but no decisions have
been made on fireworks. After the tragic explosion on July 4, 2009, the
state requires more of fireworks sponsors and operators, especially in
the way of training. Many smaller communities have found it
and cumbersome to comply.)