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Island Quilters donate for Anglers Club scholarship
the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club December monthly dinner meeting, Claire
Schaaf from the Hatteras Island Quilters presented a check in the
amount of $2,000 to President Larry Hardham. The quilters use
club for their meetings on Mondays. Every year they have made
quilt, and that quilt is raffled off in November and the proceeds go to
the club. The club, in turn, gives this money back to the
community in the way of a scholarship in honor of the quilters.
of Felines gets grant to help with island cats
of Felines - Cape Hatteras Island was awarded a $2,500 grant by the
Outer Banks Community Foundation to continue the trap, neuter,
vaccinate, and return program with the homeless and feral cats on
Hatteras. Monies will also be used to assist the low-income
families on the island that shelter and feed numerous cats but cannot
afford the medical expense to spay or neuter them.
grant will be paid from the Milton A. Jewell Grant Fund that was
created from a bequest made by his granddaughter, Ruth Medgyes.
Medgyes, an Outer Banks resident several years ago, gave to various
organizations to help animals during her lifetime and this grant helps
to continue her legacy.
Friends of Felines estimates that 28 cats will benefit from the Milton
A. Jewell Grant Fund.
Island artifacts on display at library
on display at the Hatteras Library in Hatteras village are artifacts
and information on loan from Hatteras Histories and Mysteries Museum
and the Croatoan Archaeological Society.
Hatteras Histories and Mysteries was small museum in Avon that was
flooded during Hurricane Irene in August and is now closed.
Croatoan Archaeological Society is a local group dedicated to
preserving, promoting, and protecting Hatteras Island’s
It was founded in 2009 by native islander Scott Dawson, whose
genealogical roots to Croatoan go deeper than any shovel could ever
reach, and his wife, Maggie.
The goal of the exhibits is simple: to celebrate and learn about the
help celebrate the 150th anniversary of two Civil War battles that took
place on the island, the display includes descriptions of the key
battles that took place at Hatteras Inlet and Civil War artifacts found
in Hatteras village.
Also on display are some
French-Indian War and Colonial artifacts and Native American
that range from 400 years ago to 3,000 BC.
unearthed by the University of Bristol in England in
with the Croatoan Archaeological Society.
Hatteras Connection helps
feed the hungry
third annual Hatteras Connection seafood dinner raised $2,165 for
Hatteras Island Meals, Inc., and collected more than 10 fish boxes of
items for the Hatteras Island Food Pantry.
fishermen and fish dealers donated swordfish, sea mullet, flounder,
king mackerel, wahoo, and soft shell crabs for the Dec. 6 dinner at the
Hatteras Village Civic Center.
A team of local chefs prepared
baked swordfish and king mackerel, fish cakes, fish puffs, fried sea
mullet, flounder, and soft shell crabs, and a seafood chowder for
Chefs for the evening were Tracy Morris of Frisco
Sandwich Shop and The Catering Company, Nathan Robinson of Basnight’s
Lone Cedar Café, Forrest Paddock of The Inn on Pamlico Sound, Sharon
Kennedy of Hatteras Harbor Deli, Don Oden of The Breakwater Restaurant,
Elwood Wescoat, and Brett Barnett.
Lynne Foster of Hatteras prepared the chowder base, and Sue Mattingly
of Frisco prepared the cornbread.
Seafood, Avon Seafood, Hatteras Harbor Deli, Frisco Sandwich Shop, The
Inn on Pamlico Sound, Lone Cedar Café, and Conner’s Supermarket donated
ingredients and supplies for the meal. Other businesses,
organizations, and many residents donated paper goods, raffle items,
and desserts. Jim Lyons and Steven Peele collected and
fish donated by island fishermen.
Chuck Conlogue provided music during the dinner.
Island Meals, Inc. serves daily lunches to as many as 45 people on the
island who are homebound, convalescing from surgery, or dealing with
extenuating medical conditions.
The Cape Hatteras United
Methodist Men’s Food Pantry helped 3,832 people with over 81,000 meals
last year and paid out over $81,898 in emergency assistance to families.
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. The project works with a regional
Saltwater Connections. More information is available at www.saltwaterconnections.org
Fundraiser is underway to aid
firefighters who were hurricane victims
in the afternoon on Aug. 27, waters began to rise in Dare County's
soundside communities. Dare County's volunteer firemen — as always —
immediately answered the calls for help and began rescuing the stranded
as flood waters swept into homes.
After getting people to
safety, they continued their efforts to ensure that their neighbors had
access to basic necessities and to hold down the proverbial fort until
relief agencies could arrive on scene. But they didn't stop then. They
continued to work for weeks, side-by-side with volunteers, to clean up,
tear out, and hand out relief supplies.
All of this unpaid help was given to their communities while their own
homes and problems went unattended.
to hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters is not unusual for
these men and women. And at other times, they are the first responders
at fires, accidents, and sudden illness.
Let's say “thank you”
and return some of that generosity. Many volunteer firemen are
struggling financially as they try to recover from the storm.
better way to show appreciation than to donate to the Firefighter's
Fund, set up at the Outer Banks Community Foundation. All proceeds will
be given to the Dare County Association of Fire Officers to use to help
those firefighters who now have their own needs. Donations will be
accepted until Dec. 20 so that they may be distributed in time for
Send donations — large or small — to Firefighter's
Fund, c/o OBCF, 13 Skyline Road, Southern Shores, NC 27949 or donate
online at www.obcf.org and click Donate Now on the home page.
donations are tax deductible.
They answered the call. Will you?
fundraiser is an initiative of the Dare County Long Term Recovery
Committee whose mission is to bring together non-profit organizations,
faith-based organizations, government agencies and corporate partners
to effectively respond to the human needs that result from disasters.
For more information, contact committee Chairman Bill Pitt at 441-8607.
Messages in a bottle cheer CHES students
The bottle is placed prominently
on the counter in Cape Hatteras Elementary School's front office, where
people regularly notice it and ask about it. And the story surrounding
it is as sweet as can be.
In the wake of Hurricane Irene in late August, devastating soundside
flooding delayed the opening of schools in Dare County. For
residents living in villages on Hatteras Island south of the Herbert C.
Bonner Bridge, the impact was monumental because of two breaches in the
island that left Highway 12 impassable and the residents cut off from
the rest of the Dare County.
Because Hatteras was accessible only by emergency ferry, the start of
school was delayed by several weeks.
Schools opened north of Oregon Inlet earlier and students and teachers
in those schools were well aware of the predicaments that their
Hatteras peers and colleagues faced, not the least of which was waiting
for the completion of a bridge that would span the breach. Many schools
and clubs were involved in various "drives" for school supplies,
clothing, and food to send down to those impacted by the flooding.
One day early on in the damage assessment at Pea Island, DOT employee
Willie Rawls found an old bottle perched on a dune. Excited by his
find, he took it home that evening to share with his wife, Jennifer.
While examining the capped jug, a thought -- message in a bottle --
occurred to Jennifer, who works at Manteo Elementary in the school's
After School Enrichment Program (ASEP).
"Staff and students alike had all been talking about the struggles they
were facing on Hatteras," she notes. "Our children were genuinely
concerned. These storms have a way of altering not just the terrain,
but routines and livelihoods -- things as we know them - - and
you could tell the children could sense that."
Manteo Elementary ASEP students and staff alike were enthusiastic about
writing notes of encouragement to place in the bottle for students at
Cape Hatteras Elementary School, and they began creating their
Over the course of a couple of days, the messages of well-wishes were
written, rolled up, tied, and placed carefully in the bottle.
The dilemma of how to ensure the bottle arrived at Cape Hatteras
Elementary was solved with a bit of creative teamwork.
"The bottle traveled by boat with Willie to Hatteras Islander Steve
Crum, who so kindly took the time to help. It took two or three weeks
for the bottle to travel to its destination by these caring hands,"
recounts Jennifer Rawls. "The children were so glad to hear the news
that the bottle had made it."
So the bottle sits in the CHES office. Receptionist Jenny St. John is
happy to relate the story to anyone who asks -- almost everyone does.
From time to time, a note is pulled out and read, and placed carefully
back in the bottle.
of Hatteras: Past and Present’ mural created by students and visiting
With an Arts in Education Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council
and additional support from the Outer Banks Community Foundation and
Dare Education Foundation, Dare County Arts Council facilitated an
artist in residency with Nigerian muralist Tunde Afolayan at Cape
Hatteras Secondary School.
The mural, called “Faces of Hatteras: Past and Present,” depicts
Hatteras Island community members that were chosen during a planning
meeting in October where members of the Hatteras Island community
gathered with the artist and art teacher, Marta Martinez, to share
photographs, articles, and personal stories that would later be
transformed onto the canvas.
Students working on the mural found themselves painting their own
ancestors and, according to Martinez, a “real sense of ownership”
developed as the project progressed. People in the community who shared
their stories visited throughout the duration of the residency,
checking on the progress of the mural and sharing more stories with the
students and artist.
The finished mural will be unveiled to the public in the near future
and will travel to various locations in Dare County before being
installed in the School.
November 17, 2011
Island gardens are growing vegetables for local food pantry
Seeds for Salvo initiative along with Coastal Harvesters, Inc. and Home
Depot recently planted vegetables in two locations to benefit the Salvo
Lettuce, cabbage, collards, and other winter
vegetables were planted in a garden maintained by Oscar and Tilman Gray
of Avon and the Hatteras Island Community Garden site in Buxton on Nov.
Plants, fertilizer and tools were donated and
delivered by Home Depot of Kitty Hawk. Shelby Kinnaird of
diabeticfoodie.com provided lunch for the volunteer workers.
partnership stemmed from a mutual concern for Hatteras Island
communities hard hit by Hurricane Irene. Seeds for Salvo
initiative, comprised of area master gardeners and businesses, began by
collecting and distributing seeds to “re-green” storm affected home
Coastal Harvesters is dedicated to bringing local
and healthy foods to Outer Banks communities. Volunteers will
tend the gardens until the produce can be harvested for residents
impacted by the hurricane. “There’s something about working
together for a good cause that makes the work enjoyable. Plus
got a lot done,” stated Rick Kinnaird, project leader for Coastal
Middle School students bring "Wildtimes" to Wings Over Water event
each of the past three years, members of Cape Hatteras Secondary School
of Coastal Studies Middle School Young Naturalists and National Junior
Honor Society have taken part in Eastern North Carolina's Wings Over
Water by sponsoring "Wildtimes" activities for children at
This year, on Nov. 12, the two groups, both
advised by CHSSCS Media Specialist Linda Austin, partnered with several
volunteer organizations and agencies, including Hatteras Island Animal
Rehabilitation, Sea Turtle Volunteer Group, Outer Banks Wild Care, U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, Alligator River Red Wolf Program, and
Coastal NC Girl Scouts.
"Kids participated in an animal
Olympics course, animal tracking and identification, GPS technology,
treasure hunts, and craft activities, such as beaded dragonflies, owl
puppets, build-a-bird, and fish prints," noted Austin.
activities were fun and informative and relationship building and were
perfect fits for CHSSCS students to demonstrate their concern for the
environment and willingness to participate in community service.
November 11, 2011
Weight Watchers group needs help to survive
Weight Watchers group that has been meeting weekly in Avon since 2006
is in danger of being shut down by the national organization because of
Tracy Burns started the group after relocating to Hatteras from
had done Weight Watchers before, so I knew that I could lose weight
following the program,” Burns said recently, “but I didn't know if I
could reach my goal weight as I'd never stuck with the program long
enough to find out. In the two times I'd joined before, I'd
stopped attending meetings due to life changes and gained back what I'd
In 2006, she said she had 75 pounds to lose, but she was determined
that this time would be different.
stuck with it; and continued to attend meetings through 2007 when I
reached my goal weight,” Burns said. “In early 2008, I began
leading the weekly meetings. During that four-year period,
I have successfully maintained my weight loss and
many other residents do the same. I truly
meeting attendance is a key to success at both losing and maintaining.”
the importance of meetings to many, Burns said Weight Watchers is
considering closing the Hatteras Island meeting, leaving her and other
members without convenient access to meetings, a key part of the
equation when it come to losing weight and maintaining the
said she has been told that this is due to the fact that the
meeting is averaging only eight paid members per
of those paying members (or lifetime members who's attendance doesn't
count because they no longer pay) want to see this happen,” she
“I don't want to see it happen either
because of my own experience,” she added. “Plain and simple, I
knew Weight Watchers would work for me and I knew I could have
driven to a meeting in Kitty Hawk, but I didn't. It
until attending meetings was made convenient that I was able to make
the commitment to myself and my health. Losing weight is hard
enough and having to travel an hour to a meeting adds
difficulty and makes it easier to give up at the
first obstacle. That's why I believe that
Island needs its own meeting.”
The Avon group meets on Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. at the Avon Fire
For more information, contact Burns at [email protected].
Marching Hurricanes - Peanut Fest Redux
Saturday October 1st Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies
Marching Hurricanes marching band traveled by ferry to participate in
the annual Peanut Festival Battle of the Bands in Edenton. CHSSCS Band
Director Sean McCroskey reported that the Marching Hurricanes
performance took the divisional overall first place award and received
a rating of "excellent." This is the second second
year that the Canes were awarded the first place in their
division. "The students also brought home 1st place Music,
place General Effect, 2nd place Marching, and 3rd place Drum Major and
Percussion. "Our marching band is continuing to expand and
improve their exciting show that features the music of The Black Eyed
Peas, as we practice for two additional competitions lined up for this
year," notes McCroskey. "On October 22nd we plan to travel to
Greene Central; on the 29th we'll participate in the ECU Band Day
event, and on November 5th we'll finish the season competing in the
Crystal Coast Band Classic in Havelock." In addition to the
inclusion of ferry rides to attend the competition, a notable
difference this year was the band's style-factor, as this was the first
competition the Marching Canes dressed out in their new uniforms that
were made possible thanks to a generous donation from the Oden
Foundation. From left - McCroskey with his students on the ferry -
thank goodness the new bridge is open! - and later that evening,
sophomore Caroline Austin, senior Blake Taft, and sophomore Seth Gray,
wield 2011 Peanut Festival trophies.
Locomotion’s Changing Tide thrift shop has closed
Changing Tide thrift store, operated by Locomotion (The Cape Hatteras
Teen Association, Inc.) is no longer in business as of Friday, Sept. 23.
Tide was opened in early 2007. Gently used items donated by the
community were sold at the store, and 100 percent of the proceeds went
to fund Locomotion activities.
the store was a great overall success, recent declines in revenue led
the organization to close the business. Like many local businesses, the
store made the bulk of its income during the tourist season.
Kiddy, director of the Cape Hatteras Teen Association, Inc. says that
profits have declined over the past two years. Until this season,
summer revenue has been enough to cover expenses, such as rent and
utilities, during the off-season.
says she is saddened by the closing of the store, but is excited about
upcoming events and activities. Volunteers are working with students
and are planning activities such as game nights, cultural events, and
Changing Tide venture is not coming to a permanent end.
are being set up with consignment stores both on and off the island to
continue selling donated items. Volunteers are also researching online
we chose fits the situation perfectly. We are just adjusting to the
ever changing tides,” says Kiddy.
information about the Cape Hatteras Teen Association, Inc. and its
activities, please contact Kiddy at 252-995-6010.
Hatteras winter sunset
Island Free Press' premier sunset photographer, Lynne Murray, who lives
in Brigands' Bay in Frisco and has a terrific view of the Pamlico
Sound, sent us this sunset photo recently. The photo was
Jan. 4, and was one of the most spectacular of the winter so far.