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|November 23, 2012
Beach Klub in Avon is expanding for 2013 season
you visit Koru Village in Avon, you are no stranger to its continuous
expansion. What started off as a day spa, expanded to a wellness center
and has now grown into a one-of-a-kind resort on Hatteras Island.
November of 2011, Koru Village purchased the Beach Klub and by May of
2012, the Beach Klub was home to North Carolina’s first oceanfront
theater, The PapaWack Theatre. From May to August, the Beach Klub
hosted a range of events from beach music concerts to weddings.
Throughout 2012 a lot of notes were taken on what was needed to improve the new venue for the 2013 season.
2012 we worked seven days a week to have the Beach Klub and PapaWack
Theatre open for the season. This winter we are going back in and
adding several additional layers to the project that will enhance the
guests’ experience,” said owner of Koru Village Joe Thompson.
Beach Klub is back under construction with four new projects -- an
outdoor lounge area, an enclosed recreation center, a private catering
kitchen, and a tiki bar.
Owner of Endurance Marine Construction, Dave Swanner, is spearheading most of the venues’ renovations.
been working with Joe since 1985. Most of the work I am doing at the
Beach Klub is structural. I will be building new foundations and
framing them. I will also be working with Joe to improve the theater’s
acoustics,” said Swanner.
Weddings are a driving factor behind
some of the renovations. Thompson cited recommendations from Chef Tracy
Morris of The Catering Company of Hatteras Island and Frisco Sandwich
Company as invaluable to making the venue more accommodating to wedding
"The new additions to the Beach Klub are an
incredible asset to my businesses and the wedding industry here on
Hatteras Island. We are fortunate to have a facility with a state of
the art kitchen and full bar setting where we can create a unique
experience full of wonderful memories,” said Chef Morris.
Beach Klub renovations will be complete by April, 2013. The venue will
host its first wedding in April and its first event for the 2013 summer
season in May.
For updates about the Beach Klub’s renovations, visit www.koruvillage.com
Deep Blue Detailing now serving the islands
Jeff Morey has opened Deep Blue Detailing Services on Ocracoke.
business offers services on Hatteras and Ocracoke. The services include
pressure washing of decks (including cleaning and sealing), houses
(including windows), driveways and concrete, and heavy equipment. Deep
Blue also offers mobile auto and marine detailing services that
includes cars, trucks, RVs, boats, and golf carts.
Morey, 31, grew up in Camden and previously lived on the Outer Banks in both Nags Head and Corolla.
has been my dream to move to Ocracoke and start this business,” he
says. “I saw this as a need for the community and a good business
He studied business administration at College of
the Albemarle for a year and a half and was previously employed with
R.A. Jeffrey's Distributing Company of North Carolina, the state’s
largest Anheuser-Busch distributor and the sixth largest in the
country, as a key accounts manager.
Deep Blue’s services
are insured, and the company offers gift certificates and fleet
discounts, as well as free estimates on pressure washing services.
For more information, check the website at www.deepbluedetailing.com or call Morey at 252-588-2306.
Free business counseling offered every Tuesday
The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) is a non-profit
organization dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation,
growth, and success of small businesses nationwide.
The group is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration with 389 chapters and 11,500 volunteers nationwide.
Local chapter provide free counseling and low-cost workshops in their communities.
The Outer Banks SCORE chapter has counselors at the Outer Banks Chamber
of Commerce office in Kill Devil Hills every Tuesday from 11 a.m. until
2 p.m. You can just drop in.
More information is available on the chapter’s website, http://www.score497.org/.
Ocracoke group gets money for historic preservation
The Ocracoke Preservation Society has recently been awarded a grant of
nearly $4,000 from the Outer Banks Community Foundation for the
purchase of specialized computer equipment.
The equipment, which will be used to catalog and digitize OPS’s
extensive collection of photographs, slides, wills, deeds, and other
documents, includes a digital slide converter, hand held scanner, photo
scanner, dedicated laptop, and appropriate software.
The goal is to preserve island history and to continue to educate the
public about Ocracoke’s heritage, an on-going project in which OPS has
been engaged through its museum, seasonal porch talks, conservation of
culturally significant property, and through stewardship of 200-plus
structures that are listed on the National Register.
The equipment will also be available to the Ocracoke School and
Community Library, island residents, business owners and other
organizations for conversion of their photos, slides, negatives,
diaries, and other documents pertaining to Ocracoke history, culture,
Once photographs and documents are cataloged and digitized, selected items will be added to the OPS web site, www.ocracokepreservation.org.
The entire collection will be made available to local organizations and
businesses to promote cultural and heritage tourism on Ocracoke.
“This is a project that will benefit the entire island community,” said
Bill Jones, OPS president. “One of Ocracoke’s greatest assets is its
culture. The preservation of vintage photographs and historic documents
will help strengthen our sense of heritage and attract visitors who
also value our culture and traditions.”
Anglers Club supports Hatteras Island Food Pantry
Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Vice President Bill Vancura presents a
donation check for $1,200 to the United Methodist Men for their
Hatteras Island Food Pantry.
Pictured from left to right are Rev.Ken Davenport, Ray Schaaf, Bill Vancura, Walt Fulcher, and Dennis Carroll.
Surf or Sound is a drop-off point for island food pantries
More than a year after
Hurricane Irene ripped through the villages of Hatteras Island, two
local food pantries are still managing to successfully meet the demand
of the island and surrounding areas.
Both local food pantries are in
continual need of supplies and donations in order to maintain this
level of support throughout the winter months. Surf or Sound
Realty offices in Avon and Salvo continue to serve as year-round
drop-off locations for both the Lifeboat Community Food Pantry in Salvo
and the Hatteras Island Food Pantry in Buxton. Vacationing guests
are asked to donate any unopened, nonperishable food items or unused
supplies upon checking out of their rental homes.
Steven M. Simmons, Pastor of
Lifeboat Community Church, mentions that families come from all over to
stock up on needed supplies.
“We currently serve over 400 families,” he says.
LCCFP is in need of
nonperishable food items such as canned goods, cereal, and peanut
butter. There is also a need for supplies such as toiletries,
toilet paper, paper towels, and cleaning supplies. “This is as
empty as our cupboards have been,” states Pastor Simmons.
Vacation specialist for Surf or
Sound Realty, Peggy Gray, commented that donations are continuing to be
made at a steady rate.
“About one third of the guests
donate items when checking-out each week,” she said. Donations
range from a few canned goods to two or three bags full of items and
supplies per family group. A.J. Baker, maintenance technician for
Surf or Sound Realty, estimates that around 30to 40 pounds of items are
donated each week by guests checking out of Surf or Sound’s Salvo
Hatteras Island Food Pantry in
Buxton, run by the Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men, also serves the
residents of all seven villages and accepts donations on a continual
Residents in the community and
visitors are encouraged to drop-off donated items for the current
annual food drive at either the Salvo or Avon office locations.
Monetary donations for the
Hatteras Island Food Pantry can be made payable by check to United
Methodist Men and mailed to Hatteras Island Food Pantry, P.O. Box 1591,
Buxton, NC 27920. Monetary donations for Lifeboat Community
Church can be dropped off at 27563 Highway 12 in Salvo, or by mailing
checks to Lifeboat Community Church, P.O. Box 84, Salvo, NC 27972.
Surf or Sound Realty, a premier
vacation rental and property sales company since 1978, manages vacation
homes in all seven villages of Hatteras Island. For vacation
information, please visit www.surforsound.com or call 1-800-237-1138.
made by Buxton women find their way to Haitian children
The Buxton United Methodist Women recently sent 68 dresses they had
made, plus shorts, T-shirts, and handmade sun hats, to orphanages in
Haiti. They were carried by Joseph Williams, a missionary
with Feed the Hungry, a division of New Directions.
On Sunday, Sept. 30, Williams shared with the Buxton congregation
details about the two children's homes where he distributed the gifts,
as well as pictures of the children who received the
clothing. His team visited several homes and decided that
Life Saver Orphanage and CHOAIDS Home, both in Port-au-Prince, were the
most in need.
Life Saver Orphanage was founded after the devastating earthquake of
Jan. 12, 2010. All of these children lost their parents in
this natural disaster. The home is run by "Papa" Paul
Williams and his wife, who teach the childen to play instruments and
sing. CHOAIDS Home was founded in December of
2003. Each of the children were born with AIDS, and almost
all also lost their parents to the disease. The children are
visited twice a week by a government health worker,and attend school as
their health allows.
The team from Feed the Hungry also distributed shoes, Bibles, toys ,and
candy to the delighted youngsters.
women make dresses for Haitian youngsters
In the spring, the Buxton United Methodist Women’s group was looking
for a missions project. Several of the members had heard
sewing dresses to send to the children orphaned by the earthquake in
Haiti in January, 2010. At one of the meetings, the group
some short films about the devastation brought about by the
earthquake. About 1.3 million people were displaced with most
living in tent camps. Many children were orphaned, and many
others were taken to orphanages because their parents were no longer
able to care for them.
The women have been meeting monthly since May to cut out
and sew dresses to send with Sue Morris’ missionary son-in-law, who is
going to Haiti this month. There were 68 dresses ready to be
sent. The group also collected boys’ shorts and had T-shirts
boys and girls donated, as well as crocheted sun hats. Many
people helped with the project. Several people who heard about the
project donated fabric, thread, lace, and even sewing machines.
On Sunday, Aug. 19, the dresses and other clothes were displayed in
Buxton United Methodist Church and were blessed by Pastor Ken Davenport
during the service. They have now begun their journey to Haiti
July 30, 2012
||Water Spout Near Coquina
and Bodie Island Lighthouse
unsettled weather on the Outer Banks on Monday morning, July 30,
spawned a waterspout off the Coquina Beach area of Cape Hatteras
National Seashore. The waterspout then swept across
island and danced around the Bodie Island Lighthouse before
dissipating over land.
(National Park Service photos)
|Click on images to
June 5, 2012
foundation has new 2013 calendar
The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation’s 2013 calendar, featuring local
artists, will be on sale soon at various shops on the island at a cost
of $10 each.
The calendars will also be for sale on the foundation’s website,
Artists and photographers who donated work to the foundation for the
calendar are Jennifer Johnson, Karen Denson Miller, Trish Dempsey,
Peter Lewando, Daniel Pullen, Victoria Lowe, Linda Browning, Stephanie
Kiker, Buddy Swain, Don Bowers, Michael Halminski, Carole Nunnally, and
If you want to carry the calendars in your business, contact Donna
Barnett at [email protected].
The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation raises funds to help island
cancer survivors and their families with medical expenses and other
May 15, 2012
ferry joins the fleet
The North Carolina Department of Transportation today christened a new
sound-class ferry, the Motor Vessel Sea Level, on Friday, May 11, at
Cedar Island. State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti was joined by
other state and local officials at the special ceremony. Betsy Conti
christened the vessel.
“This new ferry will help us further carry out our mission of
connecting people and places,” Conti said. “It will be an impressive
addition to the Ferry Division’s fleet and will be an ambassador for
the great state of North Carolina.”
The 220-foot long vessel will carry 50 vehicles and 300 passengers on
the Pamlico Sound routes from Cedar Island to Ocracoke and Swan Quarter
The $14.9 million contract was awarded in October 2010 to Orange
Shipbuilding of Orange, Texas. The ferry was delivered to the shipyard
in Manns Harbor in late April 2012.
The new vessel meets the Americans With Disabilities Act by featuring
an ADA-compliant elevator, which has a 13 person capacity, moves 25
percent faster than existing sound-class boats, meets Environmental
Protection Agency standards for diesel emissions, and is the second of
two sister ships that joins the division’s existing five sound-class
ferries. It will continue the tradition of ferries being affiliated
with state universities, showing the Western Carolina University colors
During the 2010-2011 fiscal year, the Cedar Island and Swan Quarter
routes carried more than 91,000 vehicles and 217,000 passengers to and
from Ocracoke. The new vessel will go into service as soon as the crew
receives the proper training.
Scout Troop 1485 thanks the community
The girls from Rodanthe, Waves,
and Salvo, in
Girl Scout Troop 1485 would like to thank the community for their
support in purchasing Girl Scout cookies. The tri-village
were the top selling troop on Hatteras Island with more than 1,300
boxes sold, and Gabrielle Pettit was the second highest seller with 375
boxes sold. This year, the girls will be making their
the North Carolina Aquarium and their Gift In Kind cookies will be
donated to the fire stations on Hatteras Island.
In the photo with the “thank-you” banner are, left to right,
Gabrielle Pettit, Sydney Brown, Emmiline Baker, Mia Phillips and Jobell
Porter. (Not shown: Alina Rickert, Jorah Midgette, and
In the photo of making the banner are, left to right, Mia Phillips,
Jobell Porter, Emmiline Baker, Gabrielle Pettit and Sydney Brown.
Lutz is new Island Free Press ad sales manager
Liza Hutter Lutz is the new advertising sales manager for The Island
She is best known to many on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands for her
position selling advertising for The Island Breeze for five years,
beginning in 2000.
“We are really pleased that Liza has returned to The Outer Banks and
will be using her skills in sales and marketing with The Island Free
Press,” said Irene Nolan, IFP editor. “She will be an asset to the
newspaper and to the businesses on the Outer Banks.”
Lutz moved to the Outer Banks in 1994 from Maryland, where
was the manager of Papa’s Garden, a clothing and specialty
After managing the Duck and Kill Devil Hills stores for Papa’s Garden,
she moved to Hatteras in 1997 to manage a store here. In 2000, she
began working in advertising sales for The Island Breeze, a job she
held for five years.
She and her husband, Matt Lutz, were married in 2004. The
left Hatteras in 2007 and relocated to Chesapeake, Va., and eventually
to Baltimore, Md. Liza and Matt, however, missed the Outer Banks too
much and moved back earlier this year. They live in Kitty Hawk with
their daughters Isabel, 7, and Chloe, 3.
“We missed island living too much,” says Lutz. “We are happy
You can reach Lutz at 252-573-1759 or [email protected].
sites available at Hatteras Island Community Garden
Need a spot to grow your own fresh, organic vegetables
year-round? Coastal Harvesters, Inc. (CHI) now has garden
available for rent at the Hatteras Island Community Garden in
Buxton. Each site, comprised of a 4- by 4-foot
box filled with soil, can be leased for a small yearly fee.
The garden is located behind Fox Watersport’s parking lot on
Highway 12. It is situated on high ground, providing ample
protection from flood and wind. Both novice and experienced gardeners
are welcome to join.
“This is an opportunity for community members to gather, garden and
learn about sustainable garden practices” said Bernie Tetreault, vice
president of CHI.
For more information contact garden co-manager, Carol Bauer at
CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing fresh, healthy
foods to Outer Banks communities. The group also organized
Hatteras Island Farmers’ Market held during the past two summer
seasons. Development of the garden is supported, in part, by a grant
from the Outer Banks Community Foundation.
officer chosen for Outer Banks Group
The National Park Service has announced that Dean Mark was recently
selected as the new administrative officer for the Outer Banks Group,
which includes Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers
National Memorial, and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.
Mark is currently the administrative officer at the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office in Honolulu,
Hawaii, and has more than 28 years of administrative
He served in the U.S Air Force for 21 years at various locations in the
U.S. and around the world. He then began a civil service
working in Hawaii as an education program coordinator with the Walanse
Coast Comprehensive Health Center and later as the Office of Board
Services director with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, before
transferring to his present location.
“Dean Mark comes to us with a diversity of experience and will be a
great addition to the NPS family at the Outer Banks,” said Deputy
Superintendent Darrell Echols. “He has extensive experience
administration, a unique ability to analyze and develop operational
efficiencies, and has outstanding project and personnel management
skills. We are very excited to have him as our Administrative
Dean and one of his daughters will be arriving in the Outer Banks in
early June, but the rest of his family will arrive mid- to
“My family and I are truly excited about moving to the Outer Banks and
experiencing life on the East Coast,” Mark said. “Born and
in Hawaii with its limited resources, I understand the importance of
the conservation of our natural resources and our nation’s historical
heritage. I am honored to become a part of the Outer Banks
to effectively engage in the direct support of its mission to conserve
the natural and historic objects and the wild life in our national
Garden grows produce for food pantries
Coastal Harvesters Inc. (CHI) and Dare County Master Gardeners grew an
abundance of fresh produce for Hatteras Island food pantries this
season. Approximately 370 pounds of locally grown vegetables
donated to the Salvo and Buxton pantries between November and
March. The harvest included lettuce, collards,
broccoli, mustard greens, kale, radishes and various herbs.
The food was grown at CHI’s Hatteras Island Community Garden located in
Buxton, as well as Oscar Gray’s garden in Avon. Home Depot of
Kitty Hawk donated the bulk of the bedding plants for the two sites
this past fall. The resulting crop was grown to benefit
Island communities impacted by Hurricane Irene.
“Everyone appreciates it. It is a real blessing to get the
freshest possible vegetables ever and you can’t get fresher than this.
The quality is amazing,” stated Melinda Baker, whose family operates
the Salvo Food Pantry.
Volunteers for CHI and the Master Gardener program tended the gardens
and delivered the vegetables to the food pantries. The local
Scout troop also contributed to the effort by planting vegetable seeds
at the Buxton site.
In preparation for the warmer season, volunteers are now preparing
soils and sowing a new crop of seeds at the Hatteras Island Community
Garden. Anyone interested in volunteering with the project
contact Carol Bauer at 252-489-8980.
Cords is new business on Hatteras
Carolina Cords, owned by Brian Van Druten of Buxton, makes handmade
items out of 550 parachute cord (paracord). The business was
started in 2011 out of a hobby with the primary focus of making hunting
related items out of paracord, such as wrist straps for archers and
The product line has grown as people have requested new
Current production includes survival bracelets, duck call lanyards, bow
wrist straps, sunglasses straps, dog leashes, leads, and couplers,
necklaces, key chains, barrettes, snap and loop lanyards (to hold keys,
whistles, USB/thumb drives, ID badges, etc.), game carriers, and turkey
totes. Plans are in place for a few new items in
Most recently, the company added a survivor survival bracelet, which
has the breast cancer ribbon incorporated into the weave. A
portion of the sales of this item will be donated to the Hatteras
Island Cancer Foundation.
You can check out Carolina Cords on Facebook – www.facebook.com/carolina.cords
-- or e-mail the company at [email protected].
Items can be purchased through Facebook and e-mail or you can visit
Frisco Rod & Gun (call lanyards and bow wrist straps) and Blue
Pelican Gallery (many items).
Banks Chamber president retires
The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce today announced that John Bone, its
president and CEO, is retiring. Bone has represented the needs and
interest of the Outer Banks business community for nearly 30 years.
“You reach a time when you need a change in your life, now is that time
for me,” Bone said. “I am looking forward to a new chapter in
The Chamber plans to fill the position with an interim
during the process of searching for a new president. Bone,
will assist with the transition, began working for the Chamber in 1983
as executive officer.
“I want to thank John for his terrific contribution, dedication and
participation in building a thriving Chamber of Commerce," said Robin
Mann, board chairman of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce. "John has
done an amazing job building the Chamber of Commerce into an
organization that is recognized as the voice of local businesses.”
The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit business
organization representing more than 1,000 members in Dare, Currituck,
and Hyde counties. For more information about the Chamber and
programs, call 252-441-8144 or visit www.outerbankschamber.com.
Pier wins award
Mike Remige, general manger of Jennette's Pier, right, traveled to
Raleigh to accept a sustainability award from Chief Deputy Secretary
Manly Wilder of the state's Department of Environment and Natural
Resources (DNER) last week. The second place in the large
category was awarded for the pier’s ‘innovative and sustainable
design,’ Wilder said. The ceremony was held in the Archdale Building in
Raleigh. Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head is the fourth facility in the
N.C. Aquariums Division of DENR. (Courtesy Jennette’s Pier / Brandon
List students get a special party
The Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies faculty members
handed each student his or her second quarter report cards on Feb.
10. As the youths took the piece of paper and looked at it,
were many happy faces and smiles.
The response that warmed the heart of Locomotion’s director, Kathy
Kiddy, was that of a student who made the Principal’s List with all A’s
and who asked, “Will Locomotion be throwing us a party”?
“Yes” was Kiddy’s reply, and the students got their party on March 23,
2012 in the library at CHSS.
Jean Taylor, high school principal, welcomed each student as he or she
took a seat at a table topped with many free coupons from
Taylor opened with, “We are honored to have many very talented people
with us today” as she swept her hands around the room. “You
Taylor then introduced David Oaksmith, Dare County Board of Education
member. Oaksmith contacted Taylor and Kiddy after reading
the first A-List Party. “What a wonderful way to reward these
students for their hard work and dedication to their studie,” said
Kiddy then introduced Dixie Burrus Browning, accomplished writer and
watercolor artist, as the guest speaker. Ms. Dixie, a very
woman, told the group she was born on Hatteras, grew up here, and
graduated with a class of three from Hatteras Island.
“You can be anything you want-you just have to do it,” she said.
Browning is a well-known writer with 103 books published around the
globe. As everyone present watched and listened, they saw the
beautiful watercolor pictures she had painted.
“What I really wanted to be was an opera singer but I didn’t have the
voice for it,” Browning told the students.
She spoke straight from her heart, which made students feel as if they
had known her all their lives.
“I’d like to be like her!” stated one student, “She’s done
After a loud round of applause for Ms. Dixie, the students lined up for
food and punch. The party was a huge success!
Another A- List Party will be held in May. Locomotion’s
information is P. O. Box 1152 Buxton, NC 27920, 252-
and to contact CHSS call (252) 995-5730 ext. 0 or stop by the school
and see Debbie Etheridge in the main office.
spelling bee champs
Fifth-grade student Betty Chen, left, is Cape Hatteras Elementary
School's 2012 spelling bee champ. Betty and classmate Nyah Machie went
18 rounds together after they eliminated all other participants with
Betty coming out on top. Media Specialist Shauna Leggat coordinated the
event, with the help of media assistant Charlotte Johnson and
technology coordinator Annette O'Neal. What's especially remarkable
about 10-year-old Betty's win is that she only began to learn English
at the age of 7.
board authorizes special retirement of $1,575,042
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors has authorized
a special capital credit retirement to return 30 percent of the
franchise tax refunded to the cooperative by the North Carolina
Department of Revenue. Checks or bill credits to CHEC members
with service during 2001-2009 will be issued in late April.
The franchise tax, which was paid by the cooperative from 2001-2009,
was refunded to the Cooperative and recognized as income in
The refund, including 8 percent interest, was allocated to CHEC members
who had electric accounts during the years 2001-2009. As with
other margins, the balance of the franchise tax refund will be
distributed with future capital credit retirements. Capital
Credits are a part of the unique, non-profit, cooperative way of doing
County launches redesigned website
The Dare County website, www.darenc.com,
has undergone a redesign to improve its functionality and update its
look. The redesigned site includes many new features, such as expanded
information on county departments and services as well as tools to
provide easier navigation.
New features on the website’s home page now include an “Events and
Activities” section, a Public Meetings Calendar, and featured articles
highlighting important information about county services. An
expanded news section is a handy way to see the most recent news
regarding Dare County.
The updated website provides “How Do I?” and “Tax Info” tabs to better
assist citizens when searching for information. Answers to
frequently asked questions about county services are given in the “How
Do I?” tab. “Tax Info” is where a wide variety of tax
can quickly be made.
Additional features on the redesigned website are the quick link tabs
at the top right of the Home Page to provide fast access to news, road
conditions, GIS, and more. There are also short message
department pages where fast updates can be posted, such as a last
minute cancellation or a newly added event. The site features
breadcrumb navigation, which allows users to see how they have
progressed to a page and allows easy back up to previously viewed
While the web address www.darenc.com remains the same, many other URLs
within the site are now different. Frequent viewers who have
created shortcuts or bookmarks to specific locations on the former
website are asked to check them and make changes as
Visit the new Dare County website at www.darenc.com. Comments
and questions can be directed to the Information Technology Department
at 252- 475-5830.
after Hurricane Irene
Rosemary Smith of Derwood, Md., sent us these photos that she took on
Ocracoke in September during a trip with her mother that almost didn’t
happen because of Hurricane Irene on Aug. 27.
This is what she wrote to us:
“I found your site so helpful last September when my mother and I were
planning our trip to Ocracoke. Right up until the last minute
I was not sure we would be able to make it onto the island.
Your timely and very helpful information allowed us to make an informed
decision about whether to attempt the trip or not. I'm so
happy to say we made it -- despite crowded ferries, torrential rains,
and juggling our return date.”
Rosemary says they were treated with phenomenal sunsets and cloud
formations that she had never seen before.
“We're booked again for this September,” she writes, “and I can't wait
to go. Thanks for doing such a wonderful job. “Your work and
effort allowed us - and so many others - to have a safe and enjoyable
The photos include a Sept. 18 sunset on the west end of Ocracoke,
clouds on Sept. 22 from the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry, and the dredge
Merritt keeping the ferry channel open.
view from Jennette’s Pier
Visitors to Jennette’s Pier in Nag’s Head this month have seen some
All winter long, pods of dolphins have been swimming past the pier,
chasing fish and jumping for the sheer joy of it. On a day when the
waves were great, these two dolphins first surfed a wave and then
jumped out of the water.
While a steady swell rolled through on Feb. 21, to the delight of a
group of hardcore winter surfers who were braving the cold ocean water,
a rainbow appeared off the end of the pier.
Photos are by Daryl Law, assistant manager of the pier.
on Hatteras Island.
.WITH SLIDE SHOW
Nancy Hall of Martinsville, Va., sent us these photos from some of her
recent trips to Hatteras Island.
An insurance broker and agent, Nancy’s first trip to Hatteras was in
November of 2007, shortly after her husband died of cancer.
“It was a healing experience that has continued with every visit,” she
says after 12 visits here.
She came down with a friend in December for the Hatteras Village
Christmas Parade and plans to be back next month.
Her photos include Highway 12 on Pea Island, the old Coast Guard
Station on northern Pea Island, a pelican at Oden’s Dock and a sunset
on the Pamlico Sound. Click here to view slide show.
Hardham, president of Cape Hatteras Anglers Club, presented a donation
check for Hatteras Island Meals. Warner Quast accepted the check on
behalf of the group at the club’s monthly January dinner meeting. The
Anglers Club has donated a total of over $500 in the past 12 months to
Hatteras Island Meals.
foundation seeks islanders to help with transportation
The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation has a new Facebook page that is a
call to action for Hatteras Island residents to do what they do best --
helping their neighbors in need.
“Unfortunately, most of us have had cancer touch our lives in one way
or another,” the foundation says on the page. “It is an ugly disease
and particularly trying when the grueling treatment for this disease
takes, at best, 2½-hours of round-trip travel time. Many of the
treatment plans require traveling off Hatteras Island five days a
HICF says that you can make a difference in the life of a cancer
patient and his or her family by helping provide
You can help if you know you will be traveling off the island for a
shopping trip or an appointment and can offer a ride to a neighbor who
really needs it. Or you can volunteer to make a trip just to help a
patient get to treatment.
If you would like to help or need help with transportation, please
consider joining this group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/303278609719695/
donate to CHAPA to defend ORV plan lawsuit
top photo, Jim Keene, NCBBA director, left, and Tom Burke, NCBBA
vice-president, right, present a check to John Couch, CHAPA president
in the amount of $30,000 to be used by the Cape Hatteras Access
Preservation Alliance (CHAPA) in the continuing fight for free and open
the National Park Services’ release of the final ORV rule, the combined
organizations believe the NPS has far exceeded their requirements for
resource protection and severely penalized the visitors to the Cape
Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area. Funds will be
in the continuing efforts to have the rule replaced by a rule
reflecting responsible resource management while meeting the mandated
recreational aspects of America’s first national seashore.
bottom photo, Larry Hardham, president of the Cape Hatteras Anglers
Club, LEFT, presents a $5,000 check to Cape Hatteras Access
Preservation Alliance. Accepting the check is David
This check brings the club’s donations to CHAP to just under $16,000
over the last two years.
Cape Hatteras Anglers Club supports the CHAPA lawsuit filed against the
NPS regarding the final ORV rule. The Anglers Club has always
supported free and open beaches at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Recreational Area. The club is frustrated with the National
Service’s lack of response to the public’s comments in the development
of the final rule. The club also believes that proposed
closures are excessive and will have an adverse effect on the economy
here on the Outer Banks without increasing bird or sea turtle
Club makes donations to Hatteras food programs
Fulcher from the Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men Food
in Buxton is presented two checks by Larry Hardham, president of the
Cape Hatteras Anglers Club, at the club’s January monthly dinner
meeting. The first check, in the amount of $407, was from the
club’s annual November surf fishing tournament. Roving judges
judges had requested that instead of being reimbursed for their gas
used in the tournament, the club donate their gas money to the Food
pantry. The second check was from the club. These
bring donations to the Food Pantry to just over $2,600, in the last 12
enjoying our spectacular winter sunsets...WITH SLIDE SHOW
Lynne Murray took these photos of various January sunsets from her home
in Brigand's Bay in Frisco. It seems to us that we've had many more
dramatic winter sunsets than usual these past few months. And it's also
been warmer to go outside and photograph them.
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January 24, 2012
Details donates to Cancer Foundation
Pam and Rene Stoffel, owners of Shore Details, a Hatteras Island
property and guest services company, have donated $450 to the Hatteras
Island Cancer Foundation. The donation represents the
from the sale of the Shore Details Discount card, which offers
residents, homeowners, and visitors discounts at various island
At the end of the year, the company nominated three island non-profits
to receive the donation and posted them on the Shore Details Facebook
page. All were asked to vote for the one non-profit they
to see get the money.
This week, Pam Stoffel, left, presented the check to cancer foundation
officers, from left, Donna Barnett, vice-president; Sydnee Slaughter,
president, and Rene Burrus, vice-president for finance.
Inn has new management
The Seaside Inn, a bed and breakfast in Hatteras village, has new
Chris Latimer and Tracey Zimmerman became the inn’s managers in early
They are focused on upgrading the property and playing a more important
role in the Hatteras community, Latimer said.
Both Latimer and Zimmerman have experience in the food service industry.
Latimer, a Maryland native, has been a chef for 30 years at hotels,
resorts, and country clubs in the mid-Atlantic region. His
recent job was managing special events and catering at James Madison
University in Harrisonburg, Va., in the Shenandoah Valley.
Zimmerman, who is from Florida, was most recently director of food and
beverages at Shenvalee Golf Resort in New Market, Va.
The couple decided to spend last summer on the Outer Banks. He worked
at Kelly’s and she worked at Pamlico Jack’s restaurant.
“We liked it so well, we decided to stay and become permanent
residents,” Latimer says.
Their new job is managing the historic Seaside Inn, which was built in
1928 and was for decades The Atlantic View Hotel, Hatteras Island’s
The inn, which has been renovated several times, most recently in 2006,
has 10 rooms, six of which are suites. It also has a
room with an outside entrance. The centerpiece of the inn is its large
common room, and it features porches and a picnic area.
It is open year round.
Latimer says the inn is ideally suited to host weddings, reunions, and
business meetings. For the time being, he said, Seaside
complimentary continental breakfast with homemade breads and muffins
and an expanded hot breakfast menu at an additional cost.
Currently, the inn can host events by other caterers, but Latimer said
he hopes that soon the management can handle the catering for events
He also says that the inn wants to be more community oriented and is
offering its common area for meetings of clubs and civic groups.
“A lot of local people,” Latimer says, “have a special place in their
heart for this place.”
For more information, go to the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/seasideinnhatteras#!/seasideinnhatteras?sk=info
Island Boardsports building new facility
Hatteras Island Boardsports surf shop has announced that it has begun
construction of a 5,400 square-foot facility in Avon located
immediately adjacent to its current location and across Highway 12 from
the Avon Fishing Pier that will open in the spring of 2012.
The facility, designed in collaboration with and built by Rick Albaugh
of Avon will include 3,700 square feet of retail space, office
warehousing, and an apartment.
"It was important to us to come up with a building concept that
complements the natural beauty and history of Hatteras Island and we
believe that Rick (Albaugh) has done just that. We view it as
something that is a part of the community and we live here so we want
it to fit in and be something that locals and visitors can enjoy. We're
anxious to see the finished product," said co-owner Kevin Scalia.
Hatteras Island Boardsports was established in 2002.
"We're excited to be opening our 10th anniversary in our new building!"
Hatteras Island Boardsports will continue to offer its customers the
same service and product offerings that it has since 2002.
"Building the new shop is more about growing than it is about
expanding if that makes any sense. We're adding a couple of
brands to the current lineup of fantastic companies that we work with
and we'll have a little more overall, but the goal has always been to
improve our presence and our ability to provide great service
our customers," said co-owner Drew Scalia "It has never been
about becoming a superstore for us.”
Hatteras Island Boardsports will be posting progress photos and updates
to their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HatterasIslandBoardsports
and a Flickr photo page at www.flickr.com/photos/drewscalia/sets/72157628133207267/ .
Dixon is new deputy director of Ferry Division
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has named John E. (Jed)
Dixon as the new deputy director for the Ferry Division. He begins his
new duties immediately and will oversee the day-to-day operations of
all seven routes.
“Jed’s education, experience, and performance makes him far and away
the best candidate for the job,” said NCDOT Deputy Secretary for
Transit Paul Morris.
Dixon has worked for the Ferry Division for eight years, serving as a
Ferry Master for seven years and District 1 Superintendent (Hatteras,
Currituck, Ocracoke and Swan Quarter operations) since September, 2010.
He holds both a 1600-ton Ocean Master and Second Mate Unlimited license
and is also licensed as an N.C. General Contractor.
Ferry Director Harold Thomas said, “We are pleased that Jed is joining
us in this capacity and have great confidence in his abilities to serve
the coastal residents and visitors who use our ferry system.”
Jed is a 1999 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, where he
received a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation. After
graduation, he served eight years as a commissioned officer in the Navy
Reserve/Merchant Marine Reserve and achieved the rank of lieutenant
while he was working for the NCDOT Ferry Division.
Recently Dixon was appointed to the Oregon Inlet Waterways Commission
and serves as vice chair. He is married to Amy Dixon of Manteo and the
couple has a son Cal, 6, and a daughter June, 3.
January 18, 2012
Club donates to fire departments and rescue squads
Every year Cape Hatteras Anglers Club makes a donation to the fire
department and rescue squads on Hatteras Island.
presentations were made at the monthly dinner meeting on Saturday, Jan.
14, at the club. Accepting the checks on the front row, from
to right, are Mary Ellon Ballance from the Hatteras Volunteer Fire
Department, Kay Knowles from the Salvo Fire Department, Dianne LaNasa
from Hatteras Island Rescue Squad. Back row. from left to
are Dave Davidson from Frisco Fire Department, Chet Bailey
Chicamacomico Banks Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Clyde
Stowe from the Buxton Fire Department, and Joe Gallagher from Avon Fire
January 18, 2012
Garden donates produce to Salvo food pantry
Coastal Harvesters Inc. (CHI) and Dare County Master Gardeners
harvested and donated fresh, locally grown vegetables to the Salvo Food
Pantry this past week. Approximately 15 pounds of
and cabbage greens, along with chives, were picked from CHI’s Hatteras
Island Community Garden, located in Buxton. Radishes and
greens also planted at the garden by Hatteras Island Girl Scouts were
added to the donation.
Home Depot of Kitty Hawk gave bedding plants this fall to the Master
Gardeners “Seeds for Salvo” initiative. The vegetable crop
growing at the Buxton site and an additional site in Avon is intended
to benefit Hatteras Island communities impacted by Hurricane Irene.
The Salvo Food Pantry, working under Food Bank of the Albemarle,
reaches many local people, with 196 families served in
Most recipients live on Hatteras Island, though some have come as far
away as Ocracoke and Currituck. The Cape Hatteras United
Methodist Men Food Pantry in Buxton received donations of lettuce,
collards, and herbs from the Community Garden earlier this winter.
January 17, 2012
society and English university plan another dig on Hatteras
The Croatoan Archaeological Society (CAS) has announced that the
University of Bristol, England will be returning to Hatteras Island to
conduct another archaeological excavation under the direction of
Professor Mark Horton.
This year the lead graduate student working under the direct
supervision of Horton is Fred Neville-Jones. Another 10 undergraduate
and graduate students of archaeology will assist in the excavation
Horton and the team will be on Hatteras from March 25 - April 5. The
Croatoan Archaeological Society will again be serving as the local
liaison for the university.
Also, the Croatoan Archaeological Society is planning a series of
community dinners and events during the digs to provide ample
opportunity for the community members to meet Horton, Neville-Jones,
and the accompanying students. Horton will be speaking to the community
about some of his findings and research, and the community will be
given the opportunity to ask questions. In addition, the community
members will have a chance to bring in their own personal artifacts for
Horton to examine.
The CAS is hoping to arrange a dinner/event in each of the villages.
Currently, the Kinnakeet Civic Association has confirmed that it will
be hosting a potluck dinner for CAS and the University of
Brist6ol on Friday evening, March 30.
The Croatoan Archaeological Project is an ongoing archaeological
research project being conducted by Horton in conjunction with the
Croatoan Archaeological Society (CAS).
In November, 2009, Horton and graduate student Louisa Pittman conducted
test pits on Hatteras Island with members of the CAS.
In April, 2010, Horton and Pittman returned to
nine undergraduate and graduate students to conduct a full-scale
archaeological dig on the island with CAS serving as the local liaison.
In April, 2011, the university and CAS joined forces again to conduct
another full-scale archaeological dig on the island.
All artifacts found during the digs remain on Hatteras Island and are
on display at the Hatteras Histories and Mysteries Museum, which is
currently temporarily located in Shipwreck Grill in Buxton. There is
also a temporary display with artifacts at the Hatteras Community
Library in Hatteras village.
Dare County Transportation adds
Greenville as destination
Dare County Transportation has added Greenville, N.C., to its service
as an out-o- county destination. Service to Greenville will available
on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. The trips
for medical purposes only and must be scheduled at least two days in
advance by calling Dare County Transportation. Appointments
preferred further in advance to ensure availability.
will be picked up at their home and can be taken to any medical
facility in Greenville. A fare in the amount of $14 will
the cost of the round trip. For further information, call 252-475-5640.
concert benefits Cape Hatteras Elementary
U.S. National Flatpicking guitar champions, Steve Kaufman and Robin
Kessinger, played a benefit guitar concert on Saturday night, Jan. 7,
at the Cape Hatteras Elementary School. The benefit guitar concert
capped off the 16th annual Steve Kaufman flatpicking workshop. The
workshop, held the first weekend in January at Hatteras Realty in Avon,
provides guitarists an opportunity to learn from Steve Kaufman, the
only three-time National Flatpick Champion. Guitarists came from as far
away as Carteret County to participate in the workshop. Each year,
concert proceeds benefit Cape Hatteras Elementary School, and the
donation this year was $500. From left, local musician and event
coordinator John Couch was honored to sit in on a few tunes with
Kessinger and Kaufman. Clips from the concert are easily found on you
tube. The annual concert is an exceptional opportunity to hear
extraordinary talent at a local venue - a not-to-miss event in January
gets grant from PetSmart charities for spay-neuter clinics
Ocracats, Inc., a non-profit devoted to the feral cats on Ocracoke
Island, has received a $21,000 grant from PetSmart Charities and will
hold the first of four spay-neuter clinics over two years on Saturday
and Sunday, Jan. 21and 22, to help control the feral cats on the island.
“With no full-time veterinarian on the island and no other animal
control, Ocracats has been challenged to control and care for the
ever-expanding feral cat population on Ocracoke,” noted Ruth Fordon,
Ocracats president. “Thanks to the generosity and concern of PetSmart
Charities, we aim to see a significant decrease in the numbers of feral
With about 20 known feral cat colonies in the village, containing 15 to
30 cats each, Ocracats aims to spay-neuter up to 300 cats in the four
clinics. The group estimates that 800 to 1,000 live in the colonies and
marshlands surrounding the village.
Ocracats, under the umbrella of the Ocracoke Foundation, received the
grant in November. The Ocracoke Foundation, which applied for the
gran,t will administer the monies.
“We are pleased that we can help Ocracats and the island with this
project,” noted Robin Payne, Ocracoke Foundation executive director.
“This kind of collaboration for community benefit is the mission of the
In addition, the Hyde County Health Department is collaborating with
the effort by covering the cost of rabies shot that each treated cat
The clinics will be for feral cats only and will be conducted on
Ocracoke Island by veterinarians with Coastal Animal Clinic of Kitty
Hawk. Each of the four clinics in 2012 will be held for one day with
the goal of 50 to 60 surgeries per clinic. Volunteers will be
responsible for trapping the cats, transporting them to surgery,
monitoring them after surgery, and transporting them back to their
Dates for three more clinics in 2012 have not been set. The final two
clinics sponsored by PetSmart Charities will be held in early 2013.
Volunteers are needed to help with the clinics in various capacities.
Contact Ruth Fordon, if interested, at 252-475-0859.
“Ocracats is dedicated to improving the lives of homeless cat on
Ocracoke,” said Susanna Della Maddalena, vice-president and executive
director at PetSmart Charities, Inc. “By creating programs like this
one, they are making strides toward ending homeless-pet over-population
and improving life for people and animals alike.”
Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent,
nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs
that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion
animal welfare issues, and promote healthy relationships between people
January 12, 2012
last sunset of 2011
Freeborn of West Grove, Pa., took these photos of her huband, Jim,
fishing at Cape Point at sunset on New Year's Eve, 2011. Jim
caught a shark that evening and poses for a photo with their border
collie, Jesse. The Freeborns have been regular visitors to
Hatteras for 31 years and visit at least twice a year.
is the most wonderful place," says Kathy. "As soon as you drive onto
the island your worries just melt away!"
2011 News and Business Briefs