Saving cold-stunned sea turtles is topic of "To the Point" radio show....WITH AUDIO

Two men from Frisco talked about the intrepid work of a small band of volunteers and their work to save cold-stunned sea turtles on the show that was broadcast on Sunday, Dec. 7, on the Radio Hatteras interview program, "To the Point."

"To the Point," which is hosted by Island Free Press editor Irene Nolan, airs on the island's community radio station, FM 101.5 and FM 99.9, at 5 p.m. on the first and third Sunday of each month.  It is repeated on the second and fourth Sunday.

The guests for the interview were Lou Browning and Frank Wells, both of Frisco. And they need your help for this very important work.  
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Rare group of American white pelicans is wintering on Pea Island

Each fall, the annual migration of birds along the coastal flyways usually results in a rare or unusual species making an appearance, much to the pleasure of bird watchers and nature photographers.

On Hatteras Island, at the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, such birds have been hard to overlook. Anyone driving along  Highway 12 through the refuge has probably noticed these enormous, plumed giants.

Fortunately, you won’t need to get up before the rooster crows, go crawling through thick shrub thickets or make silly sounding bird calls to see these feathery beauties. A group of American white pelicans have found the refuge’s waterfowl impoundments much to their liking and have not been shy about mixing in with their Eastern brown pelican cousins. A few white pelicans have shown up here in the past, but the significance this year is that close to 150 of the birds have taken up residence.  
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Hatteras  Community Emergency Response Team is topic of radio show...WITH AUDIO

Two leaders of Hatteras Island's Community Emergency Response Team were interviewed about the team's work on Sunday, Nov. 16, on the Radio Hatteras interview show, "To the Point." The guests for the program were Kenny Brite of Avon and Larry Ogden of Waves.

The teams, under the direction of emergency responders, provide critical support after disasters by giving immediate assistance to the victims, providing damage assessment information, and organizing other volunteers at the disaster site. The role of a CERT volunteer is to help others until trained emergency personnel arrive.

Hatteras Island's team was formed last year and has 66 members -- but it would like your help.
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Archaeologists to investigate possible site of Civil War fort this week

After a painstaking study of historic maps, documents and photographs zeroed in on the presumed site of a Civil War fort in Waves on Hatteras Island,  the actual work on the ground is set to begin this week to prove its location. 

Mel Covey, a local history buff who grew up in Rodanthe, said that retired East Carolina University archaeologist Larry Babits will be leading an investigation starting on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the site of what Covey believes is the location of Camp Live Oak, an 1861 Union outpost built to defend against Confederates retaking Hatteras island.  
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Earl O'Neal continues to chronicle Ocracoke's history

In Earl O’Neal's yard on Back Road is a special live oak, named the Buttonhole Tree by his deceased wife, Dee. It could probably tell some great tales about the Ocracoke historian and all his undertakings throughout his life, if it could only talk!  
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Author-historian Kevin Duffus talks about lighthouses and pirates on 'To the Point'...WITH AUDIO

Author-historian Kevin Duffus of Raleigh, who has had a life-long fascination with North Carolina's maritime history, was the guest on Sunday, Nov. 2, on the new Radio Hatteras interview show, "To the Point."

"To the Point," which is hosted by Island Free Press editor Irene Nolan, airs on the island's community radio station, FM 101.5 and FM 99.9, at 5 p.m. on the first and third Sunday of each month.  It is repeated on the second and fourth Sunday.  
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The day that East met West in Hatteras village....WITH SLIDE SHOW AND VIDEO

This is story -- a very funny story -- with a happy ending about the day that a delegation of Chinese investors and government officials came to visit Hatteras village on a whirlwind tour of Dare County.

The story was told to me by Allen Burrus of Hatteras village, vice-chairman of the county Board of Commissioners.

I sure can't spin a tale the way Burrus can, especially with his wonderful island accent. However, I am going to give it a try.
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Hatteras Island's out-of-this-world tourist attraction

The silver reflective surface is throwing back the rays of the sun. From the windows that encircle the saucer shape, alien faces peer out. Suddenly a green man appears, crouching in the doorway. Cue the opening to a classic 1950s horror and science fiction TV show and a narrator in the background saying, “It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.”

Scattered around the alien’s home are images of other green beings and the remnant skeletons of humans who got too close in a nearby "cemetery" surrounded by a picket fence.

It is the Flying Saucer of Frisco -- aka The Frisco Spaceship -- a place where mystery and imagination meet the future and the past.
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Old oil test well at Hatteras lighthouse draws state's attention

Core samples from a decades old oil test well near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse that was abandoned as a dry hole in 1946 will get another look as part of the state’s effort to expand oil and gas exploration.  
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What's all the noise over Seismic Survey?

While the debate over drilling for oil and natural gas off the North Carolina coast rages on, one thing appears certain: Next year, the first step in that process will begin, most likely, in the spring.

Nine companies have applied for permits to use seismic air guns to look for likely deposits of oil and gas off the Eastern Seaboard, including North Carolina, according to David McGowan, executive director of the North Carolina Petroleum Council. That work, he said, could involve multiple vessels in the same region at the same time, though he doesn’t expect tremendous overlap in a gigantic area that stretches down the East Coast from New England to the middle of Florida.

Still, when the nine companies are finished, some people fear that the ball will be set irrevocably in motion for drilling off North Carolina.  
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Island Living: Guilty Pleasures

My former-fiancÚ-turned-hubby and I just returned from our long overdue and much anticipated weekend vacation on Hatteras Island. (And now that we’re married, I suppose I can finally disclose his name. It’s John Smith. I am not making this up. In fact, I asked to see his ID on our first date.)

Anyway, I realized both during our trip and upon our return that every “vacation” back home to the Outer Banks is, well, a little different. When I’m on Hatteras Island, I’m relaxed, more carefree, and more inclined to take part in actions that I know are bad, but that feel so incredibly good that it’s easy to give in.  
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In his first novel, local author brings a bygone era to life

A lot of people say they’re going to write a book one day, but not a lot of people actually do it.  Of those who do, few actually get published, and even fewer sell out of their first printing in just 25 days.  “Well,” said Elvin Hooper, smiling with a youthful exuberance that belies his 65 years of age, “I guess I’ve just always been under the illusion that I was an author.”

Hooper is the author of “Chicamacomico: How it was back then,” and on a recent mid-summer afternoon, in between sips of sweet iced tea, genial conversation, and detours into tangential stories, he discussed why he wanted to write the book, how he made it happen, and what he hopes will come of it.  
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Hatteras native turns her childhood memories into a series of books for young and old

More than 65 years ago, before Highway 12 stretched between the seven villages and Bonner Bridge spanned Oregon Inlet, small, resilient communities thrived on Hatteras Island.  Lacking a reliable road, direct access to the mainland, and many of the modern conveniences, life on the island was challenging, yet idyllic in its simplicity.

The children, especially, reveled in this time before the road.  The entire island was a safe haven, while its expansive beaches, untamed wilderness, and unique history provided an endless supply of excitement and adventure.

Jeanette Gray Finnegan Jr. who grew up in Buxton before the highway was built, recently began writing a series of children’s books based upon the island’s history, her childhood experiences, and family heritage.
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