Searching for the Lost Colony on Hatteras Island

Artifacts found in recent digs in Buxton may be solid evidence that the so-called "Lost Colony" fled to Croatoan. Or they may not.

Until findings are published, the work is among numerous unproven tidbits that add to centuries of speculation on what happened to the English settlers who disappeared from Roanoke Island after 1587. The fate of the 117 men, women and children remains the oldest mystery of colonial American history.

In a presentation in Manteo last month, archaeologist Mark Horton announced that artifacts unearthed while working with a team of volunteers from the nonprofit Croatoan Archaeological Society on Hatteras Island reveal ongoing contact between Europeans and Indians, including with people from the 1584-1587 Roanoke Voyages and the1607 Jamestown settlement.  
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The Night Sky:  Stargazing tips for May

Although we had a lot of cloudy nights, April proved to be much better than March for stargazing and astrophotography.    My two best images included M51 the Whirlpool Galaxy and 57 the Ring Nebula.
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Hatteras veterans now have a place to call home

The room just off the dining area of the Hatterasman Drive-In was filled with about a dozen people on a recent April afternoon. There were men and women from their late 20s or early 30s to retired. There was small talk, a lot of catching up on local events and what the kids are doing. It could have been a gathering of friends, taking a break to check up on the latest news.

Then Hatterasman owner, Frank Miller, brought in the chicken fingers and fries and the meeting began.
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A humdinger winter for hummers

Whatever the reasons we in North Carolina are seeing more hummingbirds in the winter, it is a treat for those of us who love watching the amazing little birds. What better way to get through the cold, gray days of winter than to put up a hummingbird feeder and enjoy their antics!  
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Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is topic of radio show...WITH AUDIO

The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum was the topic of the April 3 edition of the Radio.

 Hatteras interview show, "To the Point." The guests were Joseph Schwarzer, executive director of the North Carolina Maritime Museums, and Mary Ellen Riddle, education curator at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras village.

They talked about the museum in Hatteras village, which showcases the maritime history, culture, and heritage of the Outer Banks through the stories of the many ships that have wrecked on the dangerous offshore shoals known to all as the Graveyard of the Atlantic.  
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Cancer Foundation's annual dance was just the 'bee's knees'...WITH SLIDE SHOW

The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation's annual Spring Dance this year was not only the bee's knees, it was the berries.  The Cat's Meow.  And just swell. About 150 gals and their daddies showed up to enjoy Saturday evening, April 11, in Roaring Twenties style while raising money to help Hatteras Island cancer patients.  
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A primer on seismic testing

One of the flashpoints in the debate over developing possible offshore oil and gas centers on seismic surveying, an effective but controversial method used in the search for energy deposits. Three public meetings have been scheduled this month about using “air guns” off the N.C. coast. The first was earlier this week in Wilmington, the second is today in Morehead City, and the last one is on Monday, April 27, in Kill Devil Hills.

Here’s a primer to help you understand what all the noise is about.  
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The Scotch bonnet's 50th anniversary

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Scotch bonnet as North Carolina’s official state shell. For a state with one of the longest coastlines on the Eastern Seaboard, it makes sense that it was the first to have its own shell. Unfortunately, the lovely gastropod — snail, that is — is notoriously difficult to find on most of its beaches, except for the Outer Banks.

Perhaps then it’s no surprise that the bill to make the Scotch bonnet the state shell was introduced in 1965 by an Outer Banker, Rep. Moncie Daniels, who lived in Dare County.
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With love, Aleta:  Remembering Ocracoke's famous mailboat

“We always waited for the mailboat to come in. That was something that we enjoyed, going and seeing the people who were on it, because it carried some passengers and also some freight for the island people and for the stores. We enjoyed doing it just to get away from home and see what we would get that evening in the mailbox,” recalls Della Gaskill, remembering when she was a girl growing up at Ocracoke.

Today Ocracoke’s beloved mailboat, the Aleta, lies at the bottom of the South River in mainland  North Carolina, no doubt providing a fine habitat for fish and other marine life.  She lives on, however, in the memories of those who once peopled her decks as they traveled to and from Ocracoke or gathered on the dock to greet her, collect their mail, and welcome the passengers she carried. She lives on in books that describe her short but memorable history, and now she is the focus of a new exhibit at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras village.
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