Wondering how much Hatteras Inlet has changed? Just take a look at Google Earth

It’s been well documented that Hatteras Inlet has changed drastically in the past 10-20 years or so, and thanks to the internet, there is visible proof.

Videos that utilize Google Earth’s Timelapse, (which creates a fast-moving series of images that chronicle how corners of the world have changed over the past 32 years), have surfaced on social media that show just how much the inlet has changed since 1984.
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Wait… Is it Summer Already?

It seems like only a day or so ago that islanders were shivering in cool temps and winds, or driving along a lonely NC Highway 12 past businesses that were closed for the season.

In reality, it was more like a week.  
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Island Cooking: Breaking Bread with Irene

Irene Nolan, recently deceased editor and co-owner of the Island Free Press, was a woman of many talents and varied interests and her friendships reflected that. 

She was a very good cook and enjoyed food, and she loved to entertain.  Of her many friends, the closest enjoyed dining experiences together for many years, both in their homes and in local restaurants. 
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New “Fixtation” is Stationed Outside St. John United Methodist Church in Avon

The grassy exterior and entrance of the St. John United Methodist Church in Avon village has a few enticements that make visitors take a second look. There’s the original church bell from the 1800s, the wrap-around bench near the towering oak tree that’s covered with colorful handprints, and the recently added food pantry that’s stationed next to Harbor Road. 
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Hatterasity Returns with a Bang in May, after Hurricane Matthew Cancellation

For those who have never witnessed it, the phoenix-like ability of Hatteras-ers to recover from natural disasters is at once daunting, inspiring and heart-warming. 

Six months after Hurricane Matthew’s relentless inundation of the Southern villages on Hatteras Island, “Hatterasity,” a bluegrass celebration that was originally scheduled for October of 2016, will be given a springtime chance to shine on May 5th and 6th at the Hatteras Village Civic Center.
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How the “Rules of Beachcombing” can Carry Over into Everyday Life

So the other day I was trying out a new form of beachcombing that I had recently discovered, and which ties in perfectly with my inherent desire to be lazy whenever possible.

This method entails sitting yards - if not inches - away from the breaking waves in the minutes leading up to a low or high tide, and basically letting the shells come to you.
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The Night Sky: March was a good month for galaxies

If you are an early riser, you will be able to see Venus (magnitude -4) in the morning, close to the eastern horizon, throughout April.  On April 1, Venus will rise just before sunrise.   By the end of the month, it will be coming up at 4:21 AM. Venus will be at its brightest point of the year on April 30. 
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The Lost Colony turns 80

When the 2017 season of The Lost Colony opens on May 26, the production at Roanoke Island's Waterside Theatre will aim the spotlight squarely on a milestone event: America’s longest running outdoor symphonic drama turns 80 this year. 
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Blue Mind Global Book Club Culminates with Local Event

On March 25, author Dr. Wallace "J." Nichols joined a group of roughly 50 island residents and visitors to celebrate the culmination of a global community read of his bestselling book, “Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do.” 
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Pipeline Could Pose Threat to Coastal Region

Thanks to Google Earth, it’s easy to see Eastern North Carolina’s rural versus urban dichotomy in the route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Loosely following the path of the Interstate 95 corridor, the pipe would cross 178 miles of mostly small farming communities that suffer struggling economies and limited opportunity. Wealth here is in land, history and culture. 
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Outer Banks Earns the Number #1 Spot in Southern Living Magazine

The Outer Banks scored the #1 spot in a recent Southern Living article that ranked the Best Islands of the South for 2017.

“The Outer Banks calls… to those who enjoy the convenience of a house-dune-ocean commute,” the article reads. “It’s popular with families who return each summer to tumble out onto the beach in the mornings to swim, collect seashells, and build sandcastles until dinnertime.”  Read more

Citizen Science Program needs your help observing the weather

Do you ever wonder how much rainfall you received from a recent thunderstorm? How about snowfall during a winter storm? If so, an important volunteer weather observing program needs your help! The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network, or CoCoRaHS, is looking for new volunteers across North Carolina. The grassroots effort is part of a growing national network of home-based and amateur rain spotters with a goal of providing a high density precipitation network that will supplement existing observations. 
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Federation raises more than $1,800 for Hatteras United Methodist Church's storm relief efforts

The numbers are in, and the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s 2017 Hatteras Island Oyster Roast raised more than $1,800 for storm relief efforts administered by the Hatteras United Methodist Church. 
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Remembering Eph O'Neal, an old-time Hatteras waterman
Hatteras Island writer and historian, Susan West remembers Ephraim “Eph” O'Neal who died on February 17, 2017.

Ephraim “Eph” O’Neal was a true Hatterasman – a scholar of the sea, humble about his accomplishments, and fiercely proud of his family and his hometown. 
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Wildlife Photo Project Expands Statewide

If you’ve ever wondered exactly what kind of wildlife exists in your backyard, a statewide photography project could help you discover those curious creatures living nearby.

Candid Critters, a collaboration between North Carolina Wildlife Resources, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina State University, is hoping to get people more interested in the wildlife around them by providing trail cameras, or camera traps, to help survey wildlife across the state.
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Island Living:  Weird Hatteras Island Old Wives’ Tales (and Husbands’ Tales) that are Actually True

So let’s begin by recognizing that the term “Old Wives Tales” is really annoying.
Because to be honest, the majority of island-related weird stories, terms, and myths that I hear about on a regular basis don’t actually come from old wives. They come from young bucks, or fishermen, or people who are testing my infamous gullible nature.
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