|October 13, 2017
Twiford Funeral Homes is Proud to Support the TowneBank/Southern Insurance Agency
On Monday, September 25, 2017, Twiford Funeral Homes partner, David H.
Twiford, Jr. and wife Jessica presented Jodie Futch, Volunteer Service
Coordinator for the Dare County Department of Health and Human
Services, and Laura Willingham, Outer Banks Tennis Association (OBTA)
President, with a donation check of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00).
This generous Masters Level donation will help support Dare Hospice in
providing local individuals and families assistance and critical
services during lifeˇ¦s final journey.
Twiford Funeral Homes strongly believes in giving back to the
communities they have served for over 84 years. Having assisted
families that have received care from Dare Hospice, David and the
funeral home staff know first-hand just how essential their service is.
Providing exceptional care and support regardless of financial status
is a major priority of Twiford Funeral Homes, as well Dare Hospice.
The TowneBank/Southern Insurance Agency Charity Classic Tennis
Tournament began as a partnership between Dare Hospice and the Outer
Banks Tennis Association and has raised more than $230,000 over the
past 14 years. The success of this tournament has made it possible for
Dare Hospice to provide holistic end-of-life care addressing the
physical, emotional, relational and spiritual needs of patients and
October 12, 2017
CHSSCS Baseball Team Raising Money for Toys for Tots
Returning and prospective members of the 2018 Cape Hatteras Secondary
School Varsity Baseball team are continuing an annual community service
project for the upcoming holiday season. The players are selling
$1 raffle tickets for a $100 Wal-Mart gift card.
Coach Keith Durham says,"All of the proceeds will go to buy toys for
underprivileged children. Last year the players raised over
$1,000 and purchased 128 toys to help brighten Christmas morning for
children in our community." Ticket sales will begin on Friday,
October 6 and run through Monday, November 27. Players and
coaches will be selling tickets in the community to raise money for
this program. "On Saturday, December 2nd, we will travel as a
team to Wal-Mart in Kitty Hawk where the players will purchase the toys
themselves. The United States Marine Corps Reserve will be on
hand to receive the toys from the players for Toys For Tots. We
will begin shopping at approximately 9 a.m. and hope to be finished at
Wal-Mart in about an hour.
Please help us make this project a success by spreading the word about
this event where our young people are supporting a worthy cause by
giving of their time and energy." For information, you may
contact head coach Keith Durham at 252-995-5730 x 3204.
October 10, 2017
Community Foundation Expands Grants Criteria, Announces Last Deadline of the Year
The Outer Banks Community Foundation has announced two expansions of
its grants criteria. Effective immediately, the Community Foundation is
now funding “Program Scholarship Grants,” and additionally is now
giving equal priority to both new programs, and to established programs
that are filling a gap and/or meeting a vital, urgent need.
“This is great news for Outer Banks nonprofits,” said Lorelei Costa,
the Community Foundation’s executive director. “If your organization
has hesitated in the past to apply for a grant, we invite you to read
our new criteria on our website (www.obcf.org), and call our staff to
discuss your needs. Your projects may now be a perfect fit for our
Program Scholarship Grants are the latest category of grants that the
Community Foundation will be offering on a quarterly, competitive
basis. These are grants to enable a nonprofit to offer “scholarships”
for enrichment programs to individuals and families with financial need
or other hardship. The scholarships should offset or reduce the
registration fees that the nonprofit would normally charge for programs
such as summer camp, educational offerings, or after-school programs.
“The goal of Program Scholarship Grants,” explained Ms. Costa, “is to
enable local nonprofits to provide life-enriching opportunities to
members of the community who would otherwise not be able to
participate. These grants are offered in addition to our regular
Project Grants and Capacity-Building Grants.”
But perhaps the most significant expansion of the Community
Foundation’s grants criteria is its new, expanded focus on established
charitable programs. Specifically, the Community Foundation will now
support existing programs that are filling gaps in the community and/or
meeting a critical community need.
“In our 35 years of grant-making, the Community Foundation has
traditionally emphasized ‘seed grants,’ and the funding of new programs
and organizations,” explained Ms. Costa. “This was at least partly
because the local nonprofit sector was in its infancy, and the
Community Foundation needed to make best use of its limited grant funds
by helping to initiate new projects that the community could sustain
through other sources of funding.”
The Community Foundation has a long history of launching new programs
that endure to this day, including Food for Thought, Earth Fair, Mano
al Hermano’s Family Literacy Program, 211, the Children and Youth
Partnership, the Ocracoke Village Thrift Shop, Hatteras Radio, the
Veteran’s Writing Program at the Arts Council, the Water’s Edge Village
Charter School in Corolla, and much more.
“Today there are over 200 nonprofits serving the Outer Banks,” remarked
Ms. Costa, “and nowadays it’s not always the case that a new program is
needed to meet a community need. There are many established programs
that are already serving vital needs — programs that simply require
additional support. And so the Community Foundation is expanding to
meet the changing demands of our community.”
“With our broader criteria, the Community Foundation will continue to
play an essential role as the ‘venture capitalist’ of our local
nonprofit sector, investing in new initiatives and innovative ideas,
while also helping established, vital programs with their direct
funding needs,” Ms. Costa said.
The Community Foundation’s final grant application deadline of the year
is Friday, October 27. Any nonprofit serving the Outer Banks (Dare
County, Ocracoke, and/or the Currituck beaches) is eligible to apply,
including groups that work in arts and culture, animal welfare,
children/youth, disaster relief and prevention, education, the
environment, health, historic interpretation and preservation, and
other human services.
“This cycle we have dedicated funds remaining for arts programs, health
and wellness projects, environmental projects, and programs in Ocracoke
and/or Hatteras,” said Ms. Costa. “If you are interested in applying
for a grant, please review all of our information online first at
www.obcf.org, and then call me at 261-8839 to discuss your ideas.”
The Outer Banks Community Foundation is a public charity that connects
people who care with causes that matter. The Community Foundation
manages $15 million in 175 charitable funds for individuals and
agencies, awards grants to local nonprofits, administers 50 scholarship
programs, and provides tailored services to help donors pursue their
charitable interests. Since its inception in 1982, the Community
Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in grants and scholarships
to local nonprofits and students.
Photo Caption: The Outer Banks Community Foundation has expanded its
grants criteria to include program scholarship grants, as well as to
give enhanced focus on established charitable programs. For more
details, see www.obcf.org. From left to right, the staff and board
include: Greg Honeycutt, Leslie Reed, Ray White, Shirley Hamblet,
Teresa Osborne, Nancy Sugg, Bruce Austin, Lorelei Costa, Chris Seawell,
Scott Brown, Clark Twiddy, Loretta Michael, and Nancy Caviness.
Photograph by Biff Jennings, Shooters at the Beach.
October 10, 2017
Hatteras Medical Center Closes its Doors
The Hatteras Medical Center released the following notice on October 9:
We regret to inform you that Hatteras Village Medical Center will be
closing effective immediately. Our decision comes after much
thought and consideration. We are thankful for the opportunity to
have provided health care for the community and it’s visitors for the
past 5 years.
Your medical records are confidential. Only with a signed medical
records release will our office be able to transfer records to the
provider of your choice. Medical records will be available until
November 8, 2017. To help you with this transition, our office
will be open from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Monday and Wednesdays to obtain
medical records. Please feel free to stop in or call (252)
986-2756 for assistance.
It has been a pleasure. We sincerely thank you and wish each and everyone of you a healthy future.
October 6, 2017
Community Foundation Announces Free Nonprofit Seminar
Outer Banks Community Foundation is offering a free seminar for local
nonprofits on Monday, October 30. Entitled “From Seed to Harvest: How
to Grow Your Endowment and Nourish Your Nonprofit with Legacy Gifts,”
the workshop will be held from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm at the UNC Coastal
Studies Institute on Roanoke Island.
by Claire Meyerhoff of the Planned Giving Agency in Raleigh and Lorelei
Costa of the Outer Banks Community Foundation, the workshop will give
participants the basic knowledge and tools to start building an
endowment through planned gifts.
all think of endowments as the golden ticket for nonprofit
sustainability,” said Ms. Costa, “but that can be a tough goal for
small organizations. When you’re struggling to raise funds for your
programs today, how do you find time to raise money for the future?
That’s exactly the key issue we’ll be discussing in this seminar.”
continued: “There are so many creative ways for building an endowment
with small gifts, but the donations that will make the biggest impact
on your organization are planned or legacy gifts. And if ‘planned
giving’ is a new or intimidating concept, then this seminar is for you!”
the seminar will define both endowments and planned giving, and
describe the types of planned gifts a nonprofit might receive. Ms.
Meyerhoff and Ms. Costa will also discuss prospecting, marketing, and
stewarding: how to identify strong candidates for a legacy or endowment
gift, how to reach those donors, the key messages and media to use, and
ideas for keeping those generous donors engaged.
Meyerhoff is the President of Planned Giving Agency, LLC, in Raleigh,
NC. A nationally-recognized nonprofit marketing specialist, she is also
a seasoned presenter who has worked with hundreds of organizations
within the nonprofit sector. This former broadcast journalist (ABC
radio, CNN, SiriusXM) and public relations professional has a unique
perspective that is truly "donor-centric." She focuses on creating
highly-tailored marketing campaigns with a focus on legacy,
stewardship, and planned giving outreach.
Costa has served as the Executive Director of the Outer Banks Community
Foundation since 2012 and in that role has facilitated 75 new
endowments and planned gifts for the Outer Banks. An honors graduate of
UNC – Chapel Hill, she earned her certificate in nonprofit management
from Duke and has 18 years’ experience in the philanthropic sector in
both North Carolina and Alaska. Ms. Costa is a member of the Community
Leadership Council of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and volunteers
as a firefighter and EMT with the Southern Shores Volunteer Fire
this seminar is especially designed for small nonprofits that have an
existing endowment — or a plan to establish one — any board member,
staff member, or key volunteer for any nonprofit serving the Outer
Banks is invited to attend. Participants are asked to register online
by Thursday, October 26, at www.obcf.org.
Outer Banks Community Foundation is a public charity that connects
people who care with causes that matter. The Community Foundation
manages $15 million in 175 charitable funds for individuals and
agencies, awards grants to local nonprofits, administers 50 scholarship
programs, and provides tailored services to help donors pursue their
charitable interests. Since its inception in 1982, the Community
Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in grants and scholarships
to local nonprofits and students.
Fessenden Center Raises $1,656 for the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation at First Annual FitAthon
On Saturday, September 30, the Fessenden Center hosted the 1st Annual
FitAthon raising $1,656 for the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation. Over
75 participants donated a minimum of $10 and were able to try a variety
of group fitness classes taught by the island’s top fitness
instructors, enjoy healthy snacks, win raffle prizes and purchase event
Pictured from left to
right: Denise Norville, Leisure Activities Supervisor; Ashley Burrus
with the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation; Paxton Gwin, Fitness
Coordinator; April Bodiford, Leisure Activities Specialist; and Susan
Gray, Administrative Specialist.
October 5, 2017
Surf or Sound Realty Announces the Addition of Three Sales Agents
Three new sales agents have joined the growing Surf or Sound Realty
sales team joining Senior Brokers Rita Dwight, Deanna McDaniel and Rob
Petty, to further establish the company as Hatteras Island’s premier
property sales leader.
Marsha Brown, who was previously a member of the Surf or Sound Realty
team, re-joined the company as Senior Broker early in 2016. She brings
with her many years of experience working on behalf of both buyers and
Misty Gillikin, an experienced Real Estate Broker on the Outer Banks,
joined the Surf or Sound Realty team in the summer of 2017. She began
selling real estate in 1999 working with residential investors and
became a licensed Realtor in 2001. Misty is a Certified Residential
Specialist (CRS), Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certified (SFR)
and an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR). In her cherished
personal time, Misty loves playing with her grandchildren, island
hopping, snow skiing and visiting with friends and family.
Lisa Hux, who has been with Surf or Sound Realty since 2015, has
recently become a sales broker at the company. Hux spent several years
in human resource management for a large telecommunications company
which she feels provided her a sound base for understanding the needs
of her clients. She has lived on Hatteras Island for 17 years and loves
sharing the opportunities it has to offer to clients looking to invest
in, vacation on or relocate to the island.
Rob Petty, Director of Business Development and Real Estate Sales said,
“It’s a very exciting time for real estate and the vacation rental
industry. The real estate market is booming on Hatteras Island and we
look forward to serving the needs of those looking to buy or sell real
estate in this vibrant market.”
In 2018, Surf or Sound Realty will celebrate 40 years in business
listing premier homes exclusively on Hatteras Island – from oceanfront
to soundfront in all seven of the island's charming villages. Commonly
referred to as Cape Hatteras, Hatteras Island is located on the
southern portion of the Outer Banks of North Carolina just south of
Nags Head. They have two convenient offices in Avon and Salvo each with
agents on duty to assist you with your real estate needs.
October 2, 2017
Lowe's Donates Generator to Hatteras Island Community Emergency Response Team
Recently Lowes of Kill Devil Hills generously donated a new Generator
to the Hatteras Island Community Emergency Response Team. The generator
will be used to power the HI-CERT Response Trailer #2 when responding
to emergencies on Hatteras Island. We sincerely want to Thank Lowe's
store Manager Som To, for her help in facilitating this donation and
our HI-CERT team is very grateful for this badly needed generator.
HI-CERT is a team of about 60 trained volunteers on Hatteras Island who
work with all the local Fire Departments, Dare Co. Emergency
Management, to help when activated especially after significant events
such as hurricanes. Pictured below from left to right are; Molly
Simonsen, Lowes Asst. Manager, Larry Ogden, HI-CERT President, and
September 22, 2017
Frisco Museum Improves After Hurricane Matthew
September 21, 2017
October 9, 2016, Hurricane Matthew pounded southern Hatteras Island
with strong winds, rain and massive sound side flooding, seriously
damaging the iconic Frisco Native American Museum.
The 100-year-old building sustained water damage
that soaked carpeting, warped floors and walls, destroyed exhibits and
shorted out the electrical system. The much-loved nature trails,
outdoor exhibits, signage and ceremonial dance circle was littered with
fallen trees and tons of debris.
"There was never any thought of not reopening,"
said Carl Bornfriend, the museum's founder and Executive
Director. "It was simply a matter of figuring out what needed to
be done and then getting to work."
Bornfriend's wife, Joyce, co-founder and Chief
Financial Officer of the museum, was well prepared for the task at
hand. She was principal of Cape Hatteras Secondary School in
1994, when Hurricane Emily dumped three feet of sound tide into the
school. In both disasters, Bornfriend followed her philosophy of
"turning lemons into lemonade" and emphasized the opportunities the
With scores of volunteers, the U.S. Coast Guard,
and a $10,000 grant from the Outer Banks Community Foundation, floors
and walls were replaced or repaired, and the building was rewired,
repainted and redesigned. Every exhibit was sanitized, new
signs were erected and the outdoor trails were cleared and remarked. 99ure storms.
Rollers were installed on all display cases, and
new cabinets were designed with easily accessible panels. Heavy
glass was replaced with non-breakable materials. Electrical outlets
were raised and water-resistant materials were used throughout the
building. New murals were installed that can be rolled up quickly
for future threats of flooding. Dehumidifiers were installed in
every exhibit area. Everything was raised above floor level to
minimize flooding damage.
The result is a "new" Native American Museum with
even more displays and exhibits. The space seems larger, brighter
and more inviting. Visitors can still view the countless
thousands of priceless artifacts, jewelry, beadwork, clothing, military
hats, quilts, weaponsand art. Major new exhibits include Native
American basketry, horse culture, the Navaho "code talkers," and
Kachina dolls. Interactive displays have been created on Native
American environmental concerns and even dinosaurs! The gift shop
has been expanded, and the museum's extensive collection of books has
"With these updates," said Joyce Bornfriend, "we
were able to bring more attention to the beauty of the artifacts that
are showcased." "We even found ways to display more than before,
and added new signage that incorporates QR codes linked to smart phones
that will greatly increase educational opportunities for visitors."
will be more sound side flooding in Frisco, but the creative
renovations will make the task of clean-up much more efficient and the
damage much less extensive.
The museum reopened on April 11 and continues to
delight and inspire visitors from around the world. More
improvements are forthcoming, including a "long house" which will
display realistic living conditions of Hatteras Natives.
On October 27-29 the museum will host "Volunteer
Days" to give participants the opportunity to work on the long house
and make further improvements to the outdoor exhibits.
The Frisco Native American Museum is open
Tuesday-Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5.00 per
person, $15.00 per household and $3.00 for senior citizens.
Admission is good for the entire week. For moreinformation, visit their webpage at
http://nativeamericanmuseum.org/ or view their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FriscoNativeAmericanMuseum/.
CHSSCS Hatchery Reopening
Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies is reopening the
school's hatchery program this year. Retired teacher Tracy Shisler is
volunteering her time and working with UNC Coastal Studies Institute
K-12 Education Specialist Dave Sybert to bring back the program to high
school students who had been involved with the hatchery as middle
schoolers. Shisler says she is excited to help revive the program. "It
is a wonderful hands-on learning experience for the students. Not
only do they learn 'science,' they are involved in problem-solving and
using scientific thinking to resolve problems. They are also learning
about the importance of healthy ecosystems and hopefully transfer that
knowledge to the larger system ... the Pamlico Sound." Together,
they have gotten the tanks up and running and hopefully will be able to
get some fish to raise, tag, and release from NC State
University. "We are also hoping to do some research on the rack
method of raising oysters, and doing some plant experiments since the
hatchery is a perfect blend of a damp and light environment to raise
plants," noted Shisler. Led by CHSSCS Principal Beth Rooks, Board
member Joe Tauber, Chief Academic Officer Arty Tilllet and Executive
Director of Elementary Education Sandy Kinzel with Career and Technical
Education Director Jean Taylor toured the hatchery on Thursday,
September 15, 2017
United Methodist Women From Fair Haven UMC Donate School Supplies To Cape Hatteras Elementary School
The Fair Haven United Methodist Women's group collected numerous school
supplies over the summer, tablets, crayons, note books, new clothing
and much more. These supplies were delivered to the school by Jackie
Wenberg and Janice Ogden on Friday, August 25, 2017. Pictured from left
to right are Jackie Wenberg, Diane Brown-Assistant Principal-Hatteras
Elementary School, Janice Ogden.
The United Methodist women sincerely appreciate all the donated items
and we are sure they will all be put to good use with the students in
need of them.
September 11, 2017
NCBBA Member Collects School Supplies For Ocracoke
Chesterfield, Va man is helping families devastated by the recent power
outage in the Outer Banks. The eight days without power in Ocracoke and
Hatteras was a disappointment for visitors, but crippling for families
who make their living off of tourism.
NCBBA Member (#15516) Shawn Gillespie of Chesterfield County began
reaching out to help the kids impacted by their parents’ financial
loss. He’s collecting school supplies for students in Ocracoke. The
Ocracoke School is grades K-12 and enrollment are expected to be about
190 Students for the coming school year.
families have to work two to three jobs in the tourism industry, and
with that week without power, that’s really killed them,” Gillespie
explained. “I frequently visit the Island and thought there’s no better
way to give back then to ask the citizens of Chesterfield County to
help out and help fill backpacks with school supplies for the kids down
there, so when they start school, they’ll have the supplies needed.”
the support of Krissy Sowers with the Harper’s Mill Community, papers,
pencils, binders and backpacks; and misc. Other school supplies were
dropped off at the Harper’s Mill Community clubhouse in Chesterfield
just really want to help them out as much as we can, do whatever we
can,” added Krissy Sowers with the Harper’s Mill Community. “I know
that a lot of people wanted to help and just don’t know how, so this is
a great avenue to provide what they really, really need.”
Gillespie went on to explain how the Collection efforts began and
continued to grow “I posted a shared post on Wednesday, August 2
from the Ocracoke Current asking for donations locally from just my
friends. I had a decent response but what floored me was a call Monday
morning from the local news WRIC (ABC) wanting to do an interview to
air that evening on the 6 p.m. news. I am a Field Manager with
Lifestyle Home Builders and one of my neighborhoods Club House helped
out by allowing them to be a drop-off point. Throughout that week we
were getting donations little by little, but on Tuesday the local
Chesterfield Wal-Mart donated $150.00 worth of supplies. My
family and I left early Saturday, August 12 and drove to Ocracoke
School to deliver the supplies. The principal Leslie Cole met me at the
school to accept the donations. I would like to add not only did
Lifestyle Home Builders donate supplies, but they covered the expense
for me to do this in a day trip. There is a story that touched me more
than anything, and that was a little neighborhood girl found out about
the school drive the day I picked up the items, and she gave me her
$5.00 that she was going to use at the pool that day. I gave that $5.00
directly to Principal Cole.”
to Mr. Gillespie, his family, friends and the citizens of Chesterfield,
Va. for their generosity in helping the Ocracoke students. North
Carolina Beach Buggy Association is proud to have Mr. Gillespie and
others like him as members.
September 1, 2017
New coastal advocate starts for North Carolina Coastal Federation
Michael Flynn, coastal advocate, will work out of the Wanchese office.
The North Carolina Coastal Federation has hired a new coastal advocate,
Michael Flynn, who starts his position today, Sept. 1. He will be
working out of the Wanchese office and focused primarily on issues that
affect the Outer Banks and surrounding region.
The federation’s coastal advocates are tasked with ensuring that the
public voice is heard at state, local and federal levels when it comes
to management issues that affect the health of the coast. Coastal
advocates partner with other organizations and work to encourage
policymakers to take actions that protect North Carolina’s coastal
environment and economy.
As a coastal advocate for the federation’s Wanchese office, Flynn will
be working to increase public awareness of coastal issues that relate
to the federation’s mission. Some of his duties will revolve around
building support to oppose the potential offshore oil and gas
exploration plan; helping to draft the Lake Mattamuskeet watershed
restoration plan; and advancing the federation’s oyster restoration,
living shoreline and stormwater management strategies.
"I am extremely excited to continue the next phase of my career with an
organization that uses a very engaging and participatory approach to
protect water quality, restore habitats and develop the economy of
coastal North Carolina,” Flynn said. “I look forward to meeting with
community members and actively listening to their concerns so that we
may identify solutions to issues that arise and evolve over time."
Flynn is a current Ph.D. candidate in coastal resources management at
East Carolina University, where he started in 2013. As part of his
research he partnered with the National Park Service at Cape Hatteras
to evaluate how vulnerable the shoreline’s cultural resources sites are
to various coastal hazards. He served as a coastal policy fellow for
North Carolina Sea Grant and helped develop the North Carolina Coastal
He has also worked as a surveyor in Kitty Hawk for Bissell Professional
Group and as a coastal scientist in New Jersey for Michael Baker
International. Flynn received a master’s degree in environmental
science and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Stockton University in
Flynn currently resides in Waves. He first moved to North Carolina in
2013 to attend East Carolina University, and he returned in 2017 to
continue his dissertation research.
Flynn will be one of two coastal advocates for the federation. Mike
Giles has been coastal advocate at the Wrightsville Beach office since
For more information about the federation’s advocacy work, visit nccoast.org/advocate. Flynn can be reached at 252-473-1607 or at [email protected].
About the North Carolina Coastal Federation
North Carolina Coastal Federation is a nonprofit membership
organization that works to keep the coast of North Carolina a great
place to live, work and play. Through a variety of programs and
partnerships, the federation provides for clean coastal waters and
habitats, advocates to protect the coast and teaches and informs people
about the coast and what they can do to protect it.
The federation has offices in Ocean, Wanchese and Wrightsville Beach, N.C.
To learn more, please visit nccoast.org or call 252-393-8185.
August 31, 2017
Native American Museum & Natural History Center Participating
In "Take A Child Outside" Week
The Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center invites
individuals to join them in celebrating the annual "Take a Child
Outside Week September 24-30, 2017.
"We know the importance of physical activity and opportunities to
explore and interact with nature," said Carl Bornfriend,
executive director of the museum. "In order to help
facilitate that, the museum will provide complimentary admission to
families, teachers, and caregivers who bring pre-school and school-age
children to the museum during the week of September 24-30, 2017.
Visitors will find a number of ways to interact with nature. The
museum trail includes several acres of maritime forest with
geese, ducks, and other wild birds inhabiting the large pond
and beautiful waterway that crosses the trail. Winding
paths also include exhibits on plant life, Native American habitat, a
longhouse under construction and a fossil pile for hands-on
activities. Shell scrapers will be available to work
on the 20 foot cypress log that is currently being transformed into a
Other program opportunities are also available with advance
planning. For more information, individuals can contact the
museum which is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
or visit the museum web site at www.nativeamericanmuseum.org, or call 252-995-4440.
August 30, 2017
Ribbon Cutting for Newly Restored Great Gates at The Elizabethan Gardens
The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for
the re-opening of the Great Gates at The Elizabethan Gardens.
The origin of the Great Gates at The Elizabethan Gardens is mysterious.
There is very little known about the European nobility that once walked
through the hand-forged iron gates. Their construction techniques
indicate they date back to the 1700s or 1800s. Sometime between
1910-1911, the gates were brought to America and were hung in a private
residence for the lead paint tycoon, William Watson Lawrence in
Washington, D.C. The residence changed hands to John Hays Hammond, a
wealthy miner, before being sold to the government of France in 1936.
In 1952, C. Douglas Dillion, American diplomat and politician who
served as U.S. Ambassador to France, procured the gates to be gifted to
The Elizabethan Gardens. The gates were soon hung in The Gardens along
with walls of hand-crafted bricks and stood ready to great guests on
opening day in 1960.
The gates have been given new life and restored elegance with funding
from The Percy W. and Elizabeth G. Meekins Trust, the Outer Banks
Visitors Bureau and the Outer Banks Community Foundation.
The restoration was done by artisan Ben Kastner.
For more information, contact Karen Brown, [email protected]
August 29, 2017
Rhonda Roughton Joining the Island Free Press Team
Rhonda Roughton has been hired as an advertising sales representative as well as a writer.
Rhonda was born on Hatteras Island but graduated high school in
Chesapeake, Virginia. She moved back to the in 1990. She
has worked in advertising sales for 7 years, for the former Island
Breeze. She also wrote a column called “Kinnakeet” for the Hatteras
Monitor for 10 years and is now writing a monthly “Kinnakeet
Home” feature for The Island Free Press. Kinnakeet Home
blogs are about island living and will concentrate on history as well
as local culture and traditions.
“Joy, Nicole and I are pleased to welcome Rhonda to the Island Free
Press team,” said Donna Barnett, owner. “Her advertising sales
experience and writing skills
will be an asset to our newspaper and community.”
She and her husband, Charlie Roughton, live in Avon with their dog Tucker.
"I'm excited to be part of the Island Free Press," says Rhonda. "They
share my love of and respect for our community, visitors, and islands.
Part of the fun of living here is seeing families enjoying their
vacations in this place we are blessed to call home."
You can reach Rhonda at (252) 489-9784 or [email protected].
August 18, 2017
CHSSCS Marching Hurricanes Practice to the (Heart) Beat
The members of the Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies
2017 Marching Hurricanes, under the direction of Sean McCroskey,
participated in band camp in August prior to the start of school. The
Marching Canes worked hard to musically and visually put together their
2017 competitive show, Heart.
The human heart is explored in this production. Beginning with a
heartbeat audible in the bass drums, the show kicks off into high gear
with the opener "HeartRate." Next, Heartbreak explores the romantic
side of the human spirit, featuring a sultry duet. Last, the
Heart kicks into high gear for "HeartBeat," and its a rocket race to
the finish, until we hear a flatline....until the heart beat is heard
The Marching Canes are excited to travel and compete at competitions in
NC and VA, as well as play for the home fans on Hatteras Island!
August 10, 2017
Outer Banks Hospital Awards $125,000 in Grants to Local Agencies
The Outer Banks Hospital is pleased to announce the recipients of the
2017-2018 Community Benefit Grant Program. Grants are awarded for
projects that will significantly increase access to healthcare in our
community for nearly 2,500 individuals in need. The grants listed below
equal $125,000 in support of local organizations that will provide
services to meet a variety of community needs this coming year.
Community Care Clinic of Dare – Medical care for uninsured/low income patients
Dare County Health Department – Prenatal ultrasounds and Breast Cancer diagnostics
Dare County Transportation – Transportation of patients to medical care appointments
Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation – Medical assistance for Hatteras Island cancer patients
Hyde County Non-Profit Private Transportation Corporation – Transportation of patients to medical care appointments on the Outer Banks
Interfaith Community Outreach – Medical assistance and crisis intervention
NC MedAssist – Free pharmacy services shipped directly to patients’ homes
Funds are generously provided by the Vidant Health, with support from
Chesapeake Regional Healthcare and The Outer Banks Hospital’s
Development Council. Since 2006, The Outer Banks Hospital has granted
$1,319,840 to organizations, of which over $1 million of the funding
has come from the Vidant Health.
The Outer Banks Hospital, located in Nags Head, North Carolina, offers
a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services. A joint venture
between Vidant Health and Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, the hospital
opened in March 2002. The hospital’s mission is to enhance the quality
of life for the residents and visitors of Dare County and the
surrounding region by promoting wellness and providing the highest
quality health care services. For more information, visit www.theouterbankshospital.com.
Pictured Above (L-R): Jennifer Schwartzenberg, Director of Community
Outreach & Development, The Outer Banks Hospital; Karen Brown,
Chair, Community Benefit Grants Committee; Kristin Young, NC MedAssist;
Don Cabana, Dare County Transportation; Wendi Munden, Hatteras Island
Cancer Foundation; Beverly Paul, Hyde County Non-Profit Private
Transportation Corporation; Rick Gray, Community Care Clinic of Dare;
Debbie Dutton, Dare County Health Department; Jean Freeman, Interfaith
Community Outreach; Jenniffer Albanese, Interfaith Community Outreach;
Kahla Hall, Vidant Health Foundation; Tess Judge, Outer Banks Hospital
Board Member and Chair, The Outer Banks Hospital Development Council.
July 29, 2017
$33,029.29 Raised for Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund
Thursday, July 27 REAL Watersports presented a check for $33,029.29 to
the Board of Directors of the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund.
This money was raised through the efforts of REAL, Wind Voyager (the
title sponsor of the Triple-S Invitational) as well as all of the
international, national and local sponsors of both events.
check presentation ceremony was held at REAL Watersports with local
sponsors attending the event including the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau,
Outer Beaches Realty, KOA Resorts, Carolina Brewery, Ocean Atlantic
Event Rentals, Watermen’s Retreat, Watermen’s Bar & Grill, Lisa’s
Pizzeria, Waves Market and Deli, Breeze Thru in Avon, 99.1FM The Sound,
Pilot Media, Koru Village and LSI Marine Construction.
excited and honored to help support the education and dreams of the
next generation of Hatteras Island," said Trip Forman, REAL Watersports
and Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational Co-Founder. "It’s incredible the
amount of energy and excitement the Wind Voyager Triple-S and Sunset
Swim events produce. The ability to direct this powerful spotlight on
the youth of our island is a win/win for everyone. We’d like to thank
all of our event staff, Wind Voyager, all our event sponsors, and also
everyone who attended these events for helping raise this money for
such a worthy cause.”
"This tremendous contribution will further
enhance the educational opportunities that never would have been
possible for the students of Hatteras Island," said Jean-Louise Dixon,
Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund Director. "We are so grateful for
your support! Your contributions will enable our students to
attend field trips and participate in music, math and science
competitions as well as for the purchase of such learning tools as the
3D printer that the students received last year. Thank you so very
The 2018 Wind Voyager Triple-S Invitational is
scheduled for June 2nd – 8th, 2018. The 2018 Sunset Swim Charity
Fashion Show is scheduled for June 7th, 2018. For more information
about becoming a sponsor of these events, please email
July 11, 2017
Outer Banks Ace Sponsors 14th Annual Carolina Boat Builders Tournament
Outer Banks Ace Hardware is a proud sponsor of the 14th annual Carolina Boat Builders Tournament on July 26-29, 2017.
Dare County Boat Builders Foundations hosts this annual family friendly
sport fishing tournament to raise funds for scholarships and local
educational programs in an effort to inspire life-long learning and
appreciation for the skilled craftsmen in the trade of boat building.
Banks Ace’s Operations Manager, Kathy Seko, said the following, “We are
thrilled to sponsor the 14th annual Carolina Boat Builders Tournament.
Outer Banks Ace enjoys sponsoring events where the monies raised return
to support local programs & scholarships for our youth.”
been helping local boat builders and watermen since we opened our first
store in 1950. Outer Banks Ace appreciates our local boat building
industry and the role they have played in our community’s past, present
and future on the Outer Banks,” said Seko.
Since 1950, Outer Banks Ace has been serving the community with 6 convenient locations; for more information visit www.OuterBanksAce.com.
Dare County Boat Builders Foundation (DCBBF) is a non-profit, 501C3
organization dedicated to preserving Dare County’s boat building
heritage by actively supporting the students and families within its
July 10, 2017
Coastal Animal Hospital Named 2017 Small Business of the Year
Animal Hospital, Dr. Stephen Samson and Dr. Christinia Hicks, has been
named the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce 2017 Small Business of the
Year Award winner in the 10 or less employee category.
business started in 1986 with integrity and compassion for their
clients. They pride themselves from their reputation of high quality
service in a kindhearted environment with many services to offer their
four legged clients. A small veterinary hospital with two locations and
two experienced doctors that go above and beyond to make sure locals
and visitors do not go without veterinary care.
makes an impact with numerous organizations by providing services for
the Dare County Sheriff’s Office, Social Services, and the Outer Banks
Wedding Association and offering donations to the Outer Banks SPCA,
Friends of Feline, Coastal Humane Society, Feline Hope, and more.
believe each client and their pet should experience staff and doctors
who love and care for their pet as much as they do” is comforting to
hear when your loved one needs medical assistance.
June 28, 2017
Community Welcomes New Superintendent of Schools
County Schools held a meet and greet for new Superintendent of Schools,
John Farrelly, on Wednesday, June 14 at Nags Head Elementary for the
school and wider community. On hand to meet Farrelly and his
family - wife Rena and children Jack and Kate - were county dignitaries
and myriad school staff, administrators, community members, and
parents. Board of Education Chair Bea Basnight introduced Farrelly who
gave brief remarks. Also attending was new Manteo Middle School
Principal, Michael Sasscer, who was able to meet both Farrelly and many
members of his staff and several parents as well. Farrelly is buttoning
up at Edgecombe County Schools and traveling back and forth to Dare
County as his schedule permits. His official start date as Dare
County's new Superintendent of Schools is July 1.
June 22, 2017
Ocracoke Civic and Business Association Unveils New Logo
Ocracoke Civic & Business Association (OCBA) will be showcasing the
new Ocracoke Island logo as a part of a branding effort and marketing
campaign promoting island tourism. The typography portion consists of
the proper name, “Ocracoke Island.” The iconography is built to
represent both the spokes of a bike’s wheel, and the rays of a sunrise
or sunset on the ocean. Together, the two communicate our brand promise
of the freedom of island adventure for all visitors, and the freedom
parents feel knowing their kids are safe.
excited to show off the new logo, which I’ve attached here for you to
see. The new logo may only be reproduced with permission from the
OCBA. Questions about the correct application of various elements
should be directed to: Helena Stevens, Ocracoke Civic & Business
Association, at 252.921.0408 or [email protected].
Ocracoke Village: At just a little over a mile square, and surrounded
by water, everything within Ocracoke Village is conveniently located
for walking or biking. Explore the tiny village and discover the
many shops and restaurants tucked away on twisty, tree-lined streets.
Village is on the National Register of Historic Places, with houses and
buildings dating from the 1880s, interspersed with more recent
additions, under the dappled sunlight beneath live oaks, cedars, and
yaupons. Ocracoke Lighthouse has been guarding the inlet since 1823.
Find out how to plan your visit at www.ocracokevillage.com,
the official website for Ocracoke Civic and Business Association. For
information about the ferry schedules and fees, please visit ncdot.gov/ferry.
June 21, 2017
Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Awards Five Scholarships in 2017
Hatteras Anglers Club selected five outstanding seniors who attend the
Cape Hatteras Secondary School for scholarship awards at the school’s
annual senior awards night May 31 at the secondary school.
of the quality of the scholarship applicants the Anglers Club
scholarship committee decided to award two additional discretionary
scholarships to another two deserving students. The total amount
of scholarships awarded in 2017 totals $11,000.
The Anglers Club
selected Hannah Lovell of Rodanthe to receive its $4,000 scholarship to
a four-year school. Hannah plans to attend Barton College in
Wilson to major in forensic psychology.
Jasmine Roller of Buxton
is the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship to a four-year school.
She will attend East Carolina University in Greenville to pursue a
degree in biology.
Receiving a $1,000 one-year scholarship to a
two-year school is Gabrielle Sadler of Buxton. Gabrielle plans to
attend Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington to obtain an Associate
in Arts degree, and then transfer to University of North Carolina,
Wilmington, to obtain a degree in business administration.
Setree of Hatteras and Lexi Petrucelli of Frisco were awarded the two
discretionary $2,000 two-year scholarships to a four-year school.
Caitlyn plans to attend the University of North Carolina, Greensboro,
and major in nutrition. Accepted at North Carolina State
University, Raleigh, Lexi aims to obtain a medical degree.
Club members work year-round to raise money to award the
scholarships. Among the fund-raising events are the club’s annual
invitational surf fishing tournament each November that is billed as
one of the largest in the world, and Wednesday Bingo nights at the
club. Since the scholarship program began in 1989, the club has
awarded $146,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors.
June 20, 2017
CHSSCS CHES team up for "Healthy Food" drive
Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies Foods 1 students and Cape
Hatteras Elementary School Young Leaders held a "healthy food drive"
during the months of March and April. Foods 1 students, led by
instructor Evan Ferguson, traveled to Food Lion and compiled a list of
items which were either low in sugar or sodium and/or high in
fiber. The list was disseminated to both schools and the
community to encourage people to donate foods that met the healthy
guidelines. Foods 1 students used this project to connect community
service and real-world problem solving to their nutrition unit. They
then worked with CHES Young Leaders with their instructor Kris
Caroppoli, to communicate the importance of choosing healthy foods and
community service. Healthy food options were donated to the
Buxton United Methodist Men Food Pantry to benefit Hatteras Island
June 20, 2017
CHSSCS Foods 1 and 2 students know: local sea-harvested food
Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies students in Evan
Ferguson's Foods 1 and Foods 2 classes had the opportunity to explore
sea harvested food and the seafood supply chain through two field trips
in May. They traveled to Wanchese where they toured Wanchese Fish
Company and had the opportunity to see first-hand the processing and
shipping facility which serves much of the East Coast. "Students
explored the shrimp processing and packing room, the oyster aquaculture
program, and also the softshell crab shedding facility where students
helped sort the shedders," described Ferguson. "Students had lunch in
the area where they sampled fresh NC seafood including shrimp and
softshell crabs. Finally, students visited Hatteras Saltworks sea salt
farm in Buxton to explore local sea harvested food. Students learned
about the evaporation process used to make the sea salt and went on a
tour of the solar salt farm. They learned how the currents off Hatteras
Island make our water prime for salt making, discussed the nutrition
benefits of pure sea salt, and were treated to healthy snacks infused
with Hatteras Salt Works sea salt." Funding for these trips was
provided by an NC Community Collaborative Research Grant Program which
is jointly funded by North Carolina Sea Grant and the Kenan Institute
of Engineering, Technology and Science.
June 20, 2017
CHSSCS Senior Wins Good Citizen Award
Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies senior Hannah Lovell won
the 2017 Good Citizen award from Evelyn Webb of the Virginia Dare
Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
June 20, 2017
CHES 4th Quarter Academic Achievers
- Raven Castillo Harkrader, Evela Chandler, Maddox Cromwell, Calvin
Harris, Destyn Jakob, Tyler Midgette, Abby O'Neal, Alice Oden, Kinzlie
Philips, Kylie Philips, Makenzey Pullen, Lillian Quist, Grace
Vernesoni, Anthony Zenteno Luna.
- Kimber Ballance, Griffin Couch, Kirra Ensenat, Elizabeth Fairbanks,
Caroline Fuller, Kevin Gonzalez-Caldera, Thomas Gwin, Audrey Kramer,
Ashlyn Midgett, Bryanna Midgett, Colin Midgett, Rylee Oberbeck, Cate
Parker, Delaney Ranno, Emma Riggs, Dorian Speedy.
- Gabriella Baker, Noell Carter, Anthony Chavez-Ramirez, Ava Damitio,
Estrella Olan-Campos, Alex Pennington, Eryn Ratliff, Samantha Schena,
Jonathan Vernesoni, Zeke Willis, Steve Wyatt.
- David Amortegui Valencia, Derek Garcia Rodriguez, Jackson Harris,
Isabella Heilig, Adrianne Jackson, Austin Jones, Sherlyn
Mendieta-Lozano, Silas Midgett, Miranda Miranda, Faith Porras Ruter,
Amanda Quiroz, Colin Scalia, Keith Swoveland, Marisol Velazquez Lozano,
Fourth grade -
Teigan Augustson, Kenneth Berrane, Charlie Brinson, Amy
Briones-Montiel, Jazira Christ, Gabriel Christiansen, Ivonne Cirisa,
Justin Freeman, Jade Hernandez-Sanchez, Lydia Hooper, McCoy James, Ann
Lord, Kaylee Mackenzie, Micah McCroskey, Kaytelynn Meekins, George
Powell, Shaytana Trejo, Bode White, Gracie White, Ruby Whitehead,
Dawson Williams, Ainsley Wilson, Sophie Woods, Katherine Wright.
- Rosa Aburto-Valencia, Jeffrey Aiken, Colton Allen, Owen Austin,
Daniel Bateman, Kalynn Bock, Christopher Bruner, Karina De Lao Caldera,
Hunter Ferguson, Joey Gavetti, Mikey Gavetti, Caden Gray, Emma Hill,
Joseph Kavanagh, Matthew McDuffie, Sara Meekins, Mackenzy O'Neal, Kali
Quidley, Aiyana Quist, Jackson Revere, Haven Schwartz, Preston Stowe,
Arturo Tirado Garcia, Aria Vacha, Michelle Vazquez, Marina Whitley,
Taylor Woods, Jude Wright, Brayant Zenteno-Luna.
June 20, 2017
Outer Banks Ace Announces Sale of Dareware Corporation
Dareware Corporation, doing business as Outer Banks Ace Hardware,
announced its intention to sell the Company to Westlake Ace Hardware.
Banks Ace Hardware was founded in 1950 as Dare Hardware Company in
Manteo, NC. The Company has grown and prospered while serving the
Outer Banks since its beginning. The original Dare Hardware
became affiliated with Ace Hardware, a national retail hardware co-op,
in 1970 and the Ace affiliation has been a benefit to the Company’s
owners, customers and the community at large.
are six stores today, located in Manteo, Avon, Nags Head, Kitty Hawk,
Corolla and Grandy. By selling the stores to Westlake Ace
Hardware the same standards of convenience, helpful service and
community support will continue. Ray Evans, Company
President and the son of founder Burwell Evans, stated “If anything,
Outer Banks Ace will be a stronger hardware retailer under the
ownership of Westlake Ace Hardware.”
finalization of the sale is expected to occur in the late summer,
2017. Mr. Evans went on to say “My partners, Dave Enochs and Bill
Pitts, and I are grateful for the many years of support from our
customers, employees, vendors, and community friends. The
transition of ownership to Westlake Ace Hardware fulfills our desire to
maintain Outer Banks Ace as a responsible customer and community
oriented business. The high standards of Outer Banks Ace Hardware
customer care will continue into the future.”
About Westlake Ace Hardware
has been in operation for more than 100 years and currently has 98
neighborhood hardware stores in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North
Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. It has been part of the Ace
hardware distribution network since 1959, and a wholly owned Ace
subsidiary since 2012. Westlake is the largest member of the Ace
Hardware Cooperative, giving its customers access to more than 70,000
products—both in-store and by special order—to help them complete
numerous household and lawn and garden projects. For more information
about Westlake, please visit www.westlakehardware.com.
June 19, 2017
Outer Banks Ace Sponsors Fireworks at the Beach in Avon
Banks Ace Hardware is proud to be a corporate sponsor of the Avon
Property Owner's Association (APOA) Independence Day fireworks display
known as the “Fireworks at the Beach”, this annual celebration of our
nation’s birthday is set to begin at approximately 9:15 pm at the Avon
Fishing Pier. Radio Hatteras will broadcast patriotic "Music for
Fireworks" from 9 until 10 pm and "Red, White & Blue" music until
midnight on 101.5 FM and 99.9 FM. To stream Radio Hatteras, visit
for Outer Banks ACE's most generous contribution. It is our business
community and friends like the Outer Banks ACE family that allow this
terrific celebration to happen each year,” said Pat Weston, Avon
Fireworks Chairman/Vice President of the Avon Property Owners Assn.,
Banks Ace’s Operations Manager, Kathy Seko, said the following, “We are
proud to once again be a corporate sponsor of the ‘Fireworks at the
Beach’ in Avon. Outer Banks Ace enjoys partnering with the APOA on
various programs throughout the year for the benefit of our community.
We’re excited to celebrate the 4th of July with some red, white and
blue BOOMS on the beach!”
Outer Banks Visitors Bureau is thanked for awarding the APOA a
fireworks grant along with other businesses and homeowners to help make
the “Fireworks at the Beach” possible.
1950, Outer Banks Ace has been serving the community with 6 convenient
locations; for more information visit www.OuterBanksAce.com.
is Jenn O’Neill, Outer Banks Ace store manager in Avon, Pat Weston,
2017 Avon Fireworks Chairman/Vice President of the Avon Property Owners
Assn., Inc. and Tony Torres, Outer Banks Ace in Avon team member)
June 14, 2017
2017 Entrepreneur and Small Business of the Year Winners Announced
The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce announces the 2017 Entrepreneur and
Small Business of the Year Award Winners: Kelly's Outer Banks
Restaurant and Tavern Small Business 11 -50 employees; A&A Atlantic
Portable Bathrooms Home Based Business: and Coastal Animal Hospital
Business of the Year 10 employees or less. Pictured far left was the
keynote speaker for this year's event Frank Hood, President & CEO
of Kingsdown, Mebane, NC; Glenda Morse, Juliane Kelly, Mary Ann
Newman, Vickie Downs and Mike Kelly of Kelly's Restaurant; Brent
Tomlinson, Chair, Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors;
Erica and Health Burkhart, A&A Atlantic Portable Bathrooms; and
Jennifer Bridgers, Coastal Animal Hospital.
Awards were presented Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at Pamlico Jack's
Restaurant, Nags Head. Special thanks to 2017 event sponsors: BB&T,
Southern Bank, College of the Albemarle's Small Business Center, Manteo
Furniture and Appliance, Holiday Inn Express Nags Head Oceanfront,
Hilton Garden Inn, and the Ramada Plaza.
June 9, 2017
Local Realtors Association Awards Scholarships to Ten Students
Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® (OBAR) is excited to announce the winners of their annual scholarships.
1994, the Association and its REALTOR® and Affiliate Members have
financially supported college scholarships to worthy local high school
students. The program is administered by the Outer Banks Community
Foundation. As of the 2015-16 school year, 119 students have received
funding from the OBAR Scholarship Program totaling $209,631.
year, the local REALTORS® Association bestowed two $1,000 to Manteo
High School students on May 15th, six $1,000 scholarships to First
Flight High School students on May 16th, and two $1,000 scholarships to
Cape Hatteras Secondary School students on May 31.
ten 2017 OBAR Scholarship recipients are Jenna Zottoli and Mackenzie
Ulmer-Meekins from Manteo High School; Luke Potter, Caroline Pharr,
Christian Eberhard, Thomas Scott, Dylan Owens and Samantha Surprenant
were the winners from First Flight High School; finally, Caitlyn Setree
and Gabrielle Sadler were the recipients of Cape Hatteras Secondary
Flight High School OBAR scholarship recipient, Samantha Surprenant
wasted no time expressing her thanks to the Association, sending a
thank you note with the following expression earlier this week.
am extremely honored to be the recipient of the Outer Banks Association
of REALTORS® Scholarship. You have no idea what this means for my
future education endeavors!"
for these scholarships were raised through the Outer Banks Association
of REALTORS® Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament each June and Annual
Surf Fishing Tournament each October, as well as through member
June 6, 2017
New Outer Banks Waterpark Scheduled to Open on June 21
The new H2OBX, a highly anticipated $46 million dollar waterpark that’s
located in Currituck County, is scheduled to open to the public on June
The park is situated along U.S. Highway 158 near the town of Harbinger,
or about three miles north of the Wright Memorial Bridge. (For
perspective, it’s about a 1.5 hour drive from the town of Avon on
Hatteras Island, depending on the traffic.)
The park will boast more than 30 waterslides, rides, and attractions,
that range from “thrill rides” to “family rides” to “kids’ rides,”
according to the park’s website, https://www.h2obxwaterpark.com.
The park can handle up to 5,000 visitors a day, and while the original
plans were to open by Memorial Day, the roughly three week setback is
impressive considering that construction technically began in October
2016 with an official ribbon cutting ceremony.
Tickets and seasonal passes are available online, and there is a 'Good
Neighbor' discounted ticket program for Dare and Currituck County
residents. All purchasers must show a valid Dare or Currituck county
picture ID card such as a driver’s license or student identification
card from an affiliated county school to acquire the discount, and
tickets must be purchased in person on the date of the visit.
Otherwise, general admission is currently $49.99 for adults and $44.99
for kids for a single day visit, while season passes for June 21
through September 4, 2017 are available for $129 per ticket, or $119
for a pack of four or more tickets.
June 1, 2017
CHSS Field Trip is a Hands-on celebration of the 82nd Airborne's 100th Anniversary
Thursday, May 25, three students from Cape Hatteras Secondary School
along with their School Resource Officer ventured out to Ft. Bragg,
"Home of The Airborne and Special Operations Forces," for the 82nd
Airborne's annual All American Week Airborne Review. (This year was
even more special than usual, as the 82nd is celebrating its 100th
intent of the field trip was to expose and educate the students in some
of the jobs our military conducts, as well as the requirements it takes
to serve in the military and its numerous job fields.
event which was held at Sicily Drop Zone began with jumps by the Army's
elite parachute demonstration team, The Golden Knights. Though a
scheduled mass jump of more than 1,800 soldiers had to be scratched due
to high winds, the students were able to witness numerous displays of
our military's fire power in simulated attacks on enemy targets.
Air Force fighter jets screeched overhead dropping ordinance, followed
by Army attack helicopters, and howitzer and rocket crews unleashing
their fury before ground forces moved in and neutralized the
threats. To the delight of the thousands in attendance, an enemy
structure that was outfitted with explosives by the troops was leveled
to the ground after a huge detonation.
addition to the demonstrations, the students were able to get hands on
with countless ground displays including helicopters, vehicles of all
sorts, drones and weapon systems, mortars, and handheld rocket
Gary Kierney who also sits on the Dare County Veterans Advisory Council
noted that "throughout the day, the students remained very
inquisitive... [which was] evident [by] the nonstop questions they had
for our soldiers.” In addition, Kierney thanked both CHSS
Principal Beth Rooks and Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie, "for their
support of our students and our military, for without it, this trip
would never had happened.”
May 31, 2017
CHEC Awards Sports Camp Scholarships to Local Students
local students have earned Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarships
from CHEC to attend summer basketball camps at two of the state’s
largest college campuses.
Ratliff of Buxton will attend the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp at
N.C. State University, and John Conner IV of Buxton will attend the Roy
Williams Carolina Basketball Camp at the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill, both on full scholarships from CHEC.
is pleased to give these outstanding students the opportunity to
experience life on a college campus and learn from college coaches and
student-athletes,” said Laura Ertle, director of public relations and
marketing. “These camps teach valuable lessons that students can apply
in their lives both on and off the court.”
the overnight camps, students will stay in dorms on campus and soak up
lessons on the hardwood from the collegiate coaching staffs and
student-athletes. Coaches at both overnight camps will work closely
with each camper to develop fundamental basketball skills and practice
playing hard while working cooperatively.
the N.C. State women’s camp is head coach Wes Moore, his coaching
staff, and current and former N.C. State women’s basketball players.
The Carolina camp is led by three-time NCAA national championship coach
Roy Williams, his staff, and current and past Tar Heel basketball
all-expense paid scholarships, sponsored by North Carolina’s 26
Touchstone Energy cooperatives, provide funding for more than 50
middle-school students from across North Carolina to attend basketball
camp. This is the 14th year the cooperatives have awarded young women
scholarships to attend an N.C. State women’s basketball camp and the
12th year the co-ops have sent young men to the Roy Williams camp.
May 30, 2017
AVID Class of 2017 Celebration
The 2017 AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) senior
celebration was held at the Hatteras Civic Center on May 23, beginning
with a recorded processional by the Cape Hatteras Secondary School of
Coastal Studies band under the direction of Sean McCroskey. Director of
Alternative Programs, Teresa Twyne gave the welcome and introduced
First Flight High School teacher Ricki Stewart and Administrative
Intern Diane Childress to recognize FFHS graduates with honor cords.
FFHS senior speaker, Brittany Graham followed wth remarks. Next, Manteo
High School Principal John Luciano distributed honor cords to MHS
seniors, with Idasia Brickhouse andShelby Foster addressing the
graduates, their family members, friends, and faculty gathered. Then,
Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies Counselor Karla
Jarvis and Principal Beth Rooks recognized their seniors with honor
cords, followed by Hannah Lovell's address.
Then the evening's most anticipated event, the awarding of scholarship monies:
The Ellis H. Ives, III Memorial Scholarships were awarded by Tracy
Ryder to MHS seniors Benji Rippons for $2,000 and Shumure Flowers for
$1000, and FFHS senior Joseph Haley for $1000. Notably, the Ellis H.
Ives scholarships are renewable for each year of college.
The two $2,500 Mollie Shannon Gallop Memorial Scholarships were given
by Carol Sykes and awarded to MHS seniors Benji Rippons and Shelby
The three $2,500 Dare Education Foundation scholarships were given by
Elisabeth Silverthorne to Idasia Brickhouse (MHS), Brittany Graham
(FFHS), and Hannah Lovell (CHSSCS).
Carolina Career Advising Corp counselot Seth Rose announced that Karla
Tovar was one of the national Dell scholarships. A $20,000
scholarship, it includes amenities such as a computer.
Then graduates and guests sat down to a celebratory meal together that
was funded by Dare Education Foundation and prepared by staff at Cape
AVID graduates were Hannah Lovell from Cape Hatteras Secondary School
of Coastal Studies; Alana Bissell, Deana Celaj, Zane Sebastian
D'Alessio, Carlos Eduardo Martinez Pinon, Brittany Graham, Joseph
Haley, Mykenzie Grace Halfin from First Flight; and from Manteo High
School - Sophia Barba Espinosa, Idasia Brickhouse, Kathryn Cruden,
Taylor Featherstone, Shumure Flowers, Shelby Foster, Alisha Kershner
Hanna, John Marroquin Klotz, Jason McPherson, John Quidley, John Reber,
Benjamin Rippons, Sydney-Lee Smith, Dontay Sundance, and Karla Tovar
May 26, 2017
New Gallery in Buxton Honors a Local Legend
Clifford Morrow Gallery, which recently opened its doors at the Cape
Hatteras Motel, is a unique and fascinating new addition to the local
island arts scene, with an equally unique story behind its namesake.
gallery features a myriad of works by a legendary talent, Clifford
Morrow, who lived in Buxton for 20 years after retiring from a long and
distinguished career in the art world.
who was well known as a staff artist with the Carnegie Museum in
Pittsburgh, began a love affair with the Outer Banks, and in particular
the Buxton area, with his family in the mid-1960s. He knew immediately
he wanted to retire there, and in 1988 – after 40 years with the Museum
where he eventually obtained the position of “Chairman of the
Department of Exhibits” - he finally achieved his dream, and relocated
with his wife Dolores.
moving to the island, Clifford set up a studio and began to turn his
talents toward capturing the beauty of Cape Hatteras. Through prints,
pottery, sculpture, and more he created a special feel for the natural
world that surrounded on the island. He even used the unique shape of a
wave to design a new altar at Our Lady of the Seas Church in Buxton,
and his work was sold at several galleries in the area, until illness
put a stop to his ability to work.
Cape Hatteras Motel officially opened the “Clifford Morrow” Gallery on
April 27. Located in the new office area, the gallery features the work
of this Pennsylvania native turned OBX retiree who was the father of
Jan Morrow Dawson, who along with her husband Dave, have run the Cape
Hatteras Motel since 1972.
his death in 2011, he left many items in his studio. After Mrs.
Morrow passed in October of last year, Jan and Dave began the
bittersweet task of working through a lifetime of artworks, which
culminated in the creation of the gallery. In addition to Mr. Morrow’s
work, there is a room of other beach art, and local products including
the acclaimed salt from Hatteras Saltworks which is also made in
Buxton, and “Skeeter Beater” – a product made locally to assist guests
and locals alike with those pesky summer insects.
a guest is staying at the motel or just cruising by, everyone is
invited to visit the gallery, which is open anytime the motel office is
with a collection of unique goodies and artworks, and paying homage to
an Outer Banks lover who certainly left a lasting mark on the island,
this unique little gallery is a testament to a lifelong goal of finding
a personal “happy place” on Hatteras Island.
May 19, 2017
Cape Shark Project Presented to Board of Education
Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies Foods teacher Evan
Ferguson with students Maya Damitio, Karlene Ballance, and Lexus
Meekins took the floor during public comments at the Board of Education
meeting at Cape Hatteras Elementary on May 9 to inform the Board about
their Cape Shark Project. The project is the first of its kind in
Southeast. The Cape Shark Project is part of an NC Community
Collaborative Research Grant Program which is jointly funded by North
Carolina Sea Grant and the Kenan Institute of Engineering, Technology
and Science. The program draws upon the expertise of scientists
and knowledge of community members to focus on topics vital to the
state’s coast. It connected Ferguson and students to Sea Grant
professionals/investigators, Dare County's School Nutrition Director,
seafood dealers/processors/fisherman, and community stakeholders.
"The Cape Shark Project is a sea-to-school feasibility study
which focuses on introducing real, local food, specifically fish, back
into our school cafeteria while supporting our local economy," said
Ferguson. Foods 2 students designed a recipe around available
ingredients from the cafeteria and Cape Shark. "They wanted a
dish that would have universal appeal and finally decided on a mildly
blackened Cape Shark tacos. They surveyed 219 students and staff
members in order to pick sensory panel participants - 67% liked
fish but some students could not participate because of class conflicts
and lack of signed permission slips. Sixty students and
staff participated in the actual taco tasting. More than the majority
had favorable impressions of the tacos. Cape Shark is not traditionally
viewed as a 'good eating' fish, so they are turning perceptions about a
fish that is in abundance in addition to trying to serve up a healthy
meal to students and teachers. Another part of this project moved
full STEAM ahead, rolling in science, technology, engineering, art and
math. Biology students dissected cape shark. Ferguson’s students used
social media and websites to communicate the project to the public. Art
students created tape sculptures of cape shark to hang throughout the
school. Math students evaluated the cape shark population."
Ferguson and students look forward to overcoming challenges associated
with processing and procurement and working with Dare County Schools
Nutrition Director, local fishermen, and processors to make
sea-to-school a reality.
May 19, 2017
Board Recognizes Champion Spellers
fifth grader last year at Cape Hatteras Elementary School, current
sixth-grade student at Cape Hatteras Secondary School Blake Cabral won
the school and district spelling bee - and in turn won a seat at the
national spelling bee in Washington, DC. The entire elementary school
kept up with Blake’s achievements via live stream while he competed.
This year, amazingly, seventh-grade student Elizabeth Muller did the
same thing, and she'll be traveling to the nation's capital to compete
in the national bee. At the Board of Education meeting at CHES on May
9, Blake was recognized with Elizabeth, who was unable to attend.
Alongside Blake was Media Coordinator Linda Austin, who coordinates the
spelling and geo bees at CHSSCS. Blake's brother, Peyton, participated
in the state GeoBee this year in Charlotte by being one of the top 100
scorers in the state. Peyton was recognized as well but was unable to
attend. From left, Board member Mary Ellon Ballance, Blake Cabral,
Linda Austin, and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sue F. Burgess.
May 19, 2017
CHES Fifth Grader Recognized
At the North Carolina School Boards Association Conference in November,
Cape Hatteras Elementary School fifth-grader Amanda Quiroz won an
honorable mention for her What’s Great About Public Schools themed
poster in the NCSBA annual contest. Amanda, a fifth grader, is
particularly fond of specials! At the May 9 meeting of the Board
of Education at Cape Hatteras Elementary School, the Board recognized
Amanda with art teacher Kevin Biddle. From left, CHES art teacher Kevin
Biddle, CHES Principal Sherry Couch, Amanda Quiroz, Board member Mary
Ellon Ballance, and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sue F. Burgess.
May 19, 2017
Board recognizes talented CHSSCS musicians
its meeting at Cape Hatteras Elementary School on May 9, the Board of
Education recognized Band Director Sean McCroskey and several
award-winning musicians. The band is a source of pride for Cape
Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies. McCroskey continues to
surpass all expectations with the accomplishments of his students. In
the 2016 marching competitions, they took first place in the 1A
divisions at both the Peanut Festival and the Southeast Virginia Music
Games. Several students also auditioned and made various honors
ensembles around the state. Enrique Babilonia was seated in the
Regional Jazz Band 2016-17, Eastern District Concert Band 2016-17 as
well as the NC All-State Concert Band last year. Henry Macchio was
selected for the Eastern District Concert Band 2016-17, and Samantha
Smith in the Regional Jazz Band 2017. Representing the Marching band
were drum majors - Susanna Rae Couch, Kendal Woods, and Jasmine Roller.
Additionally, Couch and Babilonia were recognized later for being
accepted into NC Governor's School; they are two of the five Dare
County students to attend this year. From left, Sean McCroskey, Henry
Macchio, Enrique Babilonia, Samantha Smith, Board member Mary Ellon
Ballance, Susanna Rae Couch, Kendall Woods, Jasmine Roller and
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sue F. Burgess.
May 19, 2017
CHSSCS Students Participate in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies sixth graders took
April 27 off from their studies to go to work with their parents, a
relative or friend. They had to report on the experiences, and most
were happy to return to school the following day! Career Development
Coordinator Elaine Whitaker says that "Cape Hatteras sixth graders get
a healthy dose of career exposure. First, students take two
assessments, a learning styles inventory and a career assessment, both
self-reflections. Career awareness is increased, and students
will hopefully begin to dream big and plan for their future. Second,
the Biennial College and Career Expo was held on November 18 where
students can speak with a wide variety of career representatives. And
third, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is often their first
work-based learning experience. It's a national celebration
sponsored by the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation. This
year marks their 24th anniversary."
May 19, 2017
CHES Employee of the Year
Dare County Schools Classified Employee of the Year Program recognizes
employees who exhibit dependability and dedication, produce an
outstanding quality of work, and make unique contributions to Dare
County Schools. At its May 9 meeting at Cape Hatteras Elementary
School, the Board of Education recognized media assistant Jenn
Augustson as Cape Hatteras Elementary Employee of the Year. From left,
Board member Mary Ellon Ballance and Jenn Augustson with Superintendent
of Schools Dr. Sue F. Burgess.
May 19, 2017
Sherry Couch recognized as Dare County Schools Principal of the Year
its May 9 meeting at Cape Hatteras Elementary, the Board of Education
recognized Cape Hatteras Elementary School Principal Sherry Couch as
Dare County Schools Principal of the Year for 2016-17. Under Couch’s
leadership, students and staff have achieved impressive academic
growth. Couch earned her undergraduate degree at Wingate
University and her master’s in English Education from UNC-Pembroke; her
certification in Education Supervision and Administration from Winthrop
University, and is licensed as a Curriculum Instructional Specialist.
From left, Board member Mary Ellon Ballance, Principal Sherry Couch,
and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sue F. Burgess.
May 19, 2017
CHES Recognized as Title I Reward School
the fourth consecutive year, Cape Hatteras Elementary School has been
honored by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as a
Title I Reward School for sustained student achievement. To be
honored as a reward school for high performance a school must rank
among the top ten percent of Title I schools in the state that have the
highest absolute performance over a number of years for the “all
students” group and for all subgroups on the statewide
assessments. During the 2015-2016 school year, the Tropical
Storms exceeded expected growth, achieving a 90.3% growth rate. At its
May 9 meeting at CHES, the Board of Education recognized Cape Hatteras
Elementary for this accomplishment. From left, Board member Mary Ellon
Ballance, Technology/Literacy Facilitator April Oden, Exceptional
Children's teacher Stephanie Tenpenny, and CHES Principal Sherry Couch
with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sue F. Burgess.
May 19, 2017
CHES Recognized as Green Ribbon School
Cape Hatteras Elementary has been recognized by DPI for the third
time as a Green Ribbon school for its continued implementation of
Positive Behavior Intervention and Support, or PBIS. PBIS is a
framework around which the social culture, learning and teaching
environment, and individual behavior are built. It is based on a
problem-solving model with the goal of preventing inappropriate
behavior through reinforcing appropriate behaviors. Through
instruction, comprehension and regular practice, all stakeholders use a
consistent set of behavior expectations and rules. At the May 9 meeting
of the Board of Education, CHES was recognized for this achievement.
From left, Board member Mary Ellon Ballance, School Counselor Kris
Caroppoli, Exceptional Children's teacher Stephanie Tenpenny, CHES
Assistant Principal Diane Brown and Principal Sherry Couch with
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sue Burgess.
May 19, 2017
CHSSCS Students Participate in Reality of Money Program
Selected Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies students had
the opportunity to participate in the NC SECU's (North Carolina State
Employees Credit Union) Reality of Money program on April 26. The
financial reality check comes by way of assigning each student with a
different life circumstance - high school dropout, graduate, skilled
trade or college graduate, children or not, income level and gives them
choices to make about how to budget with their monthly income by having
stations set up. Manned by community volunteers and supported by
teachers, the stations reflected monthly costs, such as housing,
transportation, communications, food, childcare, health insurance,
clothing, and entertainment. Students come away from the invaluable
exercise with a better understanding of how important it is to finish
high school and get a post-secondary education or skill and to delay
having children until they are financially stable. Students learn about
credit ratings, living below their means, and how financial choices
affect what they can do in the future. SECU has provided this
experience to students at First Flight High School as well and has
plans for Manteo High School on May 23. To learn more about this
program, there is a video about it on Dare County Schools website, www.daretolearn.org. Follow the video link from the News tab.
May 17, 2017
Café Pamlico Will Unveil New Event Space at Launch Party
Restaurant, Café Pamlico located at The Inn on Pamlico Sound is
launching its newest additions to the public with a grand Launch Party,
Sunday, May 21st, 5:00pm – 10:00pm. The Launch will unveil the New
Event Space along with live music, food presentations and demos of what
guests can look forward to this season.
Launch Party is open to all and you can expect to find a little
something for everyone; as they introduce their newly completed
Waterfront Event and Pool areas. They will kick off the event at 5:00pm
with live music and food and drinks that showcase their unique local
and regional flavor from the recently launched dinner, bar and cocktail
menus. Enjoy a food presentation by Master Chef Mitchell Nicks, one the
Triad’s best known and most accomplished chefs. There will be a fashion
show and “pop up” Lularoe Shop, as well as demos for upcoming fitness
classes that will be held in the new space. Finish off the evening with
a waterfront dance party and bonfire by the shore.
Pamlico nestled within the boutique hotel, The Inn on Pamlico Sound, is
unique in its approach to business with an organic attitude on all
aspects; from food, to fun and even its approach to advertising, “We
don’t want to tell you how good we are, We expect our service and
product to speak for itself and astound our guests to return and bring
their friends.” –Says Owner and General Manager, Steve Nelson. They
offer amazing sunsets and strongly encourage reservations as it is
often full to capacity. Stay tuned for their upcoming Live Music and
Event Schedule, by following them on facebook, online at
www.Innonpamlicosound.com or by phone at 252-995-7030.
May 17, 2017
Free Children’s eBooks Available From the Dare County Library
County Library offers numerous free options for parents and children
seeking quality eBooks for children, including access to new library
eBook consortium, NCKIDS Digital Library, which provides greater access
to Children’s eBooks across the state.
Dare County Library cardholders, there are now three free children’s
eBook services available. To access any of these resources,
and click on “eBooks & eResources” or “Children’s Services”, to
learn more information about or to access any of these three programs.
2012, member libraries of the East Albemarle Regional Library System
have made eBooks available by the Cloud Library, (formerly known as 3M
Cloud Library). The Cloud Library now offers over 2,000 popular
eBooks, but what many people do not realize is that there are also many
children and teen eBooks available on the Cloud Library.
Our Cloud Library collection now offers over 200 eBooks for
preschoolers up through Teens in grade 12. Books in the
collection for children are on easily identifiable shelves in the
software such as “Picture books”, “Easy Readers”, “Juvenile Titles” and
“Teen Fiction”. Cloud Library eBooks can be accessed with your
14-digit Dare County Library Card barcode number and library-assigned
PIN. Access the collection as “East Albemarle Regional Library”
as your library, and you can borrow up to 4 eBooks for 14 days.
Users can place holds on materials that are currently borrowed by
others. Cloud Library eBooks are read in an APP for a
Windows PC or MAC, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Samsung Galaxy Nook
tablet or Kindle Fire. You must download the appropriate
App in order to borrow and read Cloud Library eBooks.
Library has over 1,100 eBooks for preschoolers through Grade 6.
Many of the books for younger readers can be read with narration, if
the reader so desires. Tumblebook Library contains
interactive narrated picture books (Story Books) and narrated early
readers (Read-Alongs), chapter books, graphic novels, classic stories,
nonfiction books and videos, puzzles and games. With
Tumblebook Library there is never a wait, since multiple users can read
the same title at the same time. Dare County borrowers must
follow the link on our website in order to to access Tumblebook
Library. Once at the Tumblebook Library site for Dare County,
users will need to enter their 14-digit Dare County Library Card
barcode number. Tumblebook Library eBooks are read in your
web browser. Mobile users on a device that do not have the flash
plug in will automatically be redirected to the "iPad&
Mobile Device" Tumblebook Library site.
NCKIDS Digital Library
first of its kind statewide eBook consortium specifically for children
has launched in the Tar Heel State. The North Carolina Public Library
Directors Association (NCPLDA) together with OverDrive and the North
Carolina General Assembly has funded and created a new eBook service
for children in grades pre-K through 4th grade, NC Kids Digital
Library. NC Kids Digital Library currently offers over 5,000 eBooks,
audiobooks, videos and Read-Alongs (books with narration) for
children. Ebooks include Story Books, Read Alongs, Chapter
books, nonfiction, and more. Over 1,000 of these eBooks can be borrowed
by more than one user at the same time. (Look for the Never-Ending
Reading shelf for these titles). NCKIDS Digital Library can
be accessed with your 14-digit Dare County Library Card barcode number
and library-assigned PIN. Select “East Albemarle Regional Library” as
your library. Children can borrow up to 5 eBooks at a time, and
eBooks go out for 14 days. Books that are checked out
cannot be placed on hold, but remember there are over 1,000 titles that
can be read by simultaneous users. EBooks on NCKIDS Digital
Library can be read in your web browser or in the APP for a Windows
based computer or phone, Chromebook, Mac, Apple devices, Android, or
the importance of reading proficiency being so heavily stressed, it’s
more important than ever for children to have easy access to quality
reading materials. The many eBooks in these three free
databases are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Dare
County Library is pleased to offer multiple free options for parents
and children seeking quality eBooks for children. For
more information or to access any of these programs, please visit our
website at www.darenc.com/library
and then click on “eBooks & eResources” or “Children’s Services”,
and then click on one of these links: TumbleBookLibrary, NC Kids
Digital Library or Cloud Library.
May 12, 2017
Dare County chosen to receive Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Funds
Dare County has been chosen to receive $ 26,216 of Federal Emergency
Food and Shelter funds awarded through the Department of Homeland
The national board, chaired by the Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA), made this selection. The board consists of
representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United
Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of
Churches of Christ in the USA and United Way of America.
The board was charged with distributing funds appropriated by Congress
to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high need
areas around the country.
A local board, which will mirror the national board, will
determine how the funds awarded to Dare County are to be distributed
among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service
organizations. The local board is responsible for recommending
agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available
under this phase of the program.
Under the terms of the grant from the national board,
organizations chosen to receive funds must be private voluntary
non-profits or units of government, have an accounting system, practice
nondiscrimination and have demonstrated the capability of delivering
emergency food and/or shelter programs. If they are a private
voluntary organization, they must have a volunteer board.
Applications from qualifying organizations must be received no later
than Friday, May 26, 2017, by 5 p.m.
For an application or additional information contact Tammy Reber,
Dare County Department of Health and Human Services at 475-5500 or [email protected].
May 12, 2017
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is in Need of Volunteers
The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is in need of Volunteers. We
welcome people interested in greeting visitors to the Museum that is
dedicated to North Carolina Outer Banks maritime history and culture.
Volunteers do not have to be historians, just friendly people who are
interested in greeting guests that visit from across the globe. We
invite people to volunteer who can do a weekly shift, occasional shift
or even seasonal shifts. All efforts are appreciated. Volunteers are
given a manual that helps them understand what the Museum offers. They
also receive a discount in our gift store and enjoy an annual luncheon.
We are open Monday through Saturday year round, and there are two
shifts each day that volunteers cover. The shifts are 3 or 3.5 hours
long depending on the season. We would love to welcome you into our
volunteer family. If you are interested, please contact Mary Ellen
Riddle, [email protected], 252-986-2995.
May 11, 2017
CHSSCS Students Selected as Virginian-Pilot Scholastic Achievement Team
Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies students have been
selected in The Virginian-Pilot's 2017 Scholastic Achievers program.
School Counselor Karla Jarvis explained that based on CHSSCS
enrollment, the school can choose the top two students in the
sophomore, junior and senior classes. Beginning at bottom, left to
right - sophomores Brooke Oberbeck and Molly Greenwood; juniors Kendal
Woods and Krystle Woods; and seniors, Aron Stowe with team captain
May 11, 2017
CHES Battle of the Books Team at Board of Education May 9
The Board of Education heard from Cape Hatteras Elementary School's
Battle of the Books team for the Instructional Highlights at its May 9
meeting at CHES. The purpose of the Battle of the Books program is to
encourage reading and to expose students to quality literature
representing a variety of literary styles by prominent authors.
Each Dare County public elementary school fields a team that competes
at the district level, with the winning team representing Dare County
Schools at the regional competition. For the third year in a row, CHES
won the district competition. This year, in the regional competition,
they brought home the first place award. These students, as well as the
student body, were already winners because of their love of reading,
which this competition only serves to generate. For highlights, the
fourth and fifth grade all-girl team, (their leggings supplied by
LuLaRoe) shared their preparatory techniques, their competition
experiences, and gave Board members a glimpse into the competitions.
The Board also recognized the team and coaches with certificates. Not
pictured - Audrey Kramer. All from left, students - Abby O'Neal, Destyn
Jakob, Alice Oden, Bella Heilig, Cate Parker, Evela Chandler, Ashlyn
Midgett, Lillian Quist, Kylie Philips, Grace Vernesoni, Kirra Ensenat;
and staff - CHES Principal Sherry Couch, fifth grade teacher Laurie
Parker, AIG teacher/Reading Specialist April Oden, Media Assistant Jenn
Augustson, Media Specialist Shauna Leggat, Board member Mary Ellon
Ballance and Superintendent of Schools Dr.Sue F. Burgess.
May 11, 2017
CHSSCS Playoffs - Boats, Battleships, and Baseball
The 2017 Hurricane Baseball team concluded their season on May 9 with a
loss to the Wolfpack of Whiteville in the first round of the NCHSAA
state playoffs. "They represented CHSS with class and dignity as they
have done all season long. This group of young men did things and
took our program to levels it has not been in nearly a decade.
The last time a Cape Hatteras Baseball team appeared in the state
playoffs was 2009 with a total of four wins. This year's team
completed the regular season with a record of 9-14. That was a
great improvement over last season's record of 1-16. The guys are
already talking about preparations for the 2018 season, which is the
mindset it takes to build a quality program," offered CHSSCS Head
Baseball Coach Keith Durham.
Wanting to make this trip to the playoffs about more than baseball,
they they started the day at 4:30 AM departing from CHSS for the
Ocracoke ferry, then the Cedar Island ferry, the Outer Banks Scenic
Byway, and south to Wilmington.
There they "spent two hours honoring the men and women of our armed
forces and touring the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial. It
is a great monument to our country and our armed forces," noted Durham.
From there , they travelled to Whiteville to take on the "super
talented" Wolfpack team. "Whiteville has baseball state championships
from 1991, 2012, 2014, and 2015. They also have a young man on
their 2017 squad named Mackenzie Gore who is considered by many to be
one of the best if not the best high school pitcher in the United
"Our team embraced the wonderful atmosphere of playoff baseball and
understood that they earned the right to be there and be a part of
it. Our guys were relaxed and were not intimidated by a clearly
superior team. We played probably one of our best games of the
season, performing nearly flawlessly in the field, but were unable to
catch up with Whiteville's pitching staff. The final score was
13-0 but the game was a huge success for our players, team, and
program. Next year's team now has an understanding of what that
playoff atmosphere feels like and the bar has been set to continue to
improve and build our program.
"We arrived back at CHSS around 4:15 AM making it almost a complete 24 hour day of boats, battleships, and baseball."
Durham went on to thank the CHSSCS staff for their academic and
otherwise support of the athletes, saying that's what gives the
students the opportunity to take part in great ventures. "It was a trip
to the baseball state playoffs, but for our kids, school, community,
and program, it was much more than that."
May 11, 2017
Dare County Retirees Celebrated
The careers of thirteen Dare County Schools employees were honored at
the 13th Annual Retirement Dinner, held May 4 at Pamlico Jack’s.
The dinner followed a greeting by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sue F.
Burgess. Burgess thanked the Human Resources Department, led by Dr.
John Donlan for making all the arrangements for the dinner and gifts of
Burgess introduced Board of Education Chairman Bea Basnight,
Vice-Chairman Margaret Lawler, and members Mary Ellon Ballance, Ben
Sproul, Joe Tauber, David Twiddy, and Charlotte White; and
representatives from Dare Education Foundation, Vice-Chairman of the
Board of Directors Richard Martin and Executive Director Elisabeth
Silverthorne. Burgess then welcomed the guests of honor - who
have a combined total of 281 years of service to students - and their
After dinner, remarks were given by Burgess, Board of Education
Chairman Bea Basnight, and Director of Human Resources John Donlan.
Remarking on the careers of each was the supervisor of their retiree:
Cape Hatteras Elementary School Principal Sherry Couch for teacher
Cathy Copes; Manteo Elementary School Principal Steve Blackstock for
Media Assistant Priscilla Cahoon and teacher Cathy Hammill; First
Flight Elementary School Principal Freda Ballard, for teacher Christine
Lively, Manteo High School Principal John Luciano for teacher Mary
Berry, Career Development Coordinator Rosie Rankin, and Coach Eddie
Twyne; Manteo Middle School Principal Mary Anne Wetzel for speech and
language pathologist Jackie Bunn; Kitty Hawk Elementary School
Principal Dr. Greg Florence for custodian Pat Hamilton and teacher
Linda Hutton; Nags Head Elementary School Principal Dr. Adrienne Palma
for teacher assistant Jean Graham; and Chief Financial Officer Anna
McGinnis for School Nutrition Director Carol Sykes, and Board Chairman
Bea Basnight for Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sue Burgess.
The dinner was sponsored by the Board of Education and the Dare Education Foundation (DEF).
May 5, 2017
The Outer Banks Hospital Celebrates Dementia-Friendly Designation
More than 85 community members along with staff gathered in The Outer
Banks Hospital lobby Wednesday, April 26, to hear Mark Hensley,
dementia services coordinator for the North Carolina Division of Aging
and Adult Services, congratulate OBH on its work to pave the way as the
First Dementia-Friendly Hospital in the state of North Carolina.
Hensley, who is leading the effort to implement North Carolina’s first
Alzheimer’s state plan, emphasized the importance of educating our
community about the increasing number of individuals with dementia and
the urgent need to build a strong support system for caregivers. “In
North Carolina, we estimate there are 160,000 people with some type of
dementia,” noted Hensley. “I’m afraid to say that we expect that number
to almost double in the next seven to 13 years.”
Following Hensley’s remarks, Marcia Bryant, vice president of clinical
operations at OBH and Dianne Denny, chair of the Healthy Carolinians of
the Outer Banks’ Dementia Task Force and executive director of Spring
Arbor, both spoke passionately about the work to build a
dementia-friendly Outer Banks community. Bryant noted that OBH gladly
began the effort by training staff in best care practices that include
a sensitivity to and an awareness of the difficulties faced by those
with dementia and their caregivers. “Every community includes
individuals with memory impairment,” said Bryant. “We can create a
dementia-friendly local community [by helping] those with dementia and
their caregivers feel respected and included in our everyday lives.
This is our challenge.”
Denny then acknowledged the members of the Dementia Task Force and
applauded the extent of their work, which began March 13, 2014. Based
on the 2013 Community Health Assessment that revealed that individuals
with dementia and their caregivers needed more support, the task force
developed and executed several lofty goals some of which included
creating educational programs for caregivers, first responders and
local businesses; developing one-on-one counseling; advocating for the
addition of a specialist on the beach; and establishing a local
Alzheimer’s walk. Denny echoed Hensley’s comments about the increasing
number of dementia cases, and asked audience members to raise their
hands if they had first-hand experience with dementia through a family
member, co-worker or friend. Almost every hand was raised. “That’s why
we, the members of the Dementia Task Force, do what do,” she concluded.
Jan Collins, a Dementia Task Force member, then offered insight as the
first dementia-friendly volunteer at OBH. “We know that with dementia
comes feelings of anxiousness,” said Collins. “We [as volunteers] help
to reduce that agitation by approaching the individual in a different
manner and implementing soothing tools.” Collins is now one of the many
volunteers who are trained in best practices and are on call when a
family member or caregiver needs to leave for a short time.
The program closed with the presentation of two glass seahorses to OBH
President Ronnie Sloan and to Denny for their leadership and dedication
to the dementia-friendly cause. The purple seahorse was adopted by the
Outer Banks community as the symbol for dementia because purple is the
nationally designated color for Alzheimer’s and “seahorse” is a noun
translated from the Latin word “hippocampus,” which is the portion of
the brain that plays a major role in memory.
After the presentation, Sloan concluded the event by saying, “This
community is just amazing. Where there is a will, there is a way. I
think we invented that here.”
May 3, 2017
Sun Realty Participates in MarketingSherpa Summit 2017
The Outer Banks was represented at the annual MarketingSherpa Summit,
presented by MECLABS, Inc. in Las Vegas this month. Shannon Kinser,
Marketing Director for Sun Realty, was asked by MarketingSherpa to
submit a proposal for a brief presentation on a recent successful,
customer-focused marketing tip at the convention. Ms. Kinser was chosen
to present the details of a guest-focused email campaign which resulted
in substantial conversions, and a high return-on-investment. It was a
creative, engaging and low cost customer-based initiative that
generated numerous rental reservations.
“I’m honored and thrilled to have been chosen to speak in front of my
fellow marketers at Summit,” said Ms. Kinser. “MECLABS and
MarketingSherpa are at the forefront of customer-based research and
marketing and I always learn an incredible amount of actionable tips
from them. To be asked to share our experience at Sun with such a
significant group of peers is both humbling and exciting.”
MarketingSherpa is a research firm specializing in tracking what works
in all aspects of marketing (and what does not), headquartered in
Jacksonville, FL. MarketingSherpa is a subsidiary of MECLABS Institute,
the world's largest research institute dedicated to discovering how
people make choices.
Shannon attended this year’s Summit with Sun Realty President, Ali
Breaux. “We are very pleased with our success with this campaign. I’m
happy that Shannon was recognized by her peers for this
accomplishment,” Ms. Breaux shares. Both are eager and motivated to
bring back best practices on digital, email, and content marketing to
further improve the successes Sun Realty has continued to build upon
for its owners and guests for the past 37 years.
May 3, 2017
CHSSCS Baseball/Softball Participates in Gates' Teal Day
Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies played baseball and
softball games on April 27 at Gates County's Teal Day event. Cape
Hatteras Coach Keith Durham says he's not vying to change Hatteras'
colors, buy he did want to demonstrate support to the Gates baseball
team - Gates lost a baseball mom to ovarian cancer several years ago
and holds this event to raise awareness and support survivors and
research efforts for the disease. Teal is the official ribbon color for
ovarian cancer. "Cape Hatteras was honored to be a part of this event,"
May 3, 2017
CHSSCS Students Earn ServeSafe Managers Certification
These Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies Foods 2
Enterprise students received their ServSafe Managers Certification in
April 2017. The ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification is
accredited by the American National Standards Institute
(ANSI)-Conference for Food Protection (CFP). The program blends the
latest FDA Food Code, food safety research and years of food sanitation
training experience. Managers learn to implement essential food safety
practices and create a culture of food safety. All content and
materials are based on actual job tasks identified by foodservice
industry experts. The class is taught by Evan Ferguson at CHSSCS. From
left - Delaney Johnson, Lexus Meekins, Emilie Fulcher, and Rodney
April 17, 2017
Hatteras Island Social Worker Receives Employee of the Month
Stephanie Bowers, Social Worker II, with the Social Services Division
of the Department of Health & Human Services, is the April 2017
Dare County Employee of the Month. Chuck Lycett, Social Services
Director, presented Bowers with the award at the April 3, 2017 Board of
“Stephanie was crucial during the implementation of NC Fast and helped
to get the program up and running,” said Lycett, describing some of the
reasons that Stephanie is deserving of the award. “She is also an
integral part of the Work First program which is designed to help
families achieve self-sufficiency. And following Hurricane Matthew,
Stephanie’s leadership and positivity had an impact not only on clients
but other coworkers as well.”
Bowers was hired in August 2009 as the Volunteer Services Coordinator
with the Health Department. In 2014, she transferred to Social Services
and began working as a Social Worker I. In 2015, Bowers was promoted to
Social Worker II.
During the nomination process, coworkers praised Stephanie’s hard work
and dedication during Hurricane Matthew to ensure that Hatteras Island
residents had their needs met. They commented that her ties to the
community were an invaluable asset to the entire team.
Stephanie is described as a hard worker and someone enjoyable to work
with. She is willing to do anything asked of her with a positive,
joyful attitude. According to a coworker, the pride that she has in her
job shows in her daily work with her clients.
April 17, 2017
Chicamacomico is Looking for a Few Good Men or Women
Widely known for its rich history of saving souls in peril from the sea
the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station has, for many years, provided a
re-enactment of the beach apparatus rescue drill, recognized as an
integral part of the Life-Saving
Service. This public demonstration has, unfortunately, been
curtailed for the past few years as the USCG reconsidered its continued
involvement. The Chicamacomico Historic Association is pleased to
announce the request for a cadre of local hardy, dedicated volunteers
to once again provide the public the opportunity to witness this
historic drill. The drill will be conducted on Thursdays at 2 p.m. from
Memorial Day through Labor Day.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer member of this unique
team please call the Life-Saving Station at 252-987-1552 for further
April 12, 2017
Chamber Seeks Nominations for 2017 Entrepreneur & Small Business of the Year Awards
The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 2017
Entrepreneur & Small Business of the Year (ESBY) Awards. Awards
will be presented at the annual ESBY Luncheon 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, June
6, 2017 at Pamlico Jack’s Restaurant, Nags Head.
ESBY awards recognize successful business ventures in four
categories: Solopreneur, Home-Based Business, companies with 10
or fewer employees, and companies with 11-50 employees.
Eligible applicants must have been in business in the Outer Banks area
(Dare County, Currituck County or Ocracoke Island) for at least two
years and are members in good standing of the Outer Banks Chamber of
Commerce. Nominees will be evaluated based on their business stability,
challenges and growth, customer service practices, marketing
strategies, and community involvement.
“We are looking for those that stand out above the rest,” said Chamber
President & CEO Karen Brown. “These awards recognize
community partners that make the Outer Banks a great place to live and
A panel of judges from area nearby colleges and chambers of commerce from around the United States judge the applications.
The deadline for ESBY nominations is 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 28, 2017. Applications can be submitted on-line at www.outerbankschamber.com/esby2017 In addition, printed forms are available at the Chamber office in Kill Devil Hills.
The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce is the area’s largest business
membership organization representing 1100 businesses in Currituck, Dare
and Hyde Counties. For additional information about the Chamber
or the 2017 ESBY Awards, please contact the Chamber office at (252)
April 7, 2017
Two CHSSCS Students Bound for Governor's School
Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies juniors, Susanna
Couch and Enrique Babilonia are to join three other Dare County Schools
high school students to experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity -
they were accepted into the 2017 NC Governor's School.
Junior Enrique Babilonia, 16, is the son of Rosalie and Carlos
Babilonia of Buxton. Enrique excels in English, and takes highest level
honors band. He's a member of DECA, the National Honor Society, and
captain of varsity basketball team, Enrique is strongly interested in
music performance. He is the leading scorer for the school's basketball
team; his father is retired US Coast Guard, and don't ask Enrique to
play golf - he does not like it! He says, "I'll be forever grateful for
the love and support of my parents, and my sibling Carlos and Calia.
They've been there with me the whole way and I wouldn't be where I am
now without them." Enrique loves jazz music, and will forever wonder
about rap music's true value.
Junior Susanna R. Couch, 16, is the daughter of Danny and Sherry Couch
of Buxton. Her Governor's school discipline is English. She's an
artist, a dancer, and a musician - a six-year veteran on the violin,
and the double bass in jazz band and the synthesizer in marching
band. She's also a member of the choir at Buxton UMC. "I wanted
to apply for Governor's School after hearing my mother talking about
her positive experience with the program when she was in high school,"
says Susanna. "My dedication to academics, ability to reach goals, and
my willingness to help others sets me apart from my peers." She has two
younger brothers; Gideon and Griffin.
April 7, 2017
CHES Elementary takes first place in Battle of the Books
After advancing to the
Northeast Regional Competition against 10 other county finalists on
March 30, the Cape Hatteras Elementary School Battle of the Books team
took first place - hooray! They had a great time while there, staying
in a hotel the night before rather than getting up to leave at 4 am.
They were sporting leggings supplied by LuLaRoe so they definitely had
the look going on in addition to the knowledge of the books to take
first place. It was the third time Dare County Schools had been in the
regional Elementary Battle of the Books; all three years represented by
Cape Hatteras Elementary. In 2015 they took third place overall, in
2015 they placed second (with a two point differential), and in 2017
with 18 points to spare, they brought home the first place trophy. The
Battle of the Books Competitions are sponsored by the NCSLMA (NC School
Library Media Association), school libraries, and media
specialists. The successful team was coached by Media Specialist
Shauna Leggat, Media Assistant Jenn Augustson, Technology/Literacy
Facilitator April Oden, and fifth grade teacher Laurie Parker. Leggat
is so proud of this all-girl team, saying, "Those girls had read and
re-read! An incredible group in every way!" The winning team is
comprised of fifth graders Evela Chandler, Bella Heilig, Destyn Jakob,
Alice Oden, Abby O'Neal, Kylie Philips, Lillian Quist, Grace Vernesoni;
and fourth graders Kirra Enseńat, Audrey Kramer, Ashlyn Midgett and
These students read 18 novels in order to prepare for this competition,
most reading them multiple times. The team met during lunch,
after school twice a week and on several Saturday mornings in order to
prepare for the local and regional competitions. The girls also
participated in a Battle of the Books website study-aid called
MyBobTeam.com to further their practice from home. "The Battle of the
Books has created such a buzz about reading at CHES," said Augustson.
"It is amazing to have an entire school so excited about reading. In
fact, the 2017-2018 EBoB list has just been released, and the titles
for next year's program are already flying off our shelves."
April 7, 2017
Two CHSSCS Senior Shadow with worldwide company
Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies seniors, Conner Day
and Aron Stowe, spent Tuesday, April 4 with Booz, Allen and Hamilton in
Norfolk. Mr. Blake Salmon, Project Manager, provided an
over-the-top experience for the two students. They experienced many on
the job demands - from team collaboration to HTML mock-ups, to
programming code to database testing, to the system development process
to a working lunch. "These guys truly experienced an intense day on the
job," noted Career Development Coordinator Elaine Whitaker. Check out
boozallen.com to get the scoop on the company; they employ over 22,000
employees worldwide. Whitaker emphasized that these opportunities for
students are graduation requirements, and the result of strong
networking; she thanked Salmon for his efforts.
April 6, 2017
April Declared Child Abuse Prevention Month in Dare County
At the Dare County Board of Commissioners meeting on April 3, 2017 the
Board of Commissioners declared April as Child Abuse Prevention Month
in Dare County. The declaration calls upon all residents, community
agencies, faith groups, medical facilities, elected leaders and
businesses to increase their participation in the efforts to support
families, thereby preventing child abuse and strengthening the
communities in which we live.
A special display, “Because Someone Cared,” will be set up at several
locations throughout the county during the month of April to raise
awareness about the important role each community member plays in
protecting children and strengthening families. The cumulative display
of nearly 200 children represents the 419 children in Dare County who
received protective services through the Division of Social Services in
2016. This project is made possible by the Dare County Department
of Health & Human Services- Division of Social Services, Children
and Youth Partnership and other collaborating agencies and
organizations that work together throughout the year to make our
community a safer and healthier place for children and families.
The display can be seen in Kill Devil Hills on the corner of Croatan
Highway and 8th Street, on Hatteras Island at Spa Koru in Avon and in
Manteo on the north end of the Roanoke Island COA Campus.
North Carolina has a mandatory reporting law N.C.G.S. - 7B-301 that
states that any person who suspects that a child has been abused,
neglected or dependent shall report that to the Division of Social
Services where that juvenile is found. This law covers children under
the age of eighteen, who are not married, emancipated, or in the armed
services. The following links may be helpful in determining if you
should make a report.
Additional information can be obtained at www.preventchildabuse.org or http://www.child-abuse.com/
You may make a report by calling the Dare County Department of Health
& Human Services- Social Services Division at 252.475.5500,
8:30AM-5:00PM, Monday- Friday or by calling 911 if you believe it is an
The Dare County Department of Health & Human Services provides a
broad array of economic and social services aimed at promoting and
strengthening family stability and integrity; enhancing the protection
and care of children and dependent adults; and assisting all citizens
in achieving their highest level of independence. For more information,
visit www.darenc.com/hhs or call 252.475.5500.
April 5, 2017
SECU presents program to CHSSCS math students
Students routinely ask their teacher at the beginning of class, "What
are we gonna learn in class today?" and "How will I use this after I
graduate from high school?" At Cape Hatteras Secondary School of
Coastal Studies, eighth grade math teacher Natasha Farrow had their
answers. By collaborating with SECU (State Employees Credit Union),
Farrow's class participated in SECU's financial literacy program for
middle school, "Live Within Your Means." Students completed a
budgeting activity in class using assigned profiles. "As always, the
SECU activity was engaging, challenging and downright fun," observed
Elaine Whitaker, CHSSCS CDC (Career Development Coordinator). From
SECU's Manteo branch, Senior Financial Services Officer I Missy
McPherson and Senior Financial Services Officer Heather Doughtie
assisted eighth grade math and several seventh grade honors level
students. "Everybody loved the event. We continued to hear
student remarks in the hallway when changing classes," said Whitaker.
April 5, 2017
Cape Hatteras Academic Achievers Third Quarter 2016-2017
CHES Principal's List and Honor Roll
Fifth Grade - Raven Castillo Harkrader, Evela Chandler, Maddox
Cromwell, Isabella Heilig, Destyn Jakob, Abby O'Neal, Alice Oden,
Kinzlie Philips, Kylie Philips, Makenzey Pullen, Grace Vernesoni.
Fourth Grade - Kimber Ballance, Amy Briones-Montiel, Griffin Couch,
Kirra Ensenat, Elizabeth Fairbanks, Caroline Fuller, Kevin
Gonzalez-Caldera, Thomas Gwin, Jade Hernandez-Sanchez, Lydia Hooper,
Audrey Kramer, Ann Margaret Lord, Kaylee Mackenzie, Ashlyn Midgett,
Bryanna Midgett, Colin Midgett, Rylee Oberbeck, Catherine Parker,
Delaney Ranno, Emma Riggs, Dorian Speedy, Shaytana Trejo, Gracie White,
Third Grade - Jeffrey Aiken, Owen Austin, Gabriella Baker, Daniel
Bateman, Kalynn Bock, Noell Carter, Anthony Chavez-Ramirez, Ava
Damitio, Joey Gavetti, Joe Kavanagh, Matthew McDuffie, Estrella
Olan-Campos, Alex Pennington, Eryn Ratliff, Samantha Schena, Aria
Vacha, Ezekiel Willis, Jude Wright, Steve Wyatt.
Fifth Grade - David Amortegui, Noah Baker, Abigail Edwards, Derek
Garcia Rodriguez, Jackson Harris, Jordan Harris, Austin Jones, Sherlyn
Mendieta-Lozano, Kyler Merillat, Silas Midgett, Amanda Quiroz, Lillian
Quist, Alexander Sauer, Colin Scalia, Aidan Stanowski, Keith Swoveland,
Marisol Valazquez Lozano, Anthony Zenteno Luna.
Fourth Grade - Teigan Augustson, Kenneth Berrane, Charlie Brinson,
Jazira Christ, Gabriel Christiansen, Ivonne Cirisa, Madison Fiscus,
Kathya Fonseca Reyes, McCoy James, Micah McCroskey, Kaytelynn Meekins,
Sally Newton, Nevaeh Perry, Bode White, Ruby Whitehead, Dawson
Williams, Ainsley Wilson, Sophie Woods.
Third Grade - Rosa Aburto-Valencia, Colton Allen, Kamryn Bacon, Lily
Brown, Christopher Bruner, Everett Cooper III, Karina De Lao Caldera,
Hunter Ferguson, Michael Gavetti, Caden Gray, Emma Hill, Kira Murphy,
Mackenzy O'Neal, Kali Quidley, Jackson Revere, Nicole Rodriguez, Haven
Schwartz, Matthew Stowe, Arturo Tirado Garcia, Michelle Vazquez,
Josselin Velasquez, Marina Whitley, Brayant Zenteno-Luna .
CHSS Principal's List and Honor Roll
Seniors - Alexander Lobas and Gabrielle Sadler.
Eleventh grade - Enrique Babilonia, Susanna Couch, Carlos
Escobar-Roldan, Kayleeann Jones, Alexis Rausch, Kendal Woods, and
Tenth grade - Max Bigney, Andrea Covey, Morgan Fairbanks, Molly
Greenwood, Josefine Harmon, Nyah Machie, Brooke Oberbeck, and Lauran
Ninth grade - Amy Chen, John Contestable, Dylan Gray, and Lane Stevenson.
Eighth grade - Laya Barley, Peyton Cabral, Laura Hooper, Rubie Shoemaker, Conner Tawes, and James Tawes.
Seventh grade - Sydney Brown, Kirra Folb, Yoselyn Gabriel, Jennifer
Mohnal, Elizabeth Muller, Clara Oden, Jackson Pullen, and Rebecca
Sixth grade - Lucas Blankenship, Blake Cabral, Oralia Cirisa, Gideon
Couch, Casia Ensenat, Courtney Mugford, Lily Ratliff, and Malia Speedy,
Seniors - Miles Damitio, Madeline Gray, Avery Johnson, Joanna Lochrie,
Noah Ranno, Carmen Reynolds, Caitlyn Setree, Paytan Smith, Aron Stowe,
Porter White, and Lola Wyche.
Eleventh grade - Evan Cabral, Evan Castillo, Madeline Chandler, Anna
Fritz, Emilie Fulcher, Tayler Gavetti, Caroline Gray, Shae O'Neal,
Tucker Paddock, Caroline Peele, Lexi Petruccelli, Jasmine Quidley,
Terilynn Reid, Dawson Romanko, Catherine Willis, and Christopher Zavala.
Tenth grade - Betty Chen, Keyaira Clever, Maya Damitio, Colby Day,
Henry Macchio, Avery O'Neal, Maria Palestina Vazquez, Trafton Reynolds,
Madalyn Tudor-Duncan, Jillian Webster, and Kaitlyn Whipp.
Ninth grade - Chelsea Artzt, Justin Chandler, Anna France, Chyenne
Gaskill, Cheyanne Gaskins, Stanley Godwin, James Hild, Lexus Meekins,
Jadon Midgett, Peyton Mugford, Junias Rochin Torres, Sophie Waterfield,
Hannah Williams, and Lauren Wright.
Eighth grade - Maria Aburto Luna, Shanklin Austin, Calia Babilonia,
Emmiline Baker, Victor De Lao Caldera, John Fairbanks, Amber Harrell,
Jorah Midgette, Eliza Quidley, and Tanner Thrasher.
Seventh grade - Kaleigh Canning, Madai Contreras-Zumarraga, Emma Del
Monte, Berlynn Ditton, Hobson Freye, Gavin Herring, Madison Keiser,
Jerusalem, Mills, Elizabeth Parker, Mia H Phillips, Kathleen Quigley,
Sydney Ranno, and Skye Swenson.
Sixth grade - Shayley Ballance, Chloe Flythe, Dean Hild, Emma Koontz,
Ethen Lord, John Metacarpa, Maleia Quidley, Emily Ryals, Grace
Shoemaker, Ansley Thompson, Gavin Thompson, Addyson Wilson, and Alexis
March 31, 2017
Local linemen, local power: Celebrate linemen on National Lineman Appreciation Day
us, and electric cooperative members nationwide, in celebrating the
hardworking men and women who keep the lights on. April 10, 2017 is
National Lineman Appreciation Day.
are first responders. They're out in all kinds of inclement weather and
at all hours. We depend on them to be the front line,” said Susan
Flythe, EVP and General Manager of CHEC.
the ‘front line’ for CHEC means linemen are first responders in our
community. As a local business, CHEC’s employees, including our
linemen, live in the communities we serve. You’ll see them not only
restoring power, but also at the store, at church or picking up their
kids from school, and you can feel confident that they – like you –
want power to be restored to our community as quickly and safely as
is delivered along a series of connected wires and poles, and when that
connection is interrupted by something like a falling tree branch, an
animal or faulty equipment, it takes knowledge, skill and muscle to
rebuild. Our crews are always ready. In the middle of the night, on
holidays, and in hurricanes, winter weather and extreme heat, they are
dedicated to restoring power to members, no matter the conditions.
our cooperative employees do a phenomenal job every day to serve our
members, but it takes a unique person to do the work of a lineman, and
they're looked at as heroes,” Flythe said.
April 10, 2017, take a moment to show your gratitude to the dedicated
crews who build, maintain and repair the electric system that power our
lives. On social media, use the hashtag #ThankaLineman!
March 27, 2017
Frisco Native American Museum Reopens With Celebration
almost six months of recovery efforts from Hurricane Matthew, the
Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center on Hatteras
Island will reopen April 11, 2017. The entire
facility was flooded in October with water levels ranging from a few
inches to over three feet—a first since the museum was founded in
“There was never any thought of not reopening,” said Carl Bornfriend,
Executive Director. “It was simply a matter of figuring out
what needed to be done and then getting to work.”
The “work” presented some major challenges. Damage was so severe
that a professional cleaning company was called in. The
organization, which deals with post-disaster recovery all over the
United States, removed walls, sanitized the building, and dried it with
massive, heavy duty fans. Once that was done, volunteers, staff,
and contractors could begin putting the building back together.
Bornfriend smiled as he described the progress. “We’ve had an
amazing amount of help. Just days after the hurricane, more than
two dozen Coast Guard volunteers jointed our staff, friends, and
local volunteers to pull up and remove the soggy carpet—a HUGE
undertaking. The carpet formed a small mound in front of
the building that soon grew to a small mountain as other water damaged
items were piled on top. At times it looked like a war
Despite the difficulties, Staff realized the recovery efforts
also presented opportunities The Outer Banks Community
Foundation awarded the museum a grant to assist with repair/replacement
efforts that will greatly reduce recovery time if the museum has
significant water damage in the future. Exhibit cases now all
have rollers as well as easily accessible openings to remove artifacts
quickly and reduce mold growth. Glass has been replaced
with non-breakable materials, walls replaced with the latest mitigation
methods, and dehumidifies added.
The greatest opportunities have been the chance to replace and redesign
exhibits to showcase recent donations while also maximizing air flow
and improving traffic patterns. Long-held dreams for a
number of new exhibits have also become reality, and new signage that
incorporates QR codes linked to smart phones will greatly increase
educational opportunities for visitors.
“We have designated the week of April 18-23 as our THANK YOU OPEN
HOUSE for Dare County.” said Bornfriend. “The out
pouring of assistance during the recovery process has been
phenomenal—from physical labor to recovery contributions and moral
support, our community helped make it possible for us to not only
recover from the hurricane but to make the museum even better. We
hope local folks will have an opportunity to visit any time during that
week—admission free—and help us celebrate our reopening.
For more information, contact the museum at 252-995-4440 or visit the web site at www.nativeamericanmuseum.org.
March 16, 2017
Foundation Elects New Board, Honors Champions, Nonprofits, and
Departing Board Members at Annual Meeting
The Outer Banks Community Foundation announced the winners of its
Champion Award and its Nonprofit Video Contest at the organization's
annual meeting last month. New board members were elected by the
organization's members, and four departing board members were honored.
After a beautiful and enthusiastic musical performance by the Monarch
Lighthouse Club Bell Ringers, guests enjoyed a delicious lunch and
elected four new members to the Community Foundation's board of
directors: Bruce Austin of Manteo, Nancy Caviness of Duck, Greg
Honeycutt of Ocracoke, and Clark Twiddy of Colington.
Scott Brown and Nancy Sugg, Co-Chairs of the Scholarship Committee,
announced that the Community Foundation gave out over $150,000 in
scholarships to 75 deserving students in 2016. Scott Leggat, Chair of
the Grants Committee, announced that over $500,000 in grants were
awarded in 2016 through Community Enrichment Grants, Donor-Advised
Funds, and other endowment distributions.
Video contest winners were announced: the Dare County Arts Council came
in first place, winning a grant of $2,000, followed by GEM Adult Day
Services in second place with a grant of $1,000, and Food for Thought
in third place with a grant of $500. The winning videos, as well as all
of the entries from this year's and past years' contests, can be viewed
online at www.obcf.org.
Four outstanding board members were thanked for their generous service
to the Community Foundation: John Graham, Deloris Harrell, Dorothy
Hester, and Bob Muller. All have now received the honorable status of
Emeritus Director with the Community Foundation.
Chris Seawell, Vice-President of the Community Foundation, conferred
this year's Champion Award posthumously to Don and Catharine Bryan, the
founders and sustainers of the Don & Catharine Bryan Cultural
Series, a nonprofit that brings significant arts and cultural events to
the Outer Banks.
In announcing the award, Mr. Seawell stated: “In addition to their
legacy of service to our country and their selfless participation in
local government and volunteerism, Don and Catharine were passionate
about the arts. With many of their neighbors, they had a vision of
inspiring, educating, and challenging our community through
presentations of exceptional visual, literary, and performing arts. To
ensure this vision, they chose to leave significant gifts in their
wills to the Outer Banks Community Foundation."
The Community Foundation now stewards and manages the Bryans' gifts in
a perpetual endowment fund to benefit the Cultural Series, which today
is the largest fund that the Community Foundation holds.
Since Mr. and Mrs. Bryan’s family live out of town, accepting the 2017
Champion Award on their behalf were Bob Muller and Robert Hobbs,
executors of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan’s estates, respectively.
Finally, Teresa Osborne, the 2017 President of the Community
Foundation, closed the meeting with the news that in honor of the
organization’s upcoming 35th birthday on November 30, 2017, the
Community Foundation would offer a Matching Fund Challenge for
nonprofits. Eighteen nonprofits are now registered for endowment
support through the Challenge.
March 13, 2017
Cape Hatteras High School Baseball team members volunteer
for United Methodist Men
of the Cape Hatteras High School Baseball team volunteered their time
and strength on Saturday, March 11 to help the Cape Hatteras United
Methodist Men move furniture that was donated for flood victims.The
Methodist Men were truly grateful for the help with the heavy lifting.
is not the first time that the Cape Hatteras baseball team pitched in
to help the community this month. During the Hurricane's Sandlot
Baseball Tournament, the players collected over 300 food items from
visiting teams, fans, and Hurricane players and donated them to the
Hatteras Island Food Pantry.
Hurricane's Baseball team is led by Coach Keith Durham that has been
teaching his players not only about the game of baseball, but about how
to give back to the community and make a difference.
from left to right: Zeb Shoemaker, John Canning, Billy Ivey, Evan
Cabral, and Colby Day
March 13, 2017
Nonprofits To Participate in Matching Fund Challenge
local nonprofits are creating new endowment funds this year, thanks to
the Community Foundation’s new Matching Fund Challenge, which was
announced by Community Foundation President Teresa Osborne at the
organization’s annual meeting in February. Additionally, eight other
charities are getting help from the Community Foundation to grow their
all, eighteen nonprofits are participating in the program, from
Ocracoke to Kitty Hawk, Hatteras Island to Roanoke Island. The causes
they support range from health care to community radio, fire protection
to the arts, historic preservation to emergency assistance for people
are excited that so many diverse nonprofits from across the Outer Banks
are taking advantage of this new grant program,” said Lorelei Costa,
the Community Foundation’s executive director.
goal of the Matching Fund Challenge, she said, is to help local
nonprofits create, build, and publicize endowment funds. “An endowment
can be extremely beneficial to a nonprofit because it can provide easy,
reliable income each year to support the nonprofit’s mission,” stated
Ms. Costa. “Endowments really are perpetual legacy funds that are
invested to sustain a nonprofit for generations to come.”
Matching Fund Challenge includes two components. First, the Community
Foundation pledged $2,500 as a matching grant to local nonprofits that
in turn pledged to contribute or raise a minimum of $2,500. The
combined $5,000 would be invested in the organization’s endowment fund.
the Community Foundation offered $1,000 Marketing Mini-Grants for
organizations to promote their endowment to their supporters.
are automatically giving a Marketing Mini-Grant to every organization
in the Matching Fund Challenge,” said Ms. Costa. “We are also offering
five stand-alone Mini-Grants to organizations that already have
endowments and just want resources to promote them.”
were included in the Challenge on a first-come, first-served basis.
Originally the Community Foundation had planned to offer just 10 slots
in this initial year. “But when 17 organizations signed up by 10:00 am
on the first day of registration, we realized that there was huge
demand for endowment funding,” explained Ms. Costa. “So we added more
slots to include every group that committed on that first day.”
organizations participating in the Matching Fund Challenge are the
Beach Food Pantry, Chicamacomico Historical Association, Children &
Youth Partnership for Dare County, Community Care Clinic of Dare, Dare
County Arts Council, Dare County Boat Builders Foundation, Food for
Thought, Friends of Outer Banks History Center, Hatteras Island Cancer
Foundation, Hatteras Village Civic Association, Interfaith Community
Outreach, NC Lions VIP Fishing Tournament, Ocracoke Community Radio,
Ocracoke Fire Protection Association, Outer Banks Hotline, Outer Banks
Relief Foundation, and Outer Banks Sporting Events.
groups have until November 30 to raise $2,500 each to take advantage of
the matching grant.
can help any one of these organizations receive their matching funds,”
said Ms. Costa. “Interested donors should contact their favorite
charities on the list to pledge their support.” The Community
Foundation is asking each individual group to collect donations from
supporters to ensure that gifts are attributed correctly.
addition to the aforementioned nonprofits, the Elizabethan Gardens
received a stand-alone Marketing Mini-Grant to promote its endowment.
There are four additional slots still available to other groups that
have endowments and simply want marketing funds. These slots will close
on June 30.
Matching Grant Challenge could not come at a better time for
nonprofits,” said Ms. Costa. “Here on the Outer Banks, the competition
for grants, donations, and business sponsorships has become incredibly
fierce. An endowment, on the other hand, can provide dependable funding
for a nonprofit for countless years ahead.”
501(c)3 serving the Outer Banks that missed the Matching Fund Challenge
in 2017 will have another chance in 2018, when the Community Foundation
board intends to renew the Challenge in some iteration. For more
information, go to the Community Foundation’s website at www.obcf.org.
Outer Banks Community Foundation is a public charity that connects
people who care with causes that matter. The Community Foundation
manages $14.5 million in 150 charitable funds for individuals and
agencies, awards charitable grants to local nonprofits, administers 50
scholarship programs, and provides tailored services to help donors
pursue their charitable interests. Since its inception in 1982, the
Community Foundation has awarded almost $8 million in grants and
scholarships to local nonprofits and students.
March 3, 2017
Winners of the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Surf Fishing
Contest Honored at Banquet
Winners of the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club’s 2016 Surf Fishing Contest
were honored at the Surf Fishing Contest Awards Banquet Feb. 18 at the
Anglers Club. Seven of the anglers’ winning fish were eligible
for North Carolina award citations.
Plaques and certificates were awarded to the 19 winners at the
banquet. Several anglers not only caught citation-size fish, but
also were multiple winners in their division.
In the Men’s Division, Miltos Stefanitsis received winner’s plaques for
three North Carolina citation-size fish – a 51-inch Red Drum, a 3-lb.
11 oz. Pompano and a 2-lb. 7-oz. Sea Mullet. His name will go on
the Bernice R. Ballance Memorial Trophy for the largest Red Drum caught
Three anglers in the Women’s Division also won with citation-size
fish. Ginger Knight reeled in a 43-inch Red Drum; Susan
MClanahan, a 2-lb. 14 oz. Pompano; and Emily Seibert, a 2-lb. 1-oz. Sea
In the Youth Division for club members through age 12, a citation-size
1-lb. 9-oz. Sea Mullet was caught by winner Josh Kiser. Josh
again was a multiple winner in his division. He also was awarded
plaques for a 10-oz. Gray Trout, a 1-lb. 5-oz. Pompano and a 1-lb.
13-1/2 oz. Spanish Mackerel. Two additional winners in the Youth
Division were Blake Givens for a 24-inch Bluefish, and Reese Hubbard
for a 28-inch Red Drum.
Additional winners in the Men’s Division were Ray Montani, 1-lb. 13-oz.
Black Drum; Clay Spencer, 1-lb. 1-oz. Blow Toad; Rich Brady, 32-inch
Bluefish; William Motley, 17-3/4-inch Flounder; Charles Durrer, 3-lb.
6-oz. Spanish Mackerel; and Kevin McCabe, 2-lb. 4-oz. Gray Trout and
3-lb. 8 oz. Speckled Trout. In lieu of a plaque, Kevin donated
the cost of the plaque to the Anglers Club Scholarship Fund.
In the Women’s Division, Kathleen Armel was awarded a winner’s plaque
for her 11-lb. 7-oz. Black Drum. Ginger Knight’s second winning
fish was a 17-inch Flounder. Other winners were Sandy Madre, for
her 19-1/2-inch Bluefish; Thelma Noble, 2-lb. 3-oz. Sheepshead; Carla
Meekins,3-lb. 10 oz. Spanish Mackerel; and Jan Larsen, 2-lb. 4-oz.
Speckled Trout. Jan also donated the cost of her plaque to the
club’s scholarship fund.
Jasmine Roller swept the Junior Division (Ages 13 through 16) with
three winning entries -- a 14-inch Bluefish, 1-lb. 7-oz. Pompano and a
1-lb. 5-oz. Sea Mullet.
All current members in good standing are eligible to compete in the
annual contest which runs from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 each year.
Fish can be weighed and registered at any Hatteras Island tackle
shop. Fish that are released are to be witnessed by another
angler on the beach. Registered entry forms are then submitted to
the Anglers Club. Entry forms are available at all tackle shops
and at the Anglers Club.
New members are always welcome. For more information on joining
the Club and competing in our members contest, call the Anglers Club
office at 995-4253. The Anglers Club office, located on Light
Plant Road in Buxton, is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from
8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. You also may pick up a member
application at any tackle shop, or visit our web site: www.capehatterasanglersclub.org
to print an application.
February 27, 2017
County Schools Recognize Employees of the Year
Dare County Schools held its celebration for the district's classified
employees of the year on Thursday, February 9th at Pamlico Jack's in
Nags Head. The dinner was supported by the Board of Education with
Pierce Group Benefits and sponsored by Ace Hardware stores of the Outer
Banks. Employees of the year are site-selected, and recognize
individuals who exhibit dependability and dedication, produce an
outstanding quality of work, and make unique contributions to the
mission of Dare County Schools.
Dare County Schools 2016-2017 Employees of the Year:
Jennifer Augustson, Cape Hatteras Elementary School; April Webster,
Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies; Whitney Waddington,
First Flight Elementary School; Elizabeth Guardado, First Flight Middle
School; Debbie Mitchell, First Flight High School; Terri Creef, Manteo
Elementary School; Anna Sampson, Manteo Middle School; Connie Francis,
Manteo High School; Pat Hamilton, Kitty Hawk Elementary School; Ginny
Twiford, Nags Head Elementary School; Marion Walker, After-School
Enrichment Program; Missy Braddy, Central Office Barbara Fullam,
Maintenance; Nora Simpson, School Nutrition; and Tom Sullivan,
Director of Human Resources, Dr. John Donlan, together with staff,
organized the dinner which was attended by Board of Education Chair Bea
Basnight and Vice-Chair Margaret Lawler, and Board members Ben Sproul,
Joe Tauber, and David Twiddy, with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sue
Burgess, Chief Operating Officer Trip Hobbs, and Chief Academic Officer
Additionally, school principals and department heads were there to talk
about each employee's significant contribution to Dare County Schools'
February 23, 2017
Teacher of the Year
Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies English teacher Tracy
Salmon is the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year. Salmon’s teaching
responsibilities range from eighth grade English Language Arts to
Advanced Placement Literature and Composition to Publications.
She has 15 years of teaching experience and is in her third year at
Cape Hatteras Secondary School. Her degree is from Christopher Newport
University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She began her career
in education in Newport News, with her final Virginia teaching
assignment in Yorktown.
Salmon says her philosophy of teaching can be summed up by a quote from
Maya Angelou, “People will forget what you said, people will forget
what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Salmon continues, “Literature has always allowed me to escape and
writing proved cathartic. I wanted to share my passion of literature
and writing with young people. However, what drove me to my
profession was the desire to reach the “invisible” students, the ones
who can easily fall through the cracks. The type of students that
may act as though they want to be left alone, but in the end truly need
you most. The type of student I had once been.
“I have always seemed to connect with the invisible, at-risk, or less
than congenial students. I guess I knew from the start of my
career I needed to love my students, even more than I love my subject
area. You must do your job and hold students accountable, but you
cannot fulfill your obligation as a teacher unless they know you love
CHSSCS Counselor Karla Jarvis notes that “Tracy embraces each chance to
provide opportunities for our students outside of the classroom. She is
a role model to our staff. Tracy does what she does with humor and
tremendous respect for others. She radiates warmth and compassion but
also holds firm on her demands that students follow the rules and
respect others. Tracy is a gift to our students and staff and
exemplifies what is right with education today.”
Salmon asserts, “Although ultimately my responsibility is to prepare
students to master specific skills and ensure they understand key
concepts, I believe to do so effectively requires an educator to meet
each student wherever he or she currently is academically, socially,
and emotionally with the goal of devising a plan to grow them.
Instruction is not a one-size-fits-all ideology. Long before the term
differentiated instruction was coined, all thoughtful educators
understood this philosophy.
All in all, she believes Carl Jung said it best: “One looks back with
appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who
touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw
material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for
the soul of a child.”
BOE Recognizes CHSSCS Teacher of the Year
At its February 14 meeting at Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal
Studies, the Board of Education recognized Cape Hatteras Secondary
School of Coastal Studies English teacher Tracy Salmon as the school's
2016-2017 Teacher of the Year. Salmon’s teaching responsibilities
range from eighth grade English Language Arts to Advanced Placement
Literature and Composition to Publications. She has 15 years of
teaching experience and is in her third year at Cape Hatteras Secondary
School. Her degree is from Christopher Newport University, where she
graduated Magna Cum Laude. From left, Board member Mary Ellon Ballance,
Tracy Salmon and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sue F. Burgess.
February 23, 2017
Collaboration Uncovers Buried Treasure - More than a Myth
It depends on your definition of treasure but selected Cape Hatteras
Secondary School of Coastal Studies students have dug up what
historians consider worthy of the tag. Principal Beth Rooks and School
Media Specialist Linda Austin are the local leads on this ongoing
archaeological expedition with the University of Bristol in Great
Britain that features archaeologists Dr. Mark Horton, Dr. Aisling
Tierney and Dr. Charlie Goudge. Austin noted that the school's bridge
in this partnership is the Croatoan Archaeological Society, led by
Scott and Maggie Dawson. At the Board of Education meeting on
February 14 at CHSSCS, the group of junior archaeologists provided the
Instructional Highlights, along with Rooks and Austin. Introduced by
Director of Secondary Instruction Arty Tillet, they described how they
go about finding artifacts and other items that provide glimpses into
life long ago. "This extraordinary interdisciplinary, interactive,
relevant and hands-on learning experience affords students in all grade
levels here at CHSS the opportunity to work closely with real
archaeologists as they excavate, catalog, study and research the
history of artifacts dating back to 500 AD," noted Tillett. CHSSCS
Principal Beth Rooks, with Austin, described the collaboration with
students on the archaeology team. They had multiple samples of things
that they have found and talked about how they date the items they
find. They expect to dig again at the beginning of April, when Dr.
Horton and his group will return to Hatteras.
February 20, 2017
Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies was second on the
Board of Education's stops on February 14; the Board began its tour at
Cape Hatteras Elementary School. With a welcome from Principal Beth
Rooks, she and Assistant Principal Annette O'Neal led the BOE members
and key administrators through the school, highlighting AIG and math
teacher Jessica Polk's and science teacher Erin Del Monte's classes. In
Polk's Math class, they saw a 3-D printer making pieces for a
prosthetic hand which they will send to a company that will ship to
someone in need. The printer and hand project was funded by the
Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund (HIYEF) through a grant written by
Polk. In Del Monte's class, students were dissecting Cape Sharks (aka
Dogfish Sharks). Once considered a "trash" fish whose purpose was to
annoy fishermen by getting into their nets, Evan Ferguson's Foods
classes have been turning that idea on its head and cooking the Cape
Shark to rave reviews. A local fisherman had donated the fish to Del
Monte's class. Commissioner Danny Coach joined the Board on its tour of
February 20, 2017
At the North Carolina School Boards Association Conference in November,
Cape Hatteras Secondary Middle School won second place overall in the
middle school category for its What’s Great About Public Schools video
submission. The video was collaboratively composed by students under
the guidance of Technology Facilitator Randy Ratliff in his Video
Journalism Class. At its February 14 meeting at Cape Hatteras Secondary
School, the Board of Education recognized Ratliff and his class for its
achievement. They also received a certificate, ribbon and a $50 gift
card from NCSBA. From left, front - students representing the
Video Journalism Class - Dean Hild, Addy Wilson, Kai Wescoat and back -
Randy Ratliff, Board member Mary Ellon Balance, and Superintendent of
Schools Dr. Sue F. Burgess.
February 20, 2017
Grants Recognized by BOE
Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund (HIYEF), with teachers Evan
Ferguson and Jessica Polk, were recognized on February 14 by the Board
of Education at its meeting at Cape Hatteras Secondary School of
Coastal Studies. HIYEF gave funding assistance for three instructional
projects at the secondary school. First, AIG and Math teacher Jessica
Polk’s 3-D printer project entitled, “Lending a Helping
Hand.” Polk’s students are working on creating a prosthetic hand
and plan to donate it to an agency for potential use. Second, Evan
Ferguson’s Spring Hospitality and Tourism Exploration of Corolla, where
students will explore Corolla’s tourism programs including the
Whalehead Club, Corolla Lighthouse, and the Wild Horse Tour. Lastly,
Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund contributed to Evan Ferguson’s and
Erin Del Monte’s STEM-Related Sustainable Careers and Life Science
Field Trip that will occur later this year, when students will visit
the NC Museum of Life and Science, Maple View Dairy Farm, and the North
Carolina Farmer’s Market. Board member Jonna Midgett was present to
represent Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund. From left, Board of
Education member Mary Ellon Ballance, teachers Evan Ferguson and
Jessica Polk, with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sue F. Burgess and
HIYEF Board member Jonna Midgett.
February 20, 2017
Hatteras Electric Cooperative Recognized by BOE
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) was recognized on February 14
by the Board of Education at its meeting at Cape Hatteras Secondary
School of Coastal Studies. Foods teacher Evan Ferguson and science
teacher Erin Del Monte received a grant from CHEC for their
interdisciplinary honey bee project. This science and foods-related
teaching and learning opportunity involves a working beehive on the
CHSSCS campus. Additionally, Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative
recognized Foods and Marketing Education Teacher, Evan Ferguson, as a
“Tar Heel Teacher of the Week” through the North Carolina Electric
Cooperative’s Bright Idea Grant program. From left, Board of Education
member Mary Ellon Ballance, Evan Ferguson, Superintendant of Schools
Dr. Sue F Burgess and CHEC Director of Public Relations & Marketing
February 20, 2017
The Board of Education was joined by Commissioner Danny Couch on its
tour of Cape Hatteras Elementary and Cape Hatteras Secondary School of
Coastal Studies on February 14. After lunch at CHES, Principal Sherry
Couch led the Board to Licia Kee's first-grade classroom where students
were rotating in math stations, with each group receiving
individualized instruction. It was Valentines Day, and hearts were
everywhere. Kee was leading a graphing exercise with conversation
hearts, and teacher assistant Hermann Serfling was helping another
group with a unifix cube activity; other students were doing
self-directed activities but could ask for help if they needed it. In
Julie Conner's second grade classroom, students described their
classroom library to Board members and key administrators on the tour.
Then Conner announced her Literacy Bag idea to her students, where they
can take home a bag based on a theme and read a book and complete
activities surrounding that theme with family members.
February 17, 2017
County Board of Education Advocates for Public Education
The Dare County Board of Education traveled to Raleigh on Wednesday,
February 15, 2017, to advocate for public education. The Board members
and superintendent met with Dare County’s General Assembly members
Senator Bill Cook and Representative Beverly Boswell. Additionally, in
small groups they met with Representative Linda Johnson, who is the
Chair of the Appropriations Committee and of the Education K-12
Committee, and with Senator David Curtis, who co-chairs the committees
on Appropriations in Education and of Education/Higher Education. The
Board also had the opportunity to meet with the new State
Superintendent of Public Instruction, Mark Johnson.
The Board expressed its news on a variety of topics, including
increasing teacher and principal pay, restoring pay for teachers who
earn masters’ degrees, reducing the number of state tests, emphasizing
the importance of career and technical education courses, continuing to
provide teachers of art, music, and physical education teachers in
elementary schools, and increased funding for staff development.
“We appreciated the time the members of the General Assembly gave us to
express our views on challenges facing teachers and students,” said
Board Chair Bea Basnight. “The Dare County Board of Education feels it
is part of our responsibility as Board members to be active
participants in the political process at the state level.”
Superintendent of schools Dr. Sue F. Burgess said, “This was my first
chance to talk to State Superintendent Mark Johnson. He was very
interested to hear our concerns and priorities. We have invited him to
visit our schools and agreed to send him information about how we are
using computer technology in classrooms.”
From left: Joe Tauber, David Twiddy, Superintendent Sue Burgess, Board
Chair Bea Basnight, Board Vice-Chair Margaret Lawler, Mary Ellon
Ballance, and Charlotte White.
February 17, 2017
Recognizes Advisory Council Members
The Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies student
representatives serving on the Superintendent's Student Advisory
Council - Evan Castillo, Morgan Fairbanks, Dylan Stanowski, and James
Hild - were recognized by the Board of Education at its February 14
meeting at CHSSCS. They, with other middle and high school students,
meet with the Superintendent and key administrators twice yearly to
discuss district initiatives and offer their valuable opinions on a
variety of topics. From left, Board member Mary Ellon Ballance, Dylan
Stanowski, James Hild, and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sue F. Burgess.
Principal's List and Honor Roll
Second Quarter School Year
Cape Hatteras Elementary School has announced
students who achieved academic honors on either the Principal’s List or
the Honor Roll for the second quarter of the 2016-17 school term.
Fifth Grade - Raven Castillo Harkrader, Evela Chandler, Maddox
Cromwell, Isabella Heilig, Destyn Jakob, Sherlyn Mendieta-Lozano, Abby
O'Neal, Alice Oden, Kinzlie Philips, Kylie Philips, Lillian Quist,
Fourth Grade - Teigan Augustson, Kimber Ballance, Jazira Christ,
Griffin Couch, Kirra Ensenat, Elizabeth Fairbanks, Caroline Fuller,
Kevin Gonzalez-Caldera, Thomas Gwin, Lydia Hooper, Audrey Kramer, Ann
Margaret Lord, Kaylee Mackenzie, Ashlyn Midgett, Bryanna Midgett, Colin
Midgett, Rylee Oberbeck, Catherine Parker, Delaney Ranno, Emma Riggs,
Dorian Speedy, Ruby Whitehead.
Third Grade - Owen Austin, Gabriella Baker, Daniel Bateman, Noell
Carter, Anthony Chavez-Ramirez, Ava Damitio, Caden Gray, Joseph
Kavanagh, Eryn Ratliff, Samantha Schena, Haven Schwartz, Aria Vacha,
Marina Whitley, Zeke Willis, Steve Wyatt.
Fifth Grade - David Amortegui Valencia, Sayler Bacon, Noah Baker, Haley
Duvall, Robert Eakes, Abigail Edwards, Derek Garcia Rodriguez, Jackson
Harris, Calvin Harris, Adrianne Jackson, Austin Jones, Lana Luckett,
Kyler Merillat, Silas Midgett, Faith Porras Ruter, Makenzey Pullen,
Brock Quidley, Amanda Quiroz, Colin Scalia, Aidan Stanowski, Keith
Swoveland, Marisol Velazquez Lozano, Anthony Zenteno Luna.
Fourth Grade - Kenneth Berrane, Charlie Brinson, Gabriel Christiansen,
Ivonne Cirisa, Jade Hernandez-Sanchez, McCoy James, Micah McCroskey,
Kaytelynn Meekins, Ryan Meekins, Shaytana Trejo, Bode White, Gracie
White, Ainsely Wilson, Katherine Wright.
Third Grade - Rosa Aburto-Valencia, Jeffrey Aiken, Colton Allen, Kamryn
Bacon, Kalynn Bock, Christopher Bruner, Hunter Ferguson, Joey Gavetti,
Emma Hill, Matthew McDuffie, Kira Murphy, Mackenzy O'Neal, Estrella
Olan-Campos, Alexandra Pennington, Kali Quidley, Jackson Revere,
Preston Stowe, Erik Valle German, Michelle Vazquez, Taylor Woods, Jude
Wright, Brayant Zenteno-Luna.
Super School Surprise Patrol
Cape Hatteras Elementary School's Super School Surprise Patrol has been
busy this year. It's part of our PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions
and Supports) and a sub-committee of Sunshine. Assistant
Principal Diane Brown describes the Patrol as being made up of four
teachers and CHES' Young Leaders Group. "We talk about what makes a
great school person and a great citizen; positive attributes that
people have to offer our school community. The group decides on a
person to surprise by discussion and vote. It's done in front of
others so that we can publicly thank them for making our school a great
place to be and for the particular attribute they bring to the school
community--hopefully inspiring those watching to do the same. It
involves lots of confetti, silly string, a gift of love picked based on
the person's likes and hobbies, and the patrol goes to great lengths to
make sure it is an unexpected surprise." Custodian/bus driver Marcella
Burrus, Media Specialist Shauna Leggat, Counselor Kris Caroppoli, and
School Resource Officer Aaron Felton have been recent recipients of the
History Month Puzzle Solved at CHES
Cape Hatteras Elementary School art teacher Kevin Biddle has his
students guessing about a project they're working on. Outside of Wayne
Hooper's class, Biddle has displayed the results of a warm up
activity. Biddle explains, "To prepare students for their next
drawing activity, they are learning about grids and the different
applications in which a grid would be used (counting, organizing,
planning, designing, drawing, etc.). Students were given small
squares with abstract patterns and asked to enlarge the design. When
all 88 pieces were finished students took turns bringing their
completed enlarged squares to the front of the room to solve a mystery
puzzle. As more pieces were added guesses were made as to the outcome
of the puzzle. Students in the front of the room had a hard time
recognizing the character until everyone moved to the back of the room
to get a better view of their abstract grid enlargement. It was Martin
Luther King, Jr., to commemorate February as Black Heritage Month.
Next, they will be drawing their own self-portraits in the same
style. Robin Arnold's students have also begun to enlarge their
puzzle pieces, but due to missing a few Mondays, they are very curious
as to what they are drawing as well. Now, the cat is out of the bag!
Students from left - Ann Lord, Jazira Christ and Madison Fiscus.
Hatteras schools announce academic achievers
Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies has announced
students who achieved academic honors on either the Principal’s List or
the Honor Roll for the second quarter of the 2016-17 school term.
Seniors - Alexander Lobas, Carmen Reynolds, Gabrielle Sadler
Eleventh grade - Evan Castillo, Kelsey McNutt, Kendal Woods,
Tenth grade - Max Bigney, Morgan Fairbanks, Molly Greenwood,
Henry Macchio, Nyah Machie, Brooke Oberbeck, Samantha Smith
Ninth grade - Amy Chen, John Contestable, Dylan Gray
Eighth grade - Laya Barley, Laura Hooper, James Tawes
Seventh grade - Jennifer Mohnal, Elizabeth Muller, Clara Oden, Rebecca
Sixth grade - Blake Cabral, Casia Ensenat, Courtney Mugford, Lily
Seniors - Bailey Arnold, Delaney Johnson, Hannah Lovell, Porter
Eleventh grade - Evan Cabral, Haidyn Campos, Emilie Fulcher, Tayler
Gavetti, Caroline Gray, Kayleeann Jones, Felix Lozada Sanchez, Lexi
Petruccelli, Jasmine Quidley, Madison Randall, Alexis Rausch, Terilynn
Reid, Catherine Willis, Anna Faith Woods, Christopher Zavala
Tenth grade - John Canning, Betty Chen, Keyaira Clever, Andrea Covey,
Maya Damitio, Colby Day, Avery O'Neal, Madalyn Tudor-Duncan, Jillian
Webster, Kaitlyn Whipp, Lillian Wilbur
Ninth grade - Justin Chandler, Anna France, Stan Godwin, James Hild,
Jadon Midgett, Junias Rochin Torres, Sophie Waterfield, Lauren Wright
Eighth grade - Andrew Austin, Peyton Cabral, Victor De Lao
Caldera, John Fairbanks, Amber Harrell, Jorah Midgette, Eliza Quidley,
Rubie Shoemaker, Conner Tawes, Nathan Whitehead
Seventh grade - Elizabeth Bradshaw, Sydney Brown, Madai
Contreras-Zumarraga, Emma Del Monte, Kirra Folb, Hobson Freye, Yoselyn
Gabriel, Gavin Herrin, Madison Keiser, Jerusalem Mills, Elizabeth
Parker, Jackson Pullen, Sydney Ranno
Sixth grade - Shayley Ballance, Lucas Blankenship, Oralia Cirisa,
Gideon Couch, Chloe Flythe, Trafford Hill, Emma Koontz, Ethen Lord,
Landon McKnew, John Metacarpa, Maleia Quidley, Emily Ryals, Grace
Shoemaker, Malia Speedy, Dylan Stanowski, Ansley Thompson, Max White,
Addy Wilson, Alexis Zavala-Roldan
Haven United Methodist Women donate school supplies
Fair Haven United Methodist Women collected some midyear school
supplies in January and delivered them to the Cape Hatteras Elementary
School on Friday, February 3, 2017. Back in September the group donated
book bags filled with supplies. These additional supplies will help
them get through the year.
Pictured from left to
right are: Jenny Gray (School Receptionist), Jackie Wenberg &
Janice Ogden (Fair Haven UMW), Kristine Caroppoli (School Counseler).
CHSS Teacher Honored as Tar Heel Teacher of the Week
Hatteras Electric Cooperative is proud to announce that local teacher
Evan Ferguson of Cape Hatteras Secondary School is being honored on a
statewide level as a Bright Ideas Tar Heel Teacher of the Week. CHEC
nominated Ferguson in recognition of her dedication to students and for
winning four Bright Ideas education grants from the Cooperative,
including her latest for the “Cape Hatteras Honeybee” project.
is one of only 26 teachers statewide to earn the Tar Heel Teacher of
the Week designation this school year. She will be recognized on air
during the radio broadcast of the University of North Carolina
basketball games against Louisville on February 22 and against
Pittsburgh on February 25 and also on the Bright Ideas website at www.NCBrightIdeas.com.
She, along with other Tar Heel Teacher of the Week honorees, attended
the UNC/Florida State game in January and was presented with a plaque
commemorating her achievement.
partner with many outstanding teachers through our Bright Ideas
education grant program, and Evan consistently goes above and beyond to
make a difference for students,” said Laura Ertle, director of public
relations and marketing of CHEC. “It is an honor to recognize Evan for
her hard work and to be able to thank her for the positive contribution
she makes to the students on Hatteras Island.”
Bright Ideas education grant program, sponsored by North Carolina’s
electric cooperatives, strives to improve education in North Carolina
classrooms by awarding grants to teachers in grades K-12 for
innovative, classroom-based projects that would not otherwise be
funded. Since the program began in 1994, about $10.2 million has been
given to educators for more than 9,800 projects benefitting well over 2
Anglers Club supports community groups
The Cape Hatteras Anglers Club, as part of its ongoing support of
community groups on Hatteras Island, contributed $12,900 to local
organizations in 2016, plus gave an additional $7,000 in scholarships
to local high school seniors, for a total of $19,890 in local
assistance for the year.
In the wake of Hurricane Matthew’s destructive passage over Hatteras
Island in October, the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club decided to increase
its donation to the United Methodist Men to help their efforts with the
island’s long-term hurricane recovery. In fact, the Anglers Club
more than doubled its 2016 donation to $7,318 to the UM Men.
In November, the Anglers club presented two checks to the UM Men, a
check for $3,500 to aid its disaster relief program and a check for
$1,500 to aid the food pantry. In addition, $818 was raised
during the Club’s invitational surf fishing tournament in November to
add to the disaster relief effort. The Club had previously
donated $1,500 to the UM Men in August.
Recognizing the need, the Anglers Club also increased its donation to
Hatteras Island Meals to $900 for the year. Five non-profits each
received $500 donations from the Club: the Hatteras Island Cancer
Foundation, Hatteras Island Community Emergency Response Team, Hatteras
Island Rescue Squad, Keep America Fishing and the Hatteras Island Girl
Scouts. Receiving $300 donations were Radio Hatteras, the
Children and Youth Partnership for Dare County’s Imagination Library
and the Outer Banks Preservation Association.
The Anglers Club also made $200 and $100 donations to 10 additional
local organizations, including the six fire stations on the island,
Chicamacomico Banks Water Rescue, Chicamacomico Historical Association,
Cape Hatteras Booster Club and the Lions Club Visually Impaired Persons
Volunteers for the non-profit Anglers Club work year-round to raise
money by holding Bingo nights on designated Wednesdays at the club and
with its annual invitational team surf fishing tournament each November
that is billed as one of the largest in the world.
The Cape Hatteras Anglers Club welcomes new members and
volunteers. To join, download the member application from the
club’s Web site, www.CapeHatterasAnglersClub.org.
Island Cancer Foundation announces winners of custom rods
The Hatteras Island Cancer
Foundation raffled two custom rods last year. Hatteras Jack's donated
the blanks, Teach's Lair did the custom work, and Frisco Rod and Gun
Dorena Martin from Virginia, in
photo, is presented the trout rod by John Mortensen. John Pickard from
Burlington, N.C., won the cobia rod.
HICF raised $2,245 with the
"Thank you to everyone for
purchasing tickets," the group says. "Stay tuned to see what kind of
rods we'll be raffling next year!"
For more information, go to www.hicf.org.