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2017 News and Business Briefs

Decermber 5, 2017

Applications for LIEAP Now Being Accepted

Don’t wait until that cold spell arrives or those heating bills pile up- applications for LIEAP are being accepted today for households containing an elderly or disabled person.

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is a program funded by the Federal Government that provides for a one-time vendor payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills.  Applications can be completed through Dare County Department of Health & Human Services’ Social Services Division.

Only households containing an elderly person age 60 and above or a disabled persons receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) are eligible to potentially receive benefits from December 1st through December 31st or until funds are exhausted.

Any household can potentially receive benefits from January 1 through March 31 or until funds are exhausted.

A household that applies must:

  •     Have at least one U.S. citizen or non-citizen who meets the eligibility criteria
  •     Meet an income test
  •     Have reserves at or below $2,250
  •     Be responsible for its heating bills

In order to make your application process smoother, please bring the following with you:

  •     Bill from heating vendor
  •     Verification of earned and unearned income (Social Security, unemployment, child support, etc.) for month prior to application. If self-employed need to provide 12 months of income or previous year’s income taxes
  •     Verification of current resources (bank account balance, 401K balance, etc)
  •     Verification of Social Security number for all household members
  •     Verification of legal immigration status for all household members
  •     Verification of expenses for child care or child support payments for month prior to application

Applications can be completed by visiting the Manteo and Frisco Social Services Division Campus. For more information on LIEAP, please call Leigh Bracy at 252.475.5566

November 15, 2017

Help Badly Needed to Make 25th Annual Food Drive a Success

The response to the 25th Annual Island-wide Food Drive to stock the shelves of the Hatteras Island Food Pantry has been a little lethargic so far, but the need is great. Please do what you can to support this drive. Without you, the non-denominational, non-profit outreach community will be unable to get through the winter.

Here are this year's convenient drop-off locations:

1. Hatteras Realty in Avon (daily 9 am-5 pm)
2. Our Lady of the Seas Catholic Parish Social Hall in Buxton (24-hr. drop box on porch)
3. Frisco Shopping Center in Frisco (daily 6 am-9 pm)
4. Surf-or-Sound Realty in Avon and Salvo (daily 8:30 am-5:30 am)
5. Midgett Realty in Hatteras in Avon (daily 9 am-5 pm)
6. Hatteras Village Public Library (Tues., Thurs., Fri. 10:30 am-5:30 pm; Wed. 1-7 pm; Sat. 10 am-12:30pm)
7. Outer Beaches Realty in Waves, Avon, and Hatteras (daily 9 am-5 pm)
8. First South Bank in Buxton (Mon.-Thurs. 9 am-5 pm; Fri. 9 am-6 pm)
9. OBX Attitudes in Food Lion Shopping Center, Avon (Wed.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm)
10. Sun Realty in Avon (daily 9 am-5 pm) 

Whether you donate unopened non-perishable food, personal care items, cleaning supplies, dog food, cat food, kitty litter, or money, 100% of all donations goes to assist island residents. If you live off-island or don't have time to shop, please make a monetary donation. No amount is too small, and all are tax deductible.

Checks may be written to United Methodist Men, the group that manages the pantry, and sent to Hatteras Island Food Pantry, PO Box 1591, Buxton, NC 27920.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact food-drive organizer, Linda Browning, at (252) 995-3662.

November 15, 2017

Sea Grant Collaborative Research Proposals are Being Accepted

North Carolina Sea Grant is currently seeking applications for its Community Collaborative Research Grant Program, or CCRG. Funded projects will bring coastal communities together with university researchers to study high-priority coastal issues that meet Sea Grant’s mission.

The program has had a number of local Hatteras and Ocracoke island tie-ins in current and past projects.

In the summer of 2017, an oral history project that examined the 20th anniversary of the Fisheries Reform Act was conducted and led by Susan West, and there is currently a project in the works that is documenting the changing shoreline of our coastal region.

In addition, projects on local seafood, a sustainable tourism workforce on Ocracoke, and even an initiative to offer cape shark in Cape Hatteras Secondary School’s cafeteria have all been orchestrated under the CCRG program.

“Initial CCRG projects already have shown a great return on the investments. Results have included needed data, informative exhibits and community discussions,” says John Fear, Sea Grant deputy director. “We look forward to the new round of applications.”

The research is varied, and involves many potential aspects of coastal communities. Essentially, the program couples the knowledge of community stakeholders with academic experts in the field to address priority coastal issues that are important to locals and visitors alike.

Previous projects have been chronicled as blog posts on the Sea Grant website, written up as Coastwatch stories and even featured on UNC-TV.

For more information, which includes application materials, visit

Applications are due Feb. 12, 2018.

This opportunity is part of an ongoing partnership with the William R. Kenan Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science at NC State University.

October 27, 2017

Friends of Outer Banks History Center Expands Board

The Friends of the Outer Banks History Center recently added three new Members to its Board of Directors.

John Bliven is the owner at Outer Banks Antiques & More (formerly Outer Banks Quilts & Antiques) in Manteo. John is from Manteo and a lifelong resident of the Outer Banks, except for his college years at East Carolina University where he studied Media Production, graduating in 2008. John’s store clearly shows his love for collectibles and relics of the past.

Joan Collins moved to Manteo about a year and a half ago. Prior to that, she lived in the Washington, D.C. area for most of her childhood and adult life and where she attended undergraduate and graduate school. In 2010, she retired as a senior program manager with the Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service after working for 32 years in the Federal government. Joan has a particular interest in ensuring that the African American history of the area is made known to the community, including the history of the Pea Island Life-Saving Station, the only all African American Life-Saving station in the history of the nation. She is on the board of the Pea Island Preservation Society that manages the Cookhouse Museum in Manteo, and which engages in activities to promote the history of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Lifesavers. She is also a descendant of the Pea Island Lifesavers. Her father, grandfather, great uncle, great grandfather, and great-great uncle each served at the historic station. She is actively promoting that history through a program and presentation that she created called “Freemen, Surfmen, Heroes.”

James Charlet is a full-time resident of Hatteras Island for the past 25 years. He was involved with the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum for the past 21 years; the first 11 as a volunteer and then Site Manager for the next 10 years. In that “labor of love,” he talked to and with literally thousands of visitors from all over America and the world. He also did many hundreds of formal, group presentations on and off-site.

His previous professional experiences were 24 years teaching North Carolina history, a combined 13 years in historic interpretation at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Roanoke Island Festival Park. He is a writer, published author, and public speaker. His books include North Carolina, Our People, Places, and Past (with William S. Powell and Dixie Lee Powell); and, Carolina Cornucopia: Teaching the Counties, North Carolina Geography. He regularly contributes magazine articles on historical topics.

According to Dr. Lewis Forrest, chair of the Friends of the Outer Banks History Center: “The Friends is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, made up of volunteers who have an interest in preserving the history of eastern North Carolina.” Forrest explained that the center is an archival repository and research facility that serves all of the eastern counties of our state.

If you want to help preserve this incredible history, you can join the Friends or make additional financial contributions online at, by telephone at 252-473-2655, or in person at the Outer Banks History Center in Festival Park on historic Manteo. All contributions are tax deductible.

October 27, 2017

Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce Announces 2017 Award Winners at Annual Meeting

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce was honored to present our Annual Awards at the 43rd Annual Meeting and Awards held October 10 at Roanoke Island Festival Park.  We congratulate all of the winners.

For The Love of the OBX Award: Lynn S. Bryant, former Executive Director of the Outer Banks Hotline received the 2017 “For the Love of the OBX” Award posthumously.  The 2017 Love of the OBX Award (formerly the Citizen of the Year Award) is sponsored by First National Bank. Lynn S. Bryant, former Executive Director of The Outer Banks Hotline, had a passion to leave the world better than she found it, to make a difference and to assist and empower others. She did make a difference at The Hotline and also with her work to bring the Coastal Studies Institute to the Outer Banks and with her teaching of Psychology at the College of the Albemarle.

Non-Profit of the Year Award: The Outer Banks Woman’s Club received the 2017 Non-Profit of the Year Award for their work assisting many in the community, including the Children at Play Museum, Outer Banks Hotline, NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island Star Center, the Outer Banks Seafood Festival and more. They are most often recognized for the work they do with the Angel Gift Program.

Member of the Year: Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative was the recipient of the 2017 Member of the Year Award. Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative had one of the most unexpected challenges this year when the main electric cable for Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands was accidentally cut; this event presented catastrophic impacts to our Hatteras and Ocracoke Island businesses and communities.  Initial reports were that this would take weeks or even months before it could be repaired.  Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative came up with a plan and course of action and worked with their partners to have the islands back and fully operational within 9 days of the outage.  We are very proud to have CHEC as a member of our Chamber.

Director of the Year: The Chamber presented two awards this year. The first 2017 Director of the Year went to Pat Broom, Phoenix Restoration, who chairs our Government Affairs committee.  Under her leadership the committee has stayed on top of issues and legislation affecting our area.  The Chamber is a founding partner of BAPAC, Business Alliance to Protect the Atlantic Coast; Pat travelled to Myrtle Beach for the first meeting of this group and has since travelled to Washington DC to advocate against off-shore drilling. She has also been an active participant in our efforts to keep the Plastic Bag Ban in place as well as advocating for our commercial fishing community in Raleigh.

The second 2017 Director of the Year Award was awarded to Bob Peele, Wanchese Marine Industrial Park. Bob chairs the Economic Sustainability committee.  Under his leadership this effort has resulted in the chamber implementing a Business Retention & Expansion program which helps us to stay in tune with the local business community and any workforce expansion or business expansion plans.  The Chamber also encouraged the county to consider an economic development strategy and through that exercise the chamber has recently been contracted by Dare County to handle economic development.

Volunteer of the Year: The Chamber presented two awards this year. The 2017 Volunteers of the Year were awarded to Talmadge Davis and Ray Dewey. Both of these recipients took the time to attend a majority of ribbon cuttings, regularly attended and helped out at networking events, and referred new members to the chamber. Both of these individuals were key contributors to the success of several of our larger fundraising events this year including the Reverse Raffle, Member Social and Golf Tournament.

The Chamber has recognized outstanding citizens since 1982 when Aycock Brown was honored for his photographs which brought great recognition to Dare County Beaches.  Since then area leaders such as Senator Marc Basight, Congressman Walter Jones, actor Andy Griffin, restaurant owner Mike Kelly, news reporters Francis Meekins and Mary Helen Goodloe-Murphy, and others have been toasted each season with recognition for their community efforts.  The 2016 recipient was Dr. Christine Petzing of the Outer Banks Hospital.

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce is an advocate for business on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. A regional organization, the Outer Banks Chamber serves Dare County, Currituck County and Ocracoke Island. There are currently more than 1065 members.

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 their families.

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 (, and call our staff to discuss your needs. Your projects may now be a perfect fit for our grants program!”

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, 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 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

The 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.

Co-led 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.

“We 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.”

She 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!”

Specifically, 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.
Ms. 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.

Ms. 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 Department.

While 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

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.

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 t-shirts.

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 sellers.

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 Andrey Leyko.

September 22, 2017

Frisco Museum Improves After Hurricane Matthew 

On 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 storms presented. 

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 been restocked.

"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."

There 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 or view their Facebook page at

September 21, 2017

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 14.

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

A 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.

So 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.

“Most 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.”

With 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 County.

“We 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.”

 Mr. 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.”

Thanks 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 Atlas.

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 New Jersey.

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 2006.

For more information about the federation’s advocacy work, visit Flynn can be reached at 252-473-1607 or at [email protected].

About the North Carolina Coastal Federation

The 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 or call 252-393-8185.


August 31, 2017

Frisco 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 dugout canoe.
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, 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 again, triumphant!

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

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

On 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.

A 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.

“We’re 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 much!"

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 [email protected]

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.

The 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.

Outer 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.”

“We’ve 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

The 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 community.

July 10, 2017

Coastal Animal Hospital Named 2017 Small Business of the Year

Coastal 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.

This 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.

This business 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.

“We 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

Dare 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

The 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. 
We’re 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].

About 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.

Ocracoke 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, the official website for Ocracoke Civic and Business Association. For information about the ferry schedules and fees, please visit

June 21, 2017

Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Awards Five Scholarships in 2017

Cape 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.

Because 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.

Caitlyn 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.

Anglers 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

Cape 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 residents.

June 20, 2017

CHSSCS Foods 1 and  2 students know: local sea-harvested food

Cape 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

Cape 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

Principal's List

Fifth grade - 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.
Fourth grade - 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.
Third grade - Gabriella Baker, Noell Carter, Anthony Chavez-Ramirez, Ava Damitio, Estrella Olan-Campos, Alex Pennington, Eryn Ratliff, Samantha Schena, Jonathan Vernesoni, Zeke Willis, Steve Wyatt.

Honor Roll

Fifth grade - 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, Dory Whitley.
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.
Third grade - 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

Today, Dareware Corporation, doing business as Outer Banks Ace Hardware, announced its intention to sell the Company to Westlake Ace Hardware.

Outer 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. 

There 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.”

The 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

Westlake 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

June 19, 2017

Outer Banks Ace Sponsors Fireworks at the Beach in Avon 

Outer Banks Ace Hardware is proud to be a corporate sponsor of the Avon Property Owner's Association (APOA) Independence Day fireworks display in Avon. 

Also 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

“Thanks 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., Inc.

Outer 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!”

The 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.

Since 1950, Outer Banks Ace has been serving the community with 6 convenient locations; for more information visit

(Pictured 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.

Since 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.

This 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.

The 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 School.

First 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.

"I 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!"

Funds 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 donations.

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 21.

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,

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

On 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 anniversary.)

The 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.

The 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.

In 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 launchers.

Deputy 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

Two 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.

Lily 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.

“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.”

During 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.

Leading 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 players.

The 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 and​Shelby 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 Foster.

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 Hatteras Secondary.

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 Peres.

May 26, 2017

New Gallery in Buxton Honors a Local Legend

The 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.

The 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.

Morrow, 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.

After 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.

The 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.

Upon 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.

Whether 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 open.

Stocked 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

As a 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

At 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

At 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

For 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. ​T​o learn more about this program, there is a video about it on Dare County Schools website, Follow the video link from the News tab.

May 17, 2017

Café Pamlico Will Unveil New Event Space at Launch Party

Waterfront 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.

The 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.

Café 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 or by phone at 252-995-7030.

May 17, 2017

Free Children’s eBooks Available From the Dare County Library

Dare 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.

For Dare County Library cardholders, there are now three free children’s eBook services available.   To access any of these resources, visit, and click on “eBooks & eResources” or “Children’s Services”, to learn more information about or to access any of these three programs.

Cloud Library

Since 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. 
TumbleBook Library

TumbleBook 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

A 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 Kindle Fire.

With 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 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 Security.

 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 Gabby Sadler.

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 States.

"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 appreciation.

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 guests.

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," said Durham.​

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 Brinson.

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 Commissioners meeting.

“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 information.

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 work.”

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  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) 441-8144.

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 Cate Parker.

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 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 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 or

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 emergency.

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 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

Principal's List

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, Katherine Wright.
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.

Honor Roll

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

Principal's List

Seniors  - Alexander Lobas and Gabrielle Sadler.
Eleventh grade - Enrique Babilonia, Susanna Couch, Carlos Escobar-Roldan, Kayleeann Jones, Alexis Rausch, Kendal Woods, and Krystle Woods.
Tenth grade - Max Bigney, Andrea Covey, Morgan Fairbanks, Molly Greenwood, Josefine Harmon, Nyah Machie, Brooke Oberbeck, and Lauran Wage.
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 Wright.
Sixth grade - Lucas Blankenship, Blake Cabral, Oralia Cirisa, Gideon Couch, Casia Ensenat, Courtney Mugford, Lily Ratliff, and Malia Speedy,

Honor Roll

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 Zavala-Roldan.

March 31, 2017

Local linemen, local power: Celebrate linemen on National Lineman Appreciation Day

Join 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.

“Linemen 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.

Being 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 possible. 

Electricity 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.

“All 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.

On 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

After 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 1986.

“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 zone.”

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

March 16, 2017

Community 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

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

Members 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.

This 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. 

The 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. 

Pictured from left to right:  Zeb Shoemaker, John Canning, Billy Ivey, Evan Cabral, and Colby Day

March 13, 2017

Eighteen Local Nonprofits To Participate in Matching Fund Challenge

Ten 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 existing endowments. 

In 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 in need.

“We 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.

The 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.”

The 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.

Second, the Community Foundation offered $1,000 Marketing Mini-Grants for organizations to promote their endowment to their supporters.

“We 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.”

Organizations 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.”

The 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.
These groups have until November 30 to raise $2,500 each to take advantage of the matching grant.

“Anyone 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.

In 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.

“The 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.”

Any 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

The 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 in 2016.

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 Mullet.

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: to print an application.

February 27, 2017

Dare 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, Transportation.

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 Margie Parker.

Additionally, school principals and department heads were there to talk about each employee's significant contribution to Dare County Schools' mission.

February 23, 2017

CHSSCS 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 them.”

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 Tracy Salmon

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 the schools. 

February 20, 2017

NCSBA winners recognized

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

HIYEF 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

Cape 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 Laura Ertle.

February 20, 2017

Board tours Hatteras Schools

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

Dare 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

Board 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.

February 8, 2017

CHES Principal's List and Honor Roll
Second Quarter School Year 2016-17

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.

Principal's List

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, Grace Vernesoni.

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.

Honor Roll

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.

February 8, 2017

CHES 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 surprise.

February 8, 2017

Black 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.

February 6, 2017

Cape 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.

Principal's List

Seniors - Alexander Lobas, Carmen Reynolds, Gabrielle Sadler
Eleventh grade -  Evan Castillo, Kelsey McNutt, Kendal Woods, Krystle 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 Wright
Sixth grade - Blake Cabral, Casia Ensenat, Courtney Mugford, Lily Ratliff

Honor Roll

Seniors -  Bailey Arnold, Delaney Johnson, Hannah Lovell, Porter White
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

February 6, 2017

Fair 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).

February 1, 2017

CHSS Teacher Honored as Tar Heel Teacher of the Week

Cape 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.

Ferguson 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 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.

“We 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.”

The 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 million students.

January 9, 2017

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 Fishing Tournament.

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,

January 6, 2017

Hatteras 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 sold tickets.

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 project.

"Thank you to everyone for purchasing tickets," the group says. "Stay tuned to see what kind of rods we'll be raffling next year!"

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