|August 8, 2018
Outer Banks Association of REALTORS Hosting Monthly Photography Contest for Locals
Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® (OBAR) would like to see what the
locals are photographing while embracing the beautiful area we love and
live in. OBAR will be holding a monthly photo contest starting
this month and ending in December 2018.
winners will be featured in a press release, membership mailer, and in
the OBAR Flyer—our quarterly newsletter. In addition, all winners
will have their photographs displayed at the office of the Outer Banks
Association of REALTORS®.
- 1st Place: $100 Visa gift card
- 2nd Place: $50 Visa gift card
- Honorable mention: Bragging rights
contest is limited to anyone living in the OBX that is 18 years and
older. Only photos from the Outer Banks will be accepted, but the
sky is the limit for the subject matter (must be suitable for viewers
of all ages). Photo submissions should be submitted via email to [email protected] and should include name, address, & phone number. Good luck and get those cameras ready!
August 3, 2018
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative Ranks High in National Survey
At the beginning of the year, CHEC participated in the National Survey
on the Cooperative Difference. Over 17,500 members from 83 cooperatives
in 20 states were contacted to complete the survey. 250 CHEC members
were included in that number and the results of the survey have
provided CHEC with great market research about their unique membership.
The results of the survey have also helped CHEC measure how their
members rank their performance in terms to the American Customer
Satisfaction Index (ASCI) score. Members ranked CHEC as one of
the top utilities out of the 83 surveyed cooperatives. CHEC’s
ACSI score from the survey was 87, six points higher than the national
benchmark and 12 points over the utility industry standard of 75.
CHEC’s high score directly reflects on the dedication to excellence put
forth by our employees. It is both rewarding and inspiring to know that
our service and hard work is appreciated by the membership. Thank you
to our members who took the time to answer the survey questions. The
results have given us valuable insight about areas in which we can
improve and member expectations going forward.
“CHEC’s high score directly reflects on the dedication to excellence
put forth by our employees,” said Laura Ertle, Director of Public
Relations for Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative. “It is both rewarding
and inspiring to know that our service and hard work is appreciated by
the membership. Thank you to our members who took the time to answer
the survey questions. The results have given us valuable insight about
areas in which we can improve and member expectations going forward.”
August 2, 2018
Bright Ideas Early Bird Deadline Set for Aug. 15
What’s your Bright Idea? Apply early for the chance to win extra cash.
Attention, Hatteras Island teachers! Do you have an idea for a creative
learning project geared toward giving your students a new way to learn?
Apply for a Bright Ideas grant!
Educators who submit a grant application by the early bird deadline of
Aug. 15 are entered to win one of five $100 gift cards. CHEC is
awarding $3,000 this year to educators with creative ideas to bring
hands-on learning to students in K-12 classrooms. The final deadline to
apply is Sept. 19, but it could pay to apply early. For more
information or to start your application, go to NCBrightIdeas.com.
August 2, 2018
CHEC Gives Grant to Yellow House Ministry of Hatteras Island
In July, CHEC presented the Yellow House Ministry of Hatteras Island
(YHM) with a donation of $1,000, which was matched with an additional
$1,000 from CoBank, a national cooperative bank that serves rural areas.
This donation was made possible through CoBank’s “Sharing Success”
charitable contribution program, which celebrates the vital role that
cooperatives play in individual communities across the country.
YHM provides outreach to young people and families and supports
programs that benefit the lives of those affected by substance
abuse. The organization’s goal is to help those in need, in a
safe and healthy environment, turning oppression into opportunity for
those suffering from addiction on Hatteras Island.
Concern for community is a long-standing cooperative principle.
CHEC is happy to join CoBank in support of such a worthy cause, as the
cooperative works to provide value to members and support to the
communities on Hatteras Island.
Pictured: YHM board members Lois Miller (left) and Rita Doerr (right) with CHEC general manager Susan Flythe (middle)
July 27, 2018
Hatteras Community Volunteer Receives Pelican Awards
North Carolina Coastal Federation will recognize Lynne Foster, Hatteras
community and federation volunteer, at its 2018 Pelican Awards on July
28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City.
federation’s annual awards event is held to recognize the exceptional
people, community associations, businesses, and government agencies
that make standout contributions to protecting and restoring the North
Carolina coastal environment over the past year.
award winners exemplify how we all must work together to protect and
restore our beautiful and productive coast,” said Todd Miller,
federation executive director. “These folks practice what they
preach when it comes to good stewardship of our coast.”
Foster, who is an active community volunteer in the Hatteras area, will
receive her award for “Enthusiastic and Inspiring Leadership and
Commitment to the North Carolina Coast.”
Hurricane Irene affected Hatteras Village in 2003, Foster organized the
first “Day at the Docks” to celebrate the spirit of Hatteras and
coastal heritage. Foster also worked to secure community support for a
living shoreline project installed by the federation that helps to
protect Hatteras Harbor.
neighborhood includes marshes, creeks, the Pamlico Sound and the
Atlantic Ocean. Since I came to Hatteras I have come, with the help of
Coastal Federation staff, to value them and their significance to our
community,” said Foster. “I am pleased to learn that my contributions
to our coastal environment and way of life are worthy of the cause. I
am honored to be recognized by the Coastal Federation for my efforts.
The Pelican Award is very meaningful to me.”
has worked to gain community support for federation projects, including
its annual Hatteras Island Oyster Roast, which was attended by nearly
400 people in February, and actively advocates for coastal heritage and
awards event and evening celebration is made possible by several
community sponsors, including lead sponsor Wells Fargo. Visit
nccoast.org/celebrate or call 252-393-8185 for a complete listing and
more information on the Pelican Awards.
July 20, 2018
Community Conservation Assistance Program Seeking Applicants
Dare Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking applicants for the Community Conservation Assistance Program.
Dare Soil and Water Conservation District is pleased to announce a
funding opportunity for public and private landowners interested in
implementing best management practices (BMPs) to decrease stormwater
runoff and protect water quality. The Community Conservation Assistance
Program (CCAP) is a voluntary, incentive-based program designed to
improve water quality through the installation of various best
management practices on urban, suburban and rural lands not directly
involved with agriculture production. BMPs include options such as pet
waste receptacles, cisterns, rain gardens, permeable pavement, grassed
swales, and shoreline protection practices. Stormwater runoff is the #1
pollutant of our coastal waters. Installation of BMPs reduces this
pollutant from entering our sounds and ocean. Interested landowners may
apply to their local soil and water conservation district for financial
and technical assistance for the installation of BMPs to protect water
quality. Applications are ranked based on local water quality
priorities and, if eligible, a conservation plan is prepared.
Landowners may receive financial assistance of up to 75 percent of the
pre-established average cost of the BMP. DEADLINE for applications:
August 17 COB 5 p.m. Find more information and application: http://www.darenc.com/soilandwater For
application assistance or questions, please contact Ann Daisey at the
Dare Soil and Water Conservation District office 252-475-5628.
July 5, 2018
Virginia Dare Night Baby Auditions held at The Lost Colony
The 81st Anniversary Season of The Lost Colony commemorates the 431st
birthday of Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the New
World to colonist Eleanor Dare on August 18, 1587. The Lost Colony
continues its long celebrated tradition of using real babies during the
August 18 performance. Being a “Dare Baby” is a coveted role in the
community that many local citizens have had the opportunity of being a
part of. For Virginia Dare Night only, the prop baby, swaddled in
blankets, is replaced with these special guests. Virginia Dare Night is
generously sponsored by First National Bank.
To be considered for the honor of appearing on stage, all babies must
attend an audition meeting on Saturday, July 21 at 10 a.m. in The Lost
Colony Building located by the Elizabethan Gardens within Fort Raleigh
National Historic Site. Members of the cast and administrative staff
will be on hand to assist in the screening process. The casting is open
to all cheerful boys and girls that are less than 15 pounds. All
Virginia Dare babies must be available for several hours on the evening
of August 18 for pre-show preparation and for The Lost Colony
performance. All selected Virginia Dare babies will be introduced from
the stage prior to the performance at 7:45 p.m.
addition to the Virginia Dare Night performance, The Lost Colony and
National Park Service will join forces in a special Virginia Dare Faire
on the grounds of the Fort Raleigh National Park Site on Saturday,
August 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also sponsored by First National
Bank, all aspects of the Faire will be free to the public and families
are encouraged to attend. Fun activities for children led by The
Lost Colony company members and National Park Service employees will be
both educational and entertaining. For further family entertainment,
attend the performance of The Lost Colony that evening starting at 7:45
p.m. More information is available on the website at thelostcolony.org
or by calling the Ticket Office at (252) 473-6000. The Lost
Colony runs nightly through August 22, except Sundays.
July 3, 2018
Community Foundation Expands
Nonprofit Grants Program
The Outer Banks
Community Foundation has announced a significant expansion of its flagship grants
Effective immediately, the Community Foundation will now
award grants to include nonprofit staff wages as part of its Community
Enrichment Grants Program. This is in addition to its traditional focus on
funding tangible items, one-time costs, capacity-building endeavors, program
scholarships, and capital assets and improvements.
“This is exciting news for Outer Banks nonprofits,” said
Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s executive director, “because it will
help fill such a huge funding need for our local charitable sector.”
The Community Enrichment
Grants Program is the Community Foundation’s largest and broadest funding
opportunity. Last year the Community Foundation awarded over $225,000 in
Community Enrichment Grants to 35 local nonprofits.
Grants are offered on a competitive basis for any kind of charitable project
that benefits Dare County, Ocracoke, and/or the Currituck beaches. Areas of
interest include arts and culture, animal welfare, children and youth,
education, the environment, disaster relief and prevention, health and
wellness, historic interpretation and preservation, and other human services.
In the past, Community Enrichment Grants have supported
local charities by funding tangible items or one-time project costs. In 2017,
for example, the Community Foundation sponsored playground equipment for the
safehouse at Outer Banks Hotline, new vehicles for the Corolla Wild Horse Fund
to care for the historic equine herd, new/additional parking spaces for
visitors to the Nags Head Woods Nature Preserve, and restoration of the 1911 Chicamacomico
“While tremendously impactful, grants for supplies, assets,
and delimited services do not always cover a nonprofit’s greatest need,” said
Ms. Costa. “Many nonprofits also need professional staff to do critical work — yet
funds to pay staff are often the hardest dollars to raise. Now, thanks to our
generous donors, the Community Foundation’s grant funding has grown, and we are
able to offer grants that include program staff wages, as well as other hard
The Community Foundation is anticipating high demand for
staff funding. Grant applications will be competitively evaluated against
several criteria, with priority given to projects that involve or benefit a
broad segment of the community, provide an innovative approach to addressing
area needs, attract additional funding from other sources, promote an
organization’s financial sustainability, and/or promote collaboration and
efficiencies amongst multiple entities. New programs are prioritized, as well
as established programs that are filling a gap and/or meeting a vital, urgent
Most of all, the Community Foundation will assess
applications based on community impact.
“We ask all applicants to tell us, in as much detail as
possible, how the project will benefit the Outer Banks — who will be served,
how many people, and how the project will make a difference,” said Ms. Costa.
“The strongest applications will connect the staff support to specific,
Nonprofits can apply now to the newly expanded Community
Enrichment Grants Program. Applications must be submitted online via the
Community Foundation’s website: www.obcf.org. The next deadline is Friday,
July 27, 2018, and the last deadline of the year is Friday, October 26.
The Community Foundation is offering a special grant-writing
clinic for local nonprofits that want to learn more about the program
expansion. The informative workshop will be held on Thursday, July 12 from 1:00
to 3:00 pm at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute in Skyco on Roanoke Island.
Nonprofits are asked to register for the workshop in advance at www.obcf.org. The
website also includes extensive information about the expanded grants criteria,
grant payment requirements, and other important details.
“If your organization has hesitated in the past to apply for
a grant, we invite you to read our new criteria on our website, attend our
workshop on July 12, and call our staff to discuss your needs. Your projects
may now be a perfect fit for our grants program,” said Ms. Costa.
The Outer Banks Community Foundation is a public
charity that connects people who care with causes that matter. The Community
Foundation manages $17 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
Photo Caption: The Outer
Banks Community Foundation has significantly expanded its grants program to
include nonprofit staff wages. For more details, see www.obcf.org. From left to right, the
staff and board include: back row: Clark Twiddy, Greg Honeycutt, Chris Seawell,
John Tucker, Ray White, Scott Brown, Bruce Austin; front row: Lorelei Costa, Leslie
Reed, Nancy Caviness, Teresa Osborne, Lynda Hester, Nancy Sugg, Jane Webster,
Shirley Hamblet. Photograph by Biff Jennings, Shooters at the Beach.
July 2, 2018
Outer Banks Ace Sponsors 15th Annual Carolina Boat Builders Tournament
Outer Banks Ace Hardware is a proud sponsor of the 15th annual Carolina Boat Builders Tournament on July 25-28, 2018.
Dare County Boat Builders Foundations hosts this annual family friendly
sport fishing tournament to raise funds for scholarships and local
educational programs in an effort to inspire life-long learning and
appreciation for the skilled craftsmen in the trade of boat building.
Banks Ace’s, Kathy Seko, said the following, “We are thrilled to
sponsor the 15th annual Carolina Boat Builders Tournament. Outer Banks
Ace enjoys sponsoring events where the monies raised return to support
local programs & scholarships for our youth.”
been a partner in helping our local boat builders and watermen for
many, many years; 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.
Outer Banks Ace serves the community with 6 convenient locations; for more information visit www.OuterBanksAce.com.
Dare County Boat Builders Foundation (DCBBF) is a non-profit, 501C3
organization dedicated to preserving Dare County’s boat building
heritage by actively supporting the students and families within its
(From left to right: DCBBF Board Members Susan Harmon-Scott, Brian
White, Jason Waughtel, Bubba Brizendine and Bobby Harrell with Outer
Banks Ace’s Kathy Seko)
June 29, 2018
Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet Crew Holds Change of Command Ceremony in Hatteras
Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer James Pond relieved Master Chief Petty
Officer Christopher Wright as officer in charge of Station Hatteras
Inlet during a change of command ceremony in Hatteras Friday morning.
Capt. Bion Stewart, commander of Sector North Carolina, presided over the ceremony.
is retiring after a 25-year career encompassing tours at several surf
stations including Station Morro Bay, California, Station Depoe Bay,
Oregon, Station Barnegat Light, New Jersey, and Station Noyo River in
Fort Bragg, California. His final tour marked his second time serving
as Station Hatteras Inlet’s officer in charge.
most recently served as the officer in charge of Station Indian River
Inlet in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. In addition to serving at multiple
surf stations for 13 of his 22 years in the Coast Guard, he has served
aboard Cutter Boutwell in Alameda, California, and at Maritime Force
Protection Unit Bangor in Silverdale, Washington.
change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition and formal
ritual that marks the transfer of total responsibility, authority and
accountability from one individual to another.
Photo: Coast Guard Master Chief Petty Officer Christopher Wright, officer in
charge of Station Hatteras Inlet in Hatteras, North Carolina, delivers
departing remarks during the station’s change-of-command ceremony, June
29, 2018. Senior Chief Petty Officer James Pond relieved Wright, who is
retiring after 25 years of Coast Guard service. (U.S. Coast Guard photo
by Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Habel/Released)
June 21, 2018
Dare County Finance Department Receives 27th Consecutive Achievement for Excellence Award
Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting was
awarded to Dare County by the Government Finance Officers Association
of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual
financial report. The award was accepted on behalf of Dare County by
Finance Director, David Clawson at the June 18, 2018 Board of
Commissioners meeting. Assistant Finance Director, Sally Defosse, is
primarily responsible for preparing and compiling the comprehensive
annual financial report and accepted a certificate of Financial
Reporting Achievement at the same meeting.
County has received the Achievement for Excellence in Financial
Reporting award every year since 1991, making this year’s award the
27th consecutive award for Dare County.
comprehensive annual financial report provides valuable insight into
financial operations in Dare County, especially the management
discussion and analysis that includes long-term planning, financial
planning, and major initiatives. Our staff does a great job reporting
the County’s financial results in an easy to read and well organized
report,” said Finance Director David Clawson.
to the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States,
the Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in
the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its
attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and
comprehensive annual financial report was judged by an impartial panel
to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a
constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its
financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read
the financial report.
June 14, 2018
Chamber Adopts Two Resolutions to Support the Community
The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce adopted the following resolutions on June 11, 2018.
Resolution Opposing North Carolina House Bill 1063 that would Change
the Definition of Commercial Fishing and Resolution Asking the General
Assembly to Fund the Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation Fund.
Both resolutions are available at www.outerbankschamber.com/main/legislative-comments/
June 6, 2018
Island Cycles Celebrates 25 Years in Business
Cycles is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018, which is quite a
feat considering their humble roots that included a 550 square foot
store space, and a total of five bikes for sale.
the quarter century since starting operations, Owners John and Jill
Lettieri have expanded the store to include beach gear rentals,
watersports equipment, and of course, bikes – more than 100 of them
store began a few years after John moved to Hatteras Island roughly 30
years ago. Employed in a few different jobs around the island, Island
Cycles started with a casual conversation. “Someone told me that they
needed to get their bike fixed, and that they had to go to Nags Head,
and I said ‘I’ll fix it for you,’” says John. “And then it just
snowballed from there.”
John started Island Cycles in a small corner of the Dairy Queen plaza,
he had just five bikes which sold out soon after they hit the market.
“I started selling them as fast as I could get them in, and we had a
handful of accessories for sale too,” he says. “So I thought ‘I guess I
need five more bikes,’ and it kept growing from there.”
fact, a good chunk of their expanding businesses has always been based
on needs and requests. Jill, who moved to the island 14 years ago,
notes that their kayak rentals came to fruition in a similar way.
“People would come in and ask ‘Do you rent kayaks?’ and I thought,
well, we have kayaks at home, so we brought them in,” she says. “It
really was a snowball effect more than planning [how to grow] the
business. In 25 years, everything changes, and we were trying to supply
what the locals and visitors needed.”
the list of equipment for rent and for sale has certainly grown over
the years, there are some things that remain the same. John has been
the local and longtime vacationer’s “go-to guy” for bike repairs, and
that reputation remains perfectly intact.
nice thing is that John knows so much about bikes,” says Jill. “I’ve
seen him pull parts out of corners and bins, put them together, and
easily make [a repair.]”
of this reputation, the Lettieris have customers both locally and from
across the country who have been longstanding clients for decades.
“There are some people who only want us to work on their bike, even
though they are coming from far away,” says Jill. “You get used to
someone repairing your bike, I think, just like a hairstylist – you
just get used to someone doing it the right way.”
Island Cycles is also growing into a family affair. Son Joey has
already started helping his dad with repair projects, and already seems
to have the knack for putting things back together. “It’s definitely a
family operation – without a doubt,” says Jill.
Lettieris are thinking about marking the 25th anniversary come fall in
some fashion, but for now, with the visitor season in full swing,
they’re hard at working doing what they always do – fulfilling a need
for the island, and providing supplies and repairs without a trip up
always trying to look out for the community and help out where we can,”
says Jill. “That’s how we started, and we have so many people who have
been coming to us for years, and who we remember seeing [every summer]…
we’re still here, and we still look forward to seeing everyone.”
May 15 ,2018
Outer Banks Community Foundation Announces New Emeritus Directors
Loretta Michael and Scott Leggat are the Outer Banks Community
Foundation’s most recently elected Emeritus Directors. Both served on
the Community Foundation’s board of directors for six years, from 2012
through 2017, with Mr. Leggat serving as chair of the grants committee,
and Ms. Michael as secretary of the organization.Outer Banks Chamber
Honors Four Women of the Outer Banks.
May 15 ,2018
Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce and Elite Insurance (Title Sponsor)
celebrated Women of the Outer Banks at a luncheon event and dessert
auction on Friday, May 12, which included local Hatteras Island
resident Mary Helen Goodloe-Murphy.
Four local Outer Banks Women were honored at the event:
Mary Helen Goodloe-Murphy
- well-known Coastland Times reporter who has served as a volunteer
firefighter with the Chicamacomico Banks Volunteer Fire and Rescue
Squad; established the Hotline Thrift Store in Rodanthe; followed the
Cape Hatteras Secondary Hurricanes; founded the Rodanthe Recycling
Center; and helped secure national designation for the Outer Banks
National Scenic Byway.
Tameron Kugler -
Tourism Director for Currituck County who oversees the daily operations
of the Currituck County Travel & Tourism Department and its
professional staff. Tameron, along with her husband, also owns Coastal
Carolina Water, a local distributor of Le Bleu. Tameron is a member of
the Wild Goose Rotary Club of Currituck, the NC Travel Association
Industry, the Currituck and Outer Banks Chambers of Commerce, the
Currituck Economic Development Board, Currituck Colored School,
Whalehead Club and Green Wing Teal program for Ducks Unlimited.
Lorelei Costa -
Executive Director of the Outer Banks Community who has increased the
number of endowment funds by 65% and brought the overall endowment of
the organization from under $10 million to over $17 million. Lorelei is
a member of the Community Leadership Council of the Z. Smith Reynolds
Foundation and serves as a volunteer firefighter and EMT with the
Southern Shores Fire Department.
- Public Information Officer, Dare County who has played an
integral role in connecting local government to the community and has
been a proponent for transparency. In the words of Bobby Outten, Dare
County Manager “Dorothy is the face of Dare County. Dorothy was a key
player in the launch of Outer Banks Catch and NC Catch, a statewide
non-profit initiative to strengthen the North Carolina seafood economy
through promotion and education. Dorothy served on the Outer Banks
Luncheon attendees had the pleasure to hear from Dr. L. Michelle
McPherson of Currituck County, named 2018 Visionary Women in Medicine
from Eastern Virginia Medial School.
A dessert auction featured items from Owen’s Restaurant, Black Pelican
Restaurant, The Salt Box Café, Argyle’s Restaurant, Basnight’s Lone
Cedar Café, The Dune’s Restaurant, Kill Devil Grill, Outer Banks
Brewing Station, Outer Banks Frozen Yogurt, Sam & Omie’s, Pastry
Chef Rebecca Miller, Pastry Chef Clay Richardson, and Pastry Chef
Deborah Karfs. Thanks to auctioneerist Lisa Brickhouse Davis, owner of
LBD Voiceworks and local celebrity DJ with Max Radio.
Additional sponsors include: Peak Resources, Outer Banks Dermatology,
Carolina Designs Realty, Phoenix Restoration, Atlantic Realty, Paul
Mann Custom Boats, Friends of the Elizabeth II, Publix Super Markets,
Southern Shores Realty Creations, Anderson Florist OBX, The Christmas
Shoppe & General Store, AcoustEvents OBX, and Anne Snape
From left to right standing: Tameron Kugler (Tourism Director,
Currituck County), Mary Helen Goodloe-Murphy (Reporter, The Coastland
Times), Jackie Chunn (Owner, Elite Insurance), Bob Peele (Chairman of
the Board, Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce)
Dorothy Hester (Public Information Officer, Dare County) and Lorelei
Costa (Executive Director, Outer Banks Community Foundation)
May 10, 2018
CHSS Students Win at State Science Olympiad Competition
The Cape Hatteras Secondary Science Olympiad team
competed at the State Science Olympiad Competition at NC State
University on Saturday, April 21, 2018. At the state level students
compete again 50+ teams from across the state.
Peyton Cabral and Ansley Thompson placed 8th in the Road Scholar event
at the state competition. “Placing 8th out of 50+ teams is a great
feat! I am so proud of the hard work Peyton and Ansley put in. Hearing
our name called at the state competition was awesome,” stated coach
Jessica Polk. The Road Scholar event is a sit down test where students
use their map reading skills (road maps, topographic, and satellite
images) to go on a fictitious journey that is written out for them, and
answer questions along the way.
Each year CHSS receives a generous grant from the Hatteras Island Youth
Education Foundation to support their team. HIYEF provides funds that
purchase practice and building materials for the students. Jessica Polk
shares her gratitude for HIYEF, “we would not be able to have Science
Olympiad without HIYEF. A lot of our success is because of the grant we
receive from them. We are so grateful.”
May 1, 2018
HVFD Holds First Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting
On Thursday, April 26 the Hatteras Volunteer Fire Department's new
board of directors held their first quarterly meeting under the new
bylaws which were sent in place in March.
Attorney Chris Sewell was instrumental in making sure they well legal and binding.
Board members and when their terms expire are as follows:
- Chairman Bill Ballance - April 2019
- Vice Chairman Charlie Barnett - April 2021
- Secretary/Treasurer Cathy Parsons - April 2020
- Ernie Foster - April 2019
- Darrin Callahan - April 2020
Voting board members also include:
annual meeting will be held in April of each year to vote for directors
whose terms are expiring that year. All Hatteras Village residents are
invited to attend but only permanent residents will be allowed to vote
for board members.
- Chief - Jeremy Hicks
- Assistant Chief - Todd Ballance
The board looks forward to working closely with the HVFD to make sure
they have all the tools necessary to protect life and property when a
call goes out.
Click Here to View Bylaws
April 26, 2018
Outer Banks Chamber Launches “OBXMADE” Program
The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce announces the launch of OBXMADE
North Carolina for locally crafted products. OBXMADE is meant for all
who create, build or produce – from entrepreneurs to chefs to brew
masters and everyone in between. Being licensed as an OBXMADE vendor
allows consumers to easily recognize locally produced products.
The pride that is required remains the same at all levels and should be
recognized. OBXMADE celebrates this spirit while looking to grow it in
the next generation of workforce, entrepreneurs and dreamers through
outreach, recognition and branding our unique and special area.
Whether the product is big or small, handmade or mass produced, OBXMADE
rewards the ingenuity, passion, talent and time that goes into each
one. The pride the Outer Banks region takes in its local roots is
strong; take part in celebrating and continuing the tradition that is
How Does It Work?
OBXMADE is the only Outer Banks based recognition program for locally
crafted products. Acceptance in the OBXMADE program is made by
application to, and acceptance by, the OBXMADE Advisory Board. The
OBXMADE Advisory Board is an independent review board established with
the sole purpose of reviewing OBXMADE application on a quarterly basis.
As a baseline, only legal businesses headquarter in the region defined
as the Outer Banks making one or more physical products will be
considered. From there a points system will be uses to evaluate a range
of criteria including; 1) sourcing of materials, 2) product finishing
processes, 2) product design and development, 4) product assembly, 5)
business has at least one (1) full-time local employee.
Recognition is subject to annual renewal and is valid for a period of
one year (12 months) from the official date of recognition being
Contact Karen Brown at [email protected] for more information. The application is available at www.outerbankschamber.com
(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.)
April 26, 2018
Centennial Commemoration of the Mirlo Rescue Boosted by Midgett Realty Donation
Midgett Realty is supporting the week-long commemoration of the
centennial of the Mirlo Rescue, Aug. 13-17, 2018, at the Chicamacomico
Life-Saving Station in Rodanthe.
The realty firm recently donated $5,000 to the Chicamacomico Historical
Association, which is organizing events surrounding the centennial
anniversary Aug. 16.
Making the Midgett Realty donation were Tim Midgett and Susie Midgett Austin.
"We are so grateful for Midgett Realty’s support,” said Association
Treasurer Ralph Buxton, “This is our first major donation toward this
important heritage event.”
Tim Midgett reached out to other Hatteras Island businesses with a
challenge to join Midgett Realty in supporting this Hatteras Island and
Dare County heritage event by making a donation to the Chicamacomico
Historical Association. In addition to the support for the Mirlo
Centennial Commemoration, Midgett Realty has committed an additional
$5,000 to the Association for 2019.
The weeklong commemoration features art shows, special museum exhibits,
a dinner for descendants of Chicamacomico’s life-savers and a full day
of activities on Aug. 16. Chicamacomico Life Saving Station was built
in 1874, the first of seven stations on Hatteras Island and 27 on the
North Carolina coast. The historic site and museum is open from Easter
to Thanksgiving and conducts the famous “Beach Apparatus Drill” from
Memorial Day to Labor Day on Thursdays at 2 p.m.
The Mirlo was a fully loaded British Oil Tanker torpedoed on Aug. 16,
1918 off the coast of Rodanthe. In spite of 15-foot waves and an ocean
in flames, the crew of Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station launched
surfboat #1046 and rescued 42 of 51 British Seamen in one of the most
daring rescues in the annals of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Call the station at (252) 987-1552 or visit the website, Chicamacomico.org or Facebook page for further information about programs or ways to support the historic site and museum.
Photo: Midgett Realty's Tim Midgett and Susie Midgett Austin
(center) present a check for $5,000 to Chicamacomico Historical Association
President John Griffin (left) and Treasurer Ralph Buxton (right) to help support
the Mirlo Centennial Commemoration Aug. 13-17, 2018
April 5, 2018
Lineman Appreciation Day is April 9
As April arrives, it brings with it the showers that produce spring
flowers. It also heralds the beginning of a potentially stormy season
that can inherently include power outages. While CHEC strives to
provide reliable electricity to Hatteras Island, there are times when
Mother Nature has other plans. Most of us can ride out a storm from the
comfort and convenience of our homes. However, there is a group of
professionals that spring into action when the weather takes a turn for
the worst. On April 9, Lineman Appreciation Day, we are
celebrating those individuals.
Braving stormy weather and other challenging conditions, our linemen
often must climb 30 or more feet in the air, carrying heaving equipment
to restore power. Listed as one of the 10 most dangerous jobs in the
U.S., linemen must perform detailed tasks next to high voltage power
lines, often in the worst conditions, at any times of the day or night.
In addition to the highly visible tasks linemen perform, their job
today goes far beyond climbing to the top of a pole to repair a wire.
They are also information experts who can pinpoint an outage from miles
away, map outages and troubleshoot problems. On Hatteras Island, CHEC
linemen are responsible for keeping more than 325 miles of lines across
the island working, in order to bring power to your home and our local
community 24/7, regardless of the weather, holidays or personal
“We couldn’t carry out our mission without the daily dedication of our
linemen,” said Susan Flythe, general manager and EVP of CHEC.
“They bring us through some of our darkest hours and are heroes in
every sense of the word. We can’t thank them enough for all they do.”
Join us in thanking the hardworking men whose diligent efforts and
skilled expertise keep the lights on for cooperative members.
During the month of April, if you see a lineman, please pause to say
thank you to the person behind your power. Let them know you appreciate
the hard work they do to keep the lights on, regardless of the
April 5, 2018
Freedmen, Surfmen Heroes™” Propelled by Community Foundation Grant
Pea Island Preservation Society, Inc. (PIPSI), recently applied to the
Outer Banks Community Foundation (OBCF) for their very first time and
just had it awarded. The $29,500 Community Enrichment Grant takes
PIPSI’s new program, “Freedmen, Surfmen, Heroes™” to a higher level.
The PowerPoint and live presentation is the brainchild of Joan Collins.
with her cousin, Darrell Collins, of renowned fame as speaker and
historian at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, and with the expert
historic interpreters James Charlet and PIPSI member Linda Molloy, the
team has been making local presentations. The first was at the
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island in February of 2017. A total
of 15 has since been performed at the Aquarium as a special free
program for Aquarium guests. Why there? This property was once
the homestead of Richard Etheridge, the hero of this story. He was the
first African American Officer in Charge of a United States Life-Saving
Service, the direct predecessor of today’s U. S. Coast Guard. His Pea
Island Station was also the only all-black crew in the entire country.
His family gravesite is still there and honored at the Aquarium
Entrance with special wayside markers. Additionally, the program has
since been presented in every Dare County elementary school.
grant is truly for Community Enrichment. The Outer Banks Community
Foundation said in its announcement of the award, “With this grant, the
Pea Island Preservation Society will share the story of Richard
Etheridge and the Pea Island Life-Savers, illustrating positive
messages of unity, diversity, and equal opportunity on the Outer Banks.
The Pea Island Life-Savers was the all-black crew of surfmen best known
for their courageous rescue of the E. S. Newman in 1896, when the
heroic life-savers swam through a hurricane to retrieve the shipwrecked
passengers one at a time. (The waves were too fierce for the
surfboat.)” PIPSI is now more able to present this program to groups
and organizations throughout the Outer Banks communities.
adds, “Although the story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island
Life-Savers has gained attention over the years, many Dare County
residents and businesses either have no knowledge of this history or
only a vague sense about it. The same holds true for
visitors. Our objective is to change this. The generosity
of the Outer Banks Community Foundation will play a key role in helping
us make this important part of the history of the community broadly
known to those who live and visit here. The inspiring story of
Etheridge and his crew is something that the community, state, and
nation should be proud of and we look forward to being able to continue
to share the important lessons that “Freedmen, Surfmen, Heroes”
continues to teach us today”.
Collins, president of the Society, said, “For the first time in Dare
County local Black history is told to visitors to the Outer Banks and
in every Dare County school. The grant recently awarded by the Outer
Banks Community Foundation to the Pea Island Preservation Society will
insure that the story of Richard Etheridge and his crew will forever be
an inspiration for generations to come”.
Collins, Darrell’s wife, also faithfully attends every presentation and
basically serves as the group’s Manager in addition to her role as
Treasurer and website developer/designer. “History is always a very
provocative tool and being a part of honoring and sharing the story of
a group of our nation’s greatest contributors is very exciting and
humbling at the same time…I extend my heartfelt thanks to the Outer
Banks Community Foundation for its insight in recognizing our FSH
program as a hidden gem worthy of exposure”.
Surfmen, Heroes™” program presenter, Linda Molloy says, “It’s always
been an honor to help educate both locals and visitors alike to the
powerful legacy of the men of the Pea Island Life-Saving Station. This
remarkable story has not only been left to Dare County but also to the
nation at large. The message of working together to save lives, which
is key to the mission of PIPSI, is only made stronger by partnering
with the Outer Banks Community Foundation through the awarding of this
grant. We are so grateful to this amazing Foundation, whose history –
much like the Life-Saving Service – of helping so many organizations in
need has become a catalyst for helping them succeed.”
“We believe that everyone’s foundation is the community – locally, regionally and nationally,” says James Charlet.
For more information about the society go to https://www.peaislandpreservationsociety.com/
Caption: (L-R) Outer Banks Community Foundation Board Members were on
hand at the Pea Island Live-Saving Service Station Cookhouse Museum to
present a large check to Pea Island Preservation Society, Inc. Board
Members Doug Stover, Joan Collins, Tonya Collins and Darrell
Collins. Behind them is the statue of Captain Richard Etheridge,
the central figure in this inspiring story.
March 28, 2018
CHEC Accepting 2018-19 Bright Ideas Education Grant Application
is once again partnering with local educators to bring learning to life
through the Bright Ideas education grant program. Starting April 1,
educators can submit an application for Bright Ideas grants of up to
$1,500 for innovative, hands-on classroom projects that would not
otherwise be funded. Educators can learn more and apply online at
Bright Ideas grant program seeks to encourage teacher originality and
student engagement by funding projects that take a creative approach to
learning,” said Laura Ertle, director of public relations and marketing
at CHEC. “CHEC is proud to be part of this long-standing effort to
support both education and our local community.”
expects to award $3,000 in Bright Ideas grants this year to teachers on
Hatteras Island. The grants are available to K-12 teachers for projects
in any subject, and educators can apply individually or as a team and
are encouraged to apply online.
will be accepted April 1 through September 19. Teachers who submit
their applications by the early bird deadline of Aug. 15 will be
entered to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards.
apply, teachers must include a budget; explain the implementation,
goals, creative elements and evaluation of the project; and have
approval from their school’s principal. Applications will be judged
through a competitive evaluation process, with judges looking for
projects that feature inventive and creative approaches to learning.
Grant-writing tips can be found at www.ncbrightideas.com.
Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives have collectively pledged about
$600,000 in Bright Ideas funding for the 2018-19 school year. Since
1994, educators statewide have received more than $11.5 million in
Bright Ideas grant funding, and over 2.2 million North Carolina
students have participated in approximately 11,000 Bright Ideas
March 26, 2018
2018 Sandlot Tournament a Success with Great Weather, and Great Baseball
The 2018 Sandlot Tournament that took place on March 9 and 10 was a
successful event that honored a beloved coach, and which raised funds
for a worthy local cause, the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation.
“Thank you to everyone that helped make the 2018 Sandlot Tournament a
success,” said Keith Durham, Head Varsity Baseball Coach. “We had a
weekend of great weather and great baseball. This year's
tournament was dedicated to the memory of Cleveland High School
assistant coach John Jacobs. Coach Jacobs dedicated his life to
teaching and coaching young people. He had been a fixture at the
Sandlot Tournament the first two years and in 2017 in the midst of his
battle with cancer, we named an award at the tournament in his
honor. Coach Jacobs passed away this past October and left behind
a great legacy. It is our intention to continue to honor his
memory with the John Jacobs Award at the Sandlot Tournament.”
“The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation was at the tournament raising
money for their support of cancer victims on Hatteras Island. We
had a great cancer awareness event between games on Saturday where
players and spectators got the chance to honor someone in their lives
who is battling or has battled cancer. We also collected 185
canned goods for the Cape Hatteras Food Pantry which will be delivered
“Congratulations to the Knights of Currituck County High School for
taking home the Championship trophy this year. The Knights won
the deciding game 3 behind the pitching of Austin Pace and a 4th inning
offensive explosion for 12 runs.”
Total Game results are below.
Cape Hatteras 0
Cape Hatteras 2
Below are the awards that were handed out at the tournament.
Tournament Champions - Currituck County
Most Valuable Player - Austin Pace - Currituck County
John Jacobs Memorial Award for Selflessness, Excellence, and Attitude - Colby Day - Cape Hatteras
All Tournament Team
Derek Whitehurst - Currituck
Cannon Pickell - Currituck
Will Langley - Currituck
Cole Bates - Currituck
Caleb Slawinski - Cleveland
Hunter Ward - Cleveland
Cameron Verrier - Cleveland
Shae O'Neal - Hatteras
Evan Cabral - Hatteras
We would like to thank all of the athletes, coaches, and fans for their
contributions to the tournament. We also want to thank all of
their sponsors for their support of the Cape Hatteras baseball program
and the Sandlot Tournament. Sponsors are listed below.
Lighthouse View Motel
The Dancing Turtle Coffee Shop
Frank & Fran's Tackle Shop
Albatross Fleet Charter Fishing
Frisco Rod & Gun
Hatteras Harbor Marina
Reliance Charter Fishing
Red Drum Tackle Shop
Teach's Lair Marina
Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation
Cape Hatteras Athletic Booster Club
Thank you once again, and we are already looking forward to next year's tournament.
March 12, 2018
Dare County Arts Council Announces A Call For Entry For 21st Mollie Fearing Memorial Show
The eclectic Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show will return to Dare County Arts Council for its 21st year on Sunday, May 6.
Dare County Arts Council is partnering with the Outer Banks Forum for
the Lively Arts to bring the theme of music to this year’s Mollie
Fearing Memorial Art Show.
“The Outer Banks Forum is excited about partnering in this art show for
the first time,” said Eddie Cooke, President of the Outer Banks Forum
for the Lively Arts. “The Forum will be pleased to select its
2019 Playbill cover from this array of diverse artwork.”
The Outer Banks Forum’s Excellence Award recipient will receive a cash
reward and their work will grace the cover of the 2018-19 Forum
Playbill. The Playbill is distributed to 500 individuals and businesses
throughout the Outer Banks.
“I am so thrilled to include the art of music in the Mollie Fearing Art
Show for 2018,” said owner of Mollie A. Fearing & Associates and
Mollie Fearing’s daughter Grizelle Fearing. “Music is an important
element in life defining moments in time that you can relive upon
hearing that first note.”
The show is held in memory of Mollie A. Fearing, one of the founders of Dare County Arts Council.
Artists wishing to participate in this year’s exhibition can find a
prospectus online at DareArts.org/molliefearingshow and at the DCAC
The Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show is open to Dare County Arts
Council members and residents of Dare County age 18 and over. All
mediums, except video and projection, are welcome.
Sculptor and installation artist Gabrielle Graber will judge the show.
She graduated with an MFA from NYSCC at Alfred University and is
currently living in North Carolina as a resident artist at Pocosin
Arts. Her practice is an ongoing investigation of being a body in the
world where layers of experience and interactions collide into material
An opening reception will be held at the DCAC Gallery in Manteo on Sunday, May 6 from 2pm-4pm.
For more information about the 21st Annual Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show, please visit DareArts.org/molliefearingshow or call (252) 473-5558.
This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts is a non-profit organization
that brings an annual series of seven outstanding diverse concerts to
the area and provides opportunities for youth to participate in the
arts. All of the performances are partially underwritten by
Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization
dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy,
enrichment and opportunity.
February 23, 2018
Anglers Club Donates to the Hatteras Community Emergency Response Team
The Cape Hatteras Anglers Club presented a check for $500 to Larry
Ogden of the Hatteras Island Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
at the Anglers Club’s February members meeting. CERT will use the
contribution from the Anglers Club toward the purchase of equipment and
other items for emergency response and communications during future
emergency situations on Hatteras Island. CERT also trains volunteers in
community disaster preparedness and response, such as fire safety and
first aid. It also provides cleanup work after storms. The Anglers Club
has donated almost $2,000 to the Hatteras Island CERT over the past few
Photo: Larry Griffin (left), president of the Cape Hatteras Anglers
Club, presents a check for $500 to Larry Ogden of the Hatteras Island
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) at the Anglers Club’s February
February 22, 2018
Outer Banks Hospital and Medical Group Celebrates Black History
The Outer Banks Hospital and Medical Group along
with community members enjoyed a celebration of black history on
Tuesday, February 20 in the hospital’s lobby, with vocal performances
by the Elizabeth City State University choir and a re-enactment by
"Keeper James" (aka James Charlet) of the 1896 African American
surfmen's daring rescue of the schooner E.S. Newman. Choir Director Dr.
Walter R. Swan began the event with an a cappella rendition of "Swing
Low, Sweet Chariot" followed by the full choir performing such
well-known spirituals as "Poor Man Lazarus" and "I Shall Wear a Crown."
Keeper James had the audience's full attention as he told the amazing
story of Captain Richard Etheridge, who was once a slave and became the
first African American to lead a lifesaving station. Etheridge and his
crew, known as the surfmen, together saved hundreds of lives from the
tumultuous waters along the Outer Banks of North Carolina, including
those involved in the wreck of the E.S. Newman. Patricia
Minnifield, OBH director of business services who organized the event,
said, "I believe it's extremely important to continue to acknowledge
the struggles and achievements of people like Richard Etheridge so that
future generations understand American heritage and learn that
persistence and attitude are the keys to success."
Most notably, February 20, 2018 was the same day that the new bridge
connecting the Northern Outer Banks to Hatteras Island was dedicated
and named “The Captain Richard Etheridge Bridge”.
Elizabeth City State University choir; Linda Molloy, OBX tour bus
step-on guide; Dr. Walter R. Swan, ECSU Choir Director; Patricia
Minnefield, Director of Patient Business Services at The Outer Banks
Hospital; James Charlet, “Keeper James”.
February 19, 2018
Methodist Women at Fair Haven United Methodist Donate Supplies for Flu Season
The Methodist Women at Fair Haven United Methodist recently donated
Tissues, Hand Soap and other sanitizing supplies to the Hatteras
Elementary School. This year the school requested these supplies
because of the increase in flu illnesses and they were extremely
grateful to receive these supplies. Pictured are Janice Ogden, from the
Methodist Woman UMC and Jenny Gray from the Hatteras Elementary School.
February 19, 2018
Outer Banks Ace Supports Coastal Gardening Festival
Outer Banks Ace Hardware is proud to support the Dare Master Gardner
Volunteer Association during their upcoming Coastal Gardening Festival.
The festival takes place on Saturday, May 19th in Kill Devil Hills at
the Thomas A. Baum Center.
The Coastal Gardening Festival is an annual fundraiser and educational
event sponsored by the Dare Master Gardener Volunteer Association
(DMGVA). This popular event typically draws over 1,500 visitors each
year. It is a fun, family event that is free for all ages. There are
vendors, plant sales, kids’ activities and an all-day raffle.
Outer Banks Ace’s Kathy Seko said the following, “The festival is
always a wonderful opportunity for Outer Banks Ace to support the Dare
Master Gardener Volunteer Association. Planting the seeds of love for
gardening is something our Outer Banks Ace family supports by
partnering with our local Master Gardeners.”
The purpose of the DMGVA is to support the Extension Master Gardener
program by providing no-cost horticultural education to the Dare County
Since 1950, Outer Banks Ace has been serving the community with 6 convenient locations; for more information visit www.OuterBanksAce.com.
(Pictured is our Kitty
Hawk Ace assistant manager, Stephanie, with Dare County Extension
Master Gardner Volunteers Kaye Lyerly and Valerie Morell)
February 15, 2018
Outer Banks Ace Sponsors Dare County Schools’ Employees of the Year Dinner
Banks Ace Hardware is proud to sponsor Dare County Schools’ celebration
event for the district's classified employees of the year on Thursday,
February 8 at Pamlico Jack's in Nags Head.
annual event recognizes individuals who exhibit dependability and
dedication, produce an outstanding quality of work, and make unique
contributions to the mission of Dare County Schools.
Banks Ace’s Kathy Seko said the following, “It is an honor for Outer
Banks Ace to be able to once again sponsor the Dare County Schools’
Employees of the Year Dinner. We [Outer Banks Ace] want to share in the
celebration of the honorees that make a difference in our local
Outer Banks Ace family places a priority on having a helpful heart and
serving beyond expectations. We recognize and appreciate the Dare
County School employees who also share these qualities of ‘going beyond
the call of duty’ to make a difference in our local youth,” said Seko.
of Human Resources, Dr. John Donlan, together with staff, organize the
annual dinner which is attended by the Board of Education, school
principals and department heads. All are there to honor each
employee's significant contribution to Dare County Schools' mission.
Since 1950, Outer Banks Ace has been serving the community with 6 convenient locations; for more information visit www.OuterBanksAce.com.
(Pictured are John Donlan with Dare County Schools and Kathy Seko with Outer Banks Ace)
February 13, 2018
Tanger Outlets Nags Head Makes Donation To Fund For Local Women With Breast Cancer
Outlets Nags Head general manager Debbie Ferrell Moore presented the
Outer Banks Relief Foundation with a check for $1,417 in support of the
foundation’s Breast Cancer Fund.
in this special fund can be used to help breast cancer patients meet
their living expenses during treatment or it can fund things like lymph
edema compression sleeves that may not be covered by insurance,”
explains Debbie Ferrell Moore, general manager of Tanger Outlets Nags
Outer Banks Relief Foundation raises money locally to give to people
who live or work on the Outer Banks and have financial burdens due to
illness or tragedy.
our foundation is here to help people with financial burdens from all
types of medical crises, when a donor has a particular passion for
helping folks with one type of illness, we can set that money aside for
that purpose, as we have done in the case of our breast cancer fund,”
says Patty McKenna, the foundation’s executive director.
Outlets Nags Head founded the Breast Cancer Fund at the Relief
Foundation in 2012 and has donated more than $42,000 to it through its
annual end-of-year giving.
with breast cancer who live or work on the Outer Banks and are having
financial difficulties are encouraged to contact the Outer Banks Relief
Foundation at 252-261-2004.
Debbie Ferrell Moore (left), general manager of Tanger Outlets Nags
Head, presents the Relief Foundation’s Patty McKenna with a check for
$1,417 earmarked for financial relief for Outer Banks women with breast
February 13, 2018
Outer Banks Ace Sponsors Outer Banks Relief Foundation
Outer Banks Ace Hardware is proud to support the Outer Banks Relief Foundation (OBRF) during their annual giving campaign.
OBRF raises local funds that are used to assist people living or
working in our Outer Banks community who are burdened with financial
difficulties because of a debilitating disease or illness, or a
personal tragedy with themselves or a family member.
Banks Ace’s Kathy Seko said the following, “It is an honor for Outer
Banks Ace to be able to once again support the OBRF as we have in years
past. Our Outer Banks Ace family places a priority on having a helpful
heart and serving beyond expectations. We recognize and
appreciate the efforts of the Outer Banks Relief Foundation to make a
difference in the lives of our neighbors,” said Seko.
are committed to working together with all of our helping and outreach
agencies and groups in our community, to minimize duplication of
effort, and to maximize our limited resources by working together for
the benefit of all our citizens and our Dare County community. We
appreciate the help from amazing partners like Ace Hardware,” said
Patty McKenna, Executive Director of the OBRF.
Since 1950, Outer Banks Ace has been serving the community with 6 convenient locations; for more information visit www.OuterBanksAce.com.
(Pictured are Kathy Seko with Outer Banks Ace and Patty McKenna with Outer Banks Relief Foundation)
February 9, 2018
Capital City Four Wheelers Committed to “Giving Back”
City Four Wheelers is a family-focused, four-wheel drive club based in
the Richmond metropolitan area. Among other activities, the Club
conducts an annual salt water surf fishing tournament on the Outer
Banks of Cape Hatteras, N.C., during the 3rd weekend of October.
In 2017, the Club held its 32nd annual tournament with over 600
entrants. Our attendance has frequently managed to reach
approximately 600 participants over the years. Contestants have hailed
from New England to Florida and from as far west as Colorado.
tournament’s origins can be traced back over 30 years to the kitchen of
Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Jarvis, who own Dillon’s Corner in Buxton,
N.C. Several club members, who frequented Cape Hatteras, met with
the Jarvis’ to discuss an idea to conduct a fishing tournament.
We wanted to develop a civic side to our Club to help with Richmond
area projects, as well as benefitting the Outer Banks community and
economy. Ollie felt that the October tournament would be a great
idea, as the fishing was usually good and (over 30 years ago) the
Island was nearly a ghost town during that time of year. He
volunteered to get other merchants on board and encourage them to help
by donating door prizes. The CCFW annual tournament was born –
right there in the Jarvis’ kitchen.
then, club members continue to organize the tournament throughout the
year. It starts with planning and initiation tasks early in March
and culminates when the club meets in November to determine which
charitable organizations will share in the proceeds. During the
January 2018 meeting, our Treasurer informed members that in the last
15 years alone, Capital City Four Wheelers has donated $79,831.45 to
individuals, organizations and charitable groups. Of this amount,
$60,773.50 was donated to causes on Hatteras Island. Those causes
include the Cape Hatteras School, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum,
the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, the Hatteras Ladies Fire
Auxiliary, The Methodist’s Men’s Food Bank, OBPA, The Dare Food Service
Association, The Fessenden Center, Hatteras Meals on Wheels, and the
Hatteras Village Medical Center to name a few. The remaining $19,
057.95 was distributed to causes in the Richmond metropolitan area,
including several Christmas Mother Programs, Soldier’s Angels, Central
Virginia Food Bank and Fisher House. A few years ago, we
conducted an informal survey among the anglers to determine the
financial impact of the tournament on the island’s economy. It
was conservatively estimated that it generates $150,000 during the
24-hour tournament. In addition, there are many families who
extend their vacations, resulting in the generation of further revenue.
an on-going search for new members, we intend to remain a growing,
active, civic-minded club assisting with efforts in our own community,
while maintaining a continuing mission to serve as good civic partners
to the Outer Banks community, as we enjoy the sun, fun and fishing to
be found in its “backyard”. Thank you, OBX community, for the
wonderful support and memories of past tournaments and here’s to the
next 30+ years!
If you are interested in contacting the President of C.C.F.W., you can reach him at: [email protected]
Pictures may be found at:
Our Club Web Site:
February 5, 2018
Outer Banks Hospital Breaks Ground On New Radiation Therapy Center
The Outer Banks Hospital (The OBH) broke ground Monday, January 29 on
construction of a state-of-the-art Radiation Therapy Center in Nags
Head. The building is phase one of a plan to develop a single location
for comprehensive cancer care in the Outer Banks community.
Plunging temperatures and misting rain were unable to dampen the
crowd’s enthusiasm during the groundbreaking ceremony. Attended by
leadership and staff from The OBH and its partners Vidant Health and
Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, as well as from the Town of Nags Head,
and Dare County, a common theme emerged during opening remarks that
underscored the value of keeping high-quality healthcare local.
Chairman of the Dare County Commissioners, Bob Woodard, remarked, “The
Outer Banks Hospital is certainly stepping up to the plate and
providing the needed services to our community. I can’t thank you
enough for that.”
Pictured left to right:
Robin Hearne, director, Cancer Services, The OBH; Amy Montgomery,
senior administrator, operations, The OBH; Rob Ross, Dare County
commissioner; Bob Woodard, chairman, Dare County Commissioners; Wally
Overman, Dare County commissioner, Ronnie Sloan, president, The OBH;
Steve Rodriquez, board chair, The OBH, and board member, Chesapeake
Regional Healthcare; Ben Cahoon, mayor, Town of Nags Head; Dr. Charles
Shelton, radiation oncologist, The OBH; and Tess Judge, board member,
The OBH, and chair, The OBH Development Council.
January 26, 2018
Cape Hatteras Anglers Club Makes Donations to Island Groups
2017 the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club continued its tradition of making
charitable donations to Hatteras Island community groups. A total of
$9,922 was given to 15 non-profit organizations, plus the club awarded
$11,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors at the Cape Hatteras
Secondary School for a combined total of $20,992 in contributions.
for the non-profit Anglers Club work year-round to raise money through
various activities, including Bingo nights on designated Wednesdays at
the club, its annual indoor yard sale, and its invitational team surf
fishing tournament each November that is billed as one of the largest
in the world.
Since 2012, the Anglers Club has donated approximately $113,000 to island non-profits. This includes $45,400 in scholarships.
benefitting from the club’s 2017 donations are the United Methodist
Men’s Food Pantry, $5,386; Hatteras Island Meals, $1,886; Cape Hatteras
Secondary School Band and DECA, $550; the Hatteras Island Cancer
Foundation and the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, each $500;.
Chicamacomico Historical Association, $200; and $100 each to the six
island fire stations, the Chicamacomico Rescue Squad, Radio Hatteras,
and the North Carolina Lions Club VIP Fishing Tournament.
Cape Hatteras Anglers Club welcomes new members and volunteers. To
join, download the member application from the club’s Web site, www.CapeHatterasAnglersClub.org or call 252-995-4253.
January 26, 2018
Surf or Sound Realty Honors 15-year Employees
or Sound Realty, Hatteras Island’s Premier Vacation home rental
company, acknowledged two valued team members who have been with the
company since 2002; Darlin’ Lisa Brooks-Hill and Ann Wood. Lisa and Ann
were recognized for their service and contributions to Surf or Sound
Realty at the company’s Christmas party at Owen’s Restaurant in Nags
Head, NC in December.
company has come a long way in the past 15 years and so much of it has
to do with the hard work and enthusiasm of our dedicated team, many of
whom have been with us for more than 10 years,” said Melvin Stone,
President and CFO.
Lisa Brooks-Hill started in Reservations in 2002 when online booking
for vacation rentals was in its infancy. She likes to share how she
didn’t know what a mouse was when she started. Over the years she has
helped match thousands of families with the perfect Hatteras Island
vacation home and as Lead Reservationist she finds countless ways to
motivate and brighten the days of the entire Reservations team.
in stressful times, Lisa always has a way of bringing a smile to
peoples’ faces. She really connects with our guests and homeowners
making them feel like longtime friends. In fact, many of them have
become just that,” explained Ann Wood, Vice President of Sales and
Wood, the second member of the team recognized for reaching her 15 year
milestone, began with Surf or Sound Realty as Marketing Director in
is the voice of this company. She has a way of bringing out the best in
our managers and staff and her knowledge and expertise in the marketing
of our homes is second to none,” said Stone.
celebrating their 40th anniversary year, Surf or Sound Realty manages
over 430 Premier Vacation Homes on Hatteras Island. Representing the
largest inventory of oceanfront homes on the island, the company offers
a variety of vacation rentals; from quaint soundside cottages to
amenity-filled oceanfront estates 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. To find the perfect vacation rental, visit
their website at www.surforsound.com
January 24, 2018
Two Seats Open for CHEC Board of Director Elections
The Committee on Nominations is considering qualified candidates for
two seats on the CHEC Board of Directors. The board seats for District
2 – Frisco and District at Large will be elected in 2018. The incumbent
directors, Tami Thompson and Elvin Hooper have indicated their interest
in seeking re-election.
Any member of Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative, who is interested and
qualified and would like consideration as a nominee for the board of
directors, should submit his or her name and resume to the Committee on
Nominations by the deadline of 5:00pm Thursday, February 15, 2018.
Any 50 or more members of CHEC, acting together, may make additional
nominations in writing by petition. Nominee(s) by petition must be
listed in compliance with the By-Laws and the petition delivered to
CHEC by Thursday, March 1, 2018. Qualifying nominees by petition will
be included on the ballot for election.
Additional information is available from Susan Flythe, General Manager, at (252) 995-5616 ext. 224 or [email protected].
January 23, 2018
Surf or Sound Realty Announces Addition of New Sales Agent
Surf or Sound Realty is excited to announce the addition of new sales
agent, Jonathan Waddill. Joining the company as Senior Broker, Jonathan
comes to Surf or Sound Realty with seven years of Hatteras Island real
Waddill was raised in a family with strong roots in
the real estate industry and saw first-hand the difference a reputable
agent could make in the lives of those around him. Originally from
Chester, Virginia, Jonathan spent long summers at his family’s Nags
Head beach cottage, developing a love for the Outer Banks that would
stay with him. In 2002 Jonathan obtained a Real Estate license at the
early age of 18 while simultaneously working on an Architectural
Engineering degree at John Tyler College in Chester, Virginia. While it
was always his dream to one day return to the Outer Banks, his real
estate career began just south of Wilmington, North Carolina in 2006.
After years of gaining knowledge and experience in the industry,
Jonathan decided it was time to pursue his dream, and moved to the
Outer Banks in 2011.
Jonathan takes pride in every aspect of the real estate transaction and
dedicates himself to personally seeing each client through the entire
sales process. Whether you are a first time home-buyer, a seasoned
investor, or anywhere in between, you will experience the same
professional level of care and diligence Jonathan offers each and every
“With the Hatteras Island real estate market trending upward we are
thrilled to be bringing on yet another seasoned sales agent to our
exceptional team. Jonathan has a track record of success, brings
a unique skillset to the table and shares in our commitment to provide
top-notch service to our clientele…we are very proud to have him
aboard,” said Rob Petty, Director of Business Development & Real
Estate Sales for Surf or Sound Realty.
This year Surf or Sound Realty celebrates 40 years in the business of
selling premier homes 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.
January 19, 2018
Surf or Sound Realty Celebrates 40 Years in Business
Surf or Sound Realty kicks off their 40th Anniversary year this January
with the launch of an advertising campaign about family vacation
traditions. In the span of the last 40 years, families have gathered
annually along Hatteras Island’s shores for their vacations and this
year Surf or Sound Realty will be sharing those stories.
The laid-back beach lifestyle of Hatteras Island hasn’t changed in all
the years. It’s still an environment that is tranquil, slow-paced,
family-oriented and steeped in tradition and history.
“We hear it all the time. From the un-crowded beaches to the
family-owned shops and restaurants, the authentic experience our guests
have vacationing on Hatteras Island is one that’s hard to find these
days. The fact that we can offer a premier vacation home experience in
our remote location on the beaches of America’s first National Seashore
is pretty special” said Ann Wood, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
for Surf or Sound Realty.
That doesn’t mean that progress has passed the island by. Rental homes
have seen change with the addition of modern amenities and luxurious
conveniences. Visitors who have gathered on the island for years have
rented increasingly larger vacation homes to accommodate their growing
families. New generations now carry on vacation traditions but with
amenities their grandparents couldn’t have imagined, like home theater
rooms with stadium seating, private swimming pools with kiddie pools
and swim-up bars, and outdoor entertainment areas with tiki bars.
Advances to technology have made an impact on the business as well.
Booking a home once meant calling a reservation agent who “booked”
guest reservations by logging them in an actual book. Now vacation
homes can be reserved on SurforSound.com with just a few clicks at any
time of day or night.
Now in their 40th year, Surf or Sound Realty represents over 430
premier vacation homes on Hatteras Island. With the largest inventory
of oceanfront homes on the island, the company offers a variety of
vacation rentals in all seven of the island’s charming villages; from
quaint soundside cottages to sprawling amenity-filled oceanfront
estates. 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. To find the perfect vacation rental, visit
their website at www.surforsound.com.
January 11, 2018
Hyde County Commissioners Extend Property Tax Deadline
to the closing of county offices during last weeks winter storm, the
Hyde County Board of Commissioners voted to extend the deadline to pay
your property tax bills. Payments must be received in the tax office or
postmarked by close of business Friday, January 12, 2018 to avoid any
late fee interest being assessed to the bill. The tax office is open
Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Hyde County
Government Center, 30 Oyster Creek Rd. in Swan Quarter.