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|June 18, 2013
Buxton girl wins prestigious award at Salem Academy
Tawes of Buxton was named one of two winners of a prestigious
Higginbotham Award by Salem Academy in Winston-Salem, N.C. Tawes, who
attended Cape Hatteras Secondary School, is the daughter of James and
Angela Tawes of Buxton.
Named for beloved former academy
teacher Martha McBrayer Higginbotham, the award is given to finalists
for the Sisters Merit Scholarship, the school’s full-merit scholarship.
Only a select number of exceptional students are chosen to receive the
Sisters and Higginbotham awards each year.
Founded in 1772,
Salem Academy is a college preparatory boarding and day school for
girls in grades 9-12. For more information about Salem Academy, call
(336) 721-2600 or visit www.salemacademy.com.
May 31, 2013
Billfish Bar and Grill open in Hatteras village
Billfish Bar and Grill opened in Hatteras village at Teach’s Lair Marina in April. The new manager is Martin Gutierrez.
restaurant features a selection of steamed seafood, steaks, pastas, and
salads. The full lunch menu includes soups and salads.
has the largest beer selection in Hatteras and claims to serve the
coldest beer in town. It also serves cocktails and its famous Orange
Crush and sangria and has great waterfront views, especially of sunsets.
The new chef is Richard Hentzell, who offers daily lunch and dinner specials.
To get more information on the menus and hours of operation, go to http://www.teachslair.com/restaurant.
Slough boutique is one of Avon’s newest shops
Jessica Pickett has opened the Slough Boutique in Avon, across from the Avon Pier on Highway 12.
Slough offers an atmosphere of fashion and design with trendy clothes,
high quality denim, and best costume jewelry on the island,” Pickett
says. “The newest trends are always available and we love to give
Pickett says a “slough,” pronounced slew or slu,
is an inlet on a river or body of water, a tidallat, or a cut through
the water makes on the land. She adds that growing up on the docks in
Avon, it’s a word she heard often.
“Not only is fashion a must
at the slough but also a style, a sense of the ultimate salty life,”
says Pickett, noting that the shop also sells fresh-cut flowers.
The work of other local artists is also available at the Slough.
You can learn more about the Slough on the Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Island-Free-Press/202448533127085?sk=wall#!/TheSlough?fref=ts
Teach’s Island restaurant at new Hatteras location
Island Bar & Grill is now Teach’s Island restaurant with a new
location in the historic Channel Bass restaurant building on Slash
Creek in Hatteras village.
The restaurant dropped the "bar &
grill" name because it is now a complete restaurant with steaks and
prime rib cooked on the same state of the art equipment used in the
country’s very best steakhouses. The eatery also offers the favorite
lunch and dinner items that were popular in its former location.
Island is open daily from noon until 9 p.m. A private dining room is
available for large groups. Call for reservations. Families with
children are welcome and there is a value-priced kids’ menu. A
takeout menu is available.
April 4, 2013
Studio 12 celebrating its 10th year in business
two major hurricanes and a five-year recession, Studio 12 located on
Hatteras Island in the town of Avon is beginning its 10th year of
business with a series of celebrations.
Studio 12, the working
studio of artists Gary and Carolyn Schena and a gallery representing
over 25 North Carolina artists, kicked off the celebration with a party
on March 29.
In 2004, the Schenas relocated
to Hatteras Island. They gathered family and friends at Ramp 34 North
of Avon and tied the knot. Ten days later, they opened Studio 12.
The beginnings of their business were simple, a paint-your-own pottery
shop that offered bisque (once-fired clay pieces) in a variety of forms
and shapes for people to paint.
But, it was more that just making souvenirs that the Schenas were offering.
asked ourselves, if we could contribute one thing to the world what
would it be, and the answer was peace -- peace starting at the
individual level,” the couple said in a news release. “We know
that when we are at peace with ourselves everything around us changes,
our relationship with our children, our spouse, our co-workers and even
strangers. When we are not caught up in the stress of life and have a
moment to take a breath and relax, the world just seems like a better
place. Painting pottery is a fun way to experience some of that peace.”
Studio turned out to be a great marriage of the Schenas’ individual
skills. Gary had worked as an accountant on Wall Street for nearly 15
years, while Carolyn had spent years teaching children and adults as an
interpretive ranger utilizing her degrees in art and environmental
As the Schenas’ artistic abilities and
interests grew so did the Studio. Soon mosaics were added and then
glass fusion. All the while, the Schenas were developing their
own artistic talents. Gary began throwing pottery on the wheel, while
Carolyn was happy to pull out paint brushes and start recording the
beauty of Hatteras Island on canvas. Together they have developed a
line of high-relief tiles, as well as silver and clay jewelry and
In their years of business, the Schenas
have had challenges and triumphs along the way. Hurricane Irene
found them with almost 2 feet of water in their retail shop, but within
that same year they expanded their studio to add an additional 800 feet
of gallery space and an office for Gary to set up his tax and
accounting practice. The Schenas were also chosen to represent North
Carolina at the National Christmas Tree Lightning Ceremony in
“While we always planned on being in business
for at least 10 years,” says Carolyn, “I could not have imagined all of
the incredible things we have experienced; the most positive of those
being our customers who have become like family. Single couples that
visited us when we first opened have come back with their babies to put
footprints on plates and now those babies are painting pottery of their
Studio 12 will have a series of events throughout 2013 to
celebrate their 10th year including meet the artists and special
workshops and classes. Details on all of the events for the 2013
season can be found at www.studio12hatteras.com
Red Drum Pottery has new location
Drum Pottery has relocated to a renovated island home in Frisco, just
across from the Native American Museum and Natural History Center.
along with the pottery are the Banjo Island concerts in a new venue. A
grand opening party is planned for Wednesday, May 15, where the new Bob
Bates Theater will be unveiled with the first performance of Banjo
Island in the new theater. Thereafter every week at 7:30 p.m. through
the fall, there will be bluegrass music each Wednesday. Tickets are $10
and $1 of every ticket sale will be donated to Hatteras Island Meals
The New Red Drum Pottery will be a collection of the
works of Rhonda Bates and Wes Lassiter, including locally made pottery,
tiles, ornaments, jewelry, paintings and works from Eastern North
Carolina's potters along with wood fired pieces from Red Drum Potteries
wood kiln "Archie".
In addition, starting Memorial Day, Red Drum
Pottery will be offering an evening coffee house, serving coffee,
espresso drinks and lattes. The coffee house will be open to those who
need a place to stretch out, catch up on their e-mail, or socialize
with friends and family.
The pottery will be open seven days a
week from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. until Memorial Day. During the summer
season, gallery hours will be from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. and the coffee
shop will be open from 4 until 10 p.m.
On May 18, Banjo Island
will host Tony Trischka in concert. Trischka is the foremost banjo
player in the world and has a Grammy to his credit, IBMA banjo player
of the year, Bluegrass Album of the Year, and has produced Steve
Martin's work for the last few years. He will be hosting a banjo
workshop that day for intermediate for advanced students.
For more information, go to http://www.reddrumpottery.com.
School ball field dedicated to Grady Austin
Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies baseball field was
dedicated to the late Grady S. Austin, a graduate of the school who was
also a teacher, coach, and administrator there, before the ballgame on
Thursday, March 28. Among the speakers was Dare County
Commissioner Allen Burrus. Students, athletes, co-workers, family
members, and friends of Austin were present at the ceremony.
March 12, 2013
NCBBA adds Ocracoke School to its scholarship program
North Carolina Beach Buggy Association is a highly visible Dare County,
non-profit 501(c)3 charitable group founded in 1964. In 2014, the
association will be 50 years old and is planning a celebration and
gathering of old and new friends in Dare County on Oct. 4, 2014.
More details will be released soon. Newsletters from 1964 (nostalgic)
to 2013 are posted at www.ncbba.org.
There are many exciting
activities planned leading up to the 50th anniversary, and one of the
first is the expansion of the NCBBA educational scholarship program.
program was approved by the NCBBA Board of Directors in 1998 and
provides a four-year ($2,000) renewable scholarship for higher
education to one graduating student from both Cape Hatteras and Manteo
January 2005, First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills was added to
the list of Dare County high schools and became a part of the
In January 2010, the program was extended
to NCBBA members for retraining or members’ children for higher
education in the wake of many lost jobs and a reeling national economy.
On March 2, the NCBBA Board of Directors voted to extend the
scholarship program to the Ocracoke School in Hyde County and will
present one graduating student with a four-year scholarship.
2013-2014 school years represents NCBBA’s 15th consecutive year
awarding $2,000 renewable scholarships for higher education. More than
$50,000 has been awarded by the association since the inception of the
program. Currently, 11 students are recipients of the scholarship and
four more will be added at the NCBBA Annual Meeting and Pig Pick on May
25 at 1 p.m. at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Building.
for NCBBA scholarships are available from guidance counselors in the
Dare and Hyde county high schools or by contacting Director Mike
Metzgar at Mike.Metzgar@NCBBA.org.
More information about NCBBA is available at email@example.com
February 28, 2013
Hatteras Girl Scouts Host Collection Drive for Outer Banks SPCA
Scout Daisy Troop 4030 and Brownie Troop 4175 have been working
together throughout the month of February to host a collection drive
for the Outer Banks SPCA. In early February, the two troops met to
decorate donation boxes and a poster advertising the collection drive
that they later placed the lobby at Cape Hatteras Elementary School.
The troops also learned about the mission of the SPCA.
addition to seeking donations at their school, the Girl Scouts also
went out into the community to ask their friends, family, and neighbors
to contribute to the collection drive. They put flyers up in local
businesses and set up a donation box at Ace Hardware in Avon for
community members to participate. Some girls even used some of their
own money to purchase items to donate.
On Thursday, Feb. 21, the
SPCA brought their van to Cape Hatteras Elementary and the Girl Scouts
helped load the van with all of the donations. The SPCA was very
appreciative of all of the items collected and donated by the Girl
Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, a United Way
Agency, serves more than 16,000 girls in grades K through 12 and over
6,000 adult volunteers in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North
Carolina. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and
character, who make the world a better place. For more information,
visit gsccc.org or call 1-800-77SCOUT.
Counseling services now available on Hatteras
Groetsch, MSEd., is a North Carolina licensed professional counselor
and a national board certified counselor who has begun offering
counseling services at In Touch Massage and Wellness Center in Frisco.
a Frisco resident, has worked for the past 18 years with women, men,
and young adults with issues such as depression/anxiety, grief/loss,
relationship issues, addiction/co-dependency. She is certified in
Gestalt therapy and holistic stress management.
will be offering counseling services by appointment five days a week
and some evenings as well. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield
insurance and will offer a sliding fee scale.
you have any questions for Groetsch or want to make an appointment, you
can reach her at Hateras Island Counseling, 252-561-5315, or by
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 11, 2013
Community Garden donates produce to Buxton food pantry
Harvesters Inc. (CHI) and Dare County Master Gardeners harvested and
donated fresh, locally grown vegetables to the Cape Hatteras United
Methodist Men’s Food Pantry in Buxton in late January. Collards, kale,
and colorful mixed salad greens were picked at CHI’s Hatteras Island
The vegetable crop was planted with the goal of benefiting the local communities.
is the second year we have cultivated organically grown produce to be
distributed through food pantries. Last year much of the produce was
given to the Salvo pantry after the tri-village area was severely
impacted by Hurricane Irene,” said Carol Bauer, CHI’s garden co-manager.
Buxton church pantry has served the community since its establishment
in 1990. According to Walt Fulcher, one of the founding fathers, the
pantry served 3,079 individuals last year. The need is greatest in the
winter months when unemployment rises. The group provides food to those
referred by Dare County Social Services or a minister.
And did people enjoy having fresh produce provided by the community garden?
“It was very well received”, stated an enthusiastic Ray Schaaf, who helps distribute food at the pantry each week.
and Master Gardener volunteers as well as other community volunteers
care for the garden located behind Fox Watersports in Buxton. If
interested in helping with the ongoing project, please contact Rick
Anzolut at 804-720-7682.
is a non-profit organization dedicated to making healthy foods
available to Outer Banks communities. The group also manages the
Hatteras Island Farmer's Market, held weekly during the summer months
Coastal Harvesters Photo
left to right, gardeners Clair Mechtly, Carol Bauer, and Carol Seaman
delivering locally grown, organic produce to Cape Hatteras United
Methodist Men's Food Pantry.
Shore Details donates to Hatteras Island Food Pantry
early February, Pam Stoffel of Shore Details Cottage Care, presented a
check for $425 to Walt Fulcher of the Hatteras Island Food Pantry,
which is located at the Buxton United Methodist Church.
money was raised through the sale of the company’s Shore Discount Card,
which offers discounts at local shops and from local service providers.
Each year, owners Pam and Rene Stoffel, donate a percentage of the card
sales to a local non-profit, which is chosen through voting on the
Shore Details Facebook page.
“The Shore Discount Card is a
wonderful way for guests, homeowners, and local businesses to share
together in ‘Project Giving Back,’” Pam Stoffel says. “This project was
our dream, and it became a reality through the Shore Discount Card.”
card is available for individuals to purchase and for homeowners to
purchase for their guests. More information and a list of
participating businesses ae available on the Shore Details website, www.shoredetails.com.
January 14, 2013
Tobacco-free ordinance in effect for Dare County facilities and vehicles
A tobacco-free ordinance went into effect on Jan. 1, prohibiting tobacco use in Dare County facilities and vehicles.
new ordinance prohibits smoking, except in designated areas, and the
use of tobacco on the grounds of any Dare County government building,
grounds of Parks and Recreation facilities, Dare County Public
Libraries, the Manteo Airport and the grounds of any facilities owned,
leased, occupied, or operated by Dare County. Tobacco use is also
prohibited in county vehicles.
County is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace and
environment in all facilities and grounds for its employees, citizens
and the visiting public, and to reducing the economic costs of tobacco
use to Dare County and its citizens. Dare County recognizes the public
health risks of tobacco use and secondhand smoke for non-smokers and
the need to minimize the harmful effects of tobacco use among staff and
eliminate secondhand smoke.
County is dedicated to provide a healthy and safe environment for all
our employees and citizens. Prohibiting smoking on our buildings,
grounds and in county vehicles allows everyone to enjoy clean air and
will hopefully encourage and act as motivation for smokers who want to
quit,” said Dare County manger, Robert Outten.
may file a complaint with his/her supervisor or facility manager
against anyone who does not comply with the ordinance. Dare County
employees who violate the ordinance will be subject to sanctions
consistent with human resources policies.
by members of the public may result in a $50 fine. For more information
on the ordinance, visit www.darenc.com. For information on quitting or
for help quitting tobacco, please call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
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