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The Ocracoke year in pictures

By Peter Vankevich and Connie Leinbach

2015 was an eventful year on Ocracoke. Below are some of the highlights in photos.

A new, regulation baseball field opened in March at Community Park at the end of Maurice Ballance Road. This photo by Kari Styron shows the excitement of playing baseball on Ocracoke. Click here .

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Karen, Kevin and Lulu Perez were winners in the 2015 5K/10K. Click here y acqui.

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A mystery boat washed up to shore raising speculation its purpose. Click here

Philip Howard's traditional clam chowder for the Ocracoke Preservation Society and Sherry Atkinson's innovative clam chowder were the top winners in the Clam Chowder Cook-off in April. The 2016 event will be March 22 in the Ocracoke Community Center.

Philip Howard’s traditional clam chowder for the Ocracoke Preservation Society and Sherry Atkinson’s innovative clam chowder were the top winners in the Clam Chowder Cook-off in April to benefit Ocracoke Child Care. The 2016 event will be March 26 in the Ocracoke Community Center. Click here .

 

Penny and Victor perform at the 2015 Ocrafolk Fest. Photo by P. Vankevich

Penny and Victor perform at the 2015 Ocrafolk Festival. Click here  .

 

 

Fig Fest 2015

Islander Ruth Toth, left, won the traditional category for her cake and Danielle Kalnas of New Jersey won innovative in the annual Fig Cake Bake-off during the Fig Fest Aug. 14, Click here .

Maren Donlon and Emilia Jordan. Photo by P. Vankevich

Maren Donlon and Emilia Jordan began their “Island Girl Talk” radio show on WOVV 90.1 FM. Click here

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Passenger ferry from Massachusetts visits Ocracoke. Click here .

Kayaking in the flood waters near Ocracoke Coffee Co.

Kayaking in the Hurricane Joaquin flood waters in early October near Ocracoke Coffee Co.
Photo by Melinda Sutton.

Water rises in Silver Lake Harbor from storms in early October. Photo by Catherine Farley

Water rises in Silver Lake Harbor from storms in early October. Photo by Catherine Farley

For storm stories, click here.

 

Blackbeard's Pirate Jamboree

Blackbeard, right, played by Chris Suttle, and Steve Whetzel begin the three-ship battle with Lt. Robert Maynard during the Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree Oct. 31. Photo by Natasha Jackson.

The Battle of Ocracoke in Silver Lake Harbor on Saturday. Photo by Natasha Jackson

The Battle of Ocracoke in Silver Lake Harbor on Saturday. Photo by Natasha Jackson

All week long, Ocracoke had been under a Code Orange as pirates in large numbers were being seen in the Pamlico Sound. There was uncertainty as to whether they would invade Portsmouth or Ocracoke. On Oct. 30,  Ocracoke became CODE RED. The pirates had landed. Click here 

Blanche Jolliff Howard

Blanche Jolliff Howard, left, kin to many islanders, received the Ocracoke Preservation Heritage Award in November. She is pictured here with cousin Amy Howard, OPS administrator.

Sydney Austin. Photo by Gwen Austin

Sydney Austin was MVP during the 2015 Holiday Basketball Tournament. Photo by Gwen Austin.            

Ocracoke‘s Sydney Austin was one of nine high school student-athletes nationwide honored by the WBCA and MaxPreps for the week of Dec.8. Click here

This just in... literally. Doing some late night work in the Ocracoke Observer office, i.e. my porch, when this guy showed up to hit the cat dish.

This just in… literally. Doing some late night work in the Ocracoke Observer office, i.e. Peter Vankevich’s porch, when this guy showed up to raid the cat dish.

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High waters in Silver Lake Harbor after the fall storms. Photo by P. Vankevich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High waters in Silver Lake Harbor after the fall storms. Photo by P. Vankevich

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  1. Thank you for doing such a great job keeping us off-islanders updated on all the happenings on our beloved island – both on-line and in print. You guys are TERRIFIC!!!!