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Ocracoke students create monitor to study water quality

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Ocracoke eighth graders recently deployed a water-quality monitoring buoy (Dolphin BOB) they crafted with David Sybert, second from right, an education specialist with Coastal Studies Institute, Wanchese. Student John Brodisch , foreground, watches as Ocracoke eighth graders get ready to deploy a water monitoring buoy (Dolphin BOB) they crafted with David Sybert, second from right, an education specialist with Coastal Studies Institute, Wanchese. From left, Samantha Sutton, Starr Ely and Jeyson Resendiz. Left, the buoy is deployed. Student John Brodisch , foreground, watches as the buoy is deployed off the NCCAT pier.

By Connie Leinbach
Ocracoke eighth graders learning about the science of water recently created a monitor with assistance from David Sybert, an education specialist with Coastal Studies Institute, Wanchese.
The class anchored the monitor off the NCCAT pier.
Science teacher Patricia Piland said the monitor will be in the water for a year and take readings of water temperature, PH, salinity, humidity, barometric pressure and more.
“A neutral PH is optimum for fish health,” noted Jeyson Resendez, one of the students.
“Fish don’t like acidity,” Piland added.
The monitor gathers data every 10 minutes then the students download the data to the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) website.
“This will help people studying the Sound,” Sybert said.
It also will be good for people fishing.
“If you have a good fishing day, you will be able to check the data by going to the SECOORA website” he said.
Then, keep checking the data for the same conditions another time.
“This is real data, and this information isn’t available everywhere else,” Piland added.
Update: Shortly after the buoy was deployed, it toppled over into the water due to water seepage into the PVC pipe structure and the black box that holds the computer, Piland reported. The students retrieved the buoy and are figuring out how to make it water tight.

Deputies to look into a secure lost-and-found

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Notices like the one at left on the post office bulletin board may be a thing of the past if the Hyde County Sheriff’s Department establishes a secure lost-and-found.

In a recent editorial, we noted how Ocracoke does not have an official lost-and-found location. It is not unusual to see a set of keys or a hand-written flyer seeking a lost cell phone attached to the bulletin board at the Post Office. We proposed that a lockbox be installed at the Hyde County Sherriff’s Office to place found items and report missing ones when it is closed. Deputy Sergeant Jason Daniels agrees. He said they do receive lost wallets frequently and do all they can to find the owners.

“We’ve gotten wallets with money still in them,” he said.

He is going see if a secure depository, similar to a bank night deposit box, could be installed through the outside wall of their office located along Irvin Garrish Highway.

We commend him and the department for supporting this proposal.

Ocracoke needs to be heard on passenger ferry service

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The idea of having a passenger-only ferry service from Hatteras to Ocracoke has been around for a long time.  Due to the longer route the car ferries have to travel between the two islands, it is once again getting scrutiny.  The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division has started a feasibility study to see if this additional means of traveling to Ocracoke could be possible.
Passenger ferries traveling from Hatteras Island directly into Ocracoke’s village harbor has a lot of appeal for many reasons. It would reduce the congestion in the village, save on fuel, and permit the “day-trippers” to spend more time exploring Ocracoke’s historic village and its many shops and restaurants. The infrastructure today for having people move around the village is better now than it was several years ago. Both golf carts and bicycles can easily be rented, and Hyde County Transit is looking into an open air trolley that would make regular stops at locations such as the Lighthouse, Springer’s Point and throughout the village.
Ed Goodwin, the director of the Ferry Division is enthusiastic about this possible new service. He has said that for it to succeed, many parties in Hyde County would have to cooperate. This should include the Ocracoke islanders, many of whom have worked for the ferry system over the years and/or have made extensive use of the ferries under the most challenging environmental conditions.
As an example, Bob Chestnut, owner of the Ride the Wind Surf Shop, noted one morning on the porch of the Ocracoke Coffee Shop, that if it is a go, near the loading dock there should be a waiting area with a canopy for refuge from the bright sun or rain for passengers awaiting their return trip. Insights like this would be invaluable in gathering as much information as possible to make an informed decision.
We at the Observer commend NCDOT for undertaking this study  and urge Susan Pulliam, the NCDOT’s director of strategic planning and study coordinator, to hold public hearings on Ocracoke to gain the wisdom and experience of our residents.

Corbina Rojo de regreso a la venta por menor y en restaurantes

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Por Peter Vankevich
October 2014

Por primera vez desde el Noviembre pasado, el pez corbina rojo está en venta en Ocracoke Seafood Co. (casa pescadora) También puede ser encontrado en la mayoría de restaurantes en Ocracoke.

La nueva temporada comercial comenzó el 1ro de Septiembre, con algunas restricciones adheridas con respecto al año pasado.  La razón, de la escases de corbina rojo, fue por el exceso de cuota a su captura en Carolina del Norte el pasado Noviembre. Como resultado, la N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries cerro la comercialización y captura de esta especie asta Septiembre 1ro.

En Carolina del Norte, pescadores comerciales no están autorizados a capturar corbina rojo, pero una vez abierta la temporada de pesca, pueden retener cierto número que haya sido capturado accidentalmente mientras se esté pescando otras especies como, pez platija, anchoa, y salmonete entre otros.

Otra regulación tiene que ver con el peso total de la pesca. El peso del pez corvina rojo no debe exceder el total de los demás pescados. Por ejemplo, si un pescador captura 16 platijas, cuatro anchoas y  seis salmonetes que pesan un total de 32 libras. Si siete o más corbina rojos son capturados y pesan un total de 58 libras, eso sería mayor a la de los demás peces y es tomado como una violación. En este caso, algunos corbina rojos tendrían que ser regresados al agua.

Por los últimos años, 10 pescados diarios ha sido el número máximo de captura: esta temporada bajo a siete.  “Corbina rojo ha estado disponible desde la apertura de temporada”, dijo Patty Johnson Plyler, gerente de ventas al por menor de la casa pescadora de Ocracoke (Fish House). Morty Gaskill, un pescador comercial, ha estado supliendo pescado casi a diario. “hay un montón de corbina rojo,” señalo. “Espero conseguir lo máximo de la cuota diaria, especialmente ahora que la temporada de pez platija ha sido abierta.”

 

 

Replacement road signs stolen

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Ray Stotesbury and Harry Clark installing the greatly needed road signs.

Just when Ocracoke village started getting its many missing road signs reinstalled Thursday (Sept. 25), the effort ran into a snag. This time it was not a hurricane.

Two road signs of the 70 plus that were placed on the ground at their new positions Tuesday afternoon were stolen, poles and all.

Hyde County workers Ray Stotesbury and Harry Clark were installing a new two-way sign at Pilot Town Road and NC 12 (at the south end ferry dock) and mentioned the stolen signs.

Bill Rich, Hyde County manager, contacted Thursday, said that one was a three-way sign and one was a double sign for Southpoint and NC 12.  Two old signs—for Sarah Ellen and Martha Jane drives—also were stolen.

Rich said he filed a theft report with the Hyde County sheriff’s department. He asked that residents keep their eyes open for the missing signs and, if spotted, call the sheriff’s office at (252) 928-7301.

In addition, while Irvin Garrish Highway is still named as such, the new signs say “NC 12.”

Missing street signs can be a serious matter.

“We have new emergency medical responders from off the island and they don’t know the streets,” said Dick Jacoby, president of the Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department.

Thus, while people may think its fun to take street signs, loss of these directional aids could endanger lives, Jacoby noted.

The Ocracoke Observer recently printed an editorial about the important need to get road signs restored.

 

The Ocracoke Health Center to hold flu shot clinic October 1

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The Ocracoke Health Center will  hold a flu shot clinic on October 1, 2014 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The health center files Medicare, NC Medicaid, Tricare, United Health Care, Medcost, and Blue Cross.
If you are uninsured, please inquire about the Medical Value Plan (MVP) plan to help with costs.
If you have questions contact:

Jamie Tunnell Carter, C.O.O.
phone 252-928-1511
fax 252-928-7391

 

Ocracoke Health Center
305 Back Road
PO Box 543
Ocracoke, NC 27960

 

 

Today (9/24) Starting 5 p.m. Down Creek ‘Expose Yourself to Art’ openings to feature Roy Revels

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Roy Revels.

By Ruth Fordon

Contemporary modern art leaves interpretation to the viewer, and island artist Roy Revels likes to do just that.
His new and old works will be on view in Down Creek Gallery, 260 Irvin Garrish Hwy. starting Wednesday, Sept. 24, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

Revels’ paintings are abstract and his 2-D and 3-D sculptures sometimes are part of an installation telling a story, or as stand-alone art.“It is me creating an atmosphere, an image, something to make people use their imagination,” he says about his art. He likes art that is untitled, temporary, a message that life is composed of moments that are constantly changing and transforming. Revels is a self-taught artist influenced by many different things, and likes to work in different media.

He likes to make people think and for his art to have a different meaning for each individual. With his 3-D sculptures, he often creates wire cages around his object.Once, one of his 2-D exhibits was a wall of white crucifixes, a silent message to be interpreted by the viewer. While his sculptures are carefully planned and consciously constructed, his paintings are completely abstract.

Revels’ paintings are more of an unconscious action: he doesn’t know where he is going when he starts, but always knows when it is time to stop.Ocracoke is known for it fine artists and Revels, co-owner of Zillie’s Island Pantry, has been part of a local group of like-minded artists called the Ocracoke Five.

Composed of Bob Ray, Ann Ehringhaus, Debbie Wells and Barbara Hardy, the five have chosen to share their art collaboratively in outdoor exhibitions framed by unusual island locations, such as an abandoned WWII bunker and at the Ocracoke Convenience Site (the dump).

These exhibits are usually spontaneous happenings, advertised by word-of-mouth, and popular events among the local island population.Revels has exhibited at many North Carolina galleries, from Manteo to Asheville, and his most recent exhibition was at Barton College, Wilson, in 2012.

His Down Creek Gallery show will be on permanent display there.

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Untitled sculpture by Roy Revels.

UNCTV features the Ocracoke fig cake

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Some of the competition at the Fig Cake Bake-off and end-of-summer celebration in Community Square Aug. 15. Photo by Peter Vankevich

North Carolina Now to feature Ocracoke figs
Tuesday, September 23rd 7:30 p.m.

Bob Garner travels to Ocracoke in search of Ocracoke’s legendary dessert-the Ocracoke fig cake.  http://www.unctv.org/content/ncnow/schedule 

More on Ocracoke figs:
Gaskill takes fig cake bake-off traditional honors, Vankevich innovative
Figs on Ocracoke 

 

Ferries Hatteras Inlet de comenzar una nueva, programación de otoño 23 de septiembre

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El ferry de Hatteras-Ocracoke en medio de la Barney Slough, o, la ruta larga, que dura aproximadamente una hora. Foto por personal Ocracoke Observador.

 

Manns Harbor-La ruta de ferry Hatteras-Ocracoke cambiará a nuevo, programación de otoño intermedia 23 de septiembre que se extenderá hasta el lunes 10 de noviembre.

Este cambio entrará en la ruta desde su pico de verano de 36 salidas desde ambos lados de cada día hasta el 30.

“Constantemente estamos evaluando los patrones de tráfico y carga de pasajeros para obtener el mejor partido de dinero de los contribuyentes”, dijo el Director de la División de Ferry Ed Goodwin. “Este horario intermedio caída permite el tráfico de temporada media fácil acceso a Ocracoke e Islas Hatteras, y al mismo tiempo que nos permite dar marcha atrás a nuestro calendario la temporada alta un poco más temprano.”

En el pasado, la ruta Hatteras Inlet fue directamente de su horario de verano a su horario de invierno a principios de octubre.

En el pasado, la ruta Hatteras Inlet fue directamente de su horario de verano a su horario de invierno a principios de octubre.

A partir del 23 de septiembre, el horario de la ruta Hatteras-Ocracoke será el siguiente:

Saliendo Hatteras: 5 am, 6, 8, 8:30, 9,9: 30, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30, Noon, 12:30 pm, 1, 1:30, 2, 02:30 , 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5,5: 30, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 9, 11, y la medianoche.

Saliendo Ocracoke: 4:30 am, 6:30, 7: 30,9: 30, 10, 10.30, 11, mediodía, 12:30 pm, 1,1: 30, 2, 02:30, 3, 3 : 30, 4, 04:30, 5, 5:30, 6,6: 30, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9, 09:30, 10:30, y 12:30a.m.

El horario de invierno Hatteras-Ocracoke comenzará Martes, 11 de noviembre, con 18 salidas desde ambos lados de cada día. Otras rutas de ferry también harán cambios de horario estacionales. La ruta Cedar Island-Ocracoke cambiará Sept.30, a su programación de otoño, mientras que las rutas Swan Quarter-Ocracoke y Southport-Fort Fisher harán la transición a sus horarios fuera de temporada.

Horarios para las siete rutas de ferry de Carolina del Norte se pueden encontrar en línea enhttp: //www.ncdot.gov/download/transit/ferry/ferryschedule.pdf.

Manns Harbor—The Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route will change to new, intermediate fall schedule Sept. 23 that will run through Monday, Nov. 10.
This change will take the route from its summertime peak of 36 departures from both sides each day down to 30.
“We are constantly evaluating traffic patterns and passenger loads to get the best bang for the taxpayer’s buck,” said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. “This intermediate fall schedule allows shoulder season traffic easy access to Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands, while also allowing us to back off our peak season schedule a little earlier.”
In the past, the Hatteras Inlet route went directly from its summer schedule to its winter schedule in early October.
Beginning Sept. 23, the schedule for the Hatteras-Ocracoke route will be as follows:
Departing Hatteras: 5 a.m., 6, 8, 8:30, 9,9:30, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30, Noon, 12:30 p.m., 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5,5:30, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 9, 11, and midnight.

Departing Ocracoke: 4:30 a.m., 6:30, 7:30,9:30, 10, 10:30, 11, Noon, 12:30 p.m., 1,1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6,6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9, 9:30, 10:30, and 12:30 a.m.

The Hatteras-Ocracoke winter schedule will begin Tuesday, Nov. 11,  with 18 departures from both sides each day. Other ferry routes also will make seasonal schedule changes. The Cedar Island-Ocracoke route will switch Sept.30, to its fall schedule, while the Swan Quarter-Ocracoke and Southport-Fort Fisher routes will transition to their off-season schedules.
Schedules for all seven North Carolina ferry routes can be found online athttp://www.ncdot.gov/download/transit/ferry/ferryschedule.pdf.

Manns Harbor-La ruta de ferry Hatteras-Ocracoke cambiará a nuevo, programación de otoño intermedia 23 de septiembre que se extenderá hasta el lunes 10 de noviembre.

Este cambio entrará en la ruta desde su pico de verano de 36 salidas desde ambos lados de cada día hasta el 30.

“Constantemente estamos evaluando los patrones de tráfico y carga de pasajeros para obtener el mejor partido de dinero de los contribuyentes”, dijo el Director de la División de Ferry Ed Goodwin. “Este horario intermedio caída permite el tráfico de temporada media fácil acceso a Ocracoke e Islas Hatteras, y al mismo tiempo que nos permite dar marcha atrás a nuestro calendario la temporada alta un poco más temprano.”

En el pasado, la ruta Hatteras Inlet fue directamente de su horario de verano a su horario de invierno a principios de octubre.

En el pasado, la ruta Hatteras Inlet fue directamente de su horario de verano a su horario de invierno a principios de octubre.

A partir del 23 de septiembre, el horario de la ruta Hatteras-Ocracoke será el siguiente:

Saliendo Hatteras: 5 am, 6, 8, 8:30, 9,9: 30, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30, Noon, 12:30 pm, 1, 1:30, 2, 02:30 , 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5,5: 30, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 9, 11, y la medianoche.

Saliendo Ocracoke: 4:30 am, 6:30, 7: 30,9: 30, 10, 10.30, 11, mediodía, 12:30 pm, 1,1: 30, 2, 02:30, 3, 3 : 30, 4, 04:30, 5, 5:30, 6,6: 30, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9, 09:30, 10:30, y 12:30a.m.

El horario de invierno Hatteras-Ocracoke comenzará Martes, 11 de noviembre, con 18 salidas desde ambos lados de cada día. Otras rutas de ferry también harán cambios de horario estacionales. La ruta Cedar Island-Ocracoke cambiará Sept.30, a su programación de otoño, mientras que las rutas Swan Quarter-Ocracoke y Southport-Fort Fisher harán la transición a sus horarios fuera de temporada.

Horarios para las siete rutas de ferry de Carolina del Norte se pueden encontrar en línea enhttp: //www.ncdot.gov/download/transit/ferry/ferryschedule.pdf.

 

Ocracoke’s fall litter sweep: September 27

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Members of Ocracoke Boy Scout Troop No. 290 help with the Annual Litter Sweep in April. From left are Liam Caswell, Darvin Contreras, Kevin Perez, Cody Pinter, Juan Morales, Andrew Tillett, Brandon O’Neal and Chris Salerno, one of the leaders.

If you’ve noticed that Ocracoke seems to be cleaner looking in the past couple of years, you are probably right.

Island volunteers have been participating twice a year in the state’s roadside cleanup known as the Litter Sweep.  They will do so again on Saturday, September 27.

Volunteers should show up at 10 a.m. at the Ocracoke School (120 School House Rd) for instructions, bags and, if needed, gloves. Work will last about two hours.

Once again coordinated by Dolores Gilbert, the school, scout troops and many others will join forces for some clean fun. Last year about 100 bags of trash were filled. 

For those who have participated in the past and would like to do their same area again, or can’t participate that day yet would like to help out, contact Dolores at dsgilbert13@gmail.com.

Here’s a bonus, show up a little early and enjoy a cup of coffee and muffin provided by the Ocracoke Coffee Shop.

 

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Coordinator Dolores Gilbert and science teacher Jennifer Garrish study the village map to see what areas still need to be covered. Student Zoe Huppert awaits her assignment.
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