General Island Information

Information about Ocracoke Island, NC; Information about living on Ocracoke–a barrier island off the North Carolina coast in Hyde County

Sustainability

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September 2013 By BJ Oelschlegel I have spoken about the resources with which our community has to work. Some are not tangible but have a powerful...

New wheel-chair ramps proposed for Ocracoke pedestrian beach access

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August 2013 by Connie Leinbach Ocracoke Islanders at­tending the public presentation July 17 of the NPS plan to renovate access points to the National Seashore overwhelmingly...

Are we ever going to catch a break?

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April 2013 by BJ Oelschlegel As a resident of Oc­racoke, I have of­ten felt like “The Lone Ranger,” living in a small category of commu­nities that...

Want to Learn Spanish? Teach Some English

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May 2013 by Peter Vankevich  Imagine wanting to learn another lan­guage when you live in an area where there are no evening classes that provide that...

Guess the Gadget

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  April 2014 By Jim Borland Welcome to “Guess the Gadget” a monthly reader participation series. Here’s how it works: First examine the photo of the monthly...

From the archives: Invasive phragmites–the “uncommon” common reed

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By Pat Garber Driving along the winding lanes that border marshlands in eastern North Carolina, one might notice a tall, lovely grass, its feather-like tassels...

I’m dreaming of a blue Christmas…

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Holiday 2011 By Ken DeBarth, PA-C During the dark days be­tween Thanksgiving and Christmas, we will all be bombarded with advertisements, songs and carols, and movies...

Henry’s Kitchen: Questions, answers on buying fish on Ocracoke

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Henry's Kitchen August 2011 By Henry Schliff Questions: What fish are caught locally? When are they available? What are some good cooking methods? Bluefish: A dark meat, full-flavored...

First aid for fishing injuries

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August 2010 By Ken DeBarth We all expect every­thing to work out well. We expect to catch fish, have a good time, and return home safely....

Ocracoke Navigator

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The Ocracoke Observer, founded in 1999, is a free, monthly community print newspaper covering island news and culture March to December, and is available...