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Inside This Issue your life on the Crystal Coast
12 Ask the Aquarium Have you ever seen a purple starfish before?
Neither had this month’s askers, who found one on the beach in Ocean Isle. See a picture and learn a little bit more about these local invertebrates.
13 9 Ways To Slow Your Holidays ‘Tis the season for the added stress of holiday
baking, gift buying, families and parties. Don’t let these seasonal stressors turn into health problems! There are a few things you can do to help.
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‘Tis the season to be jolly! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our readers along the Crystal Coast. Welcome Santa!
14 Timberdoodles! If you’ve never heard of Timberdoodles, it’s ok!
Neither had we! It might sound like the name of a Christmas elf, but it’s actually one of the many nicknames of the American Woodcock. So cute!
22 Love of Christmas Pastor Paul Ortiz of the Island Church shares his
thoughts on the reason for the season, asking us to stop and reflect on this most precious gift.
Things To Do................................................ 8 Christmas Cheer at the BHS...........................11 MHC Downtown Countdown..........................11 Crystal Coast Choral Society. . .........................11 Lost Crab Pot Cleanup Scheduled.................. 15
11 BEAUFORT CHRISTMAS The Beaufort Historical Society’s Christmas programs.
15 CRAB POT CLEANUP Time to get those old, lost crab pots out of everyone’s way!
12 ASK THE AQUARIUM Have you ever seen a sea star? How about a purple one?
13 SLOW YOUR HOLIDAYS Nine ways you can reduce your stress load this holiday season.
Hooked Up Fishing..................................... 23 Diving Our Coast.. ....................................... 24 Tides. . ....................................................... 25
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Teaching the next generation a Biblical worldview. One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. ~Psalm 145:4
ISLAND CHURCH BIBLE CLASS for kids What we read in God’s Word confirms what we see in God’s world!
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THINGS TO DO
MID–DECEMBER TO MID–JANUARY
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Join us and come see what’s happening in the Biergarten! Cantina Nights every Thursday from 6–10 p.m. Burritos, tacos, nachos, beergaritas, Modelos, sangrias and Los Locos on tap. Live music on the weekends from 7:30–10:30 p.m. For more information visit drinkcoastal.com, call 252354-7911 or stop by at 911 Cedar Point Boulevard in Cedar Point.
to benefit the Crystal Coast Hospice House at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, 3505 Arendell Street in Morehead City. For more information call 252-808-2244.
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Sugarplum Tea Party
[ 11AM–NOON ] Visions of sugarplums will be
coming to life during a very special tea party for the fairest of fairies at Swansboro Dance Studio. Join us for music, dancing and Nutcracker Tea Party fun. Call 910-326-2600, visit the Swansboro Recreation Center at 830 Main Street Extension or register online at swansboro.recdesk.com.
A ‘Dickens’ of a Dinner
[ 7PM ] You are invited to a festive dinner theatre
DICKENS OF A DINNER
Enjoy a festive dinner theatre event of literary proportions at Infusion Cafe, 1012 Arendell Street, Morehead City. Readings from A Christmas Carol, minstrels and more!
of literary proportions! Join us as we retell portions of Dickens’s classic Christmas story and celebrate the season in a most memorable way—featuring readings from A Christmas Carol, wandering minstrels and Christmas fare—all presented in twinkling lantern-lit halls, decked with holiday finery! Tickets required. Seating is limited. Call 252-240-2800 for event information and to guarantee your seats. At Infusion Café, 1012 Arendell Street, Morehead City.
Christmas Sounds on the Sound [ 5–7PM ] Need a break from the hustle and bustle
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MHC CHRISTMAS PARADE
Beginning at 1700 Arendell Street in downtown Morehead City at 11 a.m. Floats, bands, entertainment and Santa in his sleigh will be featured! 8
of Christmas preparations? Camp Albemarle invites you to come spend an evening of Christmas carols and stories around the campfire, with hotdogs and marshmallows for roasting! Join us at Camp Albemarle, 156 Albemarle Drive, Newport. The event is free although donations are always appreciated. Camp Albemarle provides camping, recreation, education and team building programs for all through our faith-based summer camp and other programs. Information is available by going to campalbemarle.org or calling 252-726-4848
DECEMBER 9, 13
Christmas Ornament Yarn Craft for Youth
[ 10–11:30AM ] Join Amy Wills from A Frayed Knot!
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the holidays by making finger-knitted ornaments. No experience needed! This class is recommended for youth ages 6–11. Younger children are welcome with additional support from an adult. All supplies are included. Call 910-326-2600, visit the Swansboro Recreation Center at 830 Main Street Extension or register online at swansboro. recdesk.com.
DECEMBER 9, 10
Crystal Coast Choral Society: A Ceremony of Carols
The Crystal Coast Choral Society, under the direction of Finley Woolston, will perform its annual holiday concert in Onslow and Carteret Counties in December. This year’s concerts will feature Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, accompanied by harpist Vonda Darr. The concert will also include several smaller sacred works as well as some seasonal favorites. All Saints Anglican Church at 292 McCabe Road in Newport will be the location of the first concert on December 9 at 7:30 p.m. Swansboro United Methodist Church at 665 West Corbett Avenue (Highway 24) in Swansboro will be the site of the second concert on December 10 at 3 p.m. Admission is $10 and tickets are available from Choral Society members or can be purchased at the door. Children 5 and under are admitted free. More information is available at crystalcoastchoralsociety.org or on our Facebook page. You can also call 910-358-2997.
Come join the fun at the fifth annual Crystal Coast Hospice House Gingerbread Festival at the Crystal Coast Civic Center! For Christmas lovers, gingerbread enthusiasts, master sculptors, kids, amateurs, professionals and candy connoisseurs of all ages! Enter your edible masterpiece in our competition to benefit SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House and, of course, for a chance to win great prizes and revel in that “gingerbread feeling.” At the Crystal Coast Civic Center, 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City. For more information call 252-808-2244. DECEMBER 9
Intro to Wooden Boat Building [ 9AM–4:30PM ] In this two-day, hands-on course,
students will explore the art of boat building from start to finish. They begin with the design and lofting of boats and move on to the setup, steam bending and different methods of creating the back bone of small boats. In addition, they will learn how to make planking systems, both carvel and lap strake and all the appropriate fastening systems. By the end of the course, students will have the knowledge and skill to choose a design and style of boat to build on their own and the confidence to take on the job. Cost is $135. Minimum age is 16. Advance registration required. At 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-7317.
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Santa at the Aquarium
[ 9AM–5:30PM ] Whispered wishes among the
fishes bring holiday magic to the Aquarium’s Santa by the Sea. Make holiday cards and an ornament and enjoy special treats and games at the Aquarium, all decorated for the season. Tickets include a take-home photo of each child 12 and under with Santa, plus crafts and other seasonal fun. For an additional fee, hop on sleds and slide downhill in a snow-filled sledding area. Event tickets are $9.95 per participant in addition to aquarium admission. Event tickets will be sold on-site only from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the day of. Tickets are required only for children participating in the event. Adults are not required to pay for an event ticket unless they would like to participate in the activities. For details call 252-247-4003 or visit ncaquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores.
Race to the North Pole
[ 10–11AM ] Meet at the parking lot next to the
Dock House on Front Street in Beaufort. This event will feature an adult tricycle race to collect bikes for Toys for Tots. Event organizers are looking for bikes. For more information, call the Holland Shepard Group at 252-504-2400.
Morehead City Christmas Parade
[ 11AM ] Come join the fun! Parade starts at 1700
Arendell Street in downtown Morehead City and ends at 8th and Arendell Streets. Floats, community groups, bands, entertainment and, of course, Santa and his sleigh will be featured. For more information or an entry form, go to downtownmoreheadcity.com.
Beaufort Holiday Art Walk
[ 1–5PM ] Enjoy a festive day in Historic Downtown
Beaufort and celebrate the season with art receptions and open houses at many downtown locations. A wide variety of art from regional artists will be showcased throughout many of the downtown shops, galleries and restaurants. The Art Walk will begin at The Beaufort Historic Site at 130 Turner Street. Art Walk maps will
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be available at participating locations. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 252-728-5225, stop by the Beaufort Historical Association Visitors Center at 130 Turner Street or visit beauforthistoricsite.org.
Pine Knoll Shores Flotilla
[ 5:15–6:15PM ] Flotilla begins at Brock Basin and
ends at McNeil Park. If you are interested in having your boat in the flotilla, please call Natalie Gibble at 252-247-2268.
Fellowship Night: Holiday Party [ 6:30–7:30PM ] Join us for fellowship and fun at
this monthly program geared towards adults with special needs. This month we will be having a holly jolly time for a low-key holiday party. We extend this invitation to anyone who is in their senior year of high school and above. Call 910326-2600, visit the Swansboro Recreation Center at 830 Main Street Extension or register online at swansboro.recdesk.com. DECEMBER 14
THINGS TO DO
Reindeer Run 5k and Merry Mile (Fun Walk/Run)
Ho, ho, GO! Join us for a Reindeer Run 5k Sponsored by Stevenson Chevrolet with an optional Ugly Sweater contest. For the 5K, the run will begin at 8 a.m. at the Swansboro Recreation Center in Municipal Park. Pre-register by December 6 for $20; after that, registration is $30. Registration closes at 7:30 a.m. the day of. Each registration comes with a Reindeer Run 5k T-Shirt and the top three overall finishers will be awarded. The Merry Mile will begin at 9:30 a.m. and also features an optional Ugly Sweater Contest! No ugly sweater? No problem! It is not required to have one to participate. Bring out the entire family for a day of holiday festivities for Santa fest: pictures with Santa, holiday crafts in Santa’s Workshop, children’s candy cane hunt, gingerbread house building and tons more. Stay tuned for more information and event details. Contact us at 910-326-2600 or visit swansboro. recedesk.com.
[ 6–8PM ] Join Gypsybee Studios and Gallery’s
Michelle Johnson Fairchild for a Paint-Along and deck your halls with some one-of-a-kind canvas creations! Choose from one of three designs listed on the event flyer and don’t forget to bring a friend for a special discount! This will fill up fast so make sure to register ahead. Cost is $35 for one person and $60 if you register two! Each ticket includes 10 percent off admission on the next Gypsybee Paint Along and a chance to take home an art print as a door prize. Check out the prints online at gypsybeestudios.com. Call 910-326-2600, visit the Swansboro Recreation Center at 830 Main Street Extension or register online at swansboro. recdesk.com.
[ 8AM–NOON ] Santa Fest is coming to town!
Celebrate the joys of the season with Santa. The Swansboro Recreation Center will be visited by elves and made over into a Santa certified wonderland. We will have tons of activities for children, adults and families. The day will begin with the Reindeer Run 5K and Merry Mile Ugly Sweater Fun Run. After the fun run stay for a full day of holiday festivities: pictures with Santa, holiday crafts in Santa’s Workshop, children’s candy cane hunt, gingerbread house building (registration required) and tons more. Contact us at 910-326-2600 or visit swansboro.recedesk.com.
Olde Fashioned Holiday Market
[ 4:30–8:30PM ] The Olde Beaufort Farmers’
Red Cross Blood Drive
[ 2–7PM ] The Carteret County Chapter of the
American Red Cross is holding a blood drive at Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Community Center at 203 Leisure Lane in Emerald Isle.
Market is pleased to host our annual Olde Fashioned Holiday Market on the courthouse square in Beaufort. The community is buzzing with excitement in anticipation of this beautiful evening event. A multitude of tents, festively lit and
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THINGS TO DO
MID–DECEMBER TO MID–JANUARY
THE EMBERS CHRISTMAS SHOW
This legendary beach music band sings new arrangements of classic Christmas tunes, and a few of their classics. At 1311 Arendell Street, Morehead City. Call 252-495-8919.
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decorated with twinkling lights, red bows and fresh greens, will be filled with over 60 friendly vendors offering homegrown vegetables, wild caught seafood, farm raised meats and eggs and delicious homemade breads and baked goods, all fresh from the farm and the kitchen. The market’s talented local artists and craftspeople will be prepared with creative, unique and quality handcrafted treasures from their studios for your holiday gift shopping list. There will be live music, Santa and Mrs. Claus in the gazebo, a shopping plan for kids, free gift wrapping and food trucks ready to serve you a hot delicious supper! You don’t want to miss this holiday event that fills kids and adults alike with the mesmerizing beauty, joy and happiness of the holidays. For more information call 252-564-8822.
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Red Cross Blood Drive
[ 2–6PM ] Swansboro Parks and Recreation will
be hosting an American Red Cross blood drive. To make this event happen, we need donors to go online and sign up for a time slot. Visit redcross. org/give-blood and find the drive scheduled for December 18 at 830 Main Street Extension and help save a life. For more information visit swansboro.recdesk.com, redcross.org/give-blood or call 910-326-2600.
The Embers Christmas Show
[ 7:30–9:30PM ] We are pleased to again host The
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BONFIRE AT THE BEACH
Come gather around the only approved beach bonfire in Atlantic Beach. You don’t want to miss out on this free and fun event. For more information call 252-726-2121.
Embers for a Christmas show that will get you to your feet. This legendary beach music band sings new arrangements of classic Christmas tunes and a few of their classics. At 1311 Arendell Street, Morehead City. For information or tickets call 252-495-8919.
[ 8AM–5PM ] School’s out for the holidays! Three
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FIRST DAY HIKE
Start the new year off right with a hike on the Yarrow’s Loop Trail or the Elliot Caues Trail at Fort Macon State Park. At 2 p.m. at Fort Macon State Park. Call 252-726-3775.
days of fun-filled activities, arts and crafts and games await at Swansboro Parks and Recreation. This camp is for grades K–5 and spaces fill up fast! Children can be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. and must be picked up by 5:30 p.m. Lunch, two snacks and refillable water bottle will need to be provided each day. Cost per particpant is $25 (resident), $35 (non-resident) per day; $55 (resident), $70 (non-resident) for all three days. Camp must be paid in full at registration. Call 910-326-2600, visit the Swansboro Recreation Center at 830 Main Street Extension or register online at swansboro.recdesk.com.
Bonfire at the Beach
Come gather around the only approved beach bonfire in Atlantic Beach. You don’t want to miss out on this free event. For more information, call 252-726-2121.
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Downtown Countdown [ 5PM–MIDNIGHT ] Downtown Countdown will
bring family fun to the waterfront on New Year’s Eve. Join in the activities for all ages. Kid’s crab pot drop and children’s activities from 5–6 p.m. at Big Rock Landing. Then from 6–8 p.m., teens will enjoy the evening with a glow party, light show, magician, jugglers and more. From 8 p.m. to midnight, 5th Street to 7th Street will have a glow party, light show, stilt walkers and a magician. The night ends with a crab pot drop and fireworks from Sugarloaf Island at midnight. The Morehead City Downtown Countdown is hosted this year by Downtown Morehead City, Inc. For more information visit downtownmoreheadcity.com or call 252-808-0440. • ✪ DECEMBER 31
New Year’s Eve Cannon Blast Celebrate the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 with a blast. Fort Macon will once again be firing off its big guns in celebration of the new year. This year there will be live entertainment starting at 6 p.m. and the cannons will go off at 7 to coincide with midnight Greenwich Mean Time. Feel free to bring a folding chair and picnic meal similar to summer concerts. At Fort Macon State Park, East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For more information call 252-726-3775. • ✪ JANUARY 1
First Day Hike [ 2PM ] Start the new year off right with a hike
in your favorite state park. Fort Macon will be offering two ranger-led hikes this year, both starting from the Visitor Center at 2 p.m. One will be a ¾-mile nature hike on the Yarrow’s Loop Trail and inlet beach. The second hike will be along the 3.2-mile Elliot Caues Trail. At Fort Macon State Park, East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For more information call 252726-3775. €
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he Beaufort Historical Association will host the ninth annual Christmas Candlelight Tour Saturday, December 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. The tour showcases Beaufort’s holiday hospitality and provides a rare glimpse into private historic homes, inns, bed and breakfasts and churches, all elegantly decorated for the season. You’ll be able to enjoy beautifully decorated private homes, including the homes of Kristy and Will Harvey; Megan and Will Ziglar, c.1858 Chadwick House; Laura and Bill Mosier, c.1856 Leecraft House; Margo and Kevin McHugh, c.1904 Mary E. Hendrick House; and Pat Castagna, c.1828 ASA Canaday House. The inns and churches on the tour include the Beaufort Inn, Inn on Turner, Beaufort One Harbor Church, The Lodge, Ann St. Methodist Church, Ann Street Inn, Inlet Inn and Pecan Tree Inn. Also open for the tour this year will be the Cape Lookout National Seashore Visitors Center as well as the Beaufort Historical Association’s Josiah Bell House, c.1825. In addition the Lennar Homes at Beau Coast Community will be hosting a special Winter Wonderland from 7 to 9 p.m on Shearwater Lane with warm beverages, decorated model homes and a space for the community to gather in holiday cheer. Tickets and maps of the tour and information on the homes are available at the BHA Visitors Center at 130 Turner Street and online at beauforthistoricsite.org. Tickets are $16 per person. Guests can stroll through candlelit streets or join the carolers aboard the BHA’s 1967 English double-decker bus for a free ride to their destinations. Earlier in the afternoon on December 9, the Beaufort Art walk celebrates the season for its seventh year, from 1 to 5 p.m. The Art Walk, held in conjunction with the Christmas Candlelight Tour, will begin at the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery located at the Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner Street, where Art Walk maps will be available. The Art Walk is free of charge and is a great opportunity to find one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. The Beaufort Historic Site buildings will also be open for free tours from 2 to 4 p.m. Those who want to see and learn more about the history of the town can take a narrated tour on the double-decker bus at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets for the bus tour are $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 252-7285225, 1-800-575-7483, stop by the Beaufort Historic Site Visitors Center at 130 Turner Street, or visit beauforthistoricsite.org. €
ime to make those New Year’s Eve plans and downtown Morehead City is the place to be! Downtown Morehead City, Inc., is proud to host the free event Downtown Countdown on December 31. The family-friendly event kicks off at 4 p.m. with New Year’s Eve activities for kids near the Big Rock Fountain, including face painting, a magic show, balloon artist, juggler and kid’s crab pot drop at 6 p.m. Teenagers can then enjoy activities from 6 to 8 p.m. courtesy of Emerald Owl Productions, which will provide entertainment and music along with a special light show, games and contests. From 8 p.m. until midnight, celebrate along Evans Street near 6th Street with a light show, live music and entertainment including stilt walkers along the waterfront and a fire dancer show at 11:35 p.m. The evening culminates at midnight with the traditional Crab Pot Drop followed by fireworks from Sugarloaf Island. For more information on activities and sponsors, visit downtownmoreheadcity.com or call 252-808-0440. €
Crystal Coast Choral Society: Music of the Christmas Season
he Crystal Coast Choral Society, under the direction of Finley Woolston, will perform its annual holiday concerts, Music of the Christmas Season, in Onslow and Carteret Counties in December. This year’s concerts will feature Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols accompanied by harpist Vonda Darr. The concert will also include several smaller sacred works of the season as well as some seasonal favorites. Piano accompanist is Teresa Boykin.
CONCERT TIMES All Saints Anglican Church at 292 McCabe Road in Newport will be the location of the first concert this year on December 9 at 7:30 p.m. Swansboro United Methodist Church at 665 West Corbett Avenue (Highway 24), in Swansboro will be the site of the second concert on December 10 at 3 p.m.
TICKETS Admission is $10 and tickets are available from Choral Society members or can be purchased at the door. Children 5 and under are admitted free. The Crystal Coast Choral Society is a non-auditioned group that strives to provide residents of Eastern North Carolina with the opportunity to hear and perform quality choral music and to foster future musicians. Choral Society members come from Onslow, Carteret and Craven counties and range in age from students to grandparents. New members are welcome. More information is available at crystalcoastchoralsociety.org or on our Facebook page. Questions may also be addressed to email@example.com or by calling 910-358-2997. €
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ASK THE AQUARIUM
We found a purple starfish on the beach at Ocean Isle. We’d never seen a purple starfish before! Are they common? A These lovely colored, celestially-shaped animals are fairly common from Cape Hatteras southward. Technically, the purple variety you found is the margined sea star Astropecten. articulatus. They have slender spines (arms) and can measure 5 inches across. “Starfish” has long been the name for this family of animals, but starfish aren’t fish. They are echinoderms, more closely related to their cousins sand dollars and sea urchins, all of which exhibit radial symmetry and move about on tiny tube feet. In recent years, starfish have been more correctly renamed sea stars. Sea stars are sometimes washed on shore by storms or currents, or sometimes caught in fishermen’s nets and wind up on beaches. The specimen you found is a lovely lavender-purple when alive, but fades to a dull gray as it expires once out of water. Like all sea stars, the mouth is on the underside in the center of the arms. At the end of each arm is a tiny eye which can primarily distinguish only light and dark. Tube feet affixed with suction cups line the underside of each arm and are used for moving and feeding. Movement is very slow, only a few inches per minute. Sea stars are carnivorous preying on scallops, clams, mussels, oysters and the like. Fishermen dislike sea stars because they ravage shellfish beds and can deplete fishermen’s catch. Before much was known about the slow moving sea stars, fishermen would cut them up and throw them back into the sea, not knowing that many sea star species can regenerate and create an entirely new animal. Discover more fascinating facts about North Carolina’s aquatic environments and inhabitants by visiting the aquarium. Call 1-800-832-FISH for more information. €
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At top, a Forbes sea star (Asterias forbesi) and a purple margined sea star wind up on the beach after a storm.
Ways To Slow Your Holiday Roll is the season! The holidays are fast approaching … shopping and baking and wrapping, oh my! With all the added stress we face during the holidays, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. And added stressors can cause our blood pressure to rise, our anxiety to peak and our heart rates to increase. Who among us can honestly say the holidays don’t create some added stressors? Family visits, gift buying, cooking and baking, holiday parties … While all of these can bring great joy during this season, they can also wreak havoc on your health and life balance as well as your checkbook. Don’t let these seasonal stressors turn into health problems. Here are some things you can do to stay healthy. ① Schedule time for each task and be realistic! If you have 50 gifts to wrap, don’t wait until the last minute and give yourself only an hour. Set aside an afternoon, settle in with some tea and holiday music and get to wrapping. ② Create a holiday budget ahead of time. Finding that you have overspent at the expense of other needs will only cause stress that takes the joy out of the season. ③ Make a list and check it twice. Lists can be very helpful in time management as well as stress reduction. ④ Get enough sleep! Scheduling tasks in advance and sticking to that schedule will minimize last-minute late nights of shopping, wrapping, baking, etc. ⑤ Work smarter, not harder. Lots of holiday goodies can be baked and frozen nicely in advance, including many cookies, candies and pumpkin rolls. Just pop one out of the freezer a couple of hours before that office holiday potluck and you’ve got dessert! ⑥ Try some deep breathing exercises when you feel stress and anxiety creeping in. Count to 10 slowly, with one deep breath in and out for each number, breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. This allows you to take a moment to regroup while you give your brain some much needed oxygen. ⑦ Stay up to date on immunizations. A flu shot can mean the difference between holiday fun and several miserable days in bed. ⑧ See your healthcare provider now! Get a check-up and make sure you are all set on medication refills, because pharmacy hours may change during the holidays. ⑨ Talk to your healthcare provider if you find that the stress and anxiety of the season are affecting your mood. There are many relaxation techniques and even medications that can help you to feel better during the holidays and all year long. This year, find time to enjoy the season. Happy holidays from White Oak Medical! For more information on stress reduction, mood improvement and how it can positively impact your health, call us today to schedule an appointment at 910-326-3742. We are welcoming new patients! €
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Timberdoodle may sound more like one of Santa’s Christmas elves, but it’s actually one of many nicknames for a unique looking bird called an American Woodcock. Although not a common admission to the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter in Newport, we recently had a Timberdoodle delivered to our care because the chunky little bird suffered head trauma, but we’re not sure how it happened. The American Woodcock, a member of the Sandpiper family, is a stout shorebird with a plump body, short legs, a large round head and a long, straight prehensile bill. Adults are 10 to 12 inches in length and weigh 5 to 8 ounces, with females considerably larger. They have very short tails, which gives them a bulbous look on the ground and in flight. Their wings are broad and rounded compared to other shorebirds. The American Woodcock, although it is indeed a shorebird, lives in and around young forests rather than along bodies of water. They camouflage well in wooded environments because their color pattern is a mix of brown, black, buff and gray, so they spend most of their time hidden in fields and on the forest floor. Their underparts are buff to a tinge of dark orange. Their brownish gray to reddish brown feet and toes are small and not considered strong body parts. What is strong is their long bill that is used to probe the soil to find their favorite food, earthworms. This prehensile, 2½-to-almost 3-inch bill not only pokes into the earth, but an amazing bone and muscle collaboration allows the bird to open and close the tip of its bill while the bill is underground. The underside of the bill and the American Woodcock’s tongue are both rough surfaced enough to grasp slick and slimy prey such as a juicy worm or other invertebrate. Delectable items in the Timberdoodle’s diet also include insect larvae, snails, centipedes, millipedes, spiders, snipe flies, beetles and ants. To initiate the hunt for worms or insects, they stomp their bony feet on the ground to startle the prey into movement the bird can detect before penetrating the ground with their bill in efforts to capture whatever is on the run. They also eat a small amount of plants, mainly seeds, and are most food active at dawn and dusk. The Woodcock’s eyes are large and located high on the head. Although they don’t rely on their eyes to hunt, their immediate visual field is said to be the largest of any bird: 360 degrees horizontally and 180 degrees vertically. The American Woodcock is the only species of woodcock that inhabits North America. American Woodcocks are usually found as far north as Canada rather than the southern Outer Banks, but they do migrate as far south as the Gulf Coast before the harshness of a northern winter. The highest concentrations of Night Partridges (another of this bird’s many nicknames) after winter migration, according to the annual Christmas Bird Count, are found in northern Alabama, although they are occasionally sighted—even during spring breeding season—in the mountainous western areas of North Carolina. Woodcocks migrate at night and fly at low altitudes in small, loose flocks. Their flight speed has been clocked at 16 to 28 mph, however Timberdoodles are also known to fly at the slowest speed ever recorded for a bird: 5 mph! Both October and late February Woodcock migrations are viewed as leisurely compared to the rapid and more direct migrations of most other birds. During breeding season, the male Woodcock sings a series of ground calls and performs high 14 CAROLINA SALT December 2017 / January 2018 » CarolinaSalt.com
spiraling, zigzagging and banking flights at dawn, dusk and on moonlit nights while attempting to woo a mate (or many mates). They will also bob and bow while walking very stiff-legged with wings outstretched toward a female on the ground. After a Woodcock hen is impressed by all that showy display and chooses her fella, she uses leaves and twigs to encircle a shallow depression on the ground to make a comfy home for her one to four eggs. The male is not monogamous and will mate with numerous females. Male American Woodcocks do not help to select a nest site, incubate eggs or feed and rear the young. However, the male will continue to entertain the female with his dazzling courtship rituals for as long as four months beyond hatch day. Hatchlings are precocial, which means they are ready to leave the nest within a few hours of birth, much like chickens, but Mom will feed them and teach them to hunt. The young will be probing for worms within a few days of hatching. It’s fortunate that, although fluffy, the young are born with wellcamouflaged coloring, enabling them to blend into their surroundings. Some observers state they have witnessed frightened youngsters clinging to their mother’s body as she flies them away from danger. Young Bogsuckers (yet another nickname) will make short flights within two weeks of birth, demonstrate excellent aerial maneuvers at three weeks and are ready to move on independently after five weeks. Groups care so much about the Timberdoodle that as recently as October 2017, the 11th American Woodcock Symposium was held in Michigan and focused on steadfastly maintaining this bird. It’s nice to know that probably due to their efforts, the estimated population of the American Woodcock is 5 million, so it does rank as the most common Sandpiper on the continent of North America and it’s also nice to know that people are so impressed when they see an American Woodcock that they immediately come up with a nickname for this little, fat body bird with the very long, skinny bill that looks so unusual and out of place. If you are scouting for one, look for them in young forests, forest edges, old farming fields and wet meadows and look low! The are definitely worth seeing! €
Lost crab pot cleanup to begin This January, with the help of local commercial watermen, the North Carolina Coastal Federation will begin its fifth year of the Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project. This project is a collaboration to clean up lost crab pots from coastal waters. Commercial watermen will collect and remove lost crab pots in select coastal areas up and down the coast. The project targets the removal of lost crab pots because they litter the sounds, create navigational hazards and can trap unsuspecting fish. Past events have proven successful with a total of 4,304 crab pots being removed during the 2017 statewide cleanup, including 1,219 pots in the central coastal region. The Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project takes place from midJanuary to early February when crab pots must be out of the water. Commercial watermen are able to predict where lost pots may end up and can be found based on shifting currents and tides. “We are excited to continue the statewide cleanup in 2018,” said Bree Tillett, coastal specialist and project coordinator for the central coast cleanup. “Both residents and visitors rely on clean waterways and this project helps keep our waters free of debris and employs commercial watermen during a slower time of the year.” This project began in 2014 with funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program and North Carolina Sea Grant to recover crab pots from northeastern North Carolina waters. The General Assembly appropriated $100,000 in both 2016 and 2017 to facilitate the statewide expansion of this project.
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t’s that time of year again. It is amazing how the reason for the season has become so overlooked for all the commercialism and sales pitches endlessly advertised. The push of this advertising for the perfect gift of the season has caused many to miss the greatest gift ever given to the world. Just a little more than 2,000 years ago, Jesus the Christ was born into this world. He was born into this world for reconciling the world to Himself. He was making what man had wronged right. The perfect world God created fell into sin because of the decision of one man to choose against God, as a result all of mankind has continued to fall without hope; that is, until Jesus the Christ was born. With His birth, not only was there hope; but there was finally an eternal way to God. Jesus would live the perfect life no one could ever live. He met the requirement of Moses’ Law for us and then instead of reaping the reward of His accomplishment; He instead died a criminal’s death in our place. He died saying those very words to God the Father on our behalf: “It is accomplished!” Referencing in life and death, He had completed the task of redeeming all of creation. You and I are part of that creation. Christ came for one purpose. God had you in mind when Jesus was born into this world. Jesus had you in mind when He endured the suffering of a horrific death on a cruel cross. He now has you in mind as He sits resurrected from death at the right hand of God the Father and advocates for you daily. He now serves as your eternal high priest. We don’t need a go-between any longer. Through Jesus Christ, we now have direct access to the throne of God. “In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” EPHESIANS 3:12
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
EPHESIANS 3:12 12 In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
HEBREWS 4:16 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Christmas is a reminder of this eternal hope found in the Savior of the world who was born for reconciling us to God the Father. Jesus, Emmanuel… God with us. Going back to the beginning of the world some 6,000 plus years ago, God had already made room to bring a yet-created world (you and me) back to Him. The all-knowing God knew man would choose against Him and sin. Even before the creation of the world, God knew this. So, why create the world? Simply, love is best expressed to something or someone. God created the world to pour His love out to you, me and all of creation. Fully knowing we would turn our backs on Him, He still provided a way back in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus would pour out the redeeming grace of God to the world through His life, death and resurrection. Before we were made, God already loved and wanted us. God’s love from the beginning of time until now is why Christ was born. That is Christmas! This Christmas, stop and reflect on the true reason for the season. See what God has done for you through the birth, life, death and resurrection of His One and Only Son Jesus Christ. Find the Hope He was born into this world to bring to you. This Christmas receive the only gift that is forever: Jesus the Christ. €
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anuary may bring to a close another calendar year but the fishing season along the Crystal Coast will continue strong. Although many species move offshore or south during the winter months, there are several species that remain in our area and can be pursued with success if fishermen take the time and effort needed to both locate and entice them to bite. Fishing the winter months requires true determination and sometimes a little luck. But once fish are located, the bite can be hot, as our cold-blooded friends often congregate in large schools to take advantage of conditions in the best areas. Anglers heading out to fish this December and January can expect to hook up with speckled trout, redfish, stripers and even an occasional flounder. Other species that can be targeted near shore include bluefish, albacore, sea bass and grey trout. Aboard Fish’n4life we’ll be targeting mainly speckled trout and redfish along the surf, around inlets and inlet structure and up local rivers and creeks.
Nine-year-old Alyssa Cronk caught this pretty speckled trout on a recent trip in Queens Creek with her father, Captain Jeff Cronk.
The tributaries off our coastal rivers as well as structure along the beaches will hold plenty of speckled trout. These fish will be willing to bite the right baits during the right weather. On mild days, anglers should concentrate their efforts on fishing up the tributaries, but structure along the beach often holds fish better during the colder weather. Small scented baits, like Berkley’s 3–4" assortment of Gulp baits will no doubt be some of the best baits onboard. The incredible scent absorbed into their biodegradable bodies is released over 400 times faster than scents in plastic baits. Another excellent soft bait is Bett’s Perfect Sinker Shrimp. Working these baits slowly through your favorite fishing holes creates a scent trail that quickly turns these cold, lethargic fish on to feed. While scaling down your bait it’s also important use a lighter jighead. A good rule to follow in slow currents would be to use a ₁⁄₁₆-oz. in less than 5' of water, an ⅛-oz. in 5–10' of water and ₃⁄₁₆-oz. or better in depths over 10'. Areas of strong current will call for slightly heavier jigheads. It’s important to work your baits slowly with slight twitches and long, 2 to 3-second pauses to get the hang time that drives trout crazy.
REDFISH Days with mild weather and light winds will offer up the chance to sight cast to redfish in both the shallow mud flats of the backwaters and the sand flats and shoals around the inlets. There will be large concentrations of redfish working the surf zone throughout December and January. This will provide anglers the opportunity to sight cast to schools of 500 or more fish, with dozens of catch-and-releases in just a few hours. I’ve been guiding clients to this fishery for almost 20 years and would advise everyone to use caution when navigating close to the surf zone. I’ve nicknamed this “Extreme Redfishing,” as we often have waves breaking around the boat. Check out our Carolina Fishing TV videos on YouTube to get a look. When attempting to locate redfish in the backwaters there are a few tips to remember. First, dark, muddy bottoms absorb the sun’s radiation much faster than sandy or light-colored bottoms. This type of bottom can usually be found up creeks and farther up rivers. There’s also a better chance of fish in one of these areas if deeper water is nearby to provide a place for the fish to retreat to in extreme cold temperatures. Another factor is protection from the cold winds. A cold wind can quickly bring down the water temperature in the shallows, which can shock or kill the fish. So you will often find redfish in bays and creeks blocked from northerly winds. Finally, if you can locate an area that is holding mullet, shad or other small baitfish during the winter months, there will almost always be predators present. Regardless of which area you’re fishing, choosing the best bait will improve your chances of hook-ups. I prefer to use scented baits like Berkley Gulp 4" minnows and the 3" Pogy, both fished on jig heads. If the bite is slow, anglers can switch to fishing a live mud minnow under a slip cork rig to entice lethargic puppy drum to feed.
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hen divers think about going diving, the first image that pops into their heads is a sunny day, with blue water and schools of fish swimming around a wreck. However, a day has 24 hours, so diving shouldn’t be limited to only when the sun is shining. Night diving is a great way to get more out of your diving experiences. If you aren’t comfortable doing your first night dive with your buddy, take the Advanced Open Water Class or the Night Diver Specialty Class. Divers actually see more at night than during the day, not because there is more marine life, but because they are looking at a particular spot. During the day when the sun is lighting the water, a diver has a great deal of visibility, from 30 to 100 feet. There is a lot of marine life swimming by, so the divers tend to look all around to try and see everything. When these same divers dive the same dive site at night, they see a lot more of the marine life. Instead of looking around, they are looking where their light is shining. Since the diver is looking at a particular area, they see the small creatures they would have passed by during the day but because the diver only sees where the light is shining, they can also miss some of the larger marine life as well. Night diving is possible because of underwater lights. Unlike the flashlights that you can purchase at the local hardware store, dive lights have o-rings that are used to keep the water out of the light, even at depth. The lights come in a variety of sizes that are divided into two main categories: primary lights and back-up lights. Primary lights are usually larger in size and use 4 to 8 “C” or “D” batteries. The batteries can either be alkaline or rechargeable. If a diver intends to do a lot of night diving, the rechargeable batteries will be cheaper in the long run, but will have a higher initial cost. Most primary lights have a pistol grip style handle that makes it easier to hold and to direct the light. Another style of primary lights is canister lights. The light is composed of three parts: the bulb housing, the cable and the canister. The bulb housing has the bulb, which can be halogen, HID or LED and the reflector. There is usually a strap that goes across the palm so the housing rests on the top of the hand, which leaves the hand free to hold other items. The canister is the power source of the light, which is sealed and contains rechargeable batteries. Because of the large size of the canister, it is mounted to the diver’s tank so it will be out of the way. The cable connects the canister and the bulb housing. Back-up lights are smaller lights that divers are able to put in a buoyancy compensator (BC) pocket and are not to be used for the entire dive. If the primary light goes out during the dive, the back-up light can be used to get the diver back to the surface. Most divers carry back-up lights with them all of the time, even during the day. At depth, the prominent color is blue because the reds oranges and yellows diminish with depth. Since true colors are not visible at depth, the light from the dive light can make a brown fish become red or a gray sponge become a brilliant pink. These lights can also be used to look under overhangs or into holes. Some divers carry two primary lights and one of them serves as the back-up light. New dive lights or a specialty class manual for a future class always makes a great Christmas gift. Safety gear lets the diver receiving the gift know that you care about them. If you know a diver and don’t know what to get them, Discovery Diving can help you by making suggestions. For more information, contact Discovery Diving at 252-728-2265 or at dive@discoverydiving. com or like us on Facebook to see what events are coming up in the near future. €
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