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12 Kids Scuba Camp Have you ever wondered what the underwater
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13 My Scuba Diving Experience Ten-year-old Bryn Fleming describes her quest to join her mom underwater. She is now a certified Open Water Diver thanks to the Open Water Diver course at Discovery Diving in Beaufort.
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16 Oh, What A Night! (Heron) Shorter and stockier than his Great Blue cousin, the Black-Crowned Night Heron is a beauty to behold. Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter recently admitted one, cold-shocked and starving.
17 Don’t Be Stupid, Cupid! Happy Valentine’s Day from Kim Murdoch. Guys, Kim has some advice to help you stay out of the doghouse this year, because if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.
19 Ask The Aquarium: Whales Do whales migrate along our coastline? And
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A hands-on yarn art session at the Swansboro Recreation Center, with Amy Wills from A Frayed Knot. Call 910-326-2600 to preregister or visit swansboro.recdesk.com.
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[ 6:30–7:30PM ] Join us for Qi Gong with the
Mandala Yoga Center (formerly Second Wind). We are all made of energy so let’s explore what “it” is, where it is, how we can move it and how to feel way better in the process! Please make sure to pre-register by calling 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center at 830 Main Street Extension. You can register online at swansboro.recdesk.com. FEBRUARY 7
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GLOUCESTER MARDI GRAS
The 26th annual Gloucester Mardi Gras is free and open to everyone. Live music by the Unknown Tongues, crowning of a children’s Mardi Gras king and queen and more!
Finger Knitting For Youth
[ 10AM ] Attention homeschool families! This one
is just for you. Amy Wills from A Frayed Knot will be hosting a hands-on yarn art session with a Valentine’s Day theme. Please make sure to preregister by calling 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center at 830 Main Street Extension. You can register online at swansboro. recdesk.com.
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Stargazing at the Fort
[ 6–8PM ] Meet at the Fort Macon bathhouse to
view space through a telescope and learn more about our universe. At 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For more information call 252-726-3775. FEBRUARY 9
Escape Room Teen Event
[ 6:30–9:30PM ] Can you solve the mystery? Join
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in support of Austin Veterinary Outreach and Rescue. Great music, food and a silent auction. For information or tickets call 252-499-2292.
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us on this adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddle using clues, hints and strategy to solve a mystery and escape the room! This is going to be a fun-filled night for our teens and the price includes transportation, admission and ice cream at Dairy Queen (up to $5). At 2302 Arendell Street, Suite F, Morehead City. For more information call 252-549-0777.
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Beaufort Music Festival Kick-Off Party
the release of the 30th annual Beaufort Music Festival’s lineup and the unveiling of the 2018 poster by local artist Jimmy Craig Womble. For more information visit beaufortmusicfestival.com. Cost is $20 for a pizza buffet and door prizes, along with drink specials at a cash bar. All ticket proceeds go to the festival. Tickets are available at the door. FEBRUARY 9
Cook with Your Boo!
Spend your evening in the kitchen with your boo (or bestie) as we prepare pasta from scratch and make a meal to remember! You will learn how to go from dough to done and sit down and share a nice meal when it is over. This one is for adults only. You will be assisting your partner and working together as a team on this one. Please note that if you have a food allergy be mindful that we will be using dairy, wheat, eggs and possibly tree nut items. For more information, call 910326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center at 830 Main Street Extension. For more information or to register, visit swansboro.recdesk. com. FEBRUARY 9 + 10
Dinner at the Inn on Turner To Benefit Beaufort Historical [ 7PM ] Take a seat and make a difference as
you dine with a purpose at the Inn on Turner. ChariTABLE dinner serves both you and the community, as a portion of dinner proceeds are donated to local charities. Back by popular demand from last year, the Beaufort Historical Association has partnered with Kim Bell and Jonathan Haas. Enjoy a private dinner perfectly paired with delicious wine. Dinners will be limited to 10 people. The cost ranges from $45 to $65 depending on the course you choose for your meal. Wine is included! To hear about the fabulous menu designed by the Inn on Turner and to reserve your spot call the Beaufort Historical Association office at 252-728-5225.
Gloucester Mardi Gras
[ 11AM ] The 26th annual Gloucester Mardi Gras
will take place at the Gloucester Community Club on Pigott Road in Gloucester. Preparations start the Friday night before with veggie chopping and a music jam. Mardi Gras kicks off at about 11 a.m. on Saturday with live music. Gumbo, deep-fried turkey and delicious side dishes are ready by early afternoon, announced by a Fool’s Procession. Costumes welcomed! Unknown Tongues plays around 3 p.m., kicking the dance off with the Children’s King and Queen coronation, march and bead toss. We are accepting gumbo donations (chicken, sausage, onions, garlic, etc.)! Email
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firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is always free and open to everybody. Kids and instruments? Oui! Dogs? Non! Need more info? Call Barbara or Bryan at 252-729-8021. Gloucester Mardi Gras is an Accidental Production. FEBRUARY 10
Second Annual Fur Ball in Support of Veterinary Outreach [ 6‑9PM ] Love is in the hair with the second
annual Fur Ball of the Crystal Coast in support of Austin Veterinary Outreach and Rescue. A great opportunity to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Please join us for great music by the Will Baker Band, food and a silent auction for items to support the Austin Veterinary Outreach and Rescue. With your support we can help save more dogs and cats in 2018. We look forward to seeing your paws on the dance floor! At the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel on the Atlantic Beach oceanfront, West Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For information or tickets call 252-499-2292.
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‘Love Is In the Air’ Sparkling Wine Brunch & Seminar
[ 11:30AM–1:30PM ] Beaufort Wine and Food will
feature a weekend of champagne with a seminar February 10 from 1:30–3 p.m. in the Beaufort Wine and Food retail wine store at 129 Middle Lane in Beaufort and a brunch February 11 starting at 11:30 a.m at the Beaufort Grocery Annex, 115 Queen Street, Beaufort. The brunch will feature the cuisine of local chefs Charles Benjamin Park of Beaufort Grocery Co. and Anthony Garnett of Blue Ocean Market. Park and Garnett will craft the menu to pair with four sparkling selections. Seating is limited. For more information or tickets call 252-728-3899.
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Valentine BHA Membership Drive and Party [ 2–4PM ] The annual Beaufort Historical
Association’s Valentine Party and Membership Drive is coming up! It’s hard to believe that it is a new year! We are thankful for all of the support we received in 2017. As we look ahead into 2018 we have many new and exciting things planned
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for all of our devoted members. In these cold winter months when traffic is slow and the town is quiet the BHA takes on projects that need our attention. Currently we are doing some muchneeded renovations to the Josiah Bell House or what we like to call “the yellow house.” Keeping the 14 historic houses and buildings on our Historic Site in tip-top shape is hard and costly work but with the support of our members we are able to accomplish our goals. At100 Turner Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-5225.
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for walking in wet areas are also recommended. Boots are appropriate if you choose to walk along the water’s edge. Trash bags, gloves and other cleanup materials will be provided. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers will meet at the Fort Macon State Park Coastal Education and Visitor Center at 10 a.m. For more information call 252-393-8185.
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Daddy Daughter Date Night at Chick-fil-A [ 5:30–8:30PM ] Attention all dads: Daddy
Bird Hike at Fort Macon
[9–10AM ] Meet at the Fort Macon Visitor Center
and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area. At 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For more information call 252-726-3775.
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Daughter Date Night is back! We will be hosting this event with seating times at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30. Please go to chickenatthebeach.com for more information and to register. You won’t want to miss this! At Chick-fil-A, 5156 Highway 70 West, Morehead City. For information call 252-247-7281.
Cupid Dance Camp for Preschoolers
partnering with Swansboro Dance Studio to offer a Cupid Dance Camp. Preschoolers are invited to dance and groove with us. The cost is $45 for all four days and class will last one hour. We hope to see your little one there, each camper will be taking home a treasure trove (tutu and dance bag)! For more information, call 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center at 830 Main Street Extension. You can register online at swansboro.recdesk.com.
[ 9AM–5PM ] Summer Science School investigates
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Shoreline Cleanup at Fort Macon State Park
One of the Coastal Federation’s primary initiatives is to reduce the amount of marine debris littering coastal marshes, beaches and waterways. With support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program, we invite volunteers to clean up the soundside shoreline at Fort Macon State Park in Carteret County. In addition to picking up trash, volunteers will also record data on the types and quantities of debris collected. This will help to identify sources of debris and focus educational efforts. This entire event will take place outdoors, so dress accordingly. Sturdy shoes
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the coastal environment and North Carolina’s rich maritime history. The North Carolina Maritime Museum offers students the opportunity to learn about our natural and maritime history through creative, hands-on experiences. Courses are offered from June through July. Emphasis on small class size. Students travel with instructors by van or boat to field sites. Only registered children may attend classes. Questions? Call the Program Registrar at 252-504-7758. Through the North Carolina Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information visit them online at ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com. FEBRUARY 14
Junior Sailing Program Online Registration Opens [ 9AM–5PM ] The Junior Sailing Program uses
sailing to teach boating safety, seamanship, navigation and sailing techniques. The program promotes self-reliance, awareness of safety, adaptability to the forces of nature, developing self-confidence, sportsmanship and respect for others, boats and the sea. The program offers two-week sailing sessions starting in early June
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for youth ages 8 and older. Using the fun of sailing, the program teaches seamanship, from basic to more advanced and competitive racing culminating in Regatta Week. Questions? Call 252-504-7758. Through the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. Visit them online at ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com. FEBRUARY 14, 21, 28
FAMILY FUN NIGHT
from 6–8:30 p.m. at the Webb Library on Evans Street in Morehead City. Join us for games, Lego, puzzles and more. Over 50 games for all ages!
the history of a Civil War Era musket, including loading procedures and firing. At 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For information call 252-726-3775.
Valentine’s Day weekend, The Infusion Cafe proudly presents the dinner theatre Masquerade!, an evening of romance, music and fine dining. You are invited to join our cast of performers, characters and vocalists extraordinaire to astound and entertain you... for The Infusion Cafe’s fifth annual Festival Fantastic and La Mystique Masquerade! The night will feature live musical performances (in keeping with our theme) from some of today’s best-loved musicals: Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific, The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, Thoroughly Modern Millie and A Little Night Music. The show will surround you. Your table is on the stage, the music will be big and bold, the food elegant and tasty, the costuming a swirl of formal, epic color that spans three centuries and the evening. Masks ... stunning works of Venetian art made to hide one’s identity and create an aura of mystery and romance... Italian masks worn to festival for centuries... these will be the theme of the evening. Feasting and fun, three courses of fine food... So find your mask, dress for your part and join the festivities. The doors open at 6:30. The show begins at 7. Seating is limited. Tickets are required. Call 252-240-2800 for seating and ticket information.
Family Fun Night at Webb Memorial Public Library
[ 6–8:30PM ] Join us for games, Legos, puzzles and
more. We have over 50 games for all ages and Legos in every size, shape and color! Cost is $5 per family for pizza. Bring your friends and hang out at the library this Friday night. At 812 Evans Street, Morehead City. For information call 252726-3012.
Wigging Out: A Fun, FashionForward Charity Event [ 6–10PM ] A fun, fashion forward event! It’s
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An evening of romance, theatre, music and fine dining at The Infusion Cafe in Morehead City. Feasting and fun, three courses of fine food. Tickets required. Call 252-240-2800.
the grand finale of the annual Wigging Out for Charity. The event will be held at Jack’s Waterfront Bar in downtown Morehead City. Guests arrive on the red carpet to the flash of paparazzi cameras. And that is just the beginning of a fabulous, funfilled evening where you can buy raffle tickets, vote on wigs, savor hors d’oeuvres and sip cocktails. Wigs designed and styled by local salons will be displayed, modeled and then sold during a live auction. Local clothing boutiques will dress our models with a theme in mind during the Wig Walk. To start the evening, donors will cut their hair to donate to children with hair loss and reveal their new “do’s” later in the evening. Guests will be also enjoy a raffle, photo booth, music, food and drinks. Join us for this fun event benefiting a wonderful charity! Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. They will be available soon on eventbrite.com. At Jack’s Waterfront Bar, 513 Evans Street, Morehead City. For information call 252-515-0301. FEBRUARY 17
[ 6–8PM ] Join us for an evening of dancing and
LUNCH & LEARN
at Clawson’s on Front Street in Beaufort with Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata (USA, Ret.), bestselling author and national security expert. Call 252-728-5225 for reservations.
The dress code is cocktail party attire. The North Tower Band will be playing! Guests who would like to spend the night at the hotel can get a room for $69 for that evening only. Call the hotel to book a room and use the discount code “CCB.” Crystal Ball tickets are $50 per person. Various sponsorship opportunities are available. For information call 252-726-6350. FEBRUARY 17
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refreshments for fathers and daughters of all ages! At 100 McQueen Boulevard, Newport. For more information call 252-222-5858. FEBRUARY 17
2018 Crystal Ball
[ 6–11PM ] This year’s Crystal Ball will be held
at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Atlantic Beach.
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MASQUERADE! Dinner Theatre
Down East Folk Arts Society Concert: Kerry Grombacher
[ 7:30–9PM ] Kerry Grombacher is a modern-day
troubadour whose songs are rooted in the Western landscape. Belinda Gail, Gary Prescott, The Texas Trailhands, Earl Gleason, Duke Davis, Ed Stabler, Lorrie Keating and Trails & Rails have covered his songs and his “Close ‘em On Up” appears on the Putumayo compilation, Cowboy Playground. At 1300 Evans Street, Morehead City. For information or tickets call 252-646-4657. FEBRUARY 19
Fellowship Night: Therapeutic Dance
[ 6:30–7:30PM ] Join us for fellowship and fun.
This program is geared towards adults with special needs and will be held once a month as an after-dinner evening group. This month Jessica’s Dance Academy will be joining us for a class on movement, dance and fun. Please make sure to pre-register by calling 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center, 830 Main Street Extension. You can register online at swansboro.recdesk.com.
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Empty Bowls Soup Luncheon
[ 11AM–1PM ] The 15th annual Empty Bowls soup
luncheon, pottery selection and silent auction will take at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City. Tickets are on sale now at Hope Mission. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 252-240-2359. Tickets can also be purchased at Webb Memorial Library in Morehead City, Pet Provisions in Beaufort Cape Carteret Aquatic and Wellness Center. For more information call 252-240-2359. FEBRUARY 23
A Culinary Journey Around the World at the Woman’s Club [ 6–8PM ] Area restaurants will provide bites of
foods from around the world at this Beaufort Woman’s Club fundraising event that benefits the Carteret Community College Culinary Arts School. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. For more information and tickets, visit us on Facebook and beaufortwomansclub.com. You may also purchase tickets at Beaufort Home Store. After receiving your order, you will be invoiced and given option to pay online or mail payment. FEBRUARY 23
Winter Taste of Core Sound: Celebrating the Old Hunting Clubs & Camps of Core Banks
[ 6–9PM ] Core Sound’s Winter Taste will celebrate
the good food and good times of the old hunting clubs and camps of Core Banks, from the legendary Davis Island, Pilentary and Hog Island clubs to smaller hunting camps from Portsmouth, Ocracoke and Salter Path. A feast featuring fresh seafood and wild game will honor the old club food traditions. Coming from the memories of the men and women who were cooks at the camps, the menu includes fried oysters, stewed redheads, scallop fritters and of course cornbread and light rolls. Don’t miss a true Core Sound experience. The evening’s program will feature decoy collector and historian Doily Earl Fulcher. The evening includes live and silent auctions. The live auction benefits the museum’s Redhead Society and features two redhead decoys representing contemporary and old working styles. Carvers
of the guild will be donating decoys for the silent auction. Decoys will be offered online beginning February 19. Visit coresound.com for links to the live silent auction. Seating is limited. Tickets may be purchased by calling the museum store at 252728-1500. FEBRUARY 24
Black and White Benefit Gala [ 7–10PM ] Make plans to attend this Carteret
Health Care Foundation’s benefit at the Coral Bay Club. Proceeds benefit and will enhance the care of patients. Contact the foundation at 252-8086646 for an invitation or sponsorship information. FEBRUARY 24
American Music Festival Series Presents: Acronym
[ 8–10PM ] These gutsy troubadours seem more
like a contemporary music group than a Baroque string band, so don’t expect to hear anything stiff or artificial. Their sound is luxurious, their interpretations are expressive and warm and loaded with rhythmic surprises and unforgettable melodies. At First Presbyterian Church, 1604 Arendell Street, Morehead City. For more information or tickets call 252-728-6152.
BHA is excited to host such an accomplished author and military veteran for this year’s Lunch & Learn. This event will take place at Clawson’s on Front Street in Beaufort. Tickets for this event include the price of lunch and are $30. Tickets are limited so reserve your spot by calling 252-7285225 or by stopping by the Beaufort Historic Site Welcome Center at 130 Turner Street. MARCH 3
Run Crystal Coast Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
[ 9AM–1PM ] The event is hosted from the water’s
edge in charming Morehead City. The climate in March is perfect running weather, with an average high temperature of 64 and low of 44. Combine this with our picturesque, almost entirely flat course (your one climb is the stunning bridge run to Atlantic Beach and back) and you have a great race experience waiting for you. Every participant receives a one-of-a-kind race shirt, finisher’s medal, post-race craft beer, great food and post-race awards after party. For more information visit runcrystalcoast.com. €
BHA ‘Lunch & Learn’ with General Anthony Tata
Part of the Beaufort Historical Association’s mission is to educate and one way we accomplish that is through our Living History program that runs from the starting spring months until the end of summer. As we gear up for this year’s Living History Series at the Beaufort Historic Site we invite you to join us! Thriller fiction author and Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata (U.S. Army, Retired) will be joining us for this year’s luncheon to discuss his bestselling novels, including his newest novel Direct Fire, released December 2017. Well known to North Carolina, General Tata served as the North Carolina Secretary of Transportation and as the Superintendent of the Wake County Public School System. Currently A.J. is the national security expert for One America News Network and comments on foreign policy matters on dozens of networks including Fox News, CNN, CBS and the Daily Buzz. The
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Kids Scuba Camp…Fun While Learning!
BY JANELLE V. REYNOLDS–FLEMING, Ph.D.
ave you ever been to the beach and wondered what the underwater world was like? Have you ever dreamed of frolicking with fish, dancing with dolphins or tangoing with turtles? Now, it is easier than ever to learn about the underwater world and to be a part of it! Discovery Diving has been opening the underwater world to people of all ages for over 40 years. Now is the time for you and your family to get certified! Over the last 15 years, we have worked with local summer camps to train young adults how to scuba dive. During 2017, we introduced a kids-only scuba camp. This week-long camp not only teaches the tools and techniques for scuba diving safely, but also introduces the students to the different National Marine Sanctuaries in the United States. We have partnered with the NOAA Ocean Guardian Dive Club to provide additional training and
educational experiences beyond the standard Open Water Diver Course. Our week long course ensures success for students by providing more pool time to master skills and buoyancy. The camp usually runs from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. Students will spend some time in the classroom completing knowledge development about the physics and physiology of scuba diving. From there, we move to a confined water setting (pool) to
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assemble their dive gear and learn basic skills like breathing off a regulator and clearing their masks if they get some water in it. Students will also spend one day in the pool working on their buoyancy and mastering skills such as navigating around a “wreck,” identifying different fish species, cleaning up trash in the ocean and swimming through kelp forests. After all the confined water skills and knowledge development are completed, the course culminates in two days of open water diving at Radio Island Rock Jetty. Students will complete two dives each day, including some skills and a tour of the area. They are most likely to come across black sea bass, oyster toad fish, some tropical fish such as butterfly fish and sea urchins. We are offering two Kids Open Water Camps (June 18–24 and July 16–22) and one Kids Advanced Open Water Camp (July 30–August 3). Class sizes are small to ensure a small student-to-instructor ratio. Give us a call at 252-728-2265 or visit www.discoverydiving.com. €
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My Scuba Diving Experience
BY BRYN FLEMING
hile I was growing up, my mom would come home from a day out diving with grand tales of her adventures. “I saw dozens of sand tiger sharks on the Caribsea,” she would say or, “I saw a stingray with a 10-foot wingspan on the Indra today!” My mom was always wildly enthusiastic about her adventures and her passion became an interest of mine. I dreamed of becoming scuba certified so that I could go to the Indra, the Caribsea, U-352 or the Papoose and dive with rays, barracudas, sand tiger sharks and turtles! When I finally turned 10, I was thrilled to learn that I could finally become a certified Open Water scuba diver! Along with my friends, Caroline and Chloe, I embarked on my quest to earn my certification. Carline, Chloe and I spent two weekends taking the Open Water Diver course at Discovery Diving. The course has three distinct parts: classroom, confined water (pool) and open water dives. My favorite part of the course was when I finally mastered the Recreational Dive Planner or RDP and the dive tables! It was a lightbulb moment that I felt very proud of. My birthday occurs in December, so after we completed the pool skills in North Carolina, we traveled down to the Blue Heron Bridge in Florida to complete our checkout dives. We completed four open water dives in the area in crystal-clear water! In the water by the bridge, there was a small wreck of an old rowboat, which freaked. Me. Out! I kept expecting a skeleton to pop out of it and say “Nya Nya Nya” at me like in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies! However, nothing popped out of the rowboat and once I got over my fear, I really enjoyed my checkout dives! Caroline, Chloe and I also passed the written test, which although very nervewracking, was a positive experience for all of us. At home when my certification card finally came in the mail, I was ecstatic! The underwater world was now open to me! Since I have been certified, I have dived at Radio Island Rock Jetty, Florida and the Bahamas. I love diving at Radio Island because I can hear the quiet, staticky clicks of the shrimp and the “bawoop, bawoop” of the Black Sea Bass. The Rock Jetty is covered with colorful hard and soft coral varieties. The nooks and crannies of the jetty house many different types of aquatic creatures. I am looking forward to more adventures! €
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et out your pencils and paintbrushes….it’s time for the Annual Core Sound Decoy Festival poster contest! This will be the 18th year for the contest, which is sponsored by the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild. The guild encourages artists to submit artwork that, if chosen as the winning entry, will be used on decoy festival posters, advertising flyers and apparel. The featured bird for 2018 is the belted kingfisher. As is the custom, a cash prize of $250 will be awarded to the winning artist. Anyone can enter, regardless of skill or experience! All of the past posters are available to view online on both the guild’s website at decoyguild.com and on their Facebook page. Packets containing contest rules and an application may be obtained by visiting decoyguild.com or e-mailing Amie at amie_talton@yahoo. com. The winner will be announced in April. Check out the guild’s other upcoming activities at decoyguild. com, including Saturday Kids Carving, Loon Day and various carving demonstrations around the state! €
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n Carteret County there are a couple of different types of clerk positions. There is a clerk to the County Board of Commissioners and there are clerks to the Town or Municipal Council’s and there are Town Clerks (sometimes the same). There is one clerk, however, who is elected by voters and that is the Carteret County Clerk of Superior Court. The Clerk of Superior Court is elected every four years. There are 100 clerks, one per county. This is a quasi-judicial position that tasks the clerk with hearing and having sometimes original or exclusive jurisdiction over procedures. If you don’t agree with your clerk’s decision, there is the right of appeal to Superior Court from most decisions. Good legal counsel is advisable due to the time frames and fees affiliated with an appeal. There are five individual offices under the clerk’s sphere of management in Carteret County. The offices are Cashiers/ Bookkeeping, Special Proceedings, Criminal, Civil and Estates. Carteret County has a staff of 22 assistant and deputy clerks to manage the dayto-day paperwork in the clerk’s office. And let me tell you, there is a lot of volume involved. In 2017 in Special Proceedings, 311 new files were opened. In addition, Juvenile and DSS averaged 88 new case files, plus older files where the juvenile is still under management of the court. Estates had 842 new filings, not including the guardianship tracking. The Civil Division tallied 1,246 new filings! See what I mean about volume? Can anyone say “traffic tickets?” Office number one, Cashiers/Bookkeeping Division is where money transactions occur and fees are paid. The cashier’s office is located in the hall near District Court. The Special Proceedings office covers actions such as foreclosures, adoptions, incompetency, name changes and some land actions. Civil Division encompasses two courts: District and Superior. Within those two divisions are divorces, child support, domestic, magistrate’s court and medical malpractice cases. Our Criminal Division has two courts, District and Superior Criminal. District court entails traffic and lesser crimes such as misdemeanor drugs, assaults and probation court. Superior Court is for felony cases such as murder, rape and arson. Finally, the Estates Division is where someone goes to process the will or estate of a deceased loved one. Guardianships are also handled through this office after a determination of incompetency is made. This, of course, is NOT a complete list of actions that can happen under the umbrella of the clerk’s office but rather a snapshot of how integral a part of the community your courthouse is. €
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Oh, What A Night! (Heron)
horter than his Great Blue cousin, the Black-Crowned Night Heron is a beauty to behold. Elusive, wading wetlands birds, BC Night Herons are very stocky and thickly built compared to their long-limbed relatives. In fact, they are so short their yellow legs barely reach the end of their tail while in flight. The adults are strikingly beautiful and adorned with sleek gray and black plumage, two or three wispy white head plumes on their flat, wide head, rich scarlet eyes and ebony bills. However, they present a hunched over look rather than the tall, willowy posture of the Great Blue. When the call came in for assistance with a pretty bird that had been standing in the corner of someone’s yard near their fence in Beaufort for over a day, our transport didn’t know for sure what he’d be picking up. On site, he knew it was a heron, but certainly not the more common admit, a Great Blue Heron…way too short for that. Upon arriving at the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter in Newport, formal identification was made: Black-Crowned Night Heron. He was easy to handle in his weakened state and a full examination revealed no broken bones, no respiratory ailments, no predatory injuries such as puncture wounds, no head injury, no toxicity and no frostbite, but he was underweight and frail. Our theory is, due to the recent cold snap, hunting was difficult, so food was scarce. He was literally starving and became so weak that at the point of landing in the Good Samaritan’s yard, he could no longer muster the strength to fly out. So, there he stood, dying. Many thanks to the residents of the home who cared enough to give us a call, so we could intervene on his behalf. In shelter care he started feeding slowly with assisted nutrition and then he began eating on his own like a champ—all the shrimp and mud minnows he could gobble—and he became a little “piggy” heron! He packed on weight, regained his strength, let us know when he was ready to go and he is back out there living his Black-Crowned Night Heron life! A success story like this would not be possible without the partnership our shelter enjoys with the compassionate and committed community residents who care so much about our indigenous North Carolina wildlife. Black-Crowned Night Herons are very noisy and social birds that roost and nest in groups over water. Often, these groups include other species of marsh birds such as egrets, ibises and different herons. They are quick to sound the protective, squawking alarm and scatter when danger is perceived. Areas where you might find them will be fresh, salt and brackish wetlands everywhere and estuaries, marshes, streams, lakes and reservoirs. During the day, look up in the trees and you may catch them dozing or trying to conceal themselves with leaves and branches to avoid predators. They are waiting for their most active time of day: dusk and night. These herons typically forage for food on their own rather than in a group during the evening and late night in the water and occasionally on land. These birds stand extremely still at the water’s edge and wait to catch a meal. They primarily eat small fish, crustaceans, frogs, reptiles, aquatic insects, bats, eggs, small mammals and small birds. A Black-Crowned Night Heron is a smart bird who engages in bait fishing, much like our very intelligent American Crow. They will lure or distract fish by tossing edible or inedible objects that float into the water. Their fast and 16 CAROLINA SALT February / March 2018 » CarolinaSalt.com
furious reflexes serve them well when hunting, but their patience is even more admirable. They may also use an aerial technique called “hovering” where they fly over the water and pause in mid-air to capture prey or they can perform “swimming-feeding” and just skim through and under the water snatching food. This migratory bird will breed and spend its summers along the coast in North Carolina and occasionally stay through the winter if it’s a mild one, but if the temperatures drop too low, it’s off to Florida or South America. It is believed the BC Night Heron is monogamous and extends his allegiance to only one female once paired. Observations of male courtship include crouching with head lowered, raising the white plumes on his head and bill clapping, flapping his wings while singing and dancing or hissing while rocking back and forth from one foot to the other. When the female can no longer resist his advances and accepts the overtures, they preen and bill each other and often the male offers her a twig which cements the deal, the way the rose does on ABC’s “The Bachelor.” Once bonded, the male’s legs turn pinkish-red and he also becomes aggressively protective of his mate. The female usually lays 3 to 5 eggs and incubation lasts around 22 days. Both male and female tend to the nest and feed the hatchlings. The young, who are fluff-brown down will leave the nest at one month but will not be able to fly. They will be ground bound and move through the undergrowth on foot, as they are taught to hunt and fly by their parents. They will learn to fly at 6 weeks, fully fledge in 6-7 weeks and reach their sexual maturity at 2-3 years of age. The lifespan of a BC Night Heron is between 10 and 15 years, however the oldest on record is a female who reached 15½ years. The wildlife rehabilitators at the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter are thrilled to have, hopefully, added a few years or more to the longevity of our recent BC Night Heron patient and the experience of providing him care was educational, as well as, fabulous. Sometimes we get that rare admit that has so much to teach us. €
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appy Valentine’s Day! Or, as my husband likes to call it, “Happy Oh, Were We Supposed To Get Each Other Something?” Day. I know that one of the things that we teach our children is that it’s the thought that counts, right? Of course that’s what we teach them! They don’t have an income! They can’t drive to the store. They don’t have any CHOICE but to give us homemade gifts or half-eaten leftover Christmas candy canes for Valentine’s Day! You MEN on the other hand… One way to really set the tone for a great year with your sweetie is to get Valentine’s Day right! See, right about February when the weather is dreary, our post-Christmas letdown has set in, our New Year’s diets have gone by the wayside and the new season of Survivor hasn’t started yet, the only thing we ladies have to look forward to is Valentine’s Day; the one day when our fella can prove his love for us by taking some time out of his busy schedule to purchase a little trinket of his affection. (Unless, of course, your gal is a working gal, then you’d better up the ante. If she is, you can bet your sweet bippy that the next day is like the first day of school after Christmas vacation: “And what did YOU get, Susie?” The ratio of the greatness of someone else’s gift compared to HERS is directly related to the ratio of you receiving homecooked dinners or PB&J’s for the next month.) But, for most of us, it doesn’t cost much to make a girl happy. Times are hard. We ladies know that. But for crying out loud guys…make an effort. Women are SUCKERS for EFFORT. Let us think that there is a smidgen of planning on your part for Valentine’s Day. A little dough-re-me and quick stop into Hallmark, a flower shop, heck, even the candy aisle in Walmart (the BIG heart-shaped box of chocolates, boys … not the kiddie one) on the way home Valentine’s Eve will most assuredly put a smile on her face Valentine’s morning and avoid THIS conversation later in the day over the clatter of stomping feet and slamming cabinets: “What’s wrong, honey?” [ SLAM, BANG, CRASH!!! ] “.................... nothing.” Whatever you do ... whatEVER you do ...
do NOT do the convenience store stop-n-shop on the way home from work Valentine’s night. Really? REALLY? You’re going to be THAT guy? Pickins’ are mighty slim in there, men. You’re pretty much limited to plastic flowers and Slim Jims. And, in case you’re trying to stick with the flowers and candy theme, a $1.99 tattered, plastic gas station rose that still smells of the clerk’s cigarette does not equal a dozen red roses; and a 79¢ Milky Way in a brown paper bag does NOT equal a box of chocolates. If you’re even considering this, why don’t you just take out a five dollar bill, hand it to the clerk with the Marlboro dangling out of her mouth and ask her to punch you right SQUARE IN THE NOSE! I promise … it’ll be much less painful than what’s going to await you when you get home. If you DARE show up that night with such a paltry gift, please do make absolutely SURE that you ... take the receipt OUT of the bag before you hand it to her ... especially if you bought stuff for yourself that cost much MORE than the $2.78 that you spent on her. Let me break it down for you … remember those Mastercard commercials? Six-pack of Budweiser $7.99, five lottery tickets $10 ($10 for five lottery tickets because you’ll spring for the Power Play Powerball, of course), cheap, smoky-smelling, tattered, ragged, fake, faded red rose, $1.99, one regular sized chocolate candy bar 79¢ … the look on your wife’s face when she finds the receipt in the bottom of her Valentine Spectacular ... priceless. I’m not saying you have to go all out and blow a hundred dollars, boys…but at least take a moment to pop into Food Lion for an American Greetings card and six-pack of Hershey Bars with almonds, alright? Remember...EFFORT! It’s cold in February. Unless Chez Pooch is insulated and has a heat pump, I’m thinking the more you can do to avoid spending frozen nights snuggled up to Fido in the dog house the better. Plus... it’ll be a long time before you can rectify your Valentine FAIL. Mother’s Day isn’t until May. Gotta go. I need to find some old warm blankets for the hubs. In case he doesn’t read this before February 14th, he’s probably going to be needing them. €
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ave you ever been upset over something or someone? Maybe you’re standing in line at the fast food restaurant and it’s just not moving fast enough for you? FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, IT IS FAST FOOD! Or maybe you’re ordering in the drive-thru and after checking your order you realize there are no fries. Now you’ve got to park, get out of the car and go inside. Exactly what you were trying to avoid. How about when you’re running late and the person in front of you is going 35 in a 55 zone? You manage to get around them, but ever so slightly cut them off as if to say, “GET OUT OF THE WAY!” We’ve all been there! Those moments where you’re boiling on the inside and as a result you are curt with people. You want to just let them have it, but you settle for just being a jerk in some fashion. The funny thing is, it is usually taken out on the people closest to you. We can make such a mess of the little things in life. But because in our minds we think we are doing okay with the bigger things, we think we are well and good. Here’s the problem! We are ruled by our surrounding circumstances. We let day-to-day issues just cripple us into being someone we were never meant to be. The truth is, most people hate it when they act hateful and mean to others. They will ask themselves, “Why did I do that?” Human nature will always cause us grief. We are all so self-absorbed and self-centered! When we make everything about me, we are most miserable. We need to take on the mind of Christ. Here is the Biblical perspective found in Philippians chapter 2. Christ encourages you and His love comforts you. God’s Spirit unites you and you are concerned for others. Now make my joy complete! Live in harmony by showing love for each other. PHILIPPIANS 2:1-2 CEV
Don’t be jealous or proud, but be humble and consider others more important than yourselves. 4 Care about them as much as you care about yourselves 5 and think the same way that Christ Jesus thought:[a] 6 Christ was truly God. But He did not try to remain equal with God. 7 Instead He gave up everything and became a slave, when He became like one of us. 8 Christ was humble He obeyed God and even died on a cross. 9 Then God gave Christ the highest place and honored his name above all others. 10 So at the name of Jesus everyone will bow down, those in heaven, on earth and under the earth. 11 And to the glory of God the Father everyone will openly agree, “Jesus Christ is Lord!”
14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing. 15 Then you will be the pure and innocent children of God. You live among people who are crooked and evil, but you must not do anything that they can say is wrong. Try to shine as lights among the people of this world, 16 as you hold firmly to the message that gives life. Then on the day when Christ returns, I can take pride in you. I can also know that my work and efforts were not useless.
We think too much of ourselves and so much less of others. We miss out on the opportunity to be kind to others and to be gentle with others because we are so “me focused.” We miss the mark on the bigger day to day opportunities to be a better person because we have boxed in being good to some specific thing rather than to everything. 14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing. 15 Then you will be the pure and innocent children of God. You live among people who are crooked and evil, but you must not do anything that they can say is wrong. Try to shine as lights among the people of this world, 16 as you hold firmly to the message that gives life. Then on the day when Christ returns, I can take pride in you. I can also know that my work and efforts were not useless. PHILIPPIANS 2:14-16
Stop being ruled by your circumstance and make a choice to avoid grumbling and arguing in your life. Have complete joy in your life by living in the example of Christ. Exhibit discipline and self-control in those moments when you want to make it about you and look at the bigger picture. Chances are you are missing an opportunity that not only can change your life, but someone else’s too! If you don’t know where to start, open a Bible and look at the life of Jesus Christ. The best example of a life best lived is found on the pages of the four gospels at the beginning of the New Testament. Try Jesus! He will change your life. €
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THE ISLAND CHURCH PASTOR PAUL ORTIZ
Paul Ortiz is a follower of Jesus Christ, not religion. A husband and father, he is pastor of The Island Church in Emerald Isle. Reach him at paul@TheIslandChurchEI.org
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WINTER OPPORTUNITIES A H O O K E D U P L O O K A T W H A T ’ S B I T I N G I N F E B R U A RY
ebruary can be a tough month for fishermen due to the cold air and water temperatures, but there should be some mild days that offer some excellent fishing opportunities! We have a few species that remain here along the Crystal Coast regardless of how cold it gets and they must eat! Our inshore waters and surf zone will be holding plenty of redfish and even a few black drum throughout the month. Due to the cold temperatures, fish will definitely be schooled up and anglers will want to focus their efforts in the right areas.
REDFISH AND BLACK DRUM When looking for redfish this February, anglers should focus on the surf zone when we have sunny days with northerly, northwesterly or westerly breezes. The surf will lay down flat, allowing anglers to approach the surf zone, while sunny skies will allow anglers to see through the water to spot schools of redfish moving along the surf. Once located, these fish will usually strike any soft bait cast into the school. I like a ½-oz. jighead tipped with a Berkley Gulp 4" shrimp or rippled mullet. When we have multiple warm days, the shallow waters behind our beaches will actually get warmer than our surf zone water and some of these schools of redfish will move through the inlets and scour these shallow flats and bays in search of food. So, anglers can also spend time on the trolling motor quietly moving through these shallow bays looking for reds. Once located, it’s usually no problem to hook up with dozens of reds ranging from 4 to 10 pounds. It’s important to use little to no weight with your baits because most of the shallow flats will have a thick, green algae covering the bottom during winter months. I like to rig a 4" smelt gulp minnow on a ₁⁄₁₆oz. jighead or a 5" Smelt Gulp Jerkshad on a weightless hook (weedless). There will also be some smaller puppy drum mixed in with some black drum in the creeks off our ICW, sounds and lower rivers. The best way to target both species at the same time will be to fish frozen shrimp on bottom rigs. These reds often range from 2 to 4 pounds with the black drum ranging from 1 to 3 pounds. As you head out this February remember, the weather may slow many anglers down but these fish must eat! Keep an eye on the extended forecast and keep your boat ready to go! Anglers willing to put the time in can have a successful fishing trip this February! €
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DIVING OUR COAST W H A T ’ S U N D E R W A T E R I N F E B R U A RY
he weather in January seemed more like winter at the North Pole, but also had days that were in the 60s and 70s. At the beginning of January, the Crystal Coast got snow that lasted for almost a week because the air temperatures did not get above freezing. Later in the month, a second snowfall fell on the Crystal Coast that only lasted a couple of days. The offshore water temperatures fell to the 50s and 60s and the inshore temperatures dropped into the 40s and 50s. Since the warmer water is further offshore, charters that are going out now are frequently heading south to wrecks such as the Papoose, U-352 or Schurz. Most of the captains of the dive charter boats on the Crystal Coast have over 20 years of experience running boats and taking divers to the wrecks offshore. They know when the conditions are safe to leave the dock and when it is too rough and the charter has to be cancelled. Divers rely on this kind of experience when they sign up for a dive charter. But divers do not just dive on charters, so they need to learn when the conditions are safe. Most divers begin diving by doing shore dives, especially at Radio Island. Radio Island is a popular dive site in Beaufort. Most weekends during the summer, divers come to the rock jetty at high tide to enjoy the local marine environment. The divers are made up of those who are diving for fun and to gain experience and those who are there taking classes, improving their skills through additional training. Radio Island has to be dove at slack tide, the time when the tide is neither coming in nor going out. When the tide is starting to run, divers can still dive there, but it becomes a drift dive. The divers can use the current to help them move along the rock jetty so they aren’t using their energy to move themselves. Knowing when to get out before the current gets too strong is learned through experience. One important lesson is that just because the current has not picked up on the bottom, does not mean it has not picked up on the surface. It takes longer to feel the effects of the current on the bottom. The time to get out of the water is different for every diver. A diver’s ability to kick in a current depends on their leg strength, their proper kicking technique and the fins they are using. All of these factors help determine when conditions are no longer safe for them. Weather can also have an effect on dive conditions. Wind can cause waves, which creates surge and possible reduced visibility. When the eastern part of the state has a lot of rain, it runs toward the coast and brings sediment from the rivers. This outgoing river water flows past Radio Island, causing reduced visibility. On sunny days, visibility is usually better because of the sunlight that reaches down to the depths of the sea floor. Cloudy days reduce the visibility because less light makes its way to the sea floor. Any of these factors can cause a reduction in visibility. If a diver has only dove in water that has 80 to 100 feet of visibility, visibility in the 30 to 50 feet range might cause them to be uneasy. They have to make a judgement call. Do they want to dive in conditions that might be outside their comfort zone? Gaining experience by diving in a variety of conditions is how a diver increases their skills and ability to know when they should or should not dive. A diver that dives on the Crystal Coast can dive in a variety of conditions in one week. Just like the North Carolina weather can change from morning to afternoon, the North Carolina dive conditions can change from hour to hour. If you would like information about upcoming classes, charters or find out the tide times for Radio Island, contact Discovery Diving at 252-728-2265, email@example.com or follow them on Facebook. €
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Discovery Diving at 252-728-2265 or visit them on Facebook to see what classes and events are coming up. You can also visit them online at discoverydiving.com.
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