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15 Morehead City: Excellence in Planning The Morehead City waterfront is being recognized as a Great Main Street as part of the American Planning Association’s annual Great Places in North Carolina awards program, created to highlight NC’s great places and communities.

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Competition. The date coincides with the first anniversary of the opening of Mill Whistle Brewing’s Tap Room, and is also the first day of NC Beer Month, a state-wide celebration.

17 Whistle Pigs & Chucklings The name “woodchuck” originated from the Cree Indian word “wuchak.” They have been called whistlepigs because of their shrill whistle alarm. They are found in western North Carolina, but have recently expanded into our region.

18 Undeserved Reconciliation The Island Church is coming soon to Emerald

Isle. Meet its pastor, Paul Ortiz. He has words of wisdom from Second Corinthians to give us hope in this time of divisiveness and conflict.

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14 CLFN LOCAL FARMS Learn more about how our local farms are expanding outreach.

15 WATERFRONT Morehead City waterfront to receive award for excellence.

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16 FOR HOME BREWERS The Mill Whistle Home Brew Competition is on!

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Musket Firing Demonstration

[ 10 AM ] Meet in Fort Macon to learn about a 19th

century musket’s history, loading procedures and firing. At 2303 Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For more information call 252-726-3775.

MARCH 8

Merry Time for Tots: Boats that Float

[ 10–11 AM ] Preschoolers ages 2–5 and their

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Merry Time for Tots is a free activity for preschoolers ages 2–5 and their caregivers at the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. Call 252-728-7317.

caregivers will guess whether items like cannonballs, toy boats and spoons will float or sink before testing their hypothesis with a scientific experiment in a pool of water. Students will also learn about some of the different boats that frequent our coast before making their very own blow boats from kits supplied by the museum’s Watercraft Center. Free program, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. At the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-7317 or visit ncmaritimemuseums.com.

MARCH 10

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MARCH 9

Beaufort Historic Site Volunteer Training

[ 9 AM–4 PM ] Volunteer opportunities are available

at the Beaufort Historic Site. There are plenty of ways to get involved, so if you are interested in sharing your skills then you are invited to attend the annual Volunteer Training Program at the Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner Street. The one-day program offers an overview of every volunteer opportunity there is, from demonstrating a 19th-century craft once a year, to helping with an enormous event like the Old Homes Tour, to volunteering in the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery, to giving tours of the Historic Site during the week. You can be a welcome addition to an evergrowing number of volunteers who assist with a wide variety of tasks. For more information call 252-728-5225.

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W. Smith Watercraft Center where wooden boats are restored and the art of building them is taught. Transportation is then provided to a local boat manufacturer where modern methods of boat construction will be observed. Not suitable for children under 12. Advance reservations required. Cost is $10 per person. At the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-7317 or visit ncmaritimemuseums.com.

MARCH 9

Boatbuilding Past and Present [ 9–11 AM ] This program covers wooden boat

building of the past and modern construction methods of today. Participants visit the Harvey

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benefit the Bridge Down East Peer Recovery Center. Event includes luncheon with a cash bar, spring fashions and what not to wear. This shopping event will take place at the Dunes Club in Atlantic Beach. Tickets are $40. For more information visit beaufortwomansclub.com.

MARCH 11

[ 7 PM ] Meet at the Fort Macon bathhouse to view

space through a telescope and learn more about our universe. At 2303 Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For more information call 252-726-3775.

MARCH 11

Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival [ 9 AM–6 PM ] The 26th annual Emerald Isle St.

Patrick’s Festival, sponsored by Transportation Impact, takes place at the Emerald Plantation shopping center. Admission and parking are free for the festival. This year’s festival will feature over 75 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, clowns and static displays along with amusement rides, a climbing wall, face painters and many other fun, family-oriented activities. As always, the festival will feature delicious foods such as corned beef and cabbage, shrimp burgers, hamburgers and hot dogs, Mediterranean cuisine, BBQ , funnel cakes, fried peanuts, cotton candy and much, much more. Festivalgoers can also enjoy a beer garden.

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Fairy Day at the Aquarium

[ 10 AM–4 PM ] Put on some wings and a dash of

glitter and let your imagination fly during the aquarium’s annual Fairy Day. Build fairy and gnome houses on the nature trail, search for mermaid and fairy doors around the aquarium and make your own magic wand. Come dressed as a fairy, gnome, sea serpent or other mythical character! Costumes are encouraged but not required. Free with admission or membership. At One Roosevelt Drive in Pine Knoll Shores. For more information call 252-247-4003.

MARCH 13

Bird Hike

[ 9–10 AM ] Meet at the Fort Macon Visitor Center

and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area. At 2303 Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For more information call 252-726-3775.

MARCH 16

Natural Side of Fort Macon

[ 10–11 AM ] Meet in the Visitor Center lobby for

a leisurely hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon. Hike will cover both trail and beach. At 2303 Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For more information call 252-726-3775.

MARCH 16

Brown Bag Gam: Cape Lookout Lighthouse

[ NOON–1 PM ] Pack a lunch for the Brown Bag

Gam during your lunch hour and join Associate Museum Curator Benjamin Wunderly for an informal discussion about the Cape Lookout lighthouse. The history of the tower and its predecessor will be covered. Gam is defined as a friendly conversation between whalers or to visit with another ship while at sea. Free admission. No advance registration. At the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-7317 or visit ncmaritimemuseums.com.

MARCH 17

NC State Extension Carteret County Open House [ 4–7 PM ] The Carteret County Office of NC

State Extension will be holding an open house to

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see what NC State Extension is all about. We are located on the third floor of the CMAST building on the Carteret Community College Campus at 303 College Circle, Morehead City. Learn more about what we have to offer including our youth development programs in 4-H, health and wellness programs in Family and Consumer Sciences, environmental education programs and Big Sweep clean-ups. Agricultural programs including row crops, livestock, home gardening and the extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program. For more information call 252-222-6352. MARCH 17–19, 24–26

The Odd Couple at Carteret Community Theatre

This classic comedy opens with a group of guys assemble for a game of cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it’s no wonder that his wife left him. Late to arrive is Felix Unger, who has just been separated from his wife. Fastidious, depressed and tense, Felix seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds, Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results as The Odd Couple is born. Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinées at 2 p.m. At Carteret Community Theatre, 1311 Arendell Street, Morehead City. For more information call 252-497-8919.

MARCH 11

FAIRY DAY AT THE AQUARIUM

from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the NC Aquarium, One Roosevelt Drive, Pine Knoll Shores. You can come in costume! Free with admission or membership. Call 252-247-4003.

MARCH 18

Get Hooked Fishing School

[ 8 AM–5 PM ] Tune up your fishing skills and

learn a few new ones in time for the spring season during the 10th annual Get Hooked Fishing School at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. The day-long seminar features in-depth presentations by experienced anglers on fishing techniques and species-specific methods. During the event participants can ask specific questions related to fishing gear or fish habitats which gives them better insight on how to target specific fish species along North Carolina’s coast. Enjoy additional presentations and demonstrations while dining on a catered lunch. The action-packed event also includes giveaways and drawings for great fishing gear. Advance registration is required and space is limited. The fee is $60 per person and $54 for

MARCH 17–19, 24–26

THE ODD COUPLE

These mismatched roommates make for classic comedy. Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m., Sunday matinées at 2 p.m. Call 252-497-8919.

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members. Sign up online at www.ncaquariums. com/pine-knoll-shores, by calling 252-247-4003 or at the aquarium. MARCH 18–19

Intro to Wooden Boat Building

[ 9 AM–4:30 PM ] In this two-day hands-on course,

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WHALES OFF NC

at a free Brown Bag Gam from noon to 1 p.m. at the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. Curator Keith Rittmaster will host an informal discussion on whales.

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. Course fee is $135. Minimum age is 16. All courses are limited in size. Advance registration required. At the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-7317 or visit ncmaritimemuseums.com.

MARCH 22

Brown Bag Gam: Whales off North Carolina

[ NOON–1 PM ] Pack a lunch for the Brown Bag

Gam during your lunch hour and join Museum Natural Science Curator Keith Rittmaster for an informal discussion on the many species of whales that travel near our shores. Keith will reveal his studies on the conservation of these endangered marine animals. Gam is defined as a friendly conversation between whalers or to visit with another ship while at sea. Free Admission. No advance registration. Walk-ins welcome. At the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-7317 or visit ncmaritimemuseums.com.

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CLIMATE CHANGE IN NC

A discussion hosted by Dr. Rosana Nieto Ferriera of ECU at Joslyn Hall in the McGee Building on the campus of Carteret Community College in Morehead City.

MARCH 24

Brown Bag Gam: Women Pirates

[ NOON–1 PM ] Whether through association,

partnership or actually practicing piracy, women were very involved in the world of pirates. This program will focus on the pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read, as well as look at the supporting roles that women played in the world of piracy.

Unfortunately, due to the fact that many women pirates were forced to hide their gender, we will never know how many female pirates were active during the Golden Age of pirates, but thanks to women such as Anne Bonny and Mary Read we know they were out there. Free admission. No advance registration. Walk-ins welcome. North Carolina Maritime Museum. At the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-7317 or visit ncmaritimemuseums.com. MARCH 25

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon & 5K Race

The 4th annual Emerald Isle Marathon, HalfMarathon and 5K races will be held at the Western Ocean Regional Access. The full marathon begins at 7 a.m., followed by the halfmarathon at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K at 8:45 a.m. Nearly 1,500 runners registered for the 2016 races and we are hoping to exceed that total in 2017. Start your training now and sign up at emeraldislerun.com.

MARCH 27

Climate Change in Eastern NC [ 6–10 PM ] What is climate change? Is it real?

Will it affect us in eastern North Carolina? Dr. Rosana Nieto Ferreira, associate professor of Atmospheric Science at East Carolina University, will discuss and answer questions at Joslyn Hall in the McGee Building on the campus of Carteret Community College, Morehead City. This is a free lecture. Doors open at 6 p.m. for light refreshments and a meet and greet with the lecturer. The presentation follows from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Contact CaptainRichard@ec.rr.com for more information. At 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City. For more information call 252-665-2473. APRIL 1

5K for the Kids and Easter Egg Hunt to Benefit the Methodist Home for Children At the Swansboro United Methodist Church, there will be a 5K run, breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza! Race start time is 10:30 a.m. Please come out and support the Methodist

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Mill Fest & Home Brew Competition [ NOON–10 PM ] Exceptional beer for exceptional

people! Enjoy food truck cuisine, home brew competition, tap room, beer garden, beer tent and no cover charge! At 1354 Lennoxville Road, Beaufort. For more information call 252-342-6929. APRIL 1

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APRIL 5

Brown Bag Gam: Traditional Boatbuilding in North Carolina [ NOON–1 PM ] Pack a lunch for the Brown Bag

Gam during your lunch hour and join Associate Curator Benjamin Wunderly for a discussion about traditional boatbuilding in North Carolina. From early Native American dugout canoes to modern fiberglass sport boats, North Carolina’s history is one of the richest when it comes to the art of boat building. Gam is defined as a friendly conversation between whalers or to visit with another ship while at sea. Free Admission. No advance registration. Walk-ins welcome. At the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-7317 or visit ncmaritimemuseums. com.

[ 5–8:30 PM ] Buy your tickets early for this annual

sell-out event put on by the North Carolina Seafood Festival. Purchase a $40 ticket and take a stroll along the Morehead City waterfront, stopping at restaurants and host businesses to taste a bite from numerous participating restaurants while listening to various soloists and bands as you enjoy your progressive dinner. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Carteret Community College Culinary Arts Program. Stay connected to the Seafood Festival social media pages for more information and announcements! For more information visit ncseafoodfestival.org/bites-blues/.

APRIL 2

Spring Family Festival [ 1–4 PM ] We are excited to announce the Spring

Family Festival, a fundraiser for the preschool at Camp Albemarle! Funds raised from this event will go towards scholarships for families who otherwise would not be able to enroll their child in this unique educational opportunity and towards new program materials. Join us for a 1,000-egg Easter Egg Hunt on 29 acres of land. The egg hunt will be free and is open to the public. Other activities will have a fee associated with them and include music, food, vendor fair (Lularoe, Paparazzi Jewelry, Usborne Books and more), carnival games, art classes, Tae Kwon Do demonstrations, flower sales, technical tree climbing, raffles and more! At 156 Albemarle Drive in Newport.

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Jimmy Black Artist Reception

[ 5 PM ] Mattie King Davis Art Gallery welcomes

Jimmy Black as the April and May featured artist. An opening reception will be held in his honor at the gallery on the grounds of the Beaufort Historic Site, 100 Turner Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252-728-5225.

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APRIL 7

North Carolina Whales and Whaling Symposium

[ 10 AM–3 PM ] This day-long event will include

presentations focusing on whales and historic hunting practices. Participants will learn about species of whales that can be found in our coastal waters, how some of these whales were hunted throughout the Atlantic and elsewhere and where some of their skeletal remains have ended up. Free admission. No advance registration. Walk-ins welcome. At the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For more information call 252728-7317 or visit ncmaritimemuseums.com. €

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CLFN: Local farms, eating healthy

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e hear the buzz words: Local farms. Eating healthy. Buying local. But who in the world is Carteret Local Food Network (CLFN)? Recently we spoke with director Catherine Elkins who told us more about CLFN and its initiatives to support farmers and consumers alike.

Please tell us about what CLFN is working to achieve. Our day-to-day activities are focused on helping consumers find our local farmers and helping farmers learn more about what consumers want. CLFN’s mission is to raise awareness of local farms, what they offer and the benefits of eating locally, for health, environmental and local economic reasons. Buying locally reduces carbon footprint by eliminating food transportation. In addition, when purchasing directly from a farmer or fisherman, one can learn more about their farmer neighbors.

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Tell us about a few of your initiatives. Our number one initiative is making sure our shoppers know where these local farms and farm stands are. To make it easier, CLFN has prepared a directory of local farmers and farm stands. This information is available on our website at carteretlocalfood.org/local-farmers. We are using social media to help customers who are searching for specific vegetables. We post a list of what vegetables are currently available on our website and on Facebook each week. We will soon roll out a plan to showcase local veggies and fruits. Our “Veggie Moments” videos shed light on some of our popular vegetables and fruits and how to cook them. And we will host several how-to cooking classes with local chefs to highlight ingredients grown on local farms. CLFN also supplies local produce and proteins for unique dining events like Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market Farm-to-Table Dinner, Blind Pig Dinner and Wild Caught Music Festival. With Unitarian Coastal Fellowship in Morehead City, we host Meatless Monday Potluck Dinners. We have a plan to help farmers with federal and state regulations. Farmers have asked for help learning the latest recommendations for onfarm food safety. CLFN will co-sponsor training workshops to learn the rules behind Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification, Good Handling Practices (GHP) and the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). CLFN oversees Underground Farm and Learning Center, which hosts farm tours, special dinners and pick-your-own vegetables and berries at two sites: 811 Straits Road in Smyrna and 1586 Highway 101 in Beaufort. UFLC sells produce at Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market, Coastal Community Market and to local restaurants. UFLC is also selling boxes of fresh produce for weekly or bi-weekly pickup at three locations in Beaufort and Morehead. How does one reserve a CSA share / membership or a farm tour? One phone call will do it. Just contact Josh Potter, Farm Manager. Text him at 252-241-3162 or email undergroundfarmnc@gmail.com. To contact CLFN, call Catherine Elkins at 252-515-4799 or email carteretlocalfood@ gmail.com. CLFN is online at carteretlocalfood.org and facebook.com/ CarteretLocalFoodNetwork/. New farmers and welcome volunteers should visit carteretlocalfood.org/get-involved. €


Morehead City: Excellence In Planning

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owntown Morehead City is pleased to announce that the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) has recognized downtown Morehead City’s waterfront as a Great Main Street as part of association’s annual Great Places in North Carolina awards program. Great Places in North Carolina is an awards program created in 2012 to highlight North Carolina’s Great Places and the communities and people that have created them. Evans Street was nominated, highlighting the many businesses, events and characteristics that make the downtown waterfront a top main street destination in the Coastal Plain Region. Also noted was the transformation Evans Street has seen in the past six years, including an increase in pedestrian traffic, festivals, events, fine dining, storefronts and fishing and diving activities. Also emphasized was the collaboration of key stakeholders in Morehead City, including partnerships with private, public and non-profit organizations, all sharing a passion for downtown Morehead City and its economic prosperity. “Evans Street and downtown Morehead City flourished until the early 1970s and while the working

waterfront continued to flourish, many storefronts along the water remained vacant,” said Lisa Rueh, Executive Director of Downtown Morehead City. “Over the past 10 years, Downtown Morehead City, the Town Council and business owners have worked diligently with city officials and other influential individuals to create events, attract new businesses and market all that downtown Morehead City offers. We are thrilled to be recognized by the APA North Carolina chapter and to celebrate together the revitalization and continued growth of one of Carteret County’s most loved assets.” Downtown Morehead City and Evans Street play host to some of the largest, internationally renowned events, including Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, which has raised enough money over the past 55 years to contribute $4.4 million to deserving, local non-profits; the North Carolina Seafood Festival; the Crystal Coast Boast Show and the Alive at Five concert series. For the past 10 years, the Crystal Coast Boat show has provided local boat dealers to sell more than one million dollars in water craft and the North Carolina Seafood Festival attracts nearly 200,000 attendees annually to the waterfront area over three days. Additionally, Evans Street

is a working waterfront with dozens of operating charter while supplying fresh catch finds to locals, tourists and dozens of locally owned restaurants that line Evans and the surrounding streets. In addition to the shops, galleries, restaurants and events, downtown Morehead City is home to the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fountain, a focal point of Evans Street and the new, eight-story Bask Boutique Hotel, which previously stood vacant. Locals and visitors also enjoy Big Rock Landing, a 7,000 square foot wooden dock open to the public with picnic tables, as well as the Big Rock Weigh-In area, where qualifying fish are brought in during the fishing tournament. “Evans Street and the accompanying waterfront, coupled with the activities and amenities in the area not only draw people regionally, nationally and internationally, making it an economic engine for tourism while attracting economic development,” said Ms. Rueh. “We are thrilled that the APA North Carolina Chapter has recognized Evans Street and all of the professionals and business owners who have invested their time, skills and resources to make Evans Street and all of Downtown Morehead City one of the best places to work, live and play in North Carolina.” Downtown Morehead City will accept the award on behalf of Evans Street business owners and Morehead City at NC League of Municipalities’ Town Hall Day in Raleigh in March. €

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Tom Bachman, brew master and owner of Beaufort-based Mill Whistle Brewing plans to celebrate NC Beer Month with the First Mill Fest and Home Brewers competition on April 1.

Home Brew Fest at Mill Whistle Brewing Accepting Competitors Now

T

om Backman starting brewing beer at home 20 years ago, as a hobby. Three years ago, the hobby-turned-venture began when he started the process to open Carteret County’s first brewery. Mill Whistle Brewing is located on the site of the 100-year-old Safrit Lumber Mill. Last year, Tom and his wife Barb opened the Tap Room as a place for locals and visitors alike to come together as a place to enjoy the fruits of his labor. Since then, the Beaufort brew master hasn’t looked back and has steadily increased the number of craft beers, wheat ales, sour ales, pale ales and IPAs. Mill Whistle Brewing is a one-barrel brewery focused on exceptional craft beers. This nanobrewery produces just 31 gallons of beer in a batch. By focusing on small batches of beer, they have been able to produce a wide variety of styles of beer. On Saturday, April 1, Tom plans to give home brewers a platform to compete in the First Mill Fest Home Brew Competition. The date coincides with the first anniversary of the opening of Mill Whistle’s Tap Room. It’s also the first day of NC Beer Month, a state-wide celebration of all things beer.

“We are excited to give homebrewers the opportunity for a little friendly competition,” stated Tom Backman. “We also think our patrons will enjoy being the judges,” he said. The beer festival and home brew competition will feature a lineup of beers brewed on site, including the Tap Room, beer garden and tent, food truck cuisine and a home brew competition. The Mill Whistle Brewing beer line up for Mill Fest will include Bofirt IPA, Dit Dot Kolsch, Mommuck the Mayor Pilsner, Hoi Toide Sour Ale, Ballou Berry Sour Ale, Indignant Bullfrog IPA, Pennywort Saison, Speed Diva Wheat Ale, Transgender Blonde, Beerskool Pale Ale and Dingbatter Bock. The home brew competition will have a non-traditional format. Homebrewers or their designated representatives, will bring home brewed beers, register the beers, setup to display the beers and serve the beers to Mill Fest patrons. Patrons will then judge the beers on score cards. The scoring categories are Beer Appearance, Beer Aroma, Beer Flavor, Beer Name, Package Appearance, Labeling and Imagery, Home Brewer Presentation and Overall Experience. Awards will be given to the

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brewer for each of the top four beers. Registration is from noon until 2:30 p.m. Brewer’s setup is until 3 p.m. Home brew serving and judging session is from 3 to 4 p.m. Awards will start at 6 p.m.

HOME BREWER RULES • The competition is open to any home brewer who has not worked as a brewer for pay in a brewery or brew pub in the current calendar year. • If more than one person helped brew the beer, everyone who assisted must be listed on your entry form. Team beers are acceptable, but the registrant must have been an active participant in the brewing process • The beer must be home brewed to enter. • No entries brewed at commercial facilities will be accepted • All home brewers must be 21 years of age or older to enter. For a copy of the complete guidelines, contact Tom Backman at 252-269-0330 or Email: tombackman@icloud.com. Mill Whistle Brewing is located at 1354 Lennoxville Road, Beaufort. For more information, call 252-342-6929. €


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Whistle Pigs & Chucklings

OUTER BANKS WILDLIFE SHELTER

A chuckling gets a bath.

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unxsutawney Phil emerged from hibernation on February 2 and saw his shadow, which means six more weeks of winter. But those of us on the coast of North Carolina who are enjoying warmer weather as of late are not putting a lot of stock in his prediction. We all know that Phil is a groundhog turned weatherman, right? Groundhogs are also called woodchucks, a name originating from the Cree Indian word “wuchak.” They have been nicknamed “whistlepigs” because they are known to give a shrill whistle alarm that carries for quite a distance to warn other groundhogs of impending danger. They are native to North America, including North Carolina and although they are found more often in the western part of our state, they have recently expanded into our piedmont and coastal regions. Although these little diggers aren’t prevalent yet on the coast, the few who are here can still run into the kind of trouble that may require medical rehabilitation at the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter in Newport. Wildlife rehabilitators at our facility must be familiar with every species that could possibly come through the clinic door, even if they are rare in our area. Groundhogs are large pudgy-bodied mammals of the rodent family that weigh in at 5 to 12 pounds and can reach two feet in length. They are covered with coarse fur that ranges in color from brown to reddish or yellowish brown with a silver shine on the tips. Their head is short and wide. Groundhogs are well adapted for digging with their short, powerful limbs and five curved, thick claws on each foot. They will run on all fours and frequently stand on their hind feet to survey the area or sound the alarm. Their tail is densely haired, slightly flattened and one-fifth to one-third of the animal’s total length. A groundhog’s ears are short, broad, rounded and well haired and their eyes are circular and small. Besides the high-pitched whistle they are known for, they also squeal when fighting, produce low barks and produce an unusual teeth grinding sound. They are diurnal animals which means they are most active during the early morning and late afternoon hours and not at night. Groundhogs have been observed climbing trees near residential areas or standing in open country at the edge of woodlands, but never too far from their burrow entrance. So they are comfortable in a variety of habitats such as pastures, brushy woodlots, open woods and areas along stream banks. Although they prefer forest habitats, the choices of under deck patios, sheds, in gardens and anything surrounded by wood or brush in residential areas are not ruled out. Woodchucks have adapted well to human activities such as agriculture and urban development. Therefore, taking up residence close to humans can become a problem for home owners when you consider the type of property damage groundhogs are capable of as they dig networks of burrows under houses, sheds or any man-made structure. Please keep in mind that it has been stated by Humane Society professionals that it would take a lot of woodchucks working over many years to create tunnel systems that would pose any significant risk to a structure. However, Groundhogs leave their mark everywhere they go by chewing, gnawing, digging and causing the disappearance of tasty flowers, fruits and vegetables. Gardeners are usually not too happy with their presence.

Woodchucks enjoy a strict herbivorous diet and prefer the more tender parts of new growth from a variety of wild and cultivated succulent plants such as clover, alfalfa and grasses. They hibernate during the winter. Mating occurs in March or April and four to six young are produced after a 32-day gestation period. Of course, like all furry mammal babies, they are adorable! The young, called “chucklings,” are born blind, helpless, toothless, almost naked and weigh one to two ounces and because they are mammals, they will nurse for about 3 months. Between 3 to 5 months the youngsters will leave the birth area and head out on their own to burrow their own den. Groundhogs become sexually mature at one year and can have two litters annually. Although groundhogs are the most solitary of all marmots, which are burrowing rodents, several individuals may occupy adjacent burrows or dens. Burrows with den chambers 20 inches to three feet below ground will have five to eight entrances/exits to enable rapid escape from predators such as coyotes, foxes, bobcats, eagles, cougars, dogs, wolves and people. Snakes pose the largest threat to infant groundhogs. Despite this little plant lover’s tendency to wreck a garden and dig tunnels that could compromise some structural integrity, they also do some good in the world! Although an indirect benefit, groundhogs’ burrows become homes for animals such as foxes and skunks who feed upon mice, grasshoppers, bugs and other menacing creatures that would destroy a farmer’s crops. A groundhog’s expert digging skills also bring healthy and nutritious subsoil to the surface. The presence of woodchucks has been responsible for unearthing artifacts such as pottery and stones that archaeologists then claim as a new dig site. This unique animal with a variety of names is very interesting to watch, but if you encounter a groundhog, it is best not to make or attempt physical contact, because they can bite and may carry certain zoonotic conditions that can be passed from them to you. Observation while keeping your distance is always the best policy. In zoo environments or wildlife sanctuaries where non-releasable groundhogs serve as Education Ambassadors, their recorded lifespans have reached 9 to 14 years, but the average life expectancy for a woodchuck in the wild is only 2 to 3 years. If by chance a “whistle pig” reaches 5 or 6 years in the wild, that is considered an extremely long and lucky life! €

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A MOMENT OF REFLECTION

PAUL ORTIZ

Undeserved Reconciliation

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e live in such a divisive world. We see politics and religion play such a significant role in many of our lives, causing a divide like not seen before. We see this in homes, workplaces, social spaces and even in church. There are so many groups, so many divisions, so many parties and so many causes. These factions have their own agendas—most causing disunity. Ultimately no one wins. We are a broken people, a broken nation. We’ve made it about issues according to a lower standard … ours! We fight amongst ourselves. Friends turn against friends and family against family. And truly, when it is all said and done and we move into forever…will it have mattered? Would it have been worth all the heartache and pain caused to each other? Do these issues and earthly concerns matter from an eternal point of view? Don’t misunderstand this outlook for one of disregard for our current concerns or situations, that we should do nothing nor participate. No, one must simply weigh the causes we participate in and decisions we make from a more eternal perspective and then act accordingly. When Jesus stepped out of heaven a long time ago and left His throne to be born in a humble manger, something very significant happened that is so overlooked. God in the person of Jesus Christ, stepped over to the other side. He could have stayed in heaven and just took on an attitude much like we do today when we don’t agree with someone. We tend to become indignant towards others and their point of view. We don’t engage constructively to listen, but instead we shout louder and tune each other out. Unlike us, God came to where we were. He stepped over to the other side to engage. He humbled Himself to reach out to us. In our broken condition, He came to hear our hearts, to offer a message of hope, to offer healing, to offer a relationship like never before between God and His creation… to offer reconciliation we didn’t deserve. In the Bible, Second Corinthians Chapter 5 tells us in Verse 14 Christ’s love compels us. It goes on in Verse 16 to tell us because of Christ’s love we should not think of anyone like everyone else, instead we should look at everyone from God’s point of view. What does that mean to us? The God of the World, who wants for nothing and can conjure anything just by speaking, desires relationship with you. He proved it by leaving heaven to come to our side. By doing so, God knocked the wall down and bridged the gap we created through our rebellion and hard hearts to make room, an opportunity for reconciliation through forgiveness He did not have to give. He looked at us with compassion and love. We should do the same for each other. My hope is we can begin to follow the example God has given us through the life of His Son. Maybe we can take on that attitude and be the first to bridge the gap in someone’s life, to offer hope and an opportunity for healing. If we can just stop and think from a forever perspective, our outlook just might change and we might have the opportunity to impact others in positive way with the same love God demonstrates towards us. Jesus brought that message of hope with Him when He left heaven to come over to our side a long time ago. That message of hope is still available for us today. It still changes people! This Easter, follow the example of Jesus and change your perspective and make a difference in your life and in the lives of others. €

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SECOND CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5 14 For Christ’s love compels us…. 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

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, coming soon to Emerald Isle. Reach him at paul@TheIslandChurchEI.org


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DISCOVERY DIVING

LEE MOORE

DIVING OUR COAST W H AT ’ S U N D E RWAT E R I N M A RC H

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arch is traditionally one of the coldest months of the year in North Carolina. In February, water temperatures offshore were in the low 60s, while the inshore water temperatures started off in the low 50s but ended up in the low 60s because of the above- normal air temperatures. The all-weather divers got to see marine life that isn’t present during the warm weather season. As spring approaches, more divers will be making their way to the coast to go diving on the wrecks out of Beaufort Inlet. Before divers decide to take their first underwater breath of the season, they need to have the annual service performed on their gear.

EQUIPMENT TO SERVICE: THE REGULATOR A regulator is the major piece of life support equipment that the diver uses to breathe underwater. It is made up of two main pieces, the first and second stage. The first stage is the part that is connected to the tank and the second stage is the piece that the diver put in their mouth and breathes through. Most divers have two second stages. One is their primary, the one they breathe off of and the other is their alternate air source, more commonly known as an octopus. The octopus is used to share air with another diver in the event they are low on air. Some divers have their alternate air source, an Air II or Air Source, incorporated into the inflator hose of the buoyancy compensator. To use these, the diver would give the primary to their buddy and the diver would breathe off of the Air II or Air Source. This type of alternate air source is designed to be disconnected from the inflator hose when it is stored or serviced. They need to be serviced at the same time as the first stage. All three stages have internal parts that are replaced during the annual service. Each stage is completely taken apart and all new parts are put into the existing housings. Even though the outside looks the same, it is like getting a brand new regulator each year. When the moving parts are replaced, they are coated with lubricants to make them move more smoothly. Aqua-Lung provides free parts for life for their customers, as long as the regulators are serviced every year. Sherwood provides free parts for their customers for the first two years.

EQUIPMENT TO SERVICE: THE TANK Another piece of equipment that needs annual service is the tank. This service is known as a visual inspection. To begin the visual inspection, all of the air is removed from the tank. Next, the valve is removed and a light is lowered into the tank so the repair technician can look at the inside of the tank to see if there are any cracks or pitting of the material. If the tank is made out of steel and no evidence of internal damage is found, the tank will get a new visual inspection sticker that is good for one year. If the tank is made out of aluminum, the tank will go through Visual Inspection Plus. This is where a device is screwed into the neck of the tank and an electrical current is sent through the neck to see if there are any microscopic cracks that can’t be seen with the human eye. If the tank passes the Visual Inspection Plus, the tank will get a new visual inspection sticker that is good for one year. The buoyancy compensator is the piece of equipment that the diver wears to hold their tank on their back and uses to attain neutral buoyancy while underwater. When it is inspected, the dump valves are inspected to make sure they open and close properly to hold and release air. Buoyancy compensators either have an inflator hose or an “i3” device to adjust the amount of air that is added and released. A low pressure hose connects the inflation device to the first stage and allows air to be directly added from the diver’s tank to the buoyancy compensator. The repair technician inspects the inflation device to ensure it is functioning properly.

HOW TO GET YOUR GEAR SERVICED Now is the time to get all of your gear serviced, before all of the other divers get the same idea. When the dive season starts, you don’t want to be standing on the dock watching the dive boat head offshore because your gear is getting its annual service because you waited until the last minute. If you have any questions about getting your gear serviced, contact Discovery Diving at dive@discoverydiving.com, at 252-728-2265 or follow them on Facebook. If you are in the area, just come by the shop and drop off your gear for service. €

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