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12 Big Little Bats: Our Ecopartners! Bats are the only mammals that are capable of free flight—they are not gliders like the Souther Flying Squirrel. Environmental enthusiasts often request information on establishing a colony in their neighborhood, because bats help keep pesky insect populations down.
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We’re finally getting ready to welcome summer on the Crystal Coast, with articles about local wildlife, the real estate market and events and fun coming to our area.
ready for the Kayak for the Warriors summer events. The season kicks off with the 5K Beach Run and Fun Run on Saturday, May 27, at the Clamdigger Inn. Also coming up, silent and live auctions at the aquarium and a kayak race!
14 Thinking About Selling? Dress Your Home for Success! There are many steps involved in listing your home for sale. Whether you use a realtor or not, one thing will help when showing your home: make sure it’s ready and “dressed for success.” Read on for tips from Interior Designer Julia Vradelis of Coldwell Banker Spectrum Properties.
15 Vietnam Memorial Wall Travels to Morehead City The Otway Burns Chapter has been raising money 12 BIG LITTLE BATS Our local bats are friends of the ecosystem.
14 DRESS FOR SUCCESS Selling your home? Dress it for success first!
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24 DIVING OUR COAST This month, find out about spearfishing and lobstering!
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The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is open for climbing. Self-guided tours every 15 minutes. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children and seniors. Does not include ferry fare.
The Cape Lookout Lighthouse is open for climbing! Self-guided tours of up to 10 people will begin every 15 minutes during the hours of operation. The first climb starts at 9:45 a.m. and the last climb starts at 4:15 p.m. Open Tuesday through Saturday. Children must be at least 44 inches tall. Regular admission is $8 (children 12 and under $4). A Senior Pass for ages 62 and over is $4. Ticket prices do not include cost of ferry transportation. MAY 11, 26
Kayak the Salt Marsh
Basic instruction and safety lesson followed by a relaxing paddle through a salt marsh. Learn about local history and the importance of salt marshes while on the water. For ages 12 and up (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Participants must know how to swim; some kayak experience is recommended. Advance reservations required. Fee is $25 per person ($15 with own kayak). Through the North Carolina Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. Call 252-728-7317 or visit them online at ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com.
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Loon Day is a wonderful event that recognizes and honors a time-old tradition. The activities begin with everyone assembling at the H. Curt Salter Building (Guild Headquarters) at 1574 Harkers Island Road. Decoys that are to be entered into the decoy competition are hidden before the judging so they cannot be prejudged from a closer perspective. The contest will also feature a subcategory of competition: traditional style shorebirds! Judging will take place at the Harkers Island Bridge area with the decoys in the water and the judges making their evaluations from the shore. Everyone is invited to come see the decoys out in the water. After the judging, a delicious lunch by Fat Fella’s. Donations are encouraged. Live auction of the competition decoys, including all the ribbon winners. MAY 13
7th Annual Crystal Coast Run/ Walk for Autism
Join us for the 7th annual Crystal Coast Run/Walk for Autism along the Beaufort waterfront! Join us for the 5K competitive race, the awareness walk or the kids’ dash. Come be a part of our community for this fun day! Registration is $25 for the 5K or $15 for the walk. Online registration deadline is May 8 by 12 noon on Race Day. Proceeds from the Crystal Coast Run/Walk for Autism will fund local programs of the Autism Society of North Carolina, the leading statewide resource organization serving the over 65,000 people in NC across the spectrum throughout their lifespans. If you have questions, please call 1-800-442-2762, ext. 1101. MAY 13
Carteret Community Theater Presents ‘Balsam Range’
The Morehead City Rotary Club brings awardwinning Bluegrass band Balsam Range to the Crystal Coast for a local scholarship fundraiser. International Bluegrass Music Awards Vocal Group of the Year for 2014 and 2015, Balsam Range boasts outstanding acoustic musicians and singers who hail from Haywood County in western NC. Their band was named for the majestic
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range of mountains that surrounds part of their home county where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge: the Balsam Range. For more information about the concert and ticket information visit carteretcommunitytheatre.com.
Plein Air Art Festival
The Plein Air Art Festival and Competition is open to artists of all ages and skill levels who work in any two-dimensional media, with the exception of photography. Artists may set up anywhere within the competition area and will have three hours to create their works before judging. Artists bring their own supplies, easels, etc. A panel of three judges will evaluate the works and a people’s choice prize will also be awarded. For more information visit beaufortnc.com/event/en-pleinair-art-festival-competition/. Cash prizes are $500 for first, $250 for second and $100 for third. MAY 12, 26 | JUNE 9
Beach Run Series
Dust off those running shoes and join in one of the most popular Parks and Rec events of the season. Open to all ages and experience levels, fun for the entire family. Choose 1 Mile, 5K or 10K. Cost is $50 per person for all 7 races or $7 per race. All start at 6:30 p.m. on the Atlantic Beach Circle at 107 Atlantic Beach Boulevard in Atlantic Beach. To register visit ccpr.recdesk.com.
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Passport Safety scavenger hunt, sailing lessons and an antique car show. The Crystal Coast Boat Show features both new and used boats, in-water and on land and showcases a variety of marine products and services, outdoor gear, fishing tackle, brokers and resource conservation groups. This year includes an education day with information about boats, boat maintenance and ways to prepare your inshore catch. For more information visit crystalcoastboatshow.com. MAY 19
Shackleford Banks Horse, Hiking and History Tour
Experience Outer Banks heritage and wildlife with a guided hike on Shackleford Banks, part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Not suitable for children under 12. Advance reservations required. Fee is $25 per person. Through the North Carolina Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. Call 252-728-7317 or visit them online at ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com.
Beaufort Music Festival
This WPA-sanctioned event has a long (10k) and short (5k) course, vendor village, clinics and more. All events take place at The Boathouse at Front Street Village in Beaufort. Both the long and short course take place primarily in Taylor’s Creek along
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at Carteret Community Theatre, sponsored by the Morehead City Rotary Club. International Bluegrass Music Awards Vocal Group of the Year for 2014–2015.
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For the 29th year, the music flows along Taylor’s Creek and through downtown Beaufort during this music festival. A variety of music is offered, with something sure to suit the ears of all ages. For more information visit beaufortmusicfestival. com. The music venue is the Beaufort Historic Site located at 130 Turner Street, Beaufort.
Help protect the shoreline in Bogue Banks by participating in a shoreline restoration project. The North Carolina Coastal Federation is partnering with Sound to Sea at the Trinity Center and the NC Aquarium to plant marsh grass as part of a Living Shoreline project. Volunteers will plant marsh grass that will help protect shorelines from erosion and create habitat for marine creatures. For details call 252-247-4003 or visit ncaquariums. com/pine-knoll-shores. MAY 19–21
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You don’t want to miss the 4th Annual Atlantic Beach Music Festival at the boardwalk at the Circle on Atlantic Boulevard on Atlantic Beach. This year’s entertainment features Coastline, Band of Oz, Fantastic Shakers and Mighty Saints of Soul. Admission is free, but pets and glass containers are prohibited.
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the waterfront in Beaufort. Both courses start and finish adjacent to the The Boathouse at Front Street Village, with the long course (10k) extending out into Beaufort Inlet before doubling back to finish. For more info visit crystalkaisupcup.com. MAY 20–21
Intro to Wooden Boat Building
FARM TO TABLE DINNER
The Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market’s main fundraising event for the season will be more fun than last year’s. Live music with Magnolia Still. This is a ticketed event.
In this two-day hands-on course, students will explore the art of boat building from start to finish. They begin with the design and lofting of boats and move on to the setup, steam bending and different methods of creating the back bone of small boats. In addition, they will learn how to make planking systems, both carvel and lap strake and all 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 is $135 (Friends of the Museum $121.50). Minimum age is 16. Advance registration required by phone at 252-728-7317, Ext. 31 or online at thewatercraftcenter.com. Through the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center at the NC Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort.
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The SwanFest Concert Series offers live music starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Pavilion at Olde Town Square in Swansboro! This free outdoor concerts will be held each Sunday evening throughout the summer! Bring your blanket or chair and come on out and enjoy some great music with us! May 21..........................................................Chris Cavanaugh May 28............................................................... Seaside Band June 4........................................................................... 4EverAll MAY 25
Farm to Table Dinner
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MEMORIAL DAY FIREWORKS
sponsored by the Town of Atlantic Beach at 9 p.m. on Memorial Day Weekend at the Circle beach access on Atlantic Beach. Bring chairs but no pets or glass containers.
host a Farm To Table Dinner on Craven Street between Broad and Ann Streets. This is Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market’s main fundraising event for the season and it promises to be as much fun as last year. Our area’s premier chefs source delicious local and fresh ingredients from our local farmers and food-producers at the Olde Beaufort Farmer’s Market to prepare a wonderful feast. Enjoy live music from Magnolia Still and enjoy the
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delicious buffet and camaraderie of friends who support Beaufort’s freshest place to find your own healthy ingredients—the Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market. Ticketed event. For more information visit oldebeaufortfarmersmarket.org.
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Alive at Five Outdoor Concert
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the Jaycee Park on the Morehead City waterfront. For a complete list of performers call 252-8080440 or visit downtownmoreheadcity.com
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Carteret County Arts and Crafts Coalition Spring Show
This is the perfect occasion to browse and buy the work of coastal artists and craftsmen. The two-day event takes place on Saturday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 28, from noon to 5 p.m. For more information visit beauforthistoricsite.org. MAY 27
Bird’s Eye View: Free-Flight Bird Show
Flock to the Big Rock Theater to get a close look at some impressive birds. The show highlights the unique features of owls, pelicans, vultures and other species. The audience enjoys close encounters with these engaging creatures. Event is free with admission or membership. For details call 252-247-4003 or visit ncaquariums.com/pineknoll-shores. At the NC Aquarium, One Roosevelt Boulevard, Pine Knoll Shores.
Memorial Day Weekend Fireworks on the Beach
[ 9 PM ] The Town of Atlantic Beach is sponsoring
the annual fireworks display on Saturday, May 27, along the boardwalk at the Circle beach access. Bring your chairs, but please no pets or glass containers.
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Kayak for the Warriors™: 5K and 1K Fun Run
Kayak for the Warriors Kayak and SUP Race
We kick off our Kayak for the Warriors activities by hosting a 5K Beach Run and 1K Fun Run/ Walk on Saturday, May 27, at 8 a.m. The event fee for the 5K is $25, which includes a T-shirt. Runners will begin at the The Inn at Pine Knoll Shores, run down the beach, across Route 58 and through Beacon’s Reach and then return to the beach. The Fun Run/Walk fee is $15. T-shirts for fun walkers/runners will be available for purchase. The Fun Walk/Run will head down the beach towards Indian Beach and return on the same route. Additional information and registration can be found at k4tw.org or at runtheeast.com. JUNE 1
Kayak for the Warriors Silent and Live Auction The Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium will be the venue for the Warrior reception and silent and live auctions, which include works of local artists and goods and services from local businesses. Stroll through the aquarium to view the aquarium exhibits while sampling a variety of foods and heavy hors d’oeuvres and bid on silent auction items. The reception, costing $10, begins at 6 p.m. The silent auction runs from 6 to 7:15 p.m. and the live auction will begin at 7:30. Additional beverage tickets can be purchased at the event. For more information visit k4tw.org. JUNE 2
Explore Rachel Carson Reserve Discover the various plants and animals of the Rachel Carson Reserve. A guided hike will take you through the different habitats found on Town Marsh and Bird Shoal. Not suitable for children under 12. Advance reservations required. Fee is $20 per person. Through the North Carolina Maritime Museum, 315 Front Street, Beaufort. Call 252-728-7317 or visit them online at ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com.
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[ 10 AM ] A 3.2-mile kayak and paddleboard race
through the Pine Knoll Shores canals begins Saturday, June 3, at 10 a.m. A $50 registration fee includes a Warrior T-shirt and lunch. We will again have the Warriors Race, a “race within a race.” There will be raw time winners in the standard race. We are asking each participant to create their own team of sponsors. Each racer is encouraged to raise at least $100 in additional donations from their sponsors. For every dollar raised by each racer, one second will be deducted from their race time. There is no limit to the number of seconds that can be deducted. Sponsor dollars must be submitted 24 hours before the race, including the electronic cut off if submitting online. There will be award categories for both kayakers and paddle boarders. For more information visit k4tw.org JUNE 8–10
K4TW 5K AND 1K FUN RUN
on Saturday, May 27, at 8 a.m. Runners begin at The Inn at Pine Knoll Shores. For more information or to register visit runtheeast.com.
Evening at the Cape
This special program is offered on select dates near the full moon from June through October. Bring your own flashlight and experience the island and the lighthouse as the keepers did: in the dark of night. Hear stories of the lighthouse keepers, watch the sunset and then the moon and stars come out on the unlit beaches of Cape Lookout National Seashore. Discover a different side to your favorite beach! The cost of the program is $28 per person (price includes ferry fee) and is non-refundable (weather dependent). Reservations are required. There will be only one ferry trip on each date for Evening at the Cape. The ferry will depart Harkers Island at 7:30 p.m. and return at about 10 p.m. for the May through August programs. Children joining the climb must be at least 44 inches tall and able to climb the steps on their own. Children 12 years of age and younger must be accompanied someone 16 or older. Footwear is required. Reservations for the evening programs will be accepted on Monday of the week prior to each month’s dates. All reservations must be made online through recreation.gov. €
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Big Little Bats!
Bats are our environmental partners.
es, I am a mammal and yes, I can fly! The only mammal that is capable of free flight and able to launch under their own flapping power from a still position is a bat—they are not gliders like Southern Flying Squirrels. Like other mammals, they give birth to and nurse live young. Big Brown Bats (actually not very big at all) are one of the most common bats in North Carolina. Although their bodies are about five inches long not counting the tail and they have a wingspan up to 13 inches, they weigh only ½ to 1½ ounces. Big Brown Bats have brown fur above and paler fur below. Their wings are black and devoid of fur. The bat’s wing is an extension of the skin of the abdomen that runs to the tip of each digit, uniting the forelimb with the body. It’s comprised of two tightly stretched layers of skin membranes joined by connective tissue. This formation of skin membranes is called the patagium. We are able to see through a bat’s wings because of this. The first digit of a bat’s wing, which is similar to our thumb, is small, clawed and used in climbing or walking on the ground. Their unfurred ears are rounded and dark in color, matching their wing membranes and tail. Their lips are fleshy and the nose is quite wide. Bats are not brought to the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter in Newport for rehabilitation, but we do get calls asking about them. Some calls from environmental enthusiasts have questioned how they can encourage a bat colony in their neighborhood, because they are aware that bats help keep pesky insect populations down. One caller wondered why a bat seemed to be parked on their swimming pool pump during the day when bats are usually not active. That bat turned out to be a youngster just trying his wings— he just didn’t make it home before morning. Bats are primarily nocturnal, though they also forage in the early evening and early morning hours. All bats found in North Carolina eat insects and because they are nocturnal, they feed on nocturnal insects including mosquitoes and many major agricultural pests. A large colony of Big Brown Bats can eat 18 million corn rootworms each summer, placing them in the role of protectors of valuable harvests. A single bat can wipe out 21,000 insects, such as moths, flies, wasps, flying ants and beetles (their favorite meal), annually. All bat species can have a major impact on controlling insect populations, therefore bats are integral to ecosystems worldwide. A nursing female may consume almost her entire body weight in insects in one night. Just imagine how many insects an entire colony of bats would consume. Although bats have relatively good eyesight, most depend on their expertly developed echolocation (or sonar) system to navigate and capture insects in the dark. By listening to echoes reflected off their prey, bats can perceive the size, shape and texture of any tiny insect in their path from its echo alone. Their echolocation ability is so acute they can avoid obstacles no wider than a piece of thread and capture some itty-bitty flying insects, even in complete darkness. Bats produce ultrasonic sounds through their mouth and nose to communicate with each other. You won’t see them, but Big Brown Bats roost during the day in hollow trees, beneath loose tree bark, in the crevices of rocks or in 12 CAROLINA SALT May / June 2017 » CarolinaSalt.com
man-made structures such as attics, barns, old buildings, eaves and window shutters. Bats have adapted well to our urban and suburban environments. Bats can also be found in and around commercial buildings and bridges. The most common place to find bats in homes are the gable vents. Gable vents are screened vents located in roof peaks that aid in proper attic ventilation. Bats generally don’t come in contact with humans unless they are sick, injured or have moved into your house. Big Brown Bats mate during the fall and winter before they go into hibernation, but the female does not become pregnant until the spring as she stores the sperm during hibernation. Female Big Brown Bats form nursery colonies to raise their young. The size of these colonies can vary, but are usually range from a modest 20 to a massive presence of 300. Bachelor bats roost alone or in small groups during this time. In late May or early June, the female gives birth to one or two pups. The babies are born blind, with no fur and completely depend on their mother for nourishment. They grow quickly and will fly within a month to six weeks. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission conducts monitoring studies in a variety of areas across our state to ensure the protection and presence of the Big Brown Bat continues, as it is an environmental partner and improves our quality of life. Through a variety of methods—mist netting, trapping, banding and radio telemetry—commission biologists collect age, weight and gender information on bats so they can track species distribution and locate hibernation areas which helps to develop eﬀective conservation plans. You can do your part to conserve bats by installing bat boxes around your home, planting native foliage that attracts helpful insects to provide food, limiting your use of insecticides and herbicides, avoiding hibernation areas and maternity colonies, joining a conservation organization to remain updated on bat conservation efforts and continuing to educate yourself and others regarding the importance of bats and why they are beneﬁcial. Bat populations have declined over the years, mainly due to pesticide use, human disturbances and persecution. Despite misconceptions, rabies is not very common in bats (but it’s still best to avoid handling bats and to always use caution in their presence)l. Natural predators include snakes, owls and raccoons, but if a bat can outwit, outplay or outlast predation it can survive 20 to 30 years in the wild. That is a mighty long, free contract we can all enjoy with our furry, flying natural pest exterminators! €
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Kayak & Race Events for Wounded Warriors Anniversary
re your running shoes, kayaks and paddle boards ready for the 10th Anniversary of the Kayak for the Warriors™ events? Our first event is the 5K Beach Run and Fun Run/ Walk to be held on Saturday, May 27. Runners will begin on the beach and go through beautiful Beacons Reach beginning at 8 a.m. at the Clamdigger Inn. Walkers and fun runners will remain on the beach for their 1K. The 5K event fee is $25, which includes a T-shirt and water. The Fun Run/Walk is $15. T-shirts will be available for purchase to fun walkers as well as hats and visors for everyone. Runners and walkers of all levels are encouraged to come out. Chip timing will be provided by runtheeast.com. You can register on that website. See the Kayak for The Warriors website for more details at k4tw. org. On Thursday, June 1, at 6 p.m., our annual silent and live auctions take place at the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium. Entrance to the auction is $10 and includes hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Items to be auctioned off are continually updated on Kayak for the Warriors on Facebook and the k4tw.org website. On Saturday, June 3, our signature kayak and paddle board race will begin at 10 a.m. at Garner Park on Oakleaf Drive. Participants will complete a 3.2-mile course through the canals. A $50 registration includes a T-shirt and a barbecue lunch. Participants are encouraged to create teams so that friends and family can become sponsors for your
efforts. Sponsors, spectators and guests are invited to participate in the post-race activities, including a raffle and barbecue feast from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost for the lunch is $10 for non-participants. We also have the Warrior Race, a race within a race in which paddlers who secure donations will have a second subtracted from their raw time for each dollar to equal Warrior time. The lowest Warrior time gets the trophy. All proceeds from these events benefit the 501(c) 3 organization, Hope For The Warriors® which has a four-star rating on Charity Navigator for 6 years in a row. Programs that Hope for the Warriors provides are varied. Among them include Spouse Scholarships; Warrior’s Wish grants; immediate needs to aid in the recovery process and transition to life beyond; the Warrior House that provides adaptive living quarters for wounded families until long-term arrangements can be made; Family Support Program; Above and Beyond, a program designed to provide professional tools and guidance to move beyond recovery; and an Outreach program providing education and other resources. Hope For The Warriors had its beginnings at Camp LeJeune. For registration and further information, please log onto k4tw.org. On this site, you may register electronically, donate or just learn more about our town’s efforts for this very worthwhile organization. Registration forms can also be picked up at Town Hall at 100 Municipal Circle in Pine Knoll Shores. €
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Dressing your Home for Success!
he Crystal Coast is a beautiful place to visit, but an even better place to live! If you decide to stop dreaming about it and make a move to live the “Salt Life,” you may first have to sell your current home. When you make the decision to sell your home, you have so many choices to make. What’s the best time? What’s the right price? How long will it take? Do I use a Realtor? (I’m partial to this one). There are many steps to listing your home and whether you use a realtor or not, one thing will help when showing your home: make sure it is dressed for success! You wouldn’t show up to a job interview in a sweaty T-shirt and baseball cap, right? So, make sure your home is presented in style as well. This can be done inexpensively, and the results can help get you the right buyer and the right price for your home. Many of these tips may seem simple—even obvious—but we all get complacent when it comes to something belonging to us. For example, that stack of papers on the kitchen counter. After it’s been there a while, we no longer see it. So the first step is to physically walk outside your home, then come back in and try to see things through someone else’s eyes. For instance, when someone is just coming over for dinner, we clean differently don’t we? I mean, it’s night time so they won’t see the dirty windows or be able to tell if I’ve vacuumed and they won’t be looking in the guest room or using the upstairs bathroom.
FIRST STEP: CLEAN AND DECLUTTER Getting your home ready to show is like getting it ready for overnight guests. It requires a deep clean and a keen eye. People will open closet doors and cabinets. They will see the cobwebs on the chandelier or the cat hair on the carpet and sometimes it affects whether they can envision themselves living in that home. So, deep clean and declutter is the first step to preparing your home. It takes a lot of work but you’re moving anyway so it will help you in the long run (less to pack!). Clear off ALL countertops, tabletops or any other place that papers and miscellaneous items seem to collect. Store away all personal items in the bathroom (no one wants to see your toothbrush or a half used bar of soap). Clean up that laundry room and don’t forget the garage. If it fits two cars, it should be cleared of debris so it actually fits two cars! You will also have to keep it decluttered and clean. If you are serious about selling your home, you should try to be as flexible as possible about letting potential buyers view your home. It can be an inconvenience, but that one couple that you turned down because you didn’t do the dishes or mow the lawn may have been the buyer you were waiting for. This also applies to your outdoor spaces—front porch, back deck and yard. Curb appeal is so important when you first list your home. Potential buyers love to drive by on their own to scope it out. If their first view of your home includes an overgrown lawn, untidy hedges, weeds and old toys, it may be the last time they view your home!
NEXT UP: REPAIRS Next, make any repairs that you’ve been putting off. If one of your kitchen cabinets is missing a knob, replace it. If part of your siding is falling off, fix it. These little details make a difference. Chances are, the buyer is going to request that you fix some things anyway, so be proactive prior to listing your home. Paint is another issue. If you have a neutral palette and the walls are in good shape, then you probably don’t need to do anything. If you have a lot of nail holes or scuff marks on the wall you will definitely want to fill the holes and repaint. If you have a room that had an orange “pop of color,” you will want to repaint. You never know what triggers negative feelings in a buyer, but certain colors can do it! 14 CAROLINA SALT May / June 2017 » CarolinaSalt.com
Look at each room and make sure it is spaced well and the traffic pattern flows well so your buyers can walk through without having to navigate too much furniture. INTERIOR DESIGN JULIA VRADELIS
is a licensed Real Estate Broker with a degree in Interior Design. She is currently affiliated with Coldwell Banker Spectrum Properties. Visit her online at juliavrealtor.com.
FINALLY: SETTING THE STAGE WITH STAGING Now that your house is clean, decluttered and repaired, it’s time to stage it appropriately. Many times your agent can help with this. With a degree in Interior Design, this is my personal favorite with my clients! Look at each room and make sure it is spaced well and the traffic pattern flows well so your buyers can walk through without having to navigate too much furniture. That huge recliner perfectly placed in front of your big screen TV may be great for Monday night football but make sure it makes sense for everyday living. Often, rooms have too much furniture. This takes away from the overall view of the room and can actually make it look smaller. It’s the same with tabletops and counter spaces. Too many picture frames, candles, and “tchotchkes” can distract the eye. So remove and store unnecessary furniture and accessories. Pay attention to the trivial things! Straighten bedspreads and towels, open blinds, fluff accent pillows (or replace if necessary), and make sure that everything is in place and ready both inside and out. Potted plants can add to curb appeal. It’s worth it to add some beautiful flowers to your front porch or window sills. Finally, don’t forget the smell of your home as well. Just as I described our eyes getting blind to clutter, our noses can get “blind” to the smell of our home. If you have pets, specifically cats, make sure the buyer can’t tell that you do by the smell! Don’t try to mask an odor with scented candles or air fresheners. Sometimes that can be more overwhelming than the original odor. While all of this may seem overwhelming, most is just common sense and looking at things from a different viewpoint. It’s well worth the extra effort to achieve your sale goals! Happy selling! €
Vietnam Wall Comes to Morehead City
or two and a half years, the Otway Burns Chapter has been planning and raising money to host the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall® in Morehead City over Memorial Day weekend 2017 to honor the American heroes who served their country during that war. The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall will provide a venue that allows Vietnam War veterans, families, and local residents the ability to see the memorial, attain closure, and learn about the Vietnam War. Physically, the mystery of the wall is found in its simplicity—panels of black stone that hold not only the names of those killed, but in its mirror-like finish, the faces of those who come to witness it. Those who came home did not return to victory parades and kisses in Times Square. Many returned home on commercial flights or cargo planes and dumped on military bases, often in the middle of the night, and were told to quickly doff their uniforms to avoid confrontation on the streets. Chapter Regent Linda Phelps says the Otway Burns Chapter is sponsoring the monument as part of their partnership with the Department of Defense Vietnam War Commemoration and has planned the appearance in Morehead City because of the large veteran population—for healing and to allow people the opportunity to visit who otherwise may not be able to make the trip to Washington, D.C. Millions of men and women served in the military during the war. Two-thirds of those who saw duty in Vietnam were volunteers and 77% of those who died were volunteers. The American citizen-soldier performed with tenacity and quality that the Otway Burns Daughters believe ought to be fully understood and appreciated. The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is a three-fifths scale of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. The monument stands six feet
tall at the center and cover almost 300 feet end-to-end. The Otway Burns Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), with presenting sponsor Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament, is hosting the memorial at Glad Tidings Church (4621 Country Club Road, Morehead City) Friday, May 26, until Tuesday, May 30. At approximately 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 25, the memorial and a motorcycle escort will leave the New River Shopping Center in Jacksonville and proceed east on Highway 24. In Morehead City, the escort and memorial will proceed across Highway 70 onto Bridges Street, then turn left onto Country Club Road, and enter the Glad Tidings Church property. Groups and individual bikers interested in escorting the Wall should contact chapter member Cindy Knigge (email@example.com). Round-the-clock viewing of the memorial will commence following the opening ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday, May 26, until 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30, when the brief closing ceremony will be begin. Those who wish to volunteer can click over to signup.com/go/ i5PuSd or e-mail chapter member Suzanne Tvrtkovic at stvrtkovic@ googlemail.com. For more information, find the event on Facebook by searching “Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall Morehead City” or contact Otway Burns Chapter NSDAR Regent Linda Phelps (910- 326-6164 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Tax-deductible donations can be made to the Otway Burns Chapter Treasurer and mailed to Dolores Witt, 312 Bonita Road, Cape Carteret, NC 28584. €
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A MOMENT OF REFLECTION
hen I reflect on my life, it just amazes me how very different the world is today in comparison to when I was in High School—and then in my twenties and even in my thirties. The world is changing very quickly. A lot of this change is because we have become so much more interconnected thanks to technology. The unfortunate truth however, is instead of becoming closer as people, we are growing more and more apart. The world is changing, but not for good.
WHAT WE’VE LOST We are living in a world that has lost something so important. It is obvious when you look around and see so many people caught up in corruption, depravity, selfishness and self-centeredness to name a few, we have lost something. We have lost something very important, something that is needed to keep us from driving over the edge as a society. We’ve lost our identity. We are losing the image we were made in. What you see happening in the world around you is simply what happens when people reject the image they were created in. Genesis 1:26 (NIV) says, Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness”... We are created in God’s image. When we reject His image and look to other places to satisfy the loss, we are lost ourselves. Nothing, absolutely nothing can fill the void in our lives except for Christ. When we reject the image of Christ in our lives, what replaces it can be scary, fake, temporary and disingenuous and the result is a craving for something more because we are never satisfied. And the further we fall into decline and wrong thinking, the more we look to all the wrong things as sources of wholeness and completion. As we fall further and further away from ourselves, we push God away. And God is a gentleman. We must remember, He has given us the freedom to choose Him or not. If we do not choose Him, then we choose to keep falling. Romans 1:28 tell us, “Since they didn’t bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose. And then all hell broke loose: rampant evil, grabbing and grasping, vicious backstabbing. They made life hell on earth with their envy, wanton killing, bickering and cheating. Look at them: mean-spirited, venomous, fork-tongued God-bashers. Bullies, swaggerers, insufferable windbags! They keep inventing new ways of wrecking lives. They ditch their parents when they get in the way. Stupid, slimy, cruel, cold-blooded. And it’s not as if they don’t know better. They know perfectly well they’re spitting in God’s face. And they don’t care—worse, they hand out prizes to those who do the worst things best!” (MSG) Only one thing can satisfy and is for our good... His name is Jesus! In the Bible, it refers to this in Acts 17:28 (NIRV). “In Him we live and move and exist.” As some of your own poets have also said, “We are His children.” So without Him, how do we live? How do we have our very being? The simple answer is… WE CAN’T! We are meant to be His. “All things were created in Him. He created everything in heaven and on earth. He created everything that can be seen and everything that can’t be seen. He created kings, powers, rulers and authorities. All things have been created by Him and for Him.” Colossians 1:16 (NIRV)
ROMANS 1:28 28 Since they didn’t bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose. And then all hell broke loose: rampant evil, grabbing and grasping, vicious backstabbing. They made life hell on earth with their envy, wanton killing, bickering and cheating. Look at them: mean-spirited, venomous, fork-tongued God-bashers. Bullies, swaggerers, insufferable windbags! They keep inventing new ways of wrecking lives. They ditch their parents when they get in the way. Stupid, slimy, cruel, cold-blooded. And it’s not as if they don’t know better. They know perfectly well they’re spitting in God’s face. And they don’t care—worse, they hand out prizes to those who do the worst things best!
ACTS 17:28 28 In Him we live and move and exist.
THE BOTTOM LINE The bottom line is this… The more we reject God… The more we reject His image… …the more we are lost ourselves. If you reject the image you were created in you lose your identity! The awesome thing with God is, He always makes room for a comeback. He is always making a way for us to find Him and return to Him. Today, if you are feeling like you’ve lost yourself and things look hopeless, look at the image you have of yourself and ask God if that is what He had in mind for you! If it’s not, look to Him to find yourself. €
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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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FISHING FORECAST A H O O K E D U P L O O K AT W H AT ’ S B I T I N G I N M AY
ay is always an incredible time to fish along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. Both the backwaters and our nearshore waters will be teeming with a variety of fish. Species like redfish, southern flounder and speckled trout that have wintered in the backwaters have really turned on and will be feeding aggressively while many other species like bluefish, summer flounder, sheepshead, black drum, sea mullet and other bottom fish have already migrated into our backwaters from offshore or southern wintering grounds. Anglers venturing out our inlets this month will have plenty of options to choose from to enjoy a day of fishing. Anglers knowing what’s available both inshore and nearshore, the prime conditions to target them and the most effective baits for each species will be very successful throughout May.
Beth Sneed from Durham caught these beautiful puppydrum in the Neuse River with Captain Jeff Cronk on a recent trip.
The inlets and surf zone will be very active with plenty of bluefish, Spanish mackerel and a variety of bottom fish including redfish, flounder, sea mullet, blowfish, black drum, gray trout and more. Trolling these areas with clarkspoons or hard baits such as Yozuri Crystal Minnows will keep a rod bending with either bluefish or Spanish. Anglers willing to move a little farther off the surf, around our nearshore hard bottoms will find Bonito early in the month. These great eating little tunas can be caught trolling the same baits or anglers can cast most 1 to 2-oz. metal baits such as diamond jigs and stingsilvers to surfacing fish. While on these nearshore hard bottoms, jigging a Bett’s Flounder Fanatic Bucktail tipped with a 4" Berkley Gulp Shrimp will produce hookups with big seabass, flounder and other desired bottom fish. But of all the fish to target nearshore in May, cobia will be the prize! By mid-May Cobia averaging from 20 to 60 pounds will be cruising up our coast in search of food as they get ready to spawn. Options for targeting these fish include anchoring near the inlets or cruising within a mile of the beach and looking for schools of menhaden to fish around. Three rigs are important to have ready when looking for Cobia. I prefer a 3-oz. bucktail rigged with a 10" Berkley Gulp Eel reading for jigging through schools of bait, a 12" pre-rigged Power Bait Eel ready for casting to surfacing fish and a live bait rig consisting of a 6/0 hook and 4 feet of 50-pound fluorocarbon with a live menhaden ready to cast to fish not willing to hit an artificial bait. This is an amazing fishery that can produce a trophy fish!
Tom Cronk from Georgia caught this big southern flounder while fishing the Neuse River with his son, Captain Jeff Cronk, this April.
Anglers looking to hook-up with redfish and flounder this May will find plenty of fish working the shallow bays behind our beaches. These areas have many secondary channels that connect to our three inlets which provide a direct path for fish migrating in from the ocean. Schools of redfish will be moving throughout the backwaters feeding on blue crabs, fiddlers, mullet minnows and mud minnows. Anglers wanting to target both the redfish and flounder with the same bait should use ⅛-oz. to ¼-oz. jigheads or a spinner bait rigged with a scented soft bait like Berkley Gulp Shrimp, Pogys or Swimming Mullet. Switching over to a top water bait will produce some insane strikes from redfish but anglers will miss out on those flounder. A general rule to follow is to fish against the grass or shorelines during the higher part of the tides and then off the shorelines, along the points, around creek mouths and around oyster beds on the lower part of the tides. Fish will tend to recede to these locations as the tide falls. If the tide is extremely low, moving into the ICW and fishing around and under boat docks will often produce both flounder and redfish. Area bridge and dock pylons will also be stacked up with 1 to 5-pound sheepshead, with some fish pushing 10 pounds or more. A live fiddler crab fished on a 1/0 to 3/0 wide gap, short shank hook using a 1 to 3-oz. egg weight will be a deadly rig when suspended along the down current side of a pylon. Start near the bottom, holding your bait still for 1 to 2 minutes, then repeating this at different depths until you find a pylon or a depth they are feeding at. If you’re wanting to take the family out for some laid-back fun and a steady bite then, set up a standard bottom rig baited with shrimp and anchor down along the Swansboro waterfront or Emerald Isle bridge area and expect a bite almost every drop. Throughout May these deeper hard bottom areas will have plenty of sea mullet, bluefish, gray trout, blowfish, croakers and even a possible flounder or black drum feeding well on the falling tide. €
FISH’N 4 LIFE CAPTAIN JEFF CRONK
leads fishing and nature charters on the Crystal Coast. To get out on the water with him, call 910-325-8194. You can also visit him online at nccharterfishing.com.
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DIVING OUR COAST W H AT ’ S U N D E RWAT E R I N M AY
iscovery Diving held its first Underwater Easter Egg Hunt at Radio Island and the water temperature was 68 degrees, unseasonably warm for the middle of April. May will continue to have the warm days that began in April where the air temperatures got into the 80s. The offshore water temperatures in April were in the low 70s and the inshore water temperatures were in the upper 60s. These water temperatures were warmer than normal for April. The offshore wrecks will be in the mid 70s by the end of the month. As the water temperatures increase, tropical fish will be seen in large numbers on the offshore wrecks. Grouper season begins May 1.
SPEARFISHING While spearfishing is an enjoyable sport for divers, more times than not, the diver will return to the dock with an empty cooler. A popular misconception is that divers that go spearfishing shoot all of the fish they see. If that were true, it would be called “spearcatching,” not spearfishing. Many divers learn to dive because they want to shoot fish to fill their freezer, but as with any sport, there is a learning curve. The skill that must first be mastered is being a good diver. Divers should be able to manage their air consumption and be able to keep track of their time limitations. A diver doesn’t want to exceed either of these. Once a diver can do this, they can begin to learn the art of spearfishing. Just like fishermen that use a rod and reel, divers that participate in spearfishing are required to have a North Carolina Coastal Recreational Fishing License (CRFL), a salt water fishing license. Some dive charter boats have a blanket CRFL license that cover the divers that are spearfishing. Before bringing your speargun on a charter, check with the charter boat that you are scheduled to dive on to ensure that you don’t have to have an individual license. The regulations on sizes and limits also apply to spearfishing.
WHAT CAN YOU SHOOT? Divers should learn fish identification so they know what fish they are shooting. If they don’t know what a fish is, they shouldn’t shoot it. The next thing that a diver should work on it their aim and the ability to recognize if a fish is legal in length. Divers can develop their aim by learning to use a pole spear, a simple shaft with a spear tip and a rubber sling used to propel it. After practice and learning, divers can move up to using a speargun Crystal Coast lobster catch! to fully enjoy the thrill of having a truly fresh fish for dinner. In addition to shooting fish, divers can catch a spiny lobster or a slipper lobster. Unlike Maine lobsters, spiny lobsters and slipper lobsters don’t have claws for defense. Spiny lobsters rely on speed to elude predators. The spiny lobsters can be found hiding under overhangs or in crevices on wrecks. In addition to their speed, spiny lobsters have a row of spines on each side of their tail for defense. If a diver grabs a spiny lobster by the tail, the spiny lobster will curve its tail around the hand and the spines will dig into the hand. For this reason, divers should wear thick gloves. The slipper lobsters are basically a tail and a head. They rely on hiding for their defense. Lobsters cannot be punctured by any means and cannot have any eggs, which are orange and clearly visible on the underside of the tail. The carapace, the hard covering of the head that extends from the eyes of the lobster to the base of the tail, must be at least three inches in length. The lobsters that are found off of the Crystal Coast have no problem meeting the threeinch requirement, but divers must be in possession of a carapace measuring tool when catching lobster.
LEARN MORE ONLINE For more information about fish size and limits, go to ncfisheries.net and for more information about the PADI Underwater Hunter Class, go to discoverydiving.com, email dive@ discoverydiving.com or call 252-728-2265. Follow Discovery Diving on Facebook for the latest news and dive conditions. € 24 CAROLINA SALT May / June 2017 » CarolinaSalt.com
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MAY 12, 6-10 P.M.
[ 6–10 PM ] At the Town Hall Community Room. Swansboro Parks and Recreation invites you to share an evening of fanciful fun as we host our first-ever Buccaneer Ball, featuring music, food and grog. We will have a well-stocked cash bar on-site and loads of live entertainment. Come dressed to impress in pirate or evening’s best. Cost is $25 per person or $40 per couple. MUSIC BY THE MOTLEY TONES FOOD BY ICEHOUSE RESTAURANT • DJ DEAF EARS • CASH BAR NAUTICAL KNOT TYING LESSONS • MEET AUTHOR JAYE HELM MAY 13
Pirate Fest in Downtown Swansboro
[ 10 AM–4 PM ] Pirate Fest is coming! Watch swashbuckling sword fights and black powder weapons demonstrations. Listen to musicians sing sea shanties at this all-day event that brings coastal North Carolina’s rich pirate history to life. This free, family-friendly event also includes games and activities for little buccaneers. Visitors can enjoy a pirate meet and greet, children and adult costume parade, pirate shows, storytelling, live music and much more, including a live Pirate Invasion!
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OPEN 7 DAYS Starting Memorial Day!
A casual island eatery with a touch of class.
Live Music 5/12 4EverAll ♥ 5/19 Scearce & Ketner ♥ 5/26 Chris Bellamy
Open Tuesday–Thursday 11am–8pm Friday 11am–9pm •Saturday 7am–9pm Sunday 7am–8pm • CLOSED MONDAYS
SEAFOOD ♥ STEAKS ♥ SANDWICHES
311 Mangrove Drive Across from CVS in Emerald Isle
252.354.7775 • flipperz.net • facebook.com/flipperzemeraldisle
Sustainable local seafood utilizing modern cooking techniques. From local boats to our tableâ€“ prepared with a Southern flair.
Prime certified AngusÂŽ beef. Aged up to 36 days in-house for maximum flavor, and simply prepared, showcasing the best of American ranchers.
Special techniques in preparing seafood and beef ensure food safety and maximum flavor and texture.
A ROOFTOP EXPERIENCE
Best Sunset on the Island
open for lunch & dinner // 8920 crew drive // emerald isle // 252.424.8400