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WILDLIFE SHELTER: Don’t Kidnap Fawns!

12 Rebecca’s Corner: Proud To Be American Memorial Day brings reflections on the sacrifices made by our valiant military service members, and the great honor it is to live free in the United States of America.

12 Panda Custom Rods: How A Senior Project Became A Career North Carolina native Alec Anderson turned his senior project—making a custom fishing rod— into a thriving business. Building custom rods is his specialty, and he loves to tell his story of direction, balance and hope.



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Trinity Lavey is a graduate of Swansboro High School. She is currently a junior at UNCW and is working toward her Bachelorette in nursing. This photo was taken in Cedar Point.

13 OWLS: Don’t Kidnap Fawns! Some wildlife rehabilitators call spring “Kidnapping Season,” which doesn’t have a good ring to it. Read about the Five Cs, guidelines to determine when a fawn needs help and when to leave it alone.

14 Beach Safety: How Towns Prepare, and How You Should, Too! Danny Shell tells the story of the summer of 2018, when Emerald Isle experienced some of the most relentless, dangerous surf in memory—the tragedies that occurred, and the lessons learned from it. Read about how you can benefit.

15 Kayak Events for Wounded Warriors 12th Annniversary Are you ready to support the Kayak for the 12 PANDA CUSTOM RODS Hear Alec Anderson’s story of direction, balance and hope.

17 CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL More than a sampling of everything chocolate!

Warriors™ events? Saturday, May 25, marks the kickoff of the 12th season of this popular fundraiser.


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Thank you for picking up Carolina Salt magazine, all about our life here on the Crystal Coast. Our articles are written by locals. Every month we look to our readers to keep our magazine fresh. If you have a story to tell, an event to promote or an interesting local photograph, send them our way. Participation is welcomed and appreciated. Reader contributions are the founding principle of the magazine. If you like what you see, tell people about it— especially our advertisers. For questions, concerns or more information, send e-mail to or call 252-723-7628. For up-to-date info, be sure to look us up on Facebook!

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MAY 9, 23

Carteret County Parks & Rec Beach Run Series

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Take a guided hike through the trails of Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area at 325 Mangrove Drive, Emerald Isle. Cost is $60 per participant. Call 252-241-7603.

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Two days of community supported music festival fun in historic downtown Beaufort. Visit for full schedule and more information.

Mark your calendars for the Carteret County Parks and Recreation Beach Run Series. Join in the fun with a run on the sand. Offering 1 Mile, 5K or 10K. Fun for the entire family. No running experience needed. All ages and skill levels welcome!! All runs take place on the beach at the Atlantic Beach Circle. Registration and check-in from 5:15–6:15 p.m. All races start promptly at 6:30. Cost for the entire 7-run series is $50 per person, includes a Beach Run T-shirt or individual races $7 per person per race. For more details and to register and pay online, visit or call 252-808-3301. At 105 Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach. MAY 11

Migratory Bird Day

Take a guided hike through the trails of Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area and learn about the different migratory birds found within the old growth maritime forest. You’ll then kayak along the shoreline of Bogue Sound to view natures aeronautical beauties. Participants will also have a chance to get up close and personal with the avian animal ambassadors that call the aquarium home during a special behind-the-scenes tour. The day begins at 9:45 a.m. and ends at 3:30, with a catered lunch included; the cost is $60 per participant and $54 for members. Space is limited. Book your ticket today. Contact 252-241-7603. At 325 Mangrove Drive, Emerald Isle. MAY 12–13

Crystal Coast Full and Half Booty Triathlon

We are excited to introduce the inaugural Crystal Coast Full and Half Booty Triathlon. This not-forprofit race has two events. The Full Booty triathlon —a 2.4-mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run—as well as the Half Booty triathlon—1.2-mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run. Both races start at 7 a.m. and end at midnight. Relay and aquabike options are also available. The Crystal Coast Triathlon is a 100% non-profit race, all profits will go to local charities such as the Friends of the NC Maritime Museum and the Beaufort Boys & Girls Club. For information visit

MAY 13

Bird Hike at Fort Macon

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The NCCF hosts garden workdays every Wednesday at EarthWise Farm in Ocean. The harvest is divided. For information, contact 8

From 9–10 a.m. Meet at the Fort Macon Visitor Center and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area. Contact 252-726-3775. At 2303 E. Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach.

MAY 15, 22, 26

Musket Firing Demonstration

From 10–11 a.m. Meet in Fort Macon to learn about a Civil War Era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing. Contact 252-726-3775. Location 2303 E. Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach.

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MAY 16, 31

Natural Side of Fort Macon

From 10–11 a.m. Meet in the Visitor Center lobby for a leisurely hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon. Hike will cover both trail and beach. Contact 252-726-3775. Location 2303 E. Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach. MAY 17–18

34th Annual Crystal Coast Quilt Show

The show will be held at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, 3505 Arendell Street, Highway 70, Morehead City. Hours for the quilt show will be: Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 with children under 12 years of age admitted free. Quilts of all kinds are welcome to be entered and judged, you do not need to be a member of the Crystal Coast Guild. There will be vendors, displays, our Silent Auction booth, Made in the U.S.A. booth, the Guild Boutique and of course, lots of great quilts. Location: 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City. MAY 17

5th Annual ‘Playing Through for Epilepsy’ Golf Classic

From 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. This year along with the golf tournament, we will have two bands! The Green Room will be playing reggae by the pool for happy hour and Liquid Pleasure will follow that evening. This is always a popular event so reserve your spot early. Sponsorships and dinner/ band tickets are available. Contact: 252-726-4917. Location: 2900 Country Club Rd, Morehead City.

MAY 17–18

31st Annual Beaufort Music Fest From 5:30–11 p.m. Beaufort Music Festival (BMF) is a community-supported, volunteer-run event. For over 30 years, the free festival has taken place each May in historic Beaufort and the town is packed on Friday and Saturday with locals and tourists alike enjoying the beautiful weather and some pretty great music. This year’s festival will take place on the waterfront at Gallant’s Channel in Beaufort. There will be several shuttle locations in downtown Beaufort taking people back and forth to the site on Saturday only. There is limited paid parking on site for free on Friday only! Onsite parking will be $10 Saturday! There will be food trucks, vendors, beer tent and a kid’s area. In an effort to eliminate single use plastics, the festival will not be serving drinks in plastic cups. In order to consume alcohol at the festival each patron will need to purchase a BMF Steel Pint for $4. Please be sure to visit their website for more information.

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MAY 17

Astronomy at Fort Macon

From 8–10 p.m. Come out to the Beach Access (bathhouse) parking lot at Fort Macon and join us for a night of astronomy. Ranger Paul Terry will discuss the night sky and we will have telescopes set up for viewing the heavens. This is a clear weather event. If you have a telescope feel free to bring it. No pets please. Contact: 252-726-3775 Location: 2303 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach. MAY 18

3rd Annual ‘Dive Against Debris’ From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join us as we clean up our favorite training dive site, Radio Island Rock Jetty for our pre-season clean-up/beach sweep. Clean with us then come back for prizes and a barbecue. Contact: 252-728-2265. Location: 414 Orange Street, Beaufort.

MAY 18–19

Crystal Coast Boat Show

Downtown Morehead City, Inc. is excited to host the Crystal Coast Boat Show. The 2019 Boat Show features new and used boats, a variety of marine products and services, outdoor gear, fishing tackle, brokers and resource conservation groups. The weekend is also home to the 46th Annual Morehead City Chapter Antique Automobile Club of America car show on Saturday and the Carteret County Home Builder’s Association Cornhole Tournament on Sunday, both hosted at Katherine Davis Park in downtown Morehead City. We invite you to experience our beautiful beaches and waterfront first-hand by enjoying free sailboat rides from Sail Carteret at the 10th Street Beach downtown, steps away from the boat show. We will

also host kid’s activities. Stay tuned to this page for more details. Contact: 252-808-0440 Location: 701 Evans Street, Morehead City. MAY 18–19

Intro to Wooden Boat Building

Explore the art of boatbuilding in this two-day, hands-on course. Students age 16 and up begin with lofting and move on to the setup, steam bending and different methods of creating the backbone of small boats. They also learn planking methods, both carvel and lapstrake and use of appropriate fasteners. After two days, students will have the knowledge, skill and confidence to choose a design and style of boat to build on their own. Cost is $135 ($121.50 for members of the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum). Advance registration is required. Register by calling 252-504-7758. Location: 315 Front Street, Beaufort.

MAY 18

46th Annual Morehead City Antique Auto Show

MAY 18

6th Annual Atlantic Beach Beach Music Festival

You don’t want to miss the 6th Annual AB Beach Music Festival along the Boardwalk at the Circle, Atlantic Beach! Featuring: The Embers, Jim Quick & Coastline, The Mighty Saints of Soul, Blackwater Rhythm and Blues, Steve Owens and Summertime Band. Admission is free, but pets and glass containers are prohibited. The following

Food Trucks will be serving at the Festival: Sub Tropics- Hand Crafted Subs & Pizzas, Roland’s Barbecue- Pulled Prok BBQ , Captain’s KitchenFresh Seafood, Pop-elato- Artisan Ice and Gelato Pops. While coolers are welcome, AnheuserBusch products will be sold with all beer proceeds benefiting the Atlantic Beach Volunteer Fire Department. Shuttle Service Shuttles will be running from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Locations for the shuttles are Carteret Community College, DoubleTree and Crow’s Nest Shopping Center. If you plan to ride in one of the shuttles please be mindful of the bus rules. Cooler limited to 32 quarts or smaller and may be inspected by the driver, please no glass. Large carry-on knapsacks or bags will be inspected by drivers. Limit of one folding chair per person. No open containers of any type of beverage will be allowed on the shuttle. Lastly, the drivers reserve the right to refuse to transport anyone who refuses or fails to follow the rules. Contact: 252-726-2121 Location: 115 Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach. MAY 19 | JUNE 9

This is held in conjunction with the Crystal Coast Boat Show. This year’s car show will be held in the parking lot at the corner of Arendell and S. 9th Street in Morehead City. The show is open to all AACA classes modified and custom autos manufactured from 1896-1994. All vehicles must have an approved fire extinguisher. Award presentation for all classes at 3 p.m. Dash plaques for all entries. Refreshments available for registered participants. Pre-registration $15; day of show $20. Registration open from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Make checks payable to Morehead City AACA and mail to Carl Tilghman, Treasurer, 269 Copeland Rd., Beaufort, NC 28516. For more information contact Jim Kraft, President at


Birding Cruise

Join local birding expert JoAnne Powell for a birding cruise on the White Oak River in Swansboro. The group will slowly cruise on a covered ferryboat through the estuaries in and around the White Oak River and Bogue Sound, including Huggins and Bear islands, looking for resident and migratory birds. Participants will meet at Fish House Docks in downtown Swansboro and are asked to bring their own binoculars, water and a snack and to dress appropriately for the weather. The program fee is $20 for federation members and $25 for nonmembers. All ages are welcome, though the program is geared toward adults and older children. Registration is required and is nonrefundable. There is a maximum of 32 participants. Contact: (252) 393-8185 / rachelb@ MAY 22, 29 | JUNE 5

Garden Workday

The North Carolina Coastal Federation hosts garden workdays at 6 p.m. every Wednesday at EarthWise Farm in Ocean. The farm is located next to Bogue Sound in Carteret County. People of all ages join us at our weekly farm workdays

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to work the soil, plant and weed. We harvest a wide variety of vegetables and melons, including squash, okra, tomatoes, cabbages, potatoes and peppers. The harvest is divided among the group. EarthWise Farm is only open to members of the federation. For more information about memberships or to join, visit To learn more about participating in garden workdays, contact Cindy Miller at cpmbwmiller@ MAY 23-26



Kayak and paddleboard race at the Pine Knoll Shores canals begins at 10 a.m. Cost is $50 to register a single kayak or paddleboard. See the article on page 15.



Enjoy a full day of Peachtree Bluff themed fun, from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., at 150 Turner Street in Beaufort. Call 252-728-5225 for information and tickets.

39th Annual Swansboro Rotary Bluewater Fishing Tournament Register for the 39th Annual Swansboro Rotary Bluewater Tournament! Contact: 252-241-0669 Location: 513 Evans St, Morehead City. MAY 25

Kayak for the Warriors 5K and 10K Beach Run 2019

From 8 to 10:30 a.m. Kayak for the Warriors™ is an annual fundraising event for HOPE FOR THE WARRIORS® to benefit our brave, combat injured and fallen service men and women and their families, sponsored by the Town of Pine Knoll Shores, NC. We kick off our Kayak for the Warrior activities by hosting 5K and 10K Beach Runs on Saturday, May 25, at 8:00 a.m. The event fee for the 5K is $25 and the 10K is $30. Both include a t-shirt. Runners will begin at the The Inn at Pine Knoll Shores and run east and return on the beach. Additional information and registration can be found at or at www. Contact: 252-247-4353 Locations: McNeill Park Pine Knoll Shores.

MAY 25

Cannon Day at Fort Macon

Come down to Fort Macon and learn how different Civil War era cannons were loaded, aimed and fired. Cannon demonstrations will be at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30. Contact: 252726-3775 Locations: 2303 East Fort Macon Road Atlantic Beach. MAY 26

Sea Stars and Stripes Salutes Active Military at the Aquarium



The Kickoff Party for the Beaufort Old Homes Tour takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.and will showcase featured artist Jim Carson. Call 252-728-5225.

There is a significant United States military presence in North Carolina. All four branches are represented in some way; from Seymore Johnson Airforce Base in Goldsboro and Fort Bragg near Fayetteville, to Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point closer to Carteret County. On Memorial Day, the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores will host Sea Stars and Stripes as a way to salute active military and their families. The event, held 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 26, is designed for currently serving military who have young children. Join us for an evening after hours for dinner, live animal presentations and take-home crafts that children of all ages can enjoy. Contact: 252-247-4003 Location: 1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores.

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MAY 26 | JUNE 2, 9

SwanFest Free Summer Concert Series

SwanFest Summer Concerts are held every Sunday night, May through September, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Pavilion at Olde Town Square in Swansboro, NC. Concerts are free to the public… just no alcohol or pets please! May 26.................................... Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot June 2.......................................................................Revolution June 9..................Justine Castellano and Eddie Prophet MAY 26

Carteret Community Theatre Presents ‘Let’s Hang On’

Carteret Community Theatre presents “Let’s Hang On,” a Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute band, at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, Arendell St., Morehead City. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door and a table of 10 is $425. Tickets can be purchased online at www. or by calling 252726-1501.

MAY 29

Evening Gun at Fort Macon

From 4 to 4:30 p.m. Meet in the fort to watch a 19th century cannon be loaded and fired in the military tradition of the “Evening Gun.” US Coast Guard Base Fort Macon will provide the cannon crew. Contact: 252-726-3775 Location: 2303 E. Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach. MAY 30

Kayak for the Warriors Warrior Reception and Auctions

At 6 p.m., the annual Warrior Reception with its two auctions (Live and Silent) will be held at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.This event, which especially honors our combat wounded, is also intended to recognize all of our veterans. This is a delightfully entertaining evening for everyone. The auction is $10 for preregistration and $15 at the door and gains you admittance to the aquarium and all its exhibits and are invited to enjoy some of the finest food our local restaurants provide. One serving of beer or wine is included, as is unlimited water or soda. Additional wine/beer can be purchased for $3 per serving. Please stroll through the galleries and take a few minutes to place a bid on one of the silent auction items.The Silent Auction will feature 100 items by local artists and craftsmen as well as items donated by local merchants. We will also have raffle tickets for sale, for a chance at some unique items. Additionally, there will be a Live Auction featuring the antics of “Auctioneers on Deck” in the Aquarium Auditorium. There will be another 25 or so large ticket items in the Live Auction. Last year these items included football tickets, hotels and vacation, golf outings, hang gliding, professional services, a beautiful hand-made quilt,

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fabulous stained glass, wooden art pieces and more. This year will feature the same caliber of items. Please plan to take your items home on the night of the auction as we will be charging a $20 holding fee per item to transport & hold the items at Town Hall. We look forward to a fun evening, with entertainment, great auction items, good food and friends. We hope you participate generously for the benefit of our combat wounded. Contact: 252-247-4353 Location: 1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores. MAY 31 | JUNE 1

Cruisin’ To The Cape Festival

Come out for MacDaddy’s “Cruisin’ To The Cape” Festival! Annual car show, crafts, food, live music, beer and more! Contact: 252-3936565 Location: 130 Golfin Dolphin Drive, Cape Carteret.

is encouraged to raise at least $100 in additional donations from their sponsors. Sponsor dollars must be submitted 24 hours before the race including the electronic cut off if submitting online. There will be award categories for kayakers, tandem and paddle boarders. Register on line at After all racers return to shore, an awards ceremony and Barbecue Feast will begin at 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Garner Park. For those not racing in any other events, the cost to participate in the lunch is $10 per person or $15 per family. Our raffle will take place during the race and kayak t-shirts will be available for sale. Residents are encouraged to display the American flag. Although most of the action takes place at Garner Park, there are many great viewing areas along the route including McNeill Park, Brock Basin and Ramsey Park. JUNE 1

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3 Annual ‘Tri for Fun’ Kids Triathlon rd

Tri for Fun is open to kids ages 5 to 15 and the second year of offering a special needs division, this event is not to be missed. The event is fun, empowering and supports a great cause. Sponsorships are still welcomed, as are volunteers. All proceeds go to the Carteret County Schools PE Programs and we encourage everyone to join us as we encourage the children to the finish line! You can find more information here. Contact: 252726-7070 Location: 701N. 35th Street Morehead City. JUNE 1

Kayak for the Warriors Kayak / Paddleboard Race

A 3.2-mile kayak and paddle board race through the Pine Knoll Shores canals begins Saturday, June 1, at 10 a.m. A $50 registration fee for a single kayak/paddle board and $100 for a tandem kayak includes a Warrior T-shirt and lunch for each paddler. The Warriors Race will be based on the registrant who brings in the most donations in his or her name. We are asking each participant to create their own team of sponsors. Each racer

Save the date for the weekend of May 31 when Peachtree Bluff, the fictional town in Kristy Woodson Harvey’s internationally bestselling Peachtree Bluff series, will be taking over Beaufort! The stories will come to life through bus tours, luncheons and a beautiful farm-to-table dinner at the Historic Site and an exclusive VIP cocktail party at the home of Front Street resident, Jerri Sutton. Kristy is not only taking over the town, but she’s taking over the English Double Decker Bus to point out the people and the locations in her book. Contact: (252) 728-5225 Location: 150 Turner Street, Beaufort. 11am............ Beaufort Historic Site Tour - $12 per person 12pm.............................Combination Double Decker Bus/ Peachtree Bluff Tour with Kristy Woodson Harvey - $12 per person 1pm.................... Lunch and Book Talk at Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant - $35 per person 3pm............ Beaufort Historic Site Tour - $12 per person 4pm...............................Combination Double Decker Bus/ Peachtree Bluff Tour with Kristy Woodson Harvey - $12 per person 6pm...................... VIP Cocktail Party at the home of Jerri Sutton - $100 per person 7:30pm ......................Dinner Under the Stars at Beaufort Historic Site, with Scarborough


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Alive at Five Outdoor Concerts: Soul Psychedelique Orchestra Downtown Morehead City, Inc. is excited to once again host Alive at Five in 2019! This free, familyfriendly event showcases some of your favorite bands from June to October. Special thanks to our Alive at Five concert series sponsors Sound Bank and West Town Bank and Trust and our beverage sponsor R.A. Jeffreys Distributing Company. Alive at Five is held in Jaycee Park on the downtown Morehead City waterfront. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join us for music and dancing. Beer, wine and sodas are available for purchase at the event. Jaycee Docks are available for boats to dock for free throughout the concert on most Alive at Five days. Stay tuned to the Downtown Morehead City, Inc. Facebook page as we continue to announce this year’s lineup. Questions? Contact Downtown Morehead City, Inc. at 252-808-0440 or See y’all downtown! JUNE 8

Beaufort Old Homes Tour Kick-off Party 2019

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Old Homes Tour kick-off party and art opening for 2019 Old Homes and Gardens Tour will showcase featured artist, Jim Carson. Contact: 252-728-5225 Location: 150 Turner Street, Beaufort.


Swansboro Arts by the Sea Festival

There’s a host of reasons to explore a creative side, as well as the picturesque Swansboro waterfront, at the Swansboro Arts by the Sea Festival. This unique and day-long festival has a wealth of activities, entertainment and enticements for everyone in the family and with plenty of food, crafts, children’s activities, shopping opportunities and more, the festival is sure to be a highlight of any Crystal Coast vacation. €












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his National Holiday, Memorial Day, may be the unofficial start of the summer season, but all Americans must take a moment to remember the sacrifice of our valiant military service members. It is a day to honor our heroes and reflect on their tragic loss. Since the earliest ceremonies in small American towns following the Civil War, we have gathered on Memorial Day to honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. Fatalities from wars is as follows: 1941 - 1945 WWII 405,399 deaths, 1950 - 1953 Korean War 36,574 deaths, 1964 - 1975 Vietnam War 58,220 deaths, 1990 - 1991 Gulf War 383 deaths, Afghanistan War 2001 to present 2,381 deaths and the Iraq War 2003 - 2012 4,500 deaths. The Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point was commissioned in May of 1942. It has trained soldiers to protect our nation. In WWII their mission was to train units for the Pacific Theater. And in 1943 a naval squadron from Cherry Point was responsible for the sinking of a German U-boat just off the North Carolina coast. During the Korean War they provided a steady stream of trained aviators and air crewman. During the Vietnam War they deployed three A-6 Intruder squadrons to the Far East and provided a constant source of replacements for the air crew. In the Gulf War they deployed three AV-8B Carrier squadrons, two A-6E Intruder squadrons and one KC-130 Hercules squadron. They participated in the strike missions and follow-on operations in the Afghanistan War and in the Iraq War they participated in strike missions and other support. So you can see from this how many people right here in our own town and state have worked hard and long for our freedom. In a speech from John F. Kennedy he was quoted as saying, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” I want to personally say thank you to those who made the ultimate sacrifice and to their families who live with their losses.And in the famous words of Lee Greenwood I leave you with this thought. “I am proud to be an American, where at least I know I am free. And I won’t forget those who died and gave that right to me.” May God bless the USA. €

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f you’d asked me four years ago what I’d be doing today, only in my wildest dreams would I be crafting custom fishing rods for anglers across the United States. I’d like to share my story, my gift, my blessing. I was like most or any other teenager—school was good, had thrown some curves but I was hanging in there. My senior year in high school I was struggling with what to work on for my senior project, just like most of my peers. My decision was to try to create a custom fishing rod as fishing had become one of my favorite things to do in my spare time. I went through the process of learning and training with a local rod builder. He came to my home in the evenings after school / ballgames / homework, etc. My first rod was finished in time for presentation and I made an A on my project. I’ll never forget that rod. It was created in honor of our country, made with an American flag reel seat...and that rod—build in an eat-in kitchen in our 800 square foot house in Rock Creek, North Carolina—changed the trajectory of my life. Through community interest and support the word got out in my hometown about the rods and before I knew it I was discussing plans with customers as to how they would like their custom rods crafted. That was 3 years ago and today I own Panda Custom Rods, work a public job and attend Carteret Community College. I moved to Carteret County to be surrounded with more of people with interests similar to mine. Because of my high school senior project I have had the pleasure of getting to know anglers through crafting custom rods. I have learned a lot about myself and surprised myself. My life has focus and balance and I’m doing something I love. What I want to convey through my story is, good things can happen in an instant to anyone. If you’re in high school, take your senior projects seriously you never know what benefits it will have on your future. I built one custom rod and it has kept me focused as a young adult, become a successful small business (Panda Custom Rods LLC.) of three years and a craft that I am still perfecting and love today!!! Building custom rods is my specialty now. Fly, surf, inshore and off-shore for any location or water type. My life has direction, balance and hope. I look forward to every day and am so thankful for my experience. €



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t’s fawn season and if you look about during your travels, you may see wobbly-legged baby deer right now standing in tree lines or curled up in the tall grasses or possibly in your own back yard close to the shed. Some wildlife rehabilitators call this time of the year Kidnapping Season, which of course does not have a positive ring to it. Most people are quick to want to help animals in distress or orphaned wildlife, but sometimes those benevolent intentions are not warranted and could have far-reaching negative impacts on the health of a perfectly fine baby and the distressed mother whose youngster has just been snatched. Such is the case with spotted fawns who have been strategically placed by mom for their own protection during the day while she is foraging for food. A doe knows her baby is at predatory risk when they travel together, so she will leave her baby in a secluded place for as long as 12 hours while she moves about on her own. This behavior distracts predators away from her youngster, who remains quiet while she is gone. The fawn’s camouflage and ability to remain still, generally keeps the little one safe. However, if a fawn is spotted and approached by a human predator or otherwise, the baby’s instinctual response is to lay very low and freeze in place. People often mistake this defensive behavior for injury, weakness or illness and feel they need to rescue the helpless little thing, but keep in mind—a still, quiet fawn is a healthy fawn.

THE FIVE CS Wildlife rehabilitators have created a help list called the “Five Cs” to tell if a fawn indeed needs your help and eventual rescue. So, if a baby deer demonstrates any of these five symptoms, you may very well need to intervene to save a life. Is he or she CRYING? Fawns know to be quiet and still, so vocalizing may be a sign they are in trouble.

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Is he COMING toward you? This would not be deemed normal behavior if they are okay. Is the fawn COVERED with blood or insects? This is absolutely a fawn who needs assistance before it’s too late! Has he or she been CAUGHT by a cat or a dog? There are times when a human in the vicinity actually sees an attack occurring. The fawn may very well be injured or in shock. If possible, this is a time to intervene and transport the fawn to a wildlife rehabilitator. Is the fawn COLD? By touch or by noticing visible shivering, a drop in body temperature may be an indication that something has happened to the mother and the fawn has been left for way too long. This is definitely an emergency situation and the fawn does need to be rescued. In the case of fawns, observing any one of the Five C’s indicates the baby does need help. You should be concerned if you see a fawn acting contrary to the normal defense mechanisms of staying completely still, quiet and nestled into whatever spot his or her Mom placed him. If a fawn is up, walking around by itself and crying, that’s a red flag and of course, if a fawn is obviously ill, lying on its side, kicking or crying – pick it up and place it in a quiet location. A light cloth placed over the fawn’s head will sometimes calm it. Keep it away from pets and all human activity. Petting the fawn, talking to it or holding it provides no comfort. This cute little creature is a wild animal; therefore, human voices, odor and touch will only add to the stress of the situation and cause additional harm, compounding the pre-existing illness or injury. When a fawn seems calm it may very well be in shock. If the weather is cold, a blanket may be placed over its body to keep it from becoming chilled. In hot weather keep the fawn in a cool location but out of drafts. Please don’t feed the fawn anything other than water. Baby formula, cow’s milk, feed store mixes, pet store domestic animal formulas and soy products will cause diarrhea, dehydration

and death. Call the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter in Newport or a wildlife shelter in your area at once for help. If a fawn is seen lying upright, eyes wide open, but flattened to the ground, do not touch it. If you do pick up the fawn just to check and make sure it is ok, the fawn will hold its legs tightly against its body with its head forward. Sometimes, although its legs aren’t broken, the fawn will also allow its body to become limp and dangle in your hands. Put the baby down, walk away and leave it alone. This fawn is too small to follow the doe for the long distance she must travel to find enough food to make milk for her baby. Her milk is very rich and will sustain the fawn for the many hours it spends alone. The doe will return only when there are no humans nearby. So, don’t linger in the area. Fawns are fragile and their situations misunderstood at times, but for the truly injured or distressed fawns, the appropriate care and treatment provided by wildlife rehabilitators will allow them to grow into the majestic and beautiful adults they are meant to become, but they are a WHOLE LOT OF WORK! Fawn rehabilitators are specially trained and licensed by the state. They are also authorized to temporarily confine deer for release back into the wild. Anyone found holding and raising deer without credentials is subject to heavy fines and tragically, the innocent deer in their possession is euthanized and no one wants that to happen. So, please don’t kidnap fawns, but also don’t hesitate to call on a wildlife rehabilitator if you come across a fawn in distress. €


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o many of us are facing pressure, hurt and pain in this life. We often go to God in prayer to ask for help! I have had those moments just like anyone else. The world was falling apart. I was facing a difficult challenge, dealing with loss of some sort. We have all been there and the chances are high we will again. And when we are down and what feels like out, we have an enemy in this world who will do everything possible to keep us there. He will lie, plant seeds of hopeless and discouragement in our lives to keep us stuck. He will place obstacles and temptations in our way to keep us at a crossroads indefinitely. That’s called hopelessness. We need to understand this “...your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour,” (1 Peter 5:8). I want to encourage you to recognize how the enemy works and remind you that you have the greatest weapons to overcome your enemy and the hardships of life at your disposal. Your first weapon is your prayer to God. And not prayer specifically to overcome, for God has already given you that! In fact, the Scriptures tell us that, “By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the One who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence,” (2 Peter 1:30). Your prayer should be directed to deepen your relationship... your intimacy with the Lord. Notice the last part of that Scripture... “We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence...” The way forward is to know him. When you do, you know no matter what comes at you... He is greater! He has already provided and He will see you through! And why... For our God is marvelous, glorious and excellent! As you pray, pray with brokenness and humility and remember the difference between the prayers of the Pharisee and the Publican. “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ 13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ 14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be exalted,” (Luke 18:10-14). Your second greatest weapon is the Holy Bible. So often, we are praying to hear from God, but so seldom do we look for the answer to our request in the Word of God. God is speaking to the world and He does it clearly and purposefully in the Holy Bible. The Word of God is the prescription for life God has provided for us. It has the answers! It has the encouragement! It has the lessons! It has everything we need! God has given us direct access to Him through Jesus Christ and He has given us His spoken Word to guide us. There is a third weapon that is made available to us when we turn to God in this life, but I will get into that in part 2 of this article. Be encouraged in whatever circumstance you face today! Don’t let your circumstance dictate your relationship with God, let Your relationship with God dictate your circumstance as you KNOW HIM more and more! Discover Jesus and find your Hope for everyday. €

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Beach Safety: How Towns Prepare and How You Should Too!



s we approach summer many of us look forward to visits to our beaches and swimming in the cool waters of the ocean. While those are great memories to create, not being prepared for the ocean environment can also create memories many would like to forget. Reflecting on nearly two weeks from hell during the summer of 2018 when the Town of Emerald Isle experienced some of the most relentless, dangerous surf in memory. During that time, town officials launched several protocols such as “red flagging” the beach, road signage warnings of dangerous and deadly surf, Town manager emails to residents along with lifeguards, police and EMS roving the beach strand warning beachgoers. Despite their best efforts innumerable people repeatedly made the poor choice to ignore those efforts and entered the ocean…several of them for the last time of their lives! There were hundreds of rescues during that time and as I recall nearly 80 within one hour! We were fortunate many more people didn’t drown. Drownings were reduced because the Town of Emerald Isle was prepared as best you can! Fast forward to April 19, 2019, when two teenagers ventured out into dangerous surf conditions in Emerald Isle. Both teens became caught in rip currents and were immediately in distress. One teen was rescued after being under water for nearly 15 minutes while the body of the other teenager was recovered a few days later nearly seven miles away. This tragic “off season” event is a solemn reminder of how unforgiving the ocean waters can be. Our beaches, especially the Town of Emerald Isle where I reside, are blessed with a well-coordinated first responder dispatch to emergencies, particularly ocean rescues. The current lifeguard team, thanks to the efforts of Emerald Isle Fire Department, (EIFD) Chief Billy Walker and his staff, now boast a healthy complement of exceptionally skilled rescuers. It was not always the case as when I was part of the then Emerald Isle Beach Patrol in 2007-2011. During that time we had approximately 5-7 summer “guards” with only two on each day roving the beach in motorized vehicles supporting the fire department personnel. That was then and our summer population has likely grown substantially since then necessitating the enhanced ocean rescue operations. Today the Town has stationary lifeguard posts at each end of the beach; the Eastern and Western Regional Public Access areas with generally two lifeguards on a fixed stand. As I understand it, there are two roving beach vehicles on each side of the pier and a roving lifeguard supervisor traversing the entire beach strand. The lifeguard staff is supported by the police department’s roving beach patrol. Both the police and lifeguard beach vehicles display a colored flag indicating the surf conditions as do the fixed guard stands. Also, strategically placed and anchored along the beach strand are lifeguard “rescue tubes” made available for use when needed and are used at your own risk! Last but certainly not least, the Town’s EMS squad is a visible presence on our beach as well. Now there’s a three prong “team approach” worth mentioning. Speaking of worth mentioning, thanks to the continued efforts of Town officials, particularly the fire Chief, the EIFD recently received national recognition when it was certified by the United States Lifesaving Association, (USLA.) Folks, that’s a big deal as the USLA is the national certifying body regarding open water rescue and meeting



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their rigorous certification criteria is extremely challenging and many can’t! Great job! Lastly, regarding swimming in the ocean here in Emerald Isle and what to do or not do. Many have heard ad nauseam about rip currents; they’re rip currents not “rip tides” by the way. Regardless of what you call them they’re potentially life threatening as was witnessed in late April when two teens ventured out in the water here in Emerald Isle. One lost his life and the other is hospitalized and fighting for her life having been underwater for nearly 15 minutes. The beach lifeguards don’t generally report until mid-may although the police do tend to rove the beach throughout the year. Beach safety is not that difficult and nearly all of us know the rules generally and about rip currents specifically. Our beach has an added consideration facing due south as it does. In addition to standard “rip” considerations i.e., stay calm, swim parallel to the beach we have a “sweep.” The sweep is the, at times, rapidly moving current in either an east/west direction. Knowing that critical piece of information can help when deciding which direction to swim parallel in if caught in a rip. Choosing the wrong direction will be as challenging as swimming against a rip carrying you seaward. Lastly, enjoying the ocean is like many experiences in life; it’s all about choices. Choose to: go on-line and check weather and surf conditions, storm conditions at sea, high/low tides (low tide can reveal rip current areas at high tide), call local Town/department officials and ASK! If you see a surfer ask them as they typically look for rips to quickly get to their waves. Our surfers are some of the best adjunct lifesavers we have and save countless swimmers in distress each year. Whether you experience an emergency on the beach or not, KNOW WHERE YOU ARE so you can be located quickly if the need arises. In closing, the USLA suggests swim near a guard and thankfully we have a USLA certified fire Department with the highest skillset of lifeguards helping us when needed! The fact we have a well-coordinated team of first responders is simply “icing on the cake” of beach safety. Enjoy the surf, be smart, make the right choice and you’ll likely live to do it again!

re your running shoes, kayaks and paddle boards ready for the 12th Anniversary of the Kayak for the Warriors™ events? Our first event is the 5K/10K Beach Runs to be held on Saturday, May 25. Runners will be on the beach for the runs beginning at 8 a.m. at the Inn at Pine Knoll Shores. The 5K event fee is $25; the 10K, $30. Both include a T-shirt. Runners and walkers of all levels are encouraged to come out. Chip timing will be provided by runtheeast. You can register on that website: or see our website for more details and registration – On Thursday, May 30, at 6 p.m., our annual warrior reception and silent and live auctions take place at the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium. Entrance to the auction is $10 if preregistered; $15ff at the door. Munch on hors d’oeuvres and enjoy drinks a s you peruse donated items from local artists an businesses. Items to be auctioned off are continually updated on our Facebook page and on-line auction website – Kayak for the Warriors and cfm?auctionID=14920. Register at our website: On Saturday, June 1, 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 Bogue Sound and the canals of Pine Knoll Shores. A $50 registration for single kayaks and paddleboards and $100 for tandems includes a T-shirt and a barbeque 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 post-race activities, including a raffle and barbeque feast from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The cost for the lunch is $10 for non-participants. The Warrior race winner will be the paddler who is able to garner the most in donation dollars. Register at our website: proceeds from these events benefit the 501(c) 3 organization, Hope For The Warriors® which has a four-star rating on Charity Navigator for 8 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 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. Like us on Facebook at kayakforthewarriors and also on and Instagram. € » May / June 2019 CAROLINA SALT 15





he offshore water temperatures in April were in the mid 60s and the inshore water temperatures were in the low 60s. These water temperatures were normal for April. The offshore wrecks will be in the upper 60s by the end of the month. Game fish have already began appearing on the wrecks. As the water temperatures increase, the tropical fish will begin appearing in large numbers on the offshore wrecks.


The wrecks off of the Crystal Coast are the main attraction for divers to the area. The second thing that attracts diver to the Crystal Coast are the sand tiger sharks. These docile creatures are found consistently on a number of our wrecks. When a charter wants to see sharks, the dive boats know which wrecks have a resident shark population. The wrecks that have resident sand tiger sharks are the Spar, Aeolus, Caribsea, Atlas and Papoose. While diving on the other wrecks, divers shouldn’t be surprised by the occasional sand tiger passing through. Sand Tigers are identified by two nearly equal dorsal fins and a mouthful of long, jagged teeth and are the only fish that gulps down air and stocks it up in its stomach. It is not uncommon to find a sand tiger laying on the bottom because they don’t have to be constantly moving like other sharks. They are grayish brown or tan on the upper part of their body and paler to white on the lower part of their body. The juveniles have dark spots from the middle of their side to their tail, which will fade as they get older. Sand Tigers average 6 ½ to 10 ½ feet in length, with some reported up to 14 feet in length. Their average weight is 200 to 350 pounds. When a female gets ready to reproduce, she has 15 – 20 eggs in each of her two oviducts. During the embryonal phase, the first embryo to develop in each oviduct starts to eat the remaining eggs. This continues for a year until the two pups are born. The new born sharks are about three feet long and resemble their mother. These sharks had to eat their siblings inside their mother to survive. For a shark that had to be aggressive to be born, they are docile after they are born. Sand tigers aren’t the only sharks that are seen on our wrecks. Sandbar sharks are another shark that can be seen on our wrecks. They are distinguishable by its very high and triangular first dorsal fin, very long pectoral fins and inter-dorsal ridge. The second dorsal fin and anal fin are close to the same height. Sandbar sharks usually have heavyset bodies and rounded snouts that are shorter than the average shark’s snout. The sandbar sharks are constantly moving and have a tendency to make quick turns. Other sharks that can be seen on the wrecks of the Crystal Coast are Bull Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Nurse Sharks, Dusky Sharks and Hammerhead Sharks.

WANT TO LEARN MORE? If you would like to learn more about the sharks off of the Crystal Coast, take the Shark Awareness Class at Discovery Diving. Contact Discovery Diving at, 252-728-2265 or like us on Facebook to see what classes, charters and events are coming up in the near future. €


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