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Living

NCCOAST

2010

SETTLING DOWN ON THE SOUTHERN OUTER BANKS

EXPLORING

TOP 20 REASONS

THE OUTDOORS

with Golf, Ghosts, Boating, Fishing and More

to Call Eastern North Carolina Home

TAKING A GL ANCE

at Life Along the Coast

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CONTENTS

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AT A GLANCE Get familiar with your surroundings by exploring town history, schools and more

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Carteret County Onslow County

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Craven County Pamlico County

Pender County

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Learning What to Expect

Get the facts before choosing the right school for your family.

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NC Residency

Find where to vote, get your license and more.

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Beyond the Beach

Learn all the favorite spots for locals and tourists alike.

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Combine beauty and conservation in your yard by building a rain garden.

Ghosts of the Coast

Growing Roots

Ghost tales and the Graveyard of the Atlantic make for a haunted place to call home.

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Boaters are welcome along the Crystal Coast where the state’s largest public access is in the works.

Festivals & Events

Making Waves

From seafood festivals to boat races, mark your calendar with all the events Eastern North Carolina has to offer.

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From surf fishing to charters, it’s time to take the bait and fall in love with fishing.

Homeward Bound

Weighing the pros and cons of building or buying a home.

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Finding the Fairway

Make yourself at home along the “golf coast.”

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Off the Hook

Advertising Index

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On the Cover A vista from a Beaufort dock affords a hazy glimpse of Harkers Island in the distance across Davis Bay. Photo by Mimi Davis.

The Inside Scoop As Eastern North Carolina’s population continues to grow, it’s hard to imagine that many of its new residents arrived here by accident. Admittedly, I am among that group and have no regrets about the zigzagged journey that brought me here. For me, Eastern North Carolina offered educational and eventually job opportunities, while others ended up here by first arriving as vacationers in search of unspoiled beaches, shopping and the chance to explore unspoiled hideaways.

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No matter the reason, in the end, people move here because it’s the right fit for them. Of course the easiest way to find that out is to move to Eastern North Carolina. But why take my word for it? Here’s a list of what some readers had to say in an anonymous NCCOAST survey

Publisher: Tom Kies Managing Editor: Craig Ramey (editor@nccoast.com) Staff Writers: Bill Bedard, Ben Hogwood Graphics Manager: Kim Moore Graphic Coordinator: Mimi Davis Graphic Designers: Amber Csizmadia, Amy Gray, Roze Taitingfong Sales Manager: Jamie Bailey (252.241.9485) Sales: Ashly Willis (252.723.3350), Jay Barnes (252.723.7905), David Pennington (252.723.7801) or email sales@nccoast.com

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I hope you enjoy it. Sincerely,

NCCOAST Living “Looks like it is going to be a great place to retire.” “The beach, the sun and the fun. Peaceful, serene, very little ongoing construction. The beautiful beaches, warm weather and smell in the air.” “The beaches are family friendly, the seafood is great. I’ve been coming for over 40 years now and there is no other beach that my kids and grandkids love more.”

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“I love the Crystal Coast because it is simple and beautiful. Each year I come to visit it seems like home and when I have to leave, I feel like I am leaving a friend. I have treasured memories with my family and can’t wait to come back each summer!” “As a child, my parents owned a summer home on the White Oak River. My siblings and I enjoyed swimming, boating, skiing, fishing, collecting shells and exploring the many small islands. What I love about this area is that I still do that, but, with my children who love it as much as I.” “The Crystal Coast is a family vacation spot. We stay at Emerald Isle and love that it is clean, friendly and they have great stores and activities. We love to come every year for vacation.” “Very relaxing and amazingly beautiful.” “It’s beautiful, serene, clean, peaceful, family oriented. We’ve vacationed there for the last six years and we love it!” “The quiet family environment is the best. There is plenty of good old fashion family entertainment. Clean beaches and wonderful people. I’m hooked for life.” “The beaches are so clean and the water is beautiful. We love coming to an area that isn’t so built up with high rise condominiums.” “Beaches are never as crowded as Delaware beaches!” “The beach and the locals are always helpful, welcoming and friendly. Emerald Isle and the Crystal Coast is my favorite place to be in the whole world!”


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AT A G L A N C E C A R T E R E T C O U N T Y

A Shore Thing ATLANTIC BEACH

restaurants, tour and charter boats and a wealth of fine

Of the five communities that dot the 30-mile length

artisans round out Beaufort’s coastal charm. Other must-

of barrier island known as Bogue Banks, Atlantic Beach

see attractions are the Beaufort Historic Site and the NC

is the oldest, and offers easy public access to its expanse

Maritime Museum. Details: Town of Beaufort, P.O. Box

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DOWN EAST

in an easy-going ambiance. Others will find the local

Down East encompasses the communities of Atlantic,

shopping, restaurants, nightlife, fishing and annual

Bettie, Cedar Island, Davis, Gloucester, Harkers Island,

festivals, such as the Carolina Kite Fest, irresistible. For

Lola, Marshallberg, Otway, Sea Level, Smyrna, Stacy,

the Civil War buff, historic Fort Macon State Park is a

Straits and Williston. Down East communities embrace a

year-round treasure: a restored pentagonal Civil War fort

true coastal lifestyle that celebrates the area’s longstanding

on the edge of the island. Details: Town of Atlantic Beach,

maritime traditions. Experience a window into this world at

P.O. Box 10, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512, 252-726-2121,

the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center.

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The museum is on Harkers Island, the community where

BEAUFORT Celebrating 300 years, Beaufort is North Carolina’s third-oldest town and serves as the seat of Carteret County. Founded in 1709, Beaufort-by-the-Sea was incorporated in 1722 and given its regal name in honor of Henry Somerset, Duke of Beaufort. Beaufort history is rife with visiting pirates and patriots. It is believed that the wreckage of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard the pirate’s flagship, lies just offshore. Historic homes with wide and comfortable porches grace the tree-lined streets, while the waterfront area provides views of spectacular yachts, as well as the noble wild ponies on nearby Carrot Island. Small shops, fine

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A SENSE OF COMMUNITY Carteret County encompasses many waterfront communities along the coast, each with its own unique characteristics and qualities, from the mainland to the barrier island of Bogue Banks. A vacation and relocation destination, Carteret County was formed in 1722 from Craven County. It was named in honor of Sir John Carteret, afterwards Earl of Granville, one of the Lords Proprietors. Details: contact the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce, 800-622-6278, nccoastchamber.com.

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private ferries take locals and visitors to Cape Lookout National Seashore for some of the best fishing and shelling around.

INDIAN BEACH/SALTER PATH With an annual swell of vacationers, Indian Beach manages to stay a cozy community, with a permanent

The 150-year-old Cape Lookout Lighthouse is one

population around 200. The community is literally

of North Carolina’s seven renowned lighthouses, with a

intertwined with the community of Salter Path, as the

distinctive black-and-white diamond pattern. This much-

quaint beach town surrounds Salter Path on both the

visited Down East attraction has been a navigational aid to

east and the west. Salter Path and Indian Beach offer

seafarers since 1859. It is a towering figure in both height

a variety of residential choices, including homes along

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Between bustling downtown shops and a lively

nomadic Native Americans and whalers, the area known as

waterfront, Morehead City is fast growing with much to

Emerald Isle was largely uninhabited until the 1950s when

offer. Filling bellies with famous boat-to-table seafood

it was purchased by a group of developers. The developers

restaurants and entertaining with a charter fishing fleet,

hired a consultant to fly over the area for a visual survey

Morehead City shines as coastal living at its best. Seafood

and upon viewing the expanse of undeveloped green

enthusiasts delight in fresh North Carolina fare at area

forest, he suggested it be named “Emerald Isle.”

restaurants or purchase fresh seafood from local markets

Across the bridge from Emerald Isle to the mainland,

to prepare at home.

charming surprises await in the communities of Cape

As the commercial hub of Carteret County, Morehead

Carteret and Cedar Point. These amiable areas offer

City has specialty shops to suit every need, with a selection

attractive soundside living and a treasure trove of fine

of art galleries for the connoisseur. Morehead City is also

antique shops, as well as major shopping venues. Details:

home to the county’s growing offering of medical services,

Town of Emerald Isle, 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle,

with everything from family practice to specialized

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medicine, dental and emergency care to the myriad of

to near Emerald Isle. The early owners’ priorities for

services offered through Carteret General Hospital.

minimal disturbance of the island dynamics in its

The community is also home to one of the state’s

development make Pine Knoll Shores one of the state’s

two deepwater ports where ships dock from all over

most ecologically sensitive towns and a sanctuary for sea

the world. Morehead City’s delightful mixture of coastal

turtles and coastal birds.

cottages, waterfront homes, contemporary homes,

Pine Knoll Shores is also home to the NC Aquarium

townhouses and apartments and more have people

at Pine Knoll Shores, attracting visitors from across

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NEWPORT One of the fastest growing communities on the Crystal Coast, Newport welcomes newcomers and military retirees alike with its hometown qualities and close proximity to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. Newport lets residents stay close to base but not live on base or in a community with a majority of military residents. Besides giving residents a break from work, this little hamlet is a close-knit community with spectacular waterfront views. Details: Town of Newport, P.O. Box 1869, Newport, NC 28570, 252-223-4749, townofnewport.com. PINE KNOLL SHORES In the maritime forest, nestled between the oceanside dunes and quiet waters of Bogue Sound, is the little residential community of Pine Knoll Shores. The land was developed by children of Theodore Roosevelt, who were heirs of Alice Hoffman, a property owner of the land on Bogue Banks from Atlantic Beach

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Historic Haven

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AT A G L A N C E C R AV E N C O U N T Y

A SENSE OF COMMUNITY From history coming alive to cutting edge technology, palaces to planes, teeing off the green to unfurling the sails, Craven County has different communities for visitors to retirees that all contribute something unique to create a county full of vitality and spirit. Details: Craven County Visitor and Convention Center, P.O. Box 1713, New Bern, NC 28563, 800-437-5767, visitnewbern.com

Havelock is probably best known as home to the world’s

Bend in 1981.

largest Marine Corps Air Station, MCAS Cherry Point. Cherry

River Bend is a quiet community offering a variety of

Point is one of the largest employers of both Craven and

lifestyles, from townhome living to private homes. Most

neighboring Carteret County, employing a large number of

residences offer views of either the water or the golf course.

civilians as well as active-duty military.

River Bend has a lot to offer the outdoor enthusiast, and

Residents and visitors alike fill up on annual events such

popular pastimes include fishing, sailing and kayaking. Details:

as the North Carolina Chili Festival in the fall and an air show

Town of River Bend, River Bend Town Hall, 45 Shoreline Dr.,

featuring some of coast’s best aerial and military demonstrations

River Bend, NC 28562, 252-638-3870, ci.river-bend.nc.us.

during summer. These, plus a tourist center and the natural attractions of the Croatan National Forest, are just some of

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Havelock’s charms. Details: City of Havelock, P.O. Box 368,

Along the Trent River, the town of Trent Woods offers

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a tranquil waterfront lifestyle for everyone, from those just

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NEW BERN North Carolina’s colonial capital, New Bern gives residents and visitors a look back in time with historic landmarks and beautiful riverside living. Swiss Baron Christopher de Graffenried founded New Bern, the second-oldest town in North Carolina. He named the city after Bern, Switzerland, and began a longstanding bond between the two cities that share the proud symbol of the bear (“Bern” comes from “bären”, the German word for “bears”). While providing all the shopping and dining selections associated with larger cities, New Bern thrives on its smalltown charm. The downtown area provides a scenic place to stroll, shop, dine, see the sites, and enjoy nature in the spacious waterfront park. A history-lover’s Mecca, New Bern is dotted with more than 150 historic landmarks. It is the proud birthplace of Pepsi Cola, developed by a local pharmacist named Caleb Bradham in the late 1800s. Adding to the city’s colonial charm, a beautiful reproduction of the original Georgian brick governor’s mansion stands in the heart of downtown at Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens. Details: City of New Bern, P.O. Box 1129, New Bern, NC

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A SENSE OF COMMUNITY From Camp Lejeune to camping on the beach, Onslow County has a variety of communities with terrific amenities that range from surfing to shopping. This is country living with the city comforts, as Jacksonville mixes with incredible farmlands and beautiful beaches. Details: Onslow County Tourism, onslowcountytourism.com, 800-982-2144 and Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce, 800-626-2780, topsailcoc.com.

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All Around Appeal HOLLY RIDGE

RICHLANDS

Chartered in 1941, Holly Ridge is a thriving residential

Richlands has the distinction of not only being an

hamlet. The town’s population of 1,000 residents is a shadow

agricultural hub, but also the site of the first graded school,

of its former self, when, 60 years ago, there were more than

the first public high school and the first library in the county.

110,000 people living and working at Camp Davis, a World War

Richlands commemorates its colorful history with the Onslow

II Army artillery-training base. Holly Ridge includes restaurants,

County Museum’s changing exhibits. The town boasts a beautiful

shopping, golfing and more. Details: Town of Holly Ridge, 212

historic district and is home to the Albert J. Ellis Airport, which

N Dyson Street, Holly Ridge, NC 28445, 910-329-7081.

offers daily flight service via US Airways Express and Delta. Details: Town of Richlands, 118 Hargett St., Richlands, NC

JACKSONVILLE

28574, 910-324-3301.

Jacksonville is the commercial nexus of Onslow County and home to both Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine

SNEADS FERRY

Corps Air Station New River. Jacksonville has a small town feel,

Sneads Ferry is located on the New River near the northern

while still providing all the stores and conveniences associated

tip of Topsail Island off NC Highway 172. The river joins the

with larger cities. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is home

Intracoastal Waterway at Sneads Ferry, providing access to

to an active duty, dependent, retiree and civilian employee

the Atlantic Ocean. Sneads Ferry has a bustling commercial

population of more than 150,000 people. Marine Corps Air

fishing community that takes in more fish than any other

Station New River provides a full array of aviation facilities

Onslow County port. During World War II Marine Corps Base

supporting the Fleet Marine Force and other Department of

Camp Lejeune was established just north of Sneads Ferry and

Defense members. Both bases are the heart of Jacksonville’s

ever since, many active duty Marines and their families have

continued and impressive growth. In return, Jacksonville

selected Sneads Ferry to live or to retire. Seafood lovers never

embraces its proud military background, saluting those who

miss the Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival every August. Charter

serve and their families. Details: City of Jacksonville, P.O. Box

boats and headboat fishing is available, as well as horseback

128, Jacksonville, NC 28541, 910-938-5200, ci.jacksonville.

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NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH For locally famous Stump Sound oysters and renowned

Onslow County Tourism, onslowcountytourism.com, 800-9822144.

inlet surf fishing, the only place to go is North Topsail Beach. Even though it shares a third of the Southern Outer Banks

SWANSBORO

barrier island known as Topsail Island with two other island

Historic Swansboro is full of waterfront charm. Located

towns, North Topsail Beach enjoys some “island exclusivity” and

along the White Oak River, the town boasts everything from

is home to picturesque marshes on the sound side and beautiful

specialty shops and terrific restaurants on the downtown

dunes and beaches on the ocean side. These natural attractions

waterfront. Go antiquing, charter fishing or dine at one of the

allow tons of activities, including kayaking, beachcombing,

town’s eateries while enjoying a perfect view. Historic Swansboro

boating and more. A wide range of accommodations share

offers bicycle trails and plenty of places to put in a boat or kayak

the area, including luxury resorts and incredible beach homes.

to sight-see on the go. Nearby Hammocks Beach State Park

Details: Town of North Topsail Beach, 2008 Loggerhead Court,

offers an excellent opportunity to view nature up close. Details:

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AT A G L A N C E PA M L I C O C O U N T Y

Delightful Destination BAYBORO

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Bayboro was named for the Bay River and settled

restaurants and the friendly, slow waterfront life are

long before it was incorporated in 1881. It is the oldest

sure to enchant. Details: Town of Oriental, P.O. Box

incorporated town in Pamlico County and became

427, Oriental, NC 28571-0427, 252-249-0555,

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courthouse was relocated to Bayboro from Stonewall. Although narrow, the Bay River is navigable all the way to the town. Details: Town of Bayboro, P.O. Box 557, Bayboro, NC 28515, 252-745-4238. MINNESOTT BEACH The name Minnesott is derived from an Indian word said to mean, “land of sky and blue water.” Developed as a resort area on the Neuse River after World War I, the state ferry arrives and departs here, bringing passengers to and from the Cherry Branch ferry station. Details: Town of Minnesott Beach, 11758 NC Hwy 306S, Arapahoe, NC 28510, 252-249-1755. ORIENTAL Known as the “Sailing Capital of North Carolina,” Oriental has more boats than residents. Whether you’re walking, driving, biking through or sailing into, Oriental’s quaint bed and breakfasts, river and soundfront homes,

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A SENSE OF COMMUNITY The gateway to Wilmington and home to Topsail’s beautiful beaches, Pender County was founded in 1875 and named after Confederate General William Dorsey Pender. Conveniently located and easily accessible from Interstate 40 and US highways 17 and 117, Pender County’s familyoriented beaches, beautiful rivers and verdant maritime forests are a popular vacation and relocation destination. Details: Pender County Tourism, PO Box 177, Burgaw, NC 28425, 888-576-4756, visitpender.com.

Coastal Community AT A G L A N C E P E N D E R C O U N T Y

HAMPSTEAD

TOPSAIL BEACH

Known as the “Seafood Capital of the Carolinas,”

Looking for white sandy beaches with beautiful sunrises

Hampstead is a blooming commercial area and community

and sunsets? Look no further than Topsail Beach. Located

within a short drive of Wilmington. Hampstead offers the

on the southern end of Topsail Island, Topsail Beach

small-town appeal many seek, while still remaining closely

encourages beautification and conservation of the island

connected to the city.

environment. This green-friendly seaside community has

Hampstead claims an interesting history, as George

a quaint shopping district and vacant beaches perfect for

Washington is reported to have stayed overnight at a local

family fun. Take the kids miniature golfing or grab a fishing

tavern. Hampstead has come a long way from its humble

rod and cast out near the inlet.

beginnings as a fishing village and whistle-stop alongside

Topsail Beach has a truly unique treasure in the Karen

the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. It is currently one of the

Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, the

fastest growing areas in the state, helped by its proximity to

first facility of its kind in the state dedicated to helping sea

the beautiful beaches and city comforts. Details: Hampstead

turtles that choose the North Carolina coast on which to

Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 211, Hampstead, NC

nest. For the military-minded, the Topsail Island Museum

28443, 800-833-2483, hampsteadchamber.com.

details the unique relationship Topsail Island had with the military during and just after World War II. Details: Town of

SURF CITY Surf City, a community shared between both Pender and Onslow counties, is located in the center of Topsail Island, a barrier island that’s part of the Southern Outer Banks. It is the largest of the three island towns and the island’s commercial center. Aside from postcard-perfect beaches, visitors and locals can enjoy the Soundside Park, or tour Surf City by bike path; a delight from spring through fall and even on some of winter’s more temperate days. Entering town via NC Highway 50, you’ll cross the Intracoastal Waterway over one of the last swing bridges in North Carolina, a legacy to this unique area. Details: Town of Surf City, 214 N. New River Drive, Surf City, NC 28445-9821, 910-328-4131, surfcity.govoffice.com.

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Learning What to Expect An Education on Choosing the Right School System

When it comes to weighing out the pros and cons of relocating to a new area, perhaps no issue carries more weight for a family than the school system that will be responsible for teaching and influencing their children. Beyond the amenities of fishing and gorgeous sunsets on the beach, or even more pressing matters like affordable housing and the job market, choosing the right school system is a decision that can have the most lasting social and economic influence of all. Make sure you’re educated on the school system your child will be a part of by taking a look at the counties listed below. And there’s room to think beyond graduation as well with training and associate’s degrees offered at community colleges. No fouryear universities are in the five-county area of Carteret, Craven, Onslow, Pender and Pamlico; however, East Carolina University, located in Greenville, and UNC-Wilmington are both close enough for the kids to drive home on the weekends to do their laundry. CARTERET COUNTY The Carteret County Public School System serves the students of Carteret County from Cedar Point to Cedar Island. There are 17 public schools committed to creating opportunities for all students to do their best and succeed. The school system employs approximately 1,200 individuals and is the largest employer in the county. Carteret Community College is located on the shores of beautiful Bogue Sound – part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. With more than 100 courses to choose from, students can pursue a certificate, diploma or associate degree. The college transfer curriculum enables students to obtain an associate in arts or associate in science degree and transfer to a four-year institution. The college also offers general education opportunities for upgrading job skills, gaining certification and satisfying

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personal interests with a variety of corporate and community education courses. The student body consists of approximately 1,900 curriculum and 4,500 continuing education students, reflecting a rich diversity of age, income, ethnicity and educational background. CRAVEN COUNTY With approximately 3,000 students a semester and two campuses – one in New Bern, the other in Havelock – Craven Community College is continuously growing to meet the needs of Eastern North Carolina. The college is a leader in computer technology and offers an ever-expanding registered nursing program, as well as an aeronautical technology program. In addition to a college transfer program, credit programs range from criminal justice and education to manufacturing and electronics engineering technology. An adult enrichment academy, fire training, literacy education, and other workforce training courses help round out the college’s offerings to the community. ONSLOW COUNTY The Onslow County School District, home to many of the military families surrounding Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, has 35 schools. There are 18 elementary schools, one early childhood development school, eight middle schools, seven high schools and one alternative school. The Onslow County School System serves approximately 21,500 students. Coastal Carolina Community College provides services and integrated training solutions to ensure Onslow County’s industries are among the most competitive in the global marketplace. The college’s training professionals work with manufacturers, assembly companies, technology intensive customer care centers, and small businesses to improve their business performance by aligning people strategies with business strategies. Curriculum programs are designed to provide college transfer, technical and vocational education. In addition, continuing

CARTERET COUNTY Public Schools, K-12 Carteret County Public School System 107 Safrit Drive, Beaufort, NC 28516 252-728-4583 www.carteretcountyschools.org Higher Education Carteret Community College 3505 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557 252-222-6000 www.carteret.edu

CRAVEN COUNTY Public Schools, K- 12 Craven County Public School System 3600 Trent Road New Bern, NC 28562 252-514-6300 www.craven.k12.nc.us Higher Education Craven Community College 800 College Court New Bern, NC 28562 252.638.4131 www.cravencc.edu

ONSLOW COUNTY Public Schools, K-12 Onslow County Public School System 200 Broadhurst Road Jacksonville, NC 28540 910-455-2211 www.onslow.k12.nc.us Higher Education Coastal Carolina Community College 444 Western Boulevard Jacksonville, NC 28546 910-938-6792 www.coastalcarolina.edu (continued on page 26)


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SITES TO SEE

Beyond the Beach 20 Places That Will Make You Want to Call Eastern NC Home

recognizable lighthouses, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in

Being less than an hour from the beach is enough to make anyone want to move here. Any day of the week, if there’s enough time to get away from work, you can get a slice of the vacation people from around the state and beyond dream about for months. But what about when the sparkle of beach life becomes the norm? What makes people want to stay? Well, there’s more to living near the beach than dips in the ocean. The area is surrounded by museums, historic sites, landmarks, military milestones and homes for aquatic life ranging from sharks to turtles, leaving Eastern North Carolina an easy and entertaining place to call home. The following is just a sampling of attraction sites in Carteret, Craven, Onslow, Pamlico and Pender counties.

hunting. Because the seashore is only accessible by private boat

2009. These three barrier islands make a prime spot for seashell or ferry, this pristine area offers unparalleled fishing, camping, the chance to sneak a glimpse of beautiful banks horses and much more. Don’t miss the renovated lighthouse keeper’s quarters and daily ranger programs during the summer. Details: 252-728-2250, nps.gov/calo. CORE SOUND WATERFOWL MUSEUM & HERITAGE CENTER Waterfowl are a key part of what makes Harkers Island such a unique and interesting place. The Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild and the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center

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honor that rich heritage, which includes the art of decoy making,

BEAUFORT HISTORIC SITE

by holding the Core Sound Decoy Festival and Waterfowl Weekend

Located in the 100 block of Turner Street in the heart of

each year during the first weekend of December. The festival

Beaufort by the Sea, the Beaufort Historic Site incorporates 300

celebrates waterfowl traditions and the Down East community. And

years of coastal Carolina history into the daily life of the town.

as the area’s history has grown, so has the heritage center with a

Enjoy a coastal art gallery and delightful restorations preserved by

new exhibit hall and tower overlooking Core Sound that opened in

the Beaufort Historical Association. Guided and self-guided tours

the autumn of 2009. Details: 252-728-1500, coresound.com.

are a popular pastime, including tours of the 1796 Carteret County Courthouse, 1859 Apothecary Shop and Doctor’s Office, 1732

FORT MACON STATE PARK

Rustell House and more. Check beauforthistoricsite.org for a full

Fort Macon State Park on Atlantic Beach encompasses 385

calendar of major events organized by the Beaufort Historical

acres of beach, dunes and maritime forest. Historic Fort Macon is

Association. Details: 252-728-5225 or 800-575-SITE.

an incredibly restored and preserved pentagonal brick Civil War fortress garrisoned for both the Spanish-American War and World

CAPE LOOKOUT NATIONAL SEASHORE

War II. Visitors can explore the historical monument while listening

Cape Lookout National Seashore is a 56-mile stretch of North

to audio and visual programs. Hike the nature trail, fish from rock

Carolina’s Outer Banks featuring one of North Carolina’s most

jetties or stop by the bathhouse area for the public swimming

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beach, boardwalk, picnic area and educational programs. Details: 252-

shipwrecked off the coast. Don’t miss the many educational programs

726-3775, ils.unc.edu/parkproject/visit/foma/home.html.

offered for the whole family. Regular hours are 9am-5pm. Details: 252247-4003, ncaquariums.com.

THE HISTORY PLACE Travel back in time to Carteret County’s beginnings with The

NC MARITIME MUSEUM

History Place in downtown Morehead City. Visitors can explore an old

Dive into the state’s rich maritime history at the NC Maritime

general store, an early school room, Victorian parlor, doctor’s office and

Museum, where the past is researched, preserved and presented through

many other notable parts of Carteret County’s past. There are Native

exhibits, hands-on programs and field trips. The museum at 315 Front

American artifacts, vintage clothing, Civil War memorabilia, artwork

St. in Beaufort features artifacts from the local shipwreck believed to be

and glassware. Those looking for historical documents will delight in

Blackbeard the Pirate’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge. Visitors

the Jack Spencer Goodwin Library, with more than 6,000 publications,

with the shipbuilding bug can visit the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft

genealogy materials, Civil War history collections and an extensive

Center across the street and either watch the restoration and construction

picture file. Details: 252-247-7533, thehistoryplace.org.

of wooden boats and ship models or join in one of the boatbuilding programs. Details: 252-728-7317, ncmaritimemuseum.org.

NC AQUARIUM AT PINE KNOLL SHORES The NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores gives visitors the

RACHEL CARSON RESERVE

opportunity to explore the coast from a different angle—underwater!

Discover the natural wonder and wildlife found on the Rachel Carson

Explore shipwrecks without getting wet, have a staring match with a

Reserve. This section of the NC National Estuarine Research Reserve

350-pound sand tiger shark, watch river otters play or even touch a

boasts breathtakingly beautiful islands referred to by locals as Bird Shoal

stingray. Aquarium exhibits let visitors tour North Carolina’s aquatic

or Carrot Island and lies just across from the Beaufort waterfront. It can

environments “from the mountains to the sea.” In the 306,000-gallon

only be accessed by boat and lucky explorers might spot a few of the

Living Shipwreck exhibit, fierce-looking sand tiger sharks up to eight feet

beautiful Carrot Island wild ponies congregating along the shore.

in length, hundreds of colorful fish, sea turtles and many other denizens

The 2,650-acre reserve is a favorite place for hiking, shelling and

of the deep glide around a three-quarter-scale replica of a German U-boat

exploring the natural and human processes that affect coastal areas. The site was named for Rachel Carson, the famous scientist and author who

Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center

conducted research on the island’s coastal habitat. Comprised of salt marshes, tidal flats, eelgrass beds and salt flats, the area is a favorite place for beachcombing, swimming and sunbathing, but is only accessible by boat. While there, you’ll spot water birds, wild horses and other natural attractions. More than 200 species of birds have been sighted on the reserve and a checklist of these feathered-friends is available. The site is an important feeding area for Wilson’s plovers in the summer and piping plovers in the winter. The shrub thicket of the area’s middle marsh supports an egret and heron rookery. Guided nature tours are a seasonal delight for visitors. For more information call 252-838-0883 or nccoastalreserve. net.

CRAVEN COUNTY CROATAN NATIONAL FOREST Get back to nature with the Croatan National Forest, offering hiking trails, boat launches, campgrounds and day-use areas. Croatan crowd pleasers include the pocosin habitat, estuaries and a large number of carnivorous plants native to the area, including the Venus Flytrap. Civil War buffs will want to visit the site where the Battle of New Bern was fought, now a portion of the national forest. Headquarters is located

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(continued from page 29) at 141 East Fisher Ave., just outside of New Bern. Details: 252-

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638-5628, cs.unca.edu/nfsnc.

BEIRUT MEMORIAL

NEW BERN FIREMEN’S MUSEUM

disbelief as the news came from Beirut of the tragic bombing and

On Oct. 23, 1983, the people of all nations watched in

Established in 1955, the New Bern Firemen’s Museum is a

the deaths of 241 US Marines, all from Camp Lejeune. The Beirut

unique way to experience New Bern’s heritage. Preserving New

Memorial was erected in honor of these men who died trying to

Bern fire fighting history, museum exhibits are original pieces of

uphold peace and freedom. The memorial is located off NC 24

equipment from this city’s long and honored past. New Bern has

(Lejeune Boulevard) at the entrance to Camp Johnson. Details:

the distinction of being the first city in North Carolina and one of

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the first in the nation to charter a fire company. Details: 252-636HAMMOCKS BEACH STATE PARK

4087, newbernmuseums.com.

Visitors looking for a more rustic, natural coastal experience TRYON PALACE HISTORIC SITES & GARDENS

can go to Hammocks Beach and enjoy surf fishing, hiking,

Tryon Palace, built in 1770 for British Colonial governor

camping, swimming, picnicking and shelling. Seventeen primitive

William Tryon in New Bern, originally served as North Carolina’s

campsites are available on Bear Island for year-round camping.

colonial capitol. When the state capital was changed from New

Park employees also present educational programs on such topics

Bern to Raleigh, the Georgian-style mansion fell into disrepair and

as sea turtles, sea life, pollution, the island’s history and shells.

was greatly damaged by fire. Reconstruction began in the 1950s

Details: 910-326-4881, ils.unc.edu/parkproject/visit/habe/home.

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PAMLICO COUNTY ORIENTAL HISTORY MUSEUM Located at 802 Broad St. in Oriental, the museum depicts everyday life in the sailing town of Oriental. Visitors can see everything from oyster scoops to a bronzed porthole from the shipwreck of the sailing steam Oriental, from which the town got its name. Details: 252-249-2493. PAMLICO COUNTY HERITAGE CENTER AND MUSEUM This combined heritage center and museum is dedicated to the preservation of the rich history of Pamlico County. Changing exhibits feature hand-crafted farm, woodland, and marine implements, equipment, modes of transportation and heavy machinery representative of rural eastern North Carolina during

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Ghosts of the Coast

GHOSTS O F T H E COA S T

A Maritime Taste of Menace and Macabre

Some people just don’t know when to leave. Many of us along the Crystal Coast know that all too well … and we’re not talking about tourists.

Beaufort’s history in particular is filled with tales of wronged lovers, heinous pirates and devastating shipwrecks – all which have

A Maritime Taste of Menace and Macabre

contributed to its sinister folklore. Maybe the screams and moans heard in the night are just wind moving through an old house; maybe the photographs people have taken of translucent figures and glowing orbs are tricks of light or shaky hands. Still, one thing is certain: Some people just don’t know when to leave. Many of us along The Hammock House holds other sinister secrets, such as the fate if there really are such things as ghosts, Beaufort is the kind of place they would be. the Crystal Coast know that all too well … and we’re not talking of three union soldiers who came to the inn after being driven out of Probably the most famous former resident of Beaufort is Blackbeard Fort the Pirate, pirate persona as we know about tourists. Macon,who on practically the easterninvented edge ofthe Bogue Banks, by Confederate it and ruled thehistory Caribbean Sea and iswestern Atlantic a period forces. known The as the Golden Agewere of Piracy. From placing lit matches Beaufort’s in particular filled with talesduring of wronged three soldiers told they might find lodging at theinto inn lovers, heinous pirates and devastating shipwrecks – all which have after they couldn’t fi nd hospitable accommodations in town. They his thick beard, to weaving cannon fuses into his hair, to having guns, knives and swords strewn across his belt, Blackbeard in his time contributed to its sinister folklore. Maybe the screams and moans were never seen alive again, though their bodies were discovered became almost a living ghost, creating an image that sends shivers down spines at just the mention of his name. heard in the night are just wind moving through an old house; buried under the porch in 1915 during a renovation. But in Beaufort, it isn’t the name that’s frightening residents and visitors alike. maybe the photographs people have taken of translucent figures Another location steeped in history is the Old Burying Grounds, According folklore, the of pirate for a hands. brief period in the Hammock House, back when known as Fish the and glowing to orbs are tricks lightlived or shaky Still, one thing off Ann Street. Here youBeaufort will find was the last remains of Town Otwayand Burns, operated an inn. on aaslane off Front Street, House is the oldestheroes house of in the Beaufort and is believed is house certain: if thereasreally are Located such things ghosts, Beaufort is the Hammock one of the state’s greatest War of 1812, as welltoasbea kind of place they would be. British offi cer who died in Beaufort harbor and was buried standing the site of one of the pirate’s more despicable actions. Probably the most famous former resident of Beaufort is up. It is also the location of a common grave for sailors from the Blackbeard allegedly was staying at the inn for a time with an 18-year-old French common-law wife who reportedly was not a willing Blackbeard the Pirate, who practically invented the pirate persona Crissie Wright, which shipwrecked in January, 1886. According to occupant. One night, the pirate flew into a rage and dragged the screaming woman outside, where he hanged her from a live oak tree. as we know it and ruled the Caribbean Sea and western Atlantic coastalguide.com, the Crissie Wright was a three-masted schooner Today, almost known 300 years later, peopleAge stillofreport hearing screamsmaking of a woman pass the when tree on a weather moonlit night. during a period as the Golden Piracy. From the placing its waywhen norththey along theby coast bad threatened. litThe matches into his thick beard, to weaving cannon fuses into his The captain decided to set course for Cape Lookout Bight, butout as Hammock House holds other sinister secrets, such as the fate of three union soldiers who came to the inn after being driven hair, to having guns, knives and swords strewn across his belt, the ship approached the harbor the main mast brace parted and of Fort Macon, on the eastern edge of Bogue Banks, by Confederate forces. The three soldiers were told they might find lodging at the Blackbeard in his time became almost a living ghost, creating an the vessel drifted helplessly onto the shoals. The breakers were inn after they couldn’t find hospitable accommodations in town. They were never seen alive again, though their bodies were discovered image that sends shivers down spines at just the mention of his too high to launch lifeboats and eventually the captain and several buried under the porch in 1915 during a renovation. name. crewmembers were swept overboard. Just one crewmember was Another steeped history is the Oldfrightening Burying Grounds, Street. you morning, will find the last remains Otway Burns, one But inlocation Beaufort, it isn’tin the name that’s residentsoff Ann found alive Here the next wrapped in theofjib sail, but he died and visitors alike. within the year, to recover the experience. of the state’s greatest heroes of the War of 1812, as well as a British offi cer who died unable in Beaufort harborfrom and was buried standing up. It is According to folklore, the pirate lived for a brief period in the Another permanent resident of the burial ground is known also the location of a common grave for sailors from the Crissie Wright, which shipwrecked in January, 1886. According to coastalguide. Hammock House, back when Beaufort was known as Fish Town only as the girl in the wooden barrel. According to the website com, the Crissie Wright was a three-masted schooner making its way north along the coast when bad weather threatened. The captain and the house operated as an inn. 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Just one crewmember was found alive the next morning, wrapped in the jib sail, but he died within the year, unableher to Blackbeard allegedly was staying at the inn for a time with an father on the condition that he bring her back in the same condition recover from the experience. 18-year-old French common-law wife who reportedly was not a as she left. On the return voyage, the girl fell ill with pneumonia and Another permanent resident of the burial ground is known only as the girl in the wooden barrel. According to the website ghostsofthecoast. willing occupant. One night, the pirate flew into a rage and dragged died; still, the father kept his promise by placing her in a rum barrel, com, a married coupleoutside, who settled North Carolina had aa daughter was preventing very inquisitive and decomposing. longed to see where here original the screaming woman whereinhe hanged her from live thewho alcohol her from family from. The 300 mother denied time still andreport again,hearing but eventually relented, allowing her of to the travel with littered her father on the oak tree.came Today, almost years later,her people These are just a few stories among thecondition many in the screams of a woman when they pass by the tree on a moonlit this 300-year-old town. To fi nd out more, come visit Beaufort and that he bring her back in the same condition as she left. On the return voyage, the girl fell ill with pneumonia and died; still, the father night. bring a camera. But remember: you may not want to leave. ƒ kept his promise by placing her in a rum barrel, the alcohol preventing her from decomposing. These are just a few of the stories

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‘Must Do’ List Make Yourself at Home at the Area’s Biggest Events JANUARY

F E S T I VA L S A N D E V E N T S

Dolphin Dip. Each New Year’s Day the Dolphin Dip Foundation brings people together to celebrate life and cleanse their souls by taking a dip in the ocean. Roland Avenue, Surf City Beach Access. Details: 910-526-3788, topsailcoc.com. Running of the Dragon. The Dragon comes out to run the waterfront at Oriental. Folks line the street with noisemakers and gather luck by touching the dragon. Details: visitoriental.com.

FEBRUARY Gloucester Mardi Gras. Get a feel for the Mississippi Delta with gumbo, dance and music. Featuring and led by the Cajun/Zydeco musicians of Unknown Tongues, this festive event is free and open to all who want to join in the spirit of the rural Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana in a Down East setting. Costumes are welcomed (bring your beads!) and there’s lots of fun for the kids. Held at the Gloucester Community Center. Call 252-729-8021 for information. New Bern Preservation Foundation Antiques Show. Offers the largest antique show and sale east of Raleigh. A variety of antique dealers sell quality goods such as furniture, linens, silver, toys, glassware and more. Details: 252-633-6448, newbernpf.org.

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Carolina Chocolate Festival. Featuring 30 chocolatiers from across the nation offering samples and sales of their tasty treats in Morehead City. Details: 877-848-4976, carolinachocolatefestival.com.

MARCH Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival. Featuring more than 75 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, clowns and static displays along with amusement rides, a climbing wall and face painters. Avid runners can compete in the 8K Road Race. Festival and event details: 252-354-6350. Down East Chowder Cook Off. Held at the downtown Oriental marina, the event is sponsored by the Oriental Women’s Club and benefits Pamlico County charities. Details: 252-2499838. Taste of New Bern. Local restaurants, eateries and specialty food shops offer a taste of their menus and showcase their skills and innovative cuisine in addition to live music. Details: 252-637-7972. Swansboro Rotary’s Oyster Roast. This all-you-can-eat and drink event features steamed oysters, flounder, clam chowder, a pig pickin’, hush puppies, coleslaw, hot dogs with chili, beer, soft drinks and coffee. Details: 910-326-6175.

APRIL Azalea Festival. Held in Wilmington during the first weekend of April. Details: ncazaleafestival.org. Beaufort Wine and Food Weekend. This annual event thrills the senses, offering festivalgoers a tantalizing taste of food, wine and art. Recognized as one of the largest outdoor tented wine festivals in North Carolina, Beaufort comes alive with winemakers from across the nation. Visit beaufortwineandfood.com for a full listing of winemakers and celebrity and regional chefs participating in the 2009 Beaufort Wine and Food Weekend. For additional information or sponsorship packages email info@ beaufortwineandfood.com or call 252728-5225. Jazz and Blues Fest. Various jazz and blues musicians play New Bern. Details and online ticketing: jazzpreservationsociety.com, jazzandbluesfest.com. Newport Pig Cookin’ Contest. Dish up some good times and family fun at the nation’s largest whole hog barbecue. Concession stands, rides, crafts, bake sales and live entertainment with plates of the best barbecue around. Details: 252-223-3112, newportpigcooking. com.


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Scots Heritage Day. Pender County Scots Heritage Day is celebrated during the first week in June. Moore’s Creek National Battlefield, Currie. Details: 910283-559, nps.gov/mocr.

Oriental Croaker Festival. An all-American, small-town Independence Day celebration. Includes live music, a kids fun park, arts and crafts vendors, nautical flea market, parade and Croaker Festival Regatta. Details: 252-249-0555, croakerfestival. org.

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MAY Beaufort Music Festival. Whatever style of music makes your heart sing, you’re sure to find it here at this family-oriented weekend of free concerts. Details: 252-728-6894, beaufortmusicfestival.com. Mile of Hope. Offering children with cancer and their families a fun-filled “getaway” weekend at Atlantic Beach. The public is invited to the beach in front of Atlantis Lodge to build sandcastles and view the professional works of sandcastlebuilding experts Sandy Feat. Details: 919-782-6471. Wooden Boat Show. The week begins with an opportunity to sail aboard traditional boats, and concludes with more than 50 wooden classic and antique boats on exhibit. Demonstrations and hands-on workshops for professional boatbuilders, enthusiasts and new fans of wooden boats round out the event. NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort. Details: 252-7287317.

JUNE Swansboro Rotary King Mackerel Blue Water To u r n a m e n t . Tour nament headquarters is at the Swansboro Rotary Civic Center, and the public is invited to come see

what the boats bring in at weigh-ins held on fishing days at Hammocks Beach State Park. Details: 910-326-FISH, swansbororotary.com. Beaufort Old Homes and Gardens Tour. Explore beautifully-restored historic homes, glorious gardens, churches, artist studios, and public buildings throughout Beaufort. Details: 252-7285225, beauforthistoricsite.org.

Buddy Pelletier Memorial Longboard Classic. A local charity competition at Oceanana Pier in Atlantic Beach gives spectators a chance to see professional and amateur surfers battle against one another for trophies and bragging rights. Details: 252-727-7917, buddy. pelletier.com. July Fourth at Tryon Palace and Gardens. Visitors can celebrate the holiday through programs and activities about the Revolutionary War era in

AUGUST Carolina Shakespeare Festival. Theatrics by the Carolina Shakespeare Festival, along with shows by the Young Company and specific performers. Details: New Bern Civic Theatre box office at 252633-0567, csfest.com. Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter’s Sand Sculpting Contest. Held at The Atlantis Lodge in Pine Knoll Shores,

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Buying vs. Building a Home: Things to Consider Thinking of moving to the coast? Maybe your family has expanded and it’s time for a bigger home. Possibly you’re looking for a place to get away from the noise and the traffic of the city. Whatever the case, the number of choices can seem staggering. Number of bedrooms, color of walls, size of bathroom, location, type of heating, flooring, utilities, carpet … the list goes on. The first decision you will probably want to make is whether to buy an existing home or build a new one. Even that question may not have an easy answer, as both have advantages and drawbacks. The following are some ideas to consider when it’s time to move on.

Building New

Buying an Existing House

The primary benefit to building a new home is that the

Mark Mansfield, a broker with Golf & Shore Properties

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walls, Maytag appliances, granite countertops, deck, recessed

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of REALTORS, said this is one of the best times to purchase

system – it can all be easily accommodated when building from scratch. The downside? It all costs money. In addition, the price of developing new land is going up due to recently approved state legislation.

a house. While Carteret hasn’t seen the same drop in prices as the larger metropolitan areas, where banks are trying to get rid of foreclosed properties at reduced costs, home prices have still taken somewhat of a beating, said Jim Van Wyck, a real estate broker with Spectrum Properties, in Atlantic Beach.

John Ritchie, a home builder who operates Landmark

In the cost department, buying edges out building. “There

Homes with his wife Dianne, said finances are the first topic

is a price advantage,” Van Wyck said. Still, he cautioned that

of discussion he has with a client interested in building.

buyers should make sure the home is properly inspected so

“You’ve got to assess that right up front,” Ritchie said. “If

they can find out whether there may be some big expenses

they have a limited amount of funds, buying might be better

– a new roof for example – in the near future.

than building.”

The downside to buying is that the potential buyer will

Another advantage to building new is that the home

have to make tradeoffs. Whether the location, size of master

can incorporate the latest in green design, significantly

bedroom, backyard, front yard, living room, or dimensions of

increasing energy efficiency and reducing waste. While this

the house, something will have to give. It’s best to prioritize

tends to add more to the price tag up front, Ritchie said there are tax incentives and credits to incorporating green practices into your home, and with the cost of electricity and gas increasing, the long-term savings can add up. In addition, superior insulation and use of geothermal heating and cooling significantly aid in resale value.

your musts and your wants. Another advantage to buying is that the landscaping has matured, so the property has those live oaks throwing down shade during a blistering summer day. Also, existing properties are normally in an established neighborhood, a quality attractive to many potential homeowners. Finally, one more advantage buying has over building is

Landmark Homes is one of just a handful of building

time: once a buyer decides on a property, they can often be

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in that house within 45 days. Building new can take anywhere

professionals. “Green is on the horizon,” Ritchie said. “I’d

from a few months to over a year.

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Finding the Fairway Paradise Awaits Golfers Along the Crystal Coast Few sports can deliver the scenic backdrop golfers enjoy during a round of golf on the Carolina coast. From Virginia to South Carolina courses dot the landscape with a mix of lush maritime forests, beach and water views; however, the Crystal Coast seems to be a Mecca in the middle with a concentration of six golf courses. And with so many people choosing this area to retire, courses remain steady throughout the year with vacationers, retirees, beginners and pros all taking a swing at the challenges and beauty they have to offer. Even twotime US Open winner and World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Curtis Strange bought a home in Morehead City, leaving him just minutes from any of the area’s challenging courses. Being near the beach allows golfers a chance to play nearly all year. While spring and fall are favorite times for golfers with their sunny days and cooler temps, golfers are often delighted to find beautiful playing weather and seasonal pricing specials during the winter. Winter also lets golfers have the greens more to themselves for play at a truly relaxing pace. During the primetime summer months, area courses ensure that play remains at a leisurely pace, perfect for first-timers or seasoned golfers. Most courses feature clubhouses open to the public at competitive rates, with resident pros and well-equipped pro shops. All you have to do is call for a tee time. The following are some of the best local courses to enjoy year round: Accessed from Hwy 70 just west of Morehead City, Brandywine Bay Golf Club is an 18-hole, par-71 championship course in the residential resort, Brandywine Bay. With four sets of tees and just over 6,500 yards from the championship tees, Brandywine Bay is a rewarding challenge for golfers of any skill level. The mix of water and sand hazards inspires many golfers to hone their skills on the practice range and putting green. When not on the greens, there’s a chance to look through golf apparel and equipment at the pro shop, or grab a sandwich at the bar and grill. Lessons, junior rates and multi-play packages are available for frequent guests. For more information call 252-247-2541 or visit brandywinegolf.com. Beaufort’s only golf community is the North River Club. Located just five miles from the historic Beaufort waterfront, the championship course is open to the public with resident and

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nonresident memberships available. The North River Club offers PGA professionals on staff, a large driving range and a putting green. Ask about corporate outings. For more information call 252-7285525 or visit northrivergolfclub.com. On Hwy 58, 3.5 miles north of the Emerald Isle Bridge, is an 18-hole championship course with “Tifeagle” greens and Bermuda fairways. Silver Creek Golf Resort is a beautiful par-72 golf course designed by Gene Hamm and offers four sets of tees. Men can be challenged by 7,005 yards of course while ladies can enjoy 4,962 yards worth. Challenge yourself with elevated greens, water hazards and bunkers. Prior to your game, warm up on the driving range or work on your stroke at the putting greens. Call 252-393-8058 to book your tee time. Don’t miss out on the Crystal Coast’s premier golf club, Star Hill Golf Club, nestled in the heart of Cape Carteret near Emerald Isle and minutes away from Swansboro. Celebrating more than 30 years of golf traditions and 27 championship holes, Star Hill features three nine-hole courses, the Lakes, Pines and Sands, with bent-grass greens sure to excite the average golfer and challenge the expert. The Champions Room is the ideal place to relax after your round and settle your score. Golfers will find a total short game area, Cayman driving range, PGA professional instruction, rental clubs, golf shop, swimming pool and private airstrip open to the public. For more information call 252-393-8111. Those looking for real coastal golfing won’t be able to beat the Country Club of the Crystal Coast, a semi-private course nestled among sand dunes and the maritime forest of Pine Knoll Shores. This semi-private course offers 18 holes of tall pines, majestic oaks and a view of Bogue Sound. Though the only course on the island, it still manages 5,925 yards of play and includes a pro shop, tennis courts and clubhouse with lounge, restaurant and banquet facilities. The Country Club of the Crystal Coast is located at 152 Oakleaf Drive in Pine Knoll Shores. For more information call 252-726-1034. Tucked away in the heart of Morehead City and stretched along the Newport River is Morehead City Country Club. An atmosphere of picturesque water views and bentgrass greens, this course offers a swimming pool and membership to residents of all the surrounding communities and counties. For more information call 252-726-4917. or visit 2900 Country Club Road in Morehead City. ƒ


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After the moving trucks have gone and you’ve met the neighbors, there are still a few additional steps to take to make your new home official. The following is helpful information on setting up your North Carolina voter registration, vehicle registration and obtaining a North Carolina driver’s license. For information on changing your mailing address and having mail forwarded, visit the US Postal Service website at USPS. com. Much of the process for changing and establishing your mail service can be accomplished online.

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Rainfall at the coast is a given—for as many sunny and beautiful days, there are definitely rainy days. An unfortunate side effect of all that rain on coastal development is that the natural areas like forests or meadows aren’t slowing that water down, filtering it or letting it soak back down into the ground. According to master gardener and Carteret County Cooperative Extension Agent Ann Edwards, when rain falls on impervious surfaces like rooftops, roads and parking lots it does not soak into the ground. Instead, it becomes stormwater runoff. Stormwater has become a hot-button issue at the coast, because it picks up pollutions like fertilizer, pesticides, sediment, motor oil, litter, and pet and yard waste and then delivers these pollutants to local waters. Stormwater can also cause flooding and erosion issues. While municipalities struggle over setting stormwater regulations, individuals have their own recourse, without even having to vote. Backyard rain gardens are a fun and inexpensive way to improve water quality and enhance the beauty of your yard or business. Placed between stormwater runoff sources (roofs, driveways, parking lots) and runoff destinations (storm drains, streets, streams), a rain garden is a shallow depression in the ground that captures runoff and allows it to soak into the ground, rather than flooding or capturing pollutants and delivering them to a stream. “The whole point is to try to make up for the (paved surfaces and rooftops) by giving rain a place to soak in,” Edwards said. “Soil is a wonderful filtration system to filter out any ‘nasties’ that might be in that water. The rain gardens catch the rain while it’s coming down hard, give it a chance to soak in and then filter it through soil rather than (runoff going) directly to the water.” The rain garden fills with a few inches of water after a storm, and the water slowly filters into the ground. Plants and soil work together to absorb and filter pollutants and return cleaner water through the ground to nearby streams. Because the water is underground, rather than flowing into the street, flooding is reduced. Besides helping water quality and reducing flooding, rain garden plants even provide habitat for beneficial insects and local wildlife. Edwards said that in her own rain gardens, she’s had beneficial creatures, in the thousands, in the form of tadpoles. “The frogs are an indicator of not only a clean environment in general—but they are marvelous for eating insects in the yard, so if you’re a gardener, having toads around is helpful. They’re great insect eaters.” Edwards said that choosing plants with a wide range of flowering times also draws beneficial insects, including pollinators, wasps and

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other creatures that parasitize “bad” insects like caterpillars, which feed on the rest of the garden. Edwards added that there was little danger of the garden becoming a hotbed for other “bad” insects, like the less than friendly mosquito. “The whole point is that this is an area where you catch water running quickly—mosquitoes are a problem in standing water that doesn’t absorb into the ground,” she said. Since rain gardens are not ponds and only capture excess water to keep it from becoming runoff, there isn’t the danger of mosquito spawning. The best way to find the perfect spot to catch all that running water in the yard is for potential gardeners to simply watch where the water moves to in their yard during the next rainstorm. The idea is to situate the garden between the flowing water and where it wants to pool. Since this is where the water will naturally flow, the soil for the garden won’t have to be graded before planting. With a good spot to catch the runoff, even those born without green thumbs can make a thriving rain-gulping garden. According to Edwards, the trick with any garden is to choose plants that are already adapted to the rain garden environment. Check out the link to the NC Cooperative Extension Webpage for a list of plants adapted for coastal rain gardens. Since the garden is mostly perennials, don’t worry if things are looking thin the first or second year. Edwards said that it will take a couple years for the garden to really become established, and even a plant perfect for the garden like an iris will take several years before it really starts to bloom to its full potential. For some great ideas about how your rain garden might look, the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores has a well-established rain garden near the entrance to the facility, and on Harkers Island at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum there is a large rain garden on display. “People often don’t realize how beautiful the plants can be,” Edwards said. “It’s a different kind of garden. Sometimes you need to really stand still and look closely, and you’ll start seeing textures—things like the button bush out in the aquarium rain garden. They are these perfectly amazing, beautiful, unique little plants. Nothing flashy, but you get in there and look at them and they’re just amazing.” To find out more about rain gardens or for detailed instructions on building your own, call the extension office at 252-222-6352 or visit bae.ncsu.edu/topic/raingarden. For a list of coastal plants appropriate ƒ for a rain garden on the coast, visit bae.ncsu.edu/topic/raingarden/ plants.htm. ƒ


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(continued from page 35) participants are invited to spend a day on the beach playing in the sand to raise money for wildlife rescue. Details: 252240-1200.

SEPTEMBER Crystal Coast Super Boat Grand Prix. Entertainment, including several bands in downtown Morehead City, and a super boat race at the NC State Port. Details: 252-422-8853 or e-mail kmccann@crystalcoastgrandprix.com.

OCTOBER

Mum Fest. New Bern will blossom with the Chrysanthemum Festival: a weekend celebration of flowers, entertainment, great food and of course, good oldfashioned Southern hospitality. Offers attractions, outdoor stage entertainment, amusement rides, more than 300 arts and crafts, commercial and food vendors, roving dance troupes, street performers and thousands of mums at Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens. Details: 252-638-5781, mumfest.com, downtownnewbern.com. Details on Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens: 800-767-1560, tryonpalace.org.

Candlelight

Autumn with Topsail. Held the third weekend in October in Topsail Beach and sponsored by the Topsail Island Historical and Cultural Arts Council. Come for food, live music, events and craft booths. Details: autumnwithtopsail.com.

Carolina Kite Fest. See and fly colorful kites of every kind at the Sheraton in Atlantic Beach. Activities for the whole family. Details: 252-247-7011, kitesbirdstuff.com. Havelock Chili Festival. Featuring red chili, salsa, chili verde and wing competitions. There will also be live entertainment, food, games and arts and crafts. Details: Havelock Chamber of Commerce, 252-447-1101, havelockchamber.net. Mullet Festival. Beginning with a parade down Hwy 24 in Swansboro, mullet are celebrated each year with vendors, music, arts and crafts and a kids area, all topped off with a mullet fry. Held the second Saturday and Sunday in October.

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concerts and even get a tree from the Christmas Tree Ship! Continues through December. Details: New Bern Chamber of Commerce, 252-637-3111, newbernchamber.com.

NC Seafood Festival. Visitors come from all around to the Morehead City waterfront during the first weekend of October for the state’s second largest and tastiest festival. Enjoy vendors selling seafood specialties of every kind imaginable, arts and crafts, souvenirs and even lottery tickets. Details: ncseafoodfestival.org.

New Bern Ghostwalk. Features a number of historic ghost homes, and “spirits,” each providing its own tale from New Bern’s colorful past. Details: New Bern Historical Society, 252-638-8558, newbernhistorical.org.

NOVEMBER A Dickens of a Christmas in Downtown New Bern. Enjoy a Celebration throughout the Christmas season with Downtown Illumination: luminaries throughout the business district, Theme Fridays in the shops and Illumination Trolley Tours. Visit Santa in his house in Bear Plaza, listen to the NC Symphony and other holiday

Shopping. Shoppers get a jump on the holiday season each year with a stroll through downtown Swansboro in mid November to candlelight and the welcoming taste of warm apple cider.

DECEMBER A Grand Christmas

Illumination, the Candlelight Tour.

Visitors can tour Tryon Palace with magical lighting. Details and tickets: 252514-4935.

Centuries of Celebrations at Tryon Palace. Tryon Palace houses are decorated for the holidays in different time periods, with “very special” holiday tours. Details: 252-514-4935.

Core Sound Decoy Festival. Over 90 exhibitors will be displaying and selling decoys and waterfowl artifacts at Harkers Island Elementary School in Harkers Island. The decoy competition consists of both decorative and nondecorative (floating) contemporary carvings. Details: 252-838-8818, decoyguild.com. ƒ


Making Waves Boating Access ‘Ramping Up’ on Crystal Coast While there may be few pastimes as pleasant as sitting in a vessel

county, with the help of the state, funded a complete renovation

of

the

site,

on the tranquil waters surrounding Carteret County’s Crystal Coast, the

reopening it to the public in April 2009. Previously it had just one

act of getting the boat into the water can at times be maddening. On

boat ramp and too few parking spaces. David Bullard, a boater from

a nice day, boaters have to form long lines at access sites. Once they

Beaufort, said the location was also difficult to get in and out of and

put their boat in, the search is on for a precious parking space that can

could at times be dangerous. “It was dilapidated,” Bullard said.

accommodate the vehicle and trailer. Sometimes they have to park half a mile away, other times they just give up.

The facility, constructed by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, now has two double ramps, quadrupling the number of vessels that can

Thankfully, the county and its municipalities have been hard at

get in or out of the water at the same time, as well as a canoe and

work to ensure water access for boaters keeps getting better, and with

kayak launch. It also has a renovated pier, a floating dock, renovated

a massive water access project underway in Emerald Isle, Carteret may

bathrooms, a picnic shelter with grills and parking for 32 vehicles with

soon be one of the best places to go boating in the state. The town

boat trailers and 12 single car spaces. In addition, the site is one of the

wants to build a facility with four boat ramps and parking for as many

most handicap-accessible available, with handicap parking, restrooms

as 120 vehicles with trailers, creating a total of 23 acres of soundfront

compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and a canoe launch

recreation property for public use. If all goes according to plan, the

that can be accessed via wheelchair.

facility, which will be located directly adjacent to Chapel by the Sea near

Those improvements have been embraced by the boating

mile marker 18 on N.C. 58, should open toward the end of 2010. The

community. “You’re not waiting on people anymore,” said Bullard, as

town will add amenities over time, including a picnic shelter, a pier and

he lowered his vessel, the Sea Boss, into the water, hoping to catch

a walking trail and possibly even a ball field. “Our plan is to make it a

some spot or puppy drum.

comprehensive soundfront park,” said Frank Rush, town manager of Emerald Isle.

“I haven’t heard one piece of negative feedback since we opened,” added Jack Veit, Carteret’s assistant county manager.

The town so far has raised $3.2 million of the necessary $4.25

These are just two of several projects in Carteret aimed at improving

million to complete the project and has already purchased the majority

access along the county’s coast. The county also recently purchased

of land. Rush said he is hoping to receive more grants from the state in

property in Cedar Point to add another 45 spaces for vehicles and

the next year. Once the town acquires the land, it will hand it over to

trailers adjacent to an existing ramp and Morehead City is adding

the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to construct and maintain the

parking to its access site on Radio Island.

facility. While this project is still some months off, boaters don’t have to

With the creation of projects such as these, boaters can now spend less time getting to the water and more time being on it.

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Give a person a fish, and they’ll eat for a day. Teach a person to fish, and they’ll develop an obsession with bait and hooks, reels and lines to last a lifetime. They’ll also have found a wonderful and unique way to enjoy the North Carolina coast—one that keeps thousands of people coming back year round. The best news is that all it takes to start down this path is a North Carolina Coastal Recreational Fishing License (CRFL) for any person 16 and older. Licenses can be purchased for a week, year, or lifetime for those who like the fishing so much they decide they can’t leave. For more information on how to obtain a license, visit ncwildlife.org. Once a license is in hand, the easiest way to get started is to get a fishing pole and wade out into the surf. Surf fishing is extremely popular on the Crystal Coast, and as varied as the anglers who ply the beaches. A variety of fish can be caught, depending on the tides and times. First time anglers can even take classes at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores to learn secrets of the cast. For those not interested in purchasing that lifetime license just

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yet, or not quite sure they want to start lining the brims of their hats with fish hooks, the Crystal Coast has pier fishing options that often include a blanket license. Pier-goers can fish for the day, while getting a unique view into (and above) the surf fishing world that one simply can’t get from up on the beach. One of the largest piers for fishing is the lighted pier at the Oceanana Family Resort Motel in Atlantic Beach. You don’t have to be a motel patron to join in the fishing frenzy, as the pier is open to the public. One of the last fishing piers on the Crystal Coast, Oceanana has everything a day-angler would want, including bait for sale, rod and reel rentals, a tackle and snack shop and a plethora of parking spaces. Down the Bogue Banks toward Emerald Isle is the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier. These 1,000 feet of pier are illuminated and have been a popular spot for anglers and beachgoers for many years. Rod rentals are available. Fishing passes are available for bottom and king mackerel fishing, along with three-day and season passes. If you aren’t fishing, parking in the large lot is free weekdays and $5 on Saturdays and Sundays. Access to the beach is available from the lot, down a wooden flight of steps. Bathrooms, a fish-cleaning station, tackle, bait and a snack bar are on the premises. To really have the chance to catch those trophy fish, and to get the opportunity to participate in a grand contest of will and fishing skills versus piscine might, it will be time to take Jason & Par

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the boat out, or, for most of us without a boat (or a friend with a boat) there are dozens of charters to choose from. One of the most economical ways to get the experience of a charter boat without deep pockets is to book a ticket on a “head boat.” Head boats are large vessels that can take as many as 50 anglers out into the Gulf Stream for a day’s worth of deep-sea fishing. The moniker comes from the fact

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that anglers pay “by the head,” or per person, for a trip. Anglers don’t hire the entire boat, as they would in a charter boat, and instead simply pay for a spot on the deck. The crew provides all the tackle (rods, reels and bait) while anglers are simply required to bring along their personal belongings, such as anything from a cooler of drinks and snacks to seasickness prevention, to weather gear and sun protection. Trips range from half to full day and cost anywhere from $65 for a half day to around $100 for regular bottom fishing, and more for trophy fishing. For more information on two of the largest head boats in the area, check out Captain Stacy Gulfstream Tours out of Atlantic Beach at captstacy.com, and the Carolina Princess out of Morehead City, at carolinaprincess.com.

makes chartering a much better deal. For incomplete groups,

For a more personalized experience, charter boats are the

captains may be able to combine separate smaller parties to reduce

way to attain the ultimate fishing adventure. Charters are smaller

costs. Nearshore fishing for half days can sometimes further reduce

vessels, usually hired by a private party of four to six individuals

rates to around $500, an even easier split between a crew of six.

for either a half or whole day trip. A typical half-day excursion

Most head and charter boats operate year round, with less

sees anglers bottom fishing offshore for grouper, red snapper and

frequent trips in the dead of winter. One of the best ways to check

triggerfish. Whole day excursions mean deep-sea fishing—and

out the charter options in the area is to have a salty conversation

a trip about 40 miles offshore to the Gulf Stream. For anglers

with a captain or two on the waterfronts along Atlantic Beach,

who have set their sites on bagging tuna, wahoo, dolphin, marlin

Beaufort and Morehead City.

and sailfish, chartering out to the Gulf Stream is a must. A grand

Whether just out for a day on the pier, getting your feet wet in

caveat to charters is their expense: daily fees easily top $1,200

the surf or gaining sea legs on a head boat or charter, start angling

for a full party—and that’s not including the 20-percent tip for the

for those fish now, and you’ll end up with a lifetime of unbelievable

hardworking crew. However, splitting the cost between six anglers

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