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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR AREA
Weather: Duck-Sunny, 32 degrees
Corolla-Sunny, 32 degrees
Fishing report for Sunday, March 29, 2015: Clear, sunny and cold. No one is fishing. Water temp 43 degrees. Wind has dropped drastically from low 40s overnight to 10 to 12 mph. Low tide 10:35 a.m. High tide 4:29p.m.
With passage blocked, Coast Guard closes Oregon Inlet–Oregon Inlet is closed to vessels drawing more than 2 feet, essentially shutting down the charter fishing fleet with four days left in the bluefin tuna season and as Easter week approaches. Petty Officer Kathryn Bruner with the Coast Guard in Wilmington said Saturday that the closing was prompted by the latest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers survey, which showed that search-and-rescue vessels can no longer get out of the inlet. Emergencies will be handled by helicopters out of the Coast Guard’s air station in Elizabeth City, she said.
EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA-The Dare County Parks and Recreation 17th Annual Easter EGGstravaganza will be held Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Family Recreation Park in Kill Devil Hills from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM This free family-friendly event features a wide variety of activities for children 10 and under including three separate age groups hunting for over 5,000 eggs. Additional family activities include egg & spoon races, sack races, bean bag toss, pin the tail on the bunny, sidewalk decorating and more! The Easter Bunny will be on site and available for photos from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM Easter egg dashes will begin at 3:00 PM on the ball field with staggered start times for age groups. Age Groups – 0-3 years old – 4-6 years old – 7-10 years old In the event of inclement weather, all activities will take place inside the Youth Center at Family Recreation Park.
2nd Annual Duck Merchants Association Easter Egg Hunt–Join us for the 2nd Annual Duck Merchants Association Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt takes place in and around various fine stores Saturday April, 4th from 10am – 5pm. Work your away thru our wonderful town to collect eggs filled with candies, treats and coupons from our Duck Merchants.
The Hoppin’ 5k Fun Run and Dare County Parks and Recreation Egg Hunt–Dare County Parks and Recreation Egg hunt will have over 5,000 eggs and there will be prize eggs for each age group. Order of activities 5K race 8 AM, Fun Run 9 AM, Egg Hunt 10 AM. Join us for any or all activities at the COA Ball field. For more information Contact Sissy at 475-5907.
Fly into Spring & Easter Egggtravaganza–Kitty Hawk Kites will be kicking off the 2015 season with the annual “Fly into Spring & Easter Eggstravaganza!” Join the Kitty Hawk Kites crew April 3rd and 4th at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing for a day of springtime fun. The Kite Festival will take place Friday & Saturday from 10am-4pm at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Enjoy fresh spring air, high flying kites, and an all around good time on the dunes. The EGGstravaganza will take place at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing, right across the street from the dunes. On Friday and Saturday there will be Easter Egg Hunts throughout Jockey’s Ridge Crossing starting at 11AM. Hunts will be broken down by age groups: 3 & under, 4-6, and 7-12. Keep an eye out for the Golden and Silver Eggs! Parents: Please remember to bring an Easter Basket for your child’s goodies. Stick around to get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny from 12:00–1:00pm. Bring your camera!
The Elizabethan Gardens Easter Eggtravaganza–Come spring over to the annual Easter Eggstravaganza. This event has become an Outer Banks spring tradition held in the midst of the beautiful spring blooms featuring an egg scavenger hunt, photo opportunities, a homemade bake sale, egg roll on the Great Lawn, story time, educational crafts, games, an Easter bonnet and hat contest, and more kid-geared fun.
Serving Easter Brunch-
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR AREA
Weather: Duck-Cloudy, 41 degrees
Corolla-Mostly Cloudy, 40 degrees
Dare to pursue quarter percent sales tax for inlet dredging—As the crisis at Oregon Inlet persists with the approach of another tourist season, Dare County commissioners passed a resolution Friday to ask the General Assembly to authorize a 1/4 percent local sales tax to help pay for dredging. Unlike previous authorizations, the request, if introduced and approved by legislators, would not require a referendum.
Down goes the Beacon Motor Lodge: Inn was sold to Va. Firm–Another piece of the Outer Banks that hearkened back to a bygone era started coming down this week, with the demolition of the Beacon Motor Lodge at mile post 11 in Nags Head. The white-and-blue motel was built in 1969 and had 50 rooms, many of which opened onto 450 feet of oceanfront, but it has been closed since the end of the 2013 season. Since we ran a story in December on a Virginia Beach firm purchasing the motel and adjacent property, crews had been slowly hauling away some of the fixtures and other items from inside the rooms. Earlier this month, all the windows were taken out. An excavator began tearing down the structure Wednesday. Often referred to as a dying breed on the Outer Banks, hotels and motels with familiar names like the Carolinian, Cabana East and the Vivianna have vanished from the oceanfront landscape.
Endless winter set for one last March blast this weekend—March will give us the cold shoulder this weekend before stepping aside for a week that might actually feel like spring. It will almost be cold enough for snow Saturday morning, but the National Weather Service says that’s highly unlikely. A cold front pushing toward the coast will mean a chance of thunderstorms on and off this afternoon with more rain overnight.
The Dare County High Schools Annual Art Show will open in the Art Gallery at Roanoke Island Festival Park on Sunday, March 29, with an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m.
Don’t forget: Owners Day is April 4th from 10-12
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR AREA
WEATHER: Duck-Clear, 60 degrees
Corolla-Clear, 65 degrees
Happy St. Patrick’s Day
U.S. Geological Survey checking into Monday’s rumblings–The federal agency that keeps track of earthquakes wants to hear from coastal residents about two rumbles that shook houses Monday from the Outer Banks to Virginia Beach. Unlike the occasional booms heard and felt along the Outer Banks from time to time, Monday’s rumbles lasted as long 20 seconds. The first occurred at 4:24 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and the second at 6:24 p.m. When the 5.8-magnitude earthquake in Virginia shook our region in August of 2011, it was reported within minutes by the USGS.
The Dare County Parks and Recreation 17th Annual Easter EGGstravaganza will be held Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Family Recreation Park in Kill Devil Hills from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM This free family-friendly event features a wide variety of activities for children 10 and under including three separate age groups hunting for over 5,000 eggs. Additional family activities include egg & spoon races, sack races, bean bag toss, pin the tail on the bunny, sidewalk decorating and more! The Easter Bunny will be on site and available for photos from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
This beautiful Egret was spotted on the Duck Soundside Boardwalk yesterday. Slightly smaller and more svelte than a Great Blue Heron, these are still large birds with impressive wingspans. They hunt in classic heron fashion, standing immobile or wading through wetlands to capture fish with a deadly jab of their yellow bill. Great Egrets were hunted nearly to extinction for their plumes in the late nineteenth century, sparking conservation movements and some of the first laws to protect birds.
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR AREA?
Weather: Duck-scattered clouds, 53 degrees
Corolla–mostly cloudy, 53 degrees
Regional effort launched to restore the Little River–A partnership of local and regional groups has been formed to launch an effort to restore the Little River watershed in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties. The Albemarle Resource Conservation and Development Council, The Albemarle Commission, Albemarle Soil and Water Conservation District, Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City Bass Masters, and other community groups are working together to restore the watershed and about eight miles of impaired river. (OBvoice)
The annual OBX Success Career and Job Fair will be held Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza in Kill Devil Hills, sponsored by the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce and the Northeastern Workforce Development Board. There is no admission charge for participants to attend the job and career fair. Bring your resumes and talk with area employers about full-time, part-time and seasonal positions available on the Outer Banks. In addition, free workshops presented by the chamber and the N.C. Works Career Center are being held Tuesday, March 10 to prepare job seekers for the fair. (OBvoice)
In November 2013, Adam Grigas passed away at the young age of 33. Adam was a longtime resident of Corolla, NC and was the self-proclaimed “welcoming committee” to all who visited. In addition to working at The Currituck Club and in numerous restaurants over the years, he was also the owner of two businesses – Corolla Trolley & Corolla Chair Company. Adam enjoyed playing golf in his free time and frequently played the game barefoot. It is for this reason we honor him by hosting the second annual “Adam Grigas Barefoot Classic”.
Join us Monday March 30th, 2015 for a golf scramble and raffle honoring the memory of Adam Grigas and benefitting the Adam Grigas Memorial Scholarship Fund.
4 person, 18 Hole Scramble
1 stroke deduction per player playing all 18 holes barefoot (in honor of Adam’s favorite way to play!) 10 AM Shotgun Start (Registration begins at 9 AM)
$80 per player (Includes range balls, prizes, event t-shirt, gift and admission to the Raffle & Awards reception including food & beverage)
To Signup – Call the Proshop at 253-453-9400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your 4 person team
Wedding Showcase 2015-Sanderling Resort-Duck Saturday, March 14th 2015 11:00am – 4:00pm
Running of the Leprechaun 10K-Kelly’s Outer Banks
Restaurant & Tavern-Nags Head
Saturday, March 14th 2015 11:30am
St. Patrick’s Day Parade-Kelly’s Outer Banks
Restuarant & Tavern-Nags Head
Sunday, March 15th 2015 11:30am