Saturday, February 17, 2007

Community Spirit

Today at noon the local chapter of the Ocracoke Masonic Lodge held a benefit pig pickin' at their new cook shack. The members had secured three pigs, and served the barbecue with baked beans and coleslaw, as well as rolls and soft drinks. The ladys of the island Needle and Thread Guild (the "Quilters") baked brownies, cookies, cup cakes, & cheese cake to go along with the hot meal.

All this was to raise money for the family of Brad Gaskins, a local young man who died unexpectedly several weeks ago in his mid-30s. The Masons donated their time and the ingredients. And the meals were offered for a "donation" of any size. All proceeds will go to Brad's family.

I guess this is just what folks do in a small, tight-knit community. We look after one another. Thanks to all the volunteers who contributed so much for our neighbors.

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter chronicles the story of commercial fishing on Ocracoke, and tells of the efforts of the Ocracoke Working Watermen's Association to save the island's last remaining fish house. Click here to read the entire newsletter....and learn how to make a donation.

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