- A reader recently asked about renovations and repairs to the lighthouse. I have seen some evidence of work being done at the lighthouse, but was off-island for more than a week, so I'm not up to date about the progress. Apparently the light is still on. I'm guessing the workers will turn it off only when they need to in order to do their work.
- Another reader asked about the Ocracoke Preservation Society auction. The annual membership meeting is Tuesday, November 10, and the auction will be conducted after the pot luck dinner and meeting. There are just a small number of items to be auctioned, and you can read about them here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/auction.doc.
- One reader asked about bike paths on the island. For the last couple of years we've had a narrow concrete "sidewalk" installed adjacent to the main road through the village, and bikes sometimes use that. However, in the summer months cars and trucks must share our roads with bikes, pedestrians, strollers, skate boards, motorcycles, and eighteen wheelers. As I write, the state of NC is building a wide bike path from the NPS campground to the village. A narrower extension to the road has already been laid down from the campground to the pony pen.
- One other reader asked about Loop Shack Hill. The hill, the site of the Navy's WWII radar tower, is on NPS property. Take NC Hwy 12 north, out of the village. Go just a short distance past Howard's Pub and a private house at the edge of the village. You will see a hill on the sound side of the road. If I'm not mistaken, there is speed limit sign there, by the road. Walk up the hill and you will find the base of the radar tower, overgrown with cedars. On the other side of the hill are the remnants of the concrete block communications buildings, rusted remains of other towers, etc. Keep two things in mind: 1.) This is NPS property, so please do not disturb artifacts, or remove any property (many of us hope that some day the Park Service will recognize this site as historically important), and 2.) The area is often covered with Prickly Pear Cactus. You have been warned!