On Saturday morning a host of islanders gathered in front of the Methodist Church with rakes, wheelbarrows, and chain saws. The ministers of the Methodist & Assembly of God churches had organized a crew of workers for the elderly and others who were unable to manage a clean up themselves.
We cut up branches & downed trees, raked leaves & twigs, and mowed lawns. We also cleaned up several cemeteries that were littered with branches and leaves.
Afterwards we gathered in the Methodist church rec. hall for soup, sandwiches, and drinks.
Many thanks to Laura & Ivey...and all the folks who gave of their time to help their neighbors and community!
Right now I don't know of any pressing needs that Ocracoke residents have. So many other places on the Outer Banks...and farther north...need assistance. Of course Ocracoke, like elsewhere, will be feeling the effects of lost business soon enough. We hope to have electric power restored before too long. When that happens we should be able to recover some of the business we would have had if it hadn't been for Irene. I will keep you posted.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a history of the marine hospital on Portsmouth Island. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082111.htm.