Wednesday, June 05, 2013


This evening at 6:30 islanders will gather on the lawn of "Books to be Red" for a party in honor of our very own UPS man, Grant MacDonald, who retired last week after approximately 30 years of service.

Photo by Leslie Lanier

Grant spent the majority of his time delivering packages to Ocracoke. In the process he learned nearly everyone on the island, and became friends with most.

Grant's cheerful nature, easy smile, and buoyant spirit endeared him to business owners and residents alike.

As testimony to his long connection to Ocracoke he and his wife decided to spend their first post-retirement vacation on the island.

We are all looking forward to toasting Grant whose term of service will be remembered for many years to come.

Congratulations, Grant, and may your retirement be happy and fulfilling!

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is a tribute to a wonderful man who did much for Ocracoke Island, Marvin Wyche Howard (1897-1969). You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous6:31 AM

    your right about Grant. he has delivered packaged to our small business for years. we will miss him. GOOD LUCK GRANT.

    Side Bar: The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching will probably loose it's funding if the state has it's way. I have no problem with that. The building is now in fine shape. If the roof were black it would truly 'look' original. I would have much rather seen it be used as a state museum honoring NC's contribution in WWII. NEVER let it become another motel or conference center! right now the public can not even enter the building. For 66 years I have wanted to just stand in that tower and look at ocracoke - just once. North Carolina Center for the Advancement of much is really learned at a tax payer cost of $1800.00 per teacher per week? isn't this really just a tax supported retreat. Stop this drain on the state. The best thing about it is that it's a nice building. Thank you NC for restoring it. It can be put to better use.

  2. Anonymous7:24 AM

    Now that was a dream job for sure!

  3. Anonymous9:56 AM

    a couple of times a week up and down highway all kinds of weather and your truck, no one bothering you....nice...lucky guy, so is the guy/gal who take over his route.

    on the nccat comment......i kinda have to agree. i don't know anyone who has seen any changes in their kids lives. sorry let's see arounf $600,000 per year for what 6-7 years = around $4,000,000. That's a lot of good Charter Schools....and we all know they work.

    Amanda P.

  4. Anonymous10:38 AM

    30 years wow-- I bet he thought the internet was going to hurt his business--- I would like to hear his perspective on the economy as seen through the eyes of a package delivery person Did his route change, expand == hours change ? to distill his thoughts on the economy as the internet grew during his 30year career-- perhaps he could write a letter to the editor to comfort us or prepare us for the rocky road ahead! D. Downer

  5. Anonymous10:49 AM

    Advancement of Teaching well well well is that a contradiction of terms ? so many teachers are set in their ways. A recent issue of AARP speaks to job applicants having a positive web presence. How many teachers are teaching the ropes of how to have a positive web presence to land a job.???? But they are just kids they should not be on the internet. well they can go through the motions of a mock up web site on paper. your little spiral bound note book into which you cut and paste that is cut and paste with scissors and paste with glue this is the editorial aspect of what you decide to go on line with then the techie friend when you are in high school shopping for a college or is the college shopping for you on line.....wake up people the internet savvy person needs to be as good as the next internet savvy person. D.Downer

  6. Anonymous2:07 PM

    I am not a scientist BUT i'll bet if you did a survey or a state vote on whether to continue to fund the NCCAT #1 i'll bet ost of them probably would have no idea what it is and #2 once they found out about it they would probably say to stop funding a matter of fast find someway to get the money back. Keep the historic building but end the useless drain on out funds. It seems like everything else, if you are involved in it you are naturally for it. If you see no benefit from it and are left out of it....end it. Common sense.

  7. Debbie Leonard6:28 PM

    As a teacher, I always thought it was amazing that North Carolina was forward thinking enough to provide a program where teachers could go and be students for a week. We talk about "life long learning" but how many people are passionate about learning something new?

    NCCAT was a place where you could go, have someone treat you like a professional and someone who is valued for what you do and learn something new which may or may not directly impact your classroom but served to keep the teacher engaged and excited about learning. And that definitely did have an impact on the classroom.

  8. Anonymous7:04 AM

    Wow, sorry to see that the folks reading this blog are as ignorant as they seem to write....

  9. Anonymous11:40 AM

    it's just the educational level of type of person that comments here......i am included. it's just how people feel.

  10. Anonymous1:43 PM

    Anon 7:04 Dear Gentle Reader, it is not vital for you to read the comments. However, you are free to jump to conclusions. Will truth emerge out of competition of ideas in free, transparent public discourse in the comment section when a topic rears its ugly head-- certainly not if you have your way. This fodder generated today will no doubt serve as material for a PhD dissertation. Perhaps, a topic bandied about at the Professional Hair Dresser shop for that matter. Free to be You and Me. M. Thomas

  11. Anonymous6:45 AM

    I was referring to the comment about the UPS man...