Thursday, December 17, 2009

Island & Outer Banks News

Tonight is the Ocracoke School Christmas program. It begins at 7 pm in the school gym. This is always a delightful way to spend a winter evening. Come on out and join the fun.

In other news...
  • The US Coast Guard continues to aid those in distress along the Outer Banks. On Monday, when ferry operations were suspended due to fog, two patients (one with a fractured hip, and one with abdominal pains) were transported across Hatteras inlet in the Coast Guard's motor lifeboat. You can read more here.
  • The National Park Service has recently acquired two more Outer Banks ponies to help maintain the genetic strain in the Ocracoke pony herd. You can read more here.
  • Today is the 119th anniversary of the wreck of the schooner Blanche. Cousin Blanche, who was born 29 years after the wreck, says older folks would sometimes good-naturedly tease her by telling her she was log wood (the schooner's cargo).
  • On this date in 1903 Orville and Wilbur Wright made the world's first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight at Kitty Hawk, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter discusses place names on Ocracoke. You can read it here:

For many years Village Craftsmen has featured solid bronze bells in our collection of fine American hand crafts. Click on the photo below to see ship's bells, dinner bells, wind bells, and door bells.

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