Thursday, November 18, 2010

AT&T Update

Here is the latest news from the street re. AT&T: A neighbor spoke with one of the AT&T workers. He says they still need to bring various pieces of equipment down to the island for installation. He thinks it will be February before AT&T service will be available on Ocracoke.

Just remember -- all cell phones have "Off" buttons. The off buttons work exceptionally well on the beach, while taking a moonlit stroll, chatting with friends, and inside stores and restaurants.


Click on the photo below to view our selection of blown glass holiday ornaments in Village Craftsmen's online catalog.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an article, with a number of photos, documenting the history of water cisterns on Ocracoke Island. Click on the following link to go directly there:


  1. Anonymous11:08 AM

    unless management bans personal texting at the office for personal matters productivity will continue to suffer.

  2. Anonymous2:43 PM

    Philip, a bit of historical trivia here. As you know the anniversary of the death of Blackbeard is upon us. He was killed by Lt. Robert Maynard November 22 1718. However the English speaking world at that time was using the Julian calendar. September 2,1752 we changed to the Gregorian Calendar which made September 2 turn to September 14. So if you are looking for the actual anniversary of Blackbeard's death you must go to December 3. See

  3. Re. the date of Blackbeard's death: Anonymous is absolutely correct. When Blackbeard was killed England and her colonies were using the old Julian calendar. In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII proclaimed a new, more accurate, calendar. It has come to be known as the Gregorian calendar. However, Protestant countries, including Great Britain and her colonies, resisted the change because they refused to bow to the Pope's authority. As a result they didn't adopt the new calendar until 1752 (the calendar and the seasons were slowly drifting apart, and the change was inevitable...given enough time Christmas would fall in the summer on the Julian calendar). For many years, including the present, some individuals...and communities on the Outer Banks (specifcally Rodanthe) still celebrate "Old Christmas" (as do Eastern Orthodox churches around the world) on January 6. For more fascinating history of the calendar see the excellent book "Calendar: Humanity's Epic Struggle to Determine a True and Accurate Year" by David Duncan.

    Now, about celebrating Blackbeard's demise: I'm still going to recognize November 22. It take too much effort to explain the details about the calendar every year!

  4. Anonymous9:11 PM

    Sounds a bit bloodthirsty to CELEBRATE his killing--couldn't we just commemorate it?

  5. I agree...let's commemorate Blackbeard's final battle at Ocracoke, not celebrate it (though I'm sure many folks of the time celebrated it).

  6. Anonymous9:15 AM

    Just wondering if there's any more news regarding AT & T coverage on the island???

  7. No one I've spoken to knows what is going on with AT&T. That, of course, is because none of us islanders has an AT&T contract...because we've never been able to get AT&T service. As soon as I find out something I'll let our readers know.

  8. Anonymous12:13 AM

    ATT now works on ocracoke island. I just signed up for service today! They do not have a local number available yet but as far as coverage goes there is full bars of 3g.