April 30, 2011
The viewing will be on May 7th at the Carolina Beach State Park and will run from 8 to 10 p.m. There will be telescopes set up and available for public use and will have running commentary on all things astronomical.
Meet at the visitors center and bring your insect repellent.
April 29, 2011
Von Cannon is a member of the National Honor Society and the BETA Club. She is a nationally recognized and regionally-ranked competitive surfer. In addition, she served as captain of her swim team, is a Young Life leader and is a member of her community ocean rescue team.
Hays is a member of the National Honor Society, the Interact Club, Young Life and the Wildlife Club. He is the editor of his school's newspaper and has won numerous writing competitions. In addition, Hays has volunteered with organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
The Lewis-Wiley Scholarship is awarded annually to two incoming freshmen who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement, leadership and moral force of character.
The [Lewis-Wiley] scholarships are based on merit without regard to financial need.
In addition to scholastic achievement, aptitude and involvement in extracurricular activities, participation in competitive sports and evidence of leadership qualities are considered important factors in the selection process.
The Lewis-Wiley Scholarship was established by the Flagler Foundation to honor the late Mr. Lawrence Lewis, Jr., and the late Mrs. James L. Wiley.
The Lewis Wiley families provide the major funding for the scholarship and the College draws from institutional funds, and for Florida residents, the Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG), so that each Lewis-Wiley Scholar receives full tuition for four years.
Von Cannon is currently attending Eugene Ashley High School in Wilmington, N.C. Hays is currently attending St. Johns Country Day School in Jacksonville, Florida, and plans on majoring in sport management.
Flagler College is an independent, four-year, comprehensive baccalaureate college located in St. Augustine, Fla. The college offers 25 majors, 29 minors and two pre-professional programs, the largest majors being business, education and communication. Small by intent, Flagler College has an enrollment of about 2,500 students, as well as a satellite campus at Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee, Fla. U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review regularly feature Flagler as a college that offers quality education at a relatively low cost; tuition is $21,450, including room and board. A relatively young institution (founded in 1968), Flagler College is also noted for the historic beauty of its campus. The main building is Ponce de Leon Hall, built in 1887 as a luxury resort by Henry Flagler, who co-founded the Standard Oil Company with John D. Rockefeller. For more on Flagler College, visit www.flagler.edu.
April 22, 2011
The first photo is from the February 13, 2010 snowfall which impacted the east coast of NC. In that storm, Carolina Beach saw three inches, Wrightsville Beach four inches and up to five inches fell in Wilmington. Here are the blog posts with photos from that storm: 1, 2, 3, and 4.
With miles of sandy beaches and generally good weather, coastal North Carolina isn’t a place you would usually expect to find snow. But the view from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on February 14, 2010, shows snow extending to the Outer Banks. The sandy islands, normally pale tan, are bright white in this image. Harkers Island received 8.8 inches of snow, reported CNN. The snow fell in a winter storm that moved across the southern United States from Texas to the Atlantic Coast on February 12-13.
Lunar eclipse from 2003 seen in time lapse images over North Carolina. As the Earth moves between the Moon and the Sun, the Earth's shadow fell on the moon, making it quite dark. In the above picture the Earth's rotation, multiple exposures, and digital enhancements are used to create a time-lapse effect that dramatizes how the Moon looked as it faded out and re-appeared during the three hour lunar eclipse. As the Earth's shadow engulfed the Moon, the lunar images became less and less bright, practically disappearing during totality. At this time, the Moon, which normally shines by reflecting direct sunlight, shone only by sunlight refracted through the Earth's atmosphere.
For more information: http://www.nasa.gov
April 21, 2011
Session 1: Thursday April 28, 2011 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Speaker: April Alford, Researcher & Hope Sutton, Stewardship Coordinator
Topics: Natural history and ecology of Sea Turtles & Diamondback Terrapins. Monitoring and protection efforts at the Masonboro Island Reserve with a focus on how you can get involved with these efforts.
Session 2: Thursday May 5, 2011 from 6:00pm to 7:30 pm
Speaker: Ginger Winder, Research Fellow & Hope Sutton, Stewardship Coordinator
Topics: Research on sparrow populations utilizing the Reserve. Natural history and ecology of marsh and shore birds. Monitoring efforts at the Masonboro Island Reserve and how you can get involved.
UNCW Center for Marine Science
5600 Marvin Moss Lane
April 20, 2011
April 19, 2011
In an area rich with natural resources, undeveloped Masonboro Island stands out as a gem. The barrier island between Wrightsville and Carolina beaches is a nature reserve and also a popular destination for beachgoers.
Unlike our beach towns and the popular north end of Carolina Beach, there is no regular supervision on the fragile barrier island, which is a sea turtle nesting area, important marine nursery and wildlife haven.
Unfortunately, another sort of “wildlife” has put its mark on the island at times...
Read the complete editorial here
Arial Masonboro Island photo credit
April 19, 2011
Will and Mike departed Key West, Florida on March 1, 2011 and are currently in Charleston, SC. Judging from posts on Facebook, their time in Charleston has been welcome break for the two.
To date, they have had to do battle with severe weather which brought cloud to ground (water) lightening strikes, swarming bugs, grumpy manatees and most recently in Georgia, a curious wild boar. But these minor obstacles have not dampened their spirits as they continue to celebrate all that is exciting about their trip and the wonderful people they are meeting along the way.
As for our area, the two are hoping to be at the Carolina Cup being held on April 30th at Wrightsville Beach.
Here are some links to follow the duos trip:
•SPOT tracking site: SPOT tracking site.
April 17, 2011
This morning on our Facebook page, we posted an eBay auction link selling a Civil War piece from the battle at Fort Fisher. The listed object was described as being an "Armstrong cannon friction primer box from Fort Fisher" and was dated as either 1864 or 1865.
The following is the item description as listed on eBay:
This is one of the rarest artillery accessory, a British Armstrong tin friction primer box that was made by the Sir William Armstrong Cannon Foundry & imported into the Confederacy.
It was used by the 1st. Battalion, North Carolina Heavy Artillery on the giant 150 pounder Armstrong cannon at Fort Fisher, North Carolina.
The box is made of heavy stamped tin, 1 7/8” tall (with top & bottom closed, 2 ¾” open x 2 3/8” x 2”. Inside is a pair of 4 loops to hold 8 Armstrong friction primers, 1 set of 4 on top & the other 4 from the bottom. It is in good condition & shows a lot of hard use with both the top & bottom opened from when the primers were used on the cannon during both the 1st. & 2nd Battles of the Fort Fisher on December 23 through December 27, 1864 & January 13 through January 15, 1865.
There were a very limited number of Armstrong cannons imported in the Union blockade during the Civil War. & anything for an Armstrong cannon is considered very rare here in America & are seldom seen at Civil War shows!
Shortly after we posted the eBay auction link, Alan responded that he had purchased the item and would be returning it to Fort Fisher if it was truly authentic.
Following some correspondence with the seller, Alan learned that the primer box was most likely truly as described. The seller informed him that his 3rd generation Great Grandfather, Lt. Richared F. Armstong, CSN, had acquired the primer box while fighting in the second battle of Fort Fisher.
So it now appears that the piece will most likely be authenticated and Alan will be passing it on to the Fort Fisher visitor center for their public exhibit.
Alan, who is the Associate Director of Sports and Recreation for the Paralyzed Veterans of America, states that he has always loved studying military history and that when he saw the item listed on eBay, he felt compelled to act because it belonged back at Fort Fisher.
Although Alan is new resident on the Island, he is really demonstrating the wonderful community minded spirit that makes me proud to be a resident of Carolina Beach. I'm sure we all extend a heart felt thank you to Alan and I someday look forward to viewing his primer box at the Fort Fisher visitor center.
After you watch this video you'll understand why so many of us love living on Pleasure Island. The Island community spirit is as good as it gets anywhere in the Wilmington area and between Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, we consistently have cool and fun events being held throughout the year. There's a definite reason why our full time Island population continues to grow...people are getting hip to our little secret ;-) Enjoy!!
PS: Congrats to Havana's for winning the People's Choice Award and to the Lazy Pirate for taking home the Judge's Choice high honor.
April 16, 2011
It looks like this years event is setting an attendance record as well. Although the good people at the Chamber of Commerce did not have exact numbers, they did say that this year's event has broke all previous records. And what an event it was--$5 for delicious local chowder...what more could someone want?
This years contestants were: Courtyard by Marriott, Havana’s, Lazy Pirate, O’Charley’s, Surfhouse, Tangerine’s, 17th Street Deli and the Treehouse Bistro. They all had some very good chowder but some were definitely better than others.
I have to say that out off all of the ones I tasted (unfortunately, some had run out), the Treehouse's Crab and Roasted Red Pepper Bisque was my favorite. And although it may not have have been a true chowder, it got my vote because it was absolutely fantastic. As someone who grew up spending many a summer easting blue crabs on the eastern shore of Maryland, their crab bisque was like taking a walk back in time. hmm, hmm, oh so good.
I would be remiss if I didn't extend accolades to the Courtyard Marriott as well. Their chowder was excellent and they most certainly have a chance for the gold. I was also told by quite a few people that one of the chowders I didn't get a chance to taste was also a strong gold run contender. So with that, we'll just have to wait for the 5:00 hour to see the final vote (voting cuts of at 4:00pm). Good luck to everyone.
April 15, 2011
If you recall from last June, we posted a UFO account that had been filed with MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) about a UFO sighting at Wrightsville Beach. In short, a group of nine people at a house near the Carolina Yacht Club in WB reported seeing a an erratically moving reddish orange light that eventually split into nine separate orbs and subsequently disappeared. Shortly afterwards, they reported seeing military helicopters and fighter jets in the area.
Well fast forward to this month, and a new witness to the same sighting has stepped forward and filed a report with MUFON. This witness reports that they were running on the beach near a Wrightsville Beach pier (doesn't specify which one) when they spotted a "triangler object rise out of the ocean maybe 150-200 feet away from my spot on the beach." The individual states that it was a solid object and that it hovered about 50 feet above the water for approximately 10 to 15 seconds. The object then "shot off horizontally, then upwards from a dead-stand-still to incredible speeds with no sounds or engine thrust."
A short period time later, the lights returned for a brief period and then disappeared. The reporting person states that within 10 minutes, fighter jets arrived in the area and he/she could hear at least one helicopter.
The reporting person ends the report by stating "I know you have no reason to believe this almost a year later, but this is what I saw. I will never forget that night, and it was a very scary experience..."
You can read the full MUFON #28655 report here. This account makes the third report of this incident (first report MUFON Case #23924, second report #24031.)
April 13, 2011
By Shannan Bowen
...Gov. Beverly Perdue sent Carolina Beach officials a letter last week announcing $100,000 in financial assistance to pay off a parcel of property for the pier project, officially called the Ocean-to-Sound Access Park. The state grant is the second the town has received for property acquisition, bringing its total grant receipts to $250,000.
But that's just a fraction of what the town hopes to receive to pay for several tracts of land the town-created nonprofit CBP3 Inc. purchased for $4.3 million from the now-defunct Arcadius project...
Read the full Wilmington Star article here
April 12, 2011
By: Alex Moore
Kure Beach, NC- Visitors to the Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh have been pleasantly greeted by a six foot tall Megalodon shark jaw since September 2010. In a matter of weeks that jaw will be packed up and shipped south in preparation for the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s new exhibit Megaladon: Diving with North Carolina’s Ultimate Predator.
Similar to modern day sharks and rays, Megalodon was a cartilaginous fish. The only remaining scientific evidence from this extinct predator is teeth. Ranging in length from four to six inches, the teeth indicate that this animal was massive, approximately 50-60 feet.
The jaw will soon be displayed in a new interactive exhibit scheduled to open at the Aquarium in mid-June...
Full Story: Zoo and Aquarium Visitor
Summer is definitely closing in as we are beginning to see the start of many wonderful free events on the Island.
This Saturday, April 16th, 2011, is the start of the Jazz Under the Star Series which is held at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Gazebo from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.
So make sure to dust off your beach chairs and head down to the CB Boardwalk to hear some smooth jazz performed by various local and regional artists. It's guaranteed to be a good time!
For anyone on Facebook, make sure to LIKE the Boardwalk Makeover page so you can keep up with the latest Boardwalk happenings. You can also bookmark their webpage.
Elite Class includes: Single Sea Kayaks and Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP).
Recreational Class includes: Single & Tandem Kayaks, Canoe and SUP.
Both recreational and elite classes will accommodate varying skill levels
Festival and paddle launch will be at the Carolina Beach Marina behind Tangerine's Caribbean Grill on Carl Winner.
Race Day Registration: begins at 8:00 AM
Elite SUP Race Time: 9:00 AM
Elite Kayak Race Time: 10:45 AM
Recreation Race Time: 12:15 PM
Entrance fees for Paddling Competition(s) are:
•$40 Individual Recreational, ($50 day of)
•$70 Tandem Recreational, ($80 day of)
•$90 Elite Racers ($100 day of)
Fee includes: Panacea Paddle racing jersey (long sleeve rash guard) or Panacea Paddle t-shirt.
CASH PURSE for Elite Class. PRIZES for best costume, best team spirit and best outfitted boast for Recreational Class.
This event is open for all abilities. If you have a special physical need and are interested in participating in the race we will do our best to accommodate you. Panacea Adventures will have a fleet of SUP and kayaks available the day of the race, please note if you need an outfitted boat on the registration form below. Also, if you are interested in having a "Paddle Buddy" to help with any aspect of the race please make sure to request a "Paddle Buddy" on the same registration form.
If you are interested in volunteering the day of the Panacea Paddle (there are multiple volunteer opportunities the day of the event) please contact Blair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liability form will be signed day of event. Kayaks and paddle boards are available on a first come first serve basis. Early registration will help secure equipment if you need it. Any participant under the age of 14 is required to be accompanied by an adult. K-1 and surf boats are not allowed in the Elite Class Kayak Race.
For more information and registration: http://www.panaceaadventures.org/panaceapaddle
April 11, 2011
Sunday, May 1, 2011
12:45 PM Boarding at Carolina Beach Marina aboard Winner Cruise Queen
1:00 PM Departure from dock
5:00 PM Return to dock (approximate time)
Carolina Beach Marina
100 Carl Winner Avenue
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Cost: $35.00 Adults, $25.00 Children under 12
Join this annual cruise along the lower Cape Fear River and get a close-up look at amazing Audubon Bird Sanctuaries where hundreds of birds nest every spring and summer. This is a rare opportunity to see large flocks of nesting coastal birds in action. Bring your camera and binoculars as you'll have the chance to see nesting colonies of White Ibis, Great Egrets and Herons.
Guides on the cruise include Dr. James Parnell, retired Professor Emeritus of Biology from UNC-W and Walker Golder and Andy Wood with Audubon North Carolina.
Pack a picnic lunch if you would like. Soft drinks and water will be sold aboard ship.
You can buy tickets at Wild Bird & Garden, 3501 Oleander Dr., Hanover Center (910)343-6001 or you can mail a check, payable to "Cape Fear Garden Club" to:
Lower Cape Fear Cruise
c/o Melinda Stewart
5084 Edinboro Lane
Wilmington, NC 28409
For more information:
Email Melinda Stewart at JohnandmelindaS@aol.com
Note: Tickets are non-refundable. In case of a cancellation due to weather (although this has never happened), your check for the tickets will be considered a fully tax deductible contribution to Audubon of North Carolina. We do not schedule a rain date because viewing nesting birds requires a limited time frame.
April 10, 2011
The challenge rules are simple, eat 12 of their "Blazin" wings in under six minutes. The contender is not allowed to consume any liquids during the challenge and is not allowed to wipe their mouths or touch their face until all twelve wings are devoured. Simple enough if you don't mind skin numbing sauce smoldering on your lips for minutes at a time.
As the moment of 'do it' approached, an internal challenge within the group sprang up between Mayor Macon and Micheal Galeotti, band member with Enation and husband to Joy Galeotti from One Tree Hill. The two began strutting their gastronomical toughness as if they were NBC peacocks looking for love. It wasn't long before the two were were locked in a head to head gentleman's bet that they could each outdo the others finishing time. So, the challenge was laid, and it was time to get on with the chicken business at hand.
Michael, who had the advantage of youth and stomach firmness, was able to chow down on his poultry opposition with blinding speed and ultimately knock out the Mayor for the win. But true to his political fortitude, the Mayor stayed focus and completed the challenge with time to spare.
So, as both men shook hands and congratulated each other on completing such a fiery feat, they both had to bow down to the only woman in the group who beat them all with a finishing time of 3:22. But in the end, it didn't really matter who won as all five earned a "Blazin Challenge Survivor" t-shirt. Was it worth it? They won't be able to answer that question until later tomorrow morning.
April 8, 2011
Federal Point (located on the southern tip of the island):
(above) New single vehicle parking area.
(above) Brand new kayak launch area with walk down ramp
(above) Expanded parking for vehicles with trailers
Snow's Cut Access (Carolina Beach)
(above) Plenty of space to pull over and ready boat for launch
(above) Landscaping going up.
(above) New fishing pier along the Intracoastal waterway
(above) First class ramps
Carolina Beach State Park
(above)Plenty of boat/trailer parking with new single vehicle lot (not pictured)
(above) $6 boat launch fee at the State Park. This access has facilities and fuel.
(above) Renovated slips ready for boaters
The Federal Point Boating Access Area, off U.S. 421 in Kure Beach, has newly paved parking lots for both trailers and single vehicles, a boardwalk for beach access and concrete sidewalks. Last winter, during the first phase of the renovation, the site received new ramps, floating docks, a new concrete apron, filled basin and new bulkhead, breakwater and a retaining wall.
“These renovations will make access to Buzzard Bay easier and more convenient for boaters who come from across the state to this extremely popular spot,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “We are grateful for the partnerships with other agencies that allowed us to make these renovations to Federal Point.”
A large portion of phase one was funded from a Division of Coastal Management Grant. Phase two was funded through sales of the Coastal Recreational Fishing License. Additional costs were covered by motorboat registration receipts.
For more information on boating in North Carolina, including an interactive map of free, 24-hour boating access areas, visit Boating Maps/Locations.
April 7, 2011
The Boardwalk Makeover group is currently looking for volunteers for Boardwalk fix-up projects and for event staffing. So please, throw your hat in the ring and spend a couple of hours lending a hand for this most worthwhile ongoing project.
Currently, they have a work-day scheduled for April 16th at 9:00am. The work to be performed will be painting planters, benches, walkways, and doing all kinds of small projects.
The work is scheduled before the Chowder Cookoff and they will wrap before 1:00pm so everyone will be able to attend that fantastic island event. If you can't make it at 9:00am, just show up whenever you can. Any and all help is most appreciated.
For additional information, contact Dan Wilcox at email@example.com