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"This Is Core Sound"  
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"A Working Decoy"
~~ by Heber Guthrie  Full story
"The Education of an Island Boy" by Joel Hancock     Read the blog!

Benefits of the Scenic Byway!
First the North Carolina Outer Banks Scenic Byway, and then the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, this route holds two designations that make Down East, Ocracoke, and Hatteras Island very proud.  Continue reading.....

"The Shoes"  
by Billy Merkley -  Read More 

Down East Tid Bits
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What is Down East?
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Two Down East locals have been providing Facebook folks with some great shots of our area!  It cannot go without saying they have done an excellent job!  So - our next artists of the month - more than worthy of the recognition - are:  Rosie Griffin and Cathy Rose!!  Congratulations!  To see some of their work, click this link!
The Outer Banks Heritage Trails  and the Down East Kayak Paddle Trails map can now be found in visitors centers and businesses througout Carteret County, Ocracoke and Hatteras. Information about the brochure can be found here.
The Down East Paddle Trail Map is also available. This map provides 16 different  paddle trails in the Down East area.  You can catch a glimpse of this map by going to this link. 

"Where Monkeys Abound"  
by Chris Hunter -  Read More  
Life Enrichment Classes
Carteret Community College

From ballroom dancing to yoga, CCC offers these classes at very reasonable prices!  Check out the latest offerings here.
Down East Library
The Down East Library is asking each of us to fill out a Community Survey - It'll help the library determine what they can do to make our little library serve us better!  YOU CAN ALSO DO THE SURVEY ONLINE! Go to and click on the "We Need You" poster. It'll take you to the survey. Fill it out right there! You'll be helping the library become bigger and better! Thanks!

Down East Council now has a dedicated page on our website.  We will be posting minutes from their meetings, any upcoming events, as well as highlighting projects that are underway.  Check out their page here or on the menu bar on the left!  The page is currently being updated, so keep checking back!
September Horse Sense tours was thoroughly enjoyed by those that attended!   One highlight was watching the youngest filly ford tidal creeks and race around the marsh. The October and November tours have space available. Call 252-728-2250 for more information. SPACE IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE NOVEMBER TOUR!
Horse Sense Tours!
Cape Lookout Seashore
General Election Information
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The general election for 2014 will be held Tuesday, November 4.  Now is the time to familiarize yourself with the candidates, the NC Constitutional Amendment and the Carteret County Sales and Use Tax question. 

Go to this link to find out more about election rules. 

And especially for Down East residents - One Stop Voting (EARLY VOTING) will be held at the Davis Fire Department beginning Thursday, October 23. 

Voting is your right! 


Down East Council is sponsoring an art competition for a new “Welcome to Down East” sign with a $200 award to the artwork selected provided by Styron Insurance and Budsin Wood Craft. The DEC will select the winner during the November meeting. The artwork request is for a concept sketch that will be developed by a sign company for a final product. Submissions are due October 31 and can be submitted via email to: Submissions can also be given to Lillie Chadwick Miller at Chadwick Bros. Marine / Down East Kayaks in Straits. Questions can also be directed to Lillie by calling 252-728-4566.
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Prepare for a cold winter - says the woolly worm!
The legend of the Woolly Worm - believe it or not it does seem to be proven correct lots of the time! 

People who believe woolly worms can predict the weather think that a narrow red-brown band means a harsh winter. The wider the red-brown band is, the milder the coming winter is supposed to be.  A woolly worm which is mostly black..... well they call that SEVERE winter weather! 

I found this "mostly black" woolly worm this week - - - let's see how accurate this little guy is in predicting weather this year.  We'll revisit this issue come February!  And.....I love snow!!!
Learn about commercial fishing while you get a taste of the best from our coast at the North Carolina Catch "fish house" booth at this year’s State Fair from Oct 16 to 26 at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Information here   Read more about NC Catch groups in North Carolina here
Carteret County residents can now get assistance for getting their dogs spayed or neutered
If you would like to get your dog or cat spayed or neutered and need financial assistance, check out the county link to see how they can help.  Go here to read more.
4th Annual
International Film Series

To read more information about the films that will be presented, read here
All proceeds go to support CCC students & programs.

The Carteret Local Foods Network will be hosting a meeting to garner support for and interest in local foods.  Should you get involved?  Absolutely!   To find out information, please read more here.
Community Happenings!
Be sure to visit the "Community Happenings" link!  There are fund raiser benefits, craft bazaar's, blood drive and other events happening Down East!
Coastal Voices
Coastal Voices - the next radio broadcast from Coastal Voices is coming up October 21.  Click on the "Coastal Voices" link to the left to learn more about the project!