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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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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 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!

The Council will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 2 at the Gloucester Community Center beginning at 7:00 pm  All Down East residents are encouraged to attend!
Photography Club

The new Photography Club will be meeting again March 17 at the Core Sound Museum on Harkers Island at 7:00 pm. (Cancelled the February meeting due to inclement weather). If you love photography and would like to learn more, join them!! 

To read more about the club and how to join, Down East Community News has a page dedicated to the group!  Read more here.

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.
"A Stretch Called Down East"
TRAVELS WITH RIGBY is a website devoted to writing about travel, food and music - and, of course, the dog!   So we found this article about Down East and was very excited to see this story about one of our own - Brother Gaskill!  Read the article here

They also give get tips on traveling with a dog! Not to mention the info on food and travel destinations!
So God Made a Fisherman
"So God Made a Fisherman" is a video tribute to commercial fishermen created by Joel Hancock and Cathy Rose.

"In 1978, as American farmers struggled to survive in a changing economy, Paul Harvey’s “So God Made a Farmer” became part of the American consciousness. Now, as Core Sound watermen are engaged in a similar struggle, Cathy Rose and I have prepared a tribute to our family and friends who strive to make a living “in the water.”

So God made a Fisherman!      Joel Hancock

View the video here.


Running Free: The Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks
2015 CSWM&HC Photography Competition & Exhibition

The Photography Exhibition is now on display at Core Sound Museum on Harkers Island.  Make sure you visit the museum to see all the great photos. 
50 Home Based Businesses for
Start Up Entrepreneurs
If you are interested in learning more about home-based busineses, Carteret Community College is offering classes that will help you in this area.  See more here.

New Appointee to
Marine Fisheries Commission
Alison Willis appointed to the NC Marine Fisheries Commission in the commercial fishermen seat vacated by Paul Rose yesterday. Alison lives and works on Harkers Island. She is manager of Mr. Big Seafood and Core Sound Seafood.
Copyright © 2011 North Carolina Fisheries Association. All Rights Reserved.

February - March
Artists of the Month!
Down East Community News announces the latest Artists of the Month!!  Heidi and Billy Merkley!!!   Information about them and examples of their work will be displayed soon!  See their work here!
Core Sound Run
Core Sound's first ever CORE SOUND RUN with 10K, 5K and One Mile Fun Run. Prizes, gifts and a beautiful place to run, walk and enjoy the first full day of spring! 
Saturday, March 21 at 9:00am - 12:00pm
Registration will be on RUN THE EAST website.    (posted January 24, 2015)

Remember when?
We're adding a new section to our site -- called "Remember When?"  We'll be starting with some old tales from Heber Guthrie.  Go here to read some of these great tales!

So - with that - we know there are many great stories out there Send us your stories, and pictures if you have them, and we'll add them to the page!  What a great way to share our history and heritage!