Sea Turtle Hospital And it’s “déjà vu all over again.” No sooner did we send twelve of our kids out on their own than we had to turn around to wash, rinse and release another sixteen. So back to the beach we went last Wednesday with a caravan of big and small, long term and short term hospital graduates. We were incredibly appreciative that “Sunny” and “Remora”...

And they’re off - at least the first group of twelve of our thirty plus rehabilitated patients. At an early assembly of staff and invited guests Jean began the day with a short ceremony that included memories of volunteers we’ve lost in the past year, commemoration of D-Day (more on that in a bit) the awarding of the figurative hospital “key,” (our dress blue shirt) to new volunteers and finally...

PENDER COUNTY - The Wilmington Shark and Pender County Tourism is teaming up to host Pender County Night, July 28. All youth softball and baseball leagues will get free admission, including coaches. “I think we’ve hit a home run with Pender County Night at the Wilmington Sharks,” said Tammy Proctor, tourism director. “Anyone wishing to attend can purchase discounted tickets online for...

Sea Turtle Hospital News Those crazy Kemp’s are still going after our local pier pickings. They’re being snagged so quickly that we no sooner get one in, “de-hook” them and get them settled in a tank than we’re getting another phone call with one or more en-route. Veteran anglers pretty much know the drill by now, but if it’s your first close-up with a hooked turtle the two most...

Sea Turtle Hospital News Winter may have finally departed our coast but the memory lingers on – at least as far as cold-stunned turtles go. We’re getting in our crop of what we call “spring greens,” small greens that have probably been stunned, warmed up and stunned again, possibly multiple times. They’ve finally become debilitated enough to strand, emaciated and covered in barnacles and...

During a September 2017 Pender County Board of Commissioners resoundingly approved the idea of naming a portion of US Hwy 17 after Ambassador Mattie R. Sharpless, a Hampstead native. On May 10, Pender County turned out to honor one of their own as the idea became a reality. A dedication ceremony, conducted on the steps of Manhollow Missionary Baptist Church, named a portion of US Hwy 17 was named in honor of Sharpless. Sharpless,...

Scallywags Weekend is almost here! This May 4-6 event will celebrate all things pirates and mateys! This family-friendly event will include a pirate encampment, parrots, a low country shrimp, Blackbeard's Market, boat rides aboard the Tiki Queen and the pirate ship, The Raven. Go to our Facebook page, Scallywags Weekend for updates and news. One of the activities of the weekend is the Scavenger Hunt. Visit these...

Scallywags Weekend has several components - a movie night, a pirate encampment, a low country shrimp boil, Pirate Olympics, a scavenger hunt, Blackbeard's Market, and rides aboard The Raven and a Pirate Show at The Raven! The weekend will kickoff Friday, May 4, with the Pirate Encampment and the movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales at Soundside Park. The movie will begin around 8:15 p.m. Bring...

Moores Creek National Battlefield to Host Jr. Ranger Day - Saturday, April 28, 2018 Currie, NC - Join Moores Creek National Battlefield this Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. for a FREE family-friendly event that is fun for all ages. Several Living Historians will be set up in the Patriots Field Demonstration Area providing hands-on demonstrations of 18th Century Colonial Trades and Military Life. March...

Nine Jewish refugee families rescued from the Holocaust in Germany by a heroic effort in 1939 were settled in an obscure rural community near Burgaw, North Carolina. A North Carolina Highway Historical Marker to commemorate this will be dedicated Wednesday, April 18, at 2 p.m. at Pender County Public Library in Burgaw. A special guest will be Ann Wolf Loeb who arrived at Van Eeden from Germany with her family in 1940....

Sea Turtle Hospital News We all know who the Queen of the hospital is (Jean) but there’s another lady who is definitely the royalty in Sea Turtle Bay: “Snookie.” Snookie is a three-hundred-plus-pound loggerhead who was transferred to us from the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, NJ on October 30, 2016. She had stranded multiple times near Avalon, and when it became apparent that she...

Pender Pawzapalooza: a doggone good time for pet owners BURGAW – It’s a Fido and Family walk in the park as Burgaw’s Rotary Park hosts Pender Pawzapalooza April 14, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. “We are proud of our animal shelter and we are pleased to sponsor Pender Pawzapalooza,” said Tammy Proctor, Pender County tourism director. The event will feature a pet fun walk utilizing parts of the Osgood...

Pirates return to Topsail Island for Scallywags Weekend, May 4-6 TOPSAIL ISLAND – Pirates will invade Topsail Island and set up camp in Surf City’s Soundside Park for Scallywags Weekend, May 4-6. They will celebrate the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard and the adventures of Stede Bonnet, two pirates who lurked the waters along Topsail Island’s coast. “Mateys of all ages will be entertained...

FARM TO ISLAND MARKET OPENS IN SURF CITY, NC Owners of Sugar Island Bakery & Supplies Open North Carolina Local and Organic Market on Topsail Island Surf City, NC (February 12, 2018): Farm to Island Market, a family-owned grocery focused on feeding the community with fresh, local products hand-selected from North Carolina farms, has opened its doors at 330 New River Drive in Surf City. The market was formerly...

The holiday season just isn't the same without Christmas music. The NC Blueberry Festival is sponsoring a new holiday tradition, The Annual Community Christmas Celebration. The event will feature Snyder Memorial Baptist Church which will present "Sing We Now of Christmas." Local church choir members will gather together to form a community choir as well. For more information contact the NC Blueberry Festival...

The Kemp’s – why is it always the Kemp’s that are the cold-stun equivalent of the first snow of the season? When winter rolls around it’s not a question of if we’ll admit a slew of cold-stunned turtles but a matter of when. That “when” was just before the last day of November when sixteen Kemp’s Ridleys, the most highly endangered species of sea turtles arrived in their...

By Tammy Proctor ST. HELENA - Saints Peter and Paul’s Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church celebrated the announcement that the church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Ann Mizerak, David Mizerak, and Mary Bakan are the last three members of the church, even though they are often joined in services with visitors. They have been instrumental in pursuing the National Register distinction...

Jennifer Pharr Davis, a nationally recognized author and speed hiker, hitched a ride down the Northeast Cape Fear River, thanks to Pender County EMS and Fire. Davis is hiking the Mountains to Sea Trail. She arrived in Pender County Oct. 25 and hiked through Moores Creek National Battlefield. On Oct. 26, Davis was ferried down the Northeast Cape Fear River. “This was the highlight of my...