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4TH OF JULY Celebrations

June 30, 2012

Summer is here and we are looking forward to 4th of July celebrations.  Here is a list from OBX to EC.

2012 Independence Day Fireworks Celebrations | OBX Events

Wednesday July 4th 2012.

Event Description:

The 20th Annual Festival of Fireworks – July 4th Celebration will take place Wednesday, July 4, 2012 on the Currituck Heritage Park lawn. Arrive early to sign up for the Cornhole Tournament and Watermelon Eating Contest. Bring the whole family to enjoy all of the fun activities, music and entertainment. Local food vendors will also be on site. Find a place for your blanket or chair and settle in for a fun Currituck Outer Banks evening and the best fireworks show on the Outer Banks!

This event will be held on the grounds of Currituck Heritage Park located at 1100 Club Road, Corolla, NC. Also note no alcohol is allowed on the park grounds. For more information please visit The Currituck County Tourism website.

8TH ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY PARADE – DUCK, NC.

Event Description:

This year’s parade will be held on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. with a concert and community social being held immediately following at the Duck Town Park. The after event includes music by Ruth Wyand & Friends, refreshments, and the awarding of parade trophies.

The one-mile parade route is the same annually and begins at the crest of the hill on Scarborough Lane. The route follows Scarborough Lane towards the ocean, turns left onto Ocean Way, and then heads down Christopher Drive ending back at Duck Road (NC 12). If you are attending the parade, please arrive early so you can get a good spot on the parade route. Remember, no part of the parade is on Duck Road (Highway 12), and parking in Town is at a premium, so please plan to walk or ride your bicycle and be in Town well in advance of the parade start time of 9:00 a.m.

For more information check out our Duck Parade photos and The Town of Duck’s website.

ROANOKE ISLAND FESTIVAL PARK MUSIC & FIREWORKS CELEBRATION – MANTEO, NC.

Event Description:

Held at the park’s pavilion, the celebration is free and open to the public. Gates open to the public at 6 p.m. After 5 p.m., only handicap parking will be allowed at the park.

The 440th Army Band will kick off the celebration at 8 pm with a patriotic concert which will lead into the pyrotechnic display at 9:30 pm.

Due to the large crowds for this event and the loudness of the fireworks, pets are discouraged. Please note that once the fireworks begin, the pavilion gates will be closed to create a safety zone, until the fireworks are complete. During this time, for your safety, no one will be allowed to enter or exit the Pavilion. For more information check out the Roanoke Island Festival Park website and Town of Manteo’s website for more community events like this!

15TH ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR – NAGS HEAD, NC

Event Description:

The sky will light up starting at 9:25 pm at the Nags Head Fishing Pier at Milepost 11. This is a traditional fan favorite for those of you staying in the Nags Head areas as there are several great vantage points including: both north and south of the pier, Curlew Street, Bladen Street, Hollowell Street, Bittern Street, Conch Street, Bonnett Street, Blackman Street and Barnes Street. A Local tradition for the best seat in the house is Jockey’s Ridge State Park, where the enormous sand dunes and open sky make for an unforgettable viewing experience!

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS CELEBRATION – AVON, NC.

Event Description:

If your holiday plans have you traveling to Hatteras Island there will be a fireworks display this year at the Avon Fishing Pier! The show starts at dusk (apprx 9 pm) and is promised to be one to remember on the island!

Elizabeth City Independence Day Family Fun Festival

Event Description:

The Independence Day family fun festival, which will be held at Mariners’ Wharf and Waterfront Park, will be held Wednesday, July 4, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In addition to the main event — the fireworks show — the family-oriented festivities also will include entertainment by DJ Taz, inflatable gym activities, tug-o-war, horseshoes, board games, cornhole, bocce, sack races, face painting, watermelon eating contests, relays, volleyball games, cars, motorcycles and exhibits.

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ADOPT! FOSTER! VOLUNTEER! DONATE!

June 25, 2012

Icee, who just got adopted, is representative of the many beautiful and sweet pets available at the Currituck Animal Shelter. Although our animals receive excellent care from our caring staff, you can see in Icee’s eyes that she longs to get OUT! Where’s a loving family for me? Come select an adoring pet with whom to share your life and your home. Our animals are: current on their vaccinations, including rabies; spayed or neutered or come with a voucher for this if they are too young; micro chipped; have tested negative for heart worms; and come with 30 days of free pet insurance! All of this for $89. for dogs; $75. for puppies; $85. for cats (we’re currently running a 2 -for- the- price- of -one); and $45. for kittens. What a bargain! Tell your friends and family! Come adopt!

Providing a temporary foster home saves lives. Recently we had two little black lab puppies, Cricket and Cleo, with severe chemical burns who were found starving along the side of a road. We paid for their veterinary bills but it was the kindness of Eve Bullock fostering them that brought them back to good health. They have both now been adopted. Nicole Bergeron and Nancy VanClief help in fostering cats and kittens, often providing the personal care that makes the difference in their survival and then their going to caring permanent homes. Dogs receiving treatment for heart worms need the quiet of a foster home. The dog didn’t ask to get heart worms. He deserves a level playing field with that of healthy dogs to help him get adopted. Fostering does that.
Volunteers can make a dog’s day just by taking him for a walk. Play with a kitty to make her more socialized. You’ll get a real satisfaction in knowing that you made a difference for an animal who needed you, and is more adoptable because of you.
Paying for the nearly $1,000. in veterinary care for Icee and the two burned puppies, has put a strain on our finances. We try to care for them all as best we can. Your donations make that possible.
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SPECIAL NEEDS = Non-wooden dog houses; Kongs for the dogs; toys for the dogs and cats; large storage totes with lids for storing winter comforters, etc.
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Coming Events:
Friday, September 7 – BBQ Chicken Dinner at PJ’s Elite Thrift Store, 11:00 am-until.
Saturday, September 15 – Super Adoptathon at PetsMart in Greenbrier. 10 am-3 pm.
Saturday, October 6 (Rain date Oct. 7) – Bark in Maple Park, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Fun for the whole family, except maybe your cats!
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Knott’s Island Peach Festival

June 22, 2012

The Knotts Island Ruritan Club is sponsoring their Annual Knotts Island Peach Festival Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24th from 10am to 5pm.  The Ruritan is a civic service organization with the purpose of creating a better understanding between people and through volunteer community sservice and making America’s communties a better place to live and work.  The slogan of Ruritan is Fellowship, Goodwill and Community Service.  Each Ruritan surveys the needs of its community and then works to meet those needs.  All monies raised at the Peach Festival benefits the Knotts Island residents.  The festival is at the Knotts Island Ruritan Park on Brumley Road.

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11th Annual Under the Oaks at Currituck Heritage Park

June 19, 2012

June 20, 2012 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wednesday 10 AM – 6 PM / Thursday 10 AM – 5 PM

Enjoy this annual outdoor art show on the waterfront ground of Currituck Heritage Park. This festival features the unique talents of over 100 quality artists with a wide variety of media plus musical entertainment, local food concessions, art auction, and children\’s activities. Sponsored by Coastal Beverage Company, Corolla Classic Vacations, Pepsi, TowneBank of Currituck, and Twiddy & Company. Admission is FREE! $5 parking donation requested.  The event is located at the Whalehead Club 1100 Club Road Corolla NC, 27927.  You can contact Jean Sweigart at 252-453-9040 for more information.

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Image Advertising Ribbon Cutting scheduled in Moyock Saturday the 16th

June 15, 2012

Moyock is a great little community.  Local businesses are friendly and restaurants know your name when you walk in their doors.  Every third Saturday the Town Market of Moyock features vendors from the surrounding area.  This Saturday there is a special Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Image Advertising in Moyock Gardens Shopping Center starting at 11am.  The Town Market of Moyock begins at 9am with the vendors selling all types of good things.  There is a fundraiser Cornhole Tournament for Patty Brisben beginning at 2pm.  Come out and join the good folks of Moyock.

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The best part of one agent’s job

June 13, 2012

This morning I enjoyed the beautiful drive from Elizabeth City to the ReMax Alpha office in Moyock.  Our office is always busy, agents coming and going,  people in and out,  it is a great place to work and the atmosphere is upbeat.   This is a great time to buy in Carolina,  so many  choices and low interest rates.  One of our agents, Gretchen Keeter, came up to the front desk and she had a great big smile on her face.  That smile is recognizable because it can mean only one thing, clients are on their way to the office.  When you ask some real estate agents what they enjoy the most about their jobs, some will answer the money, others will say I get to help families find their dream homes, but this top gun agent enjoys helping clients finish their dream home.  Today is a particularly special day because something very exciting awaits her clients in the conference room.  The family gets to pour over an array of samples;  cabinets, counter tops, tile, carpet and choices of board and batten siding and shutters for their home.  The clients,  Barry and Linda Dailey and their son, Stephen,  have purchased a custom built home in Snowden Crossing.  The  home is built by Quality Homes of Currituck.  I’m sure when these homeowners have settled in their new home and time has past by , they will remember this special agent who helped them choose the decor of their dream home.

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5 tips for a low-cost, low-stress yard

June 11, 2012

Trim the hours you spend on lawn and plant care, and have more time to enjoy the outdoors. Plus, you’ll save money over the long term.

There’s nothing lazy about summer if you’re constantly working in the yard.

If the thought of a weekend conjures visions of backbreaking work pushing a mower in the hot sun or trying to coax reluctant plants with gallons of water or fertilizer, maybe it’s time to change the relationship you have with your yard.

It is possible to have lush, green inviting outdoor spaces with less mowing, watering and work.

With a few easy steps, you can cut the hours you spend on lawn care and have more time to enjoy the great outdoors. Not only will you have a yard that’s inviting you to come out and play, but it will be less expensive to maintain.

Here are five ways to make it happen.

Keep grass longer
Want the lawn healthier? Let it grow a little longer, says Susan Littlefield, horticultural editor for the National Gardening Association. “It doesn’t give you the putting-green look, but the grass stays healthier,” she says. (Bing: Find landscape-design software)

Not only does it hold moisture better, but the taller grass also “shades out” germinating weeds, giving you natural weed control that you don’t have to pay for or apply. But you won’t necessarily be mowing the lawn less. Ideally, she says, “You don’t want to cut more than a third of the grass blade” each time you mow, she says.
Just how long you want to keep your grass will vary with where you live and the type you’ve planted, she says. The cool-season grasses, popular in Northern climes, typically do best at 2½ to 3 inches, says Littlefield. The warm-season grasses favored in warmer regions do better “a little lower,” often around 2 inches, she says.

But if you want to get the ideal length for your lawn, find out the exact species you’re growing and do a little research. Two good sources are the National Gardening Association and your local cooperative extension office.

Leave the cuttings on your lawn
Want to skip some stress when you mow? Leave the clipping bag in the garage, drop that rake and leave those clippings where they fall.

Research at the University of Connecticut has shown that you can cut your use of nitrous fertilizer by 50% or more, just by letting the grass clippings do the work for you. “It’s kind of a no-brainer, but people don’t do it,” Littlefield says. “They will decompose and the nutrients in them will return to the soil,” she says. “It’s recycling.”

You also don’t have to worry with emptying clipping bags and leaving more yard waste bound for the landfill.

A lot of homeowners worry that those clippings will contribute to thatch and endanger the health of their lawn. Not so, says Littlefield. Because you’re letting your grass grow longer, you’re only taking a little off the top. And that’s not going to get matted or cause problems, she says.

But if you want to get the ideal length for your lawn, find out the exact species you’re growing and do a little research. Two good sources are the National Gardening Association and your local cooperative extension office.

Leave the cuttings on your lawn
Want to skip some stress when you mow? Leave the clipping bag in the garage, drop that rake and leave those clippings where they fall.

Research at the University of Connecticut has shown that you can cut your use of nitrous fertilizer by 50% or more, just by letting the grass clippings do the work for you. “It’s kind of a no-brainer, but people don’t do it,” Littlefield says. “They will decompose and the nutrients in them will return to the soil,” she says. “It’s recycling.”

You also don’t have to worry with emptying clipping bags and leaving more yard waste bound for the landfill.

A lot of homeowners worry that those clippings will contribute to thatch and endanger the health of their lawn. Not so, says Littlefield. Because you’re letting your grass grow longer, you’re only taking a little off the top. And that’s not going to get matted or cause problems, she says.

Make the plants do the work
Want to minimize your labor, costs and stress? Plant for the yard conditions you already have.

“You make the plants do the work,” says John Greenlee, author of “The American Meadow Garden,” and owner-founder of Greenlee Nursery in Chino, Calif., and Greenlee & Associates. “If you have a shady area that is wet all the time, you don’t install drainage,” he says. “You plant something that likes shady and wet.

“When you try to partner with nature, gardening is so much easier,” he says.

His tip is to look for regional plants native to the area and conditions.

Three sources include local native plant societies, local and regional horticultural gardens, and independent gardening centers.

It may mean a little detective work to investigate the growing conditions in your yard, then to discover what plants would do best there, he says. “Based on a lot of the research coming out, Americans really don’t know what they’re doing,” Greenlee says. “They’re trying to change their gardening world, rather than acknowledging their gardening conditions.”

Once you plant for your actual conditions, he says, “you would be amazed at not only how beautiful your garden is, but how you now have all this time on your hands.”

Get the most out of your water dollars
Looking for a cheap way to save water, prevent weeds and help plants thrive? Use mulch. “It’s one of those things people overlook,” says Liz Primeau, author of “Front Yard Gardens.”

Her formula is “No less than 2 inches (deep) all around plants.” And don’t mulch right up to the plant itself, she warns. “That will suffocate them.” Instead, stop about 2 inches from the stem.

If you (or a neighbor) have a tree or stump removed, ask the workers to leave the resulting wood chips for your yard, Primeau says. Not only does it save money and landfill space, but you’ll get a ton of garden-ready mulch.

When Primeau recently had a dead tree removed, the result was 12 yard bags of wood-chip mulch — enough to cover “the whole garden,” she says.

Another key to less stress and smaller water bills is to use a network of drip hoses. They use minimal water and soak roots, which is exactly where the plants need water, Primeau says. Instead of buying a couple and moving them around, get enough for all of the areas you water regularly and leave them in place for the season.

Break up that lawn
Love summer but hate mowing? Consider reducing the lawn space in your yard.

“Lawns take a lot of work,” Primeau says. “They also use a lot of water.” And homeowners “try to make it look like a golf course, and that’s a lot of stress,” she adds.

Large expanses of lawn also aren’t that visually interesting, and often don’t add much to curb appeal.

For a simple approach, establish (or extend) planting borders around walkways, patios, decks, trees or the footprint of your home. Select native plants (or their hybridized versions), so that you don’t have to spend much water or time, Primeau says. Perennials will come back next year, reducing the cost of new plants.

For a lush green that requires zero care, try meadow grasses or — if you need something low and green — fast-growing ground cover.

Don’t be afraid to personalize your yard with outdoor living spaces, Primeau says. Create a small Zen garden or meditation area with pea gravel. Or, craft a cozy relaxation space with some seating and a water feature or birdhouse, paving stones and some low-growing ground cover.  By Dana Dratch of Bankrate.com
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