Ring in the New Year Hatteras-Style

Believe it or not, 2013 is right around the corner! If you’ve made plans to spend the turn of the New Year with us, there are a few festive events to guide you cheerfully into 2013!

On Saturday, December 29th, venture down to Hatteras Village at 4pm to participate in “Tiny Bubbles in the Wine” Bubbly Wine Tasting, until 6pm. You’re likely to find the perfect bottle of bubbly for your New Year’s toast!

If you’re staying in Avon, head on over to Oceana’s Bistro for a variety of food and drink specials from 9pm-1am. An acoustic set will be provided by Rory Kelleher, so be sure to wear your dancin’ shoes!

If you’re staying in Buxton, join the “Mo Rons” for live music starting at 10pm and enjoy ringing in the New Year in the heart of the village, home to the famed Cape Hatteras Lighthouse!

If you’re staying in Hatteras Village, join Nathan and friends at Saltwater Café in the Stowe on 12 shopping center for a Champagne Jam and Oyster Roast. Call 986-1414 for details.

Happy 2013!


NC-12 Has Re-opened to All Traffic

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Last night at about 7:00pm, NCDOT re-opened NC-12 to regular traffic after finishing the paving and line painting ahead of schedule. Expect minor delays as they are continuing to rebuild the dunes along the road. Keep an eye out for flag-men directing traffic in the Mirlo Beach area.

Since the road is now open to all traffic, NCDOT has discontinued the use of the emergency Rodanthe-Stumpy Point ferry.

Here is the NCDOT press release from yesterday announcing the upcoming opening of the road.

Hurricane-Damaged Section of N.C. 12 to Reopen to Traffic Today by 8 p.m.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

RALEIGH — The final section of N.C. 12 damaged by Hurricane Sandy and a pair of Nor’easters will reopen to traffic today by 8 p.m. The nearly back-to-back storms broke apart the pavement along a 0.4-mile section of the highway just north of Mirlo Beach in Dare County and washed away protective dunes along the roadway.

“Our crews have battled wind, rain and rough seas to repair and restore traffic to this critical lifeline to Hatteras Island,” said N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti. “We appreciate their hard work and look forward to seeing vehicles flowing on the road once again between Rodanthe and the mainland.”

To rebuild N.C. 12, crews removed the damaged pavement, graded the road bed and hauled in dozens of dump truck loads of asphalt from Williamston to form the new roadway. They finished putting down the second layer of asphalt today. Crews are currently striping the new lanes and reconstructing shoulders to create a gentle slope to ensure motorists safety.

NCDOT expects the work to be complete by 8 p.m. At that time, the department will close the four-wheel drive route, remove the checkpoints and reopen the highway to all traffic. Sandbag installation and dune reconstruction along N.C. 12 remain under way and will continue after the road reopens.

As soon as vehicles begin traveling down the newly paved highway, the NCDOT Ferry Division will officially close the emergency ferry route, which carries motorists between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe. The Hatteras-Ocracoke route will not revert to its regular winter schedule until sometime after Christmas.

The vessels used during the operation will return to service at the routes where they were previously assigned, but the Ferry Division will remain on standby to assist if N.C. 12 becomes impassable again.

For more information about N.C. 12 recovery efforts, visit the N.C. 12 recovery webpage or the N.C. 12 Facebook page. For the latest ferry schedules, call 1-800-BY-FERRY and press “1,” or visit the NCDOT Ferry webpage.

In addition, a new webpage that showcases projects along N.C. 12 from the replacement of the Bonner Bridge to short- and long-term solutions for the breaches caused by Hurricane Irene last year is now live at www.ncdot.gov/nc12/.



A holiday tradition…Hatteras Island Pone Bread

Sit down for a meal with a Hatteras Island resident this holiday season and you’ll likely be the lucky recipient of a true Island treat, Hatteras Island pone bread. Pone bread has been served in Island homes as long as any Island native can remember, due to the perfect blend of basic ingredients and a long shelf life. This is a recipe that has been passed down for generations and will continue to be a Hatteras Island “staple” during the holidays.

In the days before freezers and short hunting seasons, all the thrifty islanders had a barrel of salted wild fowl, which made an excellent stew, and its gravy was enjoyed over the pone bread. Any gravy is good with it, however, so choose your own favorite to serve with this Cape Hatteras tradition.
-Mrs. Rebecca Burrus

Hatteras Island pone bread is prepared the evening before and left to set overnight. It was originally cooked for hours over an open fire with hot coals on the lid, but can now be seen through the glass door of most ovens on Hatteras Island.

Hatteras Island pone bread keeps well, so be sure to prepare plenty to enjoy in the days ahead!

Traditional Hatteras Island Pone Bread

3 cups cornmeal
5 cups boiling water (1 more may be needed, if too thick)
2/3 cup cold water
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
2/3 cup flour
2 tablespoons shortening

• Scald cornmeal with boiling water in deep mixing bowl. Stir well and add salt, sugar, molasses and cold water. Blend in flour, mix well, cover, and let stand at room temperature for 10 to 12 hours.
• In a Dutch oven, a 3 qt. iron skillet, Pyrex, or other heavy baking pan, melt the shortening and pour in the batter. Bake uncovered for two hours at 375°F.
• Reduce oven temperature to 300°F and continue to bake for another hour, covered. If oven is not needed, turn it off and leave covered pan in for an hour or more longer.
• Slice and serve cold.

Indulge in a true Hatteras Island treat this holiday season!


Jackets for Jersey

A little over a month since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast, Cape Hatteras Secondary School DECA students are joining together to raise money to go towards the purchasing of coats and jackets for students at a school in Pine Island, New Jersey. While many residents in the Northeast continue to suffer the devastating effects of Sandy, a 6th grade teacher in Pine Island is reaching out for help.

DECA students are seeking local support from businesses and individuals, while planning a few fundraisers to help raise money for the cause. Monetary donations can be mailed to: Cape Hatteras Secondary School, Attn: Evan Ferguson – DECA, P.O. Box 948, Buxton, NC 27920. Please be sure to write Jackets for Jersey in the memo. Businesses and individuals who make a donation will be mentioned on the Jackets for Jersey Facebook page, as well as the DECA publication for the state of North Carolina.

Local DECA students are planning to travel to New Jersey on January 17th to present the check to Pine Island students.