Cycle NC Prologue

Scott Sherrill - Friday, September 25, 2015

Ride across North Carolina #Four


Why would anybody in their right mind ride across North Carolina for a “Fourth” time on their bicycles? Well, because if you have done it three previous times, the next time you do it would be the fourth! But you do have to wonder what in the heck is wrong with the PKS Cycling Team. They could just stay home and ride their bikes down to Molly’s in Atlantic Beach for beer and be done with it. But no, that would be too easy and really does not address the question of why we do it. That’s a question that requires an answer, so let’s get it out of the way early.

  1. We like raising money for great causes like the Carteret County Hospice Organizations. Also we enjoy keeping you, our somewhat captive audience, informed of what we are doing because we know some of you like it.  However, some of you have stated that you think we are a bunch of losers- -but we say Nay!
  2. We have decided to continue using a cultural theme (like we used last year), because the Pope recently said all of us should do our part to help educate the masses and that inspired us.  Last year we used an Italian theme, and as most of you know who read the prologue to the prologue, we have chosen Swedish this year. We chose the Swedish theme to get the crazy Swedish lady from PKS who tormented us on last year’s ride off our backs.
  3. Some of you PKSers have contacted us and have indicated you think the crazy Swedish lady does not exist and certainly does not live in PKS. Well, you’re wrong again! We put our best investigative people on the job and now have proof that President Obama was not born in America. Wait, that was the question Donald Trump asked us to investigate. To your question- -we know she lives on Loblolly Circle and we have a picture to prove it. Before we show you the picture, let’s learn a little Swedish. To say Thank you -you would just say Tack. To show our appreciation for you now believing us, we would also say Tack. If you had a whole lot of Swedish people saying Tack at the same time it would sound like a spring chicken eating corn on the cob. So there you go, and our indisputable proof the Crazy Swedish lady living in PKS is real can be found by clicking here!
  4. We have spent a lot of time (not) since the last ride thinking about a theme that might be of interest to our many supporters. After developing this theme, we will ride across North Carolina and report to you using this terrific idea. (You can be the judge of whether it is terrific or not!)  But suffice it to say we are riding for each and every one of you. So with this in mind, come and join us for this exciting adventure.

As usual we will ride as depicted on the map below from the left of our state to the right of our state. The route is always different each year to keep us from actually knowing where we are going. What we really know is we start in the high mountains in the town of Waynesville and

ride our bicycles cross North Carolina to the coastal town of Oak Island. The distance is 494 miles-- if you do not get lost along the way (OK- quit laughing we always report when we get lost) and it should take us seven days.

 Click here for the a map of NC. Brown is real hard, Yellow is easier and Green is the easiest. 

We posted some fun facts and figures on the tracking board at town hall and if you have not been by to see them, here they are:

Facts and Figures:

  • 494 miles from Waynesville to Oak Island

  • 7 days of riding between 55-100 miles a day

  • 20 miles between rest stops with peanut butter sandwiches as the riders’ favorite

  • 25 peanut butter sandwiches should be enough to get you across the state

  • 3 distinct geographical areas to pass through: the Mountains, the Piedmont and the Coastal plain

  • 27 Hours of riding at 18 mph to go 494 miles. Average of 3.92 hours of riding per day.  Note- you are lucky if you can go up the mountains at 6 miles per hour. Going down is a lot more fun!

In the late breaking news department this just came across the wires. Wait--do we still use the word wires when we are talking about modern day communication?

I don’t think so! But again we digress. Jarrett Bay Oyster Company has agreed to terms making it the first Official Corporate Sponsor of the PKS Cycling Team. If  you are hearing this news for the first time, we recommend that you sit down before you fall down.

Jarrett Bay Oyster Company is one of the mega giants in the Seafood industry and has promised to give our Cycling Team all the Oysters they can eat and get this—for free!

The Swedish lady just called in and said that she knows for a fact that one of the owners of Jarrett Bay Oyster Company is also one of the Cyclists on the PKS Cycling Team. She claims this is a clear case of insider trading and will file a suit in Federal Court as soon as she can find her pants. To be continued ………….

Goodbye (god dag)

Crystal Coast Hospice House provides an inpatient hospice facility to patients and families along the central NC coast and Hospice of Carteret County provides in-home patient care through extensive Nursing Services. If you want to contribute, you simply make a check out to Crystal Coast Hospice House or the Carteret General Foundation (annotate your check for Hospice) to support Hospice of Carteret County and mail it to Mike Hargett, 139 Hoffman Beach Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512. Mike will take your contributions to these agencies and ensure you get a letter acknowledging your tax deductible contribution. Tack, Tack. Tack !!!!!!!!!!

Bulky Waste and White Goods Pick-Up

Scott Sherrill - Thursday, September 24, 2015

We will have a bulk waste collection on Monday, October 12 and a White Goods Collection on Friday, October 16. Please see below for more details.

On Monday, October 12, Waste Industries will be collecting Bulky Items for pick-up. Bulky Waste items for this special pick up are to be placed out for collection with your normal trash on Monday morning.  Bulk waste includes household furniture, mattresses, bedding, outdoor grills (propane tanks are excluded), outdoor furniture, bags of clothing, and small quantities of construction and demolition material (windows, doors, trim boards, vinyl siding, plywood, etc.) normally associated with minor homeowner repairs. Items other than furniture need to be bagged or tied in bundles with long items not to exceed four feet in length. Doors can be discarded in their full length. Batteries, paint, solvents, waste oil, petroleum products, lawn chemicals, fertilizers and pesticide products are considered to be hazardous or special waste and will not be collected.  ITEMS SHOULD BE PLACED ON THE CURB THE NIGHT BEFORE.

On Friday, October 16, Waste Industries will be collecting White Goods. White Goods are inoperative or discarded refrigerators, ranges, water heaters, freezers, washers, dryers or other similar domestic appliances or parts thereof.  Electronics like TV’s, computers, stereos, video players/recorders, etc. are not white goods. Please call Town Hall (247-4353) by Thursday, October 15 to let us know your address and what items you would like picked up. ITEMS SHOULD BE PLACED ON THE CURB THE NIGHT BEFORE.

If Waste Industries is unable to collect your item, they will leave a tag letting you know.

Second homeowners interested in taking advantage of this service should plan to be here the night prior to pick-ups (10/11, 10/15) to ensure that items are picked up. If you are unsure if your item is a “white good” or “bulky waste”, please call Town Hall and we will let you know.

Ride across North Carolina 4, Prologue to the Prologue

Scott Sherrill - Monday, September 21, 2015

So, we have been silent since finishing Ride Number 3 on Oct 3, 2014. Hasn’t the silence been great? But, unfortunately just like a bad habit, we just keep coming back.

Contrary to popular belief, the Pine knoll Shores’ Cycling team did not train all winter, spring and summer getting ready to ride across NC for the 4th time for Charity.  What we did was pretend we were never going to do this ride again unless we got a sign from an inspirational source like from outer space, nature, an intoxicated neighbor, or a television evangelist…you get the picture, we were trying to come up with any reason not to do it, because it would get us out of a lot of training which is always accompanied by pain when you are no longer a spring chicken.

Well, one day a couple of our team members were going over to Havelock to have some BBQ for their training lunch at Big Fellas. On the way they passed the Hospice House and damn if they didn’t see a spring chicken standing on the side of the road.

The team members discussed the meaning of this unusual occurrence while eating pulled pork BBQ, potato salad, green beans and corn bread and decided that if the spring chicken was in any way connected to the Hospice House, the Pine Knoll Shores’ Cycling Team had to take up the challenge of riding across NC again to raise money for the Hospice. For this group this is kind of like a sign sent from heaven. During further team discussions it was discovered that Hospice had indeed been instrumental and phenomenal in taking such good care of someone they knew. And for that, the team wanted to give back to this saintly group of people.

As to the team, Jan Frye’s (the Dog Whisperer) training has been sporadic because of a torn retina in his left eye that required surgery twice.  Although this is certainly a concern of John and Mike, his teammates, they are more worried about how effective the Dog Whisperer will be if he has trouble seeing attacking dogs coming from his left. They quickly developed a brilliant strategy to combat this defensive weakness that is quite simple.  If an attack dog comes from the right, Jan (the Dog Whisperer) will simply talk it into submission as usual. But if the dog comes from the left side – Mike, who is well aware that a large pit bull could easily bite his bike in half, plans to switch over to Jan’s right side and yell “hey a dog is about to bite you!” John, a college down hill snow skier, plans to use his collegiate training by finding the closest natural mogul (tiny hill) and jump over the dog and speed away.

Some of you are clearly thinking that real teammates would not expose one of their own to get away from a charging -lets just say it- pit bull. John and Mike, when questioned on this point, quickly responded if Jan (the Dog Whisperer) can’t talk himself out of this situation, who can?

Our team managers Buffa and Sylvia have agreed to again provide logistics, training and first aid support for the Cyclists, but have issued the Cyclists a twenty eight-page list of do’s and don’ts that we will report on later. When asked why the list was so long and exhaustive- Buffa and Sylvia simply responded, “You can’t fix stupid -but you have got to keep trying”.

We appreciate every one of you who supported us last year and as a result we were successful in raising $5000 for the Hope for the Warriors Project. We now plan to concentrate on raising as much as we can for our Hospice House, to whom many of us owe a great deal of gratitude.

So if you get this “blog”, we leave on September 26 (Travel Day), start the bike trip on the 27th, will send you daily reports, and all you have to do is wait anxiously each day to receive all the exciting news about your Pine Knoll Shores’ Cycling Team.  We have chosen to wear yellow and sky blue team colors and speak Swedish this year to honor the contributions of our neighbor, the crazy Swedish Lady, who last year motivated the team by questioning their hearts and their desire to succeed in this impossible endeavor. So to you Swedish Lady, we say Skoal!

Late breaking news (aka rumors) has it that Bill and Tina Keefe will join us on the last day of the ride to provide moral support.

When you are getting moral support from an Irishman on a motorcycle what possibly could go wrong? As usual Tina has agreed to supervise this activity, but has not afforded any information that has convinced our cyclists that mixing motorcycles and bicycles and Irish libations is a good idea.

September Shoreline Available Online

Scott Sherrill - Tuesday, September 01, 2015

The September Shoreline is now available online here.

Coexisting with Coyotes

Scott Sherrill - Thursday, August 13, 2015

Ladies and Gents,

In the past month we have received a number of calls concerning the sighting of coyotes.  Some have heard them as well.  This has particularly been the case along Pine Knoll Blvd (the drive to Town Hall from Rt 58) and several of the nearby streets.  This has come on top of reports that started this Spring in other areas of the Town.  While some folks who have been around this area for years say we have always had coyotes, there has definitely been an increase in reports to us at Town Hall recently.  Sadly, there has also been an increase in reports of missing cats, mainly on the Loblolly loop area.  We have no proof that these 2 issues are related, but the coincidence cannot be ignored.

We contacted the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC).  They provided us with the attached flyer with information to prevent conflicts with these animals.

As with most of these types of issues the basic rule is to try  as best as possible to avoid interaction.  Eradication won’t work, nor will attempts at trapping/moving them.  Living next to a 275 acre Natural Area makes this pointless.

There are some very good and reasonable tips listed in the attachment.  Probably the one that makes the most sense is removing food sourcesAs you can see in the photo below taken in Town on 8 August, the animals are eating something that was left in the open.

Let’s secure our trash, keep our pets on leash, and take the other steps listed.  Hopefully the coyotes will go somewhere else to eat.

Lastly: we are awaiting a call from a NCWRC Biologist and will try to get him to come in for a talk.  We’ll get the word out on this and invite anyone interested to attend.

Coexisting with Coyotes

August Shoreline Now Available Online

Scott Sherrill - Tuesday, August 04, 2015

The August edition of the Shoreline is now available here

July Shoreline Now Available Online

Scott Sherrill - Thursday, July 02, 2015

The July issue of the Shoreline is now available online!

Click here

Recycling Changes 2015, Starting 06/29/15

Scott Sherrill - Monday, June 15, 2015

IMPORTANT: Changes for Recycling Collection, starting MONDAY, June 29, 2015.

Please read ahead for more details.

In an effort to make recycling more convenient, recycling will be changing from every other Thursday to every other Monday.  Whatever container you currently use is fine. We are not changing containers, just the pick-up dates. Pine Knoll Shores has been split into 2 different collection days/areas.  

Depending on where your home is, you will either be an “A” week or a “B” week.  Please read ahead to see what collection area your home is located in.

            “A WEEK” - Sycamore to the East. FIRST PICK UP JUNE 29.

  • July Pick-Up dates for A WEEK are: July 13 & 27.

            “B WEEK” - Everything West of Sycamore. FIRST PICK UP JULY 6.

  • July Pick-Up dates for B WEEK are: July 6 & 20

CLICK HERE for a calendar of all pick-up dates through 2015 and collection area maps to help determine if you are in section “A” or “B”. These same calendars and maps are now available for pick-up at Town Hall.

The break for “A WEEK” on Sycamore is at the intersection of Sycamore and Beechwood – it does not go past the boat basin to the west.   

104,106 & 108 Beechwood and 226 Salter Path Rd are included with “B” WEEK.

Please note that the residences on the west side of Sycamore are on “B” week and across the road on the East side will be “A” week. 

Because your trash and recycling will now be picked up on the same day, you may notice earlier pick-up times from Waste Industries. It will be important to put your recycling containers out the night before your scheduled pick-up.

There will still be a normal town-wide pick up on Thursday, June 18. Please be sure to put your bins out.

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call me at 252-247-4353 X13.

Thank You!

Hurricane Prep Message #5

Scott Sherrill - Friday, June 12, 2015

Ladies and Gents,

As we have had many additions to this e-list: Pine Knoll Shores is very fortunate (along with the other beach towns of Bogue Banks) to have the very best Beach Manager in North Carolina in Greg “Rudi” Rudolph.  He is responsible for monitoring the health of our beach, managing renourishment projects, working with a myriad of local, state, and federal agencies, and doing just about everything possible to keep the beaches looking the way they do.

Rudi puts out a quarterly message that is published in the Island Review magazine.  We forward it from Town Hall as well.  It is also on the County Shore Protection Office Website.

Attached is Rudi’s annual Hurricane Preview.  It is worth a read to see what the forecasters say is in store for us, and to refresh you on how we categorize storms.

Good luck and be safe.

2015 Hurricane Season Preview

Hurricane Prep Message #4

Scott Sherrill - Friday, June 12, 2015

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 Hurricane Season Begins

Valuable information to help you plan and stay safe

Have your evacuation 'Go Bag' ready  

Most of us are no strangers to hurricanes along our coast, but we still need to be ready to evacuate if necessary.
Store supplies so you can grab them quickly if you need to evacuate; know in advance what else you will need to take. Take time now to make a list of the things you would need or want to take with you if you had to leave your home quickly. Need help in deciding what to pack? Click here. Store the basic emergency supplies in a "Go Bag" or other container.

Can't get through on the phone to report your outage?

The cooperative's Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system is the heart monitor of our electric system and provides real-time information on outages at the substation level. Staff members monitor the SCADA system constantly and dispatch crews to fix problems and restore power.
Please be patient during storm outages. If you can't get through on the phone, you can report your outage online here.
You can find outage information and restoration progress by following us on Facebook or staying tuned to local news media for regular updates.


Click here for a short video on how CCEC restores power after major outages. 

Important tips on selecting a generator 

Portable generators are a good source of alternate power if an outage occurs, but they should only be used in emergency situations. If a generator is improperly installed or improperly operated it can be deadly.

If you want to connect a generator to your home's main electrical supply, you need an electrical permit. You need to be sure a double-pole, double-throw transfer switch is installed.

Before operating a generator, determine wattage requirements (volts X amps) by listing all appliances that are going to operate at the same time, and then determine the starting wattage requirements and the running wattage requirements. The starting load lasts only for a few seconds but is very important when figuring your total wattage to be used. Your generator must be rated to handle the total wattage.

Watch this detailed video about choosing and operating an electric generator.


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