Outer Banks Voice


News and Information

Kathy M. Pittman of Kill Devil Hills, July 15

Submitted Story

Miss Kathy M. Pittman, 65, of Kill Devil Hills, N.C. passed away Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Peak Resources, Nags Head, N.C. surrounded by loved ones. Kathy was born in Broad Top, PA. on October 7, 1952, the daughter of the late Roy R. Weaverling and Winifred V. Weaverling.

She was preceded in death by her sisters Sandra and Suzanne Weaverling and Delores Lantz, and brother-in-law Daniel Feight.

She is survived by her companion, John Belanga of Kill Devil Hills, NC; daughters, Stacy Hershberger and Iaian Kerber of Frisco NC, and Kelly McDaniel and Kenny of Bedford, PA; brother, Roy I. Weaverling and Lynne of Florida; brother Eric Weaverling and Gina of Fishertown, PA; sister, Deborah Feight and Michael Riggs of Kill Devil Hills, N.C; and sister, Cindy Weaverling of Johnstown, PA. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Tyler Nicodemus, Madison Kobylinski (Ryan), Makenzie Hershberger, Cory McDaniel, Kevin McDaniel, Keith McDaniel and Kirsten McDaniel; great grandaughter Hadley Rose Kobylinski; and many loved nieces and nephews.

Kathy attended Everett Area High School. She was previously employed by Kennamental Inc. in Bedford, PA and, Staples in Nags head, NC. She loved the beach, fishing, gardening and watching football. Her favorite activity was spending time with her family and friends. She was also an active loyal member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #4506.

Kathy’s life will be celebrated in a private ceremony by her family and close friends on the Outer Banks and Bedford, PA.

Express your condolences www.gallopfuneralservices.com.Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

Full Story >>

Sharon Ann Camp Flowers of Salvo, July 14

Submitted Story

Sharon Ann Camp Flowers, 66, of Salvo, NC died Saturday, July 14, 2018, at her home. Born in Montgomery, MD on January 15, 1952, she was the daughter of the late Martha Colie Waite and Fred Archer Camp.

After over 30 years of teaching, Sharon retired from the Norfolk Public School System where she influenced generations of students. She was active in the SPCA and animal rescues. A great cook, Sharon loved the beach, music and traveling. She was a member of the Hatteras Island Arts and Craft Guild and also enjoyed fishing and horseback riding.

Sharon is survived by a son, Giles O. Flowers IV and wife Mindy; many friends and relatives; and her beloved dog, Emma.

A gathering of friends and family will be held from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm on Thursday, July 19, 2018, at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Building.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 pm on Saturday, July 21, 2018, Metropolitan Funeral Home in Norfolk, VA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Sharon’s name may be made to the Outer Banks SPCA, PO Box 2477, Manteo, NC 27954 or online at www.obxspca.org.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.TwifordFH.com.

Full Story >>

Ladies by the Sea to hold annual craft bazaar and bake sale

Submitted Story

Most of the items available during the annual fundraiser are handmade by local artisans. (Submitted photo)

The Ladies by the Sea of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kitty Hawk will hold their annual Craft Bazaar and Bake Sale Wednesday and Thursday, July 18-19, in the church’s parish hall.

Wednesday, the sale will run from 10.am. until 7 p.m. Thursday, the sale will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The group contributes to many outreach programs on the Outer Banks, and this fundraiser will benefit those ministries.

Shoppers at the bazaar will find needlework, decorator items, paintings, watercolors, photography, purses, handbags, jewelry and accessories. The bake sale features the traditional fare of cakes, cookies, brownies and bread.

Most of the items available for purchase are handmade by church parishioners or local artisans. The church is located at 301 W. Kitty Hawk Road in Kitty Hawk. Admission is free. For more information, call Patty Pelkey at (252) 261-5085.

Full Story >>

Woman dies after being rescued Friday from rip current off Duck

Sam Walker

‘Dangerous current’ flags are posted to alert swimmers when there is an elevated risk of rip currents. (KDH Ocean Rescue/Facebook)

A visitor who was caught in a rip current and rescued from the surf off Duck has died, and is the sixth person to perish this season after a swimming-related incident along the Outer Banks.

The woman was among a group of swimmers rescued by lifeguards near Bayberry Drive on Friday around 2:50 p.m.

She was flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where she died on Sunday, according to Town of Duck director of public information Christian Legner.

The identity and hometown of the victim has not been released.

The National Weather Service had posted a high risk of rip currents for Friday, due to the combination of a King Tide and long-period swell from the offshore remnants of Beryl.

Legner said conditions were changing rapidly at the time of the incident, and that lifeguards were trying to advise beachgoers to stay out of the ocean.

Calls about multiple persons being pulled out by rip currents were dispatched Friday afternoon by Dare Central Communications in Duck, Southern Shores and South Nags Head.

Numerous rescues of swimmers were reported Thursday off Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo.

Five of the other deaths this season were all men between the ages of 48 and 79, with four in the waters off Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Four of the deaths have been directly attributed to the victim being caught in rip currents.

A moderate risk of rip currents is forecast for today along the Outer Banks, when many rip current-related incidents have happened in the past.

While rip currents can happen at anytime, they are most prominent in the hours before and after low tide, which will be at 7:03 p.m. Tuesday at Oregon Inlet.

To access the updated beach forecast from the National Weather Service, visit www.weather.gov/beach/mhx and click on the umbrella for your area.

Full Story >>

‘Secret Token’ casts new light on Lost Colony mystery

Coastal Review Online

The original Dare Stone. (Brenau University)

The question of what happened to the 115 men, women and children of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island has endured in the American psyche for generations.

Established in 1587 and soon abandoned in a land of warring Native American tribes, short on supplies and lacking the skills needed to survive, the mystery of their fate has been unsolved since John White found the word “Croatoan” carved into a tree in 1590.

Using his perspective as a journalist and science writer, Andrew Lawler weaves a compelling and remarkable tale in “The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke.”

Lawler is also the author of “Why Did the Chicken Cross the World? The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers Civilization,” the story of how a semi-flightless Asian bird spread across the globe and become a source of food and power.

As a journalist, his byline has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Smithsonian and others. He is a contributing writer for Science and contributing editor for Archaeology.

Lawler’s research bringing “The Secret Token” to life is astonishing, traipsing back and forth across the Atlantic to research original sources.

Interviewing researchers, archaeologists, historians and the occasional quixotic theorists in his quest to discover what truly happened, he guides the reader on a journey of discovery, and he is a wide-eyed guide, as astonished at what he discovers as his tour group.

“I thought I knew the story when this all began,” he said.

The writing reflects Lawler’s journalism background. The sense of wonder comes in the sheer volume of information; the style though is objective and fact-based, and if there are conclusions to be drawn, it is because of the details that are presented in the book and not because of any opinion that he ventures.

Because he avoids expressing an opinion, as the facts build, “The Secret Token” seems, at times, like a mystery novel constructing a compelling case.

Yet there is no smoking gun in this instance, saying “This is what happened.” What there is, rather, is the tapestry of the American experience as it has evolved over 400 years.

The search for the lost colonists becomes a reflection of the evolution of American thought.

“It was lost by us only in the 19th century,” he said, pointing to the first comprehensive history of this country, George Bancroft’s “A History of the United States.” The first three volumes of his 10-volume set were published in 1834 and covered the time from the first attempt at colonizing America to the Revolution.

Andrew Lawler

Although Harvard-trained Bancroft had spent considerable time in Europe, especially Germany, at a time of rising romanticism in thought and a belief in myth to define an emerging German society.

“He cast it in those Gothic terms,” Lawler said

Seeped in the romantic writings of Europe, Bancroft wove a tale that fit the narrative.

“He called Virginia Dare the first English child born in the New World. He made her into a national symbol,” Lawler said.

That romanticized 19th century view of a white babe born among the “savages” still lingers. It can be seen even today in Paul Green’s “The Lost Colony,” the outdoor drama performed, in theory, upon the very land of the Lost Colony.

The play ends with the weakened yet determined colonists walking off into the wilderness, her father Anais dead at the hands of the savages, her mother holding the babe in her hands.

Green, though, was a radical in his day. During a period in U.S. history when miscegenation was illegal, especially in the South, his English settler Old Tom and native Agona marry, foretelling, perhaps what many archaeologists and historians feel eventually did happen.

“He (Green) supposed an assimilation there, with Old Tom and Agona marrying,” Lawler said.

Lawler does not just look at the influence of the Lost Colony on American thought, he also examines in detail the events that were occurring in Europe at the time.

John White discovers the word “CROATOAN” carved at Roanoke’s fort palisade.

What emerges is a place of political machination and intrigue. Spain, the dominant power of its time, pitted against England, an impoverished backwater land suspicious of science and innovation.

The detail is extraordinary but important in carrying the story forward.

In Green’s play the colonists are terrified of the Spanish. History demonstrates they were justified in their fear. On more than one occasion, all the inhabitants of a non-Spanish colony were put to the sword, and Roanoke Island was well within land Spain claimed.

The power struggle for control of the Americas and the seas played out in those 115 colonists. The colonists were seeking opportunity — a chance to better themselves economically and socially.

Whatever the game Raleigh, Queen Elizabeth and Simao Fernandes may have been playing is not as clear.

Fernandes, the pilot who insisted the colonists be deposited on Roanoke Island even though plans called for them to begin their life in the Chesapeake area, has always been suspect. But in Lawler’s nuanced examination of the man and the times his motivation does not seem nearly as sinister.

The modern characters who comprise the search for the Lost Colony may be the most fascinating. A remarkable conglomerate of scientists, quasi-scientists and crackpots fill the pages.

Lawler’s eye for detail in describing them is wonderful.

There is British archaeologist Mark Horton, who “… to the dismay of his dig team, refuses to wear a belt around his perpetually sagging trousers.” Nor does the man bathe as often as the people he is working with would wish.

Fred Willard, who lived on the Outer Banks, was convinced the Dare Stone, a rock brought to light in the 1930s that seemed to tell the story of Virginia Dare’s demise, was real.

He led his own excavations trying to find proof. “His bald pate, scraggly beard and piercing eyes gave him the look of a vengeful marsh prophet,” Lawler writes in describing him.

But the physical descriptions are the frame of a picture, a way to introduce the personalities. What emerges from Lawler’s interviews and observations are nuanced and complex characters who believe the quest for the truth will have an ending.

“The Secret Token” is a great read. It does not give a definitive answer to what happened to the Lost Colony. And in reading the book, the thought that there may not be a definitive answer seems likely.

Yet what Lawler has done is expand the search for the inexplicable and unknowable into an examination of how we think of ourselves and our history.

Full Story >>

Dare students learn about government at 4-H workshop

Submitted Story

Local students recently participated in a Service and Citizenship Workshop hosted by Dare County 4–H.

Extension Agent Paige Fuselier and Dare County Commissioner Jim Tobin organized the session to provide an introduction to local government and offer students an opportunity to experience decision making using procedures similar to those used by our local elected officials.

Students learned about the various functions of county, state, and federal government and the elections process.

The group voted to conduct a service project in conjunction with the Dare County Animal Shelter and will meet again soon to carry that out.

Video of the workshop held on July 6:

Full Story >>

COA’s Career Coach offers new job board at no cost

Submitted Story

College of The Albemarle (COA) has launched a new feature in Career Coach that serves as a resource to employers looking to hire qualified employees.

Career Coach is an online tool that can help identify areas of interest and skill, explore careers and the education path offered at COA that can qualify you for that career, and create a resume.

“We encourage all COA new and prospective students to go through the Career Coach assessment to be sure their program of study is a good fit and on that will prepare them for a successful career pathway,” said Vice President of Student Success and Enrollment Management Lynn Hurdle-Winslow.

The newest feature of Career Coach is a Work Opportunities job board where employers can post job opportunities to share with students, graduates and the public. Those looking for work can review opportunities, build a resume and even apply through the job board.

There is no cost associated with posting jobs or using the program to find your career.

Employers are encouraged to register to be able to post your job openings on COA’s new Work Opportunities job board at www.albemarle.edu/coach. Click on Employer Login/Signu,; fill out the information and click on request approval.

Once approved you can login and post job openings. Each opening is reviewed and approved by COA before it goes live – you will be notified by email.

As soon as the listing is approved, it is added to the main Work Opportunity listing and can be included on the designated career pages.

College of The Albemarle’s Career Coach is available at www.albemarle.edu/coach.

Full Story >>

Grammy Award-winning musician to perform at Bayou Ball

Submitted Story

Grammy Award winner Terrance Simien will headline Dare County Arts Council’s Bayou Ball. (Photo courtesy of 965 Music Group)

Dare County Arts Council will host its annual fundraiser, the Bayou Ball, from 7 p.m. until midnight Saturday, Oct. 27 at Pirate’s Cove Pavilion in Manteo.

The centerpiece of the Bayou Ball is a full night of entertainment by two-time Grammy Award winning musician Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience.

“It isn’t every day that a Grammy Award winning musician comes to the Outer Banks to perform,” said Randi O’Sullivan of Rodanthe, DACA president. “I can’t wait to see Terrance play at the Bayou Ball, and to share that experience with artists and supporters of our arts community.”

Simien, who is an eighth-generation Louisiana Creole, and his Zydeco Experience band have performed Zydeco roots music in more than 45 countries throughout 35 years together.

“We’re truly honored to be performing at Dare County Arts Council’s Bayou Ball, and we’re really looking forward to reconnecting with the righteous community on the Outer Banks,” Simien said.

“Together we’ll celebrate the joy of live music and a shared commitment to diversity in the performing arts. Laissez les bon temps rouler!” he added.

Presented by TowneBank, the Bayou Ball will be complimented by delicious Cajun and Creole cuisine, a silent auction full of fine art and exclusive packages from local businesses, as well as vibrant décor that will transfer you to Louisiana’s bayou.

“TowneBank is honored to support the Dare County Arts Council’s Bayou Ball,” said Taylor Sugg, TowneBank’s North Carolina regional president.

As one of Dare County Arts Council’s top fundraisers, The Bayou Ball enables the nonprofit organization to fulfill its mission and bring unique programs to Dare County, including Terrance Simien’s Creole for Kidz and the History of Zydeco, which is coming to Dare County schools Oct. 24-26.

Tickets to the Bayou Ball are $125 per person and are available online at Dare Arts Bayou Ball and at Dare County Arts Council in downtown Manteo. Guests may also reserve tables of eight for $1,500. Seating is limited, so be sure to reserve your tickets in advance.

As the event’s Michelangelo sponsor for the second consecutive year, TowneBank is also supporting Dare County Arts Council’s Power of Art program, which is designed to give those with disabilities the opportunity to create and make critical decisions through unique art programs and events.

For sponsorship or event information, contact Dare County Arts Council at 252-473-5558 or visit Dare Arts Bayou Ball.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

Full Story >>

Boat builders fishing tournament gets under way July 25

Submitted Story

Outer Banks Ace Hardware is a sponsor of the Carolina Boat Builders Fishing Tournament.

The 15th annual Carolina Boat Builders Tournament is set for Wednesday through Saturday, July 25-28.

The Dare County Boat Builders Foundation hosts this annual family-friendly sport fishing tournament to raise funds for scholarships and local educational programs to inspire life-long learning and appreciation for the skilled craftsmen in the boat-building trade.

Outer Banks Ace Hardware is a sponsor of the tournament.

For more information or to register for the tournament, visit Carolina Boat Builders. You may also register from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at the Pirate’s Cove Marina Tournament Pavilion in Manteo. The tournament is open to all boats, custom and production.

The Dare County Boat Builders Foundation is a non-profit, 501C3 organization dedicated to preserving Dare County’s boat building heritage by actively supporting the students and families within its community.

Pictured (from left) are Dare County Boat Builders Foundation board members Susan Harmon-Scott, Brian White, Jason Waughtel, Bubba Brizendine and Bobby Harrell, along with Outer Banks Ace’s Kathy Seko (with check).

Full Story >>

Registration is open for Veterans Week writing workshop

Submitted Story

Kathryn Osgood leads a metalsmithing workshop during Veterans Week in 2017. The annual event includes celebrations and activities for Outer Banks veterans and their families. (Dare County Arts Council)

The Dare County Arts Council is now accepting applications for its 6th annual Outer Banks Veterans Writing Workshop, which is returning to the Outer Banks Nov. 10 and 11.

The two-day workshop, which will be held at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese, is free for veterans, active-duty military and their family members.

Modeled after the DC-based Veterans Writing Project, a non-profit foundation that teaches combat veterans to express their military experiences through literature, the goal of the Outer Banks Veterans Writing Project is to teach enrolled applicants the art of writing.

Beginner and experienced writers are invited to participate in this special workshop, led by Ron Capps, founder and director of the National Veterans Writing Project. Capps served 25 years in the Army and Army Reserve and is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan.

In addition, Capps is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in Time and The New York Times. His published works include Writing War: A Guide to Telling Your Own Story and Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years. Capps is also a faculty member at the University of Maryland.

“I am really thrilled to extend our partnership with the Dare County Arts Council for another year,” Capps said. “I love working on the Outer Banks and with the veterans and their family members there. The community is rich in stories and it’s a privilege for me to help get these stories down on paper and in front of an audience,” he added.

“This year’s workshop is designed to help participants develop new skills and unlock new areas of creativity using targeted writing prompts,” Capps said. “Participants can write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screenplay or play formats.”

Former and current service men and women and members of their families in North Carolina, Virginia and surrounding areas are encouraged to sign up for the writing workshop online at Dare Arts Veterans. The workshop will accommodate up to 25 participants.

The Veterans Writing Workshop is one of five free workshops that Dare County Arts Council has organized for veterans, active-duty military and their families this year.

Through a grant from the Military and Veteran Arts Programs at the North Carolina Arts Council, DCAC hosted workshops in painting, pottery, metalsmithing and photography this spring. During the painting workshop led by mural artist Sam Ogden of Venice, Calif., students painted a new patriotic mural inside the Kill Devil Hills American Legion building.

“The dynamic that these workshops bring to our community has been so exciting,” said Army veteran and Dare County Arts Council Board Member Kelli Harmon.

“We have veterans and family members that haven’t previously been involved coming out to participate. The hands-on experience creates a very open environment to discuss the unique situations the participants face. More than helping tell their stories through art, these workshops are also helping to build a network with others who are having similar experiences,” Harmon said.

The Outer Banks Veterans Writing Project is part of the veteran-friendly events sponsored by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau during November’s Outer Banks Veterans Week, which hosts numerous veteran celebrations from Corolla to Cape Hatteras.

Groups interested in listing their veterans events in the Veterans Week calendar of events should send an email to Dare Arts Info.

For more information about the Veterans Writing Workshop, visit Dare Arts or call 252 473 5558.

The project is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. The project is also supported in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

Full Story >>

Arts Council to hold open house today on court yard project

Outer Banks Voice

The Dare County Arts Council is hosting an open house today to introduce the DCAC Courtyard Project from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The council is working on improvements to the rear yard of the historic Dare County courthouse, home of DCAC Art Center, gallery and office.

Architect Ben Cahoon will be on hand beginning at 4 p.m. to talk with guests about the plan. No need to RSVP, just drop in any time between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m..

For more information, please call DCAC at 252-473-5558.

Full Story >>

The SaltBox Café: A rewarding detour off the beaten path

Jim Trotman

Chefs Randolph and Amanda Lee Wolf Sprinkle.

Story and Photos by Jim Trotman
The SaltBox Café
1469 Colington Road
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
(252) 255-5594
Monday through Saturday
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday Brunch: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

They had me at the appetizers. There it was, listed under small plates, “New Orleans BBQ Shrimp.” I asked if this was the real deal and was assured it was.

We had fallen in love with this misnamed dish at Mr. B’s Bistro in New Orleans one rainy day when we ducked in to keep from getting drenched. We say misnamed because the preparation has nothing to do with barbecue.

The signature dish is deep plates with massive, head-on shrimp in pools of a dark, tangy sauce. Large amounts of butter, pepper, Worcestershire and lemon juice made up the velvety gravy. Toasted crusty creole bread was there to mop up any sauce left behind. This was easily one of our top 10 meals of all time.

Seeing this dish listed at the SaltBox Café, we had to try it. Not a full entrée size, and the shrimp in this case were peeled, but that just meant there was no need for a bib. It was sublime.

Later, Chef Randolph Sprinkle made his way to our table and we chatted. I remarked on the shrimp being so like Mr. B’s. He said, “Yes, I was Sous Chef there under Michelle McRaney.”

The world is small. We are glad it is also full of talented chefs and tasty food.

Some things are difficult to explain. Tides are difficult to explain. Quantum physics is difficult to explain. That we waited until their fifth season to have dinner at The SaltBox Café is downright unexplainable.

But I knew we’d get there eventually. The reports have been very positive. Friend and fellow food writer Rosie Hawthorn covered their very popular off-season wine dinners in her blog, Kitchens Are Monkey Business. Then I sampled some of their goodies as a judge for the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction at Jeanette’s Pier last February. The SaltBox Café crew came away with the lion’s share of awards that day.

When friends offered to treat us to dinner there recently, we jumped.

The cozy dining room feels intimate but comfortable, even with a full house. On nice nights, there is covered and screened outdoor seating for the overflow crowd.

Inside, a few thoughtfully placed nautical accents remind one of the island location. An elbow bar can seat a handful of diners. There is no liquor. Beer and wine are the adult beverages here, but folks looking for “cocktails” do have choices, from special mimosas to sake bloody marys.

The menu changes weekly, if not more frequently, and draws from Randolph’s depth of 38 well-traveled years of experience and Amanda’s passion for exploring Asian and Indian vegetarian cuisines. She is also the maestro of the desserts.

Back to the dinner. The shrimp were great, but so were the other dishes. There were the superb grilled lamb chops on lentil salad with Malibu carrots and curried mango sauce. There were the smoked soft shell crabs. There was the Maryland crab cake with the parsnip puree and lemon cream sauce and the luscious bone-in pork chop bathing in a rich apple demi-glace.

We don’t often indulge in desserts, but our friends do. We surrendered. Of the desserts we shared, all were fine, but two stood as examples of what I would consider next-level cooking.

The Asian-themed Green Tea Crème Brûlée was delicate and heavenly and nowhere near as jarring in taste as the name might suggest. The softly bitter aspect of the tea married seamlessly with the smooth custard.

Then there came The Chocolate Pie. Now, if I told you that the best chocolate pie I ever had contain no egg, no flour and used avocado as its base, and wasn’t made by my grandmother, Mom T, I’d be making a bold statement. But it is true. Oh, Mom T, bless your heavenly heart, you have been bested.

previous arrow
next arrow
New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp, reworked from Chef Sprinkle's years at its birthplace, Mr. B’s Bistro in the French Quarter.

Chefs Randolph and Amanda Lee Wolf Sprinkle are the co-owners and moving force of The Saltbox Café. The best cuisines are studies in contrasts, and the same can be said of this couple.

He’s the omnivore. She’s the vegetarian. But it would be too easy to simply think of Randolph as the meat guy and “leave” the veggies to Amanda. Rather than being culinary opposites, their perspectives are complementary. She is the yin to his yang.

Discussing meal planning, Randolph said, “Ten years ago I’d start with the protein, but now I start with the produce … With proteins, I’ve handled most of them — emu, kangaroo or snake or alligator, so there’s nothing new. With produce, there is always something new.”

Last February the restaurant held a vegan wine dinner benefit. Amanda’s creativity with the non-meat food items again pushed Randolph to explore beyond the familiar. The meal was completely created in-house, even making tofu from scratch.

Amanda said, “I told them we are doing this one hundred percent vegan. You’re scrubbing out those fryers, we can’t have any cross-contamination. I made him stress out that way. Half way through the prep, he told me this was the hardest wine dinner he’d ever done in his life.”

“It was really good for flexing your culinary muscle,” adds Randolph. “One of my favorite dishes of all time is Tournedos Rossini,” referring to the Escoffier classic combination of a beef tenderloin filet on top of a brioche crostini and capped with seared foie-gras and topped with a rich truffle demi-glace. He set out to make a vegan version.

He assembled it using a Portobello mushroom, truffle, Balsamic vinegar, lentils, raw cashews, a variety of roasted vegetables, Maggie’s brewer’s yeast and fermented banana leaves. Randolph said, “It tasted almost like it!”

Amanda added, “It freaked a lot of people out. That was the most talked about dish,” Being a huge success, they plan to repeat it again in their series of off-season wine dinners, pairing their plates with wines from a vegan winery.

The two met when Randolph stepped in to teach an advanced culinary course at the local community college where Amanda was enrolled as a Culinary Arts student.

Randolph’s career journey had led him from his home in Northern Virginia to the Culinary Institute of America in New York. He has worked as chef from Pittsburgh to Venezuela to New Orleans, where he spent eight years working with heavy hitters such as Horst Pfeifer and Emeril Lagasse. Eventually he landed a chef spot in Saint Michaels, Md. on the Eastern Shore not far from where Amanda was from.

Besides sharing his knowledge as a well-traveled chef, Randolph saw teaching as a means for scouting new talent, to pump some new blood into the all too often revolving door of food industry folks in a tight community, and bring some eager young interns into the restaurant he was running.

“Don’t tell her I said this, but she was head and shoulders the best,” Randolph said, just low enough so Amanda, on a phone call, couldn’t hear. But it took some time before Amanda warmed up to Randolph’s style.

On the first day of class, he had everybody set up cutting boards and sharpen their knives.

Amanda recalls, “He said he wanted to test our knife skills; we just wanted to cook great food and eat.” Randolph proceeded to carve a butterfly from a carrot and commanded to class to do the same. The students were humbled. “That’s horrible, what the heck is that? That’s not even a carrot anymore,” came the responses from the instructor.

The person running the program asked Amanda what she thought of the new chef. “I said I’m not a huge fan.” He then told her that the chef wanted to pick out students to work with him as interns and would she be interested. “I said, ‘Well Bob, let’s give it a week or so. I don’t know this guy.’ ” She ended up being selected.

Working together in the kitchen brought about trust, and then began a strong friendship. After three years working together at the Key Lime Café in Saint Michaels, they started going out. Once engaged, the pair began to travel to the Outer Banks.

“He said I want to take you somewhere,” Amanda said. It became a habit. Fueled largely by Randolph’s love of surfing, the duo made weekend trips down to Hatteras six weeks in a row at one point. “The ocean made him happy.”

In 2010 they decided they would move here, applying at several restaurants. Their qualifications won them acceptance at several places, but The Sanderling Inn offered them positions with housing and it was “Goodbye, Maryland.”

They later would settle in Colington, even when another opportunity to open a restaurant 30 miles away in Corolla meant a demanding commute. It was Colington Island’s quietness and sense of community that provided them a safe haven from the hustle and bustle of the beach.

“We’d have never have found this place if we didn’t live back here,” Amanda said.

The building has been several venues over 27 years. (Saltbox Cafe)

The building now home to The SaltBox Café had housed a string of bars and restaurants during its 27-year life. Just under two miles west of the intersection of Colington Road and U.S. 158, the structure sits alongside and just above a small creek of the type that crisscross the island.

The couple was driving out, headed back to meet family in Maryland for Thanksgiving when they noticed a for-sale sign on the marquee. Randolph’s interest was met with Amada’s practical attitude that the place would need too much work done to meet their standards. Yet by the time their car was crossing the Wright Memorial Bridge she had a change of heart.

“Thought about it. You know what? It would be a cool place if we could do brunch,” Amanda said, thinking about the after-church crowds. “And that’s how it started.”

They came back from Thanksgiving and arranged a walk-through with the owner. It needed work but had potential. A deal was stuck, and they were suddenly restaurant owners and they have built a steady reputation since that day.

“People open restaurants for the wrong reasons, to make money. If you want to make money there are many other ways to make money. We do this because we’re both chefs and we love cooking and we want to run a restaurant. Making money is something that hopefully will happen. When people come in, it isn’t about how many more people can we get in here. It’s more about, are they going to have a good experience here, experience what we do?” said Randolph.

Amanda adds, “We’ve had other offers (to open other restaurants) and we thought about it. Nah. We’re good. There’s is still so much we want to do here. This place is turning out to be almost exactly what we wanted.”

Full Story >>

Volunteers ready to start Meals on Wheels on northern beach

Submitted Story

Volunteers with the Meals on Wheels program received training on July 11 in preparation for starting a new delivery route in a Kitty Hawk and Southern Shores.

Pictured from left are Charlie Huff, Bruce Hunt, Alice Hunt, Robert Palombo, Susan Silbernagel, John O’Brien, Karen O’Brien, Don Pratt, Jean Pratt, Judy Axelrod, Caroline Morisseau, Nancy Huff and Lisa Kimball.

Not pictured here are volunteers Dawn Tillett, Carolyne Haas, Brenda Marshall and Vicki Schreffler.

Full Story >>

Anthony Frank Peterman of Nags Head, July 13

Submitted Story

Anthony Frank Peterman, 69, of Nags Head, NC died Friday, July 13, 2018, at Peak Resources — Outer Banks.
Born in Frankfort, KY on December 27, 1948, he was the son of the late Kathryn Marie Belli Peterman and Wilbert Edward Peterman.

Having served as a special police officer, Tony was a member of the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club.

Tony is survived by three siblings, Dee Peterman of Boone, NC, Kathy Silvis of Rehoboth Beach, DE, and Tom Peterman and wife Kathy of Front Royal, VA.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Tim Peterman.

In keeping with Tony’s wishes, there will be no service at this time.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.TwifordFH.com.

Full Story >>

Jewish Community sets Shabbat Service for June 20

Submitted Story

The Jewish Community of the Outer Banks will hold its monthly July Shabbat Service on Friday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Outer Banks building on the corner of Hebert Perry and Kitty Hawk Roads in Kitty Hawk.

This week’s parsha is from the Book of Deuteronomy and discusses Moses’ First Discourse. An excellent YouTube video is also available at www.bimbam.com (Parsha: Devarim).

If you have any questions, please call 255-1866.

Full Story >>

Wright Memorial Bridge rehab work continues below the deck

Sam Walker

Hydra platforms help crews reach the bents below. (Sam Walker)

A $21 million project to renovate the eastbound span of the Wright Memorial Bridge continues to progress, mostly out of the sight of motorists driving from Point Harbor to Kitty Hawk.

But there is still substantial being done to the 52-year-old span carrying U.S. 158 over the Currituck Sound since it reopened to traffic in May. It had been closed for nearly eight months and traffic both ways shared the westbound span.

So that workers can refirbish support structures underneath the bridge, one lane on the eastbound side has been closed Monday through Thursday during the summer.

The single-lane closure will go back into place seven-days-a-week after Labor Day weekend and remain until the project is completed.

That’s so construction equipment and materials can be staged where work is taking place on each of the bents, which are the collection of pilings and caps that support the bridge, according to N.C. Department of Transportation spokesperson Tim Hass.

Hass said concrete and gunite is being pumped to workers on barges below the bridge, and painters are using hydra platforms to reach the bearings on each bent.

The project is ahead of schedule, but Flatiron Construction does have until Nov. 1, 2019 to complete all work, Hass said.

The work completed this spring involved placing a new overlay material on the concrete deck, and replacement and sealing of expansion joints between each slab.

Also replaced was a section of concrete slab added in 1995 where steel grates were once located to the east of the navigation span.

Cathodic jackets installed around the pilings. The bearings where the girders attach to the cap are being painted. (Sam Walker)

Cathodic jackets are being placed around many of the pilings that support the bridge. The jackets are designed to protect the steel inside the pilings from salt water corrosion and extend their life.

The caps on the bents have also been refurbished. The bearings on top are where the girders supporting the road deck attach to the bents.

Traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction of the Wright Memorial Bridge for three of the last four off-seasons.

In 2015 and 2016, the westbound span was closed for a full resurfacing to correct a design flaw when it was built in 1994 that caused vehicles to bounce as they made the 3-mile trip from Kitty Hawk to Point Harbor.

Full Story >>

Coast Guard helps sinking boat after distress flare spotted

Rob Morris

It took two pumps to control the flooding. (USCG photo)

A report of an emergency flare sent the Coast Guard 2 miles offshore Sunday morning to help a boat taking on water.

The vessel Poacher radioed the Coast Guard at about 7:30 a.m. after seeing the flare shot from a 23-foot center-console boat, according to a post on the Oregon Inlet Station’s Facebook page.

A boat was sent out and a dewatering pump and a Coast Guard crew member went to work. Because there was so much water in the distressed boat, the Coast Guard vessel headed back toward Oregon Inlet to meet a second Coast Guard crew for another pump.

The Coast Guard and a crew member of the boat were able to control the flooding with the two pumps. The Coast Guard escorted the boat back to Oregon Inlet, arriving at about 9:30 a.m.

All four of the people on the center-console boat were okay.

Full Story >>

Video: Let’s go fly a kite today at the Wright Kite Festival

Sam Walker

The 40th annual Wright Kite Festival, presented by Kitty Hawk Kites, continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. The activities are free with paid admission to the national park.

Full Story >>

Video: New Bonner Bridge navigation spans nearly complete

Outer Banks Voice

The new bridge over Oregon Inlet is now 88 percent finished. All the segments of the seven navigation spans and girders for the southern incline have been set, and the northern incline is taking shape.

Full Story >>

Gene R. Johnson Sr. of Manteo, July 13

Submitted Story

Gene R. Johnson Sr., 81, of Manteo, NC passed away on Friday, July 13, 2018, at home surrounded by his family.

In his youth, Gene became a member of the Baptist faith. He attended Central High School, Elizabeth City, where he earned lasting acclaim on the football field.

Gene joined the United States Coast Guard where he proudly served his country for 22 years retiring as a Senior Chief telecommunications technician. Over the years, Gene received much love and support from his Coast Guard family.

An energetic sports enthusiast, Gene served his community as a coach for adult softball as well as youth football, basketball and baseball leagues. He was well known (notorious) for cheering from the sidelines. Throughout his life, he had a great passion for music and dance.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Clifton and Verla Johnson; brother, Norman Johnson; and sister, Kitty Sawyer and husband Carl.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Judy Johnson; children, Gene Johnson Jr. and wife Joanne, Angela Blake and husband Bob, Pamela Wilm and husband Frank, and Norman Johnson and wife Dee; seven grandchildren, Jason, Erin, Shea, Morgan, Zachary, Ashley, and Austin; five great-grandchildren, Derek, Devon, Makayla, Tiffany and Shai; and two brothers, Ted Johnson and wife Marcie and Mayhue Johnson and wife Judy; along with many nieces, nephews, friends and relatives.

A funeral will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, July 16, 2018, at Twiford Colony Chapel. Burial with military honors will follow at Roanoke Island Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends and relatives Sunday from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations in Gene’s name be made to the youth athletic league of your choice.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.TwifordFH.com.

Full Story >>

Clarine Marshall Doxey of Aydlett, July 13

Submitted Story

Clarine Marshall Doxey, 88 of 495 Aydlett Road, Aydlett, NC died Friday, July 13, 2018 at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. She was born October 27, 1929 in Norfolk, VA to the late Willard Earl Marshall and Frances Spruill Marshall and was the widow of James Mason Doxey.

After high school she worked in the Fingerprinting Department for the FBI. She was an administrative secretary for the Currituck County Sheriff’s Department, a cook for the Pine Island Hunt Club, and a member of Sharon United Methodist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Susan Sanderlin (Eddie) of Pinehurst, NC, and Patricia Leary (Chris) of Shawboro, NC; four sons, Mike Doxey (Elaine Goodwin) of Aydlett, NC, Steve Doxey (Cathy) of Virginia Beach, VA, Willard Doxey (Cary Worthy) of Graham, NC, and Craig Doxey (Debbie) of Kitty Hawk, NC; four grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by a sister, Marion Waff; and a brother, Willard E. Marshall, Jr.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Sharon United Methodist Church with the the Rev. Dr. Susanna Fitch-Slater officiating. Burial will be in the Doxey Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall.

Memorial donations may be made to Sharon UMC, PO Box 182, Poplar Branch, NC 27965. Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the Doxey family. You may express condolences to the family by visiting www.TwifordFH.com.

Full Story >>

Jared Thomas Jackson of Nags Head, July 10

Submitted Story

Jared Thomas Jackson, 45, of Nags Head, NC died Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

Born in Providence, RI on July 17, 1972, he was the son of Tanya Thomasian Jackson and Ronald Louis Jackson of North Chesterfield, VA. Jared worked as a chef in the restaurant industry.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Christopher Jackson and wife Erin of Kill Devil Hills, NC and Brandon Jackson and wife Laura of Richmond, VA; and four nephews, Dresden and Lex of Kill Devil Hills, NC and Dylan and Noah of Richmond, VA.

Loved by many, Jared’s light will shine forever.

A private family service will be held.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.TwifordFH.com.

Full Story >>

Helen C. Seay of Kitty Hawk, July 5

Submitted Story

Helen C. Seay passed away peacefully on July 5, 2018, at the age of 98 1/2. She had been a long-time resident of Kitty Hawk, NC, residing with her son Douglas Seay.

Other surviving family members are her three other children, Diane (Wiles), Debbie (Alexander) and Donnie Seay of Virginia Beach VA; 9 grandchildren, Bryan Seay (Madeline), Nicole Seay Zedlitz (Chris), Justin Seay, Zachary Alexander and Andrea Alexander Reville (Sean), Steve Wiles (Leslie), Scott Wiles, Susan Bergelt, Jonathan Seay; and great grandchildren, Erica Bergelt, Noah and Owen Zedlitz, Cody, Raleigh and Alex Wiles, Graham Reville and her youngest great grandchild Avery Seay.

A memorial service will be held at the Duck Methodist Church, 1214 Duck Road, on July 17 at 3:00 pm, the Rev. John Tyson officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that any kind donations be made to in Helen Seay’s name to an Outer Banks charity of your choice. Friends may pay their respects immediately afterward in the church reception room.

Express your condolences www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

Full Story >>

William “Billy” Meyer of Kill Devil Hills, June 9

Rob Morris

William “Billy” Meyer passed away in his home in Kill Devil Hills on Monday. He was 66 years old.

Born April 23, 1952, the eldest son of eight children to Joseph and Evelyn Meyer, Billy grew up in Dunellen, NJ before moving to the Jersey Shore. He married Linda Deutschlander on May 17, 1980 and had four children; SaraMae, Billy Jr., Dessa and Violet.

They lived in Point Pleasant, NJ where Billy started his career with a shed building business. He continued in all aspects of construction throughout his life and spent his free time working on motorcycles and woodworking.

Billy also spent several years owning a stock car and racing at Wall Stadium in NJ. He lived in Sacramento and Grass Valley, CA during his life, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina during his later years.

He is survived by his children, SaraMae Thompson and husband Jeremy, William Meyer Jr. and wife Kaitlyn, Dessa Torode and husband Rob, and Violet Cook and husband Jack. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren, Eli Jamyson, Brielle Furstin, Rylee Finn, William River, Taryn Lynn, Ella Marie, and Lilah Grace.

Billy’s life will be celebrated in a private ceremony by his family and close friends on the Outer Banks. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Oxford House of the Outer Banks.

His quick wit and easy smile will be missed by all that knew him.

Express your condolences www.gallopfuneralservices.com.Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

Full Story >>