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    Currituck County native and professional photographer, Brooke Mayo, sets the stage by the shore to merge bridal fashion with the pristine beauty of our Outer Beaches is such an eloquent way for Vow Bride Magazine’s Fall 2008 issue!

    ”Corolla, located on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, has always been known as a place of romance and magic. For years couples have been coming to here to begin their life together. Now Vow Bride Magazine brings the beauty of the Currituck Outer Banks to the world of bridal fashion.”

    For many, getting married on the Outer Banks would be a dream come true; especially when the event can take place in a large home right on the oceanfront.  To learn more about our premier vacation homes that allow special events, please give us a call today! �

    Dominion North Carolina Power has approval to commence in the construction of a 115 kilovolt (kv) transmission line from their substation in Kitty Hawk to the RT. 158 Bypass and then south along the east side of the road where it will tie into the existing transmission line near the Outer Banks YMCA. The route is about 7 miles long. Dominion Powers’ plans are to construct the line entirely during the “off-season” between Labor Day 2008 and Memorial Day 2009. 

    According to the power company, this additional line is needed because the existing 115kV transmission line is forecasted to reach maximum capacity by 2012.  The new line will greatly enhance electric service to the Outer Banks and will be constructed almost entirely on NCDOT right of way.  Increasing electrical demand from the local area has already created loads on the existing line that exceed the guidelines for this type of transmission line.  A second transmission line is needed to provide the necessary reliability to support continued economic growth on the Outer Banks and provide an alternate source of electrical service to the area.

    The former Seamark building in Kitty Hawk has been leveled to make way for the new addition of a brand new building for Harris Teeter.

    Harris Teeter will open its third location on the Outer Banks in 2009.  Since 2006, locals and visitors have enjoyed top quality meat, seafood and produce where an emphasis on variety and excellent customer service is top priority.

    Being a solid environmental constituent is a large focus for Harris Teeter. As a good corporate citizen Harris Teeter realizes that we must strive to achieve environmental sustainability in all aspects of our company.

    Sustainability is important in all aspects of their business, especially in fulfilling the responsibility for providing a healthy, productive, meaningful life for their associates and shoppers, present and future.

    Harris Teeter encourages its suppliers to take advantage of environmental procedures and packaging when possible. They also strive to stay abreast of changes that occur in our industry and adopt new sustainable practices.

    The 8th Annual Kitty Hawk Heritage Day Festival will be on September 27, 2008 at The Promenade in Kitty Hawk.  The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Come out and be part of this wonderful community event.  You may conveniently park your vehicle at Wal-Mart in Kitty Hawk and take the bus over, which has scheduled pick up times every 15 minutes all day long for this special event.  There are tons of craft booths set up by various merchants that offer activities for the children.  There are art, food and craft vendors throughout the park all day.  The rock climbing wall from Kitty Hawk Kites and balloon style rides are always a favorite way for the kids to exert some energy.  DJ Steve the Dream is so entertaining and teaches everyone the chicken dance.  Other characters seem to be around every corner.  The weather has typically been great, a little cooler by late September.

    To get all the details, contact Sandy Hawley at 252.261.3552.

    Whenever possible, buy products that you normally use in BULK!  Buying in bulk does mean buying the largest size of a product that is readily available.  Containers and packaging make up more than 31% of all municipal solid waste – almost 80 million tons in 2006.  Think of how much less waste there would be in landfills if we all bought in bulk whenever we could.

    Source:  Go Green, Live Rich by David Bach

    Our annual Housekeeper Appreciation Day was held at our main office in Duck on Saturday, August 16th.  Art Thibodeau, our President, and Randy Gilbreath, our Vice President, upheld the yearly tradition of being the cooks/servers/hosts for the day!  They catered a fine feast for all of the dedicated staff in the field that work so hard to provide superior service to all of our guests, owners and vacation rental homes that we manage!

    A ‘must see’ magical event, here this summer for its premier on the Outer Banks, OBXtreme Magic allows you to witness the impossible as world renowned illusionists Clive Allen and Tracy Housley perform amazing magic before your eyes!  Watch as they work their mind reading card tricks, floating illusions, make things disappear, and orcastrate unbelievable tricks.

    These nationally known magicians have entertained audiences around the world and have been seen on both U.S. and international television. They have appeared at The Emmy Awards, Caesar’s Resorts International, Resorts USA, and were selected as one of the top ten magicians from the U.S. and Canada to perform at Magicfest 2000 in Singapore, the largest magic production in that country!

    Three shows are performed Wednesdays and Thursdays weekly through Aug. 28th at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Clarion Oceanfront Hotel, M.P. 9.5 on the Beach Road in Kill Devil Hills.  Tickets for the family show are $13 for children, $20 for adults and $18 for Senior Citizens.  For more information and/or purchase tickets, call (252) 489-9219.

    In the North Carolina section of The Virginian-Pilot on August 10th, an article written by Jeff Hampton indicated that developers are desire a change in the current mapping of the area in hopes of being able to develop more residential homes in the 4×4 area; i.e. where paved roads end and the beach begins.” 

    A public hearing to discuss a proposal by Ocean Carova owned by Larry Riggs and Glenn Gray to remove from maps the easternmost sections of Shark Lane, Rock Lane and Shad Lane is scheduled for September 2nd .  These roads are platted, but there is no access ways into Carova Beach.  The revision would show the roads actually used to cross the dunes.  With this change in mapping, the company could then consolidate land on paper and conform to county regulations on lot sizes for residential homes only.

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    The Dare County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension has Master Gardner Volunteers that have created and maintain the Outer Banks Arboretum and Teaching Garden located behind The Baum Center in Kill Devil Hills.  The walking tour takes you through many different types of gardens, all with specific themes in mind.  There is a Dune Garden that depicts our areas’ natural vegetation and a Butterfly Garden designed with plants that attract the flutter of tiny wings, to name a few of the special spots available throughout this garden paradise.

    When visiting the Arboretum, there is plenty of public parking and the end of the tour adjoins even another park that encircles a huge turtle pond equipped with exercise stations and a viewing deck.  There is also a playground, public restrooms and even a huge, fenced-in hockey floor.

    Two of the many wonderful attractions here on the Outer Banks that are full of history, beauty, and mystery, Roanoke Island Festival Park and The Elizabethan Gardens, have established a joint admission ticket that offers a 20% saving to both attractions.

    The tickets will be available at both attractions as well as the Outer Banks Welcome Center on Roanoke Island and the Aycock Brown Welcome Center in Kitty Hawk.