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    Carolina Designs Realty, Inc. sponsors a local family in need and the Outer Banks SPCA.  Their generous employees pulled together to donate nearly 150 pounds of dog/cat food, 40 pounds of cat litter, dog bones, dog/cat collars, leashes and cleaning supplies!

    In addition to the donations to the Outer Banks SPCA, Carolina Designs Realty continued the tradition of sponsoring a family in need this year. The family consisted of a boy and girl, aged 10-12.  Through the dedicated staff at Hotline, Carolina Designs was able to  make Christmas special by donating everything on the family’s holiday wish list.

    If you would like to find out more about adoptions or donations to the Outer Banks SPCA please contact the OBSPCA at 252-475-5620. For families in crisis please contact the Outer Banks Hotline – 24 hour hotline 252-473-3366.

    A locally owned company with a significant focus on family and community service, Carolina Designs Realty manages premier vacation homes on the Outer Banks and has a fully staffed sales team ready to tend to your real estate needs. or 800-368-3825

    The Left Bank, Sanderling Resort and Spa-owned restaurant in Duck, North Carolina, was recently given for the sixth time the AAA Four Diamond Award.  The Left Bank is one of only fifteen restaurants in North Carolina to achieve this rating, placing it among the best in the state.

    To help AAA members select establishments that suit consumer’s expectations, AAA assigns descriptive ratings, in selected categories, that indicate the extensiveness of facilities, amenities and services. Lodgings and restaurants are rated one to five AAA Diamonds, ranging from basic to luxury. AAA gives the Four Diamond awards annually to qualified hotels and restaurants in North America.  More than 2,000 properties nationally earn the Four Diamond ratings after specially trained judges conduct anonymous overnight stays or dine incognito.  According to AAA Carolinas spokesman Brendan Byrnes, “All Four Diamond properties are impressive establishments and it is rare that a restaurant can continue to deliver delicious cuisine and superior service year after year.  To put it in perspective, The Left Bank is the only NC AAA Four Diamond restaurant east of Raleigh.”

    Calling all brides and grooms! The 12th Annual Wedding Expo hosts 130 vendors specializing in every aspect of holding weddings and special events in our area at First Flight High School on Saturday, January 9th through Sunday, January 10th.  During the expo, you will receive a welcome package, information about tours as well as information on special offers available to you.

    Find out all the details about purchasing tickets by .

    The Guild of St. Andrew of Raleigh will hold in royal 16th Century England style, a Christmas celebration on Saturday, December 19 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Roanoke Island Festival Park.

    At 12:30 and 3:00 p.m., the royal family will perform a Christmas Pageant in the indoor theatre with audience participation. There will be Elizabethan holiday music; a Christmas puppet show; dancing and a masque of Robyn Hood. You will take delight in the food and drink of the season and craft activities.

    In the Settlement Site, visitors can join with the interpreters as they “recreate” their celebration in the New World with simple decorations and a roast over the open fire at 2:00 p.m.

    Admission is included in the general admission ticket to the Park.  For more information call (252) 475-1500.

    First Flight Society and the National Park Service honored the accomplishments of Wilbur and Orville Wright on December 17th at the 106th anniversary celebration of the first heavier than air powered flight. 

    This year’s distinguished guest speaker was Amanda Wright Lane, great grand niece of Wilbur and Orville. Mrs. Lane represented their home city of Dayton, Ohio, and paid tribute to her great-grand uncles, Wilbur and Orville Wright, during her presentation.

    A non – profit children’s museum Children at Play, sponsored by the Outer Banks Community Foundation and the Brewing Station at M.P. 8.5 in Kill Devil Hills will host a fun family night on Wednesday, December 16, 4-7 p.m.  The admission price of $5.00 per child will benefit the museum.  Ride the barrel train, play in the Polar Express, take pictures with Santa, make crafts, and eat food!  Come out and support Children at Play and have a great time with your kids.

    Children at Play hopes to become a unique Outer Banks Children’s Museum, where our community can foster their young children’s development through creative, cooperative and skill developing play!

    On Saturday, Dec. 12th at 4pm celebrate Howl for the Holidays at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.  A volunteer from the Red Wolf Coalition will lead a Holiday Howling at the sprawling refuge located approximately 20 minutes west of Manteo.  The resident wolves, the only endangered species found in eastern North Carolina) will howl it up for these guests.  Participants will learn to make their own calls of the wild.  The walk and talk includes information on the animals and the 20 year old restoration project conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Admission is free, but registration is required.  Call 796-5600 or go to

    The infamous “Christmas House” has returned to the Outer Banks again this year.

    The Paulos family has done it again this holiday season and this glorious spectacle is a ‘must see’ every year.  You can park your car and wander around the yard to get the full effect and boost your holiday spirit.

    In recent years, the home has been featured on the Today Show and HGTV.  A night viewing is optimal to get the full effect of the lights.  Time and effort this family puts into their decorations is astounding.

    Directions:  The house is located in Kill Devil Hills near the Nags Head Woods entrance;Heading South on Rt. 158 into Kill Devil Hills; Proceed to light at Ocean Acres Dr. (opposite MacDonald’s); Turn right at Ocean Acres Dr.; The road will change from paved to gravel as you go up a hill. Just over the top of the hill you will find the Paulos home.

    Staff writer Peter Mucha from, a commentary news source from the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, reported recently that Heidi Mozzo waited 24 years before becoming the winner of the “Message in a Bottle Contest” she entered in 1985.  The bottle washed ashore after our nor’easter after completing a 300 mile journey from Ocean City, NJ and was found by a worker at Sanderling Resort & Spa in Duck, N.C. on the Outer Banks. 

    In the summer of 1985 while on vacation with her family, Heidi Mozzo, then known as Heidi Werstler of Earlville, Pa., filled out the entry form that went inside a bottle they received from an area merchant and her father, Harvey, made sure the cap was on extra-tight.  The contest participants then had their prepared bottles hoisted into the sea.

    According to the town’s spokesman, Mark Soifer, Mrs. Mozzo, along with husband Anthony and daughter Emily, 2, will not only receive a big box of Shriver’s saltwater taffy, but a free several-day stay as their long awaited prize.