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    For those interested in finding out about the local marine mammal stranding network on the Outer Banks as well as as­sisting with health assessments and monitor­ing of hauled out seals, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission presents Karen Clark, Wildlife Education Specialist, for an interesting and informative presentation at the Carova Beach Fire Department (four wheel drive area) on Saturday, January 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

    For more information, contact Karen Gregory at 252.453.0651.

    If our visitors and/or locals have not experienced this yuletide favorite, you are in for a royal treat December 20-23 & 27-30 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Lights and music transform The Elizabethan Gardens into an illuminated winter wonderland complete with peacocks, butterflies, deer and other garden creatures created with flowers, seeds, natural elements, as well as traditional holiday decorations. 

    Tickets for Friends’ and Non-members: $9 for Adults; $7 for youth (ages 6-17); $4 for children (5 and under). For more information, call (252) 473-3234.

    For all homes in Pine Island to Corolla, used computers, monitors, flat screens, cell phones, PDA’s, fax machines can now be recycled in Currituck County by having them delivered to the Corolla Library, located at 1123 Ocean Trail.  Public Works staff will collect these items and transfer them to the Barco Recycling Center.

    For more information, contact the Currituck County Public Works Dept. at 252-232-2504.

    According to WAVY/Fox 43 Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler, this December has been much warmer than in past years, and the trend is likely to continue through early 2012.  In December 2010 we had snow in the first week and high temperatures only reached the 30s and 40s.  This year warm spells have brought us high temps in the 60s and 70s.  The  weekend was a bit chilly with highs in the 40s and 50s which is pretty seasonable.  We’ll look for an average high of 60 this week on the Outer Banks.  Highs will spike to the upper 60s on Wednesday ahead of another cold front which will drop temperatures next weekend.  Highs could be back in the upper 40s low 50s Saturday and Sunday. As always, time will tell, but this mild weather makes it a great time to visit the Outer Banks!

    Oh, there’s no place like an Outer Banks Vacation Home for the holidays
    ‘Cause no matter how far away you roam
    When you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze
    For the holidays you can’t beat home, sweet home on the Outer Banks!

    Yuletide festivities in every town witnessed by Outer Banks families all around

    Yet feel the solitude of the sea with views far beyond the eyes can see

    We rejoice in your arrival and during your stay

    A guarantee that joy, love and peace will fill the airHoliday lights in the night will flare

    Oh, there’s no place like an Outer Banks Vacation Home for the holidays

    ‘Cause no matter how far away you roam
    If you want to be happy in a million ways
    For the holidays you can’t beat home, sweet home on the Outer Banks!

    Poem inspired by works of


    The Housekeeping Department celebrated the season with their annual holiday gathering in Elizabeth City on December 3rd.  During the celebration we expressed our gratitude to all of the cleaners and inspectors that have worked hard all year.

    We are very fortunate to have Deborah Stone, Housekeeping Manager, and her very capable staff managing a team of over 300 housekeepers and inspectors to ensure extremely clean and well equipped vacation rental homes.  General Manager Michelle Layne and Deborah Stone are certified Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals (VRHP)., a professional association of vacation rental companies that strives to increase the quality, service level, and professionalism of housekeeping to both vacation rental homeowners and vacation rental guests.