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By Ken Jones
Rounding up our fall season
Fall is the season many of us wait for all year. As I write this, the weather
has just turned to a cooler, lower humidity, beautiful fall—hut this year is quite
Hurricane Florence has just recently gone out the door. Our town doesn’t
resemble the town of August 2018, such a short time ago. So many things have
been cancelled and, to a very small degree. I’m okay with it. I’ll miss the fall
weather as I am hauling leaves and branches. I personally will have a much higher
electric bill next summer for the lack of shade trees—most likely, you will, too. But
there are better days ahead.
I have heard many people across our town, county, and region say things could
have been worse. They certainly could have been. Everyone is thankful for the
results we got as opposed to the results we could have had. And I’ve heard many
say they are thankful just to be alive. It’s amazing how your priorities come back to
the basics when sheer survival is the goal.
We are realizing just how thankful we should be. We live in the great state
of North Carolina, but better than that, we live in Pine Knoll Shores. We have
beautiful beaches, peaceful and clean neighborhoods, very nice facilities, and
many other things that sometimes we take for granted.
It’s always difficult to say thank you to all the people who made a difference
during the worst time in our town’s history. There are so many I almost hate to
mention anyone for fear of missing someone. I am overwhelmingly happy with
most of the people I have worked with and for during this emergency. To so
many who made food or cooked for our emergency operators: thank you. To
our emergency fire/rescue and police: thank you. To Sonny Cunningham and
his entire crew: thank you. To the town hall staff who did all the important and
informational communications: thank you. To the dedicated volunteers who
chipped in with a moment’s notice: thank you. To all the people who said thank
you, my pleasure.
On Veteran’s Day we express gratitude to our veterans. As a fellow veteran, I
took my turn, and I want to say thank you to other veterans for taking your turn
in keeping the freedoms we have.
Don’t miss out on this year’s Turkey Trot. It’s Thanksgiving Day at 9 -a.m.
(registration at 8:30) and starts at McNeill Park. You do not have to be a turkey to
participate. In December we have all kinds of fun planned, so stay tuned.
My point is there is gracious plenty for us all to be thankful for. Celebrate and
enjoy the beauty of the fall season in Pine Knoll Shores. One team, one town, one
Pine Knoll Shores.
William Henry Jones III
James Merrell Jr.
Tfne^brelfhe I November 2018
Pine Knoll Shores
By Michelle Powers
The Pine Knoll Shores Women’s Club looks forward to the resumption of its
meetings and programs in the remaining months of 2018 and the upcoming 2019
season. During October and November, members were focused on dealing with
the aftermath of Hurricane Florence on their own homes, our town and the larger
Carteret County Community. Many members volunteered to assist their churches,
nonprofit organizations and civic groups to provide services to those affected by the
As we begin to return to normal in our daily lives, the Women’s Club has
planned for an array of speakers focusing on health and wellness issues.
Membership in the Women’s Club is open to any Pine Knoll Shores female
resident, but guests of any gender are always welcome at Women’s Club meetings.
Join us for any of the following programs. Most programs, except for the Fashion
Show and the Christmas and Installation luncheons, are held at the Pine Knoll
Shores town hall at 9:30 a.m. Light refreshments are served at the start of the
meeting, and a short business meeting follows the presentations.
Join us for the following special presentations by guest speakers:
« November 16—Terri Thomas, Certified Tai Chi instructor
• December 7—Christmas luncheon (location and time to be determined)
• January 25—Kathryn Hudson, certified Reiki therapist and trainer
• February 22—Fundraising Fashion Show for our Scholarship Program
(location and time to be determined)
• March 22—Stephanie Kaplan, acupuncturist
• April 26—Juan Pulido, certified trainer/health coach, speaking on
“Maintaining Muscle, Flexibility and Balance”
• May 17—Bill Knecht, president of the Board of Directors of the Crystal
Coastal Autism Center
• June 7—Installation luncheon (location and time to be determined)
By Erica Reed
The PIKSCO parks were hit hard by Hurricane Florence. Tree work is complete
at McNeill Park and is almost complete at Garner Park. We are on our contractors’
lists to get repairs done to seawalls and docks at McNeill Park and the floating dock
at Garner Park. Contractors are working on critical items first and will get to us as
soon as possible. The Board is working on all other repairs at the PIKSCO parks.
We are always looking for volunteers to help with our parks. If you are interested
in volunteering, please email Erica Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org. We need your help
to keep PIKSCO parks looking good and to suggest changes that we can make to
improve our life here in paradise.
In October, President Buz Jenkins resigned and moved back to Virginia with
his family. We have not voted on a new president at this time. Also, our October
meeting was cancelled while we regroup and assess damages at both our parks and
PIKSCO contact. For questions, concerns, to express a willingness to volunteer
or to provide feedback, contact Erica Reed at 252-247-4818, email@example.com,
through the website at piksco.com or by mail at P.O. Box 366, Atlantic Beach, NC