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July 2004 • Vol. 1, No. 1
A Shoreline Community, Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Town Hall 247-4353
A Brief History
The first edition of the Town’s newsletter was pub
lished before there was a town. That first issue was
circulated in May, 1973, and it was entitled simply Pine
Knoll Shores. Its founders, writers, reporters and editors
were Mary Doll and Betty Hammon. The first paragraph
of that first edition read:
“Let’s face it - Pine Knoll Shores is coming of age. The
beautiful lots are almost all sold to beautiful people.
There are more than 100 families living, playing, gar
dening, boating, enjoying each other in the area, and
soon the guardian wing of the Roosevelts will be lifted
in order that we can have an opportunity to try our own
So — how about a Pine Knoll Shores Newsletter (you
send names and ideas to the “editors” who confess
below to putting this first creation together), something
functional, spreading tidbits around the shores, giving
residents and non-residents a chance to fill us all in on
what’s happening to them, how they feel about life
down here, and just cenexally bringing the whole group
together through the old steady medium - the press.”
The very next issue, however, was called “Pine Knoll
Shore-Line” and the editors wrote: “How about that?
The above name for our newsletter was suggested by
Helen and Robert Stout, PKS lot owners who live in
Bloomington, Indiana.” This name continued as long as
Mmes. Doll, and Hammon issued the paper. Thereafter,
the name became merely “The Shoreline”.
In the beginning, the paper was fmanced by contribu
tions made by those who very much appreciated receiv
ing it. In the September, 1973 issue, the editors esti
mated that” - - it is costing approximately $2.00 per year
per copy to send out the “Shoreline”. By June, 1974, the
paper was charging subscribers $2.50 per year for 12
issues, and this at a time when the monthly postage on
each copy was no less than 10 cents.. As with many
thmgs in PKS, volunteers were part of the reason that the
paper was so inexpensive. See the March, 1975 edition
“When the Shoreline has been to “Press”, it comes to
us in a big pile of sheets; collating (a wonderful word to
say arranging the pile of sheets into 230 copies of a
newsletter) must be done, the whole bunch has to be
folded and scotch-taped together, addressed and stamped.
At this moment, our staff suddenly grows from two
editors and a supreme stencil artist, Nell Cnimley, to a
chattering group around a table in someone’s house.
Among the rallyers to this cause are Cres Yaeck, Marj
Johnson, Mary Shaw and Newell Haller, who also fill in
as reporters from time to time, and Elizabeth Ames,
Thelma Vaughn, Barbara Griffith, Margaret Wilcox,
Olga Hedrick, Gert Warner, Mabel Hemphill and Louise
Aponyok. They all seem not to mind the chore and we
do have kind of a good time yapping away as we lick and
Nevertheless, by March, 1976, Shoreline faced diffi
See History on pg. 4
The Shoreline Is Back
By Dick Reeves
We’re back, like Lazarus, with what we hope will be
a bigger and better vehicle that provides us with the
facts, figures and insight to govern ourselves with
knowledge, wisdom, charity and foresight.
Way back in the dark ages of May 1973, two visionary
ladies, Mary Doll and Betty Hammon, started the Shore
line. (See accompanying article.) Where it goes from
here is up to you, the citizens of Pine Knoll Shores.
We’ve provided what you asked for. It will be success
ful or not in direct proportion to your interest and
To be successful, we need you, dear reader, to partici
pate. Tell us what you think, what you want, what you
like, what you don’t like. Pine Knoll Shores is blessed
with the most intelligent, diversified, talented, and in
teresting people you’ll find anywhere. So don’t keep
your talents and passions hidden. Share them. Write a
column. Share a computer secret learned the hard way.
Send us a drawing, painting, poem or cartoon. Or
something of universal interest and value you found on
By Sherry White
Expansion of the Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
finally began in January. The majority of demolition
is complete and reopening is set for spring 2006.
Because of demolition and heavy machinery, the
entire Aquarium property, including its nature trails,
is off limits to visitors, bikers, joggers and walkers.
Though the nature trails are
largely untouched by con
struction, they are inacces
sible until the Aquarium
reopens in spring 2006.
Though the Aquarium’s
interior walls have been re
moved, the building’s over
all structure remains intact
to form the nucleus of the
new Aquarium. Ulti
mately, the Aquarium will
increase from 29,000
square feet to 93,000 square
During the two-year con
struction, the Aquarium is
operating temporary of
fices in Atlantic Station
Shopping Center, Atlantic Beach. The offices are
located next to Concepts Jewelry and designated by
At the Pine Knoll Shores site, the construction crew
has made good progress in clearing and grading the
Aquarium property to make room for the expanded
footprint and a larger parking area. The most recent
task has been the installation of auger-cast piles. Most
the Internet, in a newspaper or magazine. Send us
testimonials on our town employees and volunteers or
comments where someone or something falls short.
This is your own forum by, for, and of the people of
PKS. We’re not afraid of lively debates on abroad array
of subjects of interest to our residents. Who needs a pat
on the back?
We are an aging community and the most popular
activity and conversation among us is visits to physi
cians, hospitals and clinics. Our police, fire and emer
gency services offer some wonderful services to look in
on and protect our aging selves and property. These are
outlined in other articles in this issue. Be aware of them,
tell your friends and neighbors, and be sure to take
advantage of these great employees and volunteers.
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Great minds discuss ideas.
Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss
people.” We have room for all three, although we
reserve the right to edit anything illegal, immoral, fat
tening or libelous. The rules of good taste apply and
unsigned material will not be considered, although we
will withhold your name upon request. Let us hear
of the 317 concrete piles are in the vicinity of the new
ocean tank in the new part of the building, where they
will support the weight of 306,000 gallons of water
and the building structure. The piles measure 14
inches in diameter and extend 35 feet into the ground.
They are capped with additional concrete to form the
foundation of the tank.
The new parking area on the south side of the
existing parking lots will bring the total number of
parking spaces to more than 230. This new lot was
carefully placed to avoid wetland areas and to pre
serve as many large trees as possible. As a result, a
large “island” of trees divides the parking area. Wooden
retaining walls have been constructed where the an
cient dune ridges will meet the paved area.
See Aquarium on pg. 4
Deadline for August issue is Monday, July 12th. Deadline for September issue is Monday, August 9th. Articles always welcome!