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Page 2 The Shoreline July 2005
By Reed Jarvis, Emergency Services Director
The department responded to 23 incidents during the month of May, 11 EMS calls and 12
fire calls. The fire calls included one vehicle fire and one hazardous material incident. The
average response time for EMS calls was 3:44 and for fire 4:50, for an overall average of 4:18.
Training in May included classes in pre-incident planning and search and rescue carries,
and a live fire search and rescue drill. Safety training for all Town employees is also being
Submitted by Chief Joey Culpepper
This year’s first scheduled Click-it-or-
Ticket campaign in North Carolina was held
from May 23 through June 12. During the
first week of the campaign in Pine Knoll
Shores town police conducted three seatbelt
checkpoints, writing 44 citations of which 20
were for seatbelt violations.
Town residents and guests are urged to
wear seatbelts and insure that their children
and grandchildren are in the proper restraint
according to their age or weight. Literature on
the new child restraint laws is available at
both Town Hall and the Public Safety
In May, two separate incidents of breaking,
entry and larceny from motor vehicles were
reported and are still under investigation.
Similar incidents have been reported in other
Bogue Banks communities and citizens and
guests are reminded to lock their vehicles and
remove any valuables. If items must be left in
the vehicle, lock them in the trunk or glove
compartment, out of sight.
Initial training for the recently formed
Community Response Team (CERT) was
held in May with 13 volunteers attending.
They participated in 21 hours of classroom
training covering such topics as basic
firefighting, basic first aid, light search and
rescue, and terrorism. Classes are designed to
give citizens basic knowledge of how to
respond to community needs during natural
or man-made disasters and to assist police,
fire and EMS personnel if needed. Any
resident wishing to become involved in this
activity that helps their town and neighbors is
urged to contact the police department for
Police responded to 107 calls for service
in May and wrote 111 citations, including 41
for seatbelt violations, 18 for speeding and
one for driving while impaired.
One Year and
With this month’s issue. The Shoreline
begins its second year of production since
publication of the town newsletter was
resumed in July, 2004.
The anniversary will not go unnoticed.
The members of the Editorial Board plan to
gather somewhere sometime this month to
celebrate and pat each other on the back,
literally and figuratively.
We’re proud of the fact that all the
original members of the board are still active
and contributing, together with quite a few
others who have joined up along the way.
Despite the fact that we are all individuals
with often differing points of view, we have
learned to pull together and arrive at
compromises that enable us to get the job
We’re also proud that there have been
very few complaints from our readers over
the course of a year. In fact, you can count the
complaints on the fingers of two hands and
have a number of fingers left over.
Not that there haven’t been glitches.
One problem area popped up right off the bat
with an effort to deliver The Shoreline house-
to-house in Pine Knoll Shores. Uncollected
copies on driveways and lawns caused concern
for many reasons, a situation quickly brought
to our attention by readers and our own
observations. The problem was rectified when
arrangements were made to have all copies
delivered by mail.
As for the content of the paper, we
thought we were going to get through an
entire year without a major faux pas. Then
came last month’s issue, the final one of the
first year, and with it came a boo boo of
sizeable proportions, at least as far as we’re
concerned. Apparently not many people
noticed it, but we imagine some of you must
have been left scratching your heads over a
front page full of old pictures about the Iron
Steamer Pier accompanied by a headline that
didn’t really make sense.
The pictures were intended to illustrate
a front page story about the building of the
pier, but, due to some communication
complications, the story and the headline
introducing it never made it into print. We
regret the ommission. The story in its entirety
is presented elsewhere in this issue.
And while we’re at it, we might as well
fess up to the fact that the issue numbers in
Volume 1 of the present version of The
Shoreline have been running one behind ever
since last January when that month’s issue
was labeled No. 6 instead of No.7, No. 6
having been produced in December. Oh well,
what’s a mis-numbered month when no one
misses it! - ~
The Shoreline Staff
Bill White 726-7412
Sue Christman 240-2556
Diane Donovan 247-6409
Carolyn Rife 727-5034
Editors at Large
Dick Reeves 247-2947
Bob Ruggiero 247-7208
Yvette Bannon 240-1528
Yvette Bannon 240-1528
Marge Green 726-9966
Barbara Milhaven 240-0678
Sigrid Schneider 247-9495
3200 Wellons Blvd., New Bern,
CERT VOLUNTEERS ~ Front row from left to right: Jay Kocher, Ted Linblad,
Betsy McGibbon, Patti Swetz, Bill Ashland and Jake Rife. Back row from left
to right: Tom Tempel, Richard Seales, Kenny McGibbon, Charlie Swetz, Clark
Edwards, Martha Edwards and Maureen Danehy.