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By Ken Jones
Welcome to the summer of 2017. This is going to be the best.
Before I get too deep into things, I want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who
took part in this year’s Kayak for the Warriors events. Held on May 27, June 1 and June
3, all events were very successful and may well have set some new records. One of the
most common comments from the kayak and paddleboard race was about all the sup
porters along the canal cheering the participants on. Again, thank you. I am very proud
to hve here, and even prouder to be your mayor. Volunteers, staff, and some outside
help make our teams unbeatable.
On May 24, Town Manager Brian Kramer and I went to Raleigh with a few other
folks from Carteret County and some of the other coastal towns and counties to fight
against the NC Senate bill that was going to redistribute the sales and use tax in North
Carolina. This bill was nothing more than wealth redistribution, and it had already
been approved by the NC Senate, with our senator voting in favor. The bill had made
the cross into the NC House and we were running out of time. As you may recall, the
purpose of this bill was to take about $45K out of our town budget, and in the end was
to take out over $70K. This would have impacted our law enforcement and fire and
emergency management capabilities. This bill was not in the Senate budget bill, making
it a “stand alone” bill, which makes it easier to pinpoint and stop.
That day I met with about 10 House members, including Representative Jason Saine
from Lincoln County. He has been very helpful in the past with this same issue, and
believes in local government. Along with Representative Saine, Representative Bill
Brawley of Mecklenberg County was extremely helpful in getting the House version of
the budget to pass and not letting our tax dollars go elsewhere. Thank you, gentlemen.
Like you, I read about the coyote problem in our county, our state, and all across
the country. In other words, if you are concerned about this, you are not alone. The
best way to get rid of any animal is to take away its food source. Please do not feed the
coyotes. If you are concerned with the mosquito problem every summer, take away
their breeding areas as well, which is standing water. It only takes about two days for
a mosquito to lay eggs and hatch, resulting in the mosquito population multiplying.
Again, please do not help them multiply.
There is winter, spring, summer, fall, and hurricane season. Hurricane season is
from June 1 to November 30, with the peak being around the middle of September.
Take all weather watches and warnings seriously, and be prepared. If you do not have
a re-entry pass, one can be obtained at the Pine Knoll Shores public safety building
located on Salter Path Road. This pass is for property owners and residents of our town.
We do use them, and we do turn people away if they don’t have one. Make this your
first step in your storm preparedness plan.
Pine Knoll Shores is always a great place to be, and the warmth and sunshine of
summer make life even better. I wish you a fun and safe summer. One team, one town,
one Pine Knoll Shores.
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Free Piano Concert at St. Francis
At 7 p.m. on Friday, July 14, pianist Brenda Bruce will perform a concert of
“Familiar Favorites ... Music of Schumann, Liszt and Gershwin” at St. Francis by the
Sea Episcopal Church in Salter Path. The program also includes “The Blue Danube” by
Johann Strauss. Concert seating begins at 6:45.
Ms. Bruce, a well-known North Carolina pianist, invites people of all ages to be
deeply engaged as well as entertained. Her performances have taken her throughout
the Southeast, New England and Europe. She has performed with the North Carolina
Symphony, given numerous recitals at the North Carolina Museum of Art (1991,1993,
1995,1999,2002), and other prestigious venues throughout the state.
Ms. Bruce holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Central Methodist
College in her home state of Missouri, and a Master of Music degree from the New
England Conservatory in Boston. After graduating from the conservatory, she lived in
the Boston area for some 12 years before moving to Raleigh.
Ms. Bruce has been honored as the recipient of a Raleigh Emerging Artists Grant,
an individual artist grant, and the Independent Music Teachers Grant from the Music
Teachers National Association, the most important national association for music
teachers in all areas. She is listed in North Carolina Touring Artist Who’s Who of
American Women and Outstanding Musicians of the 20th and 21st Centuries.
One of her most unusual jobs as a pianist was her 12-year engagement as pianist
for two hours daily in the dining room of SAS Institute, a multinational developer of
analytics software in Cary. Here she performed classics, show tunes, nursery rhymes
and popular standards for the clientele. For her program at St. Francis, she presents
favorite songs arranged for solo piano.
A dedicated teacher, Ms. Bruce maintains a private studio in Cary. In March 2013,
she was invited to be an adjudicator in the Music Festival for the Schools of Music
and Speech in Hong Kong. Most recently, in March 2017, her former student, now at
Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, won first place in the National Competition for
the Music Teachers National Association.
Concert admission is free and a reception follows. All are welcome and donations
are accepted to sustain the series.
St. Francis by the Sea is located at 920 Salter Path Road in Salter Path. The church
website is stfrancisbythesea.org and the phone number is 240-2388.
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