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Mountain Island Lake Gets 24-Hour TowBoatUS Coverage

Mountain Island Lake Gets 24-Hour TowBoatUS Coverage

On the Water Assistance When You Need It CHARLOTTE, NC, July 15, 2014 – For years, boaters and anglers stuck with a dead battery, dead engine or empty fuel tank out on Mountain Island Lake had to hope that someone would get them back to the boat launch or dock. That’s because the lake had no around-the-clock on water boat towing service. Local law enforcement only patrolled the lake on weekends and provided tows, which was also likely not the best use of the officer’s time or taxpayer dollars. That has all changed with the opening of TowBoatUS Mountain Island Lake, a 24-hour on water towing and assistance service for routine breakdowns. The new location is the third for Capt. […]

North Carolina Wildlife Commission Presents Angler with Lifetime Fishing License

North Carolina Wildlife Commission Presents Angler with Lifetime Fishing License

RALEIGH, NC July 11, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with Neuse Sport Shop and the N.C. Council of Trout Unlimited, presented Riley Halstead, of Pilot Mountain, with a lifetime freshwater fishing license at the agency’s business meeting in Raleigh yesterday. Riley, 7, received her lifetime license as part of a statewide drawing for participants in 39 kids’ “Fish for Fun” events, which were in held in May and June in celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week 2014. The Wildlife Commission also drew names for fishing-related prizes to send to 322 other young anglers across the state — from rods and reels and tackle boxes courtesy of Neuse Sport Shop to mini tackle boxes, T-shirts and fishing […]

National Safe Boating Week Proclamation
By May 1, 2014 Read More →

National Safe Boating Week Proclamation

Morehead City – In recognition of National Safe Boating Week 17 – 23 May, Mayor Gerald A “Jerry” Jones presented a Proclamation to Fort Macon Sail and Power Squadron Commander “JB” Bagby which declares this as the start of a year-long effort to promote safe and fun activities on the waters around the Cry stal Coast. Cdr Bagby expressed his gratitude to Mayor Jones for the continued recognition and support. “I think this is the seventh year we have done this together. An enlargement of your proclamation will be displayed in the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce window on Arendell Street during the month of May.” Cdr “JB” Bagby and Mayor Jones hold a poster board which is now displayed […]

NC Wildlife Commission Seeks Public Input for Pee Dee River Game Land Planning

NC Wildlife Commission Seeks Public Input for Pee Dee River Game Land Planning

ROCKINGHAM, NC March 25, 2014 — The N.C.Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting on April 3 in Rockingham to seek input in developing a management plan for the Pee Dee River Game Land in Richmond County. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Hinson Lake Rotary Lodge, located on 152 Hinson Lake Road. Wildlife Commission staff will use input from the meeting to help guide management and user activities on the state-owned portions of the Pee Dee River Game Land for the next 10 years. This game land is located between Rockingham and Lilesville. Two tracts, encompassing approximately 2,270 acres, are popular for deer, turkey and small game hunting opportunities. “We are seeking input from all […]

Clemson Has Strong Showing on Saturday

Clemson Has Strong Showing on Saturday

CLEMSON, SC March 15, 2014 – The Tigers finished first in two of three races against Eastern Michigan, Syracuse and Boston University on Saturday on Lake Hartwell. Clemson has now won five of six races over two regattas this season. The regatta got off to an exciting start with a battle in the opening race between the Clemson and Syracuse First Varsity 8s. The two were within just a few seconds of one another for the entire race. In the end, Clemson’s 1V8 was able to create just enough space between the two to take the victory by just over two seconds. In the Varsity 4s race, the Tigers jumped out to an early lead over Syracuse. The Orange came […]

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Old Quork’s Day: The Origins of an Ocracoke Legend

Old Quork’s Day: The Origins of an Ocracoke Legend

RALEIGH, NC Mar. 16, 2014 – On March 16, most likely in the 1780s, an odd and offbeat mariner from Ocracoke Island known as Quawk or Quork went to sea in his small fishing skiff despite warnings of impending foul weather. He never returned. The sailor was said to be a loner, and was, by some accounts, the sole survivor of a shipwreck on the island. He was called Quork because of his voice, which was said to be like that of the “quawk,” the colloquial name for the black-crowned night heron. The day became known as Old Quork’s Day, a day of bad luck or misfortune for seamen who might fall victim to quick-forming storms that could catch a […]

Wildlife Commission Offers Kayak, Fish and Float Workshop in Fayetteville

Wildlife Commission Offers Kayak, Fish and Float Workshop in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, NC Mar. 4, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting the 3rd Annual Kayak, Fish and Float workshop on April 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. The free workshop will include fishing how-to seminars and demonstrations of popular fishing kayaks. Mark Patterson, of the N.C. Kayak Fishing Association, along with Hobie Kayak Pro Angler Capt. Jerry Dilsaver, will present workshops throughout the day on the following topics: Kayak Safety and Rigging; Offshore Fishing for King Mackerel; Inshore Kayak Fishing for Redfish, Flounder and Speckled Trout; and, Fresh water kayaking for Bass, Panfish, Catfish and Carp. Participants will have the opportunity to practice their kayaking skills on […]

Fort Macon Wins Distinguished Civic Service Award
By February 7, 2014 Read More →

Fort Macon Wins Distinguished Civic Service Award

Jacksonville, Florida – February 1st   The United States Power Squadrons© celebrated their 100th Anniversary here during their annual meeting and Change of Watch.  Earlier this year, all USPS squadrons were challenged to list their civic service and outreach to their boating community in 2013 by the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water.  USPS Rear Commander Mary Paige Abbott, Senior Navigator, Civic Service Award steward, reviewed the applications.  The Foundation Assistant Director of Boating Safety Ted Sensenbrenner announced the winning selections. Kenneth D Link, Senior Navigator, accepts the BoatU.S. Foundation Distinguished Civic Service Award as Commander of Fort Macon Sail and Power Squadron at the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the United States Power Squadrons in Jacksonville, FL. The […]

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District 27 North and South Carolina Squadrons in Top Ten
By February 7, 2014 Read More →

District 27 North and South Carolina Squadrons in Top Ten

Jacksonville, Florida – February 1st   The United States Power Squadrons© celebrated their 100th Anniversary here during their annual meeting and Change of Watch.  Earlier this year, all USPS squadrons were challenged to list their civic service and outreach to their boating community in 2013 by the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water.  USPS Rear Commander Mary Paige Abbott, Senior Navigator, Chairman of the Membership Committee, Civic Service Award stewards, reviewed the applications.  District 27 Commander Robert F Howd, Junior Navigator, accepted the BoatU.S. Foundation Distinguished Civic Service Award presented by USPS Chief Commander John Alter Senior Navigator.  D27 had four squadrons in the top ten for this national competition giving D27 First Place among all 33 USPS […]

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Learn to BOAT SAFELY on the Cape Fear Waterways $70

Learn to BOAT SAFELY on the Cape Fear Waterways $70

WILMINGTON, NC January 11, 2014 – The Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron will present its Cape Fear Safe Boating course for the public on Saturday, February 8, 2014. In addition to the fundamentals of safe boating, found in our premier America’s Boating Course® textbook, this NASBLA approved course satisfies North Carolina’s boat education requirement for boaters under 26 years of age. Our program features two exclusive components not found elsewhere – “Local Knowledge” (the complexities and challenges of boating on the Cape Fear Waterways) and “On-the-Water” (a 3-hour training cruise). What better way to learn safe boating than to study the local environment and then to actually go out on the water and learn. We will go over the topics […]