Frisco Native American Museum

24th August 2016


Over the past 30 years, the Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center has received amazing and wonderful donations, ranging from rare and beautiful art work to handmade crafts for the museum gift shop. But one of the most interesting items recently made its way to the museum from a couple living in Onancock, Virginia.
In early summer, Robert Doughty contacted museum staff to say he would like to donate an artifact that had been given to him when he lived on Ocracoke Island many years ago. Doughty explained that the artifact was found around 1925 by a native of Ocracoke, Gregg Bragg, when he was a teenager clamming in waters along the shore. Bragg’s clam rake hit something considerably larger than a clam, and when he examined it, fortunately he recognized that it was more than just a rock. Made of what appears to be lava, the rock has both top and bottom clearly scooped out making it perfect for grinding corn or other grains. The Bragg family used the grindstone as a door stop for the next fifty years until Bragg met Doughty in the seventies and eventually gave it to him.
Doughty speculated how the grindstone may have been used by Native Americans on the outer banks centuries ago, noting that he considered it a very lucky find. Indeed. Staff at the Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center would agree. The grindstone is currently on display at the museum in an exhibit on early tools.

The museum is located on Hatteras Island and open Tuesday through Sunday
from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM; Mondays by appointment only.
For more information visit
or call 252-995-4440.

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Garden of the Season

24th August 2016

Water, life’s number one necessity! ---- By: Bernard T Walker:

24th August 2016
My suggestion for water heater replacement in a home is as follows: Sediment has to build up in
any unit, and the manufacturers install a cheap piece of junk drain that is unserviceable from
the first time of use. I always remove the drain and use a 3/4 x 4” dielectric nipple, a 3/4”
galvanized 90-degree elbow, and a good 3/4” ball valve with a 3/4” pipe-to-hose adapter on the
end. Every three months or so, the unit would have a garden hose attached to the new drain assembly and be given a “bottom blow,” to use the trade jargon. You should let out about five gallons of water each time. Sediment buildup reduces the efficiency of a heater and is a factor in overall drainage failure. Of course, all local codes and manufacturer’s installation instructions should be followed.
I have seen three-year-old water heaters with five to ten gallons of sedimentation in them. An old water heater at a friend’s house was filled to within two inches of the top and weighted about 340 pounds; it took three men to get it out. Don’t find yourself in that predicament.


About the author: Bernard T Walker, “Bernie,” was born and raised near Baltimore, Maryland, in a bottom-echelon blue-collar community called Rosedale. Bernard attended public schools and spent a year and a half at Essex Community College before transferring to Towson State College and receiving a degree in Social Science in 1967.
Bernard was drafted immediately after college, went to Basic in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and spent ten months supply training in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Then, there was an 11-month tour of duty in Vietnam. By “Nam” standards, his unit had a great job since it was located at a massive fire support base north of Saigon. He was promoted to E-5 and was in charge of the cargo crew supplies, which ran through nearby Bien Hoa Air Base to various areas in the jungle. Bernard came home in September 1969 and started a job with B&O railroad, but the job was eliminated due to downsizing after a year and a half. Next, he went to work for the Employment Security Administration for the state of Maryland as the job developer, interviewer, veteran’s rep, and counselor. This agency was a
branch of the “War on Poverty.”
The entire office shut down. Bernard found a home at Plumbers Local #48 as an apprentice plumber and gasfitter.
He worked about half the time as a mechanic and the other half as a supervisor. He retired nine years ago and moved to Creswell, NC four years ago. Bernard and his wife divorced in 1994, and he doesn’t have any children.

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Lil' surfers

23rd August 2016

Cobia Fishing --- by Jake Worthington

22nd August 2016

Last month I explained how the 2016 Cobia Season was almost closed before the NC and VA season even began. The SAMFC had determined that the Cobia Fishery was overfished in 2015, and this had generated the closure for June 20, 2016. The agency claimed they had no choice to close the fishery because of Magnum-Stevenson Act passed by Congress. The lines were drawn in the sand, and this resulted in a grassroots fight to not allow the states of NC and VA to follow along in this closure. The grassroots movement was started by Virginia resident Jonathan French who not only loves to Cobia fish, but he also loves his job as a Washington, DC, policy specialist. French works the halls of
DC at the nation’s capital and understands the ins and outs of how the laws and regulations work. He was familiar with how government regulatory agencies work, and what gave them their rulemaking authority. Mr. French was a godsend to the grassroots movement because he could decipher the data and the rules and show how the agency was not even following their own policy and rules.
I first met Jon French when I began pier fishing when I was 9 years old. He and his family would come to the pier and stay for a week. French would live on the end of the pier live baiting for Cobia and King Mackerel. We would spend hours talking while waiting for a fish to bite. Jon French, in a nutshell, is a man who loves to fish and really loves to Cobia fish. Luckily for the grassroots movement, they now had an advocate that not only loved to fish but worked in Washington,
DC, and knew how the system worked.

The first thing French did was read the Magnum-Stevenson Act to determine why the SAMFC had acted like it did. First, French found that Virginia had no representation on the SAMFC and was trying to close a season that would cause a negative economic impact. That brings us to the next violation that French uncovered, and that was that the SAMFC had not done an economic impact study on how closing the season would affect the state and its economy. French pointed out these violations to both NC and VA officials and tried to rally both boards to use this as a valid reason on how the SAMFC was violating its own policies, regulations, and rules.

Then the water really got muddy when SAMFC was also challenged on why the boundaries existed between the Atlantic and Gulf Cobia species. SAMFC insists they are different genetic fish, and they don’t go from one area to the other. French attacked this data that the SAMFC was using and showed it was flawed. As I am wring this article, the SAMFC is still working to close the season in 2017 calling for a spawning closure. If you are a fisherman, you will need to be proactive like Jonathan French has shown us. Without his inside knowledge, it would have been very possible that we would have lost the 2016 Cobia season.

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