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  • By Mary Ellen Riddle
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He has a librarian look, is a brainiac and can be deadly serious. It’s a perfect foil to another side of Stuart Parks, an archivist at the Outer Banks History Center. Parks is one funny guy. Quick witted and creative by nature, he channels the absurdities in life and turns them into written …

  • By Jenny Scarborough
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Artists who call the Outer Banks home find inspiration in the ocean, sounds and beaches, the stars, the wildlife, and, well, everywhere. Anglers look at the water and think about fish, and dinner.

  • By Katrina Mae Leuzinger
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Megan Scott rubs a pork butt with a mixture of paprika and sea salt, while her mother, Terry Bell, experiments with fresh herbs from her garden in grilled dishes and sauces. That’s pretty much a typical Thursday for the foodies, who own The Spice & Tea Exchange in Duck.

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  • By Donna Gable Hatch Editor
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The 80th season of “The Lost Colony”— a combination of history, drama, laughter, song and dance — opens May 26 at Roanoke Island's Waterside Theatre.

The award-winning symphonic play was penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green, a native of North Carolina, and commemorates Sir Walter Raleigh’s doomed colony on Roanoke Island, the first English settlement in North America.

The play made its debut before a sold out crowd on July 4, 1937. It was intended to be a one-summer run, but after President Franklin D. Roosevelt attended a performance on August 18, 1937, its future was brighter than anyone expected.

In 2013, “The Lost Colony” was awarded a special Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre by the American Theatre Wing. After eight decades, it’s still going strong.

  • By James D. Charlet
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When the keeper of the Pea Island Life-Saving Station lost his job in the 1878 overhaul of the United States Life-Saving Service, a surprising thing happened. The new keeper selected for the Pea Island Station was a local surfman from the nearby Bodie Island Life-Saving Station. His name was…

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  • By Donna Gable Hatch Editor
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The hula hoop might seem like a relatively new product, something that twirled into the Pop Culture scene in the 1950s. But hoops have been used to exercise since the days of Cynisca of Sparta, the first woman to win at the ancient Olympic Games, and Chionis of Sparta, one of the towering fi…

  • By Donna Gable Hatch Editor
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Fire is one of Mother Nature’s four basic elements — air, water, earth and fire —without which life would not be possible.

  • By Laura Martier Contributing writer
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The possibilities for change are endless no matter your age or circumstances.

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As the oldest cast member, Della Basnight brings a personal history and a family legacy to The Lost Colony.

  • By Molly Harrison Editor
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A 7-year-old’s dream to bring cheer to others comes to life with the help of his grandmother.

  • By Fran Marler Contributing writer
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After a well-rounded career in dance, Outer Banks philanthropy and 48 years as owner of The Christmas Shop, Eddie Greene is ready to retire.

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Lou Browning of Frisco has spent a decade helping ill and injured wildlife return to their natural home.

  • By Catherine Kozak Contributing writer
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Hatteras native Ernie Foster is a representative for watermen and a protector of the environment.

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Colington waterman Jamie Parker spends as much time on the sounds as he possibly can. He makes a living harvesting seafood as well as guiding waterfowl hunting trips in the late fall and winter. Parker will represent the local commercial fishing trade at the 2nd annual Outer Banks Seafood Fe…