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News from the 4/26/2017 issue


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Record Numbers At This Year’s Boat Show

“all hands on deck”, the Oriental Rotary Club just completed the 9th annual Oriental In-water Boat Show, Nautical Flea Market and Wooden Boat Expo.

While we don’t yet have complete financials, the show – the 8th under Rotary’s stewardship – appears to have been another record-breaking success. We were able to produce this and prior shows only because of the loyal support of our wonderful sponsors, an amazing array of quality exhibitors, our dedicated volunteers and their spouses and the many complimentary partnerships with our local businesses and neighboring property owners.

There isn’t room here to recognize all of our major donors but I must report that River Dunes and Sea Harbour Yacht Club themselves donated exactly one additional scholarship by way of their sponsorships.

Since 2011 Rotary has been fortunate in being able to grow the show each and every year. Some of that success may have resulted from our modest business acumen but much more is due to the following:

  • most of us here understand that attracting new people, new wallets and new checkbooks is a good thing for all of us;
  • - our vendors appreciate that the show attracts those new wallet and checkbooks to the extent that 90% of our vendors return here year after year;
  • - word of mouth references to the show have been so consistently positive that vendors from Massachusetts to South Florida asked to attend this time;
  • - but perhaps most important, since moving the show onto the beautiful but strictly confined Oriental Harbor Marina footprint in 2014, we have benefitted from the generous and thoughtful support of almost every adjacent resident and property owner.

If the boat show is to continue to grow and satisfy more needs for scholarships, fund further unmet needs in the community and benefit our local businesses even more, we will need the additional support of the remainder of local neighbors. We appeal to our neighbors to please appreciate the global impact of the in-water boat show. The Rotary Club has done and intends to continue to do great things in Oriental and Pamlico County. But we will need the help of the entire community if we are to expand our programs, our boat show and its ultimate potential.

Once again allow me express Oriental Rotary’s appreciation for the neighbors who offered their valuable support to the 2017 boat show. Without their partnership, and that of others, our only alternative in 2018 will be to arbitrarily limit the number of exhibitors, boats and displays on the existing land area while still attempting to meet the community’s growing needs.

With sincere thanks,Tony Santore, President, The Oriental Rotary Club

PCC’s Environmental Science Technology Program Offers Career Versatility

By Sandy Wall, Pamlico Community College

For Pamlico Community College instructor Zac Schnell, going outside to work is a lot like going outside to play.

Schnell leads the college’s Environmental Science Technology program, which prepares graduates for good-paying jobs in the growing field of environmental testing, consulting, remediation and other related fields.

He says one of his favorite parts of the program is the wide variety of career options it creates for students who are interested in the environment.

“You can use it in many different ways,” the energetic, 28-year-old Wilmington native said. “It just depends on what you have an interest in.”

PCC is one of only four community colleges in North Carolina now offering the Environmental Science Technology program. Courses for the versatile program can be taken on campus or online.

PCC’s Environmental Science Technology offers a two-year associ-ate’s degree that appeals to men and women who enjoy the outdoors and who are eager to work in careers that help keep their surroundings – and ours – clean and safe. The program also offers a number of valuable, career-enhancing certifications for people who manage wastewater treatment plants or who work in natural resource conservation.

“Environmental Science Technology is one of the programs that sets Pamlico Community College apart from its peers,” said PCC President Dr. Jim Ross. “We are proud to offer this program, and we are fortunate to have an innovative, well-educated and well-liked instructor like Zac Schnell to lead it.”

Schnell has been drawn to outdoor activities since he was a boy. Growing up in coastal North Carolina, he has always enjoyed boating, kayaking, hiking, surfing and scuba diving.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Technology and Management from N.C. State University in Raleigh, and he went on to earn a master’s degree in Natural Resources from NCSU.

Schnell spent two years in the Peace Corps, working on coastal management projects in the Philippines. Not content with exposure to only coastal environments, he also worked for a while at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Institute at Tremont.

At PCC, he and his students can often be found in the field, collecting water samples, examining the effects of pollution or touring municipal facilities.

The Environmental Science Technology program is not without challenges: Students seeking the two-year degree must take and pass Chemistry and Biology.

But Schnell urges prospective students not to be intimidated. “Don’t let that scare you,” he said.

Students now enrolled in PCC’s Environmental Science Technology program are as varied as the environments they study. Some live in Pamlico County or neighboring areas, while others are distance education students who live in the mountains, Charlotte and the Raleigh-Durham area.

Some students are high schoolers, while others currently work in environment-related fields and want to advance their education.“We are very fortunate to live in a beautiful place,” Ross said. “It’s only appropriate that Pamlico Community College offers a program to train men and women to understand, protect and enhance the environment.”

For more information about PCC’s Environmental Science Technology program, contact Zac Schnell at or call 252-249-1851, ext. 3115.

Sandy Wall can be reached at 252-249-1851, ext. 3010, or