Bringing You the New Pines Perspective

A new way to keep our community connected.

Along with all the landscape changes that come with the arrival of Spring, we are bringing you a new method of community connection.  Most of you Carolina Pines residents are aware of the fact that The Shopper recently informed us they would no longer publish our community newspaper due to low advertising revenue.  Therefore, we will now be publishing the online PinesPerspective blog.

You are invited to view and hopefully enjoy the site and feel free to comment and submit articles, book reviews, poetry or any items of news in the community. Log onto to check it out. Send your articles to Jan Cota at

Don’t forget to check back often to see what is new in Carolina Pines.

Spring Into Shape – YOU and your dog!

Spring into shape and train yourselves and your dogs to respond to you like a pro. Our four and six  week long AKC dog and puppy training programs will teach you how to teach reliable commands like the SIT/STAY/DOWN/STAY/STAND, COME plus how to ignore other people and dogs on the street and remain focused on YOU.  PAWSITIVELY PERFECT K-9 teaches reliable recalls and loose leash walking as well. All classes are held locally and in Newport. They include a chance to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen test or the AKC STAR puppy test. Low cost!
Behavior modification in your home is available as well. ANY Breed, ANY age, ANY problem. Days, evenings and week ends too. For more information check email us at or call 252-444-8587. Private behavior modification classes – remember to leave a clear message and telephone number. If your call is not returned please try again as there may be a problem to reach you!
Dominique McPhail
Pawsitively Perfect K-9
Havelock, NC 28532

Tryon Palace Honors Volunteers During ‘National Volunteer Week’

Tryon Palace Honors Volunteers During ‘National Volunteer Week’Volunteers donate more than 24,000 hours to the Palace in 2013



Tryon Palace continued its celebration of “National Volunteer Week” on Wednesday, April 9, by welcoming more than 90 volunteers and staff members to a reception in the North Carolina History Center. This annual celebration honored those who volunteered for Tryon Palace in 2013, which included 440 people giving a cumulative donation of 24,892 hours

“Everywhere I go, I’m always bragging about my volunteers,” said Philippe Lafargue, acting director for Tryon Palace. “There is no doubt, that if we did not have our volunteers, we would not be able to deliver the programs and education that we currently provide.”

Working in areas that range from Palace tours, retail operations in the Museum Store and accounting, to driving the shuttle and gardening, the total donation of time from volunteers in 2013 is valued at $545,352.

“In terms of volunteer labor value, I’m very proud of the fact that we have surpassed our target of reaching the half-million dollar benchmark,” added Lafargue. “When equated to the fair-market value of their time, the value of our volunteers’ time is one of the biggest donations we receive each year.”

Volunteers were thanked for their hard work with a Volunteer Reception held at the North Carolina History Center. Following a meal and fellowship in Mattocks Hall, the volunteers enjoyed a game of “Tryon Palace Jeopardy” in Cullman Hall, and awards were given for the year’s top volunteers.

Numerous volunteering opportunities to fit every interest and schedule are available at Tryon Palace. Anyone interested in donating their time and skill to Tryon Palace is encouraged to contact Volunteer Coordinator Laurie Bowles at 252-639-3615, or visit

For more information about Tryon Palace call 252-639-3500 or visit




Home & Home at Brandywine Bay

by Patty Stegemann

Carolina Pines LGA ladies took 2nd place in the Blitz points competition recently at the first Home & Home of the season at Brandywine Bay.  Brandywine came in 1st , Minnesott was 3rd, Crystal Coast CC was 4th and Morehead 5th.

Points made:
 Patty Stegemann  - +7  (I finally put it all together!)
 Helen Vona – + 3
 Marie Southard  - + 3
 Sue Roeckell   – +1
 Pam McConnaughey  - 0
 Ginny Lafollette – 0
The weather was absolutely beautiful.  Hope some of you got a chance to play.  I am beginning to think that we should seriously think about changing our LGA playday to Thursdays!!!

NB Hearing Loss Association to Meet on April 22nd

The New Bern chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America will meet on Tuesday, April 22nd at 11:00 a.m. at 1325 McCarthy Blvd, in the Common Room at McCarthy Court Apartments. We are a support group for people with all degrees of hearing loss. Our purpose is to open the world of communication for people with hearing loss through information, education, advocacy, and support.  You are invited to bring a friend.

Our guest speaker is Carole Edwards from N.C. Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing. Her topic is Emergency Preparedness: “Are YOU prepared if disaster strikes?  Does your hearing loss affect your ability to understand announcements?  Come out and learn about how to make sure YOU are safe.  There are all types of Emergency situations in which we need to make sure we are ready for and can accommodate our hearing loss before, during and after.”  For questions please call Cynthia Koran at (252)626-6864.

Community Yard Sale – May 10th, 7:30 a.m. – 1 pm.

It’s that time of year again.  This is a wonderful opportunity for you to get busy, clean out your closets and pass on some of that clutter that someone else is anxious to take home with them!  The Carolina Pines Estates Property Owners Association  sponsors this annual Community Yard Sale which  will be advertised in the New Bern Sun Journal,  the Havelock News and the Cherry Point Windsock.

Get a good night’s sleep so you will be ready at 7:30 a.m. for the shoppers that will flock to your garage!  Put out some balloons or some catchy way to indicate that you are participating in the sale.  This is a great way to get out of the house, meet some new neighbors and have a fun day.

Remember – Saturday, May 10th starting at 7:30 a.m. and lasting until you are sold out or about 1 p.m.

Stitchers Meet April 14th

Reminder that the Stitchers meet Monday, April 14th at the Township Six Fire Station.

If anyone is interested in seeing what this group accomplishes in a month, just stop by the Fire Station and view all their creations.  They knit, crochet and sew items that are donated to the hospital for patients.  These items include hats for new babies, pillows for surgery patients,  shawls for chemo patients and “fidget” blankets adorned with many items to keep the fingers of dementia and Alzheimer patients busy.

Patti De Meo and Sue Roeckell will be there to answer any questions you might have.  They would also be happy to receive any donations of fabric, yarn or any items that you might find in your “junk” draw that can be securely attached to the fidget blankets.  These items would include key chains, wooden beads, little zippers, etc.

Articles are donated to CravenEast Medical Center.  Members of the Stitchers are volunteers of the hospital.   They gather on the  second Monday of each month at 1:30pm.  When you see all that is accomplished by these volunteers, you just may want to join the group!

Ask the Aquarium

Q. I see triggerfish listed on restaurant menus. In seafood markets it’s selling for $15 a pound. What is triggerfish?

Mar 2014 Ask Aquar. col-NC Aquariums-triggerfish                                                     A. Triggerfish is a some-what flat, angular, disk-shaped fish that lives in relatively shallow coastal waters, especially around reefs and rocky ledges. Some 40 species are known throughout the world’s oceans. Many are colorful and beautifully marked.

This queen triggerfish is named for its brilliant color                      and the long, sturdy spine in its top fin, which it uses to anchor itself in cracks and crevices.

The gray triggerfish (Balistes capriscus), one of the less multicolored in the family, is the species most often used commercially. Its mild flavor is delicious no matter how prepared – baked, broiled, fried, blackened, smoked, or dried and salted.

Triggers are named for the long, sturdy spine in their top fin, which they can raise or lower at will. When threatened, or to sleep or secure themselves against strong currents, they retreat into cracks or crevices, flip up the sturdy “trigger” on their top fin and anchor themselves firmly in place. Once “triggered in,” it’s nearly impossible to force them out. These fish are bold and will charge or nip intruders in their territory, including divers, particularly when guarding nest sites.
Triggerfish have eyes that rotate independently. They can also lighten or darken their colors to blend into the environment, or if threatened. Size, depending on species, ranges from a few inches to more than 3 feet in length. Mouths are small but contain strong teeth and jaws. Invertebrates such as mollusks, crustaceans, echinoderms and worms are foods of choice.
When hunting, triggerfish fan their fins rapidly and blow a strong stream of water to unearth prey buried in the sand. It may take a number of attempts. To feast on a prickly sea urchin, they blow a stream of water onto the urchin to overturn it, then attack the soft underside. Small fish often accompany triggerfish to feast on leftover tidbits. To view the triggerfish’s hunting technique, view the video at

Triggerfish tend to be solitary except during mating periods. Males establish spawning grounds and prepare seafloor nests to house tens of thousands of eggs. Females help care for eggs until hatching, blowing water on them to keep them supplied with oxygen.

Because of their splendid colors and patterns, these fish are popular aquarium specimens. Unfortunately, due to over collection in the wild, some species are now listed as threatened. Researchers are working to rear triggerfish in captivity to help conserve wild populations.

Information provided by the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. The state operates three public aquariums; one in Pine Knoll Shores, another at Fort Fisher and a third on Roanoke Island, as well as Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. The facilities are administered by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources and are designed to inspire appreciation and conservation of North Carolina’s aquatic environments. For more information, log onto, or call 800-832-FISH.