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.

Around the Neighborhood by Jan Cota

Seems to always be a wonder to me – where do the days go?  Living this life of retirement, one pictures lazy summer days just sitting on the porch in the comfortable swing BUT although we do our share of that, the days go by so quickly, our lives filled with interesting people and activities.

All Eileen Sidney’s friends are absolutely thrilled that her health has improved tremendously and she is able to be back and settled comfortably into her lovely home.  Many thanks to all the friends who have been strong support and to all those who have prayed for her recovery.  Truly makes summer in Carolina Pines better than ever!

Our neighborhood has lost another long-time resident, Ed Daniels.  Ed so graciously worked for the  Carolina Pines Property Owners Association years ago in establishing the fact that West Palmer Boulevard was indeed a county road, not a private road as had been erroneously designated.  The residents have never forgotten this deed and will forever be grateful to Ed for accomplishing what needed to be done.  We send Becky and the entire Daniels Family our sincere sympathy.

Have you had an opportunity to check out our new community blog?  Would love to have you go to to check it out.  The blog replaces the monthly newspaper Pines Perspective.  Although the following hasn’t picked up much, yours truly is trying to post interesting news of the area and I invite any of you who would be interested to send me material to post.  Would also invite your comments and suggestions for improvement.  If you should desire, you can click on the FOLLOW button on top of the home page and you will be notified whenever there is a new post.  Just trying to improve community communication.

It is nice to have the construction to the entrance to Carolina Pines complete.  Are any or all of you noticing improvement in the intersection?  Whether traveling towards Havelock or New Bern I continue to turn right at the end of the boulevard and proceed to the improved exit/entrance as I like the fact there is more room between lanes if turning to Havelock.

Continue to enjoy your summer doing all the things you like to do.  If traveling, do so safely.

Quote of the Month for July

“The serene philosophy of the pink rose is steadying.  Its fragrant, delicate petals open fully and are ready to fall, without regret or disillusion, after only a day in the sun.  It is so every summer.  One can almost hear their pink, fragrant murmur as they settle down upon the grass: ‘Summer, summer, it will always be summer.’”

-  Rachel Peden 


Introducting New Staff at Carolina Pines Golf & Country Club

Introducting New Staff  at  Carolina Pines Golf & Country Club

July 2014


Join us is wecoming Alan Spoerl to the Team at

Carolina Pines!  He is taking over General Management of the Restaurant/Grill!

Al has experience and education provided through the Marine Corps as well as establishments in Japan and New Jersey.

Lucky for us, Al relocated to NC to be closer to his children and accepted the position here.

He asks that you contact him via his e-mail with any questions or concerns or at the Club phone 252-444-1000 ext. 3 or 4

We know you will all welcome & support Al in

this new chapter of his life.

We are so pleased & excited!



Some of the longest Members here at Carolina Pines remember a past employee here…

~Tom Johnson~

We are fortunate that he was not happy being retired and has agreed to be our

New Golf Manager!

Tom has vast education and experience running all aspects ofGolf;  from Pro Shop Inventory, Daily Bookings, In-House Events and

Outside Tournaments.

Tom can be reached at the Clubhouse or

Stop by and say Hi & welcome Tom to the

Staff at Carolina Pines!

We look forward to our Golf Future with Tom!




Carolina Pines Golf & Country Club


Are You Having Problems With Hearing?

The New Bern chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America will meet on Tuesday, August 26 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 will be the North Carolina State President of the Hearing Loss Association of America, Julie Bishop from Cary, NC. Her topic will be, “How being Pro-Active about your hearing loss helps your family and friends.”

For any questions call Cynthia Koran at (252) 626-6864

Tour the Smithsonian Museum

Thanks to Denise Wheeler for sharing this information:

Here is something special, a virtual tour of the Smithsonian Museum, room by room! It’s really something with a 360 degree viewing by using your cursor. You easily spend days/weeks looking at everything. Just marvelous for kids and adults.

Follow the blue arrows on the floor to move into new rooms
Shows inside and outside of the museum and there little cameras here and there which show detailed info on certain things. If you click on the floors (upper right corner) you get a floor plan of that floor and you can click on a blue circle and go directly to that room.
Truly incredible web site.

Look for the “arrows” on the floor and click on them. They take you to other places.

Historical Society Hunts for Ghosts Ghostwalk Auditions, August 7

Looking for something fun to do?

The New Bern Historical Society is on a ghost hunt.  They are seeking both veteran and new ghost actors to portray characters in this year’s Ghostwalk, Hauntings with Attitude.  Ghostwalk brings to life historic characters from New Bern’s past right in the very locations they may have been seen.

Lynne Harakal, Executive Director, is looking for volunteers, both men and women, ages 18 and up to play the phantom roles, “We’d like actors who are interested in this fun and exciting event, and who can give the time for the event’s three days”. Auditions will be held August 7, 2014 at 7:00pm at the Attmore-Oliver House.  Ghostwalk will take place the evenings of October 23-25.

If you are interested in participating in one of New Bern’s premier events as one of the ghostly specters from the past, call or email the New Bern Historical Society office at 252-638-8558,


These ghosts made appearances at last year’s Ghostwalk.

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Remember Martha Raye? Did you know this?

Submitted by Jan Parys

It was well recognized that Martha Raye endured less comfort and more danger than any other Vietnam entertainer.


Don’t let the sun go down without reading this about Martha Raye.


The most unforgivable oversight of TV is that her shows were not taped.

I was unaware of her credentials or where she is buried.

Somehow I just can’t see Brittany Spears, Paris Hilton, or Jessica Simpson doing what this woman (and the other USO women, including Ann Margaret & Joey Heatherton) did for our troops in past wars.

Most of the old time entertainers were made of a lot sterner stuff than today’s crop of activists bland whiners.

The following is from an Army Aviator who takes a trip down memory lane:

“It was just before Thanksgiving ’67 and we were ferrying dead and wounded from a large GRF west of Pleiku. We had run out of body bags by noon, so the Hook (CH-47 CHINOOK) was pretty rough in the back.  

All of a sudden, we heard a ‘take-charge’ woman’s voice in the rear.  

There was the singer and actress, Martha Raye, with a SF (Special Forces)

beret and jungle fatigues, with subdued markings, helping the wounded into

the Chinook, and carrying the dead aboard. 

‘Maggie’ had been visiting her SF ‘heroes’ out ‘west’.

We took off, short of fuel, and headed to the USAF hospital pad at Pleiku. 

As we all started unloading our sad pax’s, a ‘Smart Mouth’ USAF Captain said

to Martha…. “Ms Ray, with all these dead and wounded to process, there would

not be time for your show!”

To all of our surprise, she pulled on her right collar and said ……”Captain,

see this eagle?  I am a full ‘Bird’ in the US Army Reserve, and on this is a ‘Caduceus’

which means I am a Nurse, with a surgical specialty….now, take me to your wounded!”

He said, “Yes ma’am…. follow me.”

Several times at the Army Field Hospital in Pleiku, she would ‘cover’ a surgical shift, giving a nurse a well-deserved break.

Martha is the only woman buried in the SF(Special Forces) cemetery at Ft Bragg.

Hand Salute! A great lady..

I did not know this about Martha Ray….

thought you might like to read it.