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.

Students learn about engineering, have fun at NCSU camp

By Drew C. Wilson, Halifax Media Services

They say brilliance sometimes springs from a cluttered desk.

For several days last week, a couple of classrooms at the Havelock Campus of Craven Community College looked like a tornado had blown through.

On several tables were plastic eggs, glue guns, strands of wire, paper, foam, propellers, solar-powered motors and what seemed like millions of Popsicle sticks and tongue depressors.

But out of all that chaos, 60 students in the annual Middle School Engineering Camp were making connections and forging breakthroughs.

Will Sherrill, young Carolina Pines resident and other participants of Middle School Engineering Camp at the Havelock Campus of Craven Community College watch as solar-powered boats are tested. fr

Will Sherrill, second from left, young Carolina Pines resident and other participants of Middle School Engineering Camp at the Havelock Campus of Craven Community College watch as solar-powered boats are tested. 

“I made an anemometer to show wind speed. I made a solar powered boat. I’ve made egg car protection to see if it will hurt it when it hits the wall and I made a windmill that makes LED light,” said Will Sherrill of Havelock. “It’s fun and it gives me a chance to build and it gives me a chance to learn new things. I learned how engineering kicks in to help different designs.”

At the center of that whirlwind of activity was Bill Fortney, an engineering professor from North Carolina State University who has led the program since it first started in 2007.

“We try to introduce the kids to just what the whole field of engineering is. Our big goal is we try to let them have a fun experience with engineering,” Fortney said. “Research really shows that middle school is a critical time when kids are making their career choice and what we find is that they really don’t understand engineering, so if things aren’t done to help them understand that field, they would never pick it as a career. They may be good in math and science but they really don’t know what to do with it. What the camp does is help them see that interest they have in math or science can actually be channeled towards a career in engineering.”

Students from Craven, Carteret and Pamlico counties participated in the week-long camp. Engineering students from Cherry Point air station, Bosch and CCC helped out along with five area middle school teachers.

“We didn’t have this sort of thing when I was growing up,” said engineering student Andrew Buckner of Havelock. “This is my second year helping though and they are always happy, especially when you get kids that have been here a couple of years. They get excited about the way things are going to turn out.

“I am an engineering student normally so it’s my job to help out the teachers in charge of the group and give them a little bit of insight and be a helping hand to anything that needs getting done. The kids love it here. They are always happy to toy with it and to learn how the smallest of things can change the way a project works, such as the rudders on the boats or the angle of the blades on the windmills.”

The idea is to get kids an opportunity to utilize the skills they have been learning in math and science.

“I thought it would teach me more about engineering, which I was looking into as my general field and since my mom works here she told me about it,” said Jomar Peter, a local middle school student. “It helps you show what you’ve learned. It helps you to experiment with your knowledge and helps you learn even more than you already know.”

Student Rylee Marie Faraci of New Bern agreed.

“It’s really fun,” Faraci said. “You get to meet new people and also expands how you think you can achieve. At first I didn’t think I was going to be able to do any of this but it definitely broadened my ability to do things.

Since there’s a vast amount of materials you can literally do anything. It does give you some tips on how to make it but it is a wide spread of ideas. Your imagination can go wild.”

Fortney said the program has been around long enough to have students who once attended the camp who are now pursuing university engineering degrees.

“Locally there are a lot of opportunities for you if you would like to go into that career and stay in this area and live,” Fortney said. “We have been doing this long enough that we are starting to see students come through the other side come through the program.”

Drew C. Wilson is a reporter for the Havelock News.

Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 17:30 PM., Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 17:30 PM.

Greater New Bern Area Business Expo 2014

The New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 19th “Greater New Bern Area Business Expo to be held at the New Bern/Craven County Convention & Visitors Center (Downtown New Bern) on Thursday, August 21, 2014.

Business Expo Title Sponsor “CenturyLink,” along with platinum sponsors CarolinaEast Health System, Coastal Carolina Health Care, P.A., R. A. Jeffreys Co. of New Bern, LLC and Sun Journal make this the “signature event” for businesses throughout eastern North Carolina.

Some 100 plus exhibitors will welcome upwards of 1500 visitors to the 45,000 square feet of the New Bern/Craven County Convention & Visitors Center.

CenturyLink, the title sponsor of the Greater New Bern Business Expo for over 13 years, leads a vast array of sponsors who make this event one of the most highly attended business presentations in eastern North Carolina.

Derek Kelly, Market Development Manager at CenturyLink, handles all Public and Media Relations for Eastern North Carolina. According to Kelly: “The Greater New Bern Business Expo is the premier event for us to connect with current and future customers, both residential and business.”

Business Expo exhibitor booths are available through August 8, 2014, which is the deadline for inclusion in the event directory. The Greater New Bern Business Expo directory will contain a description of all exhibitors as well as a floor layout of the various exhibits and is distributed to the Sun Journal’s distribution base of over 17,000 households.

Admission for the Greater New Bern Expo is $2.00 for adults with children 6 and UNDER admitted free. A coupon is available on the Chamber website & also the Sun Journal

Expo TAB on Wednesday, August 20th, for $1.00 admission discount.

For further information about the Greater New Bern Business Expo 2014, please contact Teresa Suhrie, Special Events Coordinator at the New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce. Her contact information si provided as follows: Telephone: 252-637-3111 or E-Mail:


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.