The annual Carolina Colours Member Guest golf event was held September 26 and 27. Despite the lack of cooperation from mother nature, and thanks to a superb effort by Josh Purvis and his ground crew, the players were glad the event was not postponed. As always, the food, prepared by our own Chef Katherine, was outstanding. And the winners are:
WOMEN: Denise Plourde and Sharon Overholt, Overall and 1st flight winners; Alvina Diello and Pat Phillips were 2nd in the 1st flight; Sandy Berberich and Jessica Hammel were tops in the 2nd flight, followed by Claudia Moran and Lynn Peck-Collins.
MEN: Dan Conley and James Conley were the overall and first flight champs. The other flight winners were Mike Wilkerson/Mike Fincham; Ken Kirkman/Travis Credle; and Al Blowers/Jim Carson. Second place finishers, in order of flight, were Greg Reinecke/Scott Tyson; Marc and Sean LaFrance; Bill Jarvis /Dan Beasley; and Mike Maher/Larry Nelson.
Everyone is looking forward to returning to Carolina Colours next year, when the sun will be shining!
Ken Kirkman, Carolina Colours founder, attended the fall Real Estate Expo put on by Ideal Living September 12 and 13, accompanied by Bruce Birnbaum from the company sales staff. Held in Tysons Corner, Virginia, it was attended by about 750 prospective retirees, many of whom visited the Carolina Colours booth. It is always fun to interact with prospective residents, and to learn what they are thinking. Well over 100 requested that more information be sent to them, keeping our team busy. The first appointments for visits are already being made.
Carolina Colours benefits from the very reliable electric service provided by the City of New Bern. Very rarely have we lost power for any extended length of time. Therefore, we are not surprised that New Bern has been awarded with the RP3 designation, which is a designation of Reliable Public Power Provider, by the American Public Power Association. New Bern is one of only 191 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn this recognition. It is based on a study of reliability, safety, work force development and system improvement.
In addition, New Bern has recently announced an approximate 14% REDUCTION in its electric utility rates. New Bern, like some 25 other eastern North Carolina cities, was able to reduce its utility debt and pass the savings through to its customers because of a transaction with Duke Energy. New Bern’s rates now are competitive, while its service remains exemplary. We that live in Carolina Colours are fortunate to have this key utility component available to us.
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Waterscape Way, at the site of the Harris Teeter (between the sales office and the traffic circle) will be closed Monday through Friday, the week of July 13, for utility construction. The detour route is Thurman Road straight back (don’t take the curve towards the traffic circle) to Old Airport road, then left to Landscape Drive, where one takes a left which takes one back to the traffic circle.
Traffic updates will be posted on this site.
We are pleased to announce that construction has begun on the Carolina Colours commercial site, developed by a David Swain owned entity. Swain is one of the most experienced and credible commercial developers in eastern North Carolina, with his office located in Wilmington.
The commercial center will be anchored by a Harris Teeter grocery, a 48,903 SF facility, designed for future expansion. Swain will construct initially an additional 19,200 SF of space for tenant occupancy.
The current schedule anticipates site and utility work completion (including parking lots and subsurface building supports) late this year, with the grocery being up and ready for occupancy before Thanksgiving 2016. It is anticipated that at least half of the leased space will also have tenants by that time.
Please check back to this site for periodic updates on progress with construction, and for the commitments of other tenants.
For those Carolina Colours residents and visitors wondering about the construction activity you can see near Waterscape Way, just down from the Harris Teeter site, it is utility work. The lane where the activity is ongoing is the access to a regional sewer pump station. In order to provide sewer service to the commercial site that includes Harris Teeter, it must be collected and delivered to that lift station, which pumps the effluent towards the treatment plant. Since it flows from the commercial site to the pump station by gravity, the line must continually slope downward. Therefore, it is 16 feet deep when it reaches the pump station, and will be about 13 feet deep when it crosses Waterscape Way. This is a major job, and will be ongoing for many weeks.
This will impact traffic on Waterscape Way for a few days a bit later. We will endeavor to give advance warning when traffic must be detoured.
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New Bern has long been recognized as a great place to retire in many publications and by its residents. Now New Bern has received recognition by the State of North Carolina as a N.C. Certified Retirement Community. This certification is given after a detailed evaluation of the city’s preparedness for a retirement. The many retirees in Carolina Colours, having come from 28 different states, don’t need that certification to know they have made a wise retirement life style choice, but it is nice to see the state recognize it!
The community wide support for Relay for Life was again this year exemplary. The Kay Wilson Memorial Golf Tournament and auction, with David Barnett as its chair, raised a record $31,060.75. The Relay team, led by Dodi Kline, raised an additional $10,319! Dodi was named rookie chair of the year, while the golf tournament won 1st place in fund raising in the entire region. Thanks to all who organized and participated. The Carolina Colours community again showed what great heart it has. Another small but important step in the fight against cancer was taken.
Despite the summer heat, now is a busy time at Carolina Colours. Yesterday saw the annual summer picnic at the pool, with more than 100 residents swimming and eating burgers, dogs and chicken, with music playing.
Construction began last week on the new Real-Lo Drug Store, immediately across the street from the Carolina Colours Welcome Center. It is scheduled to be open for business before year end. The new Ace Hardware store, just across HW 70 from the Welcome Center, opened today.
Paving began today in our new Cerise, Phase 3 neighborhood, consisting of 11 residential homesites and a creek front park. These full sized sites are a great addition to Cerise, one of our most attractive neighborhoods. Pre-sales are just beginning, with a nice discount for anyone contracting before July 15.
Look on this site for more information on the construction schedule for the Harris Teeter Grocery complex construction schedule later this week.
And there is even more to report, so check back regularly this summer for more updates and pictures of our steady growth.