Blog & Instagram

As some of you already know, I have decided to stay away from Twitter, possibly forever, so I can focus on this blog and my Instagram account. Currently, my Twitter profile says, “This is an archive of a Mike Barber account maintained by the North End of Roanoke Island Archives (NERIA).” I plan on posting quick blog updates on this site and will post random pictures on Instagram.

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday, December 16, 2016. Work has been super, super busy lately, so it will be nice to enjoy a couple days off this weekend.

On Saturday, I plan on attending a socialization walk with Zoe in Manteo. She did a pretty good job in her first walk last Saturday. Also on Saturday, I am sure I will be visiting the new house to see what kind of progress has been made on it. The granite is supposed to be installed in the kitchen and master bathroom this afternoon! My only other plan for the weekend is to finish up Christmas shopping.

What are your plans for the weekend?

Dare County Veteran ID card information

Dare County Veteran ID Card

If you’re a United States Armed Services veteran living in Dare County, North Carolina, most likely you do not have a Dare County Veteran ID card. According to Dare County Veteran Advisory Council member and Veteran ID card point of contact, Marsha Brown, there are around 4,400 veterans living in Dare County, but only 500 have gone through the easy process to get their Veteran ID card.

To get your Dare County Veteran ID card, simply call Marsha Brown at 252-202-2058 and schedule an appointment to show her your DD-214 (honorable discharge only) and your current driver license with Dare County address. That’s it!

Discounts are offered by many local businesses on the Outer Banks for veterans who show their Veteran ID card. Check out the following list of participating businesses (printable version of list).


  • ACE Hardware: (all 7 locations) 10% off total purchase every day
  • AJ&M Home Improvement: 10% discount on all home improvements
  • Beltone: 10% off hearing aids
  • Berry’s Automotive Care: 10% off auto parts & service only
  • Big Al’s Soda Fountain & Grille: 10% off
  • Darrell’s Restaurant: 10% off a meal
  • Full Moon Café: 10% off any meal – alcohol not included in discount
  • Garden Deli & Pizzeria: 10% discount
  • Homeworks Environmental Inspections: 10% discount on any service provided
  • Kellogg Supply Company, Inc.: 10% off merchandise, excludes building materials, special orders, sale or promotional items, other exclusions may apply
  • Island Central Grill: 10% discount on meal for veteran and one family member
  • La Dolce Vita Restaurant: 10% off
  • Murray Auto Supply: 10% – all locations
  • My Secret Garden: 10% off regular price items (no sale items)
  • Ortegaz Grill: 10% off any entrée
  • Pizza Hut: 10% off entire meal (excluding alcohol beverages)
  • Roanoke Island Animal Clinic: 10% off all products, excluding pet food
  • Steve Hampton Plumbing: 10% off labor for service performed
  • Stripers Bar & Grille: 10% off
  • OBX Beach Wash & Detail: 10% off selected service


  • A & B Carpet: 10% discount off all area rugs
  • ACE Hardware (Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Corolla, Grandy & Elizabeth City): 10% off total purchase every day
  • All American Heating & Cooling: $200.00 off system change out; 10% off service call
  • All Fixed (Vacuum Sales & Service): 10% discount on parts & vacuums
  • Blue Moon Beach Grille: 10% off meal, alcohol not included
  • Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar: 10% off meal, alcohol not included
  • Colington Cafe: 10% off entire table
  • Darrell’s 2 BBQ & Seafood Restaurant: 10% off entrees
  • Farmdog Surf School: 10% off activities and non-sale, new merchandise
  • First Flight Adventure Park: 10% off for Dare County Veterans, Special Memorial Day & Veteran’s Day, check FB page and website
  • Gulf Stream Gifts: 10% discount on all regular priced items
  • Hair Flair: $1.00 off hair cut
  • Hallmark (Peggy’s Shop): 10% off regular price items (not to be used in conjunction with other coupons)
  • Hurricane Mo’s: 10% off dinner entrees
  • Islander Flags: 10% off all in stock US or Military flag products only
  • Jolly Roger Restaurant: free breakfast 1st Tuesday of month; 20% off dinner entrée year round; 10% off breakfast; & Veteran’s Day vets eat free
  • Kellogg Supply Company, Inc.: 10% off merchandise, excludes building materials, special orders, sale or promotional items, other exclusions may apply
  • Kellogg Design Center: 10% off merchandise, excludes building materials, special orders, sale or promotional items, other exclusions may apply
  • Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant & Tavern: 15% off veteran & 1 guest entrée
  • Kitty Hawk Kites: 10% off most retail items – hard goods like Kayaks & sups not included – discount is offered at all Kitty Hawk Kites locations
  • Little Caesars Pizza: $1.00 off pizza with purchase of a Crazy Combo
  • Mulligans: 10% off food only, no alcohol
  • Murray Auto Supply: 10% off – all locations
  • Pamlico Jack’s: 15% off entrees (full price only) – 10% off seasonal buffets (does not apply to senior prices)
  • Sam & Omie’s Restaurant: 15% off
  • Scammell’s Corner (Surf Shop only):  12% off (Does not apply to surf lessons, rentals, or surfboards)
  • Sound Feet Shoes: 10% off, excluding Ugg & Nike
  • Steamers: 5% off, excluding alcohol
  • Sugar Creek Restaurant: 20% off entrée, excludes daily specials & cannot be used with any promotions, discounts, or coupons
  • Tale of the Whale Restaurant: 20% off entire check, excluding alcohol
  • Tanger Outlets: free Tanger Coupon Book – pick up at Shopper’s Service Office
  • The Cottage Shop: 10% off merchandise, excludes building materials, special orders, sale or promotional items, other exclusions may apply
  • The Dunes Restaurant: 10% off
  • Tortuga’s Lie – 10% off


  • ACE Hardware: 10% off total purchase every day
  • All Decked Out: 10% off any one item
  • Angelo’s Pizza: 10% off
  • Billfish Bar & Grill: 10% discount on food only
  • Buxton Auto & Marine (NAPA): 10% everyday – sale items, engines, transmissions and equipment items excluded. Other exclusions may apply, see store for details
  • Captain’s Table: 10% off
  • CarQuest Auto Parts: Stocking Dealer pricing (Red Drum)
  • Diamond Shoals Restaurant: 10% off entrees
  • Hatterasman Drive In: 10% discount & veteran information
  • Quarterdeck Restaurant: 10% on any entree
  • Rocco’s: 15% beer & wine excluded

Please note: Some restrictions apply. Alcohol at food establishments, sale/clearance may be exempt from discount. Please ask management if you have a question prior to check out.