Thanks All Around!!!


I would like to say thank you to all of those who donated to the Young Marine Program of Swansboro. Because of your generosity, all uniforms, boots, sweats, and many other items will be supplied to the new recruits. You have made it possible for them to proceed with plans to graduate on March 4th. Again Thank You very much.. Here are the list of the very gracious givers.

Judy & Doyle Vergon

Charlie & Hannah Dockins

Sheila & Ronald Dockins

Tim Ayers

of Swansboro

Barber Shop of Swansboro

The UPS Store, in Cedar Point

of Swansboro

in Swansboro

Family Care Pharmacy of Swansboro


Swansboro Young Marine Program..


The Young Marines is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building, leadership, teamwork and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines is the official youth program of the U.S. Marine Corps and the focal point for the Marine Corps’ Youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts.


The Swansboro Young Marine unit is a community-based program lead by dedicated adult volunteers. Our volunteers consist of former, retired, active duty and civilian adults. It is through these caring adults that Young Marines learn the inner values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Adult volunteers are individually screened by the National Headquarters based on background information and recommendations provided with each person’s registration.


Upon joining the Swansboro Young Marines, youth undergo a 34 hour orientation program, meeting on Friday evenings and an occasional Saturday mornings at Swansboro Moose Lodge spread out over 10 weeks. This orientation program is affectionately called “Boot Camp”. The youth learn general subjects such as history, customs and courtesies, close order drill, physical fitness, and military rank structure.  After graduating from Young Marine Boot Camp the youth have the opportunity to learn more new skills, earn  rank, wear the Young Marine uniform and work toward ribbon awards.

Young Marines earn ribbons for achievement in areas such as leadership, community service, swimming, academic excellence, first aid and drug resistance education. Our Young Marines experience many opportunities to challenge themselves physically, emotionally and mentally by climbing alpine towers, flying with the Young Eagles, rafting, giving to the community, providing color guard services to local organization, and many more.


During the summer months, Young Marines have the opportunity to attend the Young Marines National Summer Programs of: Adventures, Challenges, Encampments, and Schools (SPACES).

Schools consist of leadership courses.

Adventures, have a historical emphasis and are designed with the younger child in mind. In contrast, older Young Marines can participate in Challenges.

Challenges consist of training in areas such as survival skills, wilderness training, flight school, and water-based activities. Young Marine Encampments provide the opportunity for Young Marines of all ages to gather together and train as a large unit of up to 700 youth at a time. Over 3,000 Young Marines participate in the SPACES programs each year.


They are in the progress of raising money for all of their uniforms, boots, trips, encampments and so forth. Your generosity will greatly be appreciated. Please help give, every little bit helps. Click on the YMF link Below

Young Marine Fundraiser


Winter Storm of 2011..

And yet another winter storm has hit the Boro. With this snow brought 3 days of unforgiving no school days, two of which were boarded up in the house. Although it was a rough time, they are going back to school tomorrow and I get my house back. Yes I’m talking about my kids, I love them but……. Well if you are a parent you most definitely understand. Here are a few pictures of their time off. 

I have been working on my online classes as well. I’m ahead of the game as of right now and I will continue to be as long as I use my time wisely. I have class on Friday at Coastal and then the weekend roles in. Still training for the sheriff’s department and so forth, so busy in that department. With that being said I am now relaxing with a Fat Tire, and looking forward to a great year. Hopefully I can find someone to share it with..

2011 Begins

I went out and watched the last sunset of 2010, said a final goodbye to all my loved ones that I have lost, and welcomed 2011 with smiles. I am so excited about 2011 finally being here. I welcome it with open arms, open mind, & an open heart. I was considering doing a year in review but opted out because I wanted a fresh start to the new year. I went out last night, planning on coming home early, but ended up bringing the New Year in at the Icehouse. Scearce & Ketnerwere playing along with some added friends so I decided to stay. It was so much fun. The last time I had fun like that on New Years was with my sister a couple of years back. That was an interesting night to say the least. I was glad that I stayed, it was very enjoyable and it wasn’t crazy so that was a plus. Even though I went alone, I met some good people who had as much fun as I did.

The new year is here and I’m ready to kick it into high gear. I pick up

the girls on Monday, I start school on Thursday and will be reapplying to the sheriff’s department soon. I’m still training for the POPAT and hopefully I’ll be ready by the beginning of next month. So 2010 is behind me, 2011 is here and I’m ready for my life to start again.