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October 3-9, 2012 Vol. 14 Iss. 18 www.smokymountainnews.com Western North Carolina's Source for Weekly News, Entertainment, Arts, and Outdoor Information A pass for child immigrants? Page 11 Post offices could close doors early Page 15 NEVER pay ATM fees again! www.oldtownbanking.com 2045 South Main Street Waynesville, NC 28786 Telephone: 828-456-3006 Follow us on CONTENTS On the Cover A look at how organizations decide which candidates to support during an election and the positive and negative effects an endorsement can have on a candidate's campaign. (Page 6) News Teachers, librarians celebrate Banned Book Week ..........................................4 Niche company continues to grow in Canton ....................................................5 National parties aren't putting money into area elections ................................6 Asheville Tea Party hosts unconventional fund-raiser ........................................7 Apparent random act of violence occurs in Cherokee ......................................9 Brown way-finding signs direct tourists to popular locales ..........................10 Immigration policy helps local undocumented Hispanics ..............................11 Highlands-Cashiers hospital partners with Mission ........................................13 U.S. Postal Service looks at cutting hours at WNC offices ..........................15 Renaming roads can get tricky ............................................................................19 Macon sees uncharacteristic spike in structural fires ....................................21 Opinion Letters to the editor..................................................................................................22 A&E Haywood theatre looks to expand ......................................................................28 Outdoors Gorges State Park opening multi-million visitors center ................................38 October 3-9, 2012 Back Then If you suffer from hay fever, blame the ragweed ..............................................55 WAYNESVILLE | 34 Church Street, Waynesville, NC 28786 P: 828.452.4251 | F: 828.452.3585 SYLVA | 629 West Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779 P: 828.631.4829 | F: 828.631.0789 I NFO & B ILLING | Post Office Box 629, Waynesville, NC 28786 Printed on recycled paper smokymountainnews.com | wncmarketplace.com | wnctravel.com Contents � 2012 The Smoky Mountain News. 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As chair of the English department for Swain County High School, Gilchrist-Young is joining "Banned Books Weeks", which is a nationwide celebration this week in honor of one of our greatest freedoms. The freedom to read. "[The idea of banned books] means the constraining of ideas and thought, good or bad, based on rigid standards, whether liberal or conservative, therefore censorship ultimately means the constraining of human potential and the progression of thought," Gilchrist-Young said. Protected by the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights, the freedom of the press remains one of the strongest and most controversial of the rules and regulations granted by the founding fathers. Over the long and bumpy road of challenged books, the list may surprise some with the titles held accountable, which include The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, The Grapes of Wrath, To Kill a Mockingbird and Gone with the Wind, among others. "Freedom of the press and written word are so important. I think that most Americans understand the basic reasons for a free press," said Jeff Delfield, head librarian for the Marianna Black Library in Swain County. "However, even those who would defend a free press will challenge library books. There's a sort of disconnect, like `Sure it's OK for you to say or write this opinion you have, but it's not OK for that opinion to end up inside a library.'" According to the Library Bill of Rights (1939), the American Library Association states, "Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment." "As a librarian, I'm a strong believer in the freedom to read," Delfield said. "My job is not to provide the `correct' side of an issue but all sides. It's a reader's job to decide what's correct for himself or herself." Applying that philosophy to her bookstore, Allison Lee, the co-owner of Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville, believes the biggest concern with banning books is that it hinders education. "I think good teachers can use books, including those that some might find controversial or objectionable, to teach students to think critically," she said. "Thinking critically, considering new ideas, arguments and forming one's own opinions are skills that will continue to be important throughout one's life." October 3-9, 2012 "I think good teachers can use books, including those that some might find controversial or objectionable, to teach students to think critically." -- Allison Lee the co-owner of Blue Ridge Books Celebrating 30 years, "Banned Books Week" is a nationwide remembrance of controversial literature and the importance of the freedom to read. A banned book display (pictured) is currently set up at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. Garret K. WoodWard photo With many factors influencing the books stocked at Blue Ridge Books, Lee said the business has always aimed to be the bookstore the community needs, one that offers selections consumers may find appealing. She added they also put plenty of books on the shelves some might not like because variety is the name of the game. "That's not censorship; it's business sense," she said. Meanwhile, Gilchrist-Young is taking her celebration of the week to the classroom. "I'm teaching students the way I always have, which is taking them and finding books that will pique their interest and stretch their minds, whatever those books may be," she said. Upping the ante, the Marianna Black Library has created a special display of challenged books, which are wrapped in paper with only an explanation of the why the book was deemed controversial. Though you can guess at the title, those who take out the books won't know the name until they get it home. Delfield said there hasn't been a book challenged locally in the last seven years, though 50 Shades of Grey did stir up some concern around the world this year. He also pointed to theft as a way some can censor what the library provides. "We wonder sometimes if those books on those wizardry movies are gone because someone wanted the items all for themselves -- or didn't want anyone to have access to them," he said. The school library system in Western North Carolina has continually acknowledged the importance of the freedom to read, with minimal clashing over what the teachers select to hand to their students. Gilchrist-Young reminds the public that even if things can be smooth sailing in our neck of the woods, we must realize it's a privilege and hard-earned right to be able to grab for any book we choose. "Without it, and without a free and public education, and without a literate citizenry, there is no possibility of individual liberty or collective freedom," she said. In the news MedWest Health System's Urgent Care Centers in Sylva, Canton and Waynesville are now open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., seven days a week to provide greater access to care for people experiencing non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries. The urgent care centers are located at 556 Hazelwood Ave. in Waynesville, 55 Buckeye Cove Road in Canton, off Exit 31 on I-40 and 176 Walmart Plaza in the Walmart shopping center in Sylva. MedWest's Urgent Care Centers are able to treat patients with any kind of injury or illness that is not lifethreatening and not a chronic condition. Healthcare practitioners are also able to help patients learn about local physicians who can then see them for follow-ups and ongoing care. ��� The Town of Waynesville Planning Board currently has three vacancies that need to be filled. The Planning Board serves as an advisory board to make Smoky Mountain News studies of areas, prepares plans, and develops policies, ordinances and administrative procedures. Regular meetings are held on the third Monday evening of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Town of Waynesville Board Room. People interested in applying to serve must reside within the town limits of Waynesville. The town Board of Alderman will make the appointments. Applications are available at the municipal building located at 16 South Main St. or at www.townofwaynesville.org. 828.452.2491. ��� The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Women in Business and the Young Professionals of Haywood has launched a "Partners in Leadership" mentoring program. "Partners in Leadership" is designed to prepare Haywood County Young Professional Women to become future business leaders by connecting them with seasoned Women in Business professionals in their field, allowing young women to develop professional/career goals and the skills necessary to achieve them. Interested Young Professional Women may submit an application to the program. Applications are available at YPHaywood.com. 828.456.3021 or email email@example.com. ��� North Carolina Department of Transportation is preparing to make safety improvements to the intersection of U.S. 19/23 at Jones Cove Road near Haywood Community College in Haywood County starting in October. The project will include installing a raised concrete median to restrict turning movements from side streets to reduce the number of crashes and streamline traffic flow. When the project is complete, vehicles traveling on Jones Cove Road will not be able to continue straight through U.S. 19/23 intersection. Vehicles traveling north on Jones Cove Road from Haywood Community College will be able to turn right on U.S. 19/23 East toward Clyde or left to U.S. 74 and vehicles traveling south on Jones Cove Road will only be able to turn right to U.S. 74. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2012. firstname.lastname@example.org or 828.631.1185. 4 Military technology firm takes on national defense from Canton The Old Mill Celebrating 125 Years! SINGLES WORSHIP news BY CAITLIN BOWLING With technology changing constantly, STAFF WRITER however, Morgan must provide some trainore than a year after winning $5,000 ing for employees to keep them abreast of in the Haywood County Chamber of new innovations. Commerce's annual Business Start-up Right now, Morgan is fully focused on Competition, Aermor, an engineering and publicizing the Aermor name. Once people technical services business in Canton, is still know the company exists and see the work it growing. produces, it can attract more competitive After sweeping the competition, owner contracts, Morgan said. Penny Morgan announced some lofty goals "We are starting to get a lot more inter-- to become a 100-person, $26 million outest," Morgan said. "A lot more people are fit within five years. With about a year and a starting to learn about our company." half under her belt since his announcement, Morgan still thinks that is feasible. "We are about 10 percent of that now," Morgan said. "A lot of that is going to depend on the economy and government spending." Aermor offers cyber security, computer programming and engineering and information assurance for government and commercial clients, including the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Navy Information Operations Command. The company's focus is on cyber security and information assurance. Morgan was a Surface Warfare Officer for 14 years and taught at the U.S. Naval Penny Morgan (pictured) holds a check from the Academy, where she had Haywood Chamber of Commerce after winning its busireceived an English degree. ness start-up competition in 2011. As a result of her time in the military, Morgan said she is connected to hundreds of armed forces personnel -- some of whom she links More business will allow Aermor to hire up with students interested in a possible mil- more employees and one day buy its own itary career. office space -- a long-term goal of Morgan's. Another goal that Morgan hoped to "We will continue to provide jobs in achieve was top-secret security clearance, Haywood County. We will continue to grow," which allows the firm to hire either fulltime Morgan said. "Haywood County is a great or freelance workers to consult on projects place to start a business." that require a high level of security clearMorgan is a native of Canton and is using ance. her business to draw national attention to "We can have individuals in our compaWestern North Carolina. ny who do more complex work," Morgan "I am going to see if we can't put us on said. the map even more," Morgan said. Morgan said Aermor is almost always For a year after winning the start-up comhiring, looking for people with military back- petition, the Haywood County Chamber of grounds or someone to simply file paperCommerce keeps in touch with the business work and man its Main Street office in owner. Although the chamber has stopped Canton. It currently employs 10 consultants checking in on Aermor, it still hears positive and another eight fulltime employees. feedback. But, "They could triple any day," Morgan "Morgan was very impressive, just a very said as more work comes Aermor's way. impressive young person," said CeCe Hipps, For such a specialized field, it seems like executive director of the Haywood County it might be difficult to find enough trained, Chamber of Commerce. "From the feedback skilled workers. But, Morgan said she has we get, they are doing a great job." not found that to be the case. In fact, all but The county wants to attract a variety of three of Aermor's employees are from businesses so as not to put all its eggs into a Haywood County. single basket, Hipps said, which is why a "There is quite a surprising amount of growing niche business is a great addition. people in Haywood County who are former "That is why this business was extremely military," Morgan said, and possess the necexciting just because of the number of jobs it essary knowledge. has the potential of providing," Hipps said. 5th Annual Fall Craft Festival Saturday, Oct. 13th 9:30-5 � Free Admission M Friday Night Bible Study 71025 Old-Fashioned Country Store BBQ & Live Band Native American Crafts & More www.CherokeeMill.com � 828.497.6536 3082 U.S. 441 � 1 mile south of Cherokee October 5, 6:30 p.m. | In The Venue Singles Lunch -- Sat., October 13 1:30 p.m. | CiCi's Pizza in Asheville call 926-4430 for reservations Study Groups � Activities � Service Projects � Outings U.S. 74 West to Cherokee Exit 74 � 3 miles on the right Long's Chapel United Methodist Church 828.550.4650 | www.LongsChapel.com October 3-9, 2012 828.926.1722 � www.highcountry.com Smoky Mountain News 5 Oh, what a tangled web endorsements weave news Candidates head toward election armed with backings of special interest groups BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER ith hundreds of special interest groups and clubs issuing candidate endorsements each election cycle, it can be difficult to keep tabs on who is backing whom. But for members of the organizations -- from the League of Conservation Voters and National Riffle Association to the more obscure International Sleep Products Association or Brotherhood of Boilermakers -- the process offers a valuable way to track which candidate stands with them on key issues. When a particular topic is of the utmost importance to a voter, an endorsement could sway the individual one way or another. "I think it can kind of nudge people who are in that organization," said Chris Cooper, an associate professor of political science and director of Western Carolina University's Public Policy Institute. Endorsements offer another opinion for undecided voters honing their final decision in the march toward Election Day -- and let members of the organization know which candidates share their views on specific issues. However, for the average voter, endorsements play a backseat role in elections. They are there, but voters do not generally notice whom the Family Research Council or ACLU are supporting. For the average person, a special interest group endorsement will not persuade them to vote for a candidate, particularly in high profile races. "Most voters are not thinking about endorsements," Cooper said. "I don't think most voters think, `Gee, they didn't get an endorsement.'" It is unclear when the tradition of endorsements by special interest groups began, but they have been a part of the election process since at least the early 1900s. In its simplest form, the opinion of a knowledgeable, trusted friend can be considered an endorsement. Although it's not official, it could help sway that individual's vote. However, backing by major newspapers and national organizations are the most recognizable endorsements. W QUESTIONING THEIR POLITICS The endorsement process -- whether by unions, government reform groups, trade associations or membership-driven clubs -- can follow several different routes. Many mail out questionnaires to candidates, which are the easiest way to get to know many candidates at one time. Simply mail out a pre-planned list of questions and wait for a response. The hitch is will they or won't they take the time to answer the questions. Candidates have many other duties on Mark Meadows their plate --fundraising, shaking hands, giving speeches -- and don't always get around to replying, sometimes because of lack of time but other times, the candidate could see it as a hopeless case. A pro-life organization is not going to support someone Hayden Rogers who is pro-choice, for example. And, because of the number of special interest groups, questionnaires can sometimes go unreturned. In some cases, an endorsement is a nobrainer. Hubris did not set in when current U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, endorsed his former chief of staff, Democrat Hayden Rogers, who is running for Shuler's seat in Congress. Other times, an endorsement can be a surprise. The Sportsmen and Animal Owners Voting Alliance, a group focused on propagating the views of hunters, though nonpartisan, has more often than not supported Republicans. However, in Western North Carolina, the group has previously supported Shuler -- a testament to the mountain's unique breed of conservative Democrats. And it is now backing Rogers, who himself is a hunter. To figure out which candidate it wants to endorse, SAOVA sends out a questionnaire to candidates asking basic questions that help gauge who would be most likely to fight for their causes. Then, an endorsement panel reviews the answers and decides whom to support. "We provide a tool for voters," said Susan Wolf, spokesperson for SAOVA. "A lot of people use this information and find it very valuable." Who's endorsing whom? Since they announced their candidacy for the U.S. 11th District congressional seat, Republican Mark Meadows and Democrat Hayden Rogers began gathering support, both verbal and financial from voters, organization and other politicians. Here is a list of some of the key endorsements the candidates have received: Mark Meadows Family Research Council Grassroots North Carolina Eagle Forum, national Right to Life, national and and North Carolina chapter North Carolina chapter Patriot Voices - Rick Santorum PAC HUCK PAC - Mike Huckabee PAC Freedomworks 60 Plus Association National Federation of Independent Business Michael Farris, founder of Home School Legal Defense & Madison Project EVERY VOTE COUNTS Another strategy for special interest groups deciding who to throw their endorsement to is old-fashioned independent research, such as analyzing a candidate's positions, voting records or statements on relevant issues. Voting records only work when sizing up a current office holder, however. That forces some special interest groups, like the National Federation of Independent Business, to take a two-pronged approach. For new candidates, the group sends out a short survey about "issues that affect (businesses) on a day-to-day basis and affect their bottom line," said Greg Thompson, the North Carolina director for the National Federation of Independent Business. But, incumbents are judged based on their voting record. Its political action committee evaluates all the information and decides what candidates to support. All the vetting is to answer one question. "Who is going to be friendly and helpful to them as far as their business is con- Hayden Rogers North Carolina Association of Educators Blue Dog Coalition U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler Sportsmen and Animal Owners Voting Alliance National Rifle Association American Postal Workers Union, Local 277 The Sierra Club October 3-9, 2012 cerned?" Thompson said. This year, the NFIB endorsed Mark Meadows, the Republican candidate for the 11th U.S. congressional district. THE GOOD AND BAD EFFECTS A number of special interest groups also operate PACs, which raise and distribute money to campaigns as they see fit. A candidate could point to an endorsement when fund-raising. F Smoky Mountain News 6 "It is a lot easier to raise money from members of that group," Cooper said. "You can hit those people with targeted mail." On the flip side, however, not all endorsements are something a candidate would welcome with open arms. Endorsements of one candidate can even be used against them by their opponent. When the Sierra Club, a left-leaning environmental group, recently endorsed Rogers, the National Republican Congressional Committee sent out a release, hoping the endorsement would paint Rogers as too liberal for the conservative district. What is sometimes more interesting, however, is who does BY ANDREW KASPER not endorse a candidate. The State Employees Association of STAFF WRITER North Carolina did not put its support behind either gubernaAs Carol Adams approached the table of automatic torial candidate, Republican Pat McCrory or Democrat Walter rifles, she looked giddily around and picked the fullyDalton. automatic Swedish K out of the lineup. "We did not feel like the two major party candidates had "This is my first time ever firing a gun," she said as enough history of positive support for public employees and she stepped up to the firing range, fired off a few rounds working families," said Kevin LeCount, a spokesman with the and then switched over to the Heckler and Koch MP5, association. "We couldn't stand behind either one." the same make of gun that killed Osama Bin Laden. She The workers union has committees in 16 regions that sift continued firing through the whole magazine. through questionnaires and interview various state candiFor her first ever gun experience, Adams, who lives in dates. The committees decide whether a candidate deserves Glenville, paid $25 to the Asheville Tea Party, which an endorsement. hosted their second-annual machine gun social last Although roles vary, endorsements do offer insight into Saturday at the Bear Arms indoor firing range in the political process. In the primary, when Republicans are Brevard. The money she paid, along with the 100 or so battling Republicans and Democrats are competing amongst others who attended, will go to support radio, newspathemselves, endorsements, particularly from former and curper and campaign advertisements for a list of conservarent politicians, can indicate which candidate has party support. "In the primary, they signal how much the party is behind you," Cooper said. Without party support, a candidate could not hope to win an election. In both the primary and General Election, endorsements, in addition to a candidate's ability to fund-raise, also show if the campaign is operating like a well-oiled machine. "I think it is more about what they signify about party organization and who you can get behind you," Cooper said. An inefficient campaign does not bode well come November. Javid Baksh fires an AK-47 at a As for the candidates, it is up to Sept. 29 Asheville Tea Party them how much emphasis their camfundraiser for political candidates. paign puts on seeking endorsements. They decide whether or not to fill out a survey or take time to go through an interview process. tive candidates throughout Western North Carolina that In the case of endorsements from influential individuals, a the organization supports -- from county commissioncandidate can't simply ask someone to endorse them out of ers to state legislators. the blue. They must invest time letting that person get to Attendees had the option of paying $25 to shoot an know them and their platform better. entire magazine of one of the smaller automatic rifles, Rogers, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House, said which included the likes of what Adams fired as well as he is thankful for the support he has received from organizaan Israeli Uzi. To discharge one of the larger rifles, like tions, particularly the North Carolina Association of the AK-47 and the M16, cost $35 and $50, respectively. Educators, but gathering endorsements is not a priority for Jane Belillo, chairman of the Asheville Tea Party, his campaign. reported that the Machine Gun Social fundraiser netted "Our focus has really been more about ultimately getting more than $4,000, after covering the cost of roughly the endorsement of the voters," Rogers said. $1,000 in ammunition. She said the event was larger He added that endorsements will not likely affect everyday than last year's after a bump from national and even voters' choices but could curry favor among people who align international media attention leading up to the fundraisthemselves with a certain group. er. "It could make a difference if that is the most important Jackson County Commission Candidate Marty Jones, thing to that voter," Rogers said. among those endorsed by the Tea Party, was waiting Rogers challenger, Republican Mark Meadows said he patiently in the firing line with his college-aged son. believes endorsements are consequential but not the end all Both of them were planning on firing the AK-47 -- one be all for a candidate's success. of the most popular guns at the fundraiser, it routinely "Local endorsements are powerful," Meadows said, giving overheated from being fired and had to be cooled down a nod toward the support he has received from county sheriffs with wet rags. in the district. "We see endorsements as being important Marty Jones explained how he had gone through a because they give credibility." Sounding off for conservative candidates Machine Gun Social puts Election Day in the crosshairs vetting process, called the iCaucus, to gain the support of the conservative groups such as the Asheville Tea Party. The entire process includes 100 or so question quiz, a videotaped interview and a vote by the organization's members to decide whether to put their support behind the candidate. Perhaps it's not surprising the Asheville Tea Party -- and their affiliate groups such as the Jackson County Tea Party Patriots and the Haywood 9.12 Project -- have lined up behind the conservative side of the Republican ticket. Their line-up includes: U.S. Congress candidate Mark Meadows of Cashiers, N.C. House canditate Mike Clampitt of Bryson City, and N.C. Sen. Jim Davis of Franklin, running for re-election in the state senate. Jones said the iCaucus vetting, and the machine gun firing fundraiser make clear his values as a candidate running for Jackson County commissioner. "It's the Second Amendment," Marty Jones said. "As a constitutional conservative, I support it fully -- and anyone who doesn't, doesn't understand the history and writing of the constitution." Asheville Tea Party members at the fundraiser were eager to explain it to anyone willing to listen. Tea Party Vice Chairman Fremont Brown, sitting near the welcome booth at the fundraiser with a CZ 75 P-01, the standard issue Czech police gun, on his hip, explained his straightforward interpretation of the Second Amendment. The second half of the amendment reads: "... the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." Brown's stance on gun control: there shouldn't be any. Although their core beliefs are similar, fellow board member John Maltry, sitting next to Brown with a break-action pistol on his hip, disagreed and said some laws need to be in place to inhibit mentally unsound people like the shooter at the Aurora, Colo., movie theater from obtaining weapons. A statement to which Fremont replied, "You can make all the laws you want, but you're not going to stop crazy people." Fremont added he is opposed to laws requiring certain permits or registrations for gun owners; restrictions on where people can carry guns, such as in school or other public property; the Firearms part of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Exploxives; and any laws forbidding types of firearms. Maltry said all the guns being fired at the fundraiser were legal, though they are fully automatic weapons and require a special permit, registration and $200 fee to own under the National Firearms Act. There are more than 11,000 machine guns registered in North Carolina, according to statistics kept by the ATF. The real purpose of the fundraiser, beside raising funds for conservative candidates, was to give people a chance to try something new, Maltry said. "The event is really just an opportunity to shoot what you normally don't get to shoot," said Maltry, who had a ticket to shoot all of the different types of guns that day. news October 3-9, 2012 Smoky Mountain News 7 8 Smoky Mountain News October 3-9, 2012 news Purse snatching takes tragic turn in Cherokee The Cherokee Indian Police are investigating an apparent robbery and homicide that occurred in the parking lot of the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cherokee last Saturday. Witnesses said a person with a black mask and dark clothing grabbed a purse from a woman and fired a gun shortly before 10 p.m. "This is a tragic situation, and our department will utilize all available resources to solve this crime," said Police Chief Ben Reed. "This is a cowardly act, and the person responsible will be brought to justice. Please pray for all of the people involved." The Cherokee Tribal Dispatch received a call at 9:58 p.m. from a local resident reporting shots being fired. Police arrived to find Barbara Preidet, 76, who was visiting from Indiana, shot in the parking lot of the Fairfield Inn. Preidet died at the scene. The assailant was thought to have fled toward a light blue or gray full size truck, possibly a Ford or Dodge extended cab, according to witnesses. The truck was last seen leaving the hotel's parking lot traveling north on U.S. 19 toward Maggie Valley. The event came as a surprise, given Western North Carolina's low violent crime rate. "I am shocked by the events which occurred last night in Cherokee," said Principal Chief Michell Hicks. "Senseless violence is unacceptable in any community, and I am committed to supporting the Cherokee Indian Police Department in locating the suspect in this crime and bringing them to justice. I also want to express my heartfelt sympathy to the family of the victim." The Cherokee Indian Police and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation are investigating the incident. Anyone who may have been in the area or who has information to contact Detective Sean Birchfield at 828.269.6601 or Cherokee Tribal Dispatch at 828.497.4131. The Cherokee Police Department is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. News briefs Construction Career Day will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 3 and 4 at the Haywood County Agriculture and Activities Center. The event aims to promote the construction field to high school juniors and seniors. Students in the WNC area can talk to contractor personnel, vendors, university and community college representatives to ask questions about training and educational opportunities. 919.508.1781 or email@example.com. ��� The Alzheimer's Association is hosting a Walk to End Alzheimer's at 1 p.m. Oct. 7 at Lake Junaluska. Participants can learn about Alzheimer's disease and how to get involved with the cause, from advocacy opportunities, the latest in Alzheimer's research and clinical trial enrollment to support programs and services. Start or join a team today at www.alz.org/walk or 800.272.3900. ��� The Kiwanis Club of Waynesville is reviving the popular Spelling Bee fundraising event that was run for many years by the Haywood County Literacy Council. The event is scheduled for Nov. 2 at the First Methodist Church in Waynesville. The club is already seeking sponsors and individuals willing to participate. 828.926.3678 or firstname.lastname@example.org or 828.452.3573 or email@example.com. ��� Jackson County's early college program for high school students is holding several information sessions for its 2013-2014 school year during the next few months. All sessions will begin at 6 p.m. and will be held at Southwestern Community College's Sylva campus, in the lobby of the JCEC building (next to the Holt Library). The dates are: Oct. 8, Nov. 13, Dec. 5 and Jan. 24. The high school/college program allows students to earn both a high school diploma and a two-year college degree free of charge. Early application deadline is Feb. 1, 2013. 828.339.4468. ��� First Citizens Bank, in partnership with the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce, will sponsor its third annual Community Shred Event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 12 at the branch located at 196 Walnut St. in Waynesville. A Cintas Document Management truck will destroy unwanted sensitive materials free of charge for all area residents. Residents are invited to bring old documents such as ATM receipts, checks, tax information, credit card statements, copies of bills, mail and other papers containing personal information that could provide thieves an easy way to steal money or an identity. Dry paper only will be accepted (no plastics, media tapes or cardboard). The event will be held rain or shine. A drawing will be conducted for a home paper shredder. 828.452.6300 or firstcitizens.com. news October 3-9, 2012 Smoky Mountain News 9 Scoring coveted brown highway signs can pay off news BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER Nantahala-bound travelers will notice a suite of new, officially-sanctioned, brown roadside directional signs declaring they are on the right track to the renowned paddling Mecca -- signs that rafting outfitters in the Nantahala Gorge hope will alleviate the problems caused by ineffectual GPS. For those who know, driving to the Nantahala Gorge is simple. Just follow U.S. 74 past Bryson City and you're there. But, for those who don't, a.k.a. the tourists who visit Nantahala to raft, kayak or hike, the journey can be tricky. Although businesses try to warn customers not to use GPS, which will inevitably lead them astray, many of them still give it a try and find themselves lost and frustrated on U.S. 19 in downtown Bryson City. "That is not positive for tourism. They are frustrated, and they are late for things," said Juliet Acobsen Kastorff, co-owner of Endless River Adventures and secretary of the Nantahala Gorge Association. Kastorff said the signs are a step in the right direction. "The bottom line was just to enhance the experience that tourists have here," Kastorff said. Members of the Nantahala business community were ecstatic about the way-finding signage that now directs people to the Gorge and declares it the home of the 2013 World Freestyle Kayaking Championships -- especially considering how long they had lobbied for some signage. "We have been trying for 20 years to get a sign," Kastroff said. "It was a surprise when the four signs went up between Asheville and here -- a pleasant surprise." They lobbied N.C. Department of Transportation for years signs that directs the thousands of tourists who visit Western North Carolina to partake in its outdoor attractions to the Gorge. "This has been an ongoing process to get any type of way-finding sign," said Zuzana Vanha, events manager at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. "There is a lot of protocol and regulation." But, it wasn't until the paddling destination landed the 2013 World Freestyle Championship that N.C. DOT finally agreed to post signage, though only until the event takes place. "It puts Nantahala on the map as world class. ... It's something that people in the region can be proud of," Vanha said of the freestyle competition. Although the signs were just recently posted, N.C. DOT has been working on Nantahala signage request for about a year and half, said Scott Cook, Division 14 Traffic Engineer with DOT's regional office in Sylva. The department receives many requests each year for new signs. Sometimes, DOT will get three or four requests a week; sometimes, it won't receive any for a month, Cook said. "It comes and goes," Cook said. DOT, generally speaking, will post way-finding signs for destinations such as cultural, historic, art, sport attractions or other destinations such as visitor centers, courthouses or civic centers. "The first thing we look at is the type of service making that request," Cook said, adding that some things would likely not qualify. "I am not sure that there is a policy that would allow us to sign for a flea market or maybe a barber shop." Another key is traffic. The attraction must generate enough traffic to warrant a sign. Per DOT policy, it won't list specific names of attractions like golf courses or amusement parks. There are exceptions, however, such as Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum in Maggie Valley, which scored a couple of the brown signs a few years ago. DOT officials felt that wording like `motorcycle museum' was too vague and misleading so they opted to place the actual name on the sign. Often, the signs have symbols or icons indicating what it leads to. Along U.S. 74/23 in Waynesville, DOT recently posted new brown signs with the icon of a golfer -- a stick man holding a golf club -- directing people to golf courses at Laurel Ridge Country Club and the Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa. Golf courses are considered recreational activities and are eligible for signage. However, names are not used. Western North Carolina is home to at least a dozen courses. Theoretically, any golf course can get a brown way-finding sign from DOT, but would have to apply. DOT can combine the new signage with an existing sign or place it at an intersection, the goal being that people see it and are able to find their way. "We are trying to give them clear direction where they need to go," Cook said. DOT pays for the signs, but Cook said he doesn't know what it costs. October 3-9, 2012 America's Home Place, Inc. The BUI BUILDER LDER You Can Trust pri The S * E d l ngfie Smoky Mountain News *Picture shows upgrades and landscaping not included in base price of the home. Blairsville Model Center 167 Hwy 515, Blairsville, GA 30512 Cashiers Model Center 342 Hwy 64 West, Cashiers, NC 28717 Franklin Model Center 335 NP & L Loop, Franklin, NC 28734 10 706-781-2945 828-743-4663 828-349-0990 Many young, undocumented immigrants, in Western North Carolina, like the one pictured above, who were brought to the country as children, are hoping a recent change in federal immigration policy will provide relief. More info: Who is Eligible: Undocumented immigrants under the age of 31, who came to the United States before the age of 16. They must have lived in the United States for five consecutive years and have education or military background here. Having a felony, serious misdemeanor or several minor misdemeanors are disqualifiers. The Benefits: Two-year legal status that protects them from deportation. They can also apply for a two-year work permit and Social Security number. In North Carolina, they can apply for a driver's license, although that could change. In as many as three states, deferred action participants have already been prohibited from receiving a driver's license. To Apply: Applicants for the program must provide proof of the requirements and undergo a background check and fingerprinting. The cost of the application is $465. news A (temporary) pass for children of undocumented immigrants BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER t first glance, this 14-year-old girl with a soft smile and a round face may seem like the all-American kid. She's been in Girl Scouts since the first grade. Her dad works in construction. Currently a high school sophomore, she hopes to work in the medical field some day. But, that dream could be a long shot. Despite living in Haywood County since she was 4, she is an illegal alien -- brought here by her parents from Mexico. "Since I've been living here 11 years now, this is my home," she said of Waynesville. She identifies far more with America than her real birthplace. All she knows of Mexico A lead more normal lives. A recent meeting in Waynesville drew more than 25 people to learn about the program -- immigrant families from the area shuffled into the Pigeon Street community center to see if they, or their family members, stand to benefit. It was one of many statewide hosted by the N.C. Justice Center, intended to help people figure out if they qualify before applying, according to Dani Moore, director for the Immigrant and Refuge Rights Project of the N.C. Justice Center. In October, lawyers from the organization will return to help fill out the actual applications in confidential and free workshops. The U.S. Citizen and Immigration FEAR IN THE COMMUNITY But fear is still prevalent among members of the local Latino community in WNC whether the program is in their best interests, said Waynesville-based immigration lawyer Melanie Mace. "There's a lot of hysteria in the community, too," Mace said "Some don't understand it and think they may be put on a Schindler's list and be first to go." In some cases, the risks outweigh the benefits. Once someone applies for the program, even if he or she isn't accepted, that person's personal information stays with immigration officials. In some cases, Mace warned, someone ing to a foreign one. "A lot of people say these illegal aliens just need to get in the immigration line and do this the right way," Mace said. "But there is no line." For example, if an undocumented immigrant wants to attend Western Carolina University they can. But, they would be considered an international student -- which means the $17,000 out-of-state price tag instead of $7,500 in-state tuition. Although the deferred action program does not address tuition prices, some states may move to grant immigrants in the program such benefits. The program does, however, give these immigrants the ability to work legally for two years. October 3-9, 2012 STATE LEGAL HELP Anyone with a criminal record is automatically disqualified. Even for a charge like driving without a license -- which is prevalent in immigrant communities because they can't get a driver's license. There are other variables out of the immigrant's control that could make them ineligible. A change in the presidency could put a halt to the program, in which case all those who applied would have exposed themselves to deportation from the government. Also Obama could reverse his stance on the program, or Congress could push for restricting it. "The program is a good step forward," Moore said. "But, it could be better -- we would like to see a better program with less risks." Many immigration experts say the program is just a temporary Band-Aid to allow these young illegal immigrants to participate in society while something more permanent, such as the DREAM Act, is passed into law. If passed, the DREAM Act would give illegal immigrants in a similar situation a path to permanent residency, while deferred action program does not offer any path toward residency or citizenship. Smoky Mountain News "A lot of people say these illegal aliens just need to get in the immigration line and do this the right way. But there is no line." -- Melanie Mace, Waynesville-based immigration lawyer comes from photos, videos and stories her family members tell her. But now, she and other undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children could get a reprieve from deportation and limited permission to work. President Barack Obama pushed a new program into law this summer -- dubbed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals -- to help those brought here illegally as children Services began accepting applications Aug. 15, and in the first month, more than 82,000 illegal immigrants applied. Immigration advocates estimate that anywhere between 10,000 and 50,000 immigrants in North Carolina are eligible for the program, or will be in the near future -- with about 1,500 or so from the N.C. 11 Congressional District, which constitutes 14 counties in Western North Carolina. could apply and instead of being granted a two-year working permission, be deported. Many of the clients Mace has helped apply for the program seem like any other American -- they speak and write English fluently, sometimes with a WNC mountain accent. But after high school, these illegal immigrants are left with few options for work or education. And returning to their native country would be the same to them as mov- 11 CLEANING � RELINING CAPS � REPAIR news Make CHIMNEY CLEANING a Regular Part of Your Seasonal Maintenance! 70614 Now offering Eco-Friendly, Natural Riverstone Quality Service Since 1979 Chip-N-Seal Treatment Less Expensive than Asphalt For new driveways & resurfacing 70611 SYLVA: 828.586.6904 CASHIERS: 828.743.2660 FRANKLIN & HIGHLANDS: 828.524.9910 Call for a FREE estimate 828-349-3390 Franklin � Serving All of Western North Carolina Political roundup The Macon County League of Women Voters will host a forum at noon Oct. 11 at Tartan Hall in Franklin for county commissioner candidates. Incumbent Democrat Bobby Kuppers is facing Republican Paul Higdon in District 3. Incumbents Jim Tate and Kevin Corbin are running unopposed. The event is open to the public, and attendees are welcome to bring their own bag lunch and drink. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization that encourages informed and active participation from citizens in government. It is preferred that there be no display of campaign paraphernalia. Signs and banners are prohibited on the premises. ��� Dodie Allen, vice-chair of the Swain County Republican Party, will host a "Conversation with the Candidates" 8:30 p.m. to noon Oct. 6 in the main building at Uncle Bill's Flea Market, located on U.S. 74 between Cherokee and Dillsboro. Republican candidates participating include Mark Meadows, candidate for U.S. House; N.C. Sen. Jim Davis, who is running for re-election in District 50; and Mike Clampitt, candidate for N.C. House 119. The event is informal and open to the public 828.226.3921. www.TheChimneySweep.net October 3-9, 2012 Smoky Mountain News ��� The Swain County Democratic Party is celebrating the election season with "Roaring on the River," starting at 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at Riverview Park in Bryson City. The well-known local band the Freight Hoppers will begin playing at 3 p.m., followed by speeches from Hayden Rogers, candidate for U.S. Congress in the 11th District; John Snow, candidate for the 50th District's N.C. Senate seat; Joe Sam Queen, a candidate for N.C. House in the 119th District and Swain County Democratic candidates for School Board at 4 p.m. A buffet dinner with barbecue chicken, lemonpepper chicken and all the fixings will be served from 5- 7 p.m. while Liz and AJ Nance perform. 828.736.3470. ��� Joe Sam Queen, the Democratic candidate for the state House in District 119, is attending couple events in the coming days. � People are invited to the home of John Highsmith, 472 Cansadie Top in Waynesville, for a "Joe Sam Queen House Party" from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 7. 828.627.9005 � Meet Queen from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Alarka Community Center in Bryson City. For more information or directions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. 12 Highlands-Cashiers hospital to jump on Mission affiliation train BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER ighlands-Cashiers Hospital will soon join the growing number of small hospitals in Western North Carolina to come under the management of Mission Hospital in Asheville. The move will help Highlands-Cashiers Hospital improve its financial position, bring new medical services to the community and tap expertise needed to navigate the changing health care landscape, according to Craig James, the CEO of Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. The hospital has contemplated a partnership with a larger hospital system or institution for more than a year but began in earnest vetting the various entities this summer, James said. The board overseeing HighlandsCashiers Hospital voted last week to formally negotiate a business arrangement with Mission, known as a "management agreement." "The goals of Mission Health and Highlands-Cashiers Hospital are truly one in the same -- to provide the western North Carolina community with better access to world-class care and to improve the health of our communities," said Ron Paulus, president and CEO of Mission Health. One factor in going with Mission was the sheer number of other hospitals in the region already under Mission's wing. H will try to usurp any of the services Highlands-Cashiers currently provides or siphon business to the flagship in Asheville. To the contrary, a Mission partnership could also make it easier for patients currently traveling to Asheville for surgery to get more of their care in the Highlands area -- such as presurgery consultation Highlands-Cashiers Hospital and screenings, post-op recovery and rehab. Mission doctors could hold occasional office hours in Highlands to consult with patients, even though the surgery itself may be done in Asheville. The doctor could also coordinate for recovery to happen locally. enough business to support a full-time doc"We may not have the equipment they tor in a specialized field, it could share one would need for the medical procedure, howwith another nearby hospital also under ever, if we can provide local access so the iniMission. "Between the two of us we may be able to tial consulting can be conducted locally and also the follow-up visits being done here that do that on a shared basis," James said. is just great for the patient," James said. Mission's network includes the hospitals Partnering with Mission also makes in Macon, Transylvania, Mitchell, McDowell sense because Mission is where patients ultiand Rutherford counties. Its dominance in mately end up when they need a higher level the region is so pervasive critics have of care or subspecialties not available locally. accused it of being a predatory monopoly. "Other options were certainly considered James said he is not concerned Mission Highlands-Cashiers Hospital could marshal its resources with other small hospitals also under Mission -- from Angel Medical Center in nearby Franklin to Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard -- to land medical specialties it currently doesn't offer. If Highlands-Cashiers doesn't have by the board, but what makes most sense for us, I go back to those existing relationships we've had for all those services we don't offer," James said. To make the transfer of patients to Mission more seamless, Highlands-Cashiers follows Mission's protocols for patients with chest pains or a possible stroke. Physicians and nurses also uses the same templates as Mission for documenting patients' symptoms and clinical treatments. "That collaborative relationship has been going on back through the existence of the hospital and this is taking it to the next step," James said. news HOW IT WOULD WORK Under a management agreement, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital would hire Mission to manage the hospital. Mission would get a fee for its management services, and in return, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital would benefit from a larger institution running it. Once part of Mission's network, the hospital can get better deals on everything from medical supplies to health insurance reimbursement rates, thanks to economies of scale and a better negotiating position. The CEO of Highlands-Cashiers Hospital would be an employee of Mission under the management contract. The local hospital board would hold the ultimate trump card, however, ensuring its autonomy. If the Highlands-Cashiers board didn't like the way Mission was running the hospital, it could end the management contract. While the setup puts Mission in charge of daily operations, steering long-term direction remains under leadership of the local hospital board -- and ultimate ownership of the hospital remains unchanged. October 3-9, 2012 Philanthropic streak runs deep with patients of Highlands-Cashiers Hospital BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER Smaller, independent hospitals across the nation have increasingly sought partnerships with larger hospitals in recent years, a trend largely driven by financial challenges. For Highlands-Cashiers Hospitals, the latest hospital in the region to jump on board with Mission Hospital in Asheville, cost savings were certainly a large motivator, although not the only one. While Highlands-Cashiers Hospital loses money on operations every year, that doesn't mean it is in the red. "Our hospital has always had operating losses, but because of the generosity of philanthropy, we have always been able to cover that and grow our portfolio over the years," said CEO Craig James. The Highlands and Cashiers area is known for its affluent and wealthy population of retirees and second-home owners. Their charitable giving has been a backbone for the hospital. While many only visit the area for part of the year, they want to ensure there is a viable, quality hospital in their adopted mountain home when they are in town. "There has been a long standing desire to have local access to health care," James said. "The driving time to the next nearest hospital is 45 minutes." A testament to its success, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital has more medical service lines and specialists than you typically find in a community of its size. There is no hospital at all in either Graham or Clay counties, for example, both of which have larger populations than the Highlands-Cashiers area. Highlands-Cashiers Hospital has seemingly carved out a niche serving a fairly limited geographic area. Again, that's something James attributes to "uniqueness of our community and the generosity and support of philanthropy." Highlands-Cashiers Hospital is weighted heavily toward outpatient services -- which account for 80 percent of its revenue, James said. Outpatients services are generally more elective, from scheduled surgeries to physical therapy to breast cancer screening. For most hospitals, outpatient revenue is around 50 percent. The much higher percentage for Highlands-Cashiers shows patients there are choosing their local hospital when it offers what they need. When it comes to in-patient services, however, HighlandsCashiers' only captures 30 percent of the business from its own market area. It's simply not their niche. The vast majority of patients needing in-patient care go outside the area. Primarily, however, that's because Highlands-Cashiers Hospital doesn't offer a full suite of in-patient services locally. It doesn't deliver babies, for example, or have an intensive care unit. If Highlands-Cashiers is unique for simply having a hospital at all for a community its size, it is even more unique in the range of service it provides -- such as general surgery or orthopedics. On paper, the population of Highlands and Cashiers might not seem like enough to support the range of service lines and number of physicians there. But consider the robust second-home market during the past two decades -- a market that leans heavily toward seniors who need more health care -- and it becomes more apparent where Highlands-Cashiers Hospital gets its demand. Still, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital has had to be laserfocused on patient satisfaction. "Not everything is going to be provided at a small hospital, but what you do, do it well," James said. It is particularly true given the larger percentage of its business that is out-patient -- 80 percent of its revenue -- and in many cases means the patient had the flexibility of shopping around to other hospitals. "Our patient satisfaction rate is extremely high. Our patients appreciate the compassion of individualized service they receive here," said Robin Taylor, the director of the hospital's non-profit foundation. 13 Smoky Mountain News Smoky Mountain News October 3-9, 2012 news 14 Changes in store for rural post offices BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER Some small post offices in Western North Carolina may have their hours cut or be shut down as the U.S. Postal Service continues to hunt for ways to solve its ongoing financial deficit. Last year, a proposal to close hundreds of post offices across the country was met with a backlash, causing that plan to be largely abandoned. Instead, reduced hours have been proposed at more than three dozen post offices in Western North Carolina. Some post offices could be open as little as two hours per day. Others would be open four- or sixhour days. Post offices eyed for shortened hours in the local area include Balsam in Haywood County, Almond in Swain, Scaly Mountain in Macon County, Tuckasegee and Webster post offices in Jackson County, Fontana Dam in Graham County, Brasstown in Clay County and Topton in Cherokee County. Nationwide, the USPS is proposing reduced hours at 13,000 post offices. To gather public input, the Postal Service sent out mailers and posted surveys in the post offices slated for changes, asking residents their opinions on different options. Among the options posed to postal customers: cut hours; shut down the post office; contract with a local business to act as a post office; or provided mail services like buying stamps through the rural carrier. What appears to be the most popular among residents is keeping the current post office open with reduced hours. Although closing the post office was among the options in the survey, Postal Service spokeswoman Monica Robbs, based in Raleigh, claimed closure would only be considered if that's what community members said they wanted. Robbs said the decision would be based on input from the surveys and the community meetings Some post office patrons were alarmed by the question on the survey proposing the idea of closing down the post office, and even reducing its hours. "What it sounds like now is the best-case scenario would be cut back hours and shortened routes -- and the worst-case scenario would be to close post offices all together," said Tuckasegee community member Thomas Crowe. "But what we want in Tuckasegee is to keep things the way they are." In Tuckasegee, a rural community between Cullowhee and Cashiers, the post office is open six hours per day during weekdays with additional Saturday hours. Yet Post Master Margie Harris works eight hours per day during the week helping with the rural delivery route before and after regular post office hours. million per year in personnel costs. The Postal Service targeted post offices with lower mail volumes, Robbs said. Geographic criteria was also a factor. By the end of 2014, Postal Service officials plan to have the new changes in place. But the calculated numbers game employed by the Postal Service to make changes to its rural post offices does not sit well with many rural residents. To them, their community post office is not just a place for sending and receiving mail; it's a staple of the community, much like the local church or school. However, the Postal Service is up against fundamental changes in its customers' habits, most notably a hefty reduction in the amount first class mail it delivers now in comparison with 10 years ago. In comparison with 2001, the Postal Services handled 25 billion fewer pieces of first class mail in 2010. Also, the agency is struggling with a congressional mandate forcing it to pay in advance its retiree's benefits. The Postal Service reported on its website that it was unable on Sept. 30 to make a $5.5 billion payment to the U.S. Treasury Department. It defaulted on a similar payment on Aug. 1. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars, and instead subsists on the sale of postage, products and services. The entity is under the direct control of the U.S. Congress. news Public meetings on the shortening hours versus closing down the Webster and Tuckasegee post offices will be held Oct. 10 at 3 and 4:30 p.m., respectively, at the post offices. Harris said the Tuckasegee post office could probably make do with reduced hours. Harris worked for about 20 years at the Cullowhee post office previously. Postal Service officials predict they can save an average of $20,000 in salary and benefits per year for each post office they reorganize. By reducing the hours at post office locations, the Postal Service plans to save $516 15 October 3-9, 2012 Smoky Mountain News Smoky Mountain News October 3-9, 2012 news 16 Parties tight-fisted when it comes to WNC race for Congress BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER The Republican National Congressional Committee won't be putting any money behind Mark Meadows, the Republican candidate for the 11th U.S. Congressional District. RNCC leaders said this race is a shoo-in given the conservative-leaning district, so they will marshal their financial resources for other races in their quest to win the majority on Capitol Hill. Likewise, however, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has not given money to bolster the campaign of Hayden Rogers, the Democratic candidate from Robbinsville. The DCCC has offered verbal and tactical support, according to Rogers' campaign. But so far, the Democratic leadership has not committed money specifically to Rogers' efforts. Meadows and Rogers are vying for the seat currently occupied by retiring U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, a Blue Dog Democrat. Last week, U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, chair of the RNCC, and U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, the deputy chairman, visited Waynesville to take part in a fund-raising breakfast for Meadows, a conservative Republican from Cashiers. The pair offered their verbal support for Meadows but plainly stated that the purpose of their visit was not to infuse Meadows campaign with RNCC dollars. The reason being that the RNCC doesn't believe the race is as competitive as others in North Carolina. "Mark is going to win," Sessions said. However, the district is not a surething for either candidate. Even though the district leans right, the current seat holder, a Democrat, beat out the Republican challenger last election by 20,000 votes. Despite the confidence of the Republican National Congressional Committee in Meadows, Democrats have hardly conceded the district. The DCCC has listed contest between Meadows and Roger as a "Red to Blue" race, indicating it as hotly contested. The organization's website stated that campaigns on the "Red to Blue" list are offered financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support. While a Democratic currently holds the seat, it could be a tougher row to hoe this election given the Republican-led N.C. General Assembly redrew the congressional district lines. Only 36 percent of voters in the district are registered Democrats, compared to 43 percent prior to the redistricting. news Swain drive provides coats for needy The fourth annual `Coats for Folks' collection is currently underway. People can drop off gently used or new winter clothing articles for children and adults at any Swain County governmental facility such as the County Administration Building, Health Dept., Social Services, all Swain County Schools, the bus garage and the Swain County Chamber of Commerce. Items may include coats, sweaters, jackets, hats, gloves, toboggans, or sweatshirts. Last year, more than 400 clothing articles were accumulated and distributed by the Swain County Family Resource Center. 828.736.6222. Come ur O e t a r b e l Ce D GR AN ! G N I N E OP October 3-9, 2012 Trees honor breast cancer patients As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and MedWest Health System's annual Fall Fight campaign against breast cancer, the women's imaging centers of MedWest-Harris and MedWest-Haywood are hosting receptions on Oct. 5 to dedicate Trees of Hope to honor and remember breast cancer patients. MedWest-Haywood's tree will be located in the women's center on the second floor of the new Outpatient Care Center at 581 Leroy George Dr. in Clyde, between the MedWest Health and Fitness Center and the hospital. At 1 p.m., a small dedication reception will take place. Light refreshments will be served. MedWest-Harris' dedication reception will take place at noon at the women's imaging center, on the first floor of Harris Medical Park at 98 Doctors Dr. in Sylva. Both trees will remain in place throughout October, and anyone is all welcome to place cards on the trees. www.medwesthealth.org. Thursday, October 11th Refreshments Door Prizes & Drawings 10% Off All Day Smoky Mountain News Eclectic Home Decor, Jewelry and Gifts! A stylish blend of old & new. facebook.com/smnews A new shop in Hazelwood Village phone 828.246.9697 | 486 HAZELWOOD AVE. | WAYNESVILLE, NC 17 news So much to do, you may need to take the entire week off. And your shirt. It's the 100th Cherokee Indian Fair. October 3-9, 2012 CHEROKEE INDIAN FAIR ANNUAL O C T O B E R 2- 6 100 TH $10 Daily Smoky Mountain News To celebrate our 100th year, we've found hundreds of ways to entertain you. From authentic stickball to amazing music to parades and fireworks and dancing and zip lines and genuine fair rides � well, you get the picture. Here's just a sampling: R 3rd Annual Chief's Challenge (a very fun run) R Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall R Walker Calhoun Remembrance R Cherokee Idol R A visit from Chief Hicks R Youth archery R Magicians R Teen Miss Cherokee Pageant R Authentic storytelling R Plus all the games, cotton candy, and traditional fair fun you've come to expect for a century. Get your tickets online or at the box office. 800.438.16015 R5 VisitCherokeeNC.com 18 Neighbors hit snag in quest to rename road BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER Hate the name of your street? In Haywood County, changing it shouldn't be that hard. Come up with a new name, make sure the name isn't already taken by another street and get at least 65 percent of your neighbors to agree. But, the process can get sticky when someone's name is involved. Often, the developer or first homeowner on a new road gets to pick the road name, and if they pick the name of their daughter, grandfather -- or even themselves -- be prepared for some pushback if you try to get it changed. "Personal names get a lot of controversy no matter what," said Kathy Hoglen, Haywood County's addressing coordinator. Property owners in Campbell Woods subdivision have been working since May trying to change the name of a street from Henry Dingus Way to Ridgeway Trail -- something that better describes the neighborhood, according to a letter from Thomas Benoit, president of the Campbell Woods Property Owner's Association, to the Haywood County commissioners. The street was originally named after the subdivision developer's father. But today's residents don't particularly like living on a street named Henry Dingus Way. According to the county's ordinance, 65 percent of property owners on the road or on connecting streets must sign a request indicating their support for the change, then county commissioners will entertain the request. If 100 percent agree, the change is automatically approved, and the matter is not required to go before the county commissioners for final approval. "We very, very seldom take it to the county commissioners," Hoglen said. However, those requests that do find their way onto the county commissioners' agenda must be advertised for at least 10 days. This allows for any dissenters to a road name change to step forward before the board votes `yay' or `nay.' In the case of Henry Dingus Way, the process has been stalled at its final step -- approval from the county commissioners -- for months. After some confusion that delayed the request, the commissioners decided this week to table the measure once again because they had additional questions. During the meeting, Maggie Valley Mayor Ron DeSimone who came before commissioners to speak about the name change told the county board that the road name could be considered historically significant. Historical significance is one reason why county or town officials may deny a road name change. The county ordinance does not specifically prohibit changing street names with historical relevance, but it could outweigh a group's desire to alter it, particularly if not all property owners are in agreeance. "I think there is good reason to honor the history," said Waynesville Town Manager Marcy Onieal, who commented generally about road name changing. "There is generally some reason why things were named In 1994, the town passed an ordinance relinquishing decisions over road name changes to the county to administer under its own ordinance. But now, members of Maggie Valley's planning board hope to take back some of that power and have crafted their own ordinance, which would grant the town board final say over road name changes. Town Planning Director Nathan Clark presented the planning board, an advisory committee to the aldermen, with a draft ordinance similar to the county and Waynesville's. The main difference: clarification that explicitly requires property owners to be consulted before a street is renamed and a new clause about the consideration of a name's possible historical significance. "It doesn't set up a lot of confines," Clark said of the draft. When the planning board met last week, Clark anticipated that some discussion would be had about the ordinance, but he said he did not expect anything to be approved. But, planning board chair Connie Davis surprised Clark and her fellow board members with her own version of the policy she had written. Davis' version is considerably more stringent than the county's ordinance. Although the procedure is similar, it states that the Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen must approve a road name change "by a 4/5 supermajority" and then must still be OK'd by the Haywood County commissioners. According to the ordinance, residents must pay a filing fee when submitting a petition for a road name change. The policy does not state a specific amount but does say that the money will be used to cover advertising of the possible change. The people petitioning for the change would also have to foot the bill for purchasing new signs, erecting them and the costs of the public hearing. While the county and Waynesville only require 65 percent of property owners' signatures, if approved, Maggie Valley would demand 90 percent. And, road names "that have a historical significance or are family names that have been part of our history and/or heritage" would be prohibited from being altered. Davis' stricter criteria for road name changes were unanimously approved at the planning board meeting and will now go to the Board of Aldermen for final approval. "There was not a whole lot of discussion," Clark said of the new policy language that was presented, later adding that he was surprised that it had not been sent out to board members and town leaders prior to the meeting. news what they were." A more common reason for denial, however, is if the new name is already taken by another street in the county or sounds too similar to another road name. Names also cannot contain numbers or be more than 15 characters. In the grand scheme of things, road name changes are uncommon. The county addressing office dealt with only four or five last year, Hoglen said, adding that a couple of those could have been new roads altogether and not a change to a previously existing road. When there are two or more houses on a drive, it is logged as a new road and must be named. The same is true for Waynesville, Onieal said. "I think it comes up fairly rarely." The towns of Maggie Valley, Clyde and Canton don't have road naming rules of their own, but instead funnel all requests to the county to rule up or down under its ordinance. But, Waynesville has its own road name changing policy. It is almost identical to the county procedure. However, the town Board of Aldermen reviews and approves all changes. Onieal said that such requests can be "an inconvenience and expense." The town has to go through the process of vetting the name, informing the public about the change and if it is approved, install a new street sign. October 3-9, 2012 Smoky Mountain News HENRY DINGUS WAY SCUTTLE Although it is unclear what will happen to Henry Dingus Way, the request by the property owner's association has prompted change in Maggie Valley. 19 news is proud to present the 2012 Economic Forum for Haywood County featuring keynote speaker Tom Tveidt, Research Economist October 18, 2012 You're invited to attend this important economic review and outlook for Haywood County. October 3-9, 2012 When Where Thursday, October 18, 2012 � Reception: 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm � Presentation: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Maggie Valley Club & Resort � 1819 Country Club Drive � Maggie Valley We hope to see you there Keynote Speaker Smoky Mountain News Tom Tveidt President SYNEVA Economics Renowned Research Economist and Haywood County Resident Seating is Limited! RSVP by Friday, October 12 Phone: 828-456-3006 E-Mail: email@example.com RSVP Required Follow us on 2045 South Main Street Waynesville, NC 28786 828-456-3006 www.oldtownbanking.com 20 Rash of house fires hits Macon County BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER uring the month of September, Macon County experienced one of its most notable spates of structure fires. During a three-week period starting Sept. 7, four large structures succumbed to fire in the county -- including the house of Franklin Fire Chief Warren Cabe. Fire also struck a townhouse apartment complex that put several neighbors and a sleeping occupant in danger; a mobile home where a deceased man had been discovered the day before; and a large shed full of vehicles and equipment that burned down just after midnight. Todd Seagle, 911 Communications Supervisor for Macon County, said it has been one of the most unusual months he's seen since he began working with the emergency call center in 1997. When compared to the large number of fires this September, last September pales in comparison: the only calls were two small grease fires and an electrical fire. "I don't ever remember a month when we've had four true structure fires in a threeweek period," Seagle said. One cause for concern among firefighters is that the typical house fire season -- namely the colder months when people move indoors and began using their fireplaces and heaters -- hasn't even begun yet. The following are the individual reports on the September fires given by Farrell Jamison, a fire investigator for the Macon County Fire Marshall's Office. news D The house may be a total loss because of the extensive damage to the log walls. The fire is believed to have originated on a kitchen counter. Although the exact cause of the fire is still undetermined, family members said they had placed a candle on that countertop earlier that day while rounding up camping gear, some of which they had piled up on the counter. Though they thought they had extinguished it, a candleholder can cause objects around it to ignite if it becomes too hot. Cabe had the log house built in 2007 and learned from the experience that residents should be sure of what is included in their fire insurance plan and keep a proper list of their possessions beforehand to make a claim after a fire hits. After everything burns, it can be hard to prove what was in the house. After seeing his log cabin burn, Cabe realized no one is immune from a fire disaster. "Honestly, if it can happen to me, it can happen to anybody," Cabe said "So don't think it can't happen to you." French fry fire Time and Date: 10:58 a.m., Sept. 17 Location: Clark's Chapel It was the downstairs neighbor who noticed something was peculiar when a fire alarm from the unit above kept starting up and then shutting off. The woman left her apartment to investigate and found the young man who lived above her sitting on the front porch and smoke coming from his apartment. She quickly evacuated the rest of the neighbors who lived in the connected units and called 911. Firefighters were able to put out the flames before they spread to adjacent units, but the unit below, where the woman lived, was flooded from the water used to extinguish the fire above. Flames destroyed the apartment interior and smoke damage and roof and roof supports suffered damage. The cause of the fire was determined to be an electric stove left on with a pot of frying oil placed on top of it. The aluminum pot had melted into the stove and the oil caught on fire, then ignited the cabinets above it. Aluminum melts at about 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit. The man who lived at the residence with his girlfriend had been cooking French fries with that oil. He was asleep when the fire started but woke up because of the smoke. The girlfriend was at work. dence to close up. That next day at dawn the mobile home was in flames. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Hot enough to melt a Ford Time and Date: 12:24 a.m., Sept. 25 Location: Cullasaja A metal shed containing several vehicles and shop equipment burned, destroying a Jeep Wrangler, a 1997 Ford truck, a Kubota utility vehicle, a lawn mower, a log-splitter and a collection of metalworking and other shop equipment. The fire caused all the tires of the vehicles to burst and their gas tanks to expel fumes, which fueled the flames like a torch. The fire caused damage to the wooden supports and roof of the partially enclosed structure. The cause of the fire is not yet determined. No evidence of electrical shortages were found, but the fire is believed to have started in the cab of the Ford truck because that's where the most damage was found, and the windows of the truck had melted like taffy and fallen into the cab. Usually when a fire burns around the outside of a vehicle, the windows burst and blow out. A death and a fire Time and Date: around dawn, Sept. 18 Location: west of Franklin Neighbors awoke early in the morning to the sound of oxygen canisters exploding. It wasn't long before they realized the sound was coming from a burning singlewide trailer, and the fire was causing the canisters to blow up. By the time firefighters arrived, flames had burst through the roof and the walls of the trailer. As for the cause of the fire, no clues were identified. A man had passed away at that same residence the day prior. They say he had a chronic ailment, the reason there were oxygen canisters in the house. Officials say they were called out to perform a welfare check on the residence and had found the dead man. The evening of Sept. 17, family members of the dead man were left at the resi71023 October 3-9, 2012 Even the fire chief Time and Date: 1 p.m., Sept. 7 Location: Burningtown It was the father of Franklin Fire Chief Warren Cabe who first called responders after he saw from a nearby barn that the two-story, log-cabin style house of his son was emitting smoke. Cabe and his wife had left the residence unattended while preparing for a camping trip with their child. When firefighters arrived they were able to easily extinguish the fire but only after the flames and heat had destroyed the inside. 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With a 10 percent favorability grade, Congress has taken an early adjournment which shows us all precisely where our representative's hearts and minds are -- solely on keeping their own jobs. By re-electing President Obama or electing Mitt Romney and a Congress pretty evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, we are guaranteeing four more years of mutual obstruction and legislative gridlock. We presently have a national debt in excess of $16 trillion and after four more years of impasse it will likely be $20 trillion. With costs exploding we may actually go over that "fiscal cliff " we're frequently reminded of. Neither candidate is going to get the job done To the Editor: It appears Mitt Romney has committed the unpardonable sin -- he told the truth and now must pay the price. What ever the number of Americans dependent on government actually is, it is unnecessarily high, and as much as Democrats would like to believe otherwise, womb to the tomb care is unsustainable, as Europe is discovering. Helping someone temporarily in need is one thing but when four generations of one family receive government assistance over decades, that's something else. There comes a time when the so-called "safety net" becomes a web from which it is difficult to escape. Your surrender to that lifestyle becomes a permanent part (as Gov. Romney pointed out) of the Democratic Party base. The makeup of our government makes change next to impossible. In the 112th Congress, Senate Democrats have Neither President Obama or Mitt Romney have the means, the will, or the intent to change the direction our country is going, but we do. We have the option of voting for a candidate not behold to special interests or the whims of the radical fringes of either major party. You and I do not have to waste our vote on the lesser of the two evils, hoping against hope that things will get better for average working Americans and not just the few who are rich. This year I'm going to cast my vote against the status quo and for real change and a better future for our posterity. I'm voting for the only person I believe can coerce this or any Congress to do what lawmakers are elected to do: make compromises in order to govern well. My vote is going to Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. David L. Snell Dillsboro Invest in nature, not Ghost Town To the Editor: I have no problem with Ghost Town, and I wish them well in their efforts. But I don't think Maggie Valley and Haywood County should count on it being some sort of economic engine to drive all business in the area. People go on vacations with various destinations in mind, like entertainment, historical and natural destinations. I think the entertainment portion is covered pretty well, but more can always be done. The historical is represented but can be improved upon. And I think the big thing this area has going for it that seems to be completely taken for granted are the natural destinations -- two national parks and two national forests in Haywood County. My feeling is that there needs to be more emphasis made to embrace the natural attractions of the area and find ways to create businesses that cater to them. The mountains bring the people here, we just need to find a way to create an authentic experience for them. Pigeon Forge has the Hee Haw/hillbilly thing wrapped up pretty well, and WNC should strive to attract people to the mountains themselves and to all you can do in and around the national parks and forests. Scott Stevens Maggie Valley LOOKING FOR OPINIONS The Smoky Mountain News encourages readers to express their opinions through letters to the editor or guest columns. All viewpoints are welcome. Send to Scott McLeod at firstname.lastname@example.org., fax to 828.452.3585, or mail to PO Box 629, Waynesville, NC, 28786. guarantee that they will get a good ROI on Ghost Town, but it looks better than it has for years. This is not the same as "putting all our eggs in one basket." We should definitely not do that. The key is balance. Support as much as is feasible, though. It astounds me that an alderman candidate who supports Ghost Town would be opposed merely for that support. Such support is good for Maggie Valley, but it's all part of the bigger package of supporting the local businesses that bring people to our town. David Lybrand Maggie Valley The tragedy of mass shootings, gun control Hardly a week goes by without hearing about another tragic shooting, in a movie theater, a grocery store, a Washington, D.C. family political action office or in the streets of New York City at the Empire State building. Wow! We should do something. Outlaw guns is the first reaction, but is it the right one? Let's examine the facts. Germany has some of the strictest gun control in the world. That's what we should do, it will solve the problem. Guess what? Five of the worst mass shootings of school children in the past decade where in Germany. Then there is Norway, with very strong gun control laws, but Support Ghost Town and other local projects To the Editor: This is really not an "either-or" situation. Maggie Valley should definitely support Ghost Town as an investment (yes, I pay Maggie Valley taxes, so I'm entitled to that opinion). The town already invests in other things (the fairgrounds, etc.) with the expectation of a return on the investment (ROI). There's no one man was able to gun down almost 70 people with no fear of anyone standing up to him. Why? Because he was the only one with a gun. Of course, here at home in the state of Virginia, with significant gun regulations, we watched as Cho killed 32 fellow students at Virginia Tech. Now, a new threat to our 2nd Amendment rights comes from, of all places, outside the United States. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is trying to commit our country to the United Nations Small Arms Treaty to regulate our American right to bear arms. Fortunately, the treaty has been tabled, but it is far from dead. There is global determination to disarm America from without and within. Note the following quotations from Kurt Nimmo and Alex Jones at Infowars.com from July 29, 2012. "Disarming America is undoubtedly a front and center political calculation for the globalists. A number of establishment intellectuals, with Joe Klein leading the pack at Time Magazine, are now pushing "sensible" and "moderate" approaches to disarming the American people. Klein's Time article in August featured a photo of a 100-round ammo drum of the sort James Holmes supposedly used in Aurora. Gun-grabbers in Congress have set their sites on extended round clips and other firearm accessories. After the election finale in November and the installation of Mitt Romney or the re-installation of Barack Obama as chief teleprompter reader in January, not only will there be a push for a new round of restrictive gun laws in America, but the stalled United Nations treaty will be dusted off and the bickering between nations will finally end with a gun-grabbing consensus." Who we elect this fall will determine many factors, one of which is our right to bear arms and our freedom to protect ourselves from threats within and without. A weak president who is willing to compromise with our missile defense following the election as promised to the Russian president will not stand up for our rights in the face of global criticism. Kathie Flett Burningtown Sen. Davis' comments were insulting To the Editor: Much has been said this election year on the Republican "War on Women." Some believe it exists while others doubt it. I have believed for some time that it exists, beginning with Rush Limbaugh's "slut" comment. There are local examples as well. Just the past week, N.C. Sen. Jim Davis (RFranklin) was quoted in an article regarding funding cuts for pre-K programs for low income children as saying that the government shouldn't be in the business of "making up for poor parenting." Sen. Davis was also quoted as saying "I think the greatest gift a father can give his kids is their mother at home." Well Sen. Davis, as a single parent, I find your comments personally insulting and really believe you live in some sort of alternate universe. Just because parents are low-income and in some cases single doesn't mean they are bad parents. I have seen good and bad parenting among all income levels and marital statuses. The low income children need the Pre-K program because their parents can't afford an expensive pre-school where their higher income peers have the advantage of getting ready for public school. Our world is much more complex these days and kids need to be ready at an earlier age. As for the comment about the kid's mother at home, haven't you realized that the "Leave it to Beaver" show hasn't been produced for some time? In most instances, it takes both parents working just to make ends meet, much less pay for pre-school. Even if the mother � or father for that matter � is at home, there's no guarantee they are educating their child or have the ability to do so. As for the Pre-K programs being "free babysitting services" that simply isn't the case. The workers are well-trained professionals who engage the child in meaningful activities throughout the day. They aren't just plopped down in the front of a television screen. I share your belief that the government can't solve all of society's ills, but this is one program that will give future generations a head start and enable them to become productive members of society rather than living off the welfare dole. It's not hard for me to decide who I'll vote for in this election. Betty Dishman Sylva Independent thinkers are key to future To the Editor: Kurt Vonnegut, a prophetic fiction writer of the 1960s, wrote an amusing, disturbing and satirical short story called "Harrison Bergeron," describing a future day in 2081 when the ruling government has perfected an equalized society. Any natural talents a person might possess beyond the average must be compensated for by the Handicapper General. If one is better looking than anyone else, he or she must be made ugly with masks or distorted features. Taller than average? You wear weights around you at all times. Naturally graceful or athletic? You wear chains to drag you down. And if you are of greater than average intelligence, you hear disrupting noises to impede any sustained thinking you might do. Success in any area of life is met only with punishment. It is a society where equality has come at last, and people have no idea how closely their lives resemble those of laboratory rats living in closely-monitored mazes. This futuristic American society of "Harrison Bergeron" operates on communistic principles supporting the idea that all wealth and power should be distributed equally, and individualism and exceptionalism must be suppressed for the good of the whole. It is a society of mediocrity and stagnation where the media tells you what to think and feel. There are no independent thinkers left. Hollywood portrays many of these same themes in current movies, such as the "Hunger Games," "The Dark Knight," and "The Bourne Identity" series, questioning how we are to survive and keep our human dignity in worlds where powerful forces, usually governmental, try to suppress our beliefs, rights and basic humanity by making us totally dependent upon it. The independent thinker, who stands up to these evil, shadowy forces becomes the savior of himself and his world. Are there any independent thinkers left today? Do you call yourself an independent, and if so, just how independent are you? There is little argument that our Forefathers, the Founders of this nation, were independently-minded fellows. They understood subjugation to an out-of-control government that was telling them what to buy and trade, how to live and behave, when and where they could meet, and which imposed unjust taxes and regulations on many areas of their lives never taxed before. Finally they had enough; the American Revolution became fact; and the happy result was a nation of independently-minded people who produced an exceptional country where hard work and success are celebrated and rewarded, where freedoms of thought, speech and religion are cherished values and where educated people are free to make choices which benefit themselves and society as a whole. Is this the society we still want, America? Or is it more important to have "shared-sacrifice," a "level playing field," equal opportunities and benefits for all mankind, "political correctness" and a government which recognizes no needs but its own and gives us the "right" to live by its rules, whims, and definitions? How independent is your thinking? Laurie Wright email@example.com 70923 "Respected by physicians, trusted by patients" Leslie Gant, Au.D. DOCTOR OF AUDIOLOGY opinion 61 Haywood Park Drive, Suite B CLYDE, NORTH CAROLINA GOP attack on women is real and continuing To the Editor: The letter about women's rights by Margery Abel in last week's Smoky Mountain News says it very well. I'd like to add the following to what she has said. � Current Republican budget proposals call for cuts in child care, Head Start, job training, Pell Grants, housing, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid -- all of which would fall disproportionally on women. � Recent cutbacks in state funding have led to reductions in the public sector workforce, so that teachers and civil servants -- the majority of whom are women -- have increasingly been forced into the ranks of the unemployed. � Fewer services means more unpaid care work. Employed or not, women are the majority of our nation's 67 million informal caregivers, who pick up the slack when services disappear. The growing practice of moving the elderly and disabled from publicly-funded residential centers to home-based care, and discharging hospital patients still in need of medical monitoring and nursing services, puts an increasing burden on women. They are either grossly underpaid for these essential services or else perform them at home for free while also holding down another job. � With the outsourcing of manufacturing jobs and the decline of the construction industry, the majority of union members are now women in the service sector. Hence, attacks on unions become thinly-disguised attacks on the rights of women to engage in collective bargaining and seek better pay and working conditions. � From June 2009 to May 2012, women suffered 61 percent of public-sector job losses, while gaining only 22.5 of the 2.5 million net jobs added to the overall economy. In 2010, the poverty rate among women rose to its highest level (14.5 percent) in 17 years. It is not much better today. � Denial of government funding to Planned Parenthood and other agencies providing family planning services leads to more unwanted births, more children being raised in poverty, more need for childcare services so women can work to support their families, larger school enrollments -- and thus heavier burdens on women for all these reasons. � Men in legislatures, courtrooms, and the media voicing opinions and making decisions about women's bodies, without consultation with women, is an insult to human 828.627.1950 or 866.601.1950 www.mtnaudio.com Serving Haywood County since 1988. 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Would that we had more Margery Abels to stand in the heroic line of the Elizabeth Cady Stantons, Susan B. Anthonys, and Lily Ledbetters she mentions in leading the cause of women's equality. P.S. We men can help, too. Doug Wingeier Waynesville Americans are too easily deceived To the Editor: Why are the American people so easily deceived? It seems as if they want to be deceived. This is true regarding President Barack Obama. He has stealthily deceived himself into the White House when he had zero experience and qualifications to be president. He has proven his incompetence in handling our economy, jobs, military and the current Mideast crisis when he does nothing but apologize to those who killed the ambassador to Libya and three others. We as a civilized, educated society should know that a man with a Muslim name (Barack Hussein Obama) would be a Muslim. The American people have been deceived once by this great deceiver, but we need not be deceived again by him. His primary goal is to transform (change) America into a socialist dictatorship, destroying our God given U.S. Constitution along with our economy, our military, our freedom loving American way of life and our Godly values. We are warned by God that "evil men and imposters shall wax (grow) worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived." (2nd Tim.3;13, KJV) Please pray for God's guidance before voting early, absentee or on Nov. 6. Clark Sheffield Webster not responsible enough to be committed to each other? We need to get back to the beliefs and social values we succeeded with in the past. There are bad things that ruin people and good ways that will keep them from ruination. Each person must be responsible for their own life. The personally responsible are now socially responsible for those that are not. Working, decent-living Americans must shoulder the burden and have less so the government can bail out, even reward bad personal decisions and subsidize bad behavior. They must even support people that are not supposed to be here. They must also support a huge law enforcement system with police, lawyers and overflowing prisons. All because our government has thrown the Bible under the bus. If anyone does not want to follow a few simple rules of honesty, decency and responsibility, the government will bail them out. They are entitled. This election, I also want a clean sweep, a clean cleansing sweep. Mike Rodeffer Franklin Bernanke is killing the working class To the Editor: It is really quite amazing that anybody would believe anything that emanates from the mouth of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Quite frankly, the fact that Barack Obama nominated him for a second term as Fed chairman and the Senate confirmed him is proof that our leaders are either as incompetent as all get out or proof for at least one conspiracy theory -- namely that the Anglo-American power elite really does run the world and wanted him to continue being their front man. Let's be honest. Bernanke's statements and predictions since assuming the helm at the Fed in 2006 have been, to be harsh, full of mistruths, to be polite, less than stellar. His absurd statements range from "At this juncture, however, the impact on the broader economy and financial markets of the problems in the subprime market seems likely to be contained," on March 28, 2007, to "The Federal Reserve will not monetize the debt," on June 3, 2009. His predictions have been even more remarkable. Just two months before their collapse, he predicted that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac "... will make it through the storm." And as the economy was spiraling into recession on Jan. 10, 2008, he indicated incredibly that, "The Federal Reserve is not currently forecasting a recession." Well, old habits do die hard. Last week Bernanke gave a press conference to answer questions about the Federal Open Market Committee decision to purchase $40 billion of mortgage backed securities per month into the indefinite future. What was astonishing was not his defense of the purchases, but his addressing of three concerns that have been expressed about Fed policy since the Great Recession started in 2008. The first concern he sought to ease was that Fed purchases of long-term securities are comparable to government spending. He claims they are not because the Fed is buying financial assets, not goods and services, and ultimately the Fed will sell them off when unemployment This election, let's make a clean sweep To the Editor: During this election the main question seems to be economical. We are a debtor nation. We are heading towards bankruptcy. There is a more important question: is the American society on the rise or decline? Fifty years of social engineering has gone horribly wrong. There have been two great lies, "it is all good" and "it takes a village." We have totally abandoned the Judeo-Christian value system our society was founded on. With the only sin being intolerance, all forms of ways to ruin lives are being exploited. It never ever took a village in our society. It takes two dedicated, committed, responsible parents with extended family and community helping. The "it takes a village" way is only filling up our prisons. How can a man and woman 24 be committed to raising children when they are eases. He may be technically correct, but does it matter? The buying and selling of assets is one means the Fed uses to manipulate the money supply. When it wants to inflate the supply of money it exchanges new money for assets and when it seeks to slow the growth of money it sells assets to mop up excess reserves in the economy. In the end, Fed asset purchases are comparable to the Fed monetizing the debts of the federal government, which of course are required because of deficit government spending and both will ultimately cause higher prices generally. Next, Bernanke addressed the concern of those receiving very low returns on interest bearing accounts. While he acknowledged that the Fed's "accommodative" monetary policies were responsible, he stated that, "Americans will ultimately benefit most from the healthy and growing economy that low interest rates help promote." Two points need to be made about Bernanke's comment. First, when are those low interest rates going to produce a healthy and growing economy? The Fed Funds Rate has been at 0.25 percent since December 2008, and unemployment is higher now than it was then. Secondly, is Bernanke suggesting that older Americans on fixed budgets who are getting extremely low returns on their savings just need to be patient until the values of their homes come back so they can sell them to eat? Or is it that he thinks borrowing against equity on one's house is a sign of prosperity? The fact is Bernanke's policies discourage savings and those that have saved are seeing their wealth eroded and their standard of living diminished. Which brings us to the last concern addressed by Chairman Bernanke, namely that the Fed's "accommodative policies" will produce higher price inflation down the road. To quell fears of price inflation he indicated that overall price inflation has been about "2 percent per year for quite a few years now, and a variety of measures show that longer-term inflation expectations are quite stable." All one has to do is venture to the supermarket or fill their tank with gas to know that the chairman's claim about price inflation is hogwash. Gas prices alone are up 7 percent year over year. Higher energy prices mean the cost of other goods has increased as well. Bernanke's inflation number is absurd. John Williams at Shadow Government Statistics produces inflation numbers based on the way they used to be calculated. According to his calculations, if the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) were figuring inflation like it did in 1980, the rate would be 9 percent. If the BLS were using the 1990 method the rate would be 5 percent. The point is that both calculations are much higher than Bernanke's figure and with the Fed about to embark on infusing $40 billion per month more into the economy for an indefinite period of time, price inflation will go even higher. Bernanke has a long history of making absurd statements. His attempts to ease concerns about Fed policies were no exception. At the end of the day, his policies have hurt and will continue to hurt the middle and lower classes. What's startling is that these groups are the very constituencies that Obama and members of the Senate claim to care about, yet both gave Bernanke a second term as Fed chairman. Perhaps the president and those 70 senators that gave Bernanke a second term are incompetent, or perhaps the Anglo-American power elite wanted him to continue as their front man? Kenn Jacobine Haywood County opinion Don't be fooled again by Sen. Jim Davis To the Editor: One of the most important decisions we will have to make on Nov. 6 is who to vote for in the N.C. Senate race. When the sweeping results of voter dissatisfaction took place in the 2010 elections, some very good legislators were sent packing along with the "bathwater," and, as a result, we ended up with a legislature full of politicians eager to advance their agenda with little regard for the future or the people they were supposed to be representing. In short, they want to force their moral views on all of us, and other issues don't matter. Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, our current state senator, seems to be interested in only his narrow partisan interests. He voted to do away with a 1 percent sales tax, all the proceeds of which went to education. His motivation for this remains murky; we have to assume it was for the political purpose of saying that he "lowered taxes." Truly, was that 1 percent sales tax a hardship on anyone? Yet the lack of that money statewide has caused thousands of teachers to be sent home and increased classroom sizes. He also opposes Pre-K programs, considering them "baby-sitting." His stated opinion is that the "greatest gift a father can give his kids is their mother at home." That's fine, if you make the kind of money Davis does, but not if both parents have to work to make ends meet. Any parent or teacher in later grades will tell you that Pre-K programs are invaluable in teaching social skills and basic education, and make a difference in later grades. His opponent in this election, former Sen. John Snow, D-Murphy, has different ideas. He believes that putting the time and money into education prevents problems later in life. As a judge, John Snow saw firsthand the result of neglect and abuse on innocent children, and was a champion of taking care of children in the classroom and in life. He is also a good man of high moral character, and will represent us all, not just the interests of his party above all else. You know what was the major reason was for his defeat at the last election? Remember the "fishing pier" commercial? Turns out that the vote for the pier was practically unanimous, and bipartisan; the `fishing pier' and aquarium have turned into a huge tourist attraction, generating tax dollars; and the commercial was paid for by "sugar daddy" super-rich political activist. The last election proved the old adage, "you can fool all of the people some of the time." It's time to correct that mistake. Elect John Snow for state Senate. Prove that we "won't be fooled again." Russell Breedlove Bryson City Smoky Mountain News October 3-9, 2012 tasteTHE mountains Taste the Mountains is an ever-evolving paid section of places to dine in Western North Carolina. If you would like to be included in the listing please contact our advertising department at 828.452.4251 AMMONS DRIVE-IN RESTAURANT & DAIRY BAR 1451 Dellwwod Rd., Waynesville. 828.926.0734. Open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Celebrating our 25th year. Enjoy world famous hot dogs as well as burgers, seafood, hushpuppies, hot wings and chicken. Be sure to save room for dessert. The cobbler, pie and cake selections are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. ANTHONY WAYNE'S 37 Church St, Waynesville. 828.456.6789. Open for lunch Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; open for dinner Thursday-Saturday 5 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Exceptional, new-American cuisine, offering several gluten free items. BIG MOUNTAIN BBQ 79 Elysina Ave., Waynesville. 828.454.0720. Open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Offering a wide selection of traditional hickory smoked BBQ, pork, chicken, beef and ribs. All complimented by homemade sides and desserts. Full service catering for special events. BLUE RIDGE BBQ COMPANY 180 N. Main St., Waynesville. 828.452.7524. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. TuesdayThursday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. FridaySaturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Blue Ridge BBQ is a family owned and operated restaurant. The BBQ is slow hardwood smoked, marinated in its own juices, and seasoned with mountain recipes. All menu items made from scratch daily. Featuring homemade cornbread salad, fresh collard greens, or cornbread and milk at your request. Old-fashioned homemade banana pudding and fruit cobbler of the season. Catering, take-out, eat-in. firstname.lastname@example.org. BLUE ROOSTER SOUTHERN GRILL 207 Paragon Parkway, Clyde, Lakeside Plaza at the old Wal-Mart. 828.456.1997. Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friendly and fun family atmosphere. Local, handmade Southern cuisine. Now offering a full homemade breakfast menu. Also fresh-cut salads; slowsimmered soups; flame grilled burgers and steaks, and homemade signature desserts. Blue-plates and local fresh vegetables daily. Brown bagging is permitted. Private parties, catering, and take-out available. Call-ahead seating available. BOGART'S 35 East Main St., Sylva. 828.586.6532. Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Serving classic American food and drink in a casual environment. Daily lunch and dinner specials. Children's menu available. Call for catering quotes. Private room available for large parties. Accepts MC/Visa, Discover and American Express. BRIDGET'S BISTRO AT THE HERREN HOUSE 94 East St., Waynesville. 828.452.7837 Lunch Tuesday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday Brunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy fresh local products, created daily. Enjoy dining in our beautiful patio garden. Let us host or cater your next special event; weddings, rehearsal dinners,showers or office parties. Private parties & catering are available 7 days a week by reservation only. BRYSON CITY BAKERY AND PASTRY SHOPPE 191 Everett St., Bryson City. 828.488.5390 Offering a full line of fresh baked goods like Grandma used to make. Large variety to choose from including cakes, pies, donuts, breads, cinn-buns and much more. Also serving Hershey Ice Cream. Open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. CATALOOCHEE RANCH 119 Ranch Dr., Maggie Valley. 828.926.1401. Mile-high mountaintop dining with a spectacular view. Join us for cookouts on the terrace on weekends and Wednesdays (weather permitting) and family-style dinners on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Social hour starts at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Our bountiful family-style meals include prime rib, baked ham, and herb-baked chicken; cookouts feature steaks, ribs, chicken and pork chops, to October 3-9, 2012 Smoky Mountain News 25 For palatable results! Advertise here. Smoky Mountain News 828.452.4251 www.smokymountainnews.com tasteTHE mountains name a few. Every dinner is complemented with an assortment of seasonal vegetables, homemade breads, jellies and desserts, and we offer a fine selection of wine and beer. Breakfast is also served daily from 8 to 9:30 a.m., and lunch from 12 to 2 p.m. Please call for reservations. CHEF'S TABLE 30 Church St., Waynesville. 828.452.6210. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday dinner starting at 5 p.m. "Best of" Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine. Set in a distinguished atmosphere with an exceptional menu. Extensive selection of wine and beer. Reservations honored. 70836 kitchen right to your table and as many refills as you want. So if you have a big appetite, but sure to ask your waitress about our family style service. EL TORITO 2840 Old Cullowhee Road, Cullowhee. 828.293.9333. Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Offering authentic Mexican fare featuring wild mushrooms, flowers and herbs, epazote and many oreganos and chilies. A full menu of traditional Mexican foods. Take-out orders available. FRANKIE'S ITALIAN TRATTORIA 1037 Soco Rd. Maggie Valley. 828.926.6216 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Father and son team Frank and Louis Perrone cook up dinners steeped in Italian tradition. With recipies passed down from generations gone by, the Perrones have brought a bit of Italy to Maggie Valley. frankiestrattoria.com FROGS LEAP PUBLIC HOUSE 44 Church St. Downtown Waynesville 828.456.1930 Serving lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Sunday lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed Mondays. Frogs Leap is a farm to table restaurant focused on local, sustainable, natural and organic products prepared in modern regional dishes. Seasonal menu focuses on Southern comfort foods with upscale flavors. Come for the restaurant's 4 @ 4 when you can choose a center and three sides at special prices. Offered Wed- Fri. from 4 to 6. frogsleappublichouse.org. GUADALUPE CAF� 606 W. Main Street, Sylva. 828.586.9877. Open 7 days a week at 5 p.m. Located in the historic Hooper's Drugstore, Guadalupe Caf� is a chef-owned and operated restaurant serving Caribbean inspired fare complimented by a quirky selection of wines and microbrews. Supporting local farmers of organic produce, livestock, hand-crafted cheese, and using sustainably harvested seafood. J. ARTHUR'S RESTAURANT AT MAGGIE VALLEY U.S. 19 in Maggie Valley. 828.926.1817. Lunch Sunday noon to 2:30 p.m., dinner nightly starting at 4:30 p.m. World-famous prime rib, steaks, fresh seafood, gorgonzola cheese and salads. All ABC permits and open year-round. Children always welcome. Take-out menu. Excellent service and hospitality. Reservations appreciated. JUKEBOX JUNCTION U.S. 276 and N.C. 110 intersection, Bethel. 828.648.4193. 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Serving breakfast, lunch, nd dinner. The restaurant has a 1950s & 60s theme decorated with memorabilia from that era. LOS AMIGOS 366 Russ Ave. in the Bi-Lo Plaza. 828.456.7870. Open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5 to 10 p.m. for dinner Monday through Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy the lunch prices Monday through Sunday, also enjoy our outdoor patio. LUCIO'S RESTAURANT 313 Highlands Road, Franklin. 828.369.6670. Serving Macon County since 1984. Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. Lunch Wednesday-Friday 11:30 a.m. until.Dinner Wednesday-Saturday 5 p.m. until. Owned and operated by Tanya and Dorothy Gamboni. Serving authentic Italian and continental cuisine including appetizers, pastas, poultry, veal, seafood, steaks and homemade deserts. Selection of wine and beer. Lunch and Dinner menus. Wednesday and Thursday nights only. 1 appetizer and 2 selected entr�es with unlimited salad and Lucio's famous garlic rolls for $24.95. Winter Special: half-off house wines, Friday and Saturday only. luciosnc.com MAD BATTER BAKERY & CAF� Located on the WCU Campus in Cullowhee. 828.293.3096. Open Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Earth-friendly foods at people-friendly prices. Daily specials, wraps, salads, pastries, breads, soups and more. Unique fare, friendly service, casual atmosphere and wireless Internet. Organic ingredients, local produce, gourmet fair trade and organic coffees. MAGGIE VALLEY CLUB 1819 Country Club Dr., Maggie Valley. 828.926.1616. maggievalleyclub.com/dine. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Fine and casual fireside dining in welcoming atmosphere. Full bar. Reservations accepted. MILL & MAIN 462 W. Main St., Sylva. 828.586.6799. Serving lunch and dinner. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Pizza, pasta, outstanding homemade desserts, plus full lunch and dinner menus. All ABC permits. Take-out menus available. MOONSHINE GRILL 2550 Soco Road, Maggie Valley loacted in the Smoky Falls Lodge. 828.926.7440. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 4:30 to 9 p.m.; lunch Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sunday buffet 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cooking up mouth-watering, wood-fired Angus steaks, prime rib and scrumptious fresh seafood dishes. The wood-fired grill gives amazing flavor to every meal that comes off of it. Enjoy creative dishes made using moonshine. Stop by and simmer for a while and soak up the atmosphere. The best kept secret in Maggie Valley. themoonshinegrill.com MOUNTAIN PERKS ESPRESSO BAR & CAF� 9 Depot St., Bryson City. 828.488.9561. Open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. With music at the Depot. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Life is too short for bad coffee. We feature wonderful breakfast and lunch selections. Bagels, wraps, soups, sandwiches, salads and quiche with a variety of specialty coffees, teas and smoothies. Various desserts. NEWFOUND LODGE RESTAURANT 1303 Tsali Blvd, Cherokee (Located on 441 North at entrance to GSMNP). 828.497.4590. Open 7 a.m. daily. Established in 1946 and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Family style dining for adults and children. OLD STONE INN 109 Dolan Road, off Love Lane. 828.456.3333. Classic fireside dining in an historic mountain lodge with cozy, intimate 70985 OPEN FOR LUNCH & DINNER 7 DAYS A WEEK 1863 S. MAIN ST. WAYNESVILLE 828.454.5002 HWY. 19/23 EXIT 98 JOIN US FOR AUTUMN ON THE PATIO ------------------------ ITALIAN MEDITERRANEAN CITY LIGHTS CAFE Spring Street in downtown Sylva. 828.587.2233. Open Monday-Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tasty, healthy and quick. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, espresso, beer and wine. Come taste the savory and sweet crepes, grilled paninis, fresh, organic salads, soups and more. Outside patio seating. Free Wi-Fi, pet-friendly. Live music and lots of events. Check the web calendar at citylightscafe.com. COPPER LEAF CAF� & COFFEE 3232 Dellwood Rd., Waynesville. 828.926.4486. Open Monday thru Saturday 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Enjoy the atmosphere and charm of the Copper Leaf Caf�'s signature sandwiches and salads featuring Boar's Head meats & cheeses. Home-made soups served daily as well as "made from scratch" desserts. Full service Espresso Bar and a unique selection of gifts. Located next to High Country Furniture and Design. CORK AND BEAN 16 Everett St., Bryson City. 828.488.1934. Open Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy organic, fair-trade, gourmet espresso and coffees, a select, eclectic list of wines, and locally prepared treats to go with every thing. Come by early and enjoy a breakfast crepe with a latte, grab a grilled chicken pesto crepe for lunch, or wind down with a nice glass of red wine. Visit us on Facebook! CORK & CLEAVER 176 Country Club Drive, Waynesville. 828.456.7179. Reservations recommended. 4:30-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Tucked away inside Waynesville Inn, Cork & Cleaver has an approachable menu designed around locally sourced, sustainable, farm-to-table ingredients. Executive Chef Corey Green prepares innovative and unique Southern fare from local, organic vegetables grown in Western North Carolina. Full bar and wine cellar. www.waynesvilleinn.com. CORNERSTONE CAF� 1092 N. Main Street, Waynesville. 828.452.4252. Open Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fresh meats purchased daily, great homemade breakfast, burgers made to order. Comfortable and friendly atmosphere, with curb service available. Make lunch easy and call ahead for to go orders. COUNTRY VITTLES: FAMILY STYLE RESTAURANT 3589 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley. 828.926.1820 Open Daily 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., closed Tuesday. Family Style at Country Vittles is not a buffet. Instead our waitresses will bring your food piping hot from the October 3-9, 2012 Hand crafted in Asheville since 1999 Now in WAYNESVILLE! TAKE-OUT � EAT-IN � CATERING BREAKFAST � LUNCH Scratch-Made Fresh Daily Breads � Biscuits � Bagels Cakes � Pies � Pastries Soups � Salads � Sandwiches Smoky Mountain News Fair Trade Coffees & Espresso 18 North Main Street Waynesville � 452.3881 ASHEVILLE: 60 Biltmore Ave. 252.4426 26 & 88 Charlotte St. 254.4289 tasteTHE mountains bar. Dinner served nightly except Sunday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Signature dinner choices include our 8oz. filet of beef in a brandied peppercorn sauce and a garlic and herb crusted lamb rack. Carefully selected fine wines and beers plus full bar available. Open year round. Call for reservations. PASQUALE'S 1863 South Main Street, Waynesville. Off exit 98, 828.454.5002. Opend for lunch and dinner seven day a week. Classic Italian dishes, exceptional steaks and seafood (available in full and lighter sizes), thin crust pizza, homemade soups, salads hand tossed at your table. Fine wine and beer selection. Casual atmosphere, dine indoor, outside on the patio or at the bar. Reservations appreciated. PASQUALINO'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 25 Everett Street, Bryson City. 828.488.9555. Open for lunch and dinner everyday 11:30 a.m.-late. A taste of Italy in beautiful Bryson City. Exceptional pasta, pizza, homemade soups, salads. Fine wine, mixed drinks and beer selection. Casual atmosphere, reservations appreciated. PATIO BISTRO 30 Church Street, Waynesville. 828.454.0070. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Breakfast bagels and sandwiches, gourmet coffee, deli sandwiches for lunch with homemade soups, quiches, and desserts. Wide selection of wine and beer. Outdoor and indoor dining. RENDEZVOUS RESTAURANT AND BAR Maggie Valley Inn and Conference Center 828.926.0201 Bar open Monday thru Saturday; dining room open Tuesday thru Saturday at 5 p.m. Full service restaurant serving steaks, prime rib, seafood and dinner specials. Live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday. TIki Bar open (weather permitting) Friday, Saturday & Sunday beginning April. SOUL INFUSION TEA HOUSE & BISTRO 628 E. Main St. (between Sylva Tire & UPS). 828.586.1717. Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday noon -until. Scrumptious, natural, fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and desserts. 60+ teas served hot or cold, black, chai, herbal. Seasonal and rotating draft beers, good selection of wine. Home-Grown Music Network Venue with live music most weekends. Pet friendly and kid ready. SPEEDY'S PIZZA 285 Main Street, Sylva. 828.586.3800. Open seven days a week. Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 3 p.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Family-owned for 30 years. Serving hand-tossed pizza made to order, pasta, subs, gourmet salads, calzones and seafood. Also serving excellent prime rib on Thursdays. Dine in or take out available. Located across from the Fire Station. 9 DEPOT ST. BRYSON CITY 828.488.9561 THURSDAY � OCT. 4 � 8 PM Bagels ~ Wraps ~ Soups Salads & Sandwiches Coffee ~ Espresso ~ Smoothies Chai Tea & Desserts Free Wi-Fi for Customers! www.mtnperks.com 70620 TYLER KITTLE AND FRIENDS FRIDAY � OCT. 5 � 8 PM LOCAL JAM PORCH 40 SATURDAY � OCT. 6 � 8 PM 70813 628 E. Main Street � Sylva 828.586.1717 � soulinfusion.com Tues.- Fri. 11a-9p & Sat. 12 noon - `til FRIDAY, OCT. 5 � 7 P.M. Artist's Reception Pat Thomas, Pet Photographer TUESDAY, OCT. 9 � 7 P.M. Wine Tasting TAP ROOM SPORTS BAR & GRILL 176 Country Club Dr. Waynesville 828.456.5988. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Enjoy soups, sandwiches, salads and hearty appetizers along with a full bar menu in our casual, smoke-free neighborhood grill. THE SWAG COUNTRY INN Hemphill Road off of Hwy 276. 828.926.0430. Serving a 4-course gourmet dinner seven nights a week at 7:00, with a social hour and hors d'oeuvres on the dog trot beginning at 6. Also offering the chef's gourmet picnic at noon every Wednesdays on Gooseberry Knob, BBQ Cookout every Thursday night and Sunday brunch each week. Daily backpack lunches are also available for hiking. Bring your own wine and spirits. Reservations required. THE TIKI HOUSE SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR 2723 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. 828.944.0445. Fresh seafood made to order. Oysters raw, steamed, or fried. Handcut steaks. Live music, cocktails, petfriendly patio dining with a nice fountain. Friday patio music starts at 7 p.m. and Saturday night after dinner. Live bands and a dance floor. THE WINE BAR 20 Church Street, downtown Waynesville. 828.452.6000. Underground cellar for wine and beer, served by the glass all day. Cheese and tapas served Wednesday through Saturday 4 p.m.-9 p.m. or later. email@example.com. Also on facebook and twitter. VITO'S PIZZA 607 Highlands Rd., Franklin. 828.369.9890. Established here in in 1998. Come to Franklin and enjoy our laid back place, a place you can sit back, relax and enjoy our 62" HDTV. Our Pizza dough, sauce, meatballs, and sausage are all made from scratch by Vito. The recipes have been in the family for 50 years (don't ask for the recipes cuz' you won't get it!) Each Pizza is hand tossed and made with TLC. You're welcome to watch your pizza being created. Yadkin Valley & Shelton Wines S PRING S TREET, D OWNTOWN S YLVA OctoberFun! Octoberfest! Scary-oke & Costume party! CREPES, PANINIS, SOUPS, SALADS, GOURMET PASTAS WINE & BEER CityLightsCafe.com visit maggievalleyclub.com for more info. Waynesville Native & Renowned Storyteller October 3-9, 2012 Donald Davis Returns October 8-14 Stories each evening by the fireside hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m. dinner at 7 p.m. Reservations Required 2300 SWAG ROAD WAYNESVILLE Bring your own wine and spirits. LOCATED OFF JONATHAN CREEK RD/HWY 276 & HEMPHILL RD 70991 828.926.0430 � TheSwag.com Smoky Mountain News LUNCH DINNER CATERING B A ON PP�TIT Y'A L LOCALLY GROWN CUISINE Open at 11 a.m. � Closed Saturday � 828-456-1997 207 Paragon Parkway � Clyde, North Carolina L 27 28 Smoky Mountain News A&E Steven Lloyd, executive director of HART, stands in the empty grassy lot next to the Waynesville theatre. With fundraising plans in the works to build a second stage on the site, the organization has already raised $125,000 of the $950,000 needed to complete the project. Those interested in donating can call the box office 828.456.6322 or go online www.HARTTheater.com. BY GARRET K. WOODWARD STAFF WRITER It may look like a grassy field to some, but to Steven Lloyd, it's a window of opportunity. Lloyd, executive director of the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville, is currently in the midst of a fundraising campaign to bring a second major theater stage to the beloved local theatrical institution. HART already stages more than a dozen shows a year, entertaining thousands of theater patrons, that run the gamut from locals to tourists to second-home owners. The caliber of HART shows is a major notch in the county's cultural arts scene and quality of life draw. "We've become a major engine for the economic development for the community," Lloyd said. The addition of a second main-stage theater building will allow HART to put on even more shows -- and give existing shows longer runs. "The reason this new facility is important to the community at large is it will allow us to add more revenue, staff and more variety in our presentations," Lloyd said. The facility is estimated to cost around $950,000. Since kicking off the fundraiser in July, HART has already pulled in $125,000 and counting from more than 100 donors. Originally presented in early 2008, the plans fell onto the backburner with the recession. Lloyd said the community enthusiasm has always been there for the project and now seems the appropriate time to move forward. "If you want to change the economy, you've got to do something. Everybody sits back and expects someone to come to the rescue," he said. "You need an entrepreneurial spirit to see windows of opportunity when they come along, and this is a window of opportunity." Between May and October, the main season for HART, the theater has no problem filling the seats for its shows. To the contrary, the problem is that the shows don't stay on stage long enough leaving potential ticket-buyers unable to see shows. HART has to shut down a production's run prematurely to start getting ready for the next show on the schedule. It takes at least three weeks to build and prepare the set and that means downtime between shows to allow for the construction. A second theater would solve that. By providing the cast and crew with a second option, Haywood theatre enters second act each show would get the treatment it deserves and alleviate issues of time constraint and limited structural space. "Because of the limitations of our stage, we have to close early each time to build the next show," Lloyd said. "During that 26-week season, we're closed half the time. This new facility will allow us to go back and forth between the two, which means one solid season." The existing main stage theater is 11,000square-feet with 250 seats. The second venue is planned to be 6,000-square-feet holding between 150 to 180 attendees, depending on what's being presented. The possibilities range from small plays to dinner theater, drama camps to acting classes, cabaret to wedding receptions. It seems the avenues of potential are endless. "It'll be much better to hold something over and be able to add performances, because that means you're running to capacity and not wasting resources," Lloyd said. Though normally used as a rehearsal area the small black box room backstage in the current building transforms into a winter playhouse, which focuses on smaller, more space appropriate productions, seating between 50 to 70 attendees. "It'll look hugely successful because you come in and can't find a seat. But, if we did it on the main stage, it would look like a failure," Lloyd said. Likewise, the new 150-seat venue will be perfect for shows that are too big for the backstage theater but too small for the main stage. "We need that middle facility to fit that audience," Lloyd said. Aiming to appear similar to the current facility, with barn style features of wood walls and tin roofing, the project is again being designed by Waynesville architect Joe Sam Queen with assistance from his daughter, Sara, who is also an architect. Besides seating capacity, the building would also house a professional kitchen for caterers, dressing room, dormitory for longterm stay actors and much-needed storage. To allow for flexibility, the room will be built as a large open space equipped with risers, which can be reconfigured easily, and drapery used to create the separate rooms. "We have a traditional stage here, and that's great because you want to be able to play around with that," Lloyd said of the existing main stage. "But with this I could see the entire interior of the building becoming part of the play. The main stage is much more spectacle driven, but everything is at a distance. We want this to be much more intimate." Lloyd is happy with the fundraising success so far. "If we're lucky, and it continues on the pace it's going, we could be in a position to break ground next year, next summer," Lloyd said. "We're looking to raise money throughout the community and a substantial amount will be looked for in grants." A longtime board member at HART, "The reason this new facility is important to the community at large is it will allow us to add more revenue, staff and more variety in our presentations." -- Steven Lloyd An artist rendering of new facility planned at the HART Theatre in Waynesville. S EE HART, PAGE 29 Italian love story warms up the HART BY GARRET K. WOODWARD STAFF WRITER ringing a little warmth to the impending fall weather, the Haywood Regional Arts Theatre in Waynesville presents "The Light In The Piazza" this month. Taking place in Florence, Italy (circa 1953), the story unfolds as a Winston-Salem mother and daughter visit the picturesque country. From the beginning, there seems to be something emotionally off with the daughter (Clara), which is only magnified by the obsessively nurturing and protective mother (Margaret). The duo soon crosses paths with an Italian boy (Fabrizio) whose gaze never once leaves the direction of Clara. Margaret is well aware of the budding romance and looks to put a stop to it. Throw in an array of dysfunctional and unique secondary characters, and you have one touching and freewheelin' musical. "It has the lyricism and big singing moments we associActors Clara Burrus, Kristen Hedberg and Jonathan Cobrda (from left) ate with Rogers and rehearse for their upcoming performance of the musical "The Light In Hammerstein, but you have a very real The Piazza", which will running at HART in Waynesville on select dates story," said Kristen throughout the month of October. Hedberg, who plays Margaret. "And, among those bigger sional relationship with the institution by moments, you have these wonderful colors offering students performances that will reminiscent of Stephen Sondheim." stand out on a resume. Amid the couples involved in the plot, "I hope we can continue to offer the stueach symbolically represents a season of the dents opportunities here and be able to pay year, more over, a season of the heart, which them," he said. "If you're a student studying can start fresh and young and sometimes theater, you need to have professional credits end cold and alone. to get into other organizations." "Anyone can relate to somebody in the A musical theater major at WCU, junior show," Hedberg said. "What I love about Tierney Leigh Cody plays Franca, the sisterMargaret is that she struggles with relationin-law of Fabrizio. ships and situations but wrestles herself out "She's a very passionate character," said of her comfort zone enough to make changes Cody. "She's not afraid to be angry, especialin her life." ly with her husband, who she's normally With a handful of scenes entirely spoken angry with. She's very good at getting her point across." Reflecting on the style of musical, Cody points out this isn't your run-of-the-mill pro"The Light In The Piazza" will run at the duction, rather something that combines HART in Waynesville at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and real emotion with striking melodic soundSaturdays Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 and at 3 scapes. p.m. Sundays Oct. 7, 14, 21. Tickets are $24 "Everything about it is breathtaking. It's for adults; $22 for seniors; $10 for students. a love story, which is timeless," she said. "It's Box-office hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday a very complex plot. It's not something you through Saturday. flick through on television -- you can get 828.456.6322 or www.HARTTheatre.com. into it and get your heart into it." B in Italian, director Charles Mills likes the idea of no subtitles or hand holding of the audience. "Hopefully, they'll understand what's going on with how the characters interact with each other, which is great because it requires active participation and having to pay attention," he said. Adding to the difficult nature of casting the play, which involves operatic voices that also can do comedy, the score of the musical involves only string instruments and a piano. "It's different from a lot of things because the orchestra is all strings," said Steven Lloyd, executive director at HART. "It's very lush and very romantic. With the music being difficult, it requires some major voices. We have a powerhouse cast, about half of which are from Western Carolina University." Bridging together HART and WCU, Lloyd looks forward to continuing a profes- HART, CONTINUED FROM 28 Mieko Thomson was part of the fundraising for the first building. She sees the latest plans as an important step for Waynesville and Haywood County, stressing the importance of supporting the arts. "I participate in this because theater enriches the lives of the people. It's not only entertaining, but it opens up the horizon of views and education," said Thompson, a Realtor. "Without donations, we cannot build. This is an investment of the future, not only of the theater, but also the community. Next year is really important; we need big donors." Echoing that same sentiment, HART supporter Steve Wall, a local pediatrician whose wife is also a HART board member, views the theater as a worthwhile cause that only breeds positive results. "HART has become such a great institute for Haywood County. In tough economic times, the arts scene can be such a driving force in a community," Wall said. "It adds to the overall progress and prosperity in the area. As a pediatrician, I think it's great for the kids. It keeps them active in literature and drama, which is a great exercise for discipline as they intellectually and emotionally grow." When he took over, Lloyd said the annual budget was $25,000. Today, it's $300,000. In its almost three decades of existence, the theater has never had a losing season or run a deficit. It's broken box office records each subsequent year and looks to continue that trend. "We're not going to community hat-inhand crying poverty. We're saying we're successful and we're doing really well," Lloyd said. "And if we can make this building, we can transform this organization that impacts the entire community and creates jobs for a lot of people." Lloyd has a vision of connecting all the dots in the community, creating a spider web with the theater as a centerpiece and catalyst for the other lines of commerce. He said though tourism dollars spent in Haywood County were up last year, lodging was down. He hopes to remedy this by offering packages that combines discounted theater tickets with booking a stay in a motel or a bed and breakfast. "If people come to this theater, you pretty much will have to stay the night, and that's great," Lloyd said. Optimistic for the future of HART, Lloyd points to the impeccable track record of the theater. Not sticking close to shore, the organization has a long-held philosophy of taking risks and going down the road less traveled, which seems to have made all the difference. "Most theaters around here play it safe and do comfortable audience material. We do shows nobody else will do," he said. "We've set a pretty high standard of quality. We've laid the groundwork to be one of the major theater companies in this region." arts & entertainment October 3-9, 2012 Smoky Mountain News Want to go? 29 arts & entertainment 0GGV OR %($7 That's why why I In n today's today 's business world, world, it's to make every every dollar count. count. 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The Gemboree will feature a wide variety of items including fine finished jewelry, rough and cut gems, lapidary equipment, minerals, fossils and collectibles. Dealers will also be available to make custom pieces. Included with a gem show ticket is free entry into the 20th annual Smoky Mountain Fall Art and Craft Fest next door at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center. This show features 80 artisans as well as 80 handmade door prizes, alpaca and an Animal Rescue Petting Zoo. Admission for the Gemboree is $2. Those under 12 will be admitted free. 828.524.3161 or 800.336.7829. October 3-9, 2012 STEP 1 Provide us with a copy of your most recent Merchant Card Services statement from your current financial institution or vendor. Give us 15 minutes of your time to deliver and discuss our proposal. 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Member FDIC | ucbi.com 30 `Surreal Appalachia' celebrated at Waynesville gallery Two local artists who use unconventional materials will be featured from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 5 at Gallery 262 in downtown Waynesville. "Surreal Appalachia: The Works of Michelle Walker & Bobbie Polizzi" explores the work of Walker, who blends oils with real life butterfly and moth wings to create mystical flying creatures and cold stark landscapes, and Polizzi, who takes the discarded and combines them to create powerful sculptural works. Both artists will be on hand at the open event to discuss their work. Wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres will be served. one piece of their recent work to include alongside the work of their instructors. Instructors are Robert Blanton, Caryl Brt, David Burnette, Terry Gess, Steve Lloyd, Sam Nichols, Amy Putansu, Journel Thomas and Brian Wurst. The work will remain on exhibit through Oct. 20. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. www.haywoodarts.org. Swain teacher exhibits art education thesis The Swain County Center for the Arts will celebrate the paintings of area elementary and middle school art teacher Sheena Kohlmeyer with a meet-and-greet reception featuring the Rye Holler Boys at 3 p.m. Oct. 14. The exhibit, which is part of her master's in art education thesis, includes watercolor paintings she did during her graduate painting courses at Western Carolina University and will be on display through Nov. 14. Most of the artwork is for sale. This event is sponsored by the NC Arts Council, Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools and received support from the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. 828.488.7843 or www.swain.k12.nc.us/cfta. arts & entertainment Acrylic demonstration of street scene Artist and teacher Dominick DePaolo will demonstrate acrylic painting techniques in a street scene for Art League of the Smokies at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 4, at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City. DePaolo will demonstrate how to use acrylic paint in the watercolor style on watercolor board with the addition of pen and ink. He has been a freelance artist for over 40 years, was an illustrator in the U.S. Navy and taught art at the college level for almost 15 years. He owned and operated Long Grove Art School in Chicago for 12 years before moving to Waynesville. 828.488.7843 or www.swain.k12.nc.us/cfta HCC focus of new art council show Haywood County Arts Council's Gallery 86 is hosting an artist's reception for the Haywood Community College's professional craft faculty and 2012 graduates from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 5 in conjunction with the Waynesville Gallery Association's Art After Dark event. Each faculty member in wood, fiber, clay, metals and design have chosen one signature piece to exhibit. Many members of the 2012 graduating class have also chosen Sheena Kohlmeyer, an art teacher at Swain County's middle school and two elementary schools, is currently showing her master's in art education thesis at the Swain County Center for the Arts. Regional art grants available Regional Artist Project grant of Western North Carolina (RAP go WNC) funding is available to developing art professionals for the 2012-13 year. RAP go WNC is intended to fund projects that will conclude by June 15, 2013. Eligible artists must be at least 18 years of age, cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program, must be a current resident of one of the participating counties --Cherokee, Graham, Haywood or Jackson -- and must have maintained residency there for one year immediately preceding the application. Previous award winners are ineligible. Grant awards range from $250-$500 and may be used for purposes including: cost of presenting work, training costs or tuition, travel, promotional materials, work facilities, equipment and the production of new work. Judges and a selection review panel from all four counties review applications. Grants are partially funded by the North Carolina Arts Council in partnership with the local agencies. Information and applications are available from: Cherokee, 828.361.9584, firstname.lastname@example.org; Graham, 828.479.3364, beth@StecoahValleyCenter.com, Haywood, 828.452.0593, email@example.com; and Jackson, 828.587.2787, firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are available online at www.haywoodarts.org. Applications and appropriate documentation material must be mailed to RAP go WNC, PO Box 2212, Cullowhee, N.C. 28723 by Nov. 1. Cullowhee STUDIO TOUR An American Craft Week Event October 3-9, 2012 Art show, sale & free demonstrations Disney discussion Blue Ridge Watermedia Society will hold their monthly meeting at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 9 at the First Baptist Church on Main Street in Waynesville. The guest speaker will be Jesse Clay, who was a senior illustrator at Disney World for 22 years (as pictured). The event is free and open to the public. 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The event will benefit the renovations for the Outpatient Medicine Department at the hospital. There will be a silent auction, a band, contests, food including marinated roast pork, potato pancakes and other authentic German food and drink. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased from the hospital or any Foundation Board member. The raffle is a $2,000 travel voucher that can include airfare, hotel, bus, however you choose if you win. Tickets are $25 each or five tickets for $100. 828.349.6887. arts & entertainment Fifth Annual Fall Craft Festival Celebrating 126 years of history, the fifth annual Fall Craft Festival at The Old Mill 1886 will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 on U.S. 441, a mile south of Cherokee. The daylong free festival will feature gem mining, fresh barbeque, live music (bluegrass, country and gospel), an array of Appalachian crafts, jewelry designers and fresh apple fritters. Disc golf tournament, craft beer festival at Fontana Village Hoptoberfest will kick off at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at Fontana Village Resort. The daylong festival will start with a disc golf tournament and end with The Sharkadelics. Enjoy live music by the Caribbean Cowboys from 1-4 p.m. while sampling more than 30 craft beers from 11 different breweries. Beer, bratwurst and gyros will also be available for purchase at Fontana Bier Garden. Entry is $25 per person age 21 and over; under 21 are free. Tee-time for the disc golf tournament is 10 a.m., with onsite registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. It is a singles tournament in a one round format with prize payout in plastic. Registration fee is $10 per person. There will also be friendly games of putt-putt, corn hole, ladder ball and other games all afternoon. Fontana Village Resort is located at 300 Woods Road in Fontana Dam, just off N.C. 28. www.fontanavillage.com or 828.498.2211. Guest Appreciation Festival at NOC The 2012 Guest Appreciation Festival (GAF) recently took place at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in the Nantahala Gorge. Enthusiasts kayaked the river, mingled, enjoyed live music and partook in a swap meet featuring a variety of bargain outdoor gear. Garret K. Woodward photo The Best Deal in the Mountains! CLASSIFIED ADS 50 WORDS OR LESS ARE (Pre-pay only) October 3-9, 2012 PER WEEK Smoky Mountain News FREE: Residential yard sale ads, lost or found pet ads FREE: Non-business items that sell for less than $150 $35: Non-business items, 25 words or less, 3 months or until sold CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING Call Classifieds Manager Scott Collier -- 828.452.4251 or email email@example.com 68793 33 arts & entertainment Orchestra to play fairy tales and Mozart Blue Ridge Orchestra begins its 20122013 season with a musical visit to Cinderella, Mother Goose and the witch from Hansel and Gretel at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Colonial Theater in Canton. The lively overture to Rossini's opera La Cenerentola (Cinderella) opens the concert, followed by four of Maurice Ravel's tone poems from Mother Goose: Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty, Little Thumb, Conversations of Beauty and the Beast, and The Fairy Garden. The first part of the concert ends with a wild Witch's Ride from the opera Hansel and Gretel by the German late-Romantic Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921). Tickets are $15 general admission; $10 for Friends of the Blue Ridge Orchestra and $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the door or ordered through the website at www.blueridgeorchestra.org. Frog Level Brewing hosts Toys For Tots fund-raiser Frog Level Brewing Company will host the USMC Reserve 2012 Toys For Tots kickoff at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at the brewery on 56 Commerce Street in Waynesville. A $20 donation or two new, unwrapped toys will get you one free Frog Level Brewing craft beer and a barbeque plate from Blue Ridge BBQ. The Gone Over the Mountain Boys and The Arrington Baker Band will provide the live music. The event is open to the public. All proceeds benefit Haywood County families. www.FrogLevelBrewing.com or 828.454.5664 WCU jam series kicks off with Sons of Ralph The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series at Western Carolina University's Mountain Heritage Center will get underway with a concert by the Sons of Ralph at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 on the ground floor of WCU's H.F. Robinson Administration Building. The group's performance will be followed by an 8 p.m. jam session, in which local musicians are invited to participate. The Sons of Ralph features band patriarch Ralph Lewis, a Madison County native STAND ALONE CUTLINE: Grammy Award winning Nashville Bluegrass Band (NBB) will be performing at 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. NBB lead singer Pat Enright became one of the voices of the Soggy Bottom Boys, the fictional old-time trio led onscreen by George Clooney in the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Tickets are $25. www.highlandspac.org or 828.526.9047. who turned 84 in April. Lewis was a member of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys for two years in the mid-1970s and left Monroe's group to perform with his sons, Marty Lewis and Don Lewis. Joining Ralph Lewis and his sons in the current Sons of Ralph are "Cousin" Steve Moseley and "Brother Oz" Ozzie Orengo Jr. The concerts and jam sessions will continue at the Mountain Heritage Center through the fall and winter, with programs from 7-9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. The First Thursday concerts and jams at the Mountain Heritage Center are free and open to everyone. 828.227.7129. Ensemble to present `British Travelogue' Western Carolina University Wind Ensemble will present its first concert of the 2012-13 season with "A British Travelogue" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. The 55-member wind ensemble comprises the best musicians in the WCU School of Music and is conducted by director of bands John T. West. The event is free and open to the public. The concert will feature music by composers inspired by the British Isles. Its' centerpiece is Percy Grainger's masterwork "Lincolnshire Posy," a suite of six movements, each based on folk songs collected by the composer during visits to the Lincolnshire region of England in the early 1900s. Also on the program are "A Manx Overture" by Haydn Wood; Gustav Holst's "Moorside March," conducted by graduate student Emily Talley; "Four Scottish Dances" by Malcom Arnold; and "Thames Journey" by Nigel Hess. 828.227.7242. October 3-9, 2012 STYX to hit the stage at Harrah's Legendary group STYX will be performing at 9 p.m. Jan. 18 at Harrah's Cherokee Event Center. With two Super Bowl appearances, charttopping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, REO Speedwagon and Bad Company (to name only a few) and two more recent studio albums, STYX continues to conquer the planet with hit singles including "Lady," "Come Sail Away," and "Mr. Roboto." Must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Tickets are currently on sale. www.ticketmaster.com or 800.745.3000. Sons of Ralph Smoky Mountain News GREEN LIVING 70615 INSULATE YOUR WATER HEATER An item in your home that needs to be winterized is your water heater. Though all modern heaters are insulated on the inside, finding ways of keeping the cold off the outside is important. If your water heater is in a drafty basement, you can purchase water heater wraps from your local hardware store. 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Comedy troupe ready to bring laughs Upright Citizens Brigade will bring its comedy theater to Western Carolina University with a show at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. The Upright Citizens Brigade is considered one of the premier producers of comedic talent in the nation, with Horatio Sanz, Amy Poehler, Rob Corddry, Ed Helms and Rob Riggle included among its alumni. The tour features talented New York and Los Angeles comedians and is recommended for people age 16 and older. The event is part of WCU's 2012-13 Arts and Cultural Events Performance Series. General admission tickets are $5. Tickets are available through the Bardo Arts Center box-office in person, 828.227.2479 or www.bardoartscenter.wcu.edu. 828.227.3622 or www.ace.wcu.edu. Fight Like A Girl! Mastectomy Bras, Forms, Swimsuits, etc. Medicare accredited boutique Certified Mastectomy Fitter Close to Home! arts & entertainment 392 Jones Cove Rd. 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Call for Free Estimates. 828.545.1375 | RiverwoodCustomCreations.com Car � Truck � Bike Show PRESENTED BY October 3-9, 2012 Southwestern Community College & Franklin Chamber of Commerce Friday & Saturday � Oct. 5th & 6th Cruise In + Registration Friday, October 5 � 5-8:30 p.m. Gate Admission: Free Show Saturday, October 6 Registration: 8-9 a.m. Gates open: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Judging: 9 a.m.-Noon Gate Admission: $5 Adults; 12 & under, Free Cornhole Tournament Saturday 10 a.m. Registration Free: $2 per team (Includes 2 gate entries) Prize Payout (Based on entries) Chris Robinson lands in Asheville One of the great modern rock singers, Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes (center) flew into The Orange Peel in downtown Asheville on Sept. 30 for a performance with his latest solo project, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. The quintet is currently on tour for their critically acclaimed album "The Magic Door", which is their second release of this year. Garret K. Woodward photo Smoky Mountain News Big & Rich roll into Cherokee Big & Rich will be hitting the stage at 10 p.m. Oct. 20 at Harrah's Cherokee Event Center. The duo just released their new album, entitled "Hillbilly Jedi," co-written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, on Sept. 18. It's the duo's fourth LP and their first since the 2007. Their career hits include "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)," "Lost in This Moment" and "That's Why I Pray," among others. www.ticketmaster.com or 800.745.3000. Peoples Choice Award (All registered participants entered into this class) Location: SCC, PSTC - Driving Course 64W to Industrial Park Loop, Franklin, NC Sponsored by NAPA $350 First Place � $150 Second Place (sign from 4 lane) Trophies � Prize Money � Door Prizes Registration Form & Information Franklin Chamber of Commerce � 425 Porter Street, Franklin 828.524.3161 or www.Franklin-Chamber.com facebook.com/smnews FIND US AT 35 Smoky Mountain News October 3-9, 2012 arts & entertainment 36 Books K ind hearts, winter has come. That dire prediction that began over 4,000 pages ago with A Game of Thrones has been fulfilled. In this, the final (?) book in the Songs of Ice and Fire series, all of the bleak predictions that began with "Winter is coming," are gradually come to pass. However, that does not mean that we will finally see justice done. Unlike the marvelous world of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, where the good king finally comes home and the world becomes orderly and rational once more, the final chapters of A Dance With Dragons finds Westros and the Seven Kingdoms racked by war and famine. The majority of Martin's characters appear to be lost, Writer trapped or missing in action. There is a simple answer to this dilemma. George R. R. Martin's Songs of Ice and Fire does not end with A Dance With Dragons because there are two more books -- one partially written (The Winds of Winter) and a seventh which only exists in the fevered brain of its author (A Dream of Spring). If, like me, you are a devout fan, we must be patient. I understand that a few chapters of Book Six are already published in a few appropriate magazines. However, as we wait, perhaps we can ponder the significance of this astonishing series. Anyone who has finished the first five books will probably agree with the critics in a recently published collection of essays (Beyond the Wall edited by James Lowder) that there is a great deal more going on in Songs of Ice and Fire than mere entertainment, masterful writing and in-depth character-driven plotting. By the conclusion of A Dance With Dragons, a number of significant themes have emerged. Some of the most thought-provoking are: a theme of 18th century Romanticism; the significance of "Outsiders and Misfits," and the emergence of religion in a world moving toward apocalypse. However, the most pervasive theme is a complex depiction of the role of women in a world dominated by men. I would like to comment on each of these themes. ideals is vanishing and such attributes as dedication, courage and honor that has sustained "The Wall" for centuries has been replaced by a cynical army of former criminals. The Night Watch, the once vast army that defended the Wall for thousands of years has dwindled to a handful of demoralized soldiers. As for "Byronic characters," the most obvious are Jamie Lannister and his dwarf brother Tyreon. In fact, Jamie's gradual "conversion" from a cynical, arrogant and debauched member of the ruling class to a stoic, courageous, honorable warrior who slowly (and reluctantly) becomes an admirable character is one of the dominant themes in this epic saga. The catalyst for Jamie's change seems to be the suffering and shame brought on by the loss of his hand -- that and his growing empathy for helpless victims. "The Imp" is the ultimate Byronic figure -- a man who is branded "an A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin. Bantam, 2011. 1,015 pages outsider" by the world and even despised by his own family. Against all odds, Throughout these five books, the past is he not only survives, but occasionally, triviewed with a kind of reverence. Characters umphs. Lacking physical charm, he relies on such as Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon lament the loss of loved ones and speak bitter- "his wits." One of the favorite expressions in Songs of ly of the present which is filled with intrigue Ice and Fire is "By the old Gods and the New." and danger. The world of chivalry and noble Martin's use of 18th century Romanticism takes the form of two themes: an almost elegiac treatment of the past and the appearance of "Byronic" characters (personalities who struggle heroically against daunting odds). Smoky Mountain News 37 Winter has come and Martin turns up the heat By the time Martin gets to A Dance With Dragons, religion in Westros has evolved from the ancient seven-faced gods of Ned Stark to the bizarre and disturbing creeds such as the Drowned God (which requires voluntary drowning and resuscitation to be "born again" and finally the Red Woman's supernatural fire-based religion that thrives on prophecy and human sacrifice. Then, there is the strange cult of the Sparrows in which the members crowd into the cities such as Kings Landing and gather on the steps of civic buildings as a kind of "living judgment" on the bankrupt society that has destroyed their villages and sent all of the men to wars that left devastation everywhere. Martin's message here seems to be that countries governed by greed, privilege and a callous indifference to the suffering of "the small folk," will invariably foster the religion(s) that they deserve ... In other words, a religion that will judge them and bring them down. The most pervasive criticism of Songs of Ice and Fire is the frequent accusation that Martin's epic fantasy is marred by scenes of excessive, gratuitous sex ... or more specifically, rape and torture. Certainly, there are countless scenes involving the physical and political abuse of women. However, Martin's defenders contend that such unrelenting violence has a purpose, which is to accurately depict the consequences of treating women as a commodity -- something to be used as a pawn in a game in which females are traded, sold and suppressed. In fact, the brutal treatment of women in Songs of Ice and Fire is an accurate depiction of the fate of "the weaker sex" in 16th century Europe. (Much of the abuse, such as slavery, forced prostitution and draconian laws regarding morality still exist in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Russia, etc.) By this time, most readers are aware that these five books of Songs of Ice and Fire have nothing to do with unicorns, mischievous elves or magic. Martin's world is filled with disillusioned knights, outraged women and a host of characters who have ventured into dangerous realms in which the dead come back, the old gods hold sway and the coming winter may last for a century. Stay Tuned. The Winds of Winter is on the way and A Dream of Spring is rumored to existed as "a rough draft." Star Wars family nights in Sylva The Jackson County Public Library and City Lights Bookstore in Sylva will both host Star Wars Family Nights this week. "May the Force Read with You," which aims to promote reading among children, will be host at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at the library and 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at the bookstore. Children and parents are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Star Wars character and come to the library to do Star Wars origami and crafts, enjoy Star Wars-themed snacks and enter a free drawing for Star Wars prizes. 828.586.2016 (library) or 828.586.9499 (bookstore). Gary Carden 38 Smoky Mountain News Outdoors BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER orges State Park born just more than 10 years ago is now finally on its way to becoming one of the premiere parks in the North Carolina system. The most recent addition -- a 7,100-squarefoot, eco-built visitor center opening this week -- stands as a testament to the potential for the only state park west of Asheville. The new building is impressive visually, with high glass windows that let natural light in and a lounge equipped with a stone fireplace. Exhibits are top notch as well. A nature center is packed with displays explaining the history and ecological uniqueness of the park. The center has a gift shop, a large balcony with a view and is designed in a way to collect rainwater for recycling and power its lights with solar panels. But what now is easy to see, that the park boasts the best visitor center in the state park system, according to Gorges State Park Superintendent Steve Pagan, was not always so easy to visualize. The state's purchase of the tract in the 1990s put thousands of acres of unique gorges and waterfalls along the southern Blue Ridge escarpment into public ownership. But, the land acquired for the park had a long way to go before it could live up to its potential: the forest was once logged for its hardwoods, and the infrastructure was primitive, a terrain dissected by old logging roads and lacking adequate accommodations for thousands of visitors. Although a few hiking trails traversed the area, they were rugged, long-distance trails used primarily by backpackers. In the 15 years since the park's dedication, the slow process of developing the 7,000 acre tract into a site that would suit visitors traveling from across the state, and the country, began to take form. During the past five years, the park has paved and properly graded primary roads through the park, built two picnic shelters and bathrooms, and constructed new maintenance facilities for the park. This month, the crowning jewel -- the visitor center -- will open after 1.5 years of construction. The change is apparent in the office arrangements of the staff. Pagan said when he changed posts in 1999, from being a park ranger in Raleigh to working at the new, and still widely unknown, Gorges State Park, he was given a temporary work office next to the post office in the nearest town next to the entrance of the park. He moved into his new office on Dec. 23. "It was my Christmas present from the state," Pagano joked. This year, Christmas will come early for Pagano and the rest of the staff at the park, in the form of the newly completed visitor center, part of a $7 million facilities project for the park. Soon, Pagano and his staff will have offices inside the visitor within the park boundaries, along the main entrance drive. Although Pagano said the old offices in town served the park well in its early years, helping to connect with members of the community stopping by the post office, the new visitor center is the next natural step for the park. G Up-and-coming Gorges State Park unveils new visitor center The new multi-million dollar visitor center in Gorges State Park will open Oct. 4 for the public. The project has been under construction for more than a year and will feature nature exhibits, an auditorium, gift shop and a classroom. Andrew Kasper photos GAINING POPULARITY Currently, the park sees about 100,000 visitors per year -- a number which peaked around 130,000 visitors in some years and dipped to 80,000 in others -- but when the master plan for the park was completed in 2003, the drafters envisioned a park that would attract as many as 500,000 people in a year, Pagano said. The visitor center will be open seven days per week, year-round, and its parking lot stands ready to receive about 80 vehicles at a time, with special parking for alternative fuel vehicles and car poolers. Once word about the new visitor center and picnic shelters at the park spreads, park officials hope the visitors will come to fill the spots and the hours. The first large influx of visitors is planned for Oct. 12 when the park hosts the grand opening ceremony for the facility at 2 p.m. S EE GORGES, PAGE 43 What is Gorges State Park? The 8,000-acre Gorges State Park is the one of the newest additions to the N.C. State Park system and the only state park west of Asheville. It is located in Transylvania County, about an hour from Waynesville if you take N.C. 215 and an hour from Sylva if you take N.C. 281. The park has around 25 waterfalls and a network of backcountry trails and primitive camping. A brand-new visitor center features nature exhibits and classrooms for nature programs, as well as an information desk for visitors coming to explore the park. The park also has two picnic shelters and is open seven days per week, year-round. How it came to be Gorges State Park stemmed from a 10,000 acre purchase by the state from Duke Power in the late 1990s. The land was eyed decades ago for the construction of a dam for hydropower, but that plan never came to fruition. Meanwhile, the tract remained in tact and devoid of development, setting the stage for eventual protection as park. Nearly 3,000 acres were placed under the control of N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission for use as a game land, while the rest was designated for the state park. The Naturalist's Corner BY DON H ENDERSHOT 71011 Scott Taylor, PLLC Free Consultation! Talk to the attorney from the start! Social Security Disability & Civil Litigation 95 Depot Street � Waynesville outdoors Attorney at Law What to bee-lieve Apparently what was apparent to many scientists and researchers back in 2008 is becoming more apparent -- or not. Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder has been raising hackles and eyebrows for the better part of the last decade. Colony Collapse, characterized by the sudden disappearance of most of the adult bees in a colony, began making real headlines around 2006. And not long after, one particular class of pesticides -- neonicotinoids -- became a prime suspect. I wrote about this four years ago in the Naturalist's Corner (Dec. 10, 2008, www.smokymountainnews.com/archives/ite m/4592-the-naturalists-corner.) Here are some excerpts: "The alleged culprit is a synthetic nicotine known as imidacloprid used in a plethora of pesticides around the world. Imidacloprid has been patented since 1988 but only gained widespread use in the past few years when pesticides containing diazinon were banned and pulled off the shelves. "Bayer, the original patent holder, markets imidacloprid through many trade names but the pesticide Merit is the most common. Other products that contain imidacloprid include Admire, Honeybees returning to the hive. Wikimedia commons photo Premise, Muralla, Leverage, Trimax and many more. market, right? Wrong. The process is known "While Bayer denies any of its products as conditional registration, whereby the regcause Colony Collapse, according to a recent istrant (say Bayer) promises: `Oh, don't story in the High Country Press by Sam Calhoun, the company has paid out $70 mil- worry, we will check this stuff out, just let us get it on the market for now.' lion to beekeepers in France and at least 16 And then there's that funding thing European countries have banned imidacloagain. Bayer made the tests they submitted prid. Another neonicotinoid, clothianidin, to the EPA, which the EPA (gasp) accepted has also been implicated in Colony Collapse carte blanche till they started getting a little and was recently banned in Germany." heat and now are reconsidering their Shortly after these accusations, more options. research, some sponsored by the United I don't expect any major movement on States Department of Agriculture, came to Colony Collapse until there can be doculight. And while all these studies admit that neonicotinoids are quite lethal to honeybees, mented population research in those countries that have banned neonicotinoids. many suggested that cause and effect could Research is already present here and abroad not be conclusively determined because showing precipitous drops in honeybee popthere were so many variables involved. The idea of neonicotinoids as the primary culprit ulations that correspond to the mass introduction of neonicotinoids into the landscape regarding Colony Collapse seemed to have -- if populations rebound where those been shoved to the back burner, at least in chemicals are removed, that'll be the nail in the U.S. Then in April of 2012, a study by Alex Lu the coffin. `Til then, it's just serve and volley. of Harvard's School of Public Health once Moreover, the Bayer products were again pointed to imidacloprid as a primary approved by the EPA for use based on a agent in Colony Collapse. But once again, study funded by Bayer which was later disother researchers jumped in to muddy the credited by EPA scientists! waters. (Don Hendershot is a writer and naturalist. He Not long after the Harvard study, a study can be reached a firstname.lastname@example.org.) by UK scientists at the University of Exeter along with the British Food and Environment Agency hit the streets claiming that a French ban on Swiss pesticide manufacturer Syngenta's Cruiser OSR, whose main ingredient is a neonicotinoid was unfounded. Of course, it must be my bias -- but I found it rather intriguing that one commenter regarding the Exeter study noted that it was actually Syngenta that paid for the research. I must surely be one of those conspiracy kooks to think that Bayer -- the number one pesticide producer in the world and a company like Syngenta (who ranks around sixth, I believe) could have any influence on science. Those pesticides have to go through rigorous testing before they're allowed on the 828.452.5801 wncjustice.com 828.454.1990 Fax email@example.com 39 October 3-9, 2012 Smoky Mountain News outdoors Hikes with Land Trust for the Little Tennessee The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will host a guided hike to Yellow Creek Falls in Graham County on Friday, Oct. 5. The LTLT purchased the 905-acre Yellow Creek property in 2008 to conserve it. The forested tract includes healthy streams and upland communities, wetlands, and critical habitat for aquatic species. The upper section of Yellow Creek Falls trailhead at 10 a.m., which is off N.C. 129 past Robbinsville. The event is free, but registration is required. www.ltlt.org or 828.524.2711. Pick up winter gardening tips from leading WNC botanist Catch fall colors with Parkway hike Blue Ridge Parkway rangers will lead an easy to moderate 2.5 mile roundtrip hike to the summit of Sam Knob in the Shining Rock Wilderness in Haywood County at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 5. Enjoy the changing fall foliage and learn about the different ways animals of the mountains are preparing for the coming winter season at this spectacular location in the. The hike will begin at the Black Balsam parking area at the end of Black Balsam Road, located off the Parkway between Milepost 420 and 421. Remember to bring water, wear good hiking shoes, and be prepared for brisk autumn weather. 828.298.5330 ext. 304. 70945 is very slow moving and winding and has unusual features for a mountain stream. The hike will leave from the Yellow Creek An organic winter gardening workshop be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Cullowhee home of renouned botanist Dan Pittillo. He will be demonstrating his tried and true gardening practices for weed control, cover crops and how he uses low tunnels to control frost. Pittillo, a retired botanist from WCU, grew up in Hendersonville where he began helping his mother with Dan Pittillo the family garden and dairy farm at the age of 10. "We were self-sufficient with our vegetables, seldom buying vegetables," Pittillo said. They used manure from their dairy farm as fertilizer and canned their produce. A suggested donation of $5 per person will benefit the Jackson County Farmers Market. Stop by the Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to noon that morning in downtown Sylva or contact 828.631.3033 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hikers needed for Mountain-to-Sea Trail routes Hikers are needed to hike proposed Mountain-to-Sea Trail routes in Jackson and Swain counties in and give feedback about the routes. Two meetings to give information about the routes, answer questions, and receive input will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, and 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, by the Friends of the Mountains-tosea Trail. Trail volunteers are trying to solve a dilemma with a short missing link of the trail through the far western portion of the state, primarily between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Waterrock Knob area on the Haywood-Jackson line of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Originally, the trail was proposed to parallel the Blue Ridge Parkway after leaving the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. However, the Parkway owns almost no land in that area where it crosses the Cherokee Reservation, and a workable route could not be located. Several potential alternative trail routes have been drawn and many interesting routes were proposed. 919.698.9024. October 3-9, 2012 Come On In and Look Around ... You Just Might Find What You Weren't Looking For! FLAGS MAILBOX COVERS PUZZLES LOCAL JAMS, JELLIES & HOT SAUCES Learn about the how and why of fall colors The Highlands Nature Center will host a program on fall colors from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. Naturalist Patrick Brannon will lead activities about how leaves change color, deciduous versus coniferous trees, and the winter survival strategies of each. Afterwards, visitors will be led on a walk through the Botanical Garden and will learn to identify many species of trees by leaf type, shape, and color. The cost for this event is $2 per person, and the program is appropriate for all ages. Advanced registration is requested due to limited space. 828.526.2623. Smoky Mountain News -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 120 N. Main St. � Waynesville, NC � 828.452.0526 40 Affairs of the Heart Survey shows outdoorsmen are environmentalists A new national poll released last month shows sportsmen prioritize protecting public lands above energy production. The poll conducted for the National Wildlife Federation shows threats to America's conservation heritage are priority issues for sportsmen, on par with gun rights. "The strong poll results show we need to get conservation on all candidates' agendas," said Tim Gestwicki, CEO of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. "From county races to state and federal ones, now is the time to talk about our favorite issues, ranging from clean air to clean water to all of the hunting and fishing issues.'' Among the poll's key findings: � 79 percent of those polled say the government should restore Clean Water Act protections to wetlands and waterways, including smaller creeks and streams. � Two in three sportsmen polled believe the country has a moral responsibility to confront global warming. A recent U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hunter and angler survey shows that sportsmen and wildlife enthusiasts contribute $3.3 billion annually to North Carolina's economy. "Sportsmen are on the front lines of global warming. From ducks short-stopping farther north to cold-water fish stressed by rising water temperatures, we're already seeing changes where we hunt and fish," said Richard Mode, NWF affiliate representative from the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. "For those of us with boots on the ground, not in an office, these are literally kitchen table issues." The national public opinion poll was conducted among 800 self-identified outdoors Legal Services for a Strong Mountain Community 559 West Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779 828.339.1010 � attorneydavidmoore.com hunters and anglers by Chesapeake Beach Consulting from Aug. 27 through Sept. 1 for the National Wildlife Federation. www.ncwf.org Cullowhee STUDIO TOUR An American Craft Week Event October 3-9, 2012 Grants to help farmers put out new roots Farmers in Western North Carolina can tap $3,000 to $6,000 grants from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission to help farmers branch out to new crops. WNC AgOptions seed money offsets the risk of trying something new and gives farmers the chance to demonstrate new farming techniques and marketing tactics to the agricultural community. The deadline is Nov. 16. Contact your local Cooperative Extension agents by Oct. 12 to express their intent to apply. There is one remaining informational session on the grant cycle being held from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Swain Extension Center. www.wncagoptions.org or 828.586.4009 or 828.488.3848 Art show, sale & free demonstrations The bear shadow is back The "Shadow of the Bear" near Cashiers is visible for about 30 minutes daily between 5:30-6 p.m. from mid-October through early November. During this period, the bear-like shadow comes out of hibernation as the autumnal sun sets behind Whiteside Mountain. This natural phenomenon can best be viewed from the Rhodes Big View Overlook on U.S. 64, approximately 4.5 miles west of Cashiers. The shadow also occurs in late winter from mid-February through early March. 800.962.1911 or www.MountainLovers.com. Jerry Jaynes photo William Rogers, Blacksmith Neal Howard, Weaver George Rector, Potter Smoky Mountain News Pick up a map at Caney Fork General Store 7032 Highway 107 Next to East Laport Park Or follow the signs. Fri, Oct. 5 � 4 to 7 p.m. Sat, Oct. 6 � 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 41 70860 outdoors GUNS & RIFLES AMMO & SUPPLIES GunsNGearWNC.com � 828.633.1806 945A SMOKY PARK HWY. CANDLER NEW & USED Kids learn about WNC natural resources Haywood Waterways Association took more than 600 middle school students on a field trip to the Pigeon River last month in the annual Kids in the Creek program. Since Kids in the Creek began in Haywood County 15 years ago, almost 11,000 students have gone through the program. The program helps teach that Haywood County's most valuable natural resource is water, while kids spend time in the Pigeon River. The goal is that a day in the river will go a long way toward teaching children to be responsible community citizens some day. Free pesticide disposal day October 3-9, 2012 A pesticide collection day for unwanted pesticides will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the recycling center in Bryson City. Pesticides that will be accepted include the following: insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, fumigants, rodenticides and growth regulators. Please save any portion of the label to help identify the material so you can be assisted with disposal. Unknown materials cannot be accepted. Other hazardous materials, such as paint, antifreeze, solvents, etc., will not be accepted at this collection day. 828.586.4009 or 828.488.3848. Ice Age comes alive in new exhibit A new exhibit at The North Carolina Arboretum, After the Dinosaurs: The Age of Mammals and Ice, unlocks the mysteries of the Ice Age with creatures that roamed the earth more than 20,000 years ago. Real fossils and teeth from ancient animals like the sabertooth cat and short-faced bear provide hands-on experiences, and robotic replicas of the woolly mammoth, giant sloth, and giant beaver make the Ice Age come alive like never before. Focused on the flora and fauna of North America, the exhibit tells compelling, educational stories, and piques the curiosity of visitors to learn more about this fascinating time in history. Interactive displays make the drama of the gigantic titans that dominated the age accessible to all. Visitors can take a look at a baby mammoth tusk and see woolly mammoth hair with bits of plant material still imbedded from when the animal lived. The 42 smooth, hard ivory of a big woolly mammoth tusk will prompt children and adults alike to explore the similarities between the prehistoric creature and the modern-day elephant. Visitors will learn how glaciers formed and how they moved. Graphic displays illustrate the glacial size and ice depth in North America, allowing children to discover if where they live now was at one time covered in ice. A 3-D mastodon puzzle introduces students to ancient animal anatomy, and those who are truly brave can attempt to put together the sabertooth cat. To broaden the visitor experience, an exhibit called On the Edge of the Great Ice will be featured in the Baker Exhibit Center Greenhouse. Designed and produced by Arboretum staff, the exhibit offers an intriguing glimpse into ancient plant life that once lived throughout North America and the Appalachian region. After the Dinosaurs will be on display at The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville through Jan. 6. 828.665.2492 or www.ncarboretum.org Smoky Mountain News GORGES, CONTINUED FROM 38 Yet, Park Ranger Kevin Bischof said much more work is in store for Gorges State Park. More trails will be built, beginning as early as this winter, to provide access to more of the natural features of the park, including more nature hiking trails suitable for families. Bischof lamented that one of the most stunning ecological attributes of the park -- the nearly 25 stunning waterfalls -- can be the most difficult to visit because of the lack of groomed trails. The park's 90 inches of average annual rainfall coupled with its rapid rise in elevation -- a few thousand vertical feet over a few miles -- make for perfect conditions for waterfalls. Many unique habitats exist in the spray emitted from the cascading water. Also park officials would like to develop adequate camping sites for a variety of tastes. Although the park has primitive camping facilities that one must hike to, there is little else available. Plans are in the works to develop as many as 75 camping sites that would be suited for recreational vehicles and families looking to car camp. FUNDING STREAM Pagano stressed that projects undertaken by the park are closely linked to the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund. Established by the General Assembly in 1994, money gathered from a tax on real estate purchases funds parks and recreation projects across the state -- from buying land for state parks like Gorges to helping town's make swimming pool repairs, build skateboard parks or create greenways. These funds provided the resources to transform Gorges into a bona fide state park. The purchase of the lands for the park as well as the infrastructure projects -- from the road construction to the new visitor center -- were paid for by the trust fund. In 2011, the fund had about $26 million before $14 million was diverted by the N.C. General Assembly to cover other costs in state budget, including operating costs for state parks. This year, those funds were not diverted. "Without this trust fund none of this park would exist, and I'd still be a ranger in Raleigh," Pagan said. outdoors Hike to Highland's Rock Mountain A guided hike to the summit of Rock Mountain in the Highlands area will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, led by Dr. Gary Wein, the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Executive Director and a botanist. The summit of Rock Mountain is private property and is normally not open to the public, making this guided hike a rare chance to visit. The peak has been protected from development by the property owners, Will and Becky McKee, who placed the property in a conservation agreement with the Highlands-Cashiers land trust. The mountaintop is viewable from more than 100 peaks and its protection conserves the view for all. Reservations required. 828.526.1111 or Julie.email@example.com. Gorges State Park Ranger Kevin Bischof points to the location of the park on a topographic map on display in the park's new visitor. JO IN U S FO R TH E T 65 H AN N L UA Oct. - October 3-9, 2012 Smoky Mountain News U.S. Cellular Center Downtown Asheville, NC Thu.-Sat.: am-pm Sun.: am-pm Admission: ; Children under free Over Juried Artists Craft Demonstrations Live Mountain Music Want to go? A ceremony dedicating the new Gorges State Park will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. John Geci Glass www.craftguild.org -- 43 44 Smoky Mountain News WNC Calendar All phone numbers area code 828 unless otherwise noted. auctions. $50 per person at Sarge's Adoption Center and Earthworks Frame Gallery in Waynesville or through the link at Sarge's website at www.sargeandfriends.org. � David Dorondo, associate professor of history at Western Carolina University, will present "Sunlight through Tears: Teaching and the Burden of History" from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org or 227.2093. � The Pack the Pantry community food drive competition will be held at the junior varsity football game between Pisgah and Tuscola high school at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at Weatherby Stadium, Waynesville, and during the Pisgah/Tuscola varsity game at 7:30 p.m. at Pisgah. Fans are urged to bring non-perishable items to the game. 452.2491. � The Macon County Beekeepers Association, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, Cooperative Extension Office on Thomas Heights Road. 524.5234. � The third annual Rooted in the Mountains symposium, Oct. 4-5 at A.K. Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University. Rooted in the Mountains is designed to raise awareness of the intersection of health, language, environmental and indigenous issues with the stewardship of Appalachia and its resources. Registration available online at rootedinthemtns.wcu.edu. Pam Duncan at email@example.com or 227.3926. � The Smoky Mountain Flying Club will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in the first building as you enter at the Jackson County Airport in Sylva. Jim Sottile, 349.0322. � Indoor flea market, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Haywood County Fairgrounds. For booth information, call 400.1529. � The Waynesville Judo Club will host the 24th annual Fall Brawl at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Car show by the Sunset Cruisers, bluegrass and country music, bbq, and a dunking machine, and a 21-foot super ninja slide for children. $3 per person for unlimited slides or dunks on the dunking booth. Also, $5 per plate for a bbq sandwich, chips and a drink. Jimmy Riggs at 506.0327. � United Christian Ministries of Jackson County is sponsoring a Food Drive from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Harold's Supermarket. � Foster Pet Adoption from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation's Adoption Center, 256 Industrial Park Drive in Waynesville. Photos of pets available for adoption can be seen anytime at www.sargeandfriends.org or www.petfinder.com. 246.9050. � Western Carolina University will celebrate Homecoming 2012 Oct. 4-7. For a complete schedule, visit www.wcu.edu or call the Office of Alumni Affairs at 877.440.9990 or 227.7335, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. � The fourth annual Coats for Kids Distribution day, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 6, in the fellowship hall at First Presbyterian Church, Sylva, for any parents or guardians who would like warm winter items for their children. � The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimers, 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Lake Junaluska. Start or join a team today at alz.org/walk or call 800.272.3900. � Free Hunter Safety courses, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 8-10 and Nov. 5-7, in rooms 309 and 310 on the Haywood Community College. Course registration may be completed at www.ncwildlife.org. � Pesticide Collection Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Recycling Center in Bryson City off of old highway 19. Pesticides accepted include insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, fumigants, rodenticides and growth regulators. Paint, antifreeze, solvents, etc. not accepted at this collection day. County Agricultural Extension Agent Christy Bredenkamp, 586.4009 or 488.3848. � Community Shred Event, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at 196 Walnut St., Waynesville. Shred unwanted sensitive materials free of charge for all area residents. Rain or shine. 452.6300. � Smoky Mountain Chess Club, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, Blue Ridge Books, Main Street, Waynesville. 456.6000. All ages and levels of players welcome. � The third annual Balsam Arts and Crafts Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, Balsam/Willets-Ochre Hill Volunteer Fire Department, 36 Mount Pleasant Church Rd., NC 74, mile marker 90.7, Sylva. To benefit the Balsam/Willets-Ochre Hill Volunteer Fire Department. 226.9352. � Coats for Kids of Jackson County is accepting donations of good condition used and new children's clothing and items. Drop off locations will include Cullowhee United Methodist Church and Sylva Wal-Mart. BUSINESS & EDUCATION � A basic introduction to Microsoft Word, 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. � Highlands Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday Oct. 4, at the Highlands Historical Society. 526.5841. � The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce will hold the first of seven free Business Academy sessions from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Gateway Club, 37 Church St., Waynesville. Advanced Registration required. www.Haywood-nc.com or 456.3021. � The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will offer a basic internet class at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the computer lab. Free, but must register. 586.2016. � Information sessions for parents and students interested in Jackson County Early College High School, 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8; Tuesday, Nov. 13; Wednesday, Dec. 5; and Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in the lobby of the JCEC Building, next to the Holt Library at Southwestern Community College Sylva's campus. The high school/college program allows students to earn both a high school diploma and a two-year (associate) college degree free of charge. One session only. Early application deadline is Feb. 1, 2013. 339.4468. � Western Carolina University's Office of Continuing Education will offer a medical billing and coding course from 6 to 9:30 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday, beginning Monday, Oct. 8, and continuing through Monday, Dec. 17, at WCU's Cordelia Camp Building. $1,799, covers all classes and materials. http://learn.wcu.edu and click on "Professional Development Programs" or call 227.7397. � Young Professionals of Haywood County will hold a Professional Development Breakfast, The Engagement of WCU College of Business in the Economic Development of our Region, at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Gateway Club, 37 Church St., Waynesville. Featured speaker is Darrell Parker, dean of the WCU College of Business. 456.3021. � A free Haywood Community College Small Business Seminar, Choosing the Legal Structure for your Business, will be offered Tuesday, Oct. 9. Details call 627.4512 or email email@example.com. � Belk will host a ribbon cutting at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, to celebrate the grand opening of its new store in the Town Center Loop, Waynesville. 456.3021. � The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Mix & Mingle with the Maggie Valley Chamber at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Maggie Valley Club. $10, includes hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. 4456.3021 � Belk's is hosting a grand re-opening of its newly renovated Waynesville store, at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Belk � Ingles Market, 135 Barber Boulevard, Waynesville. Light breakfast served. RSVP to Allison Ritter at firstname.lastname@example.org Visit www.smokymountainnews.com and click on Calendar for: Complete listings of local music scene Regional festivals Art gallery events and openings Complete listings of recreational offerings at regional health and fintness centers Civic and social club gatherings Sylva. 586.7235. � Flu shots, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Home Care service building on the Haywood MedWest campus. No appointment necessary. 452.8292. THE SPIRITUAL SIDE � The annual German dinner, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Our Savior Lutheran Church on Paragon Parkway. German music, Sauerbraten, bratwurst, German potato salad, sauerkraut, red cabbage, schwarzbrot, dessert and beverage for $13.50, eat-in or carry-out. All funds will be distributed among the Good Samaritan Clinic, Mountain Projects Fuel Fund, and Camp New Life for the homeless. Children over 6 pay $6; those under 6 are free. Tickets available at the door but advanced purchases will guarantee reservations. BLOOD DRIVES � The American Red Cross will host the Sylva Community Blood Drive from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Jackson Senior Center, 100 County Services Park, Sylva. Eric Kehres at 989.3126. � The American Red Cross will host the Otto Community Blood Drive from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Asbury United Methodist Church, highway 441 South, Otto. Phyllis Castle at 524.3473. � The American Red Cross will host the Swain County Hospital Blood Drive in honor of Nina Satoski from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at 48 Plateau St., Bryson City. Tracy Anthony, 488.4288 or go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor code Nina for more information or to schedule an appointment. � The American Red Cross will host the Lowe's of Sylva Blood Drive form 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 1716 North Main St., Sylva. Leah Crisp, 586.1170. SENIOR ACTIVITIES � The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer a trip for seniors to DuPont State Forest at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 or 10. Return by 4 p.m. $10 per person for members of the Waynesville Recreation Center or $13 per person for non-members. Bring money for lunch. 456.2030 or email email@example.com � The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer a trip for seniors to see the Elk up close at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8 or 15. For anyone age 50 and above. Bring dinner and a folding chair. Return by 9 p.m. $5 for members of the Waynesville Recreation Center or $7 for non-members. 456.2030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. � Monday, Oct. 15, is the deadline for the Senior Photography Contest sponsored by the Senior Resource Center of Haywood County. Entries accepted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Senior Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. Public reception with the artists 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. All entries will be on display at the Senior Resource Center for 30 days. Bruce Johnson, 926.7478 or email@example.com; Suzanne Hendrix, 356.2816 or firstname.lastname@example.org. � Senior Safety Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Waynesville Fire Department. Tai Chi, defensive driving, blood pressure checks, glucose monitoring, bone density, Manna Food Bank, elder and drug abuse. 356.2816 or 452.2370 HEALTH MATTERS � Flu shots, 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, Jane Woodruff Building at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in Highlands, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Autumn Leaf Craft Show at the Fair Grounds in Franklin. No appointment necessary. 349.2081. � Free balance and knee pain screenings, 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at MedWest-Swain Rehabilitation Services on the MedWest-Swain campus in Bryson City. 488.4009. � Oktoberfest, 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the National Guard Armory in Franklin to benefit renovations for the Outpatient Medicine Department at Angel Medical Center. Silent auction, live music, contests, and authentic German food and drink. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased from the hospital or any Foundation Board Member. 349.6887. � MedWest-Harris Rehabilitation Services free back pain screening from 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11; neck screenings from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18; and knee screenings from 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, Oct. 26, all at MedWest-Harris Rehabilitation Services in COMMUNITY & EVENTS ANNOUNCEMENTS � Maggie Valley Women's Club will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at United Methodist Church in Maggie Valley. Jan Kaiser, 246.1884 for information. � Construction Career Day, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 3-4 at the Haywood County Agriculture and Activities Center. 508.1781 or email email@example.com. � The Furry Friends Benefit Bash, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Cork & Cleaver in the Waynesville Inn on Country Club Drive. Sit-down dinner, live and silent KIDS & FAMILIES � The tween writing group Write On! for eight to 12year-olds will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. A similar program for older teens age 13 to 16, called WORD, and will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct.11, in the same location. 586.2016. � The 36th annual Hey Day fall festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the WNC Nature Center, Asheville's Wildlife Park. Admission is $6 for adults ($8 45 wnc calendar October 3-9, 2012 Smoky Mountain News for non-Asheville residents), $5 for seniors ($7 for nonAsheville residents), $4 for youth ages 3-15 and children age 2 and under are free. www.wildwnc.org. wnc calendar � Bryson City Bicycles will host young riders, ages 6 to 16, for a free youth mountain biking event, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Register in advance at Bryson City Bicycles, 157 Everett St., Bryson City or by calling 488.1988. www.imba.com/resources/kids/index.html � Family Night with Sparky the Fire Dog, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. 586.2016 � The Jackson County Democratic Party meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Democratic Headquarters, 500 Mill St., Sylva. Brian McMahan, 508.1466. � Jackson County Democratic Party executive committee members meet at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Democratic Headquarters, 500 Mill St., Sylva. 631.1475 or jacksondems.com. � Jackson County Democratic Women meet at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at Democratic Headquarters 500 Mill St., Sylva. 631.1475 or jacksondems.com. A&E FESTIVALS, SPECIAL & SEASONAL EVENTS � The Cherokee Indian Fair celebrates 100 years Oct. 2-6. Sawyer Brown performs at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, and Lonestar at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Daily admission to the fair is $10, and tickets are available in advance at www.visitcherokeenc.com or at the fairground box office. � A Festival of Unrivaled Variety, Oct. 5 -7, in Cashiers, Saphire and Glenville. 743.8428 or go to www.visitcashiersvalley.com. � The Fall Festival at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Clay County near Hayesville will host its Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-7. $5 for adults, $3 for kids age 12 to 17, and free for kids 12 and under. www.folkschool.org/event. � Cruisin' in the Mountains car, truck and bike show, Oct. 5-6, at Southwestern Community College's Driving Course on Industrial Park Loop (U.S. 64 West). www.VisitFranklinNC.com. Free Cruise-in 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5; Car show, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Gate Fee: $5 adults; 12 and under free. 524.3161. � ColorFest, Art & Taste of Appalachia Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in Dillsboro. 800. 962.1911 or go to: www.MountainLovers.com. � Celebrate Oktoberfest with the Haywood County Arts Council from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, on the Patio at the Classic Wineseller, 20 Church St., Waynesville. Tickets $12 per person and can be purchased by calling the Arts Council office at 452.0593, or by visiting the Arts Council office at 86 N. Main St., Waynesville or the Classic Wineseller at 20 Church St., Waynesville. � Oktoberfest In Franklin, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the National Guard Armory. Tickets: $50 each and include authentic German food and two beers or two glasses of wine. Live Band, silent auction, raffle, biergarten. Proceeds to benefit outpatient medicine and chemotherapy expansion. � Scarecrow festival, Oct. 6-20, Bryson City to raise money for the Swain County Public Schools Foundation. Bryson City families, neighborhoods, businesses, churches and schools are urged to make scarecrows and decorate Bryson City for fall. $25 entry fee. Top three winning scarecrows will be displayed at the Chili Fest in Bryson City Oct. 20. Applications at the Swain County Public School Central Office or the Bryson City Chamber of Commerce. Deadline Oct. 1. 770.315.8950. � Seventh annual WNC Truck Show, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12-13, Old Cherokee High School, Cherokee. $5 general admission. Children under 12, free. $10 vehicle registration. Vendors welcome. 421.9399. � Hoptoberfest, Saturday, Oct. 13, at Fontana Village Resort. www.fontanavillage.com or 498.2211. � Fall Harvest Craft Festival, 9:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Old Mill 1886, 3082 US 441, one mile south of Cherokee. Artists from all over the Southeast will demonstrate and sell their handcrafted works. Food, crafts and music. www.cherokeemill.com or 497.6536. � Church Street Arts & Crafts Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, on Main Street in downtown Waynesville. www.downtownwaynesville.com. 456.3517. � Swain County Center for the Arts is the site for a demo of acrylic techniques in a city scape by Nick Depalo at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4; a bluegrass concert by Rye Holler Boys, followed by an artist reception for Sheena Kohlmeyer at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14; and Capoeira, a Brazilian Martial arts dance group at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. 488.7843 or www.swain.k12.nc.us/cfta. � The Jackson County Public Library in downtown Sylva will host a panel discussion on the history of integration in Jackson County at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the Community Room. 586.2016. � The High Country Quilters 22 annual Quilt Show, Bear Foot in the Mountains, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11-13, at Maggie Valley Town Hall, 3987 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. Free admission. Quilts on display and for sale, opportunity quilt, vendors, food, craft room for shopping. � Storyteller Donald Davis returns home for a 3 p.m. performance Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Harrell Center at Lake Junaluska. $15 per person. Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park memberships will be offered at a special discount for $20 with purchase of ticket. Tickets may be purchased at Blue Ridge Books, 152 S Main St, Waynesville; by mailing checks to Friends of the Smokies, 160 S Main St, Waynesville, NC 28786; or online at www.friendsofthesmokies.org, 452.0720. Literary � Children's Story time, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. � Star Wars Family Night: May the Force Read with You, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. � Children's Story time: 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. � Afternoon Story time with Miss Sally, Fire Prevention Week, 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. � Children's Story time with the Rotary Readers: 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. � Children's Story time, fire trucks, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. � Panel Discussion: Journeys of Courage: Integrating Education in Jackson County. Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. � Children's Story time, Even firefighters go to the potty, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. GOP � Dodie Allen, vice-chair of the Swain County Republican Party, will host a Conversation with the Candidates, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 6, in the main building at Uncle Bill's Flea Market, U.S .74 between Cherokee and Dillsboro. Republican candidates participating will be Mark Meadows, candidate for US House, 11th District, State Senator Jim Davis, who is running for re-election in District 50, Mike Clampitt, candidate for NC House, 119, as well as others. 226.3921. � The North Jackson County GOP monthly meetings are held at 6:30 p.m., the fourth Monday of each month, at the Sylva headquarters, 58 D Sunrise Park, a retail complex located opposite the intersection of Highway 107 and the Asheville Highway behind Rite-Aid Drugstore. Ralph Slaughter, Jackson County GOP Chair at 743.6491 or www.jacksoncountygop.com. � The South Jackson County GOP monthly meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the GOP headquarters office at Laurel Terrace on N.C. 64 east in Cashiers. Ralph Slaughter, Jackson County GOP Chair at 743.6491 or www.jacksoncountygop.com. � Sen. Jim Davis will meet with constituents at 6 p.m. before the regular monthly GOP meeting at the Haywood County headquarters, 303 N. Haywood St., Waynesville. The Haywood Republicans meet at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the GOP headquarters. 246.7921. www.haywoodncgop.org. � Republican NC House candidate Mike Clampitt will host Mornings with Mike from 7 to 8 a.m. every Tuesday morning at the NC Victory Office, 58 D Sunrise Park Road, Sylva. Clampitt can also be heard on 540 AM WRGC Tuesdays at 7 a.m. for his Mornings with Mike program. 421.4945 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. � The Haywood Republicans meet at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at GOP headquarters, 303 N. Haywood St., Waynesville. 246.7921. www.haywoodncgop.org. LITERARY � The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will celebrate national Banned Books Week from Oct. 1-6 with a special display in the New Books area and a presentation by guest speaker David Carr, retired professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science. Carr will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex in Sylva. 586.2016 or www.fontanalib.org. � Celebrate Star Wars Reads Day at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. 586.9499, www.citylightsnc.com. � Mystery writer Sandra Brannan will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Brannan's newest novel is Widow's Might. 456.6000. Food & Drink October 3-9, 2012 � The Waynesville Kiwanis will be selling barbecue from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Waynesville Recreation Center to support programs for the children of Haywood County. Barbecue, baked beans, coleslaw, roll, dessert and drink. $10. Kiwanis Club members will deliver to area businesses. 305.731.5009, 256.2303 or stop by. ON STAGE & IN CONCERT � Sons of Ralph, 7 p.m. Oct. 4, at Western Carolina University's Mountain Heritage Center, to kick off the 2012-13 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series, followed by an 8 p.m. jam session. 227.7129. � The Essence Lounge at Harrah's Cherokee Casino has the following entertainment: 8 p.m. to midnight, Oct. 4--karaoke, hosted by Chris Montieth; 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Oct. 5--My Highway, DJD; 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Oct. 6--Night Crawlers, DJ Paul; 8 p.m. to midnight, Oct. 11--karaoke, hosted by Chris Montieth; 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Oct. 12--Chatter Box. DJ Suave; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13--Bruce Hornsby; 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Oct. 13-- Contagious, DJ Moto. � The Lady & the Old Timers Band will play gospel and classic country music at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Jackson County Public Library. � Live music from Jeanne Naber, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, Main Street Perks, 26 N. Main St., Waynesville. 456.8488. � The Overlook Theatre Company will present Smoke on the Mountain: A Rip-Roaring Musical Comedy Revival at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5, 9, 12, 16, 19 and 23, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. $15 for adults and $10 for students. www.GreatMountainMusic.com or to the theatre's box office, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. 866.273.4615. � HART Theatre presents The Light in the Piazza at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20, and at 3 p.m. Oct. 7, 14 and 21 at the Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. Tickets are $24 for adults, $22 for seniors, $10 for students, and special $6 discount tickets for students for Sunday matinees. Box Office hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 456.6322 for reservations www.harttheatre.com � Stayin' Alive Canada, a tribute group to the Bee ECA EVENTS Extension and Community Association (ECA) groups meet throughout the county at various locations and times each month. This month's meetings include: 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 � Christmas Craft or Gift, Potpourri ECA, conference room of Community Service Center, Sylva. Others Smoky Mountain News POLITICAL GROUP EVENTS & LOCAL GOVERNMENT Dems � Meet and greet Joe Sam Queen, candidate for N.C. House, District 119, from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the home of John Highsmith, 472 Cansadie Top, Waynesville. 627.9005. � Meet candidate Joe Sam Queen from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Alarka Community Center in Bryson City. email@example.com. � Haywood County Democratic Party Headquarters at 286 Haywood Square, Waynesville, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. 452.9607 or www.haywooddemocrats.org. � Occupy/WNC General Assembly meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday in Room 220 of the Jackson County Administration and Justice Center in Sylva. 538.1644. � The Jackson County Patriots will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 4, Oct. 18 and Nov. 1, at Ryan�s Steak House in Sylva. Bill Adams at UBSRUB@aol.com or Ginny Jahrmarkt at Box547@aol.com. � The Macon County League of Women Voters will host a forum for county commission candidates at noon Thursday, Oct. 11, at Tartan Hall in Franklin. Bring lunch. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization. No display of campaign paraphernalia. Campaign signs, banners and paraphernalia are prohibited. � A TEA Party group meets at 2 p.m. the third Saturday of each month at the 441 Diner in Otto. Mountainpatriotsteaparty.info. � The League of Women Voters meets at noon the second Thursday of each month at Tartan Hall in Franklin. Lunch available by reservation. Open to all. $6 for food. 524.5192. � The Haywood County Democratic Executive Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at Democratic Headquarters, 286 Haywood Square, Waynesville. 452.9607 or www.haywooddemoc46 rats.org Gees, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. Tickets start at $20 each and can be purchased at GreatMountainMusic.com, or at the theatre's box office, 1028 Georgia Road. 866.273.4615. � Country music legend John Michael Montgomery, 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Carpe Diem Farms, near downtown Highlands. Gates open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $50 each, $10 for children under 12. Tickets for the Ball are $200 per person. Peter Raoul at 526.5700, or visit www.carpediemfarms.org. � The Blue Ridge Orchestra will perform Fairy Tales and Mozart at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Colonial Theatre, 53 Park St., Canton, and at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at White Horse Black Mountain, 105C Montreat Road, Black Mountain. $15 general admission; $10 for Friends of the Blue Ridge Orchestra, and $5 for students. Tickets for the Canton performance may be purchased at the door or ordered through the website at blueridgeorchestra.org. Tickets for the performance in Black Mountain are available at the door and at www.whitehorseblackmountain.com/. � Remnants Classic Rock Band will perform the final event of the fall Sundays On the Square, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at Franklin's Town Square gazebo. www.artscouncilofmacon.org or 524.7683. � Illusionist Jason Bishop, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. All ages. $20 for adults; $15 for groups and WCU faculty and staff; and $5 for children and students. 227.2479 or go online to bardoartscenter.wcu.edu. � The Western Carolina University Wind Ensemble will present its first concert of the season, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Free. 227.7242. � Songwriter's Showcase featuring Lorraine Conard, Karen Sugar Barnes and Sheila Gordon, produced by Chris Minick, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, Main Street Perks, 26 N. Main St., Waynesville. Benefit for Haywood County Arts Council. $ 5 donation. 456.8488. � Bruce Hornsby will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Harrah's Cherokee Event Center, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee. www.ticketmaster.com or 800.745.3000. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend. www.brucehornsby.com. � Smoky Mountain Community Theatre presents Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12-14 and 1922. Box Office opens at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $8 for adults and $5 for children. 488.8227. of weaver Neal Howard, potter George Rector and blacksmith William Rogers. For maps and directions, visit the Caney Fork General Store, 7032 Highway 107, next to East Laporte Park or email firstname.lastname@example.org. � American Craft Week, Oct. 5-14. 252.0121 or visit www.mynewsletterbuilder.com/tools/refer. � Craft demonstrations this week at Dogwood Crafters in Dillsboro. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with evening hours until 9 p.m. in October. Call 586.2248 for details. � Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center in Asheville. Family-friendly activities and demonstrations, such as cornshuck dolls, pumpkin decorating and Cherokee syllabary. At 12 pm the Whitewater Bluegrass will perform at noon, followed at 1:30 by Twilite Broadcasters. For a complete schedule, visit www.blueridgeheritage.com. � Landscape painter Jo Ridge Kelley will present a one day workshop, Expressive Landscape, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at River's Edge Studio, 191 Lyman St., Studio 310, River Arts District, Asheville. $125. Demo will be oil. email@example.com, 226.0549; or firstname.lastname@example.org, 776.2716 � Blue Ridge Watermedia Society, 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the First Baptist Church, Main Street, Waynesville. Guest speaker is Jesse Clay, a senior illustrator for Disney World for 22 years. � The WCU Fine Art Museum will host an exhibition of thesis work by candidates for the degree of master of fine arts through Oct. 12. The thesis exhibitions are "Contradictions in a Mad World" by Julie Boisseau and "Retracing the Trace" by Luzene Hill. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with hours extended to 7 p.m. Thursdays. fineartmusuem.wcu.edu. 227.2553 or email@example.com. � The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a two mile easy hike at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, in the Otto area on the Tessentee Farm trails. Good birding along the way; historic site. Meet at the Smoky Mountain Visitors Center. Drive six miles round trip. Call leader Kay Coriell, 369.6820, for reservations. Visitors welcome but no pet please. � The Live and Learn Committee of Lake Junaluska is hosting an outing at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, to see the elk at Cataloochee. Meet at Bethea Welcome Center, 91 N. Lakeshore Drive, to caravan. Bring a picnic supper. Everyone invited. firstname.lastname@example.org. � The Highlands Cashiers Land Trust will host an ecotour to Rock Mountain Summit from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Space limited and reservations are necessary. Moderate hike. HCLT members are asked to give a $10 donation and new friends are asked for $35 which includes the guided Eco Tour, lunch and an HCLT membership. 526.1111 or Julie.email@example.com. � The Gorges State Park is looking for volunteers to assist in maintaining existing trails and campgrounds in the park on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., weather permitting. Bring gloves, water and tools supplied. Participants need to be at least 16 years old and in good health. Registration not required. Meet at 17762 Rosman Highway (US-64) in Sapphire. 966.9099. Highlands. Funds raised will go toward maintaining HCH's state-of-the-art equipment as well as financial aid for HCH patients. www.highlandscashiershosptial.org or 526.1313. wnc calendar � The 14th annual Smoky Streak race, Saturday, Oct. 6, in Sylva, to raise funds to pay for mammograms for underserved, qualifying women. www.medwesthealth.org. FARM & GARDEN � A Winter Garden Workshop, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Dan Pitillo's Cane Creek Road property in Cullowhee. $5 per person donation will benefit the Jackson County Farmers Market. Purchase tickets from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, at the Farmer's Market in the Bridge Park Parking Lot or at Dan's the day of the workshop. Jenny McPherson, 631.3033 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. � An informational meeting for the upcoming Extension Master Gardener class at the Haywood County Extension Center, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 589 Raccoon Road in Waynesville. � The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is offering a poultry class from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10. Tuition: $35 Instructor: David Dodson. Learn the various methods for dispatching poultry, sanitation, scalding, plucking, eviscerating, cool down, and safe handling and cooking. Hands-on class with students playing an active role in the preparation of fresh poultry. Preregistration and payment required. Register online www.Stecoahvalleycenter.com or call 479. 3364. PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS � Forest Festival Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Cradle of Forestry, four miles south of Parkway milepost 412 on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest. Traditional craftsmen, exhibitors and musicians. Six colleges will compete in log roll, archer, chain saw, orienteering, standing block chop and more in the 17th Annual John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen's Meet. www.cradleofforestry.org � Georgia ForestWatch will host a volunteer Bertram Trail Work Day from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Bertram Trail at Warwoman Dell. No pets. Register at email@example.com or call 706.635.8733. � Join Blue Ridge Parkway rangers at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, for an easy to moderate 2.5 mile roundtrip hike to the summit of Sam Knob. Begin at the Black Balsam parking area accessed via the Black Balsam Road (FR 816), just south of milepost 420. 298.5330 ext. 304 for details. � The local Audubon Society is offering weekly Saturday birding field trips. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the Highlands Town Hall parking lot near the public restrooms, or at 8 a.m. behind Wendy's if the walk is in Cashiers. Binoculars available. www.highlandsaudubonsociety.org or 743.9670. � Learn about the autumn leaves from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Highlands Nature Center. Tour the Botanical Garden and learn to identify trees by leaf type, shape and color. $2 per person. Advanced registration required. 526.2623. � Camping in the Old Style, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, Cradle of Forestry in America, Pisgah National Forest. Visit with a small group of re-enactors in a reconstructed campsite of the early 1900s. See fire by flint, steel, and friction, old style campfire cookery, four different styles of period shelters, and traditional camp tools in use. $5 adults; under ages 16 free; America the Beautiful and Golden Age passports honored. 877.3130 or www.cradleofforestry.org. � Franklin Green Drinks hosted by Macon County Chapter of WNC Alliance, third Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Rathskeller in downtown Franklin. Green Drinks is a time for local folks to get together and socialize and talk about environmental or social justice issues. HIKING CLUBS � Carolina Mountain Club hosts more than 150 hikes a year, including options for full days on weekends, full days on Wednesdays and half days on Sundays. Nonmembers contact event leaders. www.carolinamountainclub.org � High Country Hikers, based in Hendersonville, plans hikes Mondays and Thursdays weekly. Participants should bring a travel donation and gear mentioned on their website: main.nc.us/highcountryhikers. 808.2165 � Nantahala Hiking Club based in Macon County holds weekly Saturday hikes in the Nantahala National Forest and beyond. www.nantahalahikingclub.org � Mountain High Hikers, based in Young Harris, Ga., leads several hikes per week. Guests should contact hike leader. www.mountainhighhikers.org. � Smoky Mountain Hiking Club, located in East Tennessee, makes weekly hikes in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park as well as surrounding areas. www.smhclub.org. � Benton MacKaye Trail Association incorporates outings for hikes, trail maintenance and other work trips. No experience is necessary to participate. www.bmta.org. � Diamond Brand's Women's Hiking Group meets on the third Saturday of every month. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 684.6262. FILM & SCREEN � A new movie starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith will be shown at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Macon County Library in Franklin. PG-13 for sexual content and language. 524.3600. � An Encounter with Simone Weil, 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the University Center Theater at Western Carolina University, as part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers for the 2012-13 academic year. Weil (1909-1943) was a French philosopher, activist, and mystic. 227.3622 or email ledavis.wcu.edu. Also, visit ace.wcu.edu. � A Rankin and Bass Halloween classic movie starring the voices of Boris Karloff and Phyllis, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. The film is a bizarre stop-motion animated parody of horror films. 524.3600. � Movie Night: A 2012 Superhero drama directed by Joss Whedon. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016 October 3-9, 2012 ART/GALLERY EVENTS & OPENINGS � Art after Dark, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in downtown Waynesville. Special artist showings, demonstrations and refreshments. � Opening reception, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Gallery 262, 142 N. Main St., Waynesville, for surrealism artists Bobbi Polizzi of Hendersonville, and Michelle Walker of Waynesville. 452.6100. � An exhibition at Western Carolina University's Fine Arts Museum available through Oct. 5. email@example.com, 828.227.3591. � Reception for Swain County art teacher Sheena Kohlmeyer, Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Swain County Center for the Arts, following a 3 p.m. bluegrass concert by the Rye Holler boys. Kohlmeyer is showing her MAEd Thesis Exhibit at the Center for the Arts through Nov. 14. 488.7843 or www.swain.k12.nc.us/cfta to get driving directions. Smoky Mountain News Outdoors OUTINGS, HIKES & FIELDTRIPS � Georgia ForestWatch will host a volunteer Bertram Trail Work Day from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Bertram Trail at Warwoman Dell. No pets. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706.635.8733. � Join Blue Ridge Parkway rangers at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, for an easy to moderate 2.5 mile roundtrip hike to the summit of Sam Knob. Begin at the Black Balsam parking area accessed via the Black Balsam Road (FR 816), just south of milepost 420. 298.5330 ext. 304 for details. ONGOING CLUBS � The Macon County Beekeepers Association, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, Cooperative Extension Office on Thomas Heights Road. Speaker is Carl Chesick, executive director, Honeybee Research Institute. He has been a no-treatment beekeeper since 2003; he and his wife operate a Certified Naturally Grown farm and apiary in the Asheville area. The public is invited. 524.5234. � The Cherokee Runners meets each month on the 1st and 15th of the month (if the first falls on Sunday, the group meets on the 2nd), at the Age Link Conference Room. Anyone, no matter the fitness level, is welcome to join. Group runs are being held each Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. starting at the Flame. www.cherokeerunners.com. CLASSES, PROGRAMS & DEMONSTRATIONS � Cullowhee Studio Tour, 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the studios COMPETITIVE EDGE � The Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Foundation will host Pour Le Pink 5-K Walk/Run for Breast Health and Women's Services at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in 47 INSIDE PRIME REAL ESTATE Advertise in The Smoky Mountain News ARTS & CRAFTS ALLISON CREEK Iron Works & Woodworking. Crafting custom metal & woodwork in rustic, country & lodge designs with reclaimed woods! Design & consultation, Barry Downs 828.524.5763, Franklin NC MarketPlace information: The Smoky Mountain News Marketplace has a distribution of 16,000 every week to over 500 locations across in Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties along with the Qualla Boundary and west Buncombe County. For a link to our MarketPlace Web site, which also contains a link to all of our MarketPlace display advertisers' Web sites, visit www.smokymountainnews.com. 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When the antibodies encounter allergens, they trigger release of the granules, which spill out their chemicals onto neighboring cells, including blood vessels and nerve cells. One of these chemicals, histamine, binds to the surfaces of these other cells, through special proteins called histamine receptors. Interaction of histamine with receptors on blood vessels causes neighboring cells to become leaky, leading to the fluid collection in the body's tissues, swelling, and increased redness characteristic of a runny nose and red, irri- BACK THEN tated eyes. Histamine also stimulates pain receptors ... -- Encyclopaedia of Children's Health Common ragweed S o, you find yourself coming down with the above symptoms? You've figured out that it's hay fever you're suffering from and have treated yourself acccordingly with the help of a physician or non-prescription drugs. So far so good. But your next step is to get rid of the goldenrods along your drive or in a nearby field that your neighbor said are the cause of your misery. You'll be wasting your time. The pollen produced by goldenrod plants is far too heavy to get up into the air and land in your nose or eyes. Goldenrod pollen is so heavy that insects -- especially bumblebees -- are required to transport it from plant to plant. It's the plants pollinated by windborne pollen that are the real culprits. And the most villianous plants in the hay fever world are the ragweeds. They bloom profusely along roadsides and in fields from late July into October, producing enormous quantities of microscopic pollen that randomly land on other ragweed plants or the bare ground or in your eyes and nose. We have two ragweed species that are abundant as annual herbs: Common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia), which grows from one to six feet high, has opposite or alternate leaves that are divided into narrow segments. Great ragweed or buffaloweed (Ambrosia trifida), which grows from three to 15 feet high, has opposite leaves that usually display three to five lobes. The greenish George Ellison flowers and seedpods appear in dense racemes at the ends of the upright stems. So, now that you know it's ragweed and not goldenrod causing your late-summer hay fever, the thing to do is to eliminate the stuff in your vicinity. Not possible. Ragweed is such a persistent and abundant plant you couldn't exterminate it even with the assistance of the federal government. The pollen can travel for hundreds of miles in airstreams. Its seeds remain viable for up to five years, and they germinate readily whenever they find a patch of exposed soil. Look on the bright side. Ragweed seeds, many of which cling to the plants through winter, provide food for birds during the most stressful portion of the year. 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