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April 3-9, 2019 Vol. 20 Iss. 45

Three candidates booted from tribal election Page 16 HCC claims first place at Woodsmen’s Meet Page 17

CONTENTS On the Cover: Swain County leaders are hopeful the new Appalachian Rivers Aquarium and Aquatic Science Center opening soon in Bryson City will give local tourism another boost while also offering educational opportunities for area students. (Page 6) Joe Pellegrino photo

News Franklin hears feedback on Nikwasi’s future ..............................................................4 Haywood takes stance against proposed Catawba casino ..................................8 Distillers demand parity with brewers ..........................................................................9 Jackson pauses on Cashiers sidewalk vote ............................................................12 One year later, Cherokee media ban still in effect ..................................................14 Three candidates booted from tribal election ..........................................................16 HCC claims first place at Woodsmen’s Meet ........................................................17 Health News ......................................................................................................................16

Opinion It’s the right time for the Nikwasi Initiative ................................................................20

A&E Bluegrass icon Claire Lynch to play Folkmoot ........................................................24

Outdoors Progress continues on clean air in WNC ................................................................34

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Franklin board hears feedback on Nikwasi’s future Town Council to hire lawyer to fight lawsuit BY J ESSI STONE N EWS E DITOR ensions ran high at Monday night’s Franklin Town Council meeting as the board sat before a packed room of residents there hoping to sway the town one way or another on the future of Nikwasi Mound. Some residents held signs asking the town to “honor the deed” from 1946 that granted the town ownership of Nikwasi Mound while others were there to convince the town to transfer the deed to Nikwasi Initiative, a local nonprofit with the mission of preserving and promoting the region’s culturally significant sites. With so many accusations and assertions being made on social media in recent weeks regarding the sacred Cherokee mound, it’s been perhaps the most hotly debated issue in Macon County since 2014 when the last controversy over the mound was being discussed. Before allowing public comment, Councilmember David Culpepper thanked everyone for caring enough about the issue to appear at the meeting and asked everyone to remain civil. “Everyone in this room are good people — no one has malicious intent — they’re here for the betterment of the community and the town,” he said. “Let’s keep that in mind tonight as we talk to each other.” Mayor Bob Scott had to strictly enforce the 3-minute time limit on speakers since 19 people were signed up for public comment regarding the mound. First to the podium was Gloria Owenby, a seventh-generation Maconian and also one of the five plaintiffs that filed for an injunction against the town to keep the board from transferring the deed from the town to the Nikwasi Initiative. She spoke about the history of the mound and how it was saved from development in 1946 after Macon County residents raised $1,500 to buy it and deed it over to the town for safekeeping. Owenby also read from Councilmember Barbara McRae’s book about Nikwasi history. “The back cover says Nikwasi is the largest and best preserved mound in North

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Betty Wallace (above) speaks in opposition to the town transferring the Nikwasi Mound deed to a nonprofit group. Bob McCollum (below) with Cowee School Heritage Center, speaks in favor of Nikwasi Initiative ownership. Jessi Stone photos Carolina and is the only one that is publicly owned,” she said. “I find it disturbing she’s now proposing to give it away.” McRae also serves as the co-chair for the Nikwasi Initiative and brought the deed transfer proposal to the town council at last month’s meeting. Nikwasi Initiative currently has a seven-member board of directors representing a joint partnership between the town of Franklin, Macon County, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Mainspring Conservation Trust. McRae and other supporters of the deed transfer have said a joint ownership between all stakeholders is needed for the Nikwasi Initiative to move forward with its plan of revitalizing East Franklin where the mound sits. The nonprofit, utilizing the many resources of Mainspring, has already made major headway on a number of projects. Mainspring purchased the former Duncan Oil site next door to its office on East Main Street in 2015 and completed a brownfield cleanup effort on the site to remove the contamination caused by the old underground oil tanks. Mainspring also purchased the Simpson Gas and Oil Company located at 544 East Main Street to clean up and redevelop into green space.

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Then EBCI purchased the former Dan’s Auto property on the other side of the mound with plans to invest over half a million dollars to construct a visitors center and an annex for the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. McRae also works with a Folk Heritage Association of Macon County committee that developed a Women’s History Trail through Franklin with plans to raise enough money to install a sculpture somewhere close to the Little Tennessee River and the mound on East Main Street. The artwork will be a 7-foot bronze depiction of the Cherokee woman

Timoxena Siler Sloan, an African American woman Sally (last name unknown) and a white settler Rebecca Morris to represent the three different cultures of women that make up the history of the region. Ben Laseter, deputy director of Mainspring and a Nikwasi Initiative board member, read a letter from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina during his public comment time. The Community Foundation has already granted the nonprofit funds to begin its work and were encouraged by the partnership between all the stakeholders involved. “The town was the logical recipient of the mound in 1946 and the town has done a good job of basic maintenance,” he said. “But in 2019 we need to consider a new model for the benefit of future generations. The mound deserves the management, stewardship and resources made available by the partners.” Still, opponents say the 1946 deed leaves no room for interpretation. Betsy Gooder, publisher of the Macon County News, read from the deed Monday night. Written by lawyer Gilmer Jones, Gooder said the deed was clear the mound had to be preserved for Macon County citizens in posterity and that it shall not be used in any way for commercial purposes. “Gilmer Jones was a wise man and he certainly foresaw what was going to happen — that’s why he made this ironclad deed,” she said. Betty Wallace, another defendant in the injunction, agrees the language in the deed makes it clear the town must maintain ownership of the mound. She also claimed McRae has a conflict of interest in her roles as a councilmember and the co-chair of Nikwasi Initiative. “She’s compromising her duty to the residents of Franklin,” she said. Even though Town Attorney John Henning Jr. told McRae she doesn’t have a conflict of interest because there’s no opportunity for financial gain, Wallace disagrees with that assertion. “But in any context, that advice is ill conceived and untrue,” Wallace told McRae at the meeting. “And you, Barbara, should recuse yourself from any such vote about the mound that involves both your giving it away and handing it to yourself in

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observe and would honor restrictions outlined in the 1946 deed. Robert Siler, a lawyer in Franklin, said he disagreed with Hennings’ opinion on McRae’s conflict of interest as well as the interpretation of the language in the 1946 deed. He said the deed makes it clear the mound can’t be used for commercial purposes yet supporters of the deed transfer claim the joint ownership agreement would result in a financial boon for East Franklin. “I respectfully disagree that you (Barbara) don’t have a conflict of interest — I don’t think it’s limited to financial gain,” he said. “Nikwasi Initiative is only two years old and as far as I can tell they’ve done nothing. I suggest council table this until further research is done. Maybe enter into a contract with Nikwasi Initiative to maintain the mound for a while and see how they do.” Of the 19 people who spoke during public comment, nine spoke in opposition to the deed transfer and 10 people supported the joint ownership approach under the Nikwasi Initiative. Mark West, a member of the Macon

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Juanita Wilson, an enrolled member of the ECBI, tells council members about the importance of savings Cherokee mounds.

County Folk Heritage Association, spoke in favor of the transfer on behalf of the organization. Bob McCollum, with the Cowee School Heritage Center and a recent appointee to the Nikwasi Initiative board of directors, also expressed support for the deed transfer. He said the people in 1946 that helped save the mound were the children and grandchildren of families that lived among the Cherokee. Those people better understood the spiritual and cultural connection between Cherokee people and the mound, he said. “In 1946 this wasn’t all about the people of Franklin. They had to know the connection of the Cherokee to the land and that was on their mind as well. We’ve had 73 years to lose that connection and the understanding of that connection,” McCollum said. “To us it’s a relic — this thing we grew up with — to Cherokee it is a real-time part of their culture and spirituality. Nothing is going to happen on that mound. We’re trying to offer our friends an equal voice in stewardship of the mound — 1946 was a starting point, not an end point — here’s our chance to finish saving the mound.” Chris Brouwer said Mainspring does have a track record of conserving and preserving land in Macon County. He said Mainspring and the EBCI have resources the town doesn’t have to clean up the blight that side of town has become. Fred Alexander said he hoped the future of the mound is determined by hopes and not by fears. He’d like to see a vision carried out for the mound that would make residents and visitors more aware of its history and cultural significance. As for questions of McRae’s integrity and motives, he said no other person has done more to honor and preserve Macon County’s history. Juanita Wilson, a tribal member and cochair of the Nikwasi Initiative, said her ancestors didn’t believe in owning land — they simply inhabited it and took great care of it. The same goes for Nikwasi and other Cherokee mounds in the region that have been saved and preserved through joint efforts between EBCI and private landowners who understand their importance. “We all want what’s best for the mound,” she said. After hearing everyone’s input, the town council went into a closed session for 20 minutes to discuss pending litigation. Once the board returned to open session, they voted unanimously to retain legal representation to defend the town in the lawsuit filed by five Macon County residents. At the recommendation of Councilmember Joe Collins, the board decided to take another month to digest public input and review the draft deed Hennings prepared before taking a vote on the matter at the May meeting. The draft deed is a public document and will be available to the public at town hall for review. Scott said he’d also like to see a more formal explanation of the partnership agreement between the entities that make up Nikwasi Initiative. While McRae claims she’s the town representative on the Nikwasi Initiative board, Scott said that was never voted on by the board.


any manner that adversely affects the people of our town and county,” Wallace said. Later in the meeting, Henning clarified that McRae does not have a conflict of interest as there is no chance for financial gain by transferring the deed to a nonprofit entity. He called comments from Wallace and others “way out of bounds.” “Given you don’t have a legal conflict of interest as a government official, North Carolina laws say you’re compelled to vote,” he said. Henning also said he was very comfortable with the deed he drafted for the town to consider conveying the mound to Nikwasi Initiative. He said the draft still gives the town enormous control over the future maintenance and preservation of the deed. It includes a reversion clause in case the nonprofit ever dissolves or if it violates the deed. The new drafted deed also still includes all the restrictions of the 1946 deed, which means it can’t be used for commercial purposes or be altered in any way. “I don’t read the deed to constrain the property ownership,” Henning said. However, he said the newly drafted deed does


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Rainbow Trout swim in their tank at the Appalachian Rivers Aquarium grand opening celebration on March 30, 2019. Joe Pellegrino/Smoky Mountain News

Bryson City builds on fishing tourism with new aquarium

BY J ESSI STONE N EWS E DITOR ith fly-fishing tourism on the rise in Western North Carolina, a new attraction in Bryson City will bring visitors up-close and personal with up to 50 species of freshwater fish. A soft opening event for the Appalachian Rivers Aquarium and Aquatic Science Center was held last weekend to give the public and the Fly-Fishing Hall of Fame inductees a preview of what’s ahead, but the grand opening unveiling will be held this summer. “It’s looking good — for the space we have, it’s jam packed full of display tanks and we’re putting a lot of fish in front of people,” said Alen Baker, a fly-fishing enthusiast who has helped spearhead the project. The aquarium — an extension of the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians housed inside the Swain County Chamber of Commerce building — has been in the works for the last couple of 6 years. It’s all been made possible thanks to a

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collaboration between the county, the chamber of commerce and Tourism Development Authority and the nonprofit that founded the fly-fishing museum. The county owned the land along the Tuckasegee River in town and funded the construction costs of about $100,000; the chamber/TDA has provided a staff member to act as aquarium director to oversee operations and the nonprofit folks have raised the funds needed to purchase all the freshwater tanks and other equipment needed inside. “There have been a lot of contributors that have gone above and beyond to make this aquarium happen,” said Rita Jones, the new aquarium director.

WHAT’S TO SEE? Baker said they’re still in the process of bringing in different aquatic wildlife to the aquarium, but when all is said and done, visitors will be able to see 30 to 50 different regional game and non-gamefish. The aquarium has more than a dozen tanks ranging from 75 gallons to 620 gallons, including three tanks that make up the Mountain Stream exhibit featuring a waterfall that flows into the tank. The exhibit will contain northern and southern strains of brook trout and at times tiger trout, which is

a natural, sterile hybrid brook-brown trout. “Once we get the trout in then we can work on the bottom fish like red horse and suckers,” Baker said. Three smaller tanks will be home to small gamefish like dace, minnows, shiners, darters, madtoms and sculpins while other tanks will exhibit non-gamefish like sunfish, crappie, black bass, temperate bass, pike, bowfin, gar and catfish. A pair of hellbenders, the largest salamander found in North Carolina, have already settled into their new 450-gallon tank at the aquarium. They were flown in from Minnesota where they’ve been held in captivity at a zoo for the last seven years. These particular eel-like salamanders — also known in these parts as water dog, mud puppy, devil dog and snot otter — were raised from eggs in Dallas, Texas, before outgrowing their space and being shipped to Minnesota. Baker said they are actually small for hellbenders — one is 15 inches long and the other is a little smaller. However, the pair will have a larger tank at the aquarium, which will allow them to grow larger. “They’ll get bigger. They’re small for their age because of their surroundings in the past but we’ve noticed they’re eating well,” he said. “The other day the sun hit the tank from the skylight and the second hellbender moved into the sun and was as happy as can be. They go up for a gulp of air every once in a while but at that age they’re gilled like fish and don’t really need to be on land.” Seeing these elusive creatures up close will be a treat since they are such a rare find in the wild. Baker, an avid fisherman, said he’d only seen a hellbender a few times during his lifetime. “I’ve seen three in trout stream in 38 years — you have to fish certain places where they’re located. I saw one two years ago near the Virginia line that was 2 feet long,” he said. “In nature they live an average of 20 years if something doesn’t get ‘em, but in captivity they can live 30 years and as long as 50.” Acquiring hellbenders is no simple task. Baker said state and federal permits had to be obtained in order to be able to transport the endangered species from Minnesota and hold them in captivity in Bryson City.

TOURISM DRAW Swain County has been working to brand itself as the ”Fly-Fishing Capital of the Smokies” for the last several years. It’s a good strategy considering 87 percent of the county is federally owned national park and national forest land. The art of fly-fishing seems to be making a comeback in the region thanks to the efforts of Baker and other fly-fishermen hellbent on keeping it going. “The people that helped develop the museum saw fly-fishing as a dying sport and they didn’t want that history to be forgotten,” Jones said. With Fontana Lake, the Nantahala, Little Tennessee, Oconaluftee, and the Tuckasegee rivers all flowing through the county, Swain’s natural resources make it an ideal location for all kinds of fishing adventures. Former Bryson City alderman Rick Bryson led an effort a few years ago to get the Wildlife

Resource Commission to designate Bryson City as a Trout City. The town earned the designation in the fall of 2017, which allows for some bragging rights but also allows visitors to come fish on the Tuckasegee River for three days on a $5 license. “When Rick Bryson was on the board he had Bryson City declared a Trout City so I think the aquarium is an enhancement of that,” said Swain Commission Chairman Ben Bushyhead. “The aquarium shows what kind of aquatic life there is in the rivers here.” It also ties nicely into the downtown area and improvements being made to attract tourists for more than an afternoon. Bushyhead said the fly-fishing museum has been a big draw as well as the heritage museum in the historic courthouse, the farmers market area behind the museum and now the aquarium along the river. “We want it to become an oasis for tourists,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a good addition and I’m excited to see the final product.”

Alen Baker at the Appalachian Rivers Aquarium grand opening celebration on March 30, 2019. Joe Pellegrino/Smoky Mountain News About 15,000 people visited the fly-fishing museum last year, and Baker hopes the addition of the aquarium will only create more excitement around both attractions. Jones said having the fly-fishing museum located inside the chamber building will be an ideal way to direct interested visitors over to the aquarium to see more. “The aquarium is just going to fit in with with everything else offered in Swain County — it’s going to go hand in hand with the museum and all the other fishing resources we have here,” she said. “When tourists come to the chamber we can send them across to the aquarium and vice versa. Everyone in town seems to be excited about it opening this summer.” Baker says the aquarium will attract experienced fishermen, as well as those interested in learning more about fly-fishing techniques and families looking to keep their kids entertained on vacation. “Deep down I’m not sure a family could turn down coming by to see the fish — it will be another attraction for visitors and hopefully that brings business for local restaurants and hotels in town,” he said. “Fly fishermen won’t be able to resist coming

news The Appalachian Rivers Aquarium grand opening celebration on March 30, 2019. Joe Pellegrino/Smoky Mountain News to see the fish either.” While there are several commercial aquariums in the region, this one is unique because it’s specifically focused on freshwater fish found in the Southern Appalachians. Yet, there will be species on display people of Western North Carolina might not see every day in mountain streams — like the paddlefish found in the Mississippi River Basin or the sturgeons found in Kentucky.


• 117 Island Street, Bryson City along the Tuckasegee River • Grand opening will be scheduled in June • For more information, visit or call 828.488.3681. hook out if possible and release them. So now we have that resource of information we can offer to people coming to Bryson City from great distances away.” Bushyhead said some species being exhibited at the aquarium — like the river redhorse — will also allow people to learn more about Cherokee culture. “The redhorse was very important to the Cherokee and their meals. The only thing I remember about it as a kid was that it had so many small bones it was hard to eat in anything other than a stew,” Bushyhead recalled.


Swain County fishing resources Swain County’s mountain lake, rivers and streams are a fisherman’s paradise. Whether you are fly-fishing for native brook trout in a cold mountain stream, smallmouth or largemouth bass in beautiful Fontana Lake or rainbow or brown trout in one of the many stocked streams or rivers, Swain County hosts one of the most diverse fishing habitats in the world. • The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Nantahala National Forest offer hundreds of miles of spectacularly clear streams. Just a few minutes from Bryson City, the sparkling waters of Deep Creek are ripe for fly fishing, and many anglers enjoy the Nantahala River just west of town, particularly the section above the powerhouse on Wayah Road (pictured). • Delayed Harvest – Wildlife Resources Commission designated 2.2 miles of the Tuckasegee River in downtown Bryson City as Delayed Harvest Trout Waters. DH Map and regulations The DH Waters are from

the backup systems,” Baker said. “Between the museum and the aquarium in the last five years we’ve raised over $250,000.” As for how ongoing operational expenses will be covered, Bushyhead said he wasn’t able to answer that question just yet. While the chamber will be in charge of providing staff, booking school field trip events and overseeing day-to-day operations, he said the chamber and commissioners haven’t ironed out a complete agreement yet. Jones said the aquarium will charge a small admission fee to help cover operational costs. Baker said donations are still being accepted to help the museum and aquarium grow. Whether it’s a monetary donation or you want to donate nightcrawlers to keep the hellbenders fed, contact the museum at 828.488.3681. the US 19 bridge (at Darnell Farms) to the Slope Street bridge in town. • The Little Tennessee River west of Bryson City off the Needmore Road is a wide, cold, boulder-strewn river – perfect for smallmouth bass, brim, rock bass and muskie. • The Qualla Boundary also offers a variety of fishing opportunities for the trout fisherman with regularly stocked streams, trophy waters and three trout ponds. Cherokee holds several tagged fish tournaments, a fly-fishing tournament in the trophy waters and a trout derby for children every year. • Jackson County also has its own fly-fishing trail and map, with information at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce • Fontana Lake boasts one of the most diverse fish populations anywhere in the country. With depths of over 400 feet, many northern fish such as walleye, muskie and smallmouth bass are among favorites of local fishermen.


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The aquarium project might not have come together at all had the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians not had to vacate the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce building in 2016. The museum opened in Cherokee in 2015, but the tribal government decided not to renew the lease in 2016, leaving the museum without a home. Swain County officials saw an opportunity to add more fly-fishing tourism infrastructure to the community. About the same time the museum was moving to Bryson City, Swain County commissioners approved borrowing $425,000 to complete several projects — $300,000 for the fairgrounds property, $25,000 to construct a stage on the property and $100,000 toward constructing the fly-fishing museum expansion project to house the aquarium on Island Street. The Swain County Tourism Development Authority took on the responsibility of making the $52,000 annual payment on the loan

using occupancy tax revenue. The building was ready last spring and volunteer began ordering the large tanks and other equipment needed for the aquarium. The large tanks didn’t arrive until December, which delayed progress for a few months. “We couldn’t do anything until the large tanks were in place,” Baker said. “We’ve probably had a dozen people who’ve helped do the tanks and probably six or seven different plumbers from Upscale Aquatics Shop — where aquarium was designed — provide inkind low labor costs.” In addition to the county’s contribution, the fly-fishing museum is a nonprofit organization and has been working on raising funds to pay for all the equipment needed and operation costs. “Our goal was to raise $100,000 and we’re in the nineties now — things left to cover are

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The freshwater aquarium and science center will also offer plenty of educational opportunities for students of all ages. “We plan to have a lot of things kids will like — they can even get under the tank and see the hellbenders from below since that’s where they tend to stay,” Baker said. “We’ll also have turtles, frogs and salamanders and crayfish in the tanks.” The aquarium was built to accommodate student field trips with indoor and outdoor science class space and staff plans to work closely with the Swain County Schools system to offer programming. “We’re going to support the schools in doing a Trout in the Classroom project where they raise a trout from eggs and then release them into the stream,” Baker said. “It’s a partnership with a Trout Unlimited chapter and we have spare tanks and chillers to loan out to schools if they need it.” An intern program for high school and college students is also in the works. An intern could come with with the aquatic science center to learn about the fish and the operations as well as the fish collection process and any other field work needed. Bushyhead said he’s excited about the educational opportunities for the community and tourists. “Even I learned something new the other day. The aquarium has what I used to call mud puppies, which we were always told were supposed to be dangerous and cannibalistic, but I learned that’s false information — just old folklore,” he said. “We were always told if we caught one to just cut the line and move on, but you should actually take the

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Haywood takes stance against proposed casino BY CORY VAILLANCOURT STAFF WRITER bill currently in the United States Senate that could clear the way for a new North Carolina casino is already seeing stiff opposition from local governments in the vicinity of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ two Western North Carolina gaming facilities. “[Commissioner] Tommy [Long] and I were at the Southwestern Commission meeting Monday night, and [Cherokee Principal] Chief [Richard] Sneed from the ECBI was there and he’s concerned with a casino possibly being built in Cleveland County,” said Haywood County Board of Commissioners Chairman Kevin Ensley. Ensley added that Sneed had asked representatives from the seven westernmost counties in North Carolina to demonstrate their disapproval of S.790, which was introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, on March 13. The bill passed its first two readings, and is currently before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. If successful, that bill would allow a South Carolina tribe, the Catawba Indian Nation, “to own and operate a gaming facility” in Cleveland County west of Gastonia in the vicinity of Shelby, not far from the South Carolina line. But that would have a dramatic impact on Cherokee that would reverberate

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sue a gaming facility, and it is only the first step of the process. Moving forward will require the support of the Department of Interior and the state governments of North Carolina and South Carolina.” Tillis did not respond to a follow-up email asking for comment on the potential impact of a Catawba casino on Western North Carolina communities. Burr did not immediately respond to a request The Haywood resolution lays out in for comment. extensive detail the importance of Campaign finance watchdog Cherokee’s operations in Western says that the ECBI’s politiNorth Carolina. cal arm has given Tillis at least $8,500 since 2014, including $5,400 during the last election cycle. The tribe’s last donaKirkpatrick — the commission’s lone tion to Burr was $4,800 in 2010. Democrat — also had harsh criticism of Haywood commissioners said they’d S.790’s only two co-sponsors, North send the resolution opposing the proposed Carolina Republican senators Richard Burr Catawba casino — which has been talked and Thom Tillis. “If there is something they can do to help about for several years now — to Burr, Tillis, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the eastern or central part of the state, they the Southwestern Commission. do it,” he said. “At the expense of the west.” On the very same day as Haywood, the A spokesperson for Tillis said April 1 Town of Bryson City unanimously passed a that he co-sponsored the bill “after local similar resolution opposing the proposed leaders expressed the desire for federal Catawba casino; other municipal and county action to be taken to begin the process. This governments in Western North Carolina are legislation provides much-needed clarity for expected to hear similar resolutions in the the Department of Interior to decide coming weeks. whether or not the Catawba Tribe can purthe area; the Cherokee Preservation Foundation has spent more than $90 million in support of a substantial number of nonprofits, to which tribal employees also contributed more than 120,000 person-hours of volunteer work in 2018. “This is an issue we should treat as though it was located in Haywood County,” said Commissioner Kirk Kirkpatrick.

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throughout the region, according to a resolution passed unanimously by Haywood commissioners April 1; an estimated 30 percent of visitors to ECBI’s casinos are from the Charlotte area, which is less than 45 minutes from the proposed Catawba casino. The Haywood resolution lays out in extensive detail the importance of Cherokee’s operations in Western North Carolina. More than 400 Haywood County residents work at the casino in Cherokee, which had an estimated $750 million economic impact in 2018. Combined, Cherokee’s two gambling facilities are “directly responsible” for 5 percent of all employment — more than 3,000 people — in the six westernmost N.C. counties, and indirectly responsible for approximately 5,400 more jobs in the region. Those directly employed by the casinos enjoy an average salary 72 percent higher than the regional average. The casinos draw an estimated 5.2 million visitors to the area annually, with almost 75 percent of gaming revenue coming from out-of-state guests. As a result, the State of North Carolina realizes almost $11 million in annual revenue-sharing proceeds, and other state and local taxes contribute more than $80 million a year. Cherokee’s charitable endeavors are also well known and longstanding throughout

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ed, and that’s Sugarlands. Gatlinburg’s all about it, and Maggie Valley gets it, too, but the State of North Carolina has to help me help Maggie Valley.” Angel said his professional associations are “optimistic” about the future of H378/S290, both of which were filed in midMarch with bi-partisan support and both of which now sit in subcommittees. The bills are broken up into several subsections of which the cumulative effect would be a major economic driver for distillers from the mountains to the coast. The first two sections would, in effect, allow distilleries to more resemble craft breweries with on-premise sales. “If you go over to Frog Level, or any of the breweries in Western North Carolina, they can get a permit to sell beer, they can sell wine, they can sell craft cocktails, they have unlimited sales,” he said. “We’re under constraints not to do that.” Right now, Angel can only serve quarterounce samples — about the size of a thimble — and can only serve up to a total of 1.5 ounces per person. That cuts down on his ability to attract and retain consumers who want to attend Elevated Mountain’s many events, but also want a beer, a glass of wine or a cocktail. “We try to do as many events as we can. We have music here. I would love to be The Orange Peel of Western North Carolina outside of Asheville, because we can get 300 or 400 people in here.”

A little persuasion from Waynesville native and Walnut Street property owner Charles McDarris could land a new distillery in Western North Carolina. “Charlie came and took a tour at our distillery asked us about opening a facility in the mountains,” said Jonathan Blitz, coowner of 22-acre Mystic Farm in Durham. McDarris owns what used to be an 1880s-era grist mill just east of Whittier off U.S. 441 in Jackson County; it burned to the ground in 2017, but he’s still looking to develop the site. Mystic Farm, founded in 2013, claims to be the only “farm-to-bottle” distillery in the Triangle; Blitz said they grow most of the ingredients on-premise, and source the rest, in-state. “We’re interested and excited about the opportunity,” said Blitz, who explained he’d been working with the Small Business Center at Southwestern Community College and with Jackson County Economic Development Director Rich Price to close a gap in his funding formula. “I can’t think of anything right now that would derail that project,” said Blitz. “We’re hoping to see Charlie start construction by summer.”


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BY CORY VAILLANCOURT STAFF WRITER hink about it like this — your buddy owns a factory that makes widgets and he can sell as many widgets to his customers as they want to buy, but your factory makes a slightly different version of that widget and state law prohibits you from selling more than five widgetlets to any customer in any given year. That’s roughly analogous to the current state of the alcoholic beverage industry in North Carolina. “When we first opened in 2017, it was just one bottle per person per year,” said Dave Angel, owner of Maggie Valley’s Elevated Mountain Distilling Company. “Within a month or two the state law changed to five bottles per person per year, and that’s the current law we’re under.” If Angel and other craft distillers get their way, a bill working its way through the N.C. General Assembly would allow unlimited sales, along with a host of other perks — including on-premise sales and consumption — that would bring parity between the

state’s burgeoning craft brew industry and its emerging distillery scene. “For us it would be huge, and also for the taxpayers of North Carolina. Most of our customers are from out of state, and 37 percent of every bottle is sales and excise tax for the state of North Carolina,” Angel said. “It’s a huge amount of money from tourists visiting our state, if we were allowed to sell to them.” Right now, there are more than 50 distilleries across the state, including Angel’s; he said that the 2019 North Carolina visitor guide has a section called “The 47 firsts that last,” oriented towards first-time visitors to the state, and 10 of those 47 firsts are distilleries. “The tourism arm of North Carolina government fully understands the importance of distilleries,” he said. “They understand our contribution and our potential contribution to the state economy.” Gatlinburg gets it. According to Angel, the nation’s most visited distillery is Ole Smoky, just over the mountain in Tennessee. “More than two million people a year visit Ole Smoky,” he said. “You could take everybody that goes to Jack Daniels, George Dickel, Jim Beam, double that, and you’re getting close to Ole Smoky,” he said. “And right next door is probably the second most visit-

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DISTILLERS, CONTINUED FROM 9 Jonathan Blitz, along with his wife and another couple, own what’s billed as the Triangle’s only “farm to bottle” distillery, called Mystic Farm. He’s also excited about the prospect of parity. “We are production distillery and a tasting visitors center, and you can imagine how important it is to sell a cocktail at something like that,” said Blitz. Blitz and company are also hoping to open a location in Jackson County this year (see DURHAM, p. 9). “I don’t want to say it hinges on that bill’s passage, but you can imagine if we had the ability to vend a cocktail you’re talking about increasing the visitor gross by $12 to $20 per visitor, especially with a tour and cocktail package,” he said. “That would be a tipping point, because cocktail revenue alone should be enough to finance the lease.” The third section of the bill would make it easier for proprietors like Angel and Blitz to hawk their wares to other local businesses. “What that really allows would be the ability for me to go do sales calls,” Angel said. “I could end up at a restaurant in Jackson County, and if they say ‘I really like your vodka,’ I can’t just go out to the car and sell them a case or a bottle. Right now, to go to Jackson County, that bottle would have to go Raleigh, then back to Jackson County and that restaurant would have to order it from the Jackson County ABC. The ability for a bar to make that impulse buy and say, ‘I want that on the shelf tonight,’ yeah, that’s not gonna happen.” Probably the biggest boon to distillers is the bill’s provision that would remove the five-bottle limit to distillery visitors and allow for unlimited sales, like every state bordering North Carolina does. “We’re missing out on an opportunity to sell much more volume to guests who want to leave with a case of product,” said Angel. “We had a lady whose daughter was getting married and she wanted three cases of our vodka for the wedding reception. I could sell her five bottles. The State of North Carolina lost over $1,000 on me sending that one lady away.” Given that the overwhelming majority of Angel’s visitors come from Florida, South

Carolina and Georgia, respectively, that’s a particularly bitter blow — in a tourist town like Maggie Valley, many of those people may not return for months or years, if ever. Blitz, though, likes the unlimited sales provision for a different reason. “In Durham we don’t run into the fivebottle limit that much,” he said, noting that most of his customers come from within 35 miles of his 22-acre facility. “It‘s just that the record-keeping requirements are physically onerous.”

“We’re missing out on an opportunity to sell much more volume to guests who want to leave with a case of product.” — Dave Angel, Elevated Mountain Distilling Company

Each time someone wants to purchase a bottle from his distillery, Blitz said that they record the first name, last name, date of birth and driver’s license info into a database. “That’s just killing us,” he said. “We live in mortal fear that someone’s going to come in and audit us and say you’re not keeping the proper records.” It also takes a minute or two to screen each member of a tour group; with a 30-person tour, that’s aggravating and requires an additional employee to keep things moving. Rep. Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville, said he’ll try to help keep the bill moving in Raleigh. “I’m going to support it,” said Queen. “The bill is very tightly conceived, and Mr. Angel has become one of the anchors for tourism in Maggie Valley. It’s good branding for Haywood County and the mountains of Western North Carolina. I consider it ‘heritage tourism.’” Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, said that the bill still has too many moving parts, and he wasn’t yet sure how he’d vote. Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, did not respond to a request for comment on the issue.


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Commissioners pause on Cashiers sidewalk vote County wants more discussion before agreeing to take on sidewalk maintenance BY HOLLY KAYS STAFF WRITER he Jackson County Commissioners tabled an ordinance March 19 that would have given a nonprofit group in Cashiers the go-ahead to get sidewalks built in that community. Commissioners met with Vision Cashiers in a special-called work session Thursday, March 7, in Cashiers, during which Vision Cashiers co-founder Paul Robshaw laid out the group’s ambitious vision for their community. The group’s goals include expanding broadband, preventing crime, creating a health resources park, building new workforce housing, preserving natural resources, supporting workforce development and improving pedestrian safety. Vision Cashiers has made tangible progress toward some of these goals, including sketching out a plan for a workforce housing project and a way to fund it, purchasing property that could one day house a health park and discussing a cost-share approach to installing last-mile fiber for broadband.

Paul Robshaw, of Vision Cashiers, makes his case to commissioners March 7. Holly Kays photo “We’re not going to go to the owners and say, ‘You’re going to have liability, you’re going to have maintenance,’ so we’re not going to do it if the county doesn’t take over maintenance,” he said. During the March 7 meeting, commissioners seemed warm to the idea. “I think more and more people are starting to realize how important sidewalks are, me being one of them,” said Commissioner Boyce Deitz. “I live on Skyland Drive, and you saw very few people walking along the side of

the road 10 years ago.” Now, he said, there are people walking to work, even pushing strollers, as cars whizz by. It’s an issue that’s gained some traction lately, with the town of Sylva planning to invest more than $100,000 to have them built on Skyland Drive. “It’s something for safety if nothing else,” Deitz said. “I’m all for this plan.” Chairman Brian McMahan pointed out that, while it’s something of an “uncharted territory” for a county

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But pedestrian safety — and, specifically, sidewalks — is the most immediate issue the group is working on. “What we’re trying to do is create sidewalks and pathways and greenways and make Cashiers into a walkable community,” Robshaw said March 7. The group has mapped out where sidewalks do and don’t exist in the community’s main loop, which includes U.S. 64, N.C. 107 and Frank Allen Road. Long term, they want to fill in the gaps on that route and also extend sidewalks out to High Hampton Inn on N.C. 107. The first step in achieving that goal would be to get permission from property owners to build the sidewalks. Property owners would pay for part of the construction cost, and Vision Cashiers would raise money to cover the remainder. But before it can approach the owners, Vision Cashiers needs to finish working with the N.C. Department of Transportation to get final approval for construction. And before DOT will put in the work required to get that done, said Robshaw, it needs to know whether the county will be willing to take over maintenance and ownership of the sidewalks once they’re built. “We really need your support,” said Robshaw. “We’re not asking for your money.” If the county won’t agree to take on the sidewalks after construction, Robshaw said, Vision Cashiers will have to drop the project.

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because it’s a labor issue as well as a cost,” she said. “I wanted us to consciously know that we are going into what I coined as the ‘sidewalk business,’” Adams added. Once the county accumulates a certain number of linear feet of sidewalk, those assets will require enough maintenance that the county’s maintenance department might need some dedicated positions to provide it. Commissioner Gayle Woody balked at the mention of county-provided snow removal, stating her belief that the owners of the properties where the sidewalks are located should be responsible for clearing snow. All of that culiminated in McMahan’s suggestion that the board avoid voting on anything that day and take some time to hash out exactly what it would be agreeing to. “You get into a lot of money and a lot of responsibility,” said Deitz. “So I think we need to better define what we’re going to do, Mr. Chairman.” Commissioners voted unanimously to table the decision for further discussion at a work session planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the Jackson County Justice and Administration Building. More information about Vision Cashiers is available at

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to get involved with sidewalk ownership — typically, sidewalks are a municipal asset — Jackson County recognizes that sidewalks are valuable and that very little of the county’s territory falls within a municipal area. “We recognize in Jackson County that being mobile from a pedestrian standpoint is very important, and there’s a lot of great benefits,” he said. “That’s why we have tried to enhance additional greenway opportunities. We recognize that sidewalks can be part of a greenway. We can provide safe access for folks to move from one point to the other in a safe way. It’s a good thing to have sidewalks.” But as commissioners prepared to vote March 19 on whether or not they’d be willing to take over sidewalk maintenance in Cashiers, doubts surfaced. Deitz asked staff to explain just what “maintenance” might entail. County Manager Don Adams replied that it would include fixing cracks and replacing any broken sections. Planning Director Michael Poston added that maintenance could also include clearing any fallen trees or dealing with grass and weeds overrunning the concrete. County Attorney Heather Baker added that her understanding is that the county would also be responsible for snow removal. “That’s why we want to take these so slow

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Haywood County’s opportunity zone has been getting “a lot of looks,” according to County Program Administrator David Francis, but it’s certain to become more attractive now that the county’s adjusted its economic development incentive policy. Originally approved in 2004, the county’s policy offers property tax rebates based on the amount of investment and jobs created. That policy was updated in 2017, but didn’t reflect a 2018 federal/state program that created opportunity zones across the state. Those zones carry the benefit of deferment or permanent exclusion of capital gains from taxation for so-called “patient development” lasting 10 years or more. Haywood County’s economic development incentive policy, however, only conferred the property tax benefit for up to five years, meaning developers who took advantage of both the opportunity zones as well as the county incentives would see the latter expire after only five

The public is invited to hear a myth-busting talk, “We Are Our Own Worst Enemy,” by internationally recognized criminal and humanitarian jurist David M. Crane at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, at the USDA Center, 589 Raccoon Road, Waynesville. “A nation that begins to doubt itself begins to look for the reason,” said Crane. “Political leaders move the populace toward peoples or entities that are different and blame them for those troubles and doubts. Officials who add name-calling to that blame are trying to keep us from noticing their own bad leadership. If we let them get away with it, we become our own worst enemy.” Crane was appointed a professor of practice at Syracuse University College of Law in the summer of 2006. From 2002-2005 he was the founding Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, an international war crimes tribunal, appointed to that position by the Secretary General of the United Nations. Following Crane’s presentation, Andrew Morgan, who is Muslim, will speak briefly about his faith and the misunderstandings about jihad. Light refreshments will be served following the presentations. Presented by the Haywood County Democratic Party.

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One year later, Cherokee media ban still in effect Elected leaders reticent to discuss issue BY HOLLY KAYS STAFF WRITER ribal Council got off to an unusual start in April of last year when Councilmember Tommye Saunooke, of Painttown, asked Tribal Council to begin the meeting by voting on a proposal that was absent from the day’s 28-item agenda. “Mr. Chairman, at this time, I’d like to make a move that the only press allowed in our Cherokee chambers will be Cherokee press,” Saunooke said. Chairman Adam Wachacha clarified that the term “Cherokee press” referred to Cherokee One Feather staff, and then Tribal Council took a vote — of the 12 members, only Councilmember Lisa Taylor, of Painttown, opposed the move.



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April 5 marks the one-year anniversary of this action to restrict media access to the council chambers, and there seems to be little appetite among Tribal Council members to discuss a reversal. “I haven’t heard anybody bring it up or discuss it,” said Principal Chief Richard Sneed. “There’s been silence on it. I don’t think anybody has given it much thought.” The Smoky Mountain News contacted all 12 Tribal Council members by phone and text message to request comment on this story. Of the 12, six did not return either the phone call or the text. Three answered the phone, said they could not talk at the moment, told the reporter when would be a good time to call back, but did not answer when the phone rang at the appointed time. One said he had a busy week and would attempt to give a response via text, but no text materialized. One hung up upon hearing who was making the call. Only two councilmembers directly addressed their willingness to comment on the issue. Councilmember Perry Shell, of Big Cove, said that he appreciated the phone call but preferred not to comment. Councilmember Boyd Owle, of Birdtown, was the only representative to grant an interview on the topic. He said he regretted voting for the media ban. “I think I might have made a hasty decision last time I voted,” he said. “I think that’s probably one of the votes I wish I could take back.” Owle said he feels that way because there are many tribal members who live in the surrounding counties but not on tribal land. When media outlets other than The One Feather cover Tribal Council, those enrolled members are better able to know what’s going on in their government, he said, especially those who aren’t able to read news coverage online. “It’s just a way of getting the word out there and news out there to the people that read paper, that don’t have computers or cell 14 phones,” he said.

When asked his opinion on the topic, Sneed deferred to Tribal Council. “It’s their decision. It’s not mine,” he said. “I can’t even really comment on it.” “My personal thoughts are that I’m certainly a supporter of the free press,” he added after a follow-up question. “I have a respect for the press. I feel like the press is the fourth branch of government. It is the accountability mechanism for those of us who are in government. You should have access.”

BACKGROUND ON THE BAN The April 5 vote in 2018 came two days after a Budget Council meeting in which Saunooke spoke more specifically about her reasons for requesting it. “Chief, two things. I know there’s freedom of the press and freedom of speech and all that, but Tribal Council, I’m going to ask you to ask Holly (Kays) not to enter these chambers, because she called me the other day and said, ‘Can I quote you?’ and I said ‘No, don’t make me look ignorant,’” Saunooke said April 3, 2018, according to a video recording of the meeting. “She had a different quote from what I had said, but she did anyway. There’s an example of what she did. The Smoky Mountain News is not quoting us right, so I’m gonna ask Tribal Council if you’ll ask her to step out. That’d be my suggestion.” Smoky Mountain News reporter Cory Vaillancourt examined Saunooke’s contention for an April 11, 2018, story in the paper. Vaillancourt concluded that “Saunooke’s allegations and her statement to council members were completely and verifiably incorrect.” “Emails to and from Saunooke provided by (SMN reporter Holly) Kays show Kays wasn’t asking for Saunooke’s permission to use the quote, which is a matter of public record, even in Cherokee. Indeed, no such permission is ever necessary,” Vaillancourt wrote. “Instead, Kays — as a courtesy — was simply asking Saunooke if her statement was accurate and giving her a chance to elaborate on the point before the story went to print. ‘U made me sound ignorant with the statement .. I’m sure it was not phrased that way..’ Saunooke replied via email. The statement, however, was phrased exactly that way, per tribal video of the meeting.”

THE LEGAL BASIS While the media ban prevents SMN — and all other media outlets aside from The Cherokee One Feather — from sitting in the council chambers, it does not necessarily preclude reporting on Tribal Council meetings. Council meetings are videotaped and broadcast live on local television and online. For the past year, SMN has sat in the lobby outside the council chambers, watching the meetings using earbuds and a laptop. It’s not an ideal situation, but, said N.C. Press Association attorney Amanda Martin, access to video footage certainly is a valuable asset. “I think that being able to hear what takes

Outside media representatives are allowed inside the Cherokee Council House, but not in the chamber where Tribal Council meets. Holly Kays photo place gets a lot of what we need,” she said, “and by that I don’t mean to diminish the importance of physical access. But it seems that if you have the right to hear, you have it. I don’t think you should dismiss in your own reporting the significance of that.” That said, there are certain nuances a reporter cannot capture without being in the room — facial expressions of people who aren’t on camera, the mood of the audience, or even statements made by council members who have forgotten to turn their mics on. Photography also becomes difficult to impossible. “The One Feather is often in the office turning on the cable feed or the streaming and watching what goes on,” said Robert Jumper, editor of The Cherokee One Feather. “But there’s also times when there are presentations and signings inside the council chambers where you want to get a photograph or you want some video, or you want to see the reaction of people who may not be on camera.” Under North Carolina law, it would be illegal to exclude a person — media or otherwise — from sitting in on a public meeting. However, state open meetings laws don’t apply in Cherokee. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is a sovereign nation, and it has its own rules. Constitutional protections do not apply on tribal land. Until 1968, when the Indian Civil Rights Act passed, tribal leaders had no responsibility to provide such protections. ICRA includes language similar to the Bill of Rights, including free speech and free press provisions, but enforcement can be difficult and judicial interpretation different than that under the First Amendment. “Violations of ICRA must go to tribal court, and thus it is up to the tribal court to determine whether this is a violation of the free speech provisions of the act,” said Marcia Zug, professor of American Indian law at the University of South Carolina. The tribe’s Free Press Act, passed in 2006, does speak specifically to the tribe’s adoption of ICRA and states that, “therefore, the principles of free speech and free press, the rights of the people to assemble and petition for redress of grievances shall not be abridged.” However,

it then goes on to talk about an “Independent Free Press of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians” and then to specifically reference the tribal newspaper, The Cherokee One Feather, laying out the paper’s staffing and governance structure. “You are, number one, on Indian land,” said Rusty McLean, a Waynesville attorney who has ample experience dealing with EBCI law. “So Tribal Council has full authority as a nation within a nation status to bar who they want to from their tribal government. Unless you get an invitation or you get an opportunity to have council invite you as a non-Indian media, they, believe it or not, have the right to do that.” Whether something is legal is a different question than whether it’s advisable, however. McLean and Martin both said they considered it to be bad public policy to selectively shut members of the media out of government proceedings. The reason that it’s a bad idea, they said, has a lot more to do with the readers of the paper than with the staff who write it. “Restricting access to areas involving matters of public concern by news outlets based on that news outlet’s viewpoint is concerning, because it doesn’t allow for readers to get multiple viewpoints and multiple perspectives,” agreed Nicole Ligon, supervising attorney and lecturing fellow at the Duke Law School First Amendment Clinic. “You’re limiting coverage to a singular perspective, which prevents readers from getting the full picture of what’s happening.”


The One Feather’s would be that “singular perspective” that Ligon referred to, but Jumper said that the exclusive access his paper now gets to the council chambers is a burden rather than a gift. “There’s certainly a perception that since the tribe kind of owns its own paper that it also controls the content of the paper,” said Jumper. “And it doesn’t help a whole lot for The One Feather to be segregated from the rest of the media with


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regard to this particular ban.” The One Feather is owned and funded by the tribal government. Its employees are tribal employees. While the paper has an editorial board to govern editorial decisions, advertising and operational structure, that board does not have hiring and firing authority. The paper has dealt with censorship issues before. Over the past year, Tribal Council has passed legislation Jumper introduced to restructure appointments to the editorial board and to protect anonymous sources. However, Jumper said, there is still work to be done to make the paper truly independent. Issues of independence aside, Jumper said, having coverage from multiple news sources is the best way to serve the people who consume that news. “It’s always been important to me and to The One Feather staff that we not be the single voice telling the story of Cherokee,” he e said. “It’s the media’s job as a unified whole. o It’s the media’s job to document history and it’s not good benefit to the public and espet cially to the Cherokee community if one e media outlet is the only voice in that docue mentation of history.” The One Feather has been vocal in its oppoe sition to the media ban, with both Jumper and former reporter Joe Martin penning multiple ” editorials over the last year calling it, among y other things, “a stain on a free press” and “a I step backward” for freedom of speech. In the a next Tribal Council meeting following the ban, y May 3, Jumper introduced a resolution that s would have rescinded the ban. However, he y withdrew the resolution following a conversan tion with Sneed about instead having a “meano ingful discussion” about free press issues with various media outlets. Such a meeting was t scheduled but then postponed and never rescheduled. d Jumper said that the paper is still interestt ed in pursuing a change but that a written res- olution might not be the best way to do it. The y original move was made from the floor with no f written document attached — a more informal request that Tribal Council consider shifting its position might be a better idea, he said. d Jumper is concerned as well with some unintended consequences of the ban. - “What happens when one of our Cherokee ” people who works for a different news organid zation wants to come in and report on Tribal t Council?” he asked. “Are they also supposed to e sit in the foyer and document that from the - foyer?” - Travis Long, a photojournalist who works for the Raleigh News & Observer, is one such tribal member. He has occasionally covered stories on the Qualla Boundary. “I never had to put that to the test,” he said of the ban. “I would be disappointed if I weren’t allowed to cover a meeting, being that r it’s not uncommon that my family goes before r Tribal Council to be heard by Tribal Council, w just on matters that have nothing to do with r journalism. So for them to ban me from chambers just because of the fact that I work for a e newspaper would be disappointing.” o Especially, he said, if the goal of that ban is d for the tribal government to decide what does r and does not get reported. “If that’s what this is all about is controlling the message,” he said, “that’s very worrisome.”

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The candidates The list of certified candidates for the 2019 tribal elections includes 54 people — 37 Tribal Council candidates, four chief candidates, eight vice chief candidates and five school board candidates. The Primary Election will be held Thursday, June 6, and the General Election will be Thursday, Sept. 5.

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• Principal Chief: Richard Sneed, Carroll “Peanut” Crowe, Gary R. Ledford, Phillip Ellington • Vice Chief: Alan “B” Ensley, Frank Pete Taylor, Ben Parker, Jim Owle, Albert Martin, Anita Welch Lossiah, James Bud Smith, Terri Henry • Snowbird/Cherokee County Tribal Council: Adam Wachacha, Janell Rattler, Bucky Brown, Sherry Smoker • Birdtown Tribal Council: Albert Rose, Boyd Owle, Ashley Sessions, Nelson Lambert, Curtis Wildcatt, Alyne Stamper • Painttown Tribal Council: Tommye Saunooke, Dike Sneed, Lisa Taylor, Cherie Bird Rose, Pamela Sneed • Big Y/Wolfetown Tribal Council: Bo Crowe, Bill Taylor, Tony Cabe, Jess “Fonzie” Sneed, Jeremy Wilson. Paula “Cricket” Brown Wojtkowski, Sam “Frell” Reed, Chelsea Saunooke, Nathanial “Bunsey” Crowe, James David Jumper • Yellowhill Tribal Council: Tom Wahnetah, David T. Wolfe, Rose Shell-Maney, Tawania Ensley, Stephanie Saunooke French • Big Cove Tribal Council: Fred Penick, Richard French, Renee Long Cole, Perry Shell, Walter French • Painttown School Board: Regina Ledford Rosario, Charlotte Ann Saunooke • Big Y School Board: Tara Reed-Cooper • Yellowhill School Board: Jennifer Thompson, Teresa Jumper Santa Maria

Three candidates booted from tribal election Certification withheld from one school board, two chief candidates BY HOLLY KAYS STAFF WRITER hree women who had filed for tribal office this year will not be allowed to run following the April 1 release of the certified candidate list. Teresa McCoy and Missy Crowe, who had both filed to run for principal chief, were absent from the list of certified candidates, as was Sharon Bradley, who wanted to run for Big Y School Board. This year’s election filing period was March 1 through March 15. After filing, the election board has to verify that the candidates who have signed up are eligible to run. According to Cherokee law, a tribal member can be disqualified from running for office for any of six reasons. Those reasons include having committed a felony, participating in defrauding the tribe, being impeached and removed from office, resigning from a tribal office while under a criminal investigation, being more than 90 days in default of a debt to the tribe or not meeting residency requirements. The tribe’s Charter and Governing Document states that chief candidates must by the date of the election be at least 35 and have lived on Cherokee lands for at least two consecutive years. As far as disqualifications, it says only that candidates who have participated in defrauding the tribe or have been convicted of a felony are not eligible. McCoy, a longtime presence in tribal politics, had been considered a frontrunner against incumbent Richard Sneed in the principal chief ’s race. She does not believe her disqualification was just. “I am appealing and I will follow the election ordinance to


do that,” she said. Tribal Council passed a revised election ordinance in December. According to that document, candidates can appeal a denial of certification by filing a written request for a hearing within five business days of being notified about the denial. The board must then schedule the hearing within five days of receiving the notice of appeal and must notice the hearing within two business days of receiving the request. Within five business days of the hearing, the board must issue a written decision. If the denial is upheld, the candidate can appeal the decision to the Cherokee Supreme Court. Implementation of the new election ordinance has hit a rough spot already. The ordinance requires the election board to notify candidates of the certification decision “on or before March 31.” However, certification letters were not available for candidates to pick up until 10 a.m. April 1. McCoy and Crowe have both run for election in the past, multiple times. McCoy represented Big Cove on Tribal Council for 20 years and also launched three unsuccessful runs for the vice chief ’s office. Crowe has run for various offices in the past, though unsuccessfully. In each election, the election board certified them as legitimate candidates and certified the correctness of the election results before Tribal Council. The lack of certification seemed to have blindsided Bradley, who in a request for comment The Smoky Mountain News sent April 1 said that her name was not dropped but that she simply hadn’t been able to pick up her letter during the day due to her job as a schoolteacher. However, elections administration assistant Nancy Locust verified April 2 that Bradley was not certified. Locust did not reply to emails asking what the basis was for withholding certification from McCoy, Crowe and Bradley. Crowe did not return a phone call requesting comment.

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HRMC earns top LifePoint honor LifePoint Health recently awarded Haywood Regional Medical Center — a Duke LifePoint hospital — with its 2018 companywide High Five Award. This award recognizes excellence in health care delivery and is the highest honor a LifePoint hospital can receive. It is given annually to one facility within LifePoint’s network of 89 hospital campuses that has performed most impressively in fulfilling the company’s High Five Guiding Principles. In addition to the companywide High Five Award, HRMC received a check for $150,000, which will go a long way toward advancing the hospital’s mission of “Making Communities Healthier.” “We are so proud to receive this distinguished honor in recognition of our hard work to improve the health and well-being of our community,” said Rod Harkleroad, CEO of HRMC. “I am truly grateful to our employees, medical staff and volunteers for their unwavering commitment to keeping our High Five Guiding Principles in focus as we seek ways to further enhance the care and service we provide this region.”

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Harris Regional Hospital is expanding access for pulmonary care by announcing two new providers, Christine Kryger, NP-BC and Leslie Morris, NP-C that will be offering pulmonary services to patients throughout Jackson and surrounding counties. Morris and Kryger together bring more than 20 years of clinical experience to Harris Regional Hospital and the already established provision of care through pulmonary and sleep providers in our region. Morris joins Harris from Pardee where she was a nurse practitioner with Carolina Lung and Sleep. Kryger joins from Gwinnett Infectious Disease Consultants in Georgia. Appointments can be made by calling 828.586.7994.

The Jackson County Department of Public Health worked with local community agencies and members to complete the 2018 Community Health Assessment (CHA). The role of the CHA is to identify factors that affect the health of a population and determine the availability of resources within the community to adequately address these factors. The community voted on the top two priority issues they saw as most crucial to address — obesity, physical activity, and nutrition (with a special focus on food insecurity), and substance abuse prevention. In Jackson County, 22.2 percent of residents are at a healthy body weight (BMI between 18.5-24.9) and 77.2 percent are overweight or obese. Additionally, close to 19 percent of Jackson County residents report that in the past year they often or sometimes worried about food running out before having money to buy more.In Jackson County, 47 percent of the population reported that their lives have been negatively affected by substance abuse. The full Community Health Assessment can be viewed at

CarePartners changes names CarePartners Foundation, a nonprofit foundation since 2003, is changing its name to WNC Bridge Foundation (WNC Bridge). The name change reflects the foundation’s broader mission of providing funds to assist in meeting the health challenges of persons in the communities of Western North Carolina and to empower non-profits to impact individual and community wellness in those communities. Prior to changing its name to WNC Bridge Foundation, CPF’s primary purpose was to support the service lines of CarePartners Health Services. Because CarePartners is part of the HCA transaction, the organization will no longer need financial assistance from the foundation. WNC Bridge will continue to support its other community works, including service lines that were originally part of CarePartners.

Blue Ridge Health hires new doctor Blue Ridge Health in Haywood County has hired Dr. Paulette Doiron, to join the practice in Clyde as a medical provider. Doiron completed her Family Medicine Residency, as well as a Fellowship in Maternal Child Health, through MAHEC in Asheville where she received training to perform C-Sections. With experience working in Western North Carolina, she brings much needed expertise in

prenatal health to Haywood County and surrounding communities. Currently, before starting her day at the practice each morning, Doiron sees BRH patients who have been admitted to the hospital. She is also part of the team of providers delivering babies, including those delivered via C-Section, at Haywood Regional Medical Center. Beyond Dr, Doiron, three additional full-time physicians and have been added, a second full-time behavioral health provider is now available, nutrition services are provided each week, and the BRH dental bus will be on site for the first time in May. BRH-Haywood is also currently remodeling the lower level of its building to include a discount pharmacy. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 828.246.6372.

The Hermitage receives accolades Affinity Living Group’s The Hermitage Assisted Living and Memory Care, located in Sylva, recently received a “Deficiency Free” survey from the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation. DHSR is tasked with monitoring assisted living communities across the state to ensure regulatory compliance, and a survey with no deficiencies is a rare achievement. DHSR annual surveys are unannounced and very detailed. All aspects of a community’s care and services are reviewed, including staffing, residents’ rights, quality of care, dietary and environmental concerns, and more. During the survey, DHSR inspectors tour the community, quiz employees, review clinical records, and interview residents and family members about daily life at the community and the care that they are receiving. “It took a lot of hard work and dedication on the part of the staff to achieve these results,” said Shane Brooks, executive director of The Hermitage. Call 828.586.9070 or visit


• David-Dorian Ross, as seen on PBS, The Great Courses, and, will be offering a free in-person meet-and-greet and interactive talk on Tai Chi and Healthy Aging at 6 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center, in Clyde. For registration and information, contact Matt Jeffs at 904.377.1527 or email


• A women’s cancer support group will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Haywood Regional Fitness Center, second floor, in Clyde. Participants are free to walk the track and refreshments will be served. Elizabeth Campbell, RN, Oncology Nurse Navigator, will speak about 3D mammograms and genetic testing.

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• The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition in partnership with Haywood County Health & Human Services Agency is offering overdose recognition and opioid overdose reversal training from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at Health and Human Services Agency, room 301. This is a drop-in program. Participants will receive free naloxone, harm reduction resources and information on substance use services.

Beginning April 2019, in collaboration with the Jackson County Public Schools, Blue Ridge Health will open new school based health centers at Fairview School and Smoky Mountain High School. The sites will provide primary care medical services to start. Services will be provided during school hours, three days per week, to all Fairview Elementary and Smoky Mountain High School students. Additional access to comprehensive primary care — including family medicine, pediatrics, counseling, psychiatry and nutrition — will be available at Blue Ridge HealthJackson (BRH-J) located at 293 Hospital Road in Sylva. The SBHC will function like a medical practice in the school and, as such, there will be a charge for most services provided by medical providers and behavioral health counselors. All insurances are accepted. Those without insurance or with high deductible plans can qualify for a sliding fee scale based on income and household size. No one is turned away for an inability to pay. For more information, call 828.233.2280.

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I can appreciate that the citizens of Franklin raised $1,500 and purchased the mound in 1946, saving it from almost certain destruction and development. That’s a validation of the townspeople’s good will and foresight in an era when some still didn’t deem preservation of Cherokee culture important and thought assimilation was the best path forward. We all understand there’s been some animosity between the Tribe and the town, most recently over the town’s use of an herbicide that turned all the grass on the mound brown. As Mayor Bob Scott pointed out in a column in this newspaper last week, that was an accident and in no way should Editor be a factor in the current debate. The groups who are part of the Nikwasi Initiative — despite what some are saying — all have track records in cultural and land preservation. The leaders already have a head start in creating a corridor of historic Cherokee sites, have plans for a visitor center and Museum of

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rom the outside looking in, the current Nikwasi Mound disagreement in Franklin seems almost contrived. I mean, do serious people truthfully believe that the volunteers who comprise the Nikwasi Initiative and who are seeking ownership of this historic Native site have any intentions other than honorable ones? And, as town board member Joe Collins said so succinctly in the Franklin Press, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is a wealthy tribe. Tribal leaders and the Cherokee Preservation Foundation have millions of dollars to invest in preserving Cherokee culture. Turning the mound over to this initiative would do a lot to attract funding, subsequently turning the mound into a significant cultural attraction rather than just an afterthought for a town that has many important issues affecting its taxpayers. Then there’s the aspect of this argument that hasn’t really been given much attention in this debate, that of white colonists and settlers and their treatment of Natives. What about that “1730 treaty” mentioned on the Nikwasi Mound historical marker? Wonder to what degree and how many times that legal contract has been violated?

Believing just does not make it true I different. The economy is booming, but my financial consultant stated that in a bull market, it doesn’t make any difference who is president. The regulations on the environment and other areas that have been cut have yet to produce a credible indication of having improved the economy. Farm loan defaults are skyrocketing because farmers can’t sell their corps to China and other counGuest Columnist tries due to the Trump trade war. This is going to have a ripple effect in the economy at some point. To mitigate this, Trump wants the rest of us taxpayers to pay billions to bail out farmers in the short term. However, once the markets for soybeans and other commodities that we used to ship to China get sourced from other countries China may not come back to buy from the US farmers. Then there is the claim that Trump is keeping jobs in the US and getting them to come back from overseas. This has largely been smoke and mirrors. The famous 1,000 jobs in Indiana that Trump “saved” from going overseas largely were gone soon after the reporters went off to cover other stories. There is no credible evidence that jobs are coming back in any substantial numbers. Instead the tariffs have caused some U.S. companies, such as Harley-Davidson, to move production to other countries so they can sell their products in Europe without the retaliatory tariffs. The big manufacturing plant that a

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recently saw people interviewed at the CPAC meeting stating how pleased they were with Trump’s accomplishments. That got me to thinking that maybe Trump’s most impressive accomplishment is gaslighting people into thinking that his pronouncements of achievements are real. Let’s take a look at the actual accomplishments. The most tangible accomplishment is allowing Mitch McConnell to pack the federal courts with judges who are ideologues and/or have marginal, if any, credentials for a lifetime appointment. The woman appointed to Kavanaugh’s old position has previously suggested that women who get raped likely are responsible for the rape. Another example is the appointee with no judicial experience and who had been an attorney in only four court cases. Trump’s other big accomplishment was the tax cut that largely benefited the very rich. Those of us who itemize deductions due to large medical expenses or who pay substantial state and local taxes will actually see an increase in the income tax we pay. I saw one report that indicated that the average tax cut amounted to $40 for the year. Averages in this case are deceptive. If we have 100 taxpayers where 99 each get $1 in tax cuts and one who gets a $100,001 tax cut, the average tax cut will be $1,001. Never mind that the tax cut will add trillions to the national debt that will have to be paid by our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Each tax cut from the time of Ronald Reagan to 2018 have increased the national debt, and none have ever actually “paid for itself ” through economic growth as Republicans claim. Tax cuts have always increased the national debt, and this one is no

the Cherokee auxiliary site, and for a historic statue. It seems obvious that it’s a group already hard at work on building something special for Franklin and Macon County. Those who argue the deed restrictions won’t allow the town to sell the mound should listen to Town attorney John Henning Jr. The same protections for the mound now held up as preventing a sale could be included in a future deed, as could a reversion clause giving ownership back to the town should the group not fulfill its obligations. As this debate moves forward, perhaps most important is to keep the tone civil. There are good people on both sides of this issue, and many of those have strong feelings. By arguing that the sale should occur and would benefit the town, we aren’t denigrating those who feel differently. The town saved the mound and it should be proud of that legacy; now, its next stewards — the Nikwasi Initiative, which includes members of the EBCI — will transform the site into a showcase for the unique cultural history of this region. It’s the right time and the right thing to do. (Scott McLeod can be reached at

Chinese company was going to build in Wisconsin also turned out to be a lot of smoke. Trump bragged about his new deal with Canada and Mexico, but that deal is not in force. Trump apparently has forgotten that no trade deal he makes takes effect until Congress ratifies it. Even so, many of the changes from the old deal appear to be more hype than substance. Then there are the famous international summits with North Korea. North Korea stopped nuclear testing because they had achieved what they needed, and a mountain fell onto their main test site. According to the most recent intelligence reports, North Korea continues to produce nuclear weapons and rockets. Kim and Trump had a brief bromance after the first summit where Kim finally got worldwide recognition for meeting with a sitting US president, and Trump got bupkis. Trump claimed that other countries were laughing at the U.S. before he got elected. When Trump made claims about his accomplishments at the UN, the delegates literally laughed at him. If countries

were not laughing at us before, they are now — unless they are too scared to laugh about a president that seems unconnected to reality. The “wall” is not likely to get built any time soon even though Trump has said it is already being built. The only building seems to be fixing existing walls. In any case, a wall does not solve the problem of all the people legally presenting at ports of entry to apply for asylum. Trump seems to want to pretend they do not exist. Finally, there are all the Trump promises made that are ignored today. Trump said everyone will have affordable healthcare coverage. Where is that? All he did was make care less available to thousands if not millions. There was all the infrastructure he was going to fix. We have not heard a peep on that. The mantra of “promises made; promises kept” is a joke, but people seem to want to believe what they want to believe. The problem is that believing does not make it real. (Norman Hoffman lives in Waynesville.

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manure. That is the LAST time I let you pick the movie.” Me: “Here’s a question: Can’t a movie be both pretentious and visionary? Self-indulgent and ground-breaking?” Her: “Why are you talking like that? Is there a switch on you somewhere that I can turn off? Here’s another question: Can we get our money back?” Me: “Don’t you want to see movies that move and stimulate you?” Her: “I want to see movies that don’t make me want to slit my wrists. I know this may sound crazy to you, but I like to see movies that make me feel happy and hopeful.” We’ve been having variations of this same conversation for 15 years. There are only two reasons that I am allowed to continue picking the majority of the movies we see. One, she loves me dearly and tolerates my pathetic obsession with all things dark. Two, she can never remember the names of the movies she wants to see, so I usually get to pick by default. Even so, she has ways of getting even that she knows will drive me insane, little habits that threaten not only our own union, imperfect though it may be, but the entire foundation of civilized behavior, or, if you will, our “social compact.” For one thing, she will eat all of the popcorn during the seven trailers we must endure before the movie begins. This, of course, is an abomination. There is only one way that self-actualized, high-functioning people will manage the “popcorn situation” at the movies, and that is to buy the popcorn, and then WAIT until the trailers have all finished playing. Once the movie actually begins, it is permissible to begin eating the popcorn. I thought everyone understood that this is not some trivial form of delayed gratification for the greater good, but a fundamental principle of movie-going, right up there with not giving away spoilers and not taking calls during the movie. She claims that this behavior is “controlling,” just another example of how I punish and deny myself basic pleasures, such as popcorn that is still hot and fresh. She has a point there. The string of trailers will last a good 20 minutes, and by then the popcorn is nearly cool to the touch. “Cold popcorn is almost as depressing as the movies you pick,” she says. “What kind of person buys perfectly good popcorn, and then sits and watches it for 20 minutes until it is cold and tastes like packing peanuts?” We’ve considered buying a separate, slightly smaller bag of popcorn just for the trailers, but then we considered whether spending $50 dollars for movie popcorn was a wise addition to our monthly entertainment budget. Her: “Cheaper than marriage counseling.” I have to admit, eating hot popcorn while watching the movie trailers feels pretty good. Sometimes, you have to go a little crazy for a thing called love. (Chris Cox is a writer and teacher.


hen you’re young and in love, you feel invincible, like nothing can ever possibly contaminate the perfect union you have formed. This is oh so sweet, but you should know that it is unbearably annoying to everyone else. There is something else you should also know. You’ve read those “relationship articles” in the magazines in the doctor’s office. You’ve listened to the somber, tear-stained advice from your divorced friends, who once believed that their own perfect unions would prevail over differences such as these: Children or no children? Republican Columnist or Democrat? Urban or rural? Petit Syrah or Pabst Blue Ribbon? Reading books or binge-watching The Kardashians? Believe me, any of these issues could well turn out to be deal-breakers. Moreover, there are other potential problem-areas that you may not find in those magazine articles, but which may very well turn out to be just as crucial to the success of your adorable relationship. Let’s take going to the movies as one example. You’re delighted to find that you share a passion for seeing movies in the theater, rather than just waiting for them to appear at the nearest Redbox. Great! Check! We’re off to the movies! Things are going so well! What to see comes almost as an afterthought. Trust me on this — it shouldn’t. You’re driving to the theater, checking the listings. “Oh, look,” you say. “Here’s that new Lars Van Trier film.” “I don’t know who that is,” she says. “What is it about?” “The human condition,” you say. “Oh, look,” she says. “Here is that new Reese Witherspoon film.” “What’s it about?” you say. “Hopefully, not the human condition,” she says. My spouse and I have been together for 15 years. We love going to the movies. We’ve seen literally dozens of movies together. We have agreed on approximately five. I tend to prefer movies that I would call “complex,” “unpredictable,” “courageous,” and “original.” She has a different set of adjectives for such movies, as follows: “miserable,” “wretched,” “boring,” and “punitive.” She believes that I choose these movies because I have unresolved feelings of self-loathing lurking deep inside, and that I choose movies as a means of punishing myself and, by extension, her. Here is a typical snippet of our post-movie commentary as we exit the theater, or — in extreme cases — wait until we get into the car for the sake of privacy: Me: “Didn’t you think that was astonishing? What a parable of contemporary alienation!” Her: “What a steaming pile of horse


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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 THE CLASSIC WINESELLER 20 Church Street, Waynesville. 828.452.6000. Underground retail wine and craft beer shop, restaurant, and intimate live music venue. Kitchen opens at 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday serving freshly prepared small plates, tapas, charcuterie, desserts. Enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday night at 7pm. Also on facebook and twitter. FERRARA PIZZA & PASTA 243 Paragon Parkway, Clyde. 828.476.5058. Open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 12 to 8 p.m. Real New Yorkers. Real Italians. Real Pizza. A full service authentic Italian pizzeria and restaurant from New York to the Blue Ridge. Dine in, take out, and delivery. Check out our daily lunch specials plus customer appreciation nights on Monday and Tuesday 5 to 9 p.m. with large cheese pizzas for $9.95. FIREFLY TAPS & GRILL 128 N. Main St., Waynesville 828.454.5400. Simple, delicious food. A must experience in WNC. Located in downtown Waynesville with an atmosphere that will warm your heart and your belly! Local and regional beers on tap. Full bar, vegetari-

an options, kids menu, and more. Reservations accepted. Daily specials. Live music every Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Open Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. HAZELWOOD FARMACY & SODA FOUNTAIN 429 Hazelwood Avenue, Waynesville. 828.246.6996. Open six days a week, closed Wednesday. 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast until noon, old-fashioned luncheonette and diner comfort food. Historic full service soda fountain. JOEY’S PANCAKE HOUSE 4309 Soco Rd Maggie Valley. 828.926.0212. Open seven days a week! 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Joey’s is a family-friendly restaurant that has been serving breakfast to locals and visitors of Western North Carolina for decades. Featuring a large variety of tempting pancakes, golden waffles, country style cured ham and seasonal specials spiked with flavor, Joey’s is sure to please all appetites. MAGGIE VALLEY CLUB 1819 Country Club Dr., Maggie Valley. 828.926.1616. Open seasonally for lunch and dinner. Fine and casual fireside dining in welcoming atmosphere. Full bar. Reservations accepted. MAGGIE VALLEY RESTAURANT 2804 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. 828.926.0425. 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Daily specials including soups, sandwiches and

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tasteTHE mountains southern dishes along with featured dishes such as fresh fried chicken, rainbow trout, country ham, pork chops and more. Breakfast all day including omelets, pancakes, biscuits & gravy.; instagram @carvers_mvr. PIGEON RIVER GRILLE 101 Park St., Canton. 828.492.1422. Open Tuesday through Thursday 3 to 8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday noon to 9 p.m.; Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Southern-inspired restaurant serving simply prepared, fresh food sourced from top purveyors. Located riverside at Bearwaters Brewing, enjoy daily specials, sandwiches, wings, fish and chips, flatbreads, soups, salads, and more. Be sure to save room for a slice of the delicious house made cake. Relaxing inside/outside dining and spacious gathering areas for large groups. RENDEZVOUS RESTAURANT AND BAR Maggie Valley Inn and Conference Center 70 Soco Road, Maggie Valley 828.926.0201 Home of the Maggie Valley Pizzeria. We deliver after 4 p.m. daily to all of Maggie Valley, J-Creek area, and Lake Junaluska. Monday through Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. country buffet and salad bar from 5 to 9 p.m. $11.95 with Steve Whiddon on piano. Friday and Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 to 8 p.m. 11:30 to 3 p.m. family style, fried chicken, ham, fried fish, salad bar, along with all the fixings, $11.95. Check out our events and menu at

SAGEBRUSH STEAKHOUSE 1941 Champion Drive, Canton 828.646.3750 895 Russ Ave., Waynesville 828.452.5822. Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Carry out available. Sagebrush features hand carved steaks, chicken and award winning BBQ ribs. We have fresh salads, seasonal vegetables and scrumptious deserts. Extensive selection of local craft beers and a full bar. Catering special events is one of our specialties. TAP ROOM BAR & GRILL 176 Country Club Drive, Waynesville. 828.456.3551. Open seven days a week serving lunch and dinner. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tucked away inside Waynesville Inn, the Tap Room Bar & Grill has an approachable menu designed around locally sourced, sustainable, farm-to-table ingredients. Full bar and wine cellar. WAYNESVILLE PIZZA COMPANY 32 Felmet Street, Waynesville. 828.246.0927. Open Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday noon to 9 p.m.; closed Tuesdays. Opened in May 2016, The Waynesville Pizza Company has earned a reputation for having the best hand-tossed pizza in the area. Featuring a custom bar with more than 20 beers and a rustic, family friendly dining room. Menu includes salads, burgers, wraps, hot and cold sandwiches, gourmet pizza, homemade desserts, and a loaded salad bar. The Cuban sandwich is considered by most to be the best in town.



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If wishes were horses Bluegrass icon Claire Lynch to play Folkmoot BY GARRET K. WOODWARD STAFF WRITER he voice of Claire Lynch is incredibly soothing — in conversation and in front of a microphone. With a songbird tone and cadence, the singer is like a free-flowing breeze, something that swirls around you and picks you up, as if you’re a fallen leaf at the peak of beauty, eager to once again sit high in the sky. The three-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) “Female Vocalist of the Year” (1997, 2010, 2013), Lynch also penned “Dear Sister,” a take on a character in a Civil War book of letters she came across, which led to the IBMA award for “Song of the Year” (2014). Born in Upstate New York and coming-ofage in Alabama, Lynch’s musical approach has always had both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line in mind, something at the core of her songwriting, where history and characters come alive, as to offer a timeless message of compassion and change. A longtime Nashville fixture, she has called Toronto, Ontario, home in recent years. And in the truest sense of the words, Lynch is a songwriter and an artist. She soaks in the essence of whatever environment — physically, socially, politically, spiritually — she finds herself in, aiming her creative and personal intrigue towards whatever force is calling after her heart and soul.

Claire Lynch.


Smoky Mountain News: Do you remember the first song you wrote? Claire Lynch: Probably 19 years old, when I finished one. It was “Hills of Alabam’,” which was one of my more successful cuts, because it was on Kathy Mattea’s gold album, “Willow in the Wind” (1989). SMN: Where did you learn how to write songs? CL: I’d say a lot of it came from singing with my family, learning to read music in choir, sheet music at home, messing with the

piano, and just dealing with melody all my life. As far as the writing is concerned, I wouldn’t consider myself a literary expert by any means. As a matter of fact, I didn’t really love reading as a kid. I think I kind of lean more on my heartstrings for lyric. Now? I’m trying to educate myself. [Laughs]. SMN: Whatever it is that’s in your heart is what should come out anyways, and then go from there… CL: Absolutely. It should be the muse or whatever you want to call it. I think you really have to listen to what that is and how it comes to you, let that flow for a while. But, there comes a point when you have to put some

Want to go? Acclaimed singer-songwriters Claire Lynch, Jerry Salley and Irene Kelley will perform on Saturday, April 6, in the Queen Auditorium at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville. Started in 1996 at the Balsam Mountain Inn and modeled after similar performances at Nashville’s famous Bluebird Café, the “Songwriters in the Round” series features performers seated in a circle with the audience all around. The musi-

craft to it. It’s very rare that a song just writes itself from beginning to end. SMN: Who were the songwriters that are the foundation of where you’ve come from as an artist? CL: Well, there were a few people who struck me as fabulous songwriters. One was Mac McAnally from [the state of] Alabama. Nanci Griffith has this incredible life view, world view, and she’s beautifully articulate. Rodney Crowell, wonderful writer. There’s a friend of mine from Montana named Kostas [Lazarides], he came to Nashville and ended up writing several hits. He was so prolific, kind of different, very melodic.

cians trade anecdotes about the music industry and sing the songs they’ve written. The 2018 IBMA “Songwriter of the Year” and the 2003 SESAC “Country Music Songwriter of the Year,” Salley has had over 500 songs recorded in his multi-award-winning career. To date, his songs have sold in excess of 17 million records worldwide and internationally he has penned eight No. 1 country hits in Australia. Kelley’s signature mix of bluegrass, Country and

SMN: What do you think the role of the songwriter is in the digital age, with so much distraction and perhaps inconsequential priorities? CL: Oh, that’s an interesting question. I think there’s a general tug on everyone’s heart to be a little bit more down to earth and genuine. The older you get, the more you realize that digital performance or digital living has its value and its merit, but it seems to also cause us to lose something of humanity. So, I would think the writers, poets and songwriters of the world are going to be pulling back towards more of a humanistic reach from one person to another, and at heart level. We can bring social change for the better — I hope so.

Americana appeals to music lovers across all genres. Her songs have been recorded by Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Loretta Lynn, Pat Green, Brother Phelps, Rhonda Vincent, Claire Lynch, Darrell Scott, The Whites, The Osborne Brothers and others. There will be a social from 6 to 7 p.m. with the concert to follow. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for students. For more information and/or to purchase tickets, visit or call 828.452.2997. Tickets will also be available at the door.


The Main Street Sylva Association will host the 4th annual “Sylva Brew Hop” from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in downtown.

his past Saturday, I went on a first date. It had Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will host The been a very long time Darren Nicholson Band (Americana/country) at 7 since I’d actually gone on a p.m. Saturday, April 6. date, let alone a “first date.” But, there I was, trimming The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass my beard in the bathroom Series will conclude for the spring semester with mirror and making sure I Ol’ Dirty Bathtub at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at brushed my teeth one more Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. time before I headed out the The Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) will door and into the unknown sing and play at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in the night. Community Room of the Jackson County A first date is always such Public Library in Sylva. an odd experience, more so as an adult, seeing as nowadays, The Tractor Supply Company will be hosting an and with several first dates “Antique Tractor Show” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. under your belt, one would Saturday, April 6, at the company’s store in Clyde. think you’d get the hang of this notion of taking out a Looking back, I think my first … first member of the opposite sex for an evening of date was probably in middle school, being “getting to know you, getting to know me.” I suppose at any age a first date can seem dropped off at the local mall in Upstate New York, walking across the big parking an arduous task. There you are, trying to lot so my date and her friends (and my bring your “A-game” to a night probably friends, too) wouldn’t see me get out of already hyped-up from messages exchanged my mom’s car while they waiting in the earlier between you and your date that eventually led to the rendezvous in the first place. food court. Thirteen years old and standing at the You live your life day-in-and-day-out, and concession stand. Making small talk. Spend there you are, in front of the mirror before a all the money my dad gave me for popcorn date, trying to size yourself up and take an and soda for her and myself. More small inventory of what you see and feel in the talk. Tell her she looks pretty. Smile. Wipe mirror — am I, as they say, “a catch”?





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your sweaty palms on your jeans, just in case she might want to hold your hand during the film. Not much has really changed since then. The process — probably for all of us — remains the same, just the setting and the girl involved are different. Your approach and routine in going on a date may shift (with better clothes, deeper pockets, nicer car, etc.) but it still comes down to “you” and how you treat another in the initial encounter. My high school sweetheart? Well, I was trying to think back on that one. I think I rolled up to her parent’s abode deep in the Adirondack Mountains in my crappy 1989 Toyota Camry, probably taking her to the local coffee shop, maybe a cruise around Lake Flower in nearby Saranac Lake, New York. My college sweetheart? I met her at a keg party held in my dorm room sophomore year in Connecticut. Immediately struck by her presence, I asked her out on a first date that night. She was wild and wondrous. So, I threw caution into the wind and took her to a monster truck rally at the Hartford Civic Center. Between deafening blasts from the diesel engines in the arena, she would yell, “This is so awesome,” to which I’d grin in mutual admiration of the moment. Of course, not all first dates are a hit. I’ve had one where everything that could go wrong did go wrong. One in particular, the girl wasn’t liking any of the spots I brought her to. She didn’t seem interested in the conversation at hand. Then, she just abruptly stated she wanted to go meet up with her sister and if I could drop her off at her sibling’s house nearby. Yikes. Luckily, I felt the urge to ask for a second shot, to which, all went well, and we ended up dating for the better part of the next year. Other first dates ranged from a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to a minor league baseball game, a rock concert to a friend’s birthday party (I accidentally double-booked myself ). Out of all those girls, some have disappeared into the corners of my memory, sadly never to be heard from again, though I wish them well. And yet, several others ended up becoming dear friends, people I couldn’t image not knowing in my life. Now in my mid-30s, first dates aren’t really tricky, they’re just rare. I’m not necessarily picky, I just get so caught up with work, friends and family, I tend to not focus on asking someone out every-so-often. But, when I do, it’s a casual affair, maybe some drinks and live music, nightcaps or a midnight stroll if the mood is right. Who knows? Dating should be something fun, not something that terrifies or stresses you out. Easier said than done, though, right? Regardless if the first date leads to a second date, going out with someone — known or unknown — is a truly special thing. It tends to the bring out the best in you and I, with the hope being that the vibe (and vibration) felt on that first date reverberates into the next one and so forth, like a pebble tossed into a silent pond, the ripples perfectly pushing out into the universe. Life is beautiful, grasp for it, y’all.

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about jazz and the excitement of music as a stream of thought. We are truly excited about how this year’s festival is shaping up. In addition, (WCU assistant professor of music) Chris Beyt will sit in on guitar with these artists and myself during the second half of the concert, and we’ve hired Zack Page, an Asheville-based musician with impeccable sound and time-feel, on double bass, to help us out with all this. Everyone expects a big audience and a great show.” A timeframe of select events, all in the recital hall of the

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Western Carolina University’s 17th annual Jazz Festival will be held Saturday, April 13, on the campus in Cullowhee. The festival will feature a free public concert, masterclasses with professional musicians for students and a general daylong celebration of the distinctive music genre. Guests include Bob Sheppard, a saxophonist whose list of credits includes playing alongside Natalie Cole, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, and movie soundtracks including “Forrest Gump,” “Nixon” and “Austin Powers”; and drummer Ed Soph, who has performed with Cedar Walton, Bill Evans and Joe Henderson. He also played with Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton and Woody Herman orchestras and is known for his big band drumming. Soph is an inductee in the Percussive Arts Society’s Hall of Fame. The concert, featuring both guest artists and faculty and student musicians, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building and will feature a big band and combo repertoire. Pavel Wlosok, a Czech-born American pianist and professor of jazz with WCU’s School of Music, has organized the festival since 2003. He has recorded and played with jazz notables such as John Riley, Donny McCaslin, Rick Margitza and Bobby Watson. He also holds the distinction of being a recipient of the Gil Evans Fellowship, presented by International Association of Jazz Educators. “Ed Soph says that the best improvisers are the fastest thinkers,” said Wlosok. “I think that comment says a lot

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Coulter Building and subject to change: • 9-10 a.m. — Jazz drumming masterclass with Soph. • Noon — Improvisation masterclass with Sheppard. • 1 p.m. — Faculty jam and prepare repertoire for evening performance. • 3 p.m. — Wlosok directs WCU Jazz Ensemble dress rehearsal. For more information, contact Wlosok at 828.227.3261 or

WCU traditional music series

The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Series will conclude for the spring semester with Ol’ Dirty Bathtub at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. The band’s performance will follow with an open jam session at 8 p.m. The performance will be held at the headquarters for Homebase College Ministry, located on the east side of the WCU campus at 83 Central Drive. Organized several years ago, Ol’ Dirty Bathtub includes Brad Boulet, vocals and 26 stringed instruments; Jerad Davis, vocals

and stringed instruments; Neil Lippard, guitar; Carter Giegerich, dobro; and Adam Bigelow, bass. The musicians have performed across the region at venues such as WCU’s Mountain Heritage Day, Sylva’s “Concerts on the Creek” series, the Nantahala Outdoor Center and Oskar Blues Brewery. They released their debut album, “Pack Mule,” last year. The concerts and jam sessions at WCU are free and open to the public. Pickers and singers of all ages and experience levels are invited to take part in the jam sessions, which also are open to those who just want to listen. For more information, call the Mountain Heritage Center at 828.227.7129 or visit

The Western Carolina Community Chorus and The Mountain Winds will join forces to present “A Lighter Fare: II” at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in the Recital Hall of the Coulter Building in Cullowhee. The chorus is under the direction of retired WCU choral director, Robert Holquist, and accompanied by Barbara Dooley. The band is conducted by Jon Henson, member of the School of Music faculty, and former WCU Athletic Bands director, Bob Buckner. The chorus was formed in 1970 by Dr. James Dooley for performances of “Messiah” in Cullowhee and Waynesville. Since that time, the group has presented over 100 concerts in the region, which has provided opportunity for adults to continue their interests in singing choral music. Founded in 2009, The Mountain Winds is a similar community group of more than 60 musicians, drawing upon current and retired faculty members, WCU students, area high school players, and a host of regional players who enjoy continuing playing their instruments.

The two groups will join forces for four selections — two by John Rutter, and the familiar “America, The Beautiful” by Carmen Dragon. The fourth combined selection has great significance for several reasons. It was written for the band and chorus by Bruce Frazier, retired Commercial and Electronic Music faculty member, and is in memory of the late Michael R. Nichols.

A special tribute will be spoken regarding Nichols’ many contributions to music in Jackson County. He served as assistant conductor of the chorus for more than 15 years. This concert is free and open to the public. The chorus is supported by the Jackson County Arts Council, WCU, and the N.C. Arts Council, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. For further information, call 828.506.5951.

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• Balsam Falls Brewing (Sylva) will host Bird in Hand (Americana/folk) April 12. All shows are free and open to the public. • Blue Ridge Beer Hub (Waynesville) will host an acoustic jam with Main St. NoTones from 6 to 9 p.m. April 4 and 11. Free and open to the public. • Boojum Brewing Company (Waynesville) will host a bluegrass open mic every Wednesday, an all-genres open mic every Thursday, The Brothers Gillespie (rock) 9:30 p.m. April 12 and Kathryn O’Shea (Americana/folk) 9:30 p.m. April 13. All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted.


• Currahee Brewing (Franklin) will host Corbitt-Clampitt Duo 8 p.m. April 5-6. Free and open to the public.

• Isis Music Hall (West Asheville) will host Stig & Friends (bluegrass) 7:30 p.m. April 2, Heather Maloney (acoustic/folk) 7 p.m. April 4, Mike Mains & The Branches w/Vagabond Crowe (pop/rock) 8:30 p.m. April 4, Five Letter Word (Americana/folk) 7 p.m. April 5, - Cheley Tackett & Annie Mosher n (Americana/country) 7 p.m. April 6, Frank - Solivan & Dirty Kitchen (bluegrass) 9 p.m. April 6, Roger Street Friedman Duo - (Americana/folk) 6 p.m. April 7, Seamus n Egan Project (Celtic/folk) 7:30 p.m. April 7, Darren Nicholson Band (Americana/bluee grass) 7:30 p.m. April 9 and Oliver Penn - (blues/country) 7 p.m. April 10.

• The Macon County Public Library (Franklin) will host The Vagabonds (old country/gospel) at 2 p.m. April 8 and “Songwriters in the Round” 7 p.m. April 13. Events are free to attend.

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• Mad Anthony’s Taproom & Restaurant (Waynesville) will host Boo Reefa 7 p.m. April 6. All shows are free and open to the public. • Mountain Layers Brewing (Bryson City) will host the “Stone Soup” open mic night every Tuesday, Twelfth Fret (acoustic/folk) April 6, Scott Stambaugh (singer-songwriter) April 12 and Frank & Allie (Americana/old-time) April 13. All shows are free and begin at 7 p.m. • Nantahala Brewing (Bryson City) will host Dr. Bacon April 5, Pimps of Pompeii April 6 and The Northside Gentlemen April 13. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

JAM Kids at Jackson library The Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) will sing and play at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Also performing will be Alma Russ, William Ritter, Ethan Fortner and Anita Coggins Family, Lisa Hoxit & Family, and local gospel group Spirit-Filled. Current JAM instructors, Susan Pepper, Elaine Brown, Betty Brown and Johnny Gentry, will be performing. The Jackson County Arts Council will host a reception in the atrium following the show. Jackson County Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program is an afterschool program for kids to learn old time mountain music on traditional instru-

A community jam will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer, anything unplugged, are invited to join. Singers are also welcomed to join in or you can just stop by and listen. The jam is facilitated by Larry Barnett of the Sawmill Creek Porch Band. The community jams offer a chance for musicians of all ages and levels of ability to share music they have learned over the years or learn old-time mountain songs. The music jams are offered to the public each first and third Thursday of the month — year-round. This program received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment of the Arts. 828.488.3030. 

• Pub 319 (Waynesville) will host an open mic night from 8 to 11 p.m. every Wednesday. Free and open to the public. • Salty Dog’s (Maggie Valley) will have Karaoke with Jason Wyatt at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays, Mile High (classic rock) 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, and a Trivia w/Kelsey Jo 8 p.m. Thursdays. • Satulah Mountain Brewing (Highlands) will host “Hoppy Hour” and an open mic at 6 p.m. on Thursdays and live music on Friday evenings. 828.482.9794 or • The Strand at 38 Main (Waynesville) will host an “Open Mic” night from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays. 828.283.0079 or • The Water’n Hole Bar & Grill (Waynesville) will host an “Open Mic Night” on Mondays, karaoke on Thursdays and semi-regular music on Fridays and Saturdays. All events at 10 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 828.456.4750. • Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) will host a “Sonic World Fusion” performance at 7:30 p.m. April 11 in the Recital Hall of the Coulter Building. Performances by the WCU Concert Choir, WCU Inspirational Gospel Choir, MUS 303 Class (Balinese Gamelan Angklung, music from Indonesia) and Free Planet Radio (world/fusion). The event is free and open to the public. 828.508.6873.

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• Innovation Station (Dillsboro) will host Banjo Mitch April 6, a fundraiser show with Matt Stillwell (country, $20 cover) April 11-12 and Liz & AJ Nance (Americana/folk) April 13. All events are free and begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

ments. This project is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and by the Jackson County Arts Council. The event is free and open to the public.

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• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will host Dylan Shrader (singer-songwriter) April 5, Darren Nicholson Band (Americana/country) April 6, Scoundrel’s Lounge April 12 and Todd r Hoke April 13. All shows begin at 7 p.m. e unless otherwise noted. Free and open to the y public. d l • Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an - Open Mic night April 3 and 10, and a jazz l night with the Kittle/Collings Duo April 4 and s 11. All events are free and begin at 8 p.m.

• Lazy Hiker Brewing (Franklin) will host an open mic night at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday, April B. & The Cool April 6 and The Melody Trucks Band w/The Donna Hopkins Band 7:30 p.m. April 12. All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit

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• Andrews Brewing Company (Andrews) will host the “Lounge Series” at its Calaboose location with Scott Stambaugh (singer-songwriter) April 5, Brother! April 6 and George Ausman (singer-songwriter) April 12. All shows are free and begin at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

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The Pride of the Mountains marches through New York City during the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Super Holiday Tours has organized a special six-night package Nov. 23-29 in New York City to see Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band participate in the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 28. The $2,199.00 package (based on double occupancy) includes roundtrip airfare from Charlotte or Raleigh to New York, roundtrip transportation from the airport to the hotel, six nights lodging at Marriott Marquis in Times Square, two Broadway shows, admission to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes, a two-day hop-on/hop-off sightseeing ticket on a double-decker bus, and Thanksgiving dinner with the band. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to go to New York for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade,” said Bob Markle, director of special events for Super Holiday Tours in Orlando, Florida, who accompanied the WCU band on its first trip to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2014. “We want to take as many as we can.” Markle said the band will take a bus to New York, but he is offering airfare packages to help travelers save time. “People don’t like to spend 12 hours on a bus if they don’t have

• Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center is currently hosting an exhibit to commemorate World War I and the centennial of the end of hostilities in the “war to end all wars.” “I Want You! How World War I Transformed Western North Carolina” is on display in the museum’s first floor gallery, located in Hunter Library. It features wartime images and artifacts, as well as examples of propaganda used to build support for the war effort. For more information, call the Mountain Heritage Center at 828.227.7129.



to,” said Markle, a former high school band director who gave up his baton 38 years ago to enter the tour business. The Pride of the Mountains is continuing to raise funds for its trip to New York. The venture is expected to cost about $400,000 for hotel, food and travel — the three big expenses — and another $350,000 for additional expenses for events and other activities during its six days in New York for the 500 members expected to go, said David Starnes, WCU’s director of athletic bands and assistant professor of music. The cost-per-student will depend on how much money the band raises before the trip. “It’s a trip of a lifetime for both parents and students, and if parents can experience it with their child or children, that makes it even extra special,” said Starnes. “History shows from 2014 that students still revere this as the best band trip they ever took. The magic of the Macy’s parade and being in New York at Thanksgiving, right before the Christmas season, is spectacular.” For information about the trip, contact Markle via email at To make a gift to help the band make the trip, go to

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Waynesville historic speaker series

Calling all tractor enthusiasts

Presented by The Town of Waynesville Historic Preservation Commission, the fourth annual “Haywood Ramblings” will once again take place this spring. A speaker series on the historic resources and rich cultural heritage of Waynesville and Haywood County, the events will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month in the courtroom of The Historic Courthouse in downtown Waynesville. The speakers are as follows: • April 4: “Haywood County’s MasonDixon Line,” presented by Patrick Womack. Hear stories of the early settlers of the Hyatt and Plott Creek valleys. Womack will share accounts from his ancestors, including the Oxners, McClures and Winchesters. • May 2: “The History of Lake Junaluska,” presented by Nancy Watkins. Learn about the fascinating history of Lake Junaluska, and its considerable influence on the local economy, tourism and culture. In case of snow, the event will be automatically rescheduled for the second Thursday of the month. 828.456.8647.

The Tractor Supply Company will be hosting an “Antique Tractor Show” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the company’s store in Clyde. The event will give customers of the Tractor Supply Company a chance to see a full line of beautifully restored antique tractors. Participating event partners will include: Ole Smoky Antique Tractor Association (onsite from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Pisgah High School FFA (onsite from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) “Here at Tractor Supply, we’re committed to hosting community events that bring the ‘Out Here’ lifestyle right to our customers,” said Jeb White, manager of the Clyde Tractor Supply store. “Whether you’re a tractor enthusiast, nostalgic farmer or interested in family-friendly activities this time of year, our ‘Antique Tractor Show’ is sure to be a fun and informative experience.” This event is open to the public and will take place at 121 Paragon Parkway. For more information, contact the Clyde Tractor Supply Company at 828.454.1054.


Ready for the ‘Sylva Brew Hop’?

The Main Street Sylva Association will host the fourth annual “Sylva Brew Hop” from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in downtown. The event will give participants an opportunity to taste several locally brewed and unique craft beers. Participating brewers and shops include: Innovation Brewing, Balsam Falls Brewery, City Lights Café, The Cut Cocktail Lounge, and Mad Batter Food & Film. Tickets are $30 in advance (by March 30) and $35 the day of the event. Each ticket includes a souvenir event glass, two 4 oz. beers at each location, and goodie bags with freebies and chances to win gift cards from local merchants. “Sylva is known for its eclectic breweries

and eateries,” explains MSSA Promotions Chair John Wermuth. “It is amazing that a town of our size has two breweries, a growler filling café, plus downtown bars and restaurants that all serve locally made craft beer.” Both breweries will highlight two of their signature beers for the event. The other hosts will offer beers from nearby brewing partners. The event takes place over a four-hour time period, and participants are encouraged to enjoy cuisine made to pair with beer at our local restaurants. Tickets are limited to 300 participants and can be purchased online at For more information, contact Bernadette Peters at 828.400.8445.

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Now under new management with Stephanie Strickland and Genevieve Bagley, Bosu’s Wine Shop in Waynesville will continue to host an array of wine tastings and small plates. • Mondays: Free tastings and discounts on select styles of wine that changes weekly. • Thursdays: Five for $5 wine tasting, with small plates available for purchase from Chef Bryan’s gourmet cuisine in The Secret Wine Bar. • Saturdays: There will be a free wine tasting from 1 to 5 p.m. Dog friendly patio and front garden

• A free wine tasting will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. April 6 and 13 at Papou’s Wine Shop in Sylva. or 828.631.3075.

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Carolina Public Humanities is collaborating with Southwestern Community College to host “(Re)collecting Scottish Gaelic Memories,” from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on April 4, at SCC in Sylva. The main speaker at the event will be Dr. Tiber Falzett, a visiting lecturer from Scotland who is currently teaching at UNC Chapel Hill. “Dr. Falzett is spending the year connecting with people who share his interest in the Scottish Gaelic history, ancestry, language and stories that have helped shape our culture in the Southern Appalachians,” said Dr. Barbara Putnam, dean of Arts and Sciences at

SCC. “I am excited that we have an opportunity to meet Dr. Falzett, hear his stories enhanced with bagpipes and connect him with our students and the community.” Dr. Falzett holds a Ph.D. in Celtic and Scottish studies from the University of Edinburgh and has conducted over a decade of fieldwork among Scottish Gaelic speakers. “Our collaboration with Carolina Public Humanities allows us to bring worldrenowned scholars like Dr. Falzett to our region, said Putman. “The purpose of this is to engage in conversation about a variety of cultural, historical, literary and artistic topics of interest to the community.” For more information on the event, get in touch with Dr. Putman at

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• Free cooking demonstrations will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays at Country Traditions in Dillsboro. Watch the demonstrations, eat samples and taste house wines for $3 a glass. All recipes posted online.



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On the wall Caravaggio on the big screen The Highlands Performing Arts Center and The Bascom, Center for the Visual Arts will present “Great Art on Screen featuring Caravaggio” at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the Performing Arts Center. Take an immersive journey through the life, works and struggles of the Italian master Michelangelo Merisi di Caravaggio. Roberto Longhi, a Caravaggio expert, explores in the artist’s masterpieces the

echo of personal experiences and the expression of the human state, both physical and emotional. These evocative moments — thanks to the use of light and cinematic techniques — allow viewers to go deep inside the mind and soul of Caravaggio, empathizing with his impulses and fears. There will be an optional dinner discussion afterwards at 4118 Kitchen & Bar. Call 4118 for reservations and mention “Great Art on Screen”: 828.526.5002. Tickets are $16. They are available at or at the door.

Interested in Japanese sumi-e painting? Allan Grant.

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Gallery 1 photography exhibit


A photograph by Jennifer Robin.

The photography of Jennifer Robin will be featured at Gallery 1 Sylva in the Backstreet Gallery Room, beginning with a reception on from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the gallery. Traveling thousands of miles down roads unknown, Robin makes an effort to get lost on each turn she makes. She seeks out adventure while having the patience to wait for the right shot to emerge. Her passions have led her into the outdoors. Robin concentrates on nature and wildlife photography where she feels the most at home. She also engages in architecture, automobile, street, and insect photography, finding beauty in even the smallest of creatures. The gallery is open Wednesday and Friday 11 to 3 p.m and Saturday noon to 4 p.m. Located at 604 West Main Street.

The Japanese sumi-e painting workshop will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, in the Atrium of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. In the workshop, Allan Grant will talk about some of the approaches and techniques of the Japanese sumi-e style of painting. Grant started painting in London, England, in 1964. Like many seekers in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he explored Eastern thought, Zen Buddhism in particular. He was greatly attracted by oriental drawing and painting, admiring its simplicity, open approach, and use of black and white. Encouraged and influenced by his wife Shirley and sister-in-law Lucienne, both fine artists, he started painting sumi-e, Japanese

ground ink, with images from nature drawn by brush against the white background of the paper. Later, he started painting in watercolors, using many of the techniques of sumi-e. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to try their hand at grinding ink, practicing brush strokes and creating an original composition. All supplies will be provided. This program is free of charge. The workshop is limited to 14 participants. For more information, call the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at 828.586.2016. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. The Jackson County Public Library is a member of Fontana Regional Library (

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• Camp Ability along with Outdoor Mission Camp will host a one day Arts & Music Camp from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Waynesville Community Fellowship located at 1115 Dellwood Road. This is a free event. Visit Camp Ability’s FaceBook page or contact Diane Gayer at 828.226.5572 to register. • The Brasstown Woodturners guild will meet at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Hayesville High School. The school is located just off of School Road in Hayesville. Drive around the back of the school to the wood shop where the meeting will be held. Visitors are always welcome. The club meets in Hayesville the first Saturday of every month. The guest presenter for April is John Keeton who will be demonstrating how he turns an elegant vase, there is a $10 fee at the door. If there are any questions, contact John Van Camp at 706.896.9428 or Don Marks at 828.524.6282.


• The exhibit “Outspoken: Paintings by America Meredith” will be on display through May 3 at the Fine Art Museum Gallery B in the Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. This showcase draws particular attention to the importance of language in Meredith’s work, bringing together paintings that incorporate Cherokee syllabary, reference Cherokee oral histories, and pair found-object text with visual imagery.

‘Inspired Art Ministry’ exhibit The Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) latest showcase, “Inspired Art Ministry,” will run April 5-27 at the HCAC Gallery & Gifts in downtown Waynesville. This exhibit features the work by Inspired Art Ministry instructor, Char Avrunin and her students. Art work in oil, acrylic, watercolor, color pencils, graphite, charcoal and ink will be featured. A variety of subject matter will be presented, from landscapes to still lifes to portraits. The “Artist Reception” will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Gallery & Gifts. For more information about the HCAC, visit

• A “Beginner Step-By-Step” painting class will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville. Cost is $25 with all supplies provided. For more information on paint dates and/or to RSVP, contact Robin Arramae at 828.400.9560 or • The Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) Campus Theme, the “Defining America” exhibit brings together artists with different perspectives on the concept of “America” and asks visitors to reflect on the values, definitions, and assumptions attached to this concept. The exhibition will be on view through May 3 at the Bardo Arts Center. Regular museum hours at the BAC are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays until 7 p.m. For information, call 828.227.ARTS or visit • Mad Batter Food & Film (Sylva) will host a free movie night at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For the full schedule of screenings, visit

The Western Carolina University School of Stage and Screen will host a production of the classic tale “Beauty and the Beast” onstage at 7:30 p.m. April 11-13 and 3 p.m. April 14 at the Bardo Arts Center in Cullowhee. A young, provincial French woman, Belle, longs for something more than her little country town. When she stumbles upon an old castle, she meets the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed in to his former self. But, if he does not learn his lesson soon, the curse will become permanent, dooming him and his household for all of eternity. Recommended for all ages. Tickets start at $10 per person. To purchase tickets, visit or call 828.227.2479.

• A musical, pictorial and live stage presentation of Jesus’ last days, “A Glimpse of His Last Days,” based on a cantata by Dallas Holmes, will be held at 7 p.m. April 12-13 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students. or call 828.524.1598.


• Interested in theatre? The Macon County Public Library in Franklin is looking for experienced volunteers to help with an upcoming theatre program, “Shakespeare

in the Summer.” Join them for a meeting to discuss the summer schedule, show and future of “Theatre at the Library,” which will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the library. • There is free comedy improv class from 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday at Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville. No experience necessary, just come to watch or join in the fun. Improv teacher Wayne Porter studied at Sak Comedy Lab in Orlando, Florida, and performed improvisation with several groups. Join Improv WNC on Facebook or just call 828.316.8761.


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• The Western North Carolina Woodturners Club Inc. will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at The Bascom in Highlands. Drive across the covered bridge into the parking lot, and come into the main entrance near the covered patio. Visitors are always welcome. The club meets in Highlands the second Saturday of every month between March and November. This month’s presenter will be John Van Camp from the Brasstown Woodturners Guild.

• There will several local artisans on display at the Waynesville and Canton libraries through March. Artists at the Waynesville Library will include Patty Johnson Coulter (painter), Linda Blount (painter), Jason Woodard (painter) and Mollie HarringtonWeaver (painter). Artists at the Canton Library will include Russell Wyatt (photographer) and Ashley Calhoun (painter). For more information, visit

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• The Macon County Art Association and the Uptown Gallery “Featured Artists Alcove” will host a special invitational exhibit by the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers. The show will be on display April 2-27, with a free public reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the Uptown Gallery in Franklin. For more information, call the Uptown Gallery at 828.349.4607.

• The Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center is pleased to present the School of Art and Design Faculty Biennial Exhibition 2019, which will be on display through May 3. All WCU Fine Art Museum exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For further information, visit or call 828.227.3591.

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• There will be an “Encaustic Workshop” from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Students will use melted beeswax and resin to fuse layers on a board to create images. This is an ancient method brought forward with modern tools. Karen Smith, an encaustic artist, will be the instructor. Limited to four students. All supplies provided. Registration required. For more information, call the Uptown Gallery at 828.349.4607.

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The art of writing can certainly be learned less likely to be torn apart by defense attorneys. Nearly all colleges maintain writing centers where students can receive help on their

Jeff Minick

“What we have here is failure to communicate.” So says The Captain, the warden of a prison, in the movie “Cool Hand Luke” after he knocks Luke down a hill for smartmouthing him. That line, clearly a platitude the ignorant warden learned in some sociology seminar, is self-satire. Writer Unfortunately, many Americans today suffer from “failure to communicate.” Our incompetence in composition and reading are costing American businesses billions of dollars a year. (Some estimates run as high as $400 billion.) Companies cite the weak writing skills of college graduates as a principal cause, and many of these businesses have instituted programs to correct this fault. It is strange that in this Great Age of Communication — emails, faxes, texts, smart phones — that communication itself is so poorly taught. Not everyone can be a Joseph Epstein, regarded as one of our country’s great essayists, but nearly everyone can be taught to write clean, clear prose. It’s a question of grasping the basics of grammar and composition, and then practice, practice, practice. When students from my high school classes for homeschoolers returned from college to thank me for teaching them how to write, I pointed out that I had helped, but that most of their writing skill derived from the many essays I had required from them. They had taught themselves. If our schools are failing to teach students the art of composition — and many schools are — then how do those young people become better writers? There are several options. Community colleges offer technical writing and secretarial courses that might help. A policeman from Winston-Salem once told me that the best course he had ever taken was a course on writing from his local community college. His conviction rates rose because his reports were

papers and instruction on composition, often from their peers. Occasionally, an employee who finds it difficult to put together a coherent report or a shipping order will receive instruction within the office itself. And then there are books like Benjamin Dreyer’s Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style (Random House, 2019, 291 pages.) Before looking at Dreyer’s English, a confession: I am a grammar and composition

book junkie. Over the years, I have collected about 30 such manuals. They range from the conventional — Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, Warriner’s English: Grammar and Composition — to the offbeat volumes like Constance Hall’s Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch and Robert Fiske’s Elegant English. I’ve taught some of these books in the classroom — Stephen Wilbers’ Keys To Great Writing and Gregory Roper’s The Writer’s Workshop proved especially helpful — and a few I have even read for the sheer joy produced by the author’s observations and style, The King’s English by Kingsley Amis, for example, or William Cane’s Write Like The Masters. All of these books sit before me on the shelf of my desk as I write these words. Now I must add Dreyer’s English to this beloved company. (I have at hand a copy from the library, but will search one out as a keeper.) Benjamin Dreyer is the copy chief of Random House, and his decades as an editor and his talent for wit and precision make Dreyer’s English an excellent course of instruction for novice writers and a compendium of enlightenment and amusement for more experienced practitioners of the craft. He covers the basics of grammar, words frequently misspelled, a section on proper nouns containing, at least for me, many surprises (Who knew that Taser is a brand name? OK, good for you. It was news to me), and a chapter called “The Trimmables,”

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Art Hartzog will sign copies of his new book, Tree-Dimensional Leadership, at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. Readers are taught how to use images of trees to understand effective and not-so-effective leadership. It is a unique approach to understanding ourselves and others. The book is written in an easyto-read, entertaining and engaging style that utilizes simple concepts, colorful images, humor, and Biblical and secular wisdom. For more information and/or to purchase an advance copy of the

Celebrate National Poetry Month City Lights Bookstore will host four poets to mark National Poetry Month at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the bookstore in Sylva. Dee Stribling writes poetry and prose primarily around rural landscape and culture. She is the current Poet Laureate of Hillsborough. Stribling will be reading from her chapbooks, Just Down the Road and Appalachian Picture Book. Kim Blum-Hyclak writes an eclectic mix of poetry and prose,

a list of redundancies that should be required reading once a year through high school and college. Dreyer’s English also has plenty of handy tips. Here’s one I wish I’d known when I was teaching the passive voice, a concept that baffled a good number of my students. Dreyer has a solution. “Here’s a nifty trick that copy editors like to pass among themselves that comes in handy when you’re assessing your own writing: “If you can append ‘by zombies’ to the end of a sentence (or, yes, ‘by the clown’), you’ve written a sentence in the passive voice.” Some parts of Dreyer’s English may appear too nit-picky to the reader. Too bad. His three pages on the use of the singular “they,” for example, is fascinating. He begins with this bit — “If someone were trying to kill you, how do you think they’d go about it?” — pointing out that someone is singular and “they” is plural. He then argues, as so many have argued before him, how to resolve such difficulties. Do we use they? He? Alternate he and she? Typical of his wit employed here is this comment on s/he: “The use of the construction s/he, which, truth and happy to tell, I didn’t run across all that often. Because it’s hideous.” In his Introduction, Dreyer tells us that “We’re all of us writers: We write term papers and office memos, letters to teachers and product reviews, journals and blog entries, appeals to politicians. Some of us write books. All of us write emails. And, at least as I’ve observed it, we all want to do it better; we want our writing to be appreciated, to be more effective; we want — to be quite honest — to make few mistakes.” That nails it. Dreyer’s English would make a useful gift for that high school or college graduate this spring. Also recommended, and previously reviewed in The Smoky Mountain News, is Charles Murray’s The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don’ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life. (Jeff Minick is a teacher and writer.

with grace and beauty being the common thread. She will be reading from her poetry book, In the Garden of Life and Death: A Mother and Daughter Walk. Sue Dunlap writes poetry and prose, mainly about the culture of her people. She will be reading from two collections of poetry: The Story Tender and Knead. Laurie Wilcox-Meyer co-wrote a children’s book, Who’s Ms. Sand Dollar? A Visit With the School Counselor. Her other recent works include a chapbook Circling Silence and a full-length book of poetry, Of Wilderness and Flight. She will be reading from two collections: Of Wilderness and Flight and Circling Silence. To reserve copies of these books, please call City Lights Bookstore at 828.586.9499.



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Progress continues on clean air in WNC State looks to accelerate shift to renewable energy BY HOLLY KAYS STAFF WRITER n an era when most environment-related news carries a hue of doom and gloom, the saga of air quality trends in Western North Carolina is a welcome exception. In the 1990s, ground-level ozone was high — Asheville teetered on the edge of violating federal standards, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park actually did exceed them — and white haze emanating from area power plants made visibility so poor that visitors had a hard time seeing the waves of blue mountains for which the region is named. The tourism industry worried that poor air quality would deter travelers from stopping in the Smokies. That concern grew into an effort that resulted in ratification of the 2002 N.C. Clean Smokestacks Act, which required utilities to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 77 percent between 1998 and 2009 and sulfur dioxide emissions by 73 percent between 1998 and 2013. “Over the last 15 years, air quality has improved tremendously as a result of the Clean Smokestacks Act and federal air quality regulations,” said Bill Eaker, coordinator of the Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition. That was the word from the annual State of Our Air Briefing that Land of Sky hosted in Asheville March 29, inviting representatives from the N.C. Department of Natural Resources, WNC Regional Air Quality Agency, and Land of Sky Regional Council to speak about Western North Carolina’s current and future air quality. Compared to the 1990s, when air quality measurements were within a slim margin of government-mandated limits, ozone and fine particle measurements in WNC are now far lower than the state and federal maximums. And all that despite the fact that the current standards are much stricter than the standards of 20 years ago. “Those air quality standards have been revised several times by the EPA to be more protective,” said Eaker. “Not only are we meeting the standards, these are much more protective standards.” In 1997, ozone concentration — measured using an average of high ozone days over a period of three years — had to be below 80 parts per billion. In 2008 the standard tightened to 75 parts per billion, and in 2013 it went to 70 parts per billion. However, despite the heightened requirements, in 2018 all of WNC’s ozone monitoring stations came in well below the standard, recording values between 60 and 65 parts per billion. When it comes to haze, the improvement is so drastic as to be invisible to the naked eye.


In 1998, on the 20 percent haziest days in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the visual range extended only 9 miles. Today, the range is 39 miles. But that’s not a license to relax, said Eaker. Emissions per capita have decreased drastically in the past couple decades, but the number of people calling North Carolina home — and the world at large — is increasing. In 2018, the state’s population was estimated at 10.38 million, a 63 percent increase from the 6.63 million who lived here in 1990, according to the U.S. Census. “The Asheville area is nationally, internationally known as a place to move and retire, and everybody wants to come here,” said Eaker. “A lot of people are moving. With all this continued growth we’ve got to continue making improvements everywhere we can. We can’t be complacent or we’ll be right back where we were.” That sentiment seems to echo in Raleigh as well. In October, Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order outlining a commitment to fight climate change and transition to clean energy in North Carolina. In response to the order, the state released a greenhouse gas inventory last month and held a round of listening sessions to gather input on development of a clean energy plan for North Carolina. The plan is due to Cooper by Oct. 1 and will contain more information on the methods that could be used to achieve the goals outlined in the executive order. By 2025, the executive order said, the state should have greenhouse gas levels 40 percent below 2005 levels, at least 80,000 registered electric vehicles and a 40 percent reduction in energy consumption in state-owned buildings. North Carolina’s greenhouse gas emissions are already declining, having fallen by a net 25.2 percent between 2005 and 2017, according to a presentation Sushma Masemore — deputy assistant secretary for the environment and state energy director — prepared for the March 29 briefing. The current path would yield a reduction of 31 percent by the target year 2025, not too far off of Cooper’s 40 percent goal. Much of the reduction is due to a shift from coal to gas, said Masemore’s presentation. While in 2002 61 percent of North Carolina’s power plant generation came from coal, by 2016 that share had fallen to 29 percent. Nuclear and natural gas now occupy the top two spots, at 33 and 30 percent, respectively. According to a presentation Robert Sipes, vice president of western Carolinas modernization for Duke Energy, prepared for the March 29 event, Duke expects more than 80 percent of its generation to come from “zero and lower CO-emitting sources” by 2030 and will see an expected 40 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions in 2040 as compared to 2005 levels. Between 2017 and 2026, the company will invest $11 billion in new

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Air quality conditions in North Carolina have improved dramatically in the past 20 years. NCDEQ graphics natural gas-fired, wind and solar generation and $25 billion in a “smarter, more resilient grid” that will allow for more renewables and protect against extreme weather. It is projected that electricity generation from natural gas and renewables will continue to increase in North Carolina as nuclear and coal-generated energy continues to decrease. This changing mix of power sources means that electric vehicles will provide a cleaner mode of transportation than do cars with standard combustion engines. But Cooper’s goal of 80,000 electric vehicles by 2025 is a bold one, considering that only about 13,000 such vehicles are now registered in North Carolina. However, said Eaker, “I think it’s doable because there’s a lot of growth in electric vehicle use.” There’s also been growth in infrastructure for electric vehicles — significant growth. In 2010, there were no publicly accessible charging stations available in Western North

Carolina, said Eaker, so Land of Sky formed an electric vehicle committee with various partners to look at changing that. Now, there are more than 90 charging stations in an area that once had zero. More could be coming. The Volkswagen settlement brought $92 million to North Carolina, money that can be used in part to provide charging stations. Eaker hopes to see some of those stations go in along a planned electric vehicle corridor that would provide chargers in Waynesville, Sylva, Franklin, Clayton and on down into the Atlanta area, allowing electric vehicle drivers in the metro area to make the drive to WNC without having to worry about whether they’ll be able to charge their cars up on the way. “There’s a lot of good news, but what we need the general public to do is get serious about energy-efficient energy conservation,” said Eaker. “We waste so much energy. All of us waste so much energy, and there’s tremendous potential to reduce our energy use.”

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Senior Games registration still open Registration for this year’s Senior Games and SilverArts events in Haywood County is open through Friday, April 5. The program offers a holistic approach to keep the body, mind and spirit fit while enjoying the company of friends, family, spectators and volunteers. Events are held at various locations throughout Haywood County in April and May. Register at the Haywood County Recreation and Parks Office at 63 Elmwood Way, Suit B, or online at or 828.452.6789.


Become a survival skills ace with a weekend full of varied and hands-on classes, April 12 -14 at the Folkmoot Center in Waynesville. Heritage Life Skills VIII, organized by Carolina Readiness Supply, will offer a full schedule of opportunities to learn everything from canning techniques to knot tying. Other classes include kidnapping pre-

vention and escape, off-grid energy systems, wine making, raising rabbits, soap making, vermiculture and more. Arthur Bradley, Ph.D., and author of The Disaster Preparedness Guide to Assessing Safeguarding and Evacuating Shelter will speak at the event, 8 a.m. Saturday, April 13, a the Folkmoot Center. Tickets for his talk are $10. Registration is $150 or $65 for one day. Some classes require materials fees. To register or learn more, visit or call 828.456.5310.

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Dairy producers who participate in the Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle Program can now sign up for Margin Protection Program for Dairy 2018 coverage. Under the 2014 Farm Bill, Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy participants were ineligible for coverage, but the 2018 Farm Bill brought substantial changes to USDA dairy programs. Producers with LGM coverage can retroactively enroll in MPP-Dairy for 2018, and recent improvements to the MPP-Dairy program are integrated in the new Dairy Margin Coverage program, beginning in the 2019 calendar year. The MPP-Dairy program protects dairy producers when the difference between the national all-milk price and the national average feed cost falls below a certain dollar amount selected by dairy producers. LGM-Dairy is an insurance that protects farmers when feed costs rise or milk prices drop. Eligible producers can sign up through May 10 at their local Farm Service Agency office.

A Year from the Naturalist’s Corner VOLUME 1


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Seasonal road openings are beginning on the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests. n Nantahala Ranger District. The following roads opened April 1: Boardtree (FSR 388), Deep Gap (FSR 71), Shope Fork (FSR 751), Connelly Creek (FSR 86 through Alarka-Laurel), Winding Stairs (FSR 422), Big Creek (FSR 4567), Moses Creek (FSR 4651), Sugar Creek (FSR 4665), Wolf Mountain (FSR 4663C), Beech Flats (FSR 4668), Upper Nantahala (FSR 67), Shingletree (FSR 713), Ball Creek (FSR 83), Wayah Bald (FSR 69), Little Yellow Mtn. (FSR 367), Cold Spring Gap (FSR 4663), Old Bald Road (FSR 4652), Gage Creek (FSR 4648), Charley Knob (FSR 4654). Recreation areas that have reopened are: Wayehutta OHV, Balsam Lake Lodge, Appletree Group Campground, Standing Indian Campground, Kimsey Creek Group Campground, Hurricane Horse Campground, Cliffside Lake/Van Hook Glade Campground, Nantahala River facilities. n Appalachian Ranger District. The following roads will reopen on Thursday, April 4: Big Ivy (FSR 74), Cataloochee (FSR 3549), Hickey Fork (FSR 465), Flat Top (FSR 278), Hurricane Gap (FSR 467), Rich

Mountain Fire Tower (FSR 467A), Long Arm (FSR 287), Mills Ridge (FSR 113). The following roads will remain closed due to storm damage: South Toe River (FSR 472), Neals Creek (FSR 2074), Stony Fork (FSR 63). n Cheoah Ranger District. The following roads reopened April 1: Big Fat (FSR 62), Farley Cove (FSR 407), Tatham Gap/Long Creek (FSR 423), Long Hungry (FSR 1127), Santeelah Creek (FSR 81). The following recreation areas reopened April 1: Cheoah Point Campground, Cheoah Point Beach, Tsali Campground, Horse Cove Campground, Cable Cove Campground, Rattler Ford Group Campground. n Tusquitee Ranger District. The following roads reopened April 1: Bear Paw (FSR 435), Beech Creek (FSR 307), Cherokee Lake (FSR 313), Chambers Creek (FSR 2071), Deep Gap (FSR 71), Derreberry Gap (FSR 614B), Nelson Ridge (FSR 351), Panther Gap (FSR 85A), Perry Gap (FSR 350), Persimmon Creek (FSR 651), Powerline Cove (FSR 6020), Stateline Loop (FSR 420-6), Tellico River (FSR 420-5), Tuni Gap (FSR 440). Cherokee Lake Picnic Area will also reopened April 1, and the Jackrabbit campground and beach area will open May 1. Emergency closures due to weather or resource conditions can occur at any time. For current road conditions and status, contact the district ranger office.

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Cradle of Forestry to open season with living history

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The 2019 season of events at the Cradle of Forestry in America will kick off Saturday, April 6, with the living history event Opening Day Appalachian Folkways Celebration. Living history demonstrators and crafters will bring the historic Pink Beds community along the Cradle’s Biltmore Campus Trail to life by recreating an early 1900s community busy at work and play. Visitors will experience open-hearth cooking, observe blacksmithing and enjoy traditional music and dancing. Haywood County residents David and Diane Burnette will demonstrate how their Percheron draft horses work the land the old way and, weather permitting, they will plow the Cradle’s heritage garden and teach a skill that was once familiar to many. A full schedule of events is planned at the Cradle this year and is available at It is open daily through Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6, $3 for youth 4 to 12 and free for children under 4 and holders of America the Beautiful and Golden Age passes. The Cradle is located along U.S. 276 near Brevard. 828.877.3130 or


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$20 for Friends members and $35 for nonmembers with a one-year membership included.

Wildflower expert Adam Bigelow will lead a pair of walks exploring various parts of Jackson County over the coming weeks. n During “A Tale of Two Creeks: Wildflowers and their Stories,” on Thursday, April 11, Bigelow will compare and contrast the flowers found along two different creeks, while telling their stories and their connections to people and the ecosystem. The excursion will start on Fisher Creek near Sylva on the lower loop trails of Pinnacle Park, and then travel up to Moses Creek off of Caney Fork. If time allows, the day will include a visit to Judaculla Rock. Offered through Alarka Expeditions. $55 per person. Register at n Bigelow will team up with Friends of Panthertown to offer a wildflower hike through Panthertown Valley Tuesday, April 9. Hikers will learn the stories, names, benefits and uses of the plants as well as their relationship to each other, the forest and people. Group size is limited. A $40 dona-

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A hike along Porters Creek will offer a magnificent display of spring wildflowers on Tuesday, April 9, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Organized by Friends of the Smokies as part of its monthly Classic Hikes of the Smokies series, the Porters Creek hike is also “Bring a Friend Day,” allowing Friends members to bring a non-member hiker for free. The 7.4-mile hike features 1,500 feet of elevation gain and is rated moderate in difficulty. As many as 40 wildflower species can be seen in a single day on the trail, which follows scenic cascades and passes several historic homesites before ending at one of the park’s nearly 100 backcountry campsites. Outdoor writer and hiker Danny Bernstein will lead the hike. Register at; hikes are

A spring wildflower hike will explore the Big Creek Watershed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, and Monday, April 15. The 4-mile hike to Mouse Creek Falls and back is rated easy and will conclude around 3 p.m., with light refreshments provided. Longtime wildflower enthusiasts Donna Machen and Terri Garrou will be along to help identify the variety of flowers on display this time of year. The hike is organized by Haywood Waterways Association as part of its “Get to Know Your Watershed” series of outdoor recreation activities designed to bring awareness to Haywood County’s natural beauty. Free for Haywood Waterways members, with a $5 donation requested from nonmembers.

Eat spaghetti and support hiking trails The Nantahala Hiking Club will hold its annual Spaghetti Dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, April 12, in Tartan Hall at First Presbyterian Church in Franklin. NHC’s largest fundraiser of the year, the event supports the club’s trail maintenance and education efforts year-round. Attendees should bring a dessert to share and their own dishes, eating utensils and cups. David Sapin and Tom March are organizing the event following the retirement of Doris and Larry Jelley, who had served as chief cooks and lead volunteers for the past 17 years. Dinner is $10.

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Comments will be accepted through April 15 on a proposal to allow an underground power line to be installed through Nantahala National Forest lands in Jackson County. Haywood Electric Company is requesting to use a small track hoe to dig a trench 3 feet deep and 425 feet long beside an existing gravel access road, and then across about 175 feet of wooded land to install a new underground power line to the Volpe Tract. Comments should include name and address, title of proposed action (file code 1950), specific substantive comments and a signature or other means of identification verification. Send comments to or mail to Steverson Moffat, NEPA Planning Team Leader, Nantahala National Forest, 123 Woodland Drive, Murphy, N.C. 28906.


Solar array complete in Murphy A new solar project is now complete at Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel in Murphy following a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, March 27.

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The $2.36 million project, funded through a combination of tribal and federal dollars, involves an array of 2,000 photovoltaic solar panels on the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ casino property. It’s expected to generate 700 kilowatts of energy, enough to power 10 percent of the casino’s electrical needs and save about $100,000 each year in energy costs. “This project is a landmark victory for the EBCI and is the result of years of work by many individuals, tribal programs and community partners,” said Principal Chief Richard Sneed. “I am very proud of the hard work that has gone into this project and I was pleased to be able to celebrate this success with so many today. I look forward to many more community partnership projects like this for the future of our tribe.” The project was implemented by Siemens Government Technology, with EBCI Secretary of Agriculture and Natural Resources Joey Owle leading the initiative. “It’s exciting to see what we have accomplished through teamwork,” said Owle. “This will be here for years to come and will set an example to get our youth excited about future projects like this.”



Native bee program offered Learn about native bees with a program 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the Jackson County Public Library. Jim Costa, Ph.D., will give the program. Costa is a longtime biology professor at Western Carolina University and executive director of the Highlands Biological Station. He is the author of The Other Insect Societies and has taught courses in genetics, entomology, biogeography and evolution. Free. Cosponsored by Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. 828.586.2016.

The plant doctor is in The Haywood Count Plant Clinic is now open, with Master Gardeners available during business hours to answer all manner of plant-related questions. Queries about lawns, vegetables, flow-

ers, trees, diseases, pests, soils, weather, chemicals and more are fair game. Stop by the Haywood County Extension Center on Raccoon Road in Waynesville or call 828.456.3575 to discuss any gardening problem.

Get a crash course in birding Learn the basics of birding with a workshop offered 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee. Birder Kevin Burke will lead this comprehensive look at the depth of activities and opportunities associated with the world of birding. The morning will be a classroom session covering a variety of bird and birding-related topics, and the afternoon will be a birding walk along the Oconalfutee River Trail. With spring migration underway, there will be plenty of birds to see. Open to Great Smoky Mountains Association members.

Trout waters to reopen Hatchery Supported Trout Waters will reopen at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 6, following spring stocking by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. The state’s 1,000 miles of waters with this designation have been closed since March 1 to allow staff to release about 930,000 trout, 96 percent of which average 10 inches in length and 4 percent of which exceed 14 inches. Anglers can harvest up to seven trout per day with no minimum size limit or bait restriction.

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Western Carolina University students set off down the Tuckaseigee River in search of trash and other debris during last year’s Tuck River Cleanup. WCU photo

Clean up the Tuck The Tuck River Cleanup will commence for the 35th year running on Saturday, April 13, inviting hundreds of volunteers to raft or walk the Tuckaseigee River between Cullowhee and Whittier in search of litter. The event will be based at the Western Carolina University Alumni Tower on campus, with rafting registration held 8 to 9 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. Walkers can register from 10 to 11 a.m. Transportation to the river will be offered 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and transportation back to campus 2 to 5 p.m. The first 500 registrants will receive a free T-shirt upon their return, and supplies will be provided. A student trash collection

Pitch in for the Parkway The second annual Project Parkway will bring volunteers out in force 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27, to spruce up the Blue Ridge Parkway along its 469-mile length. Locally, the closest workplace is Mount Pisgah Campground at mile 408.8. Volunteers will work alongside staff and partners to prepare the Parkway’s campgrounds and picnic areas for their spring 2019 opening. Tasks appropriate for a wide range of skills and ages will be available, ranging from leaf blowing to painting to trail work. Tools and safety gear will be provided, with volunteers encouraged to bring a lunch and hang out with fellow volunteers and park staff when the work is finished. Sign up by April 15 with Project Manager Ethan Crump, or 828.348.3419.

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competition will be held for the most trash by weight, and there will be a drawing for door prizes from local businesses. Rafters will be assigned to a raft and given a paddle, personal flotation device and trash bags. Participants must weigh at least 40 pounds, wear shoes that won’t come off in the water and eat before registering. Alcohol is not allowed. Community and civic groups can contact Conner White at for group info, and the general contact is Kay Tufts, or 828.227.8804. The cleanup is organized by Base Camp Cullowhee, of which Tufts is assistant director.

During last year’s Lake Cleanup Day, volunteers removed more than 8 tons of trash. The event is organized by The A community cleanup day will beautify Junaluskans in conjunction with Lake Lake Junaluska, 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Junaluska staff. April 13. Coffee, snacks, This year’s Lake Volunteers of all ages are invited to garbage bags, litter Cleanup Day will participate in Lake Cleanup Day. pickup sticks, gloves focus on cleaning Lake Junaluska photo and canoes will be debris along the provided. No registrashorelines and tion required. entrance roadways. A second opportuHelpers of all ages are nity to serve will be welcome to gather at offered 10 a.m. to 2 the Kern Center near p.m. Thursday, April the pool at 8:30 a.m. 4, on Beautification and begin cleaning at Day. Tasks will 9 a.m. All work will include cleaning signs, be done outside, and volunteers are encourpower washing, painting and more. Sign up aged to bring their own equipment where for Beautification Day with Kenneth possible. People with canoe experience are Ratcliffe, needed.

WNC Calendar COMMUNITY EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS • The Jackson County Department of Public Health is seeking input from the community: Info: 587.8288. • The Far West Conference for Foster and Adoptive Parents is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, at the Fun Factory in Franklin. Programs for adults and children. Receive up to eight hours credit toward relicensure. Info: or 242.4681. • The Waynesville Kiwanis Club is accepting applications for unrestricted grants ranging from $500-$3,000 with a deadline of April 7. Proposed projects must serve youth and children in Haywood County and provide tangible, long-lasting items such as equipment and supplies. Include budget detailing. For application: or 456.5183. • The Town of Waynesville will hold several community meetings in April to get input in the 2035 Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Meetings are from 5:306:30 p.m. on April 11 at Waynesville Recreation Center; 5:30-6:30 p.m. on April 16 at Waynesville Fire Station 1; and 4:30-5:30 p.m. on April 25 at Folkmoot Center. • Volunteers will be available to assist with federal and state income tax preparation and filing through April 12: From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays at the Jackson County Department of Aging and from 2:306:45 p.m. by appointment on Tuesdays at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Outside of appointments, help is available on first-come, first-serve basis. Library appointments: 586.2016. Info: 293.0074 or 586.4944. • Weather permitting, the burn date for Long’s Chapel church office building (the old parsonage) is set for 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. Smaller burns early; full burn begins around 3 p.m. • An All-Community Meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, at The Creative Thought Center, 449 Pigeon St., Suite D, in Waynesville. • An event calendar has been launched to announce various events and volunteer days inspired by and leading up to Earth Day 2019 (April 22): • Connectivity: Broadband in Western North Carolina – a community sharing event about what it will take to get affordable broadband – is scheduled for 3:30-5 p.m. on April 22 at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. • Cashiers Area Chamber is seeking feedback to improve visitors’ experiences to the area. Take the survey at:

BUSINESS & EDUCATION • The Small Business Center at Southwestern Community College will offer a wide variety of seminars for aspiring and existing entrepreneurs throughout Jackson, Macon, Swain Counties and the Qualla Boundary through April and May. For a complete listing: • A “Speak Up For Your Nonprofit” class is set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, at the Chestnut Tree Inn in Cherokee. Gain skills for engaging with one person, mid-sized audiences or a large group. Registration underway: Scholarships available. Info: • Registration is underway for a seminar entitled “How To Find Your Customers” that will be offered by Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center

All phone numbers area code 828 unless otherwise noted. from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, at HCC’s Regional High Technology Center in Waynesville. Part of the “Are You Ready to Start a Business series. Room 3021. Register or get more info: or 627.4512. • Tickets are on sale for the Swain County Chamber of Commerce’s Membership Banquet, which is set for 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, at the Fryemont Inn in Bryson City. Tickets: $35 per person at the Chamber office or by calling 488.3681. • Registration is underway for a seminar entitled “Financing Your Business” that will be offered by Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at HCC’s Regional High Technology Center in Waynesville. Part of the “Are You Ready to Start a Business series. Room 3021. Register or get more info: or 627.4512. • Registration is underway for Six Sigma Yellow Belt training, which will be offered through Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment from April 23-26 at WCU Biltmore Park in Asheville. Workshops are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday. Led by Dr. Todd Creasy, DM, MBA, MSc and Juran Institute Certified Master Black Belt in Six Sigma. Registration fee: $899. Ideas and tools for immediate use at your workplace. Register and get info: or 227.7397. • Registration is underway for an “Intro to Content Marketing” course that will be offered by Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and on Friday, May 3, at WCU Biltmore Park in Asheville. Instructor is Scott Rader, Ph.D., associate professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Cost: $119. Register: or 227.7397. • Registration is underway for Boating Safety Courses that will be offered from 6-9 p.m. on May 15-16 at Haywood Community College, Building 3300, Room 3322, in Clyde. Preregistration is required: Additional offerings: June 26-27.

FUNDRAISERS AND BENEFITS • Tickets are on sale now for the “Wet Your Whiskers” fundraiser for Feline Urgent Rescue of WNC. Scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at the Fangmeyer Theatre at HART in Waynesville. Wine/craft beer tasting. Tickets: $35. Sponsorships: $125. Cat photo contest. Info:,, 844.888.CATS (2287) or • Richie’s Alliance for Autism will hold three events from April 22-24 to observe National Autism Awareness Month in Haywood County: “Casino Royale” Autism Awareness Golf Tournament at 9:30 a.m. on April 22 at Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville (sign up: or 421.2408); Dine Out/Shop Out Day on April 23, when local restaurants, shops and breweries donate a portion of their revenue (participating businesses listed at; and “Taste” – an opportunity to sample signature dishes from local restaurants – on April 24 at Laurel Ridge (order tickets and view participating restaurants, wineries and breweries: • REACH is seeking donations of gently used accessories for its silent auction at the “Sprint into Fashion”

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Social and Luncheon, which is on Thursday, May 9, at Laurel Ridge Country Club. Donations accepted through Friday, April 15, at 627 N. Main St. in Waynesville. 456.7898. • Ticket reservations are being accepted for two fundraisers that will benefit the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society this summer: Bark, Beer & Barbeque on Thursday, June 20, at The Farm at Old Edwards; and Pawsitively Purrfect Part on Monday, Aug. 19, at Country Club of Sapphire Valley. Cost for each event: , $195 per person, $390 per couple or $1,800 for a table of 10. To request an alert once tickets are available, call 743.5769 or write

VOLUNTEERS & VENDORS • Interested in theatre? The Macon County Public Library in Franklin is looking for experienced volunteers to help with an upcoming theatre program, “Shakespeare in the Summer.” Join them for a meeting to discuss the summer schedule, show and future of “Theatre at the Library,” which will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the library. • Table applications are being accepted for the Jackson County Senior Center’s annual yard sale, which is set for 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at the Department on Aging Building at 100 County Services Park in Sylva. Rent: $10 for one or two for $15. Reservations and info: 586.5494. • Feline Urgent Rescue is seeking volunteers and sponsors. Info: 422.2704,, or 844.888.CATS (2287). • Vendor and artisan applications are being accepted for the 22nd Annual Greening Up the Mountains Festival, which is April 27 in Sylva.

HEALTH MATTERS • NAMI Appalachian South, local affiliate of National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer a Peer-to-Peer education course on recovery and wellness for adults challenged with mental illness starting on Saturdays in April. Register or get more info: 200.3000, 507.8789 or • “Your Amazing Newborn” class will be offered from 79 p.m. on April 4, July 11, Sept. 5 and Nov. 7 at Haywood Regional Medical Center in Waynesville. Focusing on abilities, behavior, appearance and reflexes of your new baby. Pre-registration required: or 452.8440. • Yoga for Grief will be offered from noon-1:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at Waynesville Yoga Center. $14. Register: 246.6570 or • The N.C. Harm Reduction Coalition will conduct overdose recognition and opioid overdose reversal training from noon-2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, at the Haywood County Health & Human Services Agency in Waynesville. Info: , 706.482.8795 or 828.356.2292.

RECREATION AND FITNESS • The High Mountain Squares will host their “Traveling Through the USA Dance” from 6:15-8:45 p.m. on Friday, April 5, at First Presbyterian Church in Highlands. Western-style square dancing, mainstream and levels. 787.2324, 332.0001, 706.746.5426 or find the group on Facebook. • Power Core Yoga will be offered from 1:45-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at Waynesville Yoga Center. $14. Register: 246.6570 or • Community Yoga will be offered from 2:30-3:30 p.m.


Visit 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 fitness centers ■ Civic and social club gatherings on Sunday, April 7, at Waynesville Yoga Center. Donation based. Register: 246.6570 or • Warm Power Flow Yoga will be offered from 5:45-7 p.m. on Friday, April 19, at Waynesville Yoga Center. $14. Register: 246.6570 or • Power Core Yoga will be offered from 12:30-1:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Waynesville Yoga Center. $14. Register: 246.6570 or • The Lake Junaluska Golf Course 100th Anniversary Kickoff Tournament is set for 1 p.m. on April 24. Cost: $35 per player. 456.5777 or • Registration is underway for the fifth annual Battle at the Creek Golf Tournament, which will be held at 10 a.m. on April 27, at Mill Creek in Franklin. Two-person scramble. $75 per player, includes mulligan and lunch. Sign up or get info: 524.4653, 342.7491,, 371.1141 or

SPIRITUAL • St. Andrews Episcopal Church will host Evening Lenten programs at 6 p.m. on April 3 and 10, with supper at 5:30 p.m. • St. Andrews Episcopal Church will host Palm Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on April 14 at 99 Academy Street in Canton. • Maundy Thursday is scheduled for noon on April 18 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 99 Academy Street in Canton. • “The Living Last Supper” – a dramatization of da Vinci’s famous painting – will be presented as part of Maundy Thursday evening worship service at 7 p.m. on April 18 at Waynesville’s First Presbyterian Church. • St. Andrews Episcopal Church will host Easter ceremonies on the weekend of Friday through Sunday, April 19-21, at 99 Academy Street in Canton. Good Friday festivities are at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Holy Saturday events are at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., and Easter Day will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. • Registration is underway for Guided Personal Retreats, on July 22-24, Sept. 16-18 and Oct. 21-23 at Lake Junaluska. or 800.222.4930.

POLITICAL • Duke University Historian Dr. Nancy MacLean will deliver a lecture titled: “The Campus Origins of Today’s Radical Right – and of the Crisis of Our Democracy” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, the Blue Ridge Conference Center on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.

AUTHORS AND BOOKS • Carol and Jim Steiner will share stories about their hikes from their book “The Appalachian Trail Day Hikers’

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SENIOR ACTIVITIES • Registration is underway through April 5 for the Haywood County Senior Games and SilverArts at 63 Elmood Way, Suite B, or at Info: 452.6789 or, 456.5777 or • The Haywood County Arts Council will hold a JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) for fourth through sixth graders from 3:30-5 p.m. on Tuesdays through May at Shining Rock Classical Academy. Cost: $85. 452.0593 or


KIDS & FAMILIES • A Youth Ceramic Series on Face Jugs is set for 10 a.m.-noon or 3:15-5 p.m. on April 3, 10 and 17 at The Bascom in Highlands. Tuition: $60. Info and sign up: • Camp Ability and Outdoor Mission Camp will host a one-day Arts & Music Camp from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on April 10 at Waynesville Community Fellowship, 1115 Dellwood Road in Waynesville. Register: 226.5572 or visit Camp Ability’s Facebook page. • A Nature Nuts: Raising Trout program for ages 4-7 will be offered from 9-11 a.m. on April 15 and April 29 at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Registration required: • An Eco Explorers: Mountain Habitats program will be offered to ages 8-13 from 1-3 p.m. on April 15 and April 29 at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Registration required: • Registration is now open for a new PGA Junior League golf team forming at Lake Junaluska Golf Course for ages 17-under. Season runs from through July 31. Registration fee: $190. Includes team practice sessions, matches, merchandise. Register: Info:

SPECIAL EVENTS & FESTIVALS • The N.C. Arboretum will host the 21st annual Asheville Orchid Festival from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, in Asheville. Hundreds of orchids on display from world-class growers. or • Western Carolina University’s 17th annual Jazz Festival will be held Saturday, April 13, on the campus in Cullowhee. The festival will feature a free public concert at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building, masterclasses with professional musicians for students and a general daylong celebration of the distinctive music genre from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 227.3261 or

EASTER • The Fines Creek Community Center will hold an egg hunt and ham dinner with the fixings from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. Cost: $8; children under four eat free. • The Annual Town of Canton’s Easter Egg Hunt is set for 10 a.m. on April 20 at Canton Recreation Park. For ages 1-12. Info: 648.2376.

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• The Lake Junaluska Easter Celebration, featuring Easter egg hunts and a sunrise service at the amphitheater below the cross, is set for April 20-21. Full schedule of events: Info: 800.222.4930.

FOOD & DRINK • Fines Creek Community Center will host an evening of food, music and dance at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. Featuring “Running Wolf and The Renegades.” Music and dance: $5. • The Currahee Brewing Hiker Bash is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, in Franklin. 634.0078 or • The Main Street Sylva Association will host the fourth annual Sylva Brew Hop on April 6. Participating brewers and shops include Innovation Brewing, Balsam Falls Brewery, City Lights Café, the Cut Cocktail Lounge and Mad Batter Food & Film. Tickets: $30 in advance (by March 30) or $35 on event day; available at Info: 400.8445.

ON STAGE & IN CONCERT • The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Series will conclude for the spring semester with a concert featuring Ol’ Dirty Bathtub at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at Homebase College Ministry, 83 Central Drive in Cullowhee. 227.7129 or • Country music and television star Billy Ray Cyrus will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Tickets starts at $38 per person. For more information and/or to purchase tickets, click on or call 524.1598. • Claire Lynch, Jerry Salley and Irene Kelley will perform in a Nashville Songwriters show at 7:15 p.m. on

Saturday, April 6, at the Historic Hazelwood School/Folkmoot Center in Waynesville. Social with food trucks and beverages from 5-7 p.m. Tickets: $25 for adults; $12 for students; available at, 452.2997 and at the door. • The Jackson County Arts Council will present Junior Appalachian Musicians singing and playing at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, in the Jackson County Public Library’s Community Room in Sylva. Multiple local musicians will also perform. • The Western Carolina Community Chorus and The Mountain Winds will join forces to present “A Lighter Fare: II” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, at Western Carolina University’s Coulter Building. 506.5951. • Haywood County Arts Council will present A Night of Music with the N.C. School of the Arts Faculty at 7 p.m. on April 16 at HART Theatre in Waynesville. Tickets are $25 plus tax and fees; available at the Arts Council, 86 N. Main Street in Waynesville or via EventBrite. Info: 452.0593 or

CLASSES AND PROGRAMS • Patrick Womack will present “Haywood County’s Mason-Dixon Line” from 4-5 p.m. on April 4 in the courtroom of the Historic Courthouse in downtown Waynesville. Part of the “Haywood Ramblings” series. Stories of the early settlers of the Hyatt and Plott Creek valleys. If weather forces rescheduling, event will move to the second Thursday of the month. 456.8647. • “Nantahala National Forest: A History” is the title of the presentation for the April 4 meeting of the Swain County Genalogical and Historical Society. Featuring author and naturalist Marci Spencer. • Southwestern Community college will host Dr. Tiber Falzett, a visiting lecturer from Scotland, presenting

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“Recollecting Scottish Gaelic Memories” from 12:30-2 p.m. on April 4 on the Jackson Campus in Sylva. Info:

• The “Comic Book Illustration & Story Development” class with James Lyle will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. April 6, at the Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville. Cost is $20 for HCAC members, $25 for non-members per class. For more information and/or to register, click on • The April meeting of the Brasstown Woodturners Guild is set for 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, at Hayesville High School. Guest presenter John Keeton will demonstrate turning a vase. $10 fee at the door. 706.896.9428 or 524.6282. • The UNC Asheville Visiting Writers Series will English Department faculty writers Evan Gurney and David Hopes at 7 p.m. on April 9 at Karpen Hall. They’ll read from newly published works • One Heart Singing’s winter term is through April 10 at 89 Sierra Lane in Franklin. No audition or need to read music. Try two sessions before committing. Meets from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesdays. Info: 524.3691 or 360.1920. • Dogwood Crafters Coop will offer a class on making a Rug-Hooked Sunflower Pincushion from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, at the Dillsboro Masonic Lodge. Cost: $20; all materials included. Led by Claudia Lampley. Register by April 4: 586.2248.

• Lamar Marshall will talk about the Trail of Tears route in Macon County at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. • Appalachian Trail section hikers Bill and Sharon Van Horn will present “Walking with Spring – Reflections on our Appalachian Trail Journey” at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 12, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin.

• The Western North Carolina Woodturners Club meets at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, at the Bascom in Highlands. John Van Camp from the Brasstown Guild is this month’s presenter. • Registration is underway for a Viking Axe Making Class that will be offered from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14, at Green Energy Park in Dillsboro. With Brock Martin of WarFire Forge. Cost: $380; materials included. Preregistration required: 631.0271. Info: • The Haywood County Arts Council will present a class entitled: “Springtime Tulips in Oil” from 1-3 p.m. on Monday, April 15. Cost: $40 for members; $45 for nonmembers. Instructor: Sun Sohovich. All supplies provided. Reservations required: 452.0593. • Registration is underway for a “Women’s Conceal Carry Class” that will be offered from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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ART SHOWINGS AND GALLERIES • An art show featuring the work of photographer Jennifer Robin is set for 5-8 p.m. on April 5 at Gallery 1 in Sylva. • The Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) latest showcase, “Inspired Art Ministry,” will run April 5-27 at the HCAC Gallery & Gifts in downtown Waynesville. The “Artist Reception” will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Gallery & Gifts. • Haywood Community College is currently hosting a Professional Crafts Faculty Exhibition in the Mary Cornwell Gallery on campus in Clyde. Through April, the public is invited to view the exhibition 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. 565.4240 or • “Compose | Decompose” – a new exhibition at Penland Gallery is on display through May 12. near Spruce Pine. Combines mixed-media sculpture and sound installations in one space. Musical performance by Make Noise artists Walker Farrell, Meg Mulhearn and Jake Pugh. 765.6211 or • The exhibit “Outspoken: Paintings by America Meredith” will be on display through May 3 at the Fine Art Museum Gallery B in the Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University. The WCU Fine Art Museum is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Free parking is available on site. • The Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center is pleased to present the School of Art and Design Faculty Biennial Exhibition 2019, on display through May 3. All WCU Fine Art Museum exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For further information, visit or 227.3591. • The Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center will have a yearlong exhibition on “Defining America” through May 3 in Cullowhee. Info: 227.ARTS or • An exhibition entitled: “Ebb and Flow, Bloom and Fade: Dynamic Rhythms From Hambidge Fellows” is on display through June 16 in the Bunzl Gallery at The Bascom in Highlands. Info: • Through April 26, Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center is hosting an exhibit to commemorate World War I and the centennial of the end of hostilities. “I Want You! How World War I Transformed Western North Carolina” is on display in the museum’s first floor gallery in Cullowhee. 227.7129.


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• The monthly Creating Community Workshop is set for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, in the Atrium of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Allan Grant will show techniques, strokes and shadings of Japanese sumi-e then encourage attendees in exploring this method of expressing talent. For info or to sign up: 586.2016.

• Registration is underway for entries for the Appalachian Women’s Museum’s second annual “Airing of the Quilts” that will be on display from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at 100 W. Hometown Place between Sylva and Dillsboro. $10 suggested donation per quilt. Online registration: Info: 421.3820 or


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• Learn how to make custom gift tags or ornaments using simple ingredients commonly found in the kitchen from 2-3 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, in the Waynesville Library Auditorium. All materials provided. Registration required: 356.2507 or


• Registration is underway for a Bladesmithing Basics class that will be taught by Brock Martin of WarFire Forge from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on April 28 at Green Energy Park in Dillsboro. Cost: $200 (includes materials). Preregistration required: 631.0271.

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• There will be an “Encaustic Workshop” from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Students will use melted beeswax and resin to fuse layers on a board to create images. This is an ancient method brought forward with modern tools. Karen Smith, an encaustic artist, will be the instructor. Limited to four students. All supplies provided. Registration required. For more information, call the Uptown Gallery at 349.4607.

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FILM & SCREEN • The Second Tuesday Movie Group meets at 2 p.m. in the Waynesville Library Auditorium. For info, including movie title: 452.5169. • “If Beale Street Could Talk”, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on April 4 at Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Free. 586.3555. • Five Appalachian Trail Conservancy documentaries entitled “MyATstory: Adventures from the People’s Trail” will be shown at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. • “On the Basis of Sex”, will be shown at 7:00 p.m. on April 13 at Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Free. 586.3555. • Tickets are on sale now for “Great Art on Screen” – a series of 90-minute documentaries featuring some of the worlds’ greatest artists presented by The Highlands Performing Arts Center and The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts. Upcoming topics: Caravaggio on Friday, April 5; Klimt & Schiele on Friday, May 10; and Monet on June 7. All shows at 5:30 p.m. at Highlands PAC, 507 Chestnut Street in Highlands. Tickets: $16; available at or at the door.


• Registration is underway for the “Spring Wildflowers of Southern Appalachia” classes, which will be offered by Adam Bigelow from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Fridays from through April 26. Learn how to identify wildflowers while walking among them. Single day rates are $40, or $150 for the entire series.

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• The Highlands Nature Center is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through late May. or 526.2623. • An Intro to Fly-Fishing class will be offered to ages 12-up from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on April 4 at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Registration required: • A program on “National Trails in Western N.C.” will be offered at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Featured will be the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, the Appalachian Trail and the William Bartram Trail. • Tractor Supply will host an Antique Tractor Show from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the Clyde store. 454.1054.

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• “Cleaning up the Mountains” – Jackson County’s litter cleanup week – is set through April 6. Info: 586.6818 or • A Backyard Birding by Ear for Beginners will be offered to ages 10-up from 9 a.m.-noon on April 6 at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Registration required: • The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close approximately 1,000 miles of hatchery supported trout waters to fishing 30 minutes after sunset through 7 a.m. on April 6. • The Cradle of Forestry in America historic site will begin its season on April 6 with a living history event: “Opening Day Appalachian Folkways Celebration.” Info: 877.3130 or • Franklin Bird Club meeting is set for 7 p.m. on April 8 at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Tim Carstens and Dr. Amy Boggan will present “Digital Birding: Using Online and Electronic Resources to Find and Identify Birds. or 524.5234.

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Enemy” will be presented by David M. Crane at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, at the USDA Center, 589 Raccoon Road in Waynesville. • Wildflower expert Adam Bigelow will offer a wildflower hike on Tuesday, April 9, through Panthertown Valley. Suggested donation: $40. RSVP:

p.m. on Friday, April 19, along Kanati Fork and Thomas Divide Trails. • Great Smoky Mountains Association will have a Wildlife Connectivity Project Presentation and Panel Discussion from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 20, at The Strand, 38 Main in Waynesville.

• Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host “Bring a Friend Day” on Tuesday, April 9, as part of the Classic Hikes of the Smokies Series, on Porters Creek Trail. Members who register for the guided hike can bring a nonmember for free. Led by outdoor writer Danny Bernstein. $20 for members; $35 for new members. For info on this or any other hike in the series:

• Jackson County will host its inaugural Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on April 20 at the Cullowhee Rec Center Parking Lot. Paint, aerosols and flammables accepted.

• The Franklin Bird Club will hold a Greenway walk at 8 a.m. on April 10. Meet at the Big Bear Shelter parking area. Info: 524.5234.

• The Outdoor Music Jam and Gear Exchange is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at the Lazy Hiker Brewing Company in Franklin. Live music. or

• Wildflower expert Adam Bigelow will lead “A Tale of Two Creeks: Wildflowers and their Stories” – a wilderness walk – on Thursday, April 11, starting on Fisher Creek near Sylva. $55 per person. Register: • Heritage Life Skills VIII - a weekend full of varies and hands-on survival classes - will be offered from April 12-14 at the Folkmoot Center in Waynesville. Everything from canning techniques to knot-tying and kidnapping prevention and escape. Featured speaker is Arthur Bradley, Ph.D., and author of “The Disaster Preparedness Guide to Assessing Safeguarding and Evacuating Shelter.” He’ll speak at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 13. Tickets for his talk: $10. Overall, registration is $150 for the weekend or $65 for one day. For info or to register: or 456.5310. • Franklin’s AT110 HikerFest is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at Rathskeller Coffee Haus in Franklin. Hiker Haus Party with live band followed by bonfire/music at 8 p.m. Info: 369.6796. • Haywood Waterways Association will host a Big Creek Spring Wildflower Hike” on April 13 and April 15 in the Big Creek Watershed of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Led by Donna Machen and Terri Garrou. Free for members; $5 donation for nonmembers. Reservations due two days before each hike: or 476.4667, ext. 11. • The 35th annual Tuck River Cleanup is set for Saturday, April 13, in Cullowhee. Rafting registration is from 8-9 a.m. and noon-1 p.m., and walking route registration is from 10-11 a.m. Civic and community groups can sign up by writing Info: or 227.8804. • Great Smoky Mountains Association will have a Birding Basics program from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, at Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee. • The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open Hatchery Supported Trout Waters from 7 a.m. on the first Saturday in April until one-half-hour after sunset on the last day of February the following year. Info: • On the Water: Tuckasegee will be offered to ages 12-up from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on April 17 at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Registration required: • The Franklin Bird Club will hold a Greenway walk at 9 a.m. on April 17. Meet at Salali Lane. Info: 524.5234. • A “Casting for Beginners: Level I” program will be offered to ages 12-up from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on April 18 at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Registration required: • Great Smoky Mountains Association will have a “History and Wildflowers” program from 9:30 a.m.-3

• Tickets are on sale now for the April 20 Spring Social at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville. Fun, fellowship, food, hikes and more. $24 per person. or

• Outdoor Skills Series: Map and Compass will be offered to ages 12-up from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on April 22 at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Registration required:

• Registration is underway for Friends of the Lake 5K Race, Walk & Kids Fun Run, which will be held at 9 a.m. on April 20 at Lake Junaluska. or 800.454.6680. • Registration is underway for the annual Greening Up the Mountains 5K Run, which is set for 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Mark Watson Park in Sylva. Registration ends April 24. Info: 293.3053, ext. 7 or

FARM AND GARDEN • The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service will hold a seminar on Gardening Basics 101 from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at the Jackson Extension Center, 876 Skyland Drive in Sylva. Site selection, preparation, proper soil, plant fertility needs and more. Register or get more info: 586.4009 or • A square-foot gardening presentation will be offered by Hughes Roberts from 2-3 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at the Waynesville Library. Info: 356.2507 or

• The Franklin Bird Club will hold a Greenway walk at 8 a.m. on April 24. Meet at the Macon County Public Library parking area. Info: 524.5234.

• Greenhouse space will be available starting at 8 a.m. on April 5 at the Old Armory Recreation Center Greenhouse in Waynesville. Seed starting class is set for 1-3 p.m. on April 5. Reserve a tray for $5 each in person. Info: 456.9207 or

• Fly-Tying for the Beginner will be offered to ages 12up from 9 a.m.-2noon on April 24 at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Registration required:

• The Haywood County Extension Office is selling excess blueberries, asparagus, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and grapevines from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the office on Raccoon Road in Waynesville.

• Registration is underway for a “Leave No Trace Master Educator course, which will be offered by Landmark Learning later this year in Cullowhee. Frontcountry/basecamp training is set for April 29May 3 while Backpacking will be from June 24-28, Aug. 12-16 and Oct. 21-25.

• The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service will hold a seminar on Gardening Basics 101 from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, at the Swain Extension Center on 60 Almond School Road in Bryson City. Site selection, preparation, proper soil, plant fertility needs and more. Register or get more info: 488.3848 or

• An easy cycling ride aiming to help people ease into a healthier lifestyle through cycling is offered in the Canton area, typically covering 8-10 miles. Road bikes are preferred, and helmets are required. Nobody will be left behind. A partnership of Bicycle Haywood N.C., the Blue Ridge Bike Club and MountainWise. For specific start times and locations:

• Applications are being accepted for garden space in the Macon County Community Garden in Franklin. Fee: $25. To apply: 349.2046. Available for use by May 1.

• A cycling ride exploring the Fire Mountain Trail System in Cherokee will be offered at 6 p.m. every other Thursday, rides started on April 12. Participants will divide into a beginner group and a non-beginner group, with 60 to 90 minutes on the trail each time. Organized by the Nantahala Area Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association, with an event page at • A cycling ride exploring the Western Carolina University mountain bike trails will be offered at 6 p.m. every other Thursday, begin on April 19 in Cullowhee. Participants will meet at the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching and divide into a beginner group and a non-beginner group, with 60 to 90 minutes on the trail each time. Organized by the Nantahala Area Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association, with an event page at

COMPETITIVE EDGE • Registration is underway for the ninth annual Valley of the Lilies Half-Marathon and 5K, which is set for Saturday, April 6, at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. Advance registration (by March 8): $40 for the half marathon, $20 for 5K. Starting March 9: $60 for half marathon and $25 for the 5K. Sign up: Registration:

FARMERS MARKETS • Jackson County Farmers Market starts on April 6, runs from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at Bridge Park in downtown Sylva. or • Haywood Historic Farmers Market will start April 20, on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon at the HART Theater parking lot and Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church overflow parking lot beside Exxon.

HIKING CLUBS • The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate, 3.5-mile hike with an elevation change of 800 feet on Sunday, April 7, to Tellico Valley. Reservations: 534.5234. • Carolina Mountain Club will have an 8.3-mile hike with an 1,800-foot ascent on April 7 at Gabes Mountain Trail. Info and reservations: 628.6712 or • Carolina Mountain Club will have an eight-mile hike with a 1,800-foot ascent on Wednesday, April 10, as part of a Little Cataloochee History Tour. Info and reservations: 628.6712 or • Nantahala Hiking Club will hold its annual spaghetti dinner at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 12, at First Presbyterian Church in Franklin. • The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 5.5-mile hike with an elevation change of 600 feet on Saturday, April 13, to Glassmine Gap on the Appalachian Trail. Info and reservations: 524.5298.

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Few animals delight as much as red fox


n the natural world here in the Blue Ridge, there are certain visual images that rivet the attention of human beholders. One such is a timber rattlesnake suddenly encountered in the wild. That sight literally galvanizes the senses. The vibrating rattletipped tail sounds its uncanny almost-musical warning … you freeze in mid-step, holding your breath but unaware that you are doing so … the hair on the back of your neck stands on end … the event remains imprinted in your memory bank. Another sort of image — that of a red fox suddenly glimpsed — is one of pure delight. Elizabeth and I have encountered red foxes with some frequency through the years. But, for whatever reason, an encounter I had in the mid-1990s registered with me in great detail. I was driving alone south of Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway. A light early morning mist was swirling in my truck’s headlights. As if from out of nowhere, the fox suddenly appeared, moving across the roadway with nimble feet in a dainty trot. On the roadside embankment, it paused, lifted a front paw, and turned to look at the oncoming vehicle. The animal’s eyes looked into mine without fear. It was simply curious. With heightened awareness, I could see

BACK THEN drops of moisture clinging to the hairs that outlined the creature’s silhouette. That was the image — a fox in the rain — that remains with me. Then, with a single catlike bound, it disappeared as quickly as it had appeared in a graceful flow of movement. Sometimes a red fox will be encountered that lives up to its name; that is, it will be a vivid red. But most red foxes Elizabeth and I have Columnist seen displayed a tawny rusty-red to reddish-yellow coloration. Sometimes they will even closely resemble a gray fox. And since a gray fox often has some reddish tinges in its coat, the two species found in the Blue Ridge can be confused. But a gray fox is smaller than a red fox and the tip of its tail is dark gray or black. The red fox always displays a white-tipped tail. There has been some debate as to whether or not the red fox is actually native to North America. The editors of The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mammals (1980) noted that, “In the mid-18th century, red foxes were import-

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