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On the Cover In the early 1970s, police picked up a 12-year-old runaway who begged to be placed in jail rather than return home. Swain County responded with Hawthorn Heights, an emergency home for teens. More than 40 years later, the center is still here and looking to expand. (Page 6)

News A political coup ripples through Haywood County Republican Party . . . . . 4 The Museum of the Cherokee Indian benefits from $500,000 in grants . . 8 Though mum for now, Franklin aldermen will “mull” over gazebo’s future . . 9 Planners consider Cullowhee’s growth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Jane Hipps and Ron Robinson vie for N.C. Sen. Jim Davis’ seat. . . . . . . . 12 Republican hopefuls head toward the District 119 House primary . . . . . 14 REACH of Macon County fundraising for new facility. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Student housing ordinance snares drug-recovery house . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Cherokee breaks ground on new hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

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GOP shake-up Haywood Republicans wrestle with identity crisis, attempt to oust chair Pat Carr, chair of the Haywood County Republican Party, stands her ground as Monroe Miller attempts to take the reins.

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BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER coup within the Haywood County Republican Party was set in motion this week by a group of precinct chairs who called for the ousting of the party’s chairwoman. A takeover of the local party by a faction of conservative ideologues has been brewing for more than a year. The faction has increased its toehold in the party, eventually amassing enough seats on the executive committee to make an end-run for the chair’s seat. A heated and raucous meeting was held Monday night where the coup faction called for the removal and censure of Pat Carr, the party’s chair. It’s unclear whether they have the votes within the party to carry through with the plan, however. So far, the faction has merely called for her removal. An official vote won’t happen for at least two more weeks. It would take a super majority of the executive committee — twothirds of the roughly 30 members — to formally remove Carr, according to party rules. The coup faction called for a special meeting of the party’s executive committee this week to present charges against Carr. It was held in the private dining room of Duvall’s Restaurant on April 7. The meeting was anything but smooth. It began with a tussle over who would run the 4 meeting. Monroe Miller, a conservative activist

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who regularly rails against county government and is known for his derogatory email attacks, attempted to lead the meeting. But Carr insisted she was still the chair of the party, and thus entitled to lead the meeting. “Mr. Miller, you are a precinct vice chair,” Carr said. “You are not conducting this meeting.” Miller stood at the podium beside Carr, however, talking over her, calling the meeting to order, trying to take roll and calling on members of the audience to make motions. Carr kept saying Miller had no authority to take charge of the meeting. But the precinct vice chair remained by the podium, holding a three-ring binder with a handmade cover that had Pat Carr’s name in a circle with a line drawn through it. The standoff between Miller and Carr for the meeting gavel showed no sign of budging until a man in a suit walked in about 10 minutes late. He seemed somewhat out of place in a roomful of camouflage, ball caps, T-shirts and flannel. He was quickly peppered with heckling calls of “Who are you?” and “Who sent you?” and “Why are you here?” He said he had been sent by the state Republican Party to serve as a moderator and to counsel the group on the party’s rules and by-laws, should procedural questions arise. “It allows me to come in with only the goal of ensuring a fair process,” said Craig Collins, an attorney from Gastonia and party leader in

his region of the state. “Wait, wait, not yet,” Miller said. Collins said Carr was technically still the They had been thrown off their game by chair, and until she is removed by a vote of the the presence of media. First, they decided, they executive committee, no one else can chair the needed to vote the media out of the room meeting unless she voluntarily agrees. —  namely a reporter with The Smoky “It is out of order for you to stand up and Mountain News, and the editor and the pubsay ‘I want to chair the meeting,’” Collins told lisher of The Mountaineer. Miller. “If your chair is not your chair in an Initially, a motion was made to kick out hour, which appears to be what this meeting is anyone who wasn’t a registered Republican. about, then you can decide who is going to But that only solved part of the problem. The chair the meeting then.” motion effectively eliminated the Mountaineer But Tomile Cure spoke out from the audi- editor, who is a registered Democrat. ence that “in our world,” Carr already wasn’t But the publisher of the Mountaineer, who the chair. is a long-time Republican, remained in the “We are going to remove you,” Cure said. room filming the meeting, which he would Miller rationalized that since it was a spe- then simply turn over to his banished editor. cial called meeting by members of the execu- Some in the audience said he had no right to tive committee, rather than a normal meeting, film, but he kept on filming. that the normal rules didn’t apply and so they Meanwhile, banning non-Republicans didcould make their own rules. n’t get rid of The Smoky Mountain News “This is your meeting,” Miller told the reporter either, who had changed her voter audience. “You get to decide who runs your registration to Republican earlier that day in meeting. I suggest I run the meeting.” hopes of being admitted to the meeting. But Collins asserted that violating party “Uh-uh,” Cabe said, pointing his finger at rules by simply seizing the gavel could make the reporter. “I am going to make a motion we the whole meeting invalid. Eventually, the get rid of her, too.” crowd recanted, not wanting the events that But motions to kick out the media became would happen that night to be nullified by a sidetracked by the bigger quandary of who technicality. But Miller wouldn’t sit down and was going to run the meeting. kept making a case to preside. A point of order was called to first figure “Miller, you lost. You’re not the chair of the out who could legitimately preside over the meeting,” said Ted Carr, Pat’s husband, who meeting, before returning to the media issue. was sitting in the crowd. Ten minutes of arguing ensued over which “Neither are you, so shut up,” someone motion to take up first: the one to banish the yelled from the back of the room. rest of the media or the motion to settle who Outbursts during the meeting were com- would preside over the meeting. mon. Carr repeatedly attempted to keep the It was technically against party policy to meeting in check and on track. She stuck banish registered Republicans from the room. adamantly by Robert’s Rules of Order, the “All citizens of North Carolina who are regwidely-accepted procedures for conducting istered Republicans have the right to particiofficial meetings. pate in affairs of the party,” Ted Carr read from But the freewheeling banter was hard to the state party’s rules of organization. follow and even harder to rein in. The first But the crowd suggested suspending the half-hour of the meeting was a flurry of rules and voting on its own special rules for motions, competing motions and amend- the night, and thus banished any members of ments to motions. the official media, regardless if they were regTechnically, only one motion is sup- istered Republicans. posed to be on the floor at a time. And until that Those trying to oust Carr would not motion is voted on, another motion can’t be say what their grievances were made. Robert’s Rules are exactly. They also wouldn’t share what intended to keep order in meetings, allowing their goals are for the party, or what motions, discussion and new direction they hope to take it in votes to happen in an organized and clear should they gain control of it. fashion. But Carr had her work cut out. She was often talked over, interrupted Once media were ejected, the chain of and disparaged when trying to enforce standard events isn’t known. No one at the meeting meeting protocol. would talk when they emerged. A few times, someone from the audience However, the intention going in, based would stand up and call for a vote by a show of on a “game plan” for the meeting that was hands on something that wasn’t even an offi- circulated via email by Miller, was to call for cial motion. Carr’s removal, read the charges against her The group had come to the meeting with and schedule a subsequent meeting for an an orderly game plan, a pre-determined order official vote. of who would make what motion, and in what Carr had only a couple of supporters in the order, in the call for Carr’s removal. room — one being her own husband. But that Miller, during his attempt to run the meet- was by design. ing, called on audience member Eddie Cabe. “Several have called and asked whether “Eddie, go ahead Eddie,” Miller said. they should attend or just boycott it,” Carr said Cabe started to read a motion when some- Monday before the meeting. one in the audience hollered “Wrong one!” In the end, Carr’s supporters boycotted the


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As mainstream Republicans are driven out of the party, the faction trying to take control moves in to fill the void, claiming an increasing number of leadership roles on the roughly 30-member executive committee. Each resignation by those who are fed up creates yet another vacancy for the faction to expand its toehold. The vice chair, treasurer and finance chair have all stepped down, citing the discord or floundering direction of the local party as too unpleasant to endure. Two of the seats were filled, but the replacements ended up stepping down as well. Three of the five officer seats are still vacant. While the vote on Carr’s ousting will be a litmus test for the party’s direction, that’s not the only pivotal moment facing the party. This Thursday, one or more of the vacant officer seats could come up for a vote at a regularly scheduled meeting of the executive committee. Who gets the appointments could decide whether the coup faction gains more control. Carr said it is increasingly difficult to find party members willing to take on leadership roles. “It has been very challenging. Several folks

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The real test of Carr’s support — and whether the coup faction can take the reins of the party — will be the official vote over the chair’s removal, which won’t occur for at least two weeks, though a date has not been set. Carr is one of the last mainstream Republicans who still holds an officer position in the local party. Three of the five officer positions are currently vacant, following a string of resignations from mainstream Republicans who became fed up by the faction. Carr said she isn’t willing to walk away, however. “I am not a quitter. Once I take on a project I stay with it until the end, and that’s what I told the people that elected me,” Carr explained. “I felt to step down at this point would be even more detrimental.” Fred Deeb is among Carr’s supporters. “She has done the best job she could possibly do under the circumstances. Pat tried to keep it under control, but she was overruled by this mob,” Deeb said. “It is too bad they have hijacked the Republican office for their own personal gain.” The coup faction isn’t indicative of the majority of Republicans in the county, he said. “If the people doing this to Pat think they are representing the Republican Party in this county, they are sadly mistaken. They are a small group. I am very disappointed in them,” Deeb said. “The whole party is bigger than the little group of people who have been running the party in Haywood County.”

Deeb said the group is disruptive and the meetings have devolved into a zoo. As a result, he has cut off his own involvement with the local party and even changed his voter registration from Republican to unaffiliated. Like Deeb, Wayne Wyles was involved in the Republican Party until recently but has changed his registration to unaffiliated also. Wyles condemned the attack against Carr. “She is a professional, stand-up woman,” said Wyles. “She takes her position and holds to it, and that is professional, but she is now under incredible attack. She started getting attacked the minute she got elected by nitpicking and bickering. She has weathered the storm well.” Carr maintains all is not lost. “I think we have some people who are relatively new to politics and parliamentary procedure, and I would like to get them a little more involved and use some of that energy toward constructive ends,” Carr said, when asked what type of resolution she would like to see given the circumstances. Those trying to oust Carr would not say what their grievances were exactly. They also wouldn’t share what their goals are for the party, or what new direction they hope to take it in should they gain control of it. “Hopefully, the vision for unity will be fulfilled,” said Andrew Jackson, a precinct chair trying to oust Carr. He declined to elaborate, however. Some hinted that the mainstream Republicans who have run the party in the past aren’t conservative enough, or aren’t true to Republican ideals. “I want to promote the party platform,” Cure said when asked why she supported a

have said they do not want to be involved while there is this friction in the party,” Carr said. The rise of the coup faction in the party began more than a year ago with a concerted effort to snatch up precinct chair seats. It wasn’t hard to do, since the election of precinct chairs is determined solely by who shows up. Many precincts saw just two or three members show up for the election, making it relatively easy for any warm body at the table to snag the precinct chair title. But that was only half the battle. Precinct chairs historically weren’t voting members on the party’s executive committee. That changed last year, as well, however. A vote was held at the annual convention to make every precinct chair in the county a member of the executive committee instead of just the party officers. The executive committee grew from five to 30 overnight, making the newly named precinct chairs part of the formal party leadership. At the time, no one spoke out against the expansion of the executive committee, but the idea wasn’t universally embraced. “Several said they were not for it and it would be a disaster, but they did not vote against it because they did not want it to appear the party was divided,” Carr said. “Quite a few folks told me they thought the increased executive committee would be a problem. I told them they might be right, but we ought to at least try it for a year to be more inclusive. I thought once people were given the chance to participate it might work.” Now, however, there is movement within the party to undo that decision. There was an attempt to take power away from precinct chairs, and return to a smaller executive committee, at the party’s annual convention last month. A motion to remove precinct chairs from the executive committee was made but didn’t pan out as intended. A hue and cry ensued, and the motion was withdrawn. The coup faction blamed Carr for the attempt to take power away from the precinct chairs. The faction retaliated by calling for Carr’s removal. Ken Henson, who made a bid for party chairman last year at the annual convention but lost to Carr, said he disagrees with the recent attempt to kick precinct chairs off the executive committee. “My direction is everybody has a vote,” Henson said, when asked what new direction he wants the party to go in.

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Members of the Haywood County Republican coup faction bid farewell to members of the media. Becky Johnson photo

new leadership direction for the party. It will take a two-thirds majority of the executive committee to officially oust Carr. The exact number on the executive committee is in flux from month to month, and even week to week, due to high turnover among party officers and precinct chairs of late. There are currently only 26 members, but there are about five vacant seats on the executive committee in various stages of being filled. It took only one-third of the executive committee to call for the special meeting this week. Ten people were willing to put their name on that list. Mark Zaffrann was among them but said he doesn’t know where he will ultimately come down in the official vote to remove Carr. Zaffrann said he felt the process should be allowed to play out, however, and let the chips fall where they may. “There was an impasse if you will,” Zaffrann said. “If this is what breaks the logjam to have the conversation about the process, then so be it.”

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their own accord. Hawthorn Heights takes them in, gives them a place to stay, a structured life and help preparing for the end of their 90-day stay. “A lot of them have never experienced someone telling them they needed to do their homework,” said Sara Gray, chief development officer for Barium Springs, Hawthorn Heights’ parent organization. “Nobody cared.” Residents have to complete daily chores and follow the rules well enough to earn behavior points for group outings to the bowling alley or movie theater. They work one-on-one with a case coordinator who develops a specific program to meet that child’s needs, whether they’re struggling with decision-making or studying, and they do skill-building exercises in those areas each week. Shelter staff ferries the teens to their individual after-school activities and, if the child remains enrolled in a school outside the Swain County system, they drive them to school. They also make a point to see that the children receive medical care. “A lot of the kids coming in, maybe they’ve never been to the dentist, ever,” Kara Haney, Katie Queen and Sarah Gray stand on the front steps of the Hawthorn Heights, a teen emergency home in Bryson City. They're Haney said. “We’ve had kids that have needhoping to move the home to a bigger, more functional building by the end of the year. Holly Kays photo ed glasses for 16 years, and their first glasses they get are with us.” But all the while, that 90-day clock is ticking. Staff is always looking toward that deadline, Hawthorn Heights will host its second annual fundraising communicating with breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. April 24 at Southwestern families to figure out Community College in Sylva. The organization has already how to make home work started work on the house using a $40,000 grant from the better, or, if that’s not a Evergreen Foundation, hoping to move its children in to a BY HOLLY KAYS roominess, so the shelter and its supporters safe option, finding a bigger building by the end of the year. But Hawthorn Heights STAFF WRITER are in the midst of a campaign to move to a placement where the still needs $200,000 to finish work on the house. Organizers espite the automated security system bigger building, bringing it from 2,300 to child can thrive. hope to get $80,000 of that from the breakfast. that speaks up every time a door is 6,300 square feet. While the current building Most of the time, “[Attendees] will help make a brighter future for our opened and the whiteboard grid trackhas the family feel going for it, sharp angles Haney said, that’s sucteens in the seven western counties who come through this ing points for the shelter’s behavior managebetween rooms make it hard for staff to cessful. program,” said Kaye McConnell, event chairman. ment program, “institutional” is the last word supervise the teens, and the small kitchen “I’ve seen kids evolve The breakfast will feature yogurt, coffee, fruit, muffins that comes to mind when you enter Hawthorn means that cooking lessons are limited to from being angry, bitter, and orange juice, but, more importantly, testimonies from Heights in Bryson City. Midday sunshine one pupil at a time. distrustful, maybe really community members, former shelter residents and Barium brightens the dining room’s white tile floors “Largely, it’s served its purpose,” Haney shy, and I’ve seen them Springs CEO John Koppelmeyer. The event will use a table and family-style wooden table and chairs, and said. “We make it work, but it’s not as funcevolve into kids that are captain format, with community members volunteering to a few rooms over, couches circle a fireplace tional as it should be.” kind of at peace with invite enough guests to fill an eight-person table. and television stand crammed with movies things, know how to make The event is free, but donations will be requested at the and Wii games. A large porch juts out from good decisions, be in conend. Evergreen will match donations dollar-for-dollar up to LOCKWORK OUT OF CHAOS $65,000. To attend or captain a table, RSVP as soon as possithe stone building, the perfect place to play trol, think they’re worth cards or read a book on a warm afternoon. Really, though, that’s what Hawthorn something,” she said. “It’s ble to Katie Queen at 828.231.5413. “Over and over, we hear that it feels Heights is all about: taking the nonfunctiona constant evolution that homey,” said Kara Haney, program director al and making it work. In her five years at we get to see here.” at Hawthorn Heights DSS Licensed Home. the shelter, Haney has seen some mind-blowIt’s an evolution that keeps going, even Which is important, because hominess is ing — and heart-wrenching — stories play “I’ve seen kids evolve after those 90 days are up. Hawthorn arguably the most important attribute out before her. A girl whose mom had prostiHeights has a dedicated staff person in from being angry, bitter, Hawthorn Heights could have. Founded in tuted her out to get money for drugs. A charge of following up on residents after 1973, the shelter was Swain County’s comteenager who had been through so many fostheir discharge. That person checks on the distrustful, maybe really munity response after police picked up a 12ter care families she had given herself up as teens and their families at least once a shy ... into kids that are year-old runaway who begged to be locked in worthless. The shelter helps kids take the month for up to two years after they leave, jail rather than taken home. A photograph of messy parts of their lives and turn them into and every Thursday the shelter hosts an kind of at peace with a teddy bear in jail accompanied the newspa- a foundation for a happy, fulfilling life. after-care night. Staff picks the children up per article reporting the incident. Since then, “For the most part, a lot of the kids that and bring them to the building for dinner, things, know how to Hawthorn Heights has served as a safe haven complete this program, they go back home and and after eating they do skill-building work make good decisions, be for teens ages 12 to 18, giving them a place they’re able to take the skills they learned here in groups and then go back home. to live, learn important life skills and plan and apply them in the home,” Haney said. “That’s pretty neat for the staff, because in control, think they’re for their next step after Hawthorn. The The teens arrive through avenues as we get to keep in contact with those kids,” organization can only house nine children at diverse as the individuals, some through worth something.” Haney said. “I think that’s a real rewarding a time, and as a temporary shelter, it can’t referral from law enforcement or a counpart, because sometimes in residential set— Kara Haney, Hawthorn Heights keep anybody for more than 90 days. selor, some through a parent and others at 2 tings you don’t hear from kids program director But while hominess is important, so is a.m., when they show up on the doorstep of that this conversation changed 6

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send her,” Haney said. So, Hawthorn Heights got the OK from the state to keep her till she turned 18, and after that they helped her get lined up with a job in Georgia and find a place to live. She eventually finished high school down there and invited the Hawthorn Heights crew to her graduation. “I remember her saying we’re her family HEN THREE MONTHS because we took her in and we taught her all these things,” Haney said. IS NOT ENOUGH Too often, though, children who age out of juvenile programs like Hawthorn Heights Sometimes, though, it’s not that simple. still lack the steady footing they need to start Sometimes, there’s nowhere to go back to. their adult adventure out right. That’s why “We keep our fingers crossed a lot of Barium Springs, Hawthorn Heights’ parent times that sending them back home will organization, hopes to turn the building into work out,” Haney said. “Seeing that not be a resource for young adults once Hawthorn successful is hard for me to see.” Heights moves into its new digs. It’s hard for the children, too. Haney “A lot of kids have nowhere to go at 18,” remembers one girl in particular who came Gray said. through the shelter three separate times. She envisions the new shelter as a place Home was not an option, so she kept being where teens could go after they turn 18 and taken in and out of foster care, a placement live while they learn practical skills like money management, cooking and cleaning. “But in addition to that, they either have to be in school or they have to have a job,” Gray said. “If they have a job, they’re required to save 50 percent of what they bring in so when they’re discharged from that program, they have a Artwork from a former good nest egg to start resident of Hawthorn their life.” Heights. Holly Kays photo Gray oversees a similar program in Statesville, and, she said it’s invaluable for those “I don’t want to be homeless and I who need it. One young don’t want my kids living in a negative man, she recalls, graduated from a group home household. My family is going to be a program there but had happy family.” no family to return to except for his brother. — Alyssa, 12, former resident His brother was a drug dealer. “He said, ‘If I go back there, I know I’m that can be difficult to find for teenagers in going to get into drugs again,’” she said. this area. Most foster parents prefer to take It can be hard to get funds for those proin babies and young children. grams, though, because dollars are limited, “She definitely had that sense that she and programs serving younger children tend was the throwaway kid,” Haney said. to get precedence. That’s an obstacle Barium But Hawthorn Heights’ track record Springs will look to tackle after Hawthorn shows that it’s possible to overcome steep Heights’ move is squared away. odds. In fact, the very girl who once considBecause, ultimately, nothing magical ered herself worthless will be one of those happens when a child turns 18. The magic sharing her story with the audience at happens when that child gains the tools to Hawthorn Heights’ upcoming building overcome his circumstances. In that fundraiser in April. moment, he can shed the baggage of his past Then there are the cases when post-sheland trade it for the confidence and selfter placement isn’t even possible. Though assurance that will take him toward the Hawthorn Heights is only licensed to keep future. That can happen at 18, 19, 20, or, as teens for three months, one former resident in the case of former resident Alyssa, at 12. ended up staying there for five and a half. “I am going to get all my education and After being adopted to an abusive father and have a great life ahead of me,” the sixth-grader a drug-addicted mother, she went to live with her adoptive grandmother, who eventu- wrote. “I want to have my own house and not have to live with any of my family members. ally kicked her out. Six months shy of her And I don’t want to be homeless and I don’t 18th birthday, she had nowhere to go. want my kids living in a negative household. “Her 90 days were fast approaching, and My family is going to be a happy family.” we were scrambling to figure out where to

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Cherokee museum looks to the future Grant to be used for exhibit, master plan, book publishing BY HOLLY KAYS STAFF WRITER he Museum of the Cherokee Indian has been having some trouble with its exhibit light and sound system lately, but that’s not too much of a surprise. After all, that electrical system has run constantly since its installation in 1998. But a $250,000 grant from the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, with an equal match from the tribe, will give the exhibits a fresh start worth $500,000. “The foundation came through for us,” said Bo Taylor, museum director. “The tribe has come through for us.” The exhibits take visitors through 10,000plus years of Cherokee history, moving from the Paleo period to the present. Thousands of lights, hundreds of sounds and dozens of special effects combine to tell the story in a way that was state-of-the-art back in 1998, but technology has changed and the years have taken their toll on the system. “This is important to do to make sure they can continue the high-quality work they have always done for Cherokee culture and

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A museum visitor watches an exhibit video, one of the museum's many technology-driven features. A recent grant will allow the museum to update those features. Holly Kays photo history,” Annette Clapsaddle, CPF executive director, said of the upgrades. Recently, the entire system went down, meaning that the museum had to close until the electronics could get up and running

again. “It’s time for an upgrade,” said Barbara Duncan, education director. Museum personnel are excited about the technology overhaul, but the foundation’s

spring grants will help other facets of the museum as well. The grants include $25,000 to help the museum with a book publishing program that Duncan refers to as “ambitious” and “like a university press,” and $20,000 will go toward forming a long-term business plan. For Taylor, that business plan is an exciting investment. “It gives you parameters to work with,” he said. “If you have no expectations, they will meet them, but if you have expectations and you set them high, people will meet them.” Taylor, who has worked for the museum for the past 15 years, took the helm as director back in November, and he has plenty of ideas for how to carry the museum into the future. He’s looking forward to coming up with a cohesive plan for how to develop the museum into the best resource it can be, to Cherokee and non-tribal visitors alike. “We view [the museum] as a major partner,” Clapsaddle said. Expanding hands-on education opportunities and creating extra space for a traveling exhibit that will offer visitors something new from year to year are top priorities for Taylor, but the business plan will be a collaboration of all involved, including the Cherokee Historical Association, which received a $60,000 grant for a master plan. “There will be a synergy between us and the CHA,” Taylor said. The main thing is to have a vision. “If you’re just living from day to day, your growth is going to be slow,” he said.

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BY J EREMY MORRISON N EWS E DITOR ullowhee is awash in new developments. Specifically, the community is buzzing with the construction of highdensity developments aimed at housing Western Carolina University’s growing student population. One such development, 808 West, presents itself as “contemporary,” “cool,” “luxurious” and “ultramodern.” The development is currently embarking on Phase II, an addition of two new apartment buildings — featuring one-, three- and four-bedroom units — and a two-story clubhouse. “They’ve graded up to this single-family yard,” said Jackson County Planning Director Gerald Green. “That’s an interesting contrast in land uses.” Currently, there are no rules on the books governing development in Cullowhee. There are no standards to address such “an interesting contrast in land uses.” That could soon change. Huddled in a small meeting room on the Southwestern Community College campus, the Cullowhee Community Planning Advisory Committee recently got a look at development standards being considered for the fastest-growing area of Jackson County. “Everybody take this copy home and mark it up,” committee Chairman Scott Baker told the group as they skimmed through 30-plus pages of possible standards. That’s light reading compared to what an eventual ordinance outlining such standards for Cullowhee might look like. “This ordinance will probably be 100 pages,” predicted Green. “There’ s two reasons for that. One, is to keep it clear. Two, is to avoid hiring lawyers.” The proposals being considered outline zones, permissible uses and building standards for Cullowhee. County officials jumpstarted the planning advisory board in an effort to address concerns about unregulated growth in the area. “It almost takes my breath, the amount of changes,” noted committee member Myrtle Schrader. It is hoped that regulations will better guide future growth within the Cullowhee community. After members sign off on the proposed standards, the regulations will need to be approved by county commissioners. The proposals being considered by the committee split Cullowhee into six types of zones. Each zone has permitted and restricted uses and development standards. The zones are commercial, institutional, and various levels of residential. Developments in areas zoned as commercial have by far the most leeway. The only type of development not allowed — with the exception, specifically noted, of establishments geared toward adult uses, such as video gambling venues — would be detached single-family dwellings. The commercial areas would be the only place for gas stations, retail outlets, restaurants, fruit and vegetable markets and most other establishments outside the bounds of residential zones or the

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Committee members discussed how some developers were hitching their ventures to the university’s growth without fully researching the prospects. “Another one that has already purchased property has never talked to Western,” member Rick Bennett told the group. “They were shocked that that is all they are growing,” Green said, explaining that WCU enrollment numbers might not fulfill the dreams dancing in the eyes of developers. “So, they didn’t do their homework at all.” Committee member Mark Lord, a professor at WCU, asked if future developments — such as another high-density student housing development — would be approved on a per-project basis or summarily green-lighted if they meet zoning requirements. “Are they automatically permitted to do it?” Lord asked. “The market dictates that,” Green said, explaining that Western Carolina University developments could not be denied based on community acre. Developments would be allowed to need or want. “All we can dictate is where build to a height of 40 feet, and possibly up to things can go and certain design standards.” 80 feet if additional setback requirements are The proposed zones and regulations are met. currently free-floating. They have not been The low-density multi-family residential overlaid or assigned to specific areas within zones would allow 12 bedrooms per acre for Cullowhee. apartments, eight units per acre for town“Not yet, that’s our next step,” Green said, homes and four homes per acre for single- explaining that various factors — such as family units. The height allowances would be existing roads and services, as well as natural the same as in the higher density zone. terrain — would need to be taken into conThe townhome zone is much the same as sideration when applying the development the medium density multi-family zone, with standards. the exception of allowing for apartments; During its recent meeting, Lord pointed there is also no option to increase height out that an area’s proximity to the allowances to 80 feet. The single-family resi- Tuckaseigee Water and Sewer Authority’s dential zone is the most restrictive. Aside service area would play a role in determining from houses, the zone allows for few other appropriate zoning. uses, among them churches and community “Which is actually a good reason not to centers, greenways and golf courses. [expand] TWSA, if you want low-housing The committee is considering a require- density,” Lord said. ment for all zones that a sidewalk be required “Don’t disagree,” added Bennett. along all road frontages. Also for all zones, if Once the Cullowhee advisory committee a property contains a portion of the route laid approves the proposed development stanout in Jackson County’s Greenway Master dards, the group will then host a public meetPlan, an easement for the greenway must be ing to gauge the community’s appetite for dedicated to the county. Open space require- such regulations. The process could stop ments are also the same across the board — there. at 10 percent — except for single-family resi“If there’s no support for them, I imagine dential, where there is a deferment to subdi- we’ll just drop them,” said Green, predicting vision ordinances. a “variety of responses” from the public. The development standards currently If the proposed standards are well being considered for Cullowhee were arrived received, they will travel on to the county at through a community input process level. First the proposals will go before the stretching back to last summer. The process planning board — where Green expects “no was spurred by a concern that the area was substantial changes” will be made — and developing too rapidly and too much to forgo then to the commissioners. regulations any longer. “What kind of timeline are we on?” During the Cullowhee planning commit- Bennett asked during the recent committee tee’s recent meeting, members discussed meeting. WCU’s growth and how it has triggered a flur“I’d like to get it done by mid-summer,” ry of developments aimed at housing the stu- Green said. dent population. The next advisory committee meeting is “The student apartments have gotten the tentatively scheduled for noon on May 7 at lead, the advantage, they’re everywhere,” the Jackson County Recreation Center in said Green. Cullowhee.


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Dreaming of Davis’ seat Hipps, Robinson vie for Senate 50 BY J EREMY MORRISON N EWS EDITOR orth Carolina’s District 50 senator represents the state’s seven western counties. In 2010, Sen. Jim Davis (RFranklin) narrowly wrested the seat from incumbent John Snow but then beat Snow by a much-wider margin in 2012. This year, two Democrats are vying for the opportunity to challenge Davis. Both cite a calling to correct what they see as a wrongheaded legislative culture in Raleigh. “I’ve compared it to a group of adolescents without chaperones,” said candidate Jane Hipps. Hipps will be facing Ron Robinson in the primary. “The more you think about it, the more reasons there are to run,” said Robinson. “I’ve watched North Carolina just be taken into the doldrums by what’s going on.” Each candidate laments actions taken by the current body of lawmakers. Both the state Senate and House are controlled by Republican majorities. Each Democratic hopeful cries foul over cuts to education funding and new voting legislation. “We’ve become a concern for the nation,” Hipps said. “They’re afraid this is going to happen to them.” Hipps is a retired public educator and health care professional. Robinson is a retired business consultant.

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During a former lifetime, Hipps had a career in public education. She raised her children and was married to the late Charlie Hipps, a former district attorney and state senator. Then, shortly before the candidate’s husband passed away, he encouraged his wife to 12 get involved.

“He just said to me one morning, ‘Jane, it’s time for you to get into politics,’” Hipps recalled. “I was just speechless. I said, ‘I think one person in a family in politics is insanity enough.’” For years, she was content to enjoy her life. Hipps went back to school and got her master’s in nursing. She worked for a while in pediatric office. Then Hipps started noticing a change in the state legislature around 2010. More recently, people began approaching her about a possible run for office. “I just couldn’t stay on the couch when I saw what was happening to our state,” the candidate explained. Robinson has enjoyed a career across the southeast as a management consultant, advising businesses and nonprofits as they grow and evolve. After moving back to Western North Carolina, the candidate became active in local politics, working on Asheville City Councilman Cecil Bothell’s failed 2012 campaign for Congress and also unsuccessfully running for Jackson County School Board. Both Hipps and Robinson are sticking to the modern Democratic staples of education, healthcare and the economy. They both feel they have a ripe target to campaign against in the current legislature. “There’s such a laundry list, it’s hard to know where to start,” Robinson said. Hipps considers education her wheelhouse. She cringes when she talks about perpupil spending and teacher-student ratios. “Our children are not getting the education that I got, or that my children got,” Hipps said. She relays a recent visit to Franklin High School, describing how students looked on together as they shared the same textbook. “That textbook was 17 years old,” Hipps said. Robinson has also been making the rounds to schools in the district. He too has noticed the need for updated and adequate textbooks. “Imagine a business running that way. Imagine an IT worker without the technical

manuals. The teachers are coding our children — they’re software — but they don’t have the tools that they need,” he said. “It’s insane.” Robinson described teachers as the “bedrock of our communities.” Hipps called the lack of pay raises for teachers in recent years “just crazy.” Healthcare needs in the state, particularly those that relate to the state legislature’s failure to expand Medicaid in connection with the Affordable Health Care Act, also rankle both Democratic candidates. Hipps described her travels around the region during her campaign and how people have expressed their needs when it comes to improvements on the healthcare front. “If they’re sick they go to the emergency room — someone’s got to pay for that,” she said. “If we had healthcare access we could look at providing preventative medicine.” Growing the area’s economy also figures prominently into each candidate’s plank. Hipps hopes to assemble regional economic experts in an effort to ascertain the area’s needs. Robinson envisions replicating the area’s manufacturing-era prosperity with new, environmentally-clean jobs in fields like hi-tech, biotech, call centers and tourism. “You’ve got virtually a turnkey situation in many areas,” he said of the business possibilities within the district. Hipps stressed the importance of fostering an environment that gives the youth of the region a reason to remain in the western

portion of the state. She complained about what she described as the “brain drain” from the region. “The young people who have grown up here have a love for this region and an understanding of this region and can help make this area better than it is,” the candidate said. Hipps connected the need for creating more jobs to the issue of access. She said that access was a common denominator across most issues facing her district and the state. “I think a lot of it goes back to access,” she said. “Access to healthcare, access to education, access to vote — a lot of barriers have been put up there — it’s access to childcare.” During a recent Democratic candidate forum in Sylva, Hipps and Robinson weighed in on a number of issues. They spoke about everything from food stamps to fracking. “I share the same values as you share,” Hipps told the forum audience. She also shares a number of similar views with her primary opponent. “Jane and I agree on a lot of issues,” Robinson said at the forum.

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The District 50 Senate race is not for the squeamish. It is no stranger to negative campaign ads and floods of outside money. Davis’ 2012 victory is often attributed to an officially unconnected war chest, much of which was spent on negative ads, courtesy of GOP bankroller and N.C. Budget Director Art ANE IPPS Pope. “I got those things in my mailETIRED EDUCATOR AND NURSE box,” Hipps recalled. “They came WHY SHE IS SEEKING mainly at John Snow.” OFFICE: “I’ve always The candidate said that she thought that democracy expects more of the same this time would be lost by wars around. She doesn’t view such a and arms, and I’m realprospect as a “deterrent.” izing democracy can be “That’s somewhat of a conlost through laws.” cern,” Hipps said. “I know I will DOG OR CAT? Dog have my picture put on mailers LAST MOVIE WATCHED: with people I don’t even know and “12 Years a Slave” who don’t know me. I think that’s ADVICE SHE WOULD a tactic of intimidation.” GIVE HER YOUNGER Hipps points to the influence SELF: “To be fully involved with your community and afforded by outside funding as family helping to build a better community.” part of what is wrong in North Carolina politics, and also as fuel for her candidacy. ON OBINSON “I think our state has been bought and I think we need to take ETIRED BUSINESS CONSULTANT it back,” she said, “and I’ve got the WHY HE IS SEEKING time to do it.” OFFICE: “To bring prosRobinson said that the likeliperity back to North hood of negative campaigning Carolina using a comdirected at the District 50 mon sense approach.” Democratic candidate shouldn’t DOG OR CAT? Dog be too great of a concern. He’s LAST MOVIE WATCHED: expecting voters to vote on the “Gravity” issues, not the ads. ADVICE HE WOULD GIVE “Jim Davis has shot himself in HIS YOUNGER SELF: the foot so many times with the “The same advice I gave legislation that he’s supported,” my son: prepare yourself the candidate said. “They can have to have your own business. Because in today’s world pictures of me with whoever they things change so fast, you’ve got to have marketing want, and it’s not going and business skills.” to matter once people

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Meet the Democratic candidates A Democratic candidate forum is slated for 6:30 p.m. April 17 at the Jackson County Library Community Room. Democratic candidates invited to the forum include Jane Hipps and Ron Robinson, N.C. Senate 50; Rep. Joe Sam Queen, N.C. House 119; U.S. congressional candidates Tom Hill and Keith Ruehl; Jackson County Democratic commissioner and sheriff candidates. The forum will be hosted by the Jackson County Democratic Men’s Club. Each candidate will be given a limited amount of time to speak. most proud of his efforts on the state’s new voting legislation, as well as legislation requiring welfare recipients to submit to drug tests. “We agreed to disagree on just about everything,” Robinson said. ““He has no idea about how he has hurt people in North Carolina. Or he doesn’t care, and I can’t believe a person wouldn’t care about hurting people.”

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know what Jim Davis has done.” Both candidates also appear to want voters to look past traditional red-blue narratives. Each stressed they were multi-dimensional and able to think beyond partisan boundaries. “I’m liberal on some issues, I’m conservative on some issues,” Hipps explained, “but I think how you vote and react on things should be based on the needs of people.” Robinson described putting political labels on candidates as “dangerous,” said he felt voters were “tired” and “fed up” with such labels. “When we start labeling ourselves — as a social conservative, or progressive or the Tea Party — when we start doing that we limit the options we have for solutions,” the candidate said. “If I hear someone from the Tea Party, or a Libertarian, come up with a good idea, I’m going to listen to it.” Prior to announcing his candidacy, Robinson listened to some ideas from elsewhere on the political spectrum during a sitdown with Sen. Davis. “I called his office and said, “I’d like to have a meeting to understand why you voted the way you did,’” he recalled. “My first question was, ‘what do you take the most pride in?’” The senator reportedly replied that he was

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BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER ix attorneys vying for a vacant district court judge seat in the region will try to win the endorsement of the legal community this week, which could help their chances of landing the coveted spot on the bench. The final decision, however, rests with Gov. Pat McCrory. Each of the six attorneys will have five minutes to make their case before members of the N.C. Bar Association from the seven western counties at a meeting being held Thursday night in Sylva. The bar members will vote on their top choice. The top five names, along with how many votes each got, will then be sent to McCrory for the final decision. McCrory is not required to go with the bar’s top choice —or any of the five names forwarded to him by the bar for that matter. Previously, the governor was obligated to pick from a list of just three names pre-vetted by local bar members, but that process changed last year, giving the governor sole discretion on who to appoint. There are roughly 240 bar-certified attorneys in the seven western counties. A good turnout is expected for the vote. “There is interest for several reasons. Some are anticipating whether the governor will chose someone from the names we actually submit,” said Diane Sherrill, an attorney

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DODIE ALLEN, 79 AUCTIONEER WHY SHE’S RUNNING: “I do feel that it’s a calling almost. I feel that I can be a part of the cure and not the disease.” ON POLITICAL LABELS: “If you look at the classic definition of liberal, it’s the same as a conservative.” ON APATHY: “The distrust in government is what drives apathy.” ON EDUCATION: “Education doesn’t belong in the hands of an educational office in Washington, D.C. The local people and the parents should have control of our educational system.” ON WAR: “I’ve never known peace.” ON REP. JOE SAM QUEEN: “If he would cut his hair I’d respect him.” HYPOTHETICAL, GAY MARRIAGE: “I don’t think I should have to go to the dagum state to get a license to get married — I don’t care if I’m homosexual or heterosexual.” HOW SHE RELAXES: “I don’t! If I relax I may die. What are you talking about? If I relax I may forget what I’m suppose to do.” LAST BOOK READ: “Defense of Liberty,” by Ron Paul.

In Dodie Allen’s world there are two types of people. The division does not fall along party lines. “In my world, it’s divided into thinkers and non-thinkers,” Allen explained. The candidate herself is a thinker. She thinks a lot. About politics. About government. About the future of America. “I think we are unfortunately like Rome; I don’t know if we’re going to make it or not,” Allen said. “We’ve got to learn from our mistakes and our history. I don’t know if I’ll live 14 to see it.”

“That’s when my real study began — philosophy, constitutionalism, I did a lot of study,” Allen said. “We would not have had Ronald Reagan if we had not had Barry Goldwater.” Through the years —through a career at the Regional Bell Operating Company and raising four children — Allen dug deep into the conservative camp. She embraced the philosophy and the principals. She fell in love with John Locke. “John Locke was way ahead of his time — appealing to the instincts of man, wanting to be free,” she said. “It’s conservative ideology that drives freedom.” The candidate came to Western North Carolina more than three decades ago. She eventually opened her auction house and settled into Sylva. She’s run for this House seat before and is now doing so again. Sitting in the auction house on a recent afternoon, Allen said that, if elected, she intends to focus on communication — communication with citizens, as well as lawmakers. “Communication is the foundation of success, and the lack of it can be the foundation of failure,” she said. “Through communication we create good neighbors, harmonious communities. It’s so important.”

events as “an interesting experience.” “I have no problem with freedom of speech, [but] there is concern that, with that, you cause a disruption of the legislative process,” Clampitt said. The disruption of decorum probably wasn’t the only thing giving the candidate pause during the Moral Mondays. He also agrees with the legislative decisions the marches were protesting. Clampitt lauds the General Assembly for improving “voter integrity,” lowering income tax and making North Carolina “more business friendly.” He also agrees with lawmakers’ decision not to embrace the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid. “To keep the financial house in order is to do what the legislature has done and not take the money,” Clampitt said. The candidate is running a campaign full of red-meat positions on the issues.

MIKE CLAMPITT, 59 RETIRED CHARLOTTE “Communication is the foundation of success, and the lack of it can be the foundation of failure.” — Dodie Allen

Nearly 80 years old, the candidate has seen numerous societal cycles. The revolving ride has not gone unrecognized. She points out that varying political paths come in and out of vogue. “We’re on a circle, we’re on a wheel,” Allen said. “It’s reciprocal, just like fashion. Politics is reciprocal, philosophy is reciprocal.” A self-described “political junkie,” the candidate has been around long enough to see the pendulum swing a few directions. During her early twenties, she jumped on board the train trailing the banner of conservatism — a bold move for a girl hailing from a family full of Southern Democrats. “Oh God, I thought they were all going to have cats with straw tails,” Allen recalled. The candidate remembers an experience her husband’s family had as the government took their property via eminent domain. A seminal experience in Allen’s political trajectory, it blew her young mind — “I was shocked that this went on in this United States of America” — and sent her running into the arms of the Barry Goldwater presidential campaign. The experience was a springboard, sparking a lifelong journey and appreciation of the conservative experience. She met William F. Buckley. She met Strom Thurmond. She went to weekend seminars.

FIRE CAPTAIN WHY ARE YOU SEEKING OFFICE: “One, to be the ears of the citizens of Western North Carolina, and another, to be their voice. Also, to restore faith in our government.” ON MORAL MONDAY MARCHERS: “I don’t think they understand exactly where this was going.” ON ROOTS: “I go back six generations. I have a good sense of Western North Carolina and its needs.” ON REP. JOE SAM QUEEN: “Mr. Queen and I are in totally opposite areas for public policy.” ON POLITICAL LABELS: “Republican-conservative, or conservative-Republican, you can put that in any order that works.” HYPOTHETICAL, GAY MARRIAGE: “When it comes to marriage, marriage is between one man and one woman. If there is a contract between two individuals, that’s their business.” HOW HE RELAXES: “Work. Sounds crazy, but I like to mow. I have a farm and I like to mow. When I have something on my mind, I like to mow or garden.” LAST BOOK READ: “One Carbon Atom” Over the past year, North Carolinians dissatisfied with the direction the state has taken have been marching on the capital in Raleigh. The marches have been dubbed Moral Mondays. Mike Clampitt has had opportunity to watch the protests up close. He spent a recent term in Raleigh as a sargent of arms, charged with maintaining “decorum” on the House floor. “Make sure the legislators maintain their emotions,” Clampitt explained. The candidate recalled the Moral Monday

“I am an Oath Keeper.” — Mike Clampitt

He’s a Second Amendment guy. He’s not a fan of “ludicrous regulations” on business. He’s an advocate for state’s rights. His politics tread into the risqué. “I am an Oath Keeper,” Clampitt said. In addition to being an Oath Keeper — a group of law enforcement and military types who intend to disobey orders they deem unconstitutional — the candidate is a retired fire captain, having served 28 years in Charlotte, and former director of Fire and Rescue Training at Central Piedmont Community College, also in Charlotte. If he wins the primary, it will be Clampbitt’s second time going up against Rep. Queen. He narrowly lost this race in 2012.

AARON LITTLEFIELD, 22 WORSHIP LEADER, FULL-TIME STUDENT WHY HE’S RUNNING: “I believe people deserve a candidate that is willing to actually discuss the issues at hand — the key word is discuss.” ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: “I don’t think you should force somebody to buy anything. Forcing somebody, I just don’t like the concept.”


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Sitting in a café across the street from the Western Carolina University campus, Aaron Littlefield covers a lot of ground. He talks about guns and God. He talks about political labels and the road construction on N.C. 107.

He talks about his time spent campaigning for Mitt Romney. “You may notice I speak a lot faster than my opponents,” Littlefield said. “That’s the way we are, we like to get things done. We like to go, go, go.” The candidate speaks of his generation, the millennials. He talks a lot about the millennials. “What millennials want is a way forward,” Littlefield said. “We don’t care about campaign ideas or rhetoric, we want results.” The candidate is counting on the millennials, a growing population, particularly in Jackson County, to carry him in this election. He quotes Reagan — “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction” — and hopes he can motivate the youth to vote. “I believe it’s time to pass the torch,” Littlefield said. “If the millennial will wake up, the time is now, we have the numbers.”

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past few years. In the last two years, the shelter has been 100 percent full much of the time, and too often, REACH has had to turn people away. “In the last six months, we’ve had to turn away about 14 families,” Turner-Lynn said. The plans call for a 10-bedroom, 20-bed facility with all bedrooms connected to another by a door, intended to make the shelter better suited to families seeking refuge from abusers. Each bedroom will have its own bathroom, and the entire building will be accessible to people with disabilities, whereas now only part of the building is accessible. Other features will include a laundry room, an outdoor fencedin play area, a children’s play room, a cov-

BY HOLLY KAYS STAFF WRITER undraising for a $1.3-million shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse is underway in Macon County, with REACH of Macon County hoping to move to a new building by September 2015. “This has been a dream from the beginning,” said Jennifer Turner-Lynn, prevention coordinator and incoming assistant director for REACH. “We’ve always wanted to build the shelter here, and we feel the time is right.” In July, REACH will find out Donations of any size are welcome in REACH’s effort to whether its application for a meet the $302,000 fundraising goal. Donations of $2,500 $908,555 grant from the N.C. and more, from individuals or groups, can qualify for naming Housing Finance Agency was opportunities. Donations can be given online at www.reachofsuccessful, and it’s already maconcounty.org or sent through the mail to P.O. Box 228, kicked off a campaign to raise Franklin, N.C. 28734. the $302,852 match required from the community. “I’d say it’s competitive,” Turner-Lynn ered patio, storage closets for residents, a said of the grant, “but I’d say we’re in a conference room, two dining areas, a great good position to secure the grant.” room and a kitchen. REACH will look to individuals, organiThe shelter serves an important purpose zations and fundraising events in the comfor families, Turner-Lynn said, giving them munity to meet its goal. It’s a lot of money, a safe place to stay and resources to look for but the expansion is definitely needed, the next step. Those services are made all Turner-Lynn said. the more important by REACH of Macon Currently, REACH rents a shelter buildCounty’s distance from other shelters for ing 7 miles outside of Franklin, while the victims of sexual abuse and domestic vioadministrative offices sit on a 14-acre proplence. The closest services are at least 45 erty that it owns, just outside the town limminutes away, with facilities in Cherokee its. The shelter’s secluded spot has its perks and in Swain, Haywood and Clay counties. — families who need its services can count Basically, people in Macon and Jackson on a confidential location — but the discounties depend exclusively on REACH of tance can also pose problems to clients for Macon County to fill that niche, because 45 whom transportation is an issue. minutes is a long way to go without comThough the new location will be more pletely uprooting one’s life. public, Turner-Lynn said, a state-of-the-art “If you don’t have a vehicle and you security system, the daytime presence of don’t have unlimited funds, what are you REACH employees and buy-in from the going to do?” Turner-Lynn said. community will combine to make the new Without REACH of Macon County, shelter a safe place. many people would find themselves asking “If you look at it from a strength-based that question. Between Aug. 1, 2013, and perspective, there is something to be said Jan. 31, the shelter served 361 different peofor the community taking ownership of ple, 242 from Macon County and 119 from shelters,” she said. “People tend to take Jackson County. And from July 1, 2013, to more ownership when they know it’s someFeb. 1, the organization handled 445 hotthing that needs to be protected.” line calls. And the new shelter will allow more “Domestic violence and sexual abuse people in need of protection to receive it. happens in our community,” Turner-Lynn The current building has just six bedrooms said, “and it happens a lot more prevalently for a maximum occupancy of 12, a ceiling than many people know, understand, that REACH has hit many times over the believe.” To that end, REACH is hoping that the grant comes through and counting on the “In the last six months, community to help it reach its goal of breaking ground by November. It’s a big we’ve had to turn away project, Turner-Lynn said, but the need is there and the time is right. about 14 families.” “It makes sense for us to move forward,” — Jennifer Turner-Lynn, REACH she said.

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ferent processes. While the zoning variance application went through the zoning administrator and then to the board of adjustments for approval, the village council will ultimately decide the CUP application’s outcome, though the village will be consulting Jackson County throughout the process. Boyce applied for the CUP in mid-March,

but the village is waiting to receive her $500 application fee and a laundry list of additional information to make the decision. “We need more information on what the facility’s going to include,” said Mayor Kolleen Begley. “We don’t know whether or not she is required to have a license, if this falls under family care homes or group homes. We just need more information.” Information requested includes maximum occupancy, services provided and copies of licenses or permits required — or verification that none are needed. According to Boyce, that’s unnecessary, because Kingdom Care will really be nothing more than a safe home for people recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. “It’s just a home,” she said. “That’s all it’s going to be.” Kingdom Care would house a maximum of 15 women and six children, and while it would be a semi-structured environment with required daily Bible study, weekly church attendance and participation in Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-based recovery program, it would mainly just be a place for women to stay while they get their lives back on steady footing. “This would be a stepping-stone, a time to have a safe, secure home while they can find employment or go back to school,” Boyce said. After receiving the fee and information, the village will schedule a public hearing. Then the town council will be able to vote on whether to approve or deny the CUP. “Additional research helps assure everyone that the use will fit in with the community,” Green said.

Candidates seeking office this election season will be meeting with Haywood County voters at 5:30 p.m., April 15, at the USDA Agricultural Extension Agency, 589 Raccoon Road, in Waynesville. The event is titled Main Stream Conservatives Unite on Tax Day. Attendees will have an opportunity to speak with participating candidates — candidates from all political parties are invited — as well as gather information pertaining to the various contests that will appear on this year’s ballot. The event begins at 5:30 p.m., with a bowl of chili. Candidates will begin speaking at 6:30 p.m.; candidates involved in a primary will be given priority.

Social media seminar for businesses A free seminar titled Business Owner’s Guide to Social Media: Starting from Scratch to Online Success will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 15, at the Haywood Chamber of Commerce. The event is sponsored by the Small Business Center at Haywood Community College and the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce. During this workshop, participants will learn to create a Facebook page, Twitter account and Pintrest page. They will also learn how to manage such social media sites, as well as build a following. Attendees are requested to bring their iPad or tablet, as well as photos of their business. The event will be led by Anna Eason, marketing director for Sunburst Trout Farms. Space is limited and participants should reserve their seat by calling 828.627.4512 or emailing tbrown@haywood.edu.

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BY HOLLY KAYS STAFF WRITER n ordinance designed to keep student housing from taking over the village of Forest Hills is creating an obstacle for a drug recovery program looking to start up there. Mia Boyce, director of the Christian nonprofit Kingdom Care, began her efforts to set up a home there for women in recovery in October. She had been working with her daughter-in-law’s parents, who own the 11-bedroom home, to move her Ashevillebased ministry to Forest Hills, so she sought the village council’s blessing. “The home is perfect for our needs,” she said. Besides the 11 bedrooms, it has four full baths, three half baths, two full kitchens, a kitchenette, two dining rooms, three living rooms and a chapel, it’s got a hilltop view and is at the end of a road that is outside of the village proper. But it’s still inside its extra-territorial jurisdiction, so village ordinances still apply. Boyce’s first round of conversations with village officials resulted in an application for a zoning variance. After a February hearing, the request was denied on the grounds that the home wouldn’t comply with a 2010 ordinance passed to keep students from nearby Western Carolina University from rooming together in the village. The ordinance states that no more than two unrelated people can live in a home together.

So, Boyce is trying to get the home approved by applying for a conditional use permit, an avenue that Gerald Green, Jackson County planning director, said is more applicable to the situation than a zoning variance is. “Variances are to vary the development standards,” he said, “whereas a CUP is to allow a use that may require additional research to assure it’s compatible with the uses in the community.” For instance, a zoning variance could be used to allow a 35-foot building in a zone that allows a maximum height of 30 feet, but a CUP would be necessary to allow a building housing 20 unrelated people in an area that allows only two. The two applications also go through dif-

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Cherokee breaks ground on new hospital A groundbreaking for a $75 million, 150,000-square-foot hospital in Cherokee was held last month. “This project recognized the need to address the health care challenges of our tribe and to create a positive wellness environment,” said the Eastern Band’s Principal Chief Michell Hicks. Three years in the planning, it will combine state-of-the-art medical care with traditional tribal design features.

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• The annual spring fashion show hosted by the Haywood Chamber’s Women in Business will be held at 11:30 a.m. April 15 at Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville, featuring a wide range of looks for women in the workplace, from business casual to professional dress. Patti Troutman, a Belk’s department store manager in Waynesville, will talk about how to create new look. $25. Register at www.haywood-nc.com.

• Steve Kaufman has joined the board of directors of Old Town Bank in Waynesville. Kaufman is president and general manager of Reece, Noland & McElrath, a clientfocused engineering Steve Kaufman design and consulting firm in Haywood County. www.oldtownbanking.com.

• Southwestern Community College is one of three North Carolina colleges selected for Project SEARCH, a program that helps students with disabilities by giving them on-the-job training through an internship with local businesses. An open house about Project SEARCH will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Jackson Campus in the Burrell Building. 828.339.4486 or devonnej@southwesterncc.edu.

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“The local community, including tribal elders, artists, students and enrolled members, as well as physicians and medical professionals, have all played a big role in shaping this new facility,” Hicks said. The hospital will house numerous programs, including a 20-bed inpatient, integrated care, outpatient services, lab, pharmacy, complimentary therapies, physical therapy and other services currently provided by Cherokee Indian Hospital. It will open in early 2016.

BizWeek in Franklin will feature a series of programs in celebration of business, industry and entrepreneurship. The event runs from April 22-24 and is hosted by the Macon County Economic Development Commission. • Shop Local, Buy Local, Invest Local, 9 a.m. April 22 on the Macon campus of Southwestern Community College. • Getting More Engagement & Results for Small Biz Using Photography and Video, 2 p.m. April 22 on the Macon campus of SCC. • Entrepreneur Networking Night, 5:30

• REACH of Haywood County is expanding its two thrift stores in Waynesville. The REACH clothing and home stores located on Hazelwood Avenue will be combined and expanded into one store front. REACH provides crisis support, counseling, recovery and court advocacy for domestic and sexual violence victims. 828.454.5998.

• A free seminar called “Global Appalachia Eye Opener” will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, April 28, by the Haywood Community College Small Business Center. The International Trade Division of the Department of Commerce will host an export workshop. Get one-on-one consulting with international trade experts who will devise a strategic follow-up plan to promote global exporting initiatives. Free, but registration required. www.sbc.haywood.edu or 828.627.4606.

• Western Carolina University will hold an information session for prospective students for its MBA program at 4 p.m. Monday, April 21, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort. Classes for part-time MBA students are offered at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee. Register by sending an email to kumcintyre@wcu.edu. • Mountaineer Complete Care, a retail home health store, is now open in Clyde. The store sells diabetic shoes and compression therapy, lift chairs, knee walkers, bath safety items, beds and accessories, braces, back supports and other health and wellness products. 828.456.2818. • The new Perk & Pastry shop on Main Street in Sylva will be opening on Friday, April 18, in the former Annie’s Bakery location. It will be run by the owners of City Lights Café. Hours will be Monday-Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bistro will offer a wide array of pastries and baked goods, espresso drinks, breakfast, lunch and house-made gourmet grab-and-go items, including salads, soups, sandwiches, breakfast burritos and bagel sandwiches.

• Dr. J. Christopher Rowland has joined the team at Angel Pediatrics. Rowland got his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He transferred from Marion, where he practiced at Blue Ridge Pediatrics.

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p.m. April 23 at Motor Company Grill. • BizWeek Banquet, 6 p.m. April 24 at Holly Springs Baptist Church. Featuring keynote speaker David Belcher, chancellor of Western Carolina University, as well as the announcement of the 2014 Macon County Business Plan Competition winner. All BizWeek 2014 events are free. However, space is limited and pre-registration is required. www.maconedc.com or call 828.369.2306.

Haywood entrepreneurs: start your engines

The annual business start-up competition by the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce is underway. The winning business plan will receive a $10,000 grant. Business plans will be judged on the potential for success and job creation. “A key pillar of economic development in our community is to promote the start-up and expansion of local and small businesses,” said CeCe Hipps, director of the Haywood Chamber. The Haywood Advancement Foundation is a major underwriter of the competition, along with other business partners. The deadline is May 1. www.haywoodnc.com.

the 2014 UNC Board of Governors Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Debo was recognized for her ability to engage students in stimulating, challenging and sophisticated discussions about literature and literary theory. • High Country Kennels has recently opened in Franklin. This “home away from home” for dogs and cats has large and medium indoor/outdoor runs, isolated pens for pets that prefer a quieter environment and a family size pen. 828.369.3900. • Southwestern Community College will offer a seven-week bartending class on Mondays and Wednesdays starting April 14. The class meets from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Balsam Center at Southwestern’s Jackson campus. Cost is $125. 828.339.4426 or ldowns@southwesterncc.edu.

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• A series of free eBay workshops will be held by the Haywood Community College Small Business Center this month. eBay for Beginners will be held 6 to 9 p.m. April 29. Beyond the Basics of Selling on eBay will be held 1 to 4:30 p.m., April 30. Setting up your eBay Store will be held 6 to 9 p.m. April 30. Free, but registration required. www.sbc.haywood.edu or 828.627.4606. • Annette Debo, professor of English at Western Carolina University, is among 17 recipients of

• Haywood Community College’s Cosmetic Arts Department will hold a Cut-A-Thon for Relay for Life through the American Cancer Society from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 23 at the college’s Cosmetic Arts Center. 828.627.4641. • The Karma Café, a family-run coffee shop serving breakfast and lunch daily, has opened on Main Street in downtown Waynesville. It features freshly baked pastries and sweets, a juice bar and smoothies, coffee drinks, soup, salads and sandwiches. Open Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.thekarmacafe.net or 828.246.6007.


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Enough of the labels, I’ve got band practice

news.com in response to a column I wrote two weeks ago about the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority’s request to hike the room tax. The column covered several points, among them my support for increasing the room tax. Within that commenter’s post was this gem of a line: “Scott McLeod, liberal publisher of The Smoky Mountain News and his band of Socialists ….” As soon as I read it, I couldn’t help but imagine it referring to a musical group. A lifelong mediocre musician, I laughed as I imagined my “band of Socialists” on tour with the Band of Horses or the old E Street Band, for heaven’s sake. Over the next few days, several people who had seen the online comment brought it up in conversation. That led to a political discussion about the labels we use. I remember some of my history and so have read about the use of the term “liberal” as something Democrats wore like a badge of honor during the Franklin Roosevelt era and earlier. According to a recent article in The Atlantic by Peter Beinart:

In the first half of the 20th century, “liberal” enjoyed a certain prestige. When Franklin Roosevelt began using it to describe the ideology of the New Deal, for instance, small-government types accused him of linguistic theft, claiming that since the expansion of state power threatened liberty, they — and not the New Dealers — were the true liberals.

By the 1960s, though, Beinart says attitudes had changed. The policies embraced by some Democrats were leading to societal changes many Americans were not happy about. Liberals pushed for too much liberty, some argued. Again, Beinart in The Atlantic:

But by the 1960s, the American right had stopped claiming

Kids can endure a little stress

To the Editor: Wondering what all the fuss is over the use of Common Core standards in school, I looked up what information I could find. Frankly, it gets pretty weird. One expert said that requiring kids to meet certain standards at each grade level was demeaning and destroys their creativity. Hmm, I’ve seen some of that creative math at work when a kid at McDonald’s can’t make change. One must dismiss opinions that teachers come up with because they are, after all, union members and unions exist to protect teachers, not students. Large companies point to the need for newly hired young people to take remedial classes in math and just plain old spelling and often must send their new hires off to take remedial classes before they can be put to work. Truly, a sad commentary on our educational system. The other complaint I’ve heard is that the Common Core standards are federal standards and few want the federal government

“liberal” and begun demonizing it. Over the next two decades, being a liberal came to mean letting criminals terrorize America’s cities, hippies undermine traditional morality, and communists menace the world. It meant, in other words, too much liberty for the wrong kind of people. Fearful of its negative connotations, Democratic politicians began disassociating themselves from the term ….

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sometimes change meaning. It may take a few years, WAords but it happens, and it especially happens in politics. comment was recently posted on www.smokymountain-

I remember clearly how the word was used in the 1988 presidential election. George Bush the First tagged his opponent, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, a “liberal, card-carrying member of the ACLU.” Those of us who followed that campaign also remember how Dukakis’ liberal prison Editor furlough program and his ridiculous ride atop an army tank helped sink his

campaign. Since Obama came along, though, using the word “liberal” derisively may have lost some of its zing. Liberals support social causes like gay marriage, voting rights and immigrations reform that are becoming mainstream. The Right, though, has used the term as a negative for so many decades it will probably be a few more years before it loses its negative connotation. Today, the Right seems to be honing in on a much more menacing label — “socialist.” Every time I turn on the television to listen to the talking heads, all one hears is Democrats being referred to as “socialists.” The use of the term is another reason the online comment caught my attention. It’s fairly easy to trace the word’s bloodline to its current usage as a negative epithet: our old enemy the USSR was a communist and socialist country every American hated; recent recession forces government to take over or bail out private corporations (Bush and Obama, but let’s not split hairs); Obamacare passes; western European social democracies have

telling teachers how to teach. Actually, we gave up that privilege a long time ago when school boards accepted the first money from the federal government. One other complaint is that students should not be required to know things like the multiplication tables or how to spell. Their theory is that knowing the multiplication tables requires students to learn by rote, or, putting it another way, by memory, and all this is stressful for students. Or, is it stressful for teachers? I would suppose this has something to do with fuzzy math and certainly has much to do with fuzzy thinking. Is it really destructive to ask a child to memorize something? Next thing, we’ll do away with homework because it interferes with a child’s ability to go on Facebook. How terrible! True, as Einstein once said, everyone learns differently, and he used the example of trying to teach a fish to climb a tree. Good point, but how has learning to spell changed that? Don’t we need our kids graduating with enough knowledge to be admitted to a college, and if they don’t go to college, don’t they need to be able to compete within our society? Does it really matter how someone learns algebra or math as long as they can meet a

universal healthcare; and so now Democrats are socialists. It’s a stretch, but labels only need a grain of truth to stick. The main task is to use the label ad nauseum until it takes on the negative connotation. Let’s be fair. Both sides of the political spectrum love labels. These days, the word “conservative” is a badge of honor among most Republicans. It evokes a sense of strength, unwilling to change due to the whims of politics. So the Left seldom uses it unless describing a “moderate Democrat,” one that might be described as having conservative values (anti-abortion, gun rights, dislikes bureaucracy). No, the Left’s favorite label these days is to call a Republican a “Tea Party Republican.” The attempt is to negatively label that person as totally against government in any form and somewhere to the right of the late former senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina. A “Tea Party Republican” is, according to the Left, more of an anarchist than a real Republican. Not quite as disparaging as the “Tea Party” label is to describe someone’s policies as “right-wing.” The label conjures up a mean-spirited, no-holds-barred position. I heard one leftwing commentator refer to Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget proposal as a “right-wing manifesto.” Just sounds nasty. It’s all fun and games to discuss these labels, but the reason they gain such notoriety is that they work. Much easier to use a simple word or phrase to gain the advantage over someone as opposed to actually debating the merits of a candidate’s position on a complex issue. Anyway, I’ve got to run. There are problems brewing. My band of socialists has its first gig in a couple of days. Greg, one of the conservatives who works in our office, says he’s not joining the band. He’s trying to pull a Yoko and break things up before we even get going. I’ve got work to do or the band is doomed. (Scott McLeod can be reached at info@smokymountainnews.com.)

LOOKING FOR OPINIONS The Smoky Mountain News encourages readers to express their opinions through letters to the editor or guest columns. All viewpoints are welcome. Send to Scott McLeod at info@smokymountainnews.com., fax to 828.452.3585, or mail to PO Box 629, Waynesville, NC, 28786. minimum standard and prepare for real life? Life is sometimes tough. Sure, in some areas, we have special needs kids, some involving mental disorders, but a lot is the result of broken families, single moms and parents too lazy to make sure their kids are taking their education seriously. Ultimately, this leads to a two-tiered society; the educated and the uneducated, with the result that the educated end up ruling over the uneducated. Common Core forces teachers and students to live up to a standard of education that holds the promise of opportunity for our young people. Do we need unions controlling

our educational system? Good grief, surely our kids can survive the stress of memorizing the multiplication tables. Bob Wilson Franklin

County oversteps its authority To the Editor: The Haywood County Emergency Management Ordinance was signed into effect Nov. 16, 2009, by J.W. “Kirk” Kirkpatrick, then chairman of the board of county commissioners, from a motion made by Mark Swanger (the present chairman) and seconded by Commissioner Kevin Ensley. It appears that very few people know about this ordinance, and even fewer are aware of the fact that their commissioners are signing away their rights. The Emergency Management Ordinance for Haywood County is part of a larger state and national scheme to protect citizens during a state of emergency. Outside of the debate on whether we actually need an emergency management scheme here in the county or not, there are a few

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Taste the Mountains is an ever-evolving paid section of places to dine in Western North Carolina. If you would like to be included in the listing please contact our advertising department at 828.452.4251 A TASTE OF NEW ORLEANS 67 Branner Ave., Waynesville, 828.246.0885. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days a week. Curtis Henry opened A Taste of New Orleans to cater to the locals and become the place that’s always open that you can rely on for different, flavorful dishes every day. Serving Cajun, French and Creole Cuisine in a lovingly restored space. AMMONS DRIVE-IN RESTAURANT & DAIRY BAR 1451 Dellwwod Rd., Waynesville. 828.926.0734. Open 7 days a week 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Celebrating over 25 years. Enjoy world famous hot dogs as well as burgers, seafood, hushpuppies, hot wings and chicken. Be sure to save room for dessert. The cobbler, pie and cake selections are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. BLUE ROOSTER SOUTHERN GRILL 207 Paragon Parkway, Clyde, Lakeside Plaza at the old Wal-Mart. 828.456.1997. Open Monday through Friday. Friendly and fun family atmosphere. Local, handmade

Southern cuisine. Fresh-cut salads; slowsimmered soups; flame grilled burgers and steaks, and homemade signature desserts. Blue-plates and local fresh vegetables daily. Brown bagging is permitted. Private parties, catering, and take-out available. BOURBON BARREL BEEF & ALE 454 Hazelwood Ave., Waynesville, 828.452.9191. Dinner nightly from 4 p.m. Closed on Sunday. We specialize in handcut, all natural steaks, fresh fish, and other classic American comfort foods that are made using only the finest local and sustainable ingredients available. We also feature a great selection of craft beers from local artisan brewers, and of course an extensive selection of small batch bourbons and whiskey. The Barrel is a friendly and casual neighborhood dining experience where our guests enjoy a great meal without breaking the bank. BREAKING BREAD CAFÉ 6147 Hwy 276 S. Bethel (at the Mobil Gas Station) 828.648.3838 Monday Through Friday a.m to 5 p.m. (takeout only 5 to 6 p.m.) Closed Saturday and Sunday. Deli and so much more. We roast our own ham, turkey and roast beef, just like you get on Thanksgiving. Come try our new burger menu with topping choices from around the world. Enjoy our daily baked goods: cinnamon & sticky buns, cakes, pies and cookies. BRYSON CITY BAKERY AND PASTRY SHOPPE 191 Everett St., Bryson City. 828.488.5390

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protects citizens against property seizure, as well as Article I:5 of the state Constitution, which states that no law or ordinance can be contrary to the Constitution of the US. What’s more, in the case of a hazardous material spill, §31.08 gives the Haywood County Emergency Management Director the authority to “enter public or private property, with or without the owner’s consent”, again violating the Fourth Amendment, and §31.10 states that any official acting with regard to this ordinance during an emergency cannot be held liable for any damages to a person or their property. I wonder: if the government’s role, as established by the constitution of the US, is to protect the rights and property of its citizens, then why in the world are our elected officials signing away our rights? Serious reconsideration needs to be taken with this ordinance. While some citizens may think these measures necessary during an emergency, surely something as sweeping as this needs to go to referendum before our rights are threatened without our knowledge. Again, I refer to the state constitution of North Carolina, Article I:9, which states that it cannot be amended outside of the electoral process. Therefore, I suggest that our county officials become more comfortable with the referenda process before becoming so comfortable with unconstitutional executive orders. (To read the ordinance yourself, and draw your own conclusions, see haywoodnc.net/ordinances. To compare with the N.C. Constitution, see www.ncconstitution.com. Windy McKinney Jonathan Valley

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very alarming parts of the ordinance, which should cause every innocent citizen concern. In my view, the most important part is statute 31.07, sections 1-4, which state that the county manager, under the auspices of the board of commissioners, can do whatever it takes to make sure that the public complies with all emergency management measures. He/she can fire any public official who refuses to obey his/her will and can control all movement within the county, including the method of transportation, as well as the entrances and exits of the county. He/she can also determine where people may stay during an emergency, in what numbers, and control all “materials” and “resources” including — but not limited to — your food, clothing, home, fuel, income, etc., and can ration these at his/her discretion. One wonders what else could be considered a county “resource”? Your car? Your guns? I find it upsetting that while 31.03 defines the terms used throughout the document, what is meant by the terms “materials” and “resources” is left undefined at any point. Perhaps the most alarming part of this entire document is section j, which states that the county manager has the authority during a state of emergency to take by any means, including “seizure” and “condemnation,” “materials and facilities” for said emergency “without regard to the limitation of any existing law.” This statement seeks to override the constitutions of both the U.S. and N.C. and gives the county the power to condemn its citizens in order to seize their “materials.” While this is clearly not ethical, it is also not legal, as it violates the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which

er it is will be their lackey. They intend to escape their fair share of taxes by trashing public health, education and government services all across the nation, just as they’ve done in Raleigh. They’re sick with fear that Obamacare, given time to work, will turn out to be popular. Some polls say that’s the trend even now. Their latest attack ad bears the signature of a front group known as 60-Plus. It pretends to be for little investors and mortgage holders. It’s really about hedge fund managers, the parties actually affected by the bipartisan legislation Hagan supports. Please pay no attention to any of that propaganda. The fundamental issue in this race — the only issue, really — is whether North Carolina’s junior senator’s loyalty will lie with the people of our state or with selfish and arrogant out-of-state forces like the Koch bullies. The Supreme Court’s wretched campaign finance decision last week, erasing a reasonable lid on aggregate contributions, is another reason to reelect Kay Hagan. We need a senator whose instinct is to vote for the people instead of for the money. It runs in her family. Martin A. Dyckman Waynesville

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To the Editor: Sen. Kay Hagan’s path to Washington began in high school when she helped elect her uncle Lawton Chiles to the Senate. It was a low-budget campaign which he won by walking from the Florida Panhandle to the Florida Keys, listening to thousands of voters along the way. Hagan walked with him on occasion and distributed bumper stickers. The voters were eager to elect and reelect someone who cared so much about them. When Chiles won re-election in 1976, it was with a voluntary $10 limit on contributions to his campaign. In later and more difficult campaigns for governor, the selfimposed limit was $100. Just $100. Those were the days. Hagan, whose moderation and people skills resemble her uncle’s in many ways, is fighting for her political life against the worst onslaught of outside money North Carolina has ever seen. The billionaire and corporate lobby, personified by the Koch brothers and Karl Rove, has already thrown $10 million worth of television smears at her without waiting to see which far-right Republican will be on the ballot in November. They know that whoev-

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tasteTHEmountains Offering a full line of fresh baked goods like Grandma used to make. Large variety to choose from including cakes, pies, donuts, breads, cinn-buns and much more. Also serving Hershey Ice Cream. Open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. CATALOOCHEE RANCH 119 Ranch Dr., Maggie Valley. 828.926.1401. Mile-high mountaintop dining with a spectacular view. Join us for plentiful buffet-style dinners on Fridays and Saturdays, and long winter holiday weekends. Dinner is served from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in winter and includes pot roast, Virginia ham or herb-baked chicken, complemented with an assortment of seasonal vegetables, homemade breads, jellies and desserts. We also offer a fine selection of wine and beer. Lunch is served on the same days from 12 to 2 p.m. CHEF’S TABLE 30 Church St., Waynesville. 828.452.6210. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday dinner starting at 5 p.m. “Best of” Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine. Set in a distinguished atmosphere with an exceptional menu. Extensive selection of wine and beer. Reservations honored. CITY BAKERY 18 N. Main St. Waynesville 828.452.3881. Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join us in our historic location for scratch made soups and daily specials. Breakfast is made to order daily: Gourmet

cheddar & scallion biscuits served with bacon, sausage and eggs; smoked trout bagel plate; quiche and fresh fruit parfait. We bake a wide variety of breads daily, specializing in traditional french breads. All of our breads are hand shaped. Lunch: Fresh salads, panini sandwiches. Enjoy outdoor dinning on the deck. Private room available for meetings. CITY LIGHTS CAFE Spring Street in downtown Sylva. 828.587.2233. Open Monday-Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tasty, healthy and quick. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, espresso, beer and wine. Come taste the savory and sweet crepes, grilled paninis, fresh, organic salads, soups and more. Outside patio seating. Free Wi-Fi, pet-friendly. Live music and lots of events. Check the web calendar at citylightscafe.com. BRYSON CITY CORK & BEAN A MOUNTAIN SOCIAL HOUSE 16 Everett St.,Bryson City. 828.488.1934. Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday brunch 9 a.m. to 3p.m., Full Menu 3 to 9 p.m. Serving fresh and delicious weekday morning lite fare, lunch, dinner, and brunch. Freshly prepared menu offerings range from house-made soups & salads, lite fare & tapas, crepes, specialty sandwiches and burgers. Be sure not to miss the bold flavors and creative combinations that make up the daily Chef Supper Specials starting at 5pm every day. Followed by a tempting selection of desserts prepared daily by our chefs and other local bakers. Enjoy

craft beers on tap, as well as our full bar and eclectic wine list.

GUADALUPE CAFÉ 606 W. Main Street, Sylva. 828.586.9877. Open 7 days a week at 5 p.m. Located in the historic Hooper’s Drugstore, Guadalupe Café is a chef-owned and operated restaurant serving Caribbean inspired fare complimented by a quirky selection of wines and microbrews. Supporting local farmers of organic produce, livestock, hand-crafted cheese, and using sustainably harvested seafood.

CORK & CLEAVER 176 Country Club Drive, Waynesville. 828.456.7179. Reservations recommended. 4:30-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Tucked away inside Waynesville Inn, Cork & Cleaver has an approachable menu designed around locally sourced, sustainable, farm-to-table ingredients. Executive Chef Corey Green prepares innovative and unique Southern fare from local, organic vegetables grown in Western North Carolina. Full bar and wine cellar. www.waynesvilleinn.com.

HERREN HOUSE 94 East St., Waynesville 828.452.7837. Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday Brunch 11 a. m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy fresh local products, created daily. Join us in our beautiful patio garden. We are your local neighborhood host for special events: business party’s, luncheons, weddings, showers and more. Private parties & catering are available 7 days a week by reservation only.

FRANKIE’S ITALIAN TRATTORIA 1037 Soco Rd. Maggie Valley. 828.926.6216 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Father and son team Frank and Louis Perrone cook up dinners steeped in Italian tradition. With recipies passed down from generations gone by, the Perrones have brought a bit of Italy to Maggie Valley.

J. ARTHUR’S RESTAURANT AT MAGGIE VALLEY U.S. 19 in Maggie Valley. 828.926.1817. Lunch Sunday noon to 2:30 p.m., dinner nightly starting at 4:30 p.m. World-famous prime rib, steaks, fresh seafood, gorgonzola cheese and salads. All ABC permits and open year-round. Children always welcome. Takeout menu. Excellent service and hospitality. Reservations appreciated.

FROGS LEAP PUBLIC HOUSE 44 Church St. Downtown Waynesville 828.456.1930 Serving lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; Dinner 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. Frogs Leap is a farm to table restaurant focused on local, sustainable, natural and organic products prepared in modern regional dishes. Seasonal menu focuses on Southern comfort foods with upscale flavors. www.frogsleappublichouse.com.

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tasteTHEmountains theme decorated with memorabilia from that era. LOS AMIGOS 366 Russ Ave. in the Bi-Lo Plaza. 828.456.7870. Open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5 to 10 p.m. for dinner Monday through Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy the lunch prices Monday through Sunday, also enjoy our outdoor patio. MAD BATTER BAKERY & CAFÉ Located on the WCU Campus in Cullowhee. 828.293.3096. Open Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Earth-friendly foods at people-friendly prices. Daily specials, wraps, salads, pastries, breads, soups and more. Unique fare, friendly service, casual atmosphere and wireless Internet. Organic ingredients, local produce, gourmet fair trade and organic coffees. MAGGIE VALLEY CLUB 1819 Country Club Dr., Maggie Valley. 828.926.1616. maggievalleyclub.com/dine. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Fine and casual fireside dining in welcoming atmosphere. Full bar. Reservations accepted.

MOUNTAIN PERKS ESPRESSO BAR & CAFÉ 9 Depot St., Bryson City. 828.488.9561. Open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. With music at the Depot. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Life is too short for bad coffee. We feature wonderful breakfast and lunch selections. Bagels, wraps, soups, sandwiches, salads and quiche with a variety of specialty coffees, teas and smoothies. Various desserts.

PASQUALE’S 1863 South Main Street, Waynesville. Off exit 98, 828.454.5002. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Classic Italian dishes, exceptional steaks and seafood (available in full and lighter sizes), thin crust pizza, homemade soups, salads hand tossed at your table. Fine wine and

PATIO BISTRO 30 Church Street, Waynesville. 828.454.0070. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Breakfast bagels and sandwiches, gourmet coffee, deli sandwiches for lunch with homemade soups, quiches, and desserts. Wide selection of wine and beer. Outdoor and indoor dining. RENDEZVOUS RESTAURANT AND BAR Maggie Valley Inn and Conference Center 828.926.0201 Bar open Monday thru Saturday; dining room open Tuesday thru Saturday at 5 p.m. Full service restaurant serving steaks, prime rib, seafood and dinner specials. SOUL INFUSION TEA HOUSE & BISTRO 628 E. Main St. (between Sylva Tire & UPS). 828.586.1717. Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday noon -until. Scrumptious, natural, fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and desserts. 60+ teas served hot or cold, black, chai, herbal. Seasonal and rotating draft beers, good selection of wine. Home-Grown Music Network Venue with live music most weekends. Pet friendly and kid ready. SPEEDY’S PIZZA 285 Main Street, Sylva. 828.586.3800. Open seven days a week. Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 3 p.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Family-owned for 30 years. Serving hand-tossed pizza made to order, pasta, subs, gourmet salads, calzones and seafood. Also serving excellent prime rib on Thursdays. Dine in or take out available. Located across from the Fire Station. TAP ROOM SPORTS BAR & GRILL 176 Country Club Dr. Waynesville 828.456.5988. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Enjoy soups, sandwiches, salads and hearty appetizers along with a full bar menu in our casual, smoke-free neighborhood grill.

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ORGANIC BEANS COFFEE COMPANY 1110 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. 828.668.2326. Open 7 days a week 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Happily committed to brewing and serving innovative, uniquely delicious coffees — and making the world a better place. 100% of our coffee is Fair Trade, Shade Grown, and Organic, all slow-roasted to bring out every note of indigenous flavor. Bakery offerings include cakes, muffins, cookies and more. Each one is made from scratch in Asheville using only the freshest, all natural ingredients available. We are proud to offer gluten-free and vegan options.

PASQUALINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 25 Everett Street, Bryson City. 828.488.9555. Open for lunch and dinner everyday 11:30 a.m.-late. A taste of Italy in beautiful Bryson City. Exceptional pasta, pizza, homemade soups, salads. Fine wine, mixed drinks and beer selection. Casual atmosphere, reservations appreciated.

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artisan skill that requires the utmost focus, discipline and respect. He works in a world where a split-second decision can be the difference between shattered glass and a work of art. “It’s about timing, and if the timing is off the glass will scream at you, and you have to correct it,” he said. “From the bottom of my heart, I love this material. Every day I expand my experience. You find something new every day — it’s an endless journey.”

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Staring into a 2,250degree furnace, Tadashi Torii sees his passion come to life. “I’m really calm,” he said. “I try not to be bothered by anything else. I try to create my inner-peace area and then go from there and concentrate.” Standing in his glassblowing studio at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro, Torii is a renowned name within his craft — an

Originally from Osaka, Japan, Torii came to the United States to be part of an artist commune. From there, he enrolled in Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus. He began studying business, but that all changed one day when he wandered into the fine arts department and signed up for a glassblowing class. “I took the class and fell in love with it. It was just so different, almost like I was in a different world,” the 46-year-old said. “I’d never met these kinds of materials before. It’s liquid when it’s warm and then becomes a solid when you lose heat. That transition of the material was so fascinating.” Following graduation in 1997, Torii became an apprentice under glass master Richard Jolley for the next five years in Knoxville. After he completed his apprenticeship, the artist headed back to Georgia, where he managed glass studios and continued to hone his skills. “Being in those studios has given me the opportunity to learn more about glass, build equipment, and teach classes and workshops,” Torii said. “It’s about creating my art and expanding my knowledge.” When Torii heard about the Green Energy Park in Dillsboro, he and his wife, artist Corina Pia, decided to relocate to Western North Carolina in 2011. The park is lauded for its sustainability, where the studios, forge and furnaces are fueled by methane from a nearby closed landfill.

Glass artist Tadashi Torii (right) working in a studio at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro. Torii is wellknown for his intricate pieces, which can range from a cup to a vase to a dragon (above). The artist has been living in Western North Carolina since 2011 and came here to be able to use the Green Energy Park, which uses sustainable methane from a nearby closed landfill to fuel the studios within the park. Garret K. Woodward photo

“Compared with normal setups of using city gas, natural gas, propane or electricity, using methane cuts down on the cost, where you’re still able to have the quality you need, but it’s sustainable,” he said. “I see [methane] as the future, as a way of creating art. Here, I can create pieces as small and as large as I want to.” And besides the park, Torii loves being surrounded by the natural beauty of Southern Tadashi Torii Appalachia — both Osaka, as well as his wife’s home of Corina, Germany, are in mountainous regions. “When we came here, we fell in love with this area,” he said.

HEATING UP PASSION Watching Torii at work at the park, one observes the precision and focus he places on his carefully planned step-by-step process. What was initially a molten blob of glass has been transformed into a piece of art, which that day was small, intricate designs of a drag-

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SMN: Are there any similarities between making a record and making a film? KC: The similarities are that you don’t want to stop until you’ve got it right. And sometimes you’ve got to just stop tinkering with it and say, “Look, this is the best that I can do it.” I have to know that it’s as good as I can do it. And I also have to believe in the song.

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The DuPont Brothers will perform at 7 p.m. April 10 at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville and at 8 p.m. April 11 at Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City.

The Sylva Photo Club will feature photographer Gary Montanari at 3 p.m. April 12 at Coggins Office Park in Sylva. A concert to benefit landslide victims in Washington will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. April 11 at Bridge Park in Sylva. A revitalization project on Cherokee weaving and a talk will be held April 11-12 at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

SMN: Where do you go in your head when you’re onstage? KC: It’s as good of a feeling as The Homebrew Competition and Chili Cook-off you might get. It’s like a big wave. You can sit out there on the ocean will be held at 3 p.m. April 19 at Frog Level on your board and all of a sudden Brewing in Waynesville. this wave comes and picks you up. No matter how bad you’re feeling, Smoky Mountain News: Where did it all once the guitars start and the drums kick in, start with you and music? I swear my face just grows into a big smile. Kevin Costner: I was trained classically in the piano, was in traveling choirs, so obviousSMN: A lot of the films you’ve done are ly I was exposed to music. And I grew up very sentimental about America — the smack dab in the 1960s and the music that Midwest, baseball, the Wild West. And you was coming out at that time. The acid see a lot of those sentiments in the lyrics of groups, The Four Seasons, Motown, Carole your music. King, James Taylor. It was just such a wide KC: I don’t know if it’s intentional. variety of music that was thrusting out. Maybe it’s all I know in this world. Sometimes I talk about love and things you SMN: As a teenager you moved around a just can’t seem to get right. John [Coinman] lot, and it was hard to make friends. Was and I share a big Midwestern root. My fami-

ly is from Diamond, Okla., and his is from Clayton, N.M. Our families came out of the Dust Bowl. Our songs are rooted in that Americana, not so much country, but they’re just American stories. SMN: You’re coming up on 35 years in the entertainment industry. What does that number mean to you? KC: I’ve never really thought about it. I just live my life and I don’t know where it’ll take me. It’s been a real journey, but it has also been a real reminder that if you do the things in life that you love doing, it’s really interesting to see where it takes you. If I didn’t feel like these songs spoke to people, I’d just keep them in the living room. SMN: What do you want people to feel when they leave your show? KC: I do want people to drive away with more than they expected. I don’t think some people know what to expect when they come to see us. That’s the beauty in life, whether it’s a first date or first day on the job, you didn’t expect to feel that way, but somehow you felt really comfortable. You can’t just show up and say look, “I have this resume of movies.” You have to give people something, songs they haven’t heard and hold their interest.

Want to go? Kevin Costner & Modern West will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Tickets are $40, $45 and $50. www.greatmountainmusic.com or 866.273.4615. Costner is also starring in his latest film “Draft Day,” which opens in theaters April 11. The sports comedy/drama features Costner as the general manager of the Cleveland Browns, who are desperate to land the #1 draft pick. The film also stars Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Ellen Burstyn and Sam Elliot. www.draftdaythemovie.com.

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So, what are you going to ask him? That was the question constantly asked to me when friends and curious folks alike found out I was interviewing Kevin Costner. Yes, that Kevin Costner. You see the Academy Award-winning actor/director fronts a country/blues band called Modern West. They’ll be performing at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin on April 24. Costner is one of the more recognizable pop culture icons of the last 25 years. He was Ray Kinsella in “Field of Dreams,” Lt. John J. Dunbar in “Dances with Wolves” and Crash Davis in “Bull Durham,” just to name a few of the actor’s well-known portrayals. Those roles dust off eras of America beloved by those who never forgot the beauty of this land and its people. And that sentimentality permeates through his music, too. Alongside his longtime musical collaborator John Coinman, Costner and Modern West conjure the sights and sounds of this country. The melodies run through the wheat fields of the Midwest, the thick forests of New England, up the Rocky Mountains and down the highways of everywhere in between — stretching out and intertwining like veins in the soul of humanity. The Smoky Mountain News recently caught up with Costner. He spoke of his early love of music, how being onstage is like riding a wave of happiness, and how people will be pleasantly surprised when they put aside Kevin Costner, the actor, and embrace Kevin Costner, the performer.

SMN: Do you find it hard having your name attached to your music and having people take it seriously with them knowing you as an actor? KC: I knew that was going to happen going into this, and it still happens to a certain extent now. There’s a level of curiosity that brings people through the door, but there are also people that have been following us for the last nine years. This isn’t a vanity project. It’s something I like to do. If this was a vanity project, I wouldn’t be getting on buses, traveling, going to a hotel room, showering and then getting to the sound-check. I really love performing live, and if you were to really boil me down to the bone, I guess I’m a performer.

“This isn’t a vanity project. It’s something I like to do. If this was a vanity project, I wouldn’t be getting on buses, traveling, going to a hotel room, showering and then getting to the soundcheck. I really love performing live, and if you were to really boil me down to the bone, I guess I’m a performer.”

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music a familiar comfort for you? KC: I think it is for a lot of people, and certainly I can mark where I was at with music. But, you’re right about that. It wasn’t so much about making friends, I just got tired of trying to do it.

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On the beat Civic Orchestra to perform at WCU The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra will give its final performance of the academic year at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, in the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University. The orchestra is a unique collaboration between students and faculty from the WCU School of Music and community musicians from Jackson, Swain, Macon, Buncombe and Haywood counties, said Bradley Martin, associate professor of music and conductor of the ensemble. The concert will showcase orchestra members and winners of its recent solo competition. The program will begin with Haydn’s “Horn Concerto No.1� featuring first horn player Chris Caldwell, a graduate of WCU who received his master’s degree in music from the University of Alabama. WCU students will perform the “Arban Fantasie� and variations on “The Carnival of Venice,� as well as songs by three of the great composers from the American songbook – Jerome Kern, Frank Loesser and Stephen Sondheim. The final part of the program features the “Danish Folk Music Suite� by Australian musician Percy Grainger, a pianist, composer and arranger probably best remembered for his setting of the folk dance tune “Country Gardens.� 828.227.7242.

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Community dance in Sylva A community dance will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in the Jackson County Library Complex in Sylva.  Dancing will include circle and square dances, as well as contra dances. All dances will be taught and walked through before dancing. No previous experience is necessary and no partner is required. AnneMarie Walter will call the dance to the live music of Out of the Woodwork, a band made up of local musicians; the band encourages anyone who plays an instrument to sit in with the band, to jam and learn how to play music for dancing.  Following the dance, there will also be a potluck dinner at 5 p.m. Please bring a covered dish, plate, cup, cutlery and a water bottle. Suggested donation of $5. ronandcathy71@frontier.com or www.dancewnc.com.

Sylva concert to benefit victims of landslide iting assistant professor, were discussing ways to assist the victims. Ferguson contacted officials in Darrington, Wash., and learned that financial assistance is what those who have lost their homes need most. Recognizing the strong connections between WNC and Washington state, they decided to reach out to the local community, Philyaw said. For much of the 20th century, migrants from the southwest mountains of WNC moved to western Washington state in such large numbers that they outnumbered every other immigrant population in a half dozen communities, according to Ferguson. At first, the migrants from North Carolina represented many types of occupations, Mountain Faith, along with the Boys of Tuckasegee, will perform at a but from 1920 to 1940 the benefit concert for Washington landslide victims. Donated photo Pacific Northwest slowly replaced the Appalachians as concert to benefit landslide victims in Snohomish the center of the nation’s lumber production, and that County in Washington state titled “The Circle is development led many people in that line of work to Unbroken: A Benefit for Oso, Washington, from move west permanently, he said. Western North Carolina,� will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Assisting Ferguson and Philyaw in organizing the benFriday, April 11, at Bridge Park in Sylva. efit and local fundraising activities are Lane Perry from The bluegrass show will feature local bands Mountain WCU’s Office of Service Learning, who is coordinating Faith and the Boys of Tuckasegee. The event is a collaboefforts on the WCU campus, and the Rev. Tonya Vickery ration, with Western Carolina University’s Mountain of Cullowhee Baptist Church, who is coordinating outHeritage Center joining with the Sylva Herald newspaper. reach with local churches. Perry can be reached at A few days after the landslide disaster struck on 828.227.2643 and Vickery can be contacted at March 22, taking lives and destroying homes, two WCU 828.293.3020. Individuals who would like to assist in the historians who have researched the migration of WNC effort can contact Philyaw at 828.227.3191 or Ferguson at residents to the Pacific Northwest, Scott Philyaw, director 828.227.3502. of the Mountain Heritage Center, and Rob Ferguson, viswww.facebook.com/osomudslidebenefit.

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REGIONAL ACTS CONVERGE ON MAGGIE VALLEY Smoke Rise, Martin & Mack and Mile High will perform at the Rendezvous in the Maggie Valley Inn. Smoke Rise will host the grand opening of the Tiki Bar from 3 to 6 p.m., April 13, with Martin & Mack performing April 18 and Mile High playing April 19. Pianist Steve Whiddon also plays every Thursday evening, as well as from noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays. 828.926.0201.

• East Coast Dirt Band, Rolling Nowhere, Natty Love Joys, Chris Blaylock, Chuck Spencer and Brushfire Stankgrass will be performing at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. East Coast Dirt Band plays April 10, with Rolling Nowhere April 11, Natty Love Joys April 12, Blaylock April 13, Spencer April 17 and Brushfire Stankgrass April 18. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 828.586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.

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• Karen “Sugar” Barnes & Dave Magill, Chris Titchner and Jeremiah Greer will perform at City Lights Café in Sylva. Barnes & Magill will play April 11, with Titchner playing April 12 and Greer on April 18. 828.587.2233 or www.citylightscafe.com.

• The DuPont Brothers and The Grove Band will perform at Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City. The DuPont Brothers play April 11, with The Grove Band

• ‘Round The Fire, The Old Guards, a comedy show and The Spontaneous Combustion Jam will be at BearWaters Brewing Company in Waynesville. ‘Round The Fire will play April 11 and April 18, with The Old Guards April 12 and the comedy show April 19. The jam runs from 8 p.m. to midnight every Monday, with all players welcome. Free. 828.246.0602 or www.bwbrewing.com. • The Inspirational Choir’s African American Alumni Reunion Concert will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 13, in the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University. www.wcu.edu. • The Brass Ensembles concert will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, in the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University. Featuring brass studio and small mixed brass ensembles. www.wcu.edu. • Craig Summers & Lee Kram, South of the Tracks, Joey Cochran, Ranee Howard & Lee Kram and Johnny Rhea will perform at Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. Summers & Kram will play April 10, with South of the Tracks April 11, Cochran on April 12, Howard & Kram April 17 and Rhea on April 18. Free. 828.454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com.

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Built in 1943 on the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, the Cowee School served thousands of students until it was closed as a school in 2012. It has since been repurposed to provide for the promotion of regional arts and crafts including food, pottery, and a variety of related activities, including music. The old gymnasium has been converted into a venue for high quality music. This year is our first full year and promises to be an exciting one at the Historic Cowee School, FEATURING:

May 10th – Red June June 21st – Michael Cleveland & Flamekeepers July 26th – Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen August 16th – Festival/Alumni Celebration on the grounds Sept 20th – Buncombe Turnpike Oct 18th – Town Mountain Shows run from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Ticket prices vary and are available at www.CoweeSchool.org/music.html and can be picked up at will-call the night of the show, or may be purchased at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. Season tickets are also available.

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• The Winter Pickin’ in the Armory will be at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, at the Canton Armory. The event includes mountain music, vintage country, clogging and dancing. Featured performers will be the Dixie Darlings and Mountain Traditions, with live music from Jericho Hill. Held every first and third Friday of the month. www.cantonnc.com.

• The High Mountain Squares will host their All Singing Calls Dance from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. Jim Duncan will be the caller. Western style square dancing, mainstream and plus levels. All skill levels welcome. 828.371.4946 or 828.342.1560 or 828.332.0001 or www.highmountainsquare.com.

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• The DuPont Brothers and Rockwell Scott will perform at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. The DuPont Brothers play April 10, with Scott playing April 13. $10 minimum purchase on food, drink or merchandise. 828.452.6000.

playing April 12. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. 828.488.2337 or www.nantahalabrewing.com.

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• Brother Sun will perform at 7:45 p.m., April 10, at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. $15. 828.283.0079 or www.38main.com.

“You have a limited time to create certain things,” he said. “You get in and out of the furnace, do twists and patterns. You on. The blob is twisted, trimmed, heated up and cooled down until the ideal shape is have to know every step before you start. When I start shaping, I try to transfer my attained. energy into the piece.” “It’s dancing with the glass. I know the After years of learning from glass masmaterial, and I know what I want to ters, Torii also hosts his own classes and make,” he said. “But, I don’t want to make the same thing. So, I add different gestures workshops at the park, many of which are offered through nearby Western Carolina in each piece, like tilting the head or an University. The glassblower enjoys being open wing or putting the tail in different locations. It’s about having a slightly differ- able to share his passion and wisdom with the next generation of glass artisans. ent emotional content to each piece made “I see in their eyes what I had in mine 20 years ago, and I real“I sometimes go and learn from ly want to cultivate that in the younger generation. Whoever different masters. You can wants to deal with the glass, I always learn something new. It’s just want to teach them as much as I can,” Torii said. “I somea trade. It’s about passing on times go and learn from differthese skills. And with teaching, I ent masters. You can always learn something new. It’s a learn something, too.” trade. It’s about passing on these skills. And with teaching, I — Tadashi Torii learn something, too.” The artist looks at his career as a lifelong journey, one that he hopes — that’s the beauty of it.” For the molten glass, the furnace reach- will inspire and connect others through art and creativity. es temperatures of around 2,050 degrees. “Even though it may just be a drinking Within the other furnace, where Torii cup or paper weight or sculpture piece, shapes and maneuvers the glass, temperathey have a reason why they love a piece,” tures can hover above 2,300 degrees. The Torii said. “It’s about that one second in glowing opening in the second furnace is there where they saw beauty in a piece. known as the “glory hole,” where success That’s the most important part — that’s and failure are determined with the slightwhy I keep creating.” est of movements.

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• The Homebrew Competition and Chili Cook-off with Todd Hoke will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville. Applications available at www.froglevelbrewing.com. • The 26th annual Dillsboro Easter Hat Parade will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 19 in downtown Dillsboro. An Easter egg hunt will take place at 10 a.m. at Dogwood Crafters. www.mountainlovers.com. • The Cashiers Easter Egg Hunt will be at 11 a.m., April 19, at the Village Green. Free. www.villagegreencashiersnc.com. • Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program will be held at 5 p.m., April 10, April 15 and April 17 at the Charles Heath Gallery in Bryson City. Refreshments served as you paint. All materials provided. $18 per child. 828.538.2054.

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• The Peanuts Easter Beagle Express Train will run at 11 a.m. April 18-19 at the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad train depot in Bryson City. Classic cartoon characters travel along with families on the ride from Bryson City to Dillsboro along the Tuckasegee River. 800.872.4681. • The Easter Family Festival will be held April 18-20 at the Fontana Village Resort. Live music, Easter feast and children’s activities. 828.498.2211. • The Smoky Mountain Oyster & Seafood Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Festival features shrimp and oysters, as well as steamed and raw clams. Attendees can participate in an oyster eating contest and the mountain shucking championships. Rain or shine. $8 for adults, kids 12 and under free. Live music by Mile High and Al Coffee & Da’ Grind. www.smokymtnoysterfest.com.

• The 3rd annual Easter Egg Extravaganza will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. April 19 at the Snow Hill Inn in Franklin. Event will feature Easter egg hunts for various age groups, a photo with the Easter Bunny, games, crafts and prizes. www.franklin-chamber.com.

• Local Beer! Local Cheese! will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. April 10 at City Lights Café in Sylva. The cafe will host Looking Glass Creamery, Innovation Brewing and Heinzelmannchen Brewery. 828.587.2233 or www.citylightscafe.com or www.mountainlovers.com.

• The films “In A World” and “The Lorax” will be screened at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. “In A World” will be shown April 11-12, with The Lorax showing April 18-19. Screenings are at 7:45 p.m. on Fridays and 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets are $6 per person, $4 for children. 828.283.0079 or www.38main.com.

• Handcrafted Beer, Handcrafted Vessels will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. April 11 at It’s By Nature Gallery in Sylva. The gallery will feature a collection of handcrafted mugs and steins along with samples of craft beer from Innovation Brewing and Heinzelmannchen Brewery. www.itsbynature.com or www.mountainlovers.com.

• The Spring Cornhole Tournament will be held April 18-20 at the Cherokee Welcome Center & Fairgrounds. Blind draw determines teams. Registration at 11 a.m. Bags start flying at noon. www.visitcherokeenc.com.

• A Beer Dinner with Innovation Brewing and Heinzelmannchen Brewery will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 15 at City Lights Café in Sylva. 828.587.2233 or www.citylightscafe.com or www.mountainlovers.com.

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Open call for Taste of Chocolate An open call for bakers is currently underway for the 15th annual Taste of Chocolate Plus, which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. April 19 at the Maggie Valley Club. The event is looking for bakers that would like to share their favorite chocolate dessert, local shops that would like to give to the silent auction and volunteers for all the behind the scene activities. Funds raised via the event stay in the community to help recruit volunteers for 60 organizations as well as counsel people on Medicare through the NC Seniors Health Information Program with supplements, advantage plans and prescription plans. Last year, the funds assisted 416 Medicare clients and saved them over $149,000 in prescription costs. 828.356.2833.

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The second annual Woofstock! is now seeking applications from participants in its barbeque competition. The fundraiser will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at McGuire Gardens in Sylva. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to benefit ARF, which is the Jackson County Humane Society. The event features a barbeque competition, live blues music, offerings from Innovation Brewing, pet photos and a silent auction. The barbeque competition will be judged in the following categories: beef, pork, chicken, sauce and a people’s choice best overall. The tasting will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., with awards announced at 7:30 p.m. Participants will provide two-ounce tastes for an estimated 200 attendees and eight judges in any of these categories. There is no charge to participate;

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The 24th annual Largest Indoor Yard Sale will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 12, in the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University. The yard sale is a fundraiser for the Jackson County Arts Council. All proceeds from the table rentals go to the arts council and are used for grants and programs promoting the arts in the community. Many of the vendors are also nonprofits raising funds to support other worthy community causes. www.jacksoncountyarts.org or 828.507.9820 or 828.507.9531.

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choice. The contest is open to ages 4 to 16. There will be a winner chosen for ages 4-8, 9-12, and 1316. Judging will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 17. All entries must be submitted by Wednesday, April 16. 828.488.3030.

Cornshuck doll maker Lori Anderson (pictured above) will lead a doll-making workshop April 17 in Sylva. File photo April 17, at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Office in Sylva. Lori Anderson of Bryson City will be teaching this Appalachian traditions class in the Community Services Center, room 234. Anderson is passionate about the Smoky Mountains, wildflowers, and cultural arts and spends much of her time volunteering at the Mountain Farm Museum at the Oconuluftee Visitor Center where she demonstrates her craft. The workshop costs $10 per person. 828.586.4009.  • A Peeps Diorama Contest will be held through April 17 at the Mariana Public Library in Bryson City. Create a diorama using peeps that represents a book of your

• An Easter Tea will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Jarrett House in Dillsboro. The event is a fundraiser for Dogwood Crafter. $15 per person. 828.586.2248. www.mountainlovers.com.

• A Photowalk of Lake Junaluska will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 12. The tour starts at the Lake Junaluska tennis court lot. The walk will be led by photographers Robert Ludlow and Lori Johnson. Signup is required. Presented by the Haywood County Library. 828.356.2507 or kolsen@haywoodnc.net.

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• The Sylva Photo Club will feature retired Miami Daily News and sports photographer Gary Montanari from 3 to 5 p.m., April 12, in Suite 1A at Coggins Office Park in Sylva. Montanari has covered events around the world for numerous publications ranging from National Geographic to The New York Times. There will be a Camera Talk discussion before the presentation at 2 p.m. Free. 828.226.3840.

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Mahogany House hosts Asheville artists

The Mahogany House Art Gallery & Studios in Waynesville will feature artists Court McCracken and Kristalyn Bunyan during the month of April. McCracken lives and works in Asheville. Inside her studio, located in the Hatchery Studios building in the River Arts District, she works in a series exploring organic systems. The artist studies both movement and pattern of ecology, along with human behavior, through found nature objects. The exhibit features her acrylic and color pencil drawings on rives paper. Bunyan has been living in the Western North Carolina area since 2003. In 2007 she graduated from Mars Hill College with bachelor’s degree in art with concentrations in printmaking, religion/philosophy and women’s studies. Her art includes both printmaking, transferring images and photography. Interest in the feminine, cultural norms and landscape occupy the forefront of her perspective. This exhibit features some of her close-up photography images. 828.246.0818.

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A workshop and presentation on Cherokee weaving will be held April 11-12 at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. “The traditions of Cherokee spinning and weaving with plant fibers go back more than 11,000 years,” said Barbara R. Duncan, Ph.D., education director at the museum. The public is invited to a talk and presentation on Cherokee weaving at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, in the Ken Blankenship Education and Research Center at the museum. Karen George, Davy Arch, Deborah Harding and Barbara Duncan will talk about and show examples of Cherokee weaving. Davy Arch has been gathering dogbane and other plants traditionally used in weaving, and Karen has been experimenting with spinning and weaving with these plants. Harding will lead a workshop on weaving techniques from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the museum. Using hemp fibers, participants will make a bag. The cost of the workshop is $25 for Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian tribal members. Class size is limited to 15. Participants can register at the museum’s box office. Both events are sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. bduncan@cherokeemuseum.org or 828.497.3481.

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A well-written, lively look through history n the first half of the fifteenth century, decades before Columbus set sail, the great Chinese admiral Zheng He commanded a fleet that seven times sailed across the Indian Ocean and reached the shores of East Africa. This talented admiral returned from each voyage — (some historians believe he died on the last one) — with rare goods and exotic animals. In spite of this impressive feat of navigation, after Zhen He’s death Writer the Chinese emperor decreed an end to the construction of oceangoing vessels. He then had Zehng He’s fleet dragged ashore and left to rot, and even ordered the surviving animals in the imperial zoo killed. The emperor did these things, as Rodney Stark tells us in How The West Won: The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity (ISBN 161017085-7, $27.95) because of “Confucian opposition to change on grounds that the past was greatly superior.” Many historians have explored the reasons for the rise to power and dominance of the West, and in regard to theories of this momentous circumstance Stark gives readers little new information. He follows the road blazed by other historians, citing such causes and influences as the Greek philosophers, Judaism and Christianity, the idea of progress (certainly lacking in Zheng He’s China), the use of rationality and scientific exploration as ways of explaining the world. What sets How The West Won apart from similar histories, and what makes it a sheer delight to read, is Stark’s wit, his elegant writing and, most especially, his reinterpretation of various historical events.

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In the case of the Roman Empire, for example, Stark explains that the empire’s fall was actually a beneficial rather than a nega-

Mediterranean for trade and the standards of “civilization.” With Rome’s fall, the emphasis on such things moved northward. Nearly every chapter of How The West Won breaks some widely held opinion. Stark attacks the old thesis that Protestantism created capitalism, demonstrating that capitalism and banking were already well developed in such places as the city-states of Northern Italy. He investigates the spread of Protestantism, showing its links to certain German universities and to those towns that had charters and liberties allowing for change. He reveals that many of the less-educated citizens in Germany, particularly the peasants, cared little about religion or faith, a circumstance lamented by Martin Luther himself. “The most fundamental key to the rise of Western civilization,” Stark writes, “has been the dedication of so many of its most brilliant minds to the pursuit of knowledge.” This sentence appears at the beginning of a chapter on the medieval scholastics, those scholars and logicians who have been denigrated ever since the Enlightenment. Stark defends these academics, reminding us that they practiced a form of highly rational thinking and How The West Won: The Neglected Story of the that this way of thinking, of perceiving Triumph of Modernity by Rodney Stark. the world, carried great weight in explorIntercollegiate Studies Institute, 2014. 432 pages. ing that world. Men like William of Ockham, Roger Bacon, and Nicole tive event. Through many examples he Oresme turned the tools of their training into demonstrates that the Romans were somewhat we now call the “scientific method.” thing like the Chinese, uninterested in develA second key to Western success oping their technology, and that the fall of addressed by Stark is the development of Rome did not give rise to a barbarian Europe, political liberty. We are so accustomed to our but rather to Europe itself. As Stark explains, various rights and liberties, particularly here until that point in time all of Europe north of in America, that we often take them for grantItaly had looked to Rome and the ed and wonder why democracy and its atten-

Celebrate National Library Week Show support for your library by participating in the statewide #MyNCLibrary Five-Day Challenge during National Library Week, held April 14-18. Every day during National Library Week, a new challenge will be posted to the Haywood County Public Library’s Facebook page. Those who complete all five challenges will be entered into a drawing for four grand prizes, which are gift cards to Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Instructions on how to participate will be posted to the library’s Facebook page and will also be available at Haywood County library branches. While challenges will need to be answered online via the library’s Facebook page, participants are asked to stop by their library branch to fill out a consent form. Participants who complete all five challenges will also need to fill out a drawing-ticket at their library in order to be eligible for the grand prizes. #MyNCLibrary is a library advocacy project sponsored by the Legislative & Advocacy Committee of the North Carolina Library Association. 828.648.2924.

Author explores N.C. athletes gone pro Sports writer Tim Jackson will present his new book Gone Pro: North Carolina at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. Gone Pro: North Carolina provides a comprehensive look at the University of North Carolina athletes who made it to the top of their professions. The book explores those athletes’ place in Carolina history but then goes on to look at how they fared at the highest levels of their respective sports. At age 17 Jackson began writing sports for his hometown newspaper, The Franklin County Times in Alabama. He went on to the University of Alabama where he began writing for student publications, becoming Assistant Sports Editor for the school paper. While maintaining a love of sports, Tim’s career took a different direction. He began writing about the arts, antiques, culture, entertainment and the outdoors. He has worked as a full-time employee for Southern Living, Cooking Light, Canoe and Kayak magazines, as well as at

dant institutions can’t be exported abroad as easily as Cokes, motion pictures and jeans. Stark returns to this unique aspect of Western culture throughout the book, perhaps most vividly by contrasting Imperial Spain in its golden age with that tiny newcomer to the world stage, England. As Spain slid into obscurity, hedged about by too many laws and damaged by its system of kings and wealthy landowners, liberty-loving England entered an industrial revolution and created an empire. Though a university professor — he is Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences at Baylor University — Stark writes clear, crisp prose with a general audience clearly in mind. Here, for example, is a typical passage about our misconceptions regarding the Romans and the barbarians who conquered them: “As for the average person’s standard of living, it is true that the state no longer subsidized food or made daily free distributions of bread, olive oil, and wine. But studies based on isotopic analysis of skeletons have found that people in the socalled Dark Ages ate very well, getting lots of meat, and as a result they grew larger than people had during the days of the empire.” One caveat: despite the provocative title, How The West Won is not the work of a pundit. Stark backs up his various claims and historical corrections with his own research and that of many others. The endnotes, bibliography, and index take up nearly a quarter of the book. If you are looking for lively, erudite history, you’ll find How The West Won a splendid companion. (Jeff Minick is a teacher and writer. His novel, Amanda Bell, is available at local bookstores and from Amazon. He can be reached at minick0301@gmail.com.)

Radford University. Now based in Asheville, he has done extensive freelance writing and editing, most recently acting as editor of the online publication The Asheville Post. 828.456.6000 or www.blueridgebooksnc.com.

Elizabethan intrigue subject of historical novel Author Anne Clinard Barnhill will read from her newest historical novel, Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter, at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. The novel is the gripping tale of Mary Shelton, Elizabeth I’s young cousin and ward. When Mary falls in love with a man not of Elizabeth’s choosing, her place of privilege is suddenly very much in question. The young couple could be risking death by defying the wishes of a wrathful queen. Over the past 20 years, Barnhill has published articles, book and theater reviews, poetry and short stories. 828.586.9499.


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BY HOLLY KAYS STAFF WRITER estern North Carolina is covered with more than 1,500 square miles of national forest, and residents often measure their assets in terms of towering hardwoods, flocks of turkeys and mountain streams. National forest land belongs to everybody, but “everybody” includes a pretty diverse group of hikers, bird watchers, hunters, mountain bikers, horseback riders, fishermen, paddlers, environmentalists, loggers and so on — all with different ideas and priorities. As the U.S. Forest Service works toward a new guiding management plan for the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests, it’s a challenge to find a strategy that “everybody” can agree on. One of the hottest topics? Whether Western North Carolina needs more wilderness. “Wildernesses are very well loved. We get a lot of use,” said Julia Riber, acting deputy forest supervisor of North Carolina’s national forests. “That’s one of the things we want to hear from folks is does that mean we need more wilderness, and if we have more wilderness, how does that play out with regard to other uses?” Currently, the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests have six wilderness areas totaling 66,550 acres and seven wilderness study areas — areas with the potential to one day be bona fide wilderness designations — totaling another 8,419 acres. Wilderness areas are Congressionally designated places where “the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain,” according to the Wilderness Act of 1964. They’re areas where anything with wheels or a motor can’t go and the forest’s natural processes are allowed to continue largely uninterrupted. Together, wilderness areas and wilderness study areas account for a little over 7 percent of the Pisgah and Nantahala. Brent Martin, southern regional director for The Wilderness Society based in Sylva, believes that number should be higher. He compares the proportion of wilderness in Western North Carolina to that in nearby national forests such as the Chattahoochee in Georgia, where about 15 percent is designated wilderness. Martin wants to see more protected land in this region. The Wilderness Society has identified about one-third of the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests as North Carolina Mountain Treasures, places believed to have a high conservation value. “We aren’t recommending that they all be protected as wilderness, but that those areas we have identified as mountain treasures get protected because they do have conservation values,” Martin said. “Best case scenario for us would be that those mountain treasures areas do receive a high level of protection.” More wilderness and protected land within the national forest is a good idea, Martin said, because it means that there will always

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What about wilderness? Forest users negotiate need for wilderness in new management plan they’re so special,” Martin said, “but I do think that additional wilderness areas could disperse those uses.”

The Shining Rock Wilderness Area in Pisgah National Forest is a beloved area, but wilderness areas keep out certain kinds of users. The question of whether additional wilderness is needed is one issue the new forest management plan will tackle.

be places where natural processes are preserved and the forest can just do its thing. He also believes wilderness is important for recreation. Existing wilderness areas such as Shining Rock Wilderness Area in

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Haywood County get some pretty high use, so designating more would spread out those impacts. “There are super iconic places that are always going to be loved to death because

But when it comes to recreation, wilderness primarily benefits people who enjoy hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and other types of primitive recreation. The Wilderness Act forbids mechanized activities such as mountain biking, off-road vehicle use and logging. Finding a solution that protects the resource while allowing access to all user groups can be tricky. “I can’t say I want to see more wilderness, because that means I can’t use that section of the forest as a mountain biker, and that bothers me,” said Chris Strout, president of Pisgah Area Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association. “I’d rather see more inclusiveness than less.” Strout hopes the new plan will safeguard the forest’s ecology by giving specific sites the protection they need. But he would shy away from sweeping designations — such as wilderness — that keep out certain kinds of users. Strout’s goal is not necessarily incompatible with Martin’s, however. Throughout the forest planning process, a coalition representing a cross-section of outdoor interests have been meeting monthly, trying to work out a solution that will leave everyone feeling good. By all accounts, the results are looking positive. “We’re not coming to the table out of animosity this time,” Strout said. “We’re coming to the table with very clear goals that are not at odds with the forest needs. We all have common ground, and that is just huge.” The key, Martin said, will be to focus protective designations on places where those designations wouldn’t boot out people who already use the area. Meanwhile, increase opportunities

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Join the wilderness conversation A sweeping overhaul of the forest management plan for the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests is a multi-year process, marked with myriad rounds of public comment and public meetings. The process emphasizes conversation and collaboration, so the next public planning meeting will use a roundtable-type discussion to make some progress on wilderness areas, scenic viewsheds and other special designations. “It isn’t a public meeting where we’re looking for people to get up and make a statement,” said Julia Riber, acting deputy forest supervisor of North Carolina’s national forests. “We want them talking to each other and to us.” The meeting will take place at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 17 at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville. Participants will help identify places that the Forest Service could consider recommending as wilderness as well as options for other specially designated areas. At 3 p.m. a drop-in session to discuss the Scenery Management System will begin. To participate in the wilderness and special designations discussion, RSVP to NCPlanRevision@fs.fed.us by April 10. www.fs.usda.gov/detail/nfsnc/home/?cid=stelprdb5397660.


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The management plan revision is a years-long process, with the result likely to stick around for decades to come. for users such as mountain bikers in other locations. “I don’t think there has to be a conflict with this as all,” Martin said. And it’s not just a question of wilderness proponents versus mountain bikers. From horseback riders to hunters to hikers to anglers to logging companies, the national forests are central to a spectrum of outdoor interests, each with its own needs and unique perspective. Like Strout, David Whitmore, program chairman of the N.C. Bowhunters Association and owner of Headwaters Outfitters, is also leery of recommending additional wilderness areas. “As an outfitter I don’t want to deter multi-use,” he said, “because those are the folks who come through our forests.”

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Fontana Village Resort will host the 40th annual Spring Hike Week Sunday April 1317. Experienced and novice hikers are welcome to participate in guided hikes, attend programs and lectures about plants and wildlife, participate in trail work or watch a woodcarving demonstration. Hikes will include the rarely visited Pilkey Creek as well as Old Field Gap, Huckleberry Knob and the popular Twenty Mile Station in the western ranges of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. A full schedule is online at www.fontanavillage.com. 828.498.2211.

Hike offered through Waynesville Rec Center A guided half-day hike to John Rock will be led by the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department on Sunday, April 13. The 5-mile hike has a moderately rough trail and includes some difficult climbs, ranging from a low elevation of 2,350 feet to a high of 3,320 feet. Registration required. 828.456.2030 or recprogramspecialist@townofwaynesville.org.

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But managing 1 million acres of forest is a big job. Forest health, user fairness and economic impacts to the logging and recreation industries are all at the forefront, with each decision having different implications to each group. That’s why collaboration will be key to coming up with a forest management plan that works for everyone. “I think we have to also be sensitive to the needs of the other users that are in there,” said David Lippy, president of Nantahala Hiking Club. “It’s their forest to use, and if one group locks it up to the exclusion of everybody else I don’t think that’s a good idea, because it belongs to all of us.” But how to make a plan that’s functional and fair? That’s an important question, not least because this plan’s answer will likely stick around for a while. The last forest management plan dates back to 1987, and a lot can change in 29 years. So far, though, the table of people hashing out the issues holds a lot of hope for a positive outcome. “I think it’s much more desirable for all of us to think that we can get through this as partners,” Martin said. “It’s not going to be easy, but I think we have a good, mature group of people who represent interests in Western North Carolina and that we can come through this together as friends.”

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But as an avid bow-hunter, Whitmore also wants to ensure that the new plan gives wildlife habitat high priority. “I’m not against what the wilderness designations have now,” he said. “I’d just really like to focus on management, and I fear that these new designations would take away from the wildlife habitat that we have left.” Some species rely on meadows and young forest habitat for food, meaning that logging can be a good thing for wildlife. With the bigger trees gone, leafy plants, grasses and seedlings spring up, boosting the wildlife food supply. Whitmore worries that, because wilderness doesn’t allow logging, additional designations would reduce the forest’s capacity to support wildlife. “If you want me to support wilderness areas, make sure you can prove to me the sustainability and health of the wildlife can be met,” Whitmore said. “I don’t see wildlife concerns met other than saying, ‘We need vast area for wildlife,’ and that’s very generic.” While logging is not allowed on wilderness areas, prescribed fire is, a tool that can also produce the young forest habitat that many wildlife species need. Additionally, the natural death of trees leaves holes in the canopy when the trees fall to the ground, Martin said; wilderness is not incapable of providing that early successional habitat. “We have a lot of land out there that we

can still manage for early successional habitat, so designating more wilderness is not going to lead to mass game declines,” he said. “What I love about wilderness is we can let wilderness do that for us and watch it over time to see how it works without us interfering.” Whitmore, however, contends that what’s out there now isn’t necessarily wilderness in its natural state. Invasive species and the die-out of important natives like the American chestnut mean that forests have to be more closely managed now in order to stay healthy. “We’ve done so many things to the forest both on purpose and without,” he said. “If the American chestnut hadn’t died in the 1930s it wouldn’t matter to me, because the animals would have sustainable habitat.” Now, however, more intentional management is necessary, Whitmore believes.

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Tribal families got some help jumpstarting their summer gardens when Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ Principal Chief Michell Hicks handed out 750 springtime garden kits last week.

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The Macon County Community Garden Committee is now taking applications for space in the community garden. Spaces are limed, tilled and 500 square feet in size. Gardeners supply their own fertilizer, seeds and plants and pay $25 per spot, with a request that a portion of the produce harvested go to Macon County Care Net. In the past five years, the community garden has

Garden volunteers needed in Highlands The Highlands Botanical Garden is getting ready for Earth Day with a garden service day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19. Volunteers will help weed and prune, among other garden-related tasks. All experience levels are welcome, and the Botanical Garden will say thank you with a free lunch. Volunteers are may drop in for any amount of time during the day. RSVP to Kelder Monar, 828.526.0188, or keldermonar@gmail.com.

Expand your growing horizons with a free program on starting plants from seed at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the Canton Branch Library. Learn how to select seed-starting containers, sow seeds and transplant young plants from Haywood Master Gardener Jim Janke. Starting plants from seed gives gardeners a wider choice of plant varieties, is cheaper and prevents transmission of some plant diseases.

Learn about health benefits of weeds Medicinal plants will be the focus of the Tuscola Garden Club’s April 15 meeting, held 9:30 a.m. at the Bethea Welcome Center at Lake Junaluska. Herbalist Molly Stolle will present a program titled “Everyday Uses of Herbs — Healing Properties of Local Plants and Weeds.” Stolle has studied nutritional and medicinal benefits of native plants for several years and relies on teas made from “local weeds” to maintain a disease-resistant, strong and healthy lifestyle. 828.452.7176.

Chickens 101 for Youth Youth with an interest in chicken raising can learn the ropes during a workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 12. Macon County Poultry Club and Macon County 4-H will cover starting and raising chickens, selecting a breed, making proper housing and showing chickens. “This is a great starting place for youth interested in showing poultry in the Macon County Fair this fall or for youth looking for a fun summer project,” said Tammara Talley of Macon County 4H. $5 per family; registration required. 828.349.2046.

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Haywood Waterways Association is heading up several Earth Day themed activities this month, including a series of stream clean-ups. Trash makes its way into local streams by storm drains, wind and careless people. Much of the trash, particularly plastics, can take hundreds of years to decompose. Besides being ugly, trash is bad for wildlife and can clog stormdrains and pipes. Volunteers are needed. ■ From 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 12 volunteers will stencil the street pavement around storm drains in the Frog Level area in

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Waynesville with the message “Don’t Dump – Drains to Pigeon River” reminding people where the trash and pollution washed down with the rain ends up. ■ From 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 12 help clean up trash along the river bank at Canton Recreation Park. ■ From 9 to 11 a.m. April 26 help will clean up Lower Richland and Raccoon creeks All supplies, including gloves and trash bags, will be provided at all events, including refreshments. Eric Romaniszyn, 828.476.4667 or info@haywoodwaterways.org.

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A Spring Color Fun Run will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in Bryson City. The non-timed event will feature an easy 5K course with a color station every kilometer, where a different colored powder will be scattered over the passing runners, and a family-friendly party will wait at the finish line. The course will begin and end at Morgan Pavilion in Swain County Recreation Park. Proceeds will go to Rotary Club of Bryson City. Cost is $30 for adults and $15 for children. Day-of registration is $35 for adults. www.runbrysoncity.com/spring-color-fun-run-registration.html.

Rain barrel workshop planned for Earth Day Rain barrels will be available for buying or building in Waynesville this month as part of Haywood Waterways Association’s Earth Day programs. Get a hands-on demonstration of how to build a rain barrel from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 22 at the Haywood County Agricultural Center. Barrels can reduce pollutants in storm water, lower home water bills and help water gardens. Everyone who attends will leave with one complete barrel and the knowledge to build more. Cost of materials is $50. RSVPs are required to 828.476.4667 or info@haywoodwaterways.org. People who would rather just buy a barrel outright can come by the USDA Service Center from 3 and 6 p.m. April 24. Barrels are $80.25 each, including tax. They can also be purchased anytime at Haywood

County Cooperative Extension, Haywood County Chamber of Commerce or through Haywood Waterways at 828.476.4667 or info@haywoodwaterways.org.

Celebrate Earth Day in Bridge Park An Earth Day celebration will be held at Bridge Park in downtown Sylva from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22. Come out for birthday cake, a poster contest, Earth-related displays and a three-hour read-a-thon featuring Earth-related readings from a variety of local leaders and community members. That could include you — anyone with a favorite reading that is two to five minutes long is invited to read it on stage. Pieces should be related to Earth Day, appropriate for all ages and celebratory or meditative in mood. sbornrb@gmail.com to add your name to the reading list.


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A multi-media program, Make Way for Monarchs, will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. April 19 at the Cradle of Forestry. Over-wintering populations of monarch butterflies reached a record low this year. Several factors, including excessive or untargeted herbicide use, have combined to reduce the insect’s summer breeding habitat, and loss of winter habitat in Mexico has also played a role. Brevard naturalist and monarch advocate Ina Warren will be the presenter. Free seeds of locally native milkweed given. $5. Located along U.S. 276 four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Learn how bottles tossed out along the roadside are killing small mammals in the mountains during a talk held on Earth Day at 7 p.m. April 22 at the Highlands Nature Center. Small mammals like shrews and other rodents enter bottles in search of food or water and become trapped, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of animals over time, particularly shrews. Highlands Nature Center Director Patrick Brannon along with students from the UNC Institute for the Environment at the Biological Station have searched roadways for bottles containing the skeletal remains of shrews and rodents. Brannon will discuss the research and implications of this phenomenon in the region and how you can help alleviate the problem. 828.526.2602 or www.highlandsbiological.org.

Turkey season open

Field photography program to be held in Waynesville A one-month field photography program beginning Tuesday, April 22, will give area photographers a chance to hone their skills with a series of field shoots and classroom sessions based in Waynesville. Lens Luggers program leader Bob Grytten will take participants on field outings on four consecutive Wednesdays and lead critique sessions on Tuesday evenings during the length of the program. $40 per Wednesday field shoot; $10 per Tuesday classroom meeting; 20 percent discount to sign up for all seven sessions. 828.627.0245 or bobgry@aol.com.

Turkey hunting season will open April 12 and run through May 10. A youth-only turkey season is already underway. Practice safety during hunting season by alerting hunters to your presence, saying “stop” in a loud voice. Keep your chances of being mistaken for game low by not wearing red, white, blue or black; stalking turkeys or allowing decoys to be visible while you’re carrying them. “The main consideration for turkey season — or any hunting Donated photo season — is to always think twice and positively identify your target and what is beyond your target before pulling the trigger,” said Travis Casper, the state hunter education coordinator with the Wildlife Commission. “If there is any doubt in your mind, don’t shoot.”

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Yellow lady slipper. Bob Grytten photo

Roadside bottles: a death trap for shrews outdoors

Monarchs declining as habitat and food source shrinks

Carolinas to experience total lunar eclipse ■ 1:58 a.m.: Moon starts to enter a space of complete shading — the umbra — from Earth’s shadow. Look for a “notch” in the left edge of the Moon. ■ 3:07 a.m.: Moon is entirely in the umbra; total eclipse begins. ■ 4:25 a.m.: Moon starts to leave the umbra; total eclipse is over. ■ 5:33a.m.: Moon is completely out of the umbra and enters the penumbra. ■ 6:38 a.m.: Moon is completely out of the penumbra. Eclipse is over. Unlike a solar eclipse, which is not safe to view with unprotected eyes, lunar eclipses are perfectly safe to look at directly. For more, connect with the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute at http://twitter.com/Astronomy_PARI.

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Astronomy lovers and night owls in the Carolinas will get the chance to witness a total eclipse of the moon on the morning of April 15, and photographers will have a chance for some spectacular moon photos during its eclipse in the western sky. As the Moon orbits the Earth, it becomes a full moon once every 29 days. Most months, the full moon moon passes above or below the Earth’s shadow, so there is no eclipse. But twice per year (some years, three times), roughly six months apart, the Moon can pass through the Earth’s shadow, causing an eclipse. So, if you’re a stargazer, pencil these times into your nighttime schedule April 15. ■ 12:54 a.m.: Moon starts to enter a space of partial shading — the penumbra — of Earth’s shadow.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS • Franklin Open Forum, 6:30 Wednesday, April 9, Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub, 58 Stewart St., downtown Franklin. Topic is: “Of Putin, lost planes and political trust.” Moderated discussion group, dialog not debate. 371.1020. • Beaverdam Community Center monthly meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, April 14, featuring Heidi Dinkleberg who will talk about hops culture and beer production. 648.0552. • Pretty for Prom, accepting clean, gently used ball gowns, party dresses, accessories, shoes, etc. through April 30. Joy, 550.9511 or Starr T., 476.4231. Sponsored by Angie Franklin, State Farm Insurance and W.O.W. • Smoky Mountain Model Railroaders work session, 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday and public viewing session from 2 to 4 p.m. the second Sunday of the month, 130 Frazier St., in the Industrial Park near Bearwaters Brewery, Waynesville. The group runs Lionel-type 3rail O gauge trains. http://smokymountainmodelrailroaders.wordpress.com. • P.A.W.S. Adoption Days first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the front lawn at Charleston Station, Bryson City.

BUSINESS & EDUCATION • Southwestern Community College Open House, 6 p.m. Thursday, April 10, Room 102A, Burrell Building, Jackson Campus, to inform the public about Project SEARCH, a program that helps students with disabilities by giving them on-the-job training through an internship with local businesses. SCC is one of three North Carolina colleges selected for the project. 339.4486 or devonnej@southwesterncc.edu. • Western Carolina University College of Business conference, Tourism Works for Western North Carolina,” 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 11, WCU’s N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching . Register at tourism.wcu.edu or contact the Division of Educational Outreach, 227.7397 or toll free, 800.928.4968. • HCC’s Regional High Technology Center Open House, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15. www.haywood.edu, 627.3613. • “Meeting the Challenge: Health and Education in Appalachia and Cherokee,” 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 14, Room 204 of WCU’s Health and Human Sciences Building. learn.wcu.edu and click on “Professional Development,” or 227.7397. • Free seminar, “Business Owners Guide to Social Media: Starting from Scratch to Online Success,” 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, Haywood Chamber of Commerce. Sponsored by the Small Business Center at Haywood Community College and the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce. Presented by Anna Eason, Sunburst Trout Farms marketing director. Space limited. 627.4512 or tbrown@haywood.edu. • Bartending class, 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays starting April 14 for seven weeks, Balsam Center at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus. Must be 21 years old or older to enroll. Cost is $125. Lectures, demonstrations and hands-on participation. 339.4426 or send an e-mail to ldowns@southwesterncc.edu. • MBA information sessions for prospective students: noon to 6 p.m. Monday, April 14, WCU’s Biltmore Park facility, 28 Schenck Parkway, Asheville; noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, Wells Fargo Auditorium of WCU’s Forsyth Building, Cullowhee; and 4 p.m. Monday, April 21, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort employee training facilities. Register at kumcintyre@wcu.edu. Individual

All phone numbers area code 828 unless otherwise noted. appointments also are available. 654.6533 or visit mba.wcu.edu. • Computer Class: Basic Internet, 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

FUNDRAISERS AND BENEFITS • WNC’s 24th annual Largest Indoor Yard Sale, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Ramsey Center, Western Carolina University. Sponsored by the Jackson County Arts Council. Fundraiser for the Jackson County Arts Council. Free admission. Sylvia Smythe, 507.9531, www.jacksoncountyarts.org. • “Kids Cooking For A Cure” Relay for Life Team Bake Sale, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Westgate Plaza, Franklin. Proceeds go to Relay for Life of Franklin.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES • Learn Calligraphy, 10 a.m. to noon Monday, April 14, Haywood County Senior Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. $10 for materials. 452.2370, haywoodconnections.org. • Senior trip: Waterfall Exploration, 10 a.m. Monday, April 14, leaving from Waynesville Recreation Center at 10 a.m. $7 WRC member, $9 non-members. • Beginners Meditation Class for seniors, 3:45 p.m. Thursdays, April 10-May 8, Senior Resource Center, Waynesville. Class emphasizes daily mental and physical exercise, 452.2370.

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• Culture Club: Mexico, 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. • Mary Ann’s Book Club, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. • Lego Club, all ages 4 p.m.; Woodsmith Poetry (meeting room), 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, Macon County Public Library. • Homework Help, 3 p.m. Thursday, April 10, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • Children’s Story time: A Grand Old Tree, 11 a.m. Friday, April 11, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • Children’s Story time: Frog Or Toad, 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • American Girls Club, noon Saturday, April 12, City Light Bookstore, 586.2016. • Children’s Story time: It’s a Frog Thing, 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • Family Story time: Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. Monday, April 14, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. • Family Story time: Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. • Adventure Club: Easter Egg Hunt, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. • Mary Ann’s Book Club, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. • Toddlers Rock! 10 a.m. Thursday, April 17, Macon County Public Library, Franklin.

• Children’s Story time: Rotary Readers, 11 a.m. Monday, April 14, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • Homework Help, 3 p.m. Monday, April 14, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

• New outdoor recreation program for boys and girls in third through sixth grade, 4:30 to 7:45 p.m. Thursdays. Meet at the Waynesville Recreation Center and then travel to a hiking trail. Location determined day of event. $5 per person for members of the Waynesville Recreation Center or $8 for non-members. 456.2030 or email recprogramspecialist@townofwaynesville.org.

• Teen Time, 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

• Register for Spring Youth Tennis Lessons in Jackson County. Lessons run Tuesdays and Saturdays, April 29May 24, at Mark Watson Park, Sylva. $40. Register at Jackson County Recreation Center. No phone registration.

FAMILY AND KIDS Literary (children) • Culture Club: Mexico, 1 p.m.; Mary Ann’s Book Club, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. • Homework Help, 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • Write On! 8-12 year old writing group, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

Haywood County Republican headquarters, 303 N. Haywood St., Waynesville. 506.0939.

Others • Haywood County Libertarian Party monthly meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, Organic Beans, 1110 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. • Candidates forum for Macon County County Commission candidates, noon, April 10, Tartan Hall, First Presbyterian Church, Franklin. Sponsored by League of Women Voters of Macon County. • McKinney for Commissioner Fundraiser with Croon and Cadence, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 11, Organic Beans, 1110 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. Sponsored by Haywood County Libertarian Party. • Jackson County Patriots meeting, 6 p.m. dinner, 6:30 p.m. meeting, Thursday, April 17, Ryan’s, Walmart Plaza, Sylva. Guest speaker is Ashley Welch, candidate for district attorney for the 30th District. Ginny Jahrmarkt, Box547@aol.com.

• Family Evening Story time: Paws 4 Reading, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, Macon County Public Library, Franklin.

• Base Camp Waynesville, hike for third through sixth graders, 4:30 to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, April 10 and 17, Waynesville Recreation Center. $5 for WRC members per trip; $8 for non-members. 456.2030, recprogramspecialist@townofwaynesville.org.

• Peeps Diorama Contest, through April 17, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. Create a diorama using peeps that represents a book of your choice. Open to children ages 4 to 16. Entry deadline, Wednesday, April 16. 488.3030.

Visit www.smokymountainnews.com and click on Calendar for: ■ Complete listings of local music scene ■ Regional festivals ■ Art gallery events and openings ■ Complete listings of recreational offerings at regional health and fitness centers ■ Civic and social club gatherings

• Children’s Story time: Quiet Bunny, 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

• Homework Help, 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

A&E FESTIVALS, SPECIAL & SEASONAL EVENTS • Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 12, Jackson County Senior Center, Sylva. $5, children 10 and under eat for free. • Easter Egg Hunt, noon Saturday, April 12, Jackson County Recreation Park in Cullowhee.

POLITICAL GROUP EVENTS & LOCAL GOVERNMENT Dems • Democratic Party Primary Candidate Forum, 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, 4th floor courtroom of the Macon County Courthouse, 5 West Main Street, Franklin, featuring candidates for the office of Macon County Register of Deeds, Todd Raby (incumbent) and Nicki Tallent, and the Democratic candidates for the District 50 N.C. Senate seat, Jane Hipps and Ron Robinson. Sponsored by Macon County Democratic Men’s Club. Dan Kowal at sanmardan@yahoo.com. • Jackson County Democratic Men’s Club Democratic Candidate Forum, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, Jackson County Library Community Room. • Jackson County Democratic Party monthly Executive Committee Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, new conference room, Jackson County Board of Elections, 876 Skyland Drive, Sylva.

GOP • Haywood County Republican Party Executive Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10,

• Dogwood Crafters annual Easter Tea, two seatings, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, Historic Jarrett House, Dillsboro. $15, reservation only. 586.2248. • Easter Dinner, three course traditional family style, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 20, Herren House, 94 East St., Waynesville. $24. Reservation required. 452.7837. • Heritage-themed vendors wanted for the 4th annual Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration, Saturday, June 14, Main Street, downtown Waynesville. Exhibit space for vendors demonstrating and selling handmade Appalachian art and crafts. Downtown Waynesville Association, 456.3517 or www.downtownwaynesville.com. Applications accepted until April 18. • Vendors, demonstrators, crafters and environmental groups are wanted for the 17th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 26, downtown Sylva. Applications accepted through April 15. Space is limited. Reduced application fee for early registrations. Applications at www.greeningupthemountains.com, Signature Brew Coffee Company or Sylva Town Hall. 226.8652, greeningupthemountains@gmail.com


• “Why and How to Connect to the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina” workshop, 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 10, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. $10 includes refreshments. A Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina and Blue Ridge National Heritage Area partnership. Reservations, Amy Hollifield, 298.5330, ext. 303 or amy@blueridgeheritage.com. www.blueridgeheritage.com. • Jackson County Genealogical Society, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, Community Room of the Historic Jackson County Courthouse, Sylva. Speaker will be award-winning author and historian Jane Nardy. 631.2646. • Drum Circle and Raw-Mazing Potluck, 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, United Universalist Fellowship of Franklin, 89 Sierra Drive. Tamera Nielsen, 941.894.2898. • Photowalk at Lake Junaluska, 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Lake Junaluska. Meet at tennis courts parking lot. Bring a camera. Led by professional photographers. Registration required at 356.2507. • “Final Rites,” a three-course dinner with wine and the Murder Mystery with Killer Theater, 6 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Herren House, 94 East St., Waynesville. $45. Reservations, 452.7837. • Western North Carolina Civil War Round Table meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, April 14, Mountain Heritage Center on the campus of WCU. Guest speaker, Eric Wittenberg. 293.9314, 456.4212. • World Series of Poker, through April 14, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. • Game Night, 6 to 8 p.m. City Lights Café & Bookstore, Sylva. Brainy games in the bookstore, cornhole and washers in the café. 586.9499 or 587.2233, www.citylightscafe.com/www.citylightsnc.com.

LITERARY (ADULTS) • The Write Ones: Adult Creative Writing Group, 6 p.m. Thursday, April 10. Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • Spring Fling Half-Price Used Book Sale, through April 12, Friends of the Jackson County Public Library Book Store, 536 W. Main St., Sylva. Books, magazines, audio books, music CDs, VHS tapes and DVDs included. Proceeds support the Jackson County Public Library. • Anne Clinard Barnhill presents her newest historical novel, Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter, 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. 586.9499.

• National Library Week, April 14-18, Five-Day Challenge. Visit Haywood County Public Library Facebook page for each new challenge. Win cash prizes. www.Facebook.com/HaywoodCountyPublicLibrary, 648.2924. • Ready to Read, adult literacy program to help those who are illiterate or need to improve/strengthen their reading skills, 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Genealogy Study Room on the second floor of Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. • Lost Writers Support Group, 10 a.m. to noon, first Saturday of the month, Zelda Divine, Inc., 1210 S.

• Benefit concert, “The Circle is Unbroken: A Benefit for Oso, Washington, from Western North Carolina,” 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 11, Sylva’s Bridge Park. The bluegrass show will feature local bands Mountain Faith and the Boys of Tuckasegee. Sponsored by Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center and the Sylva Herald to help the landslide victims in Snohomish County in Washington state. 227.2643, 293.3020, 227.3191 or 227.3502. • Western Carolina Civic Orchestra final performance of the academic year, 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, recital hall of the Coulter Building, Western Carolina University. School of Music, 227.7242. • The hour-long radio show Stories of Mountain Folk airs at 9 a.m. every Saturday on its home station, WRGC Jackson County Radio, 540 AM on the dial, broadcasting out of Sylva. Stories of Mountain Folk is an ongoing all-sound oral history program produced by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia (CSA), a western North Carolina not-for-profit, for local radio and online distribution.

NIGHT LIFE • PMA, Travers Bros., Tony Poole, East Coast Dirt Band, Rolling Nowhere, Natty Love Joys and Chris Blaylock, 9 p.m. No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Madsen plays April 3, with PMA, April 4; Travers Bros., April 5; Poole, April 6; East Coast Dirt Band, April 10; Rolling Nowhere, April 11; Natty Love Joys, April 12; and Blaylock, April 13. Free. 586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com. • Cutthroat Shamrock, 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, Tipping Point Brewing, Waynesville. Free. 246.9230, www.tippingpointtavern.com. • Caribbean Cowboys, 7 p.m. Friday, April 4, Bear Waters Brewing Company, Waynesville, 246.0602 or www.bwbrewing.com. • Spontaneous Combustion Jam, 8 p.m. Mondays, Bear Waters Brewing Company in Waynesville. 246.0602 or www.bwbrewing.com. • Brother Sun, 7:45 p.m. April 10, The Strand, 38 Main St., Waynesville. $15. 283.0079 or www.38main.com. • “Local Beer! Local Cheese!” 5 to 9 p.m. April 10, City Lights Café, Sylva. The café will host Looking Glass Creamery, Innovation Brewing and Heinzelmannchen Brewery. 587.2233 or www.citylightscafe.com or www.mountainlovers.com. • Folk/rock/Americana with The Dupont Brothers, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, Classic Wineseller, 20 Church St., Waynesville. 452.6000, www.classicwineseller.com. • Songs from the 60s-80s with Ben Wilson, guitar, vocals, 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, Classic Wineseller, 20 Church St., Waynesville. 452.6000, www.classicwineseller.com. • South of the Tracks, 7:30 p.m. April 11, Frog Level Brewing Company, Waynesville. Free. 454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com.

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• Author Event with Tim Jackson, “Gone Pro: North Carolina,” 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St. Waynesville. 456.6000, www.blueridgebooksnc.com.

ON STAGE & IN CONCERT • Western Carolina University Low Tech Ensemble gamelan music, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, recital hall of the Coulter Building, WCU campus. Free. School of Music, 227.7242.

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• Game Day, 2 p.m. third Saturday of the month, Papou’s Wine Shop, Sylva. Bring cards, board games, etc. 586.6300.

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• Western Carolina University 35th annual International Festival, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center. Festival opens with a flag procession by international students. 227.7494, dnmoore@wcu.edu, www.wcu.edu.

• The Dupont Brothers, 8 p.m. April 11, Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City, 488.2337 or www.nantahalabrewing.com. • Beatles and Elton John Tribute, with Joe Cruz, keyboard, vocals, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Classic Wineseller, 20 Church St., Waynesville. 452.6000, www.classicwineseller.com. • The Grove Band, 8 p.m. April 12, Nantahala Brewing

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Company, Bryson City, 488.2337 or www.nantahalabrewing.com. • Gospel Sunday Brunch with Rockell Scott, vocals, piano, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13, Classic Wineseller, 20 Church St., Waynesville. 452.6000, www.classicwineseller.com.

DANCE • High Mountain Squares “All Singing Calls Dance,” mostly Gospel, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, Macon County Community Building, GA Road (441 South), Franklin. Jim Duncan from Otto will call. 371.4946, 342.1560, 332.0001 or www.highmountainsquare.com.

FOOD & DRINK • Melange of the Mountains Culinary Gala, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, Laurel Ridge Country Club. $35 for Chamber Members and $40 for non-members. VIP upgraded tickets, $60. Ticket availability is limited. www.haywoodchamber.com, 456.3021 or email mtinsley@haywoodchamber.com. • 15th annual Taste of Chocolate, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 19, Maggie Valley Club. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Proceeds help organizations in Haywood County. John, 356.2833. • Mountain Cooking Club with Chef Ricardo Fernandez, former co-owner and head chef of Lomo Grill, class 0405, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, Fines Creek Community Kitchen, 192 Fines Creek Road, $50 per person (credit card payment required at booking), 627.6751 or chefricardos@gmail.com. • Cellar Club, 7 to 9 p.m. first Tuesday of the month, Papou’s Wine Shop, Sylva. Membership prices, $50 per person, $75 per couple. Wine tastings, food pairings. 586.6300, papouswineshop@frontier.com.

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• Gathering Table, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, at The Community Center, Route 64, Cashiers. Provides fresh, nutritious dinners to all members of the community regardless of ability to pay. Volunteers always needed and donations gratefully accepted. 743.9880.

ART/GALLERY EVENTS & OPENINGS • “Remote Sites of War,” exhibition, April 10-May 30, Fine Art Museum, at Western Carolina University, featuring more than 110 works by North Carolina-based artists Todd Drake, Skip Rohde and Christopher Sims. All three artists will be at exhibition opening, April 10. 227.3591 or fineartmuseum.wcu.edu.

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• “Invitational Artists” exhibit, through April 26 at Gallery 86, downtown Waynesville. Artist reception, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 4. Featured artists are Gretchen Clasby, Jesse Clay, Dominick DePaolo, Jon Houglum, James Lyle and Carolyn Taylor. www.haywoodarts.org.

Thursday, April 10, Blue Ridge School, 95 Bobcat Drive, Cashiers. Drive to the back of the school to the woodworking shop.

meet at Pine Grove Baptist Church. Get a T-shirt and enjoy a cookout afterwards at Cliffside Lake. Volunteers needed. Call Jennifer Cunningham, 526.2112

• Carolina Mountain Woodturners and the Southern Highlands Craft Guild woodturning demonstration, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday April 12, Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, by Dixie Biggs. 712.6644 or visit www.carolinamountainwoodturners.org.

• John Rock Trail Hike, difficult, five-mile hike, 12:15 p.m. Sunday, April 13, meet at Waynesville Recreation Center. $5 WRC members, $8 non-members. 456.2030, recprogramspecialist@townofwaynesville.org.

• PaperCutting Art Workshop, 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, Atrium of the Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. Free beginners course. Bring small scissors/cuticle scissors. Must register at 586.2016. • Macon County Art Association, 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, Macon County Public Library, Silar Road, Franklin. Guest speaker is local mixed media and collage artist Camille Tuttrup. • Wildflower Photography Clinic, 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, April 16, Old Armory Rec Center, 44 Boundary Ave., Waynesville. Hosted by Lens Luggers of Western NC. Conducted by award-winning photographer Bob Grytten. Bring camera and lenses. Cost is $45 for advanced registration, $55 at the door. Space is limited. Register at 627.0245 or e-mail bobgry@aol.com. • Field Photography Program, 6-8 p.m. starting Tuesday, April 22, Old Armory Recreation Center, 44 Boundary St., Waynesville. Group leader Bob Grytten. Participants will also meet at 8 a.m. on four consecutive Wednesday mornings for field shoots. $40 for each Wednesday field shoot; $10 each Tuesday class room meeting, with a 20 percent discount for signing up for all seven sessions. Register at 627.0245 or bobgry@aol.com.

FILM & SCREEN • “In A World” 7:45 p.m. April 11-12, The Strand, 38 Main, Waynesville. Tickets, $6 per person, $4 for children. 283.0079 or www.38main.com. • New movie, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, Meeting Room, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. Based on book, Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexuality, drug and alcohol content, and some language; 1 hr. 48 min. 524.3600. • Family movie days at Marianna Black Library, Bryson City, are at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Classic movies are shown at 1 p.m. the second and fourth Friday. Other films also shown. Free movies and popcorn. 488.3030 or www.fontanalib.org/brysoncity. • Movies at the Macon County Library. New movies, documentaries and foreign films every Monday at 3:30, Wednesday at 4:30 and again at 7 p.m., and classic matinees at Fridays at 2 p.m. The movies and popcorn are free, but donations are welcome. 524.3600.

• Out of the Ordinary, an exhibition of everyday objects, The Bascom, Highlands. Features art by well-known artists from New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Georgia (Atlanta and Athens). www.TheBascom.org, 526.4949. • “Remote Sites of War,” featuring more than 110 works by North Carolina-based artists Todd Drake, Skip Rohde and Christopher Sims, April 10 – May 30, Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University. Museum hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, and Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays. Free. 227.3591 or fineartmuseum.wcu.edu.

CLASSES, PROGRAMS & DEMONSTRATIONS • Free workshop for artists, “Basic Kiln Maintenance,” 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, SCC Swain Center. Led by Doug Hubbs, potter and Heritage Arts instructor. Reservations, Jeff Marley, 366.2005 or j_marley@southwesterncc.edu.

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Outdoors OUTINGS, HIKES & FIELDTRIPS • Franklin Bird Club walk, Wednesday, April 9, along the Greenway. Led Paula Gorgoglione. Meet at 8 a.m. at Salali Lane. April 15 • Franklin Bird Club walk, 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, Tessentee Bottomland Preserve. Led by Jack Johnston. 524.5234. • Franklin Bird Club walk, 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, Greenway. Meet at Macon County Public Library parking area. Led by Karen Lawrence. 524.5234. • Cullasaja Gorge Clean-up, 9 a.m. Saturday, April 12,

• Spring Hike Week, April 13-17, Fontana Village, www.FontanaVillage.com or 498.2211. • Lunar eclipse viewing, 1:30 to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, outside at the Jackson County Airport. Astronomy faculty from WCU will set up telescopes. Enrique Gómez, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at WCU, 227.2718. • White water rafting trip, leave Waynesville Recreation Center at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 19, for Nantahala Outdoor Center. $50 members, $55 non-members. Registration deadline, Wednesday, April 16. 456.2030, recprogramspecialist@townofwaynesville.org. • Wildflower walks, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday in April. Meet and register at Cashiers/Glenville Recreation Center. Sponsored by the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department. 631.2020. • French Broad River Trips, 5-Day Trip: May 17-21 (Headwaters Outfitters to Asheville Outdoor Center); 4Day Trip: July 12-15 (Asheville Outdoor Center to Paint Rock, Tenn.); 2-Day Trips: May 17-18 (Headwaters Outfitters to Riverbend Campsite); and July 12-13 (Asheville Outdoor Center to Marshall). Contact WNCA Assistant French Broad Riverkeeper Kirby Callaway, 258.8737, ext. 212. Registration at http://wnca.org/paddle/french-broad-float-trips/. • Sons of the American Legion turkey shoot, 9 a.m. Saturdays through April, 171 Legion Drive, Waynesville. Cost is $2. Refreshments provided. Bring your own gun; a few house guns are available. • Local Audubon Society weekly Saturday birding field trips. 7:30 a.m. Highlands Town Hall parking lot near the public restrooms or at 8 a.m. behind Wendy’s if the walk is in Cashiers. www.highlandsaudubonsociety.org or 743.9670. • Haywood County Waterways is looking for volunteers for its Volunteer Water Information Network (VWIN) program. Volunteers are needed to take water quality samples from creeks and streams in Crabtree and Jonathan Creek and send the samples to a water quality lab. haywoodwaterways.org/monitoring or contact Dave Dudek, DDudek@haywoodnc.net or phone (late afternoon), 926.1308. • The Gorges State Park is looking for volunteers to assist in maintaining existing trails and campgrounds in the park on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., weather permitting. Bring gloves, water and tools supplied. Participants need to be at least 16 years old and in good health. Registration not required. Meet at 17762 Rosman Highway (US-64) in Sapphire. 966.9099.

PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS • Bethel Middle School Science Fair and Community Night, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 630 Sonoma Road, Waynesville. Highlights educational, cultural and financial impact of science, hands-on STEM activities, and Haywood Waterways. • Opening day of The Cradle of Forestry in America, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12, featuring living history demonstrations. $5 admission. Free for youth under 16 years of age. Cradle of Forestry, Highway 276 in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard. www.cradleofforestry.com. • Haywood Waterways Frog Level Storm Drain Stenciling, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, Panacea Coffee Company, Frog Level, Waynesville. Stenciling supplies, gloves, trash bags, pick-up sticks, and refreshments provided. • Haywood Waterways stream clean-up, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Canton Recreation Park. Meet in the

parking lot by the Canton Recreation Park baseball field. • Bike clinics, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 12, Clyde Elementary School, Clyde. For ages 15 and up. Teenagers must be accompanied by an adult. Must pre-register, 452.6789. • Solar observing event, 11 a.m. Friday, April 11, UNC Asheville’s main quad. In celebration of North Carolina Science Festival. ncsciencefestival.org, astroasheville.org or 251.6442. • Earth Day Volunteering Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in the Highlands Botanical Garden. www.highlandsbiological.org/earth-week/.

COMPETITIVE EDGE • Clyde Elementary Color Run, 7:45 a.m. Saturday, April 12, Clyde Elementary School, 4182 Old Clyde Road, Clyde. $15 for students, $25 adults, $75 for family of four or more. Proceeds used to buy much needed books. Register at imathlete.com or call 627.2206. • Spring Color Fun Run, 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Swain County Recreation Park, Morgan Pavilion. Fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Bryson City. Information at www.runbrysoncity.com/. • Greening Up the Mountains 5k Race, 8 a.m. Saturday, April 26, Mark Watson Park. Registration deadlines: by April 10, $15 with T-shirt; April 11-24, $15 no T-shirt; race day, $20 (limited number of shirts will be on sale for additional $10). Register at www.imathlete.com or stop by the Recreation Center to pick up a registration form.

FARM & GARDEN • Growing in the Mountain Series: Managing Your Home Orchard, (Fruit Tree Workshop), 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, Jackson Extension Center, 538 Scotts Creek Road, Sylva., 586.4009 in Sylva or 488.3848 in Bryson City or e-mail christine_bredenkamp@ncsu.edu. • Chickens 101 for Youth, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Macon Cooperative Extension Meeting Room, Franklin. Registration, $5 per family. Youth under 13 must have a parent with them. 349.2046. • Home Vegetable Gardening class, 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 14, Macon County Cooperative Extension Center. Register at 349.2046. • How to start plants from seeds, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, Canton Branch library. Led by Master Gardener Jim Janke. 648.2924. • The Cullowhee Community Garden is taking applications for plot adoptions for the 2014 gardening season. The garden is an all-organic, donation-based community garden at South Painter Road in Cullowhee. Space, tools, materials, and equipment provided. More information at the Jackson County Department of Public Health, 586.8994 or thecullowheecommunitygarden@gmail.com.

HIKING CLUBS • Carolina Mountain Club hosts more than 150 hikes a year, including options for full days on weekends, full days on Wednesdays and half days on Sundays. Nonmembers contact event leaders. www.carolinamountainclub.org • High Country Hikers, based in Hendersonville, plans hikes Mondays and Thursdays weekly. Participants should bring a travel donation and gear mentioned on their website: main.nc.us/highcountryhikers. 808.2165 • Nantahala Hiking Club based in Macon County holds weekly Saturday hikes in the Nantahala National Forest and beyond. www.nantahalahikingclub.org • Mountain High Hikers, based in Young Harris, Ga., leads several hikes per week. Guests should contact hike leader. www.mountainhighhikers.org.


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Regional historians and ‘piglets from heaven’ “Eagles, as they still do, lived on the creek. One day in the 1890s, an eagle dropped a piglet into the yard of Orville Welch, who was living on Ecoah Branch on Eagle Creek. He kept this strange gift from the heavens, not knowing  where the eagle had gotten it, and it grew into a fine hog.” — Duane Oliver, Hazel Creek from Then Till Now

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“My childhood memory of stores at Judson, Fontana and Proctor is that they were good places to buy a ‘dope’ … usually an icy cold

“In the middle of the floor was a big potbellied stove with a long stovepipe going up into the darkness through the roof … On cold days the stove roared contentedly as it was fed coal or wood, and ‘tramped snow’ with a funny chuffing sound when a snowstorm was coming. It was especially comforting to scrooch up to the stove and warm frozen backsides or put your shoes against it until you smelled rubber starting to melt the rubber ... “Candy, a child’s delight, could be bought in bars for a nickel … horehound drops, orange wax candy glistening with sugar, peanut-shaped mallows, gumdrops, and long black licorice sticks whose taste was exotic and not especially good, but a stick lasted for a long time for it didn’t melt

in your mouth … candy cigarettes whose ends were red and we held them nonchalantly as if they were real until they melted and we ate them. “These stores not only sold dopes, candy, cloth, thread, needles, shoes, overalls, work shirts, shotgun shells, soap, farm supplies, soda crackers, matches, kerosene (coal oil), pencils, ink (when did you lat see a bottle of it?), dishes, canned goods, and lard, but flour in cotton sacks that when they were washed could be made into all sorts of things … dresses (if you could get two with the same flour pattern), blouses, shirts, bloomers, as well as aprons and curtains … “Out front was usually a gas pump from which gas had to be pumped by hand, and whose top was round and made of white glass which always made me think of a vanilla ice cream cone, a treat we had only on our trips to Bryson City and made a visit to Bennett’s Drug Store at the end of the bridge. “Some stores also housed the local post office, so that a trip to call for mail or buy a three-cent stamp could be combined with buying a few things like a plug of tobacco or a box of Bruton snuff, and then stop to pass the time of day with whoever might be there.” George Ellison wrote the biographical introductions for the reissues of two Appalachian classics: Horace Kephart’s Our Southern Highlanders and James Mooney’s History, Myths, and Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees. Readers can contact him at P.O. Box 1262, Bryson City, N.C., 28713, or at info@georgeellison.com.

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egional history necessarily accommodates events of consequence (wars, elections, heroes and heroines, et al.) but, at its best, it also finds room to record less heralded events such as the day a piglet landed in Orville Welch’s yard. My two favorite regional historians in this regard are John Preston Arthur and Duane Oliver. I like what they say and how they say it. They can be read for both pleasure and instruction. Arthur’s 659-page tome entitled Western North Carolina: A History (From 1730 to 1913) appeared in 1914. Originally published by The Edward Buncombe Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution of Asheville, North Carolina, the volume was reissued in 1996 by The Overmountain Press and is online. Arthur was born in 1851 in Columbia, S.C., and died in Boone in 1916. He received a law degree from the University of South Carolina and practiced in Asheville before moving to Boone, where he lived in the Blair Hotel. Arthur’s last years were not all that sunny. He earned little from his historical writings, which probably wasn’t a surprise. But he also had few legal cases come his way and was reduced to working for 50 cents a day, digging potatoes and gathering apples, and even applied for a job as a helper at a livery stable. Broken-spirited, he soon took to his bed and died homeless, penniless and heart-broken. Local and regional historians don’t generally live high on the hog, but Arthur’s last years were especially grim. Nevertheless, his work displays an interior outlook that belies the apparent bleakness of his everyday life. Western North Carolina is chock -full of delight in the everyday events and aspects of mountain life. “But it was the women who were the true heroines … Long before the ‘palid dawn’ came sifting in through chink and window they were up and about. As there were no matches in those days, the housewife ‘unkivered’ the coals which had been smothered in ashes the night before to be kept ‘alive’ till morning, and with ‘kindling’ in one hand and a live coal held on the tines of a steel fork or between iron tongs in the

other, she blew and blew and blew till the splinters caught fire. Then the fire was started and the water brought from the spring, poured into the ‘kittle,’ and while it was heating the chickens were fed, the cows milked, the children dressed, the bread made, the bacon fried and then coffee was made and breakfast was ready. That over and the dishes washed and put away, the spinning wheel, the loom or the reel were the next to have attention, meanwhile keeping a sharp look out for the children, hawks, keeping the chickens out of the garden, sweeping the floor, making the beds, churning, sewing, darning, washing, ironing, taking up the ashes, and making lye, watching for the bees to swarm, keeping the cat out of the milk pans, dosing the sick children, tying up the hurt fingers and toes, kissing the sore places well again, making soap, robbing the bee hives, stringing beans, for winter use, working the garden, planting and tending a few hardy flowers in the front yard, such as princess feather, pansies, sweet-Williams, dahlias, morning glories; getting dinner, darning patching, mending, milking again, reading the Bible, prayers, and so on from morning till night, and then all over again the next day. It could never have been said of them that they had ‘but fed on roses and lain in the lilies of life.’” Duane Oliver grew up on Hazel Creek, the largest watershed on the North Carolina side of the Smokies. A graduate of Western Carolina University, he did graduate work at UNC-CH and conducted research in Greece, Italy, Austria, Germany and at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, before serving as a professor of art history at WCU for 30 years. One of his former students (who had taken his art history survey many years ago) recently told me that “Duane Oliver was a wonderful teacher.” Duane told me some years ago that after retiring he was getting on his mother’s nerves being around the house all of the time, so she suggested he find something to do. When he said he didn’t have anything to do, she said, “Well, write about our family.” Several books resulted. His magnum opus Hazel Creek From Then Till Now (1989) is always cited as a source for other regional studies. Therein, he covers every aspect of domestic life from building a cabin to springhouses, corn cribs, barns, fences, spinning wheels, cupboards and so on. Duane wrote a wonderful memoir about country stores for the spring 1996 issue of the “Fontana North Shore Historical Association Bulletin,” wherein he captures (Proust-like) the essence of those things that trigger our memories of days gone by:

Orange Crush … Those old general stores had a certain distinct smell, not the antiseptic, airconditioned smell of today’s stores. Your nostrils were assailed with the pungent smell of onions, the dusty smell of potatoes that still had a little dirt clinging to them, the cool, spicy smell of apples from far-off places packed in bushel baskets with narrow strips of blue tissue paper, the acrid smell of kegs of nails, the sharp smell of unwrapped bars of soap guaranteed to produce the whitest sheets ever hung on a clothes line, the warm summery smell of towsacks full of cottonseed hulls, and best of all to a child the sweet smell around the drink box where emptied bottles stood in cases waiting for the Nehi truck from Bryson City to take them away and chase off the hungry yellow jackets that always buzzed around the bottles ....

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