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On the Cover: Following a review Western Carolina University’s 130 degrees, a task force has recommended that administrators cut some and focus more funding on others. (Page 8)


News Has tree trimming gone too far in Haywood? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 County invests in security upgrades for jail annex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Haywood County presents its proposed budget. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Tribe resolves sewage-related lawsuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Eastern Band to get more federal disaster fund . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 WNC Congressman finds footing in Washington. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Jackson County planning board debates viewshed rules. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Balsam blacksmith carries ancient craft into modern society . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Riverside park could draw people to Cullowhee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Librarians ask Jackson County for more money . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Location found for new Cashiers ABC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

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were hacked back to the base of their limbs to shock the tree into sprouting throngs of new branches, which were cut and used for everything from making broom handles to kindling to livestock feed. property value decline; writing letters to the One Hazelwood resident, a neighborhood editor; and placing educational posters where the trimming practice has a noticeably about proper tree trimming techniques at firm hold, has her trees cut for practical reathe Waynesville library — but to no end. “It is established here, and well,” said Landt. sons. In the front yard, she trims them every Theories abound as to where the practice seven or eight years to keep branches away from incoming utility lines leading to her came from. Many blame power company house. The ones out back, she cuts even closworkers who haphazardly reduced any tree within limbs’ reach of their lines. In turn, the er to the trunk to protect her house, she said. “Some of the limbs were touching the roof look became the default cut of property ownof my house,” said Mazie Gerringer. “And that’s not good news.” Yet, despite living in Hazelwood for more than 30 years, Gerringer had no good grasp on where the practice originated. All she knew was her husband did it. And the cost of a “Hazelwood haircut” — another one of the local nomenclatures — runs more than your average shave and a haircut. Charlie Deaver of Deaver’s Tree Service, charges between $300 to $400 per tree for the equivalent of the military buzz. He said his business gets all sorts of requests for the service, and unlike Landt, he obliges, Freshly cut trees in Hazelwood demonstrate one of the area’s most pop- although he knows it’s not the ular canopy trimming techniques: the Hazelwood haircut. Andrew Kasper photo best for the tree. “I try to talk my customers into better options if I can,” ers trimming their own trees. Deaver said. “But sometimes it’s one of those Some say that it opens up the view of the things where they want that done and if you mountains and makes the grass grow greenwon’t they’ll get somebody else to do it.” er underneath. Maple trees tend to be the most common Others say the local tradition traces its casualties because of their resiliency to such roots back settler times when tree limbs


Did that used to be a tree? The tragic legend of the ‘Hazelwood haircut’ BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER t’s got more names than the Bible. The “round-over,” the “lollipop,” and the “bob” to name a few. No matter how you call it, Haywood County’s favorite way of trimming trees is despised by tree experts, yet it’s probably here to stay. Take a drive through just about any intown neighborhood or backroad in the county, and you’ll find plenty of stunted trees — if you can even call them trees — that have fallen victim to the cut. In winter, barren of their leaves, they look like work of a lazy arborist who walked away before the job was done. In summer, they bloom like green mushrooms. But there is no escaping them. “I really don’t know how it got into Haywood County like it did,” said Josh Landt, a Waynesville arborist. “You see it in every town but not like this. It’s out of control.” Despite all the fun nicknames and colloquial terms to pick from when describing a tree that has been relieved of its top, Landt simply calls it “the malpractice.” There’s a few theories behind it. The practice could be an attempt to protect houses from dangerous limbs. Or perhaps homeowners think they’re saving future trimming work and leaf raking by cutting the branches back to the nubs. But the subsequent, unorganized growth that shoots up from the leftover trunk is weakly attached and more likely to break off in high winds. And, new branches actually grow more rapidly than the original set of limbs would, creating even more trimming work in the future, Landt said. The arborist handbook advises against trimming any more than 25 percent of a trees’ canopy in a given year. That rule of thumb is typically used for small trees, which are more malleable. Most local butcher jobs go far beyond that guideline. “They’ve just left a tall stump,” Landt said. “It’s a horrible thing.” Landt has fought against the grain, refusing to perform the popular tree trim; advising homeowners against it with threats of

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Upgrades recommended for county jail Haywood County will spend $75,000 to bring the jail wing that houses female inmates up to state code. Known as the jail annex, the female wing sits just behind the main jail and sheriff ’s office. But unlike the Haywood County Law Enforcement Center that’s only a few years old, the aged annex is not up to state standards security wise. In the main jail, where the male inmates are held, no one can get out without some-

one letting them go. The doors are thick and only open if someone in the control room presses a button. In the annex, however, it is much easier for an inmate to escape because the old doors and the locks are not as high tech as most jail and prison doors are nowadays. And until the problem is fixed, the state requires that at least two guards stand duty at a time in the annex to prevent any possible jailbreaks. The additional staffing levels add to the jail’s operating costs. “There is going to have to be something done,” Sheriff Greg Christopher told county commissioners during a recent budget

meeting. The upgrades are estimated at between $50,000 and $100,000. With no concrete cost, County Finance Officer Julie Davis recommended commissioners allocate $75,000 for now. — By Caitlin Bowling

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treatment. Other species, like oak, are more likely to die at the hand of such trauma. Many of the folks asking for the cut are worried about damage to their houses from falling limbs. Deaver said his grandmother, who lives in Waynesville, has two trees of her own that he cuts back for her every year to keep them out of the power lines above. But some horticulturalists are having difficulty coming to terms with the frightening reality that some people actually do just like the look. That notion gives Tim Matthews, a horticultural extension agent with the Haywood County Cooperative Extension, something to scratch his head about. “I’ve seen trees out in the middle of someone’s yard, 60 to 70 feet from someone’s house, and they do it,” he said. “I’m like, ‘Why in the world would they do that?’” Some landowners try to pass off the tree topping as the careful craft of pollarding, which strategically stunts tree growth for either practical or ornamental ends and requires constant attention. Some say the

“I’ve seen trees out in the middle of someone’s yard, 60 to 70 feet from someone’s house, and they do it. I’m like, ‘Why in the world would they do that?’” — Tim Matthews, horticultural extension agent

look emulates the manicured trees edging European parks and boulevards. But Matthews said he’s not buying that. “I don’t see anything ornamental about it,” he said. “I don’t even want to call it pruning ‘cause it’s not.” Decades of mutilation is beginning to take a toll on the county. As a traveling extension agent, Matthews also has noticed the topping problem is far more widespread than many believe. He has put on tree trimming workshops and disseminated literature on proper practices. Yet, a row of trees in front of his own house in Canton was recently chopped down with a fresh, spring bob. All he can do is look on in disapproval. “It’s a challenge to try to find a tree that has not been topped,” Matthews said. “I don’t know what the answer is.” Junaluska Golf Course to support and maintain recreational opportunities at the lake. Friends of the Lake is a new nonprofit group formed this year to help Lake Junaluska with the upkeep of its recreational amenities made available to the general public at no cost. The cost is $200 per team of four ($50 per individual) and includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, gift bag, door prizes and a post tournament meal. The Lake Junaluska Golf Course opened in 1919 as a nine-hole course, expanding to an 18-hole in 1993. or 828.454.6680.




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years ago by the county and school system. The formula is “probably the best thing that happened to the school system,� said Commissioner Bill Upton, a former superintendent. “Every visit to commissioners was a big fuss.� Haywood County Schools is still lagging in funding for building upkeep and repairs, however. It will get $385,000 next year, a bump compared to last year, but still short of the $600,000 it used to get and far less than the $1.3 million in requested, claiming that the schools had a maintenance backlog to dig out of. Education spending comes in a close second to county funding for human services, which has seen a rise in foster care costs as well as increased expenses related to unfunded state mandates. On revenue side, sales tax income is going up steadily. “This is a positive,� Davis said. The county is expecting a small increase in property tax revenue as well once the state implements its new collection policy. Under state statute, residents must pay all their outstanding tax bills before they can renew their motor vehicle registration. However, the increase is not reflected in the proposed budget. “We can only budget as much as we collected in the prior fiscal year,� Davis said. “We do expect that there might be a little bit more collected.� The budget, like this year’s, only sets aside $300,000 in contingency funds for any unexpected costs, which Stamey admitted is low, but they have not used up their contingency this year despite being “anxious� about it. “We have made it through this year so far,� Stamey said. “I feel comfortable recommending $300,000 for contingency.� The commissioners thanked county staff for its work on the budget. “The staff is to be commended,� Upton said. Fellow Commissioner Michael Sorrells called next fiscal year’s budget the most difficult one he has worked on since being elected because costs continue to go up, leaving little wiggle room. “We worked hard on it and tried to get it where it needed to be,� Sorrells said.



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BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER aywood County’s budget will increase by more than $2 million next fiscal year, but it will still be nearly that amount shy of the county’s pre-recession budget. While the budget will increase, property taxes will not go up. The additional revenue is thanks to a projected growth in sales tax and newly built homes and businesses being added to the county’s tax rolls. The proposed budget stands at $68.7 million. Most of the increase is simply eaten up by the rising cost of doing business, such as office supplies, employee insurance and retirement payouts. That only leaves a little money left over for new expenses, which is why County Manager Marty Stamey said county leaders will have to get creative. “We are having to identify ways we can help things without putting money into it,� Stamey said. One way is by adding an employee without actually adding one. Two Environmental Health and Safety workers are retiring this year; the county plans to fill only one of the positions, freeing up money for a new position elsewhere in the county. The county will add a new drug detective, a sheriff ’s deputy, a detention sergeant and an information technology technician, bring the county employee count up to 501. The sheriff made a plea for six more personnel earlier this year, but got three. The narcotics officer will beef up the department’s drug fighting task force — when he entered office this year, the new sheriff said first and foremost he wanted to crack down on drug activity in the county. He said he also needed more detention officers to operate the jail’s annex. As for the computer guy, “we have got to increase our IT staffing,� Stamey said. The department is responsible for maintaining all the county’s technology. With only three full-time employees, IT doesn’t have enough people not keep a handle on the number of work orders coming into the office, said the department’s director earlier this year. The proposed budget for next year includes no cost of living increases for employees but allows for up to 2 percent merit-based raises. This enabled the county to reward those who work hard rather than giving everyone the same increase no matter of their performance, said County Finance Director Julie Davis, adding that the county has not given cost of living raises for the last few years at least. The county will continue to contribute 1 percent to employee’s 401(k)s and give a Christmas bonus. But Stamey apologized to county workers for not being able to do more. “It’s almost like we are punishing our staff for doing a good job,� Stamey said. Haywood County Schools and the Haywood Community College will see a minimal increase in their budget of 1.2 percent. The county’s K12 school allocation is based on a mutually agreed on funding formula arrived at several


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Battle over degrees at WCU could heat up BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER estern Carolina University is grappling with whether to cut unpopular or obsolete majors, posing a conundrum as it and other universities examine their deeper role in society: to provide a well-rounded, liberal arts education or steer students toward degrees in promising career fields? The curriculum at Western Carolina University is fluid — every year, degrees are added and subtracted from its list of offerings to meet shifts in student demand. Usually, only a few change. Since 2009, WCU has eliminated 17 degrees and added four. But this year, in an attempt to refocus its academic mission, a WCU task force undertook a comprehensive review of all 130 of its degrees. The committee marked some as virile and others as deficient. The vast majority ranked somewhere in the middle. “It is a huge undertaking,” said Mark Lord, WCU’s acting provost and a geology professor. The task force marked the degrees the university should invest more money in, leave as it, consider revamping or cut. “We had a range of possibilities throughout our process,” said Vicki Szebo, co-chair of the task force and an associate professor of history. “We had no idea if we were going to recommend any discontinuations from the outset.” However, the task force recommended that the unlucky 13 that ranked lowest on its scale be cut. Among them are the women’s studies minor, the master’s degrees in music and music education, the German and Spanish majors, and the bachelor’s degree in motion picture and television production. While the departments won’t disappear — there may still be classes — there simply won’t be majors or masters. “If that happens, we will just have to be more creative about what we can do with what we have left,” said William Peebles, director of WCU’s School of Music. Many of the degrees facing discontinuation had low graduation rates — with a dozen or fewer students earning degrees in those fields every year. Only the Spanish language major had more than 10 people graduate in any given year. But Szebo emphasized that enrollment was only one factor in the evaluation. “The recommendation itself was based on the totality of that data,” Szebo said. Similarly, although it is a factor, the assessment wasn’t in response to budgetary pressures. “Part of it is just house cleaning,” Lord said. “We do eliminate programs virtually every year.” On the flip side, the task force also identified eight degrees, including parks and recreation management, nursing and social work, as Category 1, meaning they are strong and deserving of more funding. “Exactly what that will mean we don’t know,” said Ben Tholkes, degree director of 8 parks and recreation management. “It was

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The impetus for the degree review was the university’s 2020 strategic plan, which outlines a clear set of goals for the next decade. When Belcher came on board in fall 2011 — marking the first changing of the guard in university leadership in 15 years — he kick started a series of visioning and planning projects to outline what the university wants to accomplish in the coming decades, from academic concentrations to a campus master plan. One of the top priorities in the 2020 plan was to do a major review of WCU’s degree programs. WCU’s review is about “strengthening what we do well and try to improve in other areas,” Szebo said. The evaluation looked at a degree program’s graduation rates, enrollment trends, costs and how it lines up with the university’s mission to “deliver high-quality academic degrees Parks and Recreation Management professor Maurice Phipps instructs students during a kayak rolling class. designed to promote regional The program is one of eight marked as worthy of more funding. Donated photo economic and community development.” Last fall, the provost put together a 17member task force comprised mostly of faculty members, as well as graduate and undergraduate student representation and the The task force charged with reviewing WCU’s 130 degrees recommended which degrees dean of the Honors College. the university should grow, leave as it, cut or study further. “This was the right mix of real personaliThe following show the eight degrees that task force see as historically strong and worth ties,” Szebo said. of more funding, and the 13 it said should be eliminated. The committee used both hard data and narratives (or qualitative data) prepared by Bachelor’s degrees identified as strong: • Spanish Education the colleges to evaluate each degree. • Environmental Science • Motion Picture and Television Production Although members of the task force often • Natural Resource Conservation and had personal connections to various degree Master’s degrees recommended for elimination: Management programs, strict guidelines provided to the • English/Teaching English to Speakers • Parks and Recreation Management group for how to assess individual degrees of Other Languages (MA) • Emergency Medical Care made the process easier, Szebo said. • Teaching English to Speakers of Other • Recreational Therapy “With a group like this everybody in the Languages (MAEd/MAT) • Nursing room knows most of these people. We really • Applied Math tried — sitting in the room while I hear my • Mathematics Master’s degrees identified as strong: degree being talked about, it was hard,” • Music • Communication Sciences and Disorders Szebo said. “We really kept it to the data and • Music Education • Social Work the narrative.” • Health and Physical Education The task force tried to keep emotions out Bachelor’s degrees recommended of the process. No one was allowed to advoMinors recommended elimination: for elimination: cate for his or her own degree. • Women’s Studies • German Case in point, the task force even suggest• Broadcast Sales • Spanish ed cutting the School of Music’s master’s degrees. Belcher earned a master’s degree in just an honor to be in Category 1.” But for degrees on both sides, what will piano performance. As some degrees go away, the university come of the recommendations is unknown. could reallocate funding to expand degrees The task force report was forwarded to WCU DUCATION PHILOSOPHY with the potential for growth. Those targeted Chancellor David Belcher, who will give each As funding for education shrinks, it is diffifor growth fall in two primary fields: health degree program a final review. He could agree care and the outdoors or natural resources. with all the recommendations, some of them cult for colleges and universities to maintain a liberal arts education. The U.S. has well-known Both are popular with students, as health care or none at all. offers a rather secure career track. WCU’s Board of Trustees will make a final liberal arts colleges, such as Wesleyan University, Meanwhile, the outdoors is a unique niche decision about each degree based on the Amherst College or Davidson College, for those interested in that type of broad-based education. for a mountain-based campus. report and Belcher’s comments.

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How much, if anything, the university will invest in its top eight degrees is also unknown. That hasn’t stopped the three professors in WCU’s Parks and Recreation Management

— Vicki Szebo, co-chair of the task force

fall semester, Tholkes said. With only 2.5 fulltime equivalent faculty members, “we can’t add any sections.” More funding would allow the program to add faculty and add staff, and in turn accommodate more students. If the demand for the major proves strong, it could actually mean more enrollment for the university. Additional money would allow them to market the degree to potential students, which is currently not a priority. It would also increase parks and recreation management’s involvement in the community. “We could do more with this area,” Tholkes said. “We just have limited time and limited resources.” The Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently instituted a new backcountry camping fee, which could affect how many people take advantage of the opportunity. Tholkes said he would love to help the National Park Service conduct visitorship research, but there is not enough time or people to help.

A DEGREE NO MORE All of the degrees up for elimination will have a chance to plead their case in front of Chancellor Belcher sometime during the next two months. “Recommendations aren’t a done deal,” Peebles said.

the greater Cullowhee community, Chamberlain plans to use the task force’s report to argue for her degree’s survival. Although the report recommends discontinuing the women’s studies minor, it also encourages the chancellor to investigate effective ways to provide gender studies. “That almost opens the door for an action plan rather than discontinuation,” Chamberlain said, adding that the minor includes classes that focus on gender and LGBT issues. She has already crafted a five-point plan for improving the degree at no additional cost. The biggest task is letting people know about the minor. In the past, leaders with women’s studies concentrated more on sponsoring university events, such as “Take Back the Night” and performances of “The Vagina Monologues,” rather than enrollment numbers. Chamberlain said she wants to identify faculty who support the degree and have them act as ambassadors to students, many of whom aren’t aware that WCU has a women’s studies minor. “One of the things is just to get the word out we exist,” she said. “A lot of students say, ‘Gee, if I had known, I would have minored.’” Although WCU will not stop offering the classes even if it stops offering the minor, the women’s studies degree has brought together students and faculty who are passionate about women and gender issues — which will disband without an umbrella degree. “What we will lose is the collective,” Chamberlain said. “They do a lot of programming, a lot of advocacy.” In addition to the 13 degrees recommended for elimination, college deans chose to voluntarily discontinue another eight degrees after their own review. Some were put on the books years David Starnes, assistant professor in music and director of ago and never taken off even athletic bands, directs the Symphony Band, which is com- though they weren’t active anymore. posed of students. WCU leaders are considering cutting the “There were several where School of Music’s master’s degrees. Donated photo people were like ‘I didn’t even know we had that,’” Szebo said. weekends. Eliminating the degrees, and Some had no students in the degree, while thereby the presences of graduate students, others were outdated degrees. would limit access to both, unless the univer“They were degrees where we had a need sity wanted to pay for someone to keep the at one time, but that need in the market place lab and studio open. had gone away,” said Richard Starnes, dean As far as classes go, only about two cours- of the College of Arts and Sciences. es are graduate students only during a semes- “Enrollment shifts.” ter. For example, American Studies was a pop“A lot of our graduate classes are parallel ular discipline in the 1960s and 1970s, but with the undergraduate classes,” Peebles said. today, there is no job market for those with The School of Music is currently gather- such a degree. Rather than majoring or minoring stories from current and former students, ing in American Studies, students usually faculty and community members about their incorporate a class or two into their course positive experience with the master’s degrees schedule, which they will still be able to do if to present to Belcher during its appeal. the American Studies minor is eradicated. While the School of Music hopes to show “Those classes won’t go away,” Starnes the chancellor how its graduate degrees feed said. “It’s great to have it, but it’s not attractinto its other degrees as well as its impact on ing students.” 9

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“ ... Sitting in the room while I [heard] my degree being talked about, it was hard. We really kept it to the data and the narrative.”

Faculty associated with the women’s studies minor and the music master’s degrees are mounting their cases for why each should remain as one of WCU’s degree offerings. “That is all we can do at this point,” said Marilyn Chamberlain, director of WCU’s women’s studies degree. Peebles knows that his school’s music performance and music education master’s degrees are small, but he said getting rid of all the music department’s graduate degrees would harm the school. “We can slip them into some leadership roles or teaching roles here,” Peebles said. Graduate students mentor undergraduates and lessen teacher workload. “They are not going to save anything in faculty,” Peebles said. “We would actually have increased need.” Graduate students also man the school’s lab and recording studio after hours and on

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While the university may hand some degrees a pink slip come the end of July, when Belcher will weigh in on the report, they will not immediately disappear. WCU’s Board of Trustees, the University of North Carolina System and the university’s accreditation board must all agree to cut the degrees. Plus, most of the programs still have a few students working toward a degree. They can’t be cut mid-stream, leaving students part way through their major in the lurch. So university leaders will have to draft a plan for how to phase out each degree. “We are still committed to our students,” Lord said. Since the university will gradually eliminate degrees, WCU will not likely realize any cost savings in the first couple years. If the goal is to free up funding to plow into majors targeted for growth, it could obviously be a while before savings are realized to do this. “The investment is longer term,” Lord said. “There is no immediate savings.” The university currently has no estimates for how much money it could save if it eliminates all 13 degrees. However, some may translate to little or no savings. In cases like the American Studies minors, WCU will cut no actual courses or faculty members — only the title of the minor.

degree from reviewing their wish list. “We’ve got a pretty extensive wish list,” said Tholkes, director of parks and recreation management. The degree, which trains students for various outdoor recreation jobs, graduates between 20 and 30 students a year and is popular given WCU’s surroundings. “Our students love to live in Cullowhee,” said Maurice Phipps, a professor of health, physical education and recreation. Some come to Western North Carolina from cities and find the area too desolate for their taste, but people in the parks and recreation degree relish spending time outdoors on a river or mountain. The fact that the nearest mall is in Asheville doesn’t bother them. “Our students don’t care about that stuff,” Phipps said. Half of the degrees recommended for investment are related to outdoor recreation and the environment. “Those are regionally focused degrees that make a difference,” Starnes said, adding that the environment around WCU is its greatest asset. With more money in the parks and recreation management program’s budget, the university could possibly hire another faculty member. All of its classes are full this coming


But other four-year institutions are realizing that spreading what little money it does have across a plethora of disciplines may not be sustainable for them. “I think that (liberal arts) model is wonderful, but I think a lot of universities can’t maintain that anymore,” Szebo said. So others have been looking at what degrees excel at their university, be it engineering or teaching or nursing, and focusing more of their funds on those. That is not to say that universities will scrap whole departments. They will continue to teach all the basics — language, math and philosophy — but they just may not offer them as a major. Students at WCU can currently take Chinese or French, for example, but the school doesn’t have degrees in them. State leaders, including the governor, have called for colleges and universities to enhance degrees that translate to jobs, particularly those in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. But professors argue that universities are not simply job factories, churning out students with majors that feed straight into a slate of tried-and-true careers. The roots of higher education are based on the principle that you can breed a more savvy, well-rounded populous by providing them with a breadth of learning opportunities. Universities were established to offer people a Renaissance education, not to train a cadre of graduates in narrowly focused fields. “That shift is short-sighted,” said Peebles.


Tribe settles suit over sewage spills

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has settled a civil lawsuit claiming overflows from the tribe’s sewage treatment plant were backing up on nearby private property. Linda Lambert sued the tribe in May 2011, saying sewage overflows on her property where she lived posed a health threat to her family. Lambert claimed that raw sewage gushed out of pipes and manhole covers onto her property and into nearby Adam’s Creek. The case was voluntarily dismissed after the tribe reached a settlement with Lambert, apparently solving the problem by buying her property. Tribal Council in January voted to purchase her property for $350,000. The council meeting records said the property was purchased for the expansion of the wastewater treatment plant but makes no mention of the lawsuit. The Eastern Band is upgrading its sewer system and the treatment plant, replacing old equipment and increasing its capacity, presumably allowing it to handle more volume and prevent back-ups. The tribe is still obligated to fix the problem and prevent overflows due to environmental regulations. The plant was last updated in 1997 when capacity of the plant was tripled. In Lambert’s suit, she claimed of negligence, trespassing, nuisance, violation of her civil rights and the taking of her property without compensation. Lambert’s attorney Mark Melrose said he was unable to comment on the case because of terms of the agreement. — By Caitlin Bowling

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The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will receive more federal aid than originally promised after January’s rainstorms, flooding and mudslides. In March, the Eastern Band became the first tribe to garner the Presidential Declaration of Disaster, which made it eligible for disaster relief assistance from the federal government. Previously, the tribe had to go through the state to receive any federal help. In the declaration, the federal government committed to reimbursing 75 percent of the cost to repair any damages related to the four-day storms. However, the pledge has since been increased to 90 percent. The estimated total federal contribution is $4.9 million, according to FEMA. Based on that, repair costs will come in close to $5.5 million. As of May 31, the government has paid out just under $3 million toward the tribe’s response and recovery costs. However, under the new reimbursement percentage, that number will increase by nearly $600,000. Although the landslide on U.S. 441 through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was the most prominent damage cause by the January downpours, it was not on tribal lands. The Federal Highway Administration paid for its repair. — By Caitlin Bowling

Meadows keeps pledge to make time for constituents


Based on his current voting record, Meadows has been labeled a moderate or centrist Republican. But it all depends on one’s point of view. “Some would call me further right,” Meadows said. “What I hope that I am labeled is a member of Congress who doesn’t change his convictions but votes the will of the people.” During and after his election, Meadows has repeatedly stated that he will vote with the people of Western North Carolina — unless it conflicts with his moral beliefs. Back in April, the U.S. House of Representatives was considering the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, a measure that some said would have further opened the door for the U.S. government to gather personal information on its own citizens. Twenty minutes before the vote, Meadows said he didn’t know whether he would vote yay or nay. “I don’t really know. We are still trying to figure out what people back home want and what is in the longer term best interest of our national security,” Meadows said at the time. “I am getting pressure from both sides.” Before he headed out the door to vote on the matter, Meadows’ assistants handed him a paper detailing constituent thoughts. Whenever a vote is imminent, workers read emails, answer phone calls and distill what voters in the WNC’s 11th Congressional

District think about a particular bill. “If votes are coming up, the phones will ring off the hook,” Meadows said, estimating that in his first 100 days he received more than 10,000 communications, be it calls, letters or emails. In the end, Meadows voted against CISPA — one of only five times that he has not voted with the Republican Party. The other times were votes on amendments to bills, not passage votes. Other key votes thus far: • Leaders with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians fought to get a new amendment added to the Violence Against Women Act. The amendment allows tribal courts to prosecute non-tribal members in cases of domestic violence. Despite this direct tie to his constituency, Meadows voted against reauthorizing the act. He said it came down to the human trafficking portion of the bill. Some Republicans claimed that the bill eliminates protections for victims of human trafficking, while others said the reauthorized act actually expands aid to those victims. “We gutted human trafficking,” Meadows said. “We put little girls at risk because of some language. I could not stand for that.” • Meadows recently voted in favor of constructing of the Keystone XL pipeline, an estimated $7 billion private infrastructure project in Alaska.


BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER n his brief five months in Congress, U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, has kept busy — voting on several pieces of key legislation, sitting in on committee hearings, drafting bills of his own and when he can, traveling back to Western North Carolina. “We have spent a lot of time trying to reach out to people back home,” Meadows said. Meadows has 18 offices setup around Western North Carolina — one in every county he represents. It is an impressive testaMark Meadows ment to the constituent service he hangs his hat on and a record number of offices for a WNC Congressman. Still, finding time to return to the district and keep on top of constituent concerns and opinions is difficult. “That has been the toughest thing trying to make sure you stay connected,” he said. Unsurprisingly during his time in office, Meadows has strongly aligned himself with his party, voting nearly 97 percent of the time with fellow Republicans since taking office in January, according to, a nonprofit, non-partisan website that tracks members of Congress.

“At a time when our economy is suffering and jobs are short supply, the Keystone XL pipeline will create thousands of American jobs and strengthen our energy security without requiring any federal dollars to build,” Meadows said in a release. “With families continuing to bear the financial strain of rising gas prices, it is time for our nation to take this overdue step toward energy independence.” The U.S. State Department estimated that the project will create 42,100 jobs and generate 830,000 barrels of oil per day. • Although attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act have failed 36 times before, members of the U.S. House voted on the matter again in May. It passed the House 229-to-195, with Meadows voting in favor of the repeal. Meadows has introduced three bills since taking office, but none have gone to a vote. As a first-time Congressman, it is anything if not impossible, to move one of your own bills to the U.S. House floor. “Bills by freshman are very difficult. That is a valid point,” Meadows said. But “I don’t want to make any excuses for not getting it done because I am a freshman.” Like all politicians currently holding office, Meadows is receiving contributions from various interest groups and PACs that he can set aside for his re-election campaign in 2015. The congressman has $65,850 in his war chest, according to his most recent campaign finance report. “As long as we are making a difference, I will continue to run,” he said.


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Jackson planning board further refines steep slope rewrites BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER ackson County Planning Board members discussed axing part of the steep slope rules aimed at protecting mountain viewsheds. The viewshed provisions stipulate new mountainside construction should not be readily visible from public right of ways or public lands. While the spirit of the law is to guard against eyesores on the hillsides. That could mean screening homes with trees or strategic placement on a lot so a home doesn’t stick out. But in practice, the provision is often impossible to enforce. “I don’t think it was ever really enforced,” said County Planner Gerald Green. “In theory, it sounded good, but in realty, it was a bit more challenging.” The viewshed protection clause left county staff with the nearly impossible task of identifying from which public lands and roadways steep slope housing projects could be “readily” seen. And public land could be defined as everything from Western Carolina University to a county maintenance yard to the Nantahala National Forest. And public


right-of-way could be the Tuckasegee River, a utility line or any public road. “We’d have to go to all those and identify whether we could see a home located on a steep slope area from those properties,” Green said. “And does that mean from 10 miles away when the leaves are gone?” Whether to do away with the viewshed provision is one of many planning board changes that would weaken the county’s

“By making it so broad they made it almost impossible to enforce. The appropriate process would have been to define those viewsheds and then define an ordinance with specific standards for protecting them.” — Gerald Green, Jackson County Planner

steep slope rules. The planning board has spent months plowing through a line-by-line mark-up and rewrite of the ordinance. Jackson’s mountainside development regulations are currently some of the strictest in the region. Any recommended changes to the ordinance still need to be brought before commissioners for a final vote, but commis-


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sioners have previously signaled they see the ordinances adopted by previous commissioners as too restrictive. Planning board members tackled the viewshed protection at its last meeting in May. Planning Board Member Mark Jamison thought something similar, but better written, should be considered to replace it, rather than entirely doing away with it.

“I think there is something legitimate to be said for protecting views from public lands,” Jamison said. “That’s tourism and who we are.” Rather than a blanket viewshed protection, Green said several important vistas in the county should be considered as worthy of extra protection. The view from the Blue Ridge Parkway of the Balsam range or the views from several high peaks in the Nantahala Forest stood out as good candidates for added protection, Green said. He said the wording in the current ordinance tried to protect everything and in turn didn’t protect much at all. “By making it so broad, they made it almost impossible to enforce,” Green said. “The appropriate process would have been to define those viewsheds and then define an ordinance with specific standards for protecting them.” But even that concept raised the question of how? Would county regulators identify key views and add an extra set of regulations to property visible from those areas, asked Board Member Clark Lipkin, a surveyor. He said a law like that would still be overstepping its bounds and infringing on personal property rights. “Maybe we could identify key viewsheds and then regulate from there,” Lipkin said. “But I would still vote against it.” Lipkin said an unforeseen consequence of the law is that going to lengths to physically hide a building site causes more disturbance to the mountainside by forcing the house deeper into the slope and out of view. Instead, he said vegetation and other superficial blending techniques such as earth tone colors should be considered. However, the planning board previously marked out suggested building practices that encourage earth tone colors. Ultimately, planning board members

reached the consensus that the section of the Mountain Hillside Development Ordinance attempting to protect public views is no good but didn’t decide on a way of replacing it. Three members of the planning board were absent.

RIDGETOP REDUX Their discussion at the last meeting also revisited one of their previous and ongoing topics: whether to permit construction on “protected” ridge tops in the county. The state already restricts construction on ridgelines high than 3,000 feet, but Jackson County passed stricter ridgetop laws as part of its mountain development regulations in 2007. The county law on the books prohibits construction on ridges higher than 2,500 feet that are also more than 400 feet above the nearest valley floor. Though oftentimes more visible, Lipkin pointed out that building on a ridge top could actually be a better solution than cutting into the side slope. “It’s less visible, flatter and safer,” he said. Nevertheless, Green cautioned against doing away with the ridgetop provision completely to ensure ridge construction didn’t get out of control. Minimum setbacks from the edge of the ridge and other restrictions on building size or density might be one way to mitigate their impact on mountainside views. “I don’t want to see those homes all the way across the ridge,” Green said. No consensus was reached on the matter yet again and discussion was tabled until the next meeting. But the issue of loosening restrictions on hilltop construction is bound to be a controversial one. Also, at May’s meeting, they discussed another topic that has proved a source of ongoing back and forth in the rewrite process. The old ordinance limited how much of a site could be disturbed during grading and construction and the portion that could be built on. The planning board has mulled whether to do away with or loosen those limits on grading. Now, some of the planning board questioned whether there is merit to the limits, especially given other provisions that have since been struck, like limits on how many homes can be built on steep tracts. Western North Carolina is coming off an unusually wet spring that caused landslides across the region. Most originated from construction sites, roadways and other disturbed mountainsides In July, the board will hear a presentation of a pair of private landslide consultants who have been mapping different regions in WNC for predicting likely landslide zones for public safety purposes. Less disturbance could mean less likelihood of landslides. “Minimizing the disturbance on those slopes does seem like it goes hand in hand with landslides,” Jamison said. “If you’re building on slopes over 35 percent then it means your building envelope needs to get smaller.”

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Novice Jackson tourism board flounders over budget


Chairman Richard Meads reviewed the draft budget, he wasn’t happy with what he found. The county had increased the tourism tax on overnight lodging from 3 to 4 cents, and as a result, the tourism authority should have had an extra $150,000 to work with in its tourism marketing budget. But the marketing and promotions budget didn’t seem that much bigger. “Then, I started peeling the onion back,” Meads said. He noticed a $20,000 increase destined for the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce visitor center, which would have been a 30 percent increase. “The revenues should go to advertising and promotion not salaries at visitor centers,” Meads said. “It’s not justified.” Meads decided to make some changes to the budget on his own. It had already been turned in to the county, but Meads called the county’s finance director and directing her to make the edits over the phone, including cutting out the increases for the Cashiers’ chamber. Meads actually works in the Cashiers tourism industry as the general manager of High Hamption Inn. Cashiers Chamber Director Stephanie Edwards took issue with Meads making changes to the budget unbeknownst to the rest of the tourism board — and after the finance committee that had initially approved the increase. That wasn’t right, according to Tourism

Board Member Debby Hattler. Now, it is unclear whether the budget “My problem is not with the increases,” given to the county is truly representative of Hattler said, taking Meads’ to task at a what the majority of tourism board members tourism board meeting last week. “My probwant. It is not best practice, Wooten said. lem is how you handled this.” “They ought to get their own proposed However, Meads defended himself saying budget, have a public hearing and then adopt three finance committee meetings were held a final budget,” Wooten said. since he changed the budget. Meads claims Yet, Meads said what he did was the the other finance committee members moral thing, and that the Cashiers visitor besides Hattler supported his revisions. He center was still seeing a 14 percent funding also said that the tourism board as a whole increase. supports his changes. “We are all new at this,” Meads said. “I But that still calls into question whether just know that what I saw didn’t look right it was proper proceand I tried to correct it.” dure for Meads to But what Meads did “The revenues should make the changes in didn’t look so right to the first place without Cashiers Chamber go to advertising and going through the Director Stephanie promotion not salaries Edwards, who is also a board. That said, there’s an apparent non-voting member of at visitor centers. It’s lack of protocols all the authority. not justified.” around, since the Edwards spoke at a budget initially public hearing on the — Richard Meads, approved by the county budget Monday tourism authority chairman finance committee didand made her case to n’t get formally vetted commissioners to by the full tourism board. change the budget back. Although the comHad the budget drafted by the finance missioners are not required to approve the committee gone to the full tourism board for tourism authority’s budget, she made her case review in the first place, the debate could to them as opinion leaders in the community. have been hashed out on the front end. “The Cashiers area has much to conThat’s what County Manager Chuck tribute … and deserves its fair share of Wooten wants to see. The tourism board never resources to do the job effectively,” Edwards officially voted on its own budget, he said. told commissioners.


BY ANDREW KASPER & B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITERS he Cashiers Chamber of Commerce leaders claim they have been slighted their fair share of visitor center funding from the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority. They also publicly accused the tourism board chairman of an underhanded move to unilaterally reduce their funding outside the purview of the full tourism board. The tiff is a sign of early growing pains for the newly formed Jackson County Tourism Development Authority, which has not yet found its footing. It is also a sign that the old tug-of-war between Cashiers tourism interests and the rest of Jackson County tourism is still lurking below the surface — despite the county supposedly coming together under a new single banner for its tourism efforts. Both the Cashiers Chamber of Commerce and Jackson Chamber of Commerce have historically gotten a cut of the county’s tourist tax dollars to run their respective visitor centers. Cashiers this year requested more, claiming it wasn’t getting as much as the Jackson Chamber’s visitor center. The finance committee of the Jackson Tourism authority agreed to increase the allocation to the Cashier’s chamber. Cashiers chamber supporters claim it is only fair they get an amount comparable to the Jackson chamber. But when the tourism authority 191-69

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News briefs ••• New Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher and Waynesville Police Chief Bill Hollingsed will be speaking about the harmful effects and prevalence of prescription pills and synthetic drugs in Haywood County. The event, “Drugs in Our Midst,” take place at 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 11, at the Senior Resource Center. Free and open to all. 828.452.2370. ••• Mimi Fenton, who has been serving as interim dean of Western Carolina University’s Graduate School and Research since July 2012, has been selected to become the academic unit’s permanent leader. Fenton, a faculty member at WCU since 1992, previously served as associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences from 1997 until 1999 and as director of graduate studies in English from 1995 to 1997. An acclaimed scholar of English poet John Milton, Fenton won WCU’s University Scholar Award for 2005-06, the UNC Board of Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004 and the WCU Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award for 2002-03. ••• Certified physician assistant Deborah Allen has joined Mountain GI Associates and will work alongside Dr. Randall Savell in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of gastrointestinal issues. Mountain GI Associates opened in February on the campus of MedWest-Harris in an office adjacent to the hospital. Savell has provided gastroenterology services and care to the community for more than two decades. Allen graduated from the Duke University Physician Assistant Program after completing prerequisite coursework at Western Carolina University. She is a member of the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants. ••• The Nantahala Physical Therapy, located at 96 Macon Center Drive in Franklin, provides rehabilitation services for all types of injuries, specializing in geriatric, sports injury and hand damage. The clinic also offers aquatic therapy. “We are committed to restoring daily comfort and function to our clients’ lives. Our goal is to provide the best service with the least discomfort possible,” said owner Randy Phillips.

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across the yard, he smiles watching his honeybees humming and glistening in the sunshine. The blazing rays of the fading sun crash into the mountains, soon disappearing behind the steep hills. “I’m just tied to the land here, my family has been here since the Civil War,” he said. “It’s about the continuity of living in these mountains, and living off of these mountains.” Since the late 1980s, Burress has been a blacksmith, making things as large as entrance gates to something as small as a coat hook. At his shop, Calerin Forge Custom Iron and School of Ancient Craft (named after his children Caleb and Erin, who are both accomplished blacksmiths in their own right), each piece is as unique and fascinating as the next, each taking time and precision, not to mention a barrage of blood, sweat and tears.


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BY GARRET K. WOODWARD STAFF WRITER David Burress wants to live forever. Not necessarily in the immortal sense though. Burress is an accomplished blacksmith. And for him, it’s all about sharing and perpetuating the sacred traditions of working with the elements of the Earth — fire, water, metal, wind and coal. “I feel like I’ll live forever as I keep passing this on to young people,” the 50-year-old said. “Once they get hold of the passion, whether there’s any money in it or not, they won’t stop doing it.” Burress will be one of the many craft demonstrators on hand at the Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration on Saturday, June 8, in downtown Waynesville. Bringing together an array of artisans, musicians and storytellers, the festival offers a glimpse into the rich heritage of Western North Carolina. “Every time I build a fire there’s potential for learning something new,” he said. “There’s so much more to this than what I’ve already mastered. It’s about rediscovering the traditions that have been lost to us.” On a tranquil evening at his farm in the Balsam community of Haywood County, Burress is sitting on his back porch. Gazing

“If somebody has “We got it done and it looked good,” he an idea and they don’t laughed. “I told my brother that I thought know if it’s possible or there was some money in this, but we’re not, come talk to us doing something wrong because nobody and it’s probably would do this for a living because it’s too something we can damn hard.” do,” he said. As with anything in life, Burress He also runs a farm became better at his craft with practice. He with his wife of 32 learned the tricks of the trade to properly years, Cecilia, and is running a forge and knowing what to look the maintenance for when pursuing the perfection he welder at Western desired for a piece. Carolina University. “What I really enjoy is making tools,” he “Six hours a night said. “When you can take a lump of inaniis about the only rest I mate metal and turn it into something that get,” he chuckled. feels good in your hands, that’s useable in Growing up on a everyday life, that can be passed down to your farm in Cruso, grandchildren, that’s what I like.” Burress’ father had a These days, Burress offers an eight-week welding shop under- or weekend intensive course for those interneath the house and a ested in learning the trade. It may be a strenfabrication business uous and arduous process, but those who finin Candler. Metal was ish the test find themselves filled with pride in his blood, but not and a skill set to create metallic magic with blacksmithing, not their own hands. just yet. After gradu“It’s gratifying, all of the ones that come ating from Pisgah through here and work closely with me,” he High School, he pursued a fine arts degree at said. “These things are real, not created digiWCU, where he wanted to be a children’s tally or like a hard drive that can be wiped book illustrator. away. These are real processes, and if we don’t That dream soon faded, while a job as a trav- maintain a core of people who know how to eling welder emerged. But all wasn’t lost as he do these thing, the worst-case scenario is met Cecilia, who was also studying at the univer- there’s no hope for us.” sity. Burress was now crisscrossing the county, As Burress scans the mountains tucked doing boiler and industrial shutdowns alongside away in the distance, another smile rolls his brother. During a chance “These things are real, encounter as a dinner party, not created digitally ... Burress was These are real asked by an Atlanta decoraprocesses, and if we tor if he ever don’t maintain a core of made any iron furniture. people who know how “She asked if I would be to do these thing, the interested in worst case scenario is making furniture for one of there’s no hope for us.” David Burress her clients,” he said. “So, of course I said I was, seeing as I was between across his face, another hard day of bountiful jobs and had to do it to put food on the table.” work is done. Together with his brother, Burress did a “When I get into that [zone], while workmakeshift forge out of an old brake drum and ing at the forge, that’s where God can talk to an air compressor. It wasn’t state of the art, me, it’s where you can get really philosophifar from it actually, but the hard work paid off cal,” he said. “I’m proud of my heritage and I with a finished iron table that pleased the think it’s important to keep educating future decorator. generations of where they came from.”

Owner of Calerin Forge, blacksmith David Burress crafts metal into intricate pieces of art or functional items such as tools or knives. Garret K. Woodward photo



State grant bridges the gap for Jackson greenway

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Jackson County will begin building the first leg of a long-awaited greenway along the Tuckasegee River this summer. The county recently won a $435,000 grant from the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, which will finally kick-start construction. The county will put in the rest of the $1.1 million needed for the greenway construction. The county had previously spent $80,000 on right-of-way for the section. The project includes a 1.25-mile stretch of greenway on the north side of Cullowhee. But the most costly piece will be a pedestrian bridge leading from a public parking area on one side of the river to the greenway itself on the other side. Thanks to the bridge, the stretch of greenway can be accessed at both ends — from the terminus at both Monteith Gap Road and Locust Creek. Without the bridge, the only place to jump on the greenway would have been Monteith Gap. But the grant will make possible a bridge over the river at Locust Creek and allow access there as well. “If we didn’t get the grant, I think all we could have done was built the segment from Monteith Road, down and back,” Wooten said. The greenway has been in the making for about a decade. The biggest challenge has been stitching together a right-of-way corridor. The property along the river is privately owned, requiring the county to negotiate with landowners to either buy land outright or get permission for the greenway to pass through. The first phase of the greenway will still be many miles short of its ultimate goal of following 20 miles of the Tuckasegee as it snakes through Jackson County. The new stretch will stop a couple of river miles from campus, but those could be a long two miles with properties standing in the way that the county has not been able to get right-of-way easements for. “Obviously would like to extend it even farther,” Wooten said. “But we haven’t been able to acquire the easements.” The county had received a $400,000 grant from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund previously to help with right-ofway acquisition, but the county is still sitting on the money pending negotiations with property owners along the river to grant passage over their land. The county is running out of time to spend the grant or it will revert back to the state. The county hopes to gain traction once property owners see the benefits — including increased property values — of having a greenway along the river. If not, the county will try to apply the money toward another leg of the greenway instead. — By Andrew Kasper and Becky Johnson 16

This river park in Denver, Colo., conveys the basic idea of what a river park on the Tucksegee in Old Cullowhee could be like. Donated photo

Cullowhee hitches its college-town dreams to the Tuckasegee River BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER ackluster at best and run-down at worst, it’s no question the has-been commercial district on Western Carolina University’s doorstep needs a life line. Cullowhee champions hope to prove their theory that a meandering river park along the Tuckasegee River would transform the backside of campus into a vibrant and lively college town atmosphere. “Ultimately, we are looking at the river park as a catalyst for the revitalization of downtown Cullowhee,” said Anna Fariello, a WCU professor and leader of CuRvE, a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to improving the Cullowhee community. To borrow a line from college math professors, however, they have to show their work. The Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavor (CuRvE) recently landed a $17,500 grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area to fund an economic impact analysis and feasibility study for a series of riverbased amenities in greater Cullowhee. A river park, supporters believe, would serve as an anchor to bring people back to Old Cullowhee, which in turn could encourage cafes, bars, coffee shops, bookstores, condos and other merchants to move into the area. It’s a tried-and-true formula for rekindling rundown downtowns. Public invest-


ment in riverscapes has reinvigorated commerce in cities across America, from Greenville, S.C., to San Antonio, Texas. The same would likely be true for Cullowhee, albeit on a smaller scale. But Fariello and fellow CuRvE members realized they needed more than an educated hunch to advance their idea. They need-

“It is public knowledge that retention is an issue for the university. If you had a great place for students to hang out, that is a win for them.” — Anna Fariello, WCU professor and leader of CuRvE

ed to quantify the benefits of a river park. “CuRvE is taking these methodical steps to move us forward — pretty slowly, but with tangible results,” Fariello said. The hope is the economic impact and feasibility study will help revitalization supporters move into the next phase: buyin from the community, university and county for a capital fundraising campaign. “We know a river park will cost into the million dollar phase,” Fariello said. “This

will give us the leverage. Otherwise, we will never get any funding.” Aside from spurring development and commerce, the river-based project would benefit public health by encouraging active lifestyles and recreation. It would be good for tourism by adding a new destination in the county. And it would improve the quality of life and sense of place for WCU students and faculty, she said. “It is public knowledge that retention is an issue for the university. If you had a great place for students to hang out, that is a win for them,” Fariello said. “I see a river park to be a win-win for every single stakeholder in this region.” The project, dubbed the Tuckaseegee Heritage River Corridor, takes in several miles of the river. Its crown jewel would be a river park in old Cullowhee with walking paths along the shore, large boulders for lounging by the river, and enhanced paddling features in the river itself. That’s the most expensive part, and so far only a vision. Several other aspects are already taking shape upstream and downstream, however. A community garden, a children’s playground and new paddling put-in and parklike river launch are underway upstream. And downstream, the county will soon start construction of a 1.25-mile greenway segment with yet another boat launch putin for paddlers.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO NCCAT’S CAMPUS? The Cullowhee campus for the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching sits on 36 acres across from Western Carolina University. Proposed state budget cuts threaten to close the center for good and cut 35 jobs.


— Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin

upkeep and utilities. That is money that, unless provided for in the state’s budget, the school will have to swallow. Nonetheless, Edwards said the facility and its surrounding acreage across the road would be a welcome addition to the campus, maybe serving as a conference center. Yet, Edwards said it would also be better news to keep NCCAT. “Western has always been supportive of NCCAT.” Edwards said. “It ties in directly to the strong education department at Western.”


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for professional development — not with student achievement standards in flux and technology rapidly changing the classroom. “We are working hard to educate the people in-house,” Franklin said. “That’s where our attention and efforts are focused.” The center also does outreach to firstyear teachers in poorer areas of the state to teach them classroom management skills and keep them from falling victim to high teacher turnover rates. The Senate’s budget also does away with a fellows program that entices top students into teaching careers with scholarships. But NCCAT has been criticized by fiscal conservatives as too luxurious. Why do teachers need to attend an all-expense paid, multiday training conference in the mountains with overnight lodging and meals full funded in order to become better teachers? And with dwindling resources for education, some lawmakers have questioned if the funds shouldn’t be shifted to core functions, or whether it would be cheaper to bring training to the teachers rather than teachers to the training. N.C. Rep. Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville, said he doesn’t like how the Republican-controlled state government is approaching education — including the shuttering of NCCAT — this budget cycle. “These programs weren’t just about adequacy but excellency in the classroom,” Queen said. “It’s not about being the cheapest system in the country — it’s about being the best system in the country.” Queen is a co-sponsor of an appropriations bill that would keep funding for NCCAT. He said his cause has some bipartisan support. Nevertheless, he was disappointed in the budgetary news from the Senate. “I have not lost it yet, but the Senate has been

“The senate did cut it out of the budget, and it was really disappointing. To me that’s about 40 jobs near Cullowhee.”

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BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER he North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching in Jackson County had its funding slashed in half in 2011, and this year, Raleigh may finish the job. The site is a training center for cadres of public school teachers from around the state. It has been written out of the N.C. Senate and governor’s budget, and, along with it, its 35 or so remaining employees at its campus in Cullowhee. When NCCAT took a funding cut two years ago it was forced to lay off about half of its staff. Elaine Franklin Executive Director Elaine Franklin said she has been honest with her workers this time around that the threat of joblessness in the near future is very real. “You don’t do any good sugarcoating these things or offering false hopes,” Franklin said “They’re all really worried, and I am, too.” The only hope for the center is if the N.C. House fights to keep its $3.1 million in state funding. That money is used to run two centers — the one in Cullowhee and a smaller one on Ocracoke Island with 10 employees. If the center closes it will mark the end of its nearly 30-year tenure in Cullowhee and the close of a program that once gained national and international acclaim as a model for professional development for teachers. Approximately 60,000 teachers have participated in NCCAT’s professional development and training over the years, and more than 100,000 education professionals have used the facility for conferences and retreats. Franklin is hoping she can convey to legislators that now is not the time to cut funding

If funding is lost for the program, NCCAT’s campus will be handed over to Western Carolina University. In 1985, NCCAT was built on property once belonging to WCU. It seemed to fit with WCU’s mission as one of the state’s renowned teaching colleges. As a stipulation of the deed, the university will get its land back if NCCAT ceases to exist. WCU isn’t exactly cheering over its inheri-

tance of the NCCAT site. It sits on 36 acres in Cullowhee and includes two residence halls and a large conference building with meeting rooms, an amphitheater, dining facilities, a technology lab, a library and a wellness center. WCU has not been given a budget increase to take over of maintenance or upkeep of the NCCAT campus or its buildings, said Robert Edwards, WCU’s vice chancellor for administration and finance. He estimates the center will cost an additional $200,000 to $300,000 in maintenance,


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no help,” Queen said. “We are in dire straits.” N.C. Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, said his constituents would certainly feel the blow of job losses should NCCAT be shut. “The Senate did cut it out of the budget, and it was really disappointing,” Davis said. “To me that’s about 40 jobs near Cullowhee.” Nevertheless, Davis voted for the Senate’s budget that excluded funding for NCCAT, but said he lobbied the chairman of the education budget committee and the president pro tem of the Senate during the budget process to keep it funded. “I voted for the budget but advocated for them during budget process,” Davis said. “I was disappointed because it was a really good program and I believe once we lose that campus we won’t be able to put that back together.” Although the program rounds out its annual budget with private donations, grants and contract fees, they only make up 20 percent of its funding and thus aren’t sufficient to continue operations without the state aid.

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determine what they want to pay their employees. The county does not manage the library’s budget line for line but instead allocates an overall dollar amount. “We give them a lump sum of dollars. If they want to give salary increases, they can give salary increases and buy fewer books,” Wooten said. Brunette said the budget increase wasn’t — solely to cover salary increases, however. The county has given the libraries a sizeable budget increase during the past five years already. The operating budget for the Cashiers library went from $148,000 to $232,000 since 2009. The Sylva library doubled from $360,000 to $780,000 since 2009. The huge increase was largely due to the Sylva library moving from its tiny, old, subpar quarters on Main Street to a large, grand, new library behind the historic courthouse. The bigger library necessitated a larger collection, additional staff and increased overhead. The library expanded its hours and its line-up of adult and children’s programs. The number of library users has roughly doubled since moving to the new building. So while the budget is much bigger, it was put toward general operations while staff salaries stagnated. Still, when it comes to where the library wants to put the dollars it gets from the county, library leaders make the decisions. “We do not designate their funding by line item. If they have a particular priority, they are free to take those dollars and address those priorities,” Wooten said. Wooten said it is only fair to also take into account the $965,000 the county pays annually toward library construction debt — about twothirds of that for the Sylva library and one-third for the Cashiers library. Commissioners have until the end of June to approve their final budget.

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in the coming year for start-up costs, such as computer systems and software, shelves and display tables, and the initial inventory stocking of the store — which in itself is a six-figure proposition most likely. The start-up costs will be paid back out of ABC profits during the next five to seven years, according to County Manager Chuck Wooten. Despite the start-up cost, building lease and overhead of running an ABC store, the county should turn a profit in year one and increase some each year, said Jackson County ABC Chairman David Noland. However, as far as hard numbers, “Anything I gave you would be a guess,” Noland said. Even though the Jackson ABC board has been in existence for less than three months, it was largely a foregone conclusion that a liquor store was in the cards for Cashiers


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BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER ackson County commissioners were implored by library advocates this week to give the Sylva and Cashiers libraries a sizeable bump in their budget. The Sylva and Cashiers libraries asked the county for a budget increase of $132,000 for the coming fiscal year, primarily to give library staff a 13 percent pay raise. The preliminary Jackson County budget awards the library only $14,000 — enough to fund 2 percent raises for library workers. That’s the same cost-of-living raise the rest of Jackson County employees will see. But unlike the rest of Jackson County employees, library staff haven’t seen a raise in five years. So now, they need a bigger bump to catch up to where they should be, according to Dottie Brunette, the head Jackson County librarian. Libraries are a vital community service, enriching the quality of life for all residents, leading to a more educated and enlightened society, and spurring economic development, particularly since the Sylva library is actually a destination for visitors, Brunette said. Several library advocates lined the front row of a public hearing on the Jackson County budget Monday. Brunette also delivered a stack of handwritten letters from library supporters pleading with county commissioners for a bigger budget increase. “We are once again extremely disappointed that there is no provision for a staff salary increase,” wrote Marilyn Staats, president of the Friends of Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers. “Please help Cashiers and the surrounding communities served by our wonderful library.” Jo Ann Guise, a library user from Cashiers, said it is “unconscionable” that library staff hasn’t had a raise in five years. However, County Manager Chuck Wooten countered that it’s up to the library leaders to

BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER new Jackson County liquor store will soon be under construction in Cashiers, with plans to open for business by early next year. The 4,000-square-foot store will be built on a vacant tract across from the Ingle’s grocery store in Cashiers. The building will be leased for $32,000 annually, saving Cashiersarea residents, vacationers and restaurant owners a haul into Sylva or other neighboring towns to stock up. Profits from the new liquor store will flow back to county coffers. The building lease will be deducted from those profits. The county will also pay up to $200,000



Park hammering out ride inspection glitches

BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER fter two false starts, Ghost Town in the Sky theme park in Maggie Valley remains closed this week. Leaders with the mountaintop amusement park hope to get up and running soon — they just aren’t saying when. “I don’t want to say until we are closer to it,” said General Manager Mike Matthews. “We don’t want to do any announcements until we know for sure that we will open.” The park had advertised its grand opening as Memorial Day weekend but failed to request mandatory state inspections of its rides and chairlift in time. State inspectors need at least 10 days advance notice. So amusement park officials pushed the opening day back a week, but it still didn’t open because Ghost Town’s chairlift and kiddy rides failed inspections. “We didn’t anticipate having the hang ups that we did,” Matthews said. “Any business has to go through the same thing.” Employees with the N.C. Department of Labor were on-site May 30 and 31 looking over the chairlift that takes visitors to the


mountaintop amusement park. Also on tap for inspections were a small train that runs around the Wild West Town and three kiddy rides. The chairlift failed the state review last week after inspectors found cracks in the chairs. Pressley will need to replace the broken chairs before they can be reinspected. “They found at least six cracks. That happens when they are stored over the winter,” said Dolores Quesenberry, a spokeswoman with the Department of Labor. The chairs should be properly stored indoors and in a way that no water collects on them, Quesenberry said. Otherwise, freezing moisture could cause cracking. The chairlift also failed inspections because it lacks a navigable escape route down the mountain. The state requires an evacuation route in case the chairlift breaks down and passengers have to be evacuated. The terrain below the chairlift is steep and difficult to walk on foot, requiring a means of egress to be constructed. The lack of an evacuation route has been an ongoing source of consternation for inspectors, but apparently the state finally drew the line this year and forced Ghost Town to make accommodations by building a paved road up the mountain under the lift. “They have made progress, but it’s still

not ready,” Quesenberry said. Had the chairlifts been the only thing to fail state inspection, amusement park employees could still have hauled visitors up the mountain in its two busses, which together can accommodate 45 people. Matthews said new chairs are already ordered and should arrive this week. Workers are also expected to finish the escape route by the end of next week. The choo-choo train that runs around the Wild West Town has also failed inspection, as did three kiddy rides. The kiddy rides have electrical problems and had other more minor issues. Ghost Town employees were able to fix the problems with the kiddy rides and will call state inspectors back for a visit on Wednesday, June 5. “The state is working with us the best they can,” Matthews said. “They want us to be open just as bad as we want to be open.” Struggling to open seems the standard for Ghost Town. The once popular amusement park piggybacked on the success of westerns, when every little kid wanted to be a cowboy. But in the 1990s, visitation to the park declined and it closed. Pressley purchased the amusement park out of foreclosure and vowed to bring it back. Thus far, she has invested more than $3.5 million in Ghost Town.

ever since a ballot measure passed last year paving the way for countywide alcohol sales. Before, the only ABC store in Jackson County was in Sylva. Several locations for a Cashiers store were considered, including buying or leasing an existing storefront, which would have meant a quicker opening. “I know the commissioners wanted us to be up and running sooner, but we believe this is the best option we looked at for the long haul — especially considering location, quality and cost,” said Noland. The store will be built by the property owner and leased to the county at a fixed price of $32,000 a year for 10 years, with two options to renew for an additional five years after that. The vacant tract is 4.5 acres in all. Noland said he wouldn’t be surprised if the property owner Louis Darre sees the ABC store as a potential magnet for additional commercial development on his property. “That would certainly be a good anchor store,” Noland said. Cashiers will no doubt siphon liquor sales away from Sylva. Ironically, the county will share the pain of declining sales at Sylva. The town of Sylva splits profits from its liquor store with the county. If the Cashiers store takes a bite out of Sylva’s sales, Jackson County will feel the hit, too, and could actually come out worse off from a bottom-line standpoint. “Certainly that is possible, but that is speculation,” Noland said.

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t was a great day for a picnic … or a baseball game. The sun hung there above the horizon like a hanging curveball, warm and inviting, and the air was as still as a sleeping cat curled up in a laundry basket of freshly dried towels. A spring day so perfectly placid often portends a storm, and in this case, as I stood there in right-centerfield flanked by my center fielder, Andy, and my right fielder, Rees, I was afraid the storm was just about ready to rage in the form of a furious rally by the Braves, the leaders of the Mountaineer Little League Farm League and proud owners of a 7-2 league record. Our team, the Cubs, had jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, but the Braves had the bases loaded with two outs. A base hit here would plate at least two, and probably three runs, cutting significantly into our lead. “Down and ready, Cubs!” a boisterous fan shouted from the bleachers. “Down and ready!” The stakes could not have been much higher. After getting blown out 12-0 by the Dodgers in the season’s first game, the upstart Cubs had rebounded to win six of their next eight games and now had a chance to take over first place in the standings with a win over the Braves. The intensity was just about unbearable. We needed one out to squelch this rally and maintain our tenuous lead against the league’s best team. I watched the Braves coach load the pitching machine, a contraption that looks like a giant mechanical grasshopper. “Down and ready, Cubs!” The batter took a good cut but fouled off the first pitch. He stepped out of the batter’s box to regroup while the coach loaded the machine with another ball. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw my right fielder sitting in the lotus position, studying a handful of dirt as if it might contain gold nuggets, or secret clues about his future. “Rees, get up,” I whispered urgently. “There’s two away. We still need another out to get out of this jam.” Rees rose and released his handful of dirt with a flourish and a heavy sigh. “Coach Cox?” he said. “Do you know what a sasquatch is?” “Yes, Rees, I’ve heard of them,” I replied. “Bigfoot, right?” “Yep, that’s it,” he said. “I’ve been learning a lot about them. Have you ever seen one in person?” The batter took a pitch low and inside. The base runners crouched into a sprinting posture. Out of the corner of my other eye, I saw my centerfielder using his right foot to fashion cool patterns in a patch of mud left over from yesterday’s heavy rainfall. He was grinding his foot as hard as he could, as if he were trying to put out the world’s smallest and most intense forest fire. The mud was now up to his ankle, and when he tried to pull his cleat out of it, his foot came right out of the shoe. “Down and ready, Andy!” I said, trying to get his attention. “Coach Cox, do you know who’s winning?” Andy said, reaching down to pluck his shoe of the mud like the world’s ugliest flower. “We’re up right now, but they are making a comeback,” I said. “This is a big out right here.”


The batter took another pitch, one that looked like a strike to me. “Coach Cox, do you like Chinese food?” Andy said. With the count standing at 2-1, my second baseman, Hunter, retreated about eight yards into right center and turned toward me, with his back to the batter. “Coach Cox, can I play catcher?” he said. “I tried it last year and I can really do it! I like football, too. I’m probably going to play this fall.” Fortunately, the batter swung and missed at the next pitch instead of hitting it to second base, or to centerfield, where Andy was still working on getting his right shoe back on. “Down and ready, Cubs! Down and ready!” I shouted, clapping my hands for emphasis. “One more out! Keep your heads in the game!” I made a mental note to talk to them Columnist in the dugout about maintaining focus on defense, the importance of understanding each situation and what the situation required of them. In the midst of my mental note-taking, I looked over and saw that Rees had removed his hat and his glove, and had both his hands in his hair. He looked exasperated, wearing the expression of a 35-year-old man who just found out his car is being repossessed. The Braves coach launched another pitch, which hit the plate. The count was now full, the crowds from both sides shouting encouragement, some standing, some leaning forward in their seats on the bleachers. “Coach Cox, this hat makes my head really just too hot, really too hot,” Rees said. “Is your hat hot, too? Can you come over here and scratch my head?” I went over and scratched Rees’ itchy head, just as the batter smacked the next pitch into deep leftfield. By the time my leftfielder, Justin, retrieved the ball and threw it into the infield, all three base runners had scored. When the throw from second to third got through the third baseman’s legs and leaked away like an ink stain down a white shirt, the fourth run scored and the game was suddenly tied, eliciting a heavy groan from the Cubs’ fans on the visitor’s side. We finally got the third out and ran into the dugout. I got all the guys seated while the Braves took infield practice. “OK, guys, we’re still in this thing,” I said. “We can still win it.” “Coach Cox, when are we having snacks?” said my shortstop, Elijah. “Yeah, yeah, yeah, SNACKS!!!” several others chimed in at once. “What are we having?” “I hope it’s Rice Krispie treats!” “I hope it’s ice cream!” “Coach Cox, Justin said there was a bee on my hat,” said

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Noah. “Do you see a bee on my hat?” When Charlie singled to left field and Jack doubled to right, we had runners in scoring position with just one out. We were that close to taking command of the game again, that close to the top of the standings. One of the coaches approached me and suggested we move our pitcher, Max, from the right side of the mound to the left side in the next inning, since the Braves were tending to pull the ball. A defensive shift. Good idea. Just as our next batter stepped up to the plate, I heard that awful sound, the worst possible sound a little league coach can hear at a moment as fraught as this one. The bright tinkle of the ice cream truck, which I soon saw coming like the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, rounding onto Henry Street and pulling into the parking lot about 20 feet beyond the center field fence. In literature, this is called deus ex machina, or as translated from Latin, “god from the machine,” which Wikipedia tells us is “is a plot device whereby a seemingly unsolvable problem is suddenly and abruptly resolved, with the contrived and unexpected intervention of some new event, character, ability or object.” I accused the Braves’ coaches of authoring this particular act of contrivance, though, truth be told, their players were as distracted as ours by the unseemly and “unexpected intervention” of the ice cream truck in the game’s biggest moment. Of course, the next two Cub batters struck out, their eyeT sight blurred by visions of Brown Mules and Nutty Buddies, and our rally was blown out like a candle on a birthday cake. In s the bottom half of the inning, as the ice cream truck continued to play the maddening tinkle ever louder, the Braves mounted g another rally and won the game on a swinging bunt single. w It was devastating. I tried to think of the right thing to say to C the team, some words of encouragement to soften the blow, h something that would ease the pain and help them to get out t from under the weight of this crushing disappointment. s “Guys, the baseball gods can be fickle sometimes,” I began. a “Coach Cox,” Max said. “Which do YOU like better: ice cream sandwiches or Creamsicles? a “I want you all to know how proud I am of you,” I resumed. f “Even the best teams come up short now and then. The most C important thing …” c “Coach Cox,” Andy said. “How much longer do you think h that ice cream truck is going to stay there?” 2 I just sighed. Obviously, they were still in shock. All I could l do was let them go and let them feel their feelings when they were ready. We huddled together and did the all-hands-in “Go, e Cubs” routine, whereupon 11 tiny rockets in blue jerseys blasta ed off toward centerfield. Less than two minutes later, the ice R cream truck had vanished in a murky, roiling, screaming mass w of blue. a I tried to think good thoughts, but all I could come up with d was this: I hoped that not one of them had the correct change. T (Chris Cox is a writer and teacher. He can be reached at e T p


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ANTHONY WAYNE’S 37 Church St, Waynesville. 828.456.6789. Open for lunch Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; open for dinner Thursday-Saturday 5 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday brunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exceptional, new-American cuisine, offering several gluten free items. BLUE RIDGE BBQ COMPANY 180 N. Main St., Waynesville. 828.452.7524. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. TuesdayThursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. FridaySaturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Blue Ridge BBQ is a family owned and operated restaurant. The BBQ is slow hardwood


BLUE ROOSTER SOUTHERN GRILL 207 Paragon Parkway, Clyde, Lakeside Plaza at the old Wal-Mart. 828.456.1997. Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friendly and fun family atmosphere. Local, handmade Southern cuisine. Fresh-cut salads; slowsimmered soups; flame grilled burgers and steaks, and homemade signature desserts. Blue-plates and local fresh vegetables daily. Brown bagging is permitted. Private parties, catering, and take-out available. Call-ahead seating available. BOURBON BARREL BEEF & ALE 454 Hazelwood Ave., Waynesville, 828.452.9191. Now open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner nightly from 4 p.m. Closed on Sunday. We specialize in hand-cut, 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.


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To the Editor: My first reaction to the county brand “Play On” was that it must be April 1. Quickly determining it was not, my second thought was, you gotta be kidding, the TDA in Jackson County didn’t really pay $50,000 to an out-of-state company to discern an appropriate trade name for our community in order to attract tourists. Jackson County is minutes away from the most visited national park in America and on direct routes east, west, north and south. For “imagery,” it doesn’t get much better. Twenty-five years ago, I was the executive director of a chamber of commerce in northwestern New Hampshire in the White Mountains. It was a four-season resort area made up of small towns on routes north (into Canada), south (to the rest of New England) and east and west. An area that enjoys the natural attractions and allure that we do here does not need to post signs so stating. And I take serious issue with the premise put forth by Art Webb (president of BCF) that our “feeling good about it (meaning the brand) more than anything, determines success.”   Jackson County doesn’t need a catchphrase, or a motto, and certainly not a brand, to attract visitors. What it does need to do is foster and create success stories and, in my opinion, $50,000 could have been far better spent nourishing that effort. David L. Snell Dillsboro

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.

smoked, marinated in its own juices, and seasoned with mountain recipes. All menu items made from scratch daily. Featuring homemade cornbread salad, fresh collard greens, or cornbread and milk at your request. Old-fashioned homemade banana pudding and fruit cobbler of the season.

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sponsibly reduce the property tax. The county manager’s proposed 2014 general fund budget totals $46.6 million with no change in property tax rates. Commissioners Ron Haven and Paul Higdon have publicly proposed reducing the property tax rate in the 2014 budget by utilizing some of the county’s excess general fund balance to lower the property tax rate. What is a fund balance? It is a savings account holding unspent taxpayer money from prior years. It’s prudent for Macon County to have a fund balance. Years ago, commissioners established a target level that has carried over to today. As of June 30, 2012, there was a fund balance of $18 million while the target was $10.7 million. Commissioners appear divided over lowering property taxes to bring the fund balance closer to the target level. Commissioner Ronnie Beale stated in a recent article he would support a tax reduction if it didn’t affect services. The Higdon/Haven proposal does not affect the proposed 2014 budget. There would be no change in county services. It’s unclear where commissioners James Tate and Kevin Corbin stand on reducing the property tax rate. Bringing the fund balance closer to the target would also lead to better budgeting. The excess fund balance leads to expenditures outside the approved budget, and fund balance is used to pay those costs. Contact county commissioners if you agree the Haven/Higdon proposal is responsible before the 2014 budget is finalized. Vic Drummond Franklin

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To the Editor: We are well into this Legislature’s session. The governor has put forward his budget. The Senate has proposed its version, and the House is still crafting its spending plan. But instead of going forward together, building one North Carolina, we’re losing jobs, denying investment, terminating service, cutting off the very engines of our state’s economy. In my district of Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties, we will lose approximately 400 jobs in healthcare by the action of this Legislature in denying Medicaid expansion. Also, more than 15,000 of my constituents with the greatest need will not receive health care coverage. MedWest of Haywood, Jackson and Swain — my district’s local rural hospitals — are really struggling to meet our needs. MedWest lost 240 jobs over the last two years due largely to the previous Legislature’s denial of $1 billion to Medicaid by not making North Carolina’s one-third match. Now this Legislature is denying $2.5 billion of federal tax dollars to expand Medicaid. And in the face of that, MedWest is looking for a “capital partner.” They are in desperate need of resources. Rural North Carolina’s hospitals are in trouble because Raleigh is denying them the assistance and the revenue streams they need. This is typical of damaging effects done to rural citizens and communities. The governor and Senate virtually eliminate the Rural Center and Golden Leaf Foundation, the Clean Water Management Trust Fund and Regional Partnerships from the budget. These institutions have been creating jobs and building rural North Carolina. After a generation of good work, for all practical purposes, they are gone. There will be two North Carolinas: one urban one with all the attention, and one rural left waiting. And we are still asking, “Where are the jobs?” Rep. Joe Sam Queen, Democrat House District 119 Waynesville

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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-Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 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 salmon 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, panni sandwiches. Enjoy outdoor dinning on the deck. Private room available for meetings.

CORK AND BEAN 16 Everett St., Bryson City. 828.488.1934. Open Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy organic, fair-trade, gourmet espresso and coffees, a select, eclectic list of wines, and locally prepared treats to go with every thing. Come by early and enjoy a breakfast

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CATALOOCHEE RANCH 119 Ranch Dr., Maggie Valley. 828.926.1401. Family-style breakfast seven days a week, from 8 to 9:30 am – with eggs, bacon, sausage, grits and oatmeal, fresh fruit, sometimes French toast or pancakes, and always all-you-can-eat. Lunch every day from 11:30 till 2. Evening cookouts on the terrace on weekends and Wednesdays (weather permitting), featuring steaks, ribs, chicken, and pork chops, to name a few. Bountiful family-style dinners on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, with entrees that include prime rib, baked ham and herb-baked chicken, complemented by seasonal vegetables, homemade breads, jellies and desserts. We also offer a fine selection of wine and beer. The evening social hour starts at 6pm, and dinner is served starting at 7pm. So join us for mile-high mountaintop dining with a spectacular view. Please call for reservations.

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





crepe with a latte, grab a grilled chicken pesto crepe for lunch, or wind down with a nice glass of red wine. Visit us on Facebook! CORK & CLEAVER 176 Country Club Drive, Waynesville. 828.456.7179. Reservations recommended. 4:30-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Tucked away inside Waynesville Inn, Cork & Cleaver has an approachable menu designed around locally sourced, sustainable, farm-to-table ingredients. Executive Chef Corey Green prepares innovative and unique Southern fare from local, organic vegetables grown in Western North Carolina. Full bar and wine cellar. CORNERSTONE CAFÉ 1092 N. Main Street, Waynesville. 828.452.4252. Open Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fresh meats purchased daily, great homemade breakfast, burgers made to order. Comfortable and friendly atmosphere, with curb service available. Make lunch easy and call ahead for to go orders. COUNTRY VITTLES: FAMILY STYLE RESTAURANT 3589 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley. 828.926.1820 Open Daily 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., closed Tuesday. Family Style at Country Vittles is not a buffet. Instead our waitresses will bring your food piping hot from the kitchen right to your table and as many refills as you want. So if you have a big appetite, but sure to ask your waitress about our family style service. FRANKIE’S ITALIAN TRATTORIA 1037 Soco Rd. Maggie Valley. 828.926.6216 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Father and son team Frank and Louis Perrone cook up dinners steeped in Italian tradition. With recipies passed down from generations gone by, the Perrones have brought a bit of Italy to Maggie Valley. FRYDAY’S & SUNDAES 24 & 26 Fry St., Bryson City (Next To The Train Depot). 828.488.5379. Spring hours: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wed., Thur. & Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fri & Sat. Fryday’s is known for its Traditional English Beer Battered Fish & Chips, but also has burgers, deep fried dogs, gyro, shrimp, bangers, Chip Butty, chicken, sandwiches & a great kids menu. Price friendly, $3-$10, Everything available to go or call ahead takeout. Sundaes has 24 rotating flavors of Hershey's Ice Cream making them into floats, splits, sundaes, shakes. Private seating inside & out for both locations right across from the train station & pet friendly. FROGS LEAP PUBLIC HOUSE 44 Church St. Downtown Waynesville 828.456.1930 Serving lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Sunday lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed Mondays. Frogs Leap is a farm to table restaurant focused on local, sustainable, natural and organic products prepared in modern regional dishes. Seasonal menu focuses on Southern comfort foods with upscale flavors. Come for the restaurant’s 4 @ 4 when you can choose a center and three sides at special prices. Offered WedFri. from 4 to 6.

tasteTHEmountains 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. JUKEBOX JUNCTION U.S. 276 and N.C. 110 intersection, Bethel. 828.648.4193. 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Serving breakfast, lunch, nd dinner. The restaurant has a 1950s & 60s theme decorated with memorabilia from that era. LOS AMIGOS 366 Russ Ave. in the Bi-Lo Plaza. 828.456.7870. Open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5 to 10 p.m. for dinner Monday through Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy the lunch prices Monday through Sunday, also enjoy our outdoor patio. 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. Earthfriendly 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.

made soups, salads hand tossed at your table. Fine wine and beer selection. Casual atmosphere, dine indoor, outside on the patio or at the bar. Reservations appreciated.

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. OLD STONE INN 109 Dolan Road, off Love Lane. 828.456.3333. Classic fireside dining in an historic mountain lodge with cozy, intimate bar. Dinner served nightly except Sunday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Signature dinner choices include our 8oz. filet of beef in a brandied peppercorn sauce and a garlic and herb crusted lamb rack. Carefully selected fine wines and beers plus full bar available. Open year round. Call for reservations. PASQUALE’S 1863 South Main Street, Waynesville. Off exit 98, 828.454.5002. 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, home-

PATIO BISTRO 30 Church Street, Waynesville. 828.454.0070. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Breakfast bagels and sandwiches, gourmet coffee, deli sandwiches for lunch with homemade soups, quiches, and desserts. Wide selection of wine and beer. Outdoor and indoor dining. RENDEZVOUS RESTAURANT AND BAR Maggie Valley Inn and Conference Center 828.926.0201 Bar open Monday thru Saturday; dining room open Tuesday thru Saturday at 5 p.m. Full service restaurant serving steaks, prime rib, seafood and dinner specials. Live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 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. HomeGrown 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. THE WINE BAR 20 Church Street, downtown Waynesville. 828.452.6000. Underground cellar for wine and beer, served by the glass all day. Cheese and tapas served Wednesday through Saturday 4 p.m.-9 p.m. or later. Also on facebook and twitter. VITO’S PIZZA 607 Highlands Rd., Franklin. 828.369.9890. Established here in in 1998. Come to Franklin and enjoy our laid back place, a place you can sit back, relax and enjoy our 62” HDTV. Our Pizza dough, sauce, meatballs, and sausage are all made from scratch by Vito. The recipes have been in the family for 50 years (don't ask for the recipes cuz’ you won't get it!) Each Pizza is hand tossed and made with TLC. You're welcome to watch your pizza being created.






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Friday June 7 8:30 Sparkly Nipples Followed by Sons of Ralph


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MAGGIE VALLEY CLUB 1819 Country Club Dr., Maggie Valley. 828.926.1616. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Fine and casual fireside dining in welcoming atmosphere. Full bar. Reservations accepted.




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Making the connection, one melody at a time BY GARRET K. WOODWARD STAFF WRITER “I’m all out of love, I’m so lost without you, I know you were right, believing for so long, I’m all out of love, what am I without you? I can’t be too late to say that I was so wrong…” — Air Supply “All Out of Love” ou’ve sung it in the shower, in the car with the windows rolled down, at weddings, in karaoke bars, and perhaps just because you simply can’t get it out of your head. “All Out of Love” by Air Supply is a melody that’s inescapable. It overtook the world and, decades later, still resonates deeply in those who continue to support the beloved classic soft rock group. Fronted by Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell, the British-Australian duo is entering its 38th year together. They average upwards of 140 performances a year and have sold more than 100 million albums throughout their storied career, all the while racking up innumerable fans worldwide with their unique blend of rock-n-roll, folk and pop music. Checking in with The Smoky Mountain News from his home in Park City, Utah, Russell reflected on his success in the music industry, why there is no feeling like being onstage, and what it was like to hear his music for the first time on the radio those 38 years ago.


Smoky Mountain News: You still play over a 140 shows a year. How do keep that regimen going? Graham Russell: We’re away from home some 230 days a year. We’ve always done it, and we’re kind of like a well-oiled machine when we’re out on the road. We love performing. We have a great show and take a lot of care with it.

Russell Hitchcock (left) and Graham Russell (right) of legendary soft rock group Air Supply. Donated photo

Want to go? Air Supply hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Tickets range from $35 to $55 per person. 828.524.1598 or

SMN: What is it about your music that fascinates people?

SMN: So, you’re left-handed playing a righthanded guitar? GR: I am, exactly. I was comfortable with it when I started learning to play and I just never knew you could turn it around. That’s just the way I learned and it’s too late to change it, you know? And with that way, I get a very jangly sound by playing the top strings first and the bottom strings last. SMN: That has to make for an interesting songwriting process. GR: Oh, it does, because I can hear all kinds of jangly melodies when notes are rubbing together that normally wouldn’t be. SMN: Do you remember the first time you heard yourself on the radio? GR: Oh, yes. It was an amazing experience. I was driving in Sydney with Russell. It was 1975. Of course, once you hear it, you want to

“It’s all about having that experience right there on the spot, seeing people laughing and crying in the audience.”

SMN: What do you like about being out there in front of an audience? GR: We want to deliver the best product we can for the people that pay and see us. We don’t take it for granted. When I get out onstage, I want to take over and entertain all of those people out there. SMN: 38 years together as a group. What does that number mean to you? GR: It’s quite frightening because we never thought we’d be around this long. When any band begins in the early stages, you hope to make a record and hope to stay together maybe six months. For us, it just happened, it wasn’t by design. It just fell into place. Russell and I have never had an argument. We don’t allow any kind of negativity. Our music is about love and that’s what we like to show to each other.

GR: The songs are really simple, they have a great message and people can sing along with them. But, at the same time, they can be very deep. Even it’s a three-chord song, you can listen to it in a different way and get something else from it. They may be three or four chords, but they’re very intricate chords because I play a guitar backwards and upside down, so I get chords nobody has ever heard of.

— Graham Russell

hear it again and your expectations and priorities just change, where you just want to keep pushing further out. SMN: So, when you heard it, did you pull the car over or push down on the gas pedal? GR: (Laughs) Russ and I were just driving in the car and it sounded so good. It was “Love and Other Bruises,” which was the first song we ever recorded. It went to number one in Australia in 10 days. SMN: What can people expect when they see you live? GR: When people come to the show, it becomes obvious to them why we’ve been around so long. It’s all about having that experience right there on the spot, seeing people laughing and crying in the audience. We play the hits, but we also keep it fresh and play a lot of new songs, too. We’ve always had a show where people can really hear us, where we are walking out to and talking with the audience, where we become real to them, and it’s great.


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Well, hello there Western North California shorelines to the deep Ozark Carolina. woods of Arkansas. As the arts and entertainment writer at Along the way, I’ve transitioned from my The Smoky Mountain News, I spend my forte as a music writer into writing about days wandering between art gallery openother mediums, like sculpture, theater, ings, craft beer releases and front porch painting, literature or the culinary arts. pickin’ sessions. Each week, I invite you along on the ride as I bring to life all the creative people, places and things that make Southern Appalachia so unique. Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City will Along with our regular have its 5th Trail Magic Ale release party on rich smorgasbord of arts June 7-8. and culture coverage, I’m launching a new column “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” a musical about this week in conjunction the life of the storied rock-n-roller, hits the stage with a revamped design. at the Highlands Playhouse starting June 13. You’ll find even more event listings, features and two The Smoky Mountain Bike Fest and Swap Meet new columns — all aimed comes to Salty Dog’s Seafood and Grill in Maggie at keeping you better Valley beginning June 5. apprised of what’s happening in this region. A tribute to beloved singer/songwriter Carole King I named this column featuring Sheila Gordon finds its way into the after one of my favorite Classic Wineseller in Waynesville on June 7. songs from the Talking Heads, “This Must Be The Shot in WNC, the 1997 film “Paradise Falls” will Place (Naïve Melody).” The be shown at the Jackson County Public Library tune has always held a speon June 11 in celebration of the building’s twocial place in my heart. year anniversary. Immersing oneself into the first line (Home is where I want to be/Pick me up and turn me around) What connects the vast arts community in conjures innumerable memories of simpler its many forms is the creators, who let the times in all of our lives, moments we carry essence of their soul escape through their with us through thick and thin. hands — eager to mold, shape and see the And I think that’s the true power of fruits of their creative labors. music, which is being able to transport the With that said, I look forward to sharing listener to a place of bliss and serenity when with you more of what I see out here in the seemingly all else fails to do so. depths of Western North Carolina. It will be It’s that exact feeling of comfort that I’ve an ongoing conversation, one that began been chasing for years as an obsessed music when mankind first realized the power of lover and journalist. Each note seems to imagination. And, as the Talking Heads say, bleed into every aspect of society, every form “I’m just an animal looking for a home/And of art. Chasing these things, these sounds share the same space for a minute or two.” and people who create them, has led me If you have story ideas, comments or suggesaround this great country, from dive bars in tions on the arts and culture front, send a mesSouth Dakota to mansions in Vermont, sage to

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Multi-platinum Grammy winning singersongwriter, actor, director and country music pioneer Dwight Yoakam will perform at 9 p.m. Friday, June 14, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. The legendary superstar began his career at Reprise Records with his debut album, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. and has since recorded 27 albums under Reprise Records and Warner Brothers. His hits include “Honky Tonk Man,” “Streets of Bakersfield,” “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere” and “Ain’t That Lonely Yet.” He soon will release his first studio album in seven years. or

Voices in the Laurel’s SummerVoice Music Camp will run from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2, at the First Baptist Church in Waynesville. The camp welcomes rising first- through ninth-grader singers from all area counties. Campers will be divided into age groups to participate in a variety of musical experiences. Campers will learn to sing with proper vocal technique and in two- and threepart harmony. In addition, groups will rotate through classes in piano, drums, guitar and violin. The week will end with a demonstration concert at noon. The cost is $85 per chorister and includes all music, snacks, professional instruction and a T-shirt. Register at or 828.335.2849.

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Harpist Betina Morgan will perform June 7 at Gallery 86 in Waynesville. Donated photo

Harpist plays artist reception Harpist Betina Morgan will play the artist reception for the exhibition “Appalachia,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86 in Waynesville. The reception is free and open to the public. Betina began performing on the harp at

the age of 24. She found a wonderful blend of voice and strings, and so began her lifelong love of the folk harp as an instrument of accompaniment to her repertoire of many well-loved songs. After years of entertaining audiences on both the East and West coasts, Betina relocated to Western North Carolina. “Appalachia” celebrates the many forms and

Mega-country star Miranda Lambert hits the stage at 9 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. Lambert is country music’s reigning female vocalist of the year as named by both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. She has also won the prized “Album of the Year” award from the Academy of Country Music for her second album, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” and from the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music for her third, “Revolution.” She received the top country female vocal performance honor at the most recent Grammy Awards for “The House That Built Me,” and was recognized as one of People magazine’s Most Beautiful People and one of Maxim’s Hottest Women of Country. Tickets are on sale. or or 800.745.3000.



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828.454.5664 or Country singer/songwriter Dylan Riddle, blues guitarist Husky Burnette, and funk/rock group American Gonzos will be hitting the stage at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Riddle will be at 9 p.m. June 6. Burnette is June 7, while American Gonzos are June 8, with both shows starting at 10 p.m. All performances are free and open to patrons age 21 and over. 828.586.2750 or A weekend of motorcycles and live music will be descending onto the Salty Dog’s Seafood and Grill in Maggie Valley for the Smoky Mountain Bike Fest and Swap Meet. Mile High plays at 5 p.m. June 5, Ashli Rose at 7 p.m. June 6, D.B. Hackett at 6 p.m. June 7 and 1 p.m. June 8, and Dylan Riddle at 2 p.m. June 9. Admission is $10 for the entire weekend. 828.926.9105. Instrumental trio Jazzstache plays at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Pub 319 in Waynesville. The show is free and open to the public. Age 21 and older. 828.456.4900 or Enjoy an evening of stories, recipes and music at 7:30 p.m. June 11-13 at the Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians in Bryson City. The event is free and open to the public. 828.488.5705 or A tribute to Carole King featuring Sheila Gordon and jazz guitarist Kevin Lorenz descends onto the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Gordon will be performing on Friday, June 7, while Lorenz is Saturday, June 8. 828.452.6000 or The Sparkly Nipples, Sons of Ralph and Caleb Burress come to Alley Kats Tavern in Waynesville on June 7 and 8. Sparkly Nipples open for Sons of Ralph at 8:30 p.m. June 7, with a $4 cover charge. Burress goes on at 9 p.m. June 8, with no cover charge. 828.226.1657 or Adventurous youth are invited to explore their creativity and community with the Daydreamz project from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, June 12 to July 12, at the Haywood County Library in Waynesville. Participants of varied abilities and backgrounds will engage together in art, music and drama activities, while discovering community-building, through an enchanting story of settling differences and creating World Peace. The program is free for children ages 8-12. 828.452.5169. The Music in the Mountains concert series continues from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Great Smoky Mountain Train Depot in Bryson City. The event is free and open to the public. Acoustic singer/songwriter Billy McCracken serves up his melodies at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Tipping Point Brewing in Waynesville. The event is free and open to the public. 828.246.9230 or

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• The Jay Drummond Band will play Groovin’ on the Green at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, in Cashiers. The show is free and open to the public. or 828.743.8428. • The Johnny Webb Band will perform at Concerts on the Creek at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, in Sylva. The show is free and open to the public. or 828.586.2155. • High-energy rock/bluegrass group Avelina will be performing from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City. The event is free and open to the public, age 21 and older, with craft beer for sale in the taproom. 828.488.2337 or • The Caribbean Cowboys bring the “Island Fever” at 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, at the Highlands Playhouse. Escape the mountains and head down to the island of “Margaritaville.” Tickets are $10 per person, which included two raffle tickets. Wine, beer and food vendors will be onsite. 828.526.2695 or • A community dance will be from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Franklin American Legion. The dance takes place each Saturday night. Live music is provided by Tom Ellers. Non-members welcome. 828.369.9155. • A community dance will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 9, in the Community Room at the Jackson County Public Library. A potluck dinner follow the dance at 5 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $5. or • A community music jam will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer, anything unplugged, is invited to join; singers and listeners are also welcome. 828.488.3030. • Blues singer Karen “Sugar” Barnes and Dave Magill, and singer/songwriter Eric Hendrix & Friends will be playing at City Lights Café in Sylva. Barnes and Magill will be performing Friday, June 7, while Hendrix will be Saturday, June 8. Both shows are at 7 p.m. There are free and open to the public. 828.587.2233 or • Live music and delicious barbeque will be served from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Fines Creek Volunteer Fire Department. The benefit aims to raise funds for a new playground and equipment for local children, and a new picnic shed for the community. Live bluegrass music will be provided by The Hill Country Band, The Ross Brothers, and the Mike Freeman Band. $7 for adults, $3 for kids. 828.627.8529. • WCU funk/rock group the Jamunkatrons and 1960s/1970s tribute band The Geezers tap into Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. Jamunkatrons perform on June 7, with The Geezers June 8. Both shows begin at 7 p.m. There is no cover charge.


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ers more traditional. Visitors to the Biennial Sculpture Exhibition will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece of sculpture. Ballots will be in the information area located near the bathrooms by The Village Play. Votes will be tallied through September when the “People’s Choice Award” will be announced and presented to the winning artist, which will be on display through the end of the year. or 828.743.3434.

Artist Wesley Wofford will be hosting a sculpture workshop at The Bascom starting June 11. Donated photo

Acclaimed visual artist to teach in Highlands Mixed media artist Wesley Wofford will instruct a two-week sculpture course from June 11-14 and June 17-21 at The Bascom in Highlands. An acknowledged master of the visual arts, Wofford is applying his experience in the motion picture industry to realistic fine art sculpture. The two-week workshop is titled, “The Nude Figure: From Clay to Bonded Bronze.” Those of all skill levels of experience are invited to participate and will take home a completed mold and a finished tabletop-sized bronze cast. Workshop enrollees will learn the nuances of the nude figure from this master of realistic form. Capturing the essence of the model in clay, students will then mold, cast and finish their individual sculptures in bronze. Tuition is $800 for members, $835 for non-members. or 828.526.4949.

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Sculptures installed in Cashiers


Nine sculptures were installed in The Village Green in Cashiers this past week in preparation for the opening of the 2013 Sculpture On the Green Biennial Invitational Exhibition. This special exhibit of visiting sculptures is the third such event sponsored by The Village Green. The exhibition features sculpture by nationally recognized artists. The pieces selected celebrate a variety of expression, style and material. Some are whimsical, while oth-

WNC film shown in honor of library anniversary A showing of the film “Paradise Falls” will coincide with the Jackson County Public Library’s second anniversary, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, in Sylva. Presented by the Friends of the Library, the 1997 film is the brainchild of Sean Bridgers and was directed and produced by Nick Searcy. Both Jackson County natives also star in the film, Searcy as the legendary outlaw Jake Kyler and Bridgers as the idealistic young mountain tobacco farmer Henry Bancroft. The production was filmed mainly in Jackson County, with brief glimpses of neighboring Haywood and Macon counties. Set in the Depression Era of 1934, it depicts the story of how Bancroft turns to crime to save the family farm from foreclosure. With the universal Robin Hood theme, Bancroft’s best friend Oshel Hooper (Christopher Berry) convinces him to rob from the rich to help the poor. “It’s fitting we are showing this film in our historic library,” said Cowen. “This film was a community effort. Neighbors helped out however they could—some gave money, others fed the cast and crew, many rummaged for props and costumes, gave up office space, or allowed filming on their property, and some lent their horses and even their valuable old cars.” The showing is free and open to the public.

• A hand building class will run from 6 to 8 p.m. each Wednesday through July 31 at Riverwood Pottery in Dillsboro. A wheel throwing class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. each Tuesday through Aug. 6. Cost for each series is $160, which includes tools, materials and firing. 828.586.3601 or • Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum brings in new director David J. Brown. Brown is a longtime arts professional experienced in many facets of arts and cultural organizations. He has worked in the field of art and visual culture for more than 25 years. Since 2010, he has worked as an arts management consultant, lending his expertise to arts organizations on a project-by-project basis. Prior to that, he was deputy director of the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Va. • An “Exploring Watercolor” course will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Dogwood Crafters in Dillsboro. Led by Susan Lingg, the class is $23 per person. Please register by Friday, June 7 before the class to receive information on materials and supplies needed. 828.586.2435. • “Learning to Quilt” with acclaimed quilter Linda Nichols will be held weekly on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through July 24 at Southwestern Community College in Sylva. The cost of the course is $80 per participant. 828.339.4426. • A young adult ceramics class with instructor Elise Delfield will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 10-13 at the Nantahala School for the Arts at Southwestern Community College in Bryson City. Cost for the program is $20 per person.


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There will be a P.A.W.S. fundraiser at Nantahala Brewing in Bryson City on June 15.

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The Cherokee Voices Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian grounds in Cherokee. The event will feature continuous performances of dance, storytelling and music, and more than 25 demonstrations of traditional Cherokee arts and crafts. Harvey and David’s Catering will provide food and drink. The festival is sponsored by the N.C. Arts Council and

Family fun at Relay for Life in Franklin Relay for Life of Franklin runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Franklin High School football field. With the theme for the day “Country Folks Can Survive, Fightin’ For A Cure,” there over 37 teams participating with a goal of raising $80,000. Events and various types of entertainment will be held throughout the day, which include a bouncy house, inflatable slide, children’s games, dunking booth, sumo wrestling, corn hole tournaments, face painting, pie eating contest, bake sales, and raffles. There will also be food vendors onsite. Admission and parking are free. or 828.369.9221.

On the stage Buddy Holly musical comes to Highlands “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” will be showcased from June 13-30 at the Highlands Playhouse. Holly’s brief life became the stuff of legend when he died in a plane crash. The production catches that unique A musical about the life of rock legend Buddy Holly mixture of innocence, deter- opens at the Highlands Playhouse on June 13. Donated photo mination, humor and charm that was Holly and wraps it up into a p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. package that truly deserves the billing: Tickets are $30 per person, $12 for chil“The World’s Most Successful Rock & dren age 12 and younger. 828.526.2695 or Roll Musical.” Tuesday-Saturday show times are 8

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the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Also, two free tours of the Cherokee Heritage Trail are available at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., on a firstcome, first-served basis. The festival is free and open to the public. 828.497.3481 or


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The 5th Trail Magic Ale release party is set for June 7-8 at Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City. The Honeysuckle French Farmhouse Ale will be tapped at 6 The P.A.W.S. “Sampling of the City” will be from 6 p.m. June 7. The ale release is a comto 10 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at the Nantahala plex, spicy honeysuckle saison. Along Brewing Company in Bryson City. with the use of local wildflower The fundraiser showcases all of the restaurants honey, handpicked Honeysuckle found in Bryson City as well as the craft beers at flowers give this Belgian farmhouse Nantahala Brewing. Proceeds go to P.A.W.S. ale the adventurous soul of the Great (Placing Animals Within Society), a no-kill shelter in Smoky Mountains. A bottle Bryson City. swap/beer geek party kicks off at 8 Entry is $10 per person. p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring home brew, rare bottled beers and your favorite local craft brews to share. Liz and AJ Nance will be playing at 8 Hoppers performing at 8 p.m. 828.488.2337 or p.m. A limited bottle release of the Trail Magic Ale will begin on June 8, with The Freight

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have faint but fond memories of pickmake your own strawberry milkshakes. Or ing strawberries as a kid: the twisty, make smoothies with vanilla yogurt, dusty gravel roads leading to the farm, bananas and orange juice. You can make being handed my very own big-girl pail by fresh strawberry syrup in a flash for panthe strawberry lady and, most notably, cakes on Saturday morning — just throw a sneaking mouthfuls when my mom wasn’t splash of water, a few spoonfuls of sugar looking. and strawberries in a pot, simmer a bit and Sure enough, when I take my own kids then mash with the back of a fork. And of strawberry picking their pails remain suscourse, freeze some. piciously empty while the contrail of pink If you don’t have your kids’ summer strawberry juice down their shirt front mapped out yet, check out the day camps grows suspiciously bigger. We’ve since list in the “Kids and Families” section of adopted tie-die T-shirts as our official strawberry picking uniform to hopefully camouflage the evidence. Otherwise, the • Shelton Farms, Sylva. farmer would probably • Darnell Farms, Bryson City. start weighing my kids • Ten Acre Garden, Waynesville. 828.235.9667 before and after they pick • Mitchell Farms, Franklin. and charging us for what they ate. While strawberry picking last year, my the calendar at the back of the paper. I am toddler made the connection for the first eyeing the world cultures art camp put on time that food was something that grew by Cullowhee Mountain Art, one of several out of the ground. The next day he wanted themed art camps for a range of ages. They to go Oreo picking. If only. even have a family clay week in July, where If you go, let your kids talk to the folks you get to make pottery with your tweens who run the farm if they are around. For or teens. With art increasingly being cut in little ones, I recommend making your own public schools, it’s fabulous to have this pail at home by punching holes in a extracurricular art option in our region. Tupperware container and lacing a ribbon On the historical front, you can experithrough it so they can wear it around their ence both Appalachian and Cherokee culneck. That way, their hands are free to pick ture at two different festivals this Saturday, and they don’t have to worry about tripJune 8. There’s the Appalachian Lifestyles ping and dropping their berries, or keepFestival in downtown Waynesville and the ing up with the pail. Cherokee Voices Festival at the Museum of Now comes the challenge of eating all the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee. Both will those strawberries. Stop on the way home feature traditional music, dance, crafts and for a gallon of low-fat vanilla ice cream and lifeways. Have fun out there!


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A book to help wade through self-help industry n The Last Self-Help Book You’ll Ever Need: Repress Your Anger, Think Negatively, Be a Good Blamer, and Throttle Your Inner Child (ISBN 0-465-054862), renowned neuropsychologist Paul Pearsall turns a jaundiced eye to the world of selfhelp books. With humor and verve, he takes aim against the prevailing platitudes of the self-help gurus — “high self-esteem is necessary for success,” “we need to let Writer out our inner-child,” “a positive attitude is the key to achievement,” and so on — and hits a bull’s eye most of the time. Here is a book both for those addicted to self-help philosophies and for a society some writers now describe as the “therapeutic culture.” In his approach to self-help philosophies, Pearsall asks readers to develop what he calls “contrarian consciousness.” By this he doesn’t mean that we must oppose an idea simply because it emanates from the self-improvement shelves of our local bookstores, but that we should ask questions of these philosophies, that we should approach them asking for facts and data. Pearsall himself follows these guidelines throughout his study, again and again bringing forth research, statistics, and data that refute or call into question many of the major ideas of popular self-help philosophies. Pearsall also gives readers solid, firm advice on how to approach self-help books and schools of thought. In the chapter titled “Developing a Contrarian Consciousness,” he lists a score of ways to approach these ideas. He reminds readers, for example, that the endorsements by celebrities of a particular book are often meaningless, that many socalled therapists, counselors, trainers, and coaches don’t know anything about psycholo-

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Once he has laid out his ideas concerning the contrarian consciousness, Pearsall spends the remainder of his book focusing on the myths created by various self-help movements and by pop psychology. In downgrading the effect parents have on the lives of their children, for example, he cites the studies of researchers Robert Plomin and Denise Daniels, who studied hundreds of siblings and who wrote that “two children in the same family are on average as different from one another as are pairs of children selected randomly from the population.” (Speaking as a parent, this research, with which I was already vaguely familiar, was comforting). In his chapter on aging, in which he addresses our obsessions with youth and with looking and staying young as we grow older, Pearsall again refutes many of the false beliefs we may have regarding the elderly. He cites studies showing that most old people are not sick people, that 90 percent of the very old do not live in nursing homes, The Last Self-Help Book You’ll Ever Need: Repress Your and that almost half of those Anger, Think Negatively, Be a Good Blamer, and Throttle Your older than 85 have no disInner Child by Paul Pearsall. Basic Books, 2012. 256 pages. abling conditions. Contrary to what we hear in the news, we gy, that it is dangerous to read and then folare not, Pearsall tells us, on “the brink of gerilow the advice of only one author. He plays atric Armageddon.” fair with this genre by telling readers at the Perhaps the strongest point in The Last end of the list that they should keep looking at Self-Help Book You’ll Ever Need has to do self-help books because they often contain with “codependency.” This word, recently some good ideas, but that those same readers minted, has largely negative connotations. should always consider a careful and contrari- The husband who continues to support his an approach to the advice they find there. alcoholic wife is regarded as a codependent,

A.T. hiker to discuss his time on the trail Appalachian Trail hiker and author Bill “Skywalker” Walker will read from his two books at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Walker has hiked thru-hiked the A.T., the Long Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and did the spiritual pilgrimage El Camino de Santiago which crosses the northern arc of Spain. He has written two books, Skywalker–Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail and Skywalker–Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail. The event is free and open to the public. 828.586.9499 or

WNC writers meet in Waynesville Mountain Writers of North Carolina will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. Known for his zombie and horror writing, author Eric S. Brown will address attendees on how to

the mother sheltering her drug-addicted daughter is accused of being a codependent. In his “Epilogue,” Pearsall takes on counselors like Fritz Perls, who stressed the “free and fulfilled self ” and “self-actualization” while attacking, or best ignoring, the idea of community, family obligations, and our dependence on others. Pearsall counters Perls’ “Gestalt therapy prayer,” which begins “I do my thing, and you do your thing,” by reminding us that we can instead “choose to put one another before ourselves, and that always helps everyone and, ultimately, the world.” ••• Readers looking for a beach book for June might want to try Stephen Hunter’s The Third Bullet (ISBN 978-1-4516-4020-5, $26.99), where we again encounter retired sniper Bob Lee Swagger. In this latest novel, weapons expert Swagger is called out of retirement to investigate a new theory regarding the third bullet that killed John F. Kennedy. Pitted against him is an even older man, the gifted CIA veteran Hugh Meachum, who was, it soon becomes apparent, involved in that longago assassination. The “Meachum” sections of the story, told in the first person, give us a more-closely drawn portrait of a villain than is customary in such novels. As we learn details of Meachum’s involvement in Kennedy’s death, bearing in mind, of course, that he is a fiction, we gain insights into this rogue CIA agent’s misplaced patriotism. To remove Kennedy, he believes, will be to remove the involvement of the United States in Vietnam. Meachum fails to foresee that Lyndon Johnson, whom Meachum believes will focus on domestic issues rather than foreign, might nonetheless follow Kennedy into the quagmire of war in Southeast Asia. Hunter, who is a gifted suspense writer with a deep knowledge of guns and shooting, once again brings his talents to The Third Bullet. Swagger fans won’t be disappointed.

market your book. Brown is a professional writer with several years of success in the publishing industry. MWNC meets every second Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. Their mission is to advance the professional interests of creative writers through networking and advocacy. The discussion is free and open to the public. 828.456.6000 or

Finding your voice through written word A creative writing course will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday from June 18 through July 23, in the Bradford Hall Conference Room at Southwestern Community College in Sylva. The participants will strive to have at least one completed work by the end of the series. The course will cover “Writing from the Heart,” “Your Precious Heritage,” “Powerful Beginnings,” “Writing with a Purpose/Plot,” “Weaving Fiction into Fact,” “The 4 Keys of Pacing,” “Persuade with Power,” “Selecting and Directing Your Writings” and “Overview of Writing From Your Heart.” Cost is $40 per person.


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Site near Cowee mound saved from development, turned over to tribe BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER mountainside in Macon County once destined for a housing development is now destined to be a community forest area comparable to the arboretum in Asheville. The Hall Mountain Tract is a 108-acre swath of land overlooking the Cowee mound — a sacred Cherokee site — and the Little Tennessee River.


area that was once the center of civilization for the Cherokee and its proximity to the mound, which was where the tribe’s council house was located and was the site of other sacred ceremonies. The tribe’s Principal Chief Michell Hicks spoke at the ceremony last week about the significance of the tract being returned to the tribe.

state conservation funds and, in a process similar to what happened last week with the Hall Mountain tract, turned it over to the tribe in 2007. However, that victory was tainted by the proposed development “Ironwood,” which would have forever changed the mound’s forested backdrop. Hall Mountain is the tallest peak in the county

Principal Chief Michelle Hicks (fourth from right) of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians with tribal elder Jerry Wolfe (fourth from left) and the Warriors of Anikituhwa dancers pose for a picture across the river from Cowee Mound and Hall Mountain.

“When we put our people to rest it’s perpetual. We have to make things right, and that’s why we’re here today.” — Michell Hicks, Eastern Band of the Cherokee Inidans Principal Chief

Local conservationists and Eastern Band of Cherokee Tribal members have been pushing hard since 2005 to save the site from becoming a large subdivision. Last week, the eight-year conservation effort culminated with the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee signing over the deed to the Cherokee tribal government at a ceremony in Macon County. The site has cultural and historical significance to the tribe because of its location in an

“When we put our people to rest it’s perpetual,” Hicks said. “We have to make things right and that’s why we’re here today.” The conservation of the Cowee mound site itself, 71 acres of waterfront property along the river, was one of the crowning achievements of the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee. The conservation group purchased the property with the help of

adjacent to the river. The organization tried to step in and work with the California-based developers, but to no avail. “The owners had expectations way beyond what LTLT could compensate them for,” said the organization’s Executive Director, Paul Carlson. “They were planning a pretty ambitious development of the Hall Mountain tract. It

would have filled up the viewshed.” It wasn’t until the housing bubble burst and the property was foreclosed upon by Macon Bank that the land trust could make headway. It ended up buying the property and holding it until it could be handed over to the tribe — a step that came with the help of the federal government. The U.S Forest Service provided the tribe with $300,000 in matching funds through its newly formed Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program to help with the purchase. The Hall Mountain project was one of only 10 community forest projects across the country to receive money from the program in its first round of awards last year. It beat out more than 40 other applicants. The funding stipulates that the site must be used for the benefit of the community, said the program’ manager, Scott Stewart, who came from Washington, D.C., to the ceremony in Macon County “The goal of the program is to create community forests for education, recreation and economic benefits to the community,” Stewart said. At the site, the tribe is planning a network of walking and biking trails as well as interpretive signage, a pavilion, and perhaps a small camping area. The goal is to emphasize the natural and cultural significance of the area, said Tommy Cabe, forest resource specialist with the tribe. The tribe is in the assessment phase of the project and no timeline has been set for the work. But when it is completed, Cabe hopes it provides protected forest and more open space for the community to make use of. As part of the stipulation for the grant funding, the land will be open to the general public. “We would like to provide a place to bike, hike and be surrounded by nature,” Cabe said. For tribal elder Jerry Wolfe, the return of his ancestor’s old stomping grounds to the tribe represented a milestone and ensured its protection for the future. He said it also represented an opportunity for the tribe’s youth to reconnect with their past and allows them the chance to see the Cowee mound similar to how it once was years ago. “I think there is some progress in what is happening,” Wolfe said. “The mound is a very historical site — it’s there for the reason of permanent keeps.”


The Naturalist’s Corner BY DON H ENDERSHOT

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Holden Beach is a sanctuary for endangered leatherback sea turtles. NPS photo

Turn your backyard into mountain habitat Residents can learn how to turn their backyards into habitat and attract wild guests to their back doorstep at a workshop at the Balsam Community Center. The course “How to Create Wildlife Friendly Yards and Gardens,” will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 8, at the Balsam Community Center. This workshop will cover how to create wildlife friendly yards and gardens and discuss ways to invite birds, butterflies and other pollinators to your yard. Backyard habitat can be developed in even the smallest of spaces, and this workshop will show participants how to make minor changes that will not only attract wildlife to your yard but ensure that healthy habitats for various species are maintained. Pre-registration is required. The cost of the program is $20. 828.452.5414 or

Feeding birds … not bears If pesky black bears are eating your birdfood, then the upcoming Highlands Plateau Audubon’s Program is for you. Russ Regnery, the society’s president, will discuss bear-resistant bird feeders and other ways to prevent bears from getting into the bird’s food at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 10, at the Highlands Civic Center. Bears have learned that bird feeders can be a significant source of food, especially when natural food sources are limited and when hunting pushes bears into populated areas. Unfortunately, bears that frequent bird feeders and other human food sources can often end up dead. Regnery’s hour-long program is targeted to residents who want to continue feeding birds. A potluck supper at 6 p.m. will precede the program., or call 828.743.9670.

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the canal behind the house provided the perfect platform for Izzy and Maddie to catch crabs and dip minnows and shrimp. By eight o’clock Saturday morning the mermaids were back in the ocean. Holden is a nice beach for ocean fun. Sand and sea are clean and pretty and there are nice breakers during high tide. An island-wide 35-foot height limit for all buildings ensures no high-rises and their obligatory restaurants and shops. While the majority of the homes are rentals, it still gives the beach a community-feel. One has to go back across to the mainland for most shopping/dining choices. Sandwiched between six and a half hours of driving on Friday morning and Sunday afternoon was a full and two halfdays of family and pure ocean bliss — a good trade off in my book any day. (Don Hendershot is a writer and naturalist. He can be reached a

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Conscientious, detailed vacation planning; anticipating the “what ifs” and having contingency plans; route planning and hashing out all the logistics can surely make that extended vacation a lot smoother and more relaxing. But sometimes that out of the blue, spur-of-the-moment retreat can be just what the doctor ordered. Last Monday I received an email from my sister who lives in Rock Hill, S.C. She noted that my other sister from Houston was coming for a visit. They had plans to rendezvous in Charleston, where they would catch my niece, Haley, in a couple of plays during Spoleto and then they were heading up the coast to Holden Beach. She said there was room and wondered if we would like to come. Let’s see, family, free lodging and an ocean across the street — yep, we’re in. Sure, it’s a whirlwind trip; six and a half hours in the car Friday morning and six and a half hours back Sunday afternoon; would it be worth it? The girls are old enough now (11 and 7) that with just a little diversion in the car they can hang for 6 to 8 hours without getting too antsy. And it’s the beach so swimsuits, shorts, T-shirts and flip-flops and you’re all packed. We had one little glitch — I had to work Thursday night, but that was an easy hurdle. The girls showed up, all packed, at 7 a.m. when I got off work — my bride took the wheel and we were on the road. I woke up about three and a half hours later and we were on I-20 east of Columbia, S.C., headed for the beach. About three hours more and we were crossing the Intercoastal Waterway to Holden Beach. The island was bought in 1756 by Benjamin Holden along with about 400 acres of mainland. The Holdens ran cattle on the island and used it for a family fishing playground. The Holden Beach area became the resting ground of several Civil War ships. The wreckage of the USS Iron Age can still be seen from the eastern end of the island during low tide. Benjamin Holden’s grandson John start-

ed a commercial fishery on the island and in 1924 surveyed a small section called the Holden Beach Resort, which was the first subdivision of beach property in Brunswick County. The southern belles were having a leisurely morning in Charleston and we got to the beach before them. Since we didn’t have a key for the house, we donned our swimsuits and headed for the ocean. It was just past high tide and healthy breakers were rolling right up to the beach. We played in the surf until my sisters arrived and then went back to the house for boogie boards, and back to the beach. A dock on



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Time to SWEAT on the Appalachian Trail Volunteers are being sought to work in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on its Wilderness Elite Appalachian Trail Crew (S.W.E.A.T.).

By Caitlin Bowling

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June 5-11, 2013

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The positions are designed for experienced hikers who are willing to work hard and live in the backcountry. The crew is mobile, carrying all food, tools and camping gear into the heart of the park to focus on the difficult trail problems in the backcountry. Each crew works six days in the field doing repair work, building steps, and clearing the A.T. Food, lodging, equipment and transportation to and from the work site is provided. “Joining the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s SWEAT crew is a great opportunity to give back to the Appalachian Trail, make new friends, and create memories that will last a lifetime,� said Andrew Downs, regional director of the conservancy.   Members of the S.W.E.A.T. crew arrive at ATC base camp the day before their crew session begins to meet the crew leaders, prepare for the work trip and check out any gear they need. The next day they hike in, sometimes up to 10 miles. From there the crew reconstructs and maintains some of the most remote sections of the trail, often working at elevations of over 6,000 feet.  Six-day work session start dates: June 8, June 17, June 26, July 8, July 17, July 26, Aug. 4, Aug. 13

Maybe someone heard my plea. For the last two weekends, the rain, for the most part, has stayed away, giving us at least one nice day without a drop to enjoy some time outdoors. And after having my first attempt to go birding cancelled because of the weather, I was looking forward Saturday to finding out why others enjoyed the hobby so much. Birds are often the focus of both Don Hendershot and George Ellison, and while it has provided me with knowledge of various bird species and their habits, it has never made clear to me why people bird —what exactly the attraction is. Saturday, I stood in a parking lot in Highlands, shaking hands with several occasional birders, and a couple who go out a few times a week and are walking versions of a bird guidebook. They have a working knowledge of most birdcalls and can identify a species before I have even put binoculars up to my eyes. As a journalist, I know a little about a

Get outdoors and stay their all day at the Cradle of Forestry Hikes, horses, archery and rock climbing are just a sampling of the activities on the lineup for a national Get Outdoors Day celebration in the Pisgah National Forest. The celebration will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 8 at the Cradle of Forestry in America near Brevard. Admission is free for a slew of activities in honor of Get Outdoors Day, which was established by the U.S. Forest Service. Other outdoor-oriented activities at the Cradle of Forestry that day include fly-fishing, orienteering instruction, face painting, bike

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lot of topics — some of which I can speak authoritatively on and others I don’t even try. I am always impressed when people seem to have a breadth of knowledge in one particular area. The day in all was successful. We identified nearly 40 different kinds of birds, many of which we saw or heard before even leaving the parking lot. A mourning dove, which I mistakenly thought was named for the time of day, perched on a power line. A red-eyed vireo, whose distinctive mark is a black line over its eye, moved from tree branch to tree branch. We heard an eastern towhee, whose call is mnemonically pronounced as “drink your tea.� Though, admittedly, all I heard was noise, not the bird imploring us to enjoy a cup of tea. The one call I did pick up on is the eastern phoebe, whose song sounds exactly like its name. Though it seems somewhat self-centered for the bird to call out its own name, the call makes it easier for novices such as myself to ID it. If someone created a beginner birding bingo, the eastern phoebe would surely be on it. When we couldn’t see the birds but

heard them nearby, our group leader attempted to coax it out by playing the species’ call. Feeling territorial, the bird often came out of hiding to take a gander at the fellow bird flying so near its nesting area and gave us a good view of it. During the first hour or so, different varieties of birds were easy to spot. Everyone was out singing and marking their territory before beginning work for the day. But as time moved on, we saw many of the same birds even though we changed locations hoping to find something new. We added about eight birds to our tally at our second location. Our group leader bravely went down a hill to the nest of a turkey and scared the mother out of a bush where she likely guarded her young. The mother ran around making a ruckus and generally looking crazy and ridiculous in an effort to frighten off our leader. I found that birding is like going to the zoo, except all the animals are playing hide and seek. People visit zoos to stare at all the exotic animals, but in nature, the animals are not caged, making it more challenging — and more rewarding — when a rare bird is found. Around 11 a.m., we dispersed, realizing that most birds would be too busy gathering twigs for their nest or food for their fledglings. As the birds toiled away, I went home for a much-wanted nap. I woke up later, hearing birds call. I hoped that osmosis would have kicked in on the trip, and I would be able to identify the type of bird singing outside my window. But all I could hear was quick succession of “twee twee twee twee twee tweet.�

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Learn to track and locate missing persons Trackers can hone their skills at a wilderness tracking workshop in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s Great Smoky Mountains Field School is conducting a visual tracking workshop 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, in the park. The course will teach skills involved with tracking and locating persons in a wood-

land or wilderness setting, including utilizing clues and signs left by the person being tracked. Basic tools of the trade will be demonstrated to understand in what direction someone is moving and how to locate them. The course is taught by Joey Holt, an outdoor enthusiast who serves on the board of the Appalachian Bear Rescue. Attendees will meet in the Sugarlands Visitor Center training room. $49. or 865.974.1000.



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Warm weather brings with it a greater risk for mosquito-borne illnesses, but health officials say precautions can be taken to reduce breeding grounds. According to public health officials, bites from infected mosquitoes are the primary cause of at least three serious illnesses common to the state: encephalitis and the West Nile Virus. To reduce exposure, county health officials recommend citizens take steps to reduce mosquito breeding grounds. That includes cleaning out rain gutters, birdbaths, old tires and pet dishes regularly. Other measures include filling yard holes, putting screens or other covers over rain barrels and repairing leaking outdoor faucets. “The greatest way to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne disease is the removal of standing water around the house,” said Seth Early, environmental health specialist with the Haywood County Health Department. “So far, 2013 has been a very wet year, and that could make it easier for mosquito populations to grow this spring and summer.” 828.452-6682.

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A summer night sky viewing event and ately for being outside and to wear comfortopen house will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, able walking shoes. Each participant will June 14, at the Pisgah Astronomical also have the opportunity to have a photo Research Institute campus high in the taken with a telescope. mountains of the Pisgah National Forest in Reservations are required and will be Transylvania County. Activities will include a tour of the institute’s campus, a presentation in its planetarium and, weather permitting, celestial observations using state-of-the-art telescopes. The program is part of the institute’s monthly “Evening at PARI” series. This program is designed for Astronomers will use the StarLab planetarium to provide tips about starall ages and all gazing at an upcoming night sky event at the Pisgah Astronomical knowledge levels — from Research Institute. Donated photo astronomy newcomers up to those who have been accepted until 3 p.m. the day of the event. observing all their lives. The program will $20 per adult, $15 for seniors/military and take place regardless of the weather so $10 for children under 14. attendees are encouraged to dress or call 828.862.5554.



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This hooded warbler was spotted in late May on the Southern Highlands Reserve by bird watchers on an outing with the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society. The reserve, above Lake Toxaway, has the mission of propagating native flora of the Southern Appalachians, thus making it an ideal location for birding. Native plants attract the insects and caterpillars that the birds feed on. Species such as the chestnut-sided warbler and indigo bunting use the location to find the food, nesting materials and shelter they need to raise their young.










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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be the site of an upcoming birds of prey program, featuring live raptors and interesting facts. Michael Skinner, executive director of the Balsam Mountain Trust, will conduct the hour-long program beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 6, in the Oconaluftee Multipurpose Room, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Visitors can see up-close some of the planet’s most recognized and revered wild animals, such as the tiny eastern screech owl and northern bald eagle. Balsam Mountain Trust, a Western North Carolina non-profit that cares for non-releasable birds of prey, is teaming with the park to put on the show. “We are delighted to welcome Balsam Mountain Trust to the park for this program,” said Lynda Doucette, supervisory park ranger. “This is an opportunity for park visitors to see and learn about these beautiful birds firsthand.” The Oconaluftee Visitor Center is on U.S. 441, two miles north of Cherokee. 828.497.1904 or

Don’t touch that fawn! They are awfully cute, and often times look abandoned, but the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding the public not to approach, touch, feed or move fawns seen hiding in the grass, brush or other vegetation. Deer are “hider species,” which means a female will hide her fawn while she feeds elsewhere. She might not return for several hours. So while the fawn might look abandoned and alone, it is often just waiting for the female to return. The fawn is well-equipped to protect itself. By the time it is 5 days old it can outrun a human and by 3 to 6 weeks of age the fawn can escape most predators. “Spotted and lacking scent, fawns are well camouflaged and usually remain undetected by predators. The doe will return to the fawn several times a day to nurse and clean it, staying only a few minutes each time before leaving again to seek food,” said Ann May, a wildlife biologist with the Commission. “Touching, moving or feeding the fawn will do more harm than good.” If the fawn is in the exact location the following day and bleating loudly or lying near a dead doe, residents are asked to call the commission for assistance. 919.707.0050.

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A Harris’s Hawk at last year’s birds of prey program at Oconaluftee. Donated photo

The great-horned owl will be one of the raptor species participants in this year’s owl prowl in Highlands.

A birds of prey program will put participants face to face with live raptors and give them a chance to spot owls in the night. The annual “Owl Prowl” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at the amphitheater behind the Highlands Nature Center. The night will begin with an educational program about birds of prey found in the mountains, featuring live raptors from the Charlotte Raptor Rehab Center. Afterward, attendees will break off into small groups and take a night walk through town in hopes of spotting owls. The event is sponsored by the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society in conjunction with the Highlands Biological Station. It is open to children and adults and is free to attend. Those who wish to participate are asked to bring a flashlight. Parking is limited, carpooling encouraged. 828.743.9670 or

WNC Calendar BUSINESS & EDUCATION • Employability Laboratory, Southwestern Community College, Sylva: June 5, On Track – Ten Hidden Rules to Money Management; June 12, On Track – Ten Hidden Rules to Money Goal Setting. Register, 306.7020. • Issues & Eggs, 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, Gateway Club, Church St., Waynesville. Speaker is Stephen King, director of the Haywood County Recycling and Solid Waste Management. • Free seminar, How to Write a Business Plan, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6, room 117, Founder’s Hall, Southwestern Community College, Jackson Campus. 339.4211, • Foundations in a Day, three one-day workshops for entrepreneurs, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 7, Sylva; Thursday, June 13, Bryson City; and Thursday, June 20, Hayesville. Presented by Mountain BizWorks. Ashley Epling, 253.2834 x 27 or • Cashiers Area Chamber Business After Hours Networking Receptions, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, June 13, Landmark Vacation Rentals (RSVP to 743.5191); • Jackson County Chamber of Commerce annual picnic, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 13, Sundog Properties at Caney Fork. 586.2155, • Barium Springs Fundraiser, noon to closing, Thursday, June 13, Jack the Dipper Ice Cream, Sylva. Ten percent of gross proceeds will go to Barium Springs Fundraiser.

COMMUNITY EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS • Register from 7 to 9 p.m. June 7-8 for a one-day training course to learn to fly radio controlled airplanes. Training day will be 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 15, at the Macon Aero Modelers Club training field, 515 Tessentee Road, Otto (south of Franklin.). Register, 369.7542. • Lake Junaluska annual Flea Market, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8, Nancy Weldon Gym, Lake Junaluska. No early birds. 452.9164. • Relay for Life to benefit American Cancer Society, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 8, Franklin High School Football field. Toby Blanton at • Foster Pet Adoption, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation’s Adoption Center, 256 Industrial Park Drive, Waynesville, and PetSmart, 321 Town Center Loop, Waynesville. or 246.9050. • Sand & Sauce event, 1 p.m. Sunday, June 9, Grove Church. Live band, Pig Pickn’, water inflatables, sand volleyball, CornHole, and food contests. 488.6164, email • Haywood Habitat annual meeting, 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 10, conference room, First Citizen’s Bank, Waynesville. • American Legion Post 104 meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, June 10, Dillsboro Masonic Lodge, Sylva. Bring a covered dish. Clyde Bumgarner,586.6676. • Jackson County Genealogical Society, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, community room, Historic Jackson County Courthouse, Sylva. Gary Carden, speaker. 631.2646.

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Haywood • Center Pigeon Fire Department Blood Drive, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 10, 2412 Pisgah Drive, Canton. Jennifer Stump, 231.6511. • Tye Blanton Foundation Blood Drive at Central United Methodist Church, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 16, 34 Church St., Canton. 550.6853.

Swain • Swain County Department of Social Services Blood Drive, 2 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, 80 Academy St., Bryson City. Misty Martin, 488.6921. • Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Hotel Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee. Janna Hyatt, 497.8853 or 800.RedCross or log onto Keyword: Harrahs.

Macon • Franklin Relay for Life Blood Drive, 3:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 100 Panther Drive, Franklin. Brenda Wooten, 369.9221 or log on to Keyword: FRANKLIN RELAY

HEALTH MATTERS • Free speech and swallowing screenings, 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 10, MedWest-Harris Rehabilitation Services, MedWest-Harris campus, Sylva. 586.7235.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES • Drugs in Our Midst, presented by local law enforcement officers, 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. 452.2370 • Alzheimer’s Association Information Forum: Connecting Care, 8 a.m. to noon, Thursday, June 13, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. Register, 704.532.7390 or email 800.272.3900,

KIDS & FAMILIES • Kids Fishing Days, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 8, Max Patch, Haywood County. Kids fish for free. Must be accompanied by an adult. Registration, 8 a.m. 524.6441 ext. 424. • Great Smokies Used Curriculum Sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, Covenant Christian Church, 486 Fairview Road, Sylva. Homeschool books, resources. Crystal Akers, 507.0452, • Kingdom Rock, summer event for kids ages 3 to 11, 9:15 to 11:45 a.m., June 10-13, Cullowhee United Methodist Church. Register at gs/Home.aspx, 293.9215.

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Ridge Parkway, Transylvania County. Ages 8-13. 877.4423 • Tennis Lifesong Summer Camps, Tuesdays through Fridays, through Aug. 23 at Lake Junaluska. Ages 4 and older. Bunnie Allare, 513.608.9621, or • Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department summer camp for kids in kindergarten to fifth grade., 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Aug. 16. Register, 456.2030 or email

• Preschool Summer Day Camp Cullowhee United Methodist Church, ages 3 to not yet attended kindergarten, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Aug. 2. 293.9215 or visit • Lake Junaluska Summer Day Camp, June 6 – August 9, for ages 24 months through rising sixth graders. Half day, full day available.,, 454.6681. Registration forms available online. • WOW! a World of Wonder day camp, ages 4 to 6, 10 a.m. to noon, June 4-7, July 9-12 and Aug. 6-9, Highlands Nature Center. $55, advanced registration required. 526.2623, • NatureWorks’ day camp, ages 8 to 11, 10 a.m. to noon, June 11-14 and July 16-19, Highlands Nature

Center. $85, advanced registration required. 526.2623, • Summer Reading Adventures, 8 a.m. to noon, Monday, June 17, to Friday, June 28, Western Carolina University. $125,227.7397. • Jr. Ecologists day camp, ages 11 to 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 18-21, Highlands Nature Center. $120, advanced registration required. 526.2623, • Amazing Animals day camp, ages 7 to 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 25-28 and July 30-Aug. 2, Highlands Nature Center. $85, advanced registration required. 526.2623, • 5-day art camps, Cullowhee Mountain Arts: “Around the World in a Week” 9 a.m. to noon, June 17-21, ages 5 to 8, $125 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 24-28, ages 9 to 12, $225. Fine Arts Building, Western Carolina University. • Rocket to Creativity, (Cullowhee Creativity Camp), for

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• And to Think that We Thought that we’d Never be Friends,” art, music and drama program, 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, June 12-July 12, Waynesville branch, Haywood County Library. Daydreamz, 476.4231, Lisa Hartzell, 452.5169.

Registration: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. First Groups tee off at 1 p.m.

• Nature Nuts: Snakes, 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 12; and Saturday, June 28, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, U.S. 276 south of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Transylvania County. Ages 4 to 7. 877.4423


• Eco Explorers: Raising Trout, Friday, June 28, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, U.S. 276 south of the Blue

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• Elementary School Summer Day Camp, ages 6 to 12, Cullowhee United Methodist, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Aug. 2. 293.9215 or visit

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rising second- through ninth-graders, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 24, to Friday, June 28, Western Carolina University. $130, includes lunch. 227.7397. • Three-day Summer Science Investigation Camp, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 1-3, Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, near Cherokee. Rising sixth through ninth graders. Free, but pre-registration required. Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center, 926.6251. • 22nd annual Crossfire Basketball Camp 1 to 4:30 p.m. July 1-5, at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Details at 456.2030 or email • Family Art Experiences: “Clay Works,” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 8-11, glaze day, July 19, ages 9 to adult, $225. Fine Arts Building, Western Carolina University, • The Robotics with Legos Camp for rising sixththrough eighth-grader, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Monday, July 8, through Friday, July 12, Western Carolina University. $149, includes lunch. 227.7397. • Teen Workshops: “A week of working in a different medium each day,”10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 14-19, ages 13-18, $275. Fine Arts Building, Western Carolina University, • Basketball Camp, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 15-18, Waynesville Recreation Center. Offered by Kevin Cantwell, current head coach at Carolina Day School. $135 per camper. Bring lunch, snack. Checks payable to Kevin Cantwell. 770.490.6580 or email

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• Summer night sky presentation, 7 p.m. Friday, June 14, Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, Pisgah National Forest. Reservations required. $20 per adult, $15 for seniors/military, $10 for children under 14. Register and pay online at or call 862.5554, • Guided tours of American Chestnut Orchard, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Cataloochee Guest Ranch. $15, includes tour, lunch. Self-guided tours anytime. Reservations, 926.1401.

Literary (children) • Volunteers needed (college-age students or older) three afternoons a week to assist the Teen Program leader at Macon County Public Library, Franklin., Ellen, 524.3600. • Soil Babies with Jackson County Soil and Water Conservation, 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. • Teen Activity, cornhole, 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

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• Ronald McDonald., 11 a.m. Thursday, June 6, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. Registration at 10 a.m. • Between the Lines, teen writing and art class., 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. • Children’s Story time, Stuck in the Mud, 11 a.m. Friday, June 7, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

• Lego Club, 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016

Islands Park (across from KFC), Cherokee. Free. 800.438.1601,

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• Children’s Activity, Treasure Hunt, 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

• Maggie Valley BikeFest & Swap Meet, June 7-8, Maggie Valley. 736.2217,

• Teen Activity, Treasure Hunt, 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

• Spring Rod Run, June 7-8, Cherokee Events Center. 497.2603.

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• Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration, Saturday, June 8, downtown Waynesville. 456.3517,

• Ring Of Fire, Celebrating the music of Johnny Cash, 7:30 p.m. June 7-8, 14-15; 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9 and 16, HART Theater, Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. Tickets, $24 for adults, $22 for seniors, and $12 for students/teachers. Special $6 discount tickets for students and teachers for Thursday and Sunday performances. 456.6322,

• Live music, 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, Julie’s Kickin’ Karaoke; 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, Sparkly Nipples and then Sons of Ralph after the Hart Theatre Show “Ring of Fire”; 9 p.m. Saturday, June 8, Caleb Burress, Alley Kats Tavern, 154 Hemlock St., Waynesville. 226.1657. • Live music, an evening of Carole King featuring Sheila Gordon (piano, vocals) 7 p.m. Friday, June 7; and jazz, classical guitar, with Kevin Lorenz, 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8, Classic Wineseller, 20 Church St., Waynesville. 452.6000, • Caney Fork CDC’s annual BBQ & Music, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8, Caney Fork Community Center, four miles east on Caney Fork Road, off SR107. $7 adults and $4 child under 12. Curt Whitney, 293.9826.

ECA EVENTS • Extension and Community Association (ECA) groups meet throughout the county at various locations and times each month. NC Cooperative Extension Office, 586.4009. New members welcome any time. • 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 6 – Berry Health, Potpourri ECA, Conference Room of Community Service Center, Sylva. • Noon, Thursday, June 13 – How to Use Herbs in Cooking, Lunch and Learn ECA, Conference Room of Community Service Center, Sylva.

POLITICAL GROUP EVENTS & LOCAL GOVERNMENT Dems • Voter ID Forum & Workshop, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 8, Haywood Justice Center, Waynesville. Voting rights and challenges in the current N.C. political landscape: Where We Go From Here. Brian McMahan or Roger Turner, 508.1466 or 586.1508

Others • OccupyWNC, General Assembly, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, room 246, Jackson Justice Center, Sylva. • Bring Your Own Lunch With The League, noon Thursday, June 13, Tartan Hall, First Presbyterian Church, Franklin. Topic is Southwestern North Carolina’s ‘OPT-IN’ Visioning: Off and Running. Sponsored by The League of Women Voters.

SUPPORT GROUPS Jackson • Man to Man Support Group for prostate cancer patients and survivors, 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, June 10, Harris Medical Park conference room, 98 Doctors Dr., Sylva. Mary E. Mahon, RN, 631.8100.

• Children’s Story time with Miss Sally, Butterfly Bonanza, 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. • Children’s Story time, Rotary Readers, 11 a.m. Monday, June 10, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. • Children’s Story time, How I Became a Pirate, 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

• Children’s Craft Time, Treasure Boxes, 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, Jackson County Public Library, 38 Sylva. 586.2016

A&E FESTIVALS, SPECIAL & SEASONAL EVENTS • Cherokee Bonfire, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, through Aug. 31, Oconaluftee

• Rafters and Crafters Festival, Saturday, June 8, Dillsboro. • Cherokee Voices Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 8, in front of Museum of the Cherokee Indian. 497.3481, • Cherokee Summer Carnival, June 11-15, Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds, Cherokee. 385.3180, • Cherokee Bluegrass Festival, June 13-15, Happy Holiday Campground, Cherokee. • 38th Cherokee Powwow, June 14-16, Acquoni Expo Center, 1501 Acquoni Road, Cherokee. Authentic Indian dancing, drumming, and tribal regalia. 554.6471, • Taste of Scotland Weekend, June 14-16, Cashiers. Free. Street festival and Scottish Tartans Museum. Free., • BBQ & BREWS Dinner Train, June 22 and 29, and July 6 and 13, Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. Slowcooked barbecue, beer tastings from local breweries. 800.872.4681 or www.GSMR.COM. • High-fashion exhibition, ReDress: Upcycled Style by Nancy Judd, through Aug.18, The Bascom, Highlands., 526.4949. • The Storytelling Center, 7:30 p.m. June 4-6, downtown Bryson City, 488.5705, • How is religion different from superstition? Is the topic for the Franklin Open Forum, 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub, 58 Stewart St., downtown Franklin. 349.0598. • Thursdays at the Library, Tears with the Rain, with Gary Carden and Dave Waldrop, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 6, Macon County Library living room. Free. 524.3600.

LITERARY (ADULTS) • Peter Carlson will read from his book, Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. 586.9499. • June Peacock presents her memoir, Window in the Wall, at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. 586.9499. • Writing From the Heart, writing course,6 to 8 p.m. June 18-July 23, Southwestern Community College, Jackson Campus, Bradford Hall conference room. $40. • Let’s Talk About It summer book series, 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 20, Haywood County Library, Waynesville. Book is The Known World by Edward P. Jones. Linda Arnold, 456.5311, • Squire Summer Writing Residency, July 11–14, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. Register at • Bill ‘Skywalker’ Walker, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. 586.9499.

ON STAGE & IN CONCERT • Dance recital by Betsy’s School of Dance, 2 p.m. (beginner to intermediate) 7 p.m. intermediate to advance) Saturday, June 8, Smoky Mountain

• Family friendly Concerts on the Creek, every Friday during summer, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Sylva Bridge Park Pavilion near Scott Creek: June 7, Johnny Webb Band; June 14, Unspoken Tradition. 800.962.1911, • Unto These Hills, 7:30 p.m. preshow, 8 p.m. main performance, nightly except Sundays, through Aug. 17, Mountainside Theatre, Cherokee. Reserved seating, $23, adults; $13, children 6 to 13 years of age; free for children five and under. General seating, $20, adults; $10, children 6 to 12; free, children 5 and under. • Western Carolina University free Summer Concert Series, 7 p.m. every Thursday in June and July (excluding July 4), A.K. Hinds University Center stage in Central Plaza: June 6, Floating Action; June 13, STEREOSPREAD, 227.3622. • Groovin’ on the Green with Jay Drummond, Friday, June 7, Cashiers. Free. 743.8428. • Dwight Yoakam, 9 p.m. Friday, June 14, Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee. • Haywood Community Band free concert, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19, Maggie Valley Pavilion, next to Town Hall. Rhonda Wilson Kram, 456.4880. • Grace Noon Concert Series, noon, third Thursdays of the month through June 20, Grace Church in the Mountains, 394 Haywood St., downtown Waynesville. Featuring the Signature Winds. 456.6029.

ART/GALLERY EVENTS & OPENINGS • Art After Dark, Friday, June 7, downtown Waynesville and Frog Level. Extended hours for shops and galleries. • Appalachia Beginning, a celebration of the many forms and techniques of art in North Carolina’s Appalachia region, through Saturday, June 29, Gallery 86, 86 N. Main St., Waynesville. Artist’s reception, featuring folk harpist Betina Morgan, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 7. • Ceramics exhibition by students from Highlands High School, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, through July 14, The Bascom, Highlands., 526.4949. • Norma Bradley (fiber) and Rebecca Kempson (mixed media), through June 30, Folk Art Center Focus Gallery, milepost 382 Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville. 298.7928,

CLASSES, PROGRAMS & DEMONSTRATIONS • Summer drawing class with Julie Jacobson, 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 4-20, Gallery 1, Sylva. 843.614.7428, • Wheel Throwing, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, June 4-Aug. 6, Riverwood Pottery, Dillsboro. $160, 586.3601, • Dogwood Crafters Class, Leather Key Chain, 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, Dogwood Crafters, Dillsboro. $3. Register at 586.2435. • Learning to Quilt with Linda Nichols, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, June 5-July 24, Bradford Hall Conference room Southwestern Community College

Jackson campus. $80. Register, 339.4426.

• The Nude Figure: From Clay to Bonded Bronze, a twoweek class with Wesley Wofford, June 11-14 and June 17-21, Dave Drake Studio Barn, The Bascom, Highlands. $800 for members, $835 for non-members. 787.2865, • Western North Carolina Woodturners Club, 6 p.m. Thursday, June 13, Blue Ridge School, Glenville. Drive to the back of the school to the woodworking shop.

FILM & SCREEN • Children’s movie, 1 p.m., teen movie, 3 p.m. Monday, June 10, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. Call for movie title. 586.2016. • Paradise Falls, 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, community room, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. Filmed mostly in Jackson County in 1997 and directed by Jackson County native Nick Searcy. Stars Jackson County native Sean Bridgers and other locals. 586.2016. • Family movie, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. Call for movie title, 488.3030, • Bag It, a new documentary about how plastic is a part of our lives, 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, meeting room Macon County Public Library, 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin. 524.3600. • Free movie 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. Call for title. 586.2016. • Classic movie, 2 p.m. Friday, June 14, meeting room, Macon County Public Library, 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin. Based on the Robert Louis Stevenson novel, Kidnapped. 524.3600.

DANCE • Pisgah Promenaders “Summer Picnic” square dance, 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Saturday, June 8, Old Armory Rec. Center, 44 Boundary St., Waynesville. Plus and Mainstream dancing with caller Ken Perkins. 586.8416, Jackson County, 452.1971, Haywood County. • Dance, 7 to 9:30 p.m. every Saturday starting June 8, Franklin American Legion Post. Music by Tom Ellers. Non-members welcome. • Second Sunday Community Dance, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 9, community room, Jackson County Library Complex, old courthouse, Sylva. Circle, square and contra dances. Ron Arps caller. Potluck will follow at 5 p.m., • Ballroom dance class, 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays through June 17, Breese Gym, Western Carolina University. $59 ($49 for WCU students, faculty and staff). Register at and select the “conferences and community classes” tab or call Office of Continuing Education, 227.7397.

Outdoors OUTINGS, HIKES & FIELDTRIPS • Franklin Bird Club weekly bird walk, 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, along the Greenway, led by Paula Gorgoglione. Meet at Salali Lane. 524.523. • Highlands Plateau Audubon Society bird walk, Wednesday, June 5, with Mark Hopey at Cowee Mounds, north of Franklin. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Town Hall

Parking lot in Highlands to carpool. • Highlands Biological Foundations Think About Thursdays Exploratory Hike through Panthertown with Wes Burlingame, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 6. Ages 12 and up. $10 for members or $15 for non-members. Register, 526.2221., 526.2221. • Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club, 10:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursdays from June 6 to Aug. 1, Cradle of Forestry, Pisgah National Forest, NC highway 276 14 miles north of Brevard. Summer nature series for children ages 4 to 7. $4 per child. Accompanying adults are admitted to the Cradle of Forestry for half price, $2.50., 877.3130. No charge for adults with season passes. Reservations required at 877.3130. • Kids Fishing Days, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 8, Max Patch, Haywood County. Kids fish for free. Must be accompanied by an adult. Registration, 8 a.m. 524.6441 ext. 424. • National Get Outdoors Day, Saturday, June 8, Cradle of Forestry, Pisgah National Forest, NC Hghway 276 14 miles north of Brevard. Skill teaching and demonstrations by local outdoor recreation community. Free admission. • Survival Skills Workshop: Wild Edibles, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 8, Chimney Rock State Park. $27 adults (includes park admission), $14 annual passholders. 800.277.9611, • Nantahala Hiking Club, easy-to-moderate 4-mile hike, Saturday, June 8, from Wallace Branch on a loop with the Bartram Trail. Meet at 9 a.m. at Westgate Plaza. Kathy Ratcliff, 349.3380. Visitors welcome, no pets. • Highlands Plateau Audubon Society bird walk, Saturday, June 8, Chinquapin development, Cashiers.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Cashiers Community Center parking area to carpool. 743.9670. • How to Create Wildlife Friendly Yards and Gardens, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 8, Balsam Community Center (old school house), Cabin Flats Road. Larry Thompson instructor. $20. Pre-registration required, 452.5414, • Nantahala Hiking Club, moderate three-mile hike, Sunday, June 9, Tennessee Rock Overlook trail at Black Rock Mountain State Park in Georgia. Meet at p.m. at Smoky Mountain Visitors Center, Otto. Joyce Jacques, 410.852.7510. Visitors welcome, no pets.

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• Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild meeting, 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 10, Tartan Hall, First Presbyterian Church, Franklin. Travels with Polly: A Quilt Journey.

• Audubon bird-banding trip, Saturday, June 15, Cowee Mounds, north of Franklin. Meet at 8 a.m. at Sanderstown Road where it intersects Route 28, Franklin. Or at 7:30 a.m. at the Town Hall parking lot, Highlands. George. 369.2261, • Nantahala Outdoor Center Canoe Club Challenge 9 a.m. registration, 11:30 a.m. downriver start, Saturday, June 15, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Nantahala Outdoor Center 13077 Highway 19 W. Bryson City, • Nantahala Hiking Club, strenuous eight-mile hike, Saturday, June 15, Standing Indian loop toward Tate City. Meet at 9 a.m. at Westgate Plaza, Franklin. Don O’Neal, 586.5723. Visitors welcome, no pets. • Nantahala Hiking Club, easy two-mile hike, Sunday, June 16, to Mud Creek Falls. Meet at 2 p.m. at Smoky Mountain Visitors Center. Kay Coriell, 369.6820. Visitors welcome, no pets. • The local Audubon Society is offering weekly Saturday birding field trips. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the Highlands Town Hall parking lot near the public restrooms, or at 8 a.m. behind Wendy’s if the walk is in Cashiers. Binoculars available.


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• Mingus Mill Demonstration, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily, one-half mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on US 441 (Newfound Gap Road), Great Smoky Mountains National Park. • Mountain Farm Museum, dawn to dusk, daily, adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center.

COMPETITIVE EDGE • Braveheart 5K & Rob Roy 1 Mile Kids Fun Run, Saturday, June 15, downtown Franklin. • Fourth annual Blue Ridge Breakaway, Saturday, Aug. 17, Haywood County. Pre-register online at

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. Non-members contact event leaders. • High Country Hikers, based in Hendersonville, plans hikes Mondays and Thursdays weekly. Participants should bring a travel donation and gear mentioned on their website: 808.2165 • Nantahala Hiking Club based in Macon County holds weekly Saturday hikes in the Nantahala National Forest and beyond. • Mountain High Hikers, based in Young Harris, Ga., leads several hikes per week. Guests should contact hike leader. • Smoky Mountain Hiking Club, located in East Tennessee, makes weekly hikes in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park as well as surrounding areas. • Benton MacKaye Trail Association incorporates outings for hikes, trail maintenance and other work trips. No experience is necessary to participate.

• Highlands Plateau Audubon Society’s potluck supper, 6 p.m., and annual membership meeting and program, 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 10, Highlands Civic Center, Highway 64 East. Public welcome. Bring a covered dish to share. 743.9670.

• Diamond Brand’s Women’s Hiking Group meets on the third Saturday of every month. For more information, e-mail or call 684.6262.

• Free boating safety course, 6 to 9:30 p.m. June 10-11, room 309, Haywood Community College, Clyde. Sponsored by Haywood Community College’s Natural Resources Division and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Participants must attend two consecutive evenings to receive their certification.

• A beginner’s group mountain bike ride meets the first and third Sunday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rice Pinnacle Trailhead in Bent Creek. Easy, social ride. Helmets required. Ride leader is Rick Schrader, 665.0015, Ride canceled in case of rain.

No age limits. Pre-registration required at • Owl Prowl, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, Highlands Nature Center. Bring flashlights for hunting owls after dark. 743.9670. • Twilight Firefly Tour, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, Pink Beds Picnic Area, Highway 276, near Cradle of Forestry entrance. Bring a flashlight. $6 for adults and $3 for youth, Federal Recreation Pass holders, and Golden Age Passport holders., 877.3130.

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• Road construction and maintenance one-day workshop for private landowners June 6, Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, Otto. Registration is limited to 30 landowners. $25 per person ($15 for an additional family member), includes lunch. Register online at or at 524.2711 ext. 305

• Keeping Black Bears Away from Birdfeeders, Audubon Society program, 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 10, Highlands Civic Center. Potluck dinner, 6 p.m., 743.9670.


• Nature Photography Exhibit: Our Spectacular Southern Appalachians, June 1-July 29, Cradle of Forestry, Pisgah National Forest on NC highway 276, 14 miles north of Brevard, and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at MP 412. 877.3130,

• How to Create Wildlife Friendly Yards and Gardens Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 8, Balsam Community Center. Larry Thompson, instructor. Pre-registration required. $20. 452.5414 or email Larry Thompson at

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• Birds of Prey program, featuring Michael Skinner, 1 p.m. Thursday, June 6, Oconaluftee Multipurpose Room, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, U.S. Highway 441, two miles north of Cherokee. 497.1904,

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• 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.

• Self-guided tours of American Chestnuts, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Cataloochee Guest Ranch. $15, includes tour with lunch afterward. Reservations, 926.1401.


• A weekly bike ride in Waynesville meets Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at Rolls Rite Bicycles on the Old Asheville Highway. Beginner to intermediate rides led by Bicycle Haywood advocacy group. Eight- to 12-mile rides. 276.6080 or • A weekly bike ride meets in Bryson City on Wednesdays around 6 p.m. Depart from the East Swain Elementary school in Whittier on U.S.19 off exit 69 from U.S. 23-74. All levels. 800.232.7238. • A weekly bike ride in Sylva meets Tuesday at 6 p.m., departing from Motion Makers bike

shop for a tough 25-mile ride up to the Balsam Post office via back roads and back into Sylva. 586.6925. • A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., departing from Smoky Mountain Bicycles at 179 Highlands Road. Geared for all levels. 369.2881 or • A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. at Macon Middle School on Wells Grove Road. Ladies and Beginners’ ride. 369.2881 or • A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Saturdays at 8 a.m., departing from South Macon Elementary School 369.2881, • A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Sundays at 9:30 a.m., departing from the Franklin Health and Fitness Center. 369.2881, • Nantahala Area SORBA sponsors weekly and biweekly group rides at Tsali. The weekly ride meets at 6 p.m. every Wednesday in the Tsali parking lot. The biweekly ride meets at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Friday of each month, in the Tsali parking lot but is for women only. Both rides are social and open to riders of all skill and fitness levels. 506.0856 for updates and/or cancellations. • A weekly bike ride in Bryson City meets at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Tsali Recreation Area trailhead. Bryson City Bicycles. 488.1988.

FARM & GARDEN • Macon County Beekeepers Association, 7 p.m. Thursday June 6, Cooperative Extension Office, Thomas Heights Road, Franklin. Jack Hanel, NC State Apiary Inspector, will talk about producing sourwood honey. 524.5234. • Sustainable Mountain Living Communities free gardening clinic on maintaining healthy gardens, 6 p.m. Monday, June 10, Old School Garden behind the Civic Center, Hwy. 76 West. 706.782.7978, or Facebook at SMLCinc. • Haywood County Plant Clinic: Master Gardeners provide research-based answers to all your gardening questions, 1 to 4 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 2, and 9 a.m. to noon through September, Haywood County Extension Service, Raccoon Road, Waynesville. 456.3575. • Community Garden Plots available at the Cowee Community Garden, Macon County Heritage Center, Cowee School. Voluntary $25 donation for the season. 524.8369. • Volunteer workdays, Thursday afternoons until dark, Sylva Community Garden. Produce from the garden goes to the Sylva Community Table. 477.4380, e-mail or Facebook.

FARMER’S & TAILGATE MARKETS Waynesville • Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market Fresh, local produce, fresh seafood, baked goods, goat cheese, herbal products, meat and eggs, plants, flowers, preserves, honey and heritage crafts. Live music, 8 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays and Saturdays. 250 Pigeon St, Waynesville in the parking lot of the HART Theatre. 828.627.1058.



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ANNOUNCEMENTS ESTATE SALE JUNE 7th & 8th 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 255 Depot St., Waynesville, NC. Living Estate. Selling personal possessions & contents of antique store that has been boxed up for over 8yrs. Tools, Southern Pottery, Kitchen Ware, Furniture, Enamel Ware, More to come - unloading daily!

Rates: ■ Free — Residential yard sale ads, lost or found pet ads. ■ Free — Non-business items that sell for less than $150. ■ $12 — Classified ads that are 50 words or less; each additional line is $2. ■ $12 — If your ad is 10 words or less, it will be displayed with a larger type. ■ $3 — Border around ad and $5 — Picture with ad. ■ $35 — Non-business items, 25 words or less. 3 month or till sold. ■ $300 — Statewide classifieds run in 117 participating newspapers with 1.6 million circulation. Up to 25 words. ■ All classified ads must be pre-paid.

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AUTO PARTS DDI BUMPERS ETC. Quality on the Spot Repair & Painting. Don Hendershot 858.646.0871 cell 828.452.4569 office.

CAMPERS COOL SUMMERS ON JONATHAN CREEK. 35’ Park Model For Sale, 25’ Covered Porch, Furnished, 32” Flatscreen TV, Fireplace Heater, Separate Washer/Dryer, On Leased Lot in RV Community 352.223.9497

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FOLKMOOT STAFFING 30th Folkmoot Festival seeks guides, bus drivers, cafeteria staff, housekeeping staff, sound techs, and interns for marketing/event management. Volunteers welcome! Must be available days, evenings, weekends, July 15 - 29, 2013. For applications call 828.452.2997 or email: MAPLE TREE VETERINARIAN Hospital is looking for an experienced Technician. Please email resume and references to: NC LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST Needed for established & growing spa in Sylva. Pay based upon experience. Please email for more details: DRIVERS... Freight Up = More $. Class A CDL Required. 877.258.8782. TRUCK DRIVERS WANTED Best Pay and Home Time! Apply Online Today over 750 Companies! One Application, Hundreds of Offers! SAPA



MEDICAL CAREERS BEGIN HERE Train ONLINE for Allied Health and Medical Management. Job placement assistance. Computer and Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV authorized. Call 1.800.494.2785 or visit SAPA


PART-TIME CENTER DIRECTOR JACKSON COUNTY - HEAD START Must have an AA in Early Childhood Education, (BS in Early Childhood or related field preferred), Admin Levels I & II, 2 yrs. supervisory experience, have a good working relationship with staff and families and be able to work a flexible work schedule. Candidate will be supervising 5 staff members and must also have good judgement/problem solving skills working with diverse populations and be able to multi-task. Computer skills helpful. This is a 20 - 29 hours/week and a 9 month position. Some benefits apply. Pre-employment drug testing required. EOE/AA. Applications will be taken at Mountain Projects, 2251 Old Balsam Rd., Waynesville, NC 28786 or 25 Schulman St., Sylva, NC 28779

HEAVY EQUIPMENT Operator Career! 3 Week Hands On Training School. Bulldozers, Backhoes, Excavators. National Certifications. Lifetime Job Placement Assistance. VA Benefits Eligible. 1.866.362.6497 OILFIELD JOBS Immediate Opportunity. $64,000 $145,000/year. No Experience Necessary. Call 24Hr. Free Recorded Message 1.800.481.1813 SAPA TANKER & FLATBED COMPANY. Drivers/Independent Contractors! Immediate Placement Available. Best opportunities in the Trucking Business. Call Today. 800.277.0212 or

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PART-TIME JOB With Full-Time Benefits. You can receive cash bonus, monthly pay check, job training, money for technical training or college, travel, health benefits, retirement, and more! Visit or call 1.800.GO.Guard to learn more on how the National Guard can benefit you. CARENET, INC., Subsidiary of Wake Forest Baptist Health, seeks Staff Counselor for Wilmington/Jacksonville NC area to provide high-quality, effective pastoral counseling. To apply: AA/EOE. TEACH IN CHINA FOR THE SUMMER Make Zhau Xing your base camp! Call 828.2939480 or Adam at 011.861.330.575.6618 for more information. YOUR NEW DRIVING JOB Is one phone call away! Experienced CDL-A Drivers and Recent Grads - Excellent Benefits, Weekly Hometime. Paid Training. 888.362.8608. Equal Opportunity Employer.


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LAWN & GARDEN HEMLOCK HEALERS, INC. Dedicated to Saving Our Hemlocks. Owner/Operator Frank Varvoutis, NC Pesticide Applicator’s License #22864. 48 Spruce St. Maggie Valley, NC 828.734.7819 828.926.7883, Email:


Prevent Unwanted Litters! The Heat Is On! Spay/Neuter For Haywood Pets As Low As $10. Operation Pit is in Effect! Free Spay/Neuter, Microchip & Vaccines For Haywood Pitbull Types & Mixes! Hours: Monday-Thursday, 12 Noon - 5pm 182 Richland Street, Waynesville

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PUBLISHER’S NOTICE All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1.800.669.9777.





EVER CONSIDER A Reverse Mortgage? At least 62 years old? Stay in your home & increase cash flow! Safe & Effective! Call Now for your FREE DVD! Call Now 888.418.0117. SAPA FOR SALE BY OWNER 11.40 acres, 2 miles outside of Robbinsville, NC. 3 Mtn. Ridges, spring and a pond; easy access. Property backs up to US Forest. $78,000 for more information 828.550.5791 FORECLOSURE NC Mountains 2.75 acres w/mtn views, driveway & easy financing $9,500. Also have cabin on 1.53 acres w/new well & septic $62,500. Ez to finish. 828.286.1666.


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Bruce McGovernn Cell: 828-283-2112 McGovern Property Management 284 Haywood St, Suite B Way Waynesville NC

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Ann knows real estate! 147 WALNUT ST. • WAYNESVILLE, NC

828.456.7376 • 800.627.1210 TOLL FREE 111 CENTRAL AVE. • ASHEVILLE, NC

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Haywood County Real Estate Agents Beverly Hanks & Associates — • • • • • • •

Michelle McElroy — Marilynn Obrig — Mike Stamey — Ellen Sither — Jerry Smith — Billie Green — Pam Braun —

BRUCE MCGOVERN A Full Service Realtor McGovern Property Management 828.283.2112.

ROOM FOR RENT MAGGIE VALLEY AREA All Utilities Included and Fully Furnished. $150 wkly, No Pets. Beautiful Creek Setting in Quiet Area. References Required. For more info call 828.926.4343.

VACATION RENTALS NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS Head to the mountains! Book your vacation today; even the family pet is welcome! Nightly, Weekly & Foscoe Rentals 1.800.723.7341

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Keller Williams Realty • Rob Roland — • Ron Kwiatkowski —

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RE/MAX — Mountain Realty • • • • • • • • • | Brian K. Noland — Connie Dennis — Mark Stevens — Mieko Thomson — The Morris Team — The Real Team — Ron Breese — Dan Womack — Bonnie Probst —

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PERSONAL A UNIQUE ADOPTIONS, Let Us Help! Personalized adoption plans. Financial assistance, housing, relocation and more. Giving the gift of life? You deserve the best. Call us first! 888.637.8200. 24 hour HOTLINE. SAPA ARE YOU PREGNANT? A childless married couple (in our 30’s) seeks to adopt. Will be hands-on mom/devoted dad. Financial security. Expenses paid. Nicole & Frank. 1.888.969.6134 MEET SINGLES RIGHT NOW! No paid operators, just real people like you. Browse greetings, exchange messages and connect live. Try it free. Call now 1.888.909.9978. SAPA PREGNANT? Considering Adoption? Call Us First! Living expenses, Housing, Medical and continued support afterwards. Choose Adoptive Family of Your Choice. Call 24/7. ADOPT CONNECT 1.866.743.9212. SAPA UNPLANNED PREGNANCY? Thinking of Adoption? Open or closed adoption. YOU choose the family. LIVING EXPENSES PAID. Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions. Call 24/7 1.866.413.6295 SAPA YOUR AD COULD REACH 1.6 MILLION HOMES ACROSS NC! Your classified ad could be reaching over 1.6 Million Homes across North Carolina! Place your ad with The Smoky Mountain News on the NC Statewide Classified Ad Network- 118 NC newspapers for a low cost of $330 for 25-word ad to appear in each paper! Additional words are $10 each. The whole state at your fingertips! It's a smart advertising buy! Call Scott Collier at 828.452.4251 or for more information visit the N.C. Press Association's website at

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YARD SALES ESTATE SALE JUNE 7th & 8th 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 255 Depot St., Waynesville, NC. Living Estate. Selling personal possessions & contents of antique store that has been boxed up for over 8yrs. Tools, Southern Pottery, Kitchen Ware, Furniture, Enamel Ware, More to come - unloading daily! INDOOR GARAGE SALE: Quality Household Items, Furniture, Collectibles, Women’s Apparel, Antiques. Saturday June 8, 9 a.m. 3 p.m., 96 Studio Lane, Otto, NC (between Franklin & Clayton). Hwy 441 to Coweeta Lab Rd. Take Coweeta for 2 miles. Studio Ln. on left. YARD SALE JUNE 7 & 8, 8 - 3 210 White Oak Circle, Franklin. 1yr old cherry pedistool table with butterfly leaf & chairs, antique wash stand, gas dryer, tools & lots misc.




81 Chaplin movie, e.g. 86 Cato’s 559 88 - Magli (shoe brand) 90 Inflammation of the ear 91 Stella - (lager brand) 93 Liquor lover 94 -’s razor (“keep it simple” maxim) 95 Cryptogram alternative 98 Synonym books 100 Scale notes 101 Charged bit 102 Rouse 104 Pet that looks like it’s wearing a mask 110 Often-twisted treat 115 Author Rand 116 City in Colombia 117 Breakwater embankment 118 Descriptive of 10 answers in this puzzle 123 Vienna-born photographer Model 124 “- you!” (cry of challenge) 125 Longing person 126 Marital state 127 Campfire residue 128 Professions

ACROSS 1 Examine by touching, as for medical diagnosis 8 Florida resort port 13 Assemble again 20 New York Indians 21 Like a vine-covered wall 22 Top celeb 23 What an ivory tickler’s hands are on 25 Kind of onion 26 - Reader (bimonthly digest) 27 Blokes 28 Jolly Roger 30 Bamboo-eating cutie 34 Domination, in slang 35 Hi- 36 Gene-splicing need 37 Army meal buddy 43 Siren-sounding vehicle 50 Politico Ross 51 Shows at the Met 52 Actor Mickey 53 “Dallas” wife 54 Flax fabric 55 FedEx or fax 56 World Cup bouncer 59 Cookout pest DOWN 60 Query 1 High fly ball 62 In the past 2 Baker of soul 64 Actor Ethan 65 With 40-Down, high- 3 “Blue” singer Rimes 4 Longed way snooze site 5 Kerfuffle 67 Orca 6 “And we’ll - a cup o’ 71 Talks to a beat kindness yet ...”: Burns 75 Port near Nazareth 7 WNW opposite 77 Connection 8 Italian river 78 “For” vote 9 Bard of 80 Prohibition

10 Hamm with a 56Across 11 Suspects’ humiliating escorts 12 Include as a bonus 13 Devastating damage doer 14 High classes 15 - one’s time 16 Flyboys’ org. 17 “- never fly” 18 Twin of Luke Skywalker 19 Lag behind 24 Sumac from Peru 29 “- Lama Ding Dong” 31 Secret things 32 They sting 33 Psychic “gift” 34 - about (close to) 36 Hard laborer 38 Kindle 39 Person in the club 40 See 65-Across 41 Parkway fee 42 And the like: Abbr. 43 Arctic 44 Offer views 45 Pre-Easter times 46 State of rage 47 “Right you -!” 48 Concerning musical pitch 49 Corp. kingpin 53 Fly-catching bird 55 Light boat 57 Third of a dance move 58 Flower part made up of sepals 61 Comedy bits 63 Meal crumb 66 Letters before iotas

68 Chou En- 69 Surviving wives 70 Sun: Prefix 72 Activity-filled 73 Comic strip segment 74 Sleep loudly 76 Life principle 79 Teem (with) 81 Flue buildup 82 Have a yen 83 Pet pests 84 China’s - -tzu 85 Famous Amos rival 87 Loc. of 75-Across 89 Peri’s role on “Frasier” 92 Bygone ruler 93 Fraternal lodge org. 95 Some Louisianans 96 Jeopardy 97 Ten, in Dijon 99 Letter-shaped fasteners 103 Leg bone 104 Small kids 105 A, in Spain 106 Earthy hue, to a Brit 107 “Alfie” star Michael 108 Adjust 109 Theater rows 110 Norwegian capital 111 Bridle part 112 Soothe 113 Actor Wilson 114 Oscar winner Blanchett 115 Four roods 119 Jacuzzi sigh 120 TriBeCa site 121 Narcs’ agcy. 122 Do battle

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The mystical allure of moving water Editor’s note: This Back Then column first appeared in a June 2002 issue of The Smoky Mountain News.


George Ellison

e are attracted to water. Mountain paths always wind down to water. Water is the essence of our very being ... especially here in the mountains. Every reader of The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings recalls the novel’s opening wherein the boy Jody makes his way down to the spring below his family’s cabin: “He stood his hoe against the split-rail fence. He walked down the cornfield until he was out of sight of the cabin ... The east bank Columnist of the road shelved suddenly. It dropped below him twenty feet to a spring. The bank was dense with magnolia and loblolly bay, sweet gum and gray-barked ash. He went down to the spring in the cool darkness of their shadows. A sharp pleasure came over him. This was a secret and lovely place ... Beyond the bank, the parent spring bubbled up at a higher level, cut itself a channel through white limestone and began to run rapidly downhill to make a creek. The creek joined Lake George, Lake George was part of the St. John’s River, the great river flowed north-

BACK THEN ward into the sea. It excited Jody to watch the beginning of the ocean. There were other beginnings, but this was his own.” Jody’s spring, creek, and river were in Florida, of course. Here in the mountains the waterways we call creeks and rivers are more varied and turbulent. But our attraction to them has always been about the same as Jody’s. Running water is more than a material force ... it is a spiritual element. The old-time mountaineers more often than not picked home sites according to the location and purity of springs. They were connoisseurs of water. Asheville writer Wilma Dykeman records in her fine book The French Broad (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1955) that, “When the buyers for the Great Smoky Park were appraising some of the small land holdings one old fellow would come down from his little farm each day. “When’ll you be a-getting to my place,” he’d demand of the buyers. “We’ll be up there as soon as we can,” they’d reply. “Well, I’m just aiming to make sure you see my spring,” he said. “You’d have to see it a-fore you could know the worth of my place.” Once a family’s prize spring was located, the women would sometimes line its sides

and bottom with shards of quartz and other sparkling stones. Catching a shaft of light through an overhanging hemlock, the spring would glow in the dim light. It was a place of enduring sustenance and beauty. Long before the first Europeans arrived, the Cherokee had developed ceremonials focused on the spiritual power of running water. When James Mooney arrived on the Qualla Boundary in the late 1880s, those beliefs were still in place. In a little-known article published in “The Journal of American Folk-Lore” in 1900 (the same year in which his classic volume Myths of the Cherokee first appeared), Mooney described “The Cherokee River Cult:” “From the beginning of knowledge, Fire and Water, twin deities of the primitive pantheon, have occupied the fullest measure of man’s religious thought, holding easy precedence over all other deities. “Others were gods of occasion, but these twain were the gods of very existence ... As the reverence for fire found its highest and most beautiful expression in sun worship, so the veneration for water developed into a cult of streams and springs. “In Cherokee ritual, the river is the Long Man (Yu-nwi Gunahita), a giant with his head in the foothills of the mountains and his foot far down in the lowland, pressing always, resistless and without stop, to a certain goal, and speaking ever in murmurs

which only the priest may interpret ... Purification in the running stream is a part of every tribal function, for which reason the town-house, in the old days, was always erected close to the river bank.” And that tradition is still very much alive. Appalachian naturalist and historian Chris Bolgiano — author of The Appalachian Forest: A Search for Roots and Renewal (Stackpole Books, 1999) — recently asked the Cherokee traditionalist Freeman Owle, “What is the most distinguishing characteristic of your people, the Eastern Band of Cherokees?” Owle may never have been asked this question before, but “after a moment of musing,” he replied: “Going to water.” Rather than “Going to water” in the formal sense that Owle implies, you and I are more likely to simply amble down to the nearest spring or to a familiar creek or river bank for what we call “a little peace and quiet.” We may or may not take a sip or plunge into the numbing water, yet our attitude toward and use of this most basic of our natural resources is, in essence, no less spiritual than that of the Cherokees. Like them or the early white settlers here in the mountains or country boys like Jody, we have the opportunity to come away after each visit with new beginnings ... but for only so long as we allow these upland waters to flow freely and cleanly.

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