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Tryon Daily Bulletin

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Vol. 84 / No. 103

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Monday, June 27, 2011

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Landrum babysitter pleads guilty to homicide by child abuse, gets 25 years by Leah Justice

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A Landrum woman pled guilty Thursday to homicide by child abuse of a five-month-old boy in 2009. Evelyn Denise Petty, who

was 43 at the time of her arrest in September 2009, was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Coroners ruled the baby died from shaken baby syndrome. Petty was babysitting the boy

and his four-year-old sister at the time of the death. Petty is the grandmother of the girl she was babysitting but (Continued on page 10)

Here’s a list of upcoming meetings and events for area nonprofit community and governmental organizations:


Polk County Mobile Recycling Unit, Mondays, Harmon Field/Tryon, 7 a.m. - noon. The Meeting Place Senior Center Monday activities include line dancing, 10 a.m., senior fitness, 11 a.m., bingo or bead class, 12:30 p.m. 828894-0001. Democratic Women’s Club will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, June 27 at 11 a.m. at the Democratic Headquarters in Columbus. A soup and sandwich lunch will be provided. Everyone welcome. 894-3219. Please submit Curb Re(Continued on page 2)

Architect’s drawing of the proposed new headquarters for the Polk County Republican Party, to be built in downtown Columbus.

Polk GOP reviews plans for new building Plans allow access to area businesses by Leah Justice

A meeting on Thursday, June 22 indicated relationships between the Republican Party and Columbus businesses have

improved. At the meeting, Polk Republicans reviewed plans for the new Republican headquarters building on Peak Street in Columbus. Local business people have expressed concern in the past over some of the options for the

building, which they said could cause problems with access to their businesses. Polk Republicans talked Thursday with local businesses that will be affected and showed (Continued on page 6)

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porter items in writing at least two days prior to publication. Items must include a name and telephone number of a contact person. Items will be printed in order by date of event, as space allows. Christian Fellowship Luncheon, TJ’s Cafe, Tryon, Mondays except holidays, noon - 1 p.m.; food, fellowship and discussion of relevant issues; interdenominational. 859-5051. Chess Club, Mondays, 12:30 p.m., recreation room, LaurelHurst Apartments, Columbus. Open to anyone in community. 894-3336. Saluda Center Monday activities include line dancing at 12:30 p.m. For more information visit Polk Soil & Water Conservation district board meeting is held the last Monday of each month, at the Mill Spring Ag & Community Center. The next meeting will be June 27 at 3:30 p.m. The public is invited. Call 828-894-8550 for more information. Tryon Tourism Development Authority’s next meeting will be Monday, June 27 at 5 p.m. at Tryon Town Hall, McCown Room. Public welcome. Information: 828-859-6655. Male Anger Management/ Domestic Abuse Intervention

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The front page story in the June 22 Bulletin should have said area students have been raising funds for a mission trip to China by selling BBQ and washing cars. Graduating PCHS seniors Ashley Lynch, Brittany Phipps and Kailey Russell, along with rising junior Amber Lynch and rising freshman Sarah Phipps, have all been active in their church as well as FCA at Polk County High School. The students will be traveling with a group from the First Baptist Church of Richmond, Va., to Xian, China to help conduct a basketball camp for about 90 Chinese students, male and female, aged 8-18. The students are still short about $3000. If you would like to contribute to their trip, please contact Cooper’s Gap Baptist Church for details. Program, Mondays, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Steps to HOPE. 894-2340. Tryon Little Theater annual members meeting, Monday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Zenzera Restaurant, located at 208 East Rutherford Street in downtown Landrum. Renew membership or become a member for 20112012, as well as purchase season tickets for the new production year. d0909/ Thermal Belt Stamp Club meets first and third Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Tryon Federal Bank in Columbus. Alcoholics Anonymous, Mondays, 8 p.m., Columbus Presbyterian Church.


Polk County Mobile Recycling Unit, Tuesdays, Ozone Drive and Hwy. 176, Saluda. Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, “We Care” is a weekly informal social group open to women coping with loss. The group meets at 9 a.m. at TJ’s Cafe in Tryon and is open to newcomers. For more information, contact Shannon Slater at

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Today: Partly cloudy, with 40 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms. High 86, low 68.

Partly cloudy Partly cloudy Tuesday: Partly cloudy, with 40 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms. High 89, low 69. Thursday’s weather was: High 77, low 68, 0.29 inches of rain.

828-894-7000 or 800-617-7132 or Saluda Center, Tuesdays, chair exercise, 9 a.m. Bridge, 10 a.m., 828-749-9245. For more activities, e-mail saludacenter@ or visit The Meeting Place Senior Center Tuesday activities include ceramics, 9:30 a.m.; art class, 10 a.m.; bingo or movie, 12:30 p.m. 828-894-0001. Polk County Historical Association Museum, open Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., 60 Walker St., Columbus, lower level. Free. Landrum Library, Book Discussion Group, fourth Tuesday every month, 10:30 a.m. at the library. 864-457-2218. LIFECare of Polk County/ Adult Day Health Care provides services Monday - Friday. Pet therapy is scheduled every Tuesday. This is an opportunity for participants to interact with a trained pet therapy dog in a safe and meaningful environment. Call 828-894-2007 for more info. Green Creek Community Center, Zumba exercise class, Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., in gym. Landrum Library will host Miss Missy from Dance Dynamics on Tuesday, June 28, at 11 a.m. Children in grades first through sixth will enjoy a Zumba class as part of the summer reading program. For more information, call 864-457-2218. Cracker Barrel, 1 p.m. Tuesdays, conference room, Congregational Church. Teen Character/Skills Building Group, Tuesdays 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Steps to HOPE. 894-2340. PolkFresh Farmers Market,

Tuesdays, in the Re-Ride parking lot, crossroads of Landrum and Hwy. 9, 5 - 7:30 p.m., Visa/EBT accepted. Visit polkcountyfarms. org for vendor list or sign-up. Business After Hours, Tuesday, June 28, 5:30-7 p.m. at Artistry Above Hair Salon and MedAdvocates, in the Columbus Park Executive Suites at 915 Mills Ave., next to Mountain View BBQ. Cosponsoring the event are Musselwhite Electric and ServiceMaster of Polk/Spartanburg. All chamber members and prospective members are welcome - RSVP by Monday, June 27 at 5 p.m. by calling 8596236. Bring your business cards. Al-Anon Family Group meets Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., Saluda Senior Center, 64 Greenville Street, Saluda, one half block off Main Street (U.S. Hwy. 176 S.), 828-749-2251 (Saluda) or 1-800286-1326. VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Polk Memorial 9116, will meet Tuesday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Womack building in Columbus. VFW Post, Polk County Memorial 9166, of Columbus will meet Tuesday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Columbus Town Hall.


Polk County Mobile Recycling Unit, Wednesdays, Fire Department in Green Creek, 7 a.m. - noon. Please submit Curb Reporter items in writing at least two days prior to publication. Items must include a name and telephone number of a contact person. Items will be printed in order by date of event, as space allows.

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American Legion Post 250 honors Polk LifeCare veterans

American Legion veteran James C. Pittman (left), LifeCare veteran Bill Ross, American Legion veteran Morton Poliakoff, LifeCare veterans Sam Panettiori and Marshall Monroe and American Legion Post 250 Commander Michael Collins display the flag the American Legion donated to the Polk LifeCare adult day care center in Columbus. Every morning at Polk LifeCare, participants enjoy breakfast, review current events, share a time of devotion, sing hymns and patriotic songs, and now they will be able to honor and salute the American flag. Commander Michael Collins said, “American Legion Post 250 in Tryon is thankful that Polk County has an adult day health care center for veterans to come to during the day, and we are delighted to present this flag to them.” (photo submitted by Kim Cole of Polk LifeCare)


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news briefs A glance at some of the latest news in the area.

Public hearing July 21 on Giardini annexation Columbus Town Council set July 21 as the date for a public hearing on a petition from Giardini Trattoria to be voluntarily annexed into town limits. The petition will be the second from the restaurant; its first petition for annexation was denied last year.





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how access to those businesses will be given. Scott Woodworth, second vice-chair of the Republican Party and chair of the building committee, reviewed the site drawings for nearby business owners. Woodworth said Republican officials tried to structure the new building on the lot so it would have the least impact on neighboring businesses. He said plans initially were to construct the building toward the rear of the lot, but that would have affected businesses, and he said, “I wasn’t in favor of that.” The building is now designed

to be as close to the street as Republican Party celebrates possible, according to the town’s events, they want businesses to zoning regulations, with parking be included, and they also want in the rear. The town will require to offer the building for other the building to have 11 or 12 community events. He also said parking spaces, the Republican according to “We want to have this party wants to Woodworth. use local busiA c c e s s t o building as part of the nesses, such as the rear of other town. The more people catering servicbusinesses prowhenever who can use it the better.” es, vides 15 feet for possible. -- Scott Woodworth, Polk GOP utility trucks, “We want to building committee chair including sanihave this buildtation haulers ing as part of and emergency vehicles. the town,” said Woodworth. “The “We have a real sense of more people who can use it the community,” said Woodworth. better.” “The Republican party wants to Woodworth said he hopes include everybody in everything the new building is finished by we do.” the end of November 2011. The Woodworth said when the metal building is currently in the

engineering stages in Colorado, Woodworth said, and should take no more than four weeks to finish the engineering stage. The plans will then go to Shelby, N.C., where blueprints will be drawn, which will be submitted to the town for approval. The town has already issued a zoning permit for the building. Woodworth said in the meantime, bids will be sought. The first priority is to seek local contractors for the work, he said. Woodward estimated construction should start in about two months. Construction of the metal structure will not take long, Woodworth said, but foundation and prep work to the site also (Continued on page 7)

WHERE WE WORK An in-depth look at an area business

PERSON FEATURED: Shelly Block BUSINESS: La Bouteille wine and beer boutique ADDRESS: 10 N. Trade St., Tryon PHONE NUMBER: 828-859-6473 EMAIL: NATURE OF BUSINESS: Wine and craft beer retail shop PRINCIPAL OWNER: Shelly Block YEAR FOUNDED: Opened Feb. 11, 2010 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 1 full-time, 1 part-time HOW’S BUSINESS? Considering we opened in the worst economic times, we can only grow from here – so we are doing pretty well. THINGS YOU WISH EVERYONE KNEW ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS: “Boutique” does not mean “expensive,” but it does mean “good.” From our $5 wines to $40 wines (and beer), we try to offer the best quality-to-value ratio. And we custom order a single bottle or a whole case at no extra cost. SOMETHING YOU OFFER THAT A CUSTOMER WON’T FIND ELSEWHERE: Unique wines and beers “off the beaten path” that you can mix or match, personalized service, and we let you drink beer or wine here while

you shop. You can even bring in a meal from Buck’s, My Place or 10 N. Trade Deli.

ADVICE TO YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS: Know what you do and do what you know. MY FIRST JOB: Started as a cashier at Kmart at 16 years old. YOUR ROLE MODEL (IN BUSINESS OR IN LIFE GENERALLY): My parents, who have always stressed the value of hard work and ethics, and my husband, Fred, who always dreams big and whose heart overflows with the entrepreneurial spirit. THE KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS IS: Take risks, learn from mistakes, stay focused and connected and balance the budget.

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needs to be done. Other issues related to town parking were discussed during the meeting. Columbus Town Manager Jonathan Kanipe agreed to look into reopening some spaces previously closed off in front of the Bank of America building, directly across Peak Street from the Republican headquarters. The Republican headquarter’s previous building, located on the same site, was condemned following a heavy snow in December 2009 that caused the roof to collapse. The building was torn down last year. The former building was originally built to house the town’s post office in the 1950s1960s. It was constructed close to the street and blocked a former town alley. Access to the rear of businesses has been an issue for decades. At one time, the Polk Republican party erected a gate

Polk County Republicans, Columbus business people and town officials met Thursday, June 22 to review plans for a new Republican headquarters building in downtown Columbus. (photo by Leah Justice)

to block access. “We appreciate your going over all this with us,” said Steps To HOPE Executive Director Rachel Ramsey. “I remember

years ago (the Republican Party) putting up a gate. It caused a lot of ill will. We had a helpless feeling.” Republican officials ensured

businesses things are different now. They requested contact information from business owners so Republicans could alert them about construction schedules


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Blue Ridge Log Cabins featured in ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ by Samantha Hurst

Though Blue Ridge Log Cabins has shipped homes as far away as Wyoming and to 27 states, a shorter transport one state away could be the company’s biggest yet. The Campobello-based business announced June 22 it is teaming up with “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to build a home for a deserving family in Fayetteville, N.C. Blue Ridge President and CEO Chip Smith said the company was humbled to take the lead in the construction of the project. “We couldn’t be happier to work alongside this fantastic community, and we hope everyone will turn out and join us in building an extraordinary home for this deserving family,” Smith said. “This whole project is about giving back and helping a family in need. This building is not just happening in Fayetteville, it’s happening right here.” On June 24 the company held a kick-off pep rally for

the “Heroes, Hearts, and Hard Hats” campaign aimed at energizing Blue Ridge employees and attracting volunteers from the Upstate and Fayetteville. During the kick-off, employees and their families were able to meet members of the ABC show’s team, including producers and designers. Senior producer Milan Vasic said he hoped more than anything that the employees and families of Blue Ridge might be able to make it to Fayetteville to take part at least in viewing the final days of construction. He said the help the company is providing leading up to demolition day on July 14 is monumental. “We appreciate the help – it really does make a difference and it changes lives,” Vasic said. “It’s very, very rare that you have a show that embraces the community. In our case, we need the community to do what we do.” Vasic said the show receives 500-1,500 applications a day from families hoping for their chance to get their own dream home. But he said that is why the show has been so popular – it’s connected with people. “It’s not just a reality show. We’re not kicking people off islands, we’re not making people eat bugs… we’re building a house and changing the lives of people who are already making a difference in their

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community.” he said, his employees in Cam“Extreme Makeover: Home pobello have put in numerous Edition” boasts 10 million hours of volunteer overtime viewers each week, broad- and worked with at least three casting in 58 languages and in other companies of contractors more than 120 countries. and vendors willing to put in That breadth of audience their share of in-kind donaportS ection everY ueSdaY means expotions, as well, by completing sure for the tasks such as hanging drywall. 18-year-old “Our employees have been Campobello so receptive of what we’ve company. asked them to do but I knew “We rec- they would be,” Smith said. ognize the exposure we can “That made it very easy for me bring to the Upstate in South to accept the challenge because Carolina by being a part of this I know the caliber of employproject,” Smith said. “We can ees we have here.” showcase what Spartanburg Smith said Blue Ridge Log County is about and what the Cabins has in the past also Upstate can do.” provided volunteer labor on ection verY HurSdaY The homeportS is currently in building projects for non-profit production, with more than organizations such as Glen 100 crews members touching Springs Academy, the former the project in some way or Spartanburg County Boys another. Home. Smith said members of his A pep rally for the comcrew have been on site in Fay- munity in Fayetteville will be etteville several days a week held July 7. This episode will for the past six weeks prepar- air at some point during the fall ing for the show. Meanwhile, season of the show.

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TD Bank signs go up on former Carolina First TD Bank rebranded all Carolina the service and many of the faces First locations as TD Bank, with that have contributed to the success celebrations in Greenville and of Carolina First will remain the Charleston, S.C., and Asheville, same, according to TD Bank. TD Bank said it will offer cusN.C., to mark the occasion. TD Bank also marked the brand change tomer-friendly features, including: • The longest banking hours in with a donation of $2,500 to Buncombe County, N.C., Habitat for the markets it serves • Instant-isHumanity. sue debit cards “We are thrilled Market when customers that Carolina First Place open their acis now part of the counts TD Bank family,” • Local bankers making local said Charles Frederick, Market President for Western North Carolina loans • Penny Arcades, free coinfor TD Bank. Over the course of just a few counting machines for customers • Free pens and treats for kids days, June 15-17, TD Bank replaced approximately 1,350 signs and dogs • Live customer service by in the Carolinas at 103 locations, and introduced several new cus- phone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a tomer conveniences and products. week, 365 days a year • Access to more than 1,250 TD Bank has also replaced or refurbished all ATMs in these markets. stores and 2,000 ATMs from Although the name is changing, Maine to Florida.


Heartwood, Skyuka galleries now representing Jim Carson

“Two and One Half Barns,” a painting by Saluda artist Jim Carson. Carson recently announced he is now represented in Polk County by Heartwood Gallery on Main Street in Saluda and by Skyuka Gallery on Trade Street in Tryon. Carson continues to be represented in Henderson County by Wickwire Gallery on Main Street. (submitted by Jim Carson)



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Transition Polk presents ‘Code Blue: Water in the Mountains’ Time is getting closer for the showing of David Weintraub’s movie “Code Blue: Water in the Mountains.” The movie will be shown Thursday, June 30 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Polk County Public Library. Weintraub is director of the Environmental and Conservation Organization (ECO), headquar-

tered in Hendersonville, N.C. Following the movie there will be a discussion about establishing means to maintaining water quality and how to help monitor local streams. Jaimie Davidson and Sky Conrad have worked together on organizing a water committee to oversee local waters and they will discuss their

findings after the movie. “There are many impacts from urbanization that require watchdogs to provide some level of oversight,” said Weintraub. “ECO is excited about working with county residents to develop a water monitoring program and provide training to interested volunteers. Without our pristine

waters, we will suffer not only aesthetically but economically. Tourists will not want to visit and fish or relax nor will there be as many parks and camps for children.” For further information, contact Aviva Kahn at aviva1015@ – article submitted by Aviva Kahn

• Babysitter

excused herself to the bathroom and locked the door. Officers found Petty taking pills with a bottle of malt liquor, according to police reports. She was taken to the hospital and was treated for an overdose. While at the hospital, Petty was interviewed by Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Nikki Cantrell, and Petty confessed she had shaken the baby, according to police reports.

Petty told Cantrell she had gotten up at 5 a.m. on Sept. 20, 2009 to find the baby crying. She said she dropped him on the carpeted floor and then shook him to try to revive him. The autopsy results did not match Petty’s statements, according to Dr. David Wren, who said that the cause of death was shaking alone. Petty will serve 80 percent of her sentence before she is eligible for parole.

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was not related to the baby boy who died. According to police reports, Petty called 911, saying she had a baby who was not breathing. The baby was taken to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Officers at the Petty home in Landrum reported that Petty

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Sheriff makes two more arrests in Operation Pill Sweep by Barbara Tilly and Leah Justice

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Columbus man and a Saluda woman in Operation Pill Sweep. Andrew Hamilton, of 1237 Bill Collins Road in Columbus, was arrested and charged with one count of felony selling and delivering a schedule IV controlled substance and one count of felony maintaining a vehicle/ dwelling/place for a controlled substance, according to Polk County Sheriff Donald Hill. Marci Hornbeck Inman, of 137 Stone Water Lane in Saluda, was arrested and charged with one county of felony trafficking of opium or heroin and one count of felony maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for a controlled substance, Hill said. The arrests were part of a

nine-month undercover operation conducted by the sheriff’s office to clean up illegal prescription medication in the county. Hill said his office has warrants for more than 20 individuals and arrests will continue to be made over the next few weeks. The sheriff ’s office purchased an estimated 2,000 illegal prescription pills during the undercover operation. Hill said he is not negotiating prosecution of the cases. He also said suspects include people from all walks of life regardless of sex, race or social status. The operation has involved the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Veteran’s Affairs, the Buncombe County, N.C., and theSpartanburg

Marci Hornbeck Inman

Andrew Hamilton

County, S.C. sheriff’s offices. Hill said charges filed during the operation have been related to many illegal substances in addition to illegal prescription medications, including cocaine, heroin, opium and marijuana. A couple of suspects have also

been charged with child abuse, because illegal transactions were conducted in the presence of children, according to Hill. Inman was given a $5,000 bond and Hamilton was given a $10,000 bond, according to sheriff reports.


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TDDA holds first Downtown Update Coffee Hour The Tryon Downtown Development Association held the first of a series of gatherings designed to keep the citizens and business community up to date on TDDA projects. Tryon Fine Arts Center hosted the meeting on June 14 in the Mahler Room. Local business owners and representatives from other non-profit groups attended and heard about some of the activities of TDDA. TDDA President Crys Armbrust reported that the town is in the process of getting approval

to be on the study list for the N.C. State Historic Preservation Organization. If the town successfully gains designation as an historic district, it would enable building owners and developers to receive tax credits to assist with revitalization projects. An important responsibility of TDDA is the promotion of downtown Tryon as a place to live, work, shop, dine and enjoy the town’s arts offerings, TDDA officials said. TDDA plans to hold a workshop in the fall in

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Howard Streets. A summary of this work was presented at the June Tryon Town Council meeting. The TDDA Coffee Hour will be hosted by a different business or organization each month. The gathering is open to anyone who is interested in downtown Tryon. More information about TDDA and membership may be found at or by calling 828-859-6484. – article submitted by Wanda May

Wayne Smith named to dean’s list at North Greenville University North Greenville University has recognized Wayne Fitzgerald Smith from Tryon for his academic accomplishments by naming him to the dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester.

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Mr. Bradley, come enjoy yourself at the BBQ To the Editor: How unfortunate Mr. Bradley’s letter to the dditor railing against the Blue Ridge BBQ Festival was published in the same edition that showcases the festival to all our visitors. It is full of such bitterness I hope none of the good folks that came to enjoy the event felt unwelcome or that their money and patronage are not greatly appreciated. Mr. Bradley seems to dismiss all the positive aspects the

festival brings to the community expressed by Mrs. Britton’s response to his last anti-BBQ letter to the editor. I have no idea what Mr. Bradley means by “growth of local government” so I cannot respond to it. However, regarding his other opinions, yes alcohol is available for sale by the festival through a lawfully requested permit process. If Mr. Bradley would like to buy beer at Harmon Field and drink it by the Pacolet year ‘round, he may go through the process to legalize the sale and consumption of alcohol there. I’m sure he’d have a fair share of supporters. If the members of the Presbyterian Church want access to the church for any reason at all, their

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office can and has requested “Resident” parking passes that let them come and go on the road as much as they would like all weekend long for free. The festival places no restrictions at all on their activities. There are no hidden costs regarding the N.C. Highway Patrol, Harmon Field staff or other professionals – the festival pays for their time and over time for that matter; it does not come out of taxpayers’ pockets. The festival pays directly for waste management, recycling, electricity and other costs, too. As to plans for countywide emergencies during the festival, I suggest Mr. Bradley share his concerns with Tryon Fire Chief Joey Davis or Tryon Police Chief Jeff Arrowood to learn all about the safety and emergency and contingency plans required by FEMA and others that the festival has to support. If Mr. Bradley was a regular reader of this wonderful little newspaper of ours, he’d know

where the money from the festival goes. It helps defray the operating cost of the chamber of commerce, making it the envy of every other chamber in this region; this festival is the reason membership costs are one of the lowest in the state. Yet more importantly, it is the sole source of funds for the Chamber Community Foundation that funnels thousands of dollars each year into worthy organizations and projects throughout the county. Mr. Bradley tries to paint some kind of nefarious picture, but it sounds like a bunch of sour grapes to me. He asks if we can afford the Blue Ridge BBQ Festival for years to come. Well, I do not know who “we” is but if he cannot afford it, I hereby offer to buy Mr. Bradley an admission ticket to enjoy the good people, good food, good music and a fun time with everyone’s safety and comfort in mind at the festival next year. –– Nadine Naujoks

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The enjoyment (and hazards) of feeding birds in the summer Many people enjoy feeding birds, and at last count, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that more than 86 million Americans provide food for wild birds. This unbelievable figure is the basis for a large bird and bird-feeding industry that has resulted in a wealth of specialty shops sprouting up all over the country. These offer an excellent selection of bird seed, feeders, literature and expertise on many aspects of birds and bird feeding. by Simon The main Thompson reason that we feed birds is that it is an enjoyable pastime. We like to watch the birds coming to our feeders and it is definitely fun. There is little evidence that feeding birds enhances the wild populations, but bird watchers spend over a billion dollars a year on bird seed alone. Most feeding is done in the winter months, and this is the time of year that the food supply is at its lowest level. During the summer months there is a vast abundance of natural food available to the birds around us, but some people still prefer to take their feeders down. This is supposed to encourage the birds to eat “wild food” and not rely on the food supplied. However, as well as just watching the different species that visit the feeding station throughout the year, one can enjoy many additional aspects of bird behavior during the summer months. And the summer feeding of birds has been proven

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not to affect their natural food gathering tendencies. I have previously written on the vast array of bird feeders available, and rather than go into great detail again, I should say that the best selection of feeders includes a seed tube, feeding platform, suet and thistle feeders, water, and during the summer months, a hummingbird feeder. Once you have this selection set up, you are ready to go and see what comes to dinner. As well as the normal range of titmice, chickadees, nuthatches etc. that come in for a free meal, there are some more unwelcome visitors. To start with I am sure that no bird feeding store could stay in business without our gray furry friends, a.k.a. the gray squirrel. This friendly “tree rat” is responsible for more damaged feeders, stolen seed and general aggravation than any other animal. We spend thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours trying to outwit these rascals, but yes, you have guessed it. Who still has the upper hand? This is, of course, the tenacious and persistent squirrel. Other critters that enjoy bird feeders include chipmunks, raccoons and one animal that is a bigger hazard. I am, of course, talking about the black bear. This is a growing problem throughout our area and is directly linked to the continued destruction of the mountain forests for so-called development. When the wild food supply is depleted, the bears move

into built up areas in search of food. While bears are indeed magnificent creatures, you do not really want them in the backyard destroying your bird feeders – something that has happened to me several times over the past few months. To wake up at 2 a.m. to the sound of the bird feeders hitting the ground is a little alarming, not to mention looking out at a female bear with two cubs not 10 feet from the bedroom. This was quickly followed by an adolescent male bear cleaning up what the others had spilled. By the time I had breakfast I felt as if I had lived through a “National Geographic” special. I then had to pick up the remnants of my feeders and attempt to put them back together, while being watched by an army of birds that wanted their feeders back. Rather than completely stopping bird-feeding, the solution to this problem was to take the feeders down every night and replace them every morning in time to the early morning feeding frenzy. A trial, I am sure, but definitely a solution I can work with. There have been no bears this week, but I sure that they will be back to enjoy any bird feeders in the area. Simon Thompson has lived in WNC for the past 16 years. He owns and operates his own birding tour company, Ventures Birding Tours He and his partner, Chris, also own and operate the Asheville Wild Birds Unlimited Store. For more information on any of the birding activities in the area, drop by the store or check his website at www.

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Above: Ann and Scott Camp took time recently to enjoy the movie on D-Day presented June 6 by Andrew Millard of Millard & Company. Millard treated the veterans to a viewing of the movie and refreshments. Right: Howard Greene and Andrew Millard talk just before the movie was shown on D-Day, June 6, at the Tryon Depot. (photos submitted by Roger Durham)

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