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William Jameson of Saluda is offering new painting workshops. Painters of all levels are invited to the first painting workshop of 2013, “The Art of Painting Snow,” Jan. 17-19. For more information, email or call 828-749-3101.

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. Saluda Center, Mondays, chair exercise, 9:30 a.m.; line dance, 12:30 p.m.; Saluda Duplicate Bridge, 1:30 p.m. 828749-9245. For more activities, email saludacenter@hotmail. com or visit NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Family Member Support Group, meets in Columbus on the first Monday of the month, 10 a.m. - noon. For info and/or loca(Continued on page 2)

Architect Dean Trakas and Jackie Lane; back row: Scott Lane, Mike Karaman, Crys Armbrust, Bob Lane and Mayor J. Alan Peoples outside the old St. Luke’s Thrift Store building. (photo by Patti D’Arbanville)

St. Luke’s Plaza work moves forward Downtown Tryon was abuzz with construction activity Thursday, Jan. 3 following the recent selection of Mike Karaman as the general contractor

for the proposed St. Luke’s Plaza, located at 62 N. Trade Street. “I am excited about this project,” property owner Bob

Lane said, “and my hope is that St. Luke’s Plaza will be enjoyed by the community for many (Continued on page 8)

New plans for White Oak Plantation Tryon Equestrian Properties buys property for $11M by Leah Justice

After being auctioned off last year, White Oak Plantation sold last week to Tryon Equestrian Properties LLC for $11 million. The property closing occurred

on Monday, Dec. 31 and was purchased from Overmountain Trace Holdings LLC. (Continued on page 4)

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tion, contact Lisa at 828-8940104 or Annie at 864-457-7278. The Meeting Place Senior Center, sing-along, 10 a.m.; senior fitness, 11 a.m.; bingo or bead class 12:30 p.m. 828894-0001. 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 Alcoholics Anonymous, Mondays, 5:30 p.m., Tryon United Methodist Church, New Market Road in Tryon. Green Creek Community Center, line dance classes (ultra beginner and beginner/intermediate), Monday’s 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the gym. Male Domestic Abuse Intervention, Mondays, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Steps to HOPE. 894-2340. Landrum Library, free yoga classes 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Limited to first 30 people. Alcoholics Anonymous, Mondays, 8 p.m., Columbus

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Polk County Mobile Recycling Unit, Tuesdays, Ozone Drive and Hwy. 176, Saluda. Green Creek Community Center, Zumba exercise class, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., in gym. The Meeting Place Senior Center, beginner/intermediate pilates, 8:30 a.m.; ceramics, 9:30 a.m.; devotions and art class, 10 a.m.; Let’s move...Let’s move dance, 10:30 a.m.; bingo, 12:30 p.m. 828-894-0001. House of Flags Museum, open Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 33 Gibson Street, Columbus. Polk County Historical Association Museum, open Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., 60 Walker St., Columbus, lower level. Free. LIFECare of Polk County/ Adult Day Health Care, provides services Monday - Friday. Pet therapy every Tuesday 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. Cracker Barrel, 1 p.m. Tuesdays, conference room, Congregational Church. Gold Fever and the Bechtler Mint, Robin Lattimore will present the UNC-TV documentary “Gold Fever and the Bechtler Mint” on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 2:30 p.m. at the Polk County Historical Museum in Columbus. The documentary tells the surprising story of the start of America’s gold rush and the German immigrant that produced the first $1 gold coin in American history right in Rutherford County. All are welcome. Harmon Field Board of Supervisors next meeting will be on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at Harmon Field Cabin. Public welcome. Info: 828-859-6655. Women to Women support group, first and third Tuesdays of each month, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Steps to HOPE, 60 Ward Street, Columbus. 828-894-2340. Al-Anon Family Group, meets Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., Sa-




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luda 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. Thermal Belt Friendship Council meeting, second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the Roseland Community Center.


Polk County Mobile Recycling Unit, Wednesdays, Fire Department in Green Creek, 7 a.m. - noon. The Meeting Place Senior Center, Wednesday activities include Tai Chi, 9 a.m.; medication assistance; ceramics, 9:30 a.m.; Wacky Wednesday, senior fitness and Italian club, 10 a.m.; bingo and bridge, 12:30 p.m. 828-894-0001. Green Creek Community Center, quilters’ group, Wednesdays, 10 - 11:30 a.m. Saluda Center, Wednesday activities, Trash Train, 10 a.m.; gentle Yin Yoga 12:30 p.m. For more activities, email or visit www. Tryon Kiwanis Club, meets Wednesdays, noon, Congregational Church, 210 Melrose Ave., Tryon. Female Domestic Abuse Intervention Program, Wednesdays 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Steps to HOPE. 894-2340. Alcoholics Anonymous 12 and 12, Wednesdays, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Tryon Coffeehouse, 90 Trade Street.


Polk County Mobile Recycling Unit, Thursdays, 7 a.m. noon, corner of Hampton Court and Hwy 108.

Green Creek Community Center, Zumba exercise class, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., in gym. Saluda Center, Thursday activities: knitting group, 9:30 a.m.; gentle Yin Yoga, 5:30 p.m. For more activities, email or visit The Meeting Place Senior Center, Thursday activities include ceramics, 9:30 a.m.; devotions, 10 a.m.; bingo or movie, 12:30 p.m.; grocery shopping, 1 p.m.; yoga, 6 p.m. 828-894-0001. House of Flags Museum, open Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 33 Gibson Street, Columbus. Landrum Library, Lap Babies, 10 a.m., 20- 25 minute session for young children and care givers includes music, nursery rhymes, action poems and short books. Storytime at 10:30 a.m. for preschoolers includes books, music and fingerplays. Call 828457-2218. Polk County Historical Association Museum, open Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., 60 Walker St., Columbus, lower level. Free. AA open discussion meeting, Happy, Joyous and Free, noon on Thursdays, Columbus United Methodist Church, 76 N. Peak Street, across from Stearns gym. Rotary Club of Tryon, meets every Thursday at noon at Tryon Presbyterian Church on Harmon Field Rd. Heritage Poultry Workshop, Jim Adkins of the Sustainable Poultry Network will present a Heritage Poultry Work(Continued on page 15)

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Overmountain Trace Holdings won the auction last year for the property with a final bid of $4.75 million. Tryon Equestrian Property also made bids during the auction. The Polk County Planning Board will have its first look at a proposed development agreement on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 5 p.m. The proposed development agreement turned into the planning board from Tryon Equestrian Properties states the developer anticipates a long-term investment that could exceed $90 million with the tax base exceeding $500 million. The approximate 1,000-acre property, located off Pea Ridge Road in the Green Creek Township, has plans to include a maximum of 800 dwelling units including single-family residential and clustered multi-family condo/ townhouses. The development also plans to include a 350-unit hotel/lodging, private and public clubs; sports and recreation both indoor and outdoor including golf, tennis, fishing, hiking and nature, obstacle courses; multi-discipline equestrian center, summer camps, retail stores, restaurants, offices, fitness, spa and wellness center; camping/rental cabins/RV park; museum, covered arena, indoor arena, amphitheater, winery/ vineyard; hospitality/convention center; lighted stadium with seating for 6,000; heliport, festivals; stabling for horses or other animals; auctions (animal and/or products); temporary tents; conservation easements or areas and retirement facilities, independent living and assisted living up to 100 units. The development agreement is asking for rezoning of the property, which is currently designated as Multiple Use (MU) zoning. “The developer intends to broaden the development focus from a golf course community into a premiere international Equestrian Lifestyle Destination (ELD),” states the draft development agreement. “The developer intends for the ELD to include

The developer intends to broaden the development focus from a golf course community into a premiere international Equestrian Lifestyle Destination (ELD). a world class equestrian venue which would support both licensed and non-licensed equestrian events, a golf course, hotel resort and convention center, a top quality spa and fitness center, as well as support many diverse recreational, sport and cultural events and activities that can position the development to support year-round economic impact.” The draft agreement also says the property, subdivision, original master plan, the permit and master plan are to be known as White Oak Plantation. “The members of the developer have significant experience in developing and/or operating equestrian events and venues,” states the draft agreement. “The primary members of the developer are also the primary members and the managing members of Wellington Equestrian Partners LLC (WEP) who are the owners of the world renowned Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, Florida (located in Palm Beach County). The Winter Equestrian Festival is the largest and longest running equestrian festival in the world attracting over 5,000 horses from 50 states and 31 countries for the 12-week festival (Jan-April). WEP also owns and operates the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), which is the home of the WEF. The PBIEC is a private facility, which is also located in Wellington, Florida, which many consider one of the top three facilities in the world.” The planning board is not scheduled to take a vote on the development agreement or rezoning request this week. The planning board will make recommendations to the Polk County Board of Commissioners who will make the final decisions on the rezoning and development agreement.


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Columbus Police make drug arrests On Dec. 29, 2012, the Columbus Police Department arrested Graeson Douglas Pritchard, 19, of Rutherfordton, N.C. and Joshua Robert Easley, 20, of Rutherfordton, N.C. on multiple drug charges following a traffic stop on Hayes Road. Pritchard was charged with driving while impaired, driving after consuming under age 21, felony maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances, felony possession of MDMA (ecstasy), felony possession with Intent to sell or deliver MDMA and felony conspiracy to sell of deliver MDMA and possession of drug paraphernalia. Pritchard was held on a $50,000 secured bond. Easley was charged with felony possession of MDMA, felony possession with intent to sell or deliver MDMA and felony conspiracy to sell of deliver MDMA and possession of drug paraphernalia. Easley was held on a $45,000 secured bond. On Dec. 30, 2012, the Columbus Police Department arrested Gary Eugene Bryant Jr., 27, of Chesnee, S.C. and Demarice Valeria Dominguez, 27, of Columbus on multiple drug charges following a traffic stop on Mills Street. Bryant was charged with felony possession with Intent to sell or deliver cocaine, felony possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, felony conspiracy to sell or deliver cocaine, felony conspiracy to sell or deliver marijuana, felony possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting public officer and no operators license. Bryant was held on a $60,000 secured bond. Dominguez was charged with felony possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, felony possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, felony conspiracy to sell or deliver cocaine, felony conspiracy to sell or deliver marijuana, felony maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances, possession

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of drug paraphernalia and allowing an unlicensed person to drive. Dominguez was released after posting a $30,000 bond. On Dec. 31, 2012, the Co(Continued on page 7)


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Columbus police department arrest two wanted criminals

• Drug arrests (continued from page 6)

lumbus Police Department arrested Charles Ellison Wall, 39, of Calhoun, Ga. and Caroleen Kay Ayers, 37, of Ringgold, Ga., on multiple drug charges following a traffic stop on I-26. Wall was charged with two counts of felony trafficking in opiates, felony conspiracy to traffic opiates, felony maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances, felony identity theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, no operators license and allowing an unlicensed person to drive. Wall was held on a $30,000 secured bond. Ayers was charged with two counts of felony trafficking in opiates, felony conspiracy to traffic opiates, and no operators license. Ayers was held on a $20,000 secured bond. - submitted by the Columbus Police Department

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On Saturday, Dec. 22 the Columbus Police Department arrested Robin Elaine Leopard, 47, of Inman, S.C. following a traffic stop on Interstate 26. Leopard had been wanted by the Archdale Police Department in Randolph County, N.C. since 2010 on charges of felony larceny of a motor vehicle, felony possession of stolen property and felony larceny. Additionally, Leopard was charged by the Columbus Police Department with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed firearm and allowing an unlicensed person to drive. Leopard was held on a $40,000 secured bond. On Dec. 21, 2012, the Columbus Police Department arrested William Richard Moore Jr., 37, of Gastonia, N.C. following a traffic stop on Interstate 26. Moore was wanted out of Cleveland County, N.C. on a warrant from 2008 for felony possession of marijuana. Moore was released after posting bond.

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years to come.” The building, located at the corner of Trade and Maple Streets, has had numerous uses over the years. It has served, among other things, as a gas station, a realty office, a clothier and a thrift store. Many claim without reservation that the present renovation represents the property’s most ambitious re-use to date. Mayor J. Alan Peoples described the renovation as “a lynchpin for future development in downtown Tryon, allowing us to create greater connectivity between the Depot Plaza, Trade Street and Palmer Street.” Upon completion, the St. Luke’s Plaza complex will create a focal point and public gathering space downtown, as well as add additional retail spaces. “I am delighted to under-

take this historic renovation,” contractor Mike Karaman said, “and delighted to work with Bob Lane, a true visionary in improving our town.” Since acquiring the property in order to facilitate development of an enhanced public space, Lane has worked closely with architect Dean Trakas and Crys Armbrust, Tryon’s Business and Tourism officer. “Dean Trakas and Crys Armbrust have been a joy to work with. Their enthusiasm for developing the St. Luke’s Plaza and the Depot Plaza is contagious,” he said. The finalized St. Luke’s Plaza plan, approved by the planning and zoning board in December, echoes the building’s original history and function as a service station, while establishing cohesive, aesthetic continuity with another largescale downtown renovation by Karaman, the historic 1906 Tryon Depot.

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Acknowledging Bob Lane on behalf of Tryon and its citizens, Town Manager Caitlin Martin further reiterated the project’s potential impact on the town. “Restoring this building to its historic roots will create a central, welcoming place in downtown. In that process, two large sections of downtown will be joined with one fluid plan to encourage visitors and

citizens to shop, dine and enjoy the charm of downtown Tryon,” Martin said. Lane said he feels one of the most important aspects of the project was to consider the building’s history. “Dean, Crys, Mike and I have the same sensitivity towards originality and authenticity in the restoration process. It is going to be fun watching it come together,” he said.


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MRPO public hearing tonight at commissioner’s meeting by Samantha Hurst

On the Polk County Board of Commissioner’s agenda for the Monday, Jan. 7 meeting is a public hearing to discuss replacing the Mountainside Ridgeline Protection Ordinance, (MRPO), with a steep slope ordinance rec-

ommended by the Polk County Planning Board. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Womack Building in Columbus. Three out of five of the former Board of Commission members voted Oct. 1 to recommend that

the planning board fully rescind the MRPO, which restricts development at elevations of 1,650 feet or above. Instead, planning board members took their allotted 45 days to devise another solution. In an email to Save Our Slopes (SOS) members Jan. 3, planning

board chair Lisa Krolak said the board wanted to ensure protections of some level were put in place to maintain the safety and beauty of Polk County mountains. “The new ordinance is much (Continued on page 11)

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In January, the Mill Spring Agricultural Center will host two free forestry seminars. The first seminar called “Tips for Selling Timber” will be held on Jan. 17 from noon to 1 p.m. Since trees grow slowly, most landowners only get the chance to sell timber once or twice in their lifetime, and sometimes the process of selling timber can be confusing. Stephen Bishop of the Mill Spring Ag Center and Brian Rogers and Eric Bradley of the North Carolina Forest Service will provide tips and resources for people interested

in selling timber. Attendees can expect to learn about marketing and ensuring a fair price for their timber, identifying good loggers and timber buyers, and applying for cost share programs for replanting. On Jan. 24, from noon to 1 p.m., the ag center will host another forestry seminar called “For-profit Firewood.” Selling firewood can provide extra income during the holiday season and also increase the vigor of a woodlot by removing poor quality trees. Attendees will learn ways to make cutting firewood

easier and more profitable. Both seminars are part of the Want to go? “Brown Bag Learning Lunches” What: Tips for series, so attendees are welcome Selling Timber to bring their own lunches to When: Thursday, Jan. 17, eat while listening. Coffee and noon to 1 p.m. cookies will be provided, as well. portS ection verYMill HurSdaY The seminars are free to at Where: Spring tend and designed to be infor Ag Center mal. To register, or if you have an agricultural topic you would What: For-profit Firewood like to see covered in a future When: Thursday, Jan. 24, seminar, contact Stephen Bishop noon to 1 p.m. at 828-894-2281 or stephen@ Where: Mill Spring Ag Center – article submitted by Stephen Bishop

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Food Lion and General Mills offer Box Tops for Education Program Tuesday, Jan. 8 is the last day of this season that Food Lion shoppers can help their local schools earn up to $20,000 by collecting box tops from specially-marked General Mills products. Participating schools in our area include Sunny View Elementary and Tryon Elementary Schools. The “Return to School” program offers customers the opportunity to purchase any six speciallymarked General Mills products at any Food Lion store, and collect the box tops to earn money for their local school. General Mills has administered the Box Tops for Education program for 17 years. There are three

simple steps that customers may take to help their local schools receive funding from the box tops they collect through Jan. 8. First, customers should clip the box tops found on the select products and then submit the box top coupons to any school that is enrolled in the program. Finally, the school will then send a collection of all box tops to General Mills to be redeemed. Only schools registered in the Box Tops for Education program can redeem the box tops. Each box top is worth 10 cents to the redeeming school, and there is a limit of $20,000 per school, per school year for box tops redeemed through the


The elevation of 1650 was removed as a trigger for implementing the requirements for building. The slope was increased from 25 percent to 30 percent slope and the geotechnical analysis report

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more lenient than the original one, but it’s still crucial for the safety of home builders and their neighbors.

Tomorrow is the last day to turn in Box Tops for the year. (photo submitted)

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requirement was removed. The requirements are only triggered if the building envelope includes a 30 percent slope. The ordinance would be in effect in the zoned and unzoned townships,” Krolak

explained. Initial outrage over the MRPO’s elevation restrictions came from Saluda residents who said the 1,650 feet limit would prevent any development in Saluda township.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Christmas celebration Each year Big Couple Lynne Parsons and Ernie Giannini have generously opened their Morning Glory Farm to share with Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer Bigs and their Littles. It was a fine day to celebrate the spirit of Christmas with children and caring adults in a beautiful natural setting. The weather cooperated to allow a guided nature walk prior to the festivities. Parsons’ and Giannini’s Little Brother Russell led the group through the winter woods for a Tree Walk Game. It was more daunting to identify trees with no foliage, but Little Sister Nathalie and her Big Sister Sue Anderson prevailed and won the challenge. Refreshments were then served in the lakeside pavilion where warmth from the fireplace kept guests comfortable. Outside, a bonfire beckoned the delighted Littles to roast marshmallows for making s’mores. Games were played outdoors, while indoors Littles and Bigs made Christmas crafts to take home for gifts. A Seasonal Assistance Grant, awarded to BBBS by the Polk County Community Foundation, provided goods for the party and gifts for the children, but primarily supplied generous Bi-Lo grocery gift cards for the families of each Little in the Big Brothers Big Sisters community and school programs. This grant ensured that the children served by Big Broth-

Bigs and Littles gather at Morning Glory Farm for Christmas celebrations. (photo submitted)

ers Big Sisters had food during the holiday season. The Polk County Community Foundation awards these seasonal grants to local nonprofit organizations to help support individuals and families who may need assistance during the holiday season, improving the quality of life for recipients in our community. This is the fourth year that Big Brothers Big Sisters has had the opportunity to share the good fortune of these special funds, benefiting

many families and alleviating stress during the holidays. Over the past 10 years the local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization has served children facing adversity in Polk County and the Landrum area. Most of the children in the BBBS communitybased program are from singleparent homes and very few live in homes with a traditional family. Some live with a grandparent or other relatives, some have lost a parent or have a parent in prison. In the community program, children ages 6-14 are matched with screened and trained adult volunteers to enjoy outings in the community while developing trusting friendships. These matches can continue through the child’s high school graduation. In addition, a mentoring program provides volunteers to assist elementary school students who need extra attention at school. Measurable results prove it’s wise for adults to invest quality time with children. Youth matched with a mentor experience significant benefits including in-

creased self-confidence, better relationships with others, improved school performance and are less likely to engage in risky behavior. Investing in our youth serves the entire community, for children will certainly participate in shaping our future as adults as they become teachers, leaders, business people, doctors, veterinarians and parents themselves. For the children to make a positive difference they must be encouraged and supported in reaching for their greatest potential. We can all participate in making a difference. Volunteers are the core of BBBS. Those unable to volunteer as a Big or local council member could consider helping financially. Big Brothers Big Sisters depends on the generosity of the community for support. For information on how you can volunteer or donate, call 828859-9230, email polk@bbbswnc. org, or mail to BBBS, 301 N. Trade St, Tryon, NC 28782. – article submitted by Karen Dacey


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Northern Mockingbirds – a winter songster It’s a cold winter day and black and white wings. They you’re walking to the office also have a somewhat staring or back from a quick trip to yellow orange eye that seems the grocery store and you hear to make them appear even more a bird singing in the depths inquisitive. of winter. That is always a Because of their incredible surprise as most of singing ability and us expect to hear repertoire, Northern Life birds singing in the Mockingbirds used springtime with the be popular cage Outside to onset of the breedbirds back in the Four Walls 19th century. Needing season. Mockingbirds are less to say that this by Rob just a little different. had a detrimental McComas Both the males and effect on the bird’s females establish numbers and the territories to defend Mockingbird bea food source during the winter came scarce to absent in many months. areas of the east coast. ThankEven many non-birders fully public attitudes to keepamongst us are familiar with ing wild birds in cages soon mockingbirds. Compared to changed and the bird regained many birds, its former they are obvi- Most males will sing stronghold. ous, noisy and Since then the v e r y e a s y t o from February through Mockingbird see. They sing late summer when their has extended from exposed normal territories begin to its range and perches, chase now occurs the cat and can break down. north into be generally the fringes of annoying. Southern Canada. Aside from Northern Mockingbirds are a few records in Alaska, Mockfound from coast to coast ingbirds occur in every state in throughout the United States the country and have adapted and are resident in our area of very well to the human adthe Carolinas throughout the aptation of the environment. year. They are about the size of Actually Mockingbirds seem a slim American Robin with a to prefer a more open habitat long grey, black and white tail. and they have become a comTheir overall pale gray plum- mon sight in towns and gardens age is only broken by a black throughout the country. line in front of the eye and We are all familiar with the

POLK COUNTY LITTLE LEAGUE is looking for volunteers for the board of directors. The board will meet Jan. 13 to elect officers and new board members. Big changes are being planned and the board would love fresh faces and new ideas. For more information, please call 828-817-2416.

Northern Mockingbird. (photo submitted)

diversity of a Mockingbirds’ song, but why do they sing during certain winter months as well? Most males will sing from February through late summer when their normal territories begin to break down. Both the male and the female will sing again in the fall maybe as they establish their individual winter territories. These they will defend vigorously against other fruit eating birds, such as American Robins and Cedar Waxwings because the food supply within their winter territory is to keep them alive during the colder winter months. Despite their somewhat aggressive behavior, Northern

Mockingbirds are fascinating birds to watch and have on your property. To keep them around it’s best to have some open grass and an abundant supply of berry producing shrubs to keep them happy. Simon Thompson has lived in WNC for the past 20 years. He owns and operates his own birding tour company, Ventures Birding Tours. He and Chris Jaquette 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.asheville.

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‘Traveling to Protected Places’ presentation Jan. 12 The Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) and Walnut Creek Preserve (WCP) invite the public to an informative photo presentation on “Traveling to Protected Places” on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. to be held at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve. Authors and photographers Mara and Ford Smith will present the program. This past summer and fall, the Smiths traveled approximately 15,000 miles across North America to research Native American archeological sites for their second novel. In the process, they took thousands of photos. The couple will share many of their best images, showing the influence of conservation efforts across the United States. In addition, the Smiths will provide tips on “Traveling to Protected Places” during this PAC/WCP program. Children and adults are welcome and there is no charge for the event. In photography, the couple has been drawn to nature — landscapes, flowers, trees and animals. They’ve amassed a wide collection of images from their 10 years of travel across North America. Nearly 500 of those photos can be viewed in the Serene Gallery portion of their website at www. As technology changes the way they take pictures, it changes the ways the Smiths share them. They shoot with three digital

Fort Rock Cave, Ore. is the site where the oldest woven artifacts have been found in North America. Here executive director Jack Swisher and author-photographer Ford Smith examine the mouth of the cave. Smith and his wife, Mara, will present photos and tips on “Traveling to Protected Places” at the Jan. 12 Pacolet Area Conservancy and Walnut Creek Preserve’s free 10 a.m. program at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve. (photo by Mara Smith)

cameras. With their computers, they employ negative and flat bed scanners. Printing with archival inks on archival papers, they are marketing what they call affordable fine art photography. Both Mara and Ford participated in America 24/7, the largest digital photography project in history. North Carolina 24/7 included eighteen of their photos. In 2006–2007, Mara was one of three female photographers who

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recorded the daily lives and visual stories of Polk County, North Carolina. Ford holds bachelors and masters degrees from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. Mara has an English degree from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. She has taken a darkroom course at The Light Factory in Charlotte, N.C. and a Landscape Photography course at The Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Ariz. Both have attended Kodak field courses in the national parks. To date, the Smiths have produced ten books, including two for Globe Pequot Press, two for McGraw-Hill, and a national Children’s Choice Award winner for Peel Publications, ABC AllAmerican Riddles. In 2007, they produced Focus on the Foothills, a 100-page photobook on Polk County and the surrounding area. In the past few years, the Smiths have published their first novel, “Endangered,” and three annual editions of “Winning Wines,” all

of which can be purchased locally and found on the couple’s website, To get to Walnut Creek Preserve’s Nature Center from the Tryon and Columbus area, take NC Highway 108 E and turn left on to NC Highway 9 N toward Lake Lure. Follow N.C. NC Highway 9 N for 5 miles and turn right onto McGuinn Road (at the Exxon Station). Go 1 mile to the intersection with Big Level Road; turn left, go 2/10ths of a mile and take the first right onto Aden Green Road. Follow Aden Green for 4/10ths of a mile and turn left on Herbarium Lane and into Walnut Creek Preserve. Take the first left on to Conservatory Lane, which takes you to the parking area for the Nature Center. For more information or directions from another location, please contact the Pacolet Area Conservancy at 828-859-5060 or e-mail: – article submitted by Pam Torlina and Mara Smith


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Award-winning Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories comes to TFAC Jan. 11 Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories will be in Tryon on Friday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. after a year’s residency at the famed Soho Playhouse in New York City. Winner of the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival’s Overall Excellence Award for a Solo Show, 2011 MAC Award for Best Special Production and the 2011 Backstage Bistro Award for Best Musical Comedy, Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories has been adored by audiences and acclaimed by critics in New York, around the country and around the world. Directed by MAC Award winner, Jay Rogers, Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories features music written by Keith Thompson, Larry Rosen and Carol Hall (music and lyrics for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas). Faye Lane’s unique blending of story and song moved New York Magazine to gush, “She had them gobbling from the palm of her hand… they were howling, crying, falling in love with her.” Showbiz Weekly called her “one of New York’s most beloved and respected storytellers,” and Joan Rivers said, “That girl belongs on Broadway!”

Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories is the hilarious and heartfelt memories of a fat little girl in a glittered-up Burger King crown, sitting on the porch of her mama’s beauty shop in Texas. Faye Lane dreamed of telling stories and singing songs on the stage, and now she does, all over the world! These are the glittered-up memories of a Texas Green Bean Queen, told through poignant story and stirring song. Stories and songs from Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories have been presented in multiple venues in New York and Los Angeles, as well as The Improv in Washington DC, The Jewel Box Theater in Seattle, The Skull Club in New Orleans, L’Etage in Philadelphia, and the Victoria Event Center in Victoria, BC. They have also been presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. Lane is a Moth Mainstage Storyteller, and as the winner of the Moth Story Slam in both New York and Los Angeles, she has performed for standing room only crowds at The Paramount Theater in Austin,

The Fillmore in Detroit and The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland. This second Main Stage show in Tryon Fine Arts Center’s season is sponsored by White Oak Village-Tryon. All four shows, ending May 17 with Steep Canyon Rangers, are presented by Season Sponsor Millard & Co. Tickets may be purchased online at or through the box office. - article submitted by Marianne Carruth

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Thursdays 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., in gym. Mill Spring VFW Post 10349, bingo, Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. (year round). 828-8945098. NAMI Support Group, Thursdays, 7 - 8 p.m. in the blue room of Tryon Presbyterian Church, located on Harmon Field Road in Tryon. The group, sponsored by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), is for anyone feeling anxious or depressed and those with a diagnosis of a mental illness. All conversations are confidential. No charge. 828817-0382.

Republican General Member Meeting, Republican headquarters, 33 Peak S., Columbus. 7 p.m. 828-894-2520. AA’s Sobriety and Beyond, Thursdays, 8-9 p.m., Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 1024 W. Main St., Forest City. 828-863-1313. Alcoholics Anonymous, Thursdays, 8 p.m., CooperRiis, Mill Spring. 828-859-7099. 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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shop, Jan. 10 from 1-5 p.m. at the Mill Spring Agriculture Center. Adkins is an APA certified poultry judge who has raised more than 50 breeds of standard bred poultry. Learn about breeding poultry for vigor, appearance and purpose. Call 828-894-2281 or email to register. Al-Anon Foothills Come to Believe, Thursdays, 7 p.m., Polk Wellness Center, 155 W. Mills St., Suite 202, Columbus. Green Creek Community Center, Zumba exercise class,

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Classical guitarist Amy Brucksch as well as Kathleen Foster, cellist, and Alison Moore will perform pieces by Jorge Morel and Sergei Rachmaninoff on Thursday, Jan. 10, at Isothermal Community College, Polk Campus. The event starts at 3 p.m. It will be free to the public; but donations are encouraged. Checks may be written out to Foothills Music Club, Inc. All contributions go toward FMC’s scholarships for young musicians. (photo submitted)

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ful Olde Tyme Jazz (WOTJ) will pay tribute to Dave Brubeck who died Dec. 5, 2012. Brubeck was the first jazz’ superstar of the LP era and one of the art form’s most congenial ambassadors. Everyone is welcome to this free event. – article submitted by Bob Reynolds

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fame, was cast as Holmes in the very first Sherlock Holmes show that aired Oct. 20, 1930. The Sherlock Holmes program continued on the air until September 1956. The radio/TV presentation will highlight the comedy of Bob Hope. Professor Hoyt will keep everyone guessing with his trivia quiz. Around 3:05 p.m. Wonder-

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The Western Carolina Classic Radio Club will meet Monday, Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. on the Isothermal Community College Polk Campus. The old time radio program will feature Sherlock Holmes, “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,� starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. William Gillette, of Tryon

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