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Volume 114 • Issue 41


Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Cherryville nonagenarian

Local teacher Vera Hovis turns authors humorous fictional memoir 90 on October 10 “Sick & Twisted in Savannah: Memoirs…” a thin volume, but a great read by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

Cherryville educator/author Sadie Allran Broome in action, doing what she loves – having fun and a good laugh! (photo provided) What do you do when you’re bursting at the seams with a really great story to tell that is, on one hand, as real as it gets about your real job, but on the other hand, also spins off into the realm of

juicy and gossipy (and sometimes VERY bizarre)? Well, duh! You write it as a fictionalized version of what transpired, of course! That’s exactly what Cherryville native and longtime educator Sadie Allran Broome has done with her book, “Sick & Twisted in Savannah: Memoirs of the Victory Street Irregulars”. The book is published by GateThe book cover of “Sick and Twisted in keeper Press, of Savannah” was designed by Mary King Columbus, Ohio Patel, a graphic artist living in Washing(www.Gatekeepton Island, Wisconsin. photo by MEP/The Eagle/CF Media) Broome, who has, according acknowledges she has been a to her “bio” on the back cover of her book, “teacher of the Year” both in taught “students with disabil- Gaston County, N.C., as well ities for over 40 years,” has as Bibb County, Georgia. Along with her many writalso co-authored three books ing and teaching accolades, on teaching character in elementary, middle, and teenage Mrs. Broome is the recipient See TEACHER, Page 9 years. Additionally, the blurb

Family, friends all encouraged to drive by and honk their horns in celebration of her special day by MICHAEL E. POWELL Editor

For Cherryville nonagenarian Vera Mae Painter Hovis, 90 is just a number. And, in her case, it is big number and a big milestone in a long, well-lived life. It also carries with it the auspicious title “nonagenarian”, describing someone who is between the ages of 90 and 99. Mrs. Hovis’ family – along with Vera’s beloved furry baby, Sandy – will help her celebrate her 90th birthday on Saturday, Oct. 10. Their wish for her is for her to be able to see an article about her in her hometown paper, The Cherryville Eagle, and for more local folks who might know her and to possibly give her a call or drive by her house and blow their horn and perhaps roll down their car window and say, “Hello”, when she is sitting out on the porch with her beloved fur

Mrs. Vera Mae Painter Hovis and her fur baby, Sandy, enjoying a peaceful day at home, resting in their ‘easy chair’. (photo provided) baby, Sandy. It was 90 years ago this year that Vera Mae Painter was born on Oct. 10, 1930 to the late Wade and Edna “Mae” Painter. She was, noted her granddaughter Christa Hovis Harris, named after her mother. Mrs. Hovis is known to Christa as “Memaw”, and Christa proudly added, “I was

responsible for the naming of both ‘Memaw’ and ‘Pepaw’, being the first grandchild.” There was a total of eight children in Vera’s family: three brothers and four sisters. They were/are (in order of age): Ralph (deceased); Geneva; Harold (deceased); See HOVIS, Page 10

DAYTRIPPING: “Fall Color Rambles” return to Grandfather Mountain Events to be held NOW through Oct. 11 As the Blue Ridge Mountains begin to burst with fall color, Grandfather Mountain invites leaf-lookers to see the brilliant change from one of the best leaf-looking destinations in the South. Grandfather Mountain is home to myriad species of plants and hardwood trees that range from pumpkin-colored beech trees to blood-red sourwoods and rusty red oaks. For a surefire glimpse of the autumnal brilliance, leaf-lookers can partake in Grandfather’s “Fall Color Ramble”, a series of guided walks through the mountain’s most colorful locations which started Oct. 3, and run through Oct. 11. These easygoing rambles, led by members of the park’s naturalist staff, give guests an opportunity to learn more about color change and explore the species of plants and trees native to Grandfather Mountain. Participants will become more



familiar with tree identification and will be able to ask questions about the annual color-changing phenomenon. “The fall colors in the Southeast are exceptionally spectacular because of the diversity of species that change color,” said Lauren Farrell, interpretation and education programs coordinator for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the Linville, N.C., nature preserve. “It’s definitely one of my favorite times on the mountain.” The walks will be offered daily, Oct. 3, to 11, at 1 p.m., weather permitting, and are included with admission. Since the starting location will vary day to day based on the foliage, those planning to participate should inquire at the park’s Entrance Gate or Nature Museum upon arrival. To ensure guests’ safety, social distancing practices will be observed during the rambles, and group sizes will be monitored. Face coverings are required in all indoor locations within the park, as well as outdoors when safe social distancing cannot be maintained. To learn more about Grandfather Mountain’s COVID-19 operating procedures, visit https://grandfather. com/covid-19-update/. Those unable to attend a ramble needn’t worry. All throughout

Grandfather Mountain’s Fall Color Ramble returns this October, with short, guided strolls offered daily through October 11. The naturalist-led, interpretive walks show visitors where to best observe the changing leaves. The programs are free with regular park admission. See more photos on page 10 October and possibly beyond, the mountain will offer an ample display of fall color – even after the local leaves have peaked. “You’re essentially able to see the entire season unfold before your eyes,” said Frank Ruggiero, direc-

tor of marketing and communications for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. “Autumn always look spectacular from a mile high.” In addition to the programs offered inside the park in October,


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