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Schools adjust calendar for snow

By Jonathan Austin Yancey County News The Yancey County Schools calendar has gone through some “significant modifications” due to the recent snow days, but the Spring break schedule is unchanged. The snow cancellations have forced school administrators to use up the optional and floating teacher workdays, and as of now the last day of school will be Tuesday, May 28,

according to school Superintendent Dr. Tony Tipton. “We’ve rearranged the calendar and taken a couple of the teacher work days and made them school days,” he said. This week, the day missed on Wednesday was counted as an annual leave day, Tipton said, while Thursday was a teacher work day. “We’re in pretty good shape,” he said, though any additional days lost to weather will mean

bumping the last day of school back. He said the May 28 day will be a half day for students. “The question has been asked, ‘With all these changes, will we lose Spring Break?’“ Tipton said in a statement released Thursday morning. “The answer is - No. In creating the calendar, optional teacher workdays were built in and have now been reclaimed as snow days, allowing us to save the Spring break holidays See page 7

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Photos by Jonathan Austin/Yancey County News

Some areas of Yancey saw more than five inches of snow from the storm that hit this week, though temperatures are supposed to reach the 60s this weekend. Here the snow drapes the cougar at Mountain Heritage High School and a bus mechanic clears the parking lot at Micaville Elementary School. See more images on our Facebook page.

Poll shows North Carolina supports gun limits

More than half of North Carolina residents favor a variety of measures to regulate gun purchases in the United States, with the greatest support shown toward mandatory background checks for all individuals buying

a firearm, according to the latest Elon University Poll. Nine out of 10 people in the state say they support background checks. Nearly as many (83 percent) support waiting periods before citizens can purchase

handguns, and banning the sale of semi-automatic assault rifles (56 percent) and limiting the number of rounds of ammunition in clips or magazines (55 percent) also have the backing of a majority of North Carolina residents.

Democrats, women, African Americans, and poll respondents with college degrees or higher were the most supportive of the measures. See page 2

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Opinion/Outlooks Transportation question I have called the Yancey County Transportation office requesting that they stop changing the drivers on the routes and I get nowhere every time I call. I have even called Nathan Bennett but he won’t help. No other transportation authority does this and it is so upsetting to the riders. My mom rides and she tells me about people getting left and the confusion during the first week (when) the drivers change. We love all the drivers, but this it is such a hassle; they all make their runs at different times and some are more watchful than others. Plus I want to know how is driving my mom every week. I know this sound like no big deal, but it is, after the van wrecked in Newdale. I am not the only one that is calling and asking for the drivers to stop changing routes. Name withheld

DSS says it needs more qualified foster parents in Yancey County There is a great need in Yancey County for qualified foster and adoptive parents, to provide homes for Yancey County children in their own community, according to Darrell Renfroe, Director of the Yancey County Department of Social Services. “We are able to help most children in their own homes, but when safety requires us to remove a child we sometimes have to place them out of the county because we don’t have a home here.” “Both temporary foster homes and permanent adoptive homes are urgently needed to provide the stability and

connectedness that every child needs and deserves,” Social Worker Cindy Ledford says. “It has been proven that children who stay in their home communities, close to families, schools and churches are more likely to thrive and become successful adults.” Anyone interested in exploring the possibility of becoming a foster or adoptive parent is invited to an informational meeting Tuesday, April 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the DSS office at 320 Pensacola Road. Information will be provided and questions will be answered on requirements

for foster and adoptive parents, training, ongoing services, and financial support. Supper and childcare will be available. Those wanting to become foster or adoptive parents will continue weekly classes on Tuesdays through June 11. “Many types of homes are needed for the varied children we serve.” Renfroe says. “We welcome single people as well as couples, with or without children.” For further information, contact Ledford, 683-2470 Ext. 1029, or email at cindy. ledford@yanceycountync.gov.

State poll finds residents uncertain about McCrory From the front Republicans support background checks (91 percent) and waiting periods (76 percent) but oppose banning assault rifles (only 38 percent support such a measure) and limiting the number of rounds in a magazine (35 percent support). More than half of all men (51 percent) oppose clip limits and bans on semi-automatic guns (56 percent). The live-caller telephone poll of 891 residents was conducted Feb. 24-28, 2013, and has a margin of error of 3.28 percentage points. The sample is of the population in general with numbers that included both landlines and cellular phones. “Support for background checks and waiting periods before purchasing a gun is very broad in North Carolina, but proposals to ban certain types of guns or large capacity magazines is less appealing to many citizens,” said Elon University Poll director Kenneth Fernandez.

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Approval ratings for Pat McCrory and the General Assembly Newly elected Republican Gov. Pat McCrory has a job approval rating of 42 percent, with just 26 percent of respondents saying that they disapprove of the way he handles the office. However, one third of respondents said they were unsure of whether they approve or disapprove of the governor. Support falls along party lines. Sixty-one percent of Republicans approve of his performance, while only 26 percent of Democrats said the same. Among independents, McCrory’s job approval number is at 39 percent. “Because the governor has held office for less than two months, it is not surprising that almost 32 percent of respondents said they were not sure whether they approved or disapproved of the governor’s performance,” Fernandez said. The General Assembly is a different story. Only 33 percent of those surveyed said they approve of the job the state legislature is doing. Forty-one percent disapproved and 26 percent are unsure. Support for the GOP-controlled General Assembly was much higher among Republicans than Democrats (44 percent compared to 25 percent).

to the state because of their hard work and job skills, while 38 percent felt immigrants are a burden because they use public services. Eighty percent of respondents would support a program that provided undocumented immigrants living in the United States a pathway to become citizens if they meet certain requirements such as background checks and paying any fines or taxes. Almost 89 percent of Democrats support such a pathway, and though Republicans also indicated they favor a program, that support was less intense at 69 percent. African Americans (63 percent) were more likely to see immigrants as a benefit to the state, as were respondents between the ages of 18 and 30 (as a group, 62 percent support a citizenship pathway). “Our poll results show what many people have known for a while, which is that many North Carolinians have a generally positive view of immigrants,” Fernandez said. “One reason for this may be because North Carolina’s agricultural sector relies so heavily on immigrant labor. Another reason is that the size of the immigrant population in North Carolina is modest compared to many other states such as California, Arizona, Florida and Texas.”

Voter ID laws Nearly three out of four North Carolinians (72 percent) support the idea of requiring voters to show photo identification before being allowed to vote. The findings are consistent to an Elon University Poll conducted in March 2012 that found 74 percent of those surveyed supporting a photo identification requirement for voters. This year respondents were asked if they possessed a driver’s license or other form of government-issued photo identification. More than 97 percent of respondents said they have some form of photo identification. In the few cases a respondent said they did not have a government issued photo ID, most were young (21 or younger), but a quarter of those without an ID were 65 or older.

Free program for cancer patients

Look Good… Feel Better is a free American Cancer Society program that teaches techniques to cancer patients in active treatment. Trained, volunteer cosmetologists teach women techniques to cope with skin changes and hair loss using cosmetics and skin care products. Free cosmetic kits provided. Women find Look Good ... Feel Better programs the most beneficial because of the supportive group environment and the ability to relate to others going through the same experiences. A Look Good ... Feel Better workshop will be held March 11 from 10 a.m. - noon Immigration at the BRRH Teleconference Room, Spruce The Elon University Poll also found that Pine, To register - or for additional information just over half of North Carolina residents (51 - call Allison Grindstaff at 828-467-9102. percent) believe immigrants today are a benefit Please register by Friday, March 8.


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Bowhunters honor hunter, hero with award I am sure everyone has their own family reunion horror stories. Well, horror may be a little harsh in describing the gatherings. Although, after hearing the joke “What’s purple and hums?” from your Uncle Bob for the last 40 years of your life, horror may be the only genre that adequately embodies the thoughts running through your mind as to Uncle Bob’s demise. I could easily throw a time or twelve that reunions got the best of me. But my family reads this column so I better refrain from such hence a column may not make it to the paper next week. There is one reunion I have become very fond of. Over the last decade I have come to anticipate the Dixie Deer Classic with tremendous enthusiasm. I have participated as a volunteer in various capacities over those years. And believe it or not, it is very hard work. But it does not include cleaning and drying the dishes afterwards so the work is worth it! I have come to know many of the people that either volunteer or have their own booths selling their services or products. I have gained a better understanding of the industry side of the outdoors. I have met celebrities, pioneers, and walking encyclopedias of all things outdoors. For me it has become a reunion of my extended family. This family shares a bond and not blood. Most will do anything for anyone. Some will give everything for anybody. Following the closing of the Dixie Deer Classic on Saturday I was introduced to just such a person at the North Carolina Bowhunters Banquet. Last year, Richard Burkett sat in the same seat as this year. Burkett attends the Classic each year and volunteers as a measurer, shoots his bow in the 3D tournament, and assists anywhere else he is needed. To quote the speaker Saturday night, Burkett “has dedicated his time to bowhunting and his life to this country… He is a Marine, a husband, a father, and a bowhunter.” Burkett was deployed just a few days after the Classic in 2012. Just a month later, on April 11, 2012, to be exact, Burkett and three other crew members were on a training mission in Morocco. The MV-22 Osprey that was carrying the Marines was participating in a joint exercise with the Moroccan military called African Lion that included nearly

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pursuing his passion. Since the accident, Burkett successfully hunted and harvested several hogs, a deer, a bobcat, and a coyote, all with his bow. The North Carolina Bowhunters Association honored Burkett with the Golden Arrow Award. The Golden Arrow is given to a bowhunter who has sustained physical challenges that would normally hinder someone from hunting yet still hunts with a bow. Presenting the award to Burkett was country music singer Colton James who followed with his song “Brave Men,” which was dedicated to Burkett and our military. There were few dry eyes in the Kerr Scott Building. And Sunday, Burkett again shot the 3D tournament. For the record, Major Richard ‘Train Wreck’ Burkett never told the joke “what’s purple and hums?” But I bet if your Uncle Bob was there he would let you know the answer is an electric grape. Bill Howard is an avid bowhunter and outdoorsman. He teaches hunter education (IHEA) and bowhunter education (IBEP) in North Carolina. He is a member of North Carolina Bowhunters Association and Pope & Young, and is an official measurer for both. He can be reached at billhoward outdoors@ gmail.com.

1,000 Marines and another 200 U.S. military personnel. Shortly after dropping off Marines near Cap Draa, the Osprey took off from the amphibious assault ship Iwo Jima. Around 4 p.m. the Osprey lost control, crashing and killing two of the Marines. All four of the Marines received immediate medical care on the ground, and were evacuated by KC-130 transport aircraft to a medical center in Germany. B u r k e t t survived. Burkett went through more than 20 operations to save his legs. Every tendon and ligament in his left leg was severed along with his right ankle. But Burkett is a Marine. Despite his severe injuries and the need to use an aid for walking, B u r k e t t Country music artist Colton James, left, presenting the Golden Arrow Award to c o n t i n u e s Major Richard Burkett. Photo by Amanda Fox.

Graham’s Health offers training program for 5k Fit Family run Graham Children’s Health Services is sponsoring a free “Couch Potato to BFF 5K” Training Program. The nine-week training program begins on Saturday, March 16, and will conclude with the Burnsville Fit Families (BFF) 5K. “It is great to have runners and walkers of all levels participating together in the training,” said Nancy Lindeman, Executive Director, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Foundation. “The training schedule works.Finishing that first 5k was such a great sense of accomplishment that I did three more!” A free copy of the training program is available on www. healthyyancey.org. Community runs/walks will be held on

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:45 p.m. and on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. at the Mountain Heritage High School Track. These training runs/walks are free and open to the public. Participants that attend our community runs/walks have the chance to win an iPod Shuffle. For more information, call 6827899 or just show up at MHHS Track on Saturday, March 16 at 8:30 a.m.. You can participate in as many runs/walks as you’d like. You can also do the program on your own. To be added to the “Couch Potato Training Program” email list, please email gchs@trhd.dst. nc.us. Watch for weekly emails that include healthy living tips, recipes, and the week’s training program.

Participants from a previous Burnsville Fit Families training program.


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Obituaries Economics. She was instrumental in establishing the Department of Interior Design in the School of Home Economics, which is now the Department of Interior Architecture in the School of Human Environmental Sciences. She was the author of the books, “Perceptual Foundations of Interior Design“ and “Color for Interior Architecture,” and was a talented designer and pianist. She was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Memorials may be made to Bakersville Methodist Church, c/o Mrs. Trish Stockton, 307 Kona Road, Bakersview, NC 28705.

Martha Greene Annie Taylor Antill

Annie Taylor Antill, 90, of Burnsville, died Sunday, March 3, 2013, at Brookside Rehabilitation & Care. A native of Madison County, she was a daughter of the late Lyda and Minnie Bell Allen Ray. She was also preceded in death by her husband: John Ed Taylor; a grandson: Frank Weth; 7 brothers; 2 sisters; and, 2 daughters. Surviving are two daughters: Juanita Barbieri and husband, Ralph, of Westbrook, Maine and Barbara Ann Weth of Burnsville; two sons: Troy Taylor of Inman, S.C., and Arthur Lee Taylor of Newport News, Va.; four grandsons; a special granddaughter, Tammy Lynn Briggs of Burnsville; 11 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral was Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. The Rev. Benny Green officiated. Burial was in the Briggs Cemetery.

Reba Thomas Roberts Reba Buchanan Thomas Roberts, 77, of Ransom Silvers Road, died Friday, March 1, 2013. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Jesse and Hettie Dale Buchanan. She was also preceded in death by husband Phillip M. Thomas, who died in 1978; son Randy Thomas; sisters: Lora Robinson, Geneva Robertson, Irene Presnell, Jeanette Randolph Harris and Lillian Young; brothers: Whitt, Bill, Roy and Doyle (Dude) Buchanan. Reba was former tax collector for Yancey County. She was a member and Elder of Micaville Presbyterian Church. Surviving are her husband, Jack Roberts; a daughter, Gail Thomas of Asheville; stepsons Alan Roberts of Spruce Pine and

Ricky Roberts of Texas; a special grandson, Jarrett Roberts of Spruce Pine; and a sister, Gladys Hall, and a brother, George Buchanan both of Micaville. Funeral service was Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. The Revs. Pete Peterson and Billy Mitchell officiated. Burial was in Double Island Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Mountain Heritage Huddle Club, c/o Angel Willis, P. O. Box 70, Burnsville, NC 28714.

Mary Carleton Miller

Dr. Mary Carleton Miller, 92, of Greensboro, died Thursday, February 28, 2013. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, March 8, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Burial will be in the Gudger Hill Cemetery in Bakersville at a later date. Dr. Miller was born in Wilmington, Delaware, January 27, 1921, to the late Dr. Carleton Friend Miller, originally from Wallingford Connecticut, and the late Rena Estelle Gudger, originally from Bakersville. Carleton Miller was professor of Chemistry at North Carolina State University and at the University of Delaware, and on his death Estelle Miller and Mary Miller moved to Bakersville. Mary Miller graduated from Bowman High School in Bakersville, and from the North Carolina College for Women, now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also studied at Cornell University, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Penland School of Crafts, Syracuse University, and the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she also taught. She received the degree of Doctor of Art and Education from Columbia University. She returned to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a member of the faculty in the Department of Home

Martha Lucille Grindstaff Greene passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at the age of 90 at the Yancey House Assisted Living Facility in Burnsville after a lengthy period of declining health. She was born April 4, 1922, and was a lifelong resident of Spruce Pine. She was retired from Ellen Knitting Mills with 38 years of service. She was a former member of Spruce Pine Fire Dept Ladies Auxiliary and was a member of Spruce Pine Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Luther and Ina Pendley Grindstaff and her husband of 44 years, Elmer Greene. She was also preceded in death by an infant sister; and sisters, Mary Lee Ledford and Laura Wilson Speight; two brothers Ralph and Ambrose Grindstaff. She is survived by her children, Noma and husband Henry Lange, of Bakersville, NC and son David Greene and wife Kathy, of Spruce Pine; one sister, Jewel Wilson of Spruce Pine; two grandchildren, Kristen Hall of Connelly Springs, and Daniel Greene of Johnson City; three great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral was Friday in the chapel of Henline – Hughes Funeral Home with J. C. Sheets officiating. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714 or Shriners International, 2900 Rocky Point Drive,Tampa, FL 33607

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Locals hope to bring Young Life programs to Yancey A group of adults in Burnsville have a vision to bring Young Life to our community. Young Life is an international Christian organization for teenagers in Middle School (Wyldlife) and High School (Young Life). Young Life begins in a community when a group of adults who care about kids and who know what Young Life has to offer them, come together to make it happen for the students in their area. Local adults and churches in Burnsville are already catching the vision for the positive impact Young Life will have on the kids here in Burnsville and we invite you to learn more about this vision. Young Life is not a facility-based ministry — our leaders go to wherever kids may be. It is a principle modeled by Jesus Christ and practiced by Young Life leaders worldwide as they show up to sporting events, school lunchrooms or local hangouts just to get to know teenagers and earn their trust and friendship. Leaders enter kids’ worlds with no expectation of who kids should be, but with every hope for who they can become. They build positive, lifelong relationships with young people, modeling God’s unconditional love and showing them how to live life to the fullest and handle the struggles of everyday life. Through fun, adventure and friendship, leaders earn the privilege of talking to kids about something that we think matters most of all — the truth about God and His love for them. Kids want excitement, heart-pounding adventure and a caring community. That’s what Young Life delivers. A weekly gathering during the school year called Young Life “club” for those in high school or Wyldlife “club” for those in Middle School offers a safe place for fun and a chance for kids to hear a brief word about God’s love for them from one of their leaders. Then there’s the adventure of Young Life or Wyldlife camp - a weekend during the school year or a week during the summer that is full of adventure, friendship and faith. Time and time again, kids describe their time at

Young Life/Wyldlife camp as the “best week of their lives.” Young Life leaders bring more than 150,000 kids to one of our 32 camping properties worldwide. One of the Young Life Camps - “Windy Gap” - is right in our backyard in Weaverville - less than 30 minutes from the center of Burnsville. In addition, 13 Young Life Clubs are within a 36 mile radius of Burnsville, but nothing right here in Burnsville. Our kids should not be left out. Leaders encourage those who want to grow in their faith to explore it in small group Bible studies called “Campaigners.” Young Life leaders also encourage kids who’ve committed to the Christian faith to deepen their faith through service, share it through leadership opportunities and celebrate it in a church of their choosing. And we respectfully continue to share our lives and message with those who choose otherwise, because our friendship and love in Christ come without conditions. Young Life has a long legacy of effective work with kids and a reputation for excellence among adults worldwide. Since 1941, Young Life has been making a difference in the lives of kids around the world because we are supported by adults who care about kids in their community. Our staff and leaders are trained in time-tested methods of relating with adolescents, and we are equipped by a worldclass organization for kids that is dedicated to effective ministry. This combination of local support, proven methods and organizational

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strength allows Young Life to thrive locally in more than 75 countries, with more than 3,000 staff and 36,000 volunteers reaching more than 1.2 million kids each year with the lifechanging message of God’s love for them. If you desire for kids here in Burnsville to know faith in an exciting and meaningful way, then please consider how you might be able to help the Young Life Burnsville Team(there are 8 of us now) in this endeavor. It may even be that you have personally experienced Young Life during your teenage years and felt like Young Life was made just for you - It still is and if you want to help other kids to have similar experiences please get in touch. We are growing our team in order to fulfill our vision and if you want to join with us or want to know more, please get in touch with Mike Lawrence, jamesmichaellawrence@gmail.com, 904-2546303 Mobile Telephone, 479 Rosewood Lane, Burnsville, NC 28714. Mike would really like to hear from you. More information about Young Life can be found at www.younglife.org.

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Lady Cougars finish season

At times last Friday it seemed the Mountain Heritage girls varsity basketball team was playing in a mirror, for the visiting Pisgah Sugar Bears were similar in skill, tenacity and gumption. But the Sugar Bears were able to connect on 19 of their 20 foul shots during the sectional title game, and came away with a 57-52 victory. Coach Susie Shelton said her girls “played their hardest,” and while Pisgah led for most of the game, the score was tied t the beginning, and 52-52 with 30 seconds to go. Pisgah made clutch foul shots in those last seconds, though, and denied the Cougar girls under the basket. From there on out it was a foul-and-shoot event as the clock slowly wound down. Pisgah coach Brandon Holloway said he knew it would be a tough night, but he also knew his girls

were terrors shooting from the foul line. Shelton said the Cougars wanted to get ahead in the score leading up to the final minutes just because of Pisgah’s 95 percent skills from the foul line. “We didn’t want to have to be fouling to stay in the game, because they hit so well at the foul line,” Shelton said. Near the seven minute mark in the fourth quarter the Cougars did take the lead 42-39, but the Sugar Bears hit the stripe and climbed right back into the game. Senior Samm Chandler had a gamehigh 23 points to lead the Cougars, including 12 points in the third quarter. Senior Kaylon Johnson had 14 points, including the dramatic 3-pointer that tied the game with a minute

to go. It looked as if the Cougars were going to win as the clock ticked down. They had possession and seemed to be playing out the clock. But with elbows flying under the basket the girls couldn’t get the ball through the net. Many in the gym felt that several fouls were not called in the final

seconds, but Shelton noted that games do get physical and fouls are missed. Shelton said she knew her seniors were hurting with the loss, but noted that several of her players were preparing for the softball season. The Cougars finished 27-3 for the season.

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Registration set for kindergarten in elementary schools

Yancey County 2012-13 Calendar - 180 day Registration for all Schools children who doctor/certified nurse practitioner will be entering kindergarten during are required for enrollment. If August 2012 2012 the 2013-2014 school year will possible,Satbring theSeptember completed Health Sun Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sun Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat be held in each Yancey County 1Assessment Report with you to 2 3 4 1 elementary school on Thursday, registration. 10 11 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 March 21, from 1-6 p.m. 5 6 7 8 9Any child entering kindergarten 12 13 14 15during 16 17 the 18 2013-2014 9 10 11 12 13 14year 15 The parent or guardian must school bring the following documents to 22must be 25 five years 19 20 21 23 24 16 17 old 18 on 19 or 20 before 21 22 registration: Aug. 31. The current statute specifies 26 27 28 29 30 31 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 • Child’s birth certificate (certified a single entry age for enrollment 22 20 30 20 18 copy October preferred; mother ’s copy in a public school and designates 2012 November 2012 December 2012 acceptable) kindergarten as the initial point of Sun Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat • Child’s social security number and entry into the system. 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 1 Medicaid ID number (if applicable) The Yancey County Register of 7• Student 8 9 10 residence 11 12 13 verification 4 5 6 7Deeds 8 9 Office 10 2 3 be 4 happy 5 6 to 7help 8 will 16 (two items) with questions about birth certificates. 17 18 19 20 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 14 15 1 • The NC Kindergarten Health Either before or after registering 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Assessment Report, along with the your child for Kindergarten on March 28 29 30 31 25 26 by 27 282129 (at 30 your school) 23 24 25stop 26 27 immunization record signed by 28for29a Out at 1:30

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fun-filled afternoon at the Burnsville Town Center, 11:30 .a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Activities scheduled are police department completing fingerprint kits; school bus safety activities with a school bus tour; face painting along with balloons; introduction to Letterland along with Letterland characters; games with Yancey County Schools PE staff; art activities and much more. A dental hygienist will also be on hand. Up coming

kindergartners will also receive a free ice cream cone coupon from McDonald’s and a free hamburger coupon from Burger King. For questions regarding general registration information contact your child’s school. Forms and general information are also available on the Yancey County Schools website, http://kindergarten-information. yancey.schoolfusion.us .

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Report cards due five (5) days after the nine weeks ends. 216 (tchrs) Calendar Must Include: 180 (students) 180 Pupil Days 10 Annual Leave Days 11 Holidays 15 Workdays 1000 Hours of Instructional Time

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The Yancey County seventh grade Cougars went undefeated in the “Love of the Game Valentine’s Classic” basketball tournament in Elizabethton, Tenn., and they took the winning title with another undefeated round of games in the “Daniel Boone Rebels Classic” in Grey, Tenn. The Cougars are coached by Cole Huskins, Marty Branton, and Joe Antinori. Team members included Hayden Branton, Dawson Branton, Thomas Davids, Trevor Hughes, Alston Randolph, Dathan Robinson, Trey Robinson, and Derrick Thomas. Also, not pictured are Jalen Branton, and Callin Randolph.

This calendar may change due to inclement weather and/or action of the Yancey County Board of Education. Saturday School may be held during any week in which school is closed due to inclement weather.

Revised: 03-07-13

From the front 11:30 – 3:30 p.m. D a y ( M o u n t a i n a n d a n n u a l l e a v e Kindergarten Kick- Heritage High School) days.” off, Burnsville Town Report Cards “ A l s o a s k e d , Center will be released on ‘Will there be more proof 1 –ad 6 p.m. Kinder- approval Tuesday, March 26, Saturday School this garten Registration Tipton said, subject to year?’ The answer is – (Individual Schools) change/weather. Natural Awakenings - WNC/N. Ga. Mountain Edition as of today, no. While 1 – 6 p.m. o o d F r i d a y, Phone:Middle 828-284-8472 • Fax:G 877-461-3675 www.wncmountainsna.com no one, including School Transition (CR March 29, is a half-day school administration, & EY) of school for students, To approve your ad, please click one of the three buttons and enter name and date below. likes havingEmail to go to back 1to –us 6at:p.m. Parent he said. or fax back to us at: 877-461-3675 this form publisher@wncmountainsna.com school on Saturday, Ad is shown Actual Size sometimes it is a Ad Proof for Natural Awakenings — February 2012 Issue necessity. The window for the Saturday school To: Medea Galligan P: 828-989-9144 Blue Belle Farms at 127 option will be during Email: F: medeagalligan@gmail.com the colder months. W. Main Street, BurnsWhy? Attendance is Ad is approved: contact information and selling spelling is correct ville is now yarn, significantly lower on Ad is approved: with changes indicated in email or fax beads, jewelry findings Saturdays when the Ad is not approved: make in email or fax, send new proof sun is shining! If the andchanges 100%indicated Cotton Fabric. (up to 2 revisions allowed with new ad design) remainder of March Great Prices! and April bring more snow days for staff and students, No days will be used, which Holistic Health Coaching will continue to bump the last day of school Sick and tired of back in May or on into being sick and tired? June. For FREE Initial Consultation call FREE Initial Consultation! As of now, the end 828-989-9144 • In-person, by phone of the third nine weeks • In-person, by phone or Skype w i l l b e Tu e s d a y, or• Simply skype Delicious Medea L. L. Galligan Medea Galligan March 19, Tipton said. • Simply Delicious MS Nutrition Nutrition Whole Foods MS Whole Foods Cooking Thursday, March 21, Holistic HolisticHealth HealthCoach Coach Cooking Classes Classes Nutrition & Yoga Studio is still a half-day of Donation-based yoga studio. 7 S. Main Street • FREE Yoga Classes 7 South Main school for students See website or call for schedule Suite Suite 2F2F with the following www.HealthyLifestyleConcepts.com Burnsville, NC 28714 www.HealthyLifestyleConcepts.com - 828-989-9144 Burnsville events:

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Cereal Animal Crackers Juice/Fruit/Milk

Floating Teacher Work Day!

Lunch Turkey Pie Meatball Sub Sunbutter S’wich Glazed Carrots Green Beans Baked Apples Peaches Milk

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Chowing down at Mountain Heritage Friday, March 8 Breakfast

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Lunch Turkey&Gravy Roll/Chix Fillet S’wiches/Chix Tenders/Mashed Potatoes/ Green Beans/ Peaches Pineapple Bits Milk

Yancey Cooperative Extension fruit, berry plant sale under way The Yancey County Cooperative Extension Service is now taking orders for several different plants for the 2013 planting season. Order plants at the Cooperative Extension Center, 10 Orchard Drive, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by mailing an order form (with payment) to Cooperative Extension Service, 10 Orchard Drive, Burnsville, NC, 28714. Forms are available at the Extension Office or online at http://yancey.ces.ncsu.edu. Plants available include three June bearing strawberry varieties and neutral/everbearing varieties:

blueberry plants, red raspberry plants, black raspberry plants, blackberry plants, asparagus, horseradish, grapes, pear trees, hand a wide variety of heirloom apple trees. Plant orders will be taken through March 29. Plants will be available for pickup on Tuesday, April 16 and Wednesday, April 17. All individuals who place orders will be notified of time and place to pick up plants. For additional information, please call 682-6186 or come by the Cooperative Extension Center.

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Floating Teacher Week of Work 3/11/13 Day!- 3/17/13

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How toxic cleaners can impact your health

Medea Galligan MS Nutrition, CHHC, AADP Just in time for your annual “spring cleaning,” here is the latest information on the cleaners that line our store shelves and that we use on a daily basis. While we all like our cleaning products to actually “clean”, the research shows that there are dangerous chemicals found in most household cleaning products, and what you can use instead. Having a clean home should never cost you something as valuable as your health, but that’s exactly what you’re putting at risk when you use household cleaners and laundry detergents filled with many of the hazardous chemicals on the market today. Most American homes contains 3-10 gallons of toxic materials, in the form of about 60 different kinds of hazardous household cleaning products. The very things you use to clean your house are actually the primary sources of toxins and indoor air pollution that Americans expose themselves to year after year. And unfortunately, many of the new “green” alternatives now being offered by major corporations are only “green” in name!

The Health Effects of Toxic Cleaning Products The problem is, when the chemicals in these common household products hit your skin and lungs, they go directly into your bloodstream, bypassing your body’s natural defense system against toxins (the liver and kidneys). This type of indoor pollution is particularly harmful to your health because just one application of a typical household cleaner can leave dangerous chemicals lingering in your indoor air for hours at a time. For people who spend a large amount of their day indoors, this can amount to a frequent chemical attacks on your lungs. T h e Wa s h i n g t o n - b a s e d public advocacy group, the Environmental Working Group, also known as EWG, uses the power of information to protect human health and the environment. EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning, which you can find on-line at www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners, is a wonderful resource that can give you practical solutions to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to potentially harmful chemicals. Unfortunately, U.S. law allows manufacturers of cleaning products to use almost any ingredient they wish, including known carcinogens and substances that can harm fetal and infant development. And the government doesn’t review the safety of products before they’re sold. To fill those gaps, EWG’s staff scientists spent 14 months

comparing the ingredients listed on cleaning product labels, websites and worker safety documents with the information available in the top government, industry, academic toxicity databases, and the scientific literature on health and environmental problems tied to cleaning products. EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning reviews and rates more than 2,000 popular household cleaning products with g r a d e s A t h r o u g h F, based on the safety of their ingredients and the information they disclose about their contents. EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning has found that hazardous industrial chemicals lurk in far too many bottles and boxes under Americans’ sinks and on laundry room shelves. Here are EWG’s key scientific findings: 1. Some 53 percent of cleaning products assessed by EWG contain ingredients known to harm the lungs. About 22 percent contain chemicals reported to cause asthma to develop in otherwise healthy individuals. 2. Formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen, is sometimes used as a preservative or may be released by other preservatives in cleaning products. It may form

when terpenes, found in citrus and pine oil cleaners and in some essential oils used as scents, react with ozone in the air. 3. The chemical 1,4-dioxane, a suspected human carcinogen, is a common contaminant of widelyused detergent chemicals. 4. Chloroform, a suspected human carcinogen, sometimes escapes in fumes released by products containing chlorine bleach. 5. Quaternary ammonium compounds (“quats”) like benzalkonium chloride, found in antibacterial spray cleaners and fabric softeners, can cause asthma. 6. Sodium borate, also known as borax, and boric acid are added to many products as cleaning agents or enzyme stabilizers, and can disrupt the hormone system. 7. Many leading “green” brands sell superior products, among them Green Shield Organic and Whole Foods’ Green Mission brand. But not all cleaners marketed as environmentally conscious score high. Some “green” brands such as Earth Friendly Products do not disclose ingredients adequately. EWG also recommends avoiding some products altogether because they’re unnecessary or there are no safer alternatives. Among them: 1. Air fresheners contain

secret fragrance mixtures that can trigger allergies and asthma. Open windows or use fans. 2. Antibacterial products can spur development of drug-resistant superbugs. 3. Fabric softener and dryer sheet ingredients can cause allergies or asthma and can irritate the lungs. Try a little vinegar in the rinse cycle. 4. Caustic drain cleaners and oven cleaners can burn eyes and skin. Use a drain snake or plunger in drains. Try a do-it-yourself paste of baking soda and water in the oven. “Natural” doesn’t mean non-toxic Though plant-based ingredients don’t use petrochemicals, some plant-derived substances can cause allergic reactions. Some chemicals used in “green” product lines have not been thoroughly tested and get “Cs” for lack of safety data. The scarcity of solid data about risks associated with cleaning product contents underscores the need for reform of the federal Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, to require safety testing of chemicals on the market. As consumers, we all have a right to know what is in our cleaning products and how those ingredients can affect our See next page

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This savory and warming soup is chock full of beta carotene, anti-inflammatory spices, and makes a delicious lunch or side dish! This recipe is both gluten and dairy-free by using a small amount of brown rice or quinoa in the soup (this provides the thickness and creaminess we’re after in a cream-based soup). Enjoy with a slice of toasted homemade bread or your favorite crackers for extra crunch. Serves 4 to 6. Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or organic coconut oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped 2 tablespoons brown rice or quinoa 1 teaspoon ground cumin ½ teaspoon ground turmeric ¼ teaspoon paprika 1/8 to ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste 1 pound organic carrots, sliced 6 cups soup stock or filtered water 1½ teaspoons sea salt 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, or to taste 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley (optional) Garlic infused olive oil (optional) Directions 1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until very soft, about 10 minutes. 2. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. 3. Add the rice or quinoa and cook for 5 minutes. 4. Add the cumin, chili powder, and cayenne and cook for 2 minutes. 5. Add the carrots and sea salt, and continue to sauté until carrots are soft, another 5-7 minutes. 6. Add the stock and raise the heat to high and bring almost to a boil, then lower the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. 7. Transfer the soup to a blender and blend until smooth. 8. Return the soup to the saucepan, adjust the seasonings, and stir in the lime juice. 9. Spoon into heated bowls and serve, sprinkled with parsley, if using, and top with a swirl of the garlic-infused olive oil. Serve with homemade toast of crackers and enjoy!


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Be fuddy-duddies over ‘Spring Break Week’

By John Rosemond Q: In our city, most of the high school seniors participate in “Senior Beach Week” during spring break. They rent beach houses and condos and party like there’s no tomorrow. Alcohol, marijuana, and sex abound. Our friends justify allowing their kids to go by saying they have to be trusted sometime. In truth, we all have good kids who have never given us any trouble. They just want to go and be part of the scene. Our nephew’s parents, however, refuse to let him go. They say it’s irresponsible even if the child in question has been trustworthy to this point. We are wavering back and forth on letting our 17-year-old son attend. He assures us he won’t get into trouble. What are your thoughts? A: My immediate thought is that it requires a serious lapse of common sense for a person to play with an explosive device, even if it has a safety and it’s never gone off. In other words, the fact that a youngster has been trouble-free and trustworthy to date is no guarantee that he will not spontaneously combust if put in the wrong situation. It’s not a matter of trust; it’s a matter of understanding that all teens are impressionable (some more than others) and want to be accepted by their peers. It would

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be one thing if these kids were all members of a church youth group going on a mission trip to a third-world country. It’s quite another when the destination is the modern equivalent of Gomorrah. I strongly suspect that parents who justify allowing their kids to attend this weeklong bacchanalia by saying “Well, you gotta trust ‘em sometime,” are really afraid to incur the negative emotional reaction that is bound to happen if they say no. They want to be liked by their kids, so they let them do things that strain common sense. Your nephew’s parents are to be commended for standing their ground. Certainly the talk will be that they’re overprotective and controlling and so

on. That’s just more justification on the part of parents who desperately need to rationalize making a really bad decision. Too many of today’s parents have let having a good relationship with their kids take priority over providing effective leadership, part of which involves the willingness to make unpopular decisions. Instead, they think like politicians, always worried about doing something that might hurt their chances of reelection (or, in this case, something that might cause their kids to not like them for a while, as if that’s relevant to anything). Politics and parenting don’t mix. In lieu of putting your foot down and taking the inevitable heat, you might propose to your son that since he has no intention of doing anything inappropriate, the entire family will go on spring break together. During the day, he can hobnob with his friends but the evenings will be family time. That plan would afford him a reasonable amount of freedom while at the same time minimizing the potential risks. Furthermore, instead of being ogres, you’re just a couple of fuddy-duddies. You can live with that, I’m sure. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers questions at rosemond.com.

How to clean, sanitize without harmful chemicals From page 10 health. Ingredient labels are mandatory for food, cosmetics and drugs – but not for cleaning products. Manufacturers aren’t required to disclose all ingredients in their cleaners and many don’t, including some “green” cleaner makers. EWG urges consumers to tell manufacturers and legislators they want these products labeled with a complete list of ingredients, including individual chemicals in fragrance and any impurities present. Just publishing ingredient information on the web or requiring consumers to telephone the company is not good enough. How to Clean and Sanitize Without Harmful Chemicals Some common household items, such as vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice can get the job done just as well, sometimes even better, than their toxic counterparts. Here’s a simple starter list of what you need to make your own natural cleaning products: Baking soda White vinegar Lemon juice Hydrogen peroxide Liquid castile soap Organic essential oils (optional) Mixing bowls Spray bottles Micro fiber cloths For example, vinegar combined with hydrogen peroxide works exceptionally well as both a disinfectant and sanitizer. Cleaning mirrors and windows is as easy as adding a quarter-cup of white vinegar per quart of water. Add a few drops of liquid dish soap to the mixture if windows or mirrors are really dirty, but be very careful not to use any that contain harmful antibacterial substances. Most people know that baking soda is an ideal means to absorb odors in your refrigerator, but did you know it’s also a real powerhouse when it comes to cleaning? Here are half a dozen examples of how plain and simple baking soda can replace dangerous commercial cleaning products in

your home: 1. Use as a safe non-scratch scrub -- for metals and porcelain. 2. To clean your oven - simply sprinkle a cup or more of baking soda over the bottom of the oven, then cover the baking soda with enough water to make a thick paste. Let the mixture set overnight. The next morning the grease will be easy to wipe up because the grime will have loosened, then wash the remaining residue from the oven with a wet sponge. 3. To unclog a drain - pour 1/2 - 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, then slowly pour 1/2 - 1 cup of vinegar in after it. Cover the drain and let it sit for 15 minutes. If it bubbles like a volcano, it means it’s working as planned. Flush with a gallon of boiling water. 4. Deodorize dry carpets - by sprinkling liberally with baking soda. Wait at least 15 minutes, then vacuum. 5. To rid your garbage disposal of foul smells - add vinegar to water for ice cubes, then let a few of them get chopped by your disposal. 6. To clean your silver - boil 2-3 inches of water in a shallow pan with 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and a sheet of aluminum foil. Totally submerge silver and boil for 2-3 minutes more. Remove silver from the pan and wipe away the tarnish with a clean cotton cloth. Genuine Green Products are Out There! Dr. Bronner has long made a natural castile soap free of toxic chemicals. This is just one of many truly “green” products that available to consumers who want to avoid the glycol ethers and phthalates found in most cleaning and laundry products. Another great company that is looking out for your health and the environment is NaturOli; you can find them on-line at www.naturoli.com. They make all-natural non-toxic cleaners and body care products from soap nuts. These berries are the fruit from a quite unique tree species, and their shells contain a substance called saponin that produces a soaping effect. Saponin is a 100% natural alternative to chemical laundry detergent and cleansers. It can replace many chemical detergents such as those containing sodium laureth sulphate (SLS) that are

becoming well known by consumers for being a skin irritant and health hazard. Final Thoughts on Green Cleaners Don’t be fooled by the marketing, or by ingredients that are purposely left off of labels. The toxic chemicals listed above are found in a wide variety of everyday cleaners and detergents and pose a significant health risk. We are starting to see that now with increased and unexplained cancers, increased infertility and difficulty in reproduction, exploding neurological disorders, ADHD and autism in our children. These diseases are thought by many to be linked to environmental causes. And many of the toxic ingredients in cleaning products are among the suspected culprits. Remember, if you have trouble finding safe alternatives, there is nothing wrong with natural soap and water for cleaning most surfaces. It will take a little more elbow grease, and you’ll have to rinse the soap off, but the benefit of avoiding toxic chemicals far outweighs any extra effort you might have to put in. Medea L Galligan earned her Masters of Science in Nutrition from Oklahoma State University, and also attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s Health Coach Training Program. Visit www.HealthyLifestyle Concepts.com for more information. LEGAL NOTICE IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE, YANCEY COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION EXECUTOR’S NOTICE Having qualified as the Executor of the Estate of Ruth Banks Peake of Yancey County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms and cooperations having claims against the Estate of the deceased to present them to the undersigned on or before the 21st day of May, 2013 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate please make immediate payment. This the 20th day of February, 2013. Derrick S. Peake, Executor 125 Fox Squirrel Road Pelion, SC 29123

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