Monthly Archives: December 2016

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

Dec
30

Shootin’ the Breeze… The fragile state of life

By Cathy Leestma Appropriately, this issue of The Breeze will focus on the gratitude of people from many small communities who survived a 100 year event, The Party Rock Fire. It is said that hope is ‘the desire for a certain thing to…

Dec
30

From the editor Hope wins!

By Dave Leestma We dedicate this Breeze edition to all those amazing people, locally and nationally, who managed an overwhelming fire with such skill, bravery and dedication. We in the Hickory Nut Gorge community are certainly thankful well beyond last Thanksgiving Day. What…

Dec
30

From the mayor’s desk… Smoke on the Mountain

By Bob Keith Mayor of Lake Lure, NC A puff of smoke. Then another. Get the binoculars. Fire on Party Rock. Call 911. Seconds later, sirens wailing and echoing throughout the Gorge. The trail of smoke and fire began climbing rapidly up Rumbling…

Dec
30

Main Trail at Buffalo Creek Park Damaged by Party Rock Fire

By Valerie Hoffman The Party Rock Wildfire that burned through thousands of acres from Nov. 5th through the 29th included sections of Buffalo Creek Park in Lake Lure. As such, and in an effort to address potential erosion issues and repair trail damage,…

Dec
30

The Power of Home and Community

(…simply put, we need each other) By Mary Reitano Last Thanksgiving, neighbors gathered at Fairfield Mountains Chapel to give thanks for deliverance from the Party Rock Fire which had threatened their beloved community. Their hearts were bursting with gratitude, knowing they could have…

Dec
30

Our EMS – a brief history

By Gary WIlson Hickory Nut Gorge EMS was started in the early seventies by Dr. William Burch and Mr. David Toney. Dr. Burch served initially as Medical Advisor and David served from the beginning until his retirement as Chief of HNGEMS. Until Paramedic…

Dec
30

‘Party Rock Fire’ Thank you Celebration & Fundraiser

Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure By Valerie Hoffman Lake Lure & Chimney Rock Village Communities announce ‘Party Rock Fire’ Thank you Celebration & Fundraiser for Hickory Nut Gorge Fire Departments. Rumbling Bald Resort to Host the Jan. 21st Event. Through a continuing…

Dec
30

Rutherford Regional Health System Names New CEO

Seasoned healthcare administrator brings expertise and experience to Rutherfordton Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS), a Duke LifePoint Healthcare facility, announced today that Rebecca Segal has been named chief executive officer (CEO) of the hospital, effective January 16, 2017. Segal brings more than 15…

Dec
30

Digging Up Family Roots…Shaped by a Tragedy

By Bill Miller  This article is dedicated to THE COURAGEOUS FIREFIGHTERS WHO SAVED US ALL FROM A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY, and to all those servants in our community who spent long hours serving them. Tragedies can reshape us into better and more grateful persons. This…

Dec
30

Technically Speaking…Internet connectivity and your fire recovery donations

By Scott Baughman The smoke has cleared and the ashes have cooled, but in many ways the cleanup from one of the worst wildfires in the history of Lake Lure has only just begun. Many of our faithful readers are year-round residents of…