By Bob Keith

Mayor of Lake Lure, NC


Twenty-five athletes (aka, weekend warriors) competed in and finished three major events in three days in our thirteenth year of our local Olympiad sports festival. See photo. This challenge requires extensive training, endurance, stamina, determination and serious willpower especially on the hilly, curvy terrain of our area. Congratulations to all for this fantastic accomplishment!

There were several first-timers. One such person was Dixie Abernathy from Belmont, NC who also owns a condo in Apple Valley here in Lake Lure. In a casual conversation with Dixie Friday night at the 10K award ceremony after she had completed the race, I learned that she had done the Triathlon last year but was determined to take on the “3 races in 3 days” challenge this year. I was delighted to see her cross the finish line at the top of Chimney Rock and achieve her goal.

Several sponsors offered a $100 cash award to anyone who beat last year’s record times for each event. This was only accomplished in the men’s 5K Run to the Rock by Anthony Famiglietti of Morrisville, NC, and Meryl Switzer from Stanley, NC, in the women’s 25 mile Ride to the Rock. The sponsors were Bubba O’Leary’s and RiverWatch Waterfront Bar and Grill. We thank them for their contribution to the event.

While we are on the subject of appreciation, we want to thank all the sponsors and volunteers for making this event an overwhelming success. Feedback on Facebook and Instagram is outstanding. Although all the accounting is not yet in, we are confident of retuning around $25,000 to local service organizations and charities again this year. Kudos to all athletes, sponsors and volunteers.

Before we leave the Olympiad, Michelle Puchala brought back Pickleball this year. Over 80 teams competed in female, male and mixed flights. It was one of the best run tournaments according to a player who has been managing events like this for many years. Our hats are off to Michelle and her support team.

Changing subjects to town and HNG business, running for office unopposed for Commissioner in Chimney Rock is April Sottile and Bruce Godzik . Kevin Cooley is also running unopposed for Mayor in Lake Lure. In what portends to be a hotly contested race, five candidates are running for two Commissioner seats in Lake Lure. Individuals running are Jonathan Crawford, John Kilby, Esther Lusk, John Moore and Melvin Owensby. Get out to the various candidate nights, get informed, weigh the strengths and experience and then make sure you cast your vote in November. The future of Lake Lure lies in the hands of this next Council.

Lastly, let me make you aware of a new business in town, “Wags and Whiskers”, our local pet wellness center. Next time you have needs for your family favorites, give Lisa Shumate, DVM, the opportunity to demonstrate her service capability. She is currently open Monday, Wednesday and Friday and can be reached at 828-436-5043.

Have a great fall season!