By Dave Leestma

We may not have Hawaiian lava flows or Guatemalan volcano eruptions, but June’s Sub Tropical Storm Alberto certainly gave us more than enough watery excitement in a very short time. The good news is that we quickly recovered from that event with mud and debris removal help from town personnel and Hickory Nut Gorge community volunteers. Thank you!

Our cover title, ‘Waterworks’ certainly defines our region. Thanks to record rainfall, Hickory Nut Falls in Chimney Rock State Park is gushing, and smaller streams have become bold ones. Lake Lure Dam is releasing a high volume of water. Pastures and forests are a lush green. Billowing white clouds punch that deep blue summer sky in the late afternoon, and a passing shower continues to keep it that way.

Mary Jaeger-Gale and Governor Roy Cooperat Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. Photo by Jim Proctor

Though I have painted a beautiful, relaxing picture, our vibrant Hickory Nut Gorge communities are hard at work through the summer offering summer events and activities for the thousands who fill every home and hotel in the region. Lake Lure Classical Academy is gearing up for another banner academic year, and businesses are offering more services and shopping than ever before. This July edition of The Mountain Breeze contains local news, stories about outstanding citizens, summer recipes, gardening tips, real estate, health matters, local ecology, sporting activities and a calendar of events. Just keep reading!

There is an epidemic of well being around here called ‘summertime fever’. I hope you catch it. Enjoy whatever slice of time you are fortunate to spend here, share “The Breeze” and Happy 4th!