by David Leestma

Do you remember Y2K?  Breeze writer Jean Gordon does – see page 21.  I remember my neighbor stocking up on canned food and buying a rifle to protect his family from whatever would come as we prepared for a new century.  Well, here we are beginning the third decade of this new century.

Many who we know have passed before this new year began.  Rolland King, a notable local developer of what is now Rumbling Bald Resort, died last November at 98.  It was memorable flight the summer of ’69 flying in Mr. King’s Beechcraft Bonanza flying from Sarasota, Florida that first brought me to Lake Lure just to see my wife to be.  You will find a tribute to Mr. King’s legacy in the March/April edition of The Mountain Breeze.

…And many we have yet to meet in this new decade ahead.  You will meet long- time resident Dorothy Conner, page 22, and Mabel Satrape celebrating her 94th birthday and her 50th wedding anniversary to Joe all in the same night, page 10.  Meet LLCA students who won theatre awards, page 6, and new CEO of St. Luke’s Hospital, page 12.  Meet also Lake Lure police officers who were recognized for extraordinary service to the community, page 8. You may be surprised to find out that you’re related to a relative you will never meet, page 28. And without a doubt you have already met Old Man Winter never looking so dramatically handsome as on page 29.

This new year marks 33 years the Breeze has served our greater Lake Lure community.  In addition to publishing this newsmagazine in print and digitally, we continue to direct calls, requests and inquiries to the right vender, organization, local public service agency and non profit.  Thank you for continuing to connect with us and each other through the Breeze.  It is our great pleasure to do so.

All the best to you this new year!