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Archive of the posts written by author: mbreeze.
Dec
31

Technically Speaking…The VPN is not just for VIPs any more

By Scott Baughman In 1984 Rockwell sang “It always feels like somebody’s watching me” and had a huge hit on his hands – with a little assist from the King of Pop Michael Jackson on that oh-so-catchy chorus. But there’s no way either…

Dec
31

Built to Last…Eye candy is not quality

By David Wulff, AIA Before I begin this, let me say that this is not directed at any specific builder, as there are many in the area that are terrific.   This is just an observation for the homeowner to assist in choosing…

Dec
31

Lake Lure Flowering Bridge…“Downtime” at the Bridge

By Mitsi Chorak The holiday seasons are behind us and we at the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge are thrilled by the wonderful year that we had!  We completed the Visitors Kiosk at the west end of the bridge where guests can learn about…

Dec
31

Birding…Pileated Woodpecker

by Larry Czajkoski Originally created in animation form in 1940, Woody Woodpecker first appeared in theatrical short stories, then in cartoons broadcast on television starting in 1957, and he remained an animation staple until 1972 when his creator (Walter Lantz) closed down his…

Dec
31

From the Pastor’s Desk…The good and the bad

By Rev. Everette Chapman My Scottish blood warms to good old Bobby Burns, that wry, insightful, poke-fun-at-the-way-we-humans-are poet from my forebears’ homeland.  He had a wonderful way of cutting away the silliness and the subterfuge of our devious ways and shining the light…

Dec
31

Lost treasure and Dan the hero

by Joselyn Watkins The movers were coming the next day to move me to Plantation Estates in Matthews, NC, and I was clearing house and looking for the red velvet box that held some of my not many precious jewels. I always stowed…

Dec
31

Fishin’…Baby it’s cold outside!

by Michael Lewis Maybe will get frost bite! Should we even get on the boat? It’s so cold it might not float. We are from Florida and don’t have a coat. I brought extras just in case.  Do you have something to cover…

Dec
31

A prosperous life on your own terms

by Jean Gordon We’ve survived the first 19 years of the 21st Century despite the Y2K scare, a phenomenon at the end of 1999. Some feared computers would stop working as the clock inched toward midnight on Dec. 31, 1999 and the year…

Dec
31

Meet your neighbor…Meet Dorothy Conner, counting nearly 100 years in the community

Interviewed by David Leestma If you haven’t personally met Dorothy Conner, you have probably driven by her cute white bungalow  with that single stall garage on four green acres of yard across Buffalo Creek Road from Valley Market.  She is almost always out…

Dec
31

Big Ideas for Small Businesses… Small business tips: What’s your vision for 2020?

by Teri A. Coutu  The holidays are over, and I don’t know about you, but I am really excited about 2020! It may be that I just like all the “2020” references and am having fun coming up with tags and puns about…