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

Chimney Rock State Park construction updates…

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already heard about the washout and mudslides that our area experienced during Subtropical Storm Alberto in late May. You may have even had to deal with some of the damage it caused at your place, too. We…

Aug
31

Meanderings and ponderings…Eutrophication of lakes

By Clint Calhoun As you know from my recent posts, lake managers like to use big words to describe things that apply to lakes. Who knew that a four-letter word could be so complicated right? If you’ve been keeping up, we’ve talked a…

Aug
31

Thriving with the heart of a champion

By Mary Reitano “A horse gallops with his lungs, perseveres with his heart, and wins with his character.”  Federico Tesio, horse breeder. Speed. Beauty. Strength. These are positive qualities of horses–amazing creatures many spectators will admire at the FEI World Equestrian Games this…

Aug
31

Your Chamber at work…A history of hospitality

By Patrick Bryant HNG Chamber of Commerce President On September 30, 1926, the Lake Lure dam had just closed to begin filling a new and incredible hydroelectric reservoir. There was no “Lake Lure” just yet, however, an incredible dream realized by Dr. Lucius…

Aug
31

From the Librarian…Our library, a centerpiece for the community

By Joy Sharp Maxwell Mountains Branch Librarian September feels like Back to School time here at Mountains Branch Library. We’ve finished another successful Summer Reading Program with lots of kids participating in “Libraries Rock” and Makers Camp. We have some great fall programming…

Aug
31

Tar wheels…That big yellow bus

By Bob Blake As students climb the steps of those big yellow school buses again, they are boarding one of the safest and surest forms of transportation. America moves three times the population of New York City – 26 million students – each…

Aug
31

Birding…Downy Woodpecker

By Larry Czajkoski The Downy is the smallest (about 6 ¾ inches long), most common, and most widespread woodpecker. Downy Woodpeckers have an all white breast and belly and a white stripe down the middle of the back. The wings and primary tail…

Aug
31

For the collector…Which modern day coins have silver in them?

By Robert Taylor This is a pretty important item to learn and understand. Many collections I see always seem to have coins put aside because the owner felt the coins were either valuable as a collector piece or had silver as part of…

Aug
31

Wine and vine…Hybrids know no bounds

By Justin Taylor During a recent conversation, I was given the opportunity to treat a customer to wine made from a varietal they had never heard of before, Chambourcin (sham-bor-san). Even after the time I have spent in the wine business, I still…

Aug
31

Technically speaking…Second time’s the charm?

By Scott Baughman It’s that time of year again – when a young man’s fancy turns to school! No, not because he WANTS to go back to class, but because his family is making him do so. And what is a BMOC these…