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Archive of the posts written by author: mbreeze.
Feb
28

Spring 2019 Hike Schedule

March 8 World’s Edge, Chimney Rock State Park Meet: Columbus, Food Lion parking area, east side, @ 8:30 4.4-miles, moderate; trail type-out and back This hike offers wildflowers and spectacular views into Polk County, from its northern boundary. Approximately 45-minute drive, one-way. 22…

Feb
28

Real estate market watch…Stability in the Hickory Nut Gorge

by Julie McKinney The real estate market in the Hickory Nut Gorge continues to be stable, with slight signs of upward movement based on data from 2017 compared with year-end data for 2018 (single-family homes). If you’d like a copy of the full…

Feb
28

Wine and vine…Sweet has no smell

by Justin Taylor                   As the world of wine grape varietals expands, we are often adventuring through an olfactory onslaught of new aromas in our wine glass.  How we classify aromas depends on the mental track record established through our life experiences.  Like…

Feb
28

Built to last…A place for everything

by David Wulff, AIA As a continuation of my “banish the clutter” theme in the Jan/Feb Breeze edition, do you collect “stuff”?   You know the things that you collect because you can’t ever see living without them?  The problem is; what do you…

Feb
28

Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation News

“The List you want to be on” If you are reading this and know of or represent a charitable organization in the area, the Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation (HNGF) would like to put your organization on our list.  Our list of Grant Recipients,…

Feb
28

Deborah’s delights…Finally springing!

by Deborah Eisenhut I am sure we have some “blooming” cold weather yet to come, like “locust winter, redbud and dogwood winters”…but for the most part, spring is on the way and with Easter late in April this year, everything will be warmed…

Feb
28

Carrying the flame of Charity

Fairfield Mountains Fire Chief Gary Wilson and Auxiliary Members Linda Samorotta and Cathy Erickson receive check from Olympiad Board Members Kay Dittmer and Bob Keith at FMVFD Annual Christmas Party. We thank the fire department for all their support especially since it appears…

Feb
28

From the pastor’s desk…DID HE WORRY HIMSELF TO DEATH?

by Rev. Everette Chapman          The first OPEC oil embargo occurred in 1974, causing gasoline prices to soar so quickly and so drastically that many stores selling gasoline had to ration their small supplies. It was a frightening time, and dire Jeremiads floated…

Feb
28

Meanderings and ponderings…Unusual spring plants

by Clint Calhoun Spring is for most wildflower enthusiasts akin to Christmas when it comes to the gifts that nature affords.  As spring ephemerals surface and quickly run through their above ground life cycle before being engulfed by the encroaching forest canopy, brought…

Feb
28

Tar wheels…Mary Anderson and her windshield wiper

By Bob Blake Who would even consider driving a car without windshield wipers? Unthinkable today…but the first automobiles did not have them. American inventor Mary Anderson, an Alabama native, receives credit for the first operational windshield wiper. While on a winter trip to New York…