Summer\'s Serendipity

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For the collector…Should I keep all of my “wheat” cents?

By Robert Taylor I think many people of all walks of life have collected or still have “wheat” or “wheaties” pennies in their possession. Just what are wheat cents? In 1909, the one cent changed over from an Indian Head design to the…

Jul
29

Meanderings and ponderings…Party Rock Fire Aftermath: Forest Responses

By Clint Calhoun Almost eight months have passed (as I write this) since the Party Rock Fire. As time has passed and we’ve seen the mountain turn green again as spring came. Now summer is here and fire scars are apparent around outcroppings…

Jul
29

Health matters…Heat-Related Dangers: Know the Signs

By Lance Coleman Emergency Department Director, Rutherford Regional Health System With the days at their longest and brightest, many of us are taking advantage of the season, soaking up vitamin D and spending as much time in the fresh summer air as we…

Jul
29

Magic Yarn Project

By Billie and Robert Nicholson The Magic Yarn Project is the brain-child of an oncology nurse, Holly Christensen, from Alaska. When she learned that a close friend’s daughter had been diagnosed with cancer and would be in the hospital for a while, she…

Jul
29

Digging up family roots…THE MANY LIVES OF ALVARETTA

  By Bill Miller When you dig around in family roots you dig up many colorful and memorable characters. Sometimes they are referred to as “skeletons,” but they were flesh and blood, and carrying our DNA! For example, take Alvaretta Shumway, who I…

Jul
29

Todd Morse, local history maker

As the Mountain Breeze celebrates our 30th anniversary year serving the greater Lake Lure area, we are recognizing local history makers for each of our Breeze editions this year. Here is a brief story of local history maker Todd Morse: Though he originally…

Jul
29

Technically Speaking…The old college try

  By Scott Baughman As the dog days of summer give way to the first glimpses of fall, you might find yourself seeing a few sales at local merchants that focus on that one message all school kids dread this time of year…

Jul
29

Annual Community Impact Awards Gala Honoring Local Individuals Reflects the Foundation’s Core Mission

By Michael Frierman and Valerie Hoffman There are so many things that make living and vacationing in the Hickory Nut Gorge special. It’s difficult to find a place with more natural beauty … an Alpine lake perhaps. The many recreational activities available from…

Jul
29

Built to last…What if we didn’t have a garage?

By David Wulff, AIA We were recently on Mackinaw Island, Michigan, and for those that are not familiar with the island, it’s in Lake Huron between the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan. The island is approximately 8.2 miles in circumference (I know…

Jul
29

Your Chamber at work…A higher purpose

  By Tommy Hartzog Exec. Dir., HNG Chamber of Commerce A higher purpose exists within all of us. As my wife puts it “we all just have an audience of one”. Close your eyes and think about that for 60 seconds. Your Chamber…