Getting Out There

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Jun
25

Technically Speaking….A virtual day trip

By Scott Baughman The pandemic that is COVID-19 will certainly be remembered as a strange epoch in human history where people were forced to stay home and not always happy about it. It shares this basic premise with several other times in moments…

Jun
25

Real Estate Market Watch…Residential real estate is booming

Since our last article we hoped to be done with COVID-19. Boy, were we off! Real estate agents have completely modified the way we show properties from wearing masks and wiping down doorknobs, light switches, and key boxes to utilizing new technologies and…

Jun
25

The Arts…Summer art

By Mary Karr “Summer’s here, I’m glad for that,Got my rubber sandals,Got my straw hat…It’s my favorite time of the year,And I’m glad that it’s here.”James Taylor Summer means a slower pace allowing us to enjoy life with a sense of leisure and…

Jun
25

HNG Foundation Aids Outreach Shortfall

The Hickory Nut Gorge communities haven’t escaped from COVID-19’s devastating impact on the area economy, on our schools, our churches and indeed all aspects of daily living.  Among other disruptions and unanticipated changes, numerous businesses have suspended services or closed resulting in scores…

Jun
25

Your Voice…People helping people

by Bob Keith Everyone knows of the tremendous support Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach provides to our communities. With the emergence of the COVID19 pandemic and the surge in unemployment, this volunteer organization has stepped up its game to meet the new challenges now…

Jun
25

Good for the Soul…Riding the roller coaster

 by Mary Reitano This year is unlike any other, with worldwide changes caused by COVID-19 and the protests following George Floyd’s tragic death. So, how do we ride the emotional roller coaster that followed? Dr. Anthony Fauci talked about “flattening the curve” of…

Jun
25

Birding…Indigo Bunting

by Larry Czajkoski The breathtaking, all-blue male Indigo Bunting, with his silvery conical bill, is unmistakable. Indigo Buntings are strongly migratory, wintering in Central and northern South America, and they are a spring and summer visitor across the entire state of North Carolina. …

Jun
25

From the Pastor’s Desk…An unavoidable appointment

by Everette Chapman In Catherine Marshall’s biography of her husband, A Man Called Peter, later made into a popular movie, she tells of a fateful speaking engagement for Peter Marshall, when he was asked to be the chapel speaker at the Naval Academy…

Jun
25

Recover and pay it forward!

by Randy Snyder We are in the midst of extraordinary times.  Recovering from a pandemic, the possibility and probability of a recession, all existentially stressful as we ponder, “What can I personally do for myself, my neighbors, my community and ultimately my country?”…

Jun
25

Comings and Goings…Saying thank you in a refreshing “new” way

by Jean Gordon Some weeks ago now I received a thank-you note in my mailbox from a friend expressing her gratitude for helping pull weeds from her flower bed.  She and I worked probably an hour pulling weeds. Not big deal. Just a few days…