This issue of the Mountain Breeze is filled with feel good stories and warm tales to help us all keep cozy during this cold winter of ’22. The last few years have been filled with hardship and loss in ways that could scarcely seem possible back in 2019 and our newspaper family hasn’t been left untouched as longtime readers know.
But in this outing, we’ve got some great recognition of people who give of their all to help their fellow man starting with Bob Keith’s excellent Community Chronical piece that profiles a local recipient of North Carolina’s highest civilian honor – the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award! Elsewhere in this publication you’ll find stories of the Lake Lure area coming together to help with donations and efforts at the Bill’s Creek Community Center and the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge.
Lake Lure mayor Mayor Carol Prtichett also takes a few lines in her message to remind us all about the beauty of nature that surrounds us during all parts of the year. And she alerts readers to two special upcoming events including The Lake Lure Veterans Day program on Nov. 11 and the Lighting of Lake Lure and the Flowering Bridge on Nov. 30. Be sure to peruse the mayor’s message for more details.
Lake Lure’s own “Mahj Mavens” – our local mahjongg fan club – has also been in the giving spirit again this issue with a donation to Lake Lure Classical Academy, while Mary Karr takes a moment in her arts column to look back on the importance of art during a time of Thanksgiving.
In addition to these “regulars” we’re proud to include a new author in this issue. Laura Ponder has added her expertise on all things gardening and landscaping to the newspaper with her new column about gardening from the “Landscape View.” She’s also spreading her green thumb knowledge locally at her day job at Gardenwoods in Rutherfordton on U.S. Highway 64/74A.
And there are plenty of other great articles from our local writers to help get you into the Holiday Spirit and out of any possible winter blues you might be experiencing from a cold season. Let me take this opportunity to thank all of our writers for their continued support of our hometown newspaper and to thank you dear reader for keeping an eye on our little corner of the world. And from my beautiful bride Meda and I to all of you – a very Happy Holidays!