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August 21, 2017

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Tom Adams

Sierra Club

On Thursday evening, Aug. 24, the Pisgah Group of the North Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club will host a presentation by one of its members working in the Group's Water Quality Initiative. The presenter, Tom Adams, Ph.D., P.E., will present findings relating to the current status of water quality in the French Broad River flowing through Transylvania County.

The presentation should be of interest to persons living in proximity to the river, as well as those that use the river for recreation. The information presented should be relevant to those having careers related to the county's tourism industry and others who may be interested in the environmental and ecological health of this historic river thought to be the third oldest in the world.

Adams is a native of Lexington, Ky., where he earned bachelor degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering in 1970 from the University of Kentucky. He was an officer in the U.S. Air Force before starting a career as an environmental engineering consultant in Kentucky and Louisiana for municipalities and the petrochemical industry.

Later, he earned a master's degree in agricultural engineering and a Ph.D. in biochemical engineering from the University of Georgia. He eventually became a member of the engineering faculty of the University of Georgia and director of the university's Engineering Outreach Service with offices in Athens, Ga.

In 2014, Adams became a resident of Pisgah Forest, where his interest was soon drawn to the French Broad River, its forks and headwaters that flow through Transylvania County.

The meeting will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church at the intersection of S. Broad and Varsity streets with a social time starting at 7 p.m. The meeting will open at 7:15 with short reports from club committees. Adams will begin his remarks at 7:45.

Rotary Club

For its Aug. 23 meeting the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Pisgah Forest will be Jessica Gallagher, business manager for Platt Architecture and a candidate for Brevard City Council.

Gallagher is an Arkansas native who came to Brevard in 2000 to join the staff of Camp Illahee. She fell in love with the mountains and moved here permanently in 2006 to work year-round at Keystone Camp.

Gallagher earned her law degree cum laude from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Ore. In 2013, she became a member of the North Carolina State Bar and remains a licensed attorney in North Carolina. She returned to Brevard and returned to work for Platt Architecture.

For the month of August, the club's speaker chair is Jay Coan. The Rotary International theme for the month is membership and new club development.

The public is always welcome to attend the breakfast meetings, listen to the guest speakers, and share a friendly and delicious buffet breakfast at the Pisgah Fish Camp every Wednesday at 8 a.m.

For information on Rotary service, contact Don Mozley at or (828) 877-5820.


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