The Transylvania Times -

Thankful For Caring People


November 22, 2018

Brevard Mayor Jimmy Harris is fond of saying Brevard is “an above average” city, and he is right. He even might be underselling the city and county.

There is no place on the East Coast that has as many large, breathtaking waterfalls as there are in Transylvania County. Our mountain peaks and river valleys provide beautiful scenery, and our state and national forests and parks provide ample recreational opportunities. With the exception of an overabundance of rainfall at times and a few ice storms, the weather is nearly perfect for those who enjoy four seasons. When it comes to natural disasters – hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, blizzards and tornados – we live in one of the safer places in the country.

While nature draws many people here, it is the people who make this a truly exceptional place. In all facets of life there are dedicated people who make this community exceptional. Below are just a few examples:

The staff at the county library does far more than just check out books and help people find material. They host interesting programs, such as the Bag Lunch Series, Discover Natural Transylvania, Great Books discussions and a teen drawing club. Next weekend they will hold their annual Christmas tree trimming party. In February, they will host a Daddy-Daughter Date Night. For the past several years they have, in conjunction with Brevard College, brought the best in their fields to speak to the community.

Volunteers play a key role in the library’s success. In fact, it is our volunteer organizations that set this community apart. They touch every aspect of our community.

Nearly 50 volunteers in Connestee Falls raised more than $100,000 in scholarships for local students. Residents of Burlingame give generously to T.C. Henderson Elementary School.

Volunteers help maintain trails and facilities at all of our national and state public lands.

They promote our history through various groups and venues, such as the Transylvania Historical Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Heritage Museum and the WNC Military History Museum.

Groups such as the Brevard Little Theatre, Brevard Community Band and Brevard Philharmonic provide entertainment. The Brevard Music Center and the Mountain Song Festival rely heavily on volunteers, as do Brevard’s downtown festivals.

Volunteers at the Bread of Life, Sharing House and SAFE help feed, clothe and shelter those who have fallen upon hard times. Our fire and rescue departments are almost entirely manned by volunteers.

The list of people and organizations who volunteer to help others is virtually endless, far too many to name in this short space.

People also do good things on their own. It is not unheard of for a person to pay another’s tab in the grocery line or at a restaurant. People will clean snow from their neighbor’s drive or help pull a car out of a ditch because that is what neighbors here do.

It is the rule, not the exception, that people here help one another. And so, on this Thanksgiving, we are most thankful for the people who make this such a special place to live.


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