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Cedar Mountain News


January 10, 2019

Community Center Soup Cook Off

By Suzanne Lawson

Calling all “soup chefs.” It’s that time of year again. The 2nd Annual Cedar Mountain Community Center Soup Cook-Off will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24. Get your favorite soup recipe ready, and call or email Suzanne Lawson (864-836-0844 or to enter. Prizes will be awarded to the top three. A $5 donation is requested for those attending to taste and vote on their favorite soup. This is a great event and is sure to be a “Souper Saturday!”

Mountain Neighbors Network

Sometimes we need a little help from our friends; it might be a ride to a doctor’s appointment, a trip to the grocery store or someone to change a light bulb too high for you to reach without a ladder. Or, maybe it is a chance to join friends at a concert when we no longer can drive at night. Mountain Neighbors Network exists to offer just this kind of help. We are a nonprofit grassroots organization of members and volunteers. It consists of neighbors helping neighbors to live independently and stay socially connected.

The Mountain Neighbors Network is part of the national Village-to-Village network. Learn more at Membership is open to Transylvania County residents who are 60 and over. Volunteers of all ages are needed and welcome.

The Center

With a capacity of 160 standing and seating for 75, the Cedar Mountain Community Center is available for parties, receptions, meetings and other events.

The center boasts a commercial style kitchen and is the perfect place for your activity. The center can also be used as a dressing room for outdoor weddings. The community center is conveniently located in the heart of Cedar Mountain on U.S. 276. The use of the center’s banquet tables and chairs are included in the rental and the full kitchen includes a six-burner commercial gas stove, full-size refrigerator, freezer and icemaker. You can prepare food in the commercial kitchen or have it catered by local professionals.

The outdoor patio adjacent to the center has a convenient side-door access, and the newly repaved parking has space for 40 cars. WI-FI and Verizon cell service are also available at the center.

The center’s mailing address is P.O. Box 152, Cedar Mountain, NC 28718. To make a reservation or for information, call (828) 884-2555 and leave a message.

Christine’s Corner

By Christine Pace

Regina Pace Bouye said her restaurant, Kellys, in Brevard will now stay open seven days a week, but the hours are now 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the winter. She is planning to begin serving evening meals this spring or early summer. Besides their usual home-cooked foods they offer a sugar-free cheesecake that is delicious.


Celebrating their birthdays in January were Timothy Brown and Zackary Garcia (grandson to Don and Jeanne Hayes) on Jan. 5, and 1-year-old Tyler Pace (son of Adam and Natalie Pace) on Jan. 6. Tommy Taylor celebrated his birthday on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Mary Kaye Wallace and James Taylor will celebrate their birthdays on Jan. 15; Joee Taylor (James’ wife) on Jan. 18; and Joy Murr on Jan. 19. Our own Linda Young will age gracefully (or gratefully) on Jan. 22, and Deb Williams on Jan. 23. Joe Barksdale and Colton Rackley will each be celebrated on Jan. 25. Ben Beeker is still growing and will celebrate his birthday on Jan. 26. Diane Lee Hemphill and Robert Lawson will each turn a year older on Jan. 29. Carri Harris and Shawn Raines both celebrate their birthdays on Jan. 31. Happy birthday to each of you and many more.

Around The House

By Linda Young

On New Year’s Day, my sister and I took a drive to look for old barns and other interesting things of the past to photograph. My sister said the buildings had to be older than we were. Ha.

We headed south from Lake Lure and drove side roads until we had no idea where we were even with the help of my GPS. We were so lost even On Star couldn’t help. We eventually wound up in South Carolina, where I was delighted to fill my tank with gas at $1.82 a gallon.

While lost, we did find some very photogenic run-down buildings to photograph. Photography excursions are something my sister and I enjoy doing and then comparing captures when she visits.

My biggest find, however, was a nice big clump of Dicranum Scoparium moss. Mossin’ Annie helped with the identification. My sister was appalled when I started working my fingers under it to take it home, but I couldn’t resist. I also found out my nice big clump of moss was worth about $20 retail. It is a nice addition to my moss garden, and I am hoping to find more in the wild.

What’s happening with you or in the community? We’d love to hear what’s going on, if you would like to share. Email your news and photos to by Monday night or early Tuesday morning next week.


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