Cedar Mountain News


Last updated 3/6/2019 at 4:28pm

Courtesy Photo

Scar, the dolphin

Hearing Loss Association Of America

The next HLAA meeting will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 9, in the fellowship hall of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Brevard. The room will open at 12:30 p.m. to sign in, browse the free literature available, and meet others interested in discussing hearing problems and solutions.

The Lutheran Church is located at 22 Fisher Road at the intersection of North Broad Street and Fisher Road, directly across the street from the main entrance to Ingles Market.

Chapter members, hearing professionals, persons who have attended a meeting in the past, and anyone interested in learning about hearing loss and hearing solutions are welcome.

Our program will feature Francisca Hernandez, MA LSLS, parent educator/ hispanic outreach for BEGINNINGS, which is for parents of children who are deaf and hard of hearing. BEGINNINGS is a nonprofit that helps parents and families understand hearing loss and the diverse needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing from birth to age 22 years. They provide impartial support to families regarding early intervention services, school age support, resources and modes of communication. BEGINN-INGS parent educators also provide support to the professionals who serve these families.

Questions about our meetings? Contact Kathy Borzell at (828) 743-0150 or via email at kborzell@gmail.com.

Small Area Planning Committee

The Transylvania County Board of Commissioners is seeking applications from interested persons to serve on a Small Area Planning Committee. Applicants must be residents and/or business owners in the Cedar Mountain community. This committee will advise the small area planning process for the Cedar Mountain community and make recommendations to the Planning Board and Board of Commissioners on regulat-ions, the development process and other county activities that influence growth and development under that plan.

The Board of Commissioners requires an application. Applications are available online at http://www.transylvaniacounty.org.

Hard copies are available at Transylvania County Administration, 101 S. Broad St. Applications should be returned to the above address, attention: Trisha Hogan, Clerk to the Board, no later than Friday, March 15.


The library bookmobile comes to the Cedar Mountain Community Center every second Thursday of the month from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. The next stop is March 14.

Christine's Corner

We have had it warm again until this week, but stick around and we'll warm up again next week. The only thing consistent this year has been rain.

Easter Cantata

Once again my singing partner for the Easter cantata at Rocky Hill Baptist church is our columnist Linda Young. We both sing in the tenor section behind an amazing soprano section, next to a wonderful alto section and on the same level as the bass singers. What a beautiful cantata it is too. As usual, we will perform during Easter sunrise service at YMCA's "Pretty Place" and then again in the sanctuary at Rocky Hill church at 11 a.m. Easter is on April 21, and we hope for nice weather.

Cedar Mountain Stories

About every other week Patty Stahl, my Joe's "favorite" niece, has been sharing some wonderful history of Cedar Mountain in this column. If you have any stories and/or old photos from the area, she asks that you kindly share them with her, as she and her sister Beth Owings are keeping track of the history back to the revolutionary war, and more. Patty and Beth are sixth-generation Cedar Mountain residents.

March Celebrations

Celebrating birthdays this month are as follows: Jim Sketo celebrated another year on March 2, while his wife, Kathy, will be celebrated on March 15. Josie Pace had a birthday on March 3 and Donna Stout on March 5. Anne Guffey is turning another year older tomorrow on March 8. Fred Rich ages gracefully on March 16 and followed the next day by Jentsen Rackley.

Dana Smith Huskey grows more beautiful on March 19 (daughter of Lee and Lorrie Smith). My dear friend Nancy Mayer won't be here on her birthday, March 20, so I can't bake her a cake. Carol Ableman is gaining (gracefully) another year on March 24, and my grandson Levi Jones turns 10 on March 26. Anyone else? Email me at chris_p_artist@yahoo.com if you're celebrating this month or next. Happy birthday to all. No wedding anniversaries to report this month.

News From 'South' Cedar Mountain

Beginning tomorrow, we're supposed to finally get our first little cold snap. It's actually going to approach freezing a little ways off the beach, but right here on the ocean I doubt we'll get below 40 degrees. Winter is my favorite season at Edisto. We get some transients that only arrive once the water has cooled below about 55 degrees, such as buffleheads and other waterfowl. Attached is a pic of a friend we call "Scar." This is the fourth winter that we've seen him. Though you can't see it here, he has a semi-circle scar just forward of his blowhole that he probably got as a youngster being caught temporarily in a net. In this photo, he just came up the creek to wish me a good morning and ask if I had an extra cup of coffee. Blessings to all our family and friends back home. Love, Tony and Diane Hemphill

Around The House

By Linda Young

I sometimes go into the Humane Society Thrift Store to browse and to visit the kitties up for adoption. I've been considering adopting a pal for my older cat, Buddy, for a while but, so far, had resisted. This time there was a 1-and-a-half-year-old kitty that had been at the Transylvania Animal Shelter for several weeks and no one was interested in her. She was in bad shape when she came to the shelter. She had been mistreated, infested with fleas and had tapeworms. After being treated for that, she was spayed. I recognized her because she had been pictured in The Transylvania Times. She was skinny and had a rough coat. I thought she was ugly. Never-the-less, I was touched by her story and brought her home. Her nose is evenly split down the middle with ginger tabby on one side and black on the other. Where the two colors meet there are black dots that look as though her nose has been stitched together. Her shelter name was Monique, but I renamed her Stitches.

Stitches and Buddy did not get along at first, which is typical but have warmed enough that the hisses aren't so frequent.

To be continued.

More contributors are needed. We'd love to hear what's going on, if you would like to share. Email your news and photos to cedarmountainnews@gmail.com by Monday night or early Tuesday morning next week.


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