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December 19, 2019

Cindy Greene received the John M. McDaris Memorial Award. (Courtesy photo)

CMFRD Christmas Party

At the annual CMFRD Christmas party, Cindy Greene was brought to tears when she was given the John M. McDaris Memorial Award for her outstanding service to the fire department through the auxiliary. This honor is normally reserved for FD members. All auxiliary and FD members can attest to her dedication in helping raise money for the fire department through BBQ sales and other fundraisers. The FD has many pieces of equipment that it would not otherwise have been purchased without the assistance of the auxiliary. Presented by Candy Gray, this year's check to the FD was $10,000.

The John M. McDaris Memorial Award for Outstanding Service was established in honor of John McDaris, our first fire chief. John was very dedicated and his service to the fire department was outstanding. The award is meant to recognize outstanding service to the department. John was the father of Jeff McDaris, our current Transylvania County Schools superintendent.

The chief officers consider the members contributions over the year and determine the winner. This year, they chose Cindy Greene for her outstanding service to the department through the Auxiliary.

This year the Board of Directors was asked for permission to give the John M. McDaris Award to Gina and Davie Summey to recognize their outstanding service to the department. Gina's service isn't easily seen because it involves the keeping of the official records as the secretary, as well as the financial records as the treasurer. Davie does something department related two or three times a day, every day, at least.

The Firefighter of the Year Award is voted on by the members. The award is meant to recognize the firefighter who has distinguished as an ideal firefighter over the course of the year. Nicholas Patton received the 2019 Award.

We also recognized when a member has attained five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, etc., years of service to the department. They receive a lapel pin with the appropriate number of years served on it. This year Joe Tiexedo has 10 years of service and Buck Jones has five years of service.

Thank you, Jimmy Jones for making this story possible.

BBQ For Sale

The Cedar Mountain F/R auxiliary is selling leftover pork BBQ (67 pounds) to whoever wants it for $10 a pound. It's perfect timing for those Christmas and New Years Eve parties. Contact Terie at (828) 885-7720 or Candy at (828) 884-2734 to order BBQ. All sales benefit the Cedar Mountain Fire Department.

Blood Drive

The Cedar Mtn. F/R auxiliary is hosting a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21. Give the gift that saves lives.

Christmas Cantata At Rocky Hill

Mark your calendar to attend the Christmas Cantata at Rocky Hill Baptist Church on Dec. 22. The cantata starts at 6 p.m., with refreshments and fellowship to follow the performance next door at the Family Life Center. For more information, call Rocky Hill's pastor Dr. Leland Holland at (828) 862-5611. Lenoir Bishop is the choir leader.

Rocky Hill Christmas Eve

The Christmas Eve service will begin at 6 p.m., with the reading of the Christmas narrative and music. This will be followed by a candlelight Lord's Supper (Communion).

Rent The Center

The Cedar Mountain Community is already booking rentals for next year. The center has a capacity of 150 standing and seating for 100. Our center is the perfect place for your reception, party, family reunion, business meeting or other activity. One large family held its Thanksgiving dinner there.

You could get married outside on our beautiful patio and have your reception at the center or use it as a dressing room for outdoor weddings. You can also prepare food in the commercial kitchen or have it catered by local professionals.

The interior of the center was refreshed with a new coat of paint last summer. Ceilings were repaired and repainted, and ceiling fans and lighting were replaced. It looks terrific. Come and see.

To rent the center, call Caroline Chambers at (828) 290-9662.

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Around The House

By Linda Young

I decided that since I had already brought my nativity set up from the basement, I may as well figure out some way to keep my cat out of it. It is now on the fireplace mantle. He hasn't figured out how to get up there yet. I found a battery-operated string of 10 lights that gave the scene just the right amount of light.

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