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Last updated 3/12/2020 at 11:42am

Tom McEntire served with the U.S. Army during World War II.

Community Center Activities

Yoga is back, starting Tuesday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The yoga instructor is Katie Flanagan from Brevard Yoga Center. She is a gifted and a delightful teacher. This is beginning yoga, which is relaxed and about balance and stretching. On the nice days, yoga takes place outside on the deck overlooking the valley and mountains. The cost is $10 per class. All are welcome.

A monthly music jam will be held at 7 p.m., March 14. There is also a potluck and monthly birthdays celebrated at 6:30 p.m. You are welcome to join in on the potluck or stop in for some music after your supper. Bring your instrument, too!

A community potluck will be held at 6:30 p.m., March 18. Everyone is invited to bring a dish to share and dine with neighbors, community style. We encourage bringing your own plates and silverware to assist us in being a sustainable community. There will be disposable plates available, too. Bring a beverage. Come enjoy your neighbors.

Our book club meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., rotating at someone's home in Little River. Check out Little River's Facebook for the next book and PM us for the meeting location in April. Join us for the evening of discussion and community.

Little River's 4H Club meets on the first and third Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The community playgroup meets every Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon. It is a mobile resource early childhood program in Transylvania County through collaboration between El Centro and The Family Place, with financial support from United Way. The community playgroups van comes to the Little River Community Center weekly, equipped with materials for parent/child activities, as well as snacks, recipes to share and informative resources parents can take home. There is no charge to participate and no commitment to attend weekly

For more information, send a message to [email protected] or call (828) 556-1705.

Looks like the Little River Community Center will soon have air conditioning and electric heat. Transylvania County is waiting for our estimates to approve the cost. Thanks to the county for helping us provide a temperate climate for our community center. Little River Community Center has no boundaries. You are welcome to join us at any time. Wi-Fi is available, thanks to the county. One of the best views in the valley is at Little River Community Center, 191 Little River Church Road, Penrose. Follow the road up to the beautiful oak trees. Come enjoy our deck.


On March 7, three Little River Veterans received a "Quilt of Valor" at the Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas. Quilts of Valor is a national organization whose members produce hand-made patriotic quilts to honor veterans. Blue Ridge Quilts of Valor is a local chapter, which conducts the ceremony. The group is sponsored by The Western N.C. Quilters Guild and friends.

•Thomas McEntire, U.S. Army, 1942-1945 – General Patton's 3rd Armored Spearhead Division Normandy. Tom decided a tank was too confining, so he was the first one out in a jeep in the reconnaissance battalion. He was also among the allied soldiers who liberated concentration camps. Ten years after he returned from service, a prisoner he helped liberate recognized him in a park in South Carolina. Tom felt like this man kept staring at his family. The man finally walked up, tapped Tom on the shoulder and said, "You stole my chocolate!" If the starving prisoner would had eaten the chocolate, it could have made him deathly ill. They became friends and kept in touch until the man passed away.

Tom and Mary McEntire are the former owners of the Pine Country Inn in Little River on Hart Road for 43 years. They have been married for 73 years. Tom was in the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, where he received his quilt of valor. Ray and Joni Pavlik presented his quilt to him in his room surrounded by family and friends. Tom is back in the comfort of his home. Please keep Tom and Mary in your thoughts.

•Ray Pavlik, U.S. Navy, 1965-1968 – served with VF-213 aboard the USS Kitty Hawk off the coast of Vietnam. Ray was a jet mechanic who conducted combat operations in the Gulf of Tonkin. His squadron maintained F-4 Phantoms assuring they were ready to fly at any given moment. As a "brown shirt," or plane captain, he remained with his plane when not flying assuring its safety and readiness. The Kitty Hawk and her air crews played a significant role in the Vietnam War. Ray and his wife moved to the Little River community three-and-a-half years ago. They love the peace, quiet and clean air in this beautiful valley.

•Phil Mayrand, U.S. Army 1968-1970 -Elite 75th. Rangers (Airborne) Co. F, LRP (Long Range Patrol) Vietnam. Phil was a member of an "on the ground" division-level intelligence group. Their mission was to monitor and report on enemy troop movement and engage them in combat when possible. These stealth missions required them to paint all exposed skin with camouflage and silence all equipment. Phil was awarded the Silver Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars among others.

Phil and his wife, Diane, recently moved to Little River community from Brevard. Welcome.

For more information about Quilts of Valor or to nominate a veteran to receive a quilt, visit The next Quilt of Valor ceremony to be held at the museum is D-Day June 6, 2020. Nominate your Veteran now to receive such an honor.

Denise Daniels would like to give a shout out to Carole Merrill, who is home from the hospital and doing well. Carole owns the beautiful black cows on Crab Creek just past Little River Ranch. We all wish him a speedy recovery. Denise also sends her gratitude and appreciation to Barbara, Barry (nearby neighbors) and the Little River Volunteer Fire Department for coming to her rescue on Jan. 12 at her home after a fall.

Pictured are Phil Mayrand, Vietnam veteran, with his wife, Diane, on left, and Michel Robertson, author of "Welcome Home Brother," on right.

If you have any interest in becoming more involved in your community, come by on the third Thursday night for potluck. We have a great spot for community fun. Like to play table games, shoot basketballs, can, sew, etc.? Well, let's get it happening together. You have our email and Facebook for any thoughts or questions. March is when we elect new officers for the year. Want to assist in making Little River Community Center be all it can be? Give a shout. Let me know about your business, place of interest or a story you would like to share in the Little River news. Write me at littler [email protected] Please put "news" in the subject line.

Rent The Sign

Rent the Little River sign on Crab Creek Road for $10 for two days. Want to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, graduation, send a message, etc.? We will post your request on our billboard. Contact us at [email protected] All funds received go to supporting the center.

Rent The Center

Need a perfect location for an event and gathering. The center has a kitchen and large open space. Our center has a wonderful deck that overlooks the valley. Contact Martha at (828) 779-7235 or [email protected] for more information. Please put "rental" in subject line.


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