Cedar Mountain News
Last updated 6/10/2020 at 4:20pm
There will be a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., Saturday, June 22, at the Cedar Mountain Fire Department. We had a tremendous turnout for the last blood drive. A big thank you to all donors. How about we do that again? There is always a need for blood – now more than ever. Future blood drive dates are Aug. 22, Oct. 24 and Dec. 19.
Perhaps you have noticed the sign at the Cedar Mountain Community Center reminding all of us to complete the 2020 census form. Perhaps you are like me saying, “I already did this, why am I getting another form/request?” All I can ask is please have patience and recognize that the completion of this census (every 10 years) is an enormous task and is required by law. Census workers are working daily to assist in collecting this information.
Beware of scams. As always, we must be vigilant and aware that there are unscrupulous individuals who are trying to collect information from you that can be used for their financial gain and your financial loss. The census form or census workers will never ask for your social security number. The form or worker will not ask for donations or political affiliation. And, of course, your bank/credit card information should never be disclosed. If you are asked for this, it is a scam
You may ask, “Why is it so important that I provide this information to the federal government?” Basically it is because it benefits us and our community and every one of us on a personal level. This information is used for planning our futures, our children’s futures and even our grandchildren’s futures. The following is a brief and incomplete list of programs impacted by our census: Head Start, educational grants (like Pell), housing assistance, employment training, vocational rehabilitation, prevention of child abuse, prevention and treatment of substance abuse, support of firefighters, prevention/ fighting of forest fires, restoration of wildlife and health care, including Medicare and Medicaid.
At the higher level it provides for the establishment of legislative districts for voting, highway planning and construction, and grants for public transit.
Go online and complete the census form or fill out the paper copy that was left in your mailbox or hanging on your door. No postage is required for the paper form. Complete information is needed/required for every home, summer and winter residence. Our community needs your assistance, and you will thank yourself for it in the years to come.
Connestee Art League
Connestee Art League’s annual Art in the Park will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 27. This is our 16th annual summer festival. The festival will again be held on the property of the Brevard Elementary School. Art in the Park benefits arts programs for children and adults in the Brevard community. It is one of the league’s annual fundraisers.
We are expecting about 40 local artists this year, some of them new to this event. Come on down and enjoy the day and help us support the arts.
Mama Bear’s food truck will be on site again this year. In case of rain, the event will be held on Saturday, July 11.
This event is contingent upon whatever COVID-19 restrictions are in place at the time.
Sherwood Forest Friends
Sherwood Forest Friends has cancelled its programs for June and July. We are still holding out hope for Aug. 22’s Michael Reno Harrell to entertain, but we will make a decision closer to that time. Please enjoy the information we have posted to our website, http://www.sherwood forestfriends.org.
Sherwood Forest Ladies Golf
Monday’s game played on the front 9 was “Even Holes.” The game winner was Karen Gleasman – 12. The low net winner was Peggy Baldwin – 25. The low gross winner was Karen Gleasman – 32.
Creekside Market Happenings
“Live after 5” is an exciting time at the Creekside Market in Cedar Mountain every summer through early fall. On Saturday evenings, folks in the neighborhood, along with friends and family, gather under umbrellas and tents on the side lawn of Creekside Market to listen to live performances from local groups and/or soloists. The music starts at 6 p.m. Refreshments are available during this event inside the market. Everyone is welcome. Bring your lawn chairs and a cooler if you wish.
No Vacation Bible School
Due to the epidemic, there will be no Vacation Bible School at Rocky Hill Baptist Church, or any others in the county that I know of this year. Being cautious has contributed greatly to our low infection rate in Cedar Mountain and all of Transylvania County.
Mountain Gourd Gathering
What would have been the 10th annual Mountain Gourd Gathering, held at the Family Life Center, has also been canceled. Hopefully, all will be back to normal in 2021.
Aubrey Lawson got a year older on June 5. Her parents are Robert and Suzanne Lawson. Marshall Duke gains a year on June 11. New graduate Evie Rackley gets a year older on June 14, as does Doug Pace on June 22. Rocky Hill’s church choir leader, Lenoir Bishop, is getting $5 for his birthday on June 23. Happy birthday to everyone.
Bobby and Lucy Jones celebrated their wedding anniversary on June 5. Allen and Nancy Cadora celebrate on June 11. Congratulations and best wishes.
By Christine Pace
As the host of the annual Mountain Gourd Gathering, I am sad that we will not be visited by gourd artists from all over the Southeast this year. It is hoped we will be together again next year, and you are welcome too. Our website is http://www.mountaingourdgathering.weebly.com or you can email me at chris_p_artist @yahoo.com or call (828) 885-2103.
After Sunday school this past Sunday I visited several homes on Solomon Jones Road and Seldon Emerson Road, including the home of the Cedar Mountain News columnist Linda Young. Her cats, Buddy and Nozee, were happy to have someone else pet them for a change. I listened to preaching by Dr. Leland Holland on 87.9FM radio in my car as far as it would come in clear. This is how I learned about the VBS being canceled. Anyone living within 2 miles of Rocky Hill Baptist Church should be able to listen to Pastor Leland’s preaching at 11a.m. on Sunday mornings on station 87.9FM.
Heading to Greenville via U.S. 276 Sunday the parking lot at Caesar’s Head State Park was already closed as it was at “capacity” by noon. When I got out of my vehicle in Greenville it was like stepping into an oven; it was 93 degrees.
When my meeting was through, at around 2:45 p.m., I headed anxiously back “up the mountain” to cooler temps. Driving by Caesar’s Head again around 3:30 p.m. the lot was still closed due to capacity. But the temperature had dropped to a comfortable 83 degrees.
Around The House
By Linda Young
Things are getting a little ho hum around the house. I’ll be glad when I can get back to choir practice and other social activities. I don’t see that happening soon though. I still have projects to do, such as finishing the painting on my deck and front porch but just don’t seem to have the motivation. It’s not like I have company coming soon and need everything to be spiffy. So, my motto – there is always mañana. I did talk to my BFF in Washington, Iowa, this week. She is hoping to visit in July, so I guess I’d better get with it.
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