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Last updated 7/22/2020 at 4:12pm

Balsam Grove Playground

The Balsam Grove playground at the community center is still closed. Thanks for your cooperation.

90th Birthday

Louise Sharp, who grew up and lived for many years in Rosman and was a nurse for several doctors and the Transylvania Hospital before moving away, will celebrate her 90th birthday on July 26. Her son, Randy, had planned a birthday party for her, but due to the coronavirus it had to be canceled. To help celebrate her birthday at a distance and safely, anyone who knew her and would like to send her a card and/or letter enclosed would be great. Her address is Louise Sharp, 604 Bethlehem Church Road, Gordon, Ga., 30131. She will appreciate having cards and letters from those who were her patients and friends from back home to help celebrate at a distance and safely for everyone.

Shoal Creek Baptist Church

Homecoming/decoration is scheduled for Aug. 2. However, due to COVID-19, Homecoming will be cancelled. Outdoor church/ decoration will be held in the cemetery at 11 a.m., weather permitting. Bring a chair to sit in, but please do not bring food. Prior to Aug. 2, please come and take old flowers off your people’s graves. If you would like to donate money to help with the cost of upkeep, there is a lockbox in the cemetery, or you can mail your contribution to Shoal Creek Baptist Church, P.O. Box 289, Balsam Grove, N.C., 28708. Thank you.

Family Reunion Cancelled

The Burton and Roxie Jones McCall Family reunion for Sunday, Aug. 2, has been canceled due to COVID-19. We want everyone to be safe and to do that the reunion must be canceled. Be looking forward to seeing everyone next year.

Pressure Gauge Checked

If you are planning to can your summer vegetables this summer and have a pressure canner with a gauge on it, you may take it to the N.C. Cooperative Extension Office at 106 E. Morgan St., Brevard, to be checked. This is a free service. You should have your canner checked each year before doing any canning.

Your gauge could be off and you might have lost all of your hard work due to spoiling.


Just a reminder, if you have donations for your yard sales, please contact an officer of the community club to meet you at the community center to put it in the building. Items get ruined if they are just dropped off at the door, and then we have to pay to have it hauled off. We appreciate your cooperation. Calls may be made to Bernice Powell at 884-6058 or Carol Gardner at 884-6247 or any other officer.

God’s Way Food Pantry

We are no longer able to allow after hours pick-up. The next food pantry will be from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., Saturday, July 25. Drive through service only. If you are sick or unable to come, call to have someone pick up for you.

Census Forms

From now until August God’s Way will also provide help during the food pantry hours completing the 2020 Census. Anyone who has a P.O. box didn’t get the census form, so you need to either go online or come have someone help you. Everyone needs to be counted, so that we can get our federal money that is due us.

Community Club Census Efforts

Regional nonprofits, WNC Communities, is partnering with active community development clubs who participate in the annual WNC Honors Awards Program to assist in getting our communities across WNC counted in the 2020 census. Director of Community and Agriculture Programs for WNC Communities, Terri Wells states, “It is critical that we get all of our community members counted because of the direct impact on funding and services for the next 10 years. At his time, Western North Carolina is underreported and we are excited to work in partnership with our community development club leaders across Western North Carolina on the WNC Communities Get Counted Program to assist their community members in getting counted. Everyone counts, and we want to ensure that no one is left out. We also appreciate the partnership of Dogwood Health Trust who is providing funding for this program. This funding directly benefits our participating communities across Western North Carolina. Community efforts are underway this summer to assist community members with getting counted. Community Development Club volunteers are not working for nor representing the census. As trusted voices in their communities they are volunteering census online, contact Carol Gardner at 884-6247 or via email at [email protected] for more information. All community clubs that work with the WNC Communities are eligible to participate.”

Silver Sneakers On Zoom

Balsam Grove is using a Zoom class to continue its Silver Sneakers program. Participants from Balsam meet Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for visiting and exercise. If you have Silver Sneakers, it’s free. If not, it costs $5 per session. All you need is a device that connects to the internet and the Zoom app. We’ll even help you figure out the technology if you need help. For more information, contact Melissa McCall at 577-3724 or at [email protected] It’s lots of fun.

Upcoming Events

The upcoming events at the Balsam Grove Community Center have been canceled due to the restrictions from COVID-19. Please everyone wear a mask and keep yourself and others safe.


Those celebrating an anniversary this week are Mr. and Mrs. Hurbert Owen and Mr. and Donald Lewis, July 28; and Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Hall and Mr. and Mrs. James Matherson, July 29. We wish all of them a happy anniversary.


Those celebrating a birthday this week are Bobby Blythe, July 16; Michael Kitchen, July 17; Cindy Owenbey and Jacey Grooms, July 19; Chesney Anders, July 21; Donald Page and Allie Mae Page Dodson, July 22; Tyler Owen, July 23; Jesse Hightower and Jamie Grooms July 24; and Betty Reid and Ray Von Galloway, July 27. We wish all of them a happy birthday.

Rent the Community Center

If you want to rent the Balsam Grove Community Center, call 884-6058 to book the date you want the building.

Quebec Community Center

Anyone wishing to rent the Quebec Community Center need to call Ann Hendrix at 862-4974 to book the date you need it for. Also, if you are planning a family reunion this summer and haven’t booked the community center yet you need to call to make sure you get the date you want it for.


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