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The Transylvania County Board of Commissioners will hold a workshop on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. The purpose of the workshop is for the Board to discuss options for funding fire protection services.

Workshops are facilitated Commissioner Conversations on a specific topic or topics, with the purpose of giving Commissioners an opportunity to learn and discuss deeper detail of the particular topic. Workshops are less formal in nature than regular meetings. No action is taken in workshops, and there is no public comment. Any official proposal or activity which might occur as a result of workshop discussions would take place at a regular open meeting of the Board of Commissioners at a later date.

The workshop will be held in Commissioners’ Chambers in the Transylvania County Administration Building, located at 101 S. Broad St., Brevard, NC. The workshop is open to the public in accordance with NC Open Meetings Law.

This the 21ST day of February, 2020. Trisha M. Hogan Clerk to the Board


There was a great turnout for the blood drive held last Saturday. 21 pints of blood were donated. Thanks to all who participated including the blood donors, the CMFRD Auxiliary and the Red Cross.

The auxiliary always fixes lunch for the Red Cross workers. Everyone enjoyed the tasty Taco Soup with all the fixin’s. The workers look forward to the end of the drive when they can sit down and relax after hours of standing on their feet and drawing blood.


There will be a free pancake breakfast Saturday, March 14th at the Cedar Mountain Fire station. The menu will be pancakes (choc chip, blueberry and plain) and sausage, juice, milk and coffee. Doors open at 8:30a. Donations will be gladly accepted.


Sarah Dearbaugh would like to invite you to her painting classes. There will be a a Leap Day Paint + Sip Saturday February 29 4:00 pm-6:30 pm. For more information and to register for events, visit our website at

DARK SKIES PROGRAM (Who does light pollution effect?)

Blue Ghost Fireflies a.k.a lightning bugs need the dark for mating and reproduction. Lost or confused migrating birds sometimes collide with buildings or circle until they drop from exhaustion. The estimate is that more than 365 million birds die trying to navigate during migration. If they survive, they lay eggs with thinner shells. Nature is changed.

Light at night disturbs Circadian rhythms, disrupts wildlife behavior, mating, and endangers some species like the sea turtles. Insect populations are diminishing due to light pollution. Artificial light at night can also negatively affect human health, increasing risks for obesity, depression, sleep disorders, diabetes, breast cancer and more.

Sherwood Forest Friends and the Cedar Mountain Community Center will present a Dark Skies program on March 28th at the CMCC at 2:00 pm. Stephan Martin from the NC Arboretum will share information with us about the concerns of light pollution and light trespass and what we can do about it. An important thing to remember is this is an environmental problem we can solve! We hope to see you there!

EASTER IS APRIL 19TH Easter this year is a bit late so the Transylvania county schools will be out the week before Easter instead of the week after. Rocky Hill Baptist Church always presents a musical cantata at Symmes Chapel also known as "Pretty Place" on Easter morning, starting before sunrise. Lenoir Bishop is the choir director. Camp Greenville offers a delicious buffet breakfast following sunrise service. Rocky Hill's choir presents the cantata again on Easter morning inside Rocky Hill's sanctuary at 11:00 am. The pastor of Rocky Hill, Dr. Leland Holland, will give a short message as well. You can reach Dr. Holland at (828)862-5611.

CANTATA PRACTICE If you would like to sing with the Rocky Hill choir for Easter just show up at 7:00 pm on Wednesday. Lenoir will be happy to add you! Soon we will hold practice on Sunday afternoons as well. We have a couple folks who attend church elsewhere but add their voices to the Rocky Hill choir during Easter and Christmas cantatas. Everyone is welcome. WORKOUT VS THERAPY "I do both!" says Christine. I get physical therapy for my neck twice a week in town plus I attend Suzanne Lawson's workout sessions in the Family Life Center on Monday & Wednesday mornings (10:00 am), as long as I'm not in PT. "It’s important to keep a body moving." On Monday of this week Christine says she ran into several folks at her physical therapy building (under Dr. Graham's office) and says "It was like seeing all your friends and neighbors at Ingles." My friends all looked good and all said they are getting help at physical therapy!


I continue to downsize. By that I mean donating stuff to thrift stores that I either don’t wear, don’t use and sometimes even things I don’t even remember having. I can’t do too much all at once because it’s too noticeable and I kinda feel a loss. It is sort of how you might feel if you’d been robbed.

Now would be a good time to go through your summer clothes for donation. The thrift stores will soon be putting out warm weather clothing and other items.

Spring is not far away and I will be happy to stow my winter things for a few months.

Most of my knickknacks and collectibles are now in my Hoosier cabinet because my lovely tuxedo cat, Nozee, thinks everything belongs on the floor. Some of my fragile collectibles haven’t fared well. I miss seeing and enjoying those relocated items however. The little rascal!

Thank you for reading The Cedar Mountain News. Your contributions are encouraged and welcome. We’d love to hear what’s going on if you would like to share. Please email your news or any questions to by Monday evening.

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