There will be a 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.
FD RECEIVES DONATION
A donation to the CM Fire/rescue dept. was presented to Chief David Summey and Jimmy Jones by Clint Owings and Terie Girolamo from the Cedar Mountain Community Center. The donation was from the proceeds of a recent fundraiser at the community center.
LITTLE RIVER LEVEL MONITORING
Cedar Mountain Fire/Rescue received word on Tuesday, March 3rd that its request for a River Level Monitoring Station on the Little River, which runs behind the CMFR station, has been approved by the North Carolina Emergency Management Agency. A site survey was done and they will soon begin putting together the necessary mapping information for the site. This process will take some time to complete and installation of the equipment will be at least six to eight months out!
Once installed and online, the information from this station will be monitored by NC Emergency Management and the National Weather Service and used for predicting and preparing for river flooding in the Cedar Mountain and downstream areas.
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!
COMING BLOOD DRIVES
These are the blood drive dates for 2020 as assigned to The Cedar Mountain Fire/Rescue auxiliary by the Red Cross; April 18, June 20, August 22, October 24, and December 19 from 8:30a – 12:30p. Be sure to add these dates to your new 2020 calendar so you don’t forget. Those whose lives have been saved by your donations thank you.
SHERWOOD FOREST LADIES GOLF LEAGUE SEEKS NEW MEMBERS
The Sherwood Ladies Golf League is seeking new members for its upcoming season. The league plays 9 holes every Monday morning from April 6th - October 12th. The April starting time is 10 AM. The league is open to any golfer, any age or ability level, who is interested in fun, yet competitive 9-hole play. New members are welcome at any time during the season. For more information, please email Lin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RENT THE CENTER
The Cedar Mountain Community is booking rentals for this 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.
You could even get married outside on our beautiful patio and have your reception at the Center. It can also be used as a dressing room for outdoor weddings. Food can be prepared in the commercial kitchen or you may 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.
Check out our website at https://www.cedarmountaincommunitycenter.com/
ONE MONTH UNTIL EASTER
Lenoir Bishop, choir leader at Rocky Hill Baptist Church, is directing the choir in learning some beautiful songs to be performed prior to the sun rising at Symmes Chapel ("Pretty Place") on Easter Sunday, April 12th. Tradition has had Rocky Hill Baptist Church presenting an Easter cantata for over 60 years now. The choir tries to sing their last song as the sun rises behind them. What a spectacular view; rain or shine it is always amazing!
YMCA Camp Greenville is the caretaker of Pretty Place and they provide shuttles from their ball field to the chapel in the early morning hours on Easter. Afterward, they offer a full buffet breakfast at a nominal fee inside their large eating room. You'll want to arrive early and wear warm, comfortable clothing; maybe bring a blanket as well.
Camp Greenville and Pretty Place (Symmes Chapel) are located at the end of Solomon Jones Road in Cedar Mountain, about 5 & 1/2 miles from the intersection of Hwy. 276/Greenville Hwy. Solomon Jones Rd is on the NC/SC state line on the left about a mile down from Rocky Hill church. For more information please call the pastor of Rocky Hill church, Dr. Leland Holland at (828) 862-5611.
The Easter cantata will be performed a second time on Easter Sunday inside the sanctuary of Rocky Hill church, at 11:00 am.
SPRING BREAK FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
Many colleges have spring break in March, and this holds true for those attending Liberty University in Virginia too. My granddaughter Cassi Harris, a first-year student at Liberty U., will spend her break in Turkey on a mission trip. Their break is coming up at the end of this week. As a grandmother, I am naturally worried "just a bit" for Cassis travels, especially with the virus season in full swing and the threat of the new Corona virus! "I suggested she not touch anything inside the airplane without wiping it down first. And I asked her to remember not to touch her face, and to wash her hands frequently for at least 20 seconds each time." She's a smart girl and will take precautions I'm sure.
Other college students on break are traveling state-side, headed to the beach or hiking & biking in the mountains. Let's remember all these young adults as they make decisions, and pray for them if you will.
Transylvania county school children will be on Easter break the week following Easter.
WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT (PHOTO)
On Saturday, March 7th there was an early-evening wedding performed at Rocky Hill Baptist Church. Dr. Leland Holland officiated and did a great job! The bride & groom did well too. There were over 100 in attendance as we celebrated their union.
The groom was Frank "Mabry" Robinson, who attended Rocky Hill as a youngster. His parents are Mark & Sue Harris Robinson of Brevard. The happy couple, pictured above, will reside in Cedar Mountain.
The bride was Maria DaSilva, a native of Brazil. Her mother & sister were in attendance too; her beautiful sister could be her twin! In honor of their Portuguese language, Mabry spoke part of his vows in Portuguese.
Talented Wayne Bishop sang several songs as the throngs of guests entered the church sanctuary. Sophia, a younger cousin of Mabry, performed a solo as well. Many folks were overheard exclaiming on the beauty of the sanctuary. Inside is the original old wood & pews from the 1800s.
At the reception inside the old Hickory House Restaurant off Country Club Road in Brevard, Mabry's mom Sue, using the DJ's microphone, spoke in Portuguese to Maria's mom. We're not sure "what" Sue said. But all were smiling.
Let's wish Mabry & Maria Best Wishes and Congratulations!
AROUND THE HOUSE by Linda Young
I was so proud of myself for setting all my clocks ahead early last Saturday. I had my alarm set for 6:30am Sunday so I would have plenty of time to get ready for choir practice at 8:30am.
When I woke up Sunday morning I knew I was in trouble because the sun was up. It was 8:10 am. I had forgotten to activate the alarm. I was a volunteer firefighter many years and could get dressed in a hurry when needed so I threw on my clothes and left without my morning coffee, egg and toast. It took about 2 minutes to slap on some makeup and head for the door. I walked into choir practice with only time to go through one song.
After church I visited Quotations. I had a gift certificate so I enjoyed a nice mocha latté and a tuna sandwich. There was only $1.39 left on the card so I gifted it to another patron. She was pleased and surprised.
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