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Saturday, February 20th from 8:30a – 12:30p at the Cedar Mountain Fire Rescue Dept.

Come on down. The life you save may be yours, a stranger, or someone you know.

CEDAR MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY CENTER If you have an event or meeting scheduled or need to schedule one, please check with Caroline Chambers regarding reservations. Her number is 828-290-9662 or you can email us at

CHRISTINE’S CORNER by Christine Pace I have spent many hours lately looking into “corners”, especially one little corner in Tuxedo, where so much happened in such a short time, in an area less than a mile long “as the crow flies”. As I mentioned last week I am researching information on stories my grandfather told of his growing up in Tuxedo, next door to the “Kingdom of the Happy Land” the commune of freed slaves following emancipation. Lake Summit was not a lake then, but rather farming & living space for several including Levi Jones, my great-great-grandfather. Levi discovered Zircon which subsequently became the name of neighboring Zirconia. Later he sold his mine to Thomas Edison. Part of the old mine now lies under Lake Summit. On the other side and joining Tuxedo is an area called Green River. This is where the ‘Kingdom was. I wonder how many times and in what ways my relatives (much older than my grandfather) crossed paths? In the mid-1870s, while mining, discoveries of Zircon & other minerals were being made. The sale of these mines was also the “heyday” of the ‘Kingdom’s activities. Members of the Kingdom of the Happy Land were selling their own concoction of “Kingdom Liniment”, used to relieve symptoms of Rheumatism which they created using local and other herbs. I only have stories my grandpa told me, as he was a boy and only interested in the fun things his young eyes beheld. But in my research I met a man, online of course, whom many of you may know of; he writes regularly for the Hendersonville newspaper the “Times-News”. I met Terry Ruscin. He is a wealth of information and has pointed me in quite the right direction! Next week, or the week after, I will share one mystery he has brought to my attention. But first, I have more to explore!


George Mayer is still growing older each year, though now miles away from all his many friends here; his birthday is Thursday, February 4th. Next is Lee Smith, on the 12th. A Valentine all the time anyway, Beth Owings celebrates her birthday on Feb. 14th. Faith Bishop will no doubt be serenaded on her birthday February 24th. Remember hard-working Jane Van Hook as she (hopefully) gets waited on, on the 26th. Sweet Sharon Bishop shares the same birthday as Jane! Rounding out the birthday celebrations this month, and not to be forgotten, is Rick Skerrett, born on February 28th in the (ahem) 1900’s; same as everyone else mentioned above. Happy birthday to each!


Only one couple chose February for their wedding anniversary that I know of; Wallace & Mary Kaye Dunbar were wed on February 14th - Valentine’s Day! Congratulations & best wishes. If you or someone you know has a “celebration” this month please let me know at or call (828) 885-2103.


Years ago now I joined Nextdoor. It is a free way to contact and share with friends and neighbors in the surrounding area. There is no cost to you and you may benefit in many ways such as a need to borrow something, a recommendation for a Handyman, a lost dog or a recommendation for a doctor or dentist.

I found the exterior doors (for free) that I needed for my shed and help with building it for example. Another time I needed leftover shingles to aid in making my handicap ramp safer in slippery conditions.

You can advise of events, announce a fundraiser and even read local news items. One Nextdoor subscriber posts the weather forecast every day and another posts a cartoon a day featuring current events etc.

If interested in participating in Nextdoor, or if you need more information please Google Nextdoor or send me your address in order to receive an invitation at

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