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The Cedar Mountain Crock Pot cook-off held on Saturday; February 3rd was well attended.

Winners were:  1st place, Clint Owings - Jambalaya, 2nd place, John Harris - “Richard’s Famous Pork Chops, and 3rd place, Judy Barksdale for her Chicken and Gnocchi Soup.  Pics



Need something to do on a cold rainy or snowy day or maybe you’re just bored? The Cedar Mountain Community Center is having Fireside Chats every month continuing through the winter. Watch for more information on coming speakers.


On Wednesday, February 14, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm Bart Renner, of Transylvania County Cooperative Extension, will be giving a presentation regarding native plants and wildlife.   Mark your calendar and plan to attend. 



Come give the gift of life.  Our next blood drive will be February 17 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Cedar Mountain Fire Rescue Department at Cascade Lake and Greenville Hwy.  Please sign up now with the Red Cross at  We had a great turnout last time.  Let’s do it again.



Find hope and healing after the death of a loved one at Grief Share


The Cedar Mountain Baptist Church is sponsoring a weekly grief support group called Grief Share.  This will be on Tuesdays from 6 pm – 7:30 pm March 5th through May 28th at the church 7765 Greenville Hwy in Brevard.  Contact Sheryl Maziarz at at 828-966-4812 with any questions. Please register for the group at



The auxiliary has plans for a pancake breakfast on March 16th, and a BBQ fundraiser on May 25th.  You don’t want to miss these so mark your calendar now.  Everyone is invited.  Details will follow in the coming weeks.  Bingo is being considered for later in the spring.



The Cedar Mountain Canteen is showcasing two new artists in their gallery space.


David Dozier is a local carpenter, potter, and artist. He has recently ventured into making masks, luminaries, and paintings. His masks are made from large palm fronds sourced in New Orleans and embellished with natural materials- most found locally. David's paintings are done on canvas, repurposed rusty roofing, and plywood. David has also made some luminaries from locally grown gourds and bamboo. Swing by and admire David's incredibly creative use of materials in his art on displays.


Arianna Ruiz is a local artist and musician and Brevard College graduate. She taps into her Native American Navajo culture when creating art. Her paintings share aspects of Native American culture and bring awareness to MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women). Arianna’s dream catchers are created using both natural and upcycled materials. Dream catchers were used by Native Americans to protect sleepers, especially children, from bad dreams, nightmares, and evil spirits.


Come see and admire the work of these wonderful artists.


CHRISTINE’S CORNER by Christine Pace

Once again, I was reminded of my first child, daughter Carri Harris, as she made her grand entrance into this world and changed my life forever!  Happy Birthday Carri (Wednesday, Jan. 31st).  We celebrated with a home-cooked dinner by me; those who know me know that’s a sacrifice on my part.  My spaghetti & meatballs, with homemade meatballs no less, included cheesy garlic toast & a side salad.  Carri made her own cake, thankfully.  To get the supplies for the birthday meal I first went to Ingles, and later that same day to Food Lion to get one main ingredient that I had forgotten: spaghetti!  The noodles!  Real spaghetti noodles, not fettuccine or thin noodles.  I usually learn something while out shopping by running into half a dozen or more people I know in the stores.  Not this time.


When there aren’t many folks out & about the gossip dies.  It used to be the grocery stores in Brevard that always had a neighbor or two from our community willing to share something interesting.  Where was everybody?   The second-best place to run into friends is at the library.  When the cold and/or wet settles in though many stay warm & dry in their home.  Unless there’s been a fall or other mishap; I’ll put the third best(?) place to run into your friends & neighbors, during the winter months, is at one of our fine Physical Therapy offices in Brevard.  Hope I don’t find you there!


During the winter I depend on “news” received via email, phone calls, and once in a while a card or letter gets placed in my mailbox.  How exciting!  Here’s the latest from my inbox, in case you missed it:



From the desk of Brenda Skeffington ( come these exciting programs held at the beautiful Silvermont Mansion on East Main Street in Brevard:


In February Silvermont will host a few educational wellness seminars geared towards seniors.  These seminars are FREE and open to the public.  They include:

Thursday, Feb. 8, 10:00-10:45: Ed Jones, Land of Sky, "Dealing with Difficult People"

Thursday, Feb. 15, 10:00-11:00: Crista Wilson, Advent Health,” Aging in Place

Thursday, Feb. 22, 10:00-10:45: Ed Jones, Land of Sky, "Recognizing Signs of Mental Decline"

Friday, Feb. 28, 10:00-10:45: Ed Jones, Land of Sky, "Diffusing Difficult Situations" 


Stride for Your Health will resume Friday, Feb. 16 at 10:00 and run the first Wednesday (noon) and Third Fridays from (10:00-10:30 a.m.) each month in 2024.


Coming in March:   Senior Games and Silver Arts Applications will be available, feel free to call with any questions about LWSG (Land of Waterfalls Senior Games) from April 15 to May 7, 2024. For more information, please call Brenda at 828/884-3166.


And, since we are probably hibernating during the cold winter, you can contact me at: or Linda Packer Young at: and let us know what you’re up to, or if something exciting is coming up we can spread the news about!


AROUND THE HOUSE by Linda Packer Young

We have determined that we are not able to do everything we used to.  We are having the yard cleaned up on Wednesday.  We can’t wait to see all the leaves and deadfall rounded up and gone.


We are “sick” of being “around the house” so much lately.  We missed church and I missed choir practice last week and this week.  Some things can only be ignored for so long regardless and I had to make a supreme effort to go to the See Off “recycle” center last week.  We recycle everything we possibly can, and it adds up.  I mentioned last week that we order a lot of stuff online.  Besides delivery issues, we carefully recycle all the boxes we get.  Right now, the basement reflects just how many deliveries we’ve had in the past few weeks.


Even though there has been snow in upper WNC this winter, we have been spared a single flake here on Duncan Mountain as of 2-6-24 that is.  Not having to scoop snow has been a relief.  Now I have probably awakened the celestial snowman and we will get buried.


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