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              The Cedar Mountain Canteen is happy to present an art exhibit titled “Rhythmic Canvases: Paintings of Sound” by Asheville artist Kelly Saunders.

Kelly Saunders is a self-described “Type A” creative who, after a two-decade corporate career, answered her life calling to be a painter.

              The self-taught painter integrates a combination of traditional and innovative painting techniques. She works primarily with acrylics and palette knives, rarely touching a paintbrush. Her signature style comes from experimentation with unexpected materials – curlers, cling wrap, and more – to create rich texture and give personality.

             Kelly specializes in music-themed paintings, as music is one of the most powerful and beautiful human connectors. She has been commissioned by internationally recognized and awarded musicians. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers for her unique way of blending art and music into a singular, cohesive art form.



           The Master Gardeners’ annual Spring Plant Sale is scheduled for May 11 at the Brevard Ingles parking lot from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  Add to your garden with an array of plants that have been donated by the Extension Master Gardeners, Transylvania Garden Club, and French Broad Garden Club. In addition, to donated plants the Transylvania Master Gardeners will be offering native pollinator plants for sale from the Carolina Native Nursery. There will also be a table of gently used sale items.  It is a wonderful opportunity to raise money for scholarships and community projects.



          This Sunday, May 12th, is Mother’s Day.  Many blessings to mothers everywhere, young and old!  And mother fill-ins too.



           Bring old documents and unwanted or expired medication to Cedar Mtn. Fire Rescue on Saturday May 18th from 9:00 a.m.  - 12:00 p.m. Shred America will be on site for document disposal and a member of the Sheriffs' dept will be on site for medication disposal.  Also, please support our community by brining a canned food item.



             This month's potluck will be held on Monday, May 20th due to a conflict for the regular date.  Please have your dish to share on the serving tables by 6:15 p.m. so we can begin serving at 6:30 p.m.  Everyone is welcome.

             Transylvania County Agriculture Agent, Bart Renner, will give us a presentation at about 7 pm.  Many ecologists measure the health of an ecosystem by the diversity of species it can maintain. From that perspective, we live in an incredible ecosystem here in Cedar Mountain! While the health of our ecosystem might be at risk due to a variety of factors including invasive species, habitat loss, and changing climates, it's important to learn about what we have before we can understand how to protect it. I'll go over some important woodland botanicals and even some native bog species, their history, and how they have impacted Western NC, including right here in Cedar Mountain.



             At 2 p.m. Susan Garrett, Community Programs Manager for WNC Communities will present on the fascinating history of Communities, the programs and services that they offer, and what the future might hold.  This will be held at the Cedar Mountain Community Center.

             In the late 1940s efforts began to improve life for those living in rural Western North Carolina. The people of these communities worked together to bring needed improvements like running water, sanitation, providing food, clothes, and other support to needy families, and generally creating a sense of neighborliness. The Community Centers that you see in our area arose from this effort and are supported by WNC Communities. 



          Join us at Cedar Mountain Fire Department for our monthly Bingo fundraiser on Friday June 7th.  Doors open at 6, Bingo is from 7-8:00 pm. Snacks are available for $. Hope to see you there.  Bingo #2 went well. We had about 16 in attendance. Charlie’s tire gave a gift for a free oil change which we sold tickets for. We made $32 on that. BINGO made $691 for the Fire Department this time and $410 last month.



Plastic Recycling - What's in a Number? Anything marked with #6 should always go into the garbage. These are items like Solo Cups, plastic silverware, and plastic packaging. All other numbers (#1-5 & #7), as long as they are a tub, jug or bottle can be placed in your recycle bin.



           Rain threatened but 18 women played on Monday and got only slightly sprinkled. And the sky cleared by the time the round was over. The team game was 1, 2, 3 Waltz (a scoring game) and the winning team was Susan Bach, Lois Bollini, Diane Garvey and Georgia Osterc. Low net: Sue Wojcik. Low gross: Diane Garvey. After the round, players gathered at the Cedar Mountain Outpost for lunch and conversation.  Next week's game is Closest to the Pin #13 of the back nine. We're starting at 9 a.m. so please be at the clubhouse to sign in by 8:30. If you're running late, call the clubhouse at 828-884-7825 to let us know you're on your way. Also, if rain threatens, watch for emails from Sue Wojcik or another board member about whether the course is open (or call the clubhouse). Follow us on Facebook (Sherwood Ladies Golf) to see photos and more information. See you May 13 at 9 a.m.



       Looking for a place to hold a community event? Call Caroline Chambers today at 828-290-9662.  You may also sign up on our website at



     This Sunday, May 12th, kicks off the start of “National Nursing Home Week”; goes through May 18th.  The Nursing Home where I work will be celebrating all week!  I thank all our great Nursing Homes in Transylvania County.

     My personal goal is to complete the revitalization of “Alice’s Garden” at Sapphire Ridge Nursing Home by next Sunday (12th).  If the rain will let me I’ll purchase flats of annuals for our residents to plant in raised beds this week.  The renewed & expanded Rose Garden has taken off, complete with an old birdhouse full of baby bluebirds!  Please visit this garden during Nursing Home Week!



     Many heartfelt thanks to Dr. Leland Holland and his wife Deb, for 10 year’s of dedicated service at Rocky Hill Baptist Church.  Their last day at Rocky Hill was this past Sunday, May 5th.  You are loved by many & will be missed by many!

     A Bible-based preacher, Dr. Holland plans many more years of serving our God in Transylvania County.  The Lord is leading him.  I’ll let you know where he goes. Thank you Leland & Deb!  May God richly bless you.


AROUND THE HOUSE by Linda Packer Young

       If it weren’t for Joe at The Computer Tech Squad on Greenville Hwy I would probably be trying to compose this week’s news on email again.  It turned out to be a virus in my Microsoft Word program, and Joe quickly eradicated it and put me back in “business”.  If you ever need computer help or repair call the Computer Tech Squad.  His shop is located in Cedar Mountain at the Cedar Mountain Pottery.  Big plans are being made for the building.  Ask him about it.

It’s been a strange few weeks seeing people I haven’t seen for many years.  We went to the Dallas area to meet up with a high school classmate and meet a friend I had never met but corresponded with by email and social media for many years.  Then I recently was recognized by two ladies I used to work with and a woman I worked with for a short time also many years ago at the Hendersonville Newspaper.  Her husband built our 3rd bedroom in the basement.  I didn’t recognize any of them but they knew me - maybe from seeing my photo in the paper??

       I was surprised to find a bird’s nest in our shed on the porch when we got home from our trip.  It had one egg in it then.  I’ve seen the momma bird and she appears to be a Junco.  There are now 4 babies in the nest.  I’ve been checking on this every couple of days.  My concern is how the youngsters will get out of the shed when they are ready to fly.  My kitties are indoor outdoor so I will need to keep an eye out.  That roofless shed was a perfectly safe place for a nest if it weren’t for that.


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