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Our annual Thanksgiving dinner will be on Monday, November 13th. This is always a festive evening enjoying fabulous food, friends, and neighbors. Ham and turkey will be furnished by the center. Please have your favorite Thanksgiving treats, bread dressing, casseroles, cakes, salad, etc. on the serving tables by 6:15 pm. Serving will begin at 6:30 p.m. Let’s celebrate Fall. It will be good to see ya’ll.


Effective Immediately, Transylvania County prohibits all open burning across Transylvania County, including within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling in the interest of public safety. To help prevent the potential for increased wildfires due to extremely dry weather and drought conditions in the County, the open burning ban is authorized by the Transylvania County Fire Marshal’s Office per N.C. Fire Code Section 307.

307.1.1 Prohibited open burning. Open burning shall be prohibited when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fire hazardous. The local ban follows the burn ban implemented by the N.C. Forest Service that went into effect on November 5, 2023, at 5 pm cancelling all open burning and burning permits. This includes burning leaves, branches, and additional material used in recreational fires, bonfires, and outdoor fireplaces. In all cases, it is illegal to burn trash, lumber, tires, plastics, and non-vegetative materials.

This does not apply to cooking fires, such as grills, BBQs, and outdoor cookers.

The local ban will remain in effect until further notice.

Local fire departments and law enforcement are assisting the N.C. Forest Service, and the Transylvania County Fire Marshal’s Office with enforcing the ban, which carries a fine plus court costs for the violation.

Questions about the local ban can be directed to the Transylvania County Fire Marshal’s Office by calling 828-884-3108 ext. 3.

Questions about the State Ban can be referenced at:

Scott Justus, Fire Marshal.


The Cedar Mountain Canteen is now hosting family-friendly game nights on Fridays. Team Trivia will begin at 6 p.m. every Friday. Giant Jenga will be available outside on the covered stage, weather permitting. A community puzzle, checkers, and chess are also available. You can also bring your own game and invite folks to play. Please also join us for a potluck dinner too.



For the many friends I saw at this past Saturday’s 3rd annual “Cedar Mountain Arts & Crafts” show, thank you for stopping by! Many I hadn’t seen in a year or more; not one has aged a bit! The show was held inside the Cedar Mountain Community Center, though the weather was spectacular.

Twenty artists/crafters filled the ‘center with as many varieties of homemade treasures! Some items had been many hours/weeks in the making and were offered only here. Many if not most were one-of-a-kind masterpieces that exist nowhere else. If you were lucky enough to attend this Kick starter for holiday gift buying, you were lucky indeed. I suspect not all items purchased will be “given” away though, ha! I found & bought some gifts there too when I could get helpful Candy Gray to man my table long enough for me to shop. We were busy the whole 6 hours!

Many thanks to Suzanne & Kathy & Candy and others who coordinated 27 artists/crafters, advertised, set up tables & chairs, and all the other chores that go into putting on a successful show! Hopefully the 1st Saturday in November will continue being Cedar Mountain’s start to an exciting yearly venue for our local artisans & buyers market!


My mother’s parents came to America from Norway, many years ago. They first went to Wisconsin, finally settling in Minnesota. There I have a 1st cousin, 5 or 6 years older than me, who I haven’t seen in 62 years! Amazingly we kept in touch, and this month she & her husband are coming here to see the Biltmore House. And me! I hope to have fun tales to share!


My 3rd-grade grandson Cooper received an award at his school last Thursday! I was there to see him awarded a certificate of accomplishment in “Perseverance”. I knew he took after me, ha-ha!


This Thursday, when the Transylvania Times newspaper arrives in my mailbox, there will be only 46 days to Christmas; only 2 weeks to Thanksgiving, and 28 days until Hanukkah starts. I love this time of year, don’t you?

AROUND THE HOUSE by Linda Packer Young

My 35-year-old water heater finally gave up the ghost on Monday. It’s still working but leaking. I was glad I had insurance through Duke Energy that would pay for a new water heater or repair it if possible. I got in touch with Duke and was told I had canceled that insurance on October 13, 2023 “because it was no longer needed”. I didn’t cancel it, would never have canceled it, and I wasn’t even in state when they said I supposedly canceled it. I’ve been paying that premium for 28 years! They were going to see if they could reinstate it, but haven’t called me back as of Tuesday night. Better news next week I hope.

Oh, and I am ashamed to say I forgot to mention my honey’s birthday in last weeks paper. He turned 81 on Monday and was sick all day Tuesday. Maybe too much birthday cake and ice cream?

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