Why is Belly Fat so Dangerous?

Dr. Sue Aery

Dr. Sue Aery

As goes our deep belly fat, so goes our inflammatory process, our bad cholesterol, our cardiovascular disease, our insulin resistance and our Type II diabetes.
Belly or abdominal fat is a risk factor for these serious and long lasting health risks.
The preeminent danger of abdominal fat is that it becomes “visceral fat,” which surrounds and affects our organs within the abdominal cavity, especially the liver and heart. Evidence now shows that this specific layer of fat is actually metabolically active and produces specialized immune cells called cytokines. These are inflammatory cells that circulate into the liver through the portal vein deep within the abdominal cavity. This process creates greater quantities of cholesterol, more bad than good, and puts additional stress on the heart. Over time, this inflammatory process creates a situation called “insulin resistance,” which disrupts the body’s way of using blood glucose efficiently for energy. Left unattended, the body moves into diabetes II which can eventually shut down the production of insulin.
But even though this is a deep fat (not the subcutaneous fat that sits just below the skin, relatively easy changes made with consistency and patience can have significant impact on this dangerous belly fat. Regular exercise involving Interval training can reduce the amount of visceral fat over time. A few more steps complete the picture of reducing these life threatening diseases caused by a layer of fat! Eat lots of fruits, vegetables and moderate amounts of lean proteins, and cut way back on sugar and processed foods. It can be that simple!
Interval training involves only a 20 to 30 minute workout. Warm up for three minutes and then increase your intensity to as much as you can do for one minute. Then continue for three minutes at a moderate intensity. Repeat this process six to eight times. This regimen, at least four times per week, combined with healthy eating and drinking 64 ounces of water daily, will help to reduce the belly fat and increase your health over time. Patience is a virtue in this process — stay committed to yourself and you will see progress. Check with your doctor before you embark on an intense exercise routine.

Center for Life Enrichment

From Left to Right: CLE Executive Director Sandy Carlton, outgoing board members Alice Jackson, Bruce Roellke, Freddie Flynt, and Marge Meeter along with President Ed Mawyer.

From Left to Right: CLE Executive Director Sandy Carlton, outgoing board members Alice Jackson, Bruce Roellke, Freddie Flynt, and Marge Meeter along with President Ed Mawyer.

Sometimes things just fall into place. Thus was the reality of the 2013 season and here are the highlights:
Our new 80-seat lecture hall with state of the art technology proved to be everything we had hoped for in accommodating our lectures and classes.
The CLE website was revised to accommodate online class registration.
Our Membership grew to 508 members.
We offered 100 classes from April through November.
Computer and music classes were offered in the evening and Saturday in order to reach a broader spectrum of the community.
Apple technology courses that started in April and will complete in November were filled to capacity with waiting lists that attracted many of the year round population.
Highlands resident and Middle East expert Sandra Mackey gave a free community lecture on the situation in Syria and Egypt to a full house at Highlands Playhouse.
The 2013 freshman class of Western Carolina University welcomed the first members to its new Center for Life Enrichment Honors Scholarship Program, which was funded in part by CLE.
Our successful 2013 season reflects the outstanding board of directors chaired by Ed Mawyer. Retiring from the three-year-board commitment was Marge Meeter, Frederika Flynt, Bruce Roellke and Alice Jackson. Newly elected board members include Betty Ingrish, Thornton Jordan, Duane Meeter, and Trisha Roellke.
The 2013 season will conclude in November with courses in Facebook, personal computers and Mac. The 2014 season will begin in April with more personal technology classes.
Membership renewal for 2014 will soon begin and our new course calendar will be available in April. For more information contact The Center for Life Enrichment at (828) 526-8811 or clehighlands@yahoo.com or visit our website at clehighlands.com.

 

Contributed by Sandy Carlton

 

Too Much of a Good Thing

November is a time of family gatherings and magnificent feasts, and a month when we pause and give thanks for all of the good and bountiful blessings we have.
A horn of plenty, indeed, and how incredibly blessed all of us are who live in this little slice of paradise in Western North Carolina.
And when it comes to our pets, I’m not sure who is more blessed – our four-legged family members, or we as humans for knowing the greatest of unconditional love from our feline and canine companions.
After all, it is impossible to love our animals too much. Or is it? As a matter of fact, yes…we can love our pets too much. In this month of great bounty and feast, when it comes to feeding our pets, too much of a good thing is not a good thing.
Obesity in household pets is an epidemic in this country, and it mirrors nearly exactly the startling rise of obesity we are seeing in children. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 53 percent of adult dogs and 55 percent of cats in the U.S. are obese or overweight. Compounding the problem is that many pet owners do not realize their animals are carrying too many extra pounds – 22 percent of dog owners and 15 percent of cat owners said their pet’s weight was normal, when it was actually overweight or obese.
An overweight or obese companion animal runs a higher risk of arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, certain cancers, and heart and respiratory disease – many of the same conditions that afflict obese humans. According to the Purina Lifespan Study, obesity takes two years or more off a pet’s life. It’s an example of “loving someone to death.”
Let us be thankful for our many blessings this November, including the blessing of unconditional love from the animals who are part of our family. And let us cherish and safeguard that unconditional love by protecting our pets’ health with the two best ways to prevent pet obesity – plenty of exercise and proper nutrition.
Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society is located on Highway 64, two miles east of the Cashiers Crossroads. Shelter hours are 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday. For more information, please call (828) 743-5752 or visit CHHS online at chhumanesociety.org.

Contributed by David Stroud, Executive Director, Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society

 

The Satulah Refuge

 The summit of Satulah is the first property conserved by the  organization now known as Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust in 1909.

The summit of Satulah is the first property conserved by the organization now known as Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust in 1909.

The Highlands Plateau has many unique features, one of which is that you can see many northern species reaching their southern range limits and briefly overlapping with southern species that reach their elevation limits. Some of these northern relics are indicative of times past, when glaciers drove species south and this acted as their refuge during the last ice age.
One such glacial refugee is the Common Juniper, Juniperus communis variety depressa. Globally, the Common Juniper has one of the largest ranges and is found circum-globally in the more northern reaches from Canada, Alaska, and parts of New England in North America through Siberia and in most northern European countries. In many of these areas, the Common Juniper is, well, pretty common. However, in the United States, this species has crept south along the Rocky, Sierra Nevada, and Appalachian Mountains into more southerly areas. Many of these southern extensions, particularly those within the Southern Appalachians, are highly scattered and disjunct. In North Carolina, only three major populations are known, but only one within the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment, Satulah Mountain. This makes Satulah Mountain, from a botanical perspective, unique in the North Carolina Mountains. Nowhere else will you be able to see this species naturally grow amongst species more typical of the Southern Appalachian granite domes. The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust, in recognition of this unique character of Satulah Mountain, is currently working on a new management plan that will focus on ensuring this special population survives for generations to come. We currently have a student with the University of North Carolina Institute for the Environment working with this species to help determine what we as land managers can do to ensure the long term survival of this species on Satulah Mountain. If you wish to learn more or help HCLT with our species conservation efforts, please look us up at hicashlt.org, call us at (828) 526-1111, or stop by our offices at the Peggy Crosby Center in Highlands.

Contributed by Kyle Pursel, Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Stewardship Coordinator

Celebrating a Distinguished Career

Battersea Bess’ final drive.

Battersea Bess’ final drive.

On Thursday, September 19, 28 year-old Battersea Bess was laid to rest at CDF. She joined our herd in 2008 arriving with Battersea Violet to join cousins KnightStar and Tracy, Morgans from Carlton Huhn and Frank Calhoun’s Battersea Stud of Virginia.
Hailing from a very famous line of sport horses she had a distinguished career as Calhoun’s champion driving horse; participating in three Presidential Inaugural Parades, numerous competitions and selected by the Smithsonian as one of the four Battersea horses cast in a life size bronze for the permanent exhibit, “Four-In-Hand,” at the U.S. Postal Museum. Retired by Calhoun from competition, Bess became an outstanding brood mare. Huhn visited CDF in ’07, convincing Calhoun to retire Bess here.
She had many jobs at CDF: giving driving lessons to participants; with Violet, a tandem pair “dancing” in the arena for demonstrations; as the “poster girl” for Easy’s Slipper she provided us with valuable research in the healing properties of the shoe. Hoof growth, wear ability, shock absorption, knee and shoulder pain reduction and overall comfort allowed her to regain a free-range of mobility. It was a joyful sight to see her run like “Forest Gump” everywhere she went! We received our patent on September 3 and she was fitted in her final pair September 16. She’s showing them off in heaven!
Her final drive was at CDF, dressed in ribbons and flowers, sparkling in the evening sunlight sporting her Easy’s Slippers. She made the vision of our wedding come true! In all her glory she completed her driving career that day.
When KnightStar died, July 5, she began a downward journey. Yes, horses grieve the loss of companions and they had been companions for nineteen years. Even having a foal together. My belief is she felt her jobs were done. She was ready to run freely in heaven’s fields. I know KnightStar greeted her, showing the way to the greenest fields. Enjoy, my magnificent one, enjoy. You were loved.

Contributed by Sue Blair, Carpe Diem Farms Executive Director

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters has plenty to be grateful for during this season of reflection, thanks to two caring communities.

Big Brothers Big Sisters has plenty to be grateful for during this season of reflection, thanks to two caring communities.

Although we should give thanks all year long, tradition has us expressing it in November when Thanksgiving vacation and turkey dinner are prominent in our thoughts.
So Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to follow tradition this month and express its many thanks:
BBBS of Highlands gives thanks for all the support it’s received since 2004 that has enabled us to touch the lives of over 200 children in the community.
BBBS of Cashiers gives thanks for the community support which made it possible to have a great first year in operation.
Thank you to all the wonderful families that welcome our assistance in enriching their child’s life.
To the community volunteers, the “Bigs” who give their time and talents to mentor our children, helping them explore their interests or “sparks,” and search for their potential within. Little Moments…Big Magic.
Can’t offer enough praise and thanks for the great kids in our communities! To the teachers and staff of Highlands, Blue Ridge and Summit Schools, thank you very much for championing the BBBS program and being our partners.
Thank you to all the churches, organizations, foundations and individual sponsors that keep us going.
An organization cannot be successful without a strong and dedicated team. A big thank you to the Advisory Council members who volunteer their time supporting and promoting the BBBS mission. Especially the Chairs, Rick Siegel in Highlands and Eleanor Welling in Cashiers, who give above and beyond.
The calendar year may be winding down, but the school season is in full swing. If you have one hour a week to share with a child, BBBS has a great and rewarding opportunity for you. Consider becoming a mentor, we promise it will warm your heart and make you thankful that you did. Contact Debbie Lassiter or (828) 526-4044, or highlands@bbbswnc.org or cashiers@bbbswnc.org.

Contributed by Debbie Lassiter

 

Rotary Club of Highlands

Pictured with the Rotary display are Cindy Dendy, New Generations Chair and Interact Club Chair; Bob Henritze, Rotary Youth Exchange Committee; Lester Norris, Highlands Rotarian; Christy Kelly, Rotary Youth Exchange Chair and Tanya Hensley, Rotary Youth Exchange Committee. 

Pictured with the Rotary display are Cindy Dendy, New Generations Chair and Interact Club Chair; Bob Henritze, Rotary Youth Exchange Committee; Lester Norris, Highlands Rotarian; Christy Kelly, Rotary Youth Exchange Chair and Tanya Hensley, Rotary Youth Exchange Committee.

New Generations is the focus of the fifth Avenue of Service for Rotary International, and the longstanding partnership between the Rotary Club of Highlands and Highlands School is a outstanding example of this commitment.
With an abundance of local volunteers and programs designed to empower young people in our community to take action, become leaders and gain a global perspective, the New Generations committee of Highlands Rotary is capably chaired by Cynthia Dendy who has also served as Interact Club Chair for several years.
Highlands School began the new school year with an Open House to welcome back students and parents on August 22. Community organizations serving youth were also included, and The Rotary Club of Highlands was on hand to highlight the many programs and services they offer for the youth of our mountain community.
There was a great turnout of interested parents, students and faculty, as our K-12 School and the Rotary Club of Highlands will once again be partnering with the school on many projects and programs throughout the year.  On display was information and photographs highlighting Interact Club, Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotary Students of the Month, Rotary Teacher Appreciation, Rotary Scholarships and our Rotary sponsored school-based dental screenings.
A highlight of the Open House was the opportunity to welcome our new Highlands School Guidance Counselor, Nicole Lui. We are looking forward to working with her throughout the school year.
One focus this fall will be identifying qualified students for the Rotary Youth Exchange program, as well a host families for in bound students. The Exchange can either be for one month in the summer, or students may choose to spend an entire school year abroad.

Contributed by Christy Kelly

 

What a Blessing – and Challenge!

Members of the Hospice House Foundation Board and Representatives of the State Employees Credit Union

Members of the Hospice House Foundation Board and Representatives of the State Employees Credit Union

The Hospice House Foundation of WNC was unanimously chosen by the State Employees Credit Union Foundation to receive a $1 million dollar challenge grant.
These funds are a result of a $1 annual donation made by each member of the Credit Union. Now the Hospice House Foundation is challenged to promptly raise $2.2 million before actually receiving the funds.
The Hospice House Foundation believes that this grant demonstrates the need for the six-bed inpatient facility, which is the ultimate goal. Actually, the detail plan calls for a $3.8 million renovation and construction of a building which has already been purchased in Franklin. It will be a state of the art facility to accommodate both patients and families in Western North Carolina.
Getting pledges and raising the funds needed to meet the SECU schedule is a major challenge and will require financial support from both individuals, churches, clubs and businesses in the area. The Hospice House Foundation is a 501c3 which make donations tax deductible. More information regarding donation opportunities is available on the Hospice House website, hhfwnc.org. Donations can also be mailed to the Hospice House Foundation at 242 Maple St, Franklin, NC 28734.
To visit the site or receive more information, call (828) 524-6375.

Contributed by Evie Byrnes

Cullasaja Women’s Outreach

With a full slate of fundraising activities in front of her, each Cullasaja Women’s Outreach member is truly a star, truly a Real Housewife of the Highlands Plateau.

With a full slate of fundraising activities in front of her, each Cullasaja Women’s Outreach member is truly a star, truly a Real Housewife of the Highlands Plateau.

Cullasaja Women’s Outreach has announced the results of its 2013 fundraising efforts to advance the charitable and good works of not-for-profit organizations in the Highlands and Cashiers communities.
Through a combination of direct grants totaling over $63,000 and individual member-directed donations of over $26,000, the women’s group raised over $90,000 this past season. Since its inception in 2006, Cullasaja Women’s Outreach has invested well over $600,000 in the Highlands and Cashiers area not-for-profits — a phenomenal amount for an independent grassroots organization made up of about 80 women from the Cullasaja Club community.
The highlight of this year’s fundraising was a gala toasting the Real Housewives of the Highlands Plateau, held September 8. It was a festive evening in which CWO members walked the red carpet and were made to feel like the stars of the community they are. The celebration-of-giving event brought CWO members and their families into the spirit of giving. Funds raised through the event were awarded to 17 area organizations through a sophisticated grants process led by CWO Grant Co-Chairs Lindy Colson and Stevie Hinel. Individual awards ranged from $1,200 to $5,000.
This year’s grant recipients included: B.E.A.R., WNCA; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; the Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic; Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers; Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry; Girls on the Run of Western NC; Highlands Community Child Development Center; Highlands Emergency Council; Highlands Historical Society; Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust; The Gathering Table Inc.; International Friendship Center; IFC/Food Pantry; Literacy Council of Highlands; the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center; The Peggy Crosby Service Center and The Bascom.
Working with the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, CWO has established a CFWNC-CWO Charities fund. This special fund allows members to designate the recipients of their donations directly, or to make donations to the CWO Charities General Fund, which are disbursed each fall when the organization completes its annual grant process.
“The word philanthropy originates from the Greek phrase ‘a love of humanity’ — caring, nurturing, developing and enhancing what it is to be human,” says CWO Executive Director Margaret Eichman. “Our members espouse that concept. We share a mission of reaching-out to each other, and to the community, through philanthropy, volunteerism and friendship to make our world a better place…how better to do that, than to start in our own backyard?”
“Our ladies are the true celebrities of the community,” noted Executive Director Frazer McCrorey. “Together, Cullasaja Women’s Outreach is building a legacy of love and sharing with the Highlands-Cashiers community that grows stronger each year.”

Laurel Garden Club

Laurel Garden Club  President Nancy Nichols presents a check for $1,299.19 to John Stowers, Executive  Director for  interpretative signage on the North Carolina Bartram Trail from Jones Gap to White Rock.

Laurel Garden Club President Nancy Nichols presents a check for $1,299.19 to John Stowers, Executive Director for interpretative signage on the North Carolina Bartram Trail from Jones Gap to White Rock.

As a result of profits from Laurel Garden Club’s Kitchen Tours, grants are funded twice per year. One of the recent grants was approved to assist in funding of the North Carolina Bartram Trail educational signage.
Funds were recently requested from The North Carolina Bartram Trail Society to purchase and install 20 interpretive plant, wildflower, and tree signs to educate hikers and other visitors about the native plants in these areas. Signs will be located on the trail from Jones Gap to White Rock. They will be built by Gooder Graphics in keeping with other approved forest service signs: a standing post type with an angled sign at the top. These funds are part of an ongoing Grants Initiative by Laurel Garden Club. Monies are requested that further the interest of horticulture and conservation during two grant cycles that end January 30 and June 30 of each year. These particular grant funds were matched by a private donor.

Contributed by Brenda Manning  |  Photography by Ann Sullivan, Laurel Garden Club Grants Co-Chair.

 

Friends for Life

New Executive Director Kimba Colley Nichols

New Executive Director Kimba Colley Nichols

Friends for Life was formed ten years ago to provide hope for senior and special needs companion animals.  Founder and President Kathy Bub, after working with the Cashiers Area Humane Society for several years, saw a need for a group that would help those animals considered “un-adoptable” by most animal welfare organizations.  In 2005 Friends for Life purchased property in Lake Toxaway to build a lifelong sanctuary, called the Forever Farm, for these special animals.  The Forever Farm has rapidly grown to house as many as 170 dogs, cats and horses.
Running Friends for Life and operating the Forever Farm has become a monumental task requiring many employees and a large budget.  The Board of Directors recently decided that the responsibilities of the President and the Executive Director could no longer be handled by one person.  The Board was very pleased that one of their own wanted to step up to the position of E.D.
Kimba Colley Nichols, who joined the Board of Directors last year, will now fill the role as Executive Director, being responsible for the operations of the organization, including overseeing the Forever Farm.
Nichols has a diverse background bringing many talents to the position, including involvement in other animal welfare organizations.  Most recently she filled the role of News Director at WSQL, the White Squirrel radio station in Brevard.  With many contacts in Jackson, Macon and Transylvania Counties, she will play an important role in spreading the word about our mission, and the important task of fundraising.
Friends for Life is a 501©(3) nonprofit charitable organization and all donations are tax deductible.  For information visit our website at friendsforlifeforeverfarm.org or call (828) 508-2460.

Contributed by Kathy Bub, President, Forever Farms

 

The Spice and Tea Exchange

tea-and-spice-exhange-highlands-nc-one“Come in and smell the spices,” says Cathy Paul, the owner of The Spice and Tea Exchange in Highlands.

Cathy knows that one sniff is all it takes to seduce her customers. The exchange is stocked with more than 120 fresh spices, 12 naturally-flavored sugars, 24 salts from around the world, blends and rubs made from a collection of secret recipes, and more than 30 exotic teas. You’ll also find over 70 seasoning blends, hand-mixed by Cathy’s son, blend master Brad.

The place is catnip for chefs, kitchen connoisseurs and anyone who loves a dish prepared with love and care. It’s set up like an old 18th century trading post, with the treasures arrayed in apothecary jars. The spices are of the finest quality and many are those hard-to-find components that can elevate a recipe into a treasured heirloom.

With a name like Spice and Tea Exchange, you can count on a dizzying assortment of teas, ranging from the familiar comfort of International Breakfast Tea to the exotic spice of Emperor’s Chai Tea. For fun, you can complement your tea with Dark Cocoa Sugar, or Ginger Sugar, or Maple Syrup Granules. If you’re looking for a caffeine-free alternative, consider TSTE’s selection of tisanes.

The store also offers recipes, gift boxes and accessories to complement the spice and tea selections. If the choices threaten to overwhelm you, you can select one of the Gourmet Sample Packs – assortments like Floral Teas, the irresistible Curry Sampler, the Griller’s Sampler, the Fisherman’s Sampler and the Big Game Sampler (perfect for tailgating celebrations). Speaking of the Big Game Sampler, visit the Spice and Tea Exchange for a free card containing recipes for Tailgater’s Burgers and Brats, Chipotle Smoked Corn, Matanzas Chili, and Cheesy Spice Girl Dip.

At the center of it all, Cathy welcomes browsers like a trusted friend in the kitchen, offering insight and advice. She dispenses samples and recipes with a warm manner that ensures repeat visits.

The Spice and Tea Exchange is located at 330 Main Street in downtown Highlands. For more information, you can call (828) 482-1609. But really, you owe it to yourself and your friends to stop in.

 

The Nichols Center

A new music venue has opened in Clayton. The Nichols Center is dedicated to bringing music to music lovers while supporting the local musicians. David Nichols, working with Dean English and Tom Nixon, owners of Blue Ridge Music, built a place to feature all the musical talent here in Rabun County as well as the surrounding counties.

The Nichols Center had its Grand Opening August 24.  The show featured Brad Barrett and Band, The Foxfire Boys with guest singer David Nichols, and Mountain Hoodoo with guest singer Dean English, all music local to Rabun County.

The response was overwhelming as the show completely sold out.  The Nichols Center received great comments concerning the show and the new facility, which seats 150.  The concession stand was busy with drinks and treats including popcorn.  The show lasted two hours.

Blue Ridge Music plans to rent the building out for parties, receptions, gatherings of all kinds.  Recitals for the music students who attend the academy will also be held here. Nichols Center is on the Campus of Blue Ridge Music at 629 Duggan Hill Road, in Clayton. There is plenty of parking.

Shows are generally two hours long. Tickets are usually $10. The place is family-friendly, and will offer all pertinent styles of music. You can purchase tickets in advance at Blueridge Music Academy.  Shows in October are going to be every Friday and Saturday night 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

For info on performances, please e-mail nicholscenter@windstream.net.  Weekly e-mail announcements will keep folks informed. Or call Bluer Ridge Music Academy at (706) 782-9852. Also bands that would like to perform at the Nichols Center, get in touch with Dean English at the same phone number.

Contributed by Emmilyn Rivers

 

 

Investments You Never Knew Existed

Mark Northrop

Mark Northrop

This is our first opportunity to introduce you to Kingdom Legacy Fund because for the first time ever, hedge funds are allowed to promote themselves.  Many investors consider hedge funds the best bet for achieving their financial objectives because they don’t beat around the bush.  These specialized portfolios are the darlings of the investment world and attract some of the best managers available.  The idea is to hedge against market declines (hence the name) and produce consistently positive returns, regardless of the direction of the market.  In the past it has been nearly impossible for new investors to gain access to high quality hedge funds because they couldn’t advertise or promote themselves to a larger audience.  Hedge funds are also limited to investors with a higher net worth than the average investor.

Kingdom Legacy’s founder, Mark Northrop, has been a CPA for over 30 years.  Mark’s investing skills have been consistently accurate for several decades with his family’s money due to his unique combination of mathematical talent and business insight.  Starting 14 years ago we allowed additional investors to take advantage of our wisdom and experience.  The results have produced some amazing years and a solid long term track record.

Kingdom Legacy’s mission, with its offices in Cashiers and Ft. Myers, Florida, goes beyond the nuances of making money for clients during the ups and downs of the stock market.  “We have been extremely blessed and believe giving back is a way of life. Significance does not come from success.  Significance comes from helping and serving others. We try to lead by example,” stated Mark Northrop.  The company often matches a portion of the client’s charitable giving when they give out of their earnings in the fund.

All investments carry risk, anyone investing in the stock market knows this and the markets seem ripe for a pull back.  “There are numerous reasons why we believe the market could pull back from the recent all time highs.  How much it pulls back is debatable, but we all know the market has never gone straight up forever.  There are some scary things just around the corner politically, economically and especially with Geo-politics in the Middle East, which could create havoc in the market. Although for Kingdom Legacy Fund investors, some of our best returns were achieved when the market was down for the year.

What’s next for the U.S. stock market?  The market has had a 50 percent pull back twice in the last 12 years.  Do you believe it could happen even once in the next 12 years?  If the answer to that question is yes, you owe it to yourself to investigate other options to hedge your portfolio against that extreme downside risk—Kingdom Legacy Funds should be one of those key strategies you consider.

Please contact us to discuss how our advantages can work in your favor.

Contact Mark at (828) 743-3000 or visit KLFund.com.

 

New Face at Highlands NC Realty

Steve Sheppard

Steve Sheppard

You know a real estate agent has to be exceptional to sell you a house, become a long-term friend, and then hire you as an associate 17 years down the road. That’s how it was with Tammy Mobley and Steve Sheppard, their connection strong since 1996.

Steve, who hails from Wrightsville, Georgia, recently retired after working thirty plus years for AT&T in financial management. With an MBA powering his decisions, first-hand knowledge of the Highlands area, and the skills to successfully manage over a billion dollars worth of corporate business, Steve was Tammy’s top choice to tap into her real estate team. Tammy says, “Buying and selling a home whether it’s a primary or secondary home can be very stressful and Steve has the perfect qualities to assist our clients. His financial acumen and attention to detail will result in superb customer service for all of our clients.”

Steve adds, “Retiring to the area and staying active with a new career in Real Estate by joining Highlands, North Carolina Realty is a dream come true.” He adds, “Tammy and I have become good friends over the years. I am confident we are going to make a very successful team.”

Steve looks forward to hearing from prospective buyers and sellers to assist them in making their dreams come true, whether they are looking to buy or sell a palace or a weekend getaway.

Steve can be reached at (404) 219-1349 or stevensheppard@frontier.com. Licensed in both Georgia and North Carolina he can help you make the right move.

by Donna Rhodes

 

 

Art Glass Creations

The dazzling creations of Duane and Marcia Faulkner are magical in their colors and designs.

The dazzling creations of Duane and Marcia Faulkner are magical in their colors and designs.

George Bernard Shaw said, “You use a glass mirror to see your reflection. You use works of art to see your soul.”

If that’s true, Duane and Marcia Faulkner excel in the soul-seeing business.

Imagine having an heirloom glass artwork to hand down to future generations. The Faulkners can design one for you. They start with almost any customized computer image of your choosing, cut it into a stencil, place that over a glass shape, dust it with powdered glass, set it in the kiln, and heat-fuse the image to glass. The final step is melting and shaping the glass over a form to mold it into a plate, bowl, tray, or vessel.

Duane says, “We had visited Highlands for years and wanted a small retirement enterprise. So we took over Dwight Bryant’s glass business in July 2012. He taught us how to make his signature glass plates. We have expanded that, adding some of our own glass creations to the mix.”

Their latest is hand-crafted cedar or cypress birdhouses designed and built by son-in-law Shawn Evans. The final touch is colorful custom glass windows and side walls.  The little houses are so incredible it kind of makes you want to be a warbler.

In addition to new inventory, the Faulkners have renovated the 2000-square foot cottage to rent to visitors during the season. And they gave the attached retail store a facelift with quality glass creations to complement the traditional custom plates and vessels the community has grown to love.

So visit Art Glass Creations, 260 Franklin Road in Highlands.  And consider ordering custom glass hostess gifts, family reunion commemoratives, business logo artworks, country club event mementos, keepsake treasures for Christmas, and more. Order one or order by the dozen. Hours are 10:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Saturday.  Check out their website, artglasscreationsllc.com   or call (828) 526-9292.

 

Tom’s Golf Tours

toms-golf-tours-sky-valleyTom’s Golf Tours was formed in 2000 by Tom Chillemi – a Class A Member of the Professional Golfers Association of America since 1977.

At the time, he was the Head Golf Professional and Director of Golf at Sky Valley Resort. He retired from this position in 2009 and is now the PGA Golf Professional Emeritus at the club.

Tom still lives in Sky Valley with his wife Jana and seven dogs. Tom now works a couple of days a week during the golf season at Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club, a beautiful club in Cashiers.

In 2002, Tom and his son Tom Jr. competed in the International Father & Son Championship at St. Andrews, Scotland. They were fortunate enough to win the competition with a three-day best ball score of 15 under par – playing the final round on the “Old Course.”

After visiting Scotland and Ireland, he fell in love with the links golf in both countries. His first few groups were arranged by other large tour operators at very expensive prices. After checking with the courses, lodgings and coach companies Tom realized they were working on huge margins to cover their overhead and he could easily do the trips at much more reasonable prices. From there, it was an easy step to Tom’s Golf Tours.

Through his many years arranging golf tours to Ireland and Scotland, Tom’s been able to make arrangements with all the courses, lodgings and coach transport in both countries. Since he’s a registered Golf Tour Operator in both Ireland and Scotland, these are only countries to which he arranges trips. Tom is an expert on golf in both countries and is happy to share his knowledge with his clients.

Tom started helping his friends and fellow PGA Professionals with tours as a hobby many years ago. Since then, the business has grown significantly, and Tom now helps hundreds of golfers arrange their dream trips to Ireland and Scotland every year. Tom’s Golf Tours has grown exclusively through referrals and repeat business from satisfied clients.

You’ll feel pampered with the professional service and communication, the luxury coach and driver.  Enjoy a guaranteed time at the “Old Course” at St. Andrews.   Groups can be from four to 16 travelers.  Non-golfers are welcome – they can sightsee on the coach while the golfers are on the course.

To arrange your tour visit tomsgolftours.com or call Tom at (706) 726-2003 or (706) 986-2357.

 

The Sculpture Trail in Cashiers NC

One of the jewels of the Cashiers Community is the Sculpture on the Green Collection.

Nestled on the Village Green, it’s composed of seven permanently installed sculptures and has hosted three biennial exhibitions.

Nine sculptures were installed this summer 2013 Sculpture On the Green Biennial Invitational Exhibition. Visitors to the Biennial Sculpture Exhibition have the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece of sculpture. The voting was supposed to last month, but The Village Green is extending voting through the end of October for a “People’s Choice Award” that will be announced and presented to the winning artist.

The Biennial Sculpture Exhibition features sculpture by nationally recognized artists. The pieces selected celebrate a variety of expression, style and material. Some are whimsical while others more traditional. Many of the pieces are arrayed along The Glades area of the park, which can be accessed from the trail behind The Village Play as well as from the wetlands boardwalk entrance in the picnic shelter area.

The Village Green itself stems from a dream by Al Balestiere. His original vision to preserve and protect this beautiful corner of Cashiers from a hotel developer evolved to become the wonderful Village Green, including The Village Play, The Kara Leigh Pulley Park, The Wetlands Garden, The Azalea Garden, the Village Commons, and the new Glades and Woodland Trail.

To recognize Balestiere’s far-reaching idea for the future of the Crossroads, the Village Green Board of Directors has commissioned a bronze bust of him to be displayed in a beautiful garden with a layer of mid-height plantings and taller evergreens as the backdrop.

It will be roughly 24 inches tall and will have “The Visionary” carved on the front with one other sentence regarding Al and his vision.  The bronze sculpture will be installed on a native granite stone pedestal behind the original dedication rock.

In March 2012 the Village Green had a great start for the fund drive on this project. There only remains $5,800 more to be raised. If you’d like to contribute, send your donations to: The Village Green, Balestiere Garden Fund, Post Office Box 2201, Cashiers, NC  28717

For more information about upcoming events or how to support the work of The Village Green, visit villagegreencashiersnc.com or call 828-743-3434.

Contributed by Luke Osteen

 

Palliative Care

“It was a dark and stormy night,” may be the opening for many a cheesy novel, but for us it’s the great beginning of an even better story.

A marvelous turnout braved the wet weather to attend a Barbecue and Bluegrass event, the first fundraiser and “friendraiser” for Four Seasons of Western North Carolina. Nitrograss provided vibrant entertainment along with Hudson House’s delicious barbecue.

The August 17 event raised an exciting amount of funding through sponsors, donations, ticket sales and a wonderful silent auction. Four Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care of WNC serves Macon, Jackson, Swain and Transylvania counties. Funds from this event are targeted to support the new Palliative Care Program that Four Seasons is operating in the Macon-Jackson area.

Palliative care is a medical specialty focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of serious illness – whatever the diagnosis. Some common illnesses treated with palliative care include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart problems such as congestive heart failure, neurological problems such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease or dementia, cancer and other illnesses.

Palliative care is offered regardless of a person’s ability to pay and is normally covered by most insurances. Other services by the palliative care team are supplemented by grants and community support.

Evie Byrnes, an individual sponsor as well as Four Seasons Board member, welcomed everyone. Evie shared her personal commitment and passion for end-of-life care and explained how hospice can help during this significant time. After dinner there were brief presentations by Chris Comeaux, our CEO; Steve Mills, director for Western North Carolina; and members of the Four Seasons team. It has been a tremendously meaningful opportunity to serve here because of the wonderful people in this area and the strong community support from so many individuals and organizations.

Through this event not only were funds raised but, most importantly, new friends were made for the future of hospice and palliative care in this area.

If you have any questions, please call Steve Mills at (828) 450-8294.

 

Second Home for Computers

Duncan Baker restores and recycles  computers in his home office for non-profits in need of computers.

Duncan Baker restores and recycles
computers in his home office for non-profits in need of computers.

What do you do with an old computer? Some sit unused in a corner while others may go to a recycling program. Many, unfortunately, end up in the trash. That’s why one area business approached the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley with an idea. Why not rescue gently used computers, refurbish them and find them second homes where they are most needed, namely in schools, non-profit organizations or charities where budgets are tight or non-existent? Rotary agreed and the Community Computers program was born.

“Used doesn’t always mean dead, and old is a matter of perspective,” says Duncan Baker, co-owner of Sounds Essential, the local IT and marketing firm that proposed the idea and is donating its time to refurbish the computers.

During refurbishment, the computer is stripped down to its bare bones, completely destroying all existing data, as well as any viruses or malware that may have been present. The computer is then rebuilt with a modern operating system and current productivity software.

The ongoing program has already found new homes for several machines, including area schools and non-profits. “I am thrilled with the service offered by Community Computers,” says Dr. Jack Talmadge, Director of Summit Charter School. “We are able to provide those in need with good computers loaded with the educational software we use here at Summit on a daily basis.”

The need is still great, however. If you would like to contribute to the program, please bring items to the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 202 Highway 64 West near the crossroads in Cashiers. Donated items may include PC or Mac computers, laptops, desktops, monitors, printers, keyboards, and wireless routers. You are urged to donate the discs for operating systems whenever possible. If you know of an organization or program that could benefit from Community Computers, please email the program at info@cashiersrotary.org or visit facebook.com/cashierscommunitycomputers.

Contributed by Robin T. Taylor

 

 

Relay for Life

As the American Cancer Society continues their tradition of recognizing the efforts and accomplishments of individuals and communities who help fuel the mission of the American Cancer Society through Relay For Life, we sincerely thank and appreciate the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and staff who ensures Relay’s success.

Relay began back in 1985 with the vision of one single volunteer, Dr. Gordy Klatt, who ran around a track in his hometown, Tacoma, Washington, for 24 hours asking for support from people he knew, raising $ 27,000.

Building on what Gordy started, today, because of  you, Relay is the largest community engagement fundraising event in the world! There are four million participants in more than 6,000 events ranging from community tracks, stadiums, parks, airports, prisons, beaches, mountains, schools, shopping malls, college campuses and corporate campuses. In addition, dogs are also joining the fight at Bark For Life events.

The Relay For Life Nationwide Awards and Recognition Program is a tribute to some of the nation’s most outstanding participants. The awards highlight the success of individuals, teams, committees, and events that define the very essence of what it means to be a Relay For Life staff, volunteer, community, and events that takes up the fight. While no award can adequately recognize all that Relay volunteers and staff achieve in their efforts to eliminate cancer, recognition is a critical component in how the ACS acknowledge, value and thank you for your time and commitment to making a difference.

Relay For Life of Highlands also has a wrap-up party following our main event of the year, to thank everyone for their hard work, give out some awards and talk a little about next year’s plans.

Relay Chair Mike Murphy says “Regardless of where we end up financially, thank you all for everything you have done this year to make the Relay For Life Of Highlands 2013 one of the most successful, impactful, and remembered Relays!”

Ruell Johnson from ACS commented that, “Highlands does Relay right.”

On behalf of Relay For Life Of Highlands, thank you! Together we are making a world of difference and creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays! For more information about Relay For Life Of Highlands, please visit relayforlife.org/highlandsnc.

Contributed by Ellen Baumen

 

 

Highlands Literacy Council

Aaaah, the lovely days of fall in Highlands are upon us.

As the days get shorter and cooler and children get back into their routines, the programs at the Literacy Council are gearing up for another eventful school year.

The after-school enrichment program, now known as Kidz Korner, is open to all children in kindergarten through third grade. This program features fun activities, free books, homework assistance, computer games, and a free subscription to National Geographic Kids magazine.

We are in the process of planning a science education collaboration with the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust that will meet monthly during After School Enrichment. This science-based learning program will follow the common core curriculum for North Carolina, tying it in with what children are learning in the classroom at Highlands School.

Last spring, we began a primary ESL class on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and the program will continue this year as well. Currently, Jacky Reyes, a former Highlands School student and current Southwestern Community College student, is working with this group of five children. As a former ESL student herself, Jacky understands the children’s needs and works with them accordingly.  If you have any experience in Spanish, we are seeking volunteers to work with this group of children.

ESL study hall also meets on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and is open to children from 4th – 12th grades. Faviola Olvera, also of the International Friendship Center, works with this group of students on homework, school projects, and research.

As always, individual tutoring, GED classes, and ESL classes are ongoing and free to the public. Our computer lab, featuring Wi-Fi and Rosetta Stone language software in both Spanish and English is open to the public as well.

For information about any of our programs or the events mentioned above, please call us at (828) 526-0863 or check out our website. As always, flyers will be sent home through the school and information can be found weekly in The Highlander.

The Literacy Council of Highlands is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. We are always happy to accept donations from the community. We are located at the Peggy Crosby Center at 348 South Fifth Street in Highlands.

All our programs are free to the public. Visit us online at highlandsliteracy.com.

Contributed byTonya Hensley, Executive Director Literacy Council of Highlands

 

 

Service Above Self

Since 1910, the Rotary Motto has been “Service Above Self.”

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

The Rotary Club of Highlands, a local arm of Rotary International, embodies that mission here in our community. With over 90 club members, we are able to reach many organizations in the community through funding, fund raising, and most importantly, service.  Local organizations like the Literacy Council of Highlands, The Boy Scouts, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Shop with a Cop, and the Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic are just several of the projects we support.

The main objective of Rotary is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today’s most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development. Rotary is a service organization that strives to achieve its objective of “Service Above Self” through activities in four primary areas.  These are often referred to as the Four Avenues of Service.

Club Service promotes the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.  It involves the activities necessary to make the Club function successfully and achieve its goals.

Vocational Service represents the opportunity that each Rotarian has to represent the dignity and utility of one’s vocation as an opportunity to serve society.  Rotarians promote and foster high ethical standards in business and professions and promote the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations.

Community Service relates to the activities that Rotarians undertake to improve the quality of life in their community.  Particular emphasis is given to helping children, needy families, the aged, the handicapped, and those most in need of assistance.

Through International Service, Rotarians strive for the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

Although Rotary clubs develop autonomous service programs, such as those mentioned above, all Rotarians worldwide are united in a campaign for the global eradication of polio. In the 1980s, Rotarians raised $240 million to immunize the children of the world; by 2005, Rotary’s centenary year and the target date for the certification of a polio-free world, the PolioPlus program will have contributed $500 million to this cause.

Contributed by Robin Phillips

 

 

Big Brothers/Big Sisters Celebrate!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cashiers is celebrating its first year!

One year ago, several Cashiers residents decided it would be a wonderful idea to offer this nationally-recognized, successful program to the children attending Blue Ridge Elementary and Summit Charter Schools. With support funds from the Cashiers Community Foundation, Wade Hampton Club, and Church of the Good Shepherd Outreach Committee, the Cashiers Branch was established.

BBBS of Cashiers is the ninth branch formed within the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina regional agency, one of 335 agencies under BBBS of America. The Highlands branch was formed in 2004 and works exclusively with children who attend Highlands School.

Within a few months, a partnership was formed with Blue Ridge School and an In-School Program began with seven mentors, or “Bigs,” visiting with their assigned “Littles” each week. In the spring a partnership was created with Summit Charter School for an After-School Program. Several children were referred as candidates for the program and one match was made before school let out for the summer.

Much has been accomplished in one short year, reason for celebration. As soon as school began this year, children in the program couldn’t wait to be reunited with their “Bigs.” All eight mentors were anxious to continue the relationship with their “Littles,” too. With the school-based programs, interaction between the children and mentors is stopped for the summer months except for phone calls, letters or email until school resumes when they can meet on campus again.

For over a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been impacting the lives of children and helping youth reach their potential. Each time a child is matched with a role model, we begin something incredible: a one-to-one relationship built on trust and friendship that can blossom into a future of unlimited potential. Over the past two decades, the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring model has emerged as an evidence-based practice for positive youth development — and as an effective tool to help young people build resilience and succeed in life.

Wouldn’t it be great to provide the opportunity for all the children across the Highlands/Cashiers plateau this great experience? There could be learning, sharing and becoming a friend with an adult from the community. There are always kids on the waiting list, both in Cashiers and Highland. We need adults to step forward and offer one hour a week of their time. Just one hour, making a child smile, sharing interests and having fun. We call it “The Power of an Hour.” To learn more, contact Program Coordinator Debbie Lassiter at cashiers@bbbswnc.org or highlands@bbbswnc.org or 828-526-4044. Start Something Big…Today!

Contributed by Debbie Lassiter

 

 

Exciting News at Carpe Diem

Easy's Slipper logo created by Beverly Nix

Easy’s Slipper logo created by Beverly Nix

There is a common theme that runs through my life and that of Carpe Diem Farms…perseverance, stick-to-itive-ness and never, never, never give up! If you have followed our journey for the last 21 years you know just how persistent we have been.

The equine family is the backbone of the farm: our staff, teachers, colleagues and companions. They have touched the lives of every person who has participated or visited. In sickness and in health they exemplify strength, compassion and unconditional love. Each has taught us lessons that have brought us to our present and are creating our future.

We have exciting news! We have received our long- awaited patent on Easy’s Slipper our therapeutic and “all round” glue-on cuffed horseshoe. Our two and a half years of research and application on our herd as well  has shown remarkable results. Our aged horses with arthritis in their ankles, knees or shoulders are able to resume active lives and appear to be pain free. Those with issues of the hoof: flat feet (which leads to stone bruising and abscesses), side bone, founder (laminitis) have also shown marked improvement in the growth and structure of the internal structure of their feet. The flexibility of Easy’s Slipper has led to increased blood flow to the hoof which in turns helps to oxygenate the body.

We’ll launch Easy’s Slipper at the International Hoof Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio, in January.  Any horse that presently wears shoes or has hoof or limb issues is a candidate for Easy’s Slipper.  Trail, endurance, pleasure, show and even race horses will benefit from the flexibility and shock absorption properties of the shoe. The therapeutic uses are endless. We will partner with farriers and veterinarians as well as owners and trainers.

Once again, the horses of CDF have provided the canvas on which the future will be brighter for horses around the globe!

CDF is a 501©3 non-profit organization.

Contributed by Sue Blair, Carpe Diem Farms Executive Director

 

 

Friends for Life

Animals like Chance find a loving refuge at the Forever Farm,  thanks to compassionate giving.

Animals like Chance find a loving refuge at the Forever Farm, thanks to compassionate giving.

We at Friends For Life want you to know that we appreciate your ongoing support for the animals at the Forever Farm.

As always, the need for funds to care for our dogs, cats, and horses is ongoing and growing.

Animals like “Chance,” who was found as a stray with a crushed pelvis, are given a second chance at life because of your compassionate financial gifts.

Recently we were made aware of a unique way for you to support our program, the IRA Charitable Transfer. We hope you will consider it. Under the IRA Charitable Transfer, people who are 70-and-a-half or older can give away as much as $100,000 a year from their individual retirement accounts to an eligible charity, without having to include any of the transfer as part of their gross income for federal income tax purposes. The transfer must be made directly from the IRA to the organization.

While some of you might have considered including Friends For Life in your estate planning, the IRA Charitable Transfer is a way to help our animals now, at this crucial time, and to see the results of your giving. Unless Congress extends the transfer, it will expire at the end of 2013.

We urge you to contact your attorney or financial advisor to do specific planning.

Friends for Life is a 501©(3) nonprofit charitable organization that operates the Forever Farm in Lake Toxaway for senior and special needs dogs, cats and horses.  For information call (828) 508-2460 or visit our website at friendforlifeforeverfarm.org.

Contributed by Kathy Bub, Executive Director, Forever Farms

 

Who Protects the Bear?

Oct-Cover-Terry-Barnes-Shadow-of-the-bear-cashiers-ncEvery fall, folks flock to Rhodes Big View between Highlands and Cashiers to photograph the bear shadow that appears in the Chattooga River headwaters. Photographers set up their cameras and patiently wait for the shadow to creep over the mountains.

Have you ever wondered who owns the parking spot at the Macon and Jackson County line where the photographers set up, or who trims the vegetation back so you can see the view? Have you ever wondered who keeps the mountains in the background from sprouting houses?

The answer to the first two questions is easy. The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust owns the ten-acre parcel where everyone parks. It was donated by Margaret and Ran Shaffner and Bucky and David Thomas in 2006. HCLT staff and volunteers keep the vegetation trimmed as well as we can. Turns out the pesky shrub that seems to have taken over the view lately is a rare endemic, Hartwig’s locust, only known from a handful sites in Western North Carolina. We are attempting to balance the growth of the shrub and keeping the view cleared, not always easy with a North Carolina endangered species.

The answer to the last question is perhaps more complicated. This view is dominated by wonderful peaks, two that stand out are Rock Mountain and Chimneytop, both owned by Will and Becky McKee but protected by a conservation easement with HCLT. The story is the same for Timber Ridge, placed into a conservation easement by the Warren family in 2009 and Laurel Knob, placed into an easement in 2006 by Thomas and Georgene German. The rest of the view is conserved by the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, and landowners that have chosen to not to develop their lands… yet. I guess you could say, a lot of folks help to protect the bear at the Big View.

To learn more about or to become a member of the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust check out our website at hicashlt.org.  Together we are saving mountains.

Contributed by Gary Wein, Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust  |   Photo by Dr. Ran Shaffner

 

 

A Generation of Saving Lives

Bright-eyed Laurel was given a second lease on life thanks to the compassionate care she’s received through the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society – now she needs a loving home.

Bright-eyed Laurel was given a second lease on life thanks to the compassionate care she’s received through the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society – now she needs a loving home.

It was just one generation ago…do you remember going into any major-city mall in America, and seeing a “pet store?”

Those retail outlets were acquiring and selling animals from puppy mills, a cruel and horrible practice of caging animals in small, unsanitary and unsafe conditions, subjecting them to an existence of inhumane treatment, ill health and
shortened lifespans.

A lot has happened in just one generation, and although puppy mills unfortunately still exist, in the last 20 years the number of animals euthanized in shelters has dropped 70 percent. The single biggest reason is the heightened awareness of the importance of spay/neuter. But a second, and just as important, factor is the increased percentage of families adopting a pet from their local shelter.

October is National Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, and we’d like to introduce a special canine named in honor of our favorite magazine…Laurel! This sweet two-year-old female Labrador Retriever mix was found wandering as a stray in Sylva and given safe refuge at the CHHS. We soon discovered Laurel was suffering from an advanced case of heartworms, but with proper veterinary care and generous donations to the “Laurel Fund” – a second-chance fund to help CHHS with special medical needs animals – Laurel now has a clean bill of health and is ready to find her forever home.

CHHS has been saving lives, providing compassionate care, and finding loving forever homes for abandoned and neglected animals for the past 26 years. Please join us. Celebrate National Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month by discovering unconditional love at the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society.

Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society is located on Highway 64, two miles east of the Cashiers Crossroads. Shelter hours are 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M Monday through Saturday. For more information, please call (828) 743-5752 or visit CHHS online at chhumanesociety.org.

Contributed by David Stroud, Executive Director, Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society  |  Photo by Marty Boone

 

Highlands Biological Station

Highlands Biological Station executive director James T. Costa, publishes his second book.

Highlands Biological Station executive director James T. Costa, publishes his second book.

Over the last ten years, the research interests of Highlands Biological Station executive director James T. Costa have broadened to include the history of science, particularly related to evolutionary biology.  In 2009 Harvard University Press published Costa’s “The Annotated Origin,” in which he leads readers line by line through Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species,” helping modern readers better understand the context, content and argument structure of that epochal work.

Dr. Costa was on sabbatical at the Berlin Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, Germany, for the academic year 2012-2013, during which he completed two books related to Darwin’s contemporary, naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913), co-discoverer of the principle of natural selection.  Marking the 2013 centennial of Wallace’s death, Dr. Costa’s books are part of a worldwide movement to honor and reassess Wallace’s considerable scientific contributions.  The first book is an annotated transcription of Wallace’s legendary “Species Notebook,” a working field notebook that he kept in the 1850s during his Southeast Asian fieldwork.  In this notebook are many exciting insights into the process of evolution, all derived independently from Darwin while Wallace traveled and collected in Indonesia.  Entitled “On the Organic Law of Change: A Facsimile Edition and Annotated Transcription of Alfred Russel Wallace’s ‘Species Notebook of 1855-1859,’” the book will be published by the Harvard University Press in November.

Costa’s second book is a companion volume to the first; paying homage to Wallace’s remarkable achievements through an analysis of the “Species Notebook,” close comparison of Wallace’s evolutionary insights with those of Darwin, and a reassessment of the “conspiracy theories” surrounding the Wallace-Darwin relationship.  Entitled “Wallace, Darwin, and the Origin of Species,” this book is scheduled for a spring 2014 release by Harvard University Press.

The mission of the Highlands Biological Station is to foster research and education focused on the rich natural heritage of the Highlands Plateau.  For more information about The Station, visit highlandsbiological.org.  To order your copies of Dr. Costa’s books on Wallace, visit hup.harvard.edu and search for “Costa.”

Contributed by HBS Staff

 

 

The Food Pantry of Highlands NC

The shelves of the Food Pantry of Highlands are  generously stocked with nutritious groceries.

The shelves of the Food Pantry of Highlands are
generously stocked with nutritious groceries.

Most people do not associate hunger as being a problem in this area, but many local people are struggling to survive on incomes far below the national poverty guidelines.

The mission of the Food Pantry of Highlands is to provide nutritious food to anyone who meets the income eligibility guidelines for USDA food.  In the winter months, the economies of Highlands and Cashiers slow to a standstill. This, combined with increased heating costs, drains funds from the family budget that would normally be spent on food.

That’s why the services of the Food Pantry are a godsend. It allows clients to select their own food.  That’s basic food staples, as well as fresh produce and some personal items.  The amount allowed is based on the number of individuals in the family.  Currently, the Food Pantry provides food for 272 families representing 824 individuals.

This vital enterprise relies upon volunteers and donations to operate.  Currently, there’s a critical need for shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dried beans, canned meat and fruit.

The Food Pantry of Highlands is located behind Highlands United Methodist Church and is open every Monday from 3:30 to 5:30 P.M.  Donations may be dropped off at the church from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Friday.

 

It Does a Body Good!

Fiber – it does a body good! Unlike the nutrients that we gain from the foods we eat, fiber is not digested but passes through our body and out as we eliminate, often carrying with it the byproducts of digestion, many of which can become toxic to our health and lead to disease.  During transit, some fiber may ferment, an added anti-disease benefit.

Both soluble and insoluble fiber are essential for good health and disease prevention. Soluble fiber dissolves in water, helping digestion, latching on to bad cholesterol particles (LDL’s) and lowering blood glucose after eating. Insoluble fiber (not dissolvable in water) is mainly good for adding bulk to your stool, providing for better elimination and prevention of disease as it keeps us clean and free of toxins in the digestive tract. Both forms of fiber are important to include in each meal.

Most fiber is easily attainable in our diet as long as we consume plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, all natural forms of fiber. Quinoa is a complete protein, has both soluble and insoluble fiber, is gluten free and tastes great!  It’s a grain that cooks more quickly than rice – a benefit in our busy lives.

When we consume enough fiber, we are better able to digest and absorb the vital nutrients in our carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

Regular consumption of fiber allows for consistent stool elimination and the avoidance of constipation or diarrhea. We also have to chew more when eating foods with healthy amounts of fiber. The added benefit of chewing more is that we absorb more nutrients because we break the food down into smaller, thus more easily absorbed, particles. Chewing more gives the body a better sense of fullness so we tend to eat less in the process. This is good for better health and weight loss, if necessary. Since fiber can do all these wonderful things for the body, let’s all get moving on this bandwagon – it’ll do our bodies good!

 

Conquering the Trail

Armed with determination, comfy hiking boots and a loving family, a trio of sisters take in the entire the Appalachian Trail. Pictured: Sheila Owens (center), Jill Crowe (left) and Reena Taylor (right).

Armed with determination, comfy hiking boots and a loving family, a trio of sisters take in the entire the Appalachian Trail. Pictured: Sheila Owens (center), Jill Crowe (left) and Reena Taylor (right).

Sheila Owens and her two sisters, Reena Taylor and Jill Crowe HYOH (hike your own hike)’d the Appalachian Trail.

It took 16 years, a week here, a week there, squeezing treks in between family and work obligations, but they finished the last and most difficult stretch in Maine this year.

Sheila says, “I wanted to complete the trail before I reached 70!” She accomplished that with time to spare.

She adds, “I  am inspired and amazed at the woman who recently swam from Cuba to Florida- at 64, a feat that she was unable to attain when she was younger. This should remind all of us not to use age as an excuse as long as we enjoy good health!”

Sixteen years ago, the three sisters (the fourth declined the adventure) set out for a hike up Mt. LeConte, a 6,593-foot mountain in Tennessee.

They nearly froze. A freak October snowstorm blasted them. All they had was a little plastic cover for protection. That would have been enough to dissuade a battalion of soldiers. But on the way home the trio decided now that they had done LeConte and lived to tell the tale, they’d tackle the whole Appalachian Trail.

They started with trail sections close to home. They would chunk it up into week-long treks, which broke down into several day-long hikes. Sheila would leave her car at the one end of the trail, and her sisters would leave theirs at the other. They plotted courses so that accommodations (camp area, cabin, a hostel, etc.) were in the middle of the hike. There they’d meet and spend the night. The next morning, they’d finish their respective sections of trail and take their sister’s car to the next leg.

Often their aunt Dixie Aldredge would go along and catch up on her reading. Their family, right down to great grandchildren, were gung-ho for the intrepid trio, even though their dad said, “A bear will get you.” He was kidding, of course, but they did see 13 bears during the decade and a half, one or two intent on ravaging their gear, though the girls never really felt in danger.

Thru-hikers do the trail in six months or less, and are determined, unique characters, and at some point the determination changes from physical to mental.  But the girls enjoyed a more leisurely trek which allowed them a bit of sight-seeing and side excursions like the Patriot Path in Boston.

Sheila is writing a book about the trail experience. She is four chapters in and having a great time recalling their adventures. It was a huge accomplishment on many levels. This trek gave them plenty of time to catch up as sisters. And, truth be told, any one of them might have bailed had they done the hike alone. But there was an element of personal pride not to mention the don’t-let-them-see-you-sweat factor. They were a family team determined to see the trail end-to-end, Georgia to Maine. And so they did, HYOH. . . To learn more about their Trail experience, contact Sheila Owens at sheila@landmarkrg.com. By the way, Sheila works at Landmark Realty, and boy, does she know real estate! She has walked it, talked it, and has seen the entire Eastern Seaboard up close and personal. Call her at (828) 507-8852.

by Donna Rhodes

 

Serving Up a Slice of Vinegar Pie

Vinegar pie is the term used to describe a certain style of Southern gossip. To get absolution from saying something ugly, folks spoon on a dollop of sweet to assuage guilt. Here’s how it goes:

“Did you hear about poor ol’ Buck Bailey?” asked Patsy.

“No, what’s going on?” said Caroline.

“He lost his job,” said Patsy.

“Noooo…doesn’t surprise me though. He’s always been a barrel full of cain’t-and-never-could, bless his heart,” Caroline said.

“It’s a shame. And his son is just like him, God love the poor little spud,” said Patsy.

“Well, that family has a black cloud over them, that’s for durn sure, God love ‘em anyway. How’s Carrie Ann taking it?” asked Caroline.

“Not well, but she knew what she was getting into when she said ‘I do.’ And we all know she should have said ‘I not only don’t, I won’t ever,’ bless her pea-pickin’ pony-tailed noggin,’” said Patsy.

“We tried to warn her. I feel sorry for her, but she never had a lick of common sense, Lord love a hollow gourd,” said Caroline.

“Well, she was trying to rescue ol’ Buck I reckon. Some people just haul off and do what they’re gonna do no matter what you try to tell ‘em, Heaven help a bleedin’ heart drippin’ with good intentions. So sad, so sad,” said Patsy.

“Yep, her ladle never reached the bottom of the bucket, but she is a sweet little lump of butter . . . and one of God’s children. And she can bake a killer chocolate pie. Mmmm mmm, makes my mouth water just thinkin’ about it,” said Caroline.

“That she can. She’s a mess though. I heard she had a melt-down between the feminine products and the Odor Eaters at the Piggly Wiggly last week,” said Patsy.

“You don’t say,” said Caroline.

“It’s true, poor little buck-tooth porcupine. They had to call in the paramedicals,” said Patsy.

Ding-dong.

“Somebody’s at the door,” yelled Patsy’s daughter.

“Who is it?” yelled Patsy.

“It’s Carrie Ann,” Carrie Ann yelled through the screen.

“Carrie Ann,” warbled Caroline, switching from gossip to sugar mode, “Come on in.”

“I brought y’all something,” said Carrie Ann, waltzing in, hands full of yum. “It’s a new dessert: Chocolate Vinegar Pie.”

“Vinegar?” said Caroline, puckering her lips. “Why vinegar?”

“Oh, it gives it a little zing to bring out the flavor of my other secret ingredient. It’s my best recipe ever, if I do say so myself,” said Carrie Ann. “I thought we could sit a minute and have some pie together.”

“I’ll put on some coffee,” said Patsy, wiping a dribble of drool from her lip.

They sat and ate, Patsy and Caroline scarfing down a huge piece each. Carrie Ann passed on her piece saying she’d been enjoying the ingredients all day.

“Oh, look at the time, I’ve got to pick up Buck from his new job today. It pays twice as much as his old one. Things are really looking up for us. Why, I even had time to sit down and watch my favorite movie today, ‘The Help.’ You know I just love it when Hilly gets her comeuppance and eats that poo pie. I could watch that scene all day long,” said Carrie Ann, a twinkle in her eye.

Patsy and Caroline’s heads swiveled in each other’s direction. Their mouths dropped open.

“Well, bye, y’all. And make sure your hubbies get a big ol’ piece of pie,” said Carrie Ann. Then she strode out the door, stopped, turned, and looked straight at Patsy and Caroline, their mouths still agape, “ . . . bless their sweet little ol’ pointed heads.”

by Donna Rhodes

 

Chinquapin, Naturally

CHARLIE-FALLS-Cashiers-ncLOGANS-GAP-cashiers-ncTRADING-POST-Chinquapin-Cashiers-ncA family’s love of Chinquapin is an extraordinary piece of mountain land — a naturally conceived vision of environmental stewardship perfectly balancing sophisticated living and simple pleasures where you can enjoy life as nature intended.

Chinquapin is a 2000-acre, private and gated community located 10 minutes from Cashiers. More than just a development, the community allows nature to be the guide through conservation easements totaling over 700 acres and a meticulous land plan limiting the community to 200 homes with large lots carefully designed to minimize impact on native ecosystems.

Chinquapin’s legacy began when the Albert Carlton family purchased the 2000-acre tract of land in Glenville nestled between the Fowler Family Tree Farm and Panthertown Valley over 35 years ago. Like roots of the ancient chestnut trees from which the community takes its name, family traditions run deep.

In September of 1960, Hurricane Donna caused disaster in Wauchula, Florida, where the Carlton family legacy began. Citrus growers and ranchers for generations, the Carltons, like so many from the area devastated by Donna, sought refuge in the mountains of North Carolina where they stumbled upon and fell in love with Cashiers.

The couple enjoyed the tiny village so much that they bought their first mountain home and the plateau soon became a retreat for the Carltons and their growing family. Then in 1977, in the true pioneer spirit, they bought the gorgeous tract of land known today as Chinquapin, where the Carlton children spent their summers working in the family’s Christmas tree fields, horseback riding, fishing and camping.

The Carlton Legacy has sought to sustain the value of Chinquapin by serving as stewards to the natural and economic resources – developing land in harmony with nature.  And with land like Chinquapin, you want to take every opportunity to explore it. Filled with 18 miles of private hiking and mountain biking trails, bold streams with major waterfalls, wilderness cabins, camping, fishing, zip lining, and more, Chinquapin provides its residents with fun and unique outdoor experiences that will never be forgotten.

It isn’t about how to use the land; it’s about how to use it responsibly. Chinquapin lands are cherished; loved and nurtured providing a grand escape luring you in with natural beauty and rustic mountain setting. You find a harmonious balance between nature and beauty where the protective covenants and architectural guidelines have been carefully designed with consideration of conservationism to proactively protect the land. The unique styles of the community’s homes echo that sentiment, incorporating native elements that blend seamlessly with the natural surroundings.

A dreamy escape from large homes on tiny lots or condos fighting for a piece of a mountain view, Chinquapin is an idyllic place to establish a home base, where luxury, outdoor adventure and appreciation for nature preserve the balance between the landscape and the life you and your family will build here.

To learn more about this remarkable community and for sales information visit ChinquapinNC.com or call Chinquapin Land Company at (828) 743-4507.

Contributed by Alison Moody

 

Flu Shot?

Contributed by Jim Johnson, DC, DACBN & Resa Johnson, DC, DACBN, Mountain Air Wellness (828) 743-9070

Contributed by Jim Johnson, DC, DACBN & Resa Johnson, DC, DACBN, Mountain Air Wellness
(828) 743-9070

There is not room in this short article to completely address this question but there is space enough to encourage each and everyone of you to do some research before taking the shot. Do I get the flu shot?

No, I don’t!

“Each year most flu shots contain 3 influenza viruses, one influenza A (H3N2), one influenza A (H1N1) and one influenza B. The shot only has a chance of preventing you from getting a flu like illness during the flu season if you so happen to be infected with one of these specific influenza viruses,” – CBS News 2/13/13. Flu vaccine only provided 9 percent protection for seniors against the worst strain.

There are two types of influenza vaccines available in the U.S.: inactivated injectable influenza vaccine and live attenuated influenza vaccines, which is inhaled through the nose. Inactivated, injectable influenza vaccines packaged in multi-dose vials contain the mercury preservative thimerosal but inactivated influenza vaccines in single dose vials are thimerosal-free or contain trace amounts of mercury preservative. The live attenuate nasal influenza vaccine does not contain thimerosal.  Each year for those over 65 years old, the efficacy rate drops to 30 to 40 percent but the vaccine is assumed to be 50 to 60 percent effective in preventing hospitalization and pneumonia and 80 percent effective in preventing death from the flu. When health officals (CDC and WHO) do not correctly predict which flu strains will be most prevalent, the vaccine’s effectiveness is much lower for that year.” www.nvic.org

“New Study Exposes the “60 percent Effectiveness” Flu Shot as 98.5 percent Useless” www.Mercola.com 12/26/11.

So do some reading and make your own decision, but whether you choose to get the vaccine or not it is wise to do the following: Cover mouth when sneezing, stay well hydrated, eat nutritious food, decrease sugar consumption, increase exercise, decrease stress, get eight hours sleep and make sure Vitamin D levels are adequate.

We have additional instructions that we give our patients and recommend certain products to strengthen their immune system.

Golf Tips: It’s all Balance

Among all the things that go into a golf swing, this is probably the most abused part.  Forget the grip, straight left arm, head down, etc., etc. These are all important, but none more so than being able to take a full golf swing and keep your balance. I can’t tell you how many times in my many years of teaching and observing golfers I have seen some really strange bodily reactions to hitting a golf ball.

There is the notorious fire and fall back.  This is the golfer that just as they are striking the ball their weight leans or jumps back towards their right or back foot, causing them to weakly flip their wrists at the ball while their weight is moving backwards and away from the intended line of flight.

Then there is the famous reverse pivot where on the backswing the weight leans on the left leg and on the downswing goes to the back or right leg. Just the opposite of what should be going on.

I think most golfers realize that on the backswing the weight should shift to the right foot and on the downswing shift to the left foot and remain there without falling off balance.  They just don’t know how to do it and or realize how absolutely critical it is.

Just watch the Pros any weekend on TV and tell me how many finish their swing leaning away from where they are hitting…None. They all finish in balance with most of their weight on their left side with the right heel up in the air, the right toe pointing down and their belt buckle pointing at the target.

I find the best way to teach this is to do it backwards.  I will take a student and without swinging back, manually put them in the correct finish position as I mentioned above.  I then make them stay that way for a few seconds and tell them this is how we are going to learn to follow through. They all say it feels pretty good.

We then take a few easy practice swings and when they get to the follow through if they have done it correctly I make them hold it and count for 10 seconds before starting again.  After they have mastered the follow through without a ball we then proceed to do it with a tee. Usually they do this fine. Now the hard part – do it with a ball. Automatically, most times they try and hit at the ball instead of through the ball and fall back. It’s like there is an invisible wall at the ball and they can’t get through it.

My Dad gave me a great swing thought to learn this – pretend the ball is a soft white mushroom or a round cotton ball. If it seems softer it’s easier to hit through.

When they finally learn to finish the swing properly we then work on holding the position until they have mastered it.

We all have our swing faults and all I can say is if you can master the bane of the poor golfer – poor balance and weight transfer – I guarantee you will hit the ball much longer and straighter and more consistently.

Contributed by Tom Chillemi, Tom’s Golf Tours, tnchillemi@windstream.net

 

 

The Fall View from The Bald

The glories of a gentle fall day in the mountains are revealed to anyone who’s willing to take a stroll.

The glories of a gentle fall day in the mountains are revealed to anyone who’s willing to take a stroll.

One of the many things that makes life in Western North Carolina special is being able to watch spring climb up the mountains and then watching autumn climb back down them.

On the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau you have the opportunity to catch the very first hints of fall colors up high, and then to watch as they spread themselves out down below. There is no better place to do just that than the two towers crowning high summits to the south.

The observation tower on Little Scaly is the easier of the two to reach. Just take Dillard Road from downtown Highlands for about four miles until you come to the sign for “The Mountain” on your left. The Mountain is a retreat owned by the Unitarian Universalist Church, and the land is held as a nature preserve by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust.

A short drive will bring you to the granite dome at the summit of Little Scaly, a stand of 300-year-old oak trees, and the observation tower overlooking the USDA’s Blue Valley Experimental Forest.

If you want to be a little more adventurous, return to Dillard Road and head south towards Rabun Bald, Georgia’s second highest summit at 4,696 feet. Travel three and a half miles and take a left onto Hale Ridge Road.

Cross the state line, then bear left onto Bald Mountain Road, followed by a left onto Kelsey Mountain Road. The road dead ends at the trailhead. Take the left fork to begin your four mile hike. The loop begins as a rocky single track trail, and there will be a couple of steep and slick spots on the way to the fire tower atop the bald. But the work you put in will be well worth the 360-degree panorama to be found there.

Bring along lunch and a jacket for the summit wind; if the weather cooperates you’ll find yourself with a 100-mile view for your picnic.

Contributed by Matthew Timothy Bradle

 

A Luxurious Estate

home-of-distinction-resize-cashiersfive-home-of-distinction-cashiersfour-home-of-distinction-resize-cashiersthree-home-of-distinction-cashierstwo-home-of-distinction-resize-cashiersThis luxurious estate in the prestigious community of Cedar Hill is a visual feast. From its dramatic gated entrance to exquisite mountaintop vistas to distinctive hand-hewn wood and native stone construction, it embodies the essence of mountain living at its best.

You can tell by the look of the home and guesthouse interiors that the designers were attuned to the natural setting. Imagine walking into all the textural delights, colors and open feel of the forest, harmonized with state-of-the-art conveniences.

The open floor plan lends itself to everything from private luxuriance to elaborate entertaining. The spacious master bedroom, office and two guest-suites are on the main level, along with an extraordinary kitchen, a chef’s dream-come-true. It is equipped with top-of-the line appliances, granite counter tops, and amenities galore.

At day’s end, sip a glass of wine uncorked in the wine-tasting room. Or take in the exquisite view from the stone patio. Unwind on the screened porch by the hearth, one of the home’s three magnificent stone fireplaces. You can relax knowing everything on the premises speaks of superb planning, expert craftsmanship, elegance and comfort.

To show special guests hospitality at its finest, offer them the separate log guest home with cozy living room, stone fireplace, kitchen and private bedroom.

You and your guests will thrill to the beauty of North Carolina flora and fauna on almost three and a half acres of exquisitely landscaped property. Designers have provided several scenic focal points including water features and a magnificent koi pond. This property is what living in North Carolina is all about.

To learn more about this listing, visit online at: www.ncliving.com. Contact Jochen Lucke for all your luxury property needs at jlucke@ncliving.com or (828) 226-1126.

 

Cashiers History, Killer Tuberculosis

Essie Zachary Pell is in the back row, extreme left.

Essie Zachary Pell is in the back row, extreme left.

Essie Belle Zachary Pell was 23s years old when she died at a Tuberculosis Sanitarium in Asheville. Two letters she wrote from her deathbed to her mother, Julia Beazley Zachary, in Cashiers, give us an insight into that wasting disease. Following are excerpts from those sad letters.

“Asheville, N. C.   Jan 16, 1907

Dear Mama:

I’ll try to write a few lines and send by Hampton.* I am feeling pretty bad this morning. I got up sick and then vomited part of my breakfast, then went to sleep and just now woke up. We are pleasantly situated now at No. 44 Clayton St.  I think I will be satisfied here. Everything is nice, clean and comfortable and they are good cooks.  Hampton can tell you what the Doctors think of me for he has talked to them more than I. Dr. Briggs says I have Tuberculosis of the throat while Dr. Purefoy says my left lung is affected. Dr. Briggs has ordered me not to speak aloud under any circumstances. But I can whisper a little or write or make signs. I have just eaten dinner. They brought me a big plate full of nice tomato soup, a little dish of Irish potatoes, one of corn, a big baked sweet potato, a dish of slaw, some crackers, loaf and cornbread and a large glass of sweet milk. I ate the soup, part of the sweet potato and the milk. I’m crazy to see Dana Bird.** Has she been back to see you since I left? Fred*** could go down there any day and bring her to you for awhile.   Lovingly, Essie

Sunday morning     (undated)

Dear Mama:

I’m waiting for breakfast. I have managed to get my clothes on and am out on my porch. I have on my wrapper and it feels mighty good and fits good too. Bird****had to take up the darts a good deal. I do not know if I am getting any better or not. I am so weak that I can hardly walk across the floor. My cough is no better. I’ve tried ever since I’ve been here to get something to check my bowels and at last, yesterday, he gave me some pills that would help my indigestion and be good for the bowels too. The pills are the size and the color of a Texas Runner Bean. He makes me so mad I could bust.  My feet have gotten cold so I’ll go inside and warm them. Lovingly, Essie”  [Essie died March 17, 1907.]

*Hampton Pell was the husband of Essie Belle Zachary Pell.

**Dana Bird Pell was the baby of Essie and Hampton Pell.

***Fred Zachary was Essie’s youngest brother.

****Bird Zachary was Essie’s older sister.

 

Highlands History

The Rock Quarry on the Franklin Road (Highway 28) in 1929.

The Rock Quarry on the Franklin Road (Highway 28) in 1929.

In the 1930s and ‘40s, when Highlands began to seriously connect to the outside world via paved roadways, gravel was in great demand. The rock quarry on Poplar Street was booming in more ways than one. The dynamite’s shock waves cracked windows, knocked china off its perches, and shook many a timber, not to mention nervous systems. It was enough to make even the most pious blast-pheme.  By 1951 the problem had reached critical mass. The town, which owned the quarry, caved in, as it were, and agreed to close it. Townfolk cheered. And just about the time the last chorus of hallelujah faded to a pianissimo, the town leased the quarry to John Miller. The blasting kicked into high gear once again. Five more years of ka-booming and Highlands residents were ready to riot. They circulated a petition and demanded the town refuse to renew Miller’s lease. In the dead of winter the town council voted on the quarry issue. It was a tie. The pressure was on. Mayor Bill McCall, perhaps his re-election a consideration, broke the tie in favor of residents’ wishes to close the quarry. And just in case you thought crazy politics was an invention of more recent times, au contraire. Not long after, the town council caved in once more and extended the lease another five years. Residents were livid. Robert Conlon and Hal Copeland who lived above the quarry on Little Bear Pen blasted back . . . verbally. Not only was it jangling everyone’s nerves, it was hazardous to workers and to the residents near the blast site. Then it happened. Detonation rocketed a huge boulder 4,500 feet in the air and sent it crashing through Copeland’s roof. No one was physically injured, but it was enough to send Mrs. Copeland straight to Dr. Goodwin for sedation. Without further ado Mr. Copeland took her to Hampton, Virginia. She’d settle for the 90 degree Virginia heat if it meant a reprieve from the nerve-wracking noise. Copeland was quoted in The Highlander, “If this doesn’t prove what a great hazard the quarry is, I don’t know what will.”The whole blasted affair came to not so much a screaming, but a quiet halt. The lease was not renewed and the demolition stopped, permanently. In 1963 the town built a 2100 square foot warehouse and vehicle shed on the old quarry site, which is Highlands’ maintenance shed today.  So next time your rafters shake and your cast iron stove levitates a few inches off the floor, don’t blow up. Just call the city council and see if the lease was renewed. Then, feel free to blast away!

by Donna Rhodes  |  Photo Courtesy Highlands Historical Society

 

 

Anything But Chardonnay?

Curt Christiansen,  Wine Navigator Madison’s Restuarant  empiricon@hotmail.com

Curt Christiansen, Wine Navigator
Madison’s Restaurant, empiricon@hotmail.com

There is a strangely persistent moniker in the wine world – ABC: Anything But Chardonnay.

Ten years ago I could understand this backlash against chardonnay. Overly oaked, flabby, buttery chardonnays literally lined up to get their 90 plus rating. I remember picking up a popular wine magazine’s chardonnay issue and looking through four pages of chardonnays deemed worthy of 90 points or higher. Four pages.

Ten years later however, things are vastly different. I taste on average about 80 wines a week and I am always excited when it’s a chardonnay. I taste some from Oregon that resemble a Grand Cru Meursault. Some are completely new interpretations of chardonnay. While an old school chardonnay from Ric Forman is raved over by those who try it, though the style has not changed for decades. Chasseur single vineyard chardonnays are as appealing as any wine can get. Every Alex Gambal white burgundy (chardonnay) is as different and exceptional as any other varietal. Every vintage of the Lucien LeMoine Bourgogne Blanc is a celebration of passion and dedication to chardonnay.

My point is that ABC is not over. It is irrelevant. We are in the midst of a chardonnay renaissance – therefore rules and preconceptions no longer apply. In this climate of farm-to-table, organic, sustainable and biodynamic farming, it’s all about the terrier, the land. Today’s chardonnay is being made by what nature provides the winemaker, not by over manipulation.

Don’t get me wrong. There will always be wine made for ratings as long as there are rating hounds. But in my opinion, there has never been a better time to drink chardonnay. So, I say to the ABC people, thank you, renew your membership and drink something else because there is not enough of these great chardonnays to go around.

Just finishing an amazing glass of Davis Family chardonnay,

Curt Christiansen, Wine Navigator

 

Will You Walk the Plank?

worklikeacaptainMurky waters lap against the deserted shore of Lake Sequoyah. A heavy moon hangs low in the sky casting pale light on weathered bones.

In the distance a flag is heard rippling on an abandoned vessel on the shoreline of On the Verandah. Creatures are seen stirring inside beckoning all those who dare to enter the party. Strains of music from the Chuck Folds Five Band drift across the water enticing listeners to come inside.

On the Verandah summons those who are brave enough to “walk the plank” to join them on October 31 starting at 6:30 P.M. until the last bone has dropped, to feast and dance the night away. All hands are invited aboard for $30 per person and $5 for small mateys.

Captain Andrew Figel will be serving bounties of the sea and treasures of the land. First Mate Trae Ellison will be pouring tempting grogs and specialty ales to quench any carouser’s thirst. Call (828) 526-2338 to reserve your spot amongst the living for a night to remember.

Contributed by Courtney Scarborough

 

Homemade Pumpkin Butter

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Contributed by Dr. Anastasia Halldin, Nutrition Coach  www.healthymamainfo.com

Contributed by Dr. Anastasia Halldin, Nutrition Coach
www.healthymamainfo.com

Fall is here, leaves are golden and juicy pumpkins are everywhere. Homemade pumpkin butter is sweet, hearty, spicy, easy to make. Get ready for your jar to disappear pretty quickly: pumpkin butter works well on toast, on waffles, on bread. It is delicious when used as a spread on bananas or apple slices and it makes a heavenly ice cream or

yogurt topping.

Here’s how to make pumpkin puree from scratch:

Ingredients:

3- to 4-pound pumpkin

1 cup water

Preheat the oven to 350º F. Cut your pumpkin in half (or ask a man to be useful and do it.) Clean the seeds and the guts out. To make a zinc-rich snack, you can wash the seeds and gently roast them on a dry frying pan, turning them sporadically, until they begin to lightly brown.

Place pumpkin halves face down into a large dish. Add water to the bottom of the dish. Bake for 1-1 1/4 hours or until pumpkin flesh is soft and easy to scoop.

Scoop the pumpkin flesh out, leaving the outer shell behind. Put the soft flesh into a blender or food processor. Blend, pulsing until the purée is smooth. Strain through a cheese cloth or nut bag to remove excess moisture. Store in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to three days or in the freezer for up to three months.

You can use pumpkin butter in:

To top your pancakes or waffles; Use as a spread. We put it on this easy date bread this morning for yummy breakfast; Use in smoothies; Use as ice cream topping. For healthy ice cream, check out this recipe; Mix with yogurt; For a quick dessert, layer granola, yogurt and pumpkin butter in a clear glass; Eat with muffins; Mix into your morning oatmeal; Use as a dip for apple slices; And my personal favorite: eat with a spoon!

Stars of the Bars

This month’s Star of the Bar, Paoletti’s Ryan Aydelotte.

This month’s Star of the Bar, Paoletti’s Ryan Aydelotte.

For one of his favorite concoctions, Ryan muddles fresh mint leaves.

For one of his favorite concoctions, Ryan muddles fresh mint leaves.

 

The muddled mint is mixed with house made strawberry infused tequila and house made strawberry purée.

The muddled mint is mixed with house made strawberry infused tequila and house made strawberry purée.

 

Ginger ale ads zing that complements the sweetness of the strawberry.

Ginger ale ads zing that complements the sweetness of the strawberry.

Garnish with an orange slice and mint leaves, sip and enjoy Ryan’s own Jezebel cocktail.

Garnish with an orange slice and mint leaves, sip and enjoy Ryan’s own Jezebel cocktail.

 

After today’s golf score, your place on the Amateur circuit may be history, but you are still exhilarated.  Your fun continues as you meet friends for a cocktail at Paoletti’s Restaurant on Main Street. Bartender Ryan Aydelotte is mixing drinks a mile-a-minute. He banters with customers as he deftly fills their orders. His electric smile can turn a frown upside down quicker than a car circles the NASCAR speedway track.

Ryan saunters over to take your order.  He excitedly tells you about the six uniquely-infused liquors that Paoletti’s has introduced this year.   Strawberry or basil, coffee and chocolate, tangerine; try one or all.  You will love them.  Don’t expect to see Ryan toss bottles in the air like Tom Cruise did in “Cocktail” but do expect a quality cocktail, a tantalizing smile and superior service.

Growing up in a family of restaurateurs, Ryan learned early that he is a people person.  Originally from Fort Collins, Colorado, he moved to Sarasota, Florida, after college.  He was introduced to Highlands in 1999 when friends convinced him to come here to work.  As an outdoor enthusiast he revels in whitewater rafting, riding his mountain bike along the rugged trails, or taking his motorcycle for a spin on these curvy, mountain roads while still doing work that he enjoys.  “What young man would not be drawn to this region? “ Ryan quips.   “Beautiful scenery, cool temperatures, and friendly people.  Everyone greets you with a smile and a wave as you cross the street.  Wow, it was definitely culture shock for a few days.  This is so different from people in south Florida.” He has worked at several different restaurants in the area during his 15 years here.  If you don’t immediately recognize his face, you may remember him for his quick wit and dry humor. Don’t take offense if he sends you a zinger as you sip on your drink.  It’s all done in jest.

Ryan has developed a real following. The “bar regulars” gather for a light bite and a drink a couple of times a week.    Some elect to stay at the bar and enjoy dinner rather than move to a table.  With Paoletti’s extensive wine cellar Ryan says that he probably serves about as much wine as he does cocktails at the bar.  “Whatever your pleasure” is what he’s there to deliver.

In the off-season Ryan loves to travel to places like Central America, Southeast Asia or the American west. His long-term goal is to own his own restaurant but this year he has a new priority-his first child.  He and his wife will soon be proud parents. He fondly remembers his German grandmother who helped make him who he is today.  He hopes that he can instill the same positive traits in his children that his parents and grandparents instilled in him.  Stop by and enjoy your favorite beverage with Ryan. The bar at Paoletti’s is open daily from 4:00 P.M. Call them at (828) 526-5906 for more information or visit www.paolettis.com.

By Wiley Sloan

 

7th Annual Culinary Weekend

Highlands Culinary Weekend artFall in Highlands has never looked better as we celebrate the 7th Annual Highlands Culinary Weekend.

This 4-day destination event, created by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center, promises to be one of the highlights of the season.

Join us as we embrace Highlands’ majestic mountain location, boundless activities, appealing accommodations, unique retail shops & extraordinary cuisine. The weekend gains momentum with the not to be missed Opening Night Celebration, Thursday, November 7, held at the esteemed Highlands Country Clubhouse.

Beginning at 7:00 P.M., enjoy great music, a variety of wine tasting tables, and the delectable cuisine of Highlands’ local chefs. Throughout the weekend, fill your itineraries with an array of activities, cooking demonstrations, tastings and dinners hosted by area restaurants, merchants and accommodations. Experience the wares of Highlands’ fine shops by attending the annual Sip & Stroll held on Friday & Saturday, November 8 and 9, from 11:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. in our beautiful downtown area.

Opening Night Gala Reception at The Clubhouse at Highlands Country Club: Thursday, November 7, beginning at 7:00 P.M., sip, swirl and savor fine wines and craft beers while enjoying the delectable cuisines of Highlands’ local chefs. This entire experience will be a chance to embrace culinary delight under one roof in the beautiful mountains of Highlands. Taste a must-have wine? Mountain Fresh Grocery will be on hand to take your orders and arrange for delivery.

Shuttle service will be provided from Highlands Recreation Park and Highlands Plaza to the Clubhouse at Highlands Country Club. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at highlandsculinaryweekend.com or by calling 1 (866) 526-5841.

Friday, November 8 Events: The Hen House featuring Sallie’s Greatest herbal fruit jams; Sip & Stroke at The Bascom;  “Old Vines and Young Turks” at Cyprus International Cuisine; Seasonal Craft Beer Pairing Dinner at Ruka’s Table; Robert Biale Vineyards Wine Dinner at On the Verandah; Cakebread Cellars Celebration at Lakeside Restaurant; Lambert Bridge, Flavor Spectrum with Andy Wilcox at Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro; Third Annual Farm Harvest Dinner and Barn Dance at The Farm Pavilion at Old Edwards; Culinary Adventure Through Europe with Rosewood Market at The Inn at Half Mile Farm; The Ugly Dog Pub Late Night Hang Out.

Saturday, November 9 Events: The Hen House featuring Sallie’s Greatest herbal fruit jams; Sip & Stroke at The Bascom; James Beard Award Winner Louis Osteen at Mountain Fresh Grocery; “The Staff Of Life in The Grandmothers Hands” a cooking demonstration at Cyprus International Cuisine; “Midnight in Taipei” at Cyprus International Cuisine; Spanish Wine Pairing Dinner at Ruka’s Table; JUSTIN The Mood for a Fabulous Affair at Lakeside Restaurant; On the Verandah & Davis Family Vineyards Wine Dinner; Silver Oak Cellars & Twomey Wine Dinner “Life is a Cabernet” at Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro; “Just a Thimbleful”, a Bourbon Dinner at The Dog House; The Ugly Dog Pub Late Night Hang Out.

Sunday, November 10 Events: James Beard Award Winner Louis Osteen at Mountain Fresh Grocery; The Academy of Bartending-Bar Basics hosted by Holeman and Finch Public House of Atlanta at The Ugly Dog Pub.

Sip & Stroll
Friday & Saturday,
Nov. 8 – 9, 11:00 A.M- 5:00 P.M.

Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased online atwww.highlandsculinaryweekend.com or by calling 1 (866) 526-5841

Experience the wares of Highlands’ fine shops, while tasting and enjoying a selection of wine & delightful edibles.

Friday’s Sip & Stroll: Acorns; Acorns on Church; Alyxandra’s; Bags on Main; Cabin Couture; Hen House; Highlands Fine Art & Estate Jewelry; Mountain Fresh; Oak Leaf Flower & Garden; Potpourri 2; TJ Bailey For Men;  Vivace; Xtreme Threads

Saturday’s Sip & Stroll:

4th Street Boutique; Acorns; Acorns on Church; Alyxandra’s; Bags on Main; Cabin Casuals; Cabin Couture; Hen House; Highlands Fine Art & Estate Jewelry; Mountain Fresh; Oak Leaf Flower & Garden; Potpourri; Potpourri 2; Xtreme Threads; TJ Bailey For Men; Vivace; Wit’s End.

Wild Thyme Gourmet

 

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Crab and Corn Chowder

Salmon with a Vidalia Onion Crust

Salmon with a Vidalia Onion Crust

In less than a year at its new location, Wild Thyme Gourmet has firmly established itself as a Highlands Main Street institution.

Part of its appeal is the luxurious full-service bar, plush in its appointments and designed for sparkling conversation. The new location has allowed Wild Thyme to expand its wine list (earning it The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the last three years) and beer selection (both bottle and on tap).

The dining room is bright and cozy and adorned with gorgeous art.

Wild Thyme’s patio, with its bright red umbrellas, recalls the casual elegance of European bistros – during the day it’s the perfect spot to view the endlessly fascinating parade of humanity.  At night, it’s candle-lit and perfect for whispered intimacies.

But let’s face it, that all takes back seat to Wild Thyme Gourmet’s exquisitely composed menu.

That menu derives from the genius of chef/owner Dindu Lama. He learned the fundamentals of kitchen work in his native Nepal, but it was his immigration to America that sparked his passion for culinary art. It was his arrival in Highlands that brought his gifts to their full flowering.

“It was good to be in America, I learned to cook Chinese and Thai food, but New York is so big and so different from home,” he explains. “But a friend of my brother was a chef at On the Verandah and he said I should come to live in Highlands. He said there was work and the people were nice.”

A visit convinced Dindu that Highlands was closer to the America he imagined as a boy.

After a lot of hard work, fate provided the perfect opportunity.

Now that he owns Wild Thyme, Dindu’s menu is a provocative blend of nouvelle cuisine infused with Asian spices and sensibilities.

Some people visit for a quick lunch – a salad or soup of sandwich.  For them, the bistro is just a stopping point in a day built around shopping or golf or a vigorous hike. And sure enough, the food is fresh and delicious and undeniably nutritious.

They’re wise choices and it’s a good strategy, but I recommend you come to Wild Thyme ravenous.

That’s how my sweetie and I arrived, and we dove into each selection with unbridled delight.

She started with a wonderfully constructed Heart of Palm Salad – an emerald bed of mixed field greens, julienned vegetables, splashed with a carefully balanced Balsamic vinaigrette.

For me, The Wedge – a majestic chunk of iceberg lettuce drizzled with house-made bleu cheese dressing and warm bacon. It was difficult to share with Tricia.

The Wedge was complemented by a bowl of Crab and Corn Chowder that was hearty and delicately spiced. I did not share.

The singular quality of the salads set the tone for the entrees that followed.

My sweetie’s Salmon with a Vidalia Onion Crust had been slowly oven-roasted with a delicate citrus beurre blanc. The shallots in the reduction acted as a perfect complement to the salmon’s just-hauled-out-of-the-water freshness.

For me, it was the Panéed Breast of Chicken, a subtle parmesan-and-rosemary-crusted creation, served with a lemon caper butter sauce.

Despite my previous reluctance, we shared entrees because, come on, it’s Salmon with a Vidalia Onion Crust!

In fact, so right were the entrees that I ordered Waterfall Beef to go. It’s a spicy stir fry of beef tenderloin, fresh vegetables, ginger, cilantro and lime, served on a bed of basmati rice. Once, a thousand years ago, I lived in Bangkok and darned if Dindu didn’t return me to those halcyon days.

There’s obviously a lot of attention lavished on these dishes. Whether you’re one of those who considers Wild Thyme a quick stop bistro or you’re looking for a place to relax and indulge, you’ll find that Dindu and his crew have a place that’s just right for you.

Wild Thyme Gourmet is located at 343 Main Street in Town Square.  Call ahead for reservations at (828) 526-4035.  It’s open seven days, lunch 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., dinner from  5:30 P.M..-‘til.

By Luke Osteen

 

 

Pauline Morgan Marr

Dovetail Antiques will be hosting an artist’s reception for Pauline on  Saturday, October 12th from 10:00 until 5:00.

Dovetail Antiques will be hosting an artist’s reception for Pauline on Saturday, October 12th from 10:00 until 5:00.

Pauline Morgan Marr was born just down the road a bit in Rosman, North Carolina. She remembers as a child wondering why she was artistic when no one else in her family was.  It was in high school guided by her art teacher that she realized that she didn’t just like art. She was an artist.

Pauline has always made time for her art and recently decided to pursue it full time. Her friend Sally Johannessen encouraged her to work every day at her painting as if it were her job.  Sally is the owner of Dovetail Antiques in Cashiers and she began selling Pauline’s work as fast as she could paint it. Recently Pauline picked up the palette knife and her work has taken on a fresh new look.  Pauline paints local landscapes. These are special places that Pauline knows by heart having grown up in these mountains.  With an intuitive stroke, she captures the essence of a landscape and a moment in time.  “Everyone, if they are lucky, finds their zone at least once in their life in whatever it is they do, says Sally.  “I have been witness to Pauline’s growth as an artist. She is in her zone now and painting with her heart and mind.  It is a beautiful thing to see and I think it’s apparent in her canvases.” Dovetail Antiques will be hosting an artist’s reception for Pauline on Saturday, October 12 from 10:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. Pauline will be on hand, no doubt working on a painting in progress, and taking orders on commissioned pieces.  Dovetail Antiques will also debut many new pieces. Please stop by to meet Pauline Morgan Marr and see what a true artist can create.

Dovetail Antiques is located at 252 Highway 107 South in Cashiers.  If you have any questions, please call Sally Johannessen at (828) 743-1800.

 

Art League of Highlands

Young artists at the Art League’s Colors Art show.

Young artists at the Art League’s Colors Art show.

As the colors of autumn begin to blanket the mountains, the Art League of Highlands adds its own color to the mix.  The Fall Colors Fine Art Show is the last of the two annual shows sponsored by the Art League.  It is a two-day event, held indoors at the Recreation Park, and this year it will be from noon to 6:00 P.M. Friday, October 18, and from 10:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. Saturday, October 19.

Whether you are a collector, someone who admires art, or simply looking for a pleasant way to spend part of your weekend, this show is for you.  Some lucky attendees will randomly receive gift certificates toward the purchase of artwork.  On Saturday the popular children’s work room returns, where young aspiring artists can create pieces to take home, and perhaps also take home a free painting from one of the exhibiting artists.

Paintings of oil, acrylic and watercolor will be on display, as well as mixed media pieces, pastels, photographs, sculpture, hand-fashioned jewelry, glass and wood turnings will be on display.  All of the art at the show is original.  It is an excellent opportunity to view, and purchase if you are so inclined, the work of some truly talented artists from the immediate area and beyond.  Admission to the show and the children’s work room is free, so while you are enjoying the colors of fall in the mountains, also make plans to treat yourself to the Art League’s Fall Colors Fine Art Show.

Contributed by Zach Claxton

 

 

The Met Opera Live at Highlands PAC

A project that started nearly two years ago is coming to fruition:  beginning Saturday afternoon, October 12 the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center will be presenting the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD.  All operas will be streamed live during the Saturday afternoon MET matinees. (The October 5 opera will be shown in Highlands on October 12, as PAC had a concert previously scheduled.)

The Saturday afternoon operas begin at 12:55 P.M. EST and there will be a short discussion about each opera beginning at 12:30 P.M.

“The Met: Live in HD’s” 2013-14 season features 10 live transmissions, including four new productions

The Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series offers a significant portion of the Met season to opera lovers around the world. “We have chosen a wide sampling of the best of our new season for the opera lovers around the world to enjoy locally,” said Met General Manager Peter Gelb. “Our commitment to making opera accessible and affordable continues.”

“The Met: Live in HD” is now shown in more than 1,900 theaters in 64 countries, making the Met the only arts institution with an ongoing global art series of this scale. The Met began on a modest scale in 2006. Since then, its program has grown every season, with more than 12 million tickets sold to date.

Met opera stars serve as hosts for the HD series, conducting live interviews with cast, crew, and production teams, and introducing the popular behind-the-scenes features; altogether the worldwide HD audience is given an unprecedented look at what goes into the staging of an opera at one of the world’s great houses.

“The Met: Live in HD” series is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor, The Neubauer Family Foundation. Global corporate sponsorship of “The Met: Live in HD” is provided by Bloomberg.  HD Broadcasts are supported by Toll Brothers.

Tickets are available online at www.highlandspac.org or by calling (828) 526-9047. Highlands PAC is located at 507 Chestnut Street in Highlands.

Contributed by Mary Adair Leslie

 

All the Right Reasons

Steve-Johannessen-CD-jacket-front-cashiers-ncIt has been a long journey from front man vocalist and lead trombone for the Air Force Band to the debut of his first solo CD. But for all the right reasons, not-so-incidentally the title of his new album, Steve Johannessen has found his true passion …at least for now.

He says, “I have always loved big band music. When I am singing with a big band or full orchestra behind me, I am in my joy zone.” But pre-CD there were three decades in which Steve explored all kinds of music and art, analog and digital. Look at his résumé: (stevenjohannessen.com/classics/about.htm) and you’ll think you are reviewing the life of a half dozen people. As Fred Mollin, former VP of A&R (finding and developing new talent) for Disney says, “Steve is a wonderful musician, singer, writer and visual artist with continuing breakthroughs in digital domains.”

One of his latest collaborations is with brother Mark creating Songhammer, an iPad app for songwriters. It allows one to load lyrics, accompaniment, visuals, etc., to create set lists and stream wirelessly. You now have your whole backup performance with you on your iPad.

Once they built their app Steve decided to give it a real-world test run, so he approached Buck’s at the Crossroads in Cashiers. They booked Steve’s new act, a collection of exquisitely scored 30s and 40s classics like “You Make Me Feel So Young” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” (listen to these cuts on his website) all done in Steve’s own unique style. The cool thing about all of Steve’s talents, creations, and vocals is that they have been done (cue Sinatra song here) My Way.

The Buck’s trial was a huge success. It wasn’t long before Steve’s performance, Steve Johannessen’s Classics, was booked well into 2014 at area coffee houses, country clubs, home settings and more.

The next logical step was to make a CD. Producer Fred Mollin offered his studio and his Grammy award winning team to record and produce “All The Right Reasons,” a blend of classic songs selected from Steve’s extensive repertoire he is now developing in his live performances.

Steve is thrilled to announce that CD is now available to the public. To get your copy, contact Steve or visit stevenjohannessen.com/classics for calendar dates, songlist, bookings, CD availability, and more about the artist.

by Donna Rhodes