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Celebrating Changing Seasons | Cashiers NC

As we enjoy the brilliance of annual Fall foliage across our mountain plateau this month, we’re reminded that each season in Western North Carolina delivers a unique and exciting experience.  As always, October’s weather is characterized by highly anticipated autumn temperatures accompanied by the beauty of the Leaf Season. Historically, we begin to wind down here to a quieter holiday season …

Drive-Thru Pet Food | CHHS

The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society recently presented a free pet food drive-thru event in the parking lot of the Cashiers/Glenville Recreation Center.  Local pet owners experiencing financial difficulties in feeding their pets were encouraged to attend. Drivers did not need to exit their vehicles as CHHS staff and volunteers placed the donated food directly into cars and trucks shortly after arrival. …

Four Decades of Service | Stephen Lucas

CPA Stephen Lucas started his accounting firm in Highlands in January 1979; that same year he was invited to a Rotary Club of Highlands meeting and has been a Rotarian ever since.  Lucas said the more he became involved, the more he realized the club’s importance to the community of Highlands. He served as a treasurer at various times and …

Peggy’s Pollinator Buzz | Peggy Crosby Center

Peggy Crosby’s expanding pollinator pathway is fast-becoming western Carolina’s favorite dive-through.  After three seasons of dedicated planning and planting, The Peggy Crosby Community Services Center, the Laurel and Mountain Garden Clubs, and other pollinator habitat supporters are nurturing a thriving environment of botanicals, butterflies, bees and birds. It’s dubbed Peggy’s Pollinator Garden.  In this self-sustaining perennial garden, pollinator plants continue …

Touching Lives Forever | Highlands Literacy Council

Gerry Doubleday would be the first to say that just thinking about the importance of literacy gets him emotional.  “I clearly remember the first time I heard about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.  I had no idea that if kids aren’t reading at grade level by the end of third grade 74 percent of those struggling readers won’t ever catch …

Creating Lifelong Learners | Center for Life Enrichment

Center for Life Enrichment in Highlands is all about learning. Educational lectures are abundant at CLE, but throughout much of spring and summer 2020 were shuttered due to statewide mandates limiting the number of people assembling.  “We have to have more than 10 people to make it worthwhile for us,” said Bonnie Dayton, marketing director. “Most events in October are …

Carpe Diem’s Gentle Wisdom

From its inception, Carpe Diem Farms has been a sanctuary for all God’s creatures great and small.   With the majority of programs designed for human interaction with the resident horses, we’ve also provided home for many cats and dogs.  We were designated an Audubon Sanctuary two years after we opened in 1997 and have been the site of a …

Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation

We can hardly believe it’s fall.   Breaking news is overflowing at the Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation. In case you haven’t heard, we are funding a comprehensive weekly Covid-19 testing program for local schools, including Highlands School, Summit Charter School, and Blue Ridge School and Early College from September through December. This is a trail-blazing project for K-12 public schools …

Invasives Begone | Mountaintop Rotary

A grant from the Mountaintop Rotary Club of Highlands and matching grant funds from Rotary District 7670 have enabled the new RotarACT Club of Highlands to launch its first project.  The project has the goal of removing non-native invasive plant species in and around the town of Highlands, community roadways, and local non-profit owned properties.  In addition to the benefits to …

Conserving | Highlands Cashiers Land Trust

Do me a favor. Close your eyes.  Wait, you have to read this whole paragraph first, then you can close your eyes. Next I want you to picture what you love about the Plateau.   Go ahead, I’ll wait.   You might conjure several images – there is so much to love about our community!   Now tell me, did …

Victories in Small Things | Counseling during Covid

For starters, I looked up “coping.” The first definition is a “sloping cap of a masonry wall.”  How appropriate! I do feel as if I’ve slammed into a brick wall whose top I can’t climb over.  2020 has been incredibly difficult the world over. Most of us have spent life relatively free of global catastrophes. We have come to perceive …

I’m Your Huckleberry Friend

All of you who know me, know of my beloved White Labrador Retriever Maisie, who recently transitioned beyond the “Rainbow’s End,” waitin’ ‘round the bend. Today is the one month anniversary of the day that I lost her and for a time, (and still) it felt as though my life had ended, too. Loss has taught me so many things …