Keeping It Gorge-ous
Spring is just around the corner here on the Plateau. Signs are everywhere. The birds are singing a little more loudly, soft greens are emerging from the winter brown landscape as grasses and flowers are preparing for their spectacular spring show, and spring cleaning is under way all around town.
Keeping things spruced up helps Mother Nature shine and volunteers are happy to pitch in to show off our best side. In this vein of keeping Highlands beautiful you are invited to join the Highlands Chamber of Commerce in the longstanding tradition of cleaning the Gorge Road between Highlands and Franklin on April 23. The Gorge Road is one of the most scenic in the state, running alongside the Cullasaja River.
The annual Gorge Road Cleanup Day began over 20 years ago when members of the Mirror Lake Homeowners Association banded together and spent one Saturday every spring picking up litter on this scenic drive. Each year word spread and more and more volunteers joined the effort. Soon the event was so successful and well-established that Association members handed-off responsibility to the Highlands Chamber of Commerce, which has carried on the tradition.
If you’re interested in volunteering, meet at the Highlands Visitor Center at 9:30 A.M. on Saturday, April 23. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and the chamber will provide you with the supplies needed for the task – vests, gloves, litter pick up tools, and garbage bags. Following the cleanup, which ends at 2:00 P.M., volunteers will be treated to a hamburger and hotdog cookout at Cliffside Lake, courtesy of the Highlands Chamber of Commerce.
Make your calendars now to join this worthwhile event. For more information, please call the Chamber of Commerce at (828) 526-2112.