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WINTER IN NC IS THE SEASON OF LIGHT

George Ellison, our favorite NC mountain naturalist and columnist for the Asheville Citizen Times, this season compiled lines from previous columns that in one way or another celebrate Winter:  Season of Light. “After summer’s haze and the soft tones of autumn, we’re confronted not with the gloom we tend to anticipate but with a clarity…

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PREPARING HOME FOR WINTER FOR PEOPLE WITH MOBILITY ISSUES

Excerpted from an article by Connie Adair for realtytimes.com “It’s the time of year when people winter-proof their homes — caulking, adding insulation, checking roofs, gutters and downspouts, putting lawn tools away and brings snow blowers and shovels out of storage.  However , people with mobility issues need to take extra precautions when preparing for…

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THAT UPSIDE-DOWN BIRD? MUST BE A NUTHATCH!

Excerpted from a recent article by our favorite WNC naturalist and columnist for the Asheville Citizen-Times, George Ellison. “…Throughout the year, along with wrens and kinglets and chickadees, nuthatches are among the energetic sprites of the bird world. Their constant wind-up-toy movements and curious examination of everything they encounter, including people, makes them entertaining to…

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SEPTEMBER THOUGHTS….

WELCOME SEPTEMBER…. Thoughts of cooler weather in store are just a part of our thoughts as we enter September and say goodbye to high summer in the Western North Carolina Mountains.  Fall tends to be the most nostalgic month for most people here, and especially for us here in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where we…

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MORE THAN 1,500 PLANTS FOUND NOWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD…

….BUT WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA! Here are excerpts from a recent article in the Asheville Citizen-Times by naturalist George Ellison. “Buckley’s St. John’s-Wort is one of the endemic plant species found in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains and no place else in the world… I’ve had the opportunity to spend a lot of time recently on…

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SIMPLE STAGING TIPS TO SELL A HOME FAST

Excerpted from an article by Realty Times Staff “…..when you are having your home shown to potential buyers, you want them to see it as a home they could live in.  That’s where staging comes in.  According to Coldwell Banker, homes that were staged spent half the time on the market than homes that were…

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13 REASONS YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO SELL YOUR HOME ON YOUR OWN

SOURCE:  Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com “BRUTALLY HONEST REASONS… It’s a choice some people make, mainly to try to save some money…but the number of FSBO transactions is in decline.  Only eight percent of homeowners choose to list themselves – a record low, according to a National Association of Realtors (NAR) survey.  So why isn’t it…

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BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY BACK ON TOP….

…AND RECORDS SET FOR SMOKIES… Excerpted from an article by Karen Chavez/Asheville Citizen-Times “…Just over 15 million people visited the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2015 – that’s a 7% increase over the year before for the 469-mile roadway, which stretches from Cherokee to Shenandoah in Virginia.  The warm fall and mild winter brought a lot…

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GUIDES TO WNC’S DIVERSE NATURAL WONDERS

Again and again, we give credit and great thanks to George Ellison, nature columnist at the Asheville Citizen-Times – this time for his short list of good guidebooks to our beautiful region. “At 250 million years of age, the Appalachians are now passing through the mature phase that such violently uplifted terrain experiences as it…

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SUMMER IN A JAR…TOMATO JAM

ASHEVILLE, NC WOMAN, 106, SHARES A TIME-TESTED TOMATO JAM RECIPE – BUT DON’T CALL IT AN HEIRLOOM… “It’s very much a part of the Southern Appalachian food ways.” – Rick McDaniel, Southern Food Writer & Author “With summer’s abundance falling ripely from the vines in the form of tomatoes, many a gardener’s thoughts turn to…

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