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LOCAL SCIENTISTS STUDY GEOLOGY OF THE FRENCH BROAD RIVER

Source:  Brooke Burrows for The Transylvania Times For those of us who live in the French Broad River Valley, the river is an ever-present and ever-changing entity.  The face of the river changes daily.  Some days, it is clear as a crystal.  The next day, after a summer shower, it has quickly filled with silt-laden…

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A NEW LOOK FOR AN OLD FAVORITE – MAX PATCH

Source:  Karen Chavez/USA Today Network/Asheville Citizen-Times Anyone in these parts who likes to hike, or even take an easy stroll in the mountains surrounding Brevard, will know about Max Patch.  It´s a famous mountain ¨bald¨, or mountain top that was long ago cleared of trees for farming, and remains clear.  Most balds were cleared for…

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BOB INGLES – INGLES MARKET

Source:  Portrait Of The Past/Rob Neufeld/Asheville Citizen-Times If you have visited us here in WNC, you will be familiar with the name Ingles.  Ingles Markets are nearly everywhere in our area, and we are glad to have them, because they are probably our best source for a wide variety of premium-quality foods and produce.  You…

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YELLOW BIRCH ISN´T YELLOW, MAY NOT LOOK LIKE BIRCH!

Source:  George Ellison/Natural Journal/Asheville Citizen-Times My favorite source for local nature writing is George Ellison, and we are blessed in our area with his weekly column in the Asheville Citizen-Times.   ¨Yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis) is my indicator species for the northern hardwood zone here in Western North Carolina.  On north slopes and in cool ravines…

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CILANTRO IS ANYTHING BUT SUBTLE

Source:  Tammy Algood/Special to Nashville Tennessean/USA Today Network/Asheville  Citizen-Times I love it!  You hate it!  Everyone who has ever tasted this strange little herb has an opinion.  And since it has a strong flavor, and adds its flavor as more than a hint to any dish it´s used in….well…it´s not going to hide, wherever it…

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SANDBURG´S FLAT ROCK HOME IS STILL A TREASURE

Source:  David Madden/Guest Columnist/Special to Asheville Citizen-Times ¨Famous worldwide, Carl Sandburg is unique among writers, having created distinguished works in all genres on a vast variety of subjects and themes.  And his house in Flat Rock (near Hendersonville) is unique.  The works of some of the writers whose houses one may visit are relatively forgotten,…

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BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY OPENS MANY FACILITIES FOR BUSY WEEKEND

Source:  Karen Chavez/Asheville Citizen-Times/US Today Network Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional opening of the tourist floodgates on the Blue Ridge Parkway, when the entire 469-mile roadway and all facilities are open for camping, picnicking, hiking and sightseeing.  But the recent downpours, and more rain forecast for the weekend, have delayed some openings and should…

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BROAD-WINGED HAWKS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD…

…THE SOARING BEAUTY OF WNC HAWKS… ¨These are the keen-eyed wind masters, able to tease lift from temperature-troubled air and soar for long periods on set wings.  They are the clipper ships of the skies.¨ — Pete Dunn, et al. – ¨Hawks in Flight¨ 1988) ¨The commonly observed soaring hawks of the Smokies (and Blue…

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RHUBARB APPEALS TO GROWN-UP TASTES…

SOURCE:  Thanks again to Tammy Algood, Special to Nashville Tennessean, for great articles about local food as it comes on the market. ¨Fresh rhubarb is an opportunity to stalk on the wild side.  My first memory is of it growing on the north side of old houses.  It was old-fashioned looking and certainly something that…

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MEET THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL´S FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT!

SOURCE:  Natalie Stickel for the Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine ¨The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC)´s new first-female president and CEO, Suzanne Dixon, is intimately familiar with advocating for open spaces.  Growing up in Ireland, she spent time as a youngster in its national parks.  After moving to the US, the first park she visited was Shenandoah. …

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