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Autumn sweeps into WNC

Colorful leaf changes seen across Macon County

Nature puts on its finest this time of year in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Scenic leaf-looking drives begin in Macon County with spectacular scenery around every turn.

A trip up the Cullasaja Gorge on 64E will take you to breathtaking waterfalls and colorful autumn splendor.

 

view more breathtaking photos by Vickie Carpenter after the jump!

Landfill expansion: $1.5 million for 22.9 acres

With about 25 months left on the county’s current landfill lifespan, Macon County commissioners voted during the October meeting to move forward with allowing the solid waste department to purchase two parcels of land totaling $1.5 million.

As an enterprise agency, the funds to purchase the property will come from the solid waste department, and not from the county budget. Chris Stahl, the county’s solid waste director, informed commissioners that by purchasing the property now to complete the expansion, more than 40 years will be added to the life expectancy and save the county $36 million in operating costs over that time.

Early Voting under way now through Nov. 1

N.C. law requires voters to vote in their proper precinct on Election Day

Submitted by Debbie George Board of Elections director

Voters planning to cast a ballot during the Tuesday, Nov. 4 election must do so at their assigned polling location. On the actual day of an election, North Carolina law requires voters to vote in their proper precinct based on the address where they have resided for at least 30 days before the date of the election. If you moved within your county and did not update your address by the voter registration deadline (Oct. 10, 2014), you may update your address and vote using one of the following methods: One-stop Absentee Voting (Early Voting) or Election Day voting.

Leaf Lookers Gemboree brings visitors to county from far and wide

The peak season for leaf lookers, by most accounts, hasn't set in just yet. The mountains that surround Macon County are still mostly green with hints of yellow and red showing through. Nonetheless, if you take a ride around the area you are likely to notice an increase in traffic as is usually the case this time of year as visitors from all around crowd the highways and winding mountain two-lane roads to see the colors as they come on more and more with each passing day.

Last weekend, visitors were treated to special event here in Franklin; the 25th Annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree at the Macon County Community Building.

- published 8/21 (Larry) old link: http://www1.cfnc.org/applications/NC_Community_College/apply.html?application_id=1527

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Officers of The Scottish Tartan Society are (L-R) Bob James, vice president; Eleanor Swift, president; Dr. Lloyd Swift, games chair; Matt Newsome, chair of the directors of the Scottish Museum; Cathy James, temporary corresponding secretary; Sue Ann McMaster, treasurer; and Bob McMaster, business manager. Not pictured, Chris Morton, secretary and Barbara MacInnis, corresponding secretary. Photo by Abigail JamesThe 17th Annual Burns Night Dinner will be held at Tartan Hall on Saturday, Jan. 19. This supper, with a traditional five course menu, is held world wide on Jan. 25 or as close to the date as possible. This year is the 254th anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth.

Celtic customs are dramatic and colorful and contributed to the politics of Great Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries. After centuries of fighting across the border, the English monarchy conquered the clans of the Scottish Highlands in 1745. Every attempt was made to eradicate Scottish customs. Speaking Gaelic and Olde Scots was forbidden, for example, and schools and businesses were required to use only English. Born a generation after the Battle of Culloden, Robert Burns, a farmer and a poet from Ayrshire in Scotland, wrote down many of the Gaelic folk songs and pub melodies that were almost forgotten. He also set many of his poems to old tunes.

Burns was a handsome, musical young fellow and not a very good farmer. Instead, he became an entertainer in the salons of Edinburgh.

Although he died in his 40s in 1796, he is considered the National Poet of modern Scotland to this day for retaining a rich musical culture that was almost lost. Robert Burns suppers are now held on every continent. It is often asked, “How did a country musician become a worldwide celebrity?” During the 19th century, Great Britain was an imperialist super power. Its military was largely staffed by Scots. Wherever these soldiers were stationed (India, Australia, South Africa, Canada. etc), they loved and taught Burns’ songs around the campfires and in the classrooms until the songs were known universally.

The Burns Night meal incorporates a number of Scottish events including the “Calling Out of the Clans,” a parade of present guests carry their clan banners, form a pattern, a circle or an “x” and call out the name of their district or clan. The Haggis, a meatloaf of liver, other meat and oats is carried at the head of a parade of officials and the “Ode to the Haggis” by Robert Burns is performed in Scots dialect. Arthur Hays, a lawyer from Murphy, does this at the dinner here. Other recitations may include the “Immortal Memory of Robert Burns,” and Scottish songs by local vocalists. This year, an octet from the “Carolines” and “Men Macon Music” will perform. The entertainment is held together with piping by Jean Hayes and music by the “Caledonia Swing Band” from Georgia. Scottish Dancing completes the evening (Elaine and Bob McCollum will be instructing) and concluding with “Auld Lang Syne.”

Burns Night, sponsored by the Friends of the Scottish Tartans Museum, begins at 5:30 p.m. at Tartan Hall on Church Street in Franklin and lasts about three hours. Scottish Dress is optional. Tickets are available at the Scottish Tartans Museum for $38 or $35 if purchased by Jan. 11. For reservations and information, call (828)524-7472 or visit This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .





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