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Highlands 10th Annual Christmas Day Dinner will spend its second year in its new home, The Hudson House at Highlands Country Club. Despite the foot of snow, more than 175 hearty Highlanders made their way to the scrumptious feast.

The warmth and charm of the room partnered with the beautiful snow outside the big windows made for a perfect holiday setting. But most of all, everyone was able to sit in the same room, making Christmas for our “Highlands Family” a more intimate, caring and fun experience. It was like a family dinner without the work.

This amazing buffet will feature traditional holiday fare including turkey, ham, beef tenderloin, squash casserole, scalloped potatoes, sweet potato soufflé, Donna Wood’s famous dressing, sautéed green beans with red peppers, rolls, cranberry sauce, mixed green salad and a plethora of mouthwatering desserts. Highlands’ finest chefs Marty Rosenfield, Holly Roberts, and Martha Porter prepare this meal for all to enjoy.


The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society will again participate in the National Audubon Society’s 111th annual Christmas Bird Count on Friday, Dec. 16. The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is an early-winter bird census where tens of thousands of volunteers across the U.S. and many other countries in the Western Hemisphere go out for one day to count birds. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn.

For more than 100 years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the holiday season. Each of the “citizen scientists” who annually braves snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation. Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation.


Deborah Strum, administrator of Grandview Manor Care Center in Franklin, pictured with Carol Vincent, who pieced the quilt, above, which she named “Reflections of Grandview.”

Vincent gifted the quilt to Grandview in honor of her mother, Ishma Lightner.

The quilt took approximately one year to complete and was quilted by Ardis Young of Covington, Ga.

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Tech Place at Franklin Plaza donated $2 from every cell phone activated during the month of October to the Breast Health Center at Angel Medical Center. A donation of $230 was made on behalf of Tech Place and their valued customers.

The Breast Health Center aims to raise public awareness of breast cancer risks and hopes to eliminate 100 percent of avoidable deaths related to the disease. Don Capaforte, Foundation Executive Director, said, “By 2016, we hope to eliminate all avoidable breast cancer related deaths.


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