Sunshine, spring brings Saluda to life

Published 10:59 am Friday, March 11, 2011

‘Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.’

– Helen Keller

Welcome to March Saluda news and notations!

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March has shown signs of coming in like a lion with all the high winds roaring around. Have you found your kite yet?

On sun-dappled warm mornings, I carry a hot cup of coffee out to the front porch steps to inhale the new day and listen to the birds.

Pooh comes out with me, and I don’t know which of us is more grateful for the sunshine.

Those simple moments are the best!

The winter has been a long, hard one, with propane bills through the roof. Next time I get one of those sky-high bills stuck on my back door, I’ll just tell the gas company folks to just take an arm and a leg instead, since my bank account has already been beat up and hasn’t recovered yet.

From what I hear, I’m not the only one feeling the pain of heating bills. We’re all in the same boat!

Need to do a little spring cleaning around your house? In my case, a little cleaning would mean taking at least a year to tackle the dreaded chore!

Pull out those items you may no longer need, and donate them to a great Saluda cause.

Our Saluda 130th Anniversary committee has planned a community-wide auction to be held at the Saluda Center to raise funds to “Keep the Celebration on Track” on April 23 starting at 10 a.m.

You can donate furniture, jewelry, glassware, household goods and decorative items for the auction. Our very own Tangie Ciarvole, a licensed auctioneer, will conduct the auction.

Please call 828-749-3789 for delivery information.

Members of the 130th Committee include: Charlene Pace, Judy Ward, Linda Whitaker, Eva McCray, Walter Hoover, Nora Parks Anderson, Terry Baisden, Catherine Ross, Greaton Sellers and Caroline Farris.

Saluda School students have made colorful birthday cards in honor of the town’s anniversary; cards have been placed around town in various locations…so stop in along Main Street and enjoy the art!

Happy March Birthday to: Charlotte Brady, Genell Jespersen, Charlene Pace, Valerie Mintz, Sheldon Mintz, Curtis Pace, Lloyd Thompson, Charles Weinhagen and Ron Poole. Please add your birthday to the list!

Recycling notes: for city residents, there is a handy brochure available from city hall that explains garbage pick up and curbside recycling services. You might want to stop by and pick one up to have on hand.

Condolences go out to the family of Vanessa Mintz, who was loved and respected; she had deep roots in this area and kept active in community matters.

It is sad to see such an unexpected loss, and I hope we will remember her by doing good for others and living with kindness.

Please also remember the families of Lucy Morgan and Minnie Lee Sain Conner.

What’s on your reading list this March?

Mine still has garden catalogs, antique rose catalogs (naturally I want every one of the many kinds offered!), plus novels by Nora Ephron and Clyde Edgerton.

Along with various piles of reading material, there are reading glasses on about every table in the house.

I recently graduated from 1.0 to 1.75; so figured the eye sight is going fast!

As ever, thank you, dear readers out there in Bulletin land for reading this column! Your comments are always wanted and valued.

Keep in mind if you have something of note, feel free to e-mail me at; or call me at 749-1153. You may also visit my website at