Blog :: 10-2012

Presentation by the NC Division of Services for the Blind by Susan Ferguson.

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Thursday, November 1st at 1:00pm Presentation by the NC Division of Services for the Blind by Susan Ferguson.

Join the Haywood County Library as Susan Ferguson explains the beneficial services her department offers for those with limited or no vision. She will also be bringing samples of the equipment her office provides. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance from this department of State Services please attend! No RSVP necessary.

If you have more questions contact Kathy at 356-2507 or

Haywood County Public Library 678 S. Haywood St. Waynesville, NC 28786

Click here for more information on DSB

Weather, Weather, Weather..... Are YOU Ready???

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The East coast weather has taken center stage the past few days in the Media. The predictions running the gambit of what "might" happen. Rain or Snow? Where will it hit? A few inches to a few feet..... Regardless, we all need to be prepared! So to remind all of what we need to do to be prepared, we are providing some information from the American Red Cross and also a link to the Nation Weather Service. It isn't just the traditional milk, eggs, and bread you need.

National Weather Service

Remember to tailor these list to Your family and where you live.


Wanna get your Clog on???? Stompin Grounds is the Place!

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The Stompin Grounds in Maggie Valley is holding an OPEN Clogging Competition this weekend. Below are the hours and cost. And for those Non-cloggers...... This event will be a great way to spend some time and Get Down Mountain Style!

Saturday: Open 8:30 a.m. - Midnight Admission $10

Sunday: Open 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Admission $8

Voices in the Laurel Upcoming Performance - A MUST HEAR!

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Check out the Announcement from Voices in the Laurel about their upcoming series of Performances. If you haven't had the pleasure of listening to this incredible group vocalist, now is the time. If you have, well then, you already know you should be grabbing up your tickets!

Voices in the Laurel has an unusual, if seasonal, offering of music this October 27, called Music of the Night. The entire concert is based on nocturnal themes, and included all three Voices in the Laurel Choirs, as well as some special guests. A few of the choral numbers will include the Treble Makers singing a song called "Bones" in which the young singers sing and play instrumental soundscapes. Concert Choir will perform "Spirits," a choral number based on text from Shakespeare's Midsummer Nights Dream, as well as "Macavity the Mystery Cat" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats. Finally, Chamber Choir will sing Benjamin Britten's "Old Abram Brown," as well as a contemporary art piece called "Dance to the Stars and the Moon," and a song with Celtic flavor, "The Voice," by Brennan Frasier. The highlight of the choral presentation will be selections from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway sensation, Phantom of the Opera.

In addition to the choral numbers, there will be several special guests who will perform music with a nocturnal theme. First, organist Mary Ann Cooper will play Bach's "Prelude in D Minor," as well as other numbers. Then, Heather Ferguson, soprano with Asheville Lyric Opera, will sing "Queen of the Night Aria" from Mozart's The Magic Flute.

"This concert has been one of the favorite concerts to prepare for," said Artistic Director Martha Brown. "The theme is fun for this time of year, and has opened up all kinds of doors for variety and special guests." The concert will take place on Saturday, October 27, at 7:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Waynesville.

This is the first concert in our series this year, as we offer season tickets for our patrons for the first time. Individual ($15) or season tickets ($50 for four concerts) are available on our website or by calling 828-335-2849. The season tickets include: Oct 27th Music of the Night, Dec 15th Holiday Music Concert, Feb 16th - My Jazzy Valentine Dinner Concert, and April 21st - 17th Annual Spring Concert.

Voices in the Laurel is a Haywood County based non-profit choir for young people ranging from 1st grade through 12th grade from Haywood, Buncombe, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties under the direction of Martha Brown. Voices in the Laurel is an authentic program that focuses on providing young people quality choral education in fun and innovative ways.

Voices in the Laurel provides choristers the opportunity to participate in performance tours all over the world. Some of the places Voices in the Laurel has performed are: with the Asheville Lyric Opera at the Diana Wortham Theater, Charleston's "Little Spoleto" Festival, opened for Dolly Parton in her Christmas show at Dollywood, with Ronnie Milsap at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, the National Anthem, at Atlanta Braves games, at a Cincinnati Reds game, the Pacific Rim Children's Choir Festival in Hawaii, the National Cathedral in Washington DC, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan, Westminster Abbey in London, Chartres Cathedral in France and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Voices in the Laurel Chamber Choir participated in a summer 2012 performance tour in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain and also sang at a Cincinnati Reds Game in September 2012.

3.8% Tax: What's True, What's Not by Robert Freeman

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Many rumors have circulated the internet indicating the Health Care Reform Act contains a 3.8% tax on Real Estate. According to the National Association of Realtors(NAR), the tax does not Target Real Estate and will in fact affect very few home sales. For starters, the home sale would have to have a GAIN of $250,000 (single filer) and $500,000(joint filer) Capitol gains exclusion, to even be considered for the tax.

They would also have to fall into the category of earners above $200,000 (single) and $250,000 (joint). There are very few that will fall into both categories. Even then, it still has to be plugged into a formula to see if it is taxable. It would take a professional tax preparer/attorney to determine all these possible factors.

CLICK HERE to see the complete article by Robert Freedman in REALTORMag, including a video by the NAR explaining the bottom line of the tax.

Early Voting in North Carolina Begins Today!!!

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"To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain." Louis L'Amour.

Hotter than who's dating whom in Hollywood is this year's elections. This made extremely evident with the millions of Tweets during the recent Debates. Not to mention the often heated conversations on just about everyone's Facebook page.

Early voting and Same-Day registration begins today and goes through November 3rd in North Carolina.

Follow the link below for all the details to vote in this year's elections.

To Quote a very cute Cub Scout that was working on his Citizenship Badge, "Voting seems like the most important thing any American can do!" Out of the mouth of babes.

Apple Harvest Festival - Downtown Waynesville!

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Fall in the Western North Carolina Mountains brings many wonderful experiences. None greater than the taste of warm apple cider or pie on a cool, crisp Autumn day. (or cake or turnovers or.... well you get my drift) Throw in local food, live entertainment and handmade crafts from more than 130 exhibitors and you have a day made in FALL Heaven!

What started out as a very small event 23 years ago has turned into a One Day Extravaganza Celebrating one of the most beautiful times of year. And if that isn't enough to entice you, Haywood County is at the peak of the Fall Color Season this weekend providing a color-wonderful background in Waynesville.

So come on out this Saturday, October 20th from 10am - 5pm in Downtown Waynesville to stroll along and enjoy all the sites, tastes, and sounds.

Click here for all the details of the Apple Harvest Festival

Click here for all the details of the Apple Harvest Festival

2012 Kickoff for Toys for Tots presented by Frog Level Brewing

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"Semper Fidelis" or better known "Semper Fi" has been the motto for the US Marine Corps for nearly 130 years. When we hear it, we think of a battle cry. But the term "Always Faithful" takes on a different meaning when it comes to Marines and Toys. Since 1947 US Marines both Reservist and Active duty have been collecting toys for less fortunate children throughout the country. What started with a small doll made by the wife of a USCR Major has turned into a program that has collected more than 98 million toys.

Here in Haywood County more than 3000 toys were collected last year putting smiles on the faces of hundreds of children and their parents.

I think we can do even BETTER!!!! So Come On Western North Carolina and all our amazing visitors here to enjoy our Fall Season.... Its time to KICK OFF THE 2012 TOYS FOR TOTS.

What better way to kick it off than with Bluegrass, BBQ, and Brew (all local). Just 2 unwrapped new toys, or $20 admission on Saturday, October 13th. Starts at 6pm and goes until.....

For those heading out to the Church Street Fair on Main Street, this is a great way to end your evening. Just a stroll down the hill.

For all the details see the attached flyer from Frog Level Brewing.

For more information on the ToysforTots Foundation:

22nd Annual Bear Foot in the Valley - Quilt Show in Maggie Valley

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Oct 11-13, 2012 "22nd Annual Bear Foot in the Valley" Maggie Valley, NC Sponsor: High Country Quilters Location: Maggie Valley Town Hall and Pavillion, 3987 Soco Road, Maggie Valley, NC Hours: 10am - 4pm daily Admission: Free High Country Quilters Bear Foot in the Valley features a fall theme quilt in the bear paw block design. Enjoy over 100 beautiful quilts and shop our craft room and vendor areas.

For more information or to join the local Quilters Guild, email

Domino Effect - How Real Estate Boosts Local Economies of North Carolina

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Have you ever stopped to think just how much the sell/purchase/building of just ONE home can affect our local economy here in Western North Carolina? The Attached video created by NC Association of Realtors, breaks down just how vital Real Estate is to our economy. The incredible impact it has on jobs in the community. Before watching this video, stop and think of what jobs you can list out that would be impacted in a positive way.... Then watch the video. I will bet you will be just a little surprised of how many you didn't even think about! Real Estate truly drives the Economy of Western North Carolina!

The Domino Effect