Rutherford Weekly

March 23, 2023

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Thursday, March 23-March 29, 2023 828-248-1408 Rutherford Weekly - Page 17 DEADLINE FOR COMMUNITY DEADLINE FOR COMMUNITY CALENDAR MONDAYS: 10AM CALENDAR MONDAYS: 10AM Pick Up April 7 What: Boston Butt Sale When: Pick up April 7; 4-6pm Where: Whitehouse Community Center; 5408 Painters Gap Road. More Info: 828-755-4319 to reserve. March 25 What: Whitehouse Country Breakfast When: March 25; 7-10am Where: 5408 Painters Gap Rd., Union Mills More Info: Plates $8. To go available. March 28 What: Addiction Support Group When: March 28, 6pm Where: Highland Apartments; 171 Butler Rd., Forest City. More Info: Rena 828-305-1280. Through March 31 What: "Beary Fun" Stuffed Animal Collection When: Through March 31 More Info: Rutherford County Girl Scouts are collecting all types of new and gen- tly used stuff animals. Email: April 15 What: Free Food Giveaway When: April 15; 8-10am Where: Caroleen Congregation Holiness Church, 112 Walker Store Rd., Ellenboro More Info: Lower parking lot- we'll bring the box to your car. April 18 What: Free First Aid Class When: April 18; 7:30pm Where: Bills Creek Community Center, Lake Lure More Info: Taught by Rutherford County EMS Training Officer Carl McKnight. Class is free but the Community Center will be accepting cash donations that will be put towards the purchase of an AED Unit. Volunteer Opportunity What: Volunteer Opportunity When: On going More Info: NC Guardian ad Litem Program trains a& super- vises child advocate volunteers to represent best interests of kids in court system. www.volunteerfor-, 828-288-6121. Email your community happening to: 293 S Broadway St., Forest City 828-245-0434 Monday & Tuesday 8AM-5PM Thursday & Friday 8AM-5PM Sat. 8AM-12PM • Closed Wed. Not Just Oil, Pennzoil FAST FAST FAST FAST WAY WAY WAY WAY LET US DO YOUR DIRTY WORK! KIDS' CORNER BROUGHT TO YOU BY: It's Spring. By the time you're reading this column, the temperatures will probably refl ect that fact. According to the National Weather Service temperatures in Rutherford County today and this weekend should be in the 60s and 70s. That was not the case as I was writing this column Monday morning when it was 22 degrees at my house. In other places of western North Carolina it was 14 or 15 degrees. I am not complaining, but having received a hit of spring weather just a couple of weeks ago, I was ready for it to last as I did a few chores outside. Planting a few fl owers, carrying brush to the fi eld and mowing was a blessing those few warm days after the cold days of winter. We know however, winter season wasn't over and arriving at church Sunday morning and greeting people in coats and layers of clothing was a testimony and a stark reminder, it wasn't spring. It was winter. It was cold. Someone asked me recently about my favorite season and I suppose it's fall. Not too hot, not too cold and absolutely gorgeous. But then I love spring too. Not too hot, not too cold and the beauty of spring blossoms, fl owers and budding trees have a special place in my heart. And I like summer and winter, too. We're blessed to live in a four-season part of the world. A farmer reported having lost 40 percent of his apple trees last week. I'm praying all the crops aren't lost because of the early blooming of trees and bushes. We pray for farmers whose livelihood depends on temperatures. When the fi rst crocus spring beauty popped up in my yard, along with daffodils at the shed, it was defi nitely an 'ahhh' moment a few weeks ago. I loved the feeling and stood over the plants for a moment or two and was thankful. It's true there's hardly anything better for the soul and mind than fresh garden grown fl owers that decorate our yards and our homes. Want to smile fi rst thing in the morning, look at a fl ower. A summary of William Wordworth's poem, "I wandered lonely as a cloud" as described by Spark Notes, shares the joy of spring fl owers: The speaker says that, wandering like a cloud fl oating above hills and valleys, he encountered a fi eld of daffodils beside a lake. The dancing, fl uttering fl owers stretched endlessly along the shore, and though the waves of the lake danced beside the fl owers, the daffodils outdid the water in glee. The speaker says that a poet could not help but be happy in such a joyful company of fl owers. He says that he stared and stared, but did not realize what wealth the scene would bring him. For now, whenever he feels "vacant" or "pensive," the memory fl ashes upon "that inward eye / That is the bliss of solitude," and his heart fi lls with pleasure, "and dances with the daffodils." So last week when my 4-year-old great-nephews from Alabama were here for their spring break, the weather was a bit cold for day-long outdoor play. But on one warm afternoon, with coats and sporting all weather boots they ventured to the creek with their Gram and Mommie. They loved going to the creek. These guys wake up in the morning with one thing on their minds, "We want to go outside." Most mornings last week it was too cold, but some afternoons they enjoyed outdoor time. So as temperatures head toward spring, enjoy the great outdoors and yes, stop and enjoy the fl owers of the season. You will smile. Contact Jean: SPRING FLOWERS ARE GOOD FOR THE SOUL By: Jean Gordon Call Today! 828-248-1408 828-248-1408 Make sure your Make sure your business gets business gets SPOTTED! What Can Do For You?

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