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Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2007 12:00 am

THE RECENT SALE OF CENTEX Construction to the United Kingdom firm Balfour Beatty will have little impact on Bear Lake Reserve, according to Centex Destination Properties Division President David Earley. Addressing questions about recent top-level personnel changes at Bear Lake, Earley said those came as a result of fiscal-year-ending management decisions, and the resort continues to move forward. Plans continue to develop Bear Lake’s 2,200 acres, and a big event for property owners and sales prospects is planned for Memorial Day weekend, he said.HEINZELMANNCHEN BREWERY will celebrate its third anniversary during Greening Up the Mountains. Stop by the Mill Street Brewery on Saturday, April 28, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. for free samples of fresh hearty ales, root beer, birch beer and food made with Heinzelmannchen products. Door prizes will be given away as Sheryl and Dieter thank Sylva and surrounding communities for their support and patronage.ATTENTION HERALD READERS: Upcoming production changes mean subscribers should allow one to two weeks for new subscriptions or address changes to take effect, starting with the May 3 edition.ROBERSON’S SUPPLY, a family-owned business in Sylva for almost 50 years, has announced that it will close in the near future. A going-out-of-buisness sale is currently under way, said owner Hoyte Roberson Jr.DUCKS ON THE TUCK, a fund-raiser for New Century Scholars, is set for this Sunday, April 29. Local fishermen will release the yellow rubber duckies at 3 p.m. in Dillsboro. You can “adopt” a duck for $5, or purchase a special “quack pack” which is six tickets for $25. Volunteers will sell tickets, T-shirts and other duck paraphernalia in the First Citizens Bank parking lot on Saturday, April 28, during the Greening Up the Mountains festival. Prizes, including the grand prize 42-inch Vizio LCD high-definition television, will be awarded at the conclusion of the race, which will end at Western Builders. You do not have to be present to win. For more information, contact Sonja Haynes at 586-4091, ext. 218 or Patti Wilson at 293-5667.TOTO LOOK-ALIKE NEEDED – Smoky Mountain High School’s spring musical, “The Wizard of Oz,” is in need of a small dog to play Dorothy’s pet Toto. Director Linda Haggard sees this as an opportunity for a local dog to make a stage debut. “If you have a Toto look-alike with a great personality (or at least would enjoy being around about 75 people every night for two weeks, give me a call at SMHS,” she said. “This is a great opportunity for your ‘Toto’ to become a star overnight.” Performance dates for “Wizard” are Friday and Saturday, May 11-12, at the WCU Fine and Performing Arts Center. “Remember, there is no place like home, and nothing like a real live Toto for the big stage,” Haggard said. Anyone with a dog that might qualify is asked to call Haggard at 586-2177, ext. 285.DON’T FORGET REACH’S BENEFIT on Thursday, May 3. The event will feature the Caribbean Cowboys, who will be rocking and rolling to the tune of several Elvis-melodies to help raise money for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. at High Hampton Inn in Cashiers. REACH’s fourth annual spring benefit will include dinner, dancing, and both silent and live auctions. This year’s theme is “Viva Las Vegas,” and the band plans to dress and move like the King of Rock ’n’ Roll himself. Tickets are on sale now. For reservations or to donate items for the auctions, call REACH at 631-4488 or visit online at www.reachofjackson.com.HELP SUPPORT THE JACKSON COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY (ARF) by purchasing raffle tickets from Bill Buscemi or Kelly Timco during Greening Up the Mountains this Saturday in downtown Sylva. Look for their booth in front of Motion Makers on Main Street, or for the Hula Hoops booth. All proceeds from this raffle will be used to help with the spay/neuter program, veterinary and foster care. Drawings for five available prizes will be held in the afternoon during the festival.A RECENT AUCTION AT REMINISCE ANTIQUES raised more that $2,800 for the Life is Good Girls Relay For Life Team. Members Carolyn Martyn, Becky Harwood, Daisy Anderson, Barbara Capps, Martha Chovan, Vi Hunter, Laura Holden, Jennifer Jones, Susan Seals and Helen Tugwell sent a note expressing appreciation to Reminisce as well as to all who contributed items and attended the event that helped raise money for the American Cancer Society.WE GOT A NOTE from Carolyn Wiggins asking us to remind readers that there are free evening chair yoga and tai chi classes at the Golden Age Senior Center. Call 586-4944 for more information.TEACHERS NIGHT AT CITY LIGHTS: Join City Lights children’s bookseller Jenifer Ross on Tuesday, May 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. for an evening devoted to teachers. She will discuss the newest books for children of all ages, from kindergarten through high school. The night will feature lots of giveaways and door prizes of classroom materials, including posters, advance reading copies, reading guides, activity sheets, and more. Light refreshments will be provided. (Please note that this event, which will run from 6 to 9 p.m., is geared toward teachers and is not intended as a parent/child activity. A storytime for children is held every Saturday at 11 a.m. at the store.)HARRIS REGIONAL HOSPITAL’S AUXILIARY THRIFT SHOP will begin its next silent auction on Friday, April 27, at 9 a.m. Items up for bid this time include an antique Scandinavian pine cradle – circa 1850; a collection of 10 bells; a set of wine glasses; a Harley Davidson leather vest; and two ladies feather hats – one flamingo, one quail. Bidding will close Wednesday, May 2, at 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to come by and join the fun, said hospital publicist Dianna Woodard.A NEW SERIES of manners and socialization classes for dogs will begin Saturday, May 19, and will be taught at Mark Watson Park. Each session lasts from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m., and the first session is for owners only. Pre-registration is not required. The program runs for five weeks at a cost of $50. A certified pet dog trainer will lead each lesson. Proceeds from the program will go to the Jackson County Animal Shelter and the Humane Society. For more information, contact the shelter at 586-6138.WE ALSO GOT A NOTE from Ann Wade, who said Guardian ad Litem officials want to thank the volunteers that make the program a success. This month is both Volunteer Appreciation and Child Abuse Prevention Month, Wade said, and Guardian ad Litem volunteers spend 10 to 20 hours a month advocating for children in the court system. “These volunteers do a great job representing neglected and abused children in the court system,” Wade wrote. “We appreciate the time taken to complete the 30-hour training; a criminal background check and references that are required by the Guardian ad Litem program. Upon completion it is always an honor to have these wonderful volunteers sworn in as an Officers of the Court.”THE CANEY FORK COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CLUB sponsored a litter pickup last Saturday. All of Caney Fork, Johns Creek and Moses Creek roads were cleaned of roadside litter by about 15 volunteers. Some 40 bags of trash – much of it recyclables – were collected, said CDC President Curt Whitney, who expressed gratitude to all who helped. Whitney asks area residents to refrain from littering: “Please don’t do it. It is against the law and disrespectful of your community,” he said. The Caney Fork CDC will have a booth at the Greening Up The Mountains festival this Saturday. Stop by and purchase tickets to the groups annual barbecue and raffle. One of the top prizes, a wood carving donated by Bear Necessities, will be on display. The Caney Fork event will be Saturday, June 2, with proceeds benefiting both the Cullowhee Fire Department’s Caney Fork substation and the maintenance on the Community Building.

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