On patriotism and other Letters to the Editor

Patriotism is alive and well in Black Mountain

America is not “going to hell in a hand basket” just yet. Patriotism is not passé. My wife and I, dressed as Uncle Sam and Aunt Samantha, went to Black Mountain Memorial Day with Scooter riding in her Jeep to meet and greet folks for the day. It was a tiring but inspiring experience.

We reminisced with several humble but still proud veterans. We met so many young families with intelligent, respectful children who talked with us seriously about their lives and dreams. Of course they were attracted to Scooter but lingered to converse with two old people in funny clothes. The day was beautiful and sunny, and pride was in the air.

Each of us must hold high the torch of freedom to this generation. Patriotism is not dead yet! In fact, it is alive and well in Black Mountain - and will be as long as we are. We saw it burning brightly among dozens of locals and visitors who come here regularly. They all agreed: We love America - it’s our home! We are aware of - and appreciate - the sacrifice so many made to “assure the survival and success of liberty” (John F. Kennedy).

Watch for Scooter’s fabulous patriotic firetruck debuting on the Fourth of July in the Montreat parade and then in Black Mountain afterward. Stop and say hi, and let’s continue to celebrate our rich heritage and blessings.

Gene and Bobbie Carnell


Marion’s Carson House thanks Mayor Sobol

The board and partners of The Historic Carson House in McDowell County wish to publicly thank Black Mountain’s current mayor, Mr. Michael Sobol, for his generosity and voluntary assistance with our primary fundraising event, Dinner on Buck Creek, for the past six years.

Mr. Sobol has offered his labor and the use of his tent canopy each year, which has enabled us to reduce costs and maximize the level of funds raised for the preservation and operation of this historic property and the education programs it provides for area students

Like Mr. Sobol, many of the pioneering families of the Swannanoa Valley had roots in the McDowell County area prior to their migration west. The nonprofit foundation that owns and operates The Historic Carson House, originating in 1793 and the first building to house meetings of McDowell County government and local court, invites your citizens to visit this museum and our genealogy library.

We are in the final stages of construction now of The Jubilee Arbor, a detached open-air event structure which will enhance community use of this property.

The realization of this project is due to volunteer efforts of our patrons, foundation members and neighbors like Mr. Sobol. We are most appreciative of his public service to us and to the continued operation of one of Western North Carolina’s premier historic sites.

James Haney

Carson House board chair