Lions say ‘thanks’ and other Letters to the Editor

Organizers of ‘Run with Lions’ send thanks to everyone

The Black Mountain Lions Club would like to thank all those who came out to support their fifth annual charity “Run with the Lions.”

We could not do this event without these wonderful folks - The VFW Post 9167 of Black Mountain, Johnnie’s Catering Company.

Many thanks to the great folks at Ingles Markets, Jus’ Running of Asheville, Road ID, Preferred Sportswear.

And a special thank you to the Town of Black Mountain, The Black Mountain News, The Black Mountain Police Department and Recreation and Parks Department and to the members of the Owen High School Leo Club and volunteers of the Black Mountain Lions Club.

Johnnie Whisnant

Old Fort

Black Mountain residents put on one great Halloween

Thank you, downtown residents, and to the town of Black Mountain, for making Halloween such a fun and safe event in our wonderful town. We so enjoyed trick-or-treating on Church, Connally, and North Dougherty streets on Halloween night and are very grateful to the residents and businesses there who helped make it a great experience.

Katie French

Black Mountain

Pets on parade showed Black Mountain in great light

What a show! If you wanted to see community spirit at its best, this year's Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade was the place to be. From handmade surfboards with a chihuahua shark to boxer dogs in full training-gear, our town proved its point - creativity, joy and family fun are still alive and well in Black Mountain.

Even the policemen directed traffic with a smile! A huge thank you to all who made this event possible.

Kate Shawgo

Black Mountain

Businesses made church youth trip to Boston possible

A thank you goes to Mark Tomczak of Fresh Wood Fired Pizza and Pasta and E.C. Clarey of Blue Ridge Biscuit Co. for opening up their restaurants for community fundraisers! They made it possible for 11 local youth to go to Boston.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley sent 11 youth and four chaperones to Boston in June. The trip was the culminating activity of a year long “Coming of Age” program. The purpose of the trip was to see where Unitarian Universalism started in America.

The youth presented a slide show and told stories of their adventures at a well-attended service in September.

When I sat in the pew next to Mark Tomczak, husband to one of my best friends, the interconnected web of why I love Black Mountain was driven home - we come together and support one another's families, children and causes. People like Thank you EC and Mark for being are a reason I choose to call Black Mountain home!

Heidi Blozan

Black Mountain