Hometown Christmas Stroll
Friday, December 8 from 6:30-8:30
Saluda businesses open their doors to celebrate the
holidays with music and refreshments. Stroll along
Main Street, Nostalgia Court, and across the bridge
and be entertained by talented musicians while
enjoying holiday treats.
Venue and Musicians
Green River Barbeque--Aaron Burdett – Guitarist,
Singer, Song Writer
Saluda Presbyterian Church (8:00 pm) --Mountain
Winds Flute Ensemble
Saluda Library--Top of the Morning Suzuki
Salamander--Grace Reber- Bagpipe
City Park--Pascal Reber-Bagpipe
Saluda Police Department--Cass Haskell & Larry
Keith – Guitars
Purple Onion--Robert Seiler – Keyboard
Heartwood--Jhon Akers – Classical Guitar
Saluda Grade Café--Cam Japhry – Traditional Irish
Saluda Fine Arts--Todd & Eric Neel – Guitar and
M. A. Pace’s--Saluda School Chorus
Somewhere in Time--Mike Reeves & Rich Bauer –
Tosh’s Whistle Stop--Matt Templeton – Guitar
Curtis Wright Outfitters--Jim Hall – Dulcimer
Ryan & Boyle Antiques--Mary Reeves – Celtic
Wildflour Bakery--Kathrine Raymond & Friends – Vocal
Following the stroll at 8:00pm, the Saluda
Presbyterian Church will host the annual Ecumenical
Service deliverd by Rev. Tony Sayer and Rev. Gene
On Saturday, December 9 at 9:30 to 12:00, the
Saluda Business Association and Saluda Volunteer
Fire Department will sponsor the Christmas
Children's Workshop at the fire department on
Greenville Street. Children will make Christmas
ornaments and decorations. If you have any
questions, please contact Katha Underwood at 749-
Saluda Main Street Snow was painted by Beverly
Pickard and prints are available at Saluda Fine Arts
The Ugly Christmas Tree
by author Joe Adams
When I was a boy and Christmas rolled around, we
went out in the woods and got any kind of evergreen
to drag home and decorate. There was no such thing
as a perfect Christmas tree. If it had limbs missing
on one side, we would either push it into a corner or
cut off some lower limbs and tie them in the vacant
But times change and so do Christmas trees. Now
they are all near perfect. Mainly because they are
either fake or they've been trimmed so the limbs are
the appropriate length. My wife puts up a fake tree
and sprays it with pine deodorizer to give it a real
When my three daughters were young and we were
living in the city, I decided to take them to a
Christsmas Tree Farm to harvest a real tree. There
were hundreds of trees so I described the perfect
tree to them...told them when they found one to
grab a limb and stand there saving the tree for me to
come cut down. They made a mad dash in three
directions. I soon found them, not together but
each with her own choice. Two trees looked great.
Either one could be a keeper. But my middle
daughter, Lisa, was holding the most pathetic
looking tree I had ever seen. I tried to tell her that
no one would ever pick a tree like that. But she said
unrelentingly that's why she wanted it. She felt
sorry for this ugly Christmas tree that would not find
a good home. (Later in life she picked boyfriends
much the same way...guys she felt sorry for. The
type most of us call "losers.")
I tried my best to coax her away from the ugly
Christmas tree, but she held on tight with her sticky
sap-soaked little hand. Tears were beginning to
trace down her cold cheeks as she sniffled and tried
not to cry. I'll admit that I am somewhat of a
Pussycat...you have to be when you have three
daughters. So I said, "O.K. We'll take one near-
perfect tree and we will also take this one that
Lisa has found." My wife thought I was nuts but I
had an idea. We took both of the trees home on top
of the car. We put one up in the living room and
decorated it. Then Lisa and I went into the garage
and I told her my plan to make the ugly tree into a
beautiful specimen. She got a spool of red ribbon.
I cut limbs off the tree and we made all kinds of
decorations with the limbs and the ribbon. We had
two bunches of greenery for the mantle. We had a
nice group of greenery for the dining room table. We
made a big swag-type "wreath" for the front door.
We even had one for the mailbox. The Christmas
tree that didn't look so good was now all over the
house...and it looked very, very good in its
reincarnations. Lisa was happy and we all learned
that you don't have to be a perfect tree to be
beautiful at Christmas.
Happenings and Events
Local potter, Robin Bryant, will be holding an
Open House and Holiday sale Saturday December 2
and Sunday December 3. Robin moved to Saluda last
spring from Haywood county where she was a
student at Haywood Community College in their
Professional Crafts program. Her work is all hand
made with a functional and elegant appeal. It is fired
in a gas kiln and is durable for everyday use. Look for
great holiday gift ideas such as coffee mugs,
beautiful scalloped bowls or a unique serving tray.
Robin's work is also available at the Heartwood
Gallery year round. The show will be at the home of
the artist, 10am-5pm Saturday, 1pm-4pm Sunday.
She is located in the Mountain Page Community close
to the Greenville Water Shed. From Saluda, turn on
to Greenvillle Street, travel 3 miles. Turn right on to
Red Horse Lane. Take the second right on to Grant
Lane. The home studio is immediately to the right.
Look for signs.
Friday Night Art Party in Downtown Saluda
Linda Seagroves will be Your Arts Desire's
featured artist for Saluda's Art Party on Friday,
December 1. Linda is the brainchild behind
Your Arts Desire,Saluda’s art co-op made up
of local artists.
Linda is a locally known clay artist who features
whimsical sculptures and does hand built "fun"ctional
Linda also teaches classes and workshops in a
number of organizations around the Polk County area
and teaches kids clay art through Polk County
Schools after-school program, The Builders Club. “I
love teaching the kids about the different techniques
of clay. I have found if you give them a chunk of
clay and a little encouragement they will amaze you
with their imaginations and creative abilities. There
are so many great little artists around the area,”
Come out and join Linda as she demonstrates a few
of her techniques. Linda is also offering a chance to
create an Art Work of your own, a chance to win
free merchandise and a chance to win a free one-
hour one-on-one clay art workshop with her at Your
Arts Desire, You will find Linda most Fridays at the
co-op working on her clay art. Beginning in January,
Linda will be offering classes on Friday at Your Arts
Desire. Join Linda Friday, December 1 for
refreshments, demos and lots of fun from 5pm-
7:30pm at Your Arts Desire located behind the
Wildflour Bakery and below The Brass Latch.
Morgan Auction & Realty provide real and
personal property sales and business liquidation. The
firm auctions antiques and collectibles two and three
times a month. Next scheduled auctions are
December 2 and 21 at 7pm. The Auction House
is located conveniently off Ozone behind the Apple
Begin the Holiday Season at The Orchard Inn
with a festive Dickens'Dinner!
Set aside December 8, 9, 13, 18, or 20 for a magical
holiday evening at our 20-acre mountaintop retreat.
Enjoy the Chef's finest five-course dinner with
readings from A Christmas Carol. Seating is at
7:00 p.m. and will end in candlelight by the roaring
fire. The Orchard Inn offers fine wines and beer and
suggests jackets for gentlemen. Cost for the evening
is $59 per person, plus tax and gratuity. After dinner,
treat yourself to an overnight at the weekday rate.
Call 1-800-581-3800 for reservations or additional
CELEBRATE NEW YEAR'S EVE IN STYLE AT THE
ORCHARD INN Weekend Special: Saturday,
December 30 through Monday, January 1.
Join us for an elegant, quiet new year's eve by the
grand fireplace at The Orchard Inn. The weekend will
begin on Saturday evening with a delicious four-
course dinner prepared by Chef Robert Thompson.
After a full breakfast Sunday morning, enjoy hiking,
napping, game playing, reading or church-going. That
evening, the New Year's Eve Gala (black tie optional)
opens with lavish hors d'oeuvres at 7:00 and a
sumptuous seven-course dinner at 8:00. The music
of Guy Lombardo will surround us as we bring in 2007
in civilized style. The weekend concludes with a
leisurely breakfast Monday morning on our
comfortable dining porch. Rates for the weekend
start at $625 per couple, which includes lodging,
breakfasts, dinners and gratuity. New Year's Eve
dinner and celebration without lodging is $99 per
person, plus tax and gratuity.
Saluda Mountain Jamboree
To top off the holiday season, Saluda Mountain
Jamboree and the band "Legacy" will present the New
Years Party "Maui In The Mountains" on Saturday,
December 30th from 8 - 12 PM. This event will bring
you "in out of the cold" to a tropical island oasis!
The special guest will be "Elvis" with several of his
top "Blue Hawaii" hits. A guest ticket includes:
premium party favors, heavy hors d'oeuvres buffet,
lots of music, dancing and fun. Price of the ticket is
$20.00 per person and should be purchased in
advance. Groups should purchase their tickets early
to insure that they can be seated together.
Champagne, choice wines and select beers will be
available for purchase at the bar. This will be the
biggest event of the year, so get your tickets NOW!!
Three Saluda artists: Bonnie Bardos, Karen
Dickson, and Samantha Lovelace is holding
an "art open house" at Bonnie Bardos' unique
Victorian home at 285 Greenville Street in Saluda,
from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 15.
A variety of artwork will be on display throughout the
house: original paintings and hand-painted Saluda
Christmas ornaments by Bonnie Bardos, Sam
Lovelace's jewelry, accompanied with art and unique
fashions by Karen Dickson. Wine and light
refreshments will be served along with holiday cheer.
The event is free and open to the public. For further
information, contact Bonnie Bardos at 749-1153.
Curtis Wright Outfitters will be offering fly
fishing classes for beginners on Saturdays in
December (2nd, 9th, 16th). The class will be an
overview of fly fishing equipment, trout species,
habitat, entomology, reading water, knot tying, and
casting. Curtis Wright will provide all equipment and
materials. Cost is $75 per person with a minimum of
2 people and a maximum of 6 people per class.
Curtis Wright Outfitters is also offering a beginner fly
tying class in January and February. The class will
be offered on Saturday mornings from 10:30am til
noon for 5 weeks beginning on January 16th.
Cost is $75 per person plus materials at a 20%
discount. Curtis Wright will provide all tools.
Please contact Curtis Wright at 828.749.3444 if you
want to sign up for the fly fishing or fly tying class.
The popular Green River Boys perform at the
City Club Grill Restaurant December 8 and
22 at 6:00pm. You can contact the City Club Grill at
On board at The Purple Onion's Sunday
Evening Concert Series is Billy Jonas performing at
7pm. Tickets are $15 per person. Attendance limited
to 100 people.Reservations are encouraged and can
be made at the café and/or by calling with a credit
card number (Visa/Master Card only). We will keep a
reservation list at the café and will check you in at
the door on the night of the performance. Phone is
Beer, wine, coffee and perhaps some desserts will be
available but no meals. The restaurant will be set up
in a combination of concert-style seating and
tables. This will be a listening concert so that you
can fully enjoy the incredible talents of Billy Jonas. A
link to his website is provided in the Quick Links.
Tosh's WhistleStop Cafe is helping Polk
County High School Chorus to raise money for a
spring trip. During Hometown Christmas, the cafe will
host a "Fundraiser Dinner" from 4 to 8. For $12 the
dinner will include:
Home made desserts will also be available. Dine in or
carry out. Tickets can be purchased at Tosh's
Whistlestop Cafe. You can call them at 828-749-
- Fresh roasted pumpkin soup
- Herb roasted chicken breast
- Orange pecan sweet potatoes
- Vegetable medley - dinner roll
- Choice of iced tea or coffee
Each year the Saluda Senior Center Board of
Directors holds a "Holiday House" to raise proceeds
for the Senior Center. "Holiday House" features a
home or inn in Saluda and this year it will be held at
The Saluda Inn. This is a great opportunity
to tour the inn and feast on hors d'oeuvres, wine,
and beer provided by local restaurants. The event is
December 10 from 5 to 8 pm. Cocktail attire with
black tie optional. Reservations are required by
calling the Senior Center at 828-749-9245. Required
donations are $60 a person or $100 a couple. RSVP
by December 5. Parking and shuttle service provided
at the Senior Center.
A Holiday Safety Message
From Chief Tonya Lindsey
This Holiday Season, don't let the spirit of giving lull
you into giving burglars and robbers a better chance
to do their dirty work. Criminals love the holidays as
much as everyone else, but chiefly because it's an
opportune time for crime. Homes jammed packed
with glittering gifts. Stores, malls and downtown
streets teeming with unsuspecting shoppers. People
rushing around, stressed out and careless, looking
for last minute gifts, trying to get everything done.
It's enough to make a criminal giddy with holiday joy.
If You're Traveling:
Get an automatic timer for your lights.
Ask a neighbor to watch your home and park in the
driveway from time to time.
Don't forget to have mail and newspaper delivery
stopped. If it piles up, it's a sure sign you're gone.
If You're Out for the Evening:
Turn on lights and a radio or TV so it looks like
someone is home.
Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows
when you leave even if it's just for a few
Don't display gifts where they can be seen from
If You're Shopping:
Stay alert and be aware of what's going on around
Park in a well-lighted space, and be sure to lock the
car, close the windows, and hide shopping bags and
gifts in the trunk.
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; pay with a
check, or credit card whenever possible.
Deter pick pockets and purse-snatchers. Don't
overburden yourself with packages.
Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a
purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps.
Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants
Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store
clerk or security guard if you get separated.
If a Stranger Comes to the Door:
Beware, criminals sometimes pose as couriers
delivering gifts. And it's not uncommon for people to
try to take advantage of others' generosity during
the holidays by going door-to-door for charitable
donations when there's no charity involved. Ask for
identification, and find out how the funds will be
used. If you aren't satisfied, don't give. Help a
charitable organization you know and like instead.
Take a Holiday Inventory
The holidays are a good time to update your home
inventory. Take photos or make videos of items, and
list descriptions and serial numbers. If your home is
burglarized, having a detailed inventory can help
identify stolen items and make insurance claims
easier to file. Make sure things like TVs, DVDs, stereo
equipment, cameras, camcorders, jewelry,
computers, power tools, etc are on the list.
Remember to check it twice!!!
Last but, not least , don't let holiday stress get the
best of your holiday spirit. Make time to get together
with family, friends and neighbors. And think about
reaching out in the spirit of the season and helping
someone who's less fortunate or lonely. Do your part
to make the holidays a safe and happy time for
everybody - except the criminals.
Chief Tonya S. Lindsey
Saluda Police Department
(Some of the tips provided by NC Crime Control &
Raffle for Saluda Grade Quilt
Toni Garcia's hand-made quilt,Saluda Grade,
is being raffled to raise funds for the library. The
drawing will be held at the library December 8 during
the Hometown Christmas stroll. Tickets can be
purchased at the library.
We encourage you to purchase raffle tickets to
support a good cause and also have an opportunity
to win this beautiful hand-made quilt that represents
Saluda Artist, Sylvia Jones
Sylvia Jones' images of Saluda are familiar to many
and may be seen at Saluda Fine Arts. Sylvia now
lives in East Flat Rock but was a resident of Saluda
for 22 years. While she lived here, she became
interested in painting Saluda street scenes. She
often used photographs taken by her husband, who
passed away 8 years ago, as references for her
Sylvia "played around" with art all her life. "As a first
grader I remember staring at original pieces of art
and being fascinated." Her dad, who was an "ole
timey by hand" sign painter, encouraged her interest
in art and was very supportive, providing her with
private lessons as a child.
She has had various experiences as an artist
including illustrating children’s clothes for the
magazine Creative Needle. She has also done
product illustration for a wholesale jewelry company,
a furniture company and for GE. In addition she has
worked as a calligrapher.
Sylvia’s favorite medium is watercolor, and she
LOVES shadows – anything with shadows. She is
attracted to Saluda because "it’s a sunny looking
happy town, and when it’s sunny there are always
shadows." She is inspired by Norman Rockwell, whose
work reminds her of old towns, people, characters –
real people – like in Saluda.
Though Sylvia is a positive and energetic woman,
there is a sad side to the story of her as an artist.
She can never paint again. Thirteen years ago she
was diagnosed with an eyelid condition called
blepharospasm, which prevents her from focusing
normally and makes her eyes overly sensitive to
light. "What I need physically in order to do art is
The images she painted in Saluda, however, are not
gone. They have been preserved as prints, such as
the painting above. They are available for sale at
Saluda Fine Arts.
Submitted by Beverly Pickard
The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, artists, and craftspeople
Saluda Fine Arts is fortunate. Just in time for
Christmas we have received some images of Saluda
that are new to the gallery. We have four of Sylvia
Jones’ Saluda prints, train photos from the 1940’s
provided by John Waddill, an original oil painting of a
Saluda barn by Bill Jameson, a photo of the Saluda
Truck by Mara and Ford Smith and a new version of
Paul Koenen’s stylized image of Saluda Main Street,
which now includes the library.
Other Saluda images in the gallery include Carolyn
Serrano’s "Historic Saluda", a pen and ink montage
and Carey Pickard’s "Onion Cycles".
Our Sunday afternoon art events have ended for this
year and will begin again in June 2007. This winter
and spring there will be opening receptions for
several shows featuring our artists. Watch for the
Frank and Amy Beeson, & THE FRONT PORCH COFFEE
BAR, are currently booking their 2007 concert series.
This promises to be the best season yet. Anyone
interested in sponsoring any part of this great
community event should contact Frank or Amy at
828-749-3252, or just stop by the coffee bar. We
thank you in advance.
Frank & Amy at The Front Porch Coffee Bar,
announce that they are now offering catered
GELATO parties in their shop, or in your home. Parties
include, Frank & Amy, and everything you will need
to host a cutting edge party, up to five flavors of
freshly made GELATO, recorded music, and authentic
Italian utensils. In your place or theirs, the
experience will be one that you and your guests will
talk about for years to come. You can also add a full
service coffee and espresso bar, featuring their
famous "Black Silk" coffee, plus a delicious light roast
blend, and a great Brazilian De Caf. So don't wait--
Call today, 828-749-3252 for information and
booking. Price varies according to location,
attendance, and service.
Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
Area Tree Farms
Some of you might be wondering where you can find
a place to cut your own Christmas tree--short of
your own back yard, that is.
Here's a list of tree farms in the area where you can
choose your tree, cut it down, and let them bag it
for the ride home.
Clyde Davis Tree Farm - 129 Ball Gap Road, Arden,
NC, 28704. Phone: 828-684-0890.
Christmas Trees - 1 Hominy Creek Road, Candler, NC
28715. Phone: (828) 667-1271. Email:
Hope Hollow Farms -
Weaverville, NC, 28787. Phone: 828-645-4621.
Sandy Hollow Tree Farm - 63 Sandy Hollow
Road, Leicester, NC, 28748. Phone: 828-683-3645 or
Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm-445 Boyd Farm
Road, Waynesville, NC, 28785. Phone: 828-926-1575
Wesley Creek Tree Farm - 124
Gibson Branch Road, Clyde, NC, 28721. Phone: 828-
Moore's Christmas Trees - 951 Oak Springs Road,
Rutherfordton, NC, 28139. Phone: 828-287-2527.
Tree Farm - 1350 Reasonover Rd, Cedar Mtn, NC
28718. Phone: 828-884-5954
Nursery - 2601 Hannah Ford Road, Brevard, NC
28712. Phone: (828) 884-4330. Email:
Farley Nursery - PO Box
564, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-884-2365 or
High Valley Trout and Tree Farm -
615 Cathey's Creek Road, Brevard, NC, 28712.
McCall's Tree Farm - 110
McCall Cove Road, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747. Phone:
(828) 877-3503. Phone: (828) 862-
Nicholson Tree Farm - PO Box 38, Lake
Toxaway, NC, 28747. Phone: 828-883-8570 or 828-
Parker Tree Farm - 230 Lyons Mountain
Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-862-4427 or
Raxter Tree Farm - 1980 Walnut
Hollow Road, Brevard, NC, 28712. Phone: 828-862-
Shoal Creek Tree Farms - 796 Shoal Creek
Road, Balsam Grove, NC, 28708. Phone: 828-884-
The picture of the tree above was once part of
the Saluda scenery and is courtesy of Elena Robson.
A pine Christmas tree has been donated to Saluda.
It will be decorated with treats for the birds, and will
be on display in the park until it is planted in its
Saluda Fine Arts congratulates photographer J. Bart
Baldwin for winning First Place and $5,000 in the
2006 "National Parks Photography Contest" sponsored
by Canon USA, Inc.
Baldwin competed against more than 10,000 entries
in two divisions in the contest, landscape and
wildlife. His award was for landscape. His winning
photograph, Moments at Night, includes the
Washington Monument, the Vietnam Memorial
and the Mall, all three of which are listed as "National
Parks." You can see this beautiful photograph as well
as other work by Baldwin at Saluda Fine Arts.
With over 20 years of experience and studying Fine
Art photography, Baldwin has concentrated his
efforts studying the form and styles of modern and
classic photographers, as well as developing his own
unique “vision” and style. He now lives in
Saluda School Calendar
Dec. 1, 4-6 Book Fair
Dec. 14 Grades 3-5 to PCHS for PCHS Band
Dec. 15 Christmas Bazaar & Interim reports
Dec. 18-19 PTSO Book Distribution
Dec. 21-Jan 2 Christmas Holiday
Saluda Senior Center
The Senior Center serves warm nutritious lunches
Monday through Friday from 11:30-12:30 at a cost
of $3.00 a person.
The Senior Center welcomes all Saluda citizens to
join in the activities and programs offered. You don't
have be a "senior" to participate!
Decorating the walls of the Saluda Senior Center are
original artwork from local residents. Students of well-
known artist, Dale McEntire, these artists have
created beautiful work. The center invites you to
view these paintings. They are:
- "Autumn Road" by Pam Pillsbury (oil on canvas)
- "French Connection" by Janice Honeycutt (pastel)
- "Autumn Splendor" by Claudia Seagle (oil on
- "Tracey Grove Road" by Sally Thomas (oil on
Monday Activities Schedule
9:30 Walking Group
9:30 Line Dancing
10:00 NIA Class
Closed December 25-Merry Christmas!
Tuesday Activities Schedule
Closed December 26
Wednesday Activities Schedule
9:30 Walking Group
10:00 Trash Train and NIA Class
12:30 Tai Chi
Thursday Activities Schedule
9:30 Knitting Group
10:00 NIA Class
2:00 Art Class
2:30 Board Meeting (December 14)
December 21 at 10:00am Christmas Celebration at
MPI in Tryon.
Friday Activities Schedule
9:30 Walking Group
10:00 Trash Train
11:00 Bones, Balance and Bend-Chair Exercise
Special Note: A Thrifty Barn needs people who
will pick up and deliver for customers. They would
like to have a list of people on call for this service.
Payment would be between delivery person and the
customer. Please call Joyce at 749-3320
For more information about activities at Saluda
Senior Center call Donna at 828-749-9245.
The Saluda Senior Center provides many services
to the growing retirement community in Saluda.
Volunteers to provide these services are needed.
They encourage you to share your time to help
deliver meals on wheels or work in A Thrifty Barn
retail shop. Please contact Donna at 828-749-
Basement Sale at A Thrifty Barn first and third
Saturdays of the month.....great bargains!
A Christmas Wish
Dear churches, businesses and organizations,
A traditional Christmas Feast is being prepared for
our neighbors who are alone, or need assistance in
the Polk County area.
The Saluda Running Club and many caring individuals
throughout the community will be serving a
Christmas feast, complete with all the trimmings in
the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 210
Melrose Ave., Tryon. This feast will be served
Christmas day from 1-4 pm. The public is invited to
share in food and fellowship.
We need your help to make this special experience a
reality. Please make every effort to bring those who
are alone in your church or friends that you know
would be warmed by this meal. Help us spread the
word about this meal.
We also need many people to help make this dinner a
success. Donations of desserts, frozen turkeys, fresh
bone–in-hams, as well as unwrapped new toys for
children of all ages are needed. Financial donations
are also needed.
Come walk the path of “The Shepherd,” bringing the
light of his love to those who may be alone or in the
shadows this Christmas. Help provide the most
precious of Christmas gifts-- fellowship and love.
For donations make checks payable to: The
Shepherd’s Feast and post them to the address
For donations or more details contact:Ross Fox
PO Box 1481, Tryon NC 28782 (828) 859- 9979
May the light of Christmas be your guide!
"The Shepherd’s Feast" is a non-denominational
event, presented by caring members of our
community designed to share the light of Christmas
with the residents of Polk County.
Readers have requested that Saluda Lifestyles
provide a listing of local church services. This is not
a complete list but a representation of the
denominations in Saluda. Painting of Transfiguration
Church was done by Sylvia Jones.
Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration
The Reverend Paula C. Morton
8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite I
9:15 a.m. - Sunday School
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite II with music
The Reverend Gene Witherspoon
Adult SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am
Saluda First Baptist Church
The Reverend Ray Talley, Interim
SS 9:45 am
Worship Service 11 am & 6:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 pm
Saluda Methodist Church
The Reverend Tony Sayer
SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am
Saluda City Notes
From Mayor Rodney Gibson
The Saluda Board of Commissioners is changing the
way we conduct business.
The purpose is to provide our citizens a more
effective manner for contributing to our future by
tapping into the experience, knowledge and wisdom
of our people. During our last monthly meeting on
Nov. 20th, we passed a new policy on public
comment and input during our business meetings. A
full copy of the policy is available at City Hall. The
major elements of the new policy include:
1. We will provide two opportunities to comment and
provide input during the business meeting.
2. The first opportunity will be at the beginning of
the meeting when you can sign up to speak on a
subject for up to 3 minutes. There are some limits of
course, one of which is that the subject of the
comments should not be associated with an item
already on the agenda.
3. The second opportunity will be after a motion has
been made by a Commissioner and seconded by
another member. At this point, discussion is allowed
by the Commissioners. We will also allow any citizen
to provide input into the discussion. A maximum of
two minutes is planned. This should allow the Board
to make decisions that are more appropriate.
Another change that we have made involves the
order of the agenda. We may make additional
changes but this is a starting point. The review of
the finance officers report is now integrated with the
Department Reports. We think that it makes more
sense to talk about Department issues while we are
reviewing the budget performance. You can't
separate the issues from the costs and this approach
provides for a more effective discussion.
The issue of the proposed Golf Cart ordinance was
discussed. A spirited review of the aspects, value
and issues was conducted with a healthy dose of
skepticism. Input was received from the meeting
attendees also. The proposed ordinance will be
slightly modified and brought back to the
Commissioners for a vote either in December or
It was brought to the attention of the Mayor and
Commissioners by the City Administrator that there is
an inconsistency in our current street addressing
system and Polk County's 911 system. It was
decided that a review of this discrepancy should be
undertaken to determine what actions should be
taken, if any.
There were several general actions taken on tax
findings, personnel and a new answering services.
The Commissioners have decided to accept a
proposal for a 24-hr per day answering service as
opposed to just installing an answering machine. The
answering service will have several valuable aspects
to providing our citizens direct responses to
circumstances 24-hr per day. The answering service
will give us the capacity to respond more effectively
to situations such as a broken water or sewer line
that generally do not immediately threaten life or
property but nonetheless need a prompt response.
Also, we will be able to provide messages regarding
weather or other phenomenon that may affect our
citizens. It does not and can not replace the 911
system. If you have an emergency that threatens
your health or property such as an illness, fire or
crime---dial 911. The answering service cannot and
will not function as an emergency clearinghouse.
Respectfully and Happy Holidays,