Montreat Minute 7/5/24

Don’t Miss Bulk Pickup on Tuesday, July 9th

Remember to place your bulk Items/white goods curbside for pick up on Tuesday, July 9th. For more information about items for bulk pick up, CLICK HERE. Take advantage of this free service (except mattresses, box springs, TVs/Monitors – $15 each) offered by the Town.

Town Council Meeting July 11, at 6:00pm—Note the Time Change

The Montreat Town Council will meet for its monthly meeting next Thursday, July 11th, at 6:00pm in the Town Hall. Please note the change in time, as this is a permanent change from 7:00 to 6:00pm, with the Public Forum beginning at 5:30pm.

For a copy of the agenda, CLICK HERE. The meeting will be live streamed and recorded. For information about streaming the meeting, CLICK HERE. The Public Forum will begin at 5:30pm. Everyone is invited.

Monte Takes a Break to Watch the Parade

Last week, Ellen Henschen properly identified Monte at the recently refurbished stone wall on Puncheon Branch on Texas Road near the pool entrance. Good job Ellen, and we hope you enjoyed your two barbeque meals, compliments of the Cottagers.

This week, Monte spent most of his time trying to find the perfect spot to watch the parade. It was his first and he had heard many talking about how fun it was. Quite a few people spotted Monte wandering the parade route looking for the best vantage point. He found it in a shrub near Anderson Auditorium. Everything was perfect until someone put a chair in front of him, and it was too late to move his position.

We expect Monte will be more mobile next week in his curious wanderings of Montreat. Be ready to identify his location and win a prize.

Montreat Adult Summer Club Programs Begin July 10th

The Montreat Adult Summer Club has announced its summer lineup for Wednesday program speakers.

July 10The Fouche Family will share about their 2½ year adventure aboard their sailboat touring the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, and the Pacific, including stops in the Galapagos, Tahiti, Bora Bora, and finishing up in Australia. 

July 17: Dale Slusser will talk about the fascinating building tradition from England of building with river rock in Montreat and WNC. Rocks were collected from Flat Creek and other streams to build many of the buildings in Montreat. Win prizes during the “Bingo” game!

July 24: Dr. Carl Savory will share about his experience on the Operation Eagle Claw team, the failed attempt to rescue captive US embassy staff in Tehran, Iran. Eight Americans died in the effort and seven US aircraft were abandoned, captured or destroyed. This experience was later made into a Hollywood movie.

Programs begin at 2:30pm in Upper Anderson. Refreshments will be served immediately following the program.

The final program will be the covered dish picnic on Wednesday, July 31, at 6:00pm in Gaither Fellowship Hall. Walter Somerville will bring his wit with remarks at the picnic.

For more information, pick up a Summer Club brochure at the Post Office, Montreat Store, PHC, and the Huckleberry. The Summer Club celebrates their 113th anniversary this year!

Firewise Update

Montreat is a busy place in the summer! Did you know that in addition to the sanitation pick up every Monday, the town also provides chipper service on Wednesdays to handle the results of your pruning?

It’s time to prune the mountain laurel and get the rhododendron as soon as it finishes blooming. Both plants are quite flammable so it is best to keep them cut back, especially close to your house.  It is also important to get leaves and other yard debris away from your house. Fill those brown paper sacks and the town will pick them up every other Wednesday. 

Of course, it is important to leave some of that ground vegetation for the wildlife.  FireWise doesn’t suggest that you remove every leaf and twig.  However, it is also important to remember that leaves are the number one spreader of wildfire, so getting them away from your house is a very good idea! 

If you have any questions about FireWise, or if you would like pruning tips for mountain laurel or rhododendron, feel free to email Nancy Midgette ([email protected]).  Please remember to report to Nancy all the hours you work in your yard to control debris.  We need those hours to earn our annual renewal of FireWise status!

Updates and Reminders

  • The Montreat Cottagers’ Wilderness and Open Spaces Committee will offer two discussion forums about an important issue relating to the ownership of the Rocky Knob Wilderness Conservation Easement. The issue will be discussed and voted on at the Cottagers annual meeting. In preparation for the vote, there will be two informational meetings on Saturday, July 6th at 10:00am and Sunday, July 14th at 2:00pm. Both meetings will be in the Community Room of the Town Hall. For more information, CLICK HERE.
  • The Montreat Planning and Zoning Commission Hillside Development Subcommittee will meet on Thursday, July 11, 2024, at 9:00am in the Community Room at the Town Hall. The meeting will not be live streamed. The agenda can be found here. All are welcome to attend.
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Questions or Comments?

Do you have Town-related questions or comments to offer? If so, please send them to Angie Murphy at [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Have a great weekend