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TONIGHT: Stop by the Avery Museum to Celebrate 40 Years of Preserving Local History

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Oct. 5, 2016. Since 1976, the Avery Museum has been supplying the community with a unique look into the county’s heritage of railroads. Join the museum on Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. for birthday cake, punch, and coffee to celebrate this milestone! The museum’s 40th birthday is a great time to get to know the people behind and the projects they’re working on right now. By Emily Willis.

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Sierra Club Gets Free Admission to Grandfather Mountain Sept. 25 on John Muir Day

Sept. 16, 2016. “John Muir visited Grandfather Mountain in late September of 1898,” said Mickey Shortt, director of education and natural resources for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit organization that oversees the Linville nature preserve and travel attraction. “While here, he seemed most impressed by the diversity of trees in the deciduous forest around Grandfather and the endless ridges that came into view from the peaks.”

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Guided Walks at Grandfather Mountain Celebrate the Blooming Rhododendron

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May 24, 2016. “This set of shrubs in the heath family are the gems of the mountain,” said Mickey Shortt, Director of Education and Natural Resources for the GM Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit organization that oversees the Linville attraction. “They are the showiest, the brightest, the ones that we turn our heads to look at.”

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Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 12-15: Contribute to Research, Have Fun at Home

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Feb. 11, 2016. This interactive citizen science experience will guide you through watching and counting the birds you see in your own backyard. You and other participating birdwatchers will go online to birdcount.org anytime between Friday and Monday, Feb. 12-15, to record the number of birds you see. By Jessica Isaacs. Photos from Audubon.org.

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Coopers Donate 21 Acres of Pristine Valle Crucis Farmland to Blue Ridge Conservancy

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Jan. 7, 2016. Local residents and conservation advocates John and Faye Cooper recently donated to the Blue Ridge Conservancy more than 20 acres of pristine Valle Crucis farmland, ensuring the property’s future as a valuable part of the community and an educational resource. The Coopers, owners of The Mast General Store, purchased the property in two parcels — the first in the early 1990s and the second almost 10 years later — and knew from the beginning that they needed to protect the land. By Jessica Isaacs.

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