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LOCAL BRIEFS: Big Paws, League Zooms, U.T. grad, county offices closed

Flat Rock artist Marsha Hammel and the Gallery at Flat Rock are 'celebrating the joys of living with big dogs.' Flat Rock artist Marsha Hammel and the Gallery at Flat Rock are 'celebrating the joys of living with big dogs.'

The Gallery at Flat Rock, 2702-A Greenville Highway, is excited to announce a dog-friendly event and exhibition celebrating adoptable canines weighing 50 pounds or more.

“A Cause for Big Paws” is the result of a partnership between the Blue Ridge Humane Society, Barkers Anonymous and Gallery at Flat Rock artist Marsha Hammel, who have joined forces to highlight the loving big dogs at BRHS that are currently seeking forever homes. The exhibition of Hammel’s work in her Hendersonville studio will feature a reserved ticketed opening party with all proceeds going to the Humane Society.
“We wanted to draw attention to big dogs, in that big dogs are slower to be adopted than small dogs,” said Marsha Hammel. “We’re celebrating the joys of living with big dogs.”
“A Cause for Big Paws” will showcase new paintings inspired by big dogs at M.Hammel Studio. A dog-friendly opening on July 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the studio will include treats for humans and dogs, as well as a chance for attendees to receive an original sketch drawn by Hammel, created on-site at the event.
To maintain proper social distancing, this ticketed event is open only by reservation to individuals and small groups. Barkers Anonymous will provide the goodies and treats for pets. Tickets to this event are $20 each with part of the proceeds to fund the mission of Blue Ridge Humane Society.
M.Hammel Studio, at 1901 Kanuga Road, will be open by appointment daily July 3-10, for exhibit viewing. For tickets and reservations, contact The Gallery at Flat Rock at 828-698-7000 or

Rabbi Jackson delivers remarks to League

The League of Women Voters Henderson County held its first virtual membership meeting on Friday with more than 40 members logging in via Zoom. Members watched an online review of the League’s accomplishments and then took care of organizational business and voting via electronic polls.
After League President Rachel Poller welcomed attendees and gave a mini-lesson in Zooming, Rabbi Rachael Jackson of Agudas Israel inspired the group with her speech: “Life and Voting Are Interdisciplinary.” Jackson reminded members that it took more than 70 years from the earliest suffragists in the USA to win the vote for women. The vote was won 100 years ago this August along with the founding of the League of Women Voters. Jackson went on to say that people are challenged these days to gain equal rights for all and maintain a healthy democracy.
Incoming League Vice President Brenda Sherrer presented the Francee Sherman Student Award to Kathryn Thomas, a 2020 Hendersonville High School graduate. After a slideshow review of the League’s programs and successes over the past year, Poller recognized lifetime members Lee Luebbe, Marion Huffman and Marian Lowry for more than 50 years of League service and thanked all members who volunteer every year to meet the League’s mission: “Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.” For more information about the League, visit

Marks graduates summa cum laude from Tennessee

Mary Lynn Marks, daughter of Hunter and Lynn Marks and a 2016 graduate of Hendersonville High School, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on Friday, May 8, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Agricultural Economics. She plans to return to Knoxville this fall to pursue a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics.

County, city offices close for holiday

Henderson County local government offices and agencies and the Henderson County Courthouse will close on Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day.  The Public Library and the Animal Shelter will be closed Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4.  The Henderson County Recycling Center and Transfer Station will be open on Friday, July 3 and will close for the holiday on Saturday, July 4. All Henderson County parks are open 365 days a year. The delivery of emergency services will not be disrupted on July 3. All Henderson County local government offices and agencies and the Henderson County Courthouse will reopen and resume current operating hours on Monday, July 6.

The City of Hendersonville government offices will be closed Friday, July 3. Garbage, recycling and brush Collection will be operating on a regular schedule. For water/sewer issues occurring on July 3, please use the after-hours number at (828) 891-7779.

Open Streets weekend returns July 3-5

Another Open Streets weekend will take place from 6 p.m. on Friday, July 3, through Sunday, July 5. This weekend closure of Main Street between Allen Street and Sixth Avenue Avenue promotes an enhanced pedestrian environment and encourages social distancing while supporting local businesses. Avenues remain open to traffic with handicap parking available in the 100 block, the 600 block near the restored Coca-Cola mural, and the City Hall parking lot located at 160 6th Avenue E. More Open Streets information is available at The public is encouraged to visit for ongoing updates on City facility closures and COVID-19 information.