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LOCAL BRIEFS: Cemetery maintenance, 'Good Growth,' new Story Trail, free shredding

Cemetery Maintenance Class

Cemetery Maintenance Training Class will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30, sponsored by the Henderson County Cemetery Advisory Committee. Hands-on training on the cleaning and straightening of grave stones will take place at the Williams Capps Cemetery in Zirconia, also known as the Fortune-Kuykendall Cemetery, in the Greenbriar subdivision.
The grave site of Revolutionary War Patriot William Capps (1764-1848), the ancestor of all Capps descendants within Henderson County, is in this cemetery. Capps entered the county about 1801 and eventually purchased thousands of acres of land in this area of what became Henderson County. The grave sites of his wife, Nancy Cooksey Capps, and many descendants are also within the cemetery that was located near their home.
The class will focus on landscaping care around stones and markers, how to safely clean grave stones (marble, sandstone, granite and historic masonry), and how to properly raise and level grave stones.
Warren Scott, gravestone conservator and chairman of the Henderson County Cemetery Advisory Committee, will teach the class.
Reservations are requested by contacting Toby Linville at 694-6627 or Due to limited parking at the site, plan to carpool from Ingles on Spartanburg Highway (U.S. 176) at North Highland Lake Drive. Meet behind the car wash. Class size is limited.

'Good Growth Makes Sense'

From 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, Hendersonville Green Drinks presents the third of a four-part webinar series entitled Good Growth Makes Good Sense. The guest speaker will be Rebekah Robinson, assistant director for programs at Conserving Carolina. The presentation, "Nature for All: Planning for Inclusive Greenways, Trails, and Parks," is in direct response to public input, as reflected in the results of the early phases of Henderson County’s 2045 Comprehensive Planning process. This special monthly series is a collaboration between MountainTrue and Conserving Carolina. In order to attend the webinar, please register click here to register.

Previous and upcoming "Good Growth Makes Good Sense" presentations include:

-- Smart Growth: Looking to the Past to Plan for Our Future - Chris Joyell (Feb 10)

-- The Value of Conserving Open Space and Farmland - Tom Fanslow (March 10)

-- Nature for All: Planning for Inclusive Greenways, Trails, and Parks - Rebekah Robinson (April 14)

-- State of the River: How Land Use Planning Can Make or Break Water Quality - Gray Jernigan & Hartwell Carson (May 12)

Smart Start celebrates first Story Trail

Smart Start Partnership for Children, Fletcher Parks and Recreation, the Community Foundation of Henderson County, Henderson County Public Libraries, Henderson County Chamber of Commerce and the Fletcher Area Business Associatio will host a ribbon cutting to be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 29, at Kate’s and Pete’s Park in Fletcher to celebrate the first ever permanent Story Trail fixture in Henderson County. A collaborative community project, this Story Trail was made possible by the Community Foundation of Henderson County’s Fletcher Community Fund.

A Story Trail is an engaging fun activity that takes the pages of a children’s story book and places them along a path or trail for the community and families to enjoy. Books and educational activities will be provided by the Henderson County Public Libraries. Fletcher Parks and Recreation who will oversee installation of the project had this to say about the new park feature,
“We are excited to have the Story Trail come to Kate’s and Pete’s park as it will provide a fun learning experience for Fletcher families to enjoy.”
Families and community members are encouraged to attend the ribbon cutting. Smart Start Partnership for Children will also be handing out free books to all children and families who attend.

League speaker focuses on climate change

The League of Women Voters of Henderson County will host a program, “Climate Change, Resiliency and Conserving Carolina,” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, via Zoom. The speaker will be attorney Amos Dawson, who has been practicing environmental law in North Carolina and South Carolina for the last 47 years.
A former assistant attorney general in the Environmental Protection Section of the N.C. Department of Justice, Dawson also has served as the first staff attorney to the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission and served as a mediator in state and federal courts.
For more information and to register for the event, visit The event is free and open to the public but registration is required in advance of the program. After registering, participants will receive a Zoom link to attend the program.
LWVHC celebrates Diversity, Equity and Inclusion by welcoming all members of our community.

Credit union sponsors free shred event

To assist members of the community to reduce their risk of identity theft, Local Government Federal Credit Union is sponsoring a free shred event from 9 a.m. to noon. Friday, Aopril 22, at the Etowah branch of the Henderson County Library.

Henderson County residents are  invited to bring documents that include personal or confidential information for disposal. Examples include pre-approved credit card offers, monthly statements, out-of-date account statements and other printed personal information. The documents will be shredded on-site. There is a limit of three boxes and 75 pounds per person and the event is open to residents only.