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Quilters working nationally to thank veterans, service members

The founder and executive director of the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF), Catherine Roberts, made a stop in Franklin last Thursday while on her “Coast to Coast” tour promoting the foundation. Roberts met with volunteers to discuss strategy and to recognize three area veterans who have received quilts through the foundation.

QOVF is a non-profit organization comprised solely of volunteers who work toward their mission of the covering “All those service members and veterans touched by war with Wartime Quilts called Quilts of Valor (QOVs). This foundation is not about politics. It’s about people.”


Unique heritage of the community celebrated.

Cowee Jamboree was not just another festival but a commemoration of the life, times, and work of one of the more colorful characters in the Cowee community.

The Cowee Jamboree was a celebration of Tom Rickman's life as much as it was the marking of the unique heritage of the community at large. “The whole event went fantastic,” said Gloria Syring, the main organizer for the Jamboree and a regular volunteer at Rickman’s General Store. “We were battling the football game, which no one anticipated until later, so we had about half the people we were hoping for, but the people that came really enjoyed the event.”


Two of Highlands oldest inns celebrated their combined 150 years Tuesday, September 13, with an old-fashioned block party on 4 ½ Street. Food, drinks and live music by Tom Hill and the Midnight Sons highlighted the evening.

Across the street from each other, the 4 ½ Street Inn and Colonial Pines are owned and operated by resident innkeepers, Rick and Helene Siegel and Chris and Donna Alley respectively. The owners conducted tours of their inns during the party.

The Siegels, former owners of an Atlanta landscaping firm, purchased the 4 ½ Street Inn in 1997. Throughout the 100-year old inn is a wealth of original woodwork, including mantels, wainscoting and 4- and 5-panel doors. The woodwork is oak, pine and chestnut, all finished with the same dark stain.


On Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 10:30 am, Angel Medical Center will be celebrating and honoring those who have died this last year with a Memorial Butterfly Release.

The ceremony will take place directly across from the hospital in the grassy area and the public is invited.

With more than 400 butterflies being released, those present will be able to be part of this moving service.

For questions or for more information, call Angel Hospice at (828)369-4417.

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