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Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Outhouses hit the slopes

Steering an outhouse down a mountainside may be an unconventional way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but the Ninth Annual Outhouse Race at Sapphire Valley Ski Resort Feb. 14 will allow for some warm fuzzies. 

The race, which begins at 11 a.m., will benefit the pooches and kittens of the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, a no-kill adoption center. Food and live music will be present alongside the homemade and often hilarious contraptions that compete for speed and laughs as they sled down the slopes. 

$100 to race your own outhouse or $125 to rent one. 

RSVP to Steve Martell, 828.743.6159.


Haywood’s tree caretaker retires

After 30 years of service, Haywood Community College’s arboretum specialist Mike Meadows — seen here with HCC President Barbara Parker — has retired. The campus’ diverse collection of trees and plants was his handiwork, and he was instrumental in taking care of the Dahlia Garden, which boasts more than 400 plants of 250 varieties.  


Prepare for emergency in the backcountry 

A Wilderness First Aid course Feb. 28-March 1 will prepare its participants for backcountry calamities ranging from broken legs to open wounds to hypothermia. 

The fast-paced course includes two days of wilderness medicine topics presented by instructors from Cullowhee-based Landmark Learning. Participants will practice making splints, moving someone with a head injury, thinking through the appropriate response when confronted by an emergency and much more during the 16 hours of the course. During role-playing scenarios, they’ll put it all together as they evaluate and treat a “patient” pretending to be in the midst of some emergency.

Cost is $175, with a CPR course offered for an additional fee on the evening of Feb. 27. Minimum enrollment must be met by Jan. 30 for the course to be held. Participants must be at least 16, and those under 18 must have a guardian’s permission. 

Jennifer Bennett, 828.293.3053 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 


Fly collector shares his secrets

Mike Kesselring — a professional photographer, writer, speaker and fly collector — will expound upon his love of fly collecting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the United Community Bank in Sylva. 

Kesselring, a Bryson City resident since 1975, will bring his collection of more than 7,000 flies to his talk, which will take place during the February meeting of the Tuckaseigee Chapter of Trout Unlimited. The collection includes flies from local tiers as well as from area fly shops and cross-country travels, featuring nearly every style, color and size possible. 

The evening will begin with dinner for $5 and then include a raffle for a rod made by Whittier craftsman Jim Mills. The raffle will take place before Kesselring’s presentation. 

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