Letters to the Editor for June 9, 2022


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Is there help anywhere for poor cell phone service?

If you are having problems with your Verizon cellular service, then you are not alone.

We live in the Cowee area and have been having increasing trouble receiving calls as well as making calls. We weren’t even able to receive our doctor’s call. We have health issues and cannot be having this trouble.

Everywhere we go for help, they do not know what the problem is. Could it be that we don’t have “working” towers for our increasing number of residents?

I have been told that the Federal Communication Commission has NO say in our situation. Where do we go for help?  

 Linda Behr – Franklin, N.C.

Taste of Scotland offering Highland Games and more

I am inviting you to enjoy something that you have had to go to Grandfather Mountain or Stone Mountain Games to see before this 23rd Taste of Scotland and Celtic Festival.  Come to the Taste of Scotland Festival and Highland Games on Saturday, June 18, at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center known locally as the fairgrounds.

 The Taste of Scotland  Society is excited as a group to offer authentic Highland Games for the first time. Previously referred to as registered heavy athletics, Scott Medlin will bring SHAG, southeast Highland Athletic Group, from Georgia.  The one group of women and the two groups of men will challenge each other in seven of nine possible events. The main reason that the second day of the festival was moved to the fairgrounds was to have Highland Games. Each one of the games is strictly controlled in area size and there was just no such space in town.

The Society is having to ask for a $5 entry fee for this year for age 6 and over. Children five and under are free.  Gas, grocery, entertainment prices have risen.  But for your admission fee, you get pipe bands, Cherokee demonstrations, children’s activities, food and merchandise vendors, clans, symposium offerings, and two music stages for only a $5 entrance fee. It is definitely a bargain.  Gates open at 9 a.m. and the festival runs through 4 p.m.

A ticketed concert by Wild Blue Yonder will be held at 6 p.m., the Jacobites By Name at 7 p.m., and the main attraction, Tuatha Dea from Tennessee will be from 8 to 9:30 p.m. The performance is free for children ages 5 and under. The cost will be $10 for ages 6 on up to adults. You will want to bring a lawn chair.

Sunday is always a special treat. A lot of us go to First Presbyterian Church where Tempe Fussell, as pastor, always has a special Father’s Day Kirkin O’the Tartans at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. It is a very special tradition for our town.

The Arts Council always closes the Taste of Scotland and Celtic Festival with a 3 o’clock concert at First Presbyterian Church.  This year we are honored to have an internationally known performer, Andrew Finn Magill, who will present a fiddle concert.  We really appreciate the involvement and support of the Arts Council and all our sponsors.  

 Merrilee Bordeaux

Taste of Scotland Society, Inc.



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