Highlands ABC Store set to move

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC | Posted on Friday, February 20, 2009

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The ABC Store (state-run liquor store) has signed a lease for a new location in the Highlands Plaza. The new store will be located between the State Farm Insurance office and Subway. The store is scheduled to open later this spring. The current location will be part of a five-year plan for the Town Hall to expand its operations.

Please check back often for more local news in the greater Cashiers and Highlands area.

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Annual Collective Spirits Wine Festival

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Things to Do | Posted on Friday, February 20, 2009

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The third annual event will be held at The Bascom art center in Highlands, NC. This will be the first major event held at The Bascom’s new six acre, three building facility, which features 23,000 square feet of space. This facility will be like no other art space in Western North Carolina. The new campus is located on Oak Street and Franklin Road (Highway 64).

The event will held on May 29-30, 2009. Some of the festivities for the event include a wine tasting, silent auction, symposium led by wine specialists, and a seated dinner on the new terrace. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit The Bascom.

Tickets are $100 for the wine tasting on Friday evening and $225 for Saturday evening’s gala. A two day ticket may be purchased for $295.  To purchase tickets, please log on www.collectivespirits.com or contact The Bascom at 828-526-4949.

What a great event to kick off the summer! Come and enjoy one of the many great activities here in Western North Carolina.

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Plan your visit to WNC

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2009

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Are you planning a visit to the Cashiers/Highlands area? Whether you are coming just to sightsee or plan to take advantage of opportunities in the real estate market, let us help you reserve your accommodations. We have special arrangements with some of the area’s best resorts for discounted room rates and packages. Please call our office at (828) 743-1999 or email us at info@ncliving.com for more information.

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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in Western North Carolina

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC | Posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2009

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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Many of you are familiar with the devastating effects of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) on the beautiful hemlock trees in our area. According to the US Forest Service, these pests will kill a hemlock tree within a few years. The HWA does not have enough natural enemies here to keep it in check, and the hemlock trees have not built up a resistance to it.

The good news is that there are effective insecticidal treatments for infected trees, as well as preventative measures that can be taken to protect healthy trees. The Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance (JMCA) provides helpful tips on how to treat against the HWA and save our properties and forests from this invasive and destructive insect. Visit the JMCA website at http://www.j-mca.org/hemlock.asp.

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Sapphire Valley Master Association buys Red Bird Golf Course

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News | Posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2009

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On January 27, 2009, the Sapphire Valley Master Association (SVMA) purchased Red Bird Golf Course. Included in the purchase were about 30 acres of land, the pro shop building, carts, and other maintenance equipment. The SVMA also owns the Sapphire Recreation Center, the Sapphire Community Center, and the ski area. The association refinanced their existing debt and purchased the golf course with a new note in the amount of $3,153,853 . According to the president of the SVMA, Mr. Walt Green, the association will save approximately $6,500 per month because of favorable interest rates.

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Cashiers and Highlands NC maps

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Monday, February 2, 2009

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Are you looking for a map of Cashiers or Highlands, NC? Have you ever gotten lost on the way someone’s home in the area and wished you had a street map? We can help! We have free maps available at our office, so please feel free to stop by and pick one up. If you would like one before you get to town, please email me at jlucke@ncliving.com or call the office at 828-743-1999 and we’ll mail one to you.

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Elaine Zachary interviewed for NCAR magazine

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Real Estate News, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Monday, February 2, 2009

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When the North Carolina Association of Realtors wanted to interview a Realtor with over 30 years experience and find out what insight they may have, they called Elaine Zachary with Silver Creek Real Estate Group. Elaine pointed out that her “best tactic in this market revolves around great customer service that always puts the client first.” This attitude, combined with resources and professionalism, sets us apart from other companies and brokers. For further information about the great people at Silver Creek Real Estate Group, feel free to contact Jochen Lucke at jlucke@ncliving.com or call 828-743-1999.

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