Mother Nature’s Cleanup Crew – The Tryon Daily Bulletin

“Consider the lilies of the field. Look at the fluff on a baby’s ear. Read in the garden with the sun on your face. Learn to be happy. And see life as a terminal illness, because if you do, you will live it with joy and passion, as it should be lived. ~Anna Quindlen

A lead foot driver left behind a traffic accident yesterday as I was eating weeds in the summer rain jungle, safety glasses fogging up with the damp. For a moment, the street is clear. The next day there is a flattened marmot – no getaway vehicle in sight.

Saddened, I mumbled about speeders that wouldn’t slow down for the world, thinking I’d pull a shovel out for some messy cleanup if no one from public works stopped. In no time the local buzzards arrived for lunch on the job.

We looked at each other like it was High Noon or OK Corral, but I bowed, help yourself guys. Have it! They did, working diligently, rushing to the roof of the school every time cars passed. They would come back once the way was clear.

If you use your imagination you would see how much they look like wild turkeys, minus the iridescent feathers. Some people think they’re ugly creatures, but the closer I looked at the buzzard crew, the more I admired their focused dedication, dull gray feathers, beautiful wing spread, and lift. .

Then I thought how badly we need this in this world, Mother Nature’s cleaning crew. There wasn’t much left of their feast this morning, just a dark spot in the street. Nothing lost; no shovel needed. Thanks guys.

Saluda Tailgate Market is held every Friday in the West Town parking lot off Main Street from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Saluda Train Tales at the Historic Depot & Museum will take place July 15 at 7 p.m. with Norfolk Southern Railroad retiree Brian Sykes. Brian has worked in electrical and signaling with responsibilities including Saluda Grade. He will discuss challenges and procedures, including safety runoff routes, for getting trains on and off.

Free ice cream in hot July? Saluda Senior Center (64 Greenville Street) is hosting an Ice Cream Party July 17 from 2-4 p.m. All are welcome!

Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) deals with land conservation, trails, projects and more: visit or call 828-749-1560 for more information. Support SCLT with donations, volunteering and Amazon Smile. Contact “Trail Boss” Chuck Hearon at [email protected] lead a hike or help clear trails. The next Woodland Walk is July 17 at Twin Lakes, this is a free swim from 11am-4pm with a Woodland Walk option. Bring a picnic; leave Rover at home for this event.

Saluda Pop-Up Pantry is Tuesdays from 1-6 p.m. at the Saluda Presbyterian Church, 54 Carolina Avenue (behind the Saluda Library). Donations of paper goods are always welcome and needed. To volunteer at the pantry, call Saluda Church of the Transfiguration at 828-749-9740. You can send tax-deductible donations to Saluda Pop-Up Pantry, PO Box 428, Saluda, NC 28773 or donate online at www.saludapantrycom; or through Amazon Smile. Many thanks to the Saluda Garden Club for the bouquets of freshly picked flowers and to the volunteers, especially Volunteer of the Month Diane Land!

There will be a Saluda Open Stage event at McCreery Park on July 24. From 6 to 8 p.m., people can bring in their songs, jokes, magic acts, poems, skits, and other talents for others to enjoy. Just about anything goes; it’s free for the first 23,000 who appear! Register for the event; call Dori at 808-8334 if you have any questions.

The Saluda Visitor Center at 20 W. Main is open from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily this summer and for monthly First Friday walks from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Listen to Saluda resident James Hrynyshyn’s “Polk Lore” podcast if you want an independent forum for a respectful discussion about living, working, and playing in Polk County. Polk Lore, a nonprofit, ad-free, hyperlocal podcast, focuses exclusively on the culture, politics, and geography of this region.

Happy July Birthday to Debi Thomas, Rheta Foster, Nancy Weinhagen, Lisa Obermiller, Kathy Thompson, Bill Jameson, Emily Rose Ford, Jeremy Ford, Mike Cass, Nathen Honeycutt, Melissa Justus, Hunter Justus, Alyssa Justus, Lin Savage, Doug Taylor , Amanda Anderson, Gail Slaughter, Diane Ballard, Amber Grant and Marianne Blazar.

Do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected](828) 817-6765, PO Box 331, Saluda, NC 28773, Facebook, or visit

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