March brings the hope of getting the earth ready for a garden. Personally, I can’t wait to see my roses bloom. With St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, it’s also the month for being Irish. Irish jokes are the best (the ones that can be printed, anyway).

Our area of North Carolina has so many wonderful, unique places to visit. Sadly, one of those unique places — the Todd General Store in the mountains of Ashe County — burned down on the night of Feb. 25.

The store was established in 1914 and was on the National Register of Historic Places. It was a favorite gathering place for many people.

The Connell family bought the building in May 20, 2019, and reopened it this past summer after completing renovations. Hopefully, the family will be able to rebuild and at least continue the tradition of their community getting together.

We are proud of the Hartley brothers. Connor Hartley made the president’s list at Wilkes Community College for the fall 2020 semester. He has one semester left and will graduate with a culinary arts degree. His brother, Cody, is a junior at Appalachian State University and was accepted into the Golden Key club at ASU for academic honors. Cody and Connor are the sons of Harper and Michelle Hartley.

We were sad to learn about the passing of Judy Ferguson Wright of Winston-Salem, a Ferguson native. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Winifred Ferguson. I remember Judy as a very talented woman in the visual arts and, like her siblings, was very intellectual.

Happy March Birthday wishes go to Stephanie Cardwell, R.P. Minton, Jim Pearson, Joanne Ferguson, Willie Underwood, Jessica Wheeling, Christy Pearson, Carolyn Carlton, Kayla Jolley, Kevin Hartley, Leslie Hartley, Patricia Walker, Meisha Stacks, James Hall, River Jones, Harper Jones, Nina Miller, Kenny Wingler, Lisa Eller, Steven Hall, Kristee Walsh, Teresa Triplett and Renea Minton.

Beaver Creek Advent Christian Church will have its first chickenque of 2021 at 11 a.m. March 13. Folks won’t have to get out of their cars since this is a drive-through pick up.

Joke of the week: Two Irishmen are walking down the street looking for a job. One sees a sign that says, “Tree fellers wanted.” He turns to his companion and says, “Aye, ‘tis a pity dere’s only the two of us.”

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