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Palenick – past and present

Good article by Daniel Jackson of the Gaston Gazette about “Big Plan” Palenick.

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However, he needs to look a bit deeper into the negatives that aren’t discussed too much in this article.

According to sources in Bay City, Michigan and Rio Rancho, New Mexico, “Big Plan” has a litigious streak — for his personal gain. Some folks in Bay City are willing to talk about it, but the Rio Rancho folks are much more tight lipped.

Again, overall good reporting by Jackson. It has been awhile since the Gazette has had a real “juicy” story that could sell papers.

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Orchid Conservatory at DSBG opens Saturday

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Observer Article

Charlotte Trip Magazine Article

The Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens (DSBG) are by far the coolest piece of the Gaston County sites to visit. Over time, the Gardens will be larger and more complete — there is a 40-year Master Plan for the site — world class by anyone’s standards. This was a privately funded project without government “partnership”. The late Daniel Stowe kick started and endowed the development of the Gardens with a donation of land and $14 million in the early 1990’s. All other development has been through private contributions and sponsorship.  

The unique destination sites that now border the City of Belmont are the US National Whitewater Center to the east (just over the river north of the I-85 weigh station) and the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. Along with historical sites located throughout the county, Gaston is blessed with tourism resources that can rival many pleaces.

Good luck to the folks of the community who develop and market these facilities. Belmont certainly has taken a lead when it comes to developing intriquing places to visit.

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(Red Imperial Bromliad – one of 2,000 rare and exotic plant at DSBG)

Orchid links

 

SNOW

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Not much, but it was enough to cancel school for the day.

Anybody have kids home, besides us? Gonna drive us crazy for one day. Then three days next week for the Martin Luther King holiday. Several folks are planning ski trips up to the mountains. Click here for mountain view webcams.

In a related note – the South Point HS phone tree is pleading for test proctors on Friday. If you can help, call 704-825-3351. It is a teacher’s workday today and the office staff are present.

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Everyone gets excited when we get a snow pattern in the weather. Please drive safely when the roads are wet and possibly slick.