Page 4 <strong>Around</strong> <strong>Town</strong> By A. Jann Peitso 'Tis the season when we want to thank those who have been especially generous to us with their time and their efforts. We drive through the loop in the arts & crafts community, stop at a shop or two as we search for just that perfect gift, not too expensive but meaningful for the recipient. “My neighbor feeds my dog (or cat) while I am here on vacation and I want to take him something” is often heard by the artisans as they welcome visitors who step through the doors. “My Mother is so hard to buy for, she has everything” laments another as she rolls her eyes heavenward. A piece of jewelry would be a nice gift, a hand-thrown mug, a leather belt, a small painting or even a candle from the wide variety of types made by community members would all be welcomed by the dog sitter or the mother. That memento would be cherished because it came from a very special giver who visited a very special vacation destination. Mementos need not be expensive nor one that requires a great deal of fretting. We have all been told, “it is the thought that counts, the simplest gift can be the most meaningful”. The stories told of the beginnings of this Holy-day season are of the expensive treasures presented to the Child but that the smallest gift may have been the most meaningful because it was given from the heart. One walks upon the seashore, at the very edge of the lapping waves and collects what the seas have brought in, shells of many iridescent colors, changing as they are turned in one's hand. Immediately, one wants to share this experience, wants to take this memento home to someone. In 1966, a delightful book by Gladys Bond appeared on bookstore shelves, “The Magic Friend Maker”. A young girl walks along a riverbank and finds a rock which she puts in her pocket, not just any old rock, but one of a special shape and colors embedded in it. When she has to move to another town and leave her best friend, she thinks of something to give, something to leave behind for the friend to remember their times together. The rock from a special destination becomes the memento. As time goes by, the girl who received the rock meets a new neighbor and the memento is gifted as a “friend maker”. So we go, looking for a thank you gift or a “friend maker”. Perhaps the memento lies not in a shop but along a driveway, the side of the road or a creek bed, someplace that had meaning as you walked there. With a note attached of your deep appreciation, a heart-shaped rock or one almost colored blue by its mineral content and a smidgen of quartz becomes the small but meaningful gift, a gleaming memento for a friend or loved one, your memento that called to you In The Loop. A. Jann Peitso, art! www.ajannpeitsoart.com 170 Glades Road, Gatlinburg • 865-436-2363 Sparky’s Glassblowing Ask About Our Glassblowing Classes! Come and watch Gary at work! Gary Will Make You A Special Glass Piece For Your Loved Ones Ashes Glassblowing at its best! Beautiful, handcrafted blown & sculpted glass (865) 325-8186 www.sparkysglassblowing.com <strong>Smoky</strong> <strong>Mountains</strong> Art’s & Crafts Community 849 Glades Road (Covered Bridge Complex) SERENDIPITY CERAMICS & GIFTS Five Star Rated Hot Dogs, Chili & BBQ! We now have Soft Serve Ice Cream! 849 Glades Road, Suite 1A3 Gatlinburg Join us for snacks, songs & shade! 865-325-1004 968 Parkway, Downtown Gatlinburg (In the Elks Plaza) Park, Congressional Leaders & Governor Dedicate Foothills Parkway Sunday - Monday - Tuesday Nite Music at the Creek Great <strong>Smoky</strong> <strong>Mountains</strong> National Park officials were joined by Senator Lamar Alexander, Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr, Congressman Phil Roe, Governor Bill Haslam, and NPS Southeast Regional Director Bob Vogel to dedicate the long-awaited section of the Foothills Parkway between Walland and Wears Valley, TN before the public opening on Saturday, November 10. The public will be able to experience this new section of roadway for the first time since construction began in 1966, including the 1.65-mile section known as the ‘Missing Link’ which is now connected by a series of nine bridges. “We are proud to dedicate this roadway to the people who dreamed it, engineered it, built it, and supported it,” said Superintendent Cassius Cash. “Each person gathered here today has been a part of creating a legacy parkway that the public will enjoy for generations to come.” The celebration was attended by over 200 former and current employees of the National Park Service, Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division of the Federal Highway Administration, Tennessee Department of Transportation, contractors, and community leaders who participated in the construction of the parkway over the last several decades. Senator Alexander, Congressman Duncan, Congressman Roe, and Governor Haslam joined Superintendent Cash to cut the ribbon signifying the grand opening of the Foothills Parkway. The roadway officially opens to the public on Saturday, November 10 for motorists and cyclists to enjoy. “If you want the best view of the highest mountains in the eastern United States, you’ll drive the Foothills Parkway,” said Senator Lamar Alexander. “The scene is so magnificent that it surprises even those of us who have grown up admiring the Smokies. It has taken nearly 75 years to complete, but it is so picturesque that it is worth the 75-year wait.” The completion of the roadway was made possible due to a decadeslong partnership among the State of Tennessee, Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), the Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division (EFLHD) of the Federal Highway Administration, and the National Park Service (NPS) at a total cost of $178 million. Funding for the final paving was provided through a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) VIII grant secured by the Tennessee Department of Transportation along with $15 million from the State of Tennessee and $7 million through the NPS Federal Lands Transportation Program. The Foothills Parkway now consists of two finished sections at either end of the 72-mile corridor. The western section now extends 33 continuous miles from Chilhowee to Wears Valley, offering a new recreational experience for motorists and cyclists. The eastern section, completed in 1968, extends 6 miles from Cosby to Interstate 40 presenting breathtaking views of Mt. Cammerer. For more information about exploring scenic drives in the park, please visit www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/autotouring.htm. NPS Southeast Regional Director Bob Vogel, Superintendent Cassius Cash, Governor Bill Haslam, Senator Lamar Alexander, Chief of Facility Management Alan Sumeriski, and Deputy Superintendent Clay Jordan. Performing 6:00 till 9:00 1654 E. Parkway ( Next To Dollar General ) Free Parking A <strong>Smoky</strong> Jazz Feel with a Bluesy Rock Sound Featuring: Ben E. Scott Stroupe Original artwork in various mediums, reproduc ons and scenic photography Handmade jewelry, vintage glass and gi s Greenbrier Pottery available here! Linda is o en ‘at the easel’ crea ng art. Come and browse our gallery 680 Glades Road #5 Gatlinburg 865-430-8777 We specialize in handmade soy candles, soaps, and fragrant air fresheners (865) 325-8142 Crafts & Gifts Hand-Crafted in the <strong>Smoky</strong> <strong>Mountains</strong> Located at the Covered Bridge in the Glades Gatlinburg's Great <strong>Smoky</strong> Arts & Crafts Community We Loan On Anything of Value! 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Christmas Parade Presented by Ole Red Gatlinburg Cold Here <strong>Around</strong> <strong>Town</strong> Page 5 Local Pottery Classes Now Forming Take home a memory that will last a lifetime! 865- 412-1003 www.fowlersclayworks.com 1402 E. Parkway, #10 Gatlinburg <strong>December</strong> 7 at 7:30 p.m. Gatlinburg’s most enchanting holiday tradition returns! Presented by Ole Red, the 43rd Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade promises to be a spectacular celebration filled with marching bands, large balloons, dancers, and of course, Santa Claus. It all happens on <strong>December</strong> 7 at 7:30 p.m. from Baskins Creek Bypass to traffic light #10 in downtown Gatlinburg. Parade-goers are encouraged to arrive early to find a spot on the Parkway to watch the parade or you can purchase a bleacher seat to get one of the best seats in the house. 600 Glades Rd #10 Gatlinburg Woodland hawks lured to the big city by cornucopia of backyard birds By Noel Kirkpatrick People put up bird feeders in hopes of attracting avian wildlife. It turns out those backyard birds are attracting even bigger birds. As birds come to cities for the feeders, woodland hawks are flocking to the "urban buffet" they create, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The hunting is so good, in fact, that many hawks are now city-bred. "For hawks, the secret is out: There is a hyperabundance of prey" in the city, Benjamin Z u c k e r b e r g , a U n i v e r s i t y o f Wisconsin–Madison professor of wildlife ecology and a senior author of the study, said in a statement. In the past, hawks struggled to survive as habitat loss, hunting and the pesticide DDT reduced their populations. Eventually regulations were put into place, including stronger protections for migratory birds, and hawks staged somewhat of a comeback. Habitat loss, however, wasn't easily undone, and as the woodland hawks' population rebounded, they had to find new hunting grounds. Luckily, cities and bird-loving humans provided some assistance. "Bird feeders are like buffets," Zuckerberg said, "It is an easy meal." Researchers looked at 20 years of data collected by participants in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Project FeederWatch. This citizen science project covered backyard birding information in Chicago from 1996 to 2016. What they found was a steady increase in the hawk population in the city's center, flying away from rural areas. "Project FeederWatch is the perfect program for this kind of research because you can use that information not only to document hawks, but also their prey," Zuckerberg said. Two things surprised the researchers as they studied the data. First was that the birds seemingly adapted to life in the big city quickly. Woodland hawks, like the Cooper's hawk (Accipiter cooperii) and the sharpshinned hawk (Accipiter striatus) are considered "perch-and-scan" predators. They sit still on a branch, hiding in tree cover, and then swoop onto their prey once it comes within striking distance. Branches, it turns out, weren't a deal breaker for these hawks; food was. "I was surprised that tree canopy cover was not important in colonization by these woodland hawks," Jennifer McCabe, a postdoctoral fellow at Wisconsin-Madison who led the study, said. "However, they aren't nesting in the winter, meaning they are more concerned about their own survival and not raising young. So, it makes sense that food availability would be so important." The second surprise was related to food availability. The hawks didn't seem to care how large or small the prey was. They just wanted a bird snack. “Prey biomass wasn't an important driver of colonization or persistence," McCabe explained. "Much of the literature states, at least for Cooper's hawks, that they prefer larger-bodied prey like doves and pigeons. Perhaps these hawks are cueing in on the sheer number of birds and not particular species." The biggest takeaway is that urban areas are now an important wildlife habitat, a place where nature has adapted to urban life. “Don't discount urban areas as habitat," Zuckerberg said. "The more we know about which species and what landscape factors allow those species to colonize and persist in urban areas, the better we can manage wildlife in an ever-developing world." Located inside the Great <strong>Smoky</strong> <strong>Mountains</strong> National Park, off US highway 441, the Sugarlands Visitor Center has all the answers to your questions regarding planning your trip to the national park. In the visitors center, there are several extensive natural history exhibits, a free 20-minute film about the national park and an information center. The facility includes a bookstore and a gift shop for all your souvenir needs. There are public restrooms, telephones and drink machines available. There are Ranger-led programs offered seasonally and various nature trails nearby with historic cabins and waterfalls to visit. The visitor center is an eco-friendly building. The building has a “cool roof” system, which allows heat to escape freely, generating lower cooling costs. The roof also features recycled rubber, solar panels and solar tubs to provide additional lighting and energy without using electricity. Sugarlands Visitor Center Hours: January-February: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. March: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. April-May: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. June-August: 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. September-October: 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. November: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. <strong>December</strong>: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Sugarlands Visitor Center is open year-round on every day except Christmas Day. It’s free to get in with no fees. Critical Health News By Pharmacist Ben Fuchs Dry skin (technically called xerosis) is one of the most common of skin health complaints. Moisturizing products account for nearly 10 billion dollars in annual sales. Even though, according to the National Health Interview Survey, 3 or 4 percent of the population suffer from xerosis, it’s tough to find an adult American who doesn’t have at least some degree of skin dryness. Even kids are susceptible to the condition. According to an article published the September 2006 issue of Current Allergy and Asthma Reports, atopic dermatitis, a cutaneous disease characterized by dry skin, affects 10-20 % of American children. Yet, despite its ubiquity, dry skin should never happen! The skin is exquisitely equipped with various mechanisms that are supposed to assure the tissue remains hydrated. When that doesn’t occur, something in the ordinarily resilient and responsive cutaneous biochemistry is tweaked. In other words, dry skin is much more than a superficial cosmetic concern. As insignificant as it may seem, it’s a fully-fledged health care issue. Dry skin is a symptom, and symptoms are the smoke which indicate a biochemical breakdown fire. In this way the symptomology of xerosis is a message; it’s a harbinger and indicator that somewhere in the body something is wrong or something is missing. In this way, skin dryness, like other symptoms, should be regarded as a friend; it’s an announcement of increased risk of other, more significant health care challenges including heart disease, autoimmunity and even cancer! Though all of the above diseases can be associated with xerosis, most of us believe that the symptoms of xerosis are merely superficial. So, to deal with the itchy flakes and uncomfortable dryness, we merely put a moisturizer on and forget about the matter. Even skin care professionals are entranced by the illusion. Dermatologists, estheticians and cosmetologists, like their patients, address skin issues by working topically. The problem with these types of topical solutions is just that: they work on the top of the skin in the ultra-thin surface of dead cells known as the stratum corneum. Skin dryness involves the deeper levels of the skin, where moisture factors (i.e. water trapping amino acids, sugars and fatty substances) reside. Creams and lotions can present the illusion of “moisturization” by creating a characteristic feel, but the tactile sensation associated with these kinds of products is really nothing more than a thin layer of wax, oil or silicone that we have been “con-ditoned” to believe is “moisture”. The most important cause of dry skin is a lack of Essential Fatty Dry Skin - Deeper than your Moisturizer Acids (especially Omega 6s) and fatty vitamins (D, E, A and K), either due to lack of supplementation and/or mal-absorption of these key substances. Fat absorption issues can be associated with liver or gall bladder problems as well as intestinal issues and deficiencies in stomach acid. Vitamin C also plays a role, as the production of moisture factors is at least partially dependent on the presence of this important essential nutrient. From a topical perspective the most effective solution is application of products containing fat soluble Vitamin C; the best form goes by the name “ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate”. Look for at least 10 percent concentrations and give it some time. Remember skin dryness is a function of deficiencies at the lower levels of the skin and it may take a few days or even a week for enough Vitamin C to migrate deep enough to have an obvious effect. For a quicker result look for water trapping ingredients like hyaluronic acid or lactic acid, which act like moisture magnets. Both of these substances are found in normal healthy skin, where their water trapping properties are leveraged to maintain tissue hydration. So, while it may be uncomfortable and distressing, there are solutions. Those solutions are not however “moisturizers”. You’ve got to address nutritional deficiencies. Use a few key ingredients to address the topical perspective. When your skin texture softens and hydration improves, you’ll know that your overall health is getting better and that you’re increasing your longevity while decreasing the likelihood or the progression of overall aging, bodily deterioration and degenerative disease. 10 Foods and Supplements that Moisturize from the Inside Out 1. Omega 6 EFAs – important for production of skin moisturizing lipids 2. Vitamin A – supports secretion of moisture factors 3. Vitamin C – required for the production of skin fats 4. Eggs – contains many skin friendly nutrients including Vitamins A, B, essential fats and cholesterol 5. Avocados – tasty source of skin essential fats 6. Vitamin E – protects skin fats 7. Bone soup – source of water trapping sugars and protein sugar complexes 8. Coconut Oil – source of Vitamin E and saturated fats that can provide topical relief from xerosis 9. Whey Protein – contains moisturizing amino acids 10. Salmon, sardines, anchovies or other fatty fish – one of nature's best sources of anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids that support the skin's water barrier functions www.criticalhealthnews.com Winter <strong>Smoky</strong> Mountain Tunes & Tales Through the holiday season, visitors can meet characters and storytellers and enjoy caroling along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings during this annual event! Winter Magic Tunes & Tales will once again present strolling Christmas entertainment on the streets of Gatlinburg, <strong>December</strong> 1, 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22. Holiday music will fill the air with a sacred-secular mixture of Appalachia, Bluegrass, and Country. Visitors will also enjoy visiting with Santa’s Elves-Frosty-Rudolph, a little bit of history, humor and more! This interactive program is a Holiday favorite, staged against a backdrop of millions of lights making it truly a Winter Magical experience in Gatlinburg!