The Gap Gazer: May 2019

Updated: May 13, 2019

Hello Faithful Readers!

The Gazer is bursting at the seams with events and articles this month! I maintain my original one page format to minimize my verbosity and encourage well expressed articles. If an article makes the front page of the Gap Gazer, an article must be weighed against all other possibilities and then each chosen topic goes through multiple rewrites to maintain a reasonable print size and the best minimal wording possible. This type of painstaking proofing helps me to eliminate personal opinion everywhere except Matthews Musings (no room for musings this month!) and present articles I deem important to my readers developed in the best possible concise manner. (and if you couldn't handle the multiple words in this description, you will realize what I am avoiding by keeping my paper one page!)


Kathy Matthews

Editor: The Gap Gazer


616–540-7532 or 281-754-3457

Upcoming events, news and any other ideas welcome.

Volume 11, Issue 4

L: Santa deflates on a downtown window as spring arrives.

R: In the Art Co-op window, spring chickens are born!

World T’ai Chi and Qigong Day

One World, One Breath!

World T’ai Chi and Qigong Day will be held universally on April 27th, beginning at 10 am in Samoa and will spread time zone by time zone across the globe through 100s of cities in over 80 nations across 6 continents. Cumberland Gap is participating with others internationally as For Your Well Being, owner and instructor, Barbara Murray, will host our city’s link at Angelo’s in the Gap. commencing Saturday, April 27th at 10 am. Tai Chi and Qigong demonstrations, as well as a beginners’ course, will be presented free to the public. All ages are invited to participate.

Based on centuries of research and development in China, T’ai Chi and Qigong are purported to boost the immune system, improve respiratory function, burn calories, dramatically improve balance, provide cardiovascular benefit, provide powerful stress management tools, and slow aspects of the aging process. Be part of this united world around effort and come to Angelo’s at 10 am on Saturday, April 27th to participate in these demonstrative activities. For further information, call 770-617-6772. Echo with so many others worldwide the motto for the day: “One World, One Breath!”

Flush Not!

Please do not flush bathroom wipes.

A seemingly innocent convenience item is becoming a growing nationwide issue. Bathroom wet wipes are advertised to improve bathroom cleanliness but are becoming a nightmare to community sewage treatment plants. “The problem costs U.S. utilities up to $1 billion annually, according to the National Association of Clean Water Agencies”. “Flushable” does not mean biodegradable. A January 2017 Washington DC law required wipes sold in the city be labeled “do not flush” if they do not break apart “in a short period of time after flushing in the low-force conditions of a sewer system.” It takes over 24 hours for most wipes to even begin breaking down and in Cumberland Gap, wastewater reaches the plant in less than an hour. New York City officials report that wipes “have resulted in 18 million dollars in equipment problems in the past five years.” These are large systems with $30,000 grinders and they cannot process wipes successfully.

Several class action lawsuits are in progress against the wipe manufacturers for improper labeling. Bringing the issue to a local level, Jesse Thompson, plant supervisor, was called in on a recent weekend to “untangle a chain of the wipes wrapped around a motor workings.” The Gap does not need to solve the greater issue, though research validates the town’s request to residents: “Please do not flush bathroom wipes.”

Flour Baby’s Bakery

Tuesday, April 9th saw the birth of a new bakery at 704 Brooklyn Street in the Gap.

Karla Owens from Middlesboro has always dreamed of owning some type of eatery and has been drawn to the town of Cumberland Gap. Her family roots run deep in the immediate tristate area and go back several generations. She recently drove by an empty business space in the town and saw it as “full of opportunity”, deciding that now was the time and place to fulfill her dreams. Display cases are filled daily with all types of sweets, including sugar and gluten-free offerings.

Karla's hopes are that the town “will grow and continue to thrive but that it keeps its small-town feel”. Her plans include evolving and expanding to fit her bakery niche here.

Karla can create all types of specialty celebration cakes. These can be ordered by calling 606 670 8747, emailing her at kbrooke9796@gmail.com or ordering at her shop. She prefers at least a week’s notice. Examples of her cake creations can be viewed on Flour Baby’s Bakery’s Facebook page. Visit Flour Baby’s Bakery between 11 am and 7 pm on Tuesday through Friday.

The $50,000 Health Grant

Several months ago the city was awarded a $50000 health grant that Community Development Partners LLC (in association with Brown Pearman Russell, LLC) acquired and now administers. Brian Hill and Richard Russell state their goal is to gather information to develop a master plan for the city. These administrators said that the money available was in the health sector and it took their knowledge of grant writing to make the Gap’s needs fit these available monies.

Russell and Hill are holding information-gathering workshops and handing out surveys to obtain public input. At one workshop held April 12 and 13th in the township hall, citizens were asked to write their comments on a large paper poster in designated categories. Hill and Russell stated that only recorded information would be considered when they develop the Master Plan. According to Russell, unless citizens are motivated enough to attend the informational meetings to personally record their comments or to fill out a survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/gapplan the concerns of residents would not be considered in the Plan development.

It is of note that the town website states that those physically unable to attend one of these information gathering sessions, should contact Mayor Neal Pucciarelli or Linda Moyers at (423) 869-3860 to set up a way to provide feedback.

When asked by the Gap Gazer editor how much these grant administrators were getting paid through the $50,000 grant they obtained and now administer, the men refused to give an amount and simply answered “salaries”. Though the grant was obtained in the name of Cumberland Gap, the men expressed displeasure at the editor’s question about their compensation from grant funds.

Hill and Russell stated that the resultant city plan is needed to obtain further grants and that any grants suggested to the city would need a paid ‘grant writer” to pursue them. The writing compensation cannot come out of the $50,000 grant (nor can the funding for any suggestion in the Master Plan as this grant is specifically for a compiled city plan only). The city website posts progress of this grant writing and administering team under the heading “Cumberland Gap Master Plan.”

Upcoming Events

Cumberland Mountain Music Show featuring the music of mountain life with Steve and Debbie Gulley. May 11 June @7:30 pm - LMU Convention Center. $12 at the door

Mountain Fiesta Apr. 19 &20 11am-5pm Music throughout the celebration of all things Latin Ameri-can.. Sponsored by J Frank White Academy of LMU. Music and event schedule on Facebook.

The Spring Fling Antiques Returning by popular demand! April 27, 2019 Starts at 9 am.

World T’ai Chi and Qigong Day April 27th Angelo’s in the Gap at 10 am Free to Participants (See article.)

Crazy Aunt Sadie’s Yard Sale May 11th; 8 am-3 pm. Call the township hall to reserve your space!

Art Extravaganza June 1, 2019 10 am-7 pm Cumberland Gap Artists’ Co-op. Music by Three Dog Celebration Band from 4:30-6:00pm. Family Art Event!

Harvest Moon Festival Oct.12, 2019 More details upcoming

Genealogy Jamboree October 18-19, 2019

Pumpkin Lights Oct. 29,30,31, 2019 Bring you best carved pumpkin for prizes!

Victorian Christmas December 7, 2019 —Mother and Father Christmas 10-3 Whole Day celebration Downtown

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