The featured speaker will be Rich Justice, Mayor of Rhodhiss. He will speak about the town’s plan for celebrating the manufacturing of materials used in the making of the flag planted on the moon in 1969. This was accomplished by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldridge, the first to walk the moon. The presentation is open to the public and is free. Refreshments will be served. Mayor Justice will be expressing his pride in the part the town experienced after manufacturing the material used in the flag. In 1995 a NASA administrator presented to the town a plaque with a NC Flag that had been flown to the moon and back on Apollo 16.
Featured guest speaker will be Lemar Smitherman, outreach and industry relations associate for the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Morganton. He will update us on the school’s opening and its importance to the community.
“The school will be a game changer for Morganton, Burke County, and all of Western Carolina,” Smitherson says of the school. “The program is a great opportunity to learn about the impact the school will have on the local community and economy.”
The event is open to the public and refreshments will be served.
Our featured speaker will be Chris Wood with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. He will be presenting information about the local fisheries and aquatic resources in Burke and surrounding counties. He will discuss the historical and contemporary approaches to manage and conserve the surrounding waterways, with an emphasis on Lake James, the Catawba River, and other streams, rivers, ponds and lakes that are important to local residents. Chris has a B.S. and M.S. degree in Freshwater Ecology from Appalachian State University and has worked as a Biologist for the NCWRC for 14 years. Chris has worked for the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and NC State University and has served as an adjunct instructor at ASU and Western Piedmont Community College. Chris has lived in Morganton for almost a decade and has an office at Table Rock State Fish Hatchery.