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Salter honors Watauga Lake history and promotes clean up

Dear Editor,

Dear Editor:

I would like to talk about something that I feel is important to the Watauga Lake Cleanup. I was
drawn to this area because of the beautiful mountains and Watauga Lake. The minute I drove through the entrance of where I live it was a feeling that is hard to describe. It was like nothing I had been privileged to see before, and I knew I wanted to make the lake part of my life. What I did not know was the sacrifices that had been made by many families to make this beautiful place.
I had a desire to continue to keep the lake a place of beauty, pride, and enjoyment for all of us who were fortunate enough to find this jewel tucked away in the hills and mountains of Northeast Tennessee and for those families who have known the lake all their lives.
I had heard many stories over the nine years I have lived here about Watauga Lake, but it wasn’t until two weeks ago that I did something I should have done years before. I went to the Butler Museum and discovered more about The Town That Wouldn’t Drown by one of Butler’s original residents, George Walker. With great pride he took my granddaughter and I back in time. We strolled the streets of Old Butler. We visited the post office, the recruiting center, the barbershop, the drug store/soda shop where I am sure many of its patrons found their first love and probably stole their first kiss. We saw the lives and faces of those families who made Butler their home and we saw the sacrifices those families made to make the lake possible.
I encourage everyone to visit the Butler Museum and go back in time with the volunteers who take you through the town of Old Butler. Immerse yourself in times gone by and get a feeling of the transformation this town and its people endured.
2014 Watauga Lake Clean Up is dedicated to the Town That Wouldn’t  Drown, Old Butler, along with the other areas the  make up Watauga Lake. YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.
It’s so important that we honor those families by continuing to make Watauga Lake the best it can be. I hope you will join us on July 19th.

Dear Editor:

I would like to talk about something that I feel is important to the Watauga Lake Cleanup. I was
drawn to this area because of the beautiful mountains and Watauga Lake. The minute I drove through the entrance of where I live it was a feeling that is hard to describe. It was like nothing I had been privileged to see before, and I knew I wanted to make the lake part of my life. What I did not know was the sacrifices that had been made by many families to make this beautiful place.
I had a desire to continue to keep the lake a place of beauty, pride, and enjoyment for all of us who were fortunate enough to find this jewel tucked away in the hills and mountains of Northeast Tennessee and for those families who have known the lake all their lives.
I had heard many stories over the nine years I have lived here about Watauga Lake, but it wasn’t until two weeks ago that I did something I should have done years before. I went to the Butler Museum and discovered more about The Town That Wouldn’t Drown by one of Butler’s original residents, George Walker. With great pride he took my granddaughter and I back in time. We strolled the streets of Old Butler. We visited the post office, the recruiting center, the barbershop, the drug store/soda shop where I am sure many of its patrons found their first love and probably stole their first kiss. We saw the lives and faces of those families who made Butler their home and we saw the sacrifices those families made to make the lake possible.
I encourage everyone to visit the Butler Museum and go back in time with the volunteers who take you through the town of Old Butler. Immerse yourself in times gone by and get a feeling of the transformation this town and its people endured.
2014 Watauga Lake Clean Up is dedicated to the Town That Wouldn’t  Drown, Old Butler, along with the other areas the  make up Watauga Lake. YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.
It’s so important that we honor those families by continuing to make Watauga Lake the best it can be. I hope you will join us on July 19th.

 

 
 

 

Mary Salter, President
Our Community Gives Back