High Point Enterprise Newspaper Archives Feb 13 1972, Page 45

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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - February 13, 1972, High Point, North Carolina Photographs and Story by Sonny Hedgecock Iii ii Point Imp ton Section i sunday morning february 13, 1972 skiers crowd a slope near Boone Winter fun in the mountains on the ski slopes buckled up for action Boone the Winter of 1971-72 has been nearly a disaster for the fledgling ski slopes of Western North Carolina. The Young people t h e couples the singles have continued to make their Way to the new resorts on the weekends but not in the numbers anticipated. Missing in Large measure have been those necessary ingredients Snow and cold temperatures. The Snow machines have worked overtime to keep a covering on the ski slopes. But the artificial Snow has seemed an Anatoly against the larger Brown backdrops of the surrounding mountains. And unseasonably warm temperatures detracted from the pleasure of getting on the slopes to ski on the artificial Snow. The people in Boone and at the ski resorts acknowledge the season has been a disappointment. Skiing has become a big business in the mountains around Boone once noted Only As the site for a Small state teachers College and As a summer place for the Rich from Florida and Piedmont North Carolina. Boone now surgeons the year around the student enrolment at appalachian state University has doubled and tripled. Tourists flock into the area during the summer to travel on the Blue Ridge Parkway and visit Weetsie Railroad. Now. They come during the Winter to ski. Boone is crowded with shops that sell ski supplies and fashions. The motels which once depended on the summer traffic alone Are now open the year round. Just outside Boone on the Highway that leads farther into the mountains t0 the ski slopes there stands a giant sign equipped with signal lights to let the skiers know which slope s Are open and which Are note. I ast weekend the lights on the big Board were go for All the slopes. There had been a Good snowfall and the temperatures were cold in other words it was Good skiing weather. The enthusiasts came in Long lines of traffic their cars stretched in a continuous flow on the highways out of the Piedmont into the mountains during the weekend Over 2.000 persons were turned away for Lack of room and accommodations in the resort areas there were no Motel accommodations available for the night from a mint just above Wilkesboro All the Way to Beech Mountain a distance of approximately 50 Miles. On the slopes the natural Snow was augmented by manmade Snow in sunday More Snow began to fall across the mountains. Those who had to be Back Home and on their jobs monday morning began leaving Early. The lines of traffic were As Long going Down the Mountain As they had been coming up the previous Day. But those people who could stay through monday were fortunate. They remained on the slopes despite the continuing snowfall Doin what everyone wished to do. Ski. It Little mattered that most of the skiers appeared to be beginners on their first Outing on the slopes. For those who wished to try other Winter sports ice skating rinks Are nearby. Afterwards almost everyone could gather in the lodges around the fires and socialize. A action Winter wonderland has come to the North Carolina mountains. Lift i p the slopes is Stai ked in a Rac k a downhill racer helping in the school Friendship is real thing Between this Man and boy Clyde Wood visits Young Friend in class staff photo by Art Richardson by Ray Hubbard Enterprise staff writer every thursday just before noon Clyde Wood leaves his place of work and goes to Brentwood elementary school to see a Friend. For the next hour he and his fourth Grade Friend work and talk together a Man and boy a pals communicating. The boy is always waiting expectantly. The greeting is warm and real and the two get right to work on whatever is to be done. The boy talks about whatever he wants to talk about. The Man listens and asks questions of genuine interest. The talk ranges from Valentine Day plans to a hoped for membership in the Myca. A have you got All your Valentines a the Man asks. the boy answers. A did you get your girl one a the Man asks. A hers is the biggest one a the boy answers. The two take turns driving nails in a hard Oak Board which is being transformed into a wheeled toy or is it a skate Board the conversation turns to the Myca. The boy mentions that he would like to be Able to go there regularly. He is unsure whether his Mother can handle the Price of membership. The Man relates that he buys a membership every year. This year the boy will get it. The hour passes quickly. Wood is one of More than 120 High Point Public school patrons who give one or two hours a week ii the Volunteer teacher aide program but to say the very least. Wood is unique for one thing he is the Only Man among the 120 volunteers. For another he is not a Patron of High Point City schools. The 32-year-old parts manager at p. A. car works lives on it. 1. High Point and his seven year old daughter goes to Tomdale elementary school. But until last fall the native of High Point did live in High Point and his daughter attended Brentwood school. It was through the Brentwood Pat that he became involved in the Volunteer program and met his Friend. He has no intention of changing the relationship now. A it does t matter where you Are a Randolph county Davidson county or High Point. I think this is a Good thing and fulfils a need a Wood said. Wood asked that the boy not be identified for fear that it might change their relationship. A a it a not that the boy minds or that the other kids Are concerned a he said. A they All wonder Why they Don t have the same sort of thing a he said. This is the second experience of this sort for Wood. Last year he worked with a 14-year-old youth who was on the borderline of dropping out of school. That relationship ended when the boy who had come from a broken Home moved to Florida. But the Friendship that had developed is lasting. A the Calls me every month or so to see How i Wood said a the Calls me collect a he smiled a but in a proud that he thinks enough of me to Call a a he said. A fall i be been to either of them is a Friend. Want to cont inc to Wood met the 14-year-old youth through the High Point Jaycees in which he is an Active Leader. Woods sincere concern for humanity Las made him a Workhorse in the Jaycees and won the admiration of his Peers in that organization. City councilman James Pearce past president of the Jagt fees who sponsored Wood when he joined the organization. Describes him As a just an outstanding individual a rare a the s the Type of person who when he says he is going to do something you know it is going to be done i consider him my close Friend. And he is not just an Ordinary Friend. He is the Type of Friend who you know will never let you Down no matter How Tough the going gets. A a he a sincere genuine and says exactly what he thinks without wasting a lot of time on tact a Pearce continued. Pearce says that it was Wood that convinced him that he ought to run for City Council. A of course i was thinking strongly of running but it was a Telephone Call from Clyde that turned the trick he is just that sort of sincere person you can Trust him believe Pearce himself Plain spoken and not one to lavish Praise says that Wood is one Case in which he has to make an exception. A the is one of the few people i be known whom i feel free to Praise. I can to say enough about Wood has spent most of his life in High Point. He attended Public schools Here and is a Central High graduate. For the past 13 years he has worked with Thomas car works. His wife has been deceased for several years and he and his daughter and Mother live together. A i never had anything when i was a kid except an abundance of he philosophize. A but that is All that counts. In be had worries since i was in the first Grade. But worries never grow greater nor Lessen. They Are a part of life. Friendship makes them bearable a he said. A a it a funny that you do something like this Volunteer work because you Are thankful for your own blessings. But you always end up receiving far More than you give. It almost makes your motives and Wood really meant that. His Friend at Brentwood would not agree

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