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Emma Jean's Blue Ridge Almanac is written and published in Sparta, North Carolina, by Imaging Specialists, Inc.

Featuring a calendar, community events, important phone numbers and email addresses for town and county departments and more, it is a general resource for folks in Ashe County, NC, Alleghany County, NC and Grayson County, VA.

Emma Jean's Almanac is available at:

A Perfect Image, Sparta, NC
Blue Ridge Gallery of Fine Art, Sparta, NC
Farmers Hardware, Sparta, NC
Fox Creek General Store, Troutdale, VA
Halsey Drug, Sparta, NC
Highland Forestry, Land, & Timber, LLC, Sparta, NC
Jack of All Trades, Sparta, NC
J&B Auto Repair, Jefferson, NC
Mis Arados, Sparta, NC
Museum of Ashe County History, Jefferson, NC
S&L Outdoor Sports, Sparta, NC
Sparky's Coffeehouse, Sparta, NC
Star Route Books, Sparta, NC
Studio Redwood, Sparta, NC
Sparta Florist, Sparta, NC
The Pottery Place, Sparta, NC
WKSK, West Jefferson, NC

Meteorological, Lunar and Solar information

See moonrise and moonset times, as well as other astronomical data at
the US Naval Observatory.
Find the length of daylight hours, sunrise and sunset, for any location, at SolarTopo.
To see an exact representation of the sun's position in the sky and its travel, for any location, visit SunCalc.

Old Timey Recipe of the Month

Hard Soap

5 lb. of clarified and strained fat
1 lb. can potash
1 qt. cold water
2 tbs. powdered borax
1/3 c. ammonia

2 tbs. sugar and 1/4 c. washing soda dissolved in 1/4 c. boiling water

Line a box with greased paper. Put the fat on the back of the range until it is melted. Mix the potash and cold water, add the ammonia, borax, and dissolved soda mixture. Stir it occasionally with a stick until the potash is dissolved, then let it stand until it is cold.

When the fat is melted and warm (not hot), pour it into the the potash slowly, stirring it all the time, and continue to stir it, from ten to fifteen minutes, until the soap is the consistency of thick cream.

Pour it into the paper-lined box. Let it stand a few hours, and then cut it into pieces convenient for use. Do not remove it from the box for three days.

Read the Bible in a Year

The structure for the 1-Year Bible Reading in Emma Jean's Almanac came from At, there are 5 different reading plans: Beginning to End, Chronological, Historica, New then Old, and Old and New.

We printed the Beginning to End reading plan in the 2014 Almanac. is a project of Be sure to explore the other resources they offer.

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