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From: The Morganton News Herald

Deaf Seniors of America National Convention in Asheville

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Asheville is hosting more than 1,200 deaf seniors this week for the Deaf Seniors of America National convention. 

In front of Grove Park Inn's circular drive, seniors who are all staying at the hotel can be seen signing to each other as well as guides and translators participating in the convention. 

The hotel had all staff go through sensitivity training to make sure there were no frustrations or miscommunications in helping the seniors with various kinds of deafness get around town. 

Jamie and Mike Golightly are in from Washington, D.C. When a translator asked if they were having fun the answer was a resounding "yes, absolutely," translator Richard McCoy said.

Buses took hundreds of the visitors to area excursions on Tuesday. Some went to see the Biltmore Estate while a brave group of 16 got on a bus and headed to Marshall to Sandy Bottom Trail Riding Farm.

The seniors, which included Beth Rosenzweig from Georgia, were all smiles. She was kissing the horses even before the trail ride began.

"I grew up in North Carolina; this is where my heart is," Rosenzweig said. "I went to sleep at 12 and woke up deaf. No one knows why. I'm very excited to do this. I've been looking forward to it."

George Kushner, a guide with Accents on Asheville that helped organized the various day excursions, said interacting with the seniors was rewarding. 

"These are the most wonderful people I have ever met," Kushner said. "They don't ask for any special favors. They're so appreciative of anything you do. We've got some people here who have never ridden before. I think the rest of us should be thankful we have what we have and admired those people for what they do."

The seniors with the convention are in town through Thursday. The convention also has health and technology exhibits set up at the Grove Park. 

The convention has a different location every year with past destinations that include Hawaii and Alaska.

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Shucks Pearls of Marion
What:  Pearl Show and Sale
When: April 30 and May 1
Time:  1 - 7 pm
Where: CoMMA Mezzanine, 401 South College Street, Morganton, NC 28655
Prices start at $5.00

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