- Written by Steve Frank
After the monsoon weather of the summer of 2013, the July 4th holiday in the High Country more than made up for the downpours and flooding of last year with a picture perfect chamber-of-commerce weekend. At least it was here. Down east, the visit of Hurricane Arthur made a mess of things along the coast, and although there was less damage than expected, there was probably more damage done to the businesses by lost business than any wind or water. It was clear, however, that the High Country gained by the coastal losses, with huge crowds for most local eventsparades, fireworks, concerts and the like. The only downsideif you can call it thatwas that it was downright cool Saturday morningin the mid 40s. Lots of folks in jackets took in mother natures blast of air conditioning and enjoyed the eventsand certainly added lots to the High Country economy. Cool weather? Well take it.