Monthly Archives: May 2014
Click here to read the article in today’s Hendersonville Times-News written by Geraldine Dinkins.
Name: Joshua Sage Freeman
Sara Freeman, wife
Hazel Freeman, daughter, age 14
Isabelle Freeman, daughter, age 10
Place of employment: City of Brevard, Planning Director, 10 years
Are you involved in any volunteer work?:
I serve on the board of the Community Focus Foundation.
What do you love most about your job?
I am able to be a servant to my home community. I am fortunate to be involved in work that results in long-term improvements within the community. For example, my office plays a direct role in the creation of new trails and parks, improvements to public infrastructure, etc. These directly impact and improve Brevard & Transylvania County’s quality of life / quality of place. That is very satisfying to me.
What part of your job stresses you out the most?
It is difficult to provide a concise answer to this question. There is definitely a down side to being in public service in your home town, particularly when it is a small town; you’re never really off duty; sometimes our customers will personalize issues and go on the offensive in very personal ways; there are so many competing interests that you’re pulled in every direction and it sometimes seems that you can make no one happy; you sometimes feel that you’re working under a microscope and that you’ll be judged harshly no matter what you do.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A farmer, forester, policeman, and international aid worker, all at the same time!
What’s one item on your bucket list?
I’ll give you two: (1) My wife, Sara and I want to visit as many National Parks as possible before our girls graduate from high school; (2) I want to take a ferry trip from Denmark to Iceland, stopping in the Faroe Islands along the way.
What are your hobbies?
I grow lots of garlic; help out on the family farms when I have time; canoe; skeet shoot; hang out with my family.
Ever had a brush with a celebrity?
I have the good fortune of working back stage at the Mountain Song Music Festival, which has enabled me to meet a number of celebrities in the bluegrass world. My favorite brush was meeting Doc Watson.
What are you most proud of in your life?
I am proud of the fact that I have the good fortune of being able live, work, make a difference and raise a family in the one of the most beautiful places on earth.
What’s your favorite thing about living in Brevard?
It’s absolutely beautiful, and I am lucky to be surrounded by a large family.
Any funny stories to share (about Brevard or anything)?
None that won’t get me in trouble with somebody…
If you had $100 free money right now to spend in Brevard, how would you spend it?
I’d give $50 to Bread of Life; then I’d go to the library, check out a good book, pay off any library fines, pick up a garlic and beef dish from Pad Thai, then spend the afternoon eating and reading at Brevard Brewing.
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