HAVENWOOD FALLS — The town gossip mill has been abuzz about the woman Russell Higgins found in the wounds, Sherry Grimes. The Sun & Moon Tribune has been able to sit down with Ms. Grimes to learn more about her.

Tell us about yourself – e.g., who are you, what do you do for work, favorite subject in school, what do you do for fun?

Okay, so I guess I need to get the easy stuff out of the way first. I’m 25. I’m a Capricorn, born just after Christmas, but before New Years. My parents used to call me their tax write-off baby. Yeah, I know, not very parental, but I know they meant it in a nice way. Normal childhood, graduated high school, went to college, and I am now a licensed therapist. I work with middle school and high school aged children with learning disabilities like ADD, or ADHD, and functional Autism. I love my job, my “children” are beautiful inside, and I try to make sure they know it. Favorite subject in school… hmmm… that is a tough one. I guess I would have to say it is a toss-up between English and Math. I liked English class because I loved to write and definitely love to read, especially the classics like Frankenstein or anything by Edgar Allan Poe. I loved math because it is so orderly, everything fits into a specified formula or plan. Fun? Well, let’s see. I love to hike, walking clears my head. I read… a lot! And I like to cook. But I rarely get to do that anymore. Rusty is an amazing cook. I cannot wait to see what he is cooking up for dinner tonight. Yesterday we had hamburgers, but not just any hamburgers! He soaked mushrooms in wine and added them to the burgers along with cheese melted just right… hmmm… now, I’m hungry.

What is something unexpected that most people don’t know about you?

I am a shoe whore… Oops, can I say that word? I love shoes.

What do you love about Havenwood Falls? What frustrates you most?

What do I love about Havenwood Falls? Well, that is a hard question to answer in a few sentences, but I will try my best. Of course, first I love Rusty. I know you expected that answer. I love that every day here is unique, as unique as the townspeople and that you are never sure who you are meeting when you say hello. I love the quaintness of the town. I love the excitement I feel in Havenwood Falls all the time. The kind of excitement that says, “Something amazing is about to happen,” and then it does.  I love the Whisper Falls Inn and the way the air smells so fresh and clean all the time. So different from where I came from before.

What frustrates me most? Well, I think that would be the cell phone reception. Definitely gotta work on that!

Where would you live if you could live anywhere in the world?

Oh, I love this question. I would have a hard time picking just one place because so many places are beautiful and historical, but if I had to choose I think I would like to live in Florence, Italy. The artwork, museums, and history of that city fascinate me. So yes, if I couldn’t live in Havenwood Falls, I would live in Florence, Italy.

Where’s your favorite place to hang out in Havenwood Falls and why?

I’d like to say Rusty’s cabin (giggle) but I’m sure that’s not what you really want to know. I love visiting Michaela at the Whisper Falls Inn; she is a very sweet friend who is doing wonders with the Inn. Her remodeling of that historical building is amazing. Rusty and I also like going to several of the shops in town. But what we both really love doing is attending the many festivals that Havenwood Falls is famous for. It seems every weekend there is something going on in the Town Square.

What’s your favorite holiday/festival/special thing to do?

I absolutely love anything to do with the major holidays like Christmas or Halloween (especially Halloween. Havenwood Falls really celebrates this day!), and the Founder’s Day festival is pretty spectacular, too. The whole town loves to celebrate any special event. We dress up the town with lights and decorations that turn Havenwood Falls into something magical. I know, a lot of people say it is just for the tourists, but if that’s the case I hope I am always a tourist.

Learn more about Sherry in Old Wounds by Susan Burdorf.

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