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Humane Alliance Opens New Addition

Humane Alliance Opens New Addition


Humane Alliance Opens New Facility Addition

The Humane Alliance has opened its new spay/neuter training facility.

Recyclers: We Need Your Help!

Remember - only recyclables go into the blue bags! Please don't put blue bags inside your trash can.

Do You Always Use Your Turn Signal? You Might Now.

Forget distracted driving. A new study says there's a far more serious problem that's responsible for as many as 2 million accidents annually.

Weeds & Lawn Management Problems

Here is a table of "indicator weeds" that may be present under problematic growing conditions.

Demolition & Asbestos Removal Permit Office Moving

As of August 1, the Demolition & Asbestos Removal Permitting office has a new home.

Medicare Choices Made Easy - August 6

Learn how Medicare works, the enrollment process, how to avoid penalties & ways that beneficiaries might save money.

Free Film @ Pack: Mary Poppins - August 6

This classic Disney film stars Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Glynis Johns, David Tomlinson, & Ed Wynn.

County Blood Drive - August 19

100 days of summer. 100 days of hope. Choose to give - you could help save up to three lives.

RECALL on Certain Peaches, Nectarines, Plums & Plouts

The products could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes based on internal company testing.

Healthy Tip - Eat These, Weigh Less?

Bean eaters weigh less on average than non-bean-imbibing folks do.

Did You Know?

Local Food Guide - Now Available as Free App!

Local Food Guide available as a free app.Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s (ASAP) mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.

Their Local Food Guide is now available as a free app for download onto the iPhone and can help you:

  • Locate and navigate to local farms, farmers markets, restaurants, retailers, B&Bs etc.
  • Discover what’s in season and how to find it.
  • Learn about the farmers and the local businesses that purchase their products.
  • Map route for ASAP’s annual Farm Tour.

Get the app here.

Too Much Zucchini & Summer Squash?

Have you run out of ways to prepare the abundance of summer squash? Try Photo of Summer Squash & Zucchini.freezing it to use later in the year. For best results, blanch your squash to stop the enzyme actions that cause loss of flavor, color and texture.

Wash and cut squash into ½ inch slices or grate for baking use. Blanch no more than 1 pound squash for each 4-6 cups boiling water. Using a wire basket or colander can help with the process. Blanch for 3 minutes then plunge the squash into cold ice water to stop the cooking process for 3 minutes. Remove excess water and freeze. You can freeze slices on a tray and then pack into freezer containers or freezer bags. Package grated squash into freezer bags in amounts you will use later.

We no longer recommend canning summer squash because the heat required to can squash safely results in the squash turning into mush and the compacted flesh will not heat evenly and results in a risk for botulism.

For safe pickling recipes and recipes for summer squash dishes, contact Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.

What Can I Recycle?

Not sure if an item is recyclable? The following items CAN be recycled:

  • Metal food and beverage cans
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Plastic bottles, jars, and food containers (NO black microwave
    trays or Styrofoam)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Aluminum pie tins and food trays (NO aluminum foil)
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Juice boxes
  • Newspapers and inserts
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Mixed paper, such as catalogs, junk mail, magazines, egg cartons (paper), envelopes, manila envelopes, office paper, phone books, glossy paper, Post-it Notes, cereal boxes (remove liners), brown paper bags, paper towel/toilet paper tubes, etc.
  • Shredded paper (Bag in paper bag and roll top down to close.)

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