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Bus Safety video
BC NEWS LIST
"ON THE ROAD AGAIN"... Safety stressed as buses return to the streets.
Children who walk or bike to school arrive alert, having burned off a little energy, & are more ready to learn.
Jobs are from October 23 - November 1.
Drop items off at Land-of-Sky on September 11 from 9 am - noon.
Have old books, electronics/batteries, Styrofoam or other hard to recycle items? Bring them on out!
Is it better to eat fish or take a supplement? Read on to find out...
The phone number for Lake Julian Park has changed. Their new number is 250-4266.
Did You Know?
County Offices to Close for Labor Day
All Buncombe County Government Offices, including Buncombe County Public Libraries, will be closed on Monday, September 1 for Labor Day.
The Landfill and Transfer Station will be open regular hours.
Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling are cancelled for Friday, August 29.
Come to the Mountain State Fair
This year’s Mountain State Fair runs September 5 - 14 at the WNC Agriculture Center on Airport Road. The Flower and Garden exhibits are in the “Expo Building” towards the back of the fairgrounds and below the livestock barns.
The 2014 Extension Master Gardener Interns will have an educational exhibit on Fall Gardening in the Mountains and address topics such as soil testing, growing fall vegetables and techniques for extending the growing season. Please make plans to come and visit the exhibits and the Ask a Gardener table.
For more information, call Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.
1st Annual Harvest Conference - Sept 6
Organic Growers School announces plans for the 1st Annual Harvest Conference for home growers, backyard enthusiasts, and homesteaders on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at AB Tech's Main Campus in Asheville, NC.
The conference features Janisse Ray, award-winning writer, naturalist, activist and author of five books of literary nonfiction, including Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, and The Seed Underground as keynote and special guest. For details go to website at: www.organicgrowersschool.org.
Rain Barrel Management 101
Following are a few tips for gardeners with rain barrels:
Place the rain barrel on an elevated (on blocks) solid surface to provide stability and increased spigot pressure.
Provide a spigot near the bottom to allow easy access.
Install an overflow system or gutter diverter system for excess water to be carried away from the foundation of the house. Ideally redirect excess water back into the existing drainpipe coming off the existing gutter.
Use a “mosquito dunk” to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in the bottom ¼ of the barrel when water levels are low. Periodically dump and rinse out the barrel.
For more information or to purchase a rain barrel, call Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.
Fast Food Fact: French Fries
French fries are the single most popular fast food in America. In 1970, french fries surpassed regular potato sales in the United States. In 2004, Americans ate 7.5 billion pounds of frozen french fries.