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BC NEWS LIST

School Has Started - Watch for Buses

"ON THE ROAD AGAIN"... Safety stressed as buses return to the streets.

Walk & Bike to School Safely

Children who walk or bike to school arrive alert, having burned off a little energy, & are more ready to learn.

Election Services Needs to Hire 100+ Early Voting Workers

Jobs are from October 23 - November 1.

Military Care Package Drive - Sept 11

Drop items off at Land-of-Sky on September 11 from 9 am - noon.

Hard 2 Recycle Day in Swannanoa - September 13

Have old books, electronics/batteries, Styrofoam or other hard to recycle items? Bring them on out!

Fish is Known as a Brain Food & It Just Got Even Smarter!

Is it better to eat fish or take a supplement? Read on to find out...

New Phone Number for Lake Julian

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

Happy 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

North Carolina Mountain State Fair: There's no time like fair time!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

Alan Muskat: Wild Mushrooms: A Magical Mystery TourOrganic 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

Rain Barrels work better if they are elevated.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

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.

 

 


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