BC NEWS LIST
When one of your new energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs goes out, what do you do with it? If you trash it, read on.
If it could ring, it would resonate freedom and independence from using one or two-cent stamps to mail letters when stamp prices change in the future.
Come to the 11th Annual Child Watch Tour "I am watching and I matter: a child's journey to permanence," on Friday, May 18 to celebrate Foster Care Month.
During the week of May 21st, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library will be doing a series of free children's programs at Buncombe County Public Libraries.
Cooperative Extension will be holding four classes this season on landscape disease & insect identification.
Among the stops include National Arboretum, US Botanical Gardens, Museums on the Mall, and Lewis Ginter Arboretum.
Popular lecturer Dr. Elliot Engel reveals DaVinciís fascinating and moving life -- from his superhuman triumphs to his all too human tragedies.
Congratulations to Mark Flowers of Alexander for the picture of his dogs, Gunther and Beans.
Congratulations to Richard Walker of Asheville for his Oven Baked Ravioli recipe!
Did You Know?
Dog-Gone those Pounds!
Did you know the obesity epidemic is also affecting our pets? Around 40% of U.S. dogs are overweight. And, as you can imagine, it’s for the same reason we see it happening with their owners…eating more and exercising less. Having an exercise partner has long been shown to help folks stay on track. A recent study paired pets and owners for a year-long weight-loss program. Pet owners found that walking or running with their dogs made exercise more enjoyable. They also found that seeing their dogs trim-down helped motivate them to stick with their weight loss program.
So if you need an exercise partner, consider getting a dog. If you are not ready for dog-ownership, do what one of my neighbor’s does, she borrows a dog. Busy or elderly neighbors may appreciate having someone exercise their pet. The Asheville Humane Society also welcomes volunteers to exercise rescued dogs. For more information, contact the volunteer coordinator at 236-3885 ext 307.
Buncombe County 's Outdoor Pools Open Soon
Weekends — beginning May 26th
Call Pool or 684-5072 for hours and additional information.
Thought of Getting a Rain Barrel?
If the summer turns dry, you may be glad to have a rain barrel or two to save up some of the free water for your gardens. You can find rain barrels sold at some local garden centers and hardware stores, or find them through online sources. You might also consider making your own.
A rain barrel can be made from recycled food grade plastic barrels, large trash containers or whiskey barrels. Besides the barrel, you will need a lid to keep out mosquitoes and other things, an overflow spout, and a spigot or hose connection. Some sources for instruction include:
Want to Check Our Air Quality?
Is the air safe? You can check it daily at www.airnow.gov.
While air quality is getting better, there are still days in many of our cities when pollution reaches unhealthy levels. Using air quality forecasts is an effective way to help you plan your day to limit your exposure to air pollution. Some of the tools available are:
Attention: North Buncombe Farmers and Land Owners
Come learn more about the County Farmland Preservation Program, Agricultural Use Property Taxes, Conservation Easements and the latest momentum for farmland preservation in North Carolina. The meeting will give everyone an opportunity to learn more about farmland preservation and conservation.
For more information, contact William Hamilton at 253-0095 ext. 204.