GET CAUGHT RECYCLING AND YOU COULD GET A TICKET… to an Asheville Tourists home baseball game!
Buncombe County Solid Waste will kick off its recycling incentive program June 1st. Asheville Tourist home game tickets (for any home game Sunday through Wednesday) will be given to Buncombe County residents who are caught recycling in the month of June.
Each day in June, five excellent recyclers (residents who recycle with no trash left in bags or containers and all items are recyclable) will be randomly chosen to win tickets at each of the following recycling opportunities:
Earth Fare at Westgate Shopping center
Transfer Station off Brevard Road
Landfill on Panther Branch Road
Make recycling a part of your every day habit and we all win.
Watch this public service announcement (PSA) or visit the County website to find out more!
At noon on June 6, 2008, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will officially open the new Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) at 257 Biltmore Avenue in Asheville.
In partnership with the Western Highlands Network, this 16 bed, 24 hour, 7 day a week crisis unit is the completion of an integral part of Buncombe County’s efforts to address the needs of the mentally ill in crisis and reduce the escalating jail population.
Working in conjunction with the new Crisis Invention Team (CIT) made up of officers from the Asheville Police Department and the County Sheriff’s Office who have completed training to recognize and respond to issues relating to mental illness, the Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) will provide an alternative to placing a citizen in the County Detention Center. It will also provide a place where people can recover from an acute mental health crisis without being transported to the state hospital in Broughton.
The CSU will allow the patient to stay close to family and friends and perhaps their own therapist or support network and will allow the County to avoid the cost of transportation and in many cases detention.
In partnership with ARP/Phoenix who will operate the CSU and Mission Hospitals who is developing a one-stop assessment center, the County estimates that this facility will significantly decrease the number of jail beds used by repeat crisis patients and give officers and patients a quicker route to recovery and success.
The CSU will serve the eight county Western Highlands Network LME area including Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Transylvania and Yancey counties.
“The opening of this unit is a perfect example of how utilizing smart partnerships within our community can address a long-standing need,” said Mandy Stone, Assistant County Manager and Human Services Director. “We began working several years ago to redirect consumers from the judicial system to treatment and this is a key piece of that plan,” she said.
“We are very proud of the work done to make this a reality and I’m excited to be a part of the opening of the CSU,” said Carol Peterson, County Commissioner.
The best strategy for protecting yourself against skin cancer is to minimize your exposure to the sun.
Source: "Reducing Your Risk of Skin Cancer" published by the American Institute for Cancer Research
Buncombe County Parks & Recreation Services will offer two sessions of swim lessons this summer.
The cost is $25 per person for a session of eight of classes. A $2.00 discount will be offered for families that have two or more family members enrolled. You must register and pay at the pool at which you will be attending.
Cane Creek Pool (Fairview/Arden)
Erwin Community Pool (Leicester)
Hominy Valley Park Pool (Candler)
North Buncombe Park Pool (Weaverville)
Owen Pool (Swannanoa/Black Mountain)
For more information, call Teri Gentile at 684-5072 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are foodborne illnesses? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 76 million Americans get sick, more than 300,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 people die from foodborne illnesses each year. Most of these can be linked to 4 common types of bacteria:
How are these illnesses spread? These bacteria can contaminate foods and drinks, and when consumed, can make a person ill.
Foodborne illnesses are spread in a variety of ways. The most common include:
What are the symptoms? Most foodborne illnesses are very mild and symptoms may last only a day or two. Mild symptoms include: diarrhea, stomach pain, fever, nausea or vomiting.
What should you do if you think you have a foodborne illness? A foodborne illness can be very serious, especially in the very young, in women who are pregnant, in the elderly and anyone with a lowered immune system.
You should call your doctor if you have:
How can this be prevented? There are some simple things that you can do to prevent foodborne illness:
For more information go to:
www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/food/index.htm and select “Foodborne Infections: General Information”
For more information, contact Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.
Learn more about canning or just brush up on the latest information on food preservation from canning to freezing to drying by attending Canning and Preserving Made Easy. This workshop is an introduction to canning, pickling, jams and jellies, freezing, drying and storage.
Two workshops are being offered:
Hands-On Canning Workshops: Tomatoes and Relishes/Pickles
Two hands-on canning workshops are scheduled for this summer. The first will focus on preserving tomatoes and will be held on Tuesday, July 8th at the Buncombe County Cooperative Extension Center from 1-4 pm. Participants will get to do actual hands-on canning and review other methods. Cost: $5. To register for this workshop please contact Cathy Hohenstein, Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences, at 255-5522.
The second workshop will focus on canning pickles and relishes and will be held on Thursday, July 10th at the Madison County Cooperative Extension Center from 1-4 pm. Participants will get to do actual hands-on canning. Cost: $5. To register for this workshop, please call Sue Estridge, Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences, at 649-2411.
Model Airplane Air Show
Heads up! Here is your chance to check out model airplanes of all shapes and sizes at the Buncombe County Sports Park!
This radio controlled airplane show will include both electric and gas powered airplanes! If you enjoy model airplanes or would like find out how to get into flying them, this show is for you. There will be a static display for the public to view.
For more information, call Jay Nelson at 250-4269 or email him at email@example.com.
One of the wonderful things about living in WNC is the abundance of hiking trails. Hiking is a “life sport”, an activity that can be enjoyed with a friend, your family, or alone if you exercise precaution. It is something many develop a passion for as teenagers and young adults that continues into their later years. It requires little equipment beyond a sturdy pair of shoes and a daypack to carry a water bottle, and depending on the trip, a snack, rain gear, a simple first aid kit and a map.
The health advantages of hiking are many and include controlling weight, maintaining mental health and decreasing the risk for many chronic diseases including heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes. With the added benefits of spending time with family and friends and exploring your local trails, hiking is a wonderful option for staying physically active in your local community.
Here are some hints to help you make your hiking experience both enjoyable and healthy:
Choosing a Trail:
It is important to take a good look at your whole group when choosing a trail to explore. The appropriate trail can mean the difference between tears and smiles – especially when hiking with children. Early in your efforts to explore hiking, choose shorter, loop trails that are not too hilly. Build up to those steeper and longer trails. A “jackpot” at the end of the trail, such as a cool mountain lake or stream to splash in, is often a great motivator. Keep in mind, when hiking with children, a positive first experience is critical to maintaining their interest in hiking.
There are many great guidebooks with trail information that can be found at your local library or bookstore. The following are a few suggestions of popular regional trail books.
The Carolina Mountain Club has an online “hike finder” that helps you select hikes based on location, trail length and difficulty. The guide will provide you with detailed trail information and often provides maps and photographs.
And don’t forget to ask others for suggestions… friends and neighbors as well as staff at park and national forest visitor centers or facilities are great resources. Staff at local stores that sell hiking and camping equipment often are avid hikers and may be able to give you great suggestions.
For more information on the health benefits of hiking, safety and first aid, trail snacks and more “how to” information, visit the American Hiking Association website.
Adapted from: Eat Right Montana (PDF)
This week we are featuring some Asheville Humane Society animals that need a loving home.
Breed: Domestic Short Hair[Mix]
If you are interested in adopting one these fabulous animals, or would like to look at any of the other wonderful animals that need homes, call the Asheville Humane Society at 828-253-6807 or visit their website.
Grilled Avocado with Mediterranean Salad
Please select the “Recipe of the Week” icon in the sidebar of the eZine if you are interested in entering the contest. If your recipe is selected you will receive a prize!
GREAT day trips and workshops for all to enjoy - read the latest newsletters for Sightseers and Buncombe County Parks and Recreation. There is a variety of exciting programs for all ages.
To see a complete listing of Buncombe County Parks & Rec's current programs, see the Buncombe County Parks and Recreation Newsletter, or the Sightseers Workshops & Trips brochure.
For more information, call Buncombe County Parks and Recreation at 250-4260.
June 10 at 10am, join Extension Master Gardeners at the NC Arboretum for the next class in the Gardening in the Mountains Series, “Four Seasons of Flowers."
There is no charge for the class. For more information, call Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.
Remember, a homeowner should not set back the thermostat on a conventional heat pump when it is in the heating mode. Changing the thermostat setting frequently will cancel out any savings achieved by lowering the temperature setting since the unit will operate more inefficiently should the heat strip or emergency heat come on.
However, in its cooling mode, the heat pump operates like any other air conditioner so manually turning up the thermostat will save money.
For more information, call Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.
Everyone looks forward to the warmer weather, more activity and more fun that the summer season brings. However, because of all the increased activity, summer can be one of the most dangerous times of the year for kids, increasing the risk for broken bones, water accidents and other injuries.
To help educate kids and parents on ways to prevent summer injuries, the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office, Buncombe County Parks and Rec and WNC Safe Kids are teaming up to present a Safe Summer program. Let us help you have the safest summer possible!
Kids will receive hand-outs on bike safety and other safety information designed just for them, the Sheriff's Office will be issuing free kids' ID's and the local fire departments will have fire equipment on site for children to view.
Complete details including dates
Come to South Buncombe/Skyland Library on Saturday, June 7 at 2pm to see BIG construction equipment!
Our good neighbors, Volvo, will display large construction equipment made here in Asheville! Children can sit in the wheel well of an articulated hauler or climb in the cab of a backhoe loader. For more information, call the library at 250-6488.
Don't miss the orientation session on June 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Department of Social Services on Coxe Avenue in downtown Asheville.
No pre-registration is required. If you have questions, call Erica Jourdan at 250-5513 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.