ASHEVILLE NC – The month of April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention month. In 2013 there were 814 confirmed child abuse and neglect cases in Buncombe County and over half of these cases involved children under the age of six. Maltreatment of children happens across all cultural, racial and economic lines.
Children growing up in safe and nurturing environments have a leg up on those that don’t. In fact, the research shows that children who grow up exposed to stress and violence are more likely to develop serious health issues such as heart disease and diabetes. Buncombe County Health and Human Services continues to build community–wide supports that help make the safe and healthy choice the easy choice.
This month, we are focusing on four key areas that can save a child’s life:
- Choose your caregiver carefully… and then think again
- Never shake a baby
- Ask for help – Good Parents are made – not born
- Preventing SIDS – Practice Safe Sleep
CHOOSE YOUR CAREGIVER CAREFULLY & THEN THINK AGAIN…
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a child’s chance of dying as a result of abuse is 6 to 8 times higher when living with a non-related caregiver in the home (e.g., mom’s boyfriend). Knowing and trusting who you leave a child with is one of the single most important safety measures you can take to prevent abuse and neglect especially for children under six. Often times this requires a single mom to realize that a boyfriend may not have the ability to care for a baby that is fussy or hard to handle. Sometimes single parents can be put in a difficult position about who is going to care for their child as they scramble to make it to work on time. Who you leave your child with is one of the most important decisions you make as a caregiver. If you have a concern as a neighbor or a family member, speak up about the importance of choosing the right caregiver.
NEVER EVER SHAKE A BABY
It is normal for a baby to cry, even for long periods at a time. This can cause anxiety for caregivers but under no circumstances should you ever shake a baby. It only takes a second of shaking a crying baby to cause brain damage or death. A baby left alone in a crib with a bedroom door closed is a safe choice.
Buncombe County Health and Human Services partnered with Mission Health to ensure that all new parents watch the Purple Crying Period – an instructional video on newborns and crying. If you think someone close to you is having a hard time with a baby, reach out to let them know that help is available. Please call our prevention line at (828-250-6000) to access support.
ASK FOR HELP WITH PARENTING – GOOD PARENTS ARE MADE, NOT BORN
We all need a little help sometimes. Parents and kids thrive in nurturing environments that are supportive and safe. You can take steps today that can make all the difference in the life of your child.
- Get help and learn skills to be a more effective and nurturing caregiver for your child. Buncombe County Health and Human Services is supporting a community-wide effort to make it easier for parents – all parents – to ask for and find support. Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is a proven method to help individuals deal with parenting issues. Visit www.triplep-parenting.net for more information.
- Talk to your child. Use every opportunity to explain to your child the world around them – point out colors, count their toes. Go for a walk outside, visit one of our county parks, or read a book with the kids in your life. This type of bonding helps kids build healthy brains. Call 211 to find out what activities are available in our community (many of these don’t cost a dime).
- If you are a caregiver, take care of yourself. Be sure to create a healthy lifestyle for yourself so that you can care for the people that you love to the best of your ability. Fostering healthy relationships with friends and family are a big part of making sure that you and your children are protected.
- In addition, Health and Human Services is working to provide supports for new parents and families. Programs like the Nurse Family Partnership, school-based teams of nurses and social workers, Community Service Navigators, and trauma and resiliency screening are all part of an effort to build resilient families in our community.
PREVENT SIDS: PRACTICE SAFE SLEEP
Safe sleep practices can prevent SIDS. Babies should sleep alone in a crib on their back with only a fitted crib sheet. Also be sure that toys, bumpers, and extra blankets are removed. Getting the word out into the community through partnerships that serve young mothers such as Nurse Family Partnership, Community Service Navigators, and social workers can help to remind new parents of the importance of safe sleep. All of us can help to get the word out.
NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE – YOU CAN HELP KEEP KIDS SAFE IN OUR COMMUNITY
- Concerned about the safety of a child? Call (828) 250-5900 to report suspected abuse or neglect. One call can connect children and parents to the supports they need to keep their child safe. Protect those that can’t speak up for themselves!
- Good Parents are made not born. We all need a little parenting help sometimes. Visit www.triplep-parenting.net to find parenting help in Buncombe County.
- Need to connect yourself or someone you know to resources for parents? Call (828) 250-6000 to speak confidentially with someone that can help.
- Children’s health issues? www.youfindservices.org is an easy to use website that can connect you to special health care services for your child.
- Materials for Buncombe County: The rack cards below are designed to help our community take action on these 4 basic child safety measures.
ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville’s Water Resources Department continues to deliver water that meets or exceeds federal water quality regulations, and an annual report currently being delivered to water customers displays the results of water quality testing.
Each year, the City of Asheville distributes its annual water quality report in water customers’ bills and posts it to the City of Asheville website. The report, mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency, presents the types and concentrations of substances found in samples taken from both the water plant and locations throughout the service area. That level of transparency is especially valuable considering the importance of water quality to the community. The 2013 report going out during March and April shows that Asheville’s water supply is cleaner in all categories than required by EPA standards.
“We are always proud to share the water quality report with the community. We are fortunate to have Asheville’s pristine water resources as well as the employees who work hard to ensure that our customers receive excellent water quality every day,” said Stephen Shoaf, Director of the Water Resources Department.
The City of Asheville Water Resources Department operates three water treatment plants, 37 pump stations, and 32 reservoirs, and protects and manages a 22,000 acre watershed. The North Fork water treatment facility processes an average of 15 million gallons of water a day, while the Mills River and William DeBruhl plants produce about 3 million gallons a day. System wide, the City of Asheville Water Resources facilities process 20.5 gallons of water per day and service more than 123,000 customers.
The City of Asheville’s water quality is closely monitored on a daily basis by laboratory technicians who collect and analyze water both at the plant facilities and throughout the distribution system. Lab technicians collect roughly 120 samples per month from sample sites throughout Asheville and areas served by City of Asheville water. Asheville has a large distribution system, therefore Water Resources staff regularly monitor, sample and flush portions of the system to ensure high quality drinking water.
Each plant routinely analyzes the raw and finished water for temperature, turbidity, pH, chlorine, total and fecal coliform bacteria. Routine distribution sampling and analysis consists of: pH, alkalinity, temperature, chlorine, total and fecal coliforms. The EPA requires the analysis of various other constituents and all of those results were below limits set by the EPA.
This informative report provides details about the quality of the water provided to the city’s customers as well as the water sources and how it is treated. Customers can find the report in their next water bills or see it online at http://www.ashevillenc.gov/Departments/Water.aspx, and may expect an update of this report each year.
For further information or additional copies of the City of Asheville’s 2013 Annual Water Quality Report, call the City of Asheville Customer Services Division at (828) 251-1122.
ASHEVILLE NC – The Reuter Center Singers will perform favorite tunes by The Rat Pack – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. – in “Come Fly With Me,” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 4 at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center.
Illustration by UNC Asheville alumna Meghan LaFave
The Reuter Center Singers, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s community chorus directed by Chuck Taft, will treat audiences to renditions of “High Hopes,” “Just One of Those Things” and “New York, New York,” among others. Their performance will also include an audience singalong opportunity.
The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit olliasheville.com or call 828.251.6140.
ASHEVILLE NC – With a voice of luminous clarity and a gift for unearthing Irish and American traditional music gems, Cathie Ryan and her award-winning band enchant and inspire audiences, 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place. Presented in partnership with The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College, Cathie Ryan’s performances are renowned for their intimacy and power, as well as her witty banter. Jim Magill, Director of The Swannanoa Gathering where Ryan is on staff during Celtic Week, says, “Cathie Ryan has one of those voices that only comes along once in a generation … It’s a voice than can transport you to another time, another place, and then gently bring you back, tingling from the experience, and wanting more.”
In 2010 Irish American News in Chicago awarded Ryan with the “Concert of the Year Award,” saying that Ryan “is quite simply the best. She and her talented, versatile band give the definitive live Irish music performance.”
For over twenty-five years, including five solo albums, countless musical collaborations, a seven-year tenure as lead singer of Cherish the Ladies, and numerous awards, Cathie Ryan has been among the vanguard of Irish music. Irish America Magazine has twice named her one of the “Top 100 Irish Americans” and in 2000 and 2010 Chicago’s Irish American News honored her as “Irish Female Vocalist of the Decade.” Radio highlights include NPR’s Mountain Stage and Thistle and Shamrock, Public Radio International’s The World, BBC in England and Northern Ireland, Radio Scotland, and RTÉ and RnaG in Ireland. She has been featured on more than forty compilations, including the famous Irish music collection, A Woman’s Heart – A Decade On. It was the first time Americans were featured in the series and Ryan shares the honor with Allison Krauss, Dolly Parton, and Emmylou Harris.
Cathie Ryan has built a loyal following throughout Europe and North America by touring steadily and singing songs of the heart. “There is nothing like a live show, being with an audience, sharing the music. That is the best part of being a singer and writing songs,” she says. At a live performance, The Irish Echo observed, “Cathie Ryan certainly knows how to communicate with her audience. And what she communicates through song are the enduring values of home, family, memory, and spirit….”
For her Asheville performance, Ryan’s band is comprised of top-notch musicians: Patsy O’Brien (guitar, vocals), an award-winning songwriter whose acclaimed genre-hopping, blues and jazz influenced originals have been featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered; Matt Mancuso (fiddle, octave mandolin, vocals), a former star fiddle player for Lord of the Dance whose broad musical horizons include jazz influences alongside Irish traditional; and Patrick Mangan (fiddle), a two-time winner of the coveted All-Ireland Fiddle Championship who at age sixteen was invited to appear in Riverdance on Broadway—the youngest fiddle player in the show’s history.
Cathie Ryan’s Asheville performance is presented in partnership with The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College, and is made possible by Celtic Series Sponsors Don & Nancy Ackermann Cole, First Citizens Bank, and Ward & Smith, P.A.; with additional support from Media Sponsor WNCW 88.7 FM.
The new entrance for the Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place is marked by the location of the theatre’s new marquee between 12 and 14 Biltmore Avenue. Patrons enter the theatre through the breezeway next to Marble Slab Creamery, and into a large interior courtyard for Pack Place with multiple glass doors to the theatre’s lower lobby and new box office. The intimate theatre seats just over 500 and boasts exceptional acoustics and sightlines, making it the premier performance space in Western North Carolina. The Mainstage Series is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. The Mainstage Series 2013/2014 Season Sponsors are the Asheville Scene, Blue Moon Water, Creative Energy, Laurey’s Catering and Gourmet-to-go, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. To obtain more information on the Mainstage Series or to purchase tickets, call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.
ASHEVILLE NC – Western Carolina University will host a “sneak peek” Wednesday, April 16, of the soon-to-be-opened laboratories and classrooms that will enable the expansion of WCU’s undergraduate engineering program to the Asheville-Hendersonville area. Nearly 11,000 square feet of space on the ground floor of a building located at 28 Schenck Parkway in Biltmore Park Town Square is undergoing renovations to accommodate the expanded engineering program, with classes scheduled to get underway in August.
Expansion of WCU’s engineering degree was made possible through more than $1.4 million in the state budget for the 2013-15 biennium. University officials say additional engineering education opportunities in the fast-growing corridor between Asheville and Hendersonville will help meet increasing industry and business demand for a highly qualified workforce.
The event, to run from 4 until 6 p.m., will enable guests to observe renovation work at the facility, followed by a reception and optional tour of WCU’s existing instructional site at Biltmore Park.
Members of the news media are invited to a “hard hat tour” of the construction site at 3 p.m. In addition, media tours of WCU’s other instructional facilities at Biltmore Park also are available prior to the official start of the sneak peek event.
ASHEVILLE NC – Spring ephemerals decorate the forest floor with a riot of color and fragrance, yet within a few short weeks they disappear until next spring. On May 2nd and 3rd, the Highlands Biological Foundation is celebrating the emergence of spring ephemerals in the southern Appalachians with their event “Wildflower Whimsy.” Wildflower Whimsy will feature guided garden tours, a lecture, live plant auction and reception (with live music), and guided wildflower walks. The event will be held Friday May 2nd from 5pm until 8pm, and Saturday May 3rd from 10am until 2pm.
Peter Loewer will present Friday night’s lecture at 6pm, “Wildflowers and Native Perennials – and Even a Few exotics – for the Southeast.” Known as The Wild Gardener, Peter Loewer is an established writer and botanical artist. The topics of his books are diverse within the world of botany. In 1973 he wrote the first book on ornamental grasses, “Growing and Decorating with Ornamental Grasses.” Other books include a book on nocturnal flowers titled “The Evening Garden,” another “Thoreau’s Garden” and “Jefferson’s Garden”, both of which were illustrated by Peter Loewer. In addition to being an avid writer, The Wild Gardener has a garden show on public radio in Asheville, and is a contributing editor for Carolina Gardener. The American Horticultural Society named his book “The Wild Gardener” one of the 20th century’s 75 best garden books. Peter Loewer has a popular website – www.thewildgardener.com – where he answers your questions on gardening, wildflowers, native plants and how to bring the world of nature into your backyard. He currently teaches and practices art – particularly printmaking – and works on pen and colored pencil renderings of native plants and pollinators. For an example of his work, check out the cover of Sow True Seed’s 2014 catalogue. With his background and expertise, Peter Loewer is the perfect fit for the guest speaker of Wildflower Whimsy.
All proceeds from Wildflower Whimsy go directly to the Highlands Botanical Garden. Your support ensures that we can continue to maintain and improve the Botanical Garden for everyone to enjoy. Carefully curated by the horticulturists of the Highlands Botanical Garden, the live plant auction will be an excellent opportunity both to acquire plants for your garden and support the operations and maintenance of the Botanical Garden.
Tickets are $40 for members of the Highlands Biological Foundation and $50 for non-members, or you can participate in only Friday night’s activities for $25. Your ticket includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, garden tours, live music, and a seat during the lecture on Friday night. On Saturday your ticket includes lunch and a wildflower walk. For more information, call (828) 526-2221 or visit highlandsbiological.org/wildflower-whimsy. The Highlands Biological Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Tickets for the 7th Annual Music Video Asheville will be available beginning at 3pm on March 7, 2014 and to kick off ticket sales.
3. Other awards to be given this year include Best Cinematography, Best Soundtrack and Best Editing and Best Costume Design and Best Visual Design.
The annual Youth Education Scholarship (Y.E.S.) Fund Raffle, held March 21 & 22 during The Chase Brock Experience performances, raised a remarkable $4,200 to benefit the Y.E.S. Fund.
This season’s Y.E.S. Fund budget goal was $18,000; with the raffle, donors exceeded that goal and have raised $19,836 as of April 7. This amount provides more than 1,900 underserved children a chance to attend a live performing arts event in DWT’s Matinee Series for Students and Families.
More than 60 individuals and organizations donated their goods and services to the raffle, with amazing items including unique works of art, a GoPro Hero 3 camera, spa packages, custom jewelry, personal fitness training sessions, hand turned wooden bowls, golf package for four, theatre and local performing arts tickets, and more.
If you or someone you know would like to donate an item to the 2015 raffle, please contact Tiffany Santiago at 828.210.9850 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many children will attend an arts event for the first time thanks to the Y.E.S. Fund and its supporters. Make a difference in the life of a child today. Click here for more information about the Y.E.S. Fund and how to sponsor a child’s trip to the theatre.
ASHEVILLE NC – The growing season is in full bloom in WNC and the Southern Appalachians. Tailgate farmers markets are opening, restaurants are featuring local food, and roadside stands are beginning to come to life again. To help local food lovers find and support these certified local farms and businesses—this spring and beyond—ASAP is releasing their 2014 Local Food Guide. The guide is a core component of ASAP’s 14-year old Local Food Campaign; more than one million copies of the Local Food Guidehave been distributed since 2002.
“It wasn’t that long ago that our region was home to only a handful of farmers markets or CSA farms and less than a handful of restaurants and grocers that bought and sold products from local farms,” shares Charlie Jackson, ASAP’s Executive Director. “Today, things have changed dramatically–witness the 2014 Local Food Guide! There are hundreds of markets, grocers, restaurants, and other outlets for food and farm products with an astounding variety of local products.”
This year’s Local Food Guide includes more Appalachian Grown tailgate farmers market and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) listings than ever before. The guide also includes newly opened area restaurants committed to sourcing local food, along with listings of grocers, artisan food producers, B&Bs and farm lodging, wineries, and more. This year’s guide features “Local food by the numbers,” national and regional local food statistics, illustrating how the local food movement has changed over ASAP’s past decade of work.
The 2014 Local Food Guide can be picked up hot off the press at ASAP’s booth at the Mother Earth News Fair, April 12-13, at the WNC Ag Center. ASAP is a supporting partner of the fair and we will be joined there by many Appalachian Grown™ farms and retailers. The latest guide listings can also be found online at appalachiangrown.org. Print copies will be distributed after the fair to 400+ locations, listed on the guide page of asapconnections.org.
ABOUT ASAP (APPALACHIAN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PROJECT)
ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. To learn more about ASAP’s work in the region, visit asapconnections.org, or call (828) 236-1282.