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Big Inning Lifts UNC Asheville over Central Michigan 12-4

Friday, February 27th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, N.C.—UNC Asheville had six straight two-out hits in a seven run third inning to record a 12-4 victory over Central Michigan Friday afternoon at Greenwood Field.

The Bulldogs scored 11 unanswered runs after falling behind 1-0 to record their first win of 2009 and improve to 1-5. Central Michigan falls to 2-3.

Billy Anderson led off the game with a solo home run to right-field to give the Chippewas a 1-0 lead. It was the first home run of the season for Central Michigan.

Asheville tied the game with an unearned run in the second inning. Beau Zinman led off with a single and then moved to third base on a two-out hit by Austin Graham. Graham stole base. The throw to second got away and Zinman was able to score from third.

Kevin Weidenbacher had a one out double in the third. Justin Schumer had a two out walk to put runners at first and second. Zinman singled to third base. Tom Howard made a diving stop to momentarily save a run. Mike Vaughn singled to score Weidenbacher and Schumer making the score 3-1. Cody Buch, Graham, both had RBI singles in front of a two-RBI triple by Danny Baatz. Catlin Carter singled to score Baatz and give Asheville an 8-1 lead.

That was enough for starter Michael Bogaert (1-1) who threw six innings giving up one run on three hits. Bogaert struck out a season-high eight Chippewas. Steve Teno (0-2) lasted three inning giving up eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits. All eight Asheville runs were scored with two outs.

The Bulldogs added three more in the sixth. Carter who went 3-for-5 in the game, doubled to lead off the inning. He moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a Reed Kreiser single. Schumer followed with a double placing runner at second and third. Vaughn singled home Kreiser. Schumer came around to score on a throwing error to make the score 11-1.

CMU got back on the board in the seventh. Back-to-back pinch hits by Nate Theunissen and a Tyler Kipke produced a run. In the bottom of the inning, Kreiser hit a sacrifice fly to score Carter who had single and moved to third on a base hit by Weidenbacher.

In the eighth, CMU finished the scoring as Matt Faiman led off with a single. A wild pitch moved him to second base where he would score on a single by Reid Rooney. Rooney moved up to second on an error and moved to third on a ground out. A fielder’s choice off the bat of Harvey Martin allowed Rooney to score and bring the final to 12-4.

Carter and Weidenbacher each had three hits for Asheville. Kreiser, Zinman, Vaughn, Buch, and Graham all had two hits as the Bulldogs pounded out a season-high 18 hits in the game. 10 of the Bulldogs 12 runs were scored with two outs.

The two teams are scheduled to play a double-header at Greenwood Field on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. The first game will be broadcast on uncabulldogs.com

Asheville Art Museum Announces Summer 2009 Internship Opportunities

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Asheville Art

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Art Museum announces its Summer 2009 Internship opportunities and will be accepting applications through April 24, 2009.

The Internship Program at the Asheville Art Museum offers participants "hands-on" training in the museum profession and a comprehensive overview of Museum operations. Interns participate in the day-to-day activities of Museum departments, in addition to working on specific projects.

The Summer 2008 interns were a smart, dedicated group of students who made a great impact at the Museum. The interns were in various departments of the Museum: Curatorial, Education, Communications & PR and a legal intern to assist in review of Museum policies. The Museum Staff is highly appreciative of their hard work.

The interns were given projects and responsibilities relative to departments and subjects of their interests as well as within the overall operations of the Museum.

Summer 2008 intern, Crystal Sanchez, says, "My work as an intern at the Asheville Art Museum allowed me to completely understand the responsibilities that a modern museum faces in order to remain efficient in its operations, creative in its educational impact, and active as an instrumental part of the community. The Museum’s unique organizational culture and enthusiastic staff created a unique environment from which I was able to work with each area of the Museum, gaining knowledge of a museum’s separate departments and responsibilities, while also focusing on a few major projects within my own field. My understanding of the role of a museum, in both the day to day workings and in living out its general mission, has been strengthened through my internship experience at the Asheville Art Museum."

The Asheville Art Museum Staff looks forward to welcoming the new Summer 2009 Interns.

When making arrangements, please keep in mind that internships are unpaid. We are happy to work with universities that offer credit for internships.

Interns must be able to work a minimum of two days per week. The exact schedule will be determined with the department supervisor.

Application Process: Please submit a 1-2 page letter of interest that states related educational experience and skills and contact information for two references. Please specify which department you would be most interested in interning with, as we hope to match all interns with their first choices.

We have a limited number of internships available each summer and we regret that we cannot always accommodate everyone as these internships are competitive. Prospective interns will be interviewed by at least one staff member.

Buncombe County Kicks Off 2010 Census

Friday, February 27th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Beginning April 6, 2009, employees of the US Census will begin canvassing Buncombe County neighborhoods to get address information. They will be cross-checking address information into hand-held computers and will be identified by a name badge and windshield tag. They will not be knocking on doors, but will be in neighborhoods.

Officials heard about this canvassing while attending the first Complete County Committee meeting held in Buncombe County on February 24 by the Office of the US Census to kick off the 2010 Census in Buncombe County. Representatives of various community organizations, schools, local governments and religious organizations attended to hear from census officials the importance of a complete count in April of 2010. A complete count will impact the amount of federal money the County receives and could impact the number of congressional seats from our area.

Officials were urged to begin spreading the word about the canvassing and the importance of encouraging everyone to be ready and willing to fill out a 10 question, 10 minute census in 2010. The impact of this 10 minutes will impact our county for the next 10 years. The census will be completely confidential and is required by the US Constitution.

The first census was completed in 1790 and has been carried out every 10 years since. The official count day will be April 1, 2010. For more information about the census call Andrea Robel, Partnership Specialist with the US Census Bureau at (828) 423-4633 or email her at [email protected]

Biltmore Estate Hosts 24th Annual Festival of Flowers April 4-May 17, 2009

Friday, February 27th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Flowers take center stage as a cast of thousands welcome springtime at Biltmore’s Festival of Flowers, April 4 – May 17. In concert with the opening, on April 4, of a suite of four restored rooms inside Biltmore House, the annual estate-wide event celebrates the beauty of George Vanderbilt’s 8,000-acre property and its original design by Frederick Law Olmsted, father of American landscape architecture.

Restored to their original splendor, this suite of rooms offers visitors the first opportunity to fully see the house as a family home and the Vanderbilts as parents. The Louis XV Room itself is perhaps the true heart of Biltmore. It served as birthplace of George and Edith Vanderbilt’s only daughter, Cornelia, in 1900. Years later, it was where Cornelia delivered her own two sons, George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil and William Amherst Vanderbilt Cecil in 1925 and 1928, respectively. Through family stories that span generations, and new blooms throughout the estate, Biltmore comes alive this spring.

Festival of Flowers showcases a stunning display of tulips, Iceland poppies, snapdragons and foxglove in the Walled Garden, vibrant colors in the 20-acre azalea garden and cascades of native and exotic blooms in the natural gardens and walking trails. Biltmore’s gardens, Olmsted’s final and most grand project, are in their 119th year, continuing to mature and becoming more beautiful every year.

This year’s umbrella theme, "Preservation," ties in with the opening of the new rooms in Biltmore House. Floral displays inside the house will reflect the period of decoration of each room, or of décor during the Vanderbilt era. Guests will see elements of the Edwardian/Turn of the Century/Aesthetic Movement infused with bold and contrasting colors. The Winter Garden will introduce the secondary theme, "Flowers through Time," with a floral sundial of potted flowering plants arranged around the center fountain and classical music played throughout the day.

Festivities across the estate will include music in the house and various locations, tips from Biltmore gardeners and innovative container garden displays in the Conservatory. Biltmore Winery celebrates with live music, wine tastings, seminars and children’s activities. Seasonal Festival of Flowers wines are also crafted each year to mark the occasion. In addition, events are planned for adults and kids at River Bend Farm, and outdoor activities such as mountain biking and float trips are available at the adjacent Outdoor Center.

Visit Biltmore Estate’s Festival of Flowers page for more information.

Riverlink Calling On Kids to Submit Artwork and Poetry for Contest

Friday, February 27th, 2009

ASHEVILLE – RiverLink is now accepting artwork and poetry submissions from children through grade 12 for its Celebrating the River Earth Day art contest.

Submissions may include any two-dimensional artwork, sculpture, poetry or small bookmark size art; the subject matter should be interpretations of the French Broad River. Deadline is March 18.

RiverLink is also seeking art and English teachers to serve as judges, 9 AM – Noon on March 25.

Prizes include paddle trips, discounted art classes, photo portrait sessions and more. Learn more at www.riverlink.org

UNCA Bulldogs Host First Baseball Game of Season Today

Friday, February 27th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, N.C.—The UNC Asheville baseball team will play at home for the first time this season as it opens a four-game series with Central Michigan at Greenwood Field. First pitch for Friday’s opener will be at 2 p.m. The game can be heard live on uncabulldogs.com.

The Bulldogs are happy to be playing at home after dropping their first five games on the road. Sophomore Catlin Carter was named to the Courtyard by Marriott Classic All-Tournament team as he hit .400 (6-for-15) last weekend against Virginia Tech, George Mason, and Wofford. Carter will bring a four-game hit streak into this weekend’s action.

Senior Reed Kreiser hit the Bulldogs’ first home run of the season on Tuesday at Furman. Kreiser is leading the team with four RBI and a slugging percentage of 526. He has now hit a home run on Feb. 24 each of the last two seasons. Junior Justin Schumer is the third Bulldog hitting .300 or better. He is 6-for-20 on the season with a double and a RBI. Both Kreiser and Schumer have a hit in all five games this season.

The Chippewas are 2-2 after splitting four games in Ft. Myers, Fla. The weekend was highlighted by a 16-9 victory over Wichita State. Senior left-hander Dan Taylor was named the Mid-America Conference Pitcher of the Week for his performance against the Shockers. Freshman Rhett Goodmiller went 6-for-10 on the weekend with a double and drove in four runs. Red-shirt freshman Scott Phillion went 4-for-8 as CMU hit .320 as a team last weekend. CMU is averaging 11.25 runs per game over its first four games.

The Bulldogs and Chippewas meet for the first time this weekend. Central Michigan went 29-27-1 last season and finished with a 13-13 record in the MAC. The Chippewas have finished either first or second in the Western Division of the MAC four out of the last five seasons.

Scheduled starters for Friday’s opener have Michael Bogaert (0-1) pitching for UNC Asheville against Steve Teno (0-1) for CMU.

The teams will play a double-header on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. Ryan Dull (0-1) is scheduled to pitch against Devan Kline (0-0). In the second game on Saturday, Taylor Wohlwend (0-2) will face Dan Taylor (1-0). Only the first game on Saturday will be broadcast on uncabulldogs.com.

Sunday’s pitching match-up has Schumer (0-1) throwing for Asheville against Rick Dodridge (0-1) for CMU. The series finale is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will also be available on uncabulldogs.com.

Rep. Shuler Joins Bipartisan Group to Make Strong Appropriations Bill

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Heath Shuler joined with a bipartisan majority
in the House of Representatives to pass the Omnibus Appropriations bill, HR 1105.
The Omnibus Appropriations bill contains the nine appropriations bills for the 2009
Fiscal Year that were not signed into law last year and is necessary to fund the federal government for the remainder of the 2009 Fiscal Year.

"The investments being made through this Omnibus bill are critical to the future of both our nation and our local communities," Rep. Shuler said. "Through this bill we are investing in renewable energy research and development to end our dependence on foreign oil. We are helping small- and medium-sized manufacturers compete globally and keep jobs here. We are supporting local police and sheriffs departments through the COPS program. We are making important investments in our nation’s infrastructure, our National Parks, and so much more."

The Omnibus Appropriations bill also continued to bring additional transparency and
oversight to earmarks, while also reducing the number. Earmarks now represent less than
1% of the entire budget.

"I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to bring a historic level of honesty, accountability, and transparency to our entire budget process," Shuler continued. "I am hopeful that the entire appropriations process for the upcoming fiscal year can be achieved through regular order and with full sunlight."

Asheville’s Carolina Connections Launches Real Estate Marketing Web Site

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Carolina Connections Team of Asheville, NC recently partnered with Pro Step Marketing to launch an advanced web marketing strategy and search engine optimization program. This new web marketing strategy will increase the real estate team’s online presence and improve lead generation.

Pro Step Marketing, a real estate-focused web strategy and brand development firm, developed a website that includes advanced search tools, search engine-friendly content as well as a visually appealing design to attract and connect with buyers and sellers in the Asheville and Hendersonville, NC area. Site visitors using the advanced property search tool can easily browse available homes and land in Asheville and Hendersonville, NC.

In addition to the pleasant design and easy-to-use navigation, the Asheville, NC real estate website also includes a new search engine optimization program that will eventually bring more business to the real estate team as the site moves up in the natural search engine rankings. Internet users searching Google, Yahoo! and MSN for Asheville and Hendersonville, NC homes for sale will easily find Carolina Connections Team.

Carolina Connections Team is led by partners Bonnie Webb, Jim Clayton, Karen Williams and Dawn Clayton, and serves the mountain communities of North and South Carolina. These real estate professionals go out of their way to assist buyers and sellers. Carolina Connections Team used Pro Step Marketing’s knowledge and experience to guide them through the development of the new website to better assist their clients.

Pro Step Marketing, located in Huntersville, NC, provides real estate web design, marketing consultation and education services to real estate agents across the country, along with logo design, branding services for print and web, website design and development, including lead integration strategies, and search engine optimization. Pro Step Marketing has a team dedicated to pulling all the pieces together so its clients can finally get the results they’ve always wanted from their real estate marketing strategy.

www.prostepmarketing.com carolinaconnectionsteam.com

I-240 Lanes Closures May Delay Traffic in Asheville Today

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Motorists on Interstate 240 may see some traffic slow-downs today as state construction crews undertake bridge repair work.

According to the N.C. Department of Transportation, one of two lanes will be closed in each direction at various times between Exit 1 (Brevard Road) and Exit 3 (U.S. 19-23). Work was scheduled between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

One lane will be open to traffic at all times in both directions, according to DOT.

Carolina Mountain Sales of Keller Williams Realty Launches New, Interactive Website to Serve Home Buyers, Sellers and Investors

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Asheville, NC – Brian and Allyson Etheridge, the founders of Carolina Mountain Sales, have provided clients with exceptional personal attention since 2004; their aim is to craft a buying and selling process that provides both first-time buyers and experienced investors with confidence, through a foundation of integrity, honesty, and respect. Buyers looking for all types of properties in the area, including Asheville NC Luxury Homes, are welcome to contact Carolina Mountain Sales at any stage of their home search for the kind of guidance and service they expect when making an important investment.

Carolina Mountain Sales also specializes in Master Planned Communities and Developments in Western North Carolina – some of the most sought-after properties in the region. From golf course homes to tranquil lakeside homes and even long-range mountain-view homes, the area is brimming with incredible residences.

Consult the Market Overview on the Carolina Mountain Sales website to find out why the available homes in this property market are among the best investments you can make today, and learn more about the company philosophy and how they can assist you on the Approach and Services page. Other resourceful site features include a personal video from Brian and Allyson as well a Community Questionnaire to help you narrow down exactly what you are looking for in beautiful Western North Carolina.

Prospective home buyers will be impressed by the communities, properties, and lifestyle offered in breathtaking Western North Carolina, including the areas of Asheville, Cashiers, Highlands, and Hendersonville. For more information, visit www.carolinamountainsales.com or contact Brian Etheridge at (828) 551-8043.