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Brother Wolf Animal Rescue Sponsors Fundraiser

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Brother Wolf Canine Rescue

ASHEVILLE, NC – Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is sponsoring a fund-raising yard sale 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at 49 Peachtree Road in South Asheville, next to the old Wal-Mart shopping center.

All money raised benefits Brother Wolf, which rescues dogs and cats helps them find permanent homes. Furniture, clothes, jewelry, baby items and more will be for sale. Call (828) 458-7778 or visit www.bwar.org for more information.

Woodfin to Offer Free Spay and Neuter Program

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Dog & Cat

WOODFIN, NC – The Town of Woodfin is looking to take a bite out of animal overpopulation with a free spay/neuter program aimed at reducing the number of homeless animals in our area. The spay/neuter pilot program was launched by the Board of Aldermen earlier this year been offering the service to the public over the last few months.

The program offers free spay or neuter service for cats and dogs that reside within the corporate limits of the Town, rabies vaccination is also offered through this program. "This service is available to Town residents without regard to income or other status. It’s our intent to try to get people to take advantage of this important service," commented Woodfin Mayor Jerry VeHaun.

One dog or cat can be responsible for hundred of additional animals over the course of a lifetime. Many of these animals are unwanted and many of these wind up abandoned or being put to sleep. "The aim of this program is to make sure that the people of Woodfin recognize the problem of pet overpopulation and take steps to reduce it, with the service being offered free of charge, it’s impossible to have an excuse for not getting your animal fixed," added VeHaun.

The program has limited funding and is being offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the current year’s funding is exhausted the success or failure of the project will be determined and passed on to the Aldermen for review to consider funding for next year. Verification of the owner’s address and potential confirmation of the animal’s place of residence are required. Applications are available at Town Hall. Interested persons should contact Code Enforcement Officer James Eller to set up an appointment at (828) 253-4887 or via e-mail at [email protected].

AB Tech Team Advances to National Culinary Competition

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Asheville Culinary School

ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College’s culinary team will compete in a national competition this summer after winning first place in a regional match.

AB-Tech’s Hot Food Team won first place in the American Culinary Federation’s Student Team Southeast Regional Competition in Charlotte on April 20 securing its place in national competition for the third time in four years.

The team competed against five other teams in the Southeast, impressing judges with its garde manger platter, a selection of cold food, hospitality education instructor Charles deVries said.

"The judges really loved the aroma and could smell it before they even walked in the room," he said.

"This is a very cohesive group and they have become much closer the past few weeks. They realized what the pressure was like to take this on and they stepped up."

In last year’s competition, the A-B Tech team took second place at the regional level.

"Four of the five team members competed last year when we lost by .06 points. It was a real Cinderella story to see them come back to take first place," team coach John Hofland said.

"The food reflected a level of expertise that you would not generally see in a student venue. They made their coaches very proud," he said.

AB-Tech’s team will compete in July against teams from Pennsylvania, Michigan and Hawaii at the national competition in Orlando, Fla.

Team members include Michael Aanonsen, Shannon Ginn, Steven Goff, Anna McClintock and Travis McCloud.

Asheville Tourists Win Over Riverdogs

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Asheville Tourists

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Tourists hosted the first place Charleston Riverdogs Tuesday night for the first of a four-game series at McCormick Field. Robinson Fabian started the game for Asheville and had his best outing of the year, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk through 6.2 innings of work. Fabian also struck out seven batters on the night while going deeper into the game than any Tourists starter this season. David Phelps opposed Fabian and pitched well, receiving little help from his defense as the Tourists would score three unearned runs off the right-hander. Asheville led for most of the contest before things got wild in the later stages.

Jimmy Cesario remained red hot when he smacked a solo homerun in his first at bat of the game. It was the first homerun of the year for the South Atlantic League’s leading hitter. Cesario would pick up a base hit later in the contest, extending his hitting streak to six games, all of them multi-hit efforts.

The Tourists carried the 1-0 lead into the top of the fourth, when David Adams hit a two-out single and first baseman Brian Baisley crushed a two-run homerun over the wall in left field. Fabian would close out the inning without further incident with the Tourists trailing 2-1.

Asheville wasted little time in reclaiming the lead when Kiel Roling led off the bottom of the fourth by reaching on an error by shortstop Carmen Angelini. After a Cesario single and an Erik Wetzel sacrifice bunt, Tyler Massey drove in a run with a groundout and Ryan Peisel hit an RBI single to put the Tourists back in front, 3-2. Asheville would add another run in their next turn at bat on a sacrifice fly by Delta Cleary, making the score 4-2.

Robinson Fabian came out to work the top of the seventh inning an struck out the first two batters he faced. After getting ahead of Angelini with an 0-2 count, Angelini battled back to draw a walk. Fabian then threw a wild pitch, advancing the runner to second and Ray Kruml drove an RBI double into left-center field, drawing the Riverdogs to within 4-3. Kurt Yacko came on to relieve Fabian and struck out Adams to retire the side.

The Tourists picked up another run in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by Delta Cleary, his second run driven in on the night. Yacko worked 1.1 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out three batters. Asheville took a 5-3 lead into the ninth inning when Adam Jorgenson came on for the save opportunity. Catcher Mitch Abeita greeted Jorgenson with a solo homerun that was crushed over the wall in left, cutting the Asheville lead to 5-4. After retiring the next two batters, Jorgenson got Kruml to hit a routine ground ball to second base. Erik Wetzel fielded it cleanly but held onto it a beat too long, allowing the speedy Kruml to beat the throw to first. Jorgenson then walked David Adams and threw two wild pitches, advancing the runners to second and third. Brian Baisley brought them both around to score with a two-run double drilled down the left field line, putting the Riverdogs on top, 6-5.

Asheville headed to the bottom of the ninth down a run and facing Charleston closer Pat Venditte, a switch pitcher with stellar numbers thus far this season. Venditte began pitching lefty to Tyler Massey and got him to line out to center field. Verditte then switch sides and went after Ryan Peisel as a righty, inducing a ground ball out. Carlos Martinez smoked a line drive just off the glove of shortstop Angelini for a base hit. Scott Robinson pulled a single through the hole and into left field, putting runners on first and second for Cleary. With Cleary at the plate, Martinez and Robinson attempted a double steal. The catcher, Abeita made a wild throw to second base that went all the way into center field, allowing Martinez to score. Kruml picked up the ball in center and made an aggressive throw to third base in an attempt to cut down Robinson, but instead the throw sailed over Mike Lyon’s head and into the stands, allowing Robinson to trot home and into his teammates’ arms with the game-winning run

The Tourists (8-11) will tangle with the Riverdogs (11-8) again Wednesday morning at 11:05 for Education Day at McCormick Field. Asheville will send RHP Parker Frazier (0-2, 6.06) to the mound in Wednesday morning’s contest to oppose Charleston RHP Brett Marshall (0-2, 6.32). Tickets for Wednesday’s game and all Tourists home games are available by contacting the Tourists box office at (828) 258-0428. You can also listen to all 140 Asheville Tourists games live on 100.7 WRES FM or streaming online at www.theashevilletourists.com.

Asheville Restaurants Prepare for "Dining Out for Life" Benefit on Thursday

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Living Positive

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Western North Carolina AIDS Project will host its seventh annual Dining Out for Life benefit on Thursday.

More than 90 restaurants will donate 20 percent of their gross receipts to help WNCAP continue its mission of increasing awareness to at-risk individuals, providing services and assisting prevention programs in 19 counties. The restaurants will donate money from breakfast, lunch and dinner services.

Restaurants in Asheville, Sylva, Black Mountain, Hendersonville, Saluda, Brevard, Waynesville, Maggie Valley, Weaverville and Woodfin are participating. The 2008 event raised more $117,000.

To view a list of participating restaurants and our sponsors, visit www.wncap.org/dofl.

Brixx Wood Fired Pizza Opens in Biltmore Park Town Square with Fundraiser

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The new Brixx Wood Fired Pizza Oven restaurant, which opened Monday in Biltmore Park Town Square, raised $5,000 for Eblen-Kimmel Charities at a Saturday pre-opening benefit.

Brixx also offer Brixx Bucks, a coupon that will contribute $2 to Eblen for every full-price pizza throughout May when presented at the restaurant.

Brixx, owned and operated by Asheville natives Kevin and Carol Franklin, specializes in wood fired pizzas, pastas and focaccia sandwiches and serves 24 draft beers and 24 wines by the glass. Learn more at www.brixxpizza.com.

Asheville: Mission Hospitals Offers Integrative Healthcare Program

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Mission Hospitals

ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville, North Carolina is home to almost 2 percent of all alternative medical practices in the country, but until recently these therapies have remained for the most part separate from traditional Western medicine.

Mission Hospitals has launched a new Integrative Healthcare Program that is "dedicated to the safe and compassionate integration of complementary and conventional medicine through the activities of research, education, clinical services, and community partnerships. Our goal is to reaffirm the importance of relationships in enhancing wellness and healing in a family centered and culturally sensitive manner."

The program will take advantage of the wealth of local alternative medicine practitioners by offering evidence-based therapies such as aromatherapy, healing touch and massage. It is hoped that this effort will help reduce costs through shorter hospital stays and the use of less medicine.

The hospital is currently focusing on educating doctors, nurses and hospital staff and hopes to have some alternative therapies available to patients by the middle of the year.

National Prsevation Month Kicks-Off at Asheville’s Ashton Park

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – May is National Preservation Month, and Asheville celebrates this year with a kick-off event at the newly renovated historic Aston Park on Friday.

Music and refreshments are planned at the park from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Aston Park is located at the intersection of South French Broad Avenue and Hilliard Avenue in downtown Asheville. The event will feature information on Asheville’s historic neighborhoods and landmarks, rehabilitation tax credits and sustainable building practices.

“Preservation Naturally, Celebrating Heritage Sustainably” is the theme for the month-long celebration, which allows citizens to enjoy and appreciate our unique natural and cultural heritage. Additional events are featured on Asheville’s Preservation Month Web page, www.ashevillenc.gov/preservationmonth.

Preservation Month is locally sponsored by The Historic Resources Commission of Asheville and Buncombe County, Asheville Historic Tours, Friends of Mountain History, Joan Richards Art and Frame, Asheville GreenWorks, Friends of Mountain History, Beverly-Hanks & Associates and the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County.

Asheville’s Bele Chere – FAQ

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Bele Chere it With Friends


What is Bele Chere?
Bele Chere is a street festival with a wide variety of arts, music, food, beverages, events, and children’s activities.

When is the festival?
Bele Chere is always the last FULL weekend in July. For 2009, the dates and hours are:

  • Friday, July 24 Noon to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 25 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 26 Noon to 6 p.m.

Where exactly is Bele Chere?
In Asheville’s central downtown business area.

Who produces Bele Chere?
The City of Asheville, with the Bele Chere Board of Directors.

What does Bele Chere mean?
Bele Chere means "beautiful living" and comes from an ancient Scottish dialect.

How do I get there?
You have a couple of options. You can drive to the festival or you can ride the Bele Chere Shuttle. If you drive, be aware parking is at a premium during peak times, but all the parking decks in the downtown area are open for business. The two shuttle routes – one from the east and one from the west – run approximately every 20 minutes and the cost is $3 round-trip.

If I drive, where can I park?
The City’s parking decks remain open during the festival, but your access may be a little different than usual. There are also a number of surface lots around the perimeter that sell parking. In both cases, be aware that special event rates apply. Free handicapped parking is available at any metered parking space outside the festival boundaries.

Where can I catch the shuttle?
We always encourage festival-goers to use the festival shuttles. Each day, service begins one hour before the festival starts and runs until one hour past regular festival hours. Shuttles run approximately every 20 minutes. The cost is $3 round-trip. Shuttle information will be updated soon.

What if I need help once I get there?
Festival Information Booths are located at key intersections of the festival. Also, look for our roving "infotendants." They’ll be on street corners and in other high traffic areas, wearing official Bele Chere shirts. Also look for festival staff and volunteers wearing shirts that say Area Manager, Board, or Staff. First Aid tents are located at Pritchard Park, the Children’s Area (inside the Civic Center), and on Lexington near College Street.

Where can I get some extra cash?
ATMs are located at the following downtown locations:

  • Asheville Savings Bank – Patton Avenue at Arts Park
  • Bank of America – 162 College Street & 68 Patton Avenue
  • BB&T – 1 West Pack Square
  • First Citizens Bank – 108 Patton Avenue
  • Premier Credit Union – Haywood Street at the Civic Center
  • Wachovia – 1 Haywood Street

How can I find out what streets are going to be closed?
The city will post a Bele Chere Traffic Control Map on the official website as soon as it is confirmed.

Can I buy beer at Bele Chere?
Yes, but you must have a wristband to carry alcohol on the streets during Bele Chere. Be prepared to show your picture ID when buying alcohol as the wristband itself is not proof of age. Wristband colors change every day.

NOTE: Consumption of alcoholic beverages on the street is prohibited after 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday. SUNDAY IS ALCOHOL-FREE.

How do I get the wristband?
Wristbands can be purchased for $2 at booths located adjacent to beverage stations or from participating merchants. A wristband is not required to drink in Asheville’s downtown pubs – only while drinking on the streets. And of course, a valid picture ID is required.

Can I bring my own cooler?
No, coolers are not allowed inside the festival area.

Can I bring my pet to the festival?
Sorry, pets are not allowed within the festival boundaries. We feel it’s safer for all the festival goers AND the pets.

How long has Bele Chere been around?
Bele Chere started in 1979 and was located on a whopping three blocks of downtown Asheville. It was the brainstorm of a handful of downtown Asheville merchants and business people with the vision of revitalizing our downtown business district, which was largely abandoned as retail businesses & residents moved to the outskirts. Now, downtown Asheville is home to restaurants, galleries, retail businesses,
theaters, art exhibits, and a growing number of residents who call downtown "home."

How many people attend Bele Chere?
Our most recent estimate is about 300,000 to 350,000 people over the three days of the festival.

Bele Chere 2008 Information | Bele Chere 2007 Information

Tourists Return Home for Big Win Against Greenville

Monday, April 27th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Tourists returned to the friendly confines of McCormick Field Saturday night to host the Greenville Drive for a short two-game series. After dropping three out of four in Greensboro by way of extra innings, the Asheville squad was ready to return home. They did so in style, taking game one from the Drive by a score of 6-2, thanks to ample offense and a new face out of the bullpen.

Dan Houston started the game for Asheville looking for his first victory of the season. The righty pitched well, allowing just one unearned run on two hits and a walk through four innings of work. Houston struck out three Drive batters, but did not go long enough to qualify for the win.

Asheville opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning, with some help from the normally stingy Greenville defense. The Drive came in to the series having committed just nine errors on the season, the fewest in the South Atlantic League, but that changed early Saturday night. Ryan Peisel led off the bottom of the second with a ground ball to shortstop. Oscar Tejeda came up with it cleanly, but threw high to first base, allowing Peisel to reach. David Christensen then ripped a base hit through the hole between third and short, and the runners advanced to second and third on a balk by Stolmy Pimentel. After Tyler Massey struck out, Thomas Field hit a ground ball toward third base that was booted by Michael Almanzar, plating Peisel for the first run of the game. Carlos Martinez brought Christensen home with a sacrifice fly to give the Tourists a 2-0 lead.

The Drive got one back in the top of the fourth, scoring an unearned run when Jordan Pacheco threw high to first base on a grounder, allowing Anthony Rizzo to get to second base. Rizzo would come in on an RBI groundout by Almanzar to cut the Tourists lead to 2-1.

Asheville pulled away in the bottom of the fourth with three more big runs. Tyler Massey drove in Peisel with a groundout, his second run of the night, and Thomas Field singled in Christensen – also his second run of the contest. Scott Robinson added an RBI double off the wall in left field, bringing Carlos Martinez home and increasing the Asheville lead to 5-1.

David Christensen would bring in another run with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth, recording his third hit of the night and making the lead 6-1. Alan DeRatt came on to relieve starter Dan Houston in the fifth inning, and DeRatt allowed a run on three hits over 2.1 innings of work. Michael Marbry, the newest addition to the Asheville bullpen would close things out for the Tourists. Marbry didn’t arrive at the ballpark until just before game time, but with the Tourists’ bullpen overworked, he saw action right away. Marbry was sharp, earning the victory by working 2.2 innings of shutout ball. He allowed just two hits and struck out two more to earn his first win of the year.

The Tourists (7-10) will close out this two-game series with the Drive (10-7) Sunday afternoon at 2:05 at McCormick Field with RHP Ethan Hollingsworth (0-1, 3.27) looking for his first win of the year against Greenville RHP Bryan Price (1-0, 1.13). Sunday afternoon is the first Lance Family Sunday of the season at McCormick Field, featuring postgame autographs and kids run the bases. Tickets for tomorrow’s game and all Tourists home games are available by contacting the Tourists box office at (828) 258-0428. You can also listen to all 140 Asheville Tourists games live on 100.7 WRES FM or streaming online at www.theashevilletourists.com.