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Tourists Bounce Back in 11-9 Win

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – Mike Zuanich and Kiel Roling homered once more to vault the Asheville Tourists back from a five-run deficit to an 11-8 victory to open a four game series against Greensboro on Tuesday. Zuanich hit a three run homerun to tie the game 7-7 in the fifth inning and Roling smacked the go-ahead homer in the sixth. Stephen Dodson tossed three innings of relief to earn his sixth win of the year. Adam Jorgenson pitched the ninth for his league-leading 24th save of the season.

Mike Zuanich hit a three-run homer to tie the game at 7-7 in the fifth inning. Kiel Roling then delivered his 18th homerun of the season to give the Tourists an 8-7 lead. Asheville has now hit 17 homeruns in their past nine ballgames.

Greensboro scored six runs in the third inning to take a 6-1 lead. Ryan Keedy and Thomas Hickman each had homeruns in the frame to make it a short night for Asheville’s starter Jonathan Aristil.

Aristil was removed following the third inning for Stephen Dodson out of the bullpen. Dodson (6-0) tossed three innings and allowed just one run to earn the win. Rex Brother hurled two innings and allowed a solo homerun to Thomas Hickman – his second homer of the game. Adam Jorgenson entered the ninth with a three-run lead and picked up his 24th save of the season in the 11-9 win.

Scott Robinson had three extra-base hits and scored three times while Patrick Rose had a multi-hit contest as well. The Tourists collected 19 hits on Tuesday after being shutout 3-0 on Monday. The win keeps Asheville at least 2.5 games up in first place with 13 remaining on the schedule.

Game two of the series vs. Greensboro will be Wednesday at 7:05. Alan DeRatt (2-5, 5.21) will go against LHP Brad Hand for Greensboro. Tickets are available by contacting the front office at 828-258-0428.

Dahlia Show Delights the Senses at The NC Arboretum

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The rewards of spring and summer come full bloom at The North Carolina Arboretum this fall as hundreds of dahlias in rainbow colors and in widely ranging forms and sizes will be on display on September 12 and September 13.

The Carolinas Dahlia Society’s Annual Judged Show is a perfect follow-up to the May sales that provide guests with an opportunity to learn more about how to grow dahlias as well as options to buy plant starters.

Guests to The NC Arboretum will be able to enjoy the shows and flower sales as well as trail walks, family activities, and exhibits.

Exhibitors from five states, including commercial and amateur growers from our local mountains, upstate South Carolina, Metro-Atlanta, southeast Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and the North Carolina Piedmont, will participate. The Flower Displays will contain blossoms in every color except black, blue or green; in every size from ¾ inch to over 12 inches in diameter; in over 17 distinct forms
recognized by the American Dahlia Society.

Dahlia Society members will answer questions and offer advice on cultivating dahlias, and flowers will be available for purchase while supplies last. The Dahlia Show is free for Arboretum Society members or with the standard parking fee ($6 per personal motor vehicle). Visitors are encouraged to explore the Arboretum’s 65 acres of cultivated gardens, 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, engaging exhibits, and bountiful opportunities to connect with nature.

For information, call 828.665.2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.

CarePartners Health Services Opens New North Clinic in Reynolds Village

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009


WOODFIN, NC – CarePartners new North Clinic is open for business in a brand new facility in Reynolds Village, located at 40 North Merrimon Avenue on the third floor (above the new Neighborhood YMCA at Woodfin.)

“We are very pleased with our new space. We look forward to the partnership with the YMCA and promoting wellness in this community.” Edwin Gerrits, North Clinic Manager.

The clinic provides physical and occupational therapy services. There is a walk-in clinic as well as vestibular rehabilitation.

On Wednesday, September 9th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., the clinic will host an Open House. Light refreshments will be served and CarePartners therapists will be on hand to meet the public. For more information call (828) 281-0754.

A-B Tech Holds Summer Commencement

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – A-B Tech Student Services Vice President Dr. Dennis King urged graduates to share their newly attained knowledge with others, as part of the responsibility that comes with success, during Summer Commencement at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

“Charge for it (the knowledge) fairly, if you are in a position of setting fees. Give it away to the less fortunate who nevertheless need your skills. And comfort those who come to you stressed by a problem that you can solve. That’s being a professional, as well as being a good person,” commencement speaker King said.

King also reminded the graduates to remain current and continue on a path of lifelong learning, to be open to change, to be humble and ethical, to mentor others as soon as they are able and to be a “round” person.

“E. M. Forster, the renowned 20th-century author, classified fictional characters as flat or round. Flat characters are predictable, simple, one dimensional, whereas round characters are unpredictable, complex, and multi-faceted,” King said. “Forster went on to say that round characters are the truly interesting ones. That truth can be taken beyond fiction and into life itself. You want to be not only a health care professional, but one who volunteers at the local homeless shelter; not only an auto mechanic, but a mechanic with a political opinion; not only a chef, but one who loves baseball. Find the outside interest that makes you a round character.”

During the ceremony, President Emeritus and Trustee Harvey Haynes called for a moment of silence for fellow trustee J. Herbert Coman, who died July 13. Coman’s cap and gown were placed in an empty chair in his memory.

A-B Tech Interim President Richard Mauney presented the Staff Member of the Year Award to Tamala Barnett, Arts and Sciences division secretary. “I am especially pleased to present this award to Tamala because she is one of our very own graduates,” Mauney said. “When the Arts and Sciences dean’s secretary retired a few years ago, Tamala took on those responsibilities in addition to her other ones for several months, while we hired and trained a replacement for Tamala so she could move into the vacant position.”

Dr. Sam Dosumu, Instructional Services vice president, awarded Continuing Education Faculty Member of the Year to Gary Crossey, a computer training instructor. One of Crossey’s students who nominated him for the award wrote, “Gary not only has his finger constantly on the pulse of new technology, but more importantly, he knows how to explain it to the students and help us stay excited about the class subject matter. His teaching style is very personal and fun. He has patience and easily encourages creativity.”

The College had 188 students complete the requirements to earn 189 degrees and diplomas for the August graduation including a posthumous Associate in Arts degree presented to the family of Reed Ignizio, who died in a drowning accident in June. Ignizio, who would have graduated with high honors, was also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and had received a Carolina Covenant scholarship to attend UNC-Chapel Hill.

Just Ducky’s Asheville Store is Moving to Biltmore Village

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – Just Ducky Originals, LTD, an Asheville-based children’s clothing manufacturer with stores in Asheville and Waynesville announced today that it will be relocating its Asheville store from 100 Charlotte Street to 10 All Souls Crescent in Biltmore Village. The new location has a planned opening date of Friday, September 4th – Labor Day weekend.

“We are excited to become a part of Historic Biltmore Village and its quaint shopping atmosphere,” said Sallie Broach, owner of Just Ducky Originals. “The location at the entrance to the Biltmore Estate with its large tourist draw for Asheville is what helped convince us to move.”

Sallie started Just Ducky nearly 30 years ago in the attic of her Asheville home. The company has grown to a multi-million dollar venture with over 300 women selling the children’s line in home shows across the country. Two Just Ducky retail locations specialize in classic fashions for boys and girls, where you’ll find the Just Ducky line at 30%-50% off, as well as other beautiful children’s lines, unique baby gifts, and a large selection of accessories.

Barnes and Noble in Biltmore Park to Open September 2nd

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Barnes & Noble

ASHEVILLE, NC – Throughout the generations, stories have never ceased to thrive as they transport us, comfort us, and teach us. Whether it is a new novel or even a new cookbook that you are eager to try, readers know that the first crease in a book binding can mean that they are in store for something unforgettable. And Asheville bibliophiles are in store for just that because a new Barnes & Noble is set to open on September 2nd in Biltmore Park Town Square.

The new store could not be opening at a better time. With schools gearing up for a new academic year, students and educators will love the resource section, where textbooks, study guides, and more will be available to help them get back into their fall routines. In addition, the array of calendars, office supplies, journals, and unique gifts are the perfect way to stay organized post summer vacation.

As the world’s largest bookseller, Barnes & Noble will boast more than 200,000 titles in your favorite book genres, music selections, DVDs, and magazines. The new store will also feature a membership program, special order service, complimentary Wi-Fi, Starbucks Cafe, and a space for year-round community events. In fact, they will kick off the festivities with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a friends and family preview night party on September 1st from 6 to 9 p.m., where a portion of the proceeds will go to Clear Creek Elementary School.

The new store’s ideal location in Town Square will also help meet the needs of customers by helping Biltmore Park become a one stop shopping destination. Located next to the newly opened Hilton Asheville and surrounded by residences, restaurants, a stadium seat movie theater, YMCA, boutiques, spas, and a variety of restaurants, visitors will enjoy spending a whole day knowing that they do not have to use their car to get from place to place. So, if there is a new must-read on your book list, be sure to mark your calendar for September 2nd, and be one of the first to explore Asheville’s newest bookstore.

Tourists To Sell Playoff Tickets Beginning Today at 10 A.M.

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Asheville Tourists

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Tourists, currently in the heat of the race for the second-half Southern Division pennant in the South Atlantic League, have announced that playoff tickets will go on sale at the McCormick Field box office beginning Tuesday, August 25, at 10 a.m.

The Tourists would host the first game of the Southern Divisional Championship Series against the Greenville Drive, the first-half winner, on Wednesday, September 9. The winner of the Southern Divisional Championship Series will then host the third, fourth and fifth games of the South Atlantic League Championship Series, slated for Thursday, September 17, Friday, September 18 and Saturday, September 19. All games at McCormick Field would start at 7:05 p.m.

Single game playoff tickets at McCormick Field will be available beginning Monday for $9 for general admission, $12 for box seats, $42 for the Asheville Citizen-Times Clubhouse and $47 for the Bojangles Dugout Suites. Four-game playoff packages are available at a reduced rate, including $32 per general admission pack, $44 for box seats, $152 for the Asheville Citizen-Times Clubhouse and $172 for the Bojangles Dugout Suites. Senior, children and military discounts are also available at the box office.

Fans who purchase or renew their season ticket packages, flex packages or mini-plans will receive playoff tickets at no cost. The number of playoff tickets will be equal to the number of seats purchased for the regular season or two per flex plan. Any money remaining from unplayed playoff games will be credited to the 2010 season.

The pennant race returns to McCormick Field on Tuesday, August 25, when the Tourists and Greensboro Grasshoppers begin a four-game series, with each contest starting at 7:05 p.m. The Tourists also will host the Lexington Legends for three games, from September 1-3, which will be the final regular-season series of the slate.

For additional information, contact the Tourists front office at (828) 258-0428.

Asheville Downtown Association Announces Oktoberfest

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Oktoberfest

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Downtown Association is excited to announce its inaugural Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 10 from 1-5pm on Wall Street.

“Our Oktoberfest will mix Bavarian traditions with Asheville’s eclectic vibe,” says Adrian Vassallo, event organizer and ADA treasurer. He adds, “With Asheville’s recent recognition as ‘Beer City USA,’ the timing couldn’t be more perfect to celebrate our local beer scene. Plus, Wall Street is an ideal venue for this event with its old world feel and original cobblestones.”

The event will feature beer tastings from local breweries including Highland Brewing, Asheville Brewing Company, Pisgah Brewing, Green Man Brewery, and French Broad Brewing Company. Many brewers are featuring seasonal ales for Oktoberfest, and will be on hand to discuss their beers.

Also, Wall Street restaurants Cucina 24, Jack of the Wood, and The Market Place will be preparing authentic German food fare served with local mustard from the Lusty Monk.

Entertainment will cross the Bavarian-Asheville divide as well with the traditional from The Stratton Mountain Boys and the eclectic from Asheville’s own The Goodies. The Stratton Mountain Boys have brought the haunting sounds of four alphorns, happy yodeling songs, shoe slapping dances, and lively spirited Polka music to audiences across the U.S for more than 30 years. The Goodies are the epitome of Asheville’s funky and diverse music scene playing a gypsy-style eclectic hard rock and funk. Their live performances are known for being theatric and vaudevillian.

The entertainment doesn’t stop there. Festival-goers can participate in one or more of the many fun contests including yodeling, a costume contest, a stein race, and more. Prizes will be awarded.

Tickets are $25 and include beer samples and a commemorative Oktoberfest glass. Tickets will be available August 31 at ashevilledowntown.org. Space is limited, so purchase early.

The Asheville Downtown Association is a membership organization committed to being the voice of downtown.

Scenic Savings: Fall Color Ablaze at The NC Arboretum

Friday, August 21st, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Natural beauty comes in a kaleidoscope of colors each fall at The North Carolina Arboretum – a beautiful bargain at only $6 per vehicle.

Vibrant colors amid trees, shrubs, and perennials delight the senses at the Arboretum. Director of Horticulture Alison Arnold notes that many colors brighten the landscape, including brilliant reds from dogwood and maple trees, blazing oranges from black gum and persimmon trees, and glittering gold from a variety of shrubs and perennials.

Surrounded by the Southern Appalachian mountains and adjacent to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, the Arboretum is nestled in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America.

Within its 434 acres, the Arboretum offers 65 acres of cultivated gardens, 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, a state-of-the-art production greenhouse, and one of the finest bonsai collections in the Southeastern United States. Engaging exhibits about science, art, and culture are featured year-round in the Baker Exhibit Center.

Visitors during fall also have an opportunity to attend the Carolina Bonsai Expo, held at The North Carolina Arboretum every second weekend in October. This two-day horticultural extravaganza, situated in the midst of the colorful mountains during fall foliage season, features a juried display of bonsai by clubs from across a six-state region, a renowned bonsai marketplace, workshops, free demonstrations, and a popular Ikebana exhibit.

For information, call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.

Mission Hospital and UNC Health Care Forge Agreement for Cancer Care and Research

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Mission Hospitals

ASHEVILLE, NC – Mission Hospital and UNC Health Care announced today that they have signed an affiliation agreement for cancer care and research, with the overall goal of enhancing the quality of care for cancer patients in western North Carolina, including providing access to new therapies and innovative research programs under development at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the NC Cancer Hospital.

Both partners say that the affiliation is intended to be a long-term agreement, designed to adapt over time to the needs of the patient population in the areas that Mission serves. Initial programs under the agreement include improving community screening for earlier diagnosis and prevention of lung cancer through the efforts of oncology nurse navigators, participation in UNC’s statewide cancer telemedicine network, and offering access to research projects and new treatments developed at UNC Lineberger.

“We are very excited about what this expanded relationship with UNC Lineberger means to the patients and physicians of western North Carolina,” said Joseph F. Damore, President & CEO of Mission Health System and Mission Hospital.

“Cancer afflicts people of all ages, and we want to provide them with care that incorporates cutting edge research close to home. Our relationship with UNC Lineberger allows us to do that,” said Dale Fell, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Mission Hospital.

“This affiliation will enhance our ability to carry out the mandate we have received from the NC General Assembly under the University Cancer Research Fund, particularly in disseminating new knowledge and improving cancer care, screening, and prevention across the state,” said Bill Roper, MD, MPH, dean of the UNC School of Medicine.

Under the agreement, oncology nurse navigators will work to assess communities’ needs for screening and prevention of lung cancer, an important priority in a region where more adults use tobacco.

Through UNC’s newly-enhanced telemedicine capabilities, doctors in Mission’s facilities will be able to collaborate in real-time conferences with UNC in ways that focus on creating individualized treatment plans for patients – no matter where they are initially seen.

Finally, patients at Mission’s facilities will have access to research trials that will provide new treatments developed at UNC Lineberger without having to travel to Chapel Hill.

“Partnering with an exceptional organization like Mission is not only good for both institutions but will be good for patients and their families – it’s a superb opportunity for North Carolina,” said Shelley Earp, MD, director of UNC Lineberger.