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Asheville Tourists to Host Job Fair

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Calling all job-seekers, the Asheville Tourists will be hosting their annual job fair on Saturday, March 13th from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. and Thursday, March 18th from 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. at McCormick Field. Applications will be available for the game-day positions of concession operations, ushers, ticket takers, bat boys, parking attendants, concourse game attendants, energy team members, and merchandise sales. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Each position will be both part-time and seasonal.

Job seekers are asked to enter at our main gate where they will be directed to the players clubhouse. The Asheville Tourists offer competitive wages, fun-filled atmosphere, and a great experience for the summer months. The Asheville Tourists are an equal opportunity employer.

The Tourists open the 2010 season on Thursday, April 8th against the Lakewood Blue Claws at 7:05 PM at McCormick Field. For more information call the Tourists front office at 828-258-0428 or visit the website at www.theashevilletourists.com.

Vintage Vanderbilt Automobile to be Displayed at New Antler Hill Village

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – A rare 1913 Stevens-Duryea Model “C-Six” seven-passenger touring car will be placed on display for the first time beginning May 20, 2010 in Biltmore’s new Antler Hill Village. The car is one of 10 motor vehicles on the estate that was registered in North Carolina in June 1916, and the only one purchased by George Vanderbilt that remains in The Biltmore Company’s collection. This particular model is believed to be one of only 10 known existing in the world today.

Conservation work will take place over the next several months, and then the car will be on exhibit in a closed, climate-controlled space just outside Biltmore Winery in the new Antler Hill Village. Like many objects in historic collections, guests will not be able to touch the vehicle, but they will be able to see it up close and get a sense of the Vanderbilts as a family who enjoyed one of the most exciting new inventions of the late 19th and 20th centuries – the automobile.,/p>

While Biltmore conservators enjoy the daily work of caring for objects, furniture and art in the Biltmore House collection, using their skills to conserve an automobile is especially interesting. The team will begin work on the vehicle’s interior and exterior this month, using a wide variety of techniques to prepare the car for its debut to Biltmore guests. The undercarriage and mechanical components of the car will be conserved by B.R. Howard & Associates, a team that specializes in historic transportation objects based in Carlisle, Pa.

“We are thrilled about the opportunity to work on such a rare automobile and bring another piece of Biltmore’s rich history and collection into view,” said chief conservator Nancy Rosebrock. “This car represents a great deal of history about the interests of the Vanderbilt family. The research and conservation process is very exciting for us.”

The intention is not to make the car look as it did when it was new to George Vanderbilt, but to present it as an artifact of family history that has survived, albeit with some modifications that are now part of its story. “Our approach to preserving the Stevens-Duryea will be guided by the same ethics and standards of practice we adhere to when working on any object in Biltmore House,” said Rosebrock. “Our goal is to preserve the object in its current state, not restore it to a completely new condition.” The vehicle was actually driven periodically by different members of the family until the 1970s. According to Rosebrock, stabilization of aged areas and deteriorated materials will be the first priority, followed by the cleaning of every surface, repair of damaged areas and protection of the components from further deterioration.

George and Edith Vanderbilt’s connection to their 1913 Stevens-Duryea Model “C-Six”

Archival letters indicate that George and Edith Vanderbilt were first exposed to automobile travel in the early 1900s. An excerpt from a letter dated Aug. 23, 1903, that Mr. Vanderbilt wrote to his friend William Field while traveling in Europe read:

“So you see we are covering a good deal of ground and taking you at your word and making the best of our opportunity. I am so in love with this mode of travel that I mean to order an auto like yours when I get back to Paris, with the few improvements that have been made since. It makes traveling a different thing and simply a natural transition instead of an effort.
We have decided to remain over here all winter and hope to do some more automobiling next summer…”

Mr. Vanderbilt purchased several vehicles before the eventual purchase of the 1913 Stevens-Duryea Model “C-Six.” On May 21, 1913, Chauncey Beadle, estate superintendent, wrote to Vanderbilt, who was vacationing in Paris:

“Your new Stevens-Duryea car has arrived and Mr. T. Lamar Jackson of Washington came here to demonstrate the car and explain its features to Raymond. It is a beauty and I am sure that you will not only like it, but that it embodies practically the last word in motor-car construction. Raymond is anxious to practice with the car on a few occasions before your home-coming in order to familiarize himself with the changed conditions of mechanism, otherwise your car will not be used.”

Mr. Vanderbilt had arranged with T. Lamar Jackson of Washington, D.C., (a dealer in Stevens-Duryea automobiles) to trade in his 1912 Stevens-Duryea Model “Y” for a 1913 Stevens-Duryea Model “C-Six” seven-passenger touring car, the first Stevens-Duryea offered with electric lights and a starter. The company’s slogan was “There Is No Better Motor Car.”

By June 1914, Mrs. Vanderbilt was listed on a request for vehicle licenses as owner of eight vehicles: in addition to the Stevens-Duryea, she also owned one vehicle made by Stearns, a Studebaker, a Chalmers truck, a General Motors truck, a Charron coupe and two Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Most automobile owners in the early 20th century rarely drove their own vehicles, leaving driving and car repairs to their chauffeurs instead. George and Edith Vanderbilt relied on chauffeurs to drive their vehicles, but by 1910, however, it appears that Mr. Vanderbilt also drove and was issued a drivers license for a Stevens-Duryea by the state of North Carolina in 1913. (At that time, the state required that drivers be licensed separately for each automobile that he or she drove.)

EPA Awards Land-Of-Sky Regional Council Grant

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will award Land-of-Sky Regional Council a Climate Showcase Grant to fund the Reading, Riding and Retrofit project that will support environmental sustainability in public schools throughout Buncombe County, North Carolina. The project will create energy efficient school building retrofits, transportation system enhancements, Recycling improvements and volunteer “Green Teams” to support the schools.

The Climate Showcase Grant will directly support the annual reduction of Green House Gas emissions by an estimated 1,129 tons. Land-of-Sky Regional Council will partner with Buncombe County and City of Asheville school officials and other partners to lay the ground work for long term potential reduction of Green House Gas emissions by more than 11,000 tons annually.

Who: EPA and Land-of-Sky Regional Council

What: EPA Climate Showcase Grant Award Ceremony

When: Thursday, February 25, 2010, 4:30 p.m.

Where: Public Works Building – 161 South Charlotte Street, Room 109, Asheville, North Carolina

Old Chunns Cove Road Closed

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Old Chunns Cove Road, located off of Tunnel Road in Asheville, has been closed by the City of Asheville public works department as a precautionary measure due to slope failure on adjacent private property. The road will remain closed until further notice.

Citizens are urged to follow detour signs. All residences and businesses are accessible by way of the detour.,/p>

UNC Asheville Celebrates Homecoming February 25-27

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville will hold its Homecoming 2010 celebration from February 25-27. Special events range from the annual homecoming parade and basketball games to a step show and tailgate party. A number of activities are open to the public. Festivities kick off with UNC Asheville’s annual homecoming parade at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. The parade will roll down University Heights with floats created by a host of UNC Asheville organizations, departments and individuals. A pep rally will follow in front of Governor’s Hall.,/p>

A range of events will take place Saturday, February 27. Activities include the following:

A pre-game tailgate party will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Karpen Hall parking lot. Free food and drinks will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.

UNC Asheville’s women’s basketball team will take on Liberty at 2 p.m. in the Justice Center. Homecoming court will be announced at halftime. Tickets are $8 reserved and $4-$6 general admission.

UNC Asheville’s men’s basketball team will play Gardner Webb at 4 p.m. in the Justice Center. New inductees into the Athletics Hall of Fame will be announced during halftime. Tickets are $8 reserved and $4-$6 general admission.

Schools from across the southern United States will compete in the “Step It Out 2010: Go Hard or Go Home” step show. The competition, presented by the Black Student Association, will take place at 8 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Tennis & Golf Resort Asheville. Step shows, popularized by historically black fraternities, feature high-energy synchronized dance routines, comprising elements of African dances and military exhibition drills. Admission is $5 at the door.

For more information about homecoming events, call UNC Asheville’s Alumni Office at 828/251-6512 or click on www.unca.edu/homecoming.

Asheville Doctors to Support Haitian Disaster Relief Drive

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – As recovery efforts continue in the wake of Haiti’s most destructive natural disaster, Asheville doctors are participating in recovery relief efforts by supporting a medical supply drive, from Feb. 13 to Feb. 27.

The medical supply drive will aid in the disaster relief efforts of a team of doctors, nurses, and therapists from Mission Hospital and the Batey Relief Alliance and its NY-based partner medical group, the Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad (AMHE), who will be headed to Haiti on a mission trip from March 27th through April 5th to provide medical assistance to thousands of Haitians who are in desperate need.

“As rescue and recovery efforts come to a close and people’s attention may be waning, providing continuing medical assistance is of paramount importance to combat the spread of disease and to bolster the overall well-being of Haitians who will prepare to rebuild their community,” said the American-trained Haitian physician, Dr. Raymond Thertulien, a MD with Cancer Centers of North Carolina-Asheville medical practice and volunteer international medical director of the humanitarian aid organization, Batey Relief Alliance. “As a new resident to Asheville, I’m humbled by the outpouring of support and look forward to working together to make a difference in the lives of the people in Haiti.”

DONATIONS: Donation barrels will be placed at the front of the stores from Feb. 13 to Feb 27 at the Ingles Markets at 29 Tunnel Rd. in Asheville and at 140 Weaver Blvd. in Weaverville.

Medical supplies needed are:

– Alcohol Bandages

– Gauze Pain relievers (Tylenol, Ibuprofen/Advil, Aleve)

– Band-aid Soft casts (Wrists, Elbow, Arms, Knees)

– Topical antibiotics Antibiotics

– Antifugal creams

– Antifungals

– Antimalarials

– Antiparasitics

– Antihypertensives

– Steroid creams

– Antiacids Diabetic medications

– Rehydration salts

– Antidiarrheal IV sets

For those of you, who wish to make a cash donation to support the travel and shipment costs of the mission, please mail your tax-deductible checks payable to Batey Relief Alliance, P.O. Box 300565, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11230.

,p>Donations can also be made securely at the website: www.bateyrelief.org with the subtext: Haiti Relief Campaign.

Grove Park Inn Offers ‘Buy One, Get One Free’ Sunday Brunch Special

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Looking for the perfect place to experience an award-winning meal that won’t break the bank? The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa has got just the deal you’ve been searching for. For a limited time, the legendary Inn is now offering “Buy One, Get One” savings on its popular Sunday Brunch Buffet at The Blue Ridge Dining Room.

The “Buy One, Get One” Sunday Brunch Buffet is $29.95 for adults, plus tax and service charge. Make reservations now to enjoy our famed weekend buffet while overlooking the Asheville skyline, the resort’s gorgeous fairways and, of course, the Blue Ridge Mountains that give the Dining Room its name. Enjoy live music while feasting on dozens of specially prepared salads, entrees, desserts and more. Sunday Brunch at The Blue Ridge Dining Room runs from 11:30 am to 2:00 p.m.

Reservations are suggested, but hurry! The “Buy One, Get One” Sunday Brunch Buffet special is valid only through March 28, 2010.

For more information, please contact The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa at 800.438.0050 or 828.252.2711.

Downtown Master Plan Public Meetings Notice

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The following subcommittees of the Downtown Master Plan Action Committee will hold meetings as follows:

Historic Preservation (Thurs, Feb 18 – 8:30am) at the YMI Cultural Center

Downtown Management (Friday, Feb 19 – 8:30am) at the Van Winkle Law Firm, 11 N. Market St.

Urban Design (Wed, Feb 24 – 11:00am) at City Hall, 5th Floor conference Room

Transportation & Parking (Wed, Mar 3 – 8:30am) at City Hall, Mezzanine conference room

Full Action Committee (Thurs, Mar 4 – 8:30am) at City Hall, 6th Floor Training Room

PLEASE NOTE: Committee meetings are canceled when City schools are closed. If schools are delayed, meetings will be held as scheduled.

All of these committees will discuss the respective strategies in the Downtown Master Plan. For additional information call 230-1271.

Story Time! At the Asheville Art Museum

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Art Museum invites all preschool-age children and their adults to join a member of the Museum’s Staff or a librarian from Buncombe County for an afternoon of story time as part of the 21st Annual National African American Read In from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2010.

Enjoy as we read from classic children’s books in the Museum’s exhibition Nouns: Children’s Book Artists Look at People, Places and Things. The Asheville Art Museum is an official site for the 21st Annual National African American Read In on February 24. Celebrate reading by participating in this intimate story time session.

The Museum is also an official site for NEA Read Across America Day on March 2, 2010 and will hold another story time to celebrate this event from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. that Tuesday.

Nouns: Children’s Book Artists Look at People, Places and Things examines original book illustrations from artists who are committed to the genre of children’s books. The exhibition includes working drawings, finished paintings, collages, molded paper, woodcuts and digitally produced illustrations from well-known as well as emerging artists.

Slippery Road Conditions Delay Garbage, Recycling Collection

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Winter weather conditions have delayed garbage and recycling collection today, Tuesday, February 16, 2010. Sanitation crews are operating on a delayed schedule this morning due to the slippery road conditions. If road conditions do not improve throughout the day, residents are requested to leave their trash out at curbside for crews to collect as soon as road conditions improve. Brush collection and leaf collection will be on hold as well until weather conditions improve.

Curbside Management, the City’s recycling contractor will also be operating on a delayed schedule. Recycling customers scheduled for pickup today, are requested to place their recyclables out today. In the event, that they are not collected today, they will be collected as soon as road conditions improve.

For further information contact the City of Asheville at 251-1122.