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Asheville Airport Celebrates Three Years of Art in the Airport, Opens New Exhibit

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

FLETCHER, NC – The Art in the Airport program at Asheville Regional Airport is celebrating three years of showcasing the creative talents of Western North Carolina artists. A new collection of artwork was opened to the public Friday, marking the twelfth exhibit for the program.

Art in the Airport was inaugurated in June, 2007, with the mission to display local artwork in a premiere gallery space for the purposes of enhancing the passenger experience and promoting regional talent. Since that time, more than 100 artists have been selected to participate.

“The success of Art in the Airport can be measured by the positive feedback we receive, not only from passengers, but from the local art community as well,” says Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., Airport Director. “The gallery welcomes visitors to Western North Carolina by giving them a small taste of the creative culture that exists here. It’s enriching for everyone – artists, travelers, and area art enthusiasts.”

The new show features seven artists and 33 pieces of art, including photography, clay sculpture, and found object construction.

The Art in the Airport gallery is located on the pre-security side of the airport terminal and is open to the public during airport operating hours. Artwork can also be found in the baggage carousel cases near Guest Services.

Art in the Airport spotlights the work of local artists on a rotating basis, with exhibits lasting approximately 120 days. The application deadline for the next exhibit is September 10, 2010. Interested artists may visit www.flyavl.com or e-mail [email protected] e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Matt Kern Named Head UNCA Men’s Soccer Coach

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Director of Athletics Janet R. Cone has announced the hiring of Matt Kern as the Bulldogs new head men’s soccer coach, pending the approval of the Board of Trustees. Kern will replace long-time head coach Steve Cornish on July 1.

Kern, who has worked as a head coach at the University of the South and Wofford College, has spent the past two years working in Asheville. He assisted both the Bulldog men’s and women’s soccer teams as their Goalkeeper Coach and was the Special Programs Director of Coaching with the Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association.

Kern coached at Wofford College for six seasons from 2002 to 2007. The Terrier program steadily improved under his guidance and set a school record for wins in Division I in 2007. He left the program in good hands as Wofford won the Southern Conference championship in 2009. All 11 starters for the Terriers’ championship team were players Kern brought into the program.

He coached for 11 years at The University of The South (Sewanee) before going to Wofford. He was named Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach-of-the-Year after the 2000 and 2001 seasons. Kern led the school to the 2001 SCAC championship and a trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Tigers went 31-6-1 under Kern in his final two years at Sewanee. He also coached the golf team and was Director of Intramurals during his tenure.

The Maryland native was an assistant coach at Springfield College for one year and helped the program set a school record for wins and a national ranking.

He enjoyed a standout collegiate career at Hartwick College from 1984-87. Kern was a four-year starter and helped lead the school to two Final Fours, three Elite Eight appearances and four Sweet 16’s. He graduated from Hartwick in 1988.

Buncombe Declared a ‘Fit’ Community

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund announced the award of eight Fit Community designations which included Buncombe County. The designations recognize the work that has been done to promote physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco-free lifestyles through programs, policies and environmental changes at the community level.

Buncombe County is designated as a “bronze” Fit Community and received a grant for $60,000 to assist the Town of Woodfin with sidewalk infrastructure and physical activity programming.

To learn more about Buncombe County’s Parks, Greenways and Recreation programs, check out buncombecounty.org/parks.

Changes in Asheville Transit Fare Prices Begin July 1

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – On April 13, City Council heard public comment and approved fiscal year 2010-11 fees and charges which included increases to transit passes. There will be no change in rate for employers participating in Asheville Transit’s PASSport “unlimited pass” program.

General fare changes were approved by City Council in October 2009 with the passage of the Transit Master Plan. The approved Transit Master Plan document can be viewed at: http://www.ashevillenc.gov/residents/transportation/city_bus/default.aspx?id=19558).

A May 27 public hearing provided the public with the following information about the changes:

Fare Category Current Approved

Adult cash fare (no change) $1.00 $1.00

*Discount cash fare (no change) $0.50 $0.50

Ticket booklet (11 rides) $7.00 $9.00

*Discount ticket booklet (11 rides) $3.50 $4.50

Monthly pass $15.00 $20.00

*Discount monthly pass $7.50 $10.00

Annual pass $120.00 $220.00

*Discount annual pass $61.25 $110.00

*Discount Fares are available to seniors 65+, individuals with disabilities, Medicare recipients and school students ages 6-19.

For more information about Asheville Transit call 253-5691, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.ashevilletransit.com.

Buncombe County Offices Closed July 5

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – All Buncombe County Government Offices will be closed on Monday, July 5 for the Fourth of July holiday. Buncombe County Public Libraries will be closed July 3-5.

Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling day at the Landfill will be closed on Friday, July 2 due to the Fourth of July Holiday. The Landfill and Transfer Station will operate regular hours on July 2.

HHW and Electronics recycling will resume as normal on Friday, July 9 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call Solid Waste at 250-5460.

July 4th is ‘Free Fishing Day’ in NC

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

ASHEVILE, NC – July 4 is designated as a free fishing day in North Carolina, meaning anyone – resident or non-resident – can fish for free in any public water, including coastal waters, without a license.

All other fishing regulations, including length and daily possession limits, as well as bait and tackle restrictions, apply.

To find a fishing spot near you, visit the Commission’s website for a list of more than 500 free fishing-access areas across the state.

Lake Julian Hosts 4th of July Firework Show

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Lake Julian will sparkle on July 4th with the annual fireworks display. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and join the fun at The fireworks display at Lake Julian is one of the largest in the area and this year’s show promises to be one of the best yet. Lake Julian Park in South Asheville. The fireworks display at Lake Julian is one of the largest in the area and this year’s show promises to be one of the best yet. Fireworks start after dark but come on out early and enjoy the park.

Parking for the July 4th Fireworks Display is at Estes Elementary School across Long Shoals Road from the Lake Julian Park Entrance. Be sure and wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a sweater or jacket. The evenings get cool at the lake. Remember, like all Buncombe County properties, Lake Julian Park is a Smoke Free Facility.

Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Services invites you and your family to “Come Out and Play!” at Lake Julian Park on Sunday, July 4th.

For information about this event call or email David Blynt at (828) 684-0376 or [email protected]

Better Tours of Asheville Offers Gangsters, Ghosts and Gorgonzola

Monday, June 28th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Better Tours of Asheville is the newest tour company in town, recently founded by long-time tour guides from Asheville with over 10 years of combined experience. Co-owners Nicole Rogers and Christopher McCollum established the company in order to be able to provide innovative tours with exclusive content. New tours for the season include a progressive dining tour and a scandalous pub-crawl.

“We’re really excited about the culinary tour,” said Nicole Rogers. “With such an acclaimed culinary scene here in Asheville, it seemed like an obvious choice.” The tour offers the chance to enjoy a four-course meal spread out over four different downtown restaurants. “What we’re really trying to do give our guests the opportunity to sample the exquisite culinary scene downtown and feel like a VIP for the night,” she added.

On a different note, the scandalous pub-crawl delves deeply into Asheville’s sordid past. The tour covers everything from mobsters to Nazis, to colorful politicians and robber barons and the scandals that followed them. “No one else is doing this kind of tour. Most people who’ve lived here all their lives have no idea about this side of Asheville’s past,” Christopher said. “Not to mention that the evening out can take on a decidedly scandalous flavor as well.”

The company also features ghost tours and trolley tours. The ghost tour stories are all thoroughly researched by the guides themselves and the content is constantly being updated and expanded. The trolley tours are offered though a partnership with Gray Line trolley tours and feature some of the best stories from the walking tour and the pub-crawl.

Asheville Tourists Blanks ’em Again, 5-0

Monday, June 28th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Wes Musick and Dan Perkins combined on the Tourists’ second shutout of this Savannah series, winning it 5-0 on Saturday night. After three contests, the losing team in this five-game set has yet to score a run.

A two-out error by first baseman Alex Gregory extended the Tourists’ sixth against Sand Gnats starter Collin McHugh, leading to Jared Clark’s three-run homer to cap a five-run burst and put the game out of reach.

Musick and McHugh traded shots throughout the first five innings, practically mirroring their efforts when the two starters dueled at Grayson Stadium on June 1.

In six games, the two clubs have combined to score 38 runs. Clark also homered – twice that day, in fact – during Musick’s first seven-inning shutout appearance of 2010, a win at West Virginia on April 18.,/p>

Erwin Pool Hosts Special Olympics Fund Raiser

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – On July 3 Erwin Pool will host a Special Olympics Fund Raiser.

Bring the family for a day of swimming and plan to eat lunch or supper or both at the pool. A traditional July 4th meal of a grilled hot dog, chips and a drink will be available for $2.75 or purchase each item separately for $1 a piece.

The pool will be open at 11 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. Food will be served from 12:30 until 7:30 p.m. All food proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Buncombe County athletes.

For more information contact Grace Young at (828) 250-4265 or email her at [email protected]