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Non-Food Halloween Treats

Monday, October 31st, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Concerns over food safety and children getting too many calories from sweets are prompting many people to look for non-food items to give out for Halloween. Non-food treats also benefit those of us giving out the treats since we won’t get all those extra calories from finishing off the candy that is left. Here are some tips:

  • Plan to get a variety of items in order to have something for all ages.
  • Think about items especially for children under three – you don’t want to give them something that could be a choking hazard.
  • Promote physical activity with items like bouncy balls, jump ropes, bean bags for hacky sack and plastic or foam fliers.

Here are some other, great non-food treats:

  • Glow sticks are a great non-food Halloween treat!Glow sticks
  • Costume jewelry
  • Funny Halloween glasses
  • Mini-magnifying glasses
  • Tiny decks of cards
  • Pencils
  • Pencil toppers
  • Pencil erasers
  • Markers
  • Stickers
  • Rub-on or stick on temporary tattoos
  • Coins (pennies, dimes, nickels)
  • Bottles of bubbles
  • Bookmarks
  • Whistles
  • Crayons
  • Coloring tablets
  • Small books
  • Trading cards
  • Fancy pens
  • Plastic bugs or animals

Source: October 3, 2011 Home & Family

Halloween Safety Tips from Our Sheriff

Monday, October 31st, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Soon our streets will be scattered with little ghosts, goblins and witches trick-or-treating this Halloween. “Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment, and following some common sense practices can keep events safer and more fun,” said Sheriff Van Duncan of Buncombe County.

The Sheriff reminds all Buncombe County residents to follow these safety tips:


  • Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.


  • Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12.
  • Check the sex offender registry at www.ncdoj.gov when planning your child’s trick-or-treat route. You can view maps that pinpoint registered offenders’ addresses in your neighborhood, and sign up to get email alerts when an offender moves nearby.
  • Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow. Know the names of older children’s companions.
  • Make sure older kids trick-or-treat in a group.
  • Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.
  • Teach your children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and never to enter a stranger’s home.
  • Establish a return time.
  • Tell your youngsters not to eat any treat until they return home.
  • Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules.
  • All children need to know their home telephone number and how to call 9-1-1 in case of emergency.
  • Pin a slip of paper with the child’s name, address and telephone number inside a pocket in case the youngster gets separated from the group.

Costume Design:

  • Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes.
  • Costumes should be loose so warm clothes can be worn underneath.
  • Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard.
  • Make sure that shoes fit well to prevent trips and falls.
  • If children are allowed out after dark, outfits should be made with light colored materials. Strips of retro-reflective tape should be used to make children visible.

Face Design:

  • Do not use masks as they can obstruct a child’s vision. Use facial make-up instead.
  • When buying special Halloween makeup, check for packages containing ingredients that are labeled “Made with U.S. Approved Color Additives,” “Laboratory Tested,” “Meets Federal Standards for Cosmetics,” or “Non-Toxic.” Follow manufacturer’s instruction for application.
  • If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings and large eye holes.


  • Knives, swords and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials. Do not allow children to carry sharp objects.
  • Bags or sacks carried by youngsters should be light-colored or trimmed with retro-reflective tape if children are allowed out after dark.
  • Carrying flashlights with fresh batteries will help children see better and be seen more clearly.

While Trick-or-Treating:

  • Do not enter homes or apartments without adult supervision.
  • Walk; do not run, from house to house. Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards.
  • Walk on sidewalks, not in the street.
  • Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic if there are no sidewalks.


  • Give children an early meal before going out.
  • Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten.
  • Wash fruit and slice it into small pieces.
  • Throw away any candy that is unwrapped or partially wrapped, or has a strange odor, color or texture.


  • Keep candles and Jack O’ Lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame.
  • Remove obstacles from lawns, steps and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters.
  • Keep candles and Jack O’ Lanterns away from curtains, decorations and other combustibles that could catch fire.
  • Do not leave your house unattended.

“Halloween is a fun time in Buncombe County,” Sheriff Van Duncan concluded, “But let’s make it a safe time as well. The major dangers are not from witches or spirits but rather from falls and pedestrian/car crashes.”

Keep Your Pets Safe this Halloween

Monday, October 31st, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Halloween can be a traumatic and even dangerous time for your pets. It can pose unexpected dangers to pets – from chocolate candies which can be toxic to dogs, to pumpkins with lit candles that curious kittens might knock If you dress up your dog, make sure the costume isn't constricting, annoying or unsafe. over. The ASPCA would like to offer some common-sense tips to help you protect them:

  • Don’t leave your pets out in the yard on Halloween: there are plenty of stories of vicious pranksters who have teased, injured, stolen, even killed pets on this night.
  • Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets: chocolate is poisonous to a lot of animals, and tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed.
  • Be careful of pets around a lit pumpkin: pets may knock it over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned.
  • Don’t dress the dog in costume unless you know he loves it. Otherwise, it puts a lot of stress on the animal.
  • If you do dress up your dog, make sure the costume isn’t constricting, annoying or unsafe.
  • Be careful not to obstruct his or her vision; even the sweetest dogs can get snappy when they can’t see what’s going on around them.
  • All but the most social dogs should be kept in a separate room during trick-or-treat visiting hours; too many strangers in strange garb can be scary for a dog.
  • Be careful your cat or dog doesn’t dart out through an open door.

While this can be a fun time for people and pets alike, remember that your pets are depending on you to keep them safe from the more dangerous goblins and ghouls that this holiday brings.

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Buncombe County Ranks 3rd in the State for Recycling!

Friday, October 28th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Each year, the NC Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach uses data from the solid waste and materials management annual reports to assess the total amount of material recycled by NC municipalities and counties.

During fiscal year 2009-10, the recovery of traditional recyclable materials increased compared to previous years, and the proportion of materials recovered and returned to the economy compared to disposal was the highest on record. A notable increase came in plastic bottle recovery, which rose by 22 percent over the previous year.

Using these reports, counties were ranked based on the number of pounds of material recycled per person. Buncombe County ranked third overall, with 393.1 pounds of material recycled per capita.

A total of 45,285 tons of traditional recyclables were recovered in Buncombe County during FY 2009-10. Only Pitt and Catawba counties recycled more per capita.

Printable Pumpkin Carving Patterns

Friday, October 28th, 2011


From scary patterns, traditional pumpkin faces, or monogram templates, eHow has a pumpkin pattern for you.Looking for free pumpkin carving templates? Here’s a link to easy patterns and stencils for carving regular pumpkins or fancy jack-o-lanterns.

From scary patterns, traditional pumpkin faces, or monogram templates, eHow has a pumpkin pattern for you.


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TYPE “O” Blood Desperately Needed!

Friday, October 28th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Feeling a little dark and dismal this Halloween? Discover the joy of giving and saving lives.

NC Red Cross says that there is such a shortage of type O blood that hospitals are having to delay surgeries.

Monday, October 31 from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Buncombe County Government and Pack Memorial Library are sponsoring our annual Halloween American Red Cross Blood Drive and… “Ve vant your blood!”

Every donor may save up to three lives with their donation… and in exchange, you get the warm feeling that comes from giving. AND, this year, you also receive a black Halloween-themed Red Cross t-shirt, a bag of treats, and a chance to win a wonderful door prize! All the best ghouls and ghosts will be there.

Remember, if Dracula rings your doorbell that evening, you can say you already gave. Go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code 12597 to make an appointment, or contact Carla Hollar at [email protected].

Spotlight: Fall Color

Friday, October 28th, 2011


Ginkgo Biloba turns a beautiful bright yellow in fall.October brings the riot of fall color to the mountains. Our cool nights and moist climate bring out more intense leaf color in trees and shrubs than you’ll find at the lower elevations.

Gardeners in western North Carolina can take advantage of this good fortune by selecting some plants for the landscape to replace the flower color of summer with the leaf color of fall.



Common Name Botanical Name Color
Japanese Maple Acer Palmatum varies by cultivar
Red Maple Acer Rubrum yellow, red
Sugar Maple Acer Saccharum yellow, orange, red
Kousa Dogwood Cornus Kousa red berries
Ginkgo Ginkgo Biloba bright yellow
Black Gum Nyssa Sylvatica scarlet or yellow
Sourwood Oxydendrum Arboretum dark red



Common Name Botanical Name Color
Fothergilla Fothergilla Gardenia yellow to red
Witch Hazel Hamamelis spp. yellow to red
Blueberry Vaccinium Corymbosum red
Viburnum Viburnum spp. some have red berries
Virginia Sweetspire Itea Virginica crimson

For more information, call Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.


Turning Fall Leaves Into Garden Gold

Friday, October 28th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – The morning air feels crisp. The leaves are changing colors. Fall is in the air. That means raking!

Rather than picking up, bagging, and disposing of your fall leaves, consider using them in your yard. Here are three simple options to turn your fall Rather than picking up, bagging, and disposing of your fall leaves, consider using them in your yard. leaves into garden gold:

  1. Carry the raked leaves to your compost bin. Mix in the leaves using a shovel. Keep in mind that too many leaves may slow down the composting process. If you have a lot of leaves, pile the extras near your compost pile or bin and mix them in slowly over the next several months as you add “green” debris, such as fruit and vegetable scraps.
  2. Shred the leaves with a bagging mower. Use the leaf bits as mulch around trees and plants or to cover your garden for winter. Leaf mulch protects the soil and the beneficial creatures that live in it from the harsh winter temperatures.
  3. Forget the rake. Use your mulching mower to shred the leaves onto your lawn. These leaf bits provide protective cover for the grass plants and will decompose by spring. This is perfect if your lawn has only a few younger trees. Your grass will initially look like it has been “sprinkled” with leaf bits. If it looks “frosted” and not “sprinkled,” you are going to have to rake!

If you still have extra leaves after you’ve composted and mulched, recycle
them at the Buncombe County Landfill.

Yard trimmings, brush, and leaves are accepted during regular hours. Leaves must be separated from brush. If you carry leaves to the landfill in plastic bags, you will be required to remove the leaves from the bags. No plastic bags can be dumped in the yard waste area.

There is a fee of $20 per ton (prorated) for yard waste. If you have questions about yard waste drop-off, call 250-5462.

Biltmore Industries Homespun Shops Factory Is Subject of UNC Asheville Photo Exhibit

Friday, October 28th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – “Artifacts,” an exhibition of photographs of a piece of Asheville history – the Biltmore Industries Homespun Shops factory – will be on display from October 28-November 8, in UNC Asheville’s Owen Hall Second Floor Gallery. “Artifacts” is the Bachelor of Arts in Photography Senior Exhibition by Charles Johnson of Black Mountain.

Charles Johnson, "Full Bags"The photos depict the factory – once the site of custom woodworking and wool production and still housing original equipment and wool remnants that were in use in a typical work day – in “a unique state of limbo between degradation and preservation,” according to Johnson. “The images portray individual workspaces as they existed when operations ceased in 1981, giving the impression that the workers seemed to vanish, leaving behind an eerily beautiful silence.”

The exhibition is free and open to the public, with gallery hours 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays. A reception with the artist is set for 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. For more information, visit art.unca.edu or call 828.251.6559.

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Adele Cancels Asheville Concert, Remainder of 2011 Tour

Friday, October 28th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – The singer Adele has canceled her remaining live dates and promotional appearances in 2011 to undergo throat surgery.

Ticket holders for all canceled live dates will receive a refund at the point of purchase.

Adele had been scheduled to perform at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium earlier this month.

The Asheville Civic Center’s ticket office is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays, and at noon on days with scheduled events.

For refund information, call:

Ticket Office: 828-259-5736

Business Office: 828-259-5763

For more information about Adele, contact Benny Tarantini at Columbia Records by phone at 212-833-5858 or email [email protected].


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