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Don’t Forget to Fall Back on November 3

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Don't forget to fall back on November 3!ASHEVILLE NC – Spring forward… Fall back… It’s ingrained in our consciousness almost as much as the A-B-C’s or our spelling reminder of “i before e…” and it’s a regular event!

This year, Daylight Saving Time ends for those of us in North Carolina at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 3. So – don’t forget to fall back!

While you are at it – check the batteries in your smoke detector!

Rest in Peace APD Sr. Officer Robert Bingaman

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – On Tuesday, October 29, the city tragically lost a member of the Asheville Police Department family in the line of duty. Officer Bingaman was driving across the French Broad River when the patrol vehicle he was driving left the Captain Jeff Bowen Bridge.  Despite the great efforts of emergency personnel and APD officers who responded to the scene, Officer Bingaman succumbed to his injuries.  Our prayers and deepest condolences are with Officer Bingaman’s family.  He honorably served his country as a member of the Marine Corps and his city as a well respected police officer.

We ask that the community keep Officer Bingaman in their prayers as well as his family, friends and the officers he worked alongside to keep our community safe.  We also ask that you keep the Asheville Police Department in your thoughts and prayers.  It goes without saying that this is a great loss for the department, the City of Asheville and our community as a whole.

Once funeral arrangements have been made with the family, more information will be distributed.

Asheville Regional Airport Traffic Increasing

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – For the fifth month in a row, the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority has reported an increase in passenger traffic. The number of travelers departing from Asheville increased 14% for the month of August 2013 compared with August 2012.  September saw an increase of 12% compared to the same month last year, which was the fourth consecutive month of double-digit increases.

The increases can be attributed to several factors.  First, the airlines serving Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) have added seats in the market compared to the same period last year. New routes have been implemented, and residents in the area continue to show strong utilization of their local airport.

The increase in seats is projected to continue. The summer months saw an average seat increase of 16% compared to the same period last year, and the upcoming fall schedules are showing an average 8% seat increase.

Additionally, a new non-stop route to St. Petersburg, Fla. operated by ultra low-cost carrier Allegiant Travel Company started in June, which added to the flight options available for travelers.  Soon thereafter, a non-stop to Ft. Myers, Fla. was announced, and will begin operating on October 30.

It is also very positive that the flights from the airport are full.  “The average flight from AVL is about 80% full, and we have some that are 85-95% full,” said Lew Bleiweis, A.A.E., executive director of Asheville Regional Airport.  The airlines have ‘right-sized’ their offerings to fit the demands of air travelers in this market and the flight options are working for many air travelers in the region.

“We want our airline partners to be successful, because that means they will continue to serve western North Carolina,” said Bleiweis.  “The ‘fly local’ message is important, and we will continue to encourage travelers in our region to check AVL first, and fly local whenever they can.”

Another positive statistic:  the Airport Connectivity Quality Index, released in June 2013 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), showed Asheville Regional Airport as the best connected non-hub airport in the United States.  “AVL enjoys excellent air service for a region our size,” said Bleiweis.  “And I commend our region for recognizing the symbiotic relationship between flying local and retaining and attracting the excellent air service that is available to us all.”

UNC Asheville Dance Program Hosts “Everybody Can-Can” Benefit

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville’s Dance Program will host its 16th annual benefit performance, “Everybody Can-Can,” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium.

The evening will feature premiere performances showcasing the rich variety of dance at UNC Asheville in technique, composition and repertory. More than 70 dancers from the university and community will perform in many genres, including contemporary, Middle Eastern, ballet, and jazz.

Among the highlights will be a dance created through collaboration by UNC Asheville Dance Program students and residents of Givens Estates Retirement Community. The program will also feature fresh aesthetics and new technologies from students in UNC Asheville’s New Media Department, and UNC Asheville graduate Mary Labianca ’08 will premiere an experimental dance film choreographed in collaboration with the UNC Asheville dance students.  The performance is suitable for all ages.

Admission at the door is $5 or four cans of food. All canned goods will be donated to MANNA FoodBank and cash proceeds will benefit UNC Asheville’s Dance Program. For more information, call Connie Schrader, UNC Asheville Health and Wellness Department lecturer, at 828.232.5652.

WCU Seminar in Asheville Focus on ‘Doing Business in a Multicultural Society’

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – A seminar addressing the multicultural aspects of Western North Carolina and the challenges and opportunities those differences present for employers and employees will be offered in Asheville on Wednesday, Nov. 13, by Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education.

“It’s a Small World: Doing Business in a Multicultural Society” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 336 at WCU’s instructional site at Biltmore Park Town Square. The university’s facility is located at 28 Schenck Parkway.

Participants will discuss diversity and pluralism from a religious perspective, the importance of sensitivity in the workplace and the benefits of ethical business practices. Similarities and differences among religious traditions and the social implications for employers and employees will be discussed in a local and global context.

The seminar will be led by Harold Littleton Jr., who has more than 20 years of experience in both college teaching and working in financial services.

To register or for more information, visit learn.wcu.edu and click on “Professional Development” or call 828-227-7397.

Fall Colors Have Arrived at Chimney Rock

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Leaf colors have exploded at Chimney Rock State Park in the past several days. The maples are most impressive with bright yellows, reds and some oranges. The sassafras trees are turning orange, and the red oaks are just starting. Leaf peepers’ best views are from the Chimney and along the Skyline trail to Exclamation Point. There are vibrant colors along the Park road and on the mountain peaks in Hickory Nut Gorge, with autumn foliage expected to peak over the next 7-10 days. Get in-depth weekly fall color reports and current photos at www.chimneyrockpark.com/visit/fallcolor.php.

Chimney Rock was voted the “best beautiful fall foliage spot” by readers of Blue Ridge Country in the 2013 Best of the Mountains poll. Chimney Rock and Lake Lure have a large variety of colorful tree species and an elevation ranging from 1,100 to 2,500 feet, and these conditions create a long window for optimal viewing. Peak colors arrive at the Park’s higher elevations around late-October and typically spread down to the lower elevations through the first couple weeks of November.

Leaf Peeping Adventures. Chimney Rock State Park offers fun, adventurous ways for visitors to admire beautiful autumn foliage. Here are a few of the Park’s favorite fall outings.

Soak up 75-mile panoramic views on top of the Chimney via the elevator or a scenic 25-minute hike up the Outcroppings trail. This is the most dramatic and popular way to get your fall color fix.

View stunning fall colors from a rope high above the Gorge. Sign up in advance for a rock climbing adventure with Fox Mountain Guides. Or check out the Chimney Challenge on Nov. 9 for multiple climbs and rappels for only $20 plus Park admission, including difficult routes up the Chimney for experienced climbers. Profits will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County.

Capture autumn colors on your camera and submit your photos of the Park by Nov. 30 for a chance to win great prizes in the “Many Faces of Chimney Rock” photo contest. Prizes include a two-day getaway with a stay at the historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, Park annual passes, zip lining, boat tours and more. Read the contest rules. Then upload your fall photos to a personalized Chimney Rock photo book with stories, history and stunning professional photography so you can share your memories with family and friends. Get started at http://picture.com/chimney-rock.

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park offers scenic hiking trails, guided rock climbing, live animal education programs and ancient geological features that attract visitors from around the world. Chimney Rock is located only 45 minutes southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. Call (800) 277-9611 or go to chimneyrockpark.com to plan your visit.

Haunted Pool Lagoon

Friday, October 25th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 26 and be at the Zeugner Center in Arden. It’s time for the 12th Annual Haunted Pool Lagoon, the most fun costumed Halloween event in Buncombe County.

The event lasts from 1 – 4 p.m. Admission is $2 for those Prizes for the best costumes!who would like to swim. Be sure and register for the costume contest! At 1:30 p.m. the Costume Contest begins. Contestants are divided into three age categories and prizes are awarded to the best costume in the following categories:

  • 2 – 4 year old
  • 5 – 8 year old
  • 9 years and above

Entrance is one can of food for MANNA Food Bank and $2 for all swimmers. The pool opens at 2 p.m. Face painting and crafts will be available from 1 – 3 p.m.

Don’t forget to bring a trick or treat bag to carry home some Halloween goodies!

The Haunted Lagoon is a great day for family fun. The Zeugner Center is located behind TC Roberson High School. This in an indoor event. For more information and
directions, call the Zeugner Center at 684-5072 or email
[email protected]

Registration Open For Asheville Regional Airport’s Third Annual Runway 5K

Friday, October 25th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Runners, take your mark for Asheville Regional Airport’s (AVL) third annual Runway 5K on Saturday, September 21. Join the 1,000 participants who are expected to run, walk or jog the AVL runway and taxiway, which makes up the entire course.

Racers will get a behind-the-scenes look at the airport.  In addition, if family members and friends attend with 5K participants, they will be able to view local aircraft on display during the race and even watch the race near the runway.  All proceeds of the Runway 5K will support community-based educational aviation charities, the Western North Carolina Air Museum, the WNC Pilots Association Scholarship Fund and also help develop a traveling aviation-themed exhibit for children.

“We are excited to bring together the community for another race on the runway, which is a good time for the whole family,” said Tina Kinsey, Director of Marketing and Public Relations. “This 5K is perfect for people of all ages – we’ve seen racers from ages four to 84, all enjoying this unique event.”

Early registration for the race is $25 until August 9. Registration will be $30 from August 10 to September 19 and day before registration or walk up registration will be $40. Participants are guaranteed a T-shirt with registration through August 16 and a limited number of shirts will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis for later registrants.

Race winners in different categories will be awarded prizes. The grand prize is a chance to win free airfare, awarded to one randomly drawn adult racer at the end of the event.

“AVL is our region’s airport, and this is one way we can celebrate aviation with those we serve,” said Kinsey. “It’s one of our favorite days of the year at the airport.”

To learn more and to register for the race, visit flyavl.com.

A-B Tech Named for Success in Economic and Workforce Development

Friday, October 25th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – A-B Tech Community College is one of 10 U.S. community colleges selected by the Kauffman Foundation for its Slingshot Network, a resource initiative& established for colleges that are standouts in the field of economic and workforce development.

The Kauffman Foundation, known for its support of entrepreneurship, established the Slingshot Network with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Center for Workforce and Economic Development and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE).

A-B Tech President Hank Dunn and Strategic Business Development Officer Marilyn McDonald were invited to represent A-B Tech in the network.  McDonald met with the Kaufmann Foundation, AACC and NACCE at the annual NACCE Conference in Charlotte last week.

“Your College was selected through your relationships with Kauffman, AACC and NACCE, as well as for exhibiting strong presidential and economic development staff leadership, a history of disruptive and inventive programming, and the ability to launch new ventures quickly,” NACCE President & CEO Heather Van Sickle wrote in the invitation letter to A-B Tech.

“The Slingshot Network is named for the group’s ability to convene and activate one another, then return to their campuses and communities more informed, and on a faster trajectory by nature of their collaboration,” Van Sickle said.

“We’re excited to be part of this groundbreaking initiative and honored to be recognized for our success in workforce development and entrepreneurship,” Dunn said.

“Selection as a member of the Slingshot Network is huge,” McDonald said. “It guarantees us a seat at the table with three world-class organizations and an opportunity to collaborate with peers from the nation’s most entrepreneurial colleges.”

Kauffman Foundation representatives are excited about building strong relationships with community colleges, she said. “They realize that we have ongoing conversations with our communities and that we are constantly innovating to meet changing needs. Kauffman’s Jonathan Robinson said they see this as an opportunity to play in our sandbox. My response is that A-B Tech is ready to play, create and innovate in support of entrepreneurial success.”

UNC Asheville 2014 Weather Calendar Goes on Sale

Friday, October 25th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Just in time for the changing seasons, UNC Asheville offers the 2014 Western North Carolina Weather Calendar, complete with daily average high and low temperatures, phases of the moon and daily sunrise and sunset times.

Published by UNC Asheville’s Atmospheric Sciences Department, the unique 12-month calendar features Asheville climatological data including monthly temperature and precipitation normals, and monthly heating and cooling degree days, which have been completely updated based on the normals recently published by the NOAA/NESDIS/National Climatic Data Center with data from 1981-2010.

The weather may change, but the cost of the calendar has held steady at $7, postage included. Please make checks payable to “Weather Calendar” and mail to: Dr. Alex Huang, ATMS UNC Asheville, CPO 2450, One University Heights, Asheville, NC 28804.