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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.

Neighborhood YMCA at Reynolds Village to Host Open House

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Biltmore Park

WOODFIN, NC – The YMCA of Western North Carolina is hosting Bagels and Banter, presented by Crescent PPO, with the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, at the new Neighborhood YMCA at Reynolds Village in Woodfin, 8-9 a.m. July 30. This event was formerly known as Doughnuts and Dialogue.

See the new Neighborhood YMCA at Woodfin and enjoy a quick and healthy breakfast. Ingles dietitian Leah McGrath will discuss healthy meal ideas, and will present with Mayor Terry Bellamy during the breakfast.

Bagels and Banter provides an opportunity for the YMCA to showcase the community-building work Pioneering Healthier Community Committees are doing in the Asheville area. Attendees will learn about a variety of groups including schools, businesses, and local government involved in making Asheville a healthier place to live, work and play.

The event is free for Chamber members and $10 for non-members. For more information, call Kristen Weaver, director of association wellness, at (828) 210-9658, e-mail, [email protected] or visit www.ymcawnc.org.

Woodfin Park Renovation Wins Recognition

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Town of Woodfin

WOODFIN, NC – The Town of Woodfin has received national recognition for their renovation of the Roy Pope Memorial Park. In the summer of 2007 the Town of Woodfin in partnership with the King family began the renovation of the playground area of the park and launched Avery’s Little Corner on September 1, 2007. This month the Town and the King family were recognized for their work in an article in Parks and Recreation Magazine the official magazine of the National Recreation and Parks.

In an article titled Playgrounds Revived, the association recognized the revival of the Woodfin park along with similar revitalization efforts in Atlanta, GA and Richmond, VA. "Obviously we’re pleased to see that the restoration of this park has been acknowledged nationally, but the real testament to its success is the sight of so many children and families coming together here on a daily basis. That is the real success," commented Woodfin Mayor Jerry VeHaun.

The park was renovated through a combination of donations to the Avery King Foundation, direct private contributions, and Woodfin tax dollars. "We see this as a perfect example of public private partnership. The Kings have erected a lasting memorial to Avery and people from all over have a perfect environment to come together and appreciate the gift of family and fun," said Woodfin Town Administrator Jason Young.

Avery’s Little Corner is located in the Roy Pope Memorial Park and is located at 90 Elk Mountain Road in Woodfin, directly behind Town Hall. It is open 7 days a week from 5 AM to 10 PM. It has bathrooms, a picnic shelter, a walking trail and a wide variety of play equipment. Dogs are not permitted at the Roy Pope Memorial Park but are accommodated at Woodfin Riverside Park. The picnic shelter is available for reservation on a first come first served basis.

The Parks and Recreation Magazine article can be found at: Woodfin Article

Woodfin YMCA at Reynolds Village Opens with Official Ribbon Cutting

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Woodfin YMCA

WOODFIN, NC – Reynolds Mountain Communities CEO Kirk Boone introduced Woodfin Mayor Jerry Vehaun last Friday, who was among a number of politicians, business and community leaders and local citizens attending the Neighborhood YMCA at Woodfin ribbon cutting ceremony.

On hand were Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy, State Representatives Susan Fisher and Bruce Goforth, Asheville Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Richard Lutovsky, YMCA CEO Paul Vest, YMCA VP of Operations John Mikos, YMCA Board Member Bob Roberts, and dozens of others. After a series of introductions, Mayor Vehaun, assisted by Representative Susan Fisher, used an enormous pair of scissors to cut a ceremonial ribbon, marking the official opening of the Neighborhood YMCA at Woodfin.

See the temporary Woodfin YMCA page.

Woodfin to Offer Free Spay and Neuter Program

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Dog & Cat

WOODFIN, NC – The Town of Woodfin is looking to take a bite out of animal overpopulation with a free spay/neuter program aimed at reducing the number of homeless animals in our area. The spay/neuter pilot program was launched by the Board of Aldermen earlier this year been offering the service to the public over the last few months.

The program offers free spay or neuter service for cats and dogs that reside within the corporate limits of the Town, rabies vaccination is also offered through this program. "This service is available to Town residents without regard to income or other status. It’s our intent to try to get people to take advantage of this important service," commented Woodfin Mayor Jerry VeHaun.

One dog or cat can be responsible for hundred of additional animals over the course of a lifetime. Many of these animals are unwanted and many of these wind up abandoned or being put to sleep. "The aim of this program is to make sure that the people of Woodfin recognize the problem of pet overpopulation and take steps to reduce it, with the service being offered free of charge, it’s impossible to have an excuse for not getting your animal fixed," added VeHaun.

The program has limited funding and is being offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the current year’s funding is exhausted the success or failure of the project will be determined and passed on to the Aldermen for review to consider funding for next year. Verification of the owner’s address and potential confirmation of the animal’s place of residence are required. Applications are available at Town Hall. Interested persons should contact Code Enforcement Officer James Eller to set up an appointment at (828) 253-4887 or via e-mail at [email protected].

Blue Water Seafood to Hold Tailgate Market at Reynolds Village

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

WOODFIN, NC – From 11a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Blue Water Seafood of Hendersonville will hold a seafood tailgate market in Reynolds Village, at the foot of exit 23 off Interstate 26.

The scheduled selection includes Louisiana oysters in the shell, Chesapeake Bay clams, Prince Edward Island mussels, live Maine lobsters, Canadian farmed salmon, wild Alaskan halibut, wild East Coast haddock, and from North Carolina, lump crab meat, shrimp, farmed trout and farmed catfish.

All fish will be sold filleted, although customers can call ahead for whole fish (orders at 697-0503 or [email protected]; callers should specify that the fish will be picked up at the tailgate site).

More information about Blue Water Seafood is at www.bluewaterseafood.net.

Woodfin Set To Begin Annexation Hearings on Leicester

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Amid persistent rumors that the City of Asheville is eying the Leicester area for possible annexation the Town of Woodfin took action Tuesday night to begin a series of annexation hearings for the unincorporated area along Asheville’s northern border in Leicester. The potential annexation area would run from Woodfin’s present town limits across New Leicester Highway and along Asheville’s northern border, preventing Asheville from ever annexing further into the Leicester area.

Woodfin officials passed a Resolution of Intent to Annex at their regularly scheduled March 17th meeting. "The Board has been concerned for some time about Asheville moving further north and the possible negative impacts that might have on our community. One area of particular concern is how an annexation by Asheville might impact the West Buncombe Fire District which serves about a 1000 Woodfin residents at present. Our understanding is that if Asheville moved further up the road it has the potential drain a lot of revenue from the fire district which would likely compromise their ability to maintain the high level of service they provide the community. Unlike Asheville, a Woodfin annexation would not impact fire district revenues."

Town officials stressed that this matter was far from decided. "Our Board wants to talk to the residents of the area proposed for annexation and to hear their thoughts and concerns, unfortunately the only way to conduct such discussions without providing another town or city the opportunity to annex an area is to pass a Resolution of Intent. Passing the Resolution will allow community members and town officials the opportunity to find out whether or not such an annexation makes sense without having to worry that Asheville might act unilaterally during those discussions." said Young.

According to Young, the Woodfin Board of Aldermen has been concerned about signals that Asheville might be considering a move north for some time, but that the recent construction of a new Asheville ABC store near the City’s northern border had amplified those concerns among Board members and residents of Leicester that have reached out to the Town concerning the issue. "We have had a number of people who live just north of Asheville approach Board members and staff about their concern that they would soon be annexed by the City. Since they announced the construction of the new ABC store those contacts seem to have intensified." Young added.

Property owners within the proposed area of annexation will be notified in mail about the upcoming hearings and will have an opportunity to get information ask questions and express their concerns. The annexation study has not been competed at this time, but members of the public with questions are encouraged to contact the Woodfin Town Administrator.

Governor Bev Perdue to Speak in Woodfin

Monday, March 9th, 2009

WOODFIN, NC – Governor Beverly Perdue will be in Woodfin on Thursday, March 12 at the Crest Center. Governor Perdue will be speaking to the Council of Independent Business Owners, Inc. (CIBO) at noon.

CIBO will be hosting the Governor for an informational speech on the state of the State. This event will bring Governor Perdue back to Woodfin for the first time since her inauguration. While serving as Lt. Governor, Perdue spoke at the dedication of the methane power generation plant at the old Buncombe County Landfill located on Riverside Drive in March of 2006.

Additional details of this event may be gained by contacting the Town of Woodfin and or the CIBO directly at (828) 254-2426 for ticket information.

Woodfin/North Asheville YMCA to Open April, 2009

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

WOODFIN, NC – The YMCA of Western North Carolina continues to make progress with the completion of their new facility located at Reynolds Village in Woodfin, NC. Located just one mile past Beaver Lake, the new facility will serve as an anchor to the 300,000 square foot commercial project and cater to members living in North Buncombe County and the surrounding area.

The anticipated opening of the Woodfin branch of the YMCA, dubbed the "Neighborhood YMCA at Woodfin," has been finalized and will happen on Friday, April 1, 2009 according to the new location’s Director LaTisha Steele. The new branch will occupy the entire second floor of a three story mixed-use building in Reynolds Village. Reynolds Village is the evolution of Reynolds Mountain that promises to become the new center of commercial activity in Woodfin and North Asheville. The 70 acre rolling tract of land features a mix of classic North Carolina downtown buildings — facades culled from historic towns all over the Carolinas.

Merrimon Avenue will also be extended into and through the new downtown corridor as North Merrimon Avenue. A master planned development, Reynolds Mountain Communities will allow residents to live and work, shop and dine, exercise and relax in a pedestrian and bicycle friendly 500 acres, complete with green spaces, parks, preserves, fountains and public works of art.

"I cannot imagine Reynolds Village without the Neighborhood YMCA. With its commitment to total wellness and accessibility, the YMCA is an invaluable resource in our community. Its further expansion into North Buncombe County is much needed," said Reynolds Mountain CEO Kirk Boone.