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Archive for May, 2011

Tourists Stumble 7-1 in Homestand Finale

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Lexington Legends made it three-in-a-row over the Tourists Monday morning with a 7-1 victory at McCormick Field. The Tourists managed only five hits throughout the game, which tied a season low. The Legends used four double plays defensively and also picked off Rafael Ortega, Asheville’s center-fielder, from first base.

Lexington used a four-run second inning to take the early lead. Tourists’ starter Albert Campos (2-3, 6.96) began the inning by hitting Legends third-baseman Mike Kvasnicka. The next four batters tallied three hits and a walk off Campos and Asheville was forced to come-from-behind once again.

Bryce Massanari led off the fourth inning with his 11th Home Run of the season, making it a 4-1 game and the Tourists had a little momentum. Unfortunately the Legends were able to score three more runs off Campos in the sixth. They were aided by a Tourists error in the inning.

Legends starter Mike Foltynewicz (2-6, 5.36) and reliever Murilo Gouvea did not allow a single Tourists base runner to reach second base. The only Asheville player who touched second base offensively was Massanari when he rounded the bag on his Home Run. Foltynewicz went seven innings and allowed one run on five hits en route to his second straight victory.

Josh Hungerman and Juan Perez came in from the bullpen for Asheville, and each pitched well. Hungerman threw two scoreless innings while Perez worked a perfect ninth.

Asheville now hits the road for eight games. The first begins at Wednesday night in Hagerstown at 6:35pm. The Suns currently have the best record in the South Atlantic League.

The Art of Wine and Vines to Benefit The North Carolina Arboretum and CarePartners Hospice

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Art of Wine & Vines will take place on Thursday, June 2 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Hosted by The North Carolina Arboretum at the Baker Exhibit Center and Gardens, the event is a benefit for The North Carolina Arboretum Society and CarePartners Foundation.
Guests will have the opportunity to raise a glass while raising funds to support two local organizations. The evening will feature wines hand selected by the staff of Asheville Wine Market and provided by Empire Distributors of North Carolina, Inc. Attendees will also enjoy hors d’oeuvres highlighting local flavors by Céline and Company as they experience the gardens in their summer splendor.

“As an organization that includes health and wellness in its mission scope, The North Carolina Arboretum is pleased to work collaboratively with CarePartners,” said George Briggs, Executive Director of The North Carolina Arboretum. “This innovative partnership provides a way for attendees to invest in the welfare of our community. Funds from the event will provide important investment for the Arboretum’s creative and growing palette of exhibits, both on site and traveling, that provides enjoyment and knowledge for students and visitors of all ages.”
The Arboretum’s new summer exhibits will be open and a variety of live music will add to the ambiance, making it an evening to remember. Botanical Chords by Terry Ashley and The Fine Art of Wood: An International Invitational Exhibition of Woodturning give unique and awe-inspiring perspectives on how artists utilize plants in their work. A live demonstration by a member of the Carolina Mountain Woodturners will show how a rugged piece of wood is transformed into a breathtaking work of art.
As a special part of the evening, artist William Mangum will be on hand to celebrate the release of his new book, “North Carolina Beautiful.” Mangum is collaborating with The North Carolina Arboretum, as well as five other conservation and preservation nonprofits across the state, for the launch of his book. This tribute to North Carolina’s beauty and splendor includes more than 140 original pieces of art by Mangum, which are accompanied by educational vignettes that reveal how readers can explore, celebrate, and protect the Old North State.
Tickets to The Art of Wine & Vines are $100 per person, and garden party attire is suggested. Reservations may be made online at www.ncarboretum.org/support. For more information, please call (828) 665-2492. The central mission of The North Carolina Arboretum, an affiliate institution of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, is to cultivate connections between people and plants.

Brioso Fresh Pasta Arrives in Biltmore Park Town Square Summer 2011

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – This July, Brioso Fresh Pasta, an authentic Italian Fresh Casual restaurant, will open next to Barnes & Noble in Biltmore Park Town Square.  This restaurant combines a fast casual experience and price point while providing a full-service table experience in Town Square.

Brioso Fresh Pasta is uniquely situated at the high-end of fast casual dining.  Guests can enjoy homemade pasta, sauces and fresh baked rosemary bread for as little as $5.  Patrons can choose from salads, appetizers, paninis, Brioso Signature Dishes, or they can create their own unique dishes, with 390 different possible combinations of mix-and-match pastas and sauces.

“At our restaurant we pride ourselves in providing our customers organic greens, homemade bread, hydroponic herbs and serving food with no preservatives,” states Brioso Fresh Pasta’s President, Karan Stratford.  “Guests can also enjoy many different choices of fresh, homemade egg, spinach, wheat and gluten-free pasta.”

For more information about this restaurant and to preview their menu, visit briosopasta.com.

Asheville-Buncombe Memorial Day Ceremony

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville Mayor’s Committee for Veterans Affairs, in conjunction with Buncombe County, will host the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Roger McGuire Green in the Pack Square Park (in front of City Hall) at 3 p.m. on May 30.

The event highlights will include the Presentation of Colors by the Buncombe County Honor Guard, Recognitions of Service by Buncombe County Vice-Chairman Bill Stanley and Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy, musical performances by Rockell and Taylor Whiteside and Betty Jackson, the official gifting of the WNC Veteran’s Memorial to the City of Asheville and Buncombe County, and a 21-Gun Salute by Asheville Police Department Honor Guard.  The program is expected to last approximately one hour and will be emceed by Matt Mittan of News Radio 570 AM.

The public is invited. For more information on the event, please contact Philip Kleisler at 828-232-4541 or email at [email protected].

Karpen Soccer Fields Reopen This Weekend!

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Karpen Soccer Fields and Park on Reems Creek Road has been closed for renovations and will reopen Memorial Day Weekend.

The entire park has been raised and graded and a drainage system was installed under the fields. New sod was put in place on the soccer fields. In addition to the field improvements, the parking area has been expanded and a new walking path now circles the fields.

Grass seed has been sown on the affected areas that were not covered in sod. The field improvements are complete and the grass is well established. Come out and enjoy this improved Buncombe County Park.

For more information on these improvements, contact Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Services at 250-4260 or check our website at buncombecounty.org/parks.

Asheville Police Department 31 from Citizens Police Academy

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – In a Tuesday evening ceremony, the Asheville Police Department recognized 31 individuals who completed its Citizens Police Academy.  The program, offered twice a year, takes the participants through in-depth tours and descriptions of the inner workings of the Asheville Police Department to give them a better understanding of law enforcement and build relationships with officers.

As stated by Community Resource Officer Jackie Stepp in her opening remarks, “Our goal is to build a bridge of open communication between the APD and the community we serve, and to educate the citizens of Asheville about the policies, procedures, and operations of their police department.”

Three-hour classes over 13 weeks covered all aspects of law enforcement including patrol, forensics, constitutional law, criminal investigations and gang/vice operations, giving the participants a more intimate knowledge of the skills and risk it takes to protect and serve.

Class representative Marcia Bosworth stated during her comments that learning about all the behind the scenes specialty units and equipment was great; but that what she came away most impressed with “…was the depth of dedication that the officers had to their job.”

Class participant Nancy Walker found the entire experience: “Awesome – I recommend this program to people all the time.  It’s a great program”.

The Asheville Police Department hosts a Citizens Police Academy twice a year, as well as a Junior Citizens Police Academy in the summer.  Participants must apply and be accepted in order to participate.  For more information about these programs, contact Officer Jackie Stepp at 251-4078 or [email protected].

Angel Medical Center Partners with Mission Hospital

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

FRANKLIN, NC – Officials with Angel Medical Center announced that an agreement has been reached for the Franklin based hospital to be managed by Mission Health System.

Randolph Bulgin, chairman of Angel Medical Center’s board of trustees, stated: “After a phenomenal amount of work between our two organizations and numerous meetings with independent consultants and legal counsel, the Angel board reached the unanimous decision that entering into an agreement with Mission Health System is the best choice for our hospital and for our community. We are very excited about the future.”

“The residents of Macon County can remain confident that our local hospital will thrive during the coming years,” said Tim Hubbs, CEO of Angel Medical Center. “Mission has long been our partner in caring for the sick and injured of Macon County. This agreement just formalizes that partnership and will be the foundation of our future relationship. The focus of this agreement is to maintain, enhance and increase access to health services here locally, while maintaining local input.

As part of Mission Health System, Angel will benefit from:

  • competitive bidding and pricing for medical supplies and services
  • better access to capital for future development
  • increased access to information technology upgrades
  • the ability to recruit physicians and other healthcare providers
  • increased access to clinical and administrative expertise

“Angel Medical Center is a vital community asset for the people of Macon County, and Mission is proud to continue our long-time partnership with Angel in this new agreement,” said Ronald A. Paulus, M.D., MBA, president and CEO of Mission Health System and Mission Hospital. “We’re looking forward to working more closely with Angel’s leaders, physicians and staff to help ensure the continued delivery of quality care close to home by this outstanding community hospital.”

About Angel Medical Center
Angel Medical Center is a full service, not-for-profit Critical Access Hospital located in Franklin, North Carolina, that has served the residents of Macon and surrounding counties since 1923. Inpatient services include a Women’s & Children’s Health Unit, an Intensive Care Unit, and a Medical/Surgical Unit. Outpatient services include a wound clinic, a foot clinic, chemotherapy services, a full laboratory, digital mammography, CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, rehab therapy (cardiac, occupational, physical, pulmonary and speech), as well as surgical and endoscopy services. Mission Spine Center at Angel provides surgical and non-surgical options for patients. Angel also operates the Angel Urgent Care Center and Angel Home Health & Hospice.

The North Carolina Arboretum Hosts Annual Rose Exhibition

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Visitors to The North Carolina Arboretum will be encouraged to stop and smell the roses when the Asheville Blue Ridge Rose Society Exhibition debuts to the public on May 28. The exhibit will be open Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 29, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Award-winning roses of every color and size will be featured at this year’s exhibition, “A Day of Roses.” Experts will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about selection, care and history of these elegant garden plants. A sale will be held in conjunction with the exhibition, which will include rose plants, fertilizer, and soil amendments, and educational programs will be offered throughout the weekend.

Programs during the Rose Society Exhibition include:

– Fertilizing Roses for Success with Dr. Satish Prabhu
– Old Garden Roses, the Ultimate Garden Plant with Mike Shoup
– Rose Rosette Disease: You Can Still Have Beautiful Roses with Ann Peck
– Roses and their Friends, Companion Plants for Roses with Judy Deutsch
– Planting Your New Rose with Jim Wilson
– Growing Great Roses in WNC with Jim Tucker
– My Favorite Old Garden Roses with Frank Dezzutto
The Rose Society Exhibition is one of the most popular events hosted by The North Carolina Arboretum. Each year more than 376,000 visitors experience the Arboretum’s gardens, trails, exhibits, shows and expos, educational programs, demonstrations and lectures. The Arboretum’s ability to meet its mission and enrich the visitor experience is made possible by a community of supporters—from members, volunteers and staff to state and local funds, tribute gifts, grants, and community partners.
The exhibition is free for Arboretum Society members or with the standard parking fee ($8 per personal motor vehicle). For more information, call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org. The central mission of The North Carolina Arboretum, an affiliate institution of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, is to cultivate connections between people and plants.

Local Artists Diane Bove and Michael Smith to Exhibit at UNC Asheville Blowers Gallery

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville artists Diane Bove and her son Michael Smith will present their work in a new exhibit, “Capturing the Essence,” at UNC Asheville’s Blowers Gallery, June 2-July 27. Bove, a painter, works in bright acrylics. Smith is a fabric artist and uses the shibori dye process. An opening reception with the artists will be held from 4-6 p.m. Friday, June 3, in the Gallery.

Blowers Gallery, located in UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library, is free and open to the public. The gallery is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, with some additional evening and weekend viewing hours. For gallery hours and more information, call 828.251.6436, or visit the Ramsey Library online calendar.

Asheville Humane Needs Sponges and Bottle Brushes

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Next time you’re at the grocery store, please consider picking up a few extra sponges and a baby bottle brush to donate to the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center.

Baby bottle brushes? YES! With more than 80 mouths a day to feed in our Adoption Center, you can only imagine the number of dishes and litter boxes we clean each day! More than 200 food bowls, 100 Kongs, and 30 litter boxes require a daily scrub-a-dub by our dedicated volunteers and staff.

We use baby bottle brushes to clean the inside of each Kong. (What’s a Kong? It’s a rubber dog toy we fill with a piece of hotdog, dry kibble, wet food, and topped off with yummy peanut butter. Then we freeze the Kongs and serve them to the dogs as a delicious enrichment treat!)

We use sponges to hand-wash each food bowl used for brunch and dinner for the dogs and kitties. And, although no one’s favorite task, we must clean those dirty litter boxes – more than 30 each day! Wow!

Donations can be dropped off at the Adoption Center at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville, NC 28806. Thank you from all the furry faces who benefit from your generosity!