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Pools Open This Weekend!

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Buncombe County Pools will open to the public weekends beginning Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 25.

The pools will be open for the season when schools are out for summer break and will remain open daily until school begins in August.

County Offices to Close for Memorial Day

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

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ASHEVILLE NC – Buncombe County Government offices and libraries will be closed on Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day.

Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Day at the Buncombe County Landfill will be cancelled on Friday, May 24.

The Landfill and Transfer Station will be open regular hours on Friday, May 24 and Monday, May 27.

Asheville-Buncombe Memorial Day Ceremony

Friday, May 17th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville Mayor’s Committee on Veterans Affairs will host the annual Memorial Day ceremony on the Roger McGuire Green of Pack Square Park at 3 p.m. on May 27, 2013.

Event highlights will include the Presentation of Colors by Enka High School ROTC and Recognition of Service by Buncombe County Commission Vice-Chair Holly Jones.  Mayor Terry Bellamy of the City of Asheville will be the keynote speaker.  A wreath will be laid by representatives of the Armed Forces and emergency responders in commemoration of those who have sacrificed their lives in service to their country.  The ceremony will include musical performances and a rifle volley by the Asheville Police Department Honor Guard.  Larry Blunt, news anchor for WLOS13, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

The public is invited.  For more information on the event, please contact the City of Asheville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department at (828) 259-5800.

Memorial Day Ceremony May 28

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Join us at our Memorial Day Ceremony!ASHEVILLE NC – Buncombe County, in conjunction with the City of Asheville Mayor’s Committee on Veterans Affairs, will host the annual Asheville-Buncombe Memorial Day ceremony on the Roger McGuire Green of Pack Square Park at 3 p.m. on May 28, 2012.

The public is invited. For more information on the event, please contact Asheville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts at (828) 259-5800.

Fly Your Flag for Memorial Day May 28

Friday, May 25th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. Memorial Day is Monday, May 28.  Here are some pointers on how to fly your flag properly.

Important Do’s

  • It is the universal custom to display the national flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. The U.S. flag may be displayed at night upon special occasions when it is desired to produce a patriotic effect.
  • The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed.
  • Display the U.S. flag on all days that weather permits but especially on national and state holidays and other days that may be proclaimed by the President of the United States. On Memorial Day, the U.S. flag should be half-staffed until noon.
  • The U.S. flag should be displayed on or near the main building of every public institution during school days in or near every schoolhouse and in or near every polling place on election days.
  • Always hoist the U.S. flag briskly. Lower it ceremoniously.

Important Don’ts

  • Never in any way should any disrespect be shown the U.S. flag.
  • The U.S. flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags and organization or institutional flags are dipped as a mark of honor.
  • The U.S. flag should never be displayed with the union down except as a signal of dire distress.
  • The U.S. flag should never touch anything beneath it – ground, floor, water or merchandise.
  • The U.S. flag should never be carried horizontally, but always aloft and free.
  • Always allow the U.S. flag to fall free – never use the U.S. flag as drapery, festooned, drawn back, or up in folds. For draping platforms and decoration in general, use blue, white and red bunting. Always arrange the bunting with the blue above, the white in the middle and the red below.
  • The U.S. flag should never be fastened, displayed, used or stored in a manner which will permit it to be easily torn, soiled or damaged in any way. Never use the U.S. flag as a covering or drape for a ceiling.
  • Never place anything on the U.S. flag. The U.S. flag should never have placed upon it, or on any part of it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture or drawing of any nature.
  • Never use the U.S. flag for receiving, holding, carrying or delivering anything. The U.S. flag should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard; or used as any portion of a costume or athletic uniform. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.

County Offices to Close for Memorial Day

Friday, May 25th, 2012
American FlagASHEVILLE NC – Buncombe County Government offices and libraries will be closed on Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day.

Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Day at the BC Landfill will be cancelled on Friday, May 25.

The Landfill and Transfer Station will be open regular hours on Friday, May 25 and Monday, May 28.

Memorial Day Fun at Chimney Rock

Monday, May 21st, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park’s climbing tower on the Meadows will be open to guests, weather permitting, for a free climb Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. with paid Park admission. Check out the new, stunning elevated views on the rebuilt Outcroppings trail to the Chimney, now easier to hike with a gentler slope and more places to rest. Enjoy a family picnic at the Park with a $6 special (plus tax) for a grilled hot dog, bag of chips and 20-oz. soft drink or bottled water in front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts over the three-day weekend. Park musician John Mason will be playing music from old time to ragtime on a hammered dulcimer, weather permitting. The Park elevator and Sky Lounge are expected to open by mid-June.Chimney Rock is open every day 8:30am to 7pm; Ticket Plaza closes at 5:30pm. Admission is $12/adults, $5/youth ages 6-15 and children under six are admitted free.

Get a Taste of Rock Climbing. Climbers who want a taste of real rock climbing can head to the top parking lot and climb below the Chimney with the expertise of Fox Mountain Guides, who offer the only AMGA-Certified program in the Southeast. The 15-minute “tasters” cost $20 per person, no experience necessary. Two-hour climbing clinics and half- and full-day climbs with Fox Mountain are available by appointment. Get more information at (888) 284-8433 or chimneyrockpark.com.

Live Critters Make for Family Fun.  Chimney Rock was named one of the top 5 “best summer activities for families” in North Carolina by GeoParent last year. The Park’s Memorial Day weekend offers great hiking and activities for kids. While in the Meadows, families will enjoy Grady’s Animal Discovery Den, where children can meet Grady the Groundhog, the Park’s animal ambassador, and have fun eyeing live critters such as turtles, snakes and an opossum. These critters are stars in some of the Park’s education programs for schools, homeschoolers and scouts. The adjacent Great Woodland Adventure offers an easy 0.6-mile winding hike with 13 interactive discovery stations, where Grady illustrates how his forest friends live, including chipmunks, frogs, owls and butterflies. Larger-than-life wood and metal sculptures bring to life the nation’s second TRACK Trail (Trails, Ridges and Active Caring Kids), created in collaboration with Kids in Parks, an initiative of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. TRACK Trail adventures are designed to help kids explore nature through the use of self-guided brochures.

About Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is a developing international outdoor attraction located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. It has been recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic and popular travel destinations for more than 100 years. In 2012, the Park is celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the release of The Last of the Mohicans, which was filmed in Chimney Rock. The Park’s 535-million-year-old monolith called Chimney Rock offers guests 75-mile panoramic views of Hickory Nut Gorge and Lake Lure. The Park features one of the highest waterfalls of its kind east of the Mississippi River, Hickory Nut Falls, at 404 feet. A destination for travel groups, weddings and special events, the Park also hosts innovative educational programs for schools, homeschoolers, scouts and summer camps. Visit Chimney Rock’s website at chimneyrockpark.com. More information on current Capital Improvement projects at chimneyrockpark.com/progress or by calling 800-277-9611.