NEW SONAR EQUIPMENT
Rescue Squad celebrates 30th anniversary of Dive Team and receives new equipment.
On August 30, 2016, the Henderson County Rescue Squad Underwater Search & Recovery Dive Team celebrated 30 years of service with a special dedication ceremony at its station on Williams Street in Hendersonville. During this ceremony the family of late Rescue Squad member, Samuel R. Morgan, were presented the new Underwater Search & Recovery Dive Team logo and the Dive Trailer was dedicated in his honor. Sam Morgan was a lifetime member of the Henderson County Rescue Squad and served in many roles, including Chief, during his time with the Rescue Squad. Sam was also a retired captain with the City of Hendersonville Fire Department where he worked for 26 years. Sam’s greatest legacy is his family and establishing the Underwater Search & Recovery Dive Team during the mid to late 1980’s. This Dive Team was the first of its kind in Henderson County and Western North Carolina. To this day, the Henderson County Underwater Search & Recovery Dive Team remains a leader in Public Safety Diving. Currently the Dive Team has 28 divers and responds to requests for assistance from all over North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina. Sam Morgan passed away July 2, 2000 after a long battle with liver disease. His memory lives on in his family and the dedicated men and women who serve this community and the State through training and emergency response. We were honored to share this special evening with the Morgan family and celebrate Sam’s contributions and memories.
In October 2016, the Rescue Squad received a Kongsberg Mesotech Underwater Search & Recovery (SAR) SONAR System through funding from a North Carolina Emergency Management Domestic Preparedness grant and funding from the Henderson County Board of Commissioners. This SAR SONAR is the second device of its kind in NC and saves time, increases diver safety and provides digital records of the search and any findings. Unlike side-scan sonar that must be towed to obtain a readable image, scanning sonar is typically tripod deployed and the operator has the advantage of time to interpret multiple scans of the same target at different scale ranges. Once a likely target is identified, the system can then be used, even in zero visibility, to efficiently guide a diver to any target of interest by use of underwater communications. The Rescue Squad sent several members to Michigan for initial training and also hosted 3 days of training in Henderson County provided by Kongsberg. In June, several Rescue Squad members will return to Michigan for a 5 day SAR SONAR & Forensics Class. The Henderson County Sheriff’s Department and Valley Hill Fire & Rescue Department are making that trip possible for our members and we are very thankful for their assistance.
City Mulch/Compost Giveaway Set To Begin March 2nd
Hendersonville, NC, February 24, 2017:
Our seasonal mulch giveaway program is set to begin the first weekend in March. Beginning Thursday March 2nd, the City will have a person on site to operate the backhoe and load the material. The giveaway will be on Thursdays and Fridays from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM and on Saturdays from 8:00 AM until 12:00 noon. We will continue to give away the mulch until May 13th or until all of it is gone. The location is at our old Waste Water Treatment Plant which is 80 Balfour Rd
In addition to the mulch, the City will be offering composted leaves as a separate material. These are leaves that were collected during the fall of 2015, ran through a chipper several times, and composted for a year. This compost should be an excellent addition to your vegetable and flower gardens.
For questions about this project, please contact the Public Works Department at (828) 697-3084
The Hendersonville Police Department is hosting a Gang Net Class in Hendersonville for regional law enforcement agencies. The class is to assist law enforcement in processing and tracking gang members and other groups in North Carolina more effectively.
“The City of Hendersonville does not have a gang problem. Although, it is important that we be proactive on the topic and work with other agencies to do the same." Detective Brandon McGaha
Gang Net is a system maintained by the NC State Highway Patrol. It is made available to other agencies throughout the state. For more information contact Detective Brandon McGaha.
In addition to HPD officers; agencies from Henderson, Transylvania, and Murphy Counties along with federal and state agencies have registered to attend the course.
Discover Diversity Week Set for March 13-16 at Blue Ridge Community College
Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) announced that Discover Diversity Week 2017 activities will take place March 13-16, 2017, at both the Henderson and Transylvania County Campus locations.
BRCC Discover Diversity is a series of events to promote an awareness of diversity and a greater understanding of global issues. From international foods to foreign films, exciting events are scheduled throughout the week to provoke thought and celebrate diversity.
Discover Diversity Week will kick off at the Transylvania County Campus with the Heritage Food Tasting on Monday, March 13 beginning at 11 a.m., followed by a 4 X 4 International Film Fest at 12 p.m. Both events are free admission and open to the public. They will be held at the Transylvania County Campus Room S140.
Faculty, staff, and students will join together on Tuesday, March 14 at the Henderson County campus for a globe-trotting tour of tasty dishes from all over the world. The 7th Annual International Food Tasting will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Killian Building Student Center. There is a $5 admission for this event.
Discover Diversity Week will continue on Wednesday, March 15 with a sensational keynote speaker, Jasmine Beach-Ferrara (photo attached). Beach-Ferrara is a minister in the United Church of Christ. She is a graduate of Brown University and received a MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and a MDiv from Harvard Divinity School. She has worked on LGBT rights campaigns since 2004 and founded the Campaign for Southern Equality in 2011. She currently serves on the Buncombe County Commission. Beach-Ferrara will speak on the topic of diversity. This free event will take place from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Thomas Auditorium on the Henderson County Campus. There will be a live broadcast at the Transylvania County Campus for this event.
Finally, participants can view a collection of four award winning short films presenting a medley of voices and viewpoints at the 4 x 4 International Film Fest. This event will be held in the Patton Auditorium on the Henderson County Campus at 12:30 p.m. and is free.
All events are open to the public.
For more information on Discover Diversity Week events, visit www.blueridge.edu/discover-diversity or contact Jack Igelman at (828) 694-1868.
Wells Fargo Foundation recently approved a grant of $1,000 to the Flat Rock Park & Recreation Foundation, Inc. to support educational activities for the soon to be constructed Maybank-Rhett Nature and Interpretive Center.
Brandon Wallace, Wells Fargo Market President stated, “Supporting education is a key priority of the Wells Fargo Foundation and one of the most important investments we can make in our community’s future. The innovative project in Flat Rock aligns with this priority and the partnership with local schools and organizations, such as Muddy Sneakers is a true benefit to our community.”
The grant from Wells Fargo will be used to assist in the design and fabrication of educational displays about the flora and fauna in the Park. The Nature Center will encourage school and community groups to learn more about the Park’s unique environs.
“The Park and Flat Rock Park Foundation’s partnership with many, many organizations and individuals through their charitable giving has brought the Park at Flat Rock implementation to fulfillment. The enthusiasm for both the recreational and health benefits of the Park has been phenomenal! We truly value the investment of the Wells Fargo Foundation,” stated Maurean Adams, Development Director.
The Flat Rock Park and Recreation Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2013 by the Village of Flat Rock, North Carolina to help raise the funds required for signature municipal park for the community. That vision includes opportunities for recreation, health, and education for all generations while preserving the natural beauty that draws visitors from far and wide to Western North Carolina.