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TOWN OF MILLS RIVER TO OFFER FREE KAYAK AND CANOE SAFETY COURSE

 

THOSE WHO ENJOY THE RIVER CAN ENJOY THE TOWN'S NEW KAYAK AND CANOE LAUNCH AT THE BACK F MILLS RIVER PARK   

The Town of Mills River last year opened a new kayak and canoe launch on the bank of the MillsRiver at the back of MillsRiverPark.

And on Saturday June 11th, the Town, along with the Fitzpatrick Foundation, will be sponsoring at kayak and canoe safety course at the new launch site.  Mills River Town Manager Jeff Wells said the safety course is open to all those interested in enjoying crafts on the river and will be no charge for the course.

Wells said the course will be from 8:30 to 11:30am on June 11th…and the instructors will be Justin Blythe of the Henderson County Rescue Squad and Ricky Brown.

The course will cover the various types of crafts and the

rules for their use; hazards on the river; rescue techniques; personal protective equipment; and trip planning.

Mills River Mayor Larry Freeman said the Town decided to do the safety course after DSS Director Eric Bush, an experienced kayaker,  was killed last December 20th in an accident while kayaking on the Nolichucky River in Mitchell County.  Freeman said Mr. Vaughan Fitzpatrick and the Fitzpatrick Foundation, who had made the Town’s canoe and kayak launch possible, then stepped up to the plate and agreed to co-sponsor and underwrite the cost of the safety course.  Fitzpatrick is an active kayak and canoe enthusiast.

Freeman said, “We’re pleased to see our launch being used by so many who enjoy activities on the river. Our goal, along with the Fitzpatrick Foundation, is to provide expert safety instruction and information so that all those who use the launch abd the river can enjoy them safely.”

RELAY  FOR LIFE IS MAY 20TH

RELAY FOR LIFE IS MAY 20TH

Relay for Life of Henderson County will take place Friday, May 20 through Saturday, May 21 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. in Jackson Park, Hendersonville.

Relay for Life is the signature fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. The theme of this year’s event is Pirates of the Cure-abbean!

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a Survivor Walk, and the Luminaria Ceremony to honor and remember those who have had cancer begins at dusk. There will be food, games, music and fun all night.

Funds raised at the event stay in Henderson county to support patient programs such as Look Good Feel Better, Hope Lodge and Road to Recovery as well as support cancer research. Pardee Hospital is a presenting sponsor for this event.

For more information on Relay for Life in Henderson County, contact Caroline Wheless, local ACS staff partner, atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Relay for Life cancer survivor dinner will be held May 17 at Blue Ridge Community College and is being catered by Outback. Survivors are asked to please RSVP to attend this event by calling the Asheville ACS office at 828-245-6931, ext.29194.

HENDERSONVILLE COMMUNITY BAND "POPS AND PATRIOTIC" CONCERT MAY 8TH

HENDERSONVILLE COMMUNITY BAND "POPS AND PATRIOTIC" CONCERT MAY 8TH

The Hendersonville Community Band conducted by Winford Franklin will perform it’s annual “Pops and Patriotic” concert  on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 3pm.  The Hendersonville Chorale our special guest group under the direction of Mary Beth Shumate will also be performing.
 
The location of this inspiring concert is at the Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall in Flat Rock .  The tickets are $10 for adults, students are free and may be purchased at the Hendersonville  Visitors Center on Main St., from any band member and at the door of the concert.   It is open seating and plenty of accessible parking behind the hall.                              The familiar numbers performed by the band will bring back memories of days gone by but just as worthy today. They will have you humming [or singing] along while smiling and tapping your feet.
 
The concert will open with “The Star Spangled Banner” which will set your red, white and blue patriotic mood as it always does. The show tunes  will arrive on the scene with selections from “Bond…James Bond”arr. by Stephen Bulla; “Satchmo” [A tribute to Louis Armstrong] arr. by Ted Ricketts; “Somewhere” from West Side Story and written by Leonard Bernstein; ”My Heart Will Go On” theme from Titanic by James Horner featuring a vocal solo by Roberto Flores who is a bassoon player in the band; “Seventy Six Trombones” from The Music Man and written by Meredith Willson; “Spoon River” a melody based on a fiddle-tune by Grainger arr. by Robert Sheldon composer of the band’s own “The Blue Ridge”which was premiered at the band’s 25th anniversary concert in March;  Joel Helfand, alto sax soloist will perform  Sammy Nestico’s  jazz tune “Persuasion”; Rounding out the band’s part of the program “Eternal Father, Strong To Save”” [The Navy Hymn”] by Claude T.Smith will give pause;  followed by “Overcome” arr. by Bill Locklear.
 
Our special chorale guests will be joining the band in setting our patriotic mood with the combined performances of “Irving Berlin’s America”; “America, The Beautiful” by Samuel Augustus Ward;  “Battle Hymn Of The Republic” arr. by James Neilson; and the ever popular “Armed Forces Salute” arr. by Bob Lowden.
The Hendersonville Chorale will also be performing other Americana selections on their own making this concert an afternoon of beautiful music to please everybody. Mom and the family will be forever grateful to her family for attending this spectacular concert on her special day.
 
For more information on the concert,  visit www.hcbmusic.com or call 828-692-8801

WEST HIGH YEARBOOK WINS TOP AWARD

WEST HIGH YEARBOOK WINS TOP AWARD

West Henderson High’s 2015 Westwind yearbook, “This Is What We Do,” just snagged the Pacemaker Award from the National Scholastic Press Association, which honored 42 yearbooks nationwide this month. 

The Pacemaker Award makes “This Is What We Do” the second yearbook in the school’s history to win top honors from the National Scholastic Press Association, the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association, the National High School Journalism Convention, the Southern Interscholastic Press Association, and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. 

In June 2015, “This Is What We Do” earned the Tar Heel Award for top yearbooks in North Carolina from the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association, followed by Best of Show at the National High School Journalism Convention in November 2015. In March 2016, the yearbook received the Scroggins Trophy for best yearbook in the Southeast from the Southern Interscholastic Press Association, and the Gold Crown from Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The last West Henderson yearbook to sweep the table of national awards was the 2012 Westwind, “We Stand Proud.”

"In spite of all the standardized testing, today's students are capable of incredible creativity and excellence,” said Brenda Gorsuch, publications adviser at West Henderson since 1983. “The 2015 Westwind, edited by Maggie King and Haley Staton, shows off the amazing talents of more than 50 students who worked together to create the book.”

“The writing, design and photography are all outstanding. Overall, the book is evidence of the high level of learning taking place in our schools,” Gorsuch said. “The students sold and designed the advertisements, designed the cover, created the spreads, took the photos and wrote the copy and captions. It is truly a student publication that covered a year in the life of West Henderson students and their school."

King is currently a freshman at Appalachian State University, and Staton is a freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Co-editor of the 2016 Westwind Izzy Denman said, "Being a member of such an award-winning yearbook staff has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever been a part of. Knowing that I was able to take part in creating the 2015 Westwind gives me incredible pride. I am very grateful to have played a role in such an amazing publication."

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