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FRESH STRAWBERRIES ARE BACK!  OTHER FRESH PRODUCE WILL BE COMING SOON

FRESH STRAWBERRIES ARE BACK! OTHER FRESH PRODUCE WILL BE COMING SOON

Local strawberry lovers will be glad to hear…that delicious, plump, bright red, fresh strawberries are back!  We found some this past Friday at one of our favorites seasonal road-side “stands”…on Highway 191 near West Henderson High School.

Mr. Johnson has been selling strawberries, tomatoes, and other fresh produce in that location for years…and with some new fiber optic lines being installed close to his stand, we weren’t sure he’d be back there this year…but thankfully he was, an is---most every day---until his produce is sold.

He usually brings his berries up from “Strawberry Hill” in South Carolina.  And this spring, he’s selling them for $13 a gallon.

He says there’s a new strawberry this year…plump and sweet, but he doesn’t have that new variety yet.  But the old “stand by” variety that he bring up from “Strawberry Hill” is just fine with all of us…who’ve been looking forward to those berries all winter.

Local Henderson County strawberries will be available soon, IF a late season freeze doesn’t get them. 

And we’ll be looking forward to local blueberries and black berries, too  bit later in the spring season.

Out in the fields in what’s known as the “fertile crescent” of Mills River, you’ll see streams of glistening plastic with tomatoes already growing in them.

And the county’s multi-million dollar apple crop is nearing “full bloom”. 

It’s not too early to plant corn, and lettuce and onions are already “up”.

All local growers, including flower gareners, are hoping for a good, long, and successful growing season this year.

By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman

 

 

 

 

 

  

HENDERSONVILLE SYMPHONY BLACK & WHITE BALL MAY 21ST

HENDERSONVILLE SYMPHONY BLACK & WHITE BALL MAY 21ST

Interested in a BMW Performance Driving Experience, an African Safari, a motorcycle ride, a fabulous week on Kiawah Island SC, and many more exciting opportunities? These are some of the items in our live auction that will add excitement to an elegant evening. A welcoming glass of wine, gourmet dinner, dance music, and a chance to give back to the arts and our youth; sound enticing and exciting?  If so, the annual Black & White Ball is an event not to be missed!

This year's Black & White Ball, set for Saturday, May 21, at Kenmure Country Club, is the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra’s (HSO) premier fundraiser and social event of the year.  All proceeds from the event support the HSO, three Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestras, the Hendersonville Symphony Children’s Choir, plus youth educational activities and scholarships.

Hendersonville has a strong sense of community values that has supported symphonic music for 44 years.  The Hendersonville Symphony League uses the proceeds from the Ball to support music enrichment programs for the HSO and our community.  Your support will fund valuable programs and activities that benefit the growth, education, and creative development of our orchestras.  Bill Elder, Hendersonville Symphony League President said “your generous support helps ensure we will be able to keep fine music alive and strong in our community and continue our many youth programs”.

Guests will also enjoy looking over dozens of attractive items and gift certificates for goods and services included in a silent auction. A live auction will be directed by Hendersonville's Tommy Thompson, Chair of the County Board of Commissioners.  Among the auction offerings will be several wonderful get-away vacations, an HSO guest conductor opportunity, art by well-known local artists and much more.

The evening features fine dining and wines, silent auction and cocktails  beginning at 6 pm and a live auction beginning about 8:30. Guests will dance to the music of Dino and the Dreamers throughout the evening, and dancing will continue until 11:00 PM, or beyond!

Invitations have been mailed to past orchestra supporters. Additional invitations may be requested by calling Galen Reuther (828) 698-9380 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We invite you to join the festive celebration for the HSO.  If you can’t attend but still want to help, contact Bill Elder at (828) 230-8448 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

The Black and White Ball promises to be an elegant evening of dining, dancing, and lively bidding.  Come, join the excitement

CHIMNEY ROCK IS OPEN AGAIN

CHIMNEY ROCK IS OPEN AGAIN

THE ELEVATOR IS STILL OUT

Chimney Rock is now open, three days earlier than anticipated after it was originally closed this week to allow power lines to be run through the park to the top of the mountain. Duke Power had anticipated that the work would take a week to complete, but a determined crew and nice weather shortened the time by half.

Five crews consisting of 25-30 men from Duke Power’s Sumter Utilities Inc. worked for 26 hours, completing the project in just two days, said Tim Smeardon, contractor specialist for Duke Power, who oversaw the work.

“We’re looking forward to the day that we can announce to our guests and industry partners that the elevator is back in service,” said Mary Jaeger-Gale, general manager of Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. “At this time, we have no timeframe for when this will happen, but will post updates at chimneyrockpark.com as we get them. We feel fortunate that the state is dedicated to continuing to provide this unique access to the mountain for folks of all abilities.”

 

BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO HOST DISNEY INSTITUTE MAY 4

BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO HOST DISNEY INSTITUTE MAY 4

Blue Ridge Community College's Professional Development Institute announced today that there is a limited amount of tickets remaining for Disney Institute on Wednesday, May 4 from8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge Community College's Hendersonville campus. Tickets are $395 per person to attend this one-day professional development seminar entitled Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence, and include all course materials, lunch and parking. Additionally, companies can register for a table of six and receive the sixth ticket free. Register online at blueridge.edu/disney or contact M.C. Gaylord at(828) 694-1779 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Throughout this one-day course, participants will discover insights that drive the Disney organization. They will practice adapting these insights to strengthen their organization to obtain long-term results. Attendees can expect to:

  • Adapt time-tested Disney business insights to assess and improve their organization.
  • Develop a leadership vision that inspires dedication and commitment among employees.
  • Apply key elements of the Disney employee engagement strategy to strengthen their culture.
  • Develop an organization that supports consistent delivery of exceptional quality service.
  • Foster a collaborative environment that draws on the creative resources of their entire organization.
  • Incorporate time-tested principles for building and fortifying brand loyalty.

The cost to attend a Business Excellence seminar at Disney Institute in Florida would cost $1,320, plus travel and lodging. Blue Ridge Community College's Professional Development Institute is able to offer Disney Institute here in Western North Carolina for $395 per person, including lunch and parking, a savings of $925 plus travel and lodging costs.

“We are pleased to offer business leaders in our community the opportunity to learn Disney’s extremely successful business model right here in Hendersonville, without the need to travel to Florida,” said Molly A. Parkhill, Ed.D., president of Blue Ridge Community College. “This seminar will teach you how to effectively lead your organization, motivate your employees and build long-term customer loyalty. We hope to see you there.”

Blue Ridge Community College hosted Disney Institute five years ago, with that course focusing on customer service. The course offered on May 4 is focused on Business Excellence.

      Register online at blueridge.edu/disney or contact M.C. Gaylord at (828) 694-1779 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Disney Institute:

For three decades, Disney Institute has provided timely and relevant learning opportunities that bring the Disney approach to life and inspire practical adaptations back in an organization’s own environment. As one of the most recognized names in business solutions and professional development, Disney Institute is the only training company that empowers organizations to create lasting change through their time-tested model for cultural transformation.

NORTH HENDERSON STUDENTS RAISE MONEY TO FIGHT CANCER

NORTH HENDERSON STUDENTS RAISE MONEY TO FIGHT CANCER

In their eighth year of raising money for the fight against cancer, North Henderson students and staff are partnering with the Vs. Cancer Foundation to host “EFitness All Knight,” a suspension training workout event, from 6 p.m. Friday, April 22 to 6 a.m. Saturday, April 23 at EFitness Studio in Fletcher. 
 
The $20 fundraiser workout is designed to be fun and accommodate all fitness levels. During each hour-long session of the 12-hour event, EFitness trainer Elijah Askew will lead 20 participants through the TRX suspension training exercises, and each participant will leave with a T-shirt and a full-body workout.
 
The fitness fundraiser is part of this year’s “Knights Vs. Cancer” initiative, and students hope to raise $15,000 to build a teen room in the pediatric oncology unit at Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville. North Henderson High annually holds spring and fall events to raise awareness of various forms of cancer, and in the past seven years has raised more than $60,000 for cancer research.
 
“Our students have taken this cause to heart for the past seven years,” said Sue Moon, assistant athletic director at North. “It is amazing to see what our students accomplish!”
 
To register for one of the “EFitness All Knight” time slots, contact Elijah and Tammy Askew from EFitness at (828) 684-4717 or Sue Moon at (828) 697-4500. The EFitness Studio is located at 4020 Hendersonville Road in Fletcher, N.C. 
 

PARDEE HOSPITAL HONORED BY BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD FOR HIP AND KNEE REPLACEMENTS

PARDEE HOSPITAL HONORED BY BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD FOR HIP AND KNEE REPLACEMENTS

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has selected Pardee Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center+ for knee and hip replacement, part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies with input from the medical community.

Knee and hip replacement procedures are among the fastest growing medical treatments in the U.S., according to studies published in the June 2014 Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery1 and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons2.

In 2010, the estimated cost of hip replacements averaged $17,500 and the estimated cost of knee replacements averaged $16,000, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)3

Hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ for Knee and Hip Replacement demonstrate expertise in total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, resulting in fewer patient complications and hospital readmissions. Designated hospitals must also maintain national accreditation. In addition to meeting these quality thresholds, hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ are on average 20 percent more cost-efficient in an episode of care compared to other hospitals.

Quality is key: only those facilities that first meet nationally established, objective quality measures will be considered for designation as a Blue Distinction Center+.

Pardee Hospital is proud to be recognized by BCBSNC for meeting the robust selection criteria for knee and hip replacements set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

"At Pardee Hospital, our orthopedic surgeons and staff work diligently to provide the highest quality in hip and knee replacement procedures, patient safety, cost effectiveness and patient outcomes," said James M. Kirby, II, president and CEO of Pardee Hospital. "In our growing community, hip and knee replacements are becoming more common as the population ages and we are here to provide patients the services and support they need to regain their quality of life."

Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality providers for their specialty care needs in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacements, maternity care, spine surgery, and transplants, while encouraging healthcare professionals to improve the care they deliver.

“We’re doing the homework for our customers by putting a spotlight on hospitals and facilities that offer high quality services at a fair price.” said Dr. Brian Caveney, chief medical officer of BCBSNC. “With health care costs continuing to rise, patients want to know how much value they are getting for their health care dollar. Identifying which providers meet or exceed industry standards is an important part of that equation.”

For more information about the program and for a complete listing of the designated facilities, please visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.

1 J Bone Joint Surg Am, The Role of Overweight and Obesity in Relation to the More Rapid Growth of Total Knee Arthroplasty Volume Compared with Total Hip Arthroplasty Volume, 2014 Jun 04; 96 (11): 922 -928. http://dx.doi.org/10.2106/JBJS.L.01731

2 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Annual Incidents of Common Musculoskeletal Procedures and Treatment, 2014 March; http://www.aaos.org/research/stats/CommonProceduresTreatments-March2014.pdf

3HCUP Projections: Mobility/Orthopedic Procedures 2013 to 2012. HCUP Projections Report #2012-03. ONLINE September 20, 2012, U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Available: http://www.ahrq.gov/research/data/hcup/index.html

Pardee Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. The hospital has several locations separate from the main campus and a comprehensive physician practice network. For more information or to find a physician, visit www.pardeehospital.org.

FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE TO PARTNER WITH SAFELIGHT

FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE TO PARTNER WITH SAFELIGHT

Flat Rock Playhouse announced today a new partnership with Safelight, Hope & Healing for Families, whereby the local non-profit agency that provides support for victims of interpersonal violence, sexual assault and child abuse, will manage the dining hall and all of the concessions for both the Mainstage and Playhouse Downtown.  During the “high season” at Flat Rock Playhouse, the dining hall provides food for 24 Apprentices and 8 Interns working at the Playhouse. Three meals a day, six days a week are provided at no cost to those participating in the Flat Rock Playhouse Apprentice and Internship programs. Professional actors and Playhouse staff will also be able to dine in the dining hall, should they choose to elect for a meal plan or punch card program.  

 

Safelight runs one of the largest shelters in Western North Carolina for abused women, men and their children. Services are free and available to victims of interpersonal violence in shelter and outreach (non-shelter). It is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Over time, Safelight has evolved from a strictly crisis-driven agency to one striving to develop longer-term services addressing community needs such as low-income housing and the availability of medical, mental health and substance abuse resources.  They have also created job training programs for their residents and non-residents in The Safelight Resale Shop (formerly The Purple Ribbon) andDandelion Eatery

 

Dandelion, a local eatery in downtown Hendersonville, opened in 2013 and is exclusively staffed by women making a new start for themselves.  While working atDandelion, these interns are trained to re-enter the workforce by either working front or back of house. Dandelion has also been praised for their use of locally sourced fresh produce and baked goods.  This partnership with Flat Rock Playhouse, overseen by Dandelion chef Anna Masteller, will be similar in terms of staffing and quality.

 

"We couldn't be more excited or proud to partner with Safelight,” says Flat Rock Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Lisa K. Bryant. “Their dedication to the community is exemplary, and their successes on behalf of the families they attend inspire.  That we have the opportunity to help expand their mission and good works at any level is, frankly, an honor.  Dually, the quality of their products will exponentially enhance our patron's experience when visiting the Playhouse, while the cultural impact it will have on our artists as they relish delicious meals together is sure to be significant." 

 

“Safelight is thrilled to partner with Flat Rock Playhouse to provide concessions for their theatre productions and summer programs through Dandelion Eatery, our job training restaurant,” says Safelight Executive Director Tanya Blackford. “At Dandelion, interns learn the job skills they need to secure stable employment and provide financial security for themselves and their families. This opportunity with Flat Rock Playhouse means we will be able to expand the Dandelion internships we offer to even more survivors of violence or trauma.”

In addition to running the dining hall for Flat Rock Playhouse, Safelight will be managing the concession stands at both venues, providing delicious baked goods and treats to attending patrons.


"This partnership is one of the most exciting things to come together in my two years at the Playhouse,” says Flat Rock Playhouse Director of Development Ashley Pirsig. “Our patrons are going to be blown away by the delicious and creative concession stand offerings including signature cocktails, organic air-popped popcorn, even hot offerings like grits bowls and flat breads."
The concessions partnership with Safelight will take effect with the opening of Million Dollar Quartet at the Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage on April 28th and run through the closing of A Celtic Christmas in December at the Playhouse Downtown.

MEDICAL LOAN CLOSET PLANS OPEN HOUSE MAY 21ST

MEDICAL LOAN CLOSET PLANS OPEN HOUSE MAY 21ST

TO CELEBRATE THEIR FIRST YEAR IN THEIR 7TH AVE. EAST LOCATION

The Medical Loan Closet of Henderson County is celebrating it’s first full year of operation in its new location at 1225 7th Ave. East. with an open house on Saturday, May 21.  The open house will be from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM and will include exhibits, food, and a yard sale of items that have been donated from friends and volunteers.  This will also include a one time sale of some items of accumulated excess medical equipment inventory. This is  is a great time to see the new facility and to become educated on the types of equipment which are available for loan as well as to enjoy food and fun with the family. 

This unique service to the people of Henderson County, which has been in existence from it’s beginnings over 50 years ago at St. James Episcopal Church, has experienced record growth in the last year.  It is one of the very first loan closets and has grown into an independent 501.c.3 certified non profit organization which makes short term loans of durable medical equipment available to residents of Henderson County at no cost.

The Medical Loan Closet represents the very best spirit of generosity, compassion,and giving in the Henderson County community,” say Executive Director Bill Campbell, “ we are privileged to serve the spirit of giving that is part of the fabric of this community by accepting donations of money and durable medical equipment, and making that equipment available to the community during times of short term need.”  Mr. Campbell stressed that there are still needs for financial donations as well as donations of equipment and volunteer hours. “Donations of money and volunteer hours are both essential to meeting the demands of the growth that has been experienced and ensuring we continue to serve all of the needs of Henderson County residents into the future.

For more information, call 828 692 9005 or visit the Loan Closet during it’s business hours from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Tuesdays and Fridays or on Saturdays from 9:30AM to 12:30 PM.  

HENDERSONVILLE CHORALE PRESENTS "RED, WHITE, AND BLUE"

HENDERSONVILLE CHORALE PRESENTS "RED, WHITE, AND BLUE"

The Hendersonville Chorale presents “Red White and Blue”

The Hendersonville Chorale will present its Spring Concert, Red, White and Blue, at 3 pm on Sunday
April 24, at First United Methodist Church. The program includes a broad range of American favorites and features a special tribute to members of the Armed Forces, past and present.  Chorale members will be joined by members of the West Henderson High School  JROTC. Color Guard, who will present the flag in honor of our military services during the closing segment of patriotic music. The Chorale is conducted by Mary Beth Shumate and accompanied by Michael Brannon. Paul Doebler, flutist, will also be featured.

Tickets are available at the Henderson County Visitor’s Center, Opportunity House, from Chorale members and at the door. Cost is $15 for adults, and there is no admission charge for children or students. Admission fee is also waived for active duty military personnel with current military identification.

Now in its 42nd concert season, the Hendersonville Chorale is the oldest continually performing choral group in Henderson County, having been organized in the spring of 1975 by Raymond Reed with the help and support of Opportunity House and assisted by R. Steele Phillips, accompanist. It is made up of more than 60 non-auditioned singers with a wide range in age and skill levels, all of whom share the love of singing.

Director Mary Beth Shumate has served as choral director for 25 years at Brevard High School. Her choruses have performed in Carnegie Hall among other venues in the United States and even as far away as Europe. With students as cast and crew, she directed and produced 23 Broadway musicals while at Brevard High School.  She has directed the Brevard Community Chorus for large works at the Brevard Music Center and has prepared children’s choruses to perform in operas. She has been an adjunct professor for the music department at Brevard College and currently serves on the board of directors for the Brevard Philharmonic.

Accompanist Michael Brannon began his musical career with piano lesson at the age of seven; took his first organ lesson at age eight, played in church the following Sunday—and hasn’t stopped since! By the age of 19, he had already served as organist for two South Carolina churches when he became choir director and organist for Second Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg. He came to Hendersonville in 1994 as director of music and organist for Grace Lutheran Church. He left the area after nine years, but returned and is currently the director of music for First United Methodist Church, accompanist for the Hendersonville Chorale and the Hendersonville Children’s Chorus and the Musician for Agudas Israel Congregation.

Paul Doebler, flutist, will perform during the Chorale’s presentation of Amazing Grace (arr. Richard Proulx). Paul, now retired, was a professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin. He currently resides in Hendersonville.

For more information, visit www.hendersonvillechorale.com.

DOWNTOWN-KING STREET PARKING LOTS GET A MAKE-OVER

DOWNTOWN-KING STREET PARKING LOTS GET A MAKE-OVER

THE MAPLE PARKING LOT ACROSS FROM CITY HALL WAS THE FIRST FOR A RECENT MAKE-OVER AND A NEW PARKING KIOSK...NOW...

Improvements were scheduled recently for a couple of parking lots in Hendersonville are nearing completion.

The Azalea and Laughter parking lots on King Street provides public parking in the downtown area.

The city said the repaved lots will improve driver and pedestrian safety, and residents said  they look a lot better, too.

The project manager says there are a couple of minor things left to do, like putting up signage and installing lights.

The lots are open and ready to be used