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PARK RIDGE HEALTH WARNS OF POSSIBLE FOOD CONTAMINATION

PARK RIDGE HEALTH WARNS OF POSSIBLE FOOD CONTAMINATION

A MESSAGE FOR PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES   

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Park Ridge Health Takes Steps to Notify Patients & Public: Vendor

Reports Possible Food Safety Issue

Hendersonville, N.C. (October 20, 2017) – On October 19, 2017, Mann Packing issued a voluntary recall of fresh broccoli florets because they may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.
Mann Packing is a supplier of produce to US Foods, which is a food vendor for Park Ridge Health. Mann Packing issued the recall to its customer (US Foods), and US Foods then passed along the recall information to Park Ridge Health.
Mann Packing issued this recall in response to a single positive result found during random sampling by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Mann Packing is issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution. To date, public health officials have not reported any illnesses associated with this product.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Park Ridge Health is extending this message to patients and the public. If you believe you consumed broccoli via our patient tray service or in our public cafeteria between the dates of 9/29/17 and 10/3/17 and are suffering from the symptoms listed above, please seek medical attention.

Individuals with further questions may contact the Mann Packing 24-hour Consumer Line at 888-470-2681 or visit https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls/ucm581389.htm

HENDERSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL PARENTS STEP UP AND PROVIDE INPUT

HENDERSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL PARENTS STEP UP AND PROVIDE INPUT

THE PARENT TOOL KIT

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Education officials with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA), and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) met with parents of Henderson County Public Schools students on Wednesday, Oct. 18, to gather input on a new “Parent Tool Kit” being designed for families of English Learners (students for whom English is not the native language).

Henderson County Public Schools is the first of many school districts nationwide to be invited to participate in providing parent collaboration and feedback for the national publication. The Parent Tool Kit, to be published by the OELA in multiple languages including Spanish, will be a companion piece to the OELA’s “Newcomer Tool Kit” and “English Learner Tool Kit.”

KITWhile the two existing OELA tool kits offer guidance to states and school districts in meeting the legal education obligations to English Learners required by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice, the Parent Tool Kit will be primarily for non-native English speakers navigating the U.S. school system with their English Learner students.

At a roundtable discussion with parents at Dana Elementary on Wednesday, Dr. Samuel López, OELA Senior Education Program Specialist, said the Parent Tool Kit has a tentative framework with chapters based on feedback from parents in school districts nationwide. Existing tentative categories include a school system’s identification of English Learners, services offered, school performance information, extracurricular activities, and tips to succeed in the U.S. school system.

“Some of what we learn from you will either be inserted here, or there will be some new categories,” López said. “We’re putting together what you think works.”

At the parent workshop, López was joined by OELA Asst. Deputy Secretary & Director José Viana, NCELA Title III Director Dr. Jobi Lawrence, and NCDPI ESL/Title III Consultant Xatli Stox, in asking parents about their experiences with the U.S. school systems. The education officials asked what particular challenges parents faced as non-native English speakers, how schools currently communicate with them, what specific improvements could be made, and what cultural differences could be noted in the Parent Tool Kit that may assist other parents’ participation in their children’s education.

“We want to hear from you about your wishes for your child’s education,” Viana said. “What information would be the most useful for you to have in order to facilitate your involvement in school and best support your child’s academic success? What information do you want from your child’s teacher, school principal? What information do you wish you had known prior to enrolling your child in school?”

Superintendent Bo Caldwell, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jan King, and ESL/Migrant Education Programs Director Simone Wertenberger thanked the federal and state education officials for inviting HCPS parents to take part in the collaboration process. “Thank you for allowing Henderson County parents to have a voice,” King said.

During their visit to HCPS, the education officials toured and met students at the Innovative High Schools and Dana Elementary.

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MORE OPPOSITION TO NC DOT'S PLANS TO WIDEN KANUGA ROAD

MORE OPPOSITION TO NC DOT'S PLANS TO WIDEN KANUGA ROAD

ANOTHER FATALITY ON CRAB CREEK ROAD LAST SATURDAY   

AFTER MOTOR VEHICLE FATALITIES ALONG KANUGA ROAD IN RECENT YEARS   

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Opposition is reportedly mounting to NC DOT’s plan for widening Kanuga Road.

The plans stem from a number of tragic deaths in motor vehicle accidents along Kanuga Road in recent years.

Signs are now appearing all along that road opposing DOT plans. Hendersonville City Council heard from citizens opposed to the widening at their last meeting. And citizens and businesses along Kanuga Road are reportedly organizing to expand their opposition and approach other state and local governments with their concerns.

Some of the businesses along Kanuga Road say the current plans could force them out of business if implemented.

The NC DOT plans calls for the current lanes along Kanuga Road to be widened to 11 feet, with a 4 foot paved shoulder for bikes and pedestrians, The plans also call for a 5 foot wide sidewalk along Kanuga Road from Erkwood Drive o Church Street inside the city.

TOMMY BRYSON LEGACY GOLF TOURNAMENT AT ETOWAH VALLEY NOVEMBER 4TH

TOMMY BRYSON LEGACY GOLF TOURNAMENT AT ETOWAH VALLEY NOVEMBER 4TH

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SHOTGUN START AT 12:30 PM.

COST IS $80 PER PLAYER, AND THAT INCLUDES FOOD AT THE END OF THE TOURNAMENT

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CONGRESSMAN MEADOWS ON SENATE HEALTH CARE DEAL

CONGRESSMAN MEADOWS ON SENATE HEALTH CARE DEAL

"THE DISCUSSIONS SHOULD BE AIMED AT ONE GOAL...LOWERING PREMIUMS FOR AMERICANS" 

 "MORE WORK NEEDS TO BE DONE."

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Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement on the deal between Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) to fund cost-sharing subsidies:

“At this point in time, the central purpose of our discussions on healthcare should be aimed at one goal: lowering premiums for Americans. There are elements in the Alexander-Murray plan that we can build on, but much more work needs to be done. I applaud Senators Alexander and Murray for their hard work to address this issue and their agreement is a good start and a welcome expansion from earlier discussions.

Expanding health savings accounts, providing for limited duration plans, and giving states more flexibility on waivers are all positive changes to the current system. I look forward to getting to work with my colleagues, both in the House and in the Senate, on how we can move forward and improve healthcare costs for the American people".

PARK RIDGE HEALTH OFFERS BREAST CANCER INFORMATION

PARK RIDGE HEALTH OFFERS BREAST CANCER INFORMATION

MONDAY OCTOBER 23RD    

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The Go Pink With Park Ridge Health initiative continues with a special Free Education Series event to empower people with the latest science-based information regarding breast cancer.
Please join us for this Free Lunch & Learn event to hear from Park Ridge Health Surgery Specialist, David Onofrey, MD, FACS. Dr. Onofrey will share the current research regarding breast cancer, its causes and best practices for prevention. He will outline the importance of breast cancer screenings and discuss information on risk factors and genetic testing options.

Park Ridge Health Education Series Free Seminar:

It’s Not Your Mother’s Breast Cancer, Is It?
Know Your History, Your Risks, and What You Can Do!

Monday, October 23
Noon – 1 p.m.
Duke Room
Park Ridge Health Main Campus
100 Hospital Drive, Hendersonville, NC

Guests will receive a complimentary lunch coupon for the Park Ridge Health Café and are encouraged to arrive at 11:30 a.m. if they choose to eat before the presentation.

Space is limited, so please call to reserve your spot.
Sign up by calling 855.PRH.LIFE (855.774.5433) or visit PRHevents.com

SHERIFF ALERTS THE PUBLIC TO PHONE SCAMS

SHERIFF ALERTS THE PUBLIC TO PHONE SCAMS

ONE IS ABOUT JURY DUTY, THE OTHER ABOUT THE IRS      

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Scam Advisory – Henderson County

October 17, 2017

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office has taken calls concerning two phone scams that continue to circulate in the area.

The first involves a scammer calling to advise potential victims they have missed jury duty and there is a warrant out for their arrest. Details from this particular scam call involved the caller instructing the potential victim to come to the Sheriff’s Office and turn themselves in to “Sgt. Wilson.” The scammer instructed the potential victim to get “verification cards” in the amounts of $250.00 from Rite Aid and Dollar General. The phone number appeared to come from a local telephone number; however, these numbers are often spoofed to add legitimacy to the scam. The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office does not contact residents by phone to demand payment or threaten arrest concerning missed jury duty.

The IRS scam phone calls continue to circulate in the area as well. Scammers claiming to be from the IRS threaten potential victims with arrest as a result of back taxes. If you receive a call from an individual purporting to be from a government agency that demands payment or threatens arrest, please hang up and do not give out any personal information.

TIM GRIFFIN ANNOUNCES FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER IN 2018

TIM GRIFFIN ANNOUNCES FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER IN 2018

TIM GRIFFIN ANNOUNCES FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS IN 2018 

HE'S RUNNING FOR THE SEAT NOW HELD BY TOMMY THOMPSON, WHO REPORTEDLY IS NOT COMMENTING YET ON RE-ELECTION PLANS   

HERE'S A STATEMENT RELEASED BY GRIFIN ON MONDAY   

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"I am formally announcing my candidacy to seek the republican nomination for the district 4 seat of the Henderson County Board of Commissioners.

I have called Henderson County home for 52 years. I have fond memories of growing up in Henderson County as I witnessed the county itself grow. I am a graduate of East Henderson High School and attended Western Carolina University. I have completed extensive training and education in the public service sector.

During my early teens my parents instilled in me the values of serving and giving back to society. I entered the fire and rescue service over 34 years ago and have served as a firefighter, both volunteer and career, for over 34 years. Basically I have based my entire life on public service and assisting the people of Henderson County. I retired from law enforcement in Henderson County after 30 years of service. I currently hold the positions of reserve police officer with the City of Hendersonville, assistant chief as well as sitting member of the board of directors of Dana Fire and Rescue, and currently am employed full time as a firefighter/engineer with Etowah Fire and Rescue.
Faith is an important part of my life. I attend The Bridge Church where I also serve on the Board of Trustees. For many years I have enjoyed raising money to benefit causes that have touched my heart which include the Special Olympics and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

I am married to the tremendous and supportive Paula Caulder Griffin and the proud father of two daughters, Jordan McCarson and Lindsey Griffin. Raising a family in Henderson County has been an extraordinary experience for me. I have been asked by many people to seek the position of commissioner and one of the reasons that I have accepted the challenge is to ensure that the quality of life in Henderson County remains an exceptional place for other families to grow and thrive."

NC DOT WILL BE BUSY THE NEXT FEW NIGHTS RE-PAVING PARTS OF I-26

NC DOT WILL BE BUSY THE NEXT FEW NIGHTS RE-PAVING PARTS OF I-26

BETWEEN LONG SHOALS AND BREVARD ROADS   RE-PAVING AND WIDENING THE SHOULDERS FOR FUTURE CONSTRUCTION.  

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You have probably noticed that NC DOT has recently been patched up and re-paving portions of I-26.  They say it's necessary to keep the current pavement from breaking down and possible becoming a problem for motorists.

So, for the next few nights you can expect one lane in both directions to be closed between Long Shoals Road anbd Brevard Road while NC DOT does some re-paving.

This work will be done at night so any inconvenience for motorists should be minimal.

 

 

 

WORLD WAR TWO EXPERIENCES OF LOCAL VET FEATURED IN A NEW BOOK THIS FRIDAY

WORLD WAR TWO EXPERIENCES OF LOCAL VET FEATURED IN A NEW BOOK THIS FRIDAY

95-YEAR OLD FOY GARREN OF "THE GREATEST GENERATION" 

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IN THE KAPLAN AUDITORIUM FRIDAY OCTOBER 20TH AT THE MAIN LIBRARY       

The World War II experiences of Henderson County native and resident Foy Garren, 95, is featured in a chapter in the book “I Had a Comrade” by Minnesota author Paul Sailer.
Sailer will hold a book discussion and signing from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 20, in Kaplan Auditorium of the Henderson County Public Library.

Sailer writes about the experiences of individual participants in WWII. Doolittle Raider and Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot, Dick Cole, wrote the Foreword, stating the book “explores comradeship through stories of ordinary people who lived or died during World War II.”

Garren, featured in Chapter 6, served as a technical sergeant with Team B, 326th Air Support Group, in the European theater. A son of William “Will” Pearson Garren and Kate Love Garren, he grew up in the Clear Creek community, attended Balfour Elementary School and was a 1941 graduate of Hendersonville High School. He was one of four sons (Curtis “Odell,” Foy, Harry and William “Guthrie”) of the Garren couple to serve in the war. He is a lifelong member of Moore’s Grove United Methodist Church.

Sailer received a bachelor’s degree in history and is a Vietnam War veteran. He is also the author of “The Oranges are Sweet – Major Don M. Beerbower and the 353rd Fighter Squadron, November 1942 to August 1944.”
Five dollars from each book sold will be donated to the library and the remainder to the Blue Ridge Honor Flight program which flew Garren and his late brother, Harry, to Washington, D.C., to visit their National World War II Memorial. The cost of the hard-cover book is $34.99.

For more information, visit http://www.paulmsailer.com

(Our thanks to local historian Jennie Jones Giles for making this information available to WHKP)