Spring is the time of year for seasonal allergies. As the trees start to bloom and the pollen is released into the atmosphere, allergy sufferers begin their annual ritual of sniffling and sneezing. Each year, 58 million Americans fall prey to seasonal allergic rhinitis, more commonly known as hay fever.
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The biggest spring allergy trigger is pollen -- tiny grains released into the air by trees, grasses, and weeds for the purpose of fertilizing other plants. When pollen grains get into the nose of someone who’s allergic, they send the immune system into overdrive.
The immune system, mistakenly seeing the pollen as foreign invaders, releases antibodies -- substances that normally identify and attack bacteria, viruses, and other illness-causing organisms. The antibodies attack the allergens, which leads to the release of chemicals called histamines into the blood. Histamines trigger the runny nose, itchy eyes, and other symptoms of allergies.
Pollen can travel for miles, spreading a path of misery for allergy sufferers along the way. The higher the pollen count, the greater the misery. The pollen count measures the amount of allergens in the air in grains per cubic meter. You can find out the daily pollen count in your area by watching your local weather forecast or by visiting the NAB: Pollen & Mold Counts page on the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s web site.
Here are some of the biggest spring allergy offenders:
Grasses and weeds
Allergy symptoms tend to be particularly high on breezy days when the wind picks up pollen and carries it through the air. Rainy days, on the other hand, cause a drop in the pollen counts, because the rain washes away the allergens.
SOMNE EARLY WARM DAYS MAKE LOCAL GARDENERS EAGER TO GET OUTSIDE, START DIGGING, AND START PLANTING. BUT BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PLANT THIS EARLY...AND REMEMBER THE AVERAGE DATE IOF THE LAST KILLING FROST IN THE SPRING IN HENDERSON COUNTY IS APRIL 22ND....SO THERE ARE PLENTY OF "COLD SNAPS" STILL TO COME TO KILL TENDER YOUNG VEGETATION.
BUT FOR SERIOUS GARDENERS, THE OLD FARMER'S ALMANAC GARDEN GUIDE IS NOW AVAILABLE...
Now Available: The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Guide
From urban spaces to backyard places, the Almanac’s gardening annual is THE go-to guide for how to grow vegetables, fruit, herbs, heirlooms, and more!
Break out the hand tools and garden gloves because spring has sprung—and with it The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Guide!
The latest edition of this anticipated annual features practical advice on how to grow a garden anywhere, even if the only landscape available is an apartment patio in the heart of a city. For this, the Garden Guide gets a little help from acclaimed You Grow Girl!blogger Gayla Trail who shows urban dwellers that growing their own gardens is easy with a bit of sun, a container or two, and a touch of ingenuity.
For those with small backyard spaces or rocky, poor, or abused soil, The Garden Guide also offers an easy, do-it-yourself solution for raised beds that involves little more than a couple of cedar boards, a hammer, and some newspaper.
But what to grow? The 2016 Garden Guide has that covered with advice on healthful edibles—everything from salsa fixings and strawberries to kitchen herbs and legumes—along with tasty recipes to put the harvest to good use.
This year’s Garden Guide also has tips to share on:
· Growing green manure
· Turning any outdoor space into a tropical escape or desert oasis
· Incorporating songbird-friendly shrubs
· Why (and how) to welcome toads
· 12 must-have garden tools
· Herbal remedies every gardener should have on hand
Garden Guide Editor Mare-Anne Jarvela says that this edition was inspired by all of the reasons she hears as to why gardeners, old and new, pick up their trowels to create a growing space of their own.
“The benefits and joys of gardening take many forms,” notes Jarvela. “The top reasons we hear from gardeners include desires to grow good food, save money, share the outdoors with kids, and support the environment by encouraging pollinators. The 2016 Garden Guide is about all of these things and more. It was important to us that we create a publication that’s more than a magazine—it’s a collectible resource that growers can come back to again and again.”
The 2016 Garden Guide—like its parent publication, The Old Farmer’s Almanac—is published annually. Its Web site, Almanac.com/Garden, offers tips, advice, and green inspiration every day. Almanac.com/Garden also invites gardeners to ask questions and share advice and ideas.
The 2016 Garden Guide is now available for the budget-friendly price of $4.99 at plant nurseries, home centers, and wherever books and magazines are sold. Print and digital versions are available online at Almanac.com/Shop.
Also available is The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Planner, an online garden planning tool that takes the guesswork out of planning, plotting, and planting any garden, no matter its size, shape, or layout. The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Planner—which is completely free for 7 days—can be found at http://GardenPlanner.Almanac.
Early in-person voting wrapped up Saturday for Tuesday's North Carolina primary.
Early-voting sites in all 100 counties closed at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Polls opened March 3, marking the first time most voters had to show photo identification before they could cast ballots.
On the first day of early voting in 2016, polls saw nearly 60,000 voters. Less than 20,000 voters came out 4 years ago.
Some folks also say the convenience of early voting brought them out this week.
Henderson County voters has the option of voting early at the Board of Elections, at the libraries in Etowah and Fletcher, at Flat Rock Villge Hall and at the Edneyville Community Building.
Close to 490,000 had cast ballots in North Carolina as of Friday morning, in-person or through the mail. That represents 7.5 percent of the state's 6.5 million registered voters.
Mail-in ballots must be turned in or postmarked by Tuesday to count.
If you missed early voting, visit the NC State Board of Elections Polling Place website to find your precinct for Tuesday's primary.
An event kicked off Friday that provides juniors and seniors with free prom dresses.
It's the 10th annual Grant Her Wish prom dress event at the Beehive Resale Shop on Main Street in Hendersonville.
Girls who cannot afford a prom dress can stop in and get one for free Friday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A student at Henderson High School, Juliet Townsend, was the luckiest of them all, finding what she was looking for on her 17th birthday.
"I found two dresses in my size and went in the back and I ended up liking them both," Townsend said.
However, this event gives the girls more than dresses to wear. It gives them confidence and the opportunity to go to prom.
"I feel pretty good, feel like I'm going to go walk the runway," Waters said.
Miller's Fine Dry Cleaning, the Beehive Resale Shop, and Summit Marketing Group have been partnering now for several years to make this event possible.
The Rhythm & Brews crew is excited to announce the 2016 Headliners for downtown Hendersonville’s premier annual concert experience! This year’s headliners run the genre gamut and, as always you can count on us to deliver high quality across the board. Whether you love old time bluegrass or the funky stuff, R&B will put a smile on your face and broaden your musical horizons.
Beginning in May and running through September, these free outdoor shows will ramp up the fun in downtown on the 3rd Thursday of each month; , , , . The shows will feature local singer songwriters and opening acts at with our headliners performing from .
This season opens with the eight piece ensemble Major and the Monbacks hailing from Norfolk, VA. The Monbacks feature a lively horn and powerful rhythm section that merges retro 60’s rock and roll with the high energy and horn laden grit of southern soul!
June’s show features Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time. Larry is a blue grass legend whose more recent honors include a nomination for “Recorded Event of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association for “Against the Grain” by Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time featuring Garth Brooks. Garth represents only the most recent in a long list of bluegrass and country legends who this fabulous musician and talented songwriter has worked with.
July’s concert brings back the band who got this whole thing started way back in May of 2013, The Broadcast who continue to wow audiences with their Grace Slick meets Led Zeppelin sound. Breaking new ground with an infectious energy and authentic approach to rock & roll, the Broadcast and front woman Caitlin Krisko are not to be missed!
August welcomes the return of another Rhythm & Brews favorite Mountain Heart. Fearlessly revolutionizing the way acoustic music can be presented and played Mountain Heart has become synonymous with cutting-edge excellence in acoustic music since the group’s creation in 1999. Mountain Heart's musical virtuosity, unmatched energy, and keen sense of entertainment dynamics have helped them to forge a highly unique sound and stage show which appeals to an ever growing variety of musical tastes. Come see if that includes you!
Finally, we close out the 2016 season with something new. The Hip Abduction, a sextet hailing from St. Petersburg, Fl, is an afro-pop/indie rock band that mixes reggae bass lines with traditional African stringed instruments for a funky high energy performance. With a breezy, good time groove-and-sway sound, mixing flavors of reggae, roots, funk, and Afro-beat into an intoxicating brew they are a perfect match for closing out our 2016 season.
The shows, which are moving to Main Street this year, will once again feature some great local brews alongside the fantastic beats. Featured drinks will include the craft brew stylings of Henderson County’s own Sierra Nevada and Southern Appalachian Breweries and the delectable grape creations of Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards. Flat Rock Ciderworks will once again be returning and new this year is Bold Rock Cider!
A family friendly event the HandsOn! Family Zone, a kid friendly destination within the show, and the Pardee misting tent will once again round out an entertainment experience designed for the whole family!
FREE BBQ FESTIVAL ADMISSION
for Polk County and Landrum residents ALL DAY !
The Steering Committee of the Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival announced that admission to the 2016 Festival will be free all day to all residents of Polk County and Landrum (zip code 29356) with ID that shows home address.
“It’s time to recognize the countless ways the local people have contributed to the success of the Festival over the years,” said Chairman Eric McKaig. “We started ‘FREE from ’ three years ago for the general public, and we are still going to do that this year. But if you live in Polk County or Landrum, you get in free until we close ,” he said.
The Chairman went on to explain that at all other times admission will be $8 for adults, and kids 12 and under get in free with a paying adult. Active duty military men and women are always free with military ID. Admission includes parking, shuttle to the gate, and all concerts
The Festival will be held from and , at Harmon Field in Tryon. Both days will feature music on two stages, Carnival rides and games, an exceptional juried Craft Fair, and some of the best BBQ to be had anywhere—plus a wide variety of other foods and beverages. there will also be the 5th annual Classic Car Show, with approximately 200 beautifully restored cars and trucks; a “HOG Run to Fun” motorcycle poker run beginning at Harley Davidson in Greenville and ending at the Festival; and, at the end of the day, the Grand Finale Fireworks show by Zambelli Fireworks.
In an effort to be “family friendly,” vendors this year will be offering smaller, less expensive portions as well as their regular menu items, and there will be many choices besides BBQ. Kids’ Ride Bracelets will be available again this year—that is, unlimited rides for just $15 in two sessions each day: from the time the gates open until and from 4pm until 10pm.
For more information about this year’s Festival, go frequently to the website: BlueRidgeBBQFestival.com. Names of entertainers, food vendors, BBQ championship contestants and Craft Fair participants will be added as they become available.