SIMPLE CELEBRATIONS: Apple stack cakes made with locally accessible ingredients like sorghum, buttermilk and dried apples were among simple but delicious dishes traditionally served on Appalachian holiday tables. Photo by Tim Robison

Preserving tradition: Appalachian Food Storybank collects tales of mountain meals

Lester and Marietta Crayton of Asheville have been married for 70 years and grew up on farmland that is now the Oakley community in East Asheville. Marietta recalls going barefoot all summer and that when fall came, she gathered chestnuts to sell to the grocery man so she could buy shoes in Mars Hill for school. The Appalachian Food Storybank has been collecting stories like these since 2011. (photo by Tim Robison)

Park Ridge Health announces events for Sept. 8-14

From Park Ridge Health: Event Summary for 9/8/14 – 9/14/14 Please call 855-PRH-LIFE to register for any Park Ridge Health events. Wellness on Wheels Screenings Free Cholesterol Screenings Lipid and glucose profiles by finger stick, along with blood pressure and body mass index screening. For best results, fast overnight. Monday, September 8 10:30 a.m. – […]

Smokey Mountain Veterans Stand Down a success

Press release from Charles George VA Medical Center:  Last year Macon County, N.C., local Mark Schuler attended a Stand Down event for Veterans in Asheville and was impressed by the service it provided to Veterans so he contacted the Charles George VA Medical Center Homeless Program Coordinator Allison Bond and asked her about getting together to sponsor […]

COLLABORATION IS KEY: Dr. Robert Fields explains how Mission Health Partners offers a new model of health care based on a collaborative, patient-centered approach. Photo courtesy of Mission Health

Making health care history: A Q&A with Dr. Robert Fields about the new Mission Health Partners network

The way we experience health care is changing. And regardless of your politics, not many would argue that there is room for improvement. Mission Health, in conjunction with MAHEC and independent physicians, is responding to those changes with a new, integrative model of care called Mission Health Partners. Xpress spoke with Dr. Robert Fields, quality director […]

HT-N: Developer plans to replicate Team ECCO in Bahamas

From Hendersonville Times-News: By Nathaniel Axtell Team ECCO, Western North Carolina’s only public aquarium and ocean education center, is going international. Chattanooga, Tenn. entrepreneur David Harris has asked ECCO founder Brenda Ramer to help him design a marine biology education center modeled after the downtown Hendersonville attraction on a 120-acre island he’s developing in the Bahamas. […]

CPP: NC enviro officials: Duke must submit Asheville coal ash plan by Nov. 15

From Carolina Public Press: By Bruce Henderson Asheville is one of 4 ‘high-priority’ plants North Carolina’s environmental agency asked Duke Energy on Wednesday to submit plans for removing coal ash from four high-priority power plants. The letters follow on Gov. Pat McCrory’s Aug. 1 executive order on ash after state legislators left Raleigh without approving […]