Local air agency accepting nominations for Clean Air Excellence Awards

Press release from the Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency: Local Air Agency Accepting Nominations for Awards to Recognize Outstanding Efforts to Improve Air Quality in Buncombe County Through the annual Clean Air Excellence Awards Program, the Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency (WNCRAQA) will recognize businesses, organizations, and individuals who have made […]

Blue Ridge Now: Pillowcase Ministry reaches around the world

From Blue Ridge Now: Pillowcase Ministry reaches around the world By Amy McCraw Upstairs at Mud Creek Baptist Church, old pillowcases, slightly used bed sheets and various scraps of cloth fill tables, closets and cabinets. Every Monday morning, a dedicated group of volunteers meets at the church to sew the donated materials into beautiful dresses, […]

A C-T: Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville is open Saturday

From the Asheville Citizen-Times: A C-T: Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville is open Saturday by Karen Chavez The Blue Ridge Parkway so-called “commuter corridor,” the section that passes through the heart of Asheville, is open to vehicular traffic today, Satuday, Feb. 28. THe parkway is open from Milepost 393 at the entrance to Brevard Road/NC […]

West Asheville Presbyterian Church receives grant from Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

Press release from West Asheville Presbyterian Church: WEST ASHEVILLE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH RECEIVES $25,000 GRANT FROM CHRISTOPHER & DANA REEVE FOUNDATION FOR MAKING THE LOWER LEVEL OF THE CHURCH FULLY ACCESSIBLE Asheville, NC – (February 26, 2015) – The Asheville Presbyterian Church is proud to announce that it has received a $25,000 Quality of Life grant from […]

UNC Asheville’s Moral Challenges Speaker Series continues with lecture by Will Gunn

Press release from UNC Asheville: UNC Asheville’s Moral Challenges Speaker Series Continues with Lecture by Will Gunn March 5   Former military lawyer Will Gunn will present a lecture, An Officer, a Gentleman, and American Values While Addressing Terrorism, at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 in UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall. His lecture is the second […]

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore encourages spring cleaning with discounts

Press release from Habitat for Humanity ReStore: Asheville, NC (February 27, 2015) –Clear the clutter, empty your attic and take back your garage! There is no better time than now to start your spring cleaning. To help motivate Buncombe County residents, during the month of March the Habitat ReStore will give merchandise donors a coupon […]

Local schools to celebrate school bus driver appreciation week

Press release from Henderson County Public Schools: Local Schools to Celebrate School Bus Driver Appreciation Week HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 6, 2015) – Whether it’s with hand-drawn cards from students, small gifts from teachers or full meals from administrators, Henderson County Public Schools are honoring its bus drivers Feb. 9-13 during School Bus Driver Appreciation Week. […]

Concerts on the Quad return to UNC Asheville for summer 2015

From UNC Asheville: UNC Asheville’s Concerts on the Quad, once a fixture of Asheville’s summer calendar, will return in the summer of 2015. This summer’s lineup will feature five free concerts on UNC Asheville’s Quad, spanning many musical genres, and will include shows by two local Asheville bands. During its first 28 years, Concerts on […]

BRN: Transylvania Regional moves birthing center to Mission; residents voice concerns

From Blue Ridge Now: Transylvania Regional moves birthing center to Mission; residents voice concerns by Renee Bindewald Transylvania Regional Hospital is moving its birth center services to Mission Hospital in the wake of declining deliveries and to improve safety. Many Brevard residents, however, say they wish the birthing center would stay. Transylvania Regional will begin […]

Charlotte Street Computers hosts annual community Easter event

Press release from Charlotte Street Computers: ASHEVILLE, NC, February 6, 2015 – Charlotte Street Computers is pleased to announce their 7th annual Easter Egg Hunt and Family Fun Day, taking place on March 29th.  This event promotes community outreach for Asheville’s public housing residents and the foster families of Buncombe County, and serves as a […]

NC Pediatric Society releases statement on measles

Press release from NC Pediatric Society: N.C. PEDIATRIC SOCIETY STATEMENT ABOUT MEASLES Raleigh, N.C. – In response to the recent measles outbreaks in the United States, the North Carolina Pediatric Society (NCPeds) today reminded North Carolinians about the importance of obtaining the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. “The North Carolina Pediatric Society recommends that every […]

WIDE ANGLE: "You can't just talk about symptoms. You have to go beyond symptoms to know a person more in depth," says Mary "Cissy" Majebe, president of Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Montford. Photo by Tim Robison

Chinese medicine encompasse­s mind, body and spirit

In the health and wellness world, “mind-body connection” has become something of a buzzword. But in Chinese medicine, understanding the relationship between psychology and physiology is ancient — not trendy. Mary “Cissy” Majebe, president of Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Montford, puts it this way: “From a Chinese medicine perspective, there’s really not […]

HEALING SPACE: “The body follows the mind," says Linda Silwedel, a holistic resource nurse in the Mission Health's cancer program, of integrative approaches. Massage, for example, helps patients come "back to that nice, wonderful relaxed state, and that allows the body to heal more effectively and work with the cancer treatment plan so much better."  (Pictured: Silwedel and Kimberly Christenso; photo by Cindy Kunst)

Local providers increase use of nontraditi­onal treatments

In this town, if you haven’t had an acupuncture appointment, massage, energy-healing session or herbal consultation, it’s more than likely you know someone who has. Modalities that were once thought of as hokey, or at least incompatible with the Western medical model, are becoming less alternative and more mainstream — so much so that Mission Hospital, Park […]