Close your eyes and feel the summer heat. Think about the flavor of summer and see what comes immediately to mind. Watermelon, perhaps. Or fire-grilled chicken. Or basil. Or lemonade. Did I hear anyone say tomato? Ahhhh … the luscious drip of juice that exudes from a ripe tomato, fresh-picked from the vine on a […]
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How I spent my summer vacation
Children First/Communities in Schools’ summer camp gives low-income students a chance to ride horses, raft, zipline and hike each summer. Photos by Jodi Ford.
Bug bites: The lowdown on no-see-ums
No-see-ums, also known as sand flies, can ruin a beach vacation. Learn more about these tiny pests (and others) to protect yourself from bites.
Bid farewell to Bele Chere
It’s time to say goodbye (or good riddance) to Bele Chere, and Xpress wants you to help write the festival’s obituary. Use #RIPBeleChere to be part of the fun this weekend.
Donations needed for local heat relief program that helps seniors and persons with disabilities
As temperatures rise this summer, the Council on Aging of Buncombe County wants to help local seniors and persons with disabilities stay cool. However, of the 152 fans and eight air conditioning units the local nonprofit purchased this year, 50 fans and all of the air conditioning units have been given out as of today, June 17. (Photo courtesy of Council of Aging of Buncombe County)
Slideshow from Asheville Fire Department’s kids camp ‘Fire Escape’
While reporting this weeks cover story, we spent some time with the Asheville Fire Department. Here is a slideshow from their summer camp for young adults.
The reason for the seasons
On June 20 at 7:09 p.m. EDT, we officially entered summer as people across the Northern Hemisphere noted the summer solstice. This event occurs at when the Earth’s northern axis is at its greatest tilt toward the Sun. It is because our planet is tilted on its axis of rotation by about 23.5 degrees that we experience seasons.