JANUARY,  Thursday, 21 – Annual Meeting 6:00 pm, finger food, 7:00 pm business meeting, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 290 Old Haw Creek Rd.

MARCHSaturday, 12 – Pot Luck Supper, 6:00 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 290 Old Haw Creek Rd.

APRIL,  Tuesday 12 – Educational Program, 7:00 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 290 Old Haw Creek Rd.

MAY,  Saturday, 14  – Spring Yard Sale, set-up 8:00 am, sale 9:00 am – noon (rain date 21th), St. John’s Episcopal Church, 290 Old Haw Creek Rd.

JUNE, Tuesday, 21 – Board meeting, open to the public, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 290 Old Haw Creek Rd.

JULY, Tuesday, 19 – Annual BBQ, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 290 Old Haw Creek Rd.

AUGUST, Tuesday, 2 – National Night Out, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Bullman Park, (East Asheville Event)

SEPTEMBER, Saturday, 10 – Ice Cream Social, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 290 Old Haw Creek Rd.

OCTOBER , Saturday, 22 – Cider Fest, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 290 Old Haw Creek Road

Once again Haw Creek Community Association would like to thank St. John’s Episcopal Church for welcoming HCCA and the use of their fellowship hall in 2016. Being left without our community center, which was leased to LEAF for 5 years at $1.00 per year, we would not be able to offer our community these events without St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Comprehensive Plan & Unified Development City Of Asheville

Article courtesy of Barber Melton

Why Haw Creek residents must come together and make their ideas for how we will look 5 years from now as a neighborhood and what will changes to the UDO do to my property values, way of life, traffic, infrastructure, etc.

The Haw Creek Community Association was present at a forum sponsored By Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods and the Neighborhood Advisory Committee that was designed to prepare all of the

Neighborhoods in the city for the upcoming revisions that will be done over at least a 2 year period to upgrade the UDO and the Comprehensive Plan. We had 27 other neighborhoods there along with Planners, other City Staff, presentations were done by neighborhood associations that have registered plans for their community that took hard work, community input over several years, and then was accepted by City Council. Why should we care? If you do not have a plan in place, commercial intrusion into neighborhoods is being tried all over Asheville, people that live in the neighborhood should have a say as to how it will grow or change. We do not want a consultant or City staff to be the only persons with input on Haw Creek. Comprehensive Plan tells the City what residents want to see for their future and is a guide. The UDO is an ordinance (law) and will impact us because the City wants to have much more density among other things in Haw Creek and other areas. We must chart our own future.

I don’t want 8 or 16 units per acre, I don’t want our roads so clogged we can’t get in and out of the valley – these are just a few things that will be dealt with. But I urge you when the Haw Creek Association meets in January please be there to hear and ask questions. The RFP is ready to hire a consultants group from out of town or state to get this process started.

Barber Melton, is a Haw Creek Board member, member of Neighborhood Advisory Comm. and Co-President of Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods.

Asheville’s Neighborhood Leadership

During 2016 calendar year, the Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods (CAN) will have a program scheduled for every other month, which will alternate with business meeting for the other months. These programs will provide you with an opportunity to engage Asheville’s leadership to discuss current and emerging neighborhood-based issues or perhaps preferences that are most important to you.

Our January 11th meeting will have the newly elected members of Asheville’s City Council. With an informal format and joined by your fellow neighborhood leadership, you will have an opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns and get to better know these members of Council.


Where: Oakley Community Center
Located behind the Fire Station and below the library
749 Fairview Rd
When: Monday, January 11th

Empowering Neighborhoods since 1986, CAN is a 501(c)3 non-profit, all volunteer umbrella organization serving Asheville’s neighborhood organizations.

Council On Aging

Article courtesy of Zoe Trout

Call A Ride (CAR) is a volunteer transportation program that provides rides to seniors who can no longer drive or access public/community transportation (ART, Mountain Mobility, etc.). Volunteers use their own vehicles to transport seniors to their appointments, the grocery store or to meet other needs such as haircuts or voting.

Socializing with seniors volunteers provide social interaction, mental stimulation, and emotional support to local seniors.  The roles of the socializing with senior’s volunteers are to keep the senior connected with the community and the outside world, and to reduce the individual’s sense of isolation. Volunteers assist a senior in maintaining feelings of independence and self-worth, and to increase their social contacts while maintaining professional boundaries.

If you can volunteer contact Zoe Trout, Volunteer & Development Coordinator, 
(828) 277-8288 ext. 308

Natures’ Corner – Groundhogs, Our Only True Hibernators

Article courtesy of Jeanie Martin

We know them by a few different names – groundhogs, gophers, woodchucks and whistlepigs. I often see them beside the roads here in Haw Creek standing up on their back legs and chewing wild greens. They also eat acorns, fruit, snails, insects and any garden plants they can steal. The groundhog prefers open country and the edges of woodland. With development and clearing of forests, habitat for these critters has expanded and the groundhog population is probably higher now than it was before the arrival of European settlers in North America.

Groundhogs are the largest member of the squirrel family and have been a source of food, clothing, medicine, and music for generations of Appalachian folk. When I worked as a home health nurse in Henderson County, a few of my elderly patients sung the praises of groundhog meat. The fat would be rendered out before cooking and was used for medicine. People rubbed it on their bodies and claimed it was good for achy joints and for chapped skin in the winter. I was gifted a small jar of groundhog grease one year. I infused some medicinal herbs into it and that salve was one of the best I ever made. Stinky too. Groundhog skins have been made into banjo heads and my friend Doug Elliott has shoe-laces made from the tanned hide of a groundhog. What a useful creature for mountain people.

The groundhog’s burrow is cleverly excavated. The main entrance is usually under a stump, a big rock or sometimes your house. The main tunnel can go six feet underground and be up to 40 feet long with a sleeping chamber, toilet chamber and several escape exits. The burrow is used for sleeping, rearing young and hibernating.

During the fall the groundhog is putting on the last bit of fat it will need before retiring to its burrow to hibernate for the winter. Several individuals may live in one burrow. They are the only true hibernators in these parts and around first frost a groundhog will begin a long winter’s sleep. It lowers its heart rate to 4 beats per minute and it lowers its body temperature down to 38 degrees. Living on its fat stores, it will lose up to half of its body weight by the time it wakes up in late winter or early spring. The breeding season is from early March through mid-April. One month later 2-6 kits are born blind and hairless. They are weaned and ready to build their own burrows by 6 weeks of age.

In the wild, groundhogs can live up to six years with two or three being the average. Coyotes, fox, hawk, bobcats and dogs are their predators and cars hit many as they graze beside the road. At this time of the year in Haw Creek groundhogs should be in a deep sleep dreaming of spring sunshine and dandelions greens. Have a peaceful and restful winter yourselves dear neighbors.



Your Dream Library Contest Sponsored By Friends Of The East Asheville Public Library

Lucia Hess, age 5 pictured at left with her father, was the winner of the Grade K-2 drawing contest for the new library. She won a gift card from Dancing Bear Toys!

Mitchell Cohen, age 8 pictured above with his parent Kim and Dave, was the winner of Grades 3-5 essay contest. Mitchell won $25.00 and read his essay to the County Commissioners at their monthly meeting on December 2.

Congratulations to our winners.



2016 HCCA Annual Dues

Did you know Haw Creek Community Association’s annual dues are only $12.00 per calendar year? They are payable the 1st of January and can be paid in person at our annual meeting, through PayPal by going to our web site www.hawcreeknc.wordpress.com or mail a check to: HCCA, PO Box 9193, Asheville, NC 28815.

We do many events each year, some of which are member only; our annual BBQ offers a member discount on dinners; we have four newsletters, one, which is mailed, and three via email. Look for our event calendar in this newsletter, at the annual meeting, on our web site and Facebook page.

We are a great community and hope as a resident you join HCCA.


Article courtesy of Brad Melson, PharmD, Pharmacist at Blue Ridge Pharmacy

Cough, cold, and flu season is upon us! Even healthy people are susceptible to the flu, and it can be serious. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine unless it is contraindicated due to severe allergic reaction or previous adverse reaction to a vaccination. Protect yourself, your coworkers, and your loved ones by washing your hands often and getting a flu vaccine this season!

What is the flu? Both the flu and the common cold are highly contagious viruses, not bacteria. This is why antibiotics do not work.

When should I get vaccinated? As soon as vaccines are available each year (usually September), but at least by October. It takes 2 weeks for your body to fully develop immunity from the vaccine.

Can the flu be treated? Antivirals, such as Tamiflu®, can help shorten the duration of flu symptoms when started within 48 hours of symptom onset. Fever and pain can be treated with Tylenol® (acetaminophen), Advil® or Motrin® (ibuprofen), or Aleve® (naproxen). A dry cough and sore throat can be treated with cough medicine such as Delsym® (dextromethorphan), cough drops, and throat lozenges.

**Caution** Read over-the-counter (OTC) labels carefully as many flu and cold products contain multiple and similar ingredients which can be dangerous when taken together. Always talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist before taking any OTC medication.

How do I know if I have the flu or a cold? Please see the chart below to help you determine if you have a cold or the flu. If you think you may have the flu, you should call your doctor’s office for guidance as certain populations are at a higher risk for serious complications. Only your physician can offer a definitive diagnosis.

Symptoms Common Cold Flu
Tired? Mildly Moderately to severely
Fever? Low grade or none Higher than 1000F
Chills? Rare Common
Body aches? Slight Usual and often severe
Headache? Less common Common
Sore throat? Common Less common
Cough? Hacking cough with mucus Dry, tickly, unproductive cough
Chest discomfort? Mild to moderate Often Severe
Stuffy nose? Common Less common

Spotlight On East Asheville – Copper Crown

East Asheville’s newest restaurant, The Copper Crown, opened October 17th at 1011 Tunnel Rd. Named for the ornamental roof at their Home Trust Bank Plaza location, the space formerly occupied by Azalea Café and 1011 Pizzeria has been transformed and has a fresh, modern-retro feel. Copper Crown is a family endeavor, the brainchild of Chef Adam Bannasch and his wife and General Manager, Kate. The Bannaschs live in the Beverly Hills neighborhood; sons Max and Milo attend school at Evergreen Charter in Haw Creek. Living in the area has given them insight into the need for more dining options in East Asheville.

Adam and Kate hope the Copper Crown will become a true neighborhood bistro with a little something for everyone. “A family of four could come in early and have a nice, reasonably-price meal together, a couple could come in later for a fancy date dinner and a group of friends can stop by after the movies for cocktails,” Kate says. Copper Crown offers high-quality food comparable to many downtown restaurants but without the drive and parking concerns, and for a better value. They have table, booth and bar seating as well as a twenty-seat patio.

The restaurant serves New American Cuisine with New Orleans-inspired flavors and a southern flair, sourcing many ingredients from local farms and vendors. Lunch service from 11 am – 3 pm is designed for a quick turnaround with call ahead, sit down and take-out options. “Happy Hour” from 3 – 5 pm offers a limited menu with several signature dishes such as red beans and rice and crawfish etouffee available as a snack or full meal. The dinner menu has both larger and smaller plates, giving diners the option of a traditional entrée or to create their own with several small plates. Kate relates that there is a trend in restaurants toward small plates, “It gives people options, they can try more things, share and aren’t married to one large entrée.”

Brunch is offered both Saturday and Sunday beginning at 11 am featuring loaded hash browns, shrimp and grits, omelets as well as salads and po’boys. A comprehensive bar features signature cocktails such as the Copper Cup, a refreshing gin and citrus concoction. There are eight beer taps and other bottled beer options and a wine list with both new and old world wines chosen to pair well with the food. Specials are offered through the week such as Burger & Beer Night on Sundays with $1 off burgers and beer. They plan to begin offering wine tastings on Thursdays soon- stay tuned for more. Come see your neighbors at the Copper Crown for a great meal or a drink, right here in East Asheville!