Follow Up To The Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Meeting

Minutes from Haw Creek Community Mtg 10/9/17 @ Evergreen Charter School
Attendance: About 120 people

From the City of Asheville:
Mayor Esther Manheimer
Transportation Dept. Director Ken Putnam
Asst. City Manager Cathy Ball
Asst. City Manager for Capital Projects Jade Dundas

From the N.C. Dept of Transportation:
Anna Henderson, Division Traffic Engineer
Troy Wilson, District Engineer

Audience comments, concerns, ideas & suggestions:

Comments:
— speed enforcement (multiple)
— almost hurt walking; “brush back by vehicles” (multiple)
— desire to walk safely to schools, library, parks, bus stops and pool (multiple)
— Waters Rd traffic calming stalled (multiple)
— roads have exceeded capacity, more development will only make worse
— traffic light or 4-way stop at Beverly & NHC intersection

Concerns:
— speeding, especially on Waters Rd, Cisco Rd, NHC & OHC Rds,
— traffic calming needed on Waters Rd, Swanger Rd
— repaving, especially Beverly and Cisco Rds

Ideas and suggestions:
— bike racks at schools
— camera speed traps
— widen NHC and OHC roads for bike lanes
— walking paths in backyard flood plain above sewer lines along NHC Rd
— make NHC and OHC each one-way to free up space for bike lanes and sidewalks
— expand NHC 2-3’ on either side to create bike lane space
— expand sidewalks where most feasible and not necessarily continuous

New Haw Creek Sidewalk

If you are curious about the proposed sidewalk along New haw Creek Road from Beverly Road to Bell Road, Here is the link to the City of Asheville website that tells you where they are with the project. We can’t get you to the exact link for the snapshot below. You have to follow these steps.
Asheville.gov
Click on city projects
Click on Bond Project Information
Click Dashboard for CIP under Projects
Put in 28805 Zipcode search

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Walking And Bicycling In Haw Creek – Community Meeting

You’ve seen it: The moms with strollers, or the joggers, or the kids, or the bike riders, all straddling the edge of New or Old Haw Creek Road. It gives you a shiver knowing how easily things could go deadly wrong.

It doesn’t have to be this way. We can make it safer to move about in our community. Haw Creek residents have come together before to improve things and we can do it again.

Plan to join us 7pm Monday, October 9th when we welcome Esther Manheimer, Mayor of Asheville, and Anna Henderson, Division Traffic Engineer for the N.C. Dept. of Transportation, to discuss how to make our community safer for walking and biking. The meeting will take place in Evergreen Charter School at 50 Bell Road.

Have questions or need more information please contact:
Thomas Wolfe (828) 712-6062 or twolfe3@gmail.com
Chris Pelly (828) 231-3704 or chris@chrispelly.com
members, Haw Creek Community Association hawcreeknc@gmail.com

Business Sponsor’s Computer Course Was A Big Success

One of our business sponsors, Asheville Digital Lifestyle held a computer learning course in Haw Creek. We had 30 attendees. It was a very successful program. We would love your comments on this course and if you would be interested in more courses like this. You can email us HERE.

If you would like to be a business sponsor and put on a program please contact us at info@ilovehawcreek.com. 

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Let’s Make Haw Creek Safe for Walking And Bike Riders

By Chris Pelly

You’ve seen it: The moms with strollers, or the joggers, or the kids, or the bike riders, all straddling the edge of New or Old Haw Creek Road. It gives you a shiver knowing how easily things could go deadly wrong.

It doesn’t have to be this way. We can make it safer to move about in our community. Haw Creek residents have come together before to improve things and we can do it again.

Plan to join us 7pm Monday, October 9th when we welcome Esther Manheimer, Mayor of Asheville, and Anna Henderson, Division Traffic Engineer for the N.C. Dept. of Transportation, to discuss how to make our community safer for walking and biking. The meeting will take place in Evergreen Charter School at 50 Bell Road.

Have questions or need more information please contact:
Thomas Wolfe (828) 712-6062 or twolfe3@gmail.com
Chris Pelly (828) 231-3704 or chris@chrispelly.com
Members, Haw Creek Community Association hawcreeknc@gmail.com

Nature’s Corner – Persimmons – Jam On A Tree

Nature’s Corner
Persimmons – Jam on a Tree
by
Jessie Wilder

Fall is my favorite time of year. The trees look all gussied up, the smell of wood smoke is in the air, nights are cool enough to throw on an extra blanket and the forest holds a special treat if you know where to look. I’m talking about wild persimmons.

Picking persimmons is not advisable. These astringent fruits have so much pucker power when unripe that my Granddaddy used to say, “They’ll turn your face inside out.” That’s why the fruits have to be so ripe that they fall from the tree or fall with a gentle shaking. This usually happens around the time of the first frost. My grandparents would put old quilts under the trees to collect the fallen fruit. Native persimmons are much smaller than the cultivated varieties you find in the grocery store. About 5 of 1”-2” fruits fit in my palm. Ripe fruit are extremely soft, barely holding together inside the thin skins. Animals enjoy these fall delights as well, giving rise to common names of the persimmon tree like possum wood or deer candy. They have a spicy, rich apricot flavor and hold flat, dark seeds. The seeds were used as buttons during the Civil War.

Native persimmons are in the ebony family, can grow to about 60 feet and have dark, scaly bark and yellow fall leaf color. It takes about 100 years for the heartwood to turn dark and become the hard ebony wood that is popular in woodturning. They grow in bottomland or in well-drained forest openings. Male and female trees are needed to produce fruit. For those who enjoy foraging for wild food, this is the time of year to start keeping an eye on the trees as the small, sunset-colored fruit begins to ripen.

The ripe fruit may be eaten raw, cooked or dried and is high in Vitamin C. Native Americans make bread using the fruit pulp which can also be fermented into beer. A tea can be made from the leaves and the roasted seed is used as a coffee substitute. The pulp has also been used as a glaze for pork or possum. Persimmon pudding was one of my grandmamma’s favorite desserts to make. She would serve it for Thanksgiving and it had about the same texture as bread pudding. The pulp is extracted using a food mill or a potato ricer, separating out the pulp from the seeds and skins. The pulp will keep for 6 months in the freezer.

Perusing the Internet for recipes I found this one dating back to the 1930’s from Cleo Isenhour Barrett who lived in Kannapolis, North Carolina.

Aunt Cleo’s Persimmon Pudding

Combine 1 stick of melted butter with 2 cups persimmon pulp, 1.5 cups of sugar, 1.5 cups of milk and 3 beaten eggs. To this mixture add 2 cups of flour, one medium, grated sweet potato, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. allspice, 1 tsp. cloves and 1 tsp. vanilla extract. Bake in a greased 13×9 inch pan at 300 for about an hour or until done. Serve with hard sauce or whipped cream.

If you are lucky enough to find persimmon pudding on your Thanksgiving table this year, give thanks for goodness that comes from the forest.

Spotlight On East Asheville – Nothing New, Inc

SPOTLIGHT ON EAST ASHEVILLE
by, Linda Stanton

Nothing New, Inc. Used Furniture; BUY, SELL, CONSIGN

When you walk into the large open space at 811A Tunnel Rd, as the name suggests, you won’t see anything new. What you will see is an eclectic collection of used furniture, home décor items and other accessories. The store concept is at once a consignment shop, booth space for vendors as well select pieces curated from area auctions. With all the antique shops, thrift stores and furniture outlets in the Asheville region, Nothing New offers a unique shopping experience to customers looking for a wide variety of quality pieces at reasonable prices.

The business was started over six years ago by Steve Slagle who sold it to friend and fellow-business owner Brandon Snyder in 2015. Brandon grew up in West Asheville but his family settled in Redwood Forest here in East Asheville upon returning from an out of state move. Many members of his extended family also have Asheville area small business in trucking, auto sales and repair, body work and others. After serving in the Army, he went into business himself, owning a convenience store in Swannanoa for several years. Brandon had been looking for something different at the time Nothing New became available. Interested in the East Asheville area, he made an offer and the rest is history as they say.

Brandon tells us, “When Steve first opened he was solely consignment. I have been working to build the vendor spaces and bring in pieces from dealer and estate auctions to be able to offer a variety of styles.” He explains that the consignment business in the region is changing and seems to be based on home sales. When people move to the mountains from other places they are often downsizing and have furniture and home goods to sell. While this trend continues, there is also a growing number of folks who want to have their own thing “on the side” which is where the booth rentals come in. Vendors offer pieces they have curated, created, refinished, upcycled, you name it.

“While we don’t specialize in any particular style, we seem to get a lot of Early American, Art Deco, Mid Century Modern and some Contemporary. I mostly take higher quality pieces made of solid wood, not pressed wood pieces you see so much of,” he says. As far as price point, there are some higher end pieces and sets but generally Nothing New offers mid-range and some lower cost options. This provides style and price options for different customer’s needs.

Nothing New is a different store every week, sometimes even every day. “Things are constantly changing, so I get a lot of repeat customers,” says Brandon. Furniture options generally include, couches, chairs, dining sets, dressers, side tables are bed frames (although no mattresses), baker’s racks, book cases and more. As for home décor there are usually many lamp choices, framed art, rugs, accent pieces, mirrors, etc. Take a look at the Facebook page for featured items. As he continues to grow the business, he hopes to be able to offer furniture repair and upholstery services onsite in the future.

If you are interested in becoming a consignor: Consignments accepted by appointment.

Decide what you are ready to sell. Make sure it is clean and not broken, frayed or has pet odors. To make the process quicker for you, send an email picture. “I try to take consignments in on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when foot traffic is a little lower than around the weekends but we can make arrangements as needed. We can help with lower cost pick up options as well. The consignment contract is for four months. It is a 50/50 split and the customer and I decide upon a price together,” he explains. Check out the website for more details.

Brandon Snyder invites his East Asheville neighbors and visitors to stop in and see what is ‘new’ at Nothing New, Inc. They accept cash, checks, credit cards and 30-day layaway with 30% down.

811A Tunnel Road in Asheville

828-298-2707

Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday               11 am – 5 pm
Sunday                   1 pm – 5 pm
Monday                 Closed

Ashevilleusedfurniture.com

https://www.facebook.com/NothingNewUsedFurniture/

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