Haw Creek Growth and Development Survey

Your Haw Creek Community Association is here to advocate for you and the best interests of our community. To be effective, we need to hear from you!

The Association had planned to host a World Cafe consultation in October; however, in the interest of health and safety, we have agreed to utilize an online survey at this time.

Please complete our Growth and Development Survey today and share it widely! We want everyone in Haw Creek, of every age, to be heard so that we can be effective for you!

Survey closes 30 October 2021.

September 2021 in Haw Creek!

Don’t forget about these events and opportunities to participate!

DEVELOPMENT SURVEY

The Mt. Xpress is conducting a survey of residents to assess their knowledge of the development process in the City of Asheville and Buncombe County. Did you know, for instance, that in Asheville the approval process for the vast majority of developments – Level I, Level II, and Major Subdivisions – do not include participation by residents or neighborhood associations?

Take the survey today! and help CAN (Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods) and Mt Xpress strengthen public participation in development processes!
In addition to the survey, three online conversations about the project are scheduled via Zoom for 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13 (avl.mx/ae1); 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 (avl.mx/adz); and 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 (avl.mx/ady). Advance registration is requested, but drop-in attendance is also welcomed.

 

FIREWISE

a Zoom workshop

with NC State Wildfire Mitigation Forester Wesley Sketo
  • Creating fire defensible space
  • Better home materials building selection
  • Fire resistant landscaping
  • and more!

Tuesday, 9/21/21 at 6 p.m.

To register, or for more info, please email Sarah Oram at oramsarah@gmail.com by 9/16 (with your name and zip code).

 

BEARWISE

a Zoom workshop

with NC Asst. State Black Bear Biologist Ashley Hobbs
  • New BearWise initiative to prevent and handle human/wildlife conflicts
  • BearWise community certification
  • Bear encounter must dos & more

Tuesday, 9/28/21 at 6 p.m.

To register, or for more info, please email Sarah Oram at oramsarah@gmail.com by 9/16 (with your name and zip code).

 

AUTUMN PLANT SALE

The Haw Creek Elementary School PTA will be selling mums, gords, and pumpkins from 8am – 3pm on Saturday 25 September at 948 Tunnel Rd. Proceeds benefit Haw Creek Elementary.

 

 

EAST ASHEVILLE TAILGATE MARKET

Get yourself to the Groce Methodist Church every Friday through November for delicious, fresh produce, honey, crafts, and more.

3pm – 6pm, Fridays.

https://www.eastashevillemarket.com/

 

 

 

Bearwise and Firewise Workshops

Democratic Voting Precinct, 23.2 presents:

FIREWISE and BEARWISE

in Western North Carolina

Tuesday, September 21st and Tuesday, September 28th, both at 6 p.m. via Zoom

 

To register, or for more info, please email Sarah Oram at oramsarah@gmail.com by 9/16 (with your name and zip code).

FIREWISE

with NC State Wildfire Mitigation Forester Wesley Sketo

  • Creating fire defensible space
  • Better home materials building selection
  • Fire resistant landscaping
  • and more

Tuesday, 9/21/21 at 6 p.m.

 

BEARWISE

with NC Asst. State Black Bear Biologist Ashley Hobbs

  • New BearWise initiative to prevent and handle human/wildlife conflicts
  • BearWise community certification
  • Bear encounter must dos & more

Tuesday, 9/28/21 at 6 p.m.

Living on steep slopes or in the Urban Wildland Interface, these topics are critical to living safely in our homes and neighborhoods.

Invite your friends and RSVP by Thursday, September 16th to oramsarah@gmail.com.

(You can participate while eating dinner or in your PJs with your cameras off!)

The Experience of Trees

Ally Fouts, McCullough Fellow at UNC Asheville, is conducting research about how the tree canopy affects the well-being of Asheville residents.

As a part of this research, Ally is distributing a virtual survey to gain an understanding of how Asheville residents perceive and value trees. The survey will be brief (approximately 10 minutes to complete), anonymous, and limited to Asheville residents who are at least 18 years old.

You can find the survey at: https://uncasocsci.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9A1nbKylVEYgTxI 

Ally also hopes to conduct interviews (30 – 45 minutes) with a few residents from each neighborhood in pursuit of a more enriching discussion about these topics. Questions will be related to the amount of trees in the neighborhood, perception of trees, personal impact of trees, and what tree-related actions should be taken in the neighborhood. Insight shared with the interview will be anonymized in any published reports, unless the participant requests otherwise.

Interested parties can fill in this confidential form: https://uncasocsci.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6WFpt7ETEMlKR7w

 

 

Renate Rikkers Awarded for ‘Dogged Determination’

Dear Haw Creek Neighbors,

 

Please join me in congratulating our neighbor, Renate Rikkers, who was honored June 28th for her years of service to the Haw Creek community. Below is the statement explaining how she made a difference, in so many ways, to our community. Thank you, Renate!

Chris Pelly

From our public meeting on 28 June – 

Before we close tonight, there is one more item for which I seek your attention. The Haw Creek Community Association relies on volunteers from the community to help us achieve our goals. The best of these volunteers bring a high level initiative and tenacity to this work.

Believe or not, when we are promoting issues important to the Haw Creek community, sometimes we run into delays and setbacks and obstructions. Sometimes we’re told to wait.

So, it takes a special strength of character to keep going and keep moving forward. And sometimes it takes even more. Sometimes it takes, quite frankly,  dogged determination – a character trait I believe is oftentimes undervalued.

Maybe we all can’t be the fastest, or the strongest, or the youngest anymore; but dogged determination is a superpower available to anyone – if we choose to use it.

One member of the Haw Creek Community Association  has consistently demonstrated this trait.

Let me tell you about her:

  • She initiated and organized weekly food trucks in the middle of the pandemic to help keep our community connected
  • She has organized, for several years, litter clean up efforts throughout our valley
  • She has made many personal visits to the Public Works Department, the Department of Transportation, Asheville Greenworks, and many other agencies, all in service of building effective working relationships between the Haw Creek community and these institutions
  • She has lead efforts on enforcement against illegal signs so our community can look its best
  • When barking dogs were a noisy scourge in our community, she led efforts to strengthen the animal control ordinance
  • To promote safety and connection between neighbors, she has organized a phone tree on her street–something we might consider on our own street
  • And, with her friendly and on-going outreach, she has recruited multiple volunteers for this very community association

Tonight we salute Renate Rikkers for her can-do attitude on behalf of our community. Her Dogged Determination is an example of living a purposeful life in service to others. Renate is tough and strong and determined; and she makes a difference. Her Dogged Determination has made a difference over and over for the Haw Creek community.

Tonight we present Renate Rikkers with the Dogged Determination award for her selfless service to Haw Creek and Asheville. Because of Renate we’re a better, cleaner, and more social community. This award is our recognition of this fact. Thank you, Renate!

Welcoming New Local Businesses!

Please join us in welcoming Fox & Crowe Salon and Sugar Hollow Solar to Haw Creek!

Both are located at the intersection of Beverly Rd and New Haw Creek Rd, and you can find them online at foxandcrowesalon.com and sugarhollowsolar.com.

Fox & Crowe Salon, a boutique salon, opened their doors at 552 New Haw Creek Rd Suite A on May 3rd. Owner-stylist Katie Fisher (Fox) has been a stylist in Asheville for over 10 years, and also lives in Haw Creek. Owner-stylist, Noelle (Crowe) has also been a stylist for 10 years. Both envisioned a salon environment offering organic products, high quality service, in a bright, calm atmosphere, surrounded by plants. They are very excited to be a part of Haw Creek. By appointment only. Visit them at foxandcrowesalon.com.

Sugar Hollow Solar has just moved into 2 Miller Rd East, behind Fox & Crowe. They’re still setting up but would love a visit if you want to come say hello. Sugar Hill Solar has been helping homeowners, businesses, and government go solar in western NC and upstate SC since 2010. Born and raised in Fairview, NC, they’ve left the farm and are glad to make Haw Creek their new headquarters with our warehouse just a few minutes away on Swannanoa River Rd.

Sugar Hollow Solar’s mission is to help neighbors transition to clean, affordable energy through installing solar panels, battery backup, EV chargers, and more. Founded by two cousins, Phelps Clarke & Doug Ager, the organization was recently voted best solar installer in WNC by Mountain Express readers and are proud to be known for their honesty, reliability, and expertise.

If you’re curious about solar for your home or business, please reach out for a free quote. Sugar Hill Solar is offering anyone in the Haw Creek neighborhood $500 off of a solar system and will work with you to design the perfect system to meet your needs.

The Haw Creek Community Association is pleased to welcome Fox and Crowe and Sugar Hollow Solar to our Haw Creek community.

Honoring Good Neighbors Ron and Joan Chancellor

Good Neighbor Award to Ron Chancellor

The traffic circle on North Pershing Rd. is once again blooming thanks to the kindness of Haw Creek’s own Ron Chancellor. He and his landscaping crew plant and maintain the flower garden as a way “to say thank you to my neighbors and my landscaping customers,” according to Ron.

As in years past, they spent last weekend planting flowers for the community to enjoy. Ron was helped by his wife, Joan, and son, Ronnie Issac. Danny Mitchell, Frederick Buykin, Anthony Littlejohn, Kent Mosley and Shirnell Lankford also assisted with the job.

The Haw Creek Community Association salutes Ron and his team for being good neighbors helping to beautify our community.