Article courtesy of Jeanie Martin
On July 15th, 115 East Asheville residents attended a meeting at Groce Methodist Church to voice concerns over the conditions of the East Asheville Library and loss of the community center that has been leased out to L.E.A.F. The loss of the community center leaves East Asheville community associations with no free meeting space and impacts library programming. County Commissioners David Gantt and Brownie Newman attended the meeting as well as City Councilman Chris Pelly and Roderick Simmons of the Parks and Recreation Department. Haw Creek Community Association coordinated the meeting.
Gigi Frances, current Manager of the county library system provided the history of the East Branch and told the audience that the East branch has been on the County’s Capital Projects Plan since 2002 but has been delayed multiple times. The current plan calls for renovations to begin in fiscal year 2019 with probable completion in 2021.
Residents voiced their concerns over the loss of the community center and the conditions of the library, which is the fourth busiest library in the system. Jeanie Martin of the HCCA Board announced that there was a current petition drive asking the County and City to begin a new library in a timely manner with input from local residents and to address the lack of meeting space. Comments on the petitions included: the library is too small (2,700 sq. ft. as compared to 8,000 sq. ft. at the North Branch), lack of space for children’s programs, not enough computers, no indoor bathroom, lack of adequate parking, the library being rundown and outrage at loss of the community center. Most residents would like the facility to remain at the current site. David Gantt explained priorities for county spending and advised the community that fundraising for library furnishing/equipment would be a good idea.
A group of residents formed after the meeting to advocate for a new library/community center complex. The petition drive is proceeding and a children’s petition has been designed and is being circulated. A letter to the Editor has begun and an open community-visioning meeting is being planned for Oct. 28th. Everyone living in East Asheville is invited so stay tuned for details.
To sign the petition online, go to HCCA’s website https://hawcreeknc.wordpress.com and click on helpful links to scroll down to the petition. To become more involved contact Jeanie Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Article courtesy of Anita Rose
Do you have a secret family recipe for chili? Have you figured out how to make a vegetarian chili that is healthy AND delicious? Have you never met a chili pepper you didn’t like? We invite all chili enthusiasts– whether you make it, or just love to eat it – to come to the first annual Haw Creek Chili Cook-Off at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 290 Old Haw Creek Road on Saturday, Oct. 24.
All PRE-REGISTERED entrants should arrive at St. John’s between 3:30 – 4:00pm to set up with chili in a crock-pot, ready to go. Please provide your own ladle or serving piece for your entry; HCCA will provide small bowls or cups, napkins and spoons for tasters to use as they try your dish. The evening will start with a traditional cakewalk at 4 p.m. with donated cakes from local grocery stores and bakeries, as well as some of your Community Association board members. After the cakewalk, there will be a pumpkin-carving contest. Pumpkins for the contest can be painted or carved, and the contest age groups are Pre-K, K-3 and 4-6. Prizes have been donated by Dancing Bear Toys.
Then, the main event! Our judges for the evening are City Councilman Chris Pelly, Rev. Joan Grant of St. John’s, and Rev. Karen Doucette of Bethesda Methodist. To make it a little more interesting, the Asheville Police Department, will field a team. Winners and runners-up in all three categories –red meat, poultry, and vegetarian/vegan – will receive prizes. You can enter solo, or as a two-cook team. Space is limited to 20 entrants and registrations are due by October 14, 2015. We also ask that you bring a typed list of all ingredients to have available as a precaution for individuals with allergies.
This promises to be a fun event for the whole family; if you like, dress up in hoe-down or square dance attire. To register please email y
Sat., April 18th 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Register by April 7th with Jeanie Martin email@example.com or call 828-505-1240
Field behind St. John’s Church – 290 Old Haw Creek Rd.
Dog entry fee only $5.00/family
Any well behaved dog welcome. Dog parade, discounted nail trims by Haw Creek Animal Care (need proof of rabies vaccination), behavior tips by Mindful Mutz Dog Training, Brother Wolf Adoptions. This is no Westminster, just good family fun. Join us. Your dog just may be “Haw Creek Top Dog”.
Doing a little spring-cleaning? Turn those old possessions into cash at the spring yard sale. The Haw Creek Community Association will be hosting our Spring Community Yard Sale on Saturday, May 9th at the field on Pressley Road behind the St. John’s Episcopal Church at 290 Old Haw Creek Road. The rain date is Saturday, May 16th. We’re limited to 20-30 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Seller sign-up and other details will be sent out in the next couple of weeks.
Thank you to everyone who completed the survey the Association sent out in February. 152 residents responded and the information was very helpful to the HCCA Board. Here are a few highlights from the survey with the number of respondents noted and the percentages rounded up. Only on the top responses are reported.
How would you like to be made aware of activities? 140 respondents
84% – emailed quarterly newsletters
20% – Facebook
20 % Printed newsletters (note: this is the only form of communication that reaches all Haw Creek residents)
64% said that they would like to receive periodic emails for special events
Do you read our newsletter? 139 respondents
62% – read both e-newsletters and printed
51% – read e-newsletters
What HCCA activities have you been involved with in the past? 93 respondents
50% – Annual BBQ
34% – Holiday part
29% – East Asheville Sidewalk Initiative
What type of activities/events would you likely attend in Haw Creek? 115 respondents
66% – Social gatherings with food
63% – Nature educational programs
50% – Musical programs
44% – Wine/beer tastings
38% – Safety educational programs
What type of planning group would you be interested in serving on? 58 respondents
48% – Roadside cleanup
41% – Garden Club/plant swaps
31% – Events
26% – Education
How often would you like to receive email notices from HCCA? 123 respondents
71% – As needed for important information
19% – Once a month
What would make paying your $12/yr. annual dues easier for you? Can check more than one category. 114 respondents
68% – email a reminder (please note that we have been doing this and reminding you in newsletters)
43% – Pay with PayPal via the website (no PayPal acct. required)
24% – tear off membership form in printed newsletter to mail in with check
Tell us how you feel about HCCA. 87 respondents
The vast majority of the responses were very positive. Some comments heard more than once include: Great organization, appreciate leadership, $12/yr. membership very reasonable, I wish I could help but too busy, need to advocate for more sidewalks, used to be involved but became discouraged as others would not get involved or help, appreciate litter cleanup.
Watch your email for an upcoming date for a spring wildflower walk. The woods are waking up with beauty!