Nature’s Corner – What Makes a Good Fall Color Year?

Article courtesy of Jeanie Martin

In the next few weeks the trees in the Southern Appalachians will get all gussied up in their fall finery. Ever wonder why some year’s fall color is more spectacular than others? The answer starts with knowing what’s going on in the trees’ leaves.

During the spring and summer the trees make chlorophyll in the leaves, a chemical that allows them to “eat” sunlight and turn it into food. Chlorophyll reflects the color green and our eyes see the reflected color. There are other pigments in the leaves that are masked by the green. Chlorophyll breaks down easily in cold and in sunlight, so the tree makes other pigments to protect the chlorophyll from light and to capture the energy the chlorophyll misses.

These other plant chemicals are powerful antioxidants, the same ones that we are encouraged to get in our food to keep us healthy. One group is anthocyanins and they reflect red or purple. Another group is the carotenoids, which reflect yellow and orange.

As the length of day shortens in the fall, the trees decrease the production of chlorophyll, the green fades and the other color pigments begin to show through. A cold snap will enhance the fall colors as cold breaks down the chlorophyll even quicker.

Conditions for the best fall color would include a warm, wet summer so the trees would have made lots of leaves and pigments. Then a fall that is dry, sunny and cool at night intensifies the color. A cold snap starts the show.   Because we have lots of microclimates in our region, different areas get different weather causing pockets of varied color patterns. Soil pH also plays a part in the red leaves. The more acid the soil, the more bright red we see such as with red maples. The less acid, the leaves turn more purple, like in the sourwoods.   With over 100 species of trees in the Southern Appalachians, the diversity alone ensures us that at least some of the tree species will be having a good year. Enjoy the show this fall Haw Creek!



Spotlight On East Asheville – History Of Haw Creek Fire Department

Article courtesy of  Jeanette Fortuna

Haw Creek is fortunate to have a Fire Department right here in our neighborhood on New Haw Creek Rd. It was established in the 1950’s as a Volunteer Department. In 2009 it became city Fire Station 12. Six firefighters are assigned to the station who rotate 24 hour shifts. Manned by 2 individuals 24 hours a day, they are the first responders for any medical/fire emergencies. In addition, Station 8 will respond from the Tunnel Rd location as well as downtown stations. These fire fighters are EMT certified with intensive 22 weeks of training with additional 240 hours each year to maintain certification. If you are in the area, stop by to say thank you. Bring some cookies or a pizza. They deserve it for risking their lives for us everyday.



The Political Season Is Upon Us

Article courtesy of Jeanie Martin

Tis the season for politicians to be making their cases as to why we should elect them. This year if a campaign worker, or better yet the candidates themselves approach you, consider asking them, “If you are elected will you make sure that East Asheville gets funding for our library and that East residents have community meeting space?” If we want an updated library with adequate meeting space we must ask for it loud and clear.

Spotlight On East Asheville – Welcome To Haw Creek?

Article courtesy of Linda Stanton

Look up the embankment as you turn from Tunnel Road onto Crockett Avenue heading to New Haw Creek Road and you will see a tall wooden sign welcoming you to the Haw Creek neighborhood. Or will you? Located on private property, the sign and accompanying landscaping is not maintained by the city or county. With the passage of time and our mountain weather taking their toll, the sign had become faded and overgrown.

Placed in 2000 by a coalition of Haw Creek residents and HCCA members, the sign has as stood silent sentry at the main entry point to our neighborhood all these years. Residents of Haw Creek wanted churches in the neighborhood listed. The sign was paid for in part by the churches whose names are featured on the sign: Antioch Christian Church, Asheville Gospel Chapel, Bethesda Methodist Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church and Fellowship FWB Church.

In an effort to create a more welcoming entry into the neighborhood, the Haw Creek Community Association got permission from the property owner where the sign is located and organized a clean-up. On June 6th members of the HCCA board gathered for an early morning work party. The group cleared brush, trimmed back overgrown limbs and raked leaves around the area. As a final touch the worn paint was freshened up. Now the Welcome to Haw Creek sign once again stands proudly, ushering residents and visitors into our community.


A Word From Ryan Justus

Article courtesy of Ryan Justus, Asheville Police Department, Haw Creek Community Resource Officer

A few reminders for the Haw Creek Community. First, there have been some issues regarding speeding on New Haw Creek Road and Old Haw Creek Road. Due to several complainants the traffic unit will be running radar to help keep our community safe. If you are a speeder, please slow down it’s not worth the heavy fines or hurting yourself or someone else.

Second, I know traffic is horrible on New Haw Creek Road as you are approaching Bethesda Road, especially when school is letting out. At the intersection of New Haw Creek Road and Bethesda Road, there is a gravel area to the right traveling east. Please do not pass on the right of a stopped vehicle, it is illegal. If you are in a rush to get somewhere, then leave early enough to beat the traffic or use a different route.

Finally, with Halloween approaching, please watch out for children on Halloween night. Parents, if your children are out enjoying Halloween, make sure an adult is with them and that everyone is wearing reflective clothing and that the group is carrying enough flashlights to make them visible to cars. Thank you for making Haw Creek a safe and enjoyable community.

Spot Light on East Asheville – POST 70

Article courtesy of Linda Stanton

The Haw Creek Community Association welcomes new east Asheville business, Filo Featuring POST 70 Indulgence Bar which opened in July. Many folks are familiar with FILO Pastries, the creation of pastry chef Maria Papanastasiou, an east Asheville favorite for nine years. Maria and her staff create amazing bakery items and serve fast casual lunch items such as spanakopita, quiche, and croissant sandwiches.

What you may not know is that at 5:00 pm the lights get turned down, candles are lit and the unassuming bakery shop turns into a unique evening venue. Featuring chef-created small plates and craft cocktails, the POST 70 Indulgence Bar project is the brainchild of Emilios Papanastasiou, Maria’s nephew. He is also son of Nick Papanastasiou, owner of the adjacent East Village Grille for over 24 years. The name POST 70 pays homage to the original occupants of the unique stone structure, The American Legion Post 70 which has since relocated to a nearby location on Reddick Rd.

The family has deep roots in east Asheville, growing up in Haw Creek and currently living in Redwood Forest. Emilios and his family are proud to call this area home for both their residence and businesses. Filo Pastries and EVG have always been community-centric and he hopes to continue that neighborhood bar feeling. POST 70 is an east-end alternative to the sometimes crowed and busy feeling of downtown eateries.
At POST 70 Indulgence Bar, everything is created in house. Herbs and some seasonal veggies are grown right on premises. Mediterranean-style small plates combine the family’s Greek heritage with an Asheville flair. Small plates encourage communal sharing of food but don’t let “small” fool you, this is a high quality restaurant experience. Stop by to have a drink, some great food and say hi to your neighbors!

Filo Featuring POST 70 Indulgence Bar is located at 1155 Tunnel Road in Asheville.

Visit their Face Book page for more information,



We Can’t Help You If We Can’t Find You!

Article courtesy of  Kelley Klope, Asheville Fire Department

The Asheville Fire Department would like to send an important message to the Haw Creek Community, one that could save your life. AFD responds to emergency calls daily and we normally reach our destinations quickly.  However, several avoidable factors often slow us down. One way residents can assist in lessening that response time is to help us find you.  Your house number is what we are looking for and if it is hidden or not displayed this will slow us down. No matter if it is a fire, a medical emergency or a child locked in a car, seconds count.  So please be sure your house has numbers, which are visible from the street.  AFD recommends numbers to be at least 6 inches high and contrast their background.  If your house is set back from the road, be sure your house number is displayed on a mailbox or a sign in your yard. We thank you ahead of time for your cooperation!

Spotlight On East Asheville – Update On East Asheville Library/Community Center

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 and click on helpful links to scroll down to the petition. To become more involved contact Jeanie Martin at

Hot Dang! Haw Creek Community Chili Cook-Off Oct. 24, 4 – 6 p.m.

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

Haw Creek Dog Show

Sat., April 18th 10 a.m. to 12 noon

Register by April 7th with Jeanie Martin 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”.