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It is almost planting time and the ground is beginning to thaw. Many of us will be digging in our yards. I just discovered a new number to help with digging. It is the new national “Call Before You Dig” phone number (811) designated by the Federal Communications Commission. This number was developed to eliminate the confusion of multiple “Call Before You Dig” numbers because it’s easy to use, remember and it’s the same for every state. It is important to call 811 before digging so that professional excavators and do-it-yourself homeowners are aware of any underground lines buried in the area. This information can help protect people who dig from injury, expense and penalties. Damages to underground lines can disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, harm diggers and cost diggers fine and repair costs.

I (Jay Kaiser) personally have been guilty of not calling before I was putting in fence posts on the weekend, and using the tractor with the hole digger, I cut my power totally in half underground that fed power to my house. Huge puff of smoke erupted from the ground and I was fortunate I did not electrocute myself. I was not real happy about paying the power company weekend rates to repair the power line wither. Were was 811 when I needed it?

What Happens After Calling 811?

Similar to the current “Call Before You Dig” numbers, all 811 calls will be routed to a local One Call Center and the affected utilities. The utility will then send crews to the location to mark any underground lines for free.

For more information about the 811 call system, visit http://www.call811.com. To download the most current industry Best Practices in connection with preventing damage to underground facilities, go to http://commongroundalliance.com.

This week is also Severe Weather Awareness week. Governor Bev Perdue in conjunction with the National Weather Service and Department of Crime Control and Public Safety have declared the week of February 27th through March 5Th as Severe Weather Awareness week for 2011. All week long the National Weather Service will be issuing informative messages to help you prepare for severe weather. You may also go directly to this site for more information: http://www.stormready.noaa.gov/awareness.htm.

Priscilla Tinsley, CIC, CISR Account Representative  Morrow Insurance Agency, Inc. Hendersonville NC (828) 694-5135

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 The Insider’s Guide To Asheville North Carolina By Southern Way of Life. This is Blog Ten of Ten From Their Article, Their Number 1

 Number 1: on the list of things to do in Asheville this year is spend some time at the new Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville. That will be easy to do since the Jackson Building overlooks the park. The park was begun in 1901, when Asheville philanthropist George W. Pack donated the land to Buncombe County allowing a new courthouse to be built. Pack’s donation required the county to dedicate the historic square as a public park forever. The site was renamed Pack Square in 1903. Pack Square Conservancy, a non-profit organization established in 2000, was charged with designing and building a 6.5-acre park on the site. Although the project took twice as long – and cost twice as much as expected, it was completed and opened to the public in 2010. It is a great place for visitors to relax, linger and enjoy the fantastic architecture that surrounds the park. In addition to the Roger McGuire Green in front of City Hall and the Country Building, the new park has a large, open green space on a slope overlooking a main stage, three water features and original large-scale art by regional artists. There are many seating areas surrounded by native trees and shrubs. A granite Veterans Memorial stands near the courthouse at the northeast corner of the park. Many restaurants and shops encircle the park and street performers line the sidewalks. The park is only minutes from all of the popular attractions Asheville has to offer, including the Grove Park Inn, Biltmore Village and the Biltmore Estate. If you enjoy festivals and concerts, Pack Square Park provides a wonderful venue for new events, as well as Shindig On The Green on Saturday nights from July to September,  the Bele Chere Festival each July, plus the Fourth of July celebration and countless other events held on the site.   

There you have it. An insider’s guide of what to see and do in the great little city of Asheville, N.C.  For more information on any of these landmarks or events here in Asheville, send your inquiries to info@southeastdiscovery.com.

The following is one of ten articles that I am privileged to repost from the Southern Way of Living Blog on Asheville NC, retirement and second home. I felt they represented our area so well that sharing this information with you will assist you in your decisions for that primary residence, second home, as well as helping choose the area of Western North Carolina.

Living in Brevard NC just minutes from Asheville make as neighbors offering much of the same qualities of life one desires in looking for that perfect move.

I want to persoanlly thank Tamas Hoffman On behalf of SoutheastDiscovery for the permission to allow the repost of the information on my site just for you and their photo’s! 

This article is from http://www.southeastdiscovery.com/southern-way-of-life’>Southern Way of Life</a>, the official blog of Southeast Discovery.

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The Insider’s Guide To Asheville North Carolina By Southern Way of Life. This is Blog Nine of Ten From Their Article, Their Number 2
 
Number 2: keeps us in downtown Asheville and very close to all of the new condominium and residential projects. In a city of great buildings – including one of the largest collections of art deco designs (City Hall, for example) for a city its size in the nation – my favorite is the Jackson Building, at 22 S. Pack Square. Once again, this is an insider tip. The building is not advertised as a must-see when coming to Asheville, yet with its Neo-Gothic design, it is the most recognizable building in the downtown area. The sleek, slender design and multitude windows give it a delicate, almost fragile look. The building is the city’s first skyscraper, and stands 140 feet, or 15 stories high. An interesting anecdote about the building is that it stands on the site of the tombstone business run by author Thomas Wolfe’s father. I promise you will love this building.

Probably the most famous of Merchant’s contruction projects is the Jackson Building (1923-1924), designed by Ronald Greene as a slender tower in Gothic Revival style; at thirteen stories it was the tallest building in western North Carolina and the region’s first skyscraper. The local newspaper celebrated its construction: “New Skyscraper is Totally Fireproof Declares Merchant” ran the headline in the Asheville Time on Sunday July 6, 1924

The following is one of ten articles that I am privileged to repost from the Southern Way of Living Blog on Asheville NC, retirement and second home. I felt they represented our area so well that sharing this information with you will assist you in your decisions for that primary residence, second home, as well as helping choose the area of Western North Carolina.

Living in Brevard NC just minutes from Asheville make as neighbors offering much of the same qualities of life one desires in looking for that perfect move.

I want to persoanlly thank Tamas Hoffman On behalf of SoutheastDiscovery for the permission to allow the repost of the information on my site just for you and their photo’s! 

This article is from http://www.southeastdiscovery.com/southern-way-of-life’>Southern Way of Life</a>, the official blog of Southeast Discovery.

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The Insider’s Guide To Asheville North Carolina By Southern Way of Life. This is Blog Seven of Ten From Their Article. There number 3 and the Grove Arcade

Number 3: brings us back to downtown Asheville, and to The Grove Arcade building. I know some locals are going to give me some grief because it is a main tourist attraction. But, the fact is, the building is a masterpiece of design and construction. Built by E.W Grove, a self-made millionaire who moved to Asheville in 1910, the arcade holds the title of the first mall in America. That is one reason why it makes my list. If all malls had looked like this one, then I might be a fan. Just walk around this building and take in the detail. The building is unbelievable, and is testimony to Grove’s conception of the arcade as “the most elegant building in America.” Shops abound on the first floor, with offices on the second and residential living quarters on the third. Be sure to visit the businesses that call the arcade home, including one of my favorites, “Enter the Earth.” The shop specializes in fine minerals, and fossils from around the world. For more info: www.grovearcade.com

The following is one of ten articles that I am privileged to repost from the Southern Way of Living Blog on Asheville NC, retirement and second home. I felt they represented our area so well that sharing this information with you will assist you in your decisions for that primary residence, second home, as well as helping choose the area of Western North Carolina.

Living in Brevard NC just minutes from Asheville make as neighbors offering much of the same qualities of life one desires in looking for that perfect move.

I want to persoanlly thank Tamas Hoffman On behalf of SoutheastDiscovery for the permission to allow the repost of the information on my site just for you and their photo’s! 

This article is from http://www.southeastdiscovery.com/southern-way-of-life’>Southern Way of Life</a>, the official blog of Southeast Discovery.

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Brevard, NC — February 23, 2011.  Local photographer John D. Adams of PhoenixPhotography will be the featured artist for the month of March at Main Street Ltd., 147 East Main Street, Brevard, NC 28712. A reception to meet the artist will be held on site on Friday, March 4 2011 from 5 pm – 7 pm. The public is encouraged to attend.
Mr. Adams’ show, titled “In An Instant”, features canvas and framed prints of outdoor photography. “The challenge and thrill of making outdoor photographs is that each second is critical. The moment will never come again. The light will never hit a surface at exactly the same angle. The wind will blow a leaf in a different direction. A wisp of cloud will flit across the sun. The fun for me is trying to capture one of these moments in a way that honors and commemorates that split-second.” Attached please find more information on the artist’s biography and a description of the upcoming show.
All photographs in the show are available for purchase through Main St. Ltd. We hope to see you there!
To see more of John Adams’ work, visit his website at www.phoenixphotography.squarespace.com
For more information, contact Ann Hollingsworth at: 828-884-4974
or John Adams at: 828-384-8116 

In An Instant…

Famed photographer Edward Steichen once remarked: “Every other artist begins [with] a blank canvas, a piece of paper…the photographer begins with the finished product.” But here’s the trick. That “finished product” is a moving target. Nothing we see in the natural world is ever static. Light, wind, temperature, climate, gravity…these forces make everything fluid and ever-changing.
The challenge and thrill of making outdoor photographs is that each second is critical. The moment will never come again. The light will never hit a surface at exactly the same angle. The wind will blow a leaf in a different direction. A wisp of cloud will flit across the sun. You get it. The fun for me is trying to capture one of these moments in a way that honors and commemorates that split-second. 
I hope these pictures inspire you to take a closer look at the natural wonders and fleeting beauty that surround us. 

  • Enjoy the show!
    John D. Adams, Photographer
    phoenix.photography@live.com

    From The Artist…

    From the passenger seat of my mom’s car, I took my first picture when I was around 7 years old. My mother had given me an old Brownie Special that must have belonged to an older relative. I was instantly fascinated. She bought me my first roll of black and white film and showed me how to load the camera. I looked out the window, brought the camera up to my eye and snapped. What a thrill! Something about framing the shot, selecting the subject, clicking the shutter. I was hooked. I still have that picture; an older man sitting in his 1972 Nova outside the barber shop on the single main street of my rural hometown.
    Through the years I have always enjoyed taking pictures, but before I knew it, I got swept up in life and career and my picture-taking was relegated to business trips and vacations.
    All of that changed when I moved to Brevard, NC. As a birthday gift I received my first digital camera. Between the spectacular scenery and the sudden freedom to shoot pictures without worrying about film processing, I rediscovered my passion for photography for the first time since I held that Brownie in my small hands.
    Today, I have my own business – PhoenixPhotography. The name is pretty obvious: I’m beginning a new life. In this life, I’m a photographer. I’m an artist.
    I hope you enjoy my work. If you have a few moments, take a look at my website: www.phoenixphotography.squarespace.com. I welcome your feedback.  
    “Art brings us in touch with deeper emotions and, indeed, expressions of our deepest selves. I celebrate the diversity of each of our minds and souls — that we can all be touched across the spectrum of emotion by a shared, yet deeply personal, artistic experience.”  –John D. Adams

    PhoenixPhotography
    John D. Adams, Photographer
    www.phoenixphotography.squarespace.com
    phoenix.photography@live.com
    828-384-8116  *  Brevard, NC 28712

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  • The Insider’s Guide To Asheville North Carolina By Southern Way of Life. This is Blog Six of Ten From Their Article. Their number 5

    Number 5: Located at 97 Haywood St., just a short walk from the new Asheville Club at 151 atop the Indigo Hotel, is one of the most remarkable structures in the southeast. The Basilica of St. Lawrence is a Roman Catholic Church and, while I am not a Catholic, I know good art when I see it. Designed and built in 1905 by Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino, and fellow architect R.S. Smith, The Basilica is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its dome, at 58 feet by 82 feet, is the largest freestanding elliptical dome in North America. That is about as impressive as it gets. The inside of the church is adorned with statues of saints – including St. Lawrence, St. Cecilia, St. Rose of Lima, St. Patrick and St. Peter the Apostle – and is known for its many elaborate stained glass windows. Take some time to sit in the pews and marvel at the wonder of it all. For more info: http://www.saintlawrencebasilica.org/ 

    The following is one of ten articles that I am privileged to repost from the Southern Way of Living Blog on Asheville NC, retirement and second home. I felt they represented our area so well that sharing this information with you will assist you in your decisions for that primary residence, second home, as well as helping choose the area of Western North Carolina.

    Living in Brevard NC just minutes from Asheville make as neighbors offering much of the same qualities of life one desires in looking for that perfect move.

    I want to persoanlly thank Tamas Hoffman On behalf of SoutheastDiscovery for the permission to allow the repost of the information on my site just for you and their photo’s!

    This article is from http://www.southeastdiscovery.com/southern-way-of-life’>Southern Way of Life</a>, the official blog of Southeast Discovery.

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    The Insider’s Guide To Asheville North Carolina By Southern Way of Life. This is Blog Five of Ten From Their Article. Their Number 6

    Number 6: After an adventurous day at the Biltmore Estate driving Land Rovers, it is time for some really tasty food.  Asheville, North Carolina – restaurant recommendations are the toughest to make, because the city has so many great ones. So, when I make one, pay attention. Bouchon, at 62 N. Lexington Ave., is one of the best in the city. Yes, it is French; and no, it is not pretentious.  Although if I could cook like owner and head chef Michel Baudouin, I might be.  Mr. Baudouin is the real deal, born and raised in France’s Rhone Valley. He is a delight and always has a smile on his face.  My favorite plate is the Ravioli de Homard Nantua, which translates to “lobster ravioli in crayfish-tomato cream sauce.” Priced reasonably at $4 for a small plate and $10 for a large one, my mouth waters just writing about it. My favorite thing about Bouchon is the all-you-can-eat mussel nights. Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, mussels are prepared in five different fashions,  at an all-you-can-eat price of $14. Try the Parisienne style, prepared in white wine, with thyme, onions, garlic and butter. For more info: http://ashevillebouchon.com

    The following is one of ten articles that I am privileged to repost from the Southern Way of Living Blog on Asheville NC, retirement and second home. I felt they represented our area so well that sharing this information with you will assist you in your decisions for that primary residence, second home, as well as helping choose the area of Western North Carolina.

    Living in Brevard NC just minutes from Asheville make as neighbors offering much of the same qualities of life one desires in looking for that perfect move.

    I want to persoanlly thank Tamas Hoffman On behalf of SoutheastDiscovery for the permission to allow the repost of the information on my site just for you and their photo’s! 

    This article is from http://www.southeastdiscovery.com/southern-way-of-life’>Southern Way of Life</a>, the official blog of Southeast Discovery.

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