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WIDENING THE VIEW OF THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

SOURCE:  Karen Chavez/Asheville Citizen Times ¨Renew The Views¨ project coming soon to the Blue Ridge Parkway… Imagine not getting a haircut for 80 years! That´s how the Blue Ridge Parkway is looking in some spots these days — a little hairy and ragged around the edges.  But in the first major project of its kind…

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I-26 WORK TO AFFECT TRAFFIC ON LAND & WATER

  SOURCE:  Mark Bennett/Asheville Citizen Times/USA Today Network ARDEN:  State engineers are considering canoes and kayaks as well as cars and trucks as they draw up plans to widen Interstate 26 from outside Asheville to near Flat Rock.  The NC Dept. of Transportation is designing a new bridge over the French Broad River between the…

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ASHEVILLE AIRPORT RUNWAY CONSTRUCTION TAKING FOREVER?

Excerpted from an article by John Boyle of the Asheville Citizen-Times – ¨Answer Man¨ ¨Question:  Why isn´t the Asheville Regional Airport runway complete?  Construction has been going on forever…?¨ Real answer:  per Tina Kinsey.  ¨Constructing a new runway and taxiway on an operable airfield is a years-long process.  The airport planned for a four-phase, five-year…

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“SPRING IS HERE IN BREVARD, NC…

…and we are all happy about that!  The trails and roads are filled with mountain bikers, cyclists, runners, hikers and waterfall hunters.  As the weather warms up, the days start to get longer.  When you  hit the trails, roads, rocks and rivers, make sure you are prepared for everything!  Layers, shades, hat, extra socks, shoes,…

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HOUSEPLANTS FOR THE HORTICULTURALLY IMPAIRED

SOURCE:  Lee Reich/Associated Press/Asheville Citizen-Times Here are some excerpts from an interesting recent article in our local Asheville paper – of interest to those who, perhaps, can kill a houseplant by just looking at it! “Hints of inpending spring weather might stir a desire to grow plants, even in people not usually drawn in that…

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DuPont WILDFLOWERS & WATERFALLS INSPIRE A BOOK

SOURCE:  Excerpted from an article by Matt McGregor for Transylvania Times We clipped this article as something of local interest, and then filed it for some reason.  The news is a year old, appearing in our local paper on July 20, 2017 — but it will still be of interested to nature lovers in our…

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WHERE DID ACTUAL ¨THREE BILLBOARDS¨ FROM FILM END UP?

Source:  Excerpted from John Boyle´s ¨Answer Man¨ column/Asheville Citizen-Times ¨Question:  With the movie ¨Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri¨ being such a big hit, I´m wondering what happened to the actual three billboards?  Are they still around? Answer:  So this one is pretty humorous, although the movie is about a deadly serious subject.Frances McDormand, puts them…

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WHICH BIRDS WILL SING SPRING SONGS IN WNC?

Source:  George Ellison/Nature Journal/Asheville Citizen – Times ¨The birding season has just about arrived…yards  will soon be filled with calls and songs.  Some of the singers, like song sparrows, Carolina chickadees, tufted titmice, cardinals, towhees and Carolina wrens – are permanent residents of WNC that will breed right here.  Others – like the white-throated sparrows…

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WANT TO AVOID THE FLU WHILE FLYING? TRY A WINDOW SEAT!

SOURCE:  Mike Stobbe for AP/Asheville Citizen-Times “Worried about catching a cold or the flu on an airplane?  Get a window seat, and don’t leave it until the flight is over….That’s what some experts have been saying for years, and it’s perhaps the best advice coming out of a new attempt to determine the risks of…

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WHERE TO FIND THE EARLIEST WILDFLOWERS

SOURCE:  Excerpted from article by George Ellison for Asheville Citizen Times “There are fundamental concepts associated with every aspect of the natural world that help us understand and appreciate it more fully.  Let’s take a look at three as they apply to wildflowers…. PRINCIPLE OF VERTICALITY:  The Appalachian system as a whole reaches its greatest…

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