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Fight building over FBEMC board race

By Jonathan Austin Yancey County News Every year, French Broad Electric Membership Corporation holds its annual meeting, and every year the customers – who are actually the owners of the corporation approve the election of a slate of directors. This year, however, there are nominees completely different from those put forward by the FBEMC management. This year, three outsiders are trying to collect enough votes to gain seats on the FBEMC board. The three outsiders - Sue Lomenzo, Barron Brown and Sherry McCuller – are seeking enough votes to replace current board members Gary Wilde, representing Buncombe County, and Warren Buchanan and Bill Riddle, representing Yancey County. “ I t ’s r e a l l y been an interesting convergence of issues,” says Taylor Barnhill of Beech Glen, one of the individuals leading the effort to put new members on the board. Some people were angered over the use of herbicide sprays to clear rights of way, he said, while others were upset that the utility seemed unconcerned about efforts to enhance solar energy. Others say the crews

hired to cut rightsof-way work with no safety protections or concerns. Barnhill himself said he became concerned when the utility cut a 100-plus year old hemlock in his yard despite the fact that he felt it hadn’t threatened the utility lines for years. “This tree was no threat to this power line,” Barnhill said, and he said he had spent more than $1,000 trying to save the tree from the insects that are destroying the hemlock stands across the mountains. “That kind of motivated me to put a little bit more time into these issues.” On their website, the organizers of the effort to put new members on the board say the “campaign began as small conversations in different communities around the FBEMC service area, when property owners became alarmed by reckless herbicide spraying, and small businesses and residents were confronted with outdated policies controlling solar installations. “Soon it became clear that this wasn’t the FBEMC that we once believed would serve the best interests of its members. Something had changed and it wasn’t solely due to the bad economy. Other important issues came to light

as our conversations expanded and connected. Three candidates emerged who, because of their experience and belief in a strong community, decided to run for the open Board of Directors positions. They have listened to the stories of people from across the region to better understand the needs of their communities and have worked together to develop a unified response to the issues.” The three nominees gathered enough signatures to be put on the FBEMC ballot, and both sides of the issue are out gathering proxies. In fact, the effort has turned into a politicalstyle campaign with advertising, community meetings and public events. Some say public arguments have broken out in Marshall as people debate who to support. It will all come to a head on Saturday when the annual utility meeting is held in Marshall. Ya n c e y r e s i d e n t s seeking change are organizing carpools to the meeting, and have been writing letters and holding conversations in an effort to collect votes. But until the votes are cast, no one knows what will happen. The meeting will be held at Madison High School.

John Fesperman, the project manager for the new fieldhouse at the softball field at Mountain Heritage High School, works Monday to install a new cougar statue at the entrance to the school.

Rabies Clinic set for Saturday

The Yancey Humane Society will conduct a rabies clinic on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Animal Shelter off Cane River School Road. Rabies vaccinations cost $6 per pet, and only the rabies vaccination will be offered. N..C. State law requires a rabies vaccination for all cats and dogs 4 months or older.

All cats must be in carriers and all dogs must be on leash. Carriers and leashes are available at the animal shelter. Just let one of the volunteers know that you need a carrier and/or a leash. Cash, checks or credit cards will be accepted. Please no large denomination bills. If you have any questions, please call 682-9510.

MHHS agriculture department schedules annual plant sale

Mountain Heritage High School FFA and Agriculture Department will be having their annual plant sale on May 9-10 from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. “We will have a wide variety of bedding plants including petunias, marigolds, begonias, geraniums, pansies, impatiens, hanging

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baskets, and vegetable plants, including several tomato varieties, bell peppers, banana peppers, squash, cucumbers and broccoli,” said agriculture instructor Olivia Watson. For additional information, please contact Watson at either oliviawatson@yanceync. net or by phone at 682-6103.

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Concerning the annual FBEMC meeting We need to protect and support the employees at FBEMC. It has been brought to my attention that employees at French Broad have been told that they need to come to the annual meeting carrying proxies to vote for the current board members. In light of these hard economic times, employees are suffering cuts in benefits and layoffs. I think this could be considered intimidation and is just plain wrong. Employees are members too, and should be encouraged to vote, and carry proxies as they see fit. In the last Electrifier Jeff Loven is finally talking about the plan to use herbicides to maintain powerline right of ways. Don’t you think it’s a little late (after the fact) to be trying to reassure people about this plan that has already been carried out in some areas with no notification or contact with land owners? No communication whatsoever about where springs and water sources are, or plant life

that do not grow to a height as to be a threat to power lines may be located on their property. Really? It may be necessary to use herbicides and could save the co-op money, but don’t you think it should be done in a more responsible way? Are all workers on these spraying crews certified in safe use of these herbicides? Large electrical companies are required by law to purchase renewable energy sources where available. Being a co-op, we are not required to do so. This gives us the flexibility to purchase from renewable sources at our own pace while protecting the financial stability of our co-op, while still working towards the goal of meeting the clean air act deadline imposed by the federal government. It’s time to stop dragging our heels on this issue as the prices of using fossil fuels keeps rising while the price of solar and other renewable energy sources keeps

falling. Not to mention fossil fuels will eventually run out. Certainly not in our lifetime, but look at the big picture, we are already passing onto our children a polluted planet as well as a national debt that is the largest in the history of our nation. It’s time for us to stop thinking about “How much is this going to cost me?” and start thinking about what not taking action on these issues is going to cost our children and grandchildren. What are we leaving for them? I encourage all of you to seek out information, use your common sense, search your heart, and take whatever action you feel is appropriate. Help your electric coop by getting involved and getting informed. Talk to your neighbors, friends, and family, and help them to get involved and exercise their right to have their voice heard. This co-op belongs us all, and affects our every day life. Please consider taking one Saturday afternoon of your time

to take a drive through some of the most beautiful mountain countryside and attend this Saturday’s FBEMC annual meeting in Marshall. Enjoy the great music, the magic show, the health fair and the fundraiser for Madison County Schools shoes and clothing fund. If you want to vote and need an official proxy, they are being made available at Ooak Gallery in Micaville, and other sources are available (See page 7). If you wish to volunteer your Saturday afternoon and wish to help those who cannot make it to the annual meeting to have their voice heard, come out to the Farmers Market in Burnsville Saturday to lend a hand. Take just a little time from your busy schedule to make a difference in your life, and that of your community. Kim McWhirter Burnsville

Seeking small business owners to jump start hiring

By Sen. Kay Hagan North Carolina’s economy depends on people like Oscar Wong. Oscar started the Highland Brewing Company nearly 20 years ago as a hobby in the basement of a taproom in downtown Asheville. Since then, he has grown the brewery from a three-person operation to a 40-person company that ships beer all over the Southeast. Oscar didn’t start his business looking to win any awards, but last year the Small Business Administration named him North Carolina’s Small Business Person of the Year. With his experience building a small business from the ground up - or basement up, in his case - Oscar was a natural choice to co-chair my newly formed Small Business Advisory Committee, which will advise me


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on legislative issues and help me develop policy proposals to support our state’s small businesses. As our economy continues to recover, I’m looking to small business owners like Oscar for new ways we can jumpstart hiring and growth in every corner of our state. The Advisory Committee, which is composed of four cochairs and 15-20 small business owners and advocates, will meet with me and my staff throughout the year. Congress has taken bipartisan steps recently to help our small businesses. We’ve passed legislation to help companies raise money, go public and hire more workers. We’ve reauthorized the Export-Import Bank to support $2 billion worth of sales for 165 North Carolina companies, the majority of which are small businesses. And I’ve reintroduced my bipartisan AMERICA Works Act to close the skills gap and help businesses find qualified workers for jobs that are available today. But I’ve found that the best way to promote small business growth is by talking with North Carolinians on the ground. They are the ones working day-in, day-out to run a successful business, foster new ones, and create a better, more economically vibrant community in the process. The Advisory Committee will provide

advice and policy ideas on how Congress can best help. Sometimes that means getting Congress out of the way; other times it may mean fixing or revising outdated regulations. As a member of the Senate Small Business Committee, I am looking forward to taking their input, feedback and ideas and giving them a voice in Washington as we work to craft legislation that affects small businesses. I plan to hold quarterly conference calls with committee members to hear about conditions facing small businesses in North Carolina. This type of dialogue is critical to ensuring policies in Washington reflect the real needs of our small businesses. One thing I already know is that Washington has to set aside the bickering and provide some certainty for small businesses in order for them to thrive. To that end, I’m working on legislation that would make permanent the temporary 15-year depreciation schedule. This will allowbusinesses to write off certain expenses much sooner, plan for the future and spend resources on expanding and hiring new workers instead of paying more taxes. I am eager to hear from the Advisory Committee about the most pressing needs for small businesses, and I will be ready to take theiradvice and policy ideas to Washington.

Book and yard sale at Mountain Heritage The Library Media Center of Mountain Heritage High School is holding its first ever James C. Byrd Media Center Book and Yard Sale. Hundreds of books from the media center collection, along with donated books, will be on sale. All books are $1 or less and include a large array of

subjects. In addition, yard sale items have been donated, and range from clothing to household knickknacks. The book and yard sale will be held in the Mountain Heritage High School Media Center on Friday, May 3, from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 4, from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

All funds raised will be used to support the MHHS media program. The goal is to update and transform the Media Center into a teen space and be an exciting area for our students. To donate or for more information, contact Jenny Tipton @ 828.682.6103

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Look Ma, I made a fish print just for you! I first heard of Gyotaku a couple of years ago. The only problem was, I could not remember the name or how it was spelled since I am not up to speed in Japanese. I was mainly interested in it because of what it was; a unique and artful way to display and memorialize a great fishing experience. In Japanese, ‘gyo’ means fish and ‘taku’ means rubbing. Hence, gyotaku is a ‘rubbing of a fish’. I thought it was great because it is something you can do yourself and it is inexpensive to create. This also makes it the perfect creation for the little one’s first fish. The first step in creating a Gyotaku print is to catch a fish. Since my new year has not been all that kind to me, I had to enlist help for this part. My now eightyear-old son Cooper provided the ideal fishing partner. It was just two years ago that he brought in his first fish. Each time we go out, he always finishes on top with the number brought in. I am not sure if it is because he is just that much better than me or if it has to do with my time is being used to bait his hook, help him cast, help get his hook loose from a limb when he decides he can cast the bait better, or just witnessing his youth and awe of nature. Either way, I am happy to assist in his success. For this story, the fishing started out a little slow. We fished with some Canadian nightcrawlers on a small #8 hook with a cork bobber. I had a spot picked out under a bridge just in case it rained. Funny thing about that spot; there was more traffic under the bridge than on top where the road was. In a space of a few hundred feet, we had acquired no less than 12 different anglers using a variety of tackle. None of which had so much as a pretend bite. I convinced Cooper to let’s head to another location and try our luck. It did take some

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convincing. As much as he likes to fish, he really, really gets bored if nothing is taking the line. So we ended up at an old fishing hole I knew about and threaded another nightcrawler. By the way, the nightcrawler farm had the best catch phrase for their bait. “Our worms catch more fish, or they’ll die trying!” It did not take long before Cooper brought in his first fish. A small bluegill that was too small for the project. A little later, he brought in a beautiful pumpkinseed. He liked the name of the species and started figuring out why it carried such a moniker. I made one last cast and left the line alone as we packed up everything. After loading the truck Cooper asked where my rod was. I told him and we walked over to where I had it sitting. However, it was no longer standing up. It was now flat on the ground twitching. I finally caught a fish! We had a short fight with the monster bream (well, average-sized bream for most people) and we both laughed now that the slump was over. He would work great for the Gyotaku print as well as provide a small meal. Part two of the print is the

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preparation of the fish. You want to clean and dry the fish completely. Use dish detergent or vinegar in the cleaning to help kill any bacteria. After washing, take paper towels and pat dry. Pay special attention to the gill area and other openings. Push the paper towels up into those areas to dry as well. Flare the fins and use something underneath them if necessary to keep them flat. For part three, there are several options. This is where the actual printing process will start. Take a paint, it can be anything from a water color, to an oil base, to an acrylic, and brush the fish with it. For fish that are multicolored or fade from one color to a lighter version, you can brush with different mixed paints as well to simulate the actual colors. For our print, we used a non-toxic paint since Cooper was involved. Now we get to the ‘taku’ part of the print. Gyotaku was originally invented in the mid 1800s as a way for Japanese fishermen to show the size of their prized catches. Rice paper has historically been the medium for the prints as it is light weight and flexible enough to reach all the contours of the fish. We did our print a little different but I will explain the process first. Take the paper and lay over the fish. Begin rubbing the paper onto the fish so the details of the scales are seen. Be sure to press the paper into the fins in order to get a good print as well. On our particular catch, we placed the fish on a piece of canvas and approached the rubbing from the opposite way, pressing the fish instead of the paper. When completed, it makes an excellent display. And if used for your kid’s or grandkid’s first fish, it will also make a treasured heirloom. You can repaint the fish to make a few other prints to share with grandparents and loved ones as well, and maybe give one as a homemade Mother’s Day gift. Bill Howard is an avid bowhunter and outdoorsman. He teaches hunter education (IHEA) and bowhunter education (IBEP) in North Carolina. He is a member of North Carolina Bowhunters Association and Pope & Young, and is an official measurer for both. He can be reached at billhoward

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Obituaries Brenda Biddix

Brenda Calloway Biddix, 63, of Burnsville Hill Road in Asheville, died Friday, April 26, 2013, at Mission Hospital in Asheville. Born on March 22, 1950, in McDowell County, she was the daughter of the late Stokes and Trula Hughes Calloway. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Larry Biddix who passed away in 1999. She was retired from Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville. She is survived by her son, Alan Biddix of Asheville; her daughters: Eva Correll and husband, Paul, of Leicester and Holly Oltrogge and husband, Michael, of Marshall; sisters Patricia Allen of Ft. Worth, Texas, Janice Koehler of Inman, S.C., and Lisa Cornett and Trena Johnson both of Morganton; brothers Terry Calloway and Tim Calloway both of Spruce Pine; and five grandchildren. Service was held Tuesday, April 30, and burial followed at the Berry Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery, with the Rev.

Dean Huggins officiating.

Linda Briggs

Linda Livingston Briggs, 65, of Mars Hill, passed away Monday, April 29, 2013. Born May 16, 1947, in Tennessee, she was a member of Big Springs Baptist Church, Elizabethton. Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Albert H. and Rebecca Simerly Livingston; and a brother, Greg Livingston. Surviving are her husband, Phillip Briggs of Mars Hill; son, Jeff Hill (Robin) of Johnson City; two stepsons, Scott Briggs (Nikka) of Asheville and Steven Briggs of Mars Hill; grandson Kyle Hill; sisters, Sherry Townsend (Carl) of Elizabethton, and Janet Hulsley (Bud) of Johnson City; brothers, Buzz Livingston (Joy) of Elizabethton, and Michael Livingston (Lynn) of Limestone. Funeral service was to be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, in the chapel of Madison Funeral Home with Reverend Tommy Justus officiating. A graveside service was to be held at 1

p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013 in the Mars Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pauline Locust

Pauline Murphy Chandler Locust, 82, of Morganton, died Friday, April 26, 2013, at Autumn Care in Drexel. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence and Dora Self Murphy. Surviving are three daughters: E. Jeannie Swann and Peggy Thomas of Morganton and Teresa Teseniar of Marion; two sons: Eddie and Douglas Chandler of Burnsville; four sisters: Rena Mace, Shirley Loftis and Dorothy Young of Burnsville and Cartha Biddix of Statesville; four grandchildren: Yvonne Swann, Tiffany Rochester and Dennis Teseniar of Morganton and Lisa Teseniar of Marion and four greatgrandchildren. A graveside service was held Sunday in the Goode Cemetery with the Rev. Kent Murphy officiating. Memorials may be made to Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home to assist with funeral expenses.

USDA expands support for SNAP benefit at farmers markets Agriculture Undersecretary Kevin Concannon has announced expanded eligibility for USDA grants to improve access to fresh produce and healthy foods by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients at America’s farmers’ markets. As a result of funding provided by Congress through the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2012, USDA last year announced the availability of $4 million in funding to expand the availability of wireless point-of-sale equipment in farmers markets not currently accepting SNAP benefits. Today’s action expands eligibility for grant funds to include direct marketing farmers, as well as farmers markets. Funds may be used to purchase or lease equipment or pay for wireless access. Funds are available to States through September 30, 2013. “These grants increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables to SNAP customers and further encourage them to purchase and prepare healthy foods for their families using SNAP benefits,” said Concannon. “In general, research shows that about 20 cents of every SNAP dollar spent on food ends up in the pocket of American farmers. Installing wireless technology at farmers markets expands the customer base for markets and increases the share of the SNAP dollar that goes directly back to local farmers and into local economies.” USDA has made expanding SNAP recipients’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables through farmers markets a priority in recent years. In 2008, about 750 farmers markets and direct marketing farmers accepted SNAP. In 2012, over 3,200 participated – a four-fold increase

in markets, which was accompanied by a sixfold increase in redemptions at these outlets. Along with other criteria, a farmers market is defined as a multi-stall market at which farmer-producers sell agricultural products,

particularly fresh fruits and vegetables (but also meat products, dairy products, and/or grains), directly to the general public at a central or fixed location. Direct marketing farmers are individual producers of agricultural products. In order to qualify for the funding announced today, the direct marketing farmer must sell products at a market stall within a farmers market that is not currently participating in SNAP. Research shows that many farmers markets and direct marketing farmers value their ability to accept SNAP as a means to attract a wider customer base and increase sales. At the same time, a significant number cited the cost of electronic benefit transfer (EBT) equipment as a barrier to accepting SNAP. These findings and others are part of USDA’s Nutrition Assistance at Farmers Markets: Understanding Current Operations report released last week. Today’s announcement helps to address this barrier by supporting farmers markets and direct marketing farmers in obtaining and operating EBT technology. To find out more about available farmers market equipment funding or to learn more about accepting SNAP benefits at your farmers market, contact your SNAP State agency or visit USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service oversees the administration of 15 nutrition assistance programs, including SNAP, that touch the lives of one in four Americans over the course of a year. These programs work together to form a national safety net against hunger. Visit www. for information about FNS and nutrition assistance programs.

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Summer food program is gearing up Yancey County families have experienced a 32 percent increase in children living in poverty (21.1 percent in 2000 to 27.9 percent in 2009, U.S. Census), high unemployment rates (12 percent September 2011, NC Division of Employment Security), and a staggering increase in proportion of students eating freeor-reduced lunch (from 49 percent in 2007 to 60 percent in 2011). Many of our families often have to make difficult choices between paying rent, utilities, health care, or buying food. In response to this, a group of community volunteers and agencies are once again working together to coordinate a summer food program to bridge the gap for children who may be relying on the school lunch programs for their primary source of nutritional food. The goal of the Summer Food Program is to serve at least 60 families, providing a home delivered food box every other week throughout the summer months. In order to maximize limited resources, various volunteers and agencies have accepted specific responsibilities. Reconciliation House will be purchasing the food through MANNA and coordinating the assembly of the boxes. Dig

In! Community Garden and MiLo Acres Farms will be providing fresh produce for all of the boxes. Yancey Transportation Authority will be scheduling the deliveries. Graham Children’s Health Services will be responsible for the overall coordination of the program. “It is exciting to be able to support such a great program during the summer months. We look forward to sharing our fresh produce with families” said Laura Seelbach, Dig In! Garden Manager. To support this wonderful collaboration of agencies, you can make a tax-deductible contribution. Donations can be made to: Graham Children’s Health Services, 202 Medical Campus Drive, Burnsville, NC 28714. To sign up to receive food boxes throughout the summer, call Yancey County Transportation Authority at 682-6144. “We know there is a need for this program and we hope the community will take advantage of it. This is a good supplement to the food and services already being offered by Reconciliation House” said John Miller, Director of Reconciliation House. This program is a collaborative effort

Come plant potatoes at Dig In! Dig In Community Garden will have a potato planting party on Thursday, May 2 - rain or shine - from 3 -6 p.m., or until finished. Five or six volunteers would be great, if more folks come, we’ve got other things we can accomplish. Items to bring with you: gloves, water, bug repellent?, hat, closed-toe shoes, a rain jacket or a change of clothing. We h a v e t h r e e varieties of seed potatoes to plant, 150 pounds total. If we finish planting before 6 p.m. there are some other tasks to do. The Dig In! Yancey Community Garden is located on Bolens Creek Road.

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Soccer Ladies The Mountain Heritage girls soccer team posed for an impromptu portrait Monday before the start of the Mountain HeritageAvery game at home. The girls played well but lost to the visiting Avery team.

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Mother’s Day round robin of tennis

On Saturday May 18 at 1 p.m., Tennis Insights presents “The first annual Mother’s Day Round Robin.” The format is a combination of men’s-ladies round robin followed by a mixed doubles format. Everyone

is guaranteed a full afternoon of hits and giggles! This event is the beginning of a comprehensive competitive, social and community oriented tennis program for Yancey County. Space is limited to the first 10 men and first 10

ladies who are eligible (mothers & fathers). Future moms allowed on a space-available basis. Refreshments provided, roses for players, awards for top players. Entry fee is $10 per player.

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Why does it matter who is elected to the FBEMC board? • Electric bills have increased substantially, service deposits increased to $500, while members struggle to make ends meet. • Net profit decreased by 31% from 2007 to 2011. Workers were laid off and benefits cut. Meanwhile, the General Manager’s total compensation grew to $352,000, an 88.9% increase from 2007 to 2011. • Members of the Board of Directors and the top four executives received $1.1 million in total compensation in 2011. • FBEMC electric rates are some of the highest in the region and are detrimental to businesses and jobs. • FBEMC’s policies on renewable electricity from solar, wind, and micro-hydro are outdated and short-sighted, focusing on short-term revenue protection for FBEMC instead of long-term benefits to members from savings on increasing costs of nonrenewable fuels. • Herbicide spraying around drinking water sources and other sensitive areas by poorly trained contractors threatens human health and small family farm businesses. • Property rights are regularly abused in right-of-way maintenance by FBEMC contractors. • Decisions by the Board and management are made without adequate input from members who often feel that their concerns are ignored. • The Board needs fresh perspectives and improved oversight to better serve members.

Elect Sue Lomenzo, Barron Brown and Sherry McCuller to the board of directors of French Broad Electric Membership Corporation!

Sue Lomenzo - Buncombe County

Barron Brown – Yancey County

Sherry McCuller – Yancey County

• Communications Consultant for Nonprofits • A focus on alternative energy sources • Currently on the board of the Asheville YWCA • Experience working with nonprofit boards and in senior management positions of nonprofit organizations • Wants women represented on the board and more transparent and democratic decision making

• Education in electrical engineering and computer engineering from Vanderbilt University • Farmer, craftsman, and small business owner in Yancey County • Resident of Bee Log Community for 25 years • Wants to lower member fees

• Has helped raise $276 million in grant funds for infrastructure in rural areas since 1999 • Has worked with rural cooperatives and believes in the cooperative model • Worked in association with the Rural Utilities Service and Appalachian Regional Commission • Wants to see more member involvement with the EMC and more sustainable practices

Members of the French Broad EMC elect the board of directors, who are charged with overseeing management of the organization. Directors serve three year terms. In 2013 there are four seats open to the board of directors. The election will occur between 3 and 5 p.m. on May 4 at Madison County High School in Marshall. Members must be present at the annual meeting to vote, or they can assign a proxy to vote for them. Each member of the EMC with an account in good standing is eligible to vote. Each account receives one vote. Each member can vote for all of the open seats. The EMC mailed proxy forms to each member. If you misplaced your proxy, blank proxies may be picked up FBEMC local office or from any of the candidates. Find out more about the issues, the candidates, and get proxy forms at Blank proxies may also be picked up and signed proxies dropped off at OOAK Gallery, 573 Micaville Loop - Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Meet the Candidates and discuss the issues at the Burnsville Farmers Market on Saturday May 4, 8:30 a.m. – 1p.m. Blank proxies may be picked up and signed proxies dropped off during that time. Carpools are being organized at the Farmer’s Market to take members to Marshall to vote, starting at 1 p.m. Members needing a ride or those who can drive others to Marshall should meet with the candidates as early as possible, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Come out and vote, or send your proxy with a friend!

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What’s to eat at the elementary schools? Friday, May 3

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Take care of your gallbladder so it can help you

By Medea Galligan MS Nutrition, CHHC, AADP Despite what you may have been told, the gallbladder serves a very important digestive function. The gall bladder is a hollow inactive organ supplying bile to the digestive tract that is mainly used to emulsify fats and oils. What is emulsification, you may ask? One can easily understand this concept when washing greasy dishes. It is nearly impossible to properly clean greasy dishes without soap - the soap emulsifies the grease so it can be removed. Similarly, the gallbladder stores bile and bile acids, which emulsify the fat one eats so it can be properly transported through the intestine into the blood stream. As I discussed in previous articles, if one does not have enough fats in the diet, the entire physiology will be disrupted, leading to numerous symptoms from the ability to lose weight to chronic skin conditions. Unfortunately - due to the popular myth that your gallbladder is not important - nearly one million people have unnecessary surgery to have their gallbladder removed! However, it is rarely ever necessary to remove someone’s gallbladder. If one ignores warning symptoms and does not address the reasons why their gallbladder is not functioning properly, than the disease can progress to the point where the pancreas is inflamed or the gallbladder is seriously infected and may have to be removed to save a person’s life. But more than half the time the gallbladder is taken out, the patient’s pain that prompted the surgery still remains. This is because while the discomfort and pain associated with gallstones, the symptom, was removed with the gallbladder, the underlying problem of an unhealthy diet of processed foods and lack of exercise was never addressed. A cleaner diet results in healthier, thinner bile, allowing the body to self-regulate and eliminate the problem. If you have abdominal pain that is immediately below your last rib on your right side and lined up with your right nipple, especially if your press down in that spot, there is a good chance that you have a gallbladder problem. When the liver is constantly stagnant, sediment often settles out of the bile and forms accumulations that resemble stones, sand or mud in the gallbladder. These stones are usually a combination of bile, cholesterol, calcium salts, and bilirubin, in differing amounts of each. These stones can be black, red, white, green, or tan-colored. The most common found during a flush is the pea-green color, which contain the highest concentration of cholesterol and are generally

soft and easy to crumble. As the stones grow and become more numerous, they clog the tubing, creating back pressure on the liver, causing it to make less bile. The back-up of bile can cause jaundice, which gives a yellow coloring to the skin and the whites of the eyes. Pigment gallstones are generally black and brown and contain more calcium than cholesterol. Research shows that bacteria plays a central role in the formation of pigment gall stones. Stones found in the bile ducts, regardless of consistency, nearly always have a bacterial component.

but it also has been consistently associated with a decrease in gallbladder problems. If the pain persists, however, there are numerous less invasive, dramatically less expensive, and decidedly less irreversible options than removing an organ that obviously exists in your body for a reason. Anyone who has had their gallbladder removed will then need to take some form of bile salts with every meal for the rest of their life if they wish to prevent a good percentage of the good fats they eat from being flushed down the toilet - proving that the gallbladder does in fact perform a very important function! Despite what you may have heard, it only makes sense to protect the health of your gallbladder now than to suffer the probable consequences Symptoms Of Gallstones of living the rest of your life Symptoms of a gallbladder attack without it. are often caused by gallbladder stones. A stone may block the neck A Gradual Cleanse - A Safer of the gallbladder or get stuck in a Option Than Surgery bile duct inhibiting the flow of bile A gradual, gentle gallbladder or possibly causing a backing up cleanse is one of the ways that you of bile. However, short of causing can support your gallbladder, and an actual attack, stones may be your digestive system, in returning present for years and never cause to a pain and symptom-free state any symptoms at all. The gallstones of health and balance. For those can impair the functioning of the unsure of how much sediment or gallbladder, however, which can stones they may have, a slow and result in any of the common Gentle 21 Day Gallbladder Cleanse gallbladder symptoms. These is recommended and cleansing two include indigestion, flatulence, or three times a year ensures a periodic pain below the right side healthy gall bladder. During the of the rib cage, tension in the back cleanse be sure to avoid all foods of the shoulder near the neck, a high in fat, including meats, all bitter taste in the mouth, and chest dairy products, and eggs, as well pain. as refined sugars, refined flours, The first step is to improving hydrogenated oils, all sweetened the health of your gallbladder is to drinks like soda, and irritants like immediately remove refined foods coffee and heavy spices. Eating lots from your diet, especially synthetic of fresh and lightly steamed and fats like hydrogenated oils. The sautéed vegetables, live fermented second step is to begin exercising foods like homemade sauerkraut at least 30 minutes a day, every (for an immune-boosting dose of day. Not only does regular exercise healthy probiotics), fresh organic improve your blood sugar levels, fruits, and soaked and sprouted immune function, reduce stress, legumes that will help clear the build muscle and strengthen bones, gallbladder of accumulated stones

and sediment. There are a number of foods that can hasten gallstone removal, and they include lemons, limes, parsnips, pears, seaweed and turmeric. Whole beets and radishes are also an excellent way to thin the bile, so for the entire 21 days eat beets and 1-2 radishes a day between meals and drink three cups of cleavers tea or five cups of chamomile tea a day. Organic flax seed oil is also very important in restoring the health of the gallbladder. For every 160 pounds of body weight, use five teaspoons of cold-pressed flax seed oil. Pour the flax oil over your food during one meal of the day or divide into half and use on two meals. Take the flax oil six days a week for the 21 days, but then continue to take it for two months. Although there are many websites that discuss a 24 hour gallbladder cleanse and the immediate flushing of stones, a gradual cleanse and the long term transition to a diet of whole, unprocessed foods and an active lifestyle is really the only way to both prevent gall stones and gallbladder dysfunction and support your body to returning to health. While the excitement of going on a cleanse or doing a detox, just like going on a diet, is appealing to many and even addictive to some, the benefits are rarely experienced. It is only through the desire for better health, a willingness to learn, and the gradual adoption of a healthy lifestyle that is lived day in and day out can we expect to experience the tremendous benefits of radiant health and vitality. Sources The New England Journal of Medicine September 9, 1999;341:777-784, 836-837. http://www.gallbladderattack. Save the Date - Burnsville Fit Families 5K Run & Walk is May 18

Veggie Frittata Compliments of This is a great way to make the most of the veggies that you have while enjoying a warm and filling breakfast, brunch, lunch or even dinner! This recipe uses Brussel sprouts and spinach, but feel free to substitute with whatever is on hand, in season or local. Serve with fresh orange slices and enjoy! 2 garlic cloves, minced Ingredients 1 teaspoon garlic powder 8 organic eggs, whisked ½ teaspoon paprika 2 cups brussels sprouts, cut in fourths sea salt and pepper, to taste 5-6 cups fresh spinach avocado, to garnish 3 tablespoons bacon fat chopped parsley, to garnish 2 teaspoons truffle oil Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 2. Place a large skillet over medium high heat and add the bacon fat. Once pan is hot, add minced garlic, brussels sprouts and a bit of salt and pepper. Let cook until browned on one side, then use a spatula or flip of the wrist to move the sprouts around. 3. After about 5-6 minutes, add the spinach, cover to help steam and cook for about 3-4 more minutes until spinach is cooked down and soft. 4. While spinach is finishing cooking, whisk your eggs in a large bowl, then add the truffle oil, garlic powder, paprika, and salt about pepper, along with the cooked spinach and brussels sprouts. Mix well. 5. Pour into preheated stainless skillet with oven proof handle. 6. Place in oven and cook for 15-18 minutes depending on the size of the skillet. You’ll know when the frittata is done cooking when you press on the middle and it pushes back a bit. 7. Top frittata with a dribble more of truffle oil, avocado, and parsley. Enjoy!

MAY 2, 2013


Make the house safe, then let the child play

By John Rosemond Q: Is it OK to start teaching our one year old how to play independently? He screams and cries when I put him in any type of enclosure if he can’t get “free” (even when I arrange the furniture in a way that he has a very ample play area). Is there a method to teach him how to play by himself for at least a little bit? It seems I am following him around the house all day so he can’t get into trouble, or hurt himself or damage furniture etc. We have our house “baby-proofed” but he is very creative with the things he likes to get into. A: First, you don’t “teach” a 1-year-old to play independently. They begin playing independently, on their own, as soon as they begin moving around. Second, you’ve told me (without realizing that you’ve told me) that your son is already playing independently. You write, “…he is very creative with the things he likes to get into.” You’ve described the way a 1-year-old plays. They get into things. They rummage, crumple, tear, feel, taste, throw, and the like. That’s why store-bought toys are a waste of money for a child this age. It doesn’t matter that a team of child development experts deemed a certain toy “developmentally




appropriate” and that you can only purchase it from a catalog or online, it’s a waste of money. Ordinary household “stuff” is what 1-yearolds want. They seem to intuitively realize that store-bought toys are an attempt to distract them from the truly interesting stuff that’s sitting on shelves and hidden in drawers and cabinets. Their two-part creed seems to be “If I don’t find it, it’s not worth playing with” and “The worth of a toy is inversely proportional to the effort the big people make to get me to play with it.” If you feel compelled to follow your son around all day so he doesn’t get into forbidden stuff, then you haven’t baby-proofed adequately. First, gate off rooms that can’t be proofed without major rearranging. In other

words, don’t gate him into a room; rather, gate him out of certain rooms. Then, go into every room that’s not gated and remove everything that poses risk to him. Replace every item you remove with a common household item that is safe. Examples are empty product boxes (put a surprise in each one) and other containers, pots, kitchen utensils, and so on. Your son is screaming because (a) you’re gating him in rather than gating him out and (b) the stuff you’re gating him in with doesn’t interest him. Every store that sells child-proofing paraphernalia carries child-proof cabinet latches. If there’s no reasonable alternative to keeping certain “bad” stuff in a certain cabinet, then by all means use a child-proof latch (although I have heard that some kids - future safecrackers, no doubt - figure them out). I generally prefer, however, to make cabinets safe places and let toddlers explore and hide in them. The more effective you are at childproofing, the more independently and longer your son will play, and the smarter he will become as he does so. And the more relaxed a mother you will be. Family psychologist John Rosemond answers questions at

Burnsville Fit Families run, walk set for May 18

The Burnsville Fit Families 5K Run & Walk will begin on Saturday, May 18, at the Burnsville Town Square at 4 p.m. The certified 3.1-mile course is both scenic and challenging. Kids under 18 can participate for free! This is a great opportunity for families to get fit together. If you’ve been looking for the motivation to begin exercising, now is your chance! According to WebMD, some of the biggest reasons to be physically active include: • • • • •

Exercise boosts brainpower Movement melts away stress Exercise gives you energy Exercise helps ward off disease Fitness pumps up your heart

If those are not reason enough to join the event, consider the fact that this event benefits Graham Children’s Health Services. Over the years, Graham Children’s Health Services has led many community projects including the renovation of the Burnsville Gym, construction of Kid Mountain, establishment of Centro de Enlace and Toe River Dental Clinic and recently constructed the playground out at Cane River Park. Graham Children’s Health

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2 marker is next to the turn onto North Main. Take North Main to Green Mountain Drive. Turn right onto Green Mountain Drive and go around School Circle. Head back down Green Mountain Drive and turn left onto North Main Street. Head up the hill with the finish at the Baptist Church. Parking: The town square will be blocked off. Parking is available at First Baptist Church.

Services also staffs Healthy Yancey and the Mitchell Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force. The BFF race begins at Burnsville Town Square. From there, head past Burnsville Town Hall and down West Main Street to Cherry Lane. Turn right on Cherry Lane to Sunset. Turn right on Sunset to Robertson. 1 mile marker is just past the crest of the hill along with a water station. Turn right on Robertson to West Main Street. Turn left onto West Main Street and back up the hill. At the square bear left to North Main Street. Turn left onto North Main. Mile

Special thanks to Blue Ridge Regional Hospital and Blue Ridge Medical Center – Yancey Campus for being the event’s major sponsor. “We are proud to support this great community event” said Oscar Weinmeister, CEO, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital and Graham Children’s Health Services board chair. “The Burnsville Fit Families 5K is an excellent way to encourage fitness for the whole family.” The Burnsville Elementary Girls on the Run program will be participating in the Burnsville Fit Families 5K again this year. This is a great opportunity to come out and cheer on these girls that have been running and working hard all semester long. To register for the 5K, go to www. or call 682-7899.

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The only independent, locally owned newspaper in Yancey County.

May 2, 2013, Yancey County News  

The only independent, locally owned newspaper in Yancey County.