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LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS: Homeless youth, giant chestnuts, fish scholarship

Homes For Youth will hold an informational meeting for the community at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, at First United Methodist Church, 204 Sixth Avenue West.

The public is invited to learn more about youth homelessness in Henderson County and the steps that Homes For Youth is taking to address this issue.

Established last year by Henderson County Churches United, the nonprofit group is committed to providing stable, safe and appropriate housing for homeless youth in Henderson County. To date this school year, Henderson County school officials have identified 280 homeless children, approximately 70 of whom are unaccompanied, which is defined as living alone and without family support.
"The statistics on homelessness, especially for unaccompanied youth, are heart-breaking," says Dr. Kathleen Lambert, Homes For Youth board president. "We may not notice in the middle of this affluent area, but we have neighbors in need. As a community, we can work together on solutions."
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'Restoring Mighty Giant' describes chestnut recovery

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy will host a presentation entitled "Restoring the Mighty Giant: Creating Resistance to Two Pathogens" at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in at the Transylvania County Public in Brevard.
Until the early 20th century the American chestnut was one of the most prominent species throughout eastern hardwood forests. The accidental introduction of chestnut blight and ink disease resulted in the decimating loss of American chestnut throughout our region.
Tom Saielli, Southern Regional Science Coordinator of the American Chestnut Foundation, will describe how the foundation developed a blight-resistant tree and about its ongoing work to develop resistance to ink disease.

Guitar ensemble presents final Chamber Music show

The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet will close the Hendersonville Chamber Music's 2015 season with a performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at First Congregational Church in at Fifth Avenue and White Pine Drive in Laurel Park.

Called "one of the major guitar ensembles in the world," the quartet presents original works and commissions as well as its own brilliant arrangements of music by such composers as Ginastera, Piazzolla, Debussy and the Finnish folk-based music of Maria Kalaniemi. New arrangements showcase music by jazz pianist Hiromi, Prince's "Purple Rain" and The Easy Beats' "Friday on My Mind." These ventures represent the quartet's intention to bring its audiences distinctive and imaginative experiences.


Applications accepted for fish-oriented scholarship

High school seniors can now apply for a Pisgah Chapter of Trout Unlimited William L. Arbuckle Memorial Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year, the Community Foundation of Henderson County announced.
A $1,000 award, the scholarship is offered for any student accepted to an accredited degree granting college or university within the Southern Appalachian Region. Recipients must be pursuing undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in the field of fisheries and wildlife management, aquaculture, freshwater biology, or other related fields. Preference will be given to those who have expressed a desire to pursue work related to freshwater fisheries and/or native trout populations.
The deadline to apply for the Arbuckle Scholarship is April 1. Applications can be obtained by contacting the Community Foundation office at (828) 697-6224, visiting the Community Foundation office at 401 N. Main Street, Ste. 300, in downtown Hendersonville or emailing