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LOCAL BRIEFS: Scholarships, Ted Carland honor, lawyer on '40 under 40' list, Cherokee storyteller

Rachel Malmgren, Brandi Hansen, and Ashley Brittain received PEO scholarships to pursue advanced degrees.

Plus, Letterland Live! Fall Harvest Days, free prostate screening, Camp for All BBQ Ball


PEO Chapter B awards scholarships


Chapter B of the PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) awarded scholarships recently to three women pursuing advanced degrees in their professions. The recipients distinguished themselves by their academic excellence and proven commitment to benefitting society.
Rachel Malmgren is the first recipient of the PEO Chapter B N.C. Foundation Fund initiated by Stan Rumbaugh in memory of his wife, Marcia Rumbaugh, a cherished PEO member. Malmgren’s $2,000 award will assist her in pursuing a master’s degree in education with certification as a Licensed Professional Counselor in grades K-12. She is attending Western Carolina University, Biltmore Park campus.

Ashley Brittain is the first recipient of the Chapter B PEO Foundation Fund established by member T. Ann Bauer in memory of her parents, Grover and Mildred Bauer. Brittain will apply the $2,000 award to her Ph.D. studies in nursing with specialization in nursing anesthesiology at Western Carolina University, Biltmore Park campus. Both Malmgren and Brittain previously received PEO PCE (Program for Continuing Education) grants that assisted them in reaching earlier goals.
The newest PEO PCE grant was awarded to Brandi Hansen in the amount of $1,200. Hansen is pursuing a master’s degree in social work at Western Carolina University to earn the required certification to become a social worker in our schools.

Since its inception in 1869, the nonprofit organization, PEO has helped more than 109,000 women pursue educational goals by providing more than $344 million in grants, scholarships, awards and loans, and is a steward of Cottey College. There are six active PEO chapters in Hendersonville. Chapter B is the second chapter organized in the state. To learn more about PEO and sponsored scholarships, visit or send an email to


Hunger Coalition honors Ted Carland

Ted Carland, of Carland & Anderson Inc. CPA, will be honored on Sept. 21 at the 37th annual Hunger Walk for his long dedicated service to Hendersonville community and the Hunger Coalition.
Carland has counseled the coalition and provided tax preparation services pro bono for many years, even into retirement. He personifies the spirit of volunteerism and donation of skilled expertise that is the backbone of our service minded community. He will be present at Shelter #1 in Jackson Park where walkers will be registering with donations for the walk.
Between 8:30 and 9 a.m. walkers will leave the park to walk 10, 5, or 2 miles on marked paths through Hendersonville and return to the park for refreshments, donated by many local businesses. The first 300 walkers will receive a commemorative T-shirt. All funds generated by the walk are used in Henderson County to help 11 agencies providing food to needy individuals and families in crisis. The 2019 goal is $100,000. Anyone can donate to HCHC by contacting Dick Ranges at or on Facebook Henderson County Hunger Coalition.



IAM will use grant to buy healthy foods


Interfaith Assistance Ministry has received a $1,725 grant from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation that the agency will use to purchase healthy food. The grant will enable IAM to purchase low cost healthy foods such as fresh eggs, vegetables, whole grains and other staples of a healthy diet, Moss said.
Founded in 1984 to serve as a clearinghouse for local faith congregations to assist area residents in financial crisis with food, clothing, shoes, utility bill and rent assistance, IAM has expanded over the years to include personal hygiene items, prescription assistance, linens, blankets, school supplies, transportation assistance, pet food, medical cost assistance, food for a week’s worth of three meals a day, a Working Women’s Clothing Closet and more.

Camplify receives $3,000 Rudnick grant

Camplify has been awarded a grant of $3,000 by the Perry N. Rudnick Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation of Henderson County to fund a newer endeavor called Program Six: Family Buy-in and Retention.

“The University of Chapel Hill completed comprehensive study on behalf of Camplify and its impact on children and families in late 2018,” said Kristin Dunn, executive director of Camplify. “This grant from Perry N. Rudnick will give our agency additional resources to implement action steps from that study. The goal is to build stronger relationships with the entire family, not just enrolled youth, to complete our nine year leadership journey.”

Ellis makes list of ‘40 under 40’

Hendersonville attorney Anderson Ellis has been named to Biltmore Beacon’s “40 Under Forty” leadership award list for 2019. Ellis, a member of the Van Winkle Law Firm’s business practice, works with small- and mid-size businesses on all phases of corporate life, including entity choice, formation, operations, sale/purchase and reorganizations. A graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Mississippi School of Law, he is admitted to practice in North Carolina and Tennessee state and federal courts and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has served on several community nonprofit boards, frequently in leadership roles, including the Kiwanis Club of Hendersonville, the Children & Family Resource Center, the Henderson County Bar Association and the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development. The weekly Biltmore Beacon honors rising stars of the local business community each year.

Congregational church announces forum topics

First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1735 Fifth Ave. W., invites all to its Adult Forums in the Felix Building at 9 a.m. Sundays. September topics are:
• Sept. 15: “Learning More about Ourselves,” Don Emon. A frequent speaker at the Forums, Emon is active in the community, and for many years has been the leader in this area of the Compassionate Choices Society, a national group concerned with planning for the end of life.
• Sept. 22: “Unmasking Paul,” Larry Anderson. Anderson will lead a discussion of one of John Dominic Crossan’s lectures in the church on a short letter to Philemon to see a snapshot of Paul and his place in the New Testament story. Crossan’s wry humor, everyday illustrations and charm may lead you to be interested in the books he has written about the early days of our story.
• Sept. 29: “A preview of Lost Christianities,” Mark Fagerlin. This presentation is a preview of the upcoming video series “The Lost Christianities” by Bart D. Ehrman, one of the earliest speakers in the First Congregational’s Ashley Lecture Series speakers. Fagerlin spent his career in the support of Space and Missile Defense projects before retiring to Hendersonville in 2007.

Campify’s Camp for All BBQ Ball is at Green River

Camplify will host its 12th annual Camp for All BBQ Ball dinner and square dance starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Green River Preserve summer camp. The signature event raises funds to provide a nine year leadership journey of camp and experiential learning to over 200 local students each year. The Camp for All Barbeque Ball welcomes attendees of all ages. Activities include paddling, fly fishing, arts and crafts and a silent auction. Dinner is catered by Hubba Hubba Smokehouse with a square dance directly after. Adult beverages are included in ticket purchase. Tickets are $75 per individual, $100 per couple and $125 for a family of four. Tickets are available online or at the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce. For more information or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, visit or call 828.697.2000.

Foundation, Playhouse launch Letterland Alive!

The Henderson County Education Foundation has secured funding for and collaborated with North Carolina’s state theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, and the school system’s Elementary Education & Title 1 Department to bring the Letterland Alive! phonics program to the district’s 1,900 kindergartners and first-graders.

“With $19,000 in grant funds from Community Foundation of Henderson County
and $3,800 from the St. James Charities Foundation, Flat Rock Playhouse has created and cast an original musical featuring alphabet characters from the Letterland phonics program,” Ed Foundation Executive Director Summer Stipe said. “They’ll be taking the show on the road to all 13 HCPS elementary schools this month, thanks to a van sponsored by Boyd Chevrolet Cadillac Buick Inc.”

Adopted as HCPS’ primary K-2 phonics program in the 2016-17 school year, Letterland gives each letter of the English alphabet a character and backstory: H is Harry Hat Man, E is Eddy Elephant, and T is Talking Tess. With the characters, students learn their ABCs with helpful stories that help them keep difficult letters straight.
The 40-minute musical composed by former Playhouse apprentice Ethan Andersen expands upon the Letterland alphabet characters’ backstories to reinforce the lessons young students will be learning in the classroom.
Letterland Alive! debuted Wednesday at Hillandale Elementary. Families of K-1 students will be invited to their schools’ individual performance dates.


Fall Harvest Days adds Farm Games

The Antique Engine & Tractor Club will host “The Farm Game Challenge” set for Saturday, Oct. 19, during the 34th Fall Harvest Days at the Western North Carolina Ag Center.
Teams of four to five teenagers are encouraged to participate in the Farm Games, which will include Straw/Hay Bale Stacking Timed Event , Corn Shucking Timed Event, Corn On the Cob Eating Timed Event, Sheath Toss and other games. The teams will compete against each other with an elimination challenge. Small Children will get to “Find the Prize” in the Straw/Hay Stack.
Henderson County high schools have been notified of the games and are encouraged to submit teams to the Farm Game Challenge. To sign up for the Farm Games, email with name of team and team members. Teams may be all male, all female or co-ed. Teams are limited to four or five members.


Trinity hosts A Cappellooza!

A Cappellooza!, a free musical program featuring three Asheville-based a cappella ensembles, will be singing in a special night of a cappella at Trinity Presbyterian Church at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. The vocal groups include:

• Asheville Accidental, a mixed ensemble that sings traditional barbershop four-part harmony.

• Cascade Quarter, a four-part a cappella quartet who loves to laugh, sing and entertain with a repertoire that leans toward blues, jazz, Irish and contemporary music.

• A Cappella Brewing, a vocal ensemble that sings in a variety of styles from chamber music classics to modern pop in everything from 3- to 12-part harmony.

The community is invited and all are welcome. Trinity Presbyterian Church is at 900 Blythe St.

Cherokee storyteller, flutist performs Sept. 26

The Center for Cultural Preservation launches its 2019-2020 cultural season with Cherokee storyteller and musician Matthew Tooni, a 2017 Flutist of the Year NAMMY (Native American Music Awards) nominee.
A flute player for 11 years, Tooni is also active in Cherokee culture by sharing stories and dances. He has performed in the “Unto These Hills” outdoor drama, portraying the character Elias Boudinot and the Rev. Bushyhead. Tooni wowed audiences this summer when he played for the world premieres of the center’s river heroes documentary.
Cherokee Music and Storytelling will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Thomas Auditorium at Blue Ridge Community College. Tickets are $10 and advanced reservations are strongly recommended by registering online at or calling the Center at (828) 692-8062.

The Center’s next program is Mountain Music and Storytelling with Joe Penland on Oct. 24 at BRCC. Tickets are available online at for that program as well. The Center’s new documentary film on the river heroes of the south, ”Guardians of Our Troubled Waters,” continues to screen at area venues.

Trinity Preschool’s big yard sale is Sept. 27-28

Trinity Preschool invites the community to its huge indoor yard sale 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 900 Blythe St.
The indoor yard sale will feature antiques, art, small furniture items, linens, collectables, kitchenware, tools, toys, children’s clothes, sports equipment, holiday decorations and more. Everything will be half price on Saturday.

Trinity Preschool offers young children a half-day program in a safe, nurturing Christian environment. Now in its 31st year, the program focuses on the social, emotional, and spiritual development of each child. Because Trinity believes that every child deserves a great school, scholarship options are available on a need basis. Details and registration forms are available at


Pardee hosts free prostate screening

Pardee UNC Health Care will host free prostate cancer screenings with urologist Dr. Glover Little 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at the Pardee Cancer Center, 805 6th Avenue West. Participants must call prior to the screening to get pre-qualified; walk-ins are not accepted. To schedule a screening, call 828-698-7317. Eligible candidates are men ages 40 to 75 who have never been diagnosed with or had treatment for prostate cancer and who have not had a prostate cancer screening within the last nine months.