Friday, May 26, 2017

American Red Cross Offers Memorial Day Safety Tips

While we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice this Memorial Day, many will spend the weekend with friends and family. Many will take a road trip, have their first picnic of the season, enjoy their first dip in the pool or day on the river or lake. To help stay safe this holiday weekend, follow these tips from the American Red Cross.


  • Be well rested and alert, use your seat belts, observe speed limits and follow the rules of the road.
  • If you plan on drinking alcohol, designate a driver who won’t drink.
  • Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
  • Use caution in work zones. There are lots of construction projects underway on the highways.
  • Don’t follow other vehicles too closely.
  • Make frequent stops. 
  • Clean your vehicle’s lights and windows to help you see, especially at night. Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather. Don’t overdrive your headlights.
  • Don’t let your vehicle’s gas tank get too low. If you have car trouble, pull as far as possible off the highway.
  • Carry a Disaster Supplies Kit in your trunk.
  • Let someone know where you are going, your route and when you expect to get there. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.


  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
  • Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
  • Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
  • Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire. 
  • Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using grills.


  • Do your part, be water smart! Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well.

  • Adults: actively supervise children; stay within arm’s reach of young children and newer swimmers. And kids: follow the rules.
  • Don’t just pack it; wear your U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket – always when on a boat and if in a situation beyond your skill level. Inflatable children’s toys and water wings can be fun, but they are no substitute for a life jacket and adult supervision.
  • Swim as a pair near a lifeguard’s chair - everyone, including experienced swimmers, should swim with a buddy in areas protected by lifeguards.
  • Reach or throw, don't go! Know what to do to help someone in trouble, without endangering yourself; know how and when to call 9-1-1; and know CPR.
  • Don’t fool with a pool: fence it in. Enclose your pool and spa with four-sided, four-foot fencing and use self-closing, self-latching gates. 

There is always a need for volunteers and blood. To learn about volunteer opportunities near you, visit To find a blood drive or location near you, visit

DOWNLOAD RED CROSS APPS The Red Cross app “Emergency” can help keep you and your loved ones safe by putting vital information in your hand for more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts. The Red Cross Swim App promotes water safety education and helps parents and caregivers of young people learning how to swim. The Red Cross First Aid App puts instant access to information on handling the most common first aid emergencies at your fingertips. Download these apps by searching for ‘American Red Cross’ in your app store or at

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

About the American Red Cross Asheville – Mountain Area Chapter

The American Red Cross Asheville - Mountain Area Chapter serves a population of more than 775-thousand people in the counties of Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania and Yancey. It is part of the American Red Cross Western North Carolina Region, which proudly serves the 47 counties in the western half of the state, 53% of the state’s population. For more information, please visit

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Asheville Fine Art Show announces winners

Hot Works’ inaugural Asheville Fine Art Show held May 20 & 21, 2017 at the U.S. Cellular Center brought 100 artists to showcase and sell their art in all forms of disciplines including: painting, sculpture, clay, glass, wood, fiber, digital, jewelry, photography and more. This fine art and fine craft show was juried by art professionals with 120+ years combined art education and/or art show experience and brought many artists to Asheville for their very first time. All artwork was original and personally handmade by the artists who participated in the show. There was something for everyone, in all price ranges.

The Asheville Fine Art Show is sponsored by Hot Works, a professionally produced fine art fair with an outstanding national reputation for producing top-notch art shows. Hot Works has four other established quality juried fine art and fine craft shows in Estero and Boca Raton, Florida and West Bloomfield, Michigan - all voted top 100 art shows in the nation. Institute for the Arts & Education is the associated 501(c)3 non-profit organization which focuses on visual arts, diversity, community enrichment and fostering art education among youth.

As part of our commitment to bring art education into the community, the Youth Art Competition for students in grades K-8 or ages 5-13 was integrated into the art fair. This year included 12 entries from 8 schools. Sponsored by Institute for the Arts & Education, there were four prizes with $250 in Youth Art awards. This program exposes students to the entrepreneurship of doing something they love for a living, which is creating their art. It also brings families to the art show who may not have otherwise attended, and exposes them to great art.

In order to recognize exceptionally talented artists in the show, there were seventeen Professional Artist Awards. Mark Forman, a retired art educator and artist with 60+ years of art education and/or art fair experience was the selected “Artist Judge”. Mr. Forman traveled from Boca Raton to judge this art show. On Saturday, he judged the artists, with criteria centered on technique/execution, originality, and booth appearance.

Following the selection of awards, a “Prize Patrol” team distributed the awards. Included were:
·         Mark Forman, Artist Judge
·         Cecil Bothwell, Council Member, City of Asheville
·         Patty Narozny, Executive Producer, Asheville Fine Art Show

Each of the 17 winning artists, who travelled to Asheville from eleven different states, were met and greeted by the “Prize Patrol” team and provided with a beautiful two-foot long ribbon that they displayed in his/her booth for the remainder of the art fair. It was a very positive experience for the artists to meet Councilman Bothwell, who took the time to attend the art show and be there to distribute prizes and to congratulate the winning artists in the show. On behalf of Hot Works and the artists in the show, we are very grateful to have had Councilman Bothwell present at the show, and look forward to returning to Asheville for many more years to come.

2017 Asheville Fine Art Show Professional Artist award winners were:

Two $500 Best of Show Awards:
Brian Moroney, Sculpture, Westminster, SC,
Carrie Pearce, Painting, Peoria, IL,
Five $100 Awards of Excellence:
Lynn Harrisberger, Jewelry, Virginia Beach, VA, Lisa Le Mair, Jewelry, Southern Shores, NC, John Sterling, Wood, Millmont, PA,
Mia Tyson, Fiber, Tega Cay, SC,
Mark Whitley, Sculpture, Smiths Grove, KY,

Ten Awards of Distinction (non-monetary):
Kent Epler, Sculpture, New Albany, IN,
Nancy Green, Clay, Watkinsville, GA,
Beverly Hayden, Mixed Media, Chattanooga, TN,
Gary Keener & Mark Schultz, Wood, New Carlisle, OH,
Julie Merrill, Jewelry, Asheville, NC, Kipley Meyer, Mixed Media, Madison, GA, James Pearce, Wood, Peoria, IL,
Lynn Saad, Fiber, Holland, OH,
David Talley, Wood, Tenants Harbor, ME,
Verna Witt, Clay, Waxhaw, NC,

Save the Date
HotWorks’ 2nd annual Asheville Fine Art Show
May 2018
Downtown Asheville

Friday Staffing posts hot jobs of the week

Job Description/Requirements
Pay Rate
Laborer (93030)
Loading and Unloading Tires from Trucks
Hanging tires on hooks that take them up into racks to then be put on shelves into stock.
Great attendance required
Will also help in shipping and pulling of orders.
Flat Rock, NC
1st Shift
Mon – Fri
Temp to hire
Manual Milling/Lathe (93168)
Machine Shop-Seeking candidates with experience in the operation of Manual Mills and Lathes as well as grinders, buffers, drill presses etc. TIG welding experience is a plus. We are looking for someone who likes to learn and would like to grow and advance long term.
Weaverville, NC
Tool and Die (93175)
3 to 4 years of plastic mold repair experience.
Basic skills gained through high school education or GED; specifically reading and math skills. Technical skills a plus.
Fletcher, NC
1st Shift
Temp to hire
Machine Operator (93243)
A high school diploma or equivalent. Forklift certification. Six months manufacturing experience. Must be proficient in mathematics.
Hendersonville, NC
3rd Shift
Temp to hire
Press Packer (93424)
Properly use calibers and micrometers to measure parts.
Install and remove tooling package.
Adjust die heights to establish and maintain parts.
Monitor parts, tooling and hand tool supplies.
Complete required general and preventative maintenance items for continuous, reliable and safe operation of related equipment.
Dependable and motivated employees only.
Fletcher, NC
2nd Shift
Mon - Fri
Maintenance 1st shift (93538)
AAS degree plus two years multi-skilled experience with electrical, mechanical, hydraulics and controls or 5 years multi-skilled experience with electrical, mechanical, hydraulics and controls preferably in the plastics industry.
Fletcher, NC
Broach Operator (93642)
Great attendance required
Produces machined parts per specifications and operating a computer numerical control (CNC) machine. Operator is also responsible for maintaining quality and safety standards; maintaining appropriate records, as well as maintaining equipment and supplies.
Arden, NC
1st & 2nd shift available w/ $0.50 shift differential
Mon – Fri
Temp to hire
Electronics Technician/Assembler (93714)
Local manufacturer seeks Electronics Technician/Assembler for microprocessor based temperature measurement devices.
Education/Experience: AAS in Electronics Technology or related field. Experience in a product testing environment is desired but NOT required. Will train the right individual.
Woodfin, NC
Assembly (93776)
Assemble, test and pack lightweight product.
Attention to detail
Previous assembly experience required.
Self-motivated employees only
Flat Rock, NC
2nd Shift
Mon - Fri
Commercial Insurance (93790)
Our company is looking for an individual to join our family. We appreciate people who thrive on procedures, precision and quality. You will be auditing the incoming Certificates of Insurance, reporting compliance to agents and clients, and calling Insurance agents to verify policy coverage and cancellations. Commercial insurance experience is required!
Arden, NC
Flag Tag Operator (93867)
Correctly apply identifying tags to product for accurate customer shipment information. Utilize computer work instructions and basic math skills to ensure accuracy of shipping and production weights.
Use of micrometer, hoists and various hand tools.
Should have previous experience working in a manufacturing environment, working with heavy machinery
Hendersonville, NC
2nd Shift
Mon – Fri
Temp to hire
GED/HSD Required
Forklift Drivers/Material Handlers (93888)
Receive, ship, handle, store and issue material according to established Company procedures.
Operate material handling equipment safely to perform assigned tasks.
Utilize approved computer systems, to insure that accurate inventory transactions are made.
Mills River, NC
Temp to hire
Forklift Drivers/Material Handlers (93889)
Receive, ship, handle, store and issue material according to established Company procedures.
Operate material handling equipment safely to perform assigned tasks.
Utilize approved computer systems, to insure that accurate inventory transactions are made.
Mills River, NC
$12-$13.40/hr Temp to hire
Press Operator (93929)
Fast paced environment where attendance is crucial for success.
Safely and properly operate crane(s) .
Properly use calibers and micrometers to measure parts; mechanically inclined
Install and remove tooling package.
Measure and visually inspect parts during production
Close attention to detail is a must!
Fletcher, NC
3rd Shift
Mon - Fri
Furnace Operator (93932)
Long Term position
Operate cranes; lift truck with boom or forks
Load and unload charge tables per direction from production control manager.
Knowledge of MSA gas analyzer calibration.
Perform preventive maintenance on furnace, NX, RX and backup generator.
Highly motivated employee's only
Fletcher, NC
3rd Shift
12 hour shifts