On ADHD and other letters to the editor

Valley has excellent resource for ADHD

As a follow up to last week’s article about ADHD (BMN June 11), I would like to remind local residents of the wonderful resource we have at the Black Mountain Counseling Center. Ellen Begley is a licensed professional counselor with approximately 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and parents and is a professional member of the CHADD organization.

CHADD stands for Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Ellen Begley has had extensive training and experience in working with clients of all ages with attentional issues. She can be contacted at the Black Mountain Counseling Center.

Black Mountain Counseling Center provides mental, behavioral, and emotional counseling by a staff of licensed, professional counselors to children, adults and families within Black Mountain, Swannanoa and Asheville. As the only nonprofit mental health organization in the Swannanoa Valley, BMCC offers services without regard to a client’s ability to pay or insurance status. The goal is to meet the growing need in the Swannanoa Valley for mental health counseling services, especially for our lower-income clients and families.

Bill Gilliland,

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Bike plan for Black Mountain desperately needed

In response to the article on a potential bike plan for Black Mountain (BMN June 18), I am all for it. I have written letters to the editor regarding vehicular traffic patterns in town, especially trucks that drive through the town center. Black Mountain and vicinity are not bike-friendly. Our streets are too narrow and dangerous for bikers.

Speaking of dangerous intersections (as was mentioned in the article), a traffic light on Old 70 and North Blue Ridge Road is desperately needed. There have been many accidents there, including one the week of June 8 where two cars had to be towed away and there may have been personal injuries.

The city should put pressure on the Department of Transportation to put a traffic light there. It is difficult to see Old 70 when walls and shrubs are blocking the view. Bikers, cars and handicapped pedestrians, some in motorized wheelchairs from the neighboring Blue Ridge Apartments, use that intersection.

Betty Hermelee

Black Mountain