1) Cultural Resources Advisory Board
A meeting of the Town of Boone’s Cultural Advisory Board will take place on Dec. 16 beginning at 3:30 p.m. at the Jones House Cultural and Community Center located at 604 West King Street in downtown Boone.
2) Story Walk
The Downtown Boone Development Association and the Watauga County Library are once again partnering to bring a special Holiday StoryWalk to Downtown Boone for the month of December. Pages of the StoryWalk will be displayed in the store windows of downtown businesses. The StoryWalk begins at the library then moves down Depot St. and back up W. King St. Participants are encouraged to visit Youth Services at the Library to pick up their map. If the Library is not open families can still enjoy the StoryWalk by following the directional signs attached to the story book pages.
3) Research Volunteers Sought
Women between the ages of 18 and 50 are being recruited for a research study to be conducted at Appalachian State University. The study will investigate the influence of a dietary supplement (active hexose correlated compound) in improving immune function and in decreasing the number of sick days from the common cold. AHCC is developed from the root threads of mushrooms. The supplement contains special molecules called alpha glucans that may stimulate the immune system to clear viruses from the body, lowering the risk for the common cold. The research will be directed by Dr. David C. Neiman. Those interested in participating in the study must be healthy, nonsmoking females between the ages of 18 and 50 years, and have a body mass index between 25 and 35. For example, a BMI of 25 to 35 for a woman with a height of 5 feet four inches means that the weight is 145 to 204 pounds. This varies according to your height. Volunteers must not have a history of autoimmune disease, asthma or severe allergies; agree to make no special attempts to lose weight during the three month study; agree to maintain a normal diet and physical activity habits; and be willing to avoid the use of antibiotics, antivirals, nasal steroids, decongestants, antihistamines, combination cold formulas, Echinacea, zinc or vitamin C. Individuals selected for the study will receive $300 for adhering to all aspects of the study design. The research procedures will be conducted at Appalachian State University’s Immunology Laboratory located in North Rankin Science Building, Room 203 in Boone. Participants will come to the lab three times during the study for 15-30 minutes at which time a blood sample will be taken. Participants will also be required to keep a daily log to track common cold symptoms.