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Email Announcements We Are Receiving Today: See What’s Going On Around The Community

1) Female Participants Sought for Research Related to Arterial Stiffness and High Blood Pressure

Females between the ages of 50 and 75 are being sought for a research study at Appalachian State University related to arterial stiffness and high blood pressure. Watermelon supplementation for four to six weeks has been reported to decrease arterial stiffness in adults with high blood pressure. The primary purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of six weeks of  watermelon supplementation (compared to no treatment) on blood vessel health and blood markers of oxidative stress, antioxidant capacity, inflammation, metabolism and cardiovascular disease in adult women. The study will be conducted in Boone under the direction of assistant professor Andrew Shanely from the department of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science in the College of Health Sciences at ASU. Females between 50 and 75 years old, who have not menstruated for at least one year, are nonsmokers, not currently taking hypertension mediation and with a BMI higher than 25 are invited to apply for the study. Participants must come twice to the department’s Vascular Biology and Autonomic Studies Laboratory located at 251 Industrial Park Dr. for two mornings for 1.5 hours each time. Volunteers selected for and completing the study will receive $200. To sign up, contact Dr. Andrew Shanely at shanelyra@appstate.edu or 704-340-3976. 

2) Community Appearance Commission Meeting April 24

A meeting of the Town of Boone Community Appearance Commission will be held on Thursday, April 24 at 6 p.m. in the Planning and Inspections upstair conference room located at 680 W. King Street. 

3) Honey Bear Campground’s Easter Eggstravaganza April 18-20

April 18-20, Honey Bear Campground will host an Easter Eggstravaganza with a free concert on April 18 and on April 19 activities like a campground-wide egg hunt at 11 a.m., duck races at 12 p.m. and games and crafts. For more information, call 828-963-4586. Honey Bear Campground is located at 229 Honey Bear Campground Road in Boone. Proceeds benefit LIFT Women’s Ministries. 

4) Watauga County Public Library to Close for Easter Holiday

The library will close on Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19 for the Easter Holiday, reopening on Monday, April 21. The main library is located at 140 Queen Street in Downtown Boone. The Western Watauga Branch is located at 1080 Old 421 in Sugar Grove. 

5) Applications Being Accepted for Alpha Gamma Scholarship at Appalachian and Lees-McRae

The Alpha Gamma Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International will award two scholarships to students majoring in teacher education. One scholarship will be awarded to a student at Appalachian State University and one will be awarded to a student at Lees-McRae College. The application deadline is Friday, May 9. Applicants must be female students, graduates of a North Carolina high school and enrolled at either Appalachian or Lees-McRae College. They also must have a 3.0 GPA or better. Preference will be given to college juniors. To apply, send a letter of application with a statement of financial need, statement of commitment to teaching, list of on- and off-campus extracurricular activities, complete and current transcript and two letters of recommendation. Completed applications should be sent to Dr. Betty B. Long, Appalachian State University, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Boone, NC 28608. Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is the largest professional organization in the world whose primary purpose is the advancement of education and women educators. 

6) Vote in Every Drop Counts Poster Contest on April 24

On Thursday, April 24 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. the Town of Boone would like to invite Town of Boone residents to vote in this year’s Every Drop Counts Second Grade Poster Contest. Voting will be held at the Town of Boone Public Works building located at 321 East King Street. Every Drop Counts Second Grade Poster Contest features artwork from Two Rivers Community School and Hardin Park Elementary. The Every Drop Counts Poster Contest is a dual purpose event; celebrating both Earth Week and honoring National Drinking Water Week. Both of these events focus on the importance of clean water in our lives. This year the three themes for the poster contest are Every Drop Counts, Water-Use it Wisely and Reduce Your Use. In addition to highlighting the importance of water in our live the poster contest also comes with prizes. First prize winner will receive a brand new bicycle and helmet. Second place winner will receive an art kit complete with an easel. Third place winner will receive an outdoor exploration kit complete with day pack, magnifying glass, identification books, water bottle and other things. Honorable mention will receive an indoor conservation kit. If the entire classroom participates then the class will be treated to a Field Trip with a pizza party picnic.