1) North Carolina Historical Review Now Available Online
The first 44 volumes (1924-1967) of the North Carolina Historical Review are now available online through the North Carolina Digital Collections. First published in the spring of 1924, the quarterly Review quickly establishd and maintains through today a reputation for scholarly excellence. Now in its 90th year of publication by the Historical Publications Sections of the Office of Archives and History, the North Carolina Historical Review has provided a forum for scholarship on North Carolina’s rich history for generations of students, historians and the general population. Each issue contains a table of contents, several articles and essays, a selection of book reviews and notes of historical interest. Since 1934, the April issue includes a bibliography of North Carolina books published in the previous year. The October issue contains a cumulative index for all four issues in that volume. Access to these new digital volumes is free and the full text of eachof the 176 issues is searchable.
2) Davis Named Freshman All-American
Center fielder Jaylin Davis became the third freshman all-American in Appalachian State University baseball history on Wednesday when he was named to the 2013 Louisville Slugger freshman all-America team, which is selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Davis, the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, hit .257 with 12 doubles, four triples, four home runs, 36 RBI, 32 runs scored and 12 stolen bases in 54 games as a rookie. On the first putched he faced in his collegiate career, he hit a three-run home run off NC State all-American Carlos Rodon to spark Appalachian State’s 6-3 season-opening win over the eighth-ranked Wolfpack. Davis would go on to his .331 over his first 31 games and boasted a .294 average as late as the next-to-last weekend of the regular season. He joins Hector Crespo (2010) and Jamie Nunn (2012) as the only freshman all-Americans in Appalachian State history. He is also Appalachian’s first SoCon Freshman of the Year in two decades (since Kenny Osborne in 1993). Davis helped Appalachian State go 30-24 in 2013. The Mountaineers reached the 30-win plateau for a school-record seventh-straight season and advanced to the SoCon Tournament semifinals for the third time in four years.
3) What is Open Door?
The Open Door program at Appalachian State University recently joined the Boone Chamber of Commerce and we’d like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves. Open Door is an outreach endeavor at Appalachian in support of the philosophy that ALL people are worthy of acceptance and appreciation. Established in 2000, Open Door has had a significant positive impact at the university and includes approximately 1,500 members of the campus community who elect to display the Open Door emblem. Now, 13 years later, we feel it’s time to take the first step toward introducing Open Door to the greater community. Open Door celebrates the value of every person’s contribution to the greater good, not in spite of human characteristics such as race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation, age or ability, but because of these and all of the other individual characteristics that make us who we are. Open door is a virtual community. It’s free to join. There are no meetings. The only requirements for participation are an open mind and an open heart. Membership is indicated by the display of the colorful emblem, members proclaim their commitment to seek out what makes each person unique, beautiful and ultimately human.
4) Grandfather Mountain State Park Volunteer Trail Work Day
Have you ever hiked a trail and wondered how it got there or who maintains it? Well your days of wonder are over. Join park rangers and help fix sections of the trails in Grandfather Mountain State Park. No experience or tools are needed as the park will supply these things. Wear sturdy closed-toed shoes, bring work gloves, comfortable work clothes, snacks and beverage. Additional items you may want to include are bug spray, sunscreen, rain jacket etc. Work can include any of the following: digging up roots and soil, moving rocks, erosion control, building a rock wall and other tasks similar in nature. This is a fun environment to work in and a great way to give back to the area to hike in. For more information, call the park office at 828-963-9522
5) Rolling Academy Symposium
Please join us for the 7th Annual Rolling Academy Symposium on June 28 from 5-7 p.m. at the Watauga High School Auditorium. The Rolling Academy is an advanced leadership expedition that uses a bus as a classroom, base camp and means for exploration and service. On June 28 we will be welcoming home the ten students of the 2013 Rolling Academy and celebrating their growth, discoveries and accomplishments. Dinner will be provided by Reid’s Catering during the evening. The event is free and open to the public.
6) The High Country Joins Dozens of Communities to Support the Parkway
Good afternoon from the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation! Plates for the Parkway is a dining event to benefit the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s an exciting event bringing together almost 70 restaurants, breweries, wine shops and more to raise funds to help us protect the Parkway. We have dozens of restaurants, wine shops, coffee shops, food trucks, ice cream ships and more from parkway communities like Boone, Banner Elk and Blowing Rock as well as places like Charlotte participating.
7) Birding in Columbia
High Country Audubon Society (HCAS) June 18 membership meeting will feature Simon Thompson, co-owner of the Asheville Wild Birds Unlimited store and director of Ventures Birding Tours. Originally from Suffolk, England, Mr. Thompson has lived in North Carolina for over 10 years. He has also lived in Lebanon, Kenya, Yemen and Ghana where his interest in birds and natural history began. In addition to traveling extensively in the United States, Simon spent six months in China studying the crane and bird of prey migration as a member of the British “China Crane Watch” expedition. His program for June 18 will describe birding in Columbia, a country with more species of birds that any other country and which provides crucial habitat for many of North Carolina’s migratory species. High Country Audubon Society’s June 18 meeting is free to the public and will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Boone. HCAS invites the public to attend the monthly meetings and field trips.
8) Community Grant Applications Now Being Accepted
Blue Ridge Electric Members Foundation Advisory Committee is now accepting grand applications from community organizations in the cooperative’s service area. The Members Foundation seeks to fund grants that help local communities in the following areas: health and wellness; education and youth; economic and community development; environmental enhancement and overall quality of life. Both small community and larger Impact Grants are available. The Foundation Advisory Committee will accept applications through August 31. Applications will be reviewed in early November and awards will be announced by mail in late November. Award presentations will be scheduled in December. The foundation was created in 2007 and has awarded over $450,000 to hundreds of worthwhile, local programs and projects. For more information about the grant program and how to apply, click here.Blue Ridge Electric is a member-owned electric cooperative utility serving some 74,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Wilkes, Avery and Alexander counties.