1) Local Clinic Unveils New Therapy Laser Center
Dr. Paul Zimmerman, DPM, at 610 State Farm Road Suite C in Boone announces the immediate offering of laser therapy in the High Country. The addition of this exciting and effective technology is part of Dr. Zimmerman’s continued investment in advanced technologies and progressive procedures in podiatric medicine. Laser therapy has been used effectively for many years, but advances in technology have produced “the next generation of laser therapy” with the new MLS (Multiwave Locked System) Therapy Laser which uses specific wavelengths of light to treat painful and debilitating conditions. With laser therapy, Dr. Paul Zimmerman can offer relief to those suffering with both chronic and acute ailments such as joint pain, tendonitis, arthritis, ulcers, neuropathy, sciatica as well as sprains and strains without the use of painful injections, open-surgery or potentially habit forming drugs. “We are very excited to be able to offer this new and dramatic treatment option to patients,” Dr. Zimmerman said. Laser therapy is painless, with treatments usually lasting several minutes, and most patients see positive results in just 1-3 treatments. “when a physical condition or injury affects mobility or quality of life, there is one goal: a rapid return to every-day activities. We now have the most advanced equipment on the market to deliver these results; results that include a very rapid reduction in pain, strong anti-inflammatory effect and immediate improvement of local blood circulation,” states Dr. Zimmerman. “More and more, our patients are looking for effective treatment options that are less invasive, have no side effects, provide rapid results and speed the healing process. Laser therapy provides us with an opportunity to meet the needs of our patients, and offer the highest levels of care possible.” Dr. Zimmerman summarizes, “We pride ourselves on staying on the leading edge of technology, and educating our patients on the various levels of care available. Laser therapy is the future of the medical industry, and we feel our patients deserve to have that option when choosing the best care available. For additional information about laser therapy, contact Boone Podiatry at 828-265-3668.
2) Linville Falls Winery Event
Join us for an early Labor Day Celebration. On Saturday, Aug. 31, from 12-6 p.m., we will be doing something a bit different. We are offering 1/2 price tastings on our wines, and you will receive a complimentary Linville Falls Winery wine glass to take home. We are pleased to announce that our music for that day will be the Harris Brothers, an incredible group with great eclectic talent. Oak Moon Creamery and Carronni’s will be offering gourmet food treats to go along with some great wine. Come out and enjoy!
3) Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild Meeting
The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 1:30 p.m. We meet in the conference room on the second floor of the Senior Center on Poplar Grove Connector in Boone. Aimee Griffin, from Charlotte, will present our program. She started with a quilt shop and now her business continues online, at trade shows, retreats and other events. She has a passion for quilting, enjoys teaching classes and eagerly shared her ideas with everyone. Come meet this fascinating woman and see her beautiful quilts. Call Dolores at 295-6148 with any questions.
4) Spirit of Avery Distillery Event
Hurry before they’re gone! If you haven’t gotten your tickets for our inaugural “Spirit of Avery” do so quickly! Come out on Thursday, Aug. 29 from 5-7 p.m. at Camp Yonahnoka for tastings from seven of North Carolina’s distilleries and appetizers from Eseeola Lodge. It’s going to be a great one of a kind event that you do not want to miss. Get your tickets by calling 828-898-5605 or drop by the Avery Chamber office at Tynecastle.
5) Open House Farm Tour
Open House Farm Tour is being offered at Shady Grove Gardens and Nursery on Sunday, Sept. 8 from 2-6 p.m. at their Creston farm. This is a perfect time to see peak flower bloom, ask questions about their care and pruning, and purchase plants. Susan Wright and Brent Cochran grow over 12 varieties of hydrangea and 600 dahlias, and 200 varieties of plants at their flower farm at 2278 Peak Road in Creston. Flower lovers will have a chance to tour the rest of the flowers being grown on approximately five acres of the 76 acre farm. Walking shoes will be required on the farm’s rough terrain. Please Call 828-297-4098 for detailed directions. There is no charge for this field day.
6) First “Tag and Tax Together” Combined Bills Due Sept. 1
The first combined tag and tax notices for vehicle registration renewals and newly purchased vehicles are due Sept. 1. The new bills reflect both vehicle property tax information from counties and other taxing jurisdictions, as well as vehicle registration and inspection information. Drivers used to pay for tags and taxes separately. The new program requires one payment for both bills. Both tag renewal and tax payments must be paid in full to renew your vehicle registration. Vehicle owners with a “9” (for the month of September) sticker on their license tag are due to pay the combined bill in September. With each month that passes, additional vehicle owners will receive the new notice when their renewal is due. By mid-2014, the program should include all North Carolina vehicle owners. Combined payments will also be due on vehicles purchased on or after Sept. 1 unless the owner elects not to pay the property tax at the point of sale. In this case, the owner will receive a limited registration plate that expires 60 days after the vehicle is titled. The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will send a reminder notice to the owner stating the amount of property tax due. For leased vehicles, the person purchasing the license plate will receive the combined bill. Leasing companies will need to make arrangements with their lessee as to how they want to collect fees and taxes. An easy-to-read map of the combined notice posted on the DMV website shows where property tax information is listed and how to find vehicle registration information. After receiving your entire payment, NCDMV will renew your vehicle registration and forward the property tax portion of your payment directly to your county revenue office. Owners may pay the combined bill at their local license plate agency, online or by mail. The DMV website features frequently asked questions about the combined billing program and contact information forcounty revenue offices across the state. A Spanish version of the questions has also been posted. (Vea una version en Español de las preguntas más frecuentes.) DMV has also produced a video to help explain the new program. To figure out the projected total of your new bill, visit the Tag and Tax Estimator and plug in your vehicle information.Vehicle dealers and dealerships can also find information that explains how the program works with vehicle purchases, trade-ins and other situations. The result of a law passed by the General Assembly in 2005, the new billing combination has required the incorporation of county tax rates into the vehicle registration system. It is designed to provide an easy one-time payment of vehicle tags and property taxes for vehicle owners.In addition to the “Tag & Tax Together” information on the website, NCDMV, the N.C. Department of Revenue and North Carolina’s 100 counties have worked together to inform vehicle owners about the new combined payment program.
7) Yard Sale and Fun Day at Henson Chapel
Come one and all on Sept. 2 (Labor Day) and join us for a family event at Henson Chapel UMC from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. We will have breakfast and lunch available. Kids will enjoy our giant slide and the jump. Lots of goodies for sale. Contact pastor Katherine for additional information. 828-263-2035.
8) Alzheimer’s Care Training
North Wilkesboro and the surrounding area families are invited to attend a free Alzheimer’s CARE training workshop that will be offered in recognition of World Alzheimer’s Month. The sessions will be held on Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 9:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. at Home Instead Senior Care, 315 C Street in North Wilkesboro. Developed by Home Instead Senior Care, the Alzheimer’s or Other Dementias CARE program incorporates an innovative, hands-on approach to help families deal with the difficult behavioral changes that often are associated with the diseases. During the workshop, program experts will teach caregivers how to manage behaviors, encourage engagement and care for themselves while caring for their loved one. To reserve a spot, call Home Instead Senior Care at 336-838-4040.