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Today’s Email Announcements

1) Fall Open House at ASU Set for Sept. 26

Prospective students and their families are invited to experience life at Appalachian State University at Fall Open House, Sept. 26, in Holmes Convocation Center.

Meet faculty, tour campus and learn about financial aid, scholarships, admissions and more during the event.

The day begins at 8 a.m. with student performing groups and videos, then a family assembly from 9-9:30 a.m. followed by an information fair until noon. Mini sessions from 10 a.m. until noon will cover freshman admissions and scholarships, diversity at Appalachian, education abroad, financial aid, The Honors College, First Year Seminar, the general education program and residential learning communities.  There will also be student and faculty panels and the opportunity to meet admissions counselors.

Student Ambassadors will provide tours of campus from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., with guided tours of residence halls and academic departments from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

A special information session for transfer students will be held at 10 a.m. and again at 11:30 a.m.

Individuals requesting reasonable accommodations due to a disability for events should contact the Office of Disability Services at 828-262-3056.

To register or for more information including parking, visit admissions.appstate.edu/visit/open-house.

2) NC ABC Seller/Server Training Seminars in Boone

As college students across North Carolina return to school for the Fall semester, the Governor’s Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking Prevention and Treatment Task Force, along with law enforcement agencies, the ABC Commission, DMV License and Theft, local ABC Boards and the Western Youth Network Prevention Coalition are increasing their focus on preventing underagedrinking. A crucial part of this intensified focus includes providing training programs for ABC on-premise (private clubs and restaurants) and off-premise (convenience stores, ABC stores, and grocery stores etc.) permit holders in the High Country area to ensure that these businesses fully understand and comply with the law. The NC ABC Commission conducts on-going year-round training for new and existing on and off-premise establishments and stores. These additional training offerings are in coordination with the Governor’s Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking Task Force’s six-university campus grant program to further educate the server/seller community on proper alcohol sales.

These programs, two of which will be held on Tuesday, September 15 at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at the McKinney Alumni Center (553 Blowing Rock Rd, Boone, NC 28608), will provide training, at no cost, in the following areas:

  • Eliminating Sales to Underage: Acceptable IDs, Checking IDs, Fake IDs, Server Discretion, Criminal Consequences, Civil Liability, Employee Disqualification
  • Private Club Rules: Hours of sale, Age requirement, Employees consuming
  • Eliminating Sale to Intoxicated Persons: Server Discretion, Criminal Consequences, Civil Liability, Employee Disqualification
  • Other Laws, Rules, and Regulations and corresponding penalties

In addition to promoting responsible business practices regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages, the seminars align with the goal of the NC ABC Commission’s Talk It Out Campaign, a new statewide initiative targeting underage drinking in North Carolina.

“We are pleased to support this type of focused training in cities and towns where underage drinking has an immense impact,” said Jim Gardner, Chairman of the NC ABC Commission. “Sellers and servers of alcoholic beverages at establishments around these schools have an enormous responsibility. We want to be pro-active in helping them to do their jobs correctly when it comes to preventing underage drinking.”

After the programs, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) and local law enforcement in Watauga County may intensify enforcement efforts to ensure that ABC permitted businesses are fully complying with all laws and regulations, including those that prohibit underage people from purchasing, possessing, or consuming alcohol.

For more information about the NC ABC Commission’s efforts to prevent underage drinking, visit http://www.talkitoutnc.org.


North Carolina is one of 17 states to regulate alcohol through a control system. Since 1937, the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has provided regulation and control over the sale, purchase, transportation, manufacture, consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages in the state of North Carolina. The Commission oversees permits allowing alcohol sales by more than 18,000 retail outlets across the state. http://abc.nc.gov.

3) Day Break Program Now Accepting Applications

Day Break, a social model group respite program, currently has openings for its 2 new weekly Tuesday and Friday sessions. Day Break will be open each Tuesday at Alliance Bible Fellowship from 1:00pm-5:00pm and each Friday at Boone United Methodist Church from 9:00AM to 2:00PM. Family Caregivers of loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, other dementias and memory loss are encouraged to participate.

Day Break provides stimulating activities and opportunities for socialization for those with memory loss while providing a much-needed and very well deserved break to their caregivers.

Other services that are made available to Day Break’s caregivers include but are not limited to the following: information and assistance to appropriate health, mental health and social services agencies; caregiver education and trainings; caregiver support groups; annual caregiver appreciation dinners and events; and individual consultation and support.

Day Break is limited to ten (10) participants per session, who are in need of socialization and supervision provided through encouragement, verbal prompting and physical cueing, as in redirection or distraction. Participants may be frail but must be physically stable and not in need of any hands on personal care. All request for admissions are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Operated by the collaborative efforts of the High Country Area Agency on Aging, Boone United Methodist Church, Alliance Bible Fellowship and the High Country Caregiver Foundation,

If you are a family caregiver of a loved one with memory loss please, we are here to help. Contact Brenda at breece@regiond.org or 265-5434 x 128 if you would like to register or for more information.

4) Upcoming Events at Old Hampton Store

*A Horse Pulled Wagon Theater Production*
Old Hampton Store & Barbeque and 87 Ruffin Street Folk Art Gallery in Linville, NC invite you to a “Horse Pulled Traveling Show” presented by The Rural Academy Theater on Saturday September 19, 2015. Join us for a dinner at the Old Hampton Barbeque from 5  till 8 PM. Theater performance begins at 8pm rain or shine with donations being accepted by The Rural Academy Theater. Your donations make this traveling theater possible!! Thank You!
For more information please visit us on Facebook (Facebook.com/87RuffinStreet) and (facebook.com/oldhamptonstore) or by visiting www.ruralacademytheater.com.


LOCATION: Old Hampton Store & Barbeque and 87 Ruffin Street Gallery  
DATE:  Saturday, September 19

OPEN HOUSE:  87 Ruffin Street Gallery: 6pm-10pm