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Today’s Email Announcements

1) Mountain Pathways Montessori School to Host Autumnfest on Sunday

Mountain Pathways Montessori School hosts Autumnfest on Sunday, September 27th from 12 to 4 pm.

Admission to the festival is free. Mountain Pathways is located at 453 Howards Creek Road in Boone, NC.

For more information, please contact 828.262.5787 or mpathways@gmail.com.

The festival will have activities for all ages including inflatables, hayride, games, pony rides, cakewalks, plus bbq and other tasty treats. A Silent Auction is posted on the school Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MtnPathways

A Live Auction at festival begins at 2:30 pm. If interested, teachers, parents and students will be at the festival to answer questions about attending the school. Autumnfest is an annual event to support the educational efforts of this non-profit school.

2) ARHS Offering Hologic 3D Mammography for Cancer Detection

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) is excited to offer Hologic 3D Mammography for breast cancer screening. 3D mammography produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue that helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue.

The Hologic 3D Mammography is located in The Breast Center of ARHS located in the recently renovated Outpatient Imaging and Lab Center at 1200 State Farm Road in Boone. The grand opening for The Breast Center will take place on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 from 3 – 5 pm at the Center. Please stop by for a tour.

In the June 25, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a groundbreaking study was published that found Hologic’s 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) screening technology significantly increased cancer detection while simultaneously reducing the number of false positives.

The study, “Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography”, that reviewed close to half a million mammography exams, was led by Sarah M. Friedewald, MD of the Caldwell Breast Center, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. The researchers found that 3D mammography finds significantly more invasive or lethal cancers than a traditional mammogram. According to the study’s results, 3D mammography also reduces the number of women called back for unnecessary screenings due to false alarms. That reduces anxiety, as well as health care costs.

Significant findings include:

  • A 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers. (p<.001)
    • A 29% increase in the detection of all breast cancers. (p<.001)
    • A 15% decrease in women recalled for additional imaging. (p<.001)
    • A 49% increase in Positive Predictive Value (PPV) for a recall. (p<.001)
  • A 21% increase in PPV for biopsy. (p<.001)
    • No significant change in the detection of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).

“We believe Hologic 3D Mammography will benefit all screening and diagnostic mammography patients, and is especially valuable for women receiving a baseline screening, those who have dense breast tissue and/or women with a personal history of breast cancer,” said Beth Miller, Director of Imaging, Laboratory and Pathology Services for ARHS.

The Hologic 3D mammography screening experience is similar to a traditional mammogram. During a 3D mammography exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast.

By offering women the latest and more accurate technology in mammography, ARHS expects to increase the number of area women who will be routinely screened. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.

ARHS is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering Hologic 3D mammography, The Breast Center of ARHS located in the Outpatient Imaging & Lab Center provides the latest in imaging technology.

If you would like to schedule a mammogram, call (828) 268-9037. For answers to your questions about this important breast health procedure, talk to your primary care provider or visit https://apprhs.org/services/radiologyimaging.

3) Chapel of Rest in Happy Valley to Host “A Musical Feast” on Oct. 4

The Chapel of Rest in Happy Valley will present “A Musical Feast” on Sunday, October 4 at 4pm.

Directed by flutist Akal Dev Sharonne, ” A Musical Feast” is a group of classical musicians whose concerts assure that fine chamber music can be heard year-round in the “High Country.”

Musicians for the October 4 concert will include Kay Borkowski (flute), Margaret Bragg (violin), Corinne Cassini (cello), Eric Koontz (viola) and Akal Dev Sharonne (flute). The program will include trios and quartets by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Admission to the concert will be $15 and will include a champagne reception with the musicians following the concert.

Kay Borkowsky graduated from the Indiana University School of Music to become the principal flutist of the Jacksonville, FL Symphony orchestra. She has taught flute at West Virginia University, Ohio University, Indiana University at Fort Wayne, Columbia College, Augusta College, University of South Florida and Appalachian State University, and has been an active chamber musician with those schools.

Margaret Bragg played in the second violin section of the Houston Symphony from 1972 – 2013. She earned her B.M. from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and her M.M from the University of Illinois. Margaret and her husband are renovating a house in Boone where they plan to spend the summer and fall, while returning to Houston in the winter.

Corinne Cassini is a Franco-American cellist who was born in Cincinnati and began playing the cello in the Loire Valley, France where she grew up. After graduating with a B.M. from Rice University as a student of Paul Katz, she moved to Freiburg, Germany for graduate studies in cello and viola da gamba. From Germany, she moved to the Netherlands to pursue her passion for early music on period instruments. During her ten years in Holland, she co-founded several small chamber ensembles (baroque and early classical) which performed around Europe. In 2012 she was appointed to teach the Alexander Technique at the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University.

Eric Koontz is professor of viola at the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University. He has performed as principal violist with the Orchestra of Barcelona and has played with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

Akal Dev Sharonne served for three years in North Carolina’s prestigious Visiting Artist Program, bringing her art to many underserved and disadvantaged audiences. She has been the recipient of “Meet the Composer ” grants and has received fellowships from the Regional Artist Project of NW North Carolina for innovative proposals. Akal Dev is the artistic director of “A Musical Feast.”

The Chapel of Rest is located nine miles north of Lenoir on Highway 268, adjacent to the Patterson School campus, and the concert is presented by the Chapel of Rest Preservation Society. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information about the concert, call 828 / 758-0906 during the week prior to the concert.

4) Vendor Applications Accepted for MerleFest Beginning Oct. 1

MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 28-May 1, 2016, will begin soliciting applications on October 1 from vendors and artisans interested in participating in the 2016 festival.

“MerleFest prides itself on presenting vendors and artisans offering unique goods and items you don’t see every day,” says Melissa Stanley, Events Logistics Specialist for MerleFest. “In fact, our guests are curious each year to see what vendors are here and what treasures they might find. The distinctive items available in The Shoppes are things that you can’t find in most retail establishments. Our challenge is to keep the surprises coming for our MerleFest shoppers.”

MerleFest will accept applications from vendors and retail merchants for The Shoppes at MerleFest and from demonstrating artisans and crafts persons for the Heritage Crafts tent.

Anyone interested in participating in The Shoppes at MerleFest or the Heritage Crafts area should visit www.MerleFest.org/vendors/<http://www.MerleFest.org/vendors/> to review the rules and guidelines for vendors and to download an application. This website offers all information pertinent to vendor participation. MerleFest will accept applications through January 31, 2016. A selection committee reviews all applications and makes the selections. Acceptance letters will be mailed to selected vendors in February 2016. All vendors will be required to pay their tent fee prior to the festival or MerleFest will cancel the application and offer the tent location to a wait-listed vendor.

All of The Shoppes are set up on pavement. Located immediately through the Entrance Gate, most of the paying public must walk through The Shoppes to get to the main stage and walk back through The Shoppes when exiting. This greatly increases the foot traffic that vendors have visiting their booths.

“MerleFest always aims to provide a unique shopping experience by inviting vendors with diverse product selection. I strongly encourage anyone with distinctive, unusual or highly sought after merchandise to consider participating in MerleFest 2016,” says Stanley. “This year marks our 29th year and is sure to deliver the MerleFest music, moments and memories that we’ve all come to love.”

Tickets for MerleFest 2016 go on sale November 10 and may be purchased at www.MerleFest.org<http://www.MerleFest.org> or by calling 1-800-343-7857. A three-tiered pricing structure will be offered for MerleFest 2016. An Early Bird Tier 1 ticket discount is available starting November 10 through February 15, 2016. An Early Bird Tier 2 ticket discount will run from February 16, 2016, through April 27, 2016. The third price tier will be gate pricing. Fans are encouraged to take advantage of the extended early bird discount.

MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the late American music legend Doc Watson, renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of “traditional plus” music, a unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including old-time, classic country, bluegrass, folk and gospel and blues, and expanded to include Americana, classic rock and many other styles. The festival hosts a diverse mix of artists on its 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. MerleFest has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.