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Today’s Email Announcements

1) “Wrap Your Head Around It” Panel on Mental Illness at ASU on Oct. 19

On Monday, October 19th, from 5-7pm in Crossroads in the Plemmons Student Union on Appalachian’s campus, AIESEC Appalachian will be hosting an informative panel called “Wrap Your Head Around It” that will focus on issues faced by those that possess a mental illness and those that feel the impact.

If you want to know more about the event, check it out here:


2) Natural Beekeeping Author Ross Conrad to speak in Burnsville Nov. 9

The Toe Cane Beekeepers Association present a special evening with author and beekeeper Ross Conrad on November 9, 2015 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Burnsville Town Center. Admission is FREE.  Conrad will be speaking on overwintering and spring management of bees and the evolution of the beekeeper. There will be refreshments and time for discussion as well.

Conrad is a former president of the Vermont Beekeepers Association, a regular contributor to Bee Culture–The Magazine of American Beekeeping, and author of Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture. Ross has given bee-related presentations and led organic beekeeping workshops and classes throughout North America for many years. His beekeeping business, Dancing Bee Gardens, supplies friends, neighbors, and local stores with honey and candles, among other bee-related products, and provides bees for Vermont apple pollination in the spring. Ross Conrad learned his craft from the late Charles Mraz, world-renowned beekeeper and promoter of apitherapy.

The Toe Cane Beekeepers Association works to increase the number of beekeepers in Yancey & Mitchell Counties through educational presentations, support and mentoring.  In addition the club has awarded complete hives, equipment and honey bees to new beekeepers yearly and seeks to promote the planting of pollinator trees in public places.  This special free event was made possible by the club, in-kind individual donations as well as support from Yancey and Mitchell County Farm Bureaus. For more information please call 678-0329. The Burnsville Town Center is located at 6 S Main St in Burnsville, NC.

Directions from Asheville:  Take I-26 West to Exit 9. Turn right on 19E towards Burnsville.  In Burnsville, turn left at the light onto S. Main Street.  Town Center is on your immediate left.  (There is a CVS and Burger King on your right at the intersection of 19E and S. Main St. ) Drive time from Asheville is about 40 minutes.

3) Medicare Annual Election Period oct. 15 – Dec. 7

Your health needs change from year to year, and the benefits and costs of your health plan may change each year, too. That’s why it’s important to evaluate your Medicare choices every year. The Annual Election Period is the one time of year when all people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plan and prescription drug coverage for 2016. Take advantage of the Annual Election Period, and you may be able to save money, improve your coverage or both.

The Annual Election Period starts on Oct.15—and lasts seven full weeks—to give you enough time to review and make changes to your Medicare coverage. You will need to make your final selection for next year’s Medicare coverage by Dec. 7 to ensure that your coverage can begin without interruption on Jan.1.

“Many Medicare beneficiaries don’t realize the importance of evaluating their plans every year,” said North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin. “The staff from SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, are available to help over the phone or in-person in all 100 counties in North Carolina.”

SHIIP is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance and offers free, unbiased information about Medicare, Medicare prescription drug coverage, Medicare Advantage, long-term care insurance and other health insurance issues. In addition to helping Medicare beneficiaries compare and enroll in plans during the Annual Election Period, SHIIP counselors can help people find out if they are eligible for Medicare cost savings programs.

Here are some of the ways to review and compare plans available for 2016:

·         Get one-on-one help from SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, by calling 1-855-408-1212, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also request in-person assistance in your home county.

·         Visit www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan to compare your current coverage with all of the options that are available in your area, and enroll in a new plan if you decide to make a change.

·         Review the Medicare & You handbook. It was mailed to people with Medicare in September.

·         Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24-hours a day, seven days a week, to find out more about your coverage options. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.

For more information about SHIIP and the Medicare Annual Election Period, call 1-855-408-1212 or visitwww.ncshiip.com.

4) Stone Soup Conference Set for Oct. 15 at ASU

Appalachian State University will host the 5th Annual Stone Soup Conference Oct. 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union. The purpose of the conference is to create collaborative action that leads to collective impact on non-profits in the High Country and beyond.

The conference will include eight educational sessions featuring nonprofit leaders from across North Carolina and celebrate five years of non-profit collaboration and capacity building through Stone Soup.

The keynote address will be given by Sandy Rees, founder of Get Fully Funded – a resource that guides non-profits through a seven-step process for creating long-term financial stability.

Sessions on funding, foundations, board engagement and collective impact will be led by Dr. T. Sharee Fowler, Director of the Forsyth Promise; Carrboro Alderman Bethany Chaney; Rev. Carl W. Vierling, Director of the Greater High Point Food Alliance; and Heather Murphy, Executive Director of The Health Foundation.

Early registration for the event ends Oct. 9. The early registration cost is $45, with a discount for three or more members from an organization. After Oct. 9 registration will be $50.

The registration fee includes the eight educational sessions, breakfast and lunch by Stick Boy Kitchen, and unlimited coffee by Bald Guy Brew.

Contact johnsonka1@appstate.edu for more additional information.

Stone Soup is a coalition of community partners focused on collaboration and resource sharing to provide the highest quality and more efficient services while building capacity with non-profits in the High Country.

To register, visit http://act.appstate.edu/stonesoup.