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Young Adult Financial Literacy at the Library: Check It!

Check It!

The Watauga County Public Library would like to invite you to join us for the next in a series of Financial Literacy Workshops for teens and young adults on June 20th from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Presenter: Amber Mellon, Lecturer in Mathematical Sciences at Appalachian State University.

As digital natives, teens have grown used to the online world but do they know enough to protect themselves?

This month we will attempt to answer this question within the context of identity theft and online fraud. We will learn to identify common scams as well as strategies for protecting ourselves both online and in real life.

Food will be served at the event! To learn more visit http://arlibrary.beta.libguides.com/smart_investing , or call us at (828) 264-8784 ext. 2.

Rheingans named chair of Sustainable Development at Appalachian

BOONE – Dr. Richard D. Rheingans will chair the Appalachian State University Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development beginning in July. Rheingans will replace Dr. Sandra Lubarsky, who is retiring after six years with the department.

Rheingans earned his Ph.D. in Forestry and Environmental Studies, his M.A. in International Relations and his B.A. in Political Science, all from Yale University. He comes to Appalachian after several years as an associate professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Environmental and Global Heath and the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida. His research focuses on the interaction between socio-economic factors, the environment and health.

“I am extremely excited about joining the sustainable development department at a university with a long and rich history of commitment to sustainability and sustainable development,” said Rheingans. “We have an incredible, dynamic faculty and passionate students who create endless possibilities. I look forward to working with other departments and colleges to build on this history, and continue to make to Appalachian a unique place to study and foster sustainable development.”

His extensive teaching and research experience includes positions as impact director and visiting researcher at the SHARE Research Consortium at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, as assistant and associate professor at Emory University’s Hubert Department of Global Health and health economist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rheingans was recognized as the University of Florida International Educator of the Year in 2012 and has several active grants funded by organizations including the World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rick to the college,” said Glenda Treadaway, dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts. “His expertise in global environmental health and equity, in addition to his infectious energy, will push the department to grow in new and exciting directions over the next several years.”

The Goodnight Family Department of Sustainable Development is housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. The department offers a B.S. in sustainable development with concentrations in agroecology and sustainable agriculture; community, regional and global development; andenvironmental studies, as well as a B.A. and a minor in sustainable development.

Blue Ridge Electric Annual Membership Meeting

The annual membership meeting of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation will be held Thursday, June 16, beginning at 4 p.m. at the cooperative’s corporate office at 1216 Blowing Rock Blvd. in Lenoir.

In business meeting format, the annual meeting features business reports from key board and staff members as well as results from the 2016 director election.

Members received annual meeting and director election information by mail and email, as well as the cooperative’s annual report which appears in the June issue of Carolina Country and is available on the cooperative’s website: Blue Ridge Electric Annual Report.

Blue Ridge Electric serves some 74,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, and Alleghany counties as well as parts of Avery, Alexander and Wilkes counties. For more information, visit www.BlueRidgeEMC.com.

Great American Backyard Camp Out at Elk Knob

Novice campers are invited to join the Rangers at Elk Knob State Park for an enjoyable night of camping on Saturday, June 25 beginning no earlier than 3 pm. This is the eighth year that Elk Knob has participated in the campout which introduces families to the joy of camping without the expense of buying equipment. It is a great event for two main reasons: it allows participants a night of supervised camping at Elk Knob State Park, and we provide the tents, dinner, s’mores and interesting programs to fill the night with entertainment. Participants should bring their own snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, breakfast for Sunday morning, and their own sleeping bags or blankets. The campout is free but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by June 20. You may register by calling 828-297-7261. Adults must accompany children. Children must be 6 years and older. Pets are not allowed. Don’t miss a great opportunity to try camping without the expense involved. It may be the start of a new hobby for the family.

Planned activities include a demonstration of cool camping equipment by Footsloggers, an informative “Leave No Trace” presentation by Mast General Store, a live owl program and night hike by staff from Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation and viewing of the night skies through a telescope.

Activities begin at 4 pm so arrive early enough to get set up and be ready to enjoy the activities. Activities are subject to change.