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Today’s Email Announcements

Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger Programs Sept. 7-11

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

 Cone Manor – Milepost 294

10:30 am-12:00 – Informal Upstairs Tour at Cone Manor

The second floor of Cone Manor will be open for a do-it-yourself tour. Rangers will be on hand to answer questions.

Friday, September 9, 2015

 Price Picnic Ground / Boone Fork Trailhead – Milepost 296

1:00 pm Guided Hike to Hebron Falls

Join Ranger Chuck for a guided hike starting at the bridge across Boone Fork Creek at Price Picnic area. Limited to the first 25 people

 Cone Manor – Milepost 294

10:30 am -12:00– Informal Upstairs Tour at Cone Manor

The second floor of Cone Manor will be open for a do-it-yourself tour. Rangers will be on hand to answer questions.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Price Picnic Ground / Boone Fork Trailhead – Milepost 296

9:30- 10:30 am –  Everyone Wants to See a Bear!

If you are at Price Picnic Ground stop and visit with Ranger Chuck to find out how bears live around us, and what to do if you see a bear.

Cone Manor – Milepost 294

11:00 am -Upstairs Guided Tour at Cone Manor

Ranger led tour of the second floor of the former home of Moses and Bertha Cone. See Sunday below for details.

 Cone Manor – Milepost 294

1:30 pm-3:00 – Informal Upstairs Tour at Cone Manor

The second floor of Cone Manor will be open for a do-it-yourself tour. Rangers will be on hand to answer questions.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

 Cone Manor – Milepost 294

10:00, 11:00, 2:00, 3:00 -Upstairs Tours at Cone Manor

Ranger led tours of the second floor of the former home of Moses and Bertha Cone. Tour is approximately 45 minutes long and reservations are required. To reserve a tour: call 828-295-3782 or sign up at the NPS information desk at the Manor House. Reservations are accepted beginning at 10:00am Friday for the upcoming weekend only. No advance reservations, please.


Special thanks to Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Eastern National, and FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway for their financial support of these programs

New Alert System for Seniors

When a senior living with Alzheimer’s wanders, it causes immediate panic and concern for family caregivers. Unfortunately, wandering happens all too often. In fact, nearly half of families caring for an aging adult with Alzheimer’s have experienced a loved one wandering*, according to a recent survey by Home Instead, Inc.

To help keep seniors living with dementia safe, Home Instead Senior Care has launched a free tool, the Missing Senior Network (MissingSeniorNetwork.com), now available in the North Wilkesboro area. Similar to other alert systems, family caregivers can notify a network about a missing senior with Alzheimer’s. What makes this system unique? Families can create a free account and input their network of friends and neighbors before a wandering event occurs. Then, if a senior wanders, families can quickly activate their personal network, sending out an alert via text or email.

The alert system is part of Prevent Wandering – a free community education program with tips and resources for families to gain insight into what triggers these events and steps they can take to keep loved ones safe, developed in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association.

Let me know if I can connect you with local aging care expert Michael Goodman who is available to discuss this new system, as well as:

  • Common triggers that may cause a senior living with Alzheimer’s to wander,
  • Proactive steps for managing wandering behaviors, and
  • What to do when a senior loved one goes missing.

Out in the High Country: New LGBTQ Alliance

Out in the High Country is a new alliance of High Country community members who are seeking to help better serve the LGBTQ population in Watauga, Ashe, Avery, Wilkes, and Alleghany Counties. If you haven’t already registered, please click here.

We are developing an Out in the High Country Resource Guide of “LGBTQ-affirming” agencies and service providers in the above counties (other surrounding counties welcome to participate). These resources are accepting of LGBTQ individuals, whether or not the agencies themselves solely serve the LGBTQ community. Resource areas of interest include: legal, mental health, health care, youth, faith, small businesses, social service providers, etc.
We also encourage you to pass along this information to your network of community partners that may be interested in attending the conference and/or being listed in the Out in the High Country Resource Guide.

For questions about the resource guide contact Heather at thorpha@appstate.edu or Maggie at sheffieldml@appstaate.edu

If you are interested in being listed as an “LGBTQ-affirming” resource, please click HERE.
Out in the High Country – Conference & Events Series

REMINDER- limited spots available, register HERE now!

October 14, 2016 – 8:30a-3:30p

High Country United Church of Christ

8233 US-421, Vilas, NC 28692

How do we support and live in community with our LGBTQ population in the High Country?

Please join us in a community conversation for helping professionals, agency staff, medical professionals, faith leaders, parents, and other High Country folk who seek to better serve, support, and respect our LGBTQ community.

Sponsored by: Campaign for Southern Equality, High Country UCC, F.A.R.M. Café, National Association of Social Workers North Carolina Chapter, Boone Local Program Unit


NASW Member (CEU included) – $15 (must be logged into website for this price)

Non-NASW Member (without CEU) – $20

Non-NASW Member (with CEU) – $25

Student – $10

Scholarships available – Please contact us by September 23rd for more information!

Light Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

5.5 CE’s offered for Social Workers through NASW-NC, Boone LPU
For more information, contact outinthehighcountry@gmail.com
Heather Thorp, MSSA, LCSW, REAT

Field Director
Department of Social Work
Beaver College of Health Sciences
300D Edwin Duncan
Boone, NC 28607

East Tennessee’s Great Valley Wine Trail

Harvest Season Fun!
September and October are harvest season, which means you should wiggle your toes in one of our annual Grape Stomps — Watauga Lake Winery Sept. 4, and Goodwater Vineyards, Oct. 8 (see details below). It also means we’re gearing up for October festivals. Please put these on your calendar:
  • Oct. 8, 6-10 p.m., Harvest Moon Art Festival, Cumberland Gap, TN. A Taste of Tennessee Wines will benefit Artists Co-op programs. We’ll be giving away tickets and two $25 “Trail Bucks” to spend at this fun festival, so watch your email!
  • Oct. 29, 12-5 p.m. 66th Annual St. Mary’s Fall Festival, Oak Ridge, TN. We’ll be offering up A Taste of Tennessee Wine in this fun festival, which includes a classic car show, beer garden, and rides and games for children.
Have you visited all five of our wineries? Download your passport and get started today!
This month’s events along the Trail
  • Goodwater Vineyards, Mosheim: Sept. 9, 7 p.m.,Blacklight Party, with free tastings, neon body paint, and more! Hartford Tasting Room, 3112 Big Creek Road, Hartford, TN. Grape Stomp is planned for Oct. 8, 12-8.
  • Spout Spring Estates, Blaine: Come try out our new vintages: Estate Muscadine, and Smoky Mountain Rose.
  • Watauga Lake Winery, Butler: Sept. 4, 12-4 p.m., Grape Stomp! Lucille Ball look alike contest. Let the grapes ooze between your toes and jump out and make your own stomp t-shirt – $5.00 per shirt. Food – Barbecue plate and wine available for sale.
  • The Winery at Seven Springs Farm, Maynardville:  ; Yoga by Tamara, Thursdays, 8-9 a.m.Friday Night Jam Sessions, 6-9 p.m.; Sundays, Art on the Porch, 12-6 p.m.;  Sept. 24, Harvest Festival. 
BOTA Winners!
Congratulations BOTA Giveaway Winners:
Congratulations to Joe Brugger, Jennifer Bolin, Kathy Muncey, Stephani McCarty, Rechell Wilson, Terry Branam, Robbi Jones and Lisa Beckham, who each won gift certificates for a free tasting of one of our BOTA (Best of The Appalachians) wines, plus a free bottle of their choice! You should have gotten an email explaining how to pick up your gifts. If not, contact us.