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Today’s Email Announcements

Children’s Concert at the Historic Banner Elk School Sept. 17
Saturday, September 17

 A special performance of “Celt-alachian” Music geared towards children but thoroughly enjoyable for all ages!  Local band Thistle Dew delights in sharing the musical heritage of our area with the next generation. After the Concert, stay for a performance by Avery JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians). This event is free to the public as a gift from the Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation, though donations are greatly appreciated and minimum $5 suggested donations receive free Museum admission. This event is co-sponsored by the Banner Elk Book Exchange.


ARHS to Offer Three Community Health Talk Events This Fall

Boone, NC (September 12, 2016) – This fall, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is offering three community Health Talk events that are each free and open to the public.

Wednesday, September 21

Watch your Back: Caring for your Spine

Dr. James Califf

6:30 pm

Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center Classroom

232 Boone Heights Drive, Boone, NC 28607

Wednesday, October 5

Elements of Well Woman Care

Lois Iiams, FNP

6:30 pm

Watauga Medical Center Auditorium

336 Deerfield Road, Boone, NC 28607


Saturday, November 12

Living with Diabetes

Dr. Richard Smith

10 am

Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center

232 Boone Heights Drive, Boone, NC 28607


Space is limited. Please email events@apprhs.org to reserve your seat.


To learn more about the Health Talk series or Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, visit https://apprhs.org/healthtalk.

School Bus Driver Training Offered Sept. 29-30, Oct. 3

School bus driver training will be offered September 29-30 and October 3 at the Watauga County Agricultural Conference Center.  The classes are free and run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  each day.

Before attending the class, anyone who is not a current Watauga County Schools employee must have a recommendation from the principal or assistant principal at the school where they want to be hired.

“We encourage everyone who is interested in being a school bus driver to obtain the required recommendation and attend these classes,” said WCS Transportation Director Jeff Lyons.  “Completing this class is essential for persons who want to be employed as a driver.”

The school bus driver training class must be completed to obtain the license (CDL) required to drive a school bus in North Carolina.  The starting pay for school bus drivers in Watauga County is currently $13.52 per hour.

Each student’s driving record is screened through the NC Division of Motor Vehicles the first day of class.  In addition to the driving record check, a criminal background check is conducted of all prospective school system employees before they start work.

Each student should bring their driver’s license, social security card, a pen or pencil, and a highlighter to the first meeting.  For directions or additional information, please contact Jeff Lyons at 828 264-6391.

The school system operates 41 buses that travel more than 2,700 miles per day as they carry 1,800 students to and from school.

Weaving Class at the Western Watauga Senior Center

New Beginning Weaving Class starting Friday, Sept. 16th  9am to 12 noon at the Western Watauga Community/Senior Center! Students will make placemats, rugs, scarves, etc. on floor looms and table looms. Instruction will be given by our talented volunteers from the Watauga Fiber Guild. Those 60+ no charge, under 60 it is $3.00 a class. Class is limited to 5 students at a time, so call to reserve your space! (There may be a minimal materials cost)Call 828-297-5195.

Writing Trauma: A Workshop for Veterans and Their Families

Facilitated by author and 2016-17 Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Bruce Weigl

Sponsored by the Appalachian Veterans Arts and Humanities Collective

On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, Vietnam veteran Bruce Weigl will facilitate a workshop, “Writing Trauma,” for veterans and family members of veterans, from 4:00-7:00 p.m., in Parkway Ballroom, on the 4th floor of Plemmons Student Union, at Appalachian State University.

“Writing about personal trauma is a difficult thing to do, but almost thirty years of experience working with veterans of several wars has taught me that it is also a powerful tool that can be restorative and even life-saving. To accomplish this, and introduce you to this idea, we’ll all participate in an exercise designed to put you in the position to take charge of your traumatic memories so that they no longer have control over you. We’ll also focus on making the writing of these traumas a literary and artistic problem rather than an emotional problem.” – Bruce Weigl

The writing workshop is intended for veterans and family members of veterans, both on campus and in the greater community, the state, and the region. There is no charge for the event, and reservations are not needed. Light refreshments will be served.


Parking is free on campus after 5 p.m. in the Library Parking Deck on College Street (from King Street, turn down College Street at the First Baptist Church). To reach the Student Union, cross College Street and follow the walkway between the chiller plant and the University Bookstore, passing the Post Office and entering the Student Union on the second floor. For further parking information or a map, please see http://parking.appstate.edu.


For more information about Bruce Weigl and the Appalachian Veterans Arts & Humanities Collective, visit http://diversity.appstate.edu/events/id/353.