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Today’s Email Announcements

Boone’s Winter Farmers Market returns this Saturday, April 1 

Boone’s Winter Farmers Market returns this Saturday the 1st (no fooling) from 9 a.m. to noon at the Agriculture Conference Center at 252 Poplar Grove Rd in Boone. The weather is great for those wonderful spring greens, lettuce and spinach. Enjoy artisan breads and soaps. There will be plenty of meats as well. And don’t forget the local honey for fine eating and natural allergy relief.

Brothers Like These – A Staged Reading of Writing by Vietnam Veterans

The Appalachian Veterans Arts & Humanities Collective at Appalachian State University is pleased to announce its next event: a staged reading of Brothers Like These, on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm in Parkway Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union. There is no charge for admission and the community is invited.​

Brothers Like These is comprised of stories and poems, written by Vietnam combat veterans in Classroom B, an out of the way room in the basement of the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, where they gathered to write every Wednesday for nearly two years​.​

Brothers Like These – a staged reading of those veteran authors reading their own work  – weaves the remarkable voices of unimaginably brave soldiers who gave their all during the Vietnam War. It’s an enduring testimony to their shared sacred sense of community, love, and brotherhood. These are stories and poems, large and small, funny and heartbreaking, that only these men can relate in their own inimitable styles —stories and poems not just invaluable to succeeding generations of soldiers, but to every citizen of our country, and beyond.

Brothers Like These premiered on August 31, 2016, at the Asheville Community Theater to a packed house. The Appalachian Veterans Arts & Humanities Collective is honored to host its reprise as well as its authors and their families.

The book, Brothers Like These, forthcoming from St. Andrews University Press, will be on sale after the Appalachian State performance. Bruce Weigl, Vietnam veteran and finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, had the following to say about Brothers Like These: “What a remarkable collection of souls are represented in this collection, and not just the souls of these brave men who fought a jungle war no one wanted to remember and then somehow made their way to poetry … It is the lyric beauty of these stories and poems that engages us as readers, but it is the depth of the experience that most singularly distinguishes this work, for which I am grateful.”

For more about Brothers Like These, parking instructions, as well as additional information on the Appalachian Veterans Arts & Humanities Collective, please see:  http://diversity.appstate.edu/events/id/518

Wake Up Watauga to Meet at Dan’l Boone Inn Tuesday, April 25

Join Wake Up Watauga at the Dan’l Boone Inn featuring Denise Presnell, School Social Worker for Watauga County Schools, who will be presenting:

  • Information on the emotional, physical and financial effects of trauma on children, adults, families and communities
  • Ways businesses can support children and families to more effectively prevent trauma and strengthen our community as a whole

Where: Dan’l Boone Inn, 130 Hardin St., Boone

When: 7:30 – 9 a.m., April 25

High Country Senior Games to Host Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, April 8

Ages 50 and better

Event: Cornhole Tournament! Free to participate! 

Date: April 8, 2017

Time: Begins at 10 a.m.!

Location: Boone United Methodist Gym

For more information, contact Paul Krause at (828) 264-9511 or paul.krause@watgov.org

NCDOT Public Info Session on State Transportation Improvement Program

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will be holding public information sessions across the state on the Draft 2018 – 2027 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The purpose of the public information sessions is to inform the public about the projects in the Draft STIP and to gather input on the process to create it. 

For NCDOT Division 11 counties (Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yadkin) the public information sessions will be held on April 20, 2017 at Western Piedmont Council of Governments Offices located at 1880 2nd Avenue NW, Hickory from 5 -7 PM

For NCDOT Division 13 counties (Buncombe, Burke, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford and Yancey) the public information sessions will be held on May 9, 2017 at the Haywood County Community College – Regional Hi-Tech Center located at 112 Industrial Park Drive, Waynesville from 5 – 7 PM.