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Today’s Email Announcements

High Country Writers Book of the Year Awards, May 25

Watauga County’s High Country Writers will celebrate the annual Book of the Year awards at the regular meeting on Thursday, May 25th, at 10 a.m. at the Watauga County Public Library. The public is invited to join us for this awards ceremony followed by a pot luck lunch provided by the members.

High Country Writers has been providing education and support for members’ goals of writing and publication since 1995. The practice of recognizing and honoring members’ publications of the previous year has been part of the program since 1997, so this is the 20th year for the awards. Recognition is given in a number of categories, depending on the genres of the submissions. This year’s awards will be for: Memoir, Political Satire, Creative Biography, Children’s Book, Suspense, Speculative Fiction, Travel and “Little Books” in multiple genres.

High Country Writers has been “energizing” writers since 1995! Regular meetings are at the Watauga County Public Library on the second and fourth Thursdays of most months from ten until noon and speakers’ programs are co-sponsored by the Library. HCW members present writing skills workshops on the first Thursday of the month and have recently partnered with the Watauga Arts Council in hosting these workshops. In the event of inclement weather which dictates the closure of the Library, the High Country Writers Program will be canceled. For more information and a current calendar, visit the website: http:/highcountrywriterstripod,com. Guests are welcome.


Free Skin Cancer Screening at Boone Dermatology Clinic, May 19

Boone, NC (May 5, 2017) –  Boone Dermatology Clinic will partner with Appalachian Regional Healthcare System to offer a free melanoma cancer screening on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 10 am – 2 pm.
Participants may request either a full body exam or spot checks for suspicious areas. Screenings will be first come, first served, so please plan accordingly. Participants will be seen by the first available provider.

Boone Dermatology Clinic is located at 169 Birch St, Boone, NC. For more information, call Boone Dermatology Clinic at 828-264-4553. To learn more about Appalachian Regional Healthcare System visit https://apprhs.org/.


Watauga Habitat for Humanity Presents Don Ho-Down Crowning of the Big Kahuna, May 18

Boone, NC, May 5, 2017– Watauga Habitat for Humanity is closing in on the final weeks of the Big Kahuna campaign. Since March 1st, twelve community leaders have been advocating and raising money to support Watauga Habitat’s home building efforts. In this friendly competition, the Kahuna who raises the most money will be crowned Watauga County Habitat for Humanity’s 2017 Big Kahuna on Thursday, May 18th at 7:30pm.  This year’s participants are:

  • Jesse Miller, First Security Insurance
  • Pete Herbert, The Dogwood Café
  • Patrick Beville, IONCON Engineering
  • Ed Tausche, Cedar House, LLC
  • Christy Kennedy, Kennedy Household CEO and Zumba Extraordinaire
  • Matt Vincent, VPC Builders
  • Justin Davis, Town Tavern Blowing Rock
  • Phil Norman, Green Valley School
  • Charles Crabbe, Pro Benefits
  • Jenny Miller, Community Volunteer
  • Dusty Washburn, Blue Ridge Realty
  • Jim Rogers, Appalachian Custom Builders

On Thursday, May 18th the winner of the 2017 Big Kahuna Campaign will be announced at the Don Ho-Down at Appalachian Mountain Brewery. The celebration will take place from 5:00 until 8:00pm and the crowning of the Big Kahuna happening at 7:30pm. Donations to the twelve Kahuna Campaigns will be excepted until the crowning takes place that evening. Music will be provided by the Dashboard Hula Boys.


The Watauga Soil and Water Conservation Board to Hold Regular Board Meeting, May 24

On Wednesday, May 24, at 8:00 a.m., the Watauga Soil and Water Conservation Board will be holding its regular board meeting at the Soil and Water Office. It is located at 971 West King St. in Boone. The public is invited to attend.