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Today’s Email Announcements

Appalachian State University Police Department Announces Unclaimed Items Notice 

The Appalachian State University Police Department is herby giving notice that they have had in their possession unclaimed items belonging to unknown owners for at least 180 days (60 days for bicycles). Notice is further given that, under provisions of Article 2 of the North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 15, all persons who may have or claim any interest in said property must make and establish such claim or interest not later than 30 days from the date of the publication of this notice or in default thereof, such articles will be destroyed or turned over to a non-profit organization.

Rotary Club of North Wilkesboro to Host Lawnmower Race Saturday, May 27 

The Rotary Club of North Wilkesboro will host a lawnmower race on Saturday, May 27 at Worth Evan Tomlinson Rotary Park in North WilkesboroThe event is a fundraiser for the club.

The Rotary Fairgrounds is located beside West Park off D Street in North Wilkesboro. Gates open at 2 p.m. Practice begins at 4:30 p.m. and racing starts 6 p.m.

Admission is $8 with children 5 and under admitted free. Food vendors will be on site and free parking is available.

For more information, call Mike Staley at 336-902-7052.

Boone United Methodist Women to Hold Annual Attic, Basement and Closet Rummage Sale Friday, May 26

Boone United Methodist Church Women will sponsor their annual Attic, Basement, Closet rummage sale on Friday, May 26 from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 27 from 8:00 a.m. until noon.

Featured will be clothing, jewelry, houseware, plants, linens, toys, books and CDs and much more. Proceeds from this sale will benefit local missions. The location is 471 New Market Blvd. right off 421 East in Boone.

LifeStore Bank Warns Older Americans about “Grandparent Scam”

The next time you receive a frantic call from someone saying they are your grandchild and asking for money, make sure it’s actually your grandchild who’s calling. According to the Federal Trade Commission, in 2016, impersonation scams ranked second as the most common consumer complaint, with more than 400,000 reported. The “grandparent scam,” is a form of financial abuse that deliberately targets older Americans using impersonation tactics.

To commit this crime, fraudsters call claiming to be a family member in serious trouble and in need of money immediately. The scammer might say he’s stranded or has been mugged, and call in the middle of the night to add to the urgency and confusion. Once the money is wired, the victim later finds out that it wasn’t their grandchild they were helping, it was a criminal.

“The grandparent scam continues to be a major problem for seniors,” said Joedy Eller, Chief Banking Officer. “Before you act on any request it’s very important that you verify who you are speaking with by asking questions, calling them back on a known number or consulting with a trusted family member or friend before you fulfill any request.”

LifeStore Bank offers older Americans these tips to help them prevent impersonation fraud:

  • Confirm the caller. Fraudsters are using social networking sites to gain the personal information of friends and relatives to carry out their crimes. Verify the caller by calling them back on a known number or consult a trusted family member before acting on any request.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Fraudsters want to execute their crimes quickly. The more questions you ask the more inclined they will be to ditch the scam if they suspect you’re on to them.
  • Never give personal information to anyone over the phone unless you initiated the call and the other party is trusted.
  • Never rush into a financial decision and trust your instincts. Don’t be fooled – if something doesn’t feel right, it may not be right. Feel free to say no and get more information before you send money to someone.

LifeStore Bank is a Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender, headquartered in West Jefferson and operating additional branches in Boone, Jefferson, and Warrensville.

Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge to Host 4th Annual Power of the Purse Luncheon Friday, June 23rd

The Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge (WFBR) will host its fourth annual fundraising event, the Power of the Purse Luncheon, at Linville Ridge Country Club on Friday, June 23rd. The event will feature speaker Raney Rogers. Raney is a motivational speaker and owner of the Acorn Gallery in West Jefferson. Raney will speak about joy, love, and the power of helping.

This year’s program will include a silent auction featuring original art, gift baskets, dining certificates, and passes to destination attractions donated by numerous individuals and businesses.

In 2016, the Power of the Purse raised enough to allow the WFBR to allocate $110,000 in grants. The money raised is used to create positive change and economic justice for women and girls in the High Country.

Tickets for the luncheon may be purchased online at www.womensfundoftheblueridge.org/POP2017, by mailing a check to PO Box 1838, Boone, NC 28607, or by calling 828-264-4002.

Please contact Danielle Thuot at danielle@womensfundoftheblueridge.org or 828-264-4002 for more information about WFBR.

About the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge

The Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge’s mission is to create positive change and economic justice for women and girls in the counties it serves. Through funding to local non-profit agencies, WFBR aims to be a philanthropic catalyst for all women and girls to have access to the resources they need as they strive to become empowered and reach their full potential.