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Today’s Email Announcements

Glenbridge Offers Instant Access to Virtual Doctors by Partnering with TeleHealth Solution

Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation is using the latest technology to provide quality healthcare to their patients
and reduce medical costs. Glenbridge has partnered with a Charlotte based telemedicine company, TeleHealth Solution to
provide medical services to their residents so there is always access to a physician if they are experiencing a change in medical
status. While patients rest in their beds, an on-screen physician conducts a virtual, face-to-face examination with a TeleMedicine
device and discusses their plan of care. In the vast majority of interventions, the partnership has allowed patients to be
appropriately managed at Glenbridge, avoiding a trip to the Emergency Room and an unnecessary hospital admission. This
service is keeping patients comfortable in their familiar setting, while saving them the cost of an ambulance ride, an ER bill, and
hospital bill.

Glenbridge immediately noticed changes after partnering with TeleHealth Solution. Facility owner Cy Pizam reports, “My staff
and patients have been impressed by both the technology, equipment and the TeleHospitalist service. In addition, our hospital
readmission rates have dramatically fallen which was and is the goal of the service.”

“It’s a win-win for everyone involved,” says Waseem Ghannam, MD, MBA, a founder of TeleHealth Solution.
“As a result of our TeleMedicine service, hospital ERs are less crowded, patients remain comfortable in their facilities, and
families enjoy peace of mind. Our doctors, including myself, are thrilled to make such a huge positive impact.”
Medical evaluations are thorough because TeleHealth Solution’s TeleMedicine carts are equipped with ECG leads, a digital
stethoscope, a high definition camera, blood pressure monitors, and pulse oximeters, everything needed to perform a through
medical examination. “Our physicians can see everything digitally so can diagnose and treat most ailments in-house,” notes
Ghannam. “Patients who can stay in their own beds instead of being transferred to a hospital are happier, healthier patients.”
Coleen Anderson, Glenbridge’s administrator, says, “Our patients and their families just don’t worry about emergency situations
anymore. TeleHealth Solution keeps my residents home!” She explains that the use of TeleMedicine is a proactive approach
to improving patient care and clinical outcomes, while saving patients on medical costs. These virtual visits do not cost the
patients at Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation any money, but it can save them and Medicare thousands of dollars by avoiding
unnecessary trips to the Hospital.

About TeleHealth Solution:

TeleHealth Solution is a Charlotte-based, physician-owned TeleMedicine group offering custom, turnkey plans for equipping
facilities with skilled TeleHospitalists and cutting-edge TeleMedicine carts that work with basic Wi-Fi. TeleHealth provides
virtual, face-to-face care for patients in skilled nursing facilities, rural and critical access hospitals, and more. For more
information, visit www.telehealthsolution.com

About Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation:

Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation is a long-term care facility offering personalized care in contemporary apartments and
suites to elderly patients who need assistance with activities of daily living. For more information, visit www.glenbridge.org

Hunger and Health Coalition 3rd Annual Masquerade Ball, 10/28

Hunger and Health Coalition Masquerade Ball
The Hunger and Health Coalition is bringing back our Masquerade Ball for year three! The last two have been downright stellar, raising over $20,000 for the HHC’s programs to help those in need in our community.
Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served, along with a cash bar! The costumes, dancing, drinks, and performances from Appalachian Musical Theatre Ensemble will all be back too, plus visits with fortune tellers and tarot card readers, and even more surprises and twists!
Come in costume for our annual costume contest with prizes for winner in the following categories:
Most Creative / Funniest / Most Unique
Scariest / Best Overall
OR buy a mask at the door! We’ll also have a raffle with some amazing items not to be missed!
This year we’ll be hosting the event in the grandeur of the Blowing Rock Country Club. Purchase your tickets in advance here, and call Elizabeth Young at 828-262-1628 if you’d like to volunteer or become an event sponsor!


Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture Joins with The Organic Growers School to Host Fundamental Workshop, 11/11

On Saturday, November 11th, 2017 Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture will join with The Organic Growers School to host this fundamental workshop in Boone, NC at the Watauga County Agricultural Center.  

In this one-day, exploratory workshop participants will…

  • Learn about sustainable farming careers in Western North Carolina.
  • Discover and assess your resources, skills and farming intentions.
  • Begin to develop an educational plan toward farming.
  • Connect with regional training opportunities and support networks.
  • Prioritize your next steps toward your farming goals.
  • Hear from experienced farmers running successful farms in WNC.


“The Farm Dreams workshop is helpful in refining your vocational vision, planning a strategy for pursuing your vision, and establishing connections in the farming community,” stated a 2016 participant.


Learn More & Register at: https://organicgrowersschool.org/farmers/farm-dreams/


Cost ~ $55

Location: Watauga Agricultural Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Rd, Boone, NC 28607

Meet the Instructors

Cameron Farlow is the Farmer Programs Coordinator for Organic Growers School and the Land Access Coordinator for WNC Farm Link. She’s been involved in the food system in Western North Carolina for several years through farmland preservation with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, developing a farm to university program at ASU, completing research projects for WNC Ag Options and the Lord’s Acre Garden, and even making cheese at

Looking Glass Creamery.


Nicole DelCogliano is the OGS Farmer Programs Coordinator. She and her husband Gaelan began their farm Green Toe Ground, a diversified organic farm in Celo, NC over 14 years ago. They’ve grown the farm over the years, and now manage 16 acres of diversified organic and biodynamic produce and livestock, train farm apprentices each year, and raise their two girls. Originally from NY, she has farmed and worked in education in NC for the last 20 years. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from State University at New Paltz in New York, and has a Masters in Sustainability from the Center for Appalachian Studies in Boone, NC.

Meet the Guest Farmer-Speakers

Kathleen Petermann is the farmer and operator of Waxwing Farm, first started in 2012 at the Farm Incubator and Grower (FIG) Project farm in Valle Crucis. In 2014, Kathleen moved to the site of Maverick Farms to manage the land as Waxwing Farm. She farmed veggies by herself for two years until she met Francis Mangogna, a recent Atlanta transplant and local farm intern. They began farming together in 2016, adding livestock and expanding cut flower production. Kathleen graduated from Appalachian State University’s Sustainable Development Department with a degree in agroecology. Kathleen and Francis are first-generation artists-turned-farmers, lovingly working small pieces of land and caring for animals in the beautiful mountains of Western NC.


Julia McIntyre owns and operates a local micro farm and vacation rental home in Boone, NC with her husband, John. Julia retired from a 30 + year career in the global high tech industry and began working on their farm full time in 2015. Julia managed 2 farmers markets in Watauga County during the 2017 growing season, including starting Boone’s new weekday farmers market, the King Street Market. As they build toward a sustainable farming and value added food business, Julia and John are partnering with the Health Department and are looking for new ways to strengthen and support the local food system by taking their mobile farm cart into food desert areas in and around Boone.

About Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture & The Organic Growers School

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture is dedicated to strengthening the High Country’s local food system by supporting women and their families with resources, education, and skills related to sustainable food and agriculture. More information can be found at http://www.brwia.org/


The Organic Growers School is the premiere provider of practical and affordable organic education in the Southern Appalachians, building a vibrant food & farming community by boosting the success of organic home growers and farmers in our region. Our hands-on training, workshops, conferences and partnerships strengthen and celebrate each grower’s move towards self-reliance. More information can be found at http://organicgrowersschool.org/


Chapel of Rest to Host Jeff Little Trio in Fall Concert, 10/29


The Chapel of Rest will host the Jeff Little Trio in concert on Sunday, October 29 at 4pm in Historic Happy Valley,  followed by a BBQ chicken and pork supper on the grounds at the Chapel.

The concert is sponsored by Bernhardt Furniture Company and the Chapel of Rest Preservation Society, and is held, in part, as a celebration of the North Carolina Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary, which is being celebrated state-wide during October. Jean McLaughlin, former Director of Public Art for the NCAC and current Executive Director, Penland School of Crafts, will speak briefly to introduce the Trio.


With few exceptions, the piano does not play a prominent part in Appalachian music, and is rarely the lead instrument, but Jeff Little is an exception.” His lead solos are breathtaking in their speed, precision and clarity,” according to the National Council for the Traditional Arts.  Jeff’s involvement with fiddle tunes, old time music and traditional blues dates to his growing up in Boone, where his family owned a music shop. The shop was a regular gathering place for musicians including Doc Watson,  who would stop by to pick a few tunes, and at an early age, Jeff would regularly sit in with many of them. These influences helped shape Jeff’s approach to the piano.


NPR  noted that “ Jeff little is a remarkable musician, steeped in the tradition of his native Blue Ridge, yet also a virtuosic innovator,”  and The Boston Globe observed that  “Jeff Little tore the place apart with his wondrously quick and articulate piano style!”


Steve Lewis, award winning guitarist and banjo player from Todd, NC  and Josh Scott, upright bass master from Fleetwood, NC complete the Trio, and they travel the country with performances including the Smithsonian Institution, The National Folk Festival, American Piano Masters and Merlefest.  They have also toured around the world on U.S. Government Goodwill Tours to Sri Lanka, Bahrain, Oman, France and Tanzania. Jeff has released four CDs, and has been featured often on National Public Radio and PBS. In 2014 he was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame, and this concert is presented in conjunction with the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina.


The young musicians of Blackberry Jam will greet folks as they arrive for the concert. They are a six-member stringed instrument group who have evolved from the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) Program at the Caldwell Arts Council. JAM was founded in Sparta, NC in 2000, and is now in over twenty counties in NC, SC and Virginia. The musicians will be Dawson Clark/ banjo and Lincoln Clark / guitar, Kemdyn Clement/fiddle, Dalton Signon/guitar and Averi Sigmon/ mandolin, and Gideon White/ bass. Bob Henson is strings instructor for the group, and is assisted by Alyssa McLean.


Admission to the concert is $15/ person,  and the BBQ supper is $15 / person. Reservations for the BBQ supper must be made by contacting Bill at bogeycat47@charter.net. The Chapel of Rest is located nine miles north of Lenoir at # 1964 Highway 268, adjacent to the Patterson School campus. Proceeds from the concert will be used for the continuing maintenance of the Chapel, and doors will open at 3:30 pm.


Wilkes Heritage Museum Candlelight Ghost Tours, 10/28


The Wilkes Heritage Museum host Candlelight Ghost Tours this Saturday, October 21st.  Ghost tours are 90 minute walking tours that begin at 7:30pm, 8:00pm and 8:30pm and are led by costumed guides.  Cost is $10 per person.  Highlights of the tour include the Old Wilkes Jail, Cleveland Cabin, Tory Oak site and the Presbyterian Cemetery.  Learn all about the hauntings of Historic Downtown Wilkesboro.  An additional date for the 2017 Candlelight Ghost Tour season includes October 28th with tours beginning at 7pm and 7:30pm only for this date.  Reservations are encouraged.   


Due to construction in downtown Wilkesboro, the check-in for ghost tours will be along North Bridget Street beside the Wilkes Heritage Museum.  Parking is available along Main Street and in the public parking lot behind Stroud Miller Insurance off of South Bridge Street.


The Wilkes Heritage Museum is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Wilkesboro. Wilkes Heritage Museum, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the rich history and heritage of Wilkes County for future generations through exhibits and special programs. Candlelight Ghost Tours is a fundraising event for the Wilkes Heritage Museum.  All proceeds go towards the operational expenses for the organization. Regular museum hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and on Saturdays by appointment or for special events. For more information please call (336) 667-3171 or visit our website at www.wilkesheritagemuseum.com


Appalachian State Men’s Basketball is Set to Compete in the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach in Conway, S.C, 11/16-17 and 11/19

BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State men’s basketball is set to compete in the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach in Conway, S.C. on Nov. 16, 17 and 19. All-session tickets are set to go on sale at Noon ET on Thursday, Oct. 19. Single-session tickets are to go on sale beginning Nov. 3.

All-session tickets grant access to all six sessions that include a total of 12 games at the HTC Center on the campus of Coastal Carolina. These tickets are available for $99 plus tax until Nov. 3. At that time, the addition of single-session tickets will become available based on availability. This option includes admittance to one session, or two games, for $35 plus tax.

In addition to tickets, travel packages are available through Anthony Travel. Check here https://www.anthonytravel.com/prto-tip-off/ to see current accommodations after the relocation of the tournament to Conway, S.C.

Appalachian State will open the tournament with a 5:30 p.m. game against Iowa State on Thursday, Nov. 16 to be aired on ESPNU. For more information on the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach, visit https://espnevents.com/puerto-rico-tip-off/.

To purchase all-session tickets, visit https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/team.asp?SponsorID=10299#.Wei_EHXyu3U.