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The Boone Town Council is seeking applicants for appointment to the council seated vacated by Jennifer Teague.

You can now check out an air quality monitor from the Ashe County Library.

The nonprofit group Hunger Free America has released a report which states that over 84 percent of kids in NC fail to get summer meals. The group is publicizing the USDA National Hunger Hotline – which can be reached at 1-866-3-HUNGRY through which callers can locate summer meals sites for kids, food pantries or soup kitchens for families, and/or other government and private meals programs near them. Even though children need just as much, if not more, nutrition during the summer months, in North Carolina only 15.8 percent of kids who receive free and reduced school meals, receive summer meals.  Raising awareness about this program is the single greatest barrier to participation.  Summer meals are available to all kids 18 and under, and no identification is required. If you know of a child in need, share the National Hunger Hotline.

High Country Crime Stoppers and Blowing Rock Police seek the public’s assistance in solving the following crime:

Also from Watauga County Schools, Watauga High School students will be assigned  Chromebooks with the start of the 2017-18 school year, rather than the traditional laptop computers. Starting with the upcoming school year, Watauga County School’s 1:1 student laptop devices will change from Windows-based machines to Chromebooks. Because of the change, students will no longer be provided with backpacks  issued with a laptop, but a protective sleeve. For more information, see the Student/Parent Mobile Computing Handbook.on wataugaschools.org.

AppState’s Department of Sustainability is hosting their sixth annual Appalachian Energy Summit July 10th through 12th.  The Summit is the meeting of some of the world’s most brilliant minds in energy policies and practices. The unique three-day event convenes academia, industry, and students in an effort to deliver meaningful ecological, financial and social benefit.

The 2017 theme, “Perspectives: Policy & Practice” will highlight the multiple viewpoints needed to develop successful strategies that promote clean energy production, distribution, and consumption. The Department of Sustainability would like to invite the public to their keynote speaker events. The first is on Monday the 10th at 7:30 and features Gina McCarthy, the former head of the EPA. Tuesday the 11th at 6:30 features Peabody award-winning broadcaster and urban renewal specialist Majora Carter. Both events will be held at the Schaeffer Center and are free and open to the public. TO find out more, go to sustain.appstate.e d u.

For the upcoming school year, Watauga County School system has spaces for children in the PreK Program for parents to pay $600 per month. The limited spaces are available at  the following schools:  Hardin Park, Green Valley, Cove Creek and Valle Crucis.

Interested parents and guardians may apply for a space by calling Renee Battle of Watauga County Schools at (828) 264-7190.

An application form is available at wataugaschools.org.

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The 16th Annual NC Blackberry Festival is coming up this weekend in downtown Lenoir and it will be chock full of music, drinks, food, activities, and fun for people of all ages. Event goers will find a “Black beery’ Beer Garden with local breweries and craft beers, a cobbler parade, recipe contests, the Blackberry Belle Pageant for girls ages 4 to 9, songwriters can enter the Front Porch Pickin’ Songwriting Contest, where entries will perform at the main stage. The Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce is putting on the festival which also includes a 5K and fun run. Well-known local musicians, including Melissa Reaves, the King Bees, and Shelby Rae Moore, will be performing. These are just a sampling of the “everything-blackberry” events and competitions. For a complete schedule, visit ncblackberryfestival.com.

Fourth of July celebrations won’t be hard to find today!  The Town of Boone’s Celebration starts at 11 a.m. with the annual downtown parade. The route starts at the Poplar Grove Extension, travels east on King Street, and concludes at AppState’s Legends parking lot. The theme of the parade is “Salute to Educators.” Evening Entertainment begins at 7:00 at Clawson-Burnley Park with Fireworks starting around 9:30. For more information, visit townofboone.net,

In Blowing Rock, Bluegrass and Brass — A Fourth of July Dazzle will be presented by Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music. The Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys and King Street Brass bands will give a command performance and celebrate Independence Day with patriotic music. they will play numbers in their brass AND bluegrass styles, such as everybody’s favorites, “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” , “When the Saints Go Marching In.”The fun starts at 7 p.m. in the Blowing Rock School Auditorium. For more information, visit mountainhomemusic.com.

In Ashe County, Celebrate at Ashe County Park beginning at 3 p.m. A shuttle bus will run from the new courthouse parking lot beginning at 3:30 p.m. and will run again at the end of the fireworks show at dark. There will be live music, kids’ inflatables, with all-day wristbands available for $5. For more information, visit ashechamber.com.

 Also in Ashe County, there’s the Todd Liberty Parade at 11am in downtown Todd, The unique parade is known for quirky costumes and decorations made by Elkland Art Center. volunteers The theme of this year’s parade is “Let’s Peace it Together.” If you want to take part, arrive at the Todd Railroad Grade Road and Hwy 194 corner at 10a to secure your prop or costume. And it wouldn’t be complete without dancing, food and live music from the King Bees! For more information, go to toddnc.org.

In Avery County, check out the Town of Newland’s 4th of July in the mountains! It’s at Riverwalk in the events stage area, across from the old lowes foods store. Events start at 2pm, with fireworks at 9:15. You’ll finda kids bicycle parade, games, a cornhole tournament, dunking booth, an obstacle course, and even a dump truck slide! Fold out chairs are suggested.

 In Banner Elk, the Parade starts at 11 a.m. at Lees-McRae College and follows Main Street to Tate Evans Park. Anyone can participate! Dress up your pets, cars, bikes and floats and jump in. Begin lining up at 10 a.m. by the Lees-McRae bookstore. After the parade,  take in a “Party in the Park” with the Banner Elk Kiwanis Club, with lots of fun activities and goodies. Proceeds benefit local children. For more information, visit bannerelk.org.

At the Watauga County Public Library, the County now has a MindKare mental health screening kiosk. MindKare is a touchscreen device which enables users to learn about behavioral health conditions, participate in confidential assessments and find local treatment resources. The kiosk was introduced last week at the Watauga County Public Library at 140 Queen Street. One in four Americans has a diagnosable mental health condition, yet the vast majority does not seek treatment. This type of  kiosk is designed for use in public spaces and to reduce the stigma of highly treatable mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. Assessments are also available online at vayamindful.org.

How does FREE PRODUCE sound? : The Senior’s Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program vouchers are now available at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center. To be eligible, seniors must be a registered participant at either senior center in Watauga county and meet income requirements. Vouchers allow seniors to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from the local farmer’s market. Each eligible participant will receive $21.00 in vouchers . Vouchers must be used no later than September 2017. There are Scheduled distribution days for seniors to sign up and receive vouchers. At the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center- the dates this week are are: Wed. July 5th- 10am-1pm, Fri. July 7th-10am-11:30am, If you have any questions or need more information- please contact Billie Lister at 828-265-8090.