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Article Published: Dec. 9, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Boone Christmas Parade rescheduled

Due to the impending weather forecast (more snow) and the scheduled Appalachian State University playoff game, the town of Boone has decided to reschedule the town's Christmas parade from this Saturday, Dec. 11 to Saturday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m. 

Lineup will begin at 8 a.m. in the Horn in the West parking lot. For more information, contact Mary Baker at the Downtown Boone Development Association at (828) 262-4532 or Freida Van Allen at Boone Town Hall at (828) 268-6200.

Santa Paws rescheduled 

Old Man Winter's sudden and blustery arrival caused the Watauga Humane Society (WHS) to reschedule last weekend's Santa Paws event.  

WHS urges people and their pets to visit the Little Red Schoolhouse at the Mast General Store in Valle Crucis this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11 and 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. each afternoon to commemorate Christmas 2010 with a 5-by-7-inch holiday photo of their pet with Santa Claus, better known this weekend as Santa Paws.

For $10 ($5 each additional print), dogs, cats and other pets can sit with Santa, while a photographer captures the moment.

Weaver Cindy Long will be on hand, offering her intricate hand-woven items to holiday shoppers, and Erika Siegel from Best Friends Barkery will be selling her all natural dog treats. Both will donate a portion of their sales to the Watauga Humane Society.

For more information, call (828) 264-1053, or visit

ASU dorms reduce energy consumption

In the first-ever Campus Conservation Nationals competition, Appalachian State University reduced electricity usage by a total of 5.4 percent in a three-week period during November, finishing in the top one-third of the largest reducers across the nation.

The university saved 32,063 kilowatt hours of electricity, or roughly what three average-sized homes in the United States use in a single year, said Crystal Simmons, university sustainability specialist.

Appalachian also averted 39,053 pounds of carbon dioxide through energy use reduction, which saved the university $2,244. Cannon Hall was the most successful residence hall on campus, with a 34.5 percent reduction in electricity usage. 

Out of 40 universities, Appalachian ranked 12th in the energy reduction competition. The competition included residence halls from universities nationwide. Participating residence halls were encouraged to reduce electricity and water usage, which was documented using Lucid Design Group's Building Dashboard.

Students in Appalachian's residence halls committed to sustainable practices in order to reduce resource consumption. Some of these practices included using natural daylight whenever possible, taking the stairs rather than the elevator and using desk lamps rather than overhead lights. Research has shown that feedback on electricity consumption, combined with competitive individual and community spirit and incentives can result in significant resource reductions in buildings.

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