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Article Published: Nov. 11, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

NCSAA Economic Impact Conference Nov. 17

"There is a huge network of recipients that benefit from a ski lift running," explained Kim Jochl, president of the North Carolina Ski Areas Association (NCSAA) and marketing director of Sugar Mountain Resort.

The ancillary effects of ski lifts running at Appalachian Ski Mountain, Beech Mountain Resort and Sugar Mountain Resort, as well as the ancillary effects of ski lifts running at Cataloochee Ski Area, Sapphire Valley Ski Area and Wolf Ridge Ski Resort-which together, collectively form the NCSAA-will be discussed in full during a press conference at Sugar Mountain Resort, located at 1009 Sugar Mountain Drive in the Village of Sugar Mountain, on Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. NCSAA members and RRC Associates host the conference, which is open to the public.

"This conference will provide information on just how important the ski industry is, and we want as many attendees as possible-we want them to come to hear what Sugar Mountain, Appalachian Ski Mountain and Beech Mountain provide to the local community," said Jochl, who added that she hopes members and staff of local media, tourism development authorities, boards of commissioners, boards of education and other elected officials will mark their calendar to attend the press conference.

The NCSAA in collaboration with RRC Associates recently conducted an economic value analysis study of the North Carolina ski industry during the 2009-10 winter season. For the 2009-10 winter season, total skier visits in the state of North Carolina were 671,554, total revenue was $32,526,608, year-round employment was 96, seasonal employment was 1,557, total payroll was $8,700,000 and capital expenditures for the North Carolina ski industry as a whole were $3,341,237. In all, the study found that North Carolina ski areas-all of which are located in Western North Carolina-contributed $146 million to the state's economy during winter 2009-10. Even though the final impact number is significant, and although authors of the study demonstrated due diligence in collecting any and all information, Jochl said the final figures were "somewhat conservative.

A complete report for the NCSAA economic value analysis can be found by clicking to For more information, click to, or

HCWF celebrates five years

On Monday, Nov. 15, at Boone Golf Club, 433 Fairway Drive, Boone, at 5:30 p.m., the High Country Women's Fund will celebrate its fifth anniversary through sharing a meal and socializing, taking a fresh look at its committees and inviting the community to become involved.

Supper will be catered by Bandanas, available for $10 with vegetarian options and cash bar.

Organizers request that attendees place their order by Nov. 11 through HCWF secretary Jill Huffman at ( or (828) 832-6381 or on line at

One of the service projects scheduled for December 11th is called the Holiday Family Festival. HCWF and the Children's Council are collaborating to play Santa's elves and help children select presents for their moms and then wrap them.

HCWF would like to invite community members "to be an elf to work with the children and/or contribute items that may be distributed as gifts. This will ease the anxiety that mothers can have of trying to create a special holiday time when there are extra meals to provide and bills to pay during the two weeks the children are out of school."

"Eleanor's Gift," a service project the women of Avery County have created, is supporting a mother who is moving into her own home after working through recovery and gaining custody of her son.

Eleanor, a young woman who had been through recovery and was just beginning to help other women in similar circumstances, died this past year.

"The women volunteering, including Eleanor's mother, Barbara Aycock, have demonstrated amazing energy and joy in finding furnishings and household items to get this mom started in her new life," an HCWF spokesperson said.

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Proposals sought to help reduce drunk driving, underage drinking

Watauga PARC (Preventing Alcohol Related Crashes) is seeking proposals from community groups for creative projects that will make a lasting impact toward reducing drunk driving and/or underage drinking. Mini-grants will be awarded for the projects in the amounts of $500 to $1,500.

The deadline for submissions is Dec. 1. For a grant application or for more information, contact Katie Giordano in Appalachian State University's Institute for Health and Human Services at (828) 262-7951 or (

The grants will be awarded by Dec. 10. Projects should be completed by June 30, 2011.
Criteria for selection include the project's description, focus of need, impact, budget and project sustainability, community engagement and organizational capacity.

Creative ideas are welcomed and encouraged. Projects could range from teacher trainings in prevention and alcohol-free community activities, to funding for prevention program supplies.

Previously funded projects have included a designated driver campaign, a Circle of Trust chapter to raise awareness about the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption, an end-of-the-year party for Watauga High School seniors, and a poster campaign about healthy behaviors among college students.

ASU to participate in Campus Conservation Nationals 2010

Appalachian State University is one of 40 colleges and universities competing to achieve the greatest electricity reductions in residence halls over a three-week period beginning Monday, Nov. 1.

Campus Conservation Nationals leverages the momentum of popular dorm energy competitions and extends the playing field to include rival institutions from across the country. Winning campuses and residence halls will be awarded a prize package provided by the U.S. Green Building Council and Study Like a Champion.

The Alliance to Save Energy in partnership with Lucid Design Group and the National Wildlife Federation launched the Campus Conservation Nationals 2010, the first real-time, nationwide electricity and water use reduction competition. The Alliance to Save Energy was founded by former Sen. Charles H. Percy (R-Ill.) and Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey (D-Minn.) in 1977 to promote energy efficiency throughout the United States.

Using Lucid Design Group's Building Dashboard, participating schools will be able to instantly compare performance, share winning strategies and track standings among the leading schools and buildings. 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.

On residential college and university campuses, activities that take place in buildings account for the majority of energy use and total greenhouse gas emissions. While most schools recognize the value of upgrading infrastructure to maximize efficiency, changing the behavior of building occupants is also recognized as a critical component of conservation.

To follow Appalachian during the competition, visit  For more information about the competition, visit, or contact Crystal Simmons at (828) 262-2664 or (  

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