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Article Published: May. 26, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Artfull Palette cancelled

The Watauga Arts Council's Artfull Palette fundraiser, scheduled for May 28, has been cancelled.
"Due to a lot of extenuating circumstances, we decided it would be better to postpone it till August," council director Cherry Johnson said. "We'll likely merge it with another event being planned, and we'll unveil that shortly."

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Click It or Ticket

N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced May 23 the launch of a state-wide "Click It or Ticket" campaign to crack down on motorists who are not wearing their seatbelts.

State and local law enforcement officers will increase seat belt enforcement activities during the campaign, which runs May 23 to June 5.

"This life-saving campaign reminds us to buckle up every trip, every time," Conti said. "Wearing a seatbelt no matter where you are seated in a vehicle is the law in North Carolina, so I remind all citizens to click it or ticket."

Regular seatbelt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. In 2010, 425 unbuckled motorists died in North Carolina.

In 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that North Carolina's seatbelt usage rate was 89.7 percent. The state's usage rate was 65 percent when the program started 18 years ago.

"Click It or Ticket" is administered by the N.C. Governor's Highway Safety Program.

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Cubby Bear 5k Raises $1,200 for Habitat

On May 14, 71 participants competed in the fifth annual Cubby Bear 5k and raised more than $1,200 for Cannon Memorial Hospital's Habitat for Humanity Build Fund.

Michael Holland, 14, was the winner with a time of 20.38 minutes. The first-place female winner was Laura Lacey with a time of 23.44 minutes.

Second-place male was Daniel Scagnelli, and third-place male was Shawn Strickland.

Heather Kersey took second place in the female division, and Talie Freeman took third.

Chase Palm won in the 9-15 youth division, and Reagan Hughes won in the 8 and under youth division.

If interested in participating in next year's event, contact Sallie Woodring at (828) 737-7538.

Schaefers sponsor AWF Woman of Vision Award Luncheon

The Appalachian Women's Fund (AWF) has announced that Westglow Resort owners Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer will be the premier sponsors of the annual Woman of Vision Award Luncheon on June 23.

For the fourth straight year, the Schaefers - founding members of the AWF - have been the Woman of Vision Award Luncheon's lead sponsors.

"The independence and autonomy of the AWF is what makes our partnership with Bonnie and Jamie a match made in heaven," AWF board member Debbie Stevens said. "To achieve all that they have in the business world, my guess is that they, too, have asserted their independence and broken new ground."

The AWF Woman of Vision Award Luncheon takes place June 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Blowing Rock Country Club. Tickets cost $50 and include lunch, treasure trove and award presentation. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the AWF office at (828) 264-4002.

ASU joins Bee Informed Partnership

Appalachian State University's Department of Computer Science is part of a nationwide network to monitor and maintain honey bee health.

The Bee Informed Partnership is a five-year, $5 million program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture and is led by Penn State.

Other university partners are the University of California, University of Illinois, University of Georgia, University of Tennessee, University of Minnesota, North Carolina State University and Lincoln University. The Florida Department of Agriculture and NASA are also part of the project.

The Bee Informed Partnership will use an epidemiological approach to identify common bee management practices and use them to develop best practices on a regional and operationally appropriate level. The partnership will include many institutions already involved in pollinator work, but will also strive to include citizens involved in bee keeping or other aspects of the problem for data collection and integration.

The multistate team hopes that their work and especially their educational efforts to introduce the best management practices will reduce national losses in honeybee populations by 50 percent in the next five years.

Appalachian's Department of Computer Science, housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, was awarded $729,736 through the project to create and maintain a honeybee health database with an interactive web-based interface that also will provide valuable feedback to beekeepers, as well as information for future research.

Appalachian's funding will support full-time research associate, as well as undergraduates who will work part time on various aspects of information technology support.

Some of the surveys planned by the partnership include the continuation of the colony winter loss survey, an annual survey of management practices and a survey of pollinator availability. Other surveys will focus on determining colony mortality, parasite loads and socioeconomic factors.
For more information about the Bee Informed Partnership, visit

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