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Article Published: Jul. 28, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Mountaineer Hall to host open house Aug. 2

Area residents are invited to tour Mountaineer Hall, Appalachian State University's new residence Hall, Aug. 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. The open house is hosted by University Housing.

Located at 711 Poplar Grove Road behind the Student Recreation Center, Mountaineer Hall will house 459 undergraduate students in hotel-style rooms. With the university's focus on sustainability, the building features energy-efficient lighting with motion sensors, solar panels for hot water, and low-flow showerheads and toilets.

Parking will be available off Poplar Grove Road behind the building.

Campus siren warning system to be tested Aug. 3

Appalachian State University will test its campus-wide siren warning system Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 11:55 a.m. Tests are typically conducted on the first Wednesday of the month. For more information about the warning system, visit

Aéropostale opens at Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers announces the opening of its newest store, Aéropostale, on Friday, July 29, at 10 a.m.

Aéropostale, a specialty retailer for teen fashions offers trend-right clothing for teens and young adults.

Each Aéropostale store carries both men's and women's apparel and a full range of accessories.

"We're excited to be opening in Blowing Rock," said Tom Johnson, chief executive officer at Aéropostale. "We are confident that our new Aero store in Tanger Outlets' Shoppes on the Parkway of Blowing Rock will quickly become a favorite shopping destination for teens and parents."

Heidi Ellis, general manager of Tanger Outlets in Blowing Rock, said, "This is a perfect addition to our center, while kicking off an exciting back-to-school shopping season and upcoming tax-free weekend (Aug. 5-7)."

According to Aéropostale, the "lifestyle store provides customers with a sense of discovery, offering a wide array of sensory experiences from the entrance of the store to the seating area near the fitting rooms. Brightly lit imagery, an open floor plan and a friendly and relaxed environment create an inviting shopping experience for all."

Visit for a list of brand name and designer outlet stores, upcoming special events and sales, and printable coupons.

In Blowing Rock, Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway offers shoppers a collection of more than 30 brand name stores, with new stores now open, including Chico's, Levi's, Loft Outlet and Skechers.

Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway is located a half-mile south of the Blue Ridge Parkway on U.S. 321.

Boone earns Statewide Planning Award

Mayor Loretta Clawson is announced that the town of Boone has received the 2011 Marvin Collins Statewide Planning Award for the Boone 2030 Land Use Plan.

Clawson expressed her appreciation to the members of the Boone Town Council, town staff and the community that worked together to lay the foundation for this plan.

The Lawrence Group, a planning firm located in Davidson, led the collaborative effort to bring this plan to completion.

The Marvin Collins Statewide Planning Award is presented by the North Carolina chapter of the American Planning Association and recognizes agencies and individuals that have completed outstanding plans, programs and projects, have excelled as planning students, or have made notable contributions to the planning profession.

Clawson will be accepting the award on behalf of the town of Boone at an awards luncheon during the 2011 North Carolina Annual Planning Conference in Charlotte on Thursday, Oct. 6.

Appalachian Regional Library books grant

The Appalachian Regional Library (Ashe, Wilkes and Watauga counties) has been awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant totaling $67,900 to be used to implement RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology at the main Watauga County Public Library in Boone and the Western Watauga Branch in Sugar Grove to bring the latest in library technology to Watauga County.

LSTA funds awarded by the State Library of North Carolina are made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

These federal funds are investments that help libraries deliver relevant and up-to-date services for their communities.

At the Watauga County Public Library and its branch, the LSTA grant will allow for the purchase, installation and implementation of RFID technology that includes "tags" for 87,000 items in the collection, five RFID-enabled workstations that check out/in multiple items simultaneously, two self-checkout stations with debit/credit card payment option, security detection gates and an inventory device.

Library director Louise Humphrey said that the project will enhance the customer's library experience by offering convenient self-checkout stations with debit/credit options for payment of overdue fines, faster check out at the circulation desk, loss control for materials, improved collection development and greater success in locating items and improved accuracy in shelving.

Appalachian Regional Library received one of the 112 competitive grants for fiscal year 2011-12 awarded to North Carolina libraries from this year's federal allotment of $4,160,471.

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