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Article Published: Nov. 19, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Business starts headline WAMY seminar
WAMY Community Action Inc. will have a representative from the Micro Enterprise Program available at the Family Resource Center at the WAMY office in Boone on Wednesday, Dec. 9, to meet with people who are interested in learning about starting a business.

The representative will be on hand from 4 to 7 p.m. to speak individually with interested individuals.

Participants will be allowed to fill out a brief "Entrepreneurial Readiness Inventory" that will help them examine characteristics such as natural abilities, talents and personality traits commonly associated with successful entrepreneurs.

Information will be available on the issues that should be considered when creating a business plan and the basic steps required to open a business.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment with the representative during this block of time, individuals can e-mail ( or call 828-264-2421 or 828-265-8483.

Fine Dining Guide now on the menu
Mountain Alliance, a local nonprofit organization teaching youth the meaning of service, friendship, teamwork and responsibility, announces that the eighth edition of its Fine Dining Guide is now availabe.

The coupon booklet features buy-one, get-one free entrees at area restaurants.

Participating restaurants include: The Best Cellar, Casa Rustica, Coyote Kitchen, Dan'l Boone Inn, Char, The Gamekeeper, The Manor House at Chetola, Makoto's, Melanie's, Pssghetti's, Red Onion Cafe, Reid's Cafe, Rowland's at Westglow, Vidalia, The Table at Crestwood, Louisiana Purchase and Glidewells.

"Started eight years ago, the Fine Dining Guide is a partnership for youth," a spokesperson for Mountain Alliance said. "Customers enjoy big savings when dining out, and Mountain Alliance receives needed support to continue offering service and adventure programming for youth in Watauga County."

Last year Mountain Alliance offered 212 after-school, and weekend program days, including more than 2,000 hours of community service. "In difficult economic times, this type of support is crucial to our program," the spokesperson said.

"The dining guide is quite a value at $50. If you only use it three times, it will pay for itself. This is a wonderful chance to support a local nonprofit, while getting great deals on meals at the same time. It's a wonderful way to try a new appetizer or dessert with the money saved on dinner," the spokesperson said.

To purchase a Mountain Alliance Fine Dining Guide, stop by Footsloggers in Boone or Blowing Rock, Mast General Store in Boone, Stick Boy Bakery, order online at, or call the Mountain Alliance at 828-263-0383.

The Mountain Alliance is a High Country United Way organization in partnership with Watauga County Schools.

November is Senior Animal Month
Watauga County Humane Society has designated November as Adopt a Senior Animal Month with discounted adoption rates for animals three years old or older.

"In this month of giving thanks for many blessings, consider opening your heart and your home to a shelter animal," a spokesperson said.

"While cute little puppies and kittens are often the first to capture attention, WHS encourages people to look toward older animals."

Age cultivates a mature perspective on life in animals, which can be an advantage. Older animals are generally past the destructive tendencies of youth and adolescence.

Their cumulative experiences, and with shelter animals these experiences can be heartbreaking, incline them toward respect and gratitude. They enter a household already housebroken, and simply appreciative to have a loving home and a warm bed.

All shelter animals age 3 years or older qualify for the discounted adoption rate of $55 for cats and $75 for dogs.

The discounted adoption rate still provides our full range of valuable benefits as itemized on the Humane Society Web site

The Web site also lists the senior animals currently available for adoption, or visit the shelter at 200 Casey Lane, at the end of Greenway Trail.

Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday 12:30 p.m. until 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12:30 p.m. until 5 p.m., closed on Monday. For more information call (828) 264-7865.

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