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June 2018 Featured Business of the Month ~ Blue Ridge Partnership for Children

The Blue Ridge Partnership for Children is an independent, nonprofit organization, with a Board of Directors made up of community members from all three counties. The Board determines how best to invest local Smart Start funding to support programs designed to address community concerns in early care and education,  the health of young children, and services for their families.    Two locations serving Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties. 392 East Main Street / PO Box 1387, Burnsville, NC 28714, Phone: 828.682.0047 / Fax: 828.682.7987 215 Pineola Street / PO Box 1455, Newland, NC 28657, Phone: 828.733.2899 / Fax: 828.733.9122   Jennifer Simpson, Executive Director director@brpartnershipforchildren.org Visit us online at  www.blueridgechildren.org   or www.facebook.com/Blue-Ridge-Partnership-for-Children    What is the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children?  CLICK HERE   Blue Ridge Child Care Resource & Referral Information:  CLICK HERE                        …

2018 Avery Chamber Golf Classic Winners-Linville Golf Club

Congratulations May 14, 2018 Avery Chamber Golf Classic Winners Linville Golf Club, Linville, NC On behalf of the Avery Chamber we sincerely “Thank” everyone who made this event possible! Host and Event Sponsors: Pictured (L-R) Keith Crain, Head Professional of Linville Golf Club; Melynda M. Pepple, Executive Director of Avery Chamber of Commerce; Tom Dale, Director of Golf of Linville Golf Club; Scott Wallace, Assistant Professional of Linville Golf Club Corporate Sponsors: Pictured (L-R) Todd Elledge, Director of Marketing of Carolina West Wireless; Edward Hinson, Executive Director of Competitive Operations of SkyLine/ SkyBest 1st Place Winners 1st Place “GROSS” Winner (L-R) Jason Eldreth, Carter Dishman, Roscoe Millsaps, John Malone 1st Place “NET Winner (L-R) Scott Boyles, Jeff Craver, Neil Cornatzer, Mark Hollingsworth -Not Pictured 2018 Golf Classic Results CLICK…

May Featured Business of the Month- LifeStore Insurance

LifeStore Insurance – YOUR North Carolina Insurance Specialist As an independent North Carolina Insurance Agency, LifeStore Insurance has seven  locations  (Boone, Greystone, West Jefferson, Elkin, Lenoir, North Wilkesboro, and Sparta) to serve your needs. By working together, our professional insurance agents will guide you through all    available insurance options so you find the policies that best fit your specific needs. As an independent agent, we work with most major insurance carriers and many times can get you a more competitive price than you could receive from the insurance carrier directly. So whether you are looking for individual coverage, family protection, auto, business, or health insurance, investment opportunities, or a custom policy, LifeStore is there for you . . . at every stage of your life. ~     Auto     ~     Home    ~    Business      ~     Life      ~     Health     ~ Karen McNeil , CBIA , Account Executive 1675 Blowing Rock Road Boone, NC 28607 (828) 263-1524 (800) 723-4718 www.lifestoreinsurance.com Email: kmcneil@golifestore.com…

May 2018 Leadership Avery-Nonprofit Sector

On Tuesday, May 1, 2018 the Leadership Avery Class held the nonprofit sector. The sector was a jam packed day highlighting many nonprofit presentations and tours. The following organizations and presenters gave enlightening presentations. Below are just a few of the many nonprofits that provide wonderful services for our county. Hats off to all for a job well done! Feeding Avery Families – Dick Larson Yellow Mountain – David Tate RAM’s Rack (Reaching Avery Ministries) – Janet Millsap Habitat for Humanity – Christon Clark Crossnore School and Children’s Home – Kathy Dellinger, Caroline Hart Mountain Alliance – Zack Green Oasis – Tiffany Moon Tours – Crossnore Weavers, Cottages, Frescos  and Blair Frailey Sales Store Lunch – Kelly Hollbrooks & Staff *Program Facilitators: Kathy Rimmer, 828-733-5804, DeLee Scott, 828-737-5500 Avery County Chamber of Commerce, Melynda Pepple,…

April 2018 Leadership Avery-Education System Sector

On Tuesday, April 10, 2018 the 2018 Leadership Avery Class held the Education System Sector. The day started at Mayland Communtity College on Avery campus with breakfast, presentations and tours. Dr. Bryan Taylor, the new superintendent from the Avery County Board of Education and members of the Avery County Schools Central Services spoke to the class about the Avery County School System, programs, and the various departments within Avery County Schools, including the Scottie Bus.  The Avery High Culinary Arts students prepared a delicious lunch for the class.  After lunch, the Leadership Avery Class traveled to Lees McRae College for presentations from various departments and tours of the campus.  Jon Driggers, Vice President of Student Development,  Dean of Students and Student Development, welcomed the Leadership Avery Class, followed by visiting the School of Nursing, and ending the day at Lees McRae College by visiting the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center with Nina Fischesser.  A great educational learning day was enjoyed by all. Thanks to everyone who made this education sector possible! Program Facilitators: Kathy Rimmer, (828) 733-5804, DeLee Scott, (828) 737-5500 Avery County Chamber of Commerce, Melynda Pepple, (828) 898-5605           …

April 2018 Featured Business of the Month- Blackpoint at Linville Falls

Nestled in the stunningly beautiful North Carolina Appalachian mountains, Blackpoint at Linville Falls is moments from America’s favorite drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway. Featuring furnished luxury homes, this gated community offers all amenities including clubhouse, swimming pool, underground utilities, natural gas, cable/satellite, and high speed internet. Each home has an open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, top-end appliances, marble counters, hardwood floors, and stone. Perfect for vacation rentals, weddings, or retreats, Blackpoint at Linville Falls is across from Linville Falls Winery where you can sip delicious wine while watching the sunset over the majestic vistas of North Carolina’s Highlands. Karen M. Salle, Exclusive Broker          Office Phone: 828.765.1127              Direct Cell Phone 386-569-5854  Web Site: http://www.blackpointatlinvillefalls.net Email: karen@blackpointatlinvillefalls.com      …

March 2018 Leadership Avery Orientation Day

On Tuesday, March 13, 2018  Leadership Avery kicked off this year’s orientation session at the Williams YMCA of Avery County in  Linville, NC.  The session began in the Oak room with coffee and danishes.  Introductions to Leadership Avery was led by DeLee Scott, Kathy Rimmer, Jeff Davis and Melynda Martin Pepple the program facilitators. Team-building exercises  throughout the day were led by Stephanie Greer.  The class enjoyed a tour and learning about the endeavors of the YMCA. Leadership Avery participants will be involved in monthly classes throughout the year. Program Facilitators: Kathy Rimmer, 828-733-5804, DeLee Scott, 828-737-5500 Avery County Chamber of Commerce, Melynda Pepple,…

March 2018 – Dr. Carol G. Schaffer

Dr. Carol G. Schaffer has been practicing general dentistry in the High Country since 1987.  Dr. Schaffer is a 1981 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine.  She completed a one year General Practice of Residency at the University of Pennsylvania in 1982.  Then she moved to North Carolina in where she began to practice in Boone in 1987. She opened her Linville office in 2001 and loves being part of Avery County. In addition to regular cleaning and exams, her office offers restorative, cosmetic and implant dentistry. Dr. Carol Schaffer in her general dental practice treats adult  patients. She offers a full range of comprehensive dentistry services such as: preventive care, comprehensive exams, dental cleanings, digital x-rays, fillings, crowns and bridges, whitening, dental implants, and cosmetic dentistry. She welcomes new patients. Dr. Carol G. Schaffer, general dentistry practice houses three operatory rooms, one dental hygiene room, and one laboratory / sterilization room, a waiting room, and an office which staffs five onsite employees including herself. Jillian Tenge- CDA Wendy Moody- CDA Carol G. Schaffer, DMD, PA Beth Whitehead- RDH Pam Watson- Office Manager In a recent interview, Dr. Carol Schaffer, explains that in her practice she values spending time discussing treatment options for her patients. She states, “An informed patient can make the best decision about his or her long term dental health, comfort and functionality. It is well worth the extra time spent with patients to provide a clear understanding of all dental health procedures and services that we can provide.” Her office is located at Sloop Medical Office Plaza, 436 Hospital Drive, Suite 105, Linville, NC 28646, and can be reached  828-737-7722 or by visiting www.carolschaffer.com….

Avery County Chamber of Commerce Desires to Engage Internet Service Providers for Broadband Expansion

The Avery County Chamber of Commerce has received a grant in the amount of $100,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to extend broadband internet service to residential and business customers in unserved and underserved areas of Avery County. The Chamber is looking for a qualified Partner with the technical expertise and capacity to make available high-speed internet services to as many underserved areas as possible.  The qualified Partner would be required to design, build, operate and maintain a broadband network to provide data services.  The Partner would also be required to provide a minimum of $100,000 to match the ARC funds Copies of the detailed request for proposal (RFP), including a description of the services to be provided by respondents, the minimum content of responses, and the factors to be used to evaluate the responses, can be obtained by contacting Melynda Pepple, Director, Avery County Chamber of Commerce, 4501 Tynecastle Highway, Unit #2, Banner Elk, NC 28604 or (828) 898-5605 or director@averycounty.com or visit www.averycounty.com/avery-county-press-releases/. Proposals will be accepted until 5:00 pm March 30, 2018. The Avery County Chamber of Commerce encourages the submission of proposals from minority- and women-owned firms. Avery Chamber – RFP…

February 2018 – Feeding Avery Families

Feeding Avery Families is a non-profit Christian organization in Avery County dedicated to eliminating hunger by any means possible including monetary donations, volunteerism, and food donations. FAF provided 60% of the food assistance in Avery County in 2017 and currently distributes approximately 500 boxes of food every month (generally on the last Friday), reaching over 1000 individuals, from their Food Distribution Center at 508 Pineola Street in Newland. Please get in touch with Dick Larson to donate or volunteer.   Dick Larson, Executive Director P.O. Box 1075 Banner Elk, NC 28604 (828) 783-8506…

January 2018 – Souvenir Shirts

Listed as one of the top ten “must-do’s” for the Banner Elk area, Souvenir Shirts is located on Hwy. 184 at the base of the Sugar Mountain ski slopes. They sell everything from local Woolly Worm tee-shirts and ski apparel to homemade fudge and ice cream, and have been providing Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain, and Banner Elk souvenirs and gifts since 1987!   Souvenir Shirts 3175 Tynecastle Hwy. Banner Elk, NC 28604 (828) 898-6441…

Leadership Avery Kicks Off 2018

The Avery Chamber is now taking applications for 2018 class of Leadership Avery – come learn about county businesses, agencies, organizations, and resources and how they work, both individually and together, to run our county.

October 2017 – Guardian ad Litem

Established by statute in 1983, the North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program has been serving abused and neglected children for more than 30 years.

September 2017 – Peak Real Estate

Chris and Jim of Peak Real Estate, located in Banner Elk on Tynecastle Highway, will be happy to answer any questions you may have concerning the purchase of your new home or sale of your current home.

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