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Originally published: 2013-04-29 11:31:42
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Our View: Showing pride

Thumbs-up: to a bit of community pride. As Watauga County prepares to celebrate Community Pride Week, beginning Monday, it's time for us to prepare for our part in sprucing up the overall appearance of the county. 

From April 29 to May 4, the Watauga County Landfill will accept residential debris at no charge. Such debris includes tires, furniture and appliances; and cement, rock and brush. Also next week, a thumbs-up on May 4 to Community Pride Week's counterpart, Operation Medicine Cabinet. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Foscoe Fire Department and the Food Lions in Boone on Blowing Rock Road and U.S. 421, and on Valley Boulevard in Blowing Rock, will accept unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.

Thumbs-up: to volunteers. This week, through Saturday, is National Volunteer Week. Many organizations, including Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, are rightly recognizing the efforts of their volunteer workforce. Thank a volunteer this week for service above and beyond the call of duty. 

Thumbs-up: to good food, and knowing where to find it. A team of professionals at Appalachian State University is now working on a project to boost tourism in the 13 states that form the Appalachia region. The project will focus on distinctive food destinations. You can help: Submit your own nominations to the project at through May 15.