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Deadline Approaching : YPC Grants
 The Highland County Youth Philanthropy Council (YPC) announces the availability of $10,000 in grant funding to support projects addressing the needs of our community.
Applications are Due January 28th!
 
Valentine's Dinner at The Highland Inn: 
Spend Valentine's Day with your loved one at The Highland Inn.  Chef Dan Evans will be offering a fixed price meal that includes a starter, main entree and dessert.  Available through the Valentine's Day weekend.

Menu details will be available January 26th on Facebook or by calling The Highland Inn. 
 
SCORE Business Counseling: 
E very year, SCORE helps  thousands of entrepreneurs start small businesses and achieve new levels of success in their existing businesses.  Counseling sessions are held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at The Highland Center.
 
To schedule a consultation, please call Joshua Umar at 540-468-1922   
 
            


The Highland Center Welcomes  
Gov. Terry McAuliffe    
 
Terry McAuliffe and Secretary of Agriculture Basil Gooden, visited The Highland Center on December 18, 2017.  Governor McAuliffe's visit was part of his commitment to visit every county in the Commonwealth before leaving office. 
 
He remarked to Executive Director, Betty Mitchell how transformed the Center was from 2013 when he and his wife Dorothy visited during his campaign.  They discussed the state agencies  - Va Dept of Housing and Community Development, VDOT and Va Dept of Agriculture and Consumer Services -- which were instrumental in providing support for the Center's renovation.
 
During his tour of The Highland Center, Gov. McAuliffe met with tenants and others with long-standing connections to the Center.  On hand were Center board and staff, Caroline Smith, Donna Bedwell, Kim Wolfe, Steve Fullerton, and Claire Sax who accompanied him to the Visitors Center where Gov. McAuliffe visited with Missy Jarrells of Laurel Fork Sap Suckers and Chamber of Commerce Director, Dorothy Stephenson.   In the cultural wing, he was greeted by Arts Council board member Clair Myers and members of the Monday painting group; Studio Artists Suse Field and Liz Delahoussaye, and he then went to the Allegheny Mountain Strings program room. 
 
A complete tour of the facility included visits with Center Staff Joshua Umar detailing the Business Incubation space and Cornelia Granbery who discussed the local foods program efforts.  He also met Lou Ann Neely, owner of Riven Rock Farms, and Caroline Smith of Healing Farm who use the Center's walk-in freezer;  as well as VPAS Staff Harmony Holtby, Ashley Hutchison and Gaynell Siron who prepare Meals on Wheels for seniors in Highland and Bath counties from the Center's commercial kitchen. 
 
Other supporters and partners on hand included Chris Little and Brian Richardson; Allegheny Mountain Institute Executive Director Sue Erhardt and Education Director Jessa Fowler; Nancy Witschey and Robin Sullenberger of the Highland Economic Development Authority; Monterey Town Mayor, Rich Holman; Highland County Administrator Roberta Lambert and Supervisor, David Blanchard; and Ann Blair Miller of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. 

The end of his time at The Highland Center was spent enjoying a local smoked trout appetizer prepared by Inn chef, Dan Evans.   
 
Thanks to our local media - Anne Adams of The Recorder, and Scott Smith with Allegheny Mountain Radio for their coverage of this exciting visit.

    
 

 
Cheers to 20 years!

Not one, but two ball drops, brought in 2018 at the Highland Center on New Year's Eve. The New Year's event was the kick off of The Highland Center's 20th year. 

The evening began with children of all ages dancing and playing while parents watched during the Family Friendly event. At 8:30 pm, a piƱata filled with pom-poms and confetti rained down on the children as they gathered the candy treats from the floor.
 
At 9:00 PM, adults began to arrive to celebrate the New Year together. DJ Doug Smith kept the room dancing and as the clock struck midnight, revelers watched a projection of the ball drop on Times Square as they toasted 2018 to the tune of Auld Lang Syne.'
 
     
 
 
Special thanks to our planning committee: Donna Bedwell, Melissa Moyers, Kim Wolfe, Somers Stephenson, Betty Mitchell and Claire Sax

Welcome to our New Staff:   
Mary Ellen Garner & Claire Sax 
 
Born in Georgia and raised in Florida, Mary-Ellen spent most of her childhood covered in dirt, sand, mud, or clay. She graduated from Rollins College with a bachelor's in International Relations and a minor in Chemistry.

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Mary-Ellen has always been drawn to medicine and her primary interest in sustainable a nd local foods centers on the idea of food as medicine. She believes the desire for connection (to others, to the earth, to our food) is intrinsic to our human experience.

 
As a phase II Fellow with Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI), Mary-Ellen is eager grow and feed this connection.  
 
She is enthusiastic about her year with the Highland Center and seeks to promote a healthy local food system here in Highland and beyond.
During 2018, Mary-Ellen's role as the Fo od Programs Coordinator will include local food promotion through Faces of Farmers, the Taste of Highland dinner, the Farmer's Market, and other new system developments.
 

Welcome to Claire Sax, our new Resource Development & Events coordinator.   
 
While Claire and her family moved here from Fairfax to Highland in July 2016, she spent every summer growing up in Monterey.   
 
Claire's past work experience includes development work for Galapagos Conservancy and with George Mason University in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She has worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant, and most recently as small business owner of Crowning Moments Doula Services.  

You can often find Claire baking goods for the Farmers' Market or running around the soccer field with her children.  
 
Claire and her husband Erik live in Monterey with their son, Karl age 8, and daughter, Lucy age 4.     

Ways to Give

 
Our community started the Center and you provide the support that allows us to continue and expand our programs.  We would ask that you spend a few minutes reflecting on how the Center has impacted your family and neighbors- and consider making a tax-deductible contribution today. 

There are many ways to support The Highland Center's Initiatives. One of the most effective ways we can leverage your support is through the appreciated securities gifts.

Appreciated Securities Gifts  
A gift of appreciated securities offers two significant advantages:  1) you avoid paying capital gains on the increased value of stock, 2) you receive charitable deduction for the full market value of the stock when you make the gift.  To do this, generally you must have held the stock long term (consult your tax advisor)  

The Highland Center has a brokerage account set up to easily accept these gifts.  
 

  
 
  

 
Chef Dan's Corner 

Big news for the New Year!  The Tavern menu will be available on Wednesdays & Thursdays!   On both these days you can choose delicious meals from our pub-style menu (pictured below).  

Our formal menu is still available on Friday and Saturday nights.

Come, join us!  Make reservations by calling 540-468-2143