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LOCAL BRIEFS: Park scholarship, McCartney show, 'Remarkable Woman'

Here are this week's local news briefs.

HHS senior wins prestigious Park scholarship

Hendersonville High School senior Lily Goff received a four-year Park Scholarship at N.C. State University. Valued at $98,000 for an in-state student, the scholarship includes tuition, room and board plus a computer stipend, grants for research projects and conferences and a mentorship program.
Mitchell Dennison, a senior at East Henderson, received a National Merit Scholarship.
The following students were selected for the Governor’s School this summer:

  • East Henderson High: Hannah Fischer, Dance; Hannah McCullough, English;
  • Devon Mumaugh, French; Brett Levin, Instrumental Music; and Dakota Tittle, Math.
  • Hendersonville High: Andrea Kolarova, Natural Science; Madeline Soss, Natural Science; and Victoria Schandevel, English.
  • West Henderson High: Leah Dorn, Natural Science.


Dowler moving from CMO to clinic

Blue Ridge Community Health Services recently gathered to celebrate Dr. Shannon Dowler’s tenure as the organization’s chief medical officer. She is leaving the role she’s held for the past six years in order to focus on two of her biggest passions — seeing patients and spending time with her teenage boys.
Dowler will remain on staff as a BRCHS physician, spending most of her time at Arden Health Center, a BRCHS affiliate in the Mission-Pardee Health Campus.
“Since Dr. Dowler joined us as chief medical officer over five years ago, we have experienced rapid expansion as an organization,” Blue Ridge CEO Jennifer Henderson said. “We’ve grown from three sites to 11, from nearly 16,000 patients to over 27,000, and from 53,000 patient visits to 105,000 annually. BRCHS is very fortunate to have had Dr. Dowler’s leadership and dedication to the underserved during this critical time in Blue Ridge’s history. We’re thrilled that she’s going to keep practicing under the BRCHS banner.”

Help send disabled veteran to McCartney show

Two Guys Pizza and Mean Mr. Mustard are partnering to give a disabled veteran two tickets to see Paul McCartney in concert in Columbia, S.C. A fundraiser will be held Sunday, June 7, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 2 Guys Pizza & Ribs, 121 West Barnwell Street. Tickets are $10. The American Gonzos will provide music. Food is provided by Reinhart Distributors. Any additional proceeds will go to HonorAir.

Marlow is featured as ‘Remarkable Woman’

Dorothy ‘Dot’ Marlow, an award-winning community leader, will be featured as the next Remarkable Woman at Mainstay’s Dandelion Eatery on Thursday, June 11, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Marlow will share her inspiring story of courage, inner strength bolstered by faith and trail blazing as a woman pioneer in the “man’s world” of banking. She will also share anecdotes from her more than half a century of working behind the scenes to help nonprofits in Henderson County. The evening will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and fellowship.

The event is part of Mainstay’s Conversations With Remarkable Women series, launched by Pam Rogers, Mainstay’s Community Outreach Director. “These are stories that everyone will benefit from hearing,” Rogers said. “We have already seen earlier Remarkable Women events inspire women to realize their potential is not bound by their current circumstances.”
Marlow’s story will touch the hearts of all who attend, promised Elizabeth Willson Moss, director of community affairs and outreach for Pardee Hospital and president of Mainstay’s Board of Directors.
“The purpose of Mainstay’s Conversations series is to share the real life experiences of successful women who have faced, overcome and grown stronger from life’s challenges,” Moss said. “Dot’s story will illustrate her leadership, tenacity and love for the community.”
A retired First Union Bank vice president and the wife of the late Glenn C. Marlow, former Henderson County superintendent of schools, Marlow has served on many nonprofit boards, helped start charitable organizations and worked for six decades to help fund educational organizations.
Seating for Conversations with Remarkable Women is limited so please RSVP quickly. Cost of the event at the Dandelion, 127 Fifth Avenue West, is $20. Please call Mainstay at 693-3840 to reserve your spot.

Sandburg Home seeks citizen scientists

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is seeking volunteers to help collect field data for a number of research projects to which the Park currently contributes. The citizen science program at Sandburg Home is participating in several data collection projects supporting research on bluebirds, monarch butterflies, plant phenology (the timing of annual growth phases), and other natural resource subjects as opportunities arise.

Citizen science volunteers at the Sandburg Home will be provided on-site training for specific types of data collection. The work involves careful observation of selected plants or animals. Once trained, volunteers visit at their convenience and work independently to make observations and record them on provided datasheets. Commitment of time is generally one day each week for 1-2 hours. No previous experience needed; the park will teach you all you need to know.