Federal employees earn “Local” status at The Blowing Rock during shutdown

Federal employees earn “Local” status at The Blowing Rock during shutdown
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By David Rogers. January 17, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC — The Blowing Rock already offers town and nearby area residents (“locals”) free admission to the park on any day of the year, any time it is open for business during regular operating hours. Now, for the duration of the U.S. government shutdown, owner Charlie Sellers and his staff have joined other regional attractions in offering free admission to federal employees.

“We understand the pain of being involuntarily furloughed from your job,” Sellers explained to Blowing Rock News on Thursday. “There remains a lot of uncertainty yet about how long the budget stalemate will last. This is our way of saying thank you for their past and future service and maybe helping them and their families find some respite during an otherwise difficult time.”

In order to qualify for free admission to enjoy the breathtaking scenic views and historical features of the attraction, a federal employee needs only to present his or her federal ID card or a pay stub from the agency for which they work.

COVER IMAGE: Photographic image of The Blowing Rock by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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