FOR YOUR CALENDAR: New hotel project community meeting at BRAHM on March 6th

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ANNOUNCEMENT: A new hotel is proposed for the 0.9-acre property at 159 Rainey St., Blowing Rock (the large vacant lot behind Speckled Trout Restaurant that borders Rainey St., Morningside Dr., and U.S. 221). A community meeting is planned to reveal plans for a 40-room hotel during the evening of Wednesday, March 6th, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum.

This community meeting is being held in advance of a future Planning Board presentation in order to solicit feedback from various constituent interests in Blowing Rock who might be affected by the development project.

Admission is free. The potential developer is the Catellus Group of Charlotte.

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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