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FOOD Open call for vendors for the 22nd annual Greening Up the Mountains Festival in Sylva, April 27 BY STAFF REPORTS • SYLVA Support Clean / recyclable Newsprint Open call for food venders as well as local artists and performers. The Greening Up the Mountains Festival is a heritage arts festival that celebrates the arrival of Spring through both traditional and contemporary forms of Appalachian art, music, food, A mother and daughter having fun at last year’s event. and beverage which honor our community and local artisans. The Greening Up, The Mountains Festival, is now in its 22nd year and is inviting applications from artisans and food vendors. The festival is sponsored by the Town of Sylva and will be held in historic downtown Sylva on Saturday, April 27, 10 - 4pm. The Greening Up The Mountains Festival typically enjoys crowds upwards 12,000 attendees and has 175 vendor booth spaces. In addition to a variety of arts, crafts, and food vendors, attendees can enjoy a 5k race, youth talent contest, beverage arts featuring local craft breweries, and live music throughout the day on two stages. IF YOU GO Greening Up The Mountains Festival Applications will be accepted through March 15, 2019, and can be downloaded at For more information, contact the event coordinator, Kendra Hamm at greeningupthemountains@ Simple, delicious food with vegetarian options, Craft beer on draft, great wines, kids menu, to go menu, daily specials. 112374 7376 Firefly 18 01 17 We’re bringing brunch downtown! Sundays 10:30 til 2:00. Open daily except Wednesdays 11:30-9:00 454-5400 128 N Main Street, Downtown Waynesville 18 |RAPID RIVER’S ARTS & CULTURE MAGAZINE Vol. 22, No. 06 — February 2019

PETS Local dog trainer earns certification as a certified professional dog trainer BY STAFF REPORTS • CLYDE Local dog trainer Lisa A Monteith, CPDT-KA of K-9 Curriculum in Clyde, NC has earned certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Now Monteith joins over 3000 Certificants worldwide. Until the creation of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers in 2001, there was no exact certification process for canine professionals. Many schools teach dog trainers and offer certifications for their specific programs. Their certifications, therefore, reflect the teachings and quality of one particular school. Other organizations provide take-home tests for “certification.” These canine professionals are not monitored to ensure they are completing the test without any assistance or collaboration nor is the testing process standardized. This unprecedented process was initially implemented by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the largest association of dog trainers in the world, founded by a noted veterinarian, behaviorist and author Dr. Ian Dunbar. A task force of approximately 20 internationally known dog training professionals and behaviorists worked for three years to research and develop the first comprehensive examination. Professional Testing Corporation (PTC) was hired to ensure the process met professional testing standards. APDT then created a separate, independent council- The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers- to Lisa A Monteith manage the accreditation and pursue future development. Candidates who pass the exam earn the title Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed, and May use the designation “CP- DT-KA” after their names. All certified trainers must earn continuing education credits to maintain their designations or retake the examination in three years. IF YOU GO K-9 Curriculum, Inc. 64 Main Street, Clyde (828) 620-8186 Vol. 22, No. 06 — February 2019 RAPID RIVER’S ARTS & CULTURE MAGAZINE | 19