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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:00

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Waynesville Rec Center closed for Thanksgiving

The Waynesville Recreation Center and the Old Armory will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27 for Thanksgiving Day.

The Waynesville Recreation Center will reopen on Friday, November 28 at 5 a.m. The Old Armory will reopen at 7 a.m. on Friday.

Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department, 828.456.2030.


Food-access training session in Sylva

A free training session offered this month in Sylva aims to reduce the number of people in North Carolina’s Appalachian region who lack access to affordable, healthy food.  

On Nov. 20, individuals can learn how to increase access to healthy food in their communities by working with local corner store owners through the Healthy Corner Store Initiative. The initiative focuses on bringing healthy, affordable foods to neighborhoods that don’t have a grocery store nearby or adequate public transportation.

The free training, which will be led by staff from Youth Empowered Solutions, or YES!, is funded by the Appalachian Foodshed Project, which works to address healthy food access in Appalachian communities. The Nov. 20 training will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Jackson County Justice Center, Room 220, 401 Grindstaff Cove Road in Sylva. 

During the training, participants will learn how to work with corner store owners to offer healthier options, how to request funding to support their work and how to connect their local work to statewide advocacy efforts.

The Healthy Corner Store Initiative is connected to the North Carolina Alliance for Health’s statewide Healthy on the Go NC campaign. The campaign is working to build community and legislative support for healthy food financing, which would provide funds for healthy food retail outlets in local communities.

To learn more about the Healthy Corner Store Initiative and the training session, contact Diana Manee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The N.C. Alliance for Health is circulating a resolution for community members to sign in support of healthy food financing.


Leaf pickup underway in Canton

Canton’s leaf pickup schedule has started and will run through Dec. 5., During this time, leaves must be raked to the edge of the curb and will be vacuumed up weekly. Other debris can be separated into piles or bagged, with a work request made to 828.648.2363.


Meals on Wheels volunteers needed 

Haywood County Meals on Wheels is looking for delivery drivers to help get meals to people who have trouble supplying food for themselves. 

Openings include Tuesday routes in Pigeon Valley as well as Plott and Hyatt Creek and a route to Crabtree and Ironduff every other Wednesday. A Thursday route is open for Maggie Valley, and a route in Bethel needs a driver either Thursday or Friday. 

Routes take about two hours to complete and need to be driven once per week. 

Jeanne Naber, program coordinator, 828.356.2442. 


Free magazines at Fontana libraries

Patrons of the Fontana Regional Library System can now check out digital magazines, using the database Zinio for Libraries. The database gives library cardholders access to nearly 60 digital magazines, and Zinio recreates them page for page, including full color pictures, and integrates features such as keyword searching, audio and video. 

Once checked out, the title never needs to be returned  — the patron can keep it forever, without late fees. And there are no waiting periods, because unlike most eBooks, magazines can be checked out simultaneously by multiple people. Articles are fully printable, and there is an option to sign up for an email notification every time a new issue becomes available. Titles include Audubon, ESPN The Magazine and Cook’s Illustrated, among many others.


Ornament sale supports WCU scholarships

Christmas tree ornaments celebrating Western Carolina University’s 125th anniversary are on sale to support a scholarship fund that supports family members of WCU staff members. 

The ornaments, sold by Western Carolina University Staff Senate, are purple and imprinted with the university’s anniversary logo. Priced at $10, they are available at the WCU bookstore and sold by Staff Senate representatives at special events and before football games outside Gate No. 1 of the E.J. Whitmire Stadium. 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.227.7346. 


WCU open house for prospective students

Prospective students interested in learning more about Western Carolina University will have a chance to do so at WCU’s open house Saturday, Nov. 22. 

The day will include a campus tour, information on academic programs and details about topics such as financial aid. The schedule is:

• Information fair, 8-10 a.m., on the concourse of WCU’s Ramsey Activity Center

• Welcome session, 10-10:30 a.m., main arena of Ramsey Center

• Academic sessions with WCU faculty, 10:45-11:45 a.m.

• Free lunch through campus dining 

• Student services and organization fair, 1-3 p.m., A.K. Hinds University Center

• Campus tours, noon to 5 p.m.

Tours available by appointment year-round. Open House events will also be held Feb. 14 and March. 21. Pre-register for Nov. 22 at or 828.227.7317.

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