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Wednesday, 25 May 2016 00:00

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Free sports physicals offered May 26

Free sorts physicals for the 2016-17 school year will be offered from 5:45 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center 75 Leroy George Dr., Clyde.

Contact your school for a registration packet and bring the completed packet to the physical. It is not necessary to sign up for an appointment, just come any time during your school’s allotted time frame. 

Co-sponsored by Haywood Regional Medical Center and Haywood Regional Sports Medicine.


Haywood Pathways dedication is June 4

Since it opened 18 months ago in a former state prison facility, the Haywood Pathways Center has become an integral part of the community, helping change lives one at a time.

To celebrate the successes, an open house will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. June 4 at the facility in Hazelwood. The June 4 dedication will offer tours of the facility, light refreshments and entertainment. The Haywood Pathways Center is a faith based nonprofit that provides emergency shelter, a halfway house for men and women recently released from prison, a short-term residential program for individuals seeking life transformation and a community kitchen.


Hospice doctor to lead book discussion

A guided discussion of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 26, in the auditorium of the Waynesville branch of the Haywood County Public Library at 678 S Haywood St. in Waynesville. 

Leading the discussion will be Michael Pass, MD, Medical Director of Haywood Hospice and Palliative Care and the Homestead and William Everett, PhD, Ethics Professor Emeritus at Andover Newton Theological School.


American Legion Memorial Day ceremony

American Legion Post 104 will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at noon Monday, May 30, at the Veterans Memorial Fountain at the foot of the stairs leading down from the Old Jackson County Court House in Sylva.

Post Vice Commander Roy Burnette will act as Master of Ceremonies and has arranged for Post member Kim Shuler to begin the program by singing the national anthem.

In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the American Legion Hall at 915 West Main Street.


Haywood Chamber to host annual awards

The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner and awards ceremony will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at Laurel Ridge Country Club, 49 Cupp Lane in Waynesville. 

Recipients of the Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Ambassador of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Distinguished Service awards will be announced. The winner of the Business Start Up Competition will also be named and the 2016 Leadership Class graduates will be recognized. 

To purchase a ticket, call 828.456.3021.


Telescope viewing party planned for May 27

Western Carolina University’s Department of Chemistry and Physics is hosting a telescope viewing party beginning at 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 27, at the Jackson County Airport.

“The event will feature telescope views of the planet Mars at near its closest approach to Earth until July of 2018,” said Enrique Gomez, WCU associate professor of physics and astronomy. “The planets Jupiter and Saturn, as well as their moons, will be shown as well.”

Gomez also will give a brief presentation on identifying summer constellations and stars.

The event is free, and attendees are welcome to bring their personal telescopes. If skies are overcast, the viewing will be canceled. 

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