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Wednesday, 26 August 2015 00:00

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Mission opens Haywood primary care facility

Mission Health will celebrate the opening its new 30,000-square foot medical office building in Haywood County from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at 360 Hospital Drive in Clyde. 

Health care is moving rapidly away from the hospital toward ambulatory and home health settings, and Haywood County is an area in need of access to basic primary care and specialty services.

At the Haywood County facility, Mission Health will be able to offer primary care, imaging, lab and rotating specialty services, which include: woundcare, orthopedics, and physical therapy. Mission Health also expects more to come with a retail pharmacy and other specialty services.

 

WCU commentator predicts best leaf season in years

Fall leaf color in the mountains of Western North Carolina should be the best it has been in a number of years because of generally drier-than-normal conditions during 2015.

That’s the word from Western Carolina University’s autumnal season sage Kathy Mathews in her annual prediction of how foliage around the region will perform as the sunlight of summer wanes and days become frosty. She believes that the formation of higher levels of pigments in the leaves correlates with dry weather throughout the year, but especially as fall comes around the bend.

“This fall could be one of the best leaf color seasons in Western North Carolina in recent memory,” Mathews said. “Three words explain it – unusually dry weather.”

Leaf-peepers always want to know when the “peak color” will happen, but the timing of the color change is highly dependent on the decreasing amount of sunlight that comes with the passing days, plus the elevation of a particular location, she said. 

“The peak of fall color often arrives during the first and second week of October in the highest elevations, above 4,000 feet, and during the third week of October in the mid-elevations, 2,500 to 3,500 feet,” Mathews said. 

 

HCC to hold free 50th anniversary celebration

Celebrate 50 years with Haywood Community College in Clyde beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, with the Freedlander 5K and Fun Run and continuing with many activities throughout the day. 

Following the 5K, there will be live music beginning at 10 a.m., headlined by Joe Lasher Jr. and the Jeff Santiago Band, a classic car show, bounce houses, putt-putt, creative arts activities for adults and children, a photo booth, and a fishing tournament with cash prizes at the Millpond. 

Adding to the festivities, the event will host a Timbersports demonstration featuring HCC’s very own Collegiate National Champion, Ben Kniceley, as well as a flag raising ceremony to honor HCC alumni. 

Dickey’s BBQ of Canton will be catering the event and HCC’s very own Waynesville Soda Jerks will be serving up their local, handcrafted artisan beverages. 

Regular registration for the 5K through Aug. 31 is $25. Late registration is $30 from Sept. 1 through Sept. 19. Registration for the Fun Run is $15. Register at www.haywood.edu

 

Blue plate special fundraiser to benefit Community Table

A Blue Plate Special fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, to benefit The Community Table in Sylva. 

Choose between Jarrett House Chicken & Dumplings or Tomato Basil Pie prepared by Table volunteers. Shelton Farms donated tomatoes and Heinzelmannchen Brewery Root Beer will be on tap. Both entrees will be served with wedge salad and brownies. Dine-in or carryout. $5 minimum donation. All proceeds benefit the organization’s mission to feed neighbors in need in a welcoming environment. 

Call 828.586.6782 to place your carryout orders.

 

Ag Options grants available for farmers

Farmers in Western North Carolina who are diversifying or expanding their businesses can now apply for grants through WNC Agricultural Options.

With funding from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, WNC AgOptions is distributing a total of $178,000 to western North Carolina farmers in 2016. WNC AgOptions helps offset farmers' risk of trying new ventures with $3,000 and $6,000 grants.

The application deadline is Nov. 13. Macon County Applicants should contact Alan Durden at Macon County Cooperative Extension by Oct. 16 to set up an appointment to discuss their projects. 

828.349.2046 or www.wncagoptions.org or www.ces.ncsu.edu or www.tobaccotrustfund.org or www.wnccommunities.org.

 

Medicare seminar offered at senior center 

Medicare 101, an informational seminar, will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the Haywood County Senior Resource Center. 

This program will give valuable information on the basics of what you need to know about your insurance options and coverage before you turn 65 — Medicare basics, supplements and prescription plans.

John Chicoine, certified SHIIP (Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program) counselor, will lead the program.

No cost. 

828.356.2800.

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