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Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Work day planned for East Street Park

A volunteer work day to upgrade East Street Park on Howell Street in Waynesville will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18.

Volunteers will cut invasive species so town employees can paint the stumps with herbicide and should bring tools, lunches and appropriate wear for briars.

The effort to revamp East Street Park stemmed from a project Katie Carr Messer originally began as part of an assignment for a college class but has morphed into a real-life attempt to get rid of invasives, reduce erosion and make the park a better place to hang out. 

The event is sponsored by Haywood Waterways Association in conjunction with Earth Day. The organization will also hold invasive removal and trash pickup days 2-4:30 p.m. April 21 at Vance Street Park and 9-11 a.m. April 25 along Richland Creek, both in Waynesville. 

RSVP to Christine O’Brien, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.476.4667.


WCU celebrates Earth Day

An Earth and Wellness Celebration in conjunction with Earth Day will liven up Western Carolina University 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 22. 

Booths featuring community vendors, environmental nonprofits and student organizations will share their missions and give out freebies, and music will keep the atmosphere festive. Campus Recreation & Wellness will host games, a noon drum circle will bring a beat to the Cata-Fount, hula-hooping will be available and the Courtyard Dining Hall will offer a $5 lunch special. 

Co-hosted by the Office of Sustainability and Energy Management and Campus Recreation & Wellness. Lauren Bishop, 828.227.3562 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Swap outdoors gear, enjoy a brew

A gear swap and community cookout at Outdoor 76 in Franklin will give anyone with extra outdoors gear in the closet a chance to swap it for something to fuel the next adventure. 

The gear swap will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 25, with live music and beer tastings offered afterward from noon to 5 p.m. Soldier’s Heart, Nitrograss and The French Broads will play, and beer from Highland Brewing Company, Hi-Wire Brewing and Oskar Blues Brewery will be served. 

Gear swap applications are online at 828.349.7676.


College students to share flooding study

A senior engineering class from Georgia Tech will present its findings from a study on flooding along the Frank Allen Road area of Cashiers Creek at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center.

The goal of the study was to identify the cause of the flooding and to propose solutions to it. 

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