25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

- published 8/21 (Larry) old link: http://www1.cfnc.org/applications/NC_Community_College/apply.html?application_id=1527

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Also honors caregivers

On Thursday, Aug. 9, more than 125 folks from the community joined together with Angel Medical Center (AMC) staff, volunteers and physicians to honor hospice caregivers and in memory of hospice patients. Beth Hunter, an AMC volunteer and certified Hospice musician, played the harp.

James Bross, CEO, opened the service with the affirmation of the quality and dignity of life at the end of life. Jean Sprinkle, Angel Home Health and Hospice Director; Jennifer Wells, AMC Hospice Social Worker; Rev. Vic Greene, AMC Hospice Chaplain; and Bette Balmer, AMC Hospice Bereavement Coordinator all took part in leading the service sharing inspirational verses and thoughts.

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Free weight-loss challenge entirely web-based

The third kick-off for Lighten Up 4 Life for our community sponsored by Angel Medical Center will be on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 9 a.m. in the hospital dining room. The LU4L program is a free weight loss challenge that is entirely web-based.

The program is based on four-person teams who compete with others to lose the largest percentage of weight against the other teams. At the conclusion of the challenge, the top three teams who have lost the highest percentage of weight receive prizes. The teams who were the top winners during the first and second challenges all received Kindle Fires, and a three-month free membership to Franklin Fitness for their family.

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with release of emergency funds

The North Carolina AIDS Drug Assistance Program will extend access to life-sustaining medications to all 278 North Carolinians who were on its waiting list as of the end of July, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

The move comes after the Obama Administration announced last month that it would release new funds to fight the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. North Carolina received $3 million in emergency funding from the federal Health Resources and Service Administration.

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Much was made of the size and complexity of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act when President Obama signed it into law in 2010. But now that the Supreme Court has upheld much of the act's constitutionality, it's a good time to review key provisions that have already gone live and to plot out what's expected to happen in the next two years.

Changes already in place include:

• Children under 19 cannot be denied coverage because of preexisting conditions.

• Adult children may remain on parents' medical plan until they turn 26.

• Lifetime insurance maximum payouts were eliminated. In addition, annual coverage limits are being phased out. Effective September 23, 2012, the annual limit increases to $2 million.

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