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The Charlotte Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation announced today the launch of Great Strides Franklin, a walk new to the area in 2012. Great Strides will be part of a national effort that generates critical funds to support lifesaving cystic fibrosis research, education, and care. Great Strides Franklin marks the Foundation’s third fundraising walk in Western North Carolina, with additional walk sites in Asheville and Brevard. With the new walk, the Foundation will work in partnership with local families and businesses to raise funds for the cause. Franklin based TekTone® Sound & Signal is leading the charge as the walk’s first sponsor.


Bill Messina, horticulturist at Spring Valley Nursery in Franklin, presented information to the Franklin Daybreak Rotary on gardening and plant life in our county. He talked about the importance of considering the elevation of your home when determining which plants to utilize in your landscaping and getting your soil tested to find the proper PH balance for different types of plants and trees. Now is an ideal time since most farmers are testing their soil in the spring.


Jill Jones, Marketing Director for the Blue Ridge National Heritage spoke at the Dec. 21st Meeting of the Rotary Club of Franklin.

Jones talked about the organization, which was initiated by Congress and President Bush in 2003 with the aim of protecting and preserving our natural resources.


Coretta Scott King, Dr. King’s wife, once wrote about the annual commemoration of her husband's life and said, “The holiday must be substantive as well as symbolic. It must be more than a day of celebration ... Let this holiday be a day of reflection, a day of teaching non-violent philosophy and strategy, a day of getting involved in nonviolent action for social and economic progress.”

With the words of Dr. King’s wife resonating across the country, people from all walks of life came together on Monday, Jan. 16 to celebrate the life and legacy of the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.


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