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Macon County Public Library will host “Exploring Waterfalls and Wildflowers with Tim Spira” Tuesday, June 23, at 1:30 p.m.

Spira will discuss the lure of waterfalls, including the plants associated with the spray cliff community, as well as a selection of wildflowers that may be encountered on a waterfall hike in the southern Appalachian Mountains.

Spira is an avid hiker, wildflower enthusiast and professor of botany at Clemson University.

He is the author of “Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.” Spira’s new book is “Waterfalls and Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachians: Thirty Great Hikes.”

The program is sponsored by the Southern Appalachian Plant Society - NCGA; (828)332-0172,

Franklin Mayor Bob Scott (R) signed a proclamation on May 4, designating June 15 through June 21 as Scottish Heritage Week.

The proclamation lists reasons for the designation: Franklin is home to the only Scottish Tartan Museum in the world; its large number of people of Scottish descent; and the 17-year run of the Taste of Scotland and Celtic Festival.

With Scott is Doug Morton, event chairman of the Taste of Scotland festival.

Photo by Vickie Carpenter

Photo by Betsey GooderMembers of the community participated in an Elder Abuse Awareness Walk Monday evening at the track at Franklin High School in concert with eight simultaneous walks that ocurred throughout the region.

The purpose of the walk was to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.

Every year an estimated five million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, as many as 23 cases go unreported.

At the upcoming June 23, 2015, 2015 Ladies Night Out Program, the topic will be “How Not To Be A Victim.” The guest speaker will be Bonnie Peggs.

Donations for REACH of Macon County will be accepted at the meetings. Preferred items are feminine products, toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent and dish detergent. Visit to see a list of shelter needs. Participants will receive extra door prize tickets for donated items.


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