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The local Aviation Historical Society assembled Tuesday, Nov. 18, for its monthly meeting at the Macon County Airport. Featured speaker for the gathering was World War II bomber pilot, Dick Moulton, who captivated the audience with reminiscences of his experiences in Europe as a B- 17 Flying Fortress pilot. He intertwined his own memories of the war with log entries of his 45 bombing missions over France and Germany.

After graduating from his Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet training in December 1943, Moulton tasted his first war-time experience in June 1944 as co-pilot of a B- 17 bomber. His first assignment took him into Germany on a combat mission to bomb a German airfield. His plane was to drop a salvo of 18 250# bombs, but due to mechanical malfunction, the bombs dropped one-at-a-time instead of the all-atonce plan, missing the intended target.

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When the 505 members of the Western Carolina University Pride of the Mountains Marching Band pound the pavement of New York City for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, they won’t be just taking part in the beloved holiday tradition. They will be the very first parade participants to hit the streets that morning.

That’s because the WCU unit has been selected as the lead band for the parade by organizers of the event, to be held Thursday, Nov. 27.

Wesley Whatley, creative director of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, broke the news to members of the Pride of the Mountains during a recent band tournament held on campus.

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Photo by Betsey GooderCherokee expert and associate professor Anna Fariello presented a program on traditional Cherokee Indian crafts on Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room. The highly visual program included a brief overview of Cherokee crafts, focusing on the key material traditions of basketry, pottery, and carving, and recognizes early 20th Century artisans, the Elders who have kept these traditions alive.

The program material was drawn from Fariello’s “From the Hands of our Elders” series, which includes three books and a website, produced to share important archival collections of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians with the general public.

The project was the recipient of the 2013 Guardians of Culture International Awards Program awarded by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums.

Anna Fariello is Associate Professor, Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library. The program was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Dept. of Cultural Resources.

On Friday, Nov. 7, the Federated Franklin Woman’s Club met in the Boiler Room for the annual installation of new officers.

Following lunch, past president and District 1 president Brenda Jacobs, conducted the installation of officers. Outgoing president Joyce Sammet passed the gavel to incoming president Valerie Eldred. These new officers will serve during the 2015-2016 term.

Pictured are (front row, L-R) are Ana Lamas, Andi McNair, Valerie Eldred, and Linda Ellison; (back row, L-R) Joy Wood, Betty Croft, Joyce Sammet, and Anne Vitch.

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