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Macon County Librarian willing to ‘kiss a frog’ to get kids reading this summer

With school being out and nothing to do all day, it is easy for little ones to catch a case of the summer time blues. The Macon County Public Library is here to help with its summer reading program.

The “Fizz, Boom, READ” summer reading program at the Macon County Public Library will develop the hidden scientist in everyone by mixing together colorful storytimes, explosive programs, and out-of-this-world activities.

 

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Former commissioner leaves behind lifetime of service

Last week, all across Macon County residents mourned the loss of life-long public servant Harold Corbin.

Corbin, who was born on April 7, 1932, passed away last Wednesday. Corbin, who lived and served in Macon County his entire life, passed away in the very bedroom in which he was born 82 years before.

Corbin began his stint in public service by serving in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Corbin served in the military for four years before returning home to Macon County.

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The Franklin Lion’s Club installed the officers for the 2014-2015 year on Monday, June 23, during its bi-monthly meeting held at Angel Medical Center. The installing officer was Lion Martha Butler, PCC, who has been involved in Lions since 1968 and is a charter member of the Pisgah Forest Lions Club.

The incoming president, Ellen McCall, has chosen the theme of, “Plant a Seed for Lions” for her year as president.

“I encourage you to help me plant new seeds for growth and nourish our new members by involving them in all of the Lion’s activities. Our club is like a garden where you must plant seeds to have it flourish,” said McCall.

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The 17th annual Sweet Corn Festival returns to St. Cyprian’s Church in Franklin on Saturday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s event promises to be a day of enjoyable activities and great food.

“This festival is a real celebration, and is a big part of our outreach to the community,” says Bill Crawford, festival chairman. “It’s a lot of work, but a labor of love. All of us who work on the festival have as much fun as the attendees.”

Food, with a lot of sweet corn, is always the focus of the festival. The long-standing celebration of corn existed in Franklin with the Cherokees, and continues now with the Sweet Corn Festival. The ancient Nikwasi Cherokee Mound between Main and Palmer Streets in Franklin had a constant burning fire that was only extinguished just before the Green-corn dance each year. More about this ancient celebration can be found in Barbara McRae’s book, “Franklin’s Ancient Mound.”

St. Cyprian’s Church provides a perfect venue for the event, with large shade trees, a meditative walking trail, and space for children’s activities and vendors’ tents. Attendance to the festival is free, but food, handmade arts and crafts, jewelry, baked goods, and recycled treasurers and collectibles will be available for purchase.

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published: 10/18/2013
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