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The Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild and the Quilts of Valor continued their mission of covering “all those service members and veterans touched by war,” with a quilt presentation to two members of American Legion Post 108. William Trapani is a Navy Corpsman who served in Korea.

Joe Foreman is a U.S. Merchant Marine veteran of World War II and served in Korea and Vietnam. Region Eight of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is directed by coordinator Susan Gordon and consists of quilters from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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Habitat for Humanity Macon/Jackson County had its second annual Cabin Fever fundraiser at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub in Franklin on Feb. 22.

An estimated 125 supporters crowded into the Rathskeller for an evening of fun, food, prizes and companionship.

“We were very pleased with the turnout for this event,” said Rick Westerman, executive director. “The community support we get for our mission is very gratifying and we hope that events such as this help to get our message out to more and more folks in the area while providing a fun evening out in the middle of winter.”

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Margaret Perry, president of the Macon County Democratic Women (L) recently presented the quilt “North Carolina Beauty” to the raffle winner Ken Ring and his wife, Chris.

The quilt was made by world renowned quilter Frances Benton and donated by Margaret Ramsey to be raffled off by the Macon County Democratic Women.

Franklin firefighters will be equipped to save a pet’s life in the event of smoke inhalation during a house fire. Invisible Fence® Brand is donating pet oxygen masks to Franklin Fire and Rescue.

This donation is a part of Project Breathe, which was established with the goal of equipping every fire station in America and Canada with pet oxygen masks. These masks allow firefighters to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires. The masks often save pets’ lives.

Invisible Fence has donated more than 1,290 masks to more than 430 fire stations in the Carolinas. The company started donating pet oxygen masks in the Carolinas in 2008. Nationally, Invisible Fence has donated more than 10,000 pet oxygen masks to fire stations all over the U.S. and Canada throughout the life of the program. A reported 70-plus pets have been saved by the donated masks so far.

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