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More than 3,000 little yellow rubber ducks will be dropped into the Sylva Pool to help raise money for Jackson, Macon and Swain County New Century Scholars.

The popular annual Ducks on the Tuck race will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, with Southwestern Community College President Don Tomas diving for ducks. If you haven’t purchased your racing duck yet, they can be “adopted” at Greening Up the Mountains, from local New Century Scholars or through the SCC Foundation Office. This year’s grand prize is a 32” flat screen television along with more than 50 other prizes awarded.

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The 10th annual plant sale of the Macon County Master Gardener Association will be held on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Environmental Resource Center (ERC), 1624 Lakeside Drive, next to the landfill in Franklin.

A wide selection of plants – perennials, woody ornamentals, annuals, vegetables, herbs – will be available at reasonable prices. All proceeds of the sale go to the further development and maintenance of the demonstration gardens at the ERC.

Master Gardeners volunteer at the ERC on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. until noon, and the public is invited to visit the gardens during these hours.

Fund raising ongoing for Franklin hospice facility.

The Hospice House Foundation (HHF) of Western North Carolina was founded in 2005 with the hopes of establishing a strong system of support for terminally ill patients. The goal is to establish a six bed facility in Franklin that will give patients the feeling of being at home in what could be their final days.

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For the 16th consecutive year, Alan Shawn Feinstein will divide $1 million among hunger fighting agencies nationwide using it to help them raise funds this March and April.

CareNet has been a beneficiary of a portion of these funds for the past several years due to the monetary and food donations from our generous community and supporters throughout Macon County.

The more donations made to CareNet - from March 1 to April 30 – the more Feinstein challenge money the agency will receive. Many agencies nationwide who have participated in past years have increased their donations two or three times their usual returns this time of the year.

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