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The Town of Franklin and the Franklin Main Street Program invite members of the business community to a special meeting on Thursday, February 23, 2012, to assist the business owners in preparing for the upcoming motorcycle event. The meeting will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the lower level of Town Hall.

“This meeting is to educate and inform business owners such as vacation rentals, restaurants, campgrounds, and others on how they can benefit from the upcoming Smoky Mountain Rumble motorcycle rally,” said Linda Schlott, Franklin Main Street Program Executive Director.


Kenia Alvarez knows full well about the economic advantages of living in the United States, particularly Western North Carolina (WNC), thanks to the Sylva, Franklin, and Cashiers Rotary Clubs. Complimentary of the latter organizations, Alvarez embarked on a four week tour of WNC to observe higher education institutions and public school systems throughout the region, spending the week of Feb. 6-10 in Macon County.

In 2004, a member of the Rotary Club of Boquete, Panama contacted Sylva’s Rotary Club and asked for help with funding for school supplies. That initial request ultimately culminated into Project Panama, an initiative aimed at increasing awareness and collaboration efforts between WNC and Panamanian communities. The project is why Alvarez, who has been a public school teacher in Panama for ten years, was given the opportunity to gain a new perspective on teaching by visiting Southern Appalachia for the first time. When asked what she has liked and disliked about the area, she responded that there was not a single thing she did not enjoy about the mountains of WNC, while also expressing her appreciation for the beauty and cleanliness of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Introduction to Zumba Dance Class to benefit the CareNet fuel assistance program.

Rana Rinata’s Italian Restaurant is teaming up with Legacy Fitness to host an introductory Zumba dance class to benefit the CareNet Fuel assistance program.

There is no set fee for the class, but donations will be collected for CareNet, and all participants will receive a 15 percent discount coupon for food and $5 drink specials!


Participants in the 10th annual Rocket to Creativity summer day camp at Western Carolina University will have the opportunity to enjoy activities from creating historical documentaries to designing costumes for science fiction films.

Registration for the camp, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 25, to Friday, June 29, opens on Thursday, March 1. Space is limited.


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