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While it isn’t spring outdoors yet, one Franklin daisy scout troop is working diligently to give the gift of an early spring to at least one area organization. Troop #02315, led by Nicole Nelson, is completing a gardening project that will provide a local nursing home with potted herbs in handmade flower pots, which residents can enjoy indoors during the remaining winter months.

The scouts (11 girls in all, ages 5-7) will earn a community service badge for completing this project, but none of them seem to be thinking about that because they are having so much fun along the way!


The Sylva Rotary Club sponsors a weekly storytime for preschoolers at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva on Monday mornings. The final February “Rotary Readers” program will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 27th. Beginning in March, the time will move to 11:00 a.m. every Monday. The theme for the month of March will be the books of Dr. Seuss.

Rotary International, whose motto is “Service Above Self,” has a long history of promoting both adult and childhood literacy.


In 2004, a partnership began between Western North Carolina and Western Panama in Central America. That’s when some local Rotary Clubs and a Rotary Club in Boquete Panama decided make a partnership to help rural schools and their students by providing supplies and doing renovations.

Since then over a ton of supplies, $15,000 in cash, and nearly 3000 hours of labor have been provided by students and adults from this region.


The Franklin Main Street Program has begun a new initiative to encourage volunteerism in the community. Franklin Friends’ goal is to match volunteers with the many events and projects within the program district.

“Volunteers help make Franklin a great place to live, work, and play. All members of the community who would like to get involved with the many projects in our vibrant downtown district are encouraged to get involved. We need and welcome all forms of help – your time, talents, creativity and energy,” said Linda Schlott, Franklin Main Street Program Executive Director.

Franklin Friends’ new initiative is being sponsored this year by Macon Bank.




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