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Franklin one of 35 stops along the Appalachian Trail.

In 1948, Earl Shaffer became the first person to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Now at 2,168.1 miles, the journey is an ambitious mission in itself, but completing the trek wasn't Shaffer's sole mission. His intention was to "walk off the war" to forget about the sights, sounds, and losses of World War II.

It took Shaffer a little over four months to hike the entire trail. Recognizing that having to become reaccustomed with day to day life, and to set aside the training and instinctual reactions taught by the military as being no easy feat, following in Shaffer's footsteps, Marine Corps Captains Mark Silvers and Sean Gobin turned to nature to help become reassimilated into life after service.


Adding buoys to the lake is a lengthy process.

Members of the Nantahala Community are once again reaching out to commissioners for help establishing a recreation area at Nantahala Lake.

Nantahala community member Daniel Loop spoke to the Macon County Board of Commissioners last week asking for help making a cove on the lake safer for residents for recreational use.

According to Loop, there is buoy located at Lakes End Pier that sits 50 yards off of the shore. The buoy is intended to signify to boaters that starting 50 yards from the end of the pier, the lake is a "no wake zone." The buoy stands as one of three legal buoys on the lake, and allows residents of the community to use the cove for recreational activity without having to worry about watercrafts zooming by. With tourists and visitors using Nantahala Lake throughout the year, Loop explained that not everyone knows the boating safety rules and the buoy is often ignored.


The Macon County Public Library’s “Walking with Spring” series in partnership with the Nantahala Hiking Club and the Franklin Appalachian Trail Community corresponds with thru-hiker season in Franklin and highlights the A.T., hikers, and some of the other great outdoor activities and opportunities in the area.

Programs are scheduled in the library meeting room from the first day of Spring through Earth Day.


Whether Spring’s “official arrival” this week is the real deal or just practice, the warmer weather spurs thoughts of gardening.

To jump-start the growing season, the Macon County Master Gardener Association offers a public workshop this Saturday, March 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Environmental Resource Center.

Guest presenter Ellen Averill, from Catalula, Ga., will share her knowledge and experience in the “Ready, Set, Plant” workshop, taking participants from testing the soil to finding and preparing the right site for the right plant.

The workshop offers a special opportunity for both seasoned gardeners and those new to the area to be successful with their plantings. Handouts will be provided and refreshments will be served.

Topics will include soil composition, pH, amendments, types of gardens, and site factors. Averill also will discuss varied garden requirements such as light, water, nutrients, drainage, tilling, compost, mulch, frost date and digging the right hole for vegetables, annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees.


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