25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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Outdoors

Battle Group Quartermaster geared for disaster.

The following in the second part of a two part story on preppers in Western North Carolina. While WNC Supply, Inc., teaches preppers more about hunkering down long-term at home, in a bunker or some other shelter, Battle Group Quartermaster in Franklin is geared more for the rugged, well-armed survivalist on the go.

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has awarded the Macon County Community Garden a grant through Nourishing North Carolina, a statewide community garden effort making local, healthy food more accessible to people across the state. In June 2011, BCBSNC launched the program in partnership with the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association (NCRPA) to create or enhance community gardens in all 100 North Carolina counties.

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Survival and preparedness an untapped market.

Michael and Jeanette Marceau have a sweet little home in the Nantahala National Forest, "livin' the dream" up in the mountains of Western North Carolina. But just in case that dream ever turns into a nightmare, their second home is a bunker.

Forty feet long and sporting a concrete reinforced blast-proof and bullet proof steel door handcrafted and welded by Mike in his home workshop, the shelter was converted from a steel shipping container.

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Over the span of only a few years, the use of solar energy has grown throughout the nation as well as in the state of North Carolina. But even with tax incentives offered by the state and federal governments as well as an incentive program by Duke Energy, it is still difficult to find individuals who have chosen to implement solar systems for residential use. Many see it as an uphill climb this early into the development of the technology.

“Solar energy is the ultimate in renewable energy, unfortunately, the technology is expensive compared to the seemingly minimal gains we can get from it currently,” says Franklin native Brandon Hood when asked about his outlook on the energy source. “But I do believe that as time goes by, it will continue to progress into the future and become more user friendly.”

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