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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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Event to be held at the Sapphire Valley Resort

The 10th annual Mountain Wildlife Days, July 19-20 at the Sapphire Valley Resort, promises something for everyone in getting better acquainted with the creatures and biodiversity with which we share this wonderful corner of North Carolina. “Wild Lives and Wild Places” is a fitting name for this year’s program, as it includes everything from live animal presentations to guided hikes, capped off by an evening program featuring Bill Lea and his incredible nature photography.

The major highlight of the two-day event will be Friday evening, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sapphire Valley Resort Community Center. “An Evening with Bill Lea and His Inspiring Nature Photography” is a special tribute and presentation led by Lea, one of Western North Carolina’s most dedicated wildlife advocates and world class nature photographers.

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Thursdays at the Library features hiker’s trip to Spain.

“A Journey with Olga Pader on the Camino de Santiago” is the program for the July 25 Thursdays at the Library.

Olga Pader, Macon County resident and avid hiker, crossed the Atlantic in March of this year to once more walk on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Over 15 days, she walked 205 miles on the French Way (the Camino Francés), the setting of the movie "The Way."

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Every summer the Highlands Biological Foundation hosts free evening lectures on Thursdays focused on the theme of natural history and conservation, a tradition that began in the 1930s. The Zahner Conservation Lecture Series serves to educate and inspire the public through a series of talks from well-known regional scientists, conservationists, artists, and writers.

On Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m., Rekha Morris will discuss “The Demise of a Single Floral Genus as an Indicator of Environmental Devastation.” Rekha teaches several programs for the South Carolina Master Gardeners, and her special interests are shade gardening, and native plants of the southeastern U.S. and their Asian counterparts.

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