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Macon Pride recently recognized the Macon County Public Library as a community leader and excellent example in creating a "complete" recycling program throughout the building.

Macon Pride will present the "Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle!" program at Thursdays at the Library June 13 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Recycling boxes will be handed out for labeling and decoration. Volunteers will offer tips on how to up-cycle household items and offer suggestions for gifts and money-makers.

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As it’s said of spring, “April showers bring May flowers,” and boy did it shower on Saturday, April 27, at the 16th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival in Sylva. Despite the rain, many people still showed up to celebrate the arrival of spring in the mountains.

The festival kicked off at 9 a.m. with a 5K race sponsored by the Jackson County Greenways Project. Of the 93 participants, the overall male winner was Evan Grant with a time of 18:35. Traci Long, Sylva, N.C., was the overall female winner with a time of 24:59.

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Franklin High School hosted a special film festival Monday to celebrate Earth Day. The event was sponsored by FHS' Eco Club along with the Western North Carolina Alliance and allowed students to take a break from the classroom to watch short films featuring current environmental issues that are attracting attention in the United States.

“We've had such a good turnout,” said Sarah Weresuk, a biology and chemistry teacher at FHS. She was approached this year about sponsoring the Eco Club in its inaugural year.

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The 16th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival takes place Saturday, April 27, on Main and Mill streets in historic downtown Sylva.

This free festival celebrates spring in the mountains, when the greening leaves work their way up the Great Smoky Mountains. It also celebrates the greening of the environment, with info about sustainable living and presentations by environmental groups.

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published: 10/18/2013
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