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Outdoors

On Wednesday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room, "Walking Adventures in Southern France" with Olga Pader.

Pader will give a presentation about her fifth journey on one of the Caminos leading to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, on the Via Tolosana in Southern France which starts in Arles, not far from Marseilles, passes by Toulouse, and reaches the border with Spain at Somport.

The library is located at 149 Siler Road.

 

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Colorful leaf changes seen across Macon County

Nature puts on its finest this time of year in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Scenic leaf-looking drives begin in Macon County with spectacular scenery around every turn.

A trip up the Cullasaja Gorge on 64E will take you to breathtaking waterfalls and colorful autumn splendor.

 

view more breathtaking photos by Vickie Carpenter after the jump!

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In a joint effort between three agencies – Macon Soil and Water Conservation District; North Carolina Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture: and Farm Services Agency (FSA) – a conference is being held on Friday, Oct. 24, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cowee School for existing farmers, beginning farmers and ranchers, folks who want to farm, and anyone who wants to know more about agriculture in Macon County.

The conference, Macon County – Farming the Future by Feeding the Community, will provide information, resources, and an opportunity to talk with others who are farming.

A slow-cooked barbecue lunch will be offered at the conference.

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), along with its Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Community™ partners and 31 Trail maintaining clubs, invite families to take a hike on the A.T. during the fourth annual Family Hiking Day on Saturday, Sept. 27. Held trail-wide on National Public Lands Day, Family Hiking Day is a program developed by the ATC to introduce and welcome families to the A.T. and all of the benefits that come from spending time outdoors.

With studies showing that children are spending less time outdoors each year, the ATC developed this program to help get kids, youth, families and trailside neighbors outside and active. Hiking the A.T. is not only a good source of physical exercise, it also provides an opportunity to create lasting memories and long-term appreciation for protected public lands.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to host Family Hiking Day for the fourth year,” said Ron Tipton, executive director/CEO of the ATC. “It’s a great opportunity to engage families with the outdoors, promote physical exercise and encourage people to explore their natural and cultural heritage on the Appalachian Trail.”

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