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Need Help Choosing A
Medicare Part D Drug Plan?

SHIIP Senior Health Insurance Information Program is a consumer information division of the NC Department of Insurance that assists people with choosing a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. Call 488-3848 for an appointment. Swain County Cooperative Extension 60 Almond School Rd. Bryson City, NC _________________________________________________________________________ Do You Need Help Paying for Your Medicare Prescription Medications?  If you answered yes to this question and have limited income and resources, you may qualify for 'EXTRA HELP' (the low-income subsidy) to pay your prescription drug costs. Receiving this help will not change your monthly Social Security benefits. (This program is not available to Medicaid recipients). INCOME GUIDELINES are $1,353.75 per month for an individual and $1,821.25 per month for a couple living together. Call 488-3848 for an appointment. This is a FREE community service, and we do not sell insurance. __________________ For more information: http://www.ncdoi.com/shiip/default.aspx

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Need Help Choosing A
Medicare Part D Drug Plan?

SHIIP Senior Health Insurance Information Program is a consumer information division of the NC Department of Insurance that assists people with choosing a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. Call 488-3848 for an appointment. Swain County Cooperative Extension 60 Almond School Rd. Bryson City, NC _________________________________________________________________________ Do You Need Help Paying for Your Medicare Prescription Medications?  If you answered yes to this question and have limited income and resources, you may qualify for 'EXTRA HELP' (the low-income subsidy) to pay your prescription drug costs. Receiving this help will not change your monthly Social Security benefits. (This program is not available to Medicaid recipients). INCOME GUIDELINES are $1,353.75 per month for an individual and $1,821.25 per month for a couple living together. Call 488-3848 for an appointment. This is a FREE community service, and we do not sell insurance. __________________ For more information: http://www.ncdoi.com/shiip/default.aspx

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Changes in Soil
Sampling Process

Changes in Soil Sampling Process We are now in the season for soil sampling and by now you may know that a “peak season soil test fee” has been implemented. This fee is $4 per soil sample from November 26 to March 31. Homeowners who plan to submit 5 samples or less, prepayment of the peak season soil fee is not necessary; an invoice will be mailed to you after samples are analyzed. Payment can be made over the phone (NCDA&CS Agronomic Division at (919) 733-2655) or by check (please include the invoice ID number on the check). Once payment is complete, you will receive an email with your soil report information. Here are the basic steps Take soil samples Fill out the soil information form. Make notes (key) to remember where samples are located. Pack soil boxes & form in a larger box for mailing. Do not include check at this time. Mail samples and form to the NCDA & CS address on the form and or box. Mail off or call in payment after you receive an invoice and wait for link for your soil test results. You may also contact Christy Bredenkamp (Swain/Jackson County Agriculture/Horticulture Agent) at (828) 488-3848 for more information.

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January is National
Radon Action Month

The NC Radon Program urges residents to take action during this year's National Radon Action Month by testing their homes for radon. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is invisible, odorless, and tasteless.  Radon is released harmlessly from the ground into outdoor air, but it can accumulate and reach harmful levels when trapped in homes and buildings.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after smoking and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Since radon does not have an odor and is invisible, people tend to downplay the health effects and ignore the possibility that there might be a silent killer within the walls of their home. Some homes in this county have tested high for radon. Houses in the same neighborhood can have very different levels, so every home should be tested. Testing homes for radon is simple and inexpensive.  The Extension Office has a limited number of FREE Radon Test Kits, compliments of the NC Radon Program, that will help you determine if your home has a radon problem.  Come by the Extension Office to pick up your test kit today: Swain County Cooperative Extension 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City Or visit the NC Radon Program's website at: www.ncradon.org

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2015 Appalachian Farm
School - Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2015 Appalachian Farm School, a pilot program to centralize agricultural business training in a single program for farmers in the seven western counties of North Carolina. The course begins January 29 and ends April 9, 2015, and takes place on alternating Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The AFS is a program of the Western North Carolina Food Policy Council (WNCFPC) with support from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. The program’s goal is to build a “one-stop” program in which farmers are able to access low-cost agribusiness resources from around the region. Courses and workshops will be taught by professionals from the region and by state agency representatives, and will cover topics such as GAP certification and food safety regulations; basic agribusiness planning; marketing; production and pricing for market demand; soil and pest management; agribusiness financing, and legal and insurance issues. The AFS relies on expert teachers from partners such as Cooperative Extension, the North Carolina Departments of Agriculture and Revenue, North Carolina Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning (NCREAL), Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center, and Western Carolina University’s Public Policy Institute. The cost for the full three-month program is $75.00, which includes dinner during each class and all materials. Registration is available online at www.wncfpc.org/appalachian-farm-school. Paper copies can be accessed by calling (828) 399.0297 or at your local Small Business Center or the Swain County Cooperative Extension office. WNCFPC, founded in 2011, brings together agriculture and food security representatives in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, Swain and Haywood counties to address regional needs around agricultural and food security issues.  A similar program offering training for food banks, soup kitchens, and shelters will be offered later in 2015. For more information about the Appalachian Farm School, please visit WNC Food Policy Council. You may also contact Emily Edmonds at wncfpc@gmail.com or Robert Hawk at robert_hawk@ncsu.edu.

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2015 Swain County 4-H
Plant Sale

NOW through February 26, 2015 The Swain County Cooperative Extension is now taking orders for 3-4 foot tall apple, pear, and peach trees along with thornless blackberries and 3 year old blueberry and grape varieties. Prices are $13.00 for the apple (dwarf and semi-dwarf sizes), pear and peach trees and $8.00 for the grapes, blueberries, and blackberries. All plant material will arrive bare-rooted. All money raised will be put into the Swain County 4-H Club Fund to be utilized by Swain County 4-H along with other Extension programs. Order and Payment Printable 2015 Plant Sale Order Form (docx) Printable 2015 Plant Sale Order Form (pdf) Plant Information Sheet (doc) Plant Information Sheet (pdf) Mail completed Order Form and payment to: Swain County 4-H Club FundPO Box 2329Bryson City, NC 28713 or drop by our office at: 60 Almond School RoadBryson City, NC 28713 All orders and checks must be received by Thursday, February 26, 2015. Plants will be ready for pick up around March 11-13, 2015. Our office will contact you immediately upon their arrival and work with you on picking up your order. We strongly encourage that plants be picked up the day we call to insure best quality. All sales and purchases are final - The quality of the plants need to be evaluated by the purchaser at the time of pick-up. The 4-H program cannot replace or refund for plants that perish once they leave the Cooperative Extension Office. Printed material on the care of the plants is available upon request. Contact the Swain County Extension Office at 488-3848 with any questions you may have. Thank you for supporting Swain County 4-H!

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January is National Radon Action Month

The NC Radon Program urges residents to take action during this year’s National Radon Action Month by testing their homes for radon. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is invisible, odorless, MORE »

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Children & Nature: Get Outside!

Winter is a beautiful time to explore outside. The book “Last Child in the Woods” by Richard Louv speaks to the fact that children in today’s society have become disconnected from the natural MORE »

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Did Someone Say Chocolate?

With the holidays approaching, what brings more Christmas cheer than making festive candy, especially candy that requires chocolate. If you are thinking that chocolate makes most things taste better, then please continue reading MORE »

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Selection & Care of Christmas Trees

Celebrating the Holiday Season with a real Christmas tree is a long-standing tradition. Each year, 25 to 30 million American families celebrate the holidays with a fresh, farm-grown Christmas Tree.  Here in Western North MORE »

Local photographer, Larry Klug, recently taught a photography class at the Swain County
Senior Center. (Left to Right) First Row: Laverne Crawford, Mary Hintz, Charlie King, Gail
Barker, Dee Decker and Larry Klug. Second Row: Jeanette Frady, Essie Wiggins. Standing:
Pete Gibson, Wanda Cole, Galena Alison. Seated on Couch: Willie Mae Gunter.

Keep Busy at the Swain County Senior Center

Senior citizens are among the fastest growing group of our population. People often think that once someone reaches retirement they become sedentary. In contrast, many elders are involved in community events, volunteer programs and MORE »

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Swain County 4-H Update    

Swain County 4-H has been busy with various programming opportunities for youth in Swain County. Though we have been without a 4-H Agent since April, Swain County 4-H is still alive and well! With MORE »

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Join the NC 10 Percent Campaign 

It’s not too late to join the NC 10% Campaign! The NC 10% Campaign is statewide initiative led by the Center for Sustainable Farming Systems and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension promoting locally MORE »

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Outdoor Adventurers 4-H Club

GREAT ADVENTURES OUTDOORS! Do you enjoy the outdoors? Then consider joining the Outdoor Adventurer’s 4-H Club. Club members can look forward to a ton of outdoor fun, from eco art, hiking, fishing, photography, MORE »

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Appalachian Farm SchoolThu Jan 29, 2015 Today
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Where:
Southwestern Community College - Swain Campus, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City
— 7 hours ago
In-Step Line DancingThu Jan 29, 2015 Today
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension (SCC Auditorium), 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 6 hours ago
SHIIP AppointmentsMon Feb 2, 2015
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM— 4 days away
Clogging Classes for All AgesTue Feb 3, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 5 days away
Jackson County Christmas Tree Association (JCCTA) MeetingTue Feb 3, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Cashiers Glenville Volunteer Fire Department, 579 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers, NC 28717, United States
— 5 days away
Fun with Fabric! Sewing BasicsWed Feb 4, 2015
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
Swain County Family Resource, Hughes Branch Road, Bryson City
— 6 days away
In-Step Line DancingThu Feb 5, 2015
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension (SCC Auditorium), 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 7 days away
SHIIP AppointmentsMon Feb 9, 2015
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM— 2 weeks away
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