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Get out of Debt with
PowerPay

April is Financial Literacy or Education Month. When you hear the terms, money or finances, what comes to your mind? If you think of bills and debts, then you might want to consider PowerPay. 1. What is PowerPay? It is a computer program that provides a debt reduction plan. It shows a person what to pay monthly until all the debts are paid. It is easy to use, easy to understand, easy to do, easy to follow and private. 2. How to get started with PowerPay? A person would need to make a list of: who you owe the balance owed how much you pay each month and the interest rate ( meaning the annual percentage rate or the APR) PowerPay is set to show the fastest way to pay off debt by: showing who to pay each month until debts are paid making Power Payments using money from paid off debts cutting the amount of interest you pay back adding a little extra to what you usually pay paying a lump sum of extra money like your tax return or a bonus and exploring savings from a consolidating debt. Use this PowerPay Worksheet to gather the information needed for PowerPay. PowerPay is FREE!!!! If you would like to have LESS DEBT, LESS WORRY, MORE CASH and MORE LIVING, THEN POWER PAY IS FOR YOU!!! The PowerPay program can be accessed at: www.powerpay.org For assistance using PowerPay and understanding your PowerPay results, contact: Dee Decker, Swain County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent at dee_decker@ncsu.edu or (828) 488-3848.

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Get out of Debt with
PowerPay

April is Financial Literacy or Education Month. When you hear the terms, money or finances, what comes to your mind? If you think of bills and debts, then you might want to consider PowerPay. 1. What is PowerPay? It is a computer program that provides a debt reduction plan. It shows a person what to pay monthly until all the debts are paid. It is easy to use, easy to understand, easy to do, easy to follow and private. 2. How to get started with PowerPay? A person would need to make a list of: who you owe the balance owed how much you pay each month and the interest rate ( meaning the annual percentage rate or the APR) PowerPay is set to show the fastest way to pay off debt by: showing who to pay each month until debts are paid making Power Payments using money from paid off debts cutting the amount of interest you pay back adding a little extra to what you usually pay paying a lump sum of extra money like your tax return or a bonus and exploring savings from a consolidating debt. Use this PowerPay Worksheet to gather the information needed for PowerPay. PowerPay is FREE!!!! If you would like to have LESS DEBT, LESS WORRY, MORE CASH and MORE LIVING, THEN POWER PAY IS FOR YOU!!! The PowerPay program can be accessed at: www.powerpay.org For assistance using PowerPay and understanding your PowerPay results, contact: Dee Decker, Swain County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent at dee_decker@ncsu.edu or (828) 488-3848.

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Severe Weather
Information: Spring into Action and Be Prepared

Spring is a time of transition, when late-season snowstorms or thunderstorms can impact where you live. Don’t let this dangerous season catch you unaware. Get ready for spring with just a few simple steps: Know Your Risk, Take Action and Be a Force of Nature. Find out more at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Get to Know NOAA National Weather Service (NWS). NWS provides weather, water and climate data and forecasts and warnings to protect life and property and enhance the national economy. For other great resources, go to: NC Cooperative Extension's Disaster Information Center FACTSHEETS Preparedness Tornadoes Flooding Recovery

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Carolina Wood Turning
Company Reunion

Celebrate and remember the many people who worked at Bryson City Pump Works, Carolina Wood Turning Company, Magnavox, Consolidated Furniture, and Singer. Bring your stories and memories to share! Tentative Itinerary 11:00 - Noon Socializing hour Noon - 12:45 Dinner and silent photograph slide show 12:45 - 1:45 *Brief presentations 1:45 - 3:00 Wandering microphone session (audience story-telling and conversation) * Brief Presentations on: Company history, Community and family impact perspectives, Worker recollections, etc. Pictures and Memorabilia Do you have any memorabilia you would like to share? We are very interested in making copies of photos that include people who worked at Carolina Wood Turning Company or of the plant area itself. Please contact us at (828) 488-3848 to make arrangements or send an e-mail to melissa_vaughn@ncsu.edu. THANKS for sharing your memories!!! Click photo for more information . . . Directions from Sylva Take US 74 W approximately 25 miles (6.3 miles past Exit 67). Look for a blue Southwestern Community College sign, turn right onto Almond School Road. Look for event signs. Directions from Murphy Follow US-19 S/US-74 W approximately 41.3 miles. Look for a blue Southwestern Community College sign, turn left onto Almond School Road. Look for event signs.

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Swain County Farmers
Market

Are you involved in any activities such as gardening, farming, growing flowers and other woody ornamentals, or beekeeping (Honey)? If you answered yes to any of these endeavors and would like to sell the “fruits of your labor” then, set-up a booth and join us! Potential vendors must agree to Farmers Market policies and submit an application prior to any sales. Please contact Christy Bredenkamp for an application and/or more information: Swain County Cooperative ExtensionChristy BredenkampPO Box 2329Bryson City, NC 28713 (828) 488-3848 Policies of the Swain County Farmers Market (pdf) LIKE on Facebook - Swain County Farmers Market _________________________________________________________________________ Sellers must reside and produce the items they sell within Swain and adjacent counties (Graham, EBCI, Jackson, Macon and Clay). Sellers must be the original producer (or family member) of all items being sold.  No buying and reselling of produce or other products are allowed.  

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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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Moss – To Keep or Not to Keep?

Every year, homeowners inquire what control options are effective in removing moss from their yard. The answer is not so simple and requires careful consideration.  Some landowners love moss! They love the earthy texture MORE »

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Building a Blueberry Patch

Farming blueberries in North Carolina is a flourishing industry ranking 6th in the nation.  Wholesale farms in the Bladen, Pender and neighboring county area along with “pick-your-own” farms throughout N.C. produce approximately 40 million MORE »

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Cooking for One or Two

Preparing smaller meals, especially for just one or two people, can seem like more effort than it’s worth. Often recipes serve at least four. Leftovers are wasted. And cooking means that there will MORE »

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Leave the Dust at the Door

Most of us can relate to the never-ending tasks of cleaning the house. With the shorter days and colder nights of winter, spending more time indoors is certain. Why not get an early MORE »

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The Leopold Education Project

Increasing urbanization, growing use of electronic devices and other indirect ways of experiencing our natural environment increasingly disconnects us from the natural world, such as a farm, that sustains us daily.  LEP is a MORE »

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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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SHIIP AppointmentsMon Apr 27, 2015
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM— 18 hours away
Clogging Classes for All AgesTue Apr 28, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 2 days away
[ProNR] Emergency Planning Webinar Thu Apr 30, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Where:
www.forestrywebinars.net
— 4 days away
In-Step Line DancingThu Apr 30, 2015
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension (SCC Auditorium), 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 4 days away
Swain County Farmers MarketFri May 1, 2015
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Island Street, Downtown, Bryson City
— 5 days away
Amazing Grazing: Pasture-Based Livestock Education ProgramSat May 2, 2015
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Where:
Macon County Farm - 1469 Sugar Fork Road, Franklin, NC
— 6 days away
SHIIP AppointmentsMon May 4, 2015
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM— 1 week away
Health Fair at Swain County Senior CenterThu May 7, 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
Swain County Senior Center, Brendle Street, Bryson City
— 2 weeks away
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