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Fair’s Pony Express is Coming to Town

Are you a craftsman, artist, seamstress, food preserver, beekeeper, etc…adult or youth and wish to enter your items in the North Carolina Mountain State Fair? Participation is EASY! Bring your non-perishable items to the Swain County Cooperative Extension Office before August 24, 2015. Wrap and pack all items securely for transport. Please label your box with your name and county. Also include a completed entry form inside the box with your items. Your entries will be picked up from the Swain County Extension Office between August 25 & 27 and will be transported to the Mountain State Fair for judging and display. Items will be returned to the Swain County Extension Office after the fair by September 23. Any prize money will be mailed directly to you. Pony Express Pick-Up August 25-27, 2015 Swain County Cooperative Extension Office 828-488-3848 For More Information NC Mountain State Fair 828-687-1414 www.mountainfair.org

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NC Mountain State
Fair’s Pony Express is Coming to Town

Are you a craftsman, artist, seamstress, food preserver, beekeeper, etc…adult or youth and wish to enter your items in the North Carolina Mountain State Fair? Participation is EASY! Bring your non-perishable items to the Swain County Cooperative Extension Office before August 24, 2015. Wrap and pack all items securely for transport. Please label your box with your name and county. Also include a completed entry form inside the box with your items. Your entries will be picked up from the Swain County Extension Office between August 25 & 27 and will be transported to the Mountain State Fair for judging and display. Items will be returned to the Swain County Extension Office after the fair by September 23. Any prize money will be mailed directly to you. Pony Express Pick-Up August 25-27, 2015 Swain County Cooperative Extension Office 828-488-3848 For More Information NC Mountain State Fair 828-687-1414 www.mountainfair.org

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Swain County 4-H
Summer Program Extravaganza 2015

Swain County 4-H announces the 2015 Summer Program Extravaganza lineup!  There is something for everyone (ages 5-18). See what activities interest you! Program Date Cost 4-H Gem Mining June 19 $6 (per 2 buckets of dirt) 4-H Science Experiments June 25 FREE World of the Wonder Bean July 2 FREE Oconaluftee River Trail Hike July 9 FREE Solar Energy & Robotics July 15 FREE Swain County Museum Tour July 24 FREE 4-H Night w/ The Asheville Tourists July 27 $5 (4-H members/leaders & $8 (adults) 4-H Weather Program July 31 FREE Fontana Fun Day August 7 $12 (recreation pass + lunch) You do not have to be a current member of 4-H to participate in these programs. (4-H paperwork required for new attendees). Children MUST be accompanied by an adult. All 4-H paperwork MUST be completed by day of program. Child must be the appropriate age by date of activity. First come first serve on limited events. 2015 Swain County 4-H Summer Program Extravaganza Newsletter (pdf) Details and What To Bring 2014 How Do I Register for Summer Programs? Summer Registration days are June 12 and June 15 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. You may also register for programs one week prior to event, unless otherwise noted. Please call 488-3848 to make arrangements. Fill out Necessary Forms 2015 Summer Registration Form (pdf) 4-H Enrollment Form (if you are not already a 4-H member) Medical Release (Informed Consent section MUST be notarized, bring completed) Media Release Code of Conduct Forms and payment are due when you register for classes. You may pick up these required forms at the Extension Office or download them from the web at: http://www.nc4h.org/procedures_and_guidelines/index.html PLEASE NOTE: If you sign up for an activity and later find out you cannot attend, please let the Extension Office know prior to the event, so we can contact someone on the waiting list. Deposits will ONLY be refunded if class is canceled by Swain County 4-H. A list of materials and/or personal items needed for each program is available upon request. If you have any questions please call: Swain County Cooperative Extension Office at 488-3848. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you!!!

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Educators Workshop

LEP Educators Workshop is for School Teachers, Camp Counselors, Extension Agents, Environmental Educators and anyone who wants to educate the next generation about conservation steward-ship and land ethics. The Leopold Education Project (LEP) is an innovative, interdisciplinary conservation ethics curriculum targeted for grades 6-12. The goal of the program is to create an ecologically literate citizenry. The LEP increases student’s awareness of the land, informs them of how to make responsible choices for our planet, while simultaneously teaching important social, collaborative and critical thinking skills.   The LEP is unique in that it uses a classic environmental literary work, Aldo Leopold’s “A Sand County Almanac". The Land Ethic Published in 1949 as the finale to A Sand County Almanac, Leopold’s ‘Land Ethic’ defined a new relationship between people and nature and set the stage for the modern conservation movement. Leopold understood that ethics direct individuals to cooperate with each other for the mutual benefit of all. One of his philosophical achievements was the idea that this 'community’ should be enlarged to include non-human elements such as soils, waters, plants, and animals, “or collectively: the land.” “That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics.” This recognition, according to Leopold, implies individuals play an important role in protecting and preserving the health of this expanded definition of a community. "A land ethic, then, reflects the existence of an ecological conscience, and this in turn reflects a conviction of individual responsibility for the health of land.” Central to Leopold’s philosophy is the assertion to “quit thinking about decent land use as solely an economic problem.” While recognizing the influence economics have on decisions, Leopold understood that ultimately, our economic well being could not be separated from the well being of our environment. Therefore, he believed it was critical that people have a close personal connection to the land. “We can be ethical only in relation to something we can see, feel, understand, love, or otherwise have faith in.” Registration & Directions LEP Registration Form (pdf) Directions to Dr. Dan Pittillo Farm 675 Cane Creek Road, Sylva, NC (Phone: 293-9661) From Sylva take NC 107 south towards Cullowhee for about 3+ miles. Turn left on Old Cullowhee Road at traffic light (before crossing river bridge). Go 1.4 mi on Old Cullowhee Rd to Cane Creek Road (SR 1709), turn left at on curve at bottom of hill; follow Cane Creek Rd. 0.6 mi, cross bridge and immediately turn left up steep gravel driveway (675 on mailbox). Look for Red House. Parking area on left in sharp curve.

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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 $1,471.25 per month for an individual and $1,991.25 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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Avoid Hay Barn Fires

Hay making time is upon us, so it is time to not only think about harvesting, but also plans for long-term storage. Spring rains can rush farmers in the hay making process and MORE »

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Summer Equals Time for Tea!

You are not alone if you enjoy drinking tea, since there are about 37 billion glasses of iced tea served in the U.S. each year. Black tea makes up three quarters of all MORE »

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Moles – No Easy Answer

Popping up in yards all over North Carolina – mole tunnels! Though moles tunnel actively all year, the tunnels they make in spring and fall are usually more obvious because they are closer MORE »

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Tuesday Market

Beginning June 16 the Swain County Farmers Market will be open on Tuesday evenings. This day is in addition to the Friday market that is open from 9AM to 1PM. The Tuesday Market will run MORE »

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Carolina Wood Turning Company Reunion – May 9, 2015

Celebrating and remembering the many people who worked at Bryson City Pump Works, Carolina Wood Turning Company, Magnavox, Consolidated Furniture, and Singer. Pictures from the Carolina Wood Turning Company Reunion – May 9, 2015 Pictures from MORE »

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In-Step Line DancingThu Jul 30, 2015 Today
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension (SCC Auditorium), 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 14 hours away
Swain County Farmers MarketFri Jul 31, 2015
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Island Street, Downtown, Bryson City
— Tomorrow
4-H Weather Program (4-H Summer)Fri Jul 31, 2015
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Swain County Recreation Park, 30 Rec. Park Drive, Bryson City
— Tomorrow
SHIIP AppointmentsMon Aug 3, 2015
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM— 4 days away
Tuesday Market - Swain County Farmers MarketTue Aug 4, 2015
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Island Street, downtown Bryson City
— 6 days away
Clogging Classes for All AgesTue Aug 4, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 6 days away
Leopold Education Project: Educators WorkshopWed Aug 5, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Where:
675 Cane Creek Road, Sylva, NC
— 6 days away
In-Step Line DancingThu Aug 6, 2015
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension (SCC Auditorium), 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 1 week away
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