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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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storm

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 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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GrowingMtnSeries

Growing in the
Mountains 2015 Series

Blueberry & Grape Seminar Learn how to establish and maintain your blueberries and grapes. This is the first in the series “Growing in the Mountains” which will cover the basic cultural needs of Blueberries and American Bunch Grapes. Learn more about site selection and preparation, proper soil conditions, fertility needs, spacing, trellising, weed control, choosing the right cultivar, pruning, training and harvesting. Finally, we will discuss the most common disease and insect problems and their possible control options. March 17, 2015 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Jackson County Cooperative Extension 538 Scotts Creek Road, Sylva March 18, 2015 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Swain County Cooperative Extension 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City Managing Your Strawberry-Blackberry-Raspberry Patch This is the second in the series “Growing in the Mountains” which will cover the basic cultural needs of strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. Learn more about site selection, the differences between erect, semi-erect and trailing caneberries, proper soil conditions, fertility needs, spacing, weed control, renovation and pruning and thinning principles.  Finally, we will discuss the most common disease and insect problems and possible control options. March 24, 2015 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Swain County Cooperative Extension 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City March 26, 2015 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Jackson County Cooperative Extension 538 Scotts Creek Road, Sylva Fruit Tree Workshop  Take a closer look at the basic cultural needs of apple, pear, peach and other fruit trees.  This is the third in the series “Growing in the Mountains” which will cover site selection, the differences between dwarf, semi-dwarf and seedling trees, proper soil conditions, pollination requirements, differences in cultivars, chilling requirements, fertility needs, tree spacing and general pruning principles. Finally we will discuss the most common disease and insects problems and possible control options. March 31, 2015 9:00 am - 11:00 am Jackson County Cooperative Extension 538 Scotts Creek Road, Sylva April 1, 2015 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Swain County Cooperative Extension 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City This is the fourth in the series “Growing in the Mountains” which will cover the basic cultural needs of the most common vegetables grown throughout Western North Carolina. Learn more about site selection and preparation, proper soil and plant fertility needs, spacing, crop rotation, cultivars and the differences between cool and warm season vegetables. Finally, we will lightly discuss the most common disease, insect and weed problems and their potential control options. April 7, 2015 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Jackson County Cooperative Extension 538 Scotts Creek Road, Sylva  April 14, 2015 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Swain County Cooperative Extension 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City For more information or to register: Jackson County Cooperative Extension 586-4009 Swain County Cooperative Extension 488-3848 E-mail christine_bredenkamp@ncsu.edu

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2015 Beginning
Beekeepers School

The Smoky Mountain Beekeepers Association and Swain County Cooperative Extension are hosting a Beginning Beekeepers School on March 28, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Swain County Cooperative Extension (SCC Swain Center).

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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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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 »

Grandy Mountain Choose and Cut Farm - Jackson County

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 »

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Beginning Beekeepers SchoolSat Mar 28, 2015 Today
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension (SCC Building), 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 45 minutes away
SHIIP AppointmentsMon Mar 30, 2015
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM— 2 days away
Fruit Tree Workshop - Jackson CountyTue Mar 31, 2015
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Where:
Jackson County Cooperative Extension, 538 Scotts Creek Road, Sylva
— 3 days away
Clogging Classes for All AgesTue Mar 31, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 3 days away
Fruit Tree Workshop - Swain CountyWed Apr 1, 2015
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City
— 4 days away
In-Step Line DancingThu Apr 2, 2015
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension (SCC Auditorium), 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 5 days away
SHIIP AppointmentsMon Apr 6, 2015
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM— 1 week away
Gardening for Success - Jackson CountyTue Apr 7, 2015
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Where:
Jackson County Cooperative Extension, 538 Scotts Creek Road, Sylva (2nd floor, room 234)
— 1 week away
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