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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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LEPsquare

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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Carolina Wood Turning
Company Reunion - UPDATED

Pictures from the Carolina Wood Turning Company Reunion - May 9, 2015 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 Agenda 11:00 - 11:30 Socializing 11:30 - 12:30 Potluck Dinner, silent photograph slide show, & music by the Pressley Girls 12:30 - 1:30 *Brief presentations 1:30 - 2:45 Wandering microphone session (audience story-telling and conversation) 2:45 - 3:00 Final thoughts and closing music * 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 . . . Turning Through the Years (Smoky Mountain News - article from April 22, 2015) Turning Back Time: Celebrating the World of Carolina Wood Turning Company (Smoky Mountain Times - article from April 30, 2015) 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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Job Posting - Swain
County 4-H Agent

Extension Agent, 4-H Swain County Job Position Advertisement Primary Purpose of Position: The individual in the position will provide extraordinary leadership for the total 4‐H program and will be responsible for determining programming needs, planning, marketing, implementing and evaluating programs. The 4‐H program will involve training 4‐H volunteers, supporting 4‐H clubs, and providing school based 4‐H programs. Primary Function of Organizational Unit: North Carolina Cooperative Extension gives our residents easy access to the resources and expertise of NC State University and NC A&T State University through educational programs, publications and events. Cooperative Extension agents deliver unbiased, research‐based information to North Carolina citizens. Swain County is located in the Great Smoky Mountains. Elevations in the county range from 1,700 feet in Bryson City to 6,642 feet at Clingmans Dome. This gives Swain County a rugged mountainous landscape with a diverse climate. Bryson City is the County Seat and the home of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. The economy of the county is primarily tourism due to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but also is rich in timber, technology and traditional trades. The US Census Bureau estimates the county’s population at 14,058. Persons under 18 is 22.7%. The county is over 80% in government land, which includes National Park, US Forest Service, Game Lands and Tennessee Valley Authority. It is an outdoor recreational paradise according to many. It is over 60 miles from Asheville, NC, which is the major city for region. The current 4‐H program is a mix of traditional 4‐H clubs, special interest youth programs after-school programming and seasonal camps. Other Work/Responsibilities: Duties include developing and maintaining 4‐H clubs, 4‐H projects, summer day camp programs, school enrichment, and youth agricultural programs. Develop community relationships, while working closely with the Family and Consumer Science, Agriculture Agents and Administration. Volunteer development and utilization of an advisory system is essential to success. Candidate must have the ability to recruit, train and utilize adult, youth, and community volunteers and volunteer leaders. Promote and encourage participation in county, district, state and national level 4‐H programs. Timely response to client requests for specific and technical information regarding youth education and related topics is an expected role. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain and increase personal professional competencies. The candidate must be flexible to allow for changing responsibilities as needed. Minimum Experience/Education: One of the following educational requirements: A Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 overall or a 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) in child or youth development or related field. A Bachelor’s degree and the completion of at least one‐half of coursework in a Master’s degree curriculum with a cumulative grade point average 3.0 or higher with at least one of the degrees in child or youth development or related field, or Completion of a Master’s degree with at least one of the degrees in child or youth development or related field. Also required: a personal automobile; computer literacy; strong oral and written communication skills; the ability to plan, implement, market, and evaluate educational programs; willingness to work as a team member and support a total Extension program; and the ability to handle multiple demands and set priorities. Personal Attributes: Successful performance of the duties encompassed in the County Extension Agent’s job requires that the individual possess habits of industry, a sense of responsibility, and a genuine appreciation for the worth of the individual. The employee must be adept in both oral and written communication. The County Extension Agent is eligible to become a member of the non‐tenure track/special faculty at North Carolina State University. The County Extension Agent has primary responsibility for planning, executing, and evaluating that phase of county Extension programs within assigned areas of program responsibility. The County Extension Agent cooperates with colleagues in the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and county leaders in performing assigned responsibilities. The performance of assigned responsibilities is governed by the philosophy, objectives, policies, and procedures of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. For more information, please contact Robert J. Hawk at 488-3848 or email at robert_hawk@ncsu.edu. Please go to following link for the full Job Posting: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/52249 Deadline to apply is May 25, 2015 Learn more: facebook.com/SwainCounty4H facebook.com/SwainCountyCooperativeExtension

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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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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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West Swain 4-H Club MeetingThu May 28, 2015 Today
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension, 60 Almond School Road
— 16 hours away
In-Step Line Dancing - CANCELLEDThu May 28, 2015 Today
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension (SCC Auditorium), 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 17 hours away
Medicare 101: Welcome to Medicare SeminarThu May 28, 2015 Today
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Where:
SCC Swain Center - 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City
— 17 hours away
Swain County Farmers MarketFri May 29, 2015
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Island Street, Downtown, Bryson City
— Tomorrow
SHIIP AppointmentsMon Jun 1, 2015
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM— 4 days away
Clogging Classes for All AgesTue Jun 2, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 6 days away
In-Step Line DancingThu Jun 4, 2015
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
Swain County Cooperative Extension (SCC Auditorium), 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC
— 1 week away
Swain County Farmers MarketFri Jun 5, 2015
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
Island Street, Downtown, Bryson City
— 1 week away
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