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Third part in a series explores enrichment activities.

Editor's note: Macon County News contributor Harry Taylor is a teacher at Macon Citizens Habilities Inc. (MCH) and is writing a series of articles regarding the operation of MCH. MCH builds lives and gives dignity to citizens who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

In the first two articles of a three-part feature, emphasis has focused on the history, purpose and financial resources of Macon Citizens Habilities, Inc. (MCH).

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The Hospice House Foundation of Western North Carolina (HHF) is looking for volunteers willing to give tours of the future Hospice House located on Maple Street in Franklin.

The facility will serve the western most counties in N.C. by providing hospice and respite care to families and their loved ones who are ill and may be approaching the end of their lives. Medical professionals will be on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as well as chaplains, social workers and volunteers to assist patients and their families a difficult time.

The existing home will be used for the family area, the chapel and offices while an addition will be constructed to include an elevator, care area (nurse's stations, offices for social workers and chaplains), medicine rooms, spa rooms and the six inpatient suites and six residential suites, all with sleep accomodations for a family member or friend.

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Community organizations teamed up on Saturday to host a car seat checking station at the Franklin Fun Factory and the Highlands Hudson Library.

During the Buckle Up, Baby event, certified car seat technicians with the Franklin Police Department, Highlands Police Department, Macon County EMS, and Safe Kids NC checked a total of 99 car seats. A total of 18 car seats that were found to be broken, recalled or expired were replaced thanks to Safe Kids NC, Kiwanis Club of Franklin, and Shaw Industries.

Out of the seats that were checked, technicians found that about 90 percent of car seats were being used incorrectly. “The misuse rate and unsafe seats observed was extremely high at this event, which verifies the need for education,” said Vickie Whitlatch-Killough, Health Educator, Co-Coordinator Safe Kids WNC, Mission Children's Hospital. The event was a great success.”

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