61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

- published 8/21 (Larry) old link: http://www1.cfnc.org/applications/NC_Community_College/apply.html?application_id=1527

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Historic Downtown Franklin will be transformed into a “Winter Wonderland” on Friday, Dec. 2, during the Town’s annual celebration of the holiday season. Activities are scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. with plenty of holiday cheer for every member of the family.

This year’s schedule of events includes ice artist Ryan McCurdy from Asheville. McCurdy and crew will create a special slide made of ice for the young and young at heart to enjoy. There will also be a live demonstration of how ice sculptures are created as McCurdy and crew transform a large block of ice in to a work of art. Ice slide rides begin at 5 p.m. with the ice sculpting demonstration set for 7 p.m.

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In commemoration of Nov. 11, 2011, (11-11-11) several members of Beta Sigma Phi gathered along with family and friends at the Rathskeller Coffee House in Franklin.

Although not planned, the number of ladies celebrating with Beta Sigma Phi members totaled 11! Cathy Edmonds, Beta Social Committee Chair, made pins for all in attendance.

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Initiative to protect rights of farmworkers, educate employers

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting an enforcement initiative focusing on the agricultural industry in North Carolina, particularly among producers of hand-harvested crops, in which the division previously has found widespread labor violations. The goal of this initiative is to increase employer compliance and remind workers of their rights under the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the federal H-2A temporary nonimmigrant worker programs.

Since 2008, the Wage and Hour Division’s Raleigh District Office has conducted more than 260 investigations of agricultural operations in its jurisdiction alone, recovering nearly $473,000 in back wages for 878 employees. Significant and persistent violations in this industry have resulted in low wages, unsafe housing and transportation, and harsh working conditions for vulnerable workers such as minors, seasonal employees, and migrant or temporary foreign farmworkers.

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The holiday season is a time for celebration, gathering of family and friends and gift giving. Often our celebration results in a tough impact on our environment. All are welcome to join in a group discussion of what each of us does to lessen the negative environmental impact of our holiday celebrations. This sharing circle is open to members, friends, neighbors, students, the general public, everyone.

Some topics we will talk about will be gift-giving, decorations, holiday greetings, special meals, rituals, etc. You are welcome to bring your ideas and any items or ways you have of reducing, re-using, recycling, re-purposing, re-thinking during the holiday season.

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