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Event to raise breast cancer awareness, funds for mammograms

The 13th Annual Smoky Streak race event is being held Oct. 1 in Sylva to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for mammograms for under-served women.

The Smoky Streak, which consists of a 5-kilometer run, a 10-kilometer run and a 5-kilometer walk, raises money for mammograms for qualifying women in Jackson and Swain counties who otherwise would not be able to afford them.

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The Jackson County Public Library will host staff members from the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum for a program on local geology and gemstone identification on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. The event will be held in the Atrium of the Jackson County Public Library Complex.

Diane Aiello and Fred Plesner will display and discuss local specimens and also demonstrate geode splitting. Attendees are encouraged to bring samples they’d like identified.

The Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum is located in the old Franklin jail building. It is open to the public, hosts educational programs, and has specimens of fossils as well as rocks and gemstones on display.

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In his charge to the graduates of Southwestern Community College’s Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #67 Mitch Boudrot, SCC training instructor, said, “You will experience the best of people in the worst of times and conversely, the worst of people in the best of times.”

“Second place with a law enforcement officer and an adversary does not win you a smaller trophy,” he told the class during their graduation ceremony Friday, Sept. 23, at the Jerry Sutton Public Safety Training Center in Franklin. “It could mean the difference between life and death. When you are confronted by an adversary it will not be just about winning, it’s about surviving. That’s why we train you to win.”

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Franklin’s American Legion Post 108 held a free medical clinic to provide area veterans and their families with information about health care opportunities in the region.

Nineteen vendors, some of whom traveled all the way from Asheville, volunteered their Saturday to visit with Macon County veterans and answer any questions they could about their respective areas of expertise.

Donna Alexander, a rural health nurse from the V.A. Hospital in Asheville was on hand to assist veterans in enrolling in the hospital’s program and to answer questions regarding benefits and hospital procedures. “We just want to make it as easy as possible for veterans to get the health care and benefits they deserve,” said Alexander.

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published: 10/18/2013
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