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Macon County Public Library will hold the third Walking with Spring series of programs in conjunction with downtown Franklin's April Fools Trail Days ( festival.

All programs are at 7 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room.


Since spring has now officially begun (at least by the date on the calendar), aspiring gardeners are anticipating planting season at the Macon County Community Garden located on the Greenway off of Siler Road, next to the Southwestern Community College campus.

The Macon County Community Garden project is an ideal solution for individuals who live in apartments or homes that don’t provide enough space for personal gardens.


Franklin will again celebrate its appreciation of Appalachian Trail Hikers with the town’s first festival of 2013, April Fools Trail Days, on Saturday, March 30. This daylong event will take place in Historic Downtown Franklin and bring together AT hikers, locals and visitors for a great celebration featuring displays, workshops, live entertainment and fun, food and more.

“April Fools Trail Days was conceived, in part, by our designation as an Appalachian Trail Gateway Community,” said Linda Schlott, Franklin Main Street Program executive director. “We have a full day of fun planned and encourage everyone to come out and support the hiking community that makes such an impact on our town each year.”


Scientists search for colonies in the mountains.

In North Carolina, endangered Virginia big-eared bats are known from only two caves at Grandfather Mountain, where they hibernate. What has puzzled biologists for years is where these bats go in the summer to give birth. This spring a massive effort aims to answer that question.

About 12,000 Virginia big-eared bats are known to exist in four states and 400 of those hibernate in the Grandfather Mountain caves.


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