25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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Outdoors

Last Thursday, the Tourism Development Commission of Macon County approved a number of grant requests for events scheduled for this fall.

Rob Gasbarro and Cory McCall, proprietors of the downtown Franklin outfitters store Outdoor 76, presented to the board their plans of holding the first annual Outdoor Athlon event.

Held at Cullasaja Park, just off of Fox Ridge Road in Franklin, the event promises to showcase outdoor activities and promote local entertainment. An outdoor triathlon, disc golf and ultimate Frisbee tournaments, outdoor sport clinics, hiking and kayaking demonstrations are among the many features at the event, which will resemble Asheville’s Mountain Sports Festival.

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LTWA presents updated State of the Streams Report at League of Women Voters meeting

The Little Tennessee Watershed Association (LTWA) presented an updated report at the League of Women Voters meeting summarizing 21 years of water quality and habitat trends.

According to this updated report by the LTWA, the stretch of the river between Lake Emory and Fontana Reservoir is one of the highest quality rivers in the Southern Appalachians. “The Little Tennessee is by any measure the healthiest major river in the Blue Ridge.” Therefore, it is essential that the preservation efforts of the LTWA, and the community, continue.

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Every Thursday this summer, the Highlands Biological Foundation will host an event for its “Think About Thursdays” series.

On Thursday, July 21, at 9 p.m., the director of The Highlands Nature Center, Patrick Brannon, will offer a program titled “Nature by Night,” a fun opportunity to learn about nighttime creatures.

Brannon will take visitors on a guided walk through the Botanical Garden.

With fun games and activities, participants will learn about the different adaptations of nocturnal animals and search for creatures such as fireflies, snails, bats, owls, frogs, and salamanders.

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On Tuesday, July 26, at 7 p.m. renowned nature photographer, Bill Lea, will present “Understanding the Black Bear,” a free lecture, as part of the Village Nature Series at the Village Commons in Village Green, Cashiers.

Capturing images of wildlife, scenery, wildflowers, and a variety of other natural subjects in “just the right light” has long been the trademark of Lea’s photography. He may best be known for his artistic documentation of deer and bear behavior, the various moods of the Great Smoky Mountains, and southern ecosystems.

Photographing in the Smokies since 1975 has afforded this photographer limitless opportunities to observe and record the flora, fauna and scenery of the region.

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