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Outdoors

Adding buoys to the lake is a lengthy process.

Members of the Nantahala Community are once again reaching out to commissioners for help establishing a recreation area at Nantahala Lake.

Nantahala community member Daniel Loop spoke to the Macon County Board of Commissioners last week asking for help making a cove on the lake safer for residents for recreational use.

According to Loop, there is buoy located at Lakes End Pier that sits 50 yards off of the shore. The buoy is intended to signify to boaters that starting 50 yards from the end of the pier, the lake is a "no wake zone." The buoy stands as one of three legal buoys on the lake, and allows residents of the community to use the cove for recreational activity without having to worry about watercrafts zooming by. With tourists and visitors using Nantahala Lake throughout the year, Loop explained that not everyone knows the boating safety rules and the buoy is often ignored.

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The Macon County Public Library’s “Walking with Spring” series in partnership with the Nantahala Hiking Club and the Franklin Appalachian Trail Community corresponds with thru-hiker season in Franklin and highlights the A.T., hikers, and some of the other great outdoor activities and opportunities in the area.

Programs are scheduled in the library meeting room from the first day of Spring through Earth Day.

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Whether Spring’s “official arrival” this week is the real deal or just practice, the warmer weather spurs thoughts of gardening.

To jump-start the growing season, the Macon County Master Gardener Association offers a public workshop this Saturday, March 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Environmental Resource Center.

Guest presenter Ellen Averill, from Catalula, Ga., will share her knowledge and experience in the “Ready, Set, Plant” workshop, taking participants from testing the soil to finding and preparing the right site for the right plant.

The workshop offers a special opportunity for both seasoned gardeners and those new to the area to be successful with their plantings. Handouts will be provided and refreshments will be served.

Topics will include soil composition, pH, amendments, types of gardens, and site factors. Averill also will discuss varied garden requirements such as light, water, nutrients, drainage, tilling, compost, mulch, frost date and digging the right hole for vegetables, annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees.

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March 14-April 11
Free Hiker Breakfast sponsored by First Baptist Church. All you can eat pancakes from 7:30 to 8:30 am. For more information call (828)369-9559.

March 27-28
11th Annual Hiker Bash at the Sapphire Inn. For more information go to www.hikerfoolbash.com or call Ronnie Haven at (828)524-4431.

March 28
Anniversary Celebration/A.T. Appreciation at Three Eagles Outfitters. For more information, call (828)524-9061.

March 28
A.T. a Local Treasure, learn about the different trail systems in Macon County and plan your next hike with your friends / family. At Outdoor 76, 12-2 p.m., for more information call (828)349-7676.

March 28
Thru hiker Chow Down sponsored by the Nantahala Hiking Club and the Lazy Hiker Brewing Company (LHBC). 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the LHBC for more information call (828)369-1983 www.lazyhikerbrewing.com.

April 4
Thru hiker Appreciation at Outdoor 76.Come rub shoulders with hikers as they prepare to hit the trail and journey over 2000 miles to Maine. For more information, call (828)349-7676.

Easter on the Trail sponsored by the Nantahala Hiking Club. For more information call (828)369-8915.

April 11
Trunk Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Greenway to support the Franklin Greenway and the Appalachian Trail. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Big Bear Park. For more information, call (828)369-8488.

April 25
Gear Swap & Community Cookout at Outdoor 76. Bring your new gear, used gear or forgotten gear and swap it out for your next adventure, starts at 10 a.m. Live music from 12-4 p.m. with breweries on hand for beer tastings. For more information, call (828)349-7676 or visit www.outdoor76.com.

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