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The U.S. Forest Service held its annual Kids Fishing Day at Cliffside Lake near Highlands on Saturday. The event gives children ages 15 and younger the chance to catch a fish.

Booths and games with prizes were sponsored by the Highlands Recreation Department along with the town of Highlands.

The Cradle of Forestry offered hot dogs to hungry fishermen.

According to organizers the event allows families and friends to share in the fun and quality outdoor time together while learning about one of the nation’s pastimes – fishing.

Kids Fishing Day was planned in conjunction with National Fishing and Boating week May 31-June 7.

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has announced that sales from the North Carolina Appalachian Trail (A.T.) specialty license plate program have exceeded more than $1 million. Since the program’s inception in 2005, it has funded dozens of trail-related projects in the state of North Carolina.

For each North Carolina specialty A.T. plate that is purchased or renewed, the ATC receives $20. The ATC then awards annual grants to organizations and individuals that help fulfill the ATC’s mission within the state of North Carolina and along its common border with Tennessee. In 2015 alone, the ATC awarded $30,000 for trail and facilities maintenance, environmental monitoring, natural heritage projects and education and community outreach.

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Cub Scout Pack 263, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, recently visited the Lumpkin Adventure Base in Otto, N.C.

The Cub Scouts went to work on outdoors skills, go hiking, cook over an open fire, and test skills that they had learned so far this year.

The Pack appreciated the opportunity to visit a local Boy Scouts of America sponsored site so close to home.

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Smoky Mountain Paddlers invites interested people of all ages and levels of canoeing, kayaking, or stand up paddle boarding to attend the club’s organizational meeting.

Plans are to form an American Canoe Association Paddle America Club.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, at the Macon County Public Library.

For more information, contact Guy Gooder at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (828)421-4845.

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