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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:00

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REACH of Haywood offers volunteer training 

REACH of Haywood, the county's domestic violence/sexual assault/elder and dating abuse prevention and intervention agency, is seeking volunteers to assist with the REACH Helpline phone services and in other ways through Friends of REACH committees. 

Thorough, interactive training for potential volunteers, open to adults over 18, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at REACH's office, 627 N. Main Street, Waynesville. Lunch, snacks and training notebooks will be provided. Helpline volunteers donate anywhere from one 12-hour shift a month to three or four shifts. Each volunteer has a backup staff member in case personal sheltering or emergency service is needed. 

Call REACH's office at 828.456.7898 to register.


Clampitt to hold local constituent events

Rep. Mike Clampitt, R-Bryson City, has announced a couple of events that will be taking place before the end of the month. 

The first event is the very first face-to-face constituent meeting from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan 20, at the Swain County Administration Building, 101 Mitchell St., in Bryson City. 

“The constituent meeting is a chance for district residents to meet me, ask questions about the session, and share any concerns they have about the workings of state government,” said Clampitt.

The second event is a “meet and greet” reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at 45 West Ridge Road in Bryson City, in lieu of the swearing-in ceremony that was supposed to take place on Jan. 7.

Both events are open to the public.


Chief Hollingsed to speak to Haywood NAACP

Waynesville Police Chief Bill Hollingsed will speak to the Haywood County Chapter of the NAACP at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Harris Chapel A.M.E. Zion, 26 Prospect St., Canton.

Hollingsed will talk about his efforts to provide implicit bias training and other issues facing his department. Hollingsed has been an active participant in Changemakers for Racial Understanding. NAACP committees will report on their progress.


HCC to host free idea workshop

The Haywood Community College Small Business Center’s free seminar, “So You Have an Idea! Now What?” will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in room 5108 at the Small Business Center.   

Attendees will receive an introduction to the Business Model Canvas, a unique method of describing and thinking through the business model of your organization, your competitors, or any other enterprise. 

Visit or call 828.627.4512 for additional information or to register. 


Sylva church to sponsor blood drive

First United Methodist Church in Sylva is sponsoring a blood drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan 28, in the Asbury Room of the church.

 “There is an urgent need for blood during the holidays, said Mary Corsair, event coordinator. “Please consider donating blood on this day. It is the gift of life.”

Blood donors may call 800.733.2767 or visit to schedule an appointment in advance, or come to the site during the appointed hours. 

First United Methodist Church is located at 77 Jackson St., in downtown Sylva. 828.586.2358.


Hospital to host ‘Woman to Woman’ event

Harris Women’s Care will host a ‘Woman to Woman’ event titled ‘Health, Hope and Happiness thru Midlife and Beyond’ at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 at Harris Women’s Care at 70 The Village Overlook across the street from Harris Regional Hospital, led by nurse practitioner Kathy Walsh. Walsh sees patients of all ages at Harris Women’s Care. The informal discussion will focus on those issues women experience beginning at midlife and how to stay healthy throughout each phase. 

For information and to RSVP call 828.631.8894.


Library offers Google Photos class

The Jackson County Public Library will offer a free class on Google Photos at 5:55 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, in Sylva. 

Google offers free unlimited storage for photos. Learn how to upload and arrange your photos, create albums that you can share with others, edit, and label your pictures. 

You must already have a Gmail account to participate. Participants will need to have basic computer skills, such as typing and the ability to use the mouse, to be successful in this class.

Volunteer Roger Bacon will lead the free class with assistance from library staff member Laura Chapman. Class size is limited to the first 16 people who sign up. To register, call 828.586.2016. 


De-clutter your life

If your New Year's Resolution was to accomplish some cleaning in your home then Clutter Bugs is for you.  

Clutter Bugs, a program to eliminate clutter in your home and life, will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Jackson County Extension Center in Sylva. The program is free but registration is required.  

Call 828.586.4009 to register.

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