Seven Haywood County Master Gardener gardens have recently been certified Monarch Waystations by Monarch Watch, through the University of Kansas. Pictured above with their certification signs, from left to right are:  Marcia Tate, individual garden; Mike Robertson, Hazelwood Elementary School Garden; Mannie Crone, Canton Public Library Giving Garden; Mary Sue Kindred, Junaluska Elementary School Garden; Anne Budde, Individual Garden.  Not pictured, but both with newly certified Waystations in their individual gardens, are Kim Powers and Jean White.

Haywood County Master Gardeners establish Monarch Waystation­s for embattled butterfly

by Marcia Tate Master Gardeners in Haywood County are leading efforts to educate the public that monarchs butterflies are at high risk of being placed on the endangered species list. They are encouraging the public to plant milkweed in their gardens, as monarch caterpillars will only eat milkweed. Four of the Haywood gardeners created a […]

BREAKING BARRIERS: Managed care organization Smoky Mountain LME/MCO and several regional health care providers are working to bring an integrated care model to WNC, beginning with a comprehensive care center at 356 Biltmore Avenue. Photo courtesy of Smoky Mountain LME/CMO.

No wrong doors: Integrated health care program offers one-stop solutions

Unless you’ve just emerged from the wilderness after several decades, chances are you’ve heard some of the roiling discussions going on across the country concerning the current state of the health care system. Whether it’s presidential candidates working on a policy speech or an individual making home budgeting decisions, implementing a comprehensive health care reform […]

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BridgeCat Alleycat offers different flavor of bicycle racing

  Alleycat racing is a genre of bicycle racing that originated among urban bike messengers in the late 1980s in Toronto, Canada. Alleycat races are in many ways the antithesis of the highly organized gran fondo’s and tours which often dominate the cycling scene in Western North Carolina. Alleycats are at best informal, non-sanctioned events […]

FINGER ON THE PULSE: Alesia Carpenter, manager of Mission Hospital's simulation lab, shows students how to check the pulse of a mannequin designed to demonstrate the process of giving birth. The students are, from left, Kaylee Lorenzen, Peyton Johnson and Tabis Gore. Photo by Clarke Morrison

Program gives students chance to learn about health care careers

The high school students craned their necks to get a good look at the mechanical mannequin that was about to give birth. “She’s contracting every three minutes now,” said Alesia Carpenter, a registered nurse. As manager of the simulation lab, she led the simulated birth in a Mission Hospital suite. A monitor displayed the makeshift mom’s […]