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Fifth Annual Tellabration!TM this weekend

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. Madison County Florida Storytelling group and producer Wanda Violet, of Madison, are excited to announce that the Fifth Annual Madison County Florida Storytelling Tellabration!™ will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wally Davis Farm. Returning as featured tellers at the Tellabration!™ include Robyn A. Rennick, of Port St. Joe, Fla.; and Linda Schuyler Ford, of Tallahassee. Rennick is part of the alumnus from the very first Madison County Storytelling Tellabration!™ event. According to, Rennick has been “telling…

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Great American Smokeout: The benefits of quitting

In observance of the Great American Smokeout (GASO), Tobacco Free Florida is encouraging employers across the state to support their employees to quit smoking on Thursday, Nov. 15. The Great American Smokeout raises awareness about the dangers of smoking and the many effective resources available to help smokers successfully quit. While it is common knowledge that smoking is bad for the smoker, not many consider the effect this addiction has on local businesses. In Florida alone, the annual direct costs to the economy attributable to smoking exceed of $19.6 billion,…

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What is the Great American Smokeout?

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. Nearly 38 million Americans still smoke cigarettes and smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and illnesses worldwide, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). More than 480,000 deaths every year are caused by smoking and more than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease. Hosted by the ACS, the Great American Smokeout is an annual event, observed on the third Thursday of November, for smokers to take the opportunity to commit to healthy, smoke-free lives. The Great American Smokeout began in…

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America Recycles Day: helpful tips to protect the planet

Mickey Starling: Greene Publishing, Inc. Each year on Nov. 15, millions of people across the United States take part in America Recycles Day, a day which was created to raise awareness about recycling and the purchasing of recycled products. America Recycles Day was started in 1997 by the National Recycling Coalition and is declared each year by Presidential Proclamation, encouraging Americans to commit to recycling. Since 2009, this day has been a program of Keep America Beautiful. There are thousands of events that are held across the United States to…

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