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September, 2015

Publishing my father’s manuscript 50 years after he died
by Julian Sereno

Take Care of the Night: A Study of Religion, Dream, and Magic Father’s Day was special this year. While I’ve enjoyed it ever since I first became a father, this year I got to honor my own father who died 50 years ago. I did it by publishing his last book, Take Care of the Night: A Study of Religion, Dream, and Magic from the manuscript he was finishing when died.

The title is his. The remainder of the title, Anxiety -- An Examination by a Classically-Trained Scholar of the Mid-Twentieth Century, is mine. The topic of the book is anxiety and the ways that humanity copes.

His name was Renzo Sereno and he was a gifted scholar, Professor of Political Theory and Cultural Relations at the School for Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. He read in Greek, Latin, English, Italian, French and Spanish and remembered it all. He published one other book, The Rulers, in 1962 and authored and co-authored numerous scholarly articles.

He typed Take Care of the Night on his old portable Olivetti and then wrote extensive edits and revisions by hand that, unfortunately, were largely illegible. After he died, my mother gave the manuscript to his dear friend, Sebastian de Grazia, who was Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University (and went on win the Pulitzer Prize for biography). Sebastian, I surmise, hired a typist after he looked at the unintelligible two-hundred-plus pages. The result was a second manuscript, clearly typed, but with frequent gaps where the typist was unable to decipher my father’s handwriting.


No safe time and no safe amount of wine, beer, or hard liquor during pregnancy
by Kathy Hotelling

Twenty years ago I adopted a beautiful, blonde haired, blue eyed four month old infant from Russia; she had intense eye contact, so much so that upon a layover at JFK on our way back to the US, several people stopped us and said “what an adorable child.” Her developmental milestones were delayed, but this was to be expected since she had been premature. Nonetheless, I asked each physician she saw in a wide range of specialties (including a geneticist, four psychiatrists, two gastroenterologists, an endocrinologist, a neuropsychologist, and four neurologists), do you think she has Fetal Alcohol? She was after all, from Russia, a country known to over utilize alcohol. To which I received a shrug of the shoulders or “no.”


Bridges, and Government Agencies -- Structurally Unsound
by Jeff Davidson

Among more than 600,000 bridges in the United States, at least one in ten is structurally deficient and in urgent need of vital repairs. The cost of fixing them is estimated to be $115 billion, or two times the annual sales of the entire U.S. auto market.


Global Warming Is Real and Must Be Stopped
by John Graybill

A recent paper issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows that the earth’s land/ocean temperature has increased since 1880 by 1.65 degrees Fahrenheit. 13 of the hottest years have occurred over the past 14 years. Both NOAA and NASA report that 2014 was the hottest year on record. That record will likely be broken this year. The evidence of actual global warming is now indisputable.


Chatham County Becomes "Twin" of Zimbabwe Rural Government

At its meeting on August 17, 2015, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners accepted a request from the Murewa Rural District Council of Zimbabwe to serve as their "twin" or partner. This is a way for both local governments to share ideas for best practices on a continuing basis.

Officials from the Murewa Rural District Council visited with Chatham County officials in June of 2013 through arrangements made by the International Visitor Leadership Program in the US Department of State and the International Affairs Council in Research Triangle Park, NC. The visit included an overview of county government and tours of several local farms and agri-businesses.

Murewa is in the process of trying to form a small town government by 2018 in the Mashonaland East Province, according to a letter from Dr. A.M. Gurajena, chief executive officer of the Murewa District Council. They are a very agricultural-based region, with a growing agricultural economy.

Gurajena said, "We cherish Chatham County's acceptance of our twinning proposal. We hope this is a turning point in developing our district at large and our town in particular as we look forward to exchanging notes on best practices in local governance." He added, "Our Chatham County visit was an eye-opener. We hope to have a fruitful future together with Chatham County."

Chatham County Manager Charlie Horne said, "We greatly enjoyed their visit with us. We learned a great deal about the many challenges and opportunities of local governance in a rural part of Zimbabwe. I know that we can continue to learn from each other."

Chatham Commissioners Adopt Two-Year Moratorium on Oil and Gas Development

PITTSBORO, NC- On August 17, 2015, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners adopted an ordinance imposing a two-year moratorium on county approvals for oil and gas development, including hydraulic fracking. The moratorium period will give the county time to update relevant land use regulations and ordinances and develop a permitting process for such operations.

The adoption of the moratorium follows several months of review of available options and a public hearing on the topic held on July 20, 2015. A law passed by the General Assembly in 2012 limits local government regulation of fracking operations, but it did not prevent temporary moratoriums, said Commissioner Chairman James Crawford.

The Chatham ordinance notes that the extraction of oil or gas in Chatham County would be a significant threat to the "health safety and welfare of residents, neighborhoods, environment and natural features" based on the record of such operations in other states.

"We identified several specific features of Chatham County that are cause for serious concern when it comes to fracking and related operations," Crawford said. "It's all about the water."

The industry consumes vast amounts of water. Oil and gas operators will use millions of gallons of water from local sources in the fracking process, at a time that the county is seeing major growth in population. Crawford said, "We have to be sure that we will have enough water as well as safe, clean drinking water."


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The 2015 Chatham County Alzheimer's Walk and 5K Run

Register now for the 5th Annual Chatham County Alzheimer's Walk and 5K Run on Saturday, September 12, at Galloway Ridge at Fearrington in Pittsboro. This year's event has something for the whole family, including a new Fun Run for children ages 4-11. Among other activities are a resource fair, music, and food vendors.

To register for the run or walk, please visit Pre Registration is open until August 15th for $25. All participants registered by this date will be guaranteed a t-shirt. Registration after August 15th is $30. On-site registration begins at 7:00 a.m. on event day, with the Fun Run starting at 8:00 a.m. and the 5K Run and Walk at 8:30 a.m. For more information on how you can get involved, contact Pat Richardson at (919) 642-6893. Sponsorship opportunities are also available, including on-site booths during the event.

Alzheimer's North Carolina provides education, programs and services, advocacy, emergency respite, and research funding for cause, prevention, treatment, and cure. For information and assistance if you are dealing with Alzheimer's or a related dementia, call Alzheimers North Carolina at (919) 832-3732 or visit the website at


Fall classes for senior citizens

This fall, Shared Learning of Chapel Hill welcomes the public to enroll into any of its 23, 14-week, morning courses, as cited on its website: Meetings take place in comfortable classroom environments in the Celebration Assembly of God Church, 114 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill. Those interested may also request a paper copy of the catalog and registration form by calling Hank at 919.932.7356 or Nancy at 703.329.2933.

The Shared Learning registration period ends on September 7, and classes begin on Monday, September 14. For this fall, some sample course titles include: “Controversies in the World”; “Higgs Boson”; “Shakespeare's Tragedies”; “Wisdom of History, Part I”; “James Joyce's Ulysses, Part I”; “Technological Developments That Will Dramatically Alter our Grand-children's Lives'; “Views on the News”; and “Woody Allen.”

Founded in 1981, Shared Learning is a voluntary association for persons living in or near Chapel Hill, who wish to continue to learn in groups and classroom settings. Paying the annual membership fee of $50 entitles a member to take as many non-credit courses per year as he/she wants. Members determine the study topics to be pursued per term, based on their diverse interests, experiences, travels and expertise. They serve as moderators in courses and programs, using a variety of presentation formats that are learner-centered and provocative to enrollees.

Candidate Forums

Siler City

The Chatham Unit of the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties is holding a forum for the public to hear from the candidates for Siler City Mayor and Town Commissioners.

The forum will be held on Thursday September 17, in Room 230 at the Siler City Campus of Central Carolina Community College, located at 400 Progress Boulevard, Siler City, from 6-8 p.m.

Both candidates for Mayor have been invited to present opening remarks, followed by a question and answer period, and then closing remarks. Since the Town Commissioner seats are unopposed, Commissioner candidates will not participate in the question and answer period, but have been offered the ability to make a statement at the end of the mayoral question and answer time. Members of the League of Women Voters will be available to register voters and provide information about voting rights. The forum is free and open to the public.


The Chatham Unit of the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties and the Pittsboro Business Association are co-sponsoring a forum for the public to hear from the candidates for Pittsboro Mayor and Town Council.

The forum will be held on Thursday September 24, in the Agriculture Building Auditorium, located at 65 East Chatham Street, Pittsboro, from 6-8 p.m.

Each candidate has been invited to present opening remarks, followed by a question and answer period, and then closing remarks. Members of the League of Women Voters will be available to register voters and provide information about voting rights. The forum is free and open to the public.

“Come Out and Play” Sculpture Show

For the 14th year in a row, sculptors will display their creations at the Come Out and Play sculpture show at JimGin farm. Many of the works will be for sale. Artists keep 100% of the proceeds.

The opening party will be held on Saturday, August 29, noon until dark. There are also picnic receptions on Saturday, September 5, 12, and 19 beginning at 3 p.m. and going until dark. There is no admission, and all are welcome, including dogs if they are on leashes. On opening day, there is a free shuttle running from Storybook Farm, 231 Storybook Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27516.

Sculptures of many media and forms, created by more than 80 artists, will dot the landscape of this 17-acre horse farm at 150 Wild Horse Run, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

This show began in 2002 as part of a group of shows put on by Hunter Levinsohn, Jackie Helvey, Anke Gassen, Hollie Taylor, and Debbie Meyer to honor those directly affected by the events of 9/11. Attendees, who loved seeing sculpture in an outdoor setting, and artists, who often don’t have a place to display larger sculptures, asked for it to continue. Over 1700 people attended last year's show during its five-week run.

Questions? Contact Debbie Meyer at or at 919.942.3252. She and her husband, Eric Brantley, put on the show each year as a gift to the community.

Check out their website at

September is National Literacy Month

…and there are many ways for you to get involved. To get ready:

1 - Chatham Literacy is selling literacy matters t-shirts for $20 each. These t-shirts will be linked to many discounted opportunities throughout September and every month through June 2016. Each t-shirt will have a unique number and every month on the first Tuesday of the month, 5 numbers will be will be provided with a give-away from a local partnering business. All others will be offered a discount on that day....t-shirts will need to be worn to redeem give-aways and discounts.

2 - Get into the mood with Bollywood Bingo in Bynum on Saturday, August 29th, at the Bynum General Store from 7 - 9 pm. $10.00 to play 10 games of bingo and all the money will be split between the Bynum Front Porch and Chatham Literacy. AND to make bingo even more that is necessary....dress the Bollywood part and come ready to bust some moves.

There will be many ways to participate in September:
1 - Kick start the month, by participating on September 8th, which is International Literacy day. Wear your literacy matters t-shirt on this day between noon - 1 pm, or all day if you can. Meet with us at the court house in Pittsboro at 6:30 pm for a group photo, and then dine out at one of the many partnering businesses that promote literacy matters....providing discounts to those wearing literacy matters t-shirts.
2 - Take a selfie or a group photo in your literacy matters t-shirt, and post it on Chatham Literacy's face book.
3 - Get a library card, because it is also national get a library card month.
4 - Visit Chatham Literacy at our booth space at the Chatham County Fair September 17 - September 20.
5 - Get ready to boogie on Saturday, September 26th, for the Literacy Matters Music Gala and Food Truck Rodeo at the Alpha Install lot. From 6 - 10 pm, enjoy live music, games for kids, and eating at one of the many food trucks. Get in free if you have a literacy matters t-shirt; otherwise entry is $5.00 and children (high school age or younger) are free.

Businesses can get involved by becoming a literacy matters partner -- dressing their staff in literacy matters t-shirts for $10 each and offering discounts on September 8th and one other time during the year. Please call Vicki Newell, Executive Director of the Chatham County Literacy Council, to discuss these and other options. Her phone is 919.542.6424.

Habitat for Humanity

While this doesn't look like much, it's a big deal! This is the first foundation under construction being built at Robert's Run — the 28 acre neighborhood Habitat for Humanity will begin building this Fall. This house will be one of three that will be built this year at Robert's Run. The first is the Small House, the second is a three bedroom home for a family of four, and the third will be Habitat’s largest home ever — five bedrooms for a family of nine! Each of these three houses have families that have been selected and are already doing their sweat equity hours. Stay tuned at for more pictures as these houses are constructed.

Hoppin' John Cook-Off – An Opportunity for Businesses

Everyone is invited to participate in this year's 9th Annual Hoppin' John Cook-Off, as part of Shakori Hills' Hoppin' John Fiddlers' Convention on Saturday, September 19th!

The cook-off is for individuals and businesses alike, and is a great way to promote your establishment. Hoppin' John typically receives 1000+ attendees on Saturday, with at least a few hundred participating as “tasters” in the cook-off. Cook-off chefs receive free admission to the event on Saturday to off-set the cost of food. You are welcome to display a small banner/sign at your cooking table during the event, and along with small cash prizes for the first three places, the first place winner will also receive a quarter page color ad in the Spring 2016 Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival program. We print 15,000 of these programs and distribute them prior-to and during the spring event. More information including times, rules and prize money can be found here:

The Hoppin' John Cook-Off is part of the Old-Time & Bluegrass Fiddlers' Convention being held September 17-19. Contact or 919.542.1746 for more info.

1st Top Shelf Fishin’ Festival on Jordan Lake Coming in October

Operation North State, one of North Carolina's most successful and fastest growing military support services organizations will be hosting the 1st Annual Top Shelf Fishin' Festival on Jordan Lake, Saturday -- October 3. Operation North State, an all-volunteer organization based in Winston-Salem with volunteers located throughout the state, is in its third season of hosting wounded warriors and disabled veterans to a great day of fishing and fellowship utilizing its Top Shelf Fishin' Festivals. FYI: Fishin' Festivals venues for 2016 are Lake Norman, Badin Lake, Randleman Lake (Richard Petty), New Bern, Jordan Lake and Ocean Crest Pier at Oak Island.

In 2013, ONS hosted one Fishin' Festival; it has since expanded to six Festivals spread among six different venues. Fifty wounded warriors and disabled veterans will be attending and working with fifty of the area's best bass and crappie fishermen, who will provide their boats, equipment, tackle and expertise.

Help show these wounded warriors and veterans a great time and heartfelt appreciation of the Chatham County / Jordan Lake Community. Here’s how:
• "Grassroots" support; no donation is too small -- it all adds up.
• Volunteers are needed.
• Assistance is needed in helping spread the word.
• Donations (products, services and cash) are needed for door prizes, to fund the Festival's t-shirt and purchase items for the dinner.
• Covered dishes are always a huge hit.
• Involve your family, friends, co-workers, clubs, service orgs, our youth, seniors -- EVERYONE.

Operation North State is all about showing support for North Carolina's deployed troops and veterans-in-needs. Lend a hand if you can; you will be in great company. This Facebook link provides details and an overview of the 1st Annual Jordan Lake Top Shelf Fishin' Festival: Bells Baptist Church is the gathering location for this event and the dinner and awards event following the day of fishing.

Active Chatham Grant Available

Active Chatham, a community coalition that advocates for physical activity in Chatham County, is currently accepting grant applications for projects that increase access to physical activity opportunities in the county. These funds were raised from the annual 5K Reindeer Run last December. The total funding amount is $5,400, and one to three projects will receive funding. Organizations and agencies may apply for amounts between $500 to $5,400. The purpose of this grant is to provide physical activity opportunities for public use located entirely within Chatham County. Funds should be used to enhance or increase access to parks, trails, playgrounds and programs that promote physically active lifestyles.

Proposals will be accepted from non-profit organizations, Chatham County Public Schools, individuals, associations, and local businesses. Child Care Centers may apply for funds to promote programs that increase wellness activities that promote physical activity. Proposed projects must be located entirely within Chatham County. Funds must go toward a project that creates or enhances opportunities for physical activity for members of the public.

Applications are due by Monday, September 14, 2015. To find out more information and to download the grant application, visit Paper grant applications may be found at the Chatham County Public Health Department Administrative Building, located at 80 East Street, Pittsboro, NC. You may also contact Jennifer Park at 919.545.8444 or if you have any questions.

Bollywood BINGO at the Bynum General Store

Join Bynum Front Porch and the Chatham County Literacy Council for BYNUM BOLLYWOOD BINGO on Saturday, August 29th, at the Bynum General Store (950 Bynum Rd., Bynum, NC 27228). Doors open at 6:30 pm and the games begin at 7:00 pm. Dress to impress in your finest Bollywood attire -- guests are promised that they will not be “Saree”!

The cost is $10 for 10 games (cash, please!) with proceeds supporting the Bynum Front Porch educational grants for graduating Chatham County high school seniors and the Chatham County Literacy Council, a non-profit whose mission is to help adults living or working in Chatham County to acquire the literacy and educational skills they need to function successfully in society.

Each quarter, Bynum Front Porch hosts a themed bingo night in partnership with a local non-profit. After Bollywood, next up is Halloween BINGO with FACES of Chatham County on October 24! For more information, visit Or, check them out on Facebook:

Assistive Equipment Loan Program

Did you know the Chatham Council on Aging loans assistive devices, such as wheelchairs, to people 60 and older in Chatham County as well as younger adults with impairments (short- or long-term)? The Council stores these devices at its Eastern Chatham Senior Center in Pittsboro where it currently has hospital beds, walkers and bedside commodes available. The Council also currently has a few lift chairs and motorized scooters that can be loaned to individuals who present a doctor's referral.

If you know of someone in need of these items, please contact Susan Hardy at 919-542-4512 or

OM -- Opportunity for Meditation

Interested in meditation? Buddhism? The Downtown Dharmameditation group meets Thursdays 7:00 - 8:30pm and Saturdays 10:00 - 11:30am on the second floor of the Blair Hotel Building in downtown Pittsboro (above the Toy Store, use the outside stairs). Everyone welcome, any level of meditation experience (or none!). Free. Drop in anytime.

In addition there is an introductory meeting on the second Monday (7:00pm) of every month for basic meditation instruction (this month that will be Aug. 10). This is a good time to begin for newcomers to meditation. For more information, mail Joe ( or Marcia (

Silk Hope Ruritans host Benefit Bingo

The Silk Hope Ruritan Club has Benefit Bingo on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Thursday of each month-except on or close to holidays. We pay out $1100 plus door prizes. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. -- early games start at 6:30 p.m.and regular games start at 7:15 p.m. We accept cash only. Duplicate winners split prize money. Usually finished playing between 9:30 and 10 p.m.. Everyone welcome-children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Proceeds from Benefit Bingo: Local schools, scholarships, teacher supplies, as well as aiding and improving the community. Our mission is to build a better America through fellowship, goodwill and community service. We are located at 4221 Silk Hope Rd, Siler City, NC 27344. 919.663.0331.

Recycle for a Cause -- Chatham Council on Aging

Can you help us make some needed funds at the Chatham Council on Aging? We have the opportunity to receive money for your old, used, new and no-longer-needed electronics and printer cartridges. We can accept the following for recycling: - Empty inkjets and laser toner cartridges - Cell phones/iPads/tablets/Small Electronics - New unused OEM inkjet &/or laser toner cartridges Please bring your items to the Eastern Chatham Senior Center at 365 NC Hwy. 87N (919.542.4512) or the Western Chatham Senior Center at 112 Village Lake Road, Siler City, NC 27344 919.742.3975 anytime between 8a.m. and 5 p.m., M-F. Tell your friends, family, churches and anyone else you can think of!

What Really Happened in Benghazi

The Chatham County Republicans, in conjunction with the Fearrington Republican Club, are kicking off the fall season with an interesting program. The party will be hosting Kris Paronto, co-author of the best seller book, 13 HOURS: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi, on Tuesday, October 6th, from 7:30 until 9:00 PM at the Fearrington Barn in Fearrington Village Center (off 15/501) in Pittsboro. Doors will open at 7 PM. General admission is $30 per person and $25 for Veterans. To reserve seats, please go to or call Brian at 919-533-9807. Kris will also be available to sign copies of 13 Hours and these can be purchased that evening for $30. Sponsoring opportunities are also available.


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