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April 2018

Citizens United Allows Foreigners to Buy U.S. Elected Officials
by Julian Sereno

Talk about the law of unintended consequences. The Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision allows corporations, labor unions and various other institutions to spend unlimited money on political campaigns. The winning argument, presented by the Conservative plaintiffs, was that limits on donations violated their First Amendment rights under the Free Speech clause of the U.S. Constitution. Of course, the Supremes had already ruled that corporations, labor unions and other institutions have the same Constitutional rights as human beings. However the Supremes forbade Political Action Committees funded from this raging revenue torrent from coordinating with candidate campaigns. Ha!

At the time I thought it was legalizing bribery, nothing less. But it turned out much worse. Donors can remain anonymous, so there is no telling whose paying the bribes. That means wealthy citizens of the world can buy influence in U.S. elections, everybody from Vlady Putin and his oligarchs to Crown Prince Salman of Saudi Arabia and everyone in between. Foreign money is forbidden in U.S. elections. Ha! Ha! Ha!


Losing the Capital Bank of Pittsboro
By Judy Hogan

I've always loved small banks, convenient to home, where you are known and welcomed. Sadly, most were then bought out by larger banks. My favorite small bank of all has been the Capital Bank on the circle in Pittsboro. I shop in Pittsboro Thursdays, and save my deposits for when I'm there. Bridget and Debbie always welcome me. I give them poems when I take them to the Pittsboro Farmers' Market in warm weather, and they love to get them. They always decorated imaginatively for Halloween and Christmas, and they offered monthly business displays. I had my books on display there last year. I could tell that other customers also loved that bank.

I was distressed to learn not long ago that Capital Bank has been bought by First Tennessee, and our branch in Pittsboro is being closed on May 25. Debbie and Bridget are hoping to be employed after the merger, and are already studying the new procedures. How I shall miss them.


Dear Pittsboro Commissioners and Planning Board:

Thank you for the opportunity to express concerns about the over development of the area around our town and the dire need to preserve woodlands, green ways, and river quality. I first came to the area as a college student in Chapel Hill in 1968. I paddled the Haw River before Jordan Lake existed. I have hiked trails and enjoyed the beautiful countryside of Chatham County for nearly 50 years and my roots, and many of my friends' roots, go deep here. In 2000, I began teaching at Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro. Because I am retired now, I have time to speak about the importance of keeping the water quality of the Haw River, the tree canopy, and other natural resources from the disturbance new developers are creating in the rural character of our county. I speak for many who live here who do not have time, energy, or hope enough to speak out about our concern for maintaining the quality of life we treasure here. We urge you to prevent misguided or insufficient planning that will result in traffic congestion, overbuilding, and too many hard surfaces that do not absorb rainwater or provide oxygen as trees and greenery do.

Many of us were dismayed by a recent request to rezone 91 acres at 64 and 15-501 for mixed use development right next to the high school and across the road from the new city Chatham Park is putting in the watershed of the Haw River. Residents have learned of plans for a 264 unit apartment complex right across 64 in Powell Place. They feel they have no say in stopping it. (Several years ago some home owners there were told the woods on the steep slope across the street from them would remain a natural view and instead a multistory building was built with its back to the neighborhood; the Powell Place residents learned they had no power, not enough money to fight "city hall" despite many meetings with the town board when it had another mayor.)


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Pickle Jar Cafe Ribbon Cutting / Grand Opening

The public is invited to join us on April 18, 2018 for a night of friends, family and farmers as we celebrate the relocation of the Pickle Jar Café to 480 Hillsboro Street, #500, Pittsboro. A Grand Opening Celebration will take place after a 6: p.m. Ribbon Cutting.

The following activities will be included in the Grand Opening Celebration from 6 to 9 p.m.

· Music by The Piedmont Four
· Bouncy house by Bounce To You
· Food samplings from Pickle Jar Cafe
· Wine'd Down Wednesday at Chatham Marketplace
· Kundalini Yoga & Nia Dance by The Joy of Movement
· Delicious meads by Starrlight Mead

"Sacred Geometry" Art Exhibition

Art exhibition and sale featuring the work of painter and mixed media artist Gray Griffin and sculptor and furniture maker Erik Wolken is happening Saturday, May 5 at the studio of Erik Wolken, 127 Lady Bug Lane Chapel Hill 27516 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wine and cheese and light refreshments served for more information visit or call 919.923.5772.

Fearrington Village Open Studio Tour

The charming setting of Fearrington Village will again be the site of an exciting self-guided tour of artists’ studios. On Saturday, April 14th (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday, April 15th (Noon -5 p.m.), 18 artists, members of Artist Studios at Fearrington Village, will open their studios. Painters, photographers, screen printer, jewelers, woodworkers and fiber artists welcome the public into their workspaces, to learn about their creative approach, view works in progress and available for purchase. Many of the artists have exhibited widely in juried shows and displayed at galleries locally and nationally.

Enjoy a full day at the Studio Tour. The tour is free and easy to follow with road signs pointing the way to each artist’s location and markers at each studio the perfect gift or treat yourself to a work of art. Explore Fearrington Village’s restaurants and walking trails, scenic park and pond, champion belted Galloway cows and fainting goats.

The following artists are opening their studios: Roy Lindholm, Ann Bromberg, Roni Liberman, Steve Shafer, Horty Jacobs, Jim Aiken, Pat Stewart, Ruta Schuller, Vidabeth Bensen, Carol Owen, Eric Saunders, Anne H. Angers, Karen West, Ginger Anderson, Matthew Leavitt, Enid Handler, Jan Harrison, and Beryl Sherman.

Visitors are welcome at many of the ASFV artists’ studios year-round simply by contacting the artist(s) for an appointment, their information is available online and on the Studio Tour Brochure/Map.

The Brochure/Maps of studio locations are available at more than 100 locations throughout Wake, Orange, and Chatham Counties; within Fearrington Village at McIntyre’s Books in the Village Center; as well as shops and restaurants in Pittsboro, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, Apex and Durham. For details or to download the brochure/map go to

Chatham County Earth Day Event offers free document shredding, more

The Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling Division is hosting an Earth Day event on Saturday, April 21. The annual event is open to all Chatham County residents (no decal needed) and will feature free document shredding, free "take back" of unwanted medications, compost bin sales, household hazardous waste collection, mulch sales, raffle prizes, and give-a-ways.

The Earth Day event will be at the Solid Waste & Recycling Main Facility, located at 28 County Services Road, about six miles west of Pittsboro, off Highway 64. The event schedule is below. Please note the times vary for different aspects of the event.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Document Shredding
Free paper document shredding is available. Chatham residents can bring up to three boxes or bags of paper from their household. The service provides a post-tax season opportunity for residents to safely destroy and recycle old tax records, credit card statements, and other personal documents. Compost Bins for Sale
Enviro World backyard compost bins will be sold for $45. Cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are accepted.

Give-a-ways and Raffle Prizes
County staff will have free give-a-ways and are available to answer any questions you may have about solid waste and recycling services. Residents can also enter to win one of several door prizes, including a yard cart, rain barrel, compost bin, tree, garden supplies, and more.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Household Hazardous Waste Collection
The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility will accept household hazardous waste items such as cleaners, solvents, gasoline, motor oil, stains, oil-based paint, and electronics of any size from Chatham residents. No trash and no businesses. A full list is available at

Medication Take-Back
The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a medication “take back” as a safe way for residents to dispose of unwanted medications. No needles, sharps, or liquids will be accepted.

7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Mulch Sales
The Earth Day event coincides with the county’s usual Saturday mulch sales. Mulch is $5 per scoop, which is approximately one cubic yard. County staff loads the mulch. Bring a tarp to secure the load. Cash or checks are accepted.

For additional event information, visit or contact the Solid Waste & Recycling Division at 919.542.5516.

VFW sponsors scholarship essay competition

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is now accepting entries for its 2018-19 Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen youth scholarship competitions. The announcement comes just a week after the VFW's 2018 Legislative Conference concluded in Washington, D.C., where the top students from across the globe were recognized.

Dedicated to encouraging a better understanding and appreciation of America, the VFW's Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen essay competitions help foster patriotism among today's youth. The programs also foster friendly competition as well as rewards success in the form of some $3 million in scholarship monies being distributed.

The Voice of Democracy theme for 2018-19 asks high school students to reflect on "Why My Vote Matters." The audio-essay competition is open to all students in grades 9-12, with the top prize being a $30,000 scholarship award. Nearly 40,000 high school students complete in the annual competition. This year's winner was Robyn Anzulis, sponsored by VFW Post 10076 and its Auxiliary in Mt. Airy, Md. Listen to her award-winning audio-essay here.

The Patriot's Pen essay competition is open to all students in grades 6-8, and the 2018-19 competition asks students to examine the statement, "Why I Honor the American Flag." The first-place winner will receive a $5,000 award. More than 132,000 students competed in this year’s Patriot's Pen competition, with the first-place winner being Karolina Mazur, sponsored by VFW Post 521 and its Auxiliary in Owings Mills, Md. Listen to her award-winning entry here.

Student entries may be submitted (along with a completed entry form) to their local participating VFW Post:
Joe Wagner VFW Post 7313, P.O. Box 1775, Pittsboro, North Carolina 27312. Submissions are evaluated and winners move up through the organization from Post to District, State and National with financial awards at each level. The deadline for both contests is October 31, 2018.

Northwood High School Reunion

The Northwood High School 1971-1999 Reunion Committee invites all NHS faculty and alumni to the second reunion of classes. This event is held periodically to bring old friends together to become reacquainted and reminisce on the fun care free days of high school.

"The Second Time Around" is the theme of this year's consolidated reunion, which will be held Saturday, July 28, 2018, 6 p.m. -1a.m. at the Durham Convention Center, 301 West Morgan St., Durham, NC 27701. Featuring Food * 2 Cash Bar areas * On-Site Hotel * DJ * Class Photos * Individual Photos.

Special Recognition of Graduation Milestone Classes:

Class of 1993 (25 years), Class of 1988 (30 years), Class of 1983 (35 years), Class of 1978 (40 years and Class of 1973 (45 years)

Registration Fees:

$65 after receipt of the first 120 attendees register through May 28, 2018. Registration can be paid via Pay Pal or by Check or Money Order (made payable to NHS Reunion). Mail checks to: NHS Reunion Committee c/o Wanda Rone, PO Box 118, Pittsboro, NC 27312. *ALL MONEY IS NON-REFUNDABLE

**Please include the year of graduation and your email address on the Memo line of your check/money order or in Pay Pal Comments and include the names of ALL people (self-included) for whom you are registering**

Hotel Accommodations

Marriott City Center attached to The Convention Center
201 Foster Street| Durham| North Carolina | 27701 | 919.768.6025

NHS courtesy group rate of $139 Book your group rate for Northwood High Class Reunion One or two night stay options available. First Come/First Served—RESERVE EARLY!

21c Museum Hotel Durham 1 block away from The Convention Center
111 North Corcoran Street |Durham| North Carolina| 27701 |919.956.6700

The Durham Hotel | Restaurant + Roof 1 block away from The Convention Center
315 East Chapel Hill Street |Durham |North Carolina| 27701| 919.768.8830
Email Questions to: or your Class Representative.


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