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July 2016

In Full Disclosure
by Gaines Steer

When Julian Sereno, Editor and Publisher of The Chatham County Line offered me a position as Chatham County Outreach Coordinator, I couldn’t help but wonder if he had done a background check. Not the police record kind but the kind where one scrutinizes a candidates actual body-of-work. Probably not.

I love to write stuff for this newspaper. Obviously, the paper's motto: "where all voices are heard" is a promise: kept.

I'm always a bit suspicious of the news media's endemic phrase (in full disclosure). Always, you may note, in parenthesis. As a consumer/reader I am now alert and wonder just why the writer feels a need to admit to some scandalous tidbit of background information. Some revelation of potential bias (e.g., the person I am writing about so objectively herein is, in full disclosure, my former spouse.) That said, I wish to rather fully disclose the exact nature of my "body-of-work" in the newspaper arena. Why not?

This salient saga, begins in LaPlata, Maryland a yet quiet town far too close to Washington, D.C., home of The Maryland Independent newspaper. A longhaired, bearded guy named Gaines audaciously walked into the Community Editor's office and asked for a job as reporter. Editor Beth, looked up and squinted. "Can you write?" she inquired. In full disclosure, I became a newspaper reporter before the sun went down. "Write something about Halloween…" Beth intoned as I slid out of the door armed with a bulk-roll of film (for my own camera, of course).


Planting Corn
by Cynthia Raxter

My dad grew up along the French Broad River in Brevard NC, on a dairy farm. He was the oldest son of 14 children - born 1921. They farmed in the spring and summer and logged in the winter.

He said down by the river the corn field was so long, he'd plow down and back, and he'd have to have a biscuit. Twice again and it'd be time for lunch. After lunch six more rows, and it was time to do the milking and get the chickens in.

When the days were long in the summer - like now - he'd get another row or two in before dark.

He wasn't plowing with a tractor - they worked mules. There was one Ford pickup on the farm to haul milk to town. (Daddy said he never had to mow ditch banks - his sisters - my aunts kept them cleaned out learning to drive.) All work was done by hand and with draft animals.

With mules you don't say, "Stop!" "Go!" "Turn right!" or "Turn left" - you say "whoa and giddyup" (which we all hopefully know from watching Bonanza!). To turn right you say "gee." To turn left, "haw."

"Gee and haw" was significant again just a few years ago:

I was home in the mountains, washing dishes with my mom. My dad was in the den. And my Jack Russel, Rascal, sneaked in despite the "no dogs in the house" rule.


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Harvest Abundance at CM Farmers' Market

On Sunday, July 24, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Chatham Mills Farmers' Market is celebrating the bountiful season and vibrant local food community with is 5th Annual Harvest Abundance Dinner and Fundraiser! Please come join us for this event and enjoy delicious farm-fresh food while helping to support small farmers and sustainable food systems in our community.

Harvest Abundance will be hosted by Oakleaf, a graceful, unique, and top rated in the Triangle farm-to-table restaurant, located at the Chatham Mills building in Pittsboro. All of the farmers from the Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market will be donating produce to the event, so it will be an excellent opportunity for fans of local food and supporters of local agriculture to gather together and enjoy the bounty of summer, fresh from the farm and prepared by the talented and adventurous Chef Brendan Cox.

In addition to heavy hors d’oeuvres and dessert made with choice ingredients provided by our farmers, dinner will also include select wines and local beer. The event will also include live music, a raffle and silent auction of items and services by local artists, farmers, and businesses. This year the grand prize of the raffle is a Chef’s tasting dinner for 8 at Oakleaf, a $900 value!

Tickets to the event will be available at the door for $60 or can be purchased ahead of time for $55 at the Saturday Farmers Market, Oakleaf, the Chatham Marketplace at Chatham Mills, Country Farm & Home in Pittsboro, or from our website, using Paypal. Each ticket to the event comes with a raffle ticket to win the grand prize tasting dinner. If you can’t make it to the event, you can still enter to win the raffle.

Orange County Family Carnival

The Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer Carnival is coming to the Jerry M. Passmore Center on Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 1 – 5 p.m., at 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough, adjoining the Triangle Sports Plex. This joint fundraiser will benefit Friends of the Seymour Center (Senior Center) in Chapel Hill and Friends of the Passmore Center (Senior Center) in Hillsborough.

The Carnival will feature a "Celebrity" Dunking Booth, Side Shows, Games and Activities for ALL ages, Carnival Curiosities, Performance Acts, Mini Educational Classes, Food Trucks and a visit from Paper Hand Puppet Intervention (a producer of giant puppets). Our Emcee will be Shannon Vickery, UNC TV and one of our Carnival Barkers will be Mayor Tom Stevens of Hillsborough.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. They may be purchased in advance by visiting For more information, please contact Kathie Reeves at or call 919.619.7260.


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