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July-August, 2015

Bringing Sustainable Prosperity to Pittsboro
by Randy Voller

Housing costs for a family of three in Chatham County is 14.3 percent more expensive than the state average.

More than half of all renters in Chatham County cannot afford the fair market rent for a 2-bedroom property.

More than 1 in 5 children in Chatham County live in poverty.

More than 10,000 people in Chatham County live in poverty.

To afford basic expenses in Chatham County, a family of four must earn $27.62/hour or $57,453 per year.
The median household income for Chatham County is $56,981.

Creating positive change with regard to these sobering statistics is part of the mission Sustainable Prosperity, Inc.


A Medium’s Visions
Tania Thomas – Author, Spiritual Medium,
Motivational Speaker, and Sometimes Comedian

TaniaThomas Question: I am often asked about Alzheimer’s and would like to touch briefly on this subject that is very difficult for some family members of those who have Alzheimer’s.

Answer: Please take the opportunity to watch "I'll Be Me" - Glen Campbell’s documentary of his journey into Alzheimer’s.

As I, you will be blown away. He hasn't the first clue on how to tie a shoelace, he is forgetting conversations from seconds before, and cannot find the words to create cohesive sentences. However, he can get on a stage, grab a guitar, play it perfectly, and sing the vocals fluently. His disconnect is not evident at all. It is astounding.

It previously fascinated me when I worked in an Alzheimer unit, how someone could forget their own face, yet you'd see them singing along to familiar songs, or find them seated at the piano playing pieces they learned 50 years before. We naturally feel better when we hear music. A concert is one of the rare times where you will see unity. Everyone singing along, clapping and connected.

Consider this: Normal everyday "vocalizing" is slow, stalled by thoughts and ego. Songs do not share that stumbling because the ego is out of the picture. Music is the vocabulary of the heart, the soul and the breath. Talking is the vocabulary of the brain and is the ego. I choose music. What about you? Sing!!!

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CPSS Open House Ribbon Cutting

Chatham Pet Styling Salon, located at 984 Thompson St. in Pittsboro, hosted an open house on Saturday June 6, 2015 with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

“Pittsboro is such a great community with a lot of pet lovers, and we are happy to serve the town and surrounding communities”, said Babs Eesley, owner and groomer. “We know that pets are like family members and at Chatham Pet Styling Salon, family pets are our career, our passion, our purpose.”

Babs Eesley bought the salon in January 2015. She has been grooming since 2008 and has previous salon management experience. Groomer Sabrina Whitley has been grooming since 2009.

Chatham Pet Styling Salon is open Monday - Saturday from 9 a.m. -- 3 p.m. To schedule an appointment call 919.542.6062. Visit their website at

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Siler City Farmer’s Market

Y'all are beginning to get the idea! We welcome you all to our twice weekly market: Wednesday from 1:30 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We're at 118 W. Second Street in Siler City, just behind the Courtyard Cafe.

It's hot, and the summer crops have begun to come in. We have free water at the market for thirsty customers, so don’t let the heat hold you back. Come on out! We'll be there with a fine variety of quality home-grown and home-baked food for locally sourced meals.


Healing Trauma Through Physical Therapy

Wellness of Chatham host its next meeting on Monday, July 13, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Joyful Jewel, 44-A Hillsboro Street in downtown Pittsboro.

David Hamilton, LMBT will be presenting the talk “Coming Home to the Body.”

Through his own experience of healing from chronic pain, David has learned how the body stores traumatic events and how it can heal. In his discussion, David will share what he has come to know about the art and science of healing trauma. He will talk about some simple practices to apply to physical pain in order to become more at home in the body.

David is a Licensed Massage Bodywork Therapist and a 2nd year student of Somatic Experiencing. He works in private practice in Pittsboro and serves as a teaching assistant at The Body Therapy Institute in Siler City.

As always, WOC meetings are free and open to the public, so please feel free to pass this opportunity along to others whom you feel might be interested. For more information about this and future WOC events, please email

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.

Chatham Conservation Partnership focusing on pollinators

Please join us for the next Chatham Conservation Partnership (CCP) quarterly meeting focused on Pollinators!

The meeting will take place on Thursday, July 16, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Holmes Meeting Room at the Chatham Community Library located at the Central Carolina Community College campus in Pittsboro, NC. The address is 197 NC Hwy 87 N, Pittsboro, NC 27312. An agenda can be accessed online at

Homicide/Suicide Support Group

This support group are for those of you who have lost a loved one to homicide or suicide. We meet on the 1st Monday of each month at the Senior Center in Pittsboro. It is free of charge and confidential. If you would like more info, or need directions please give me a call or send me an email. I facilitate the group, but also understand the pain and the trauma because my own daughter Keara was murdered.

-- Darien Russell
(H) 919.837.2205
(C) 919.799.9321

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!

Yoga for You

Join us for a community yoga class on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 7:30 - 8:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall of Pittsboro United Methodist Church. This is an all-levels hatha yoga mat class and does not require yoga experience. The class starts with a brief reading and meditation and includes a mix of seated, standing, kneeling, prone and supine poses. All are welcome! Bring a yoga mat and a beach towel or blanket. The suggested donation is $5.

The teacher, Emily Silverman, has been teaching yoga since 2007, and also teaches at the Joy of Movement in Chatham Mills and the Duke Center for Living in Fearrington. Email Emily at or Kristyl Kepley at for more information.

Muscular Anatomy for the Beginner

Has a trainer or instructor ever said to you, “this exercise is for your triceps” or “let’s stretch the hamstrings” and it was as though they were speaking a foreign language? Learn the names and locations of, as well as exercises and stretches for, the major muscle groups in the human body. Sign up for the Duke Center For Living’s Muscular Anatomy 101 class on Wednesday, July 8, at 12 noon.

DCFL Fitness Clinics are informative, free 30-minute sessions on a wide range of health and fitness-related topics. Space is limited – registration is required. Call DCFL at 919.545.2133 or stop by our Member Services Desk to register. The Duke Center for Living at the Fearrington Health and Fitness Center is conveniently located on the Galloway Ridge campus at 100 Clynelish Close, just south of Fearrington Village on 15/501 in Pittsboro.


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