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July/August 2018

Come Out and Play Sculpture Show is Calling to You
by Deborah R. Meyer

As the first anniversary of 9/11 approached, a group of women, including myself, organized art shows around the area to mark the occasion with art. The idea being to honor all those affected by the day with artwork and not visuals of the events of that day. My husband, Eric Brantley, and I hosted a sculpture show at our 17-acre farm as part of this vision. One of the artists, who lives in Chatham, created metal work in honor of his cousin, a firefighter who was killed on 9/11. Many people who saw the sculpture show said it helped them heal, and requested we continue the tradition. So the show has endured, now with the name of Come Out and Play, and takes place each fall (

This year's show, our 17th, will open on Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26, at noon and will close after dark. It continues the first four Saturdays in September, opening at 3 p.m. and closing at dark. The photos of the sculpture, "Free Rein," that accompanies this article is by TJ Christiansen, and it will be in the show this year. The artist was inspired by the wild horses on the North Carolina Outer banks. The event is free and includes fantastic art from over 80 artists, live music, and food. There is no entrance fee and food and drink is free. Artists must be invited to be a part of the show but they keep 100 percent of any proceeds from sales. Dogs on leashes are encouraged to attend since we know how much they love art. Children are also encouraged to attend. This wonderful collection of the serious and the whimsical, the large and the small, is a great way to show children that art can be an integral part of everyday life because being at the show is just downright fun.

If you have any questions, call or text me at 919.357.6142.

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Free Computer Classes at Chatham Community Library

Learn a new skill this summer! Chatham Community Library is offering a series of free computer classes in July and August. The names, dates and times of the classes are listed below. You can find a full description, including topics covered and prerequisites for attending, by visiting

Drop-in Computer Assistance: July 11, Wednesday, 4 – 5 p.m.
Microsoft Word Basics, Part 1: July 17, Tuesday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Microsoft Word Basics, Part 2: July 24, Tuesday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Online Resources for Readers: July 31, Tuesday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Drop-in Computer Assistance: August 8, Wednesday, 4 – 5 p.m.
Computer Basics, Part 1: August 14, Tuesday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Computer Basics, Part 2: August 21, Tuesday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

The Drop-In Computer Assistance sessions (July 11 and August 8) do not require registration. For all other classes, space is limited and you must register in advance if you wish to attend. Register online at the link above. For more information, call 919.545.8086 or email

All classes take place in the computer lab at Chatham Community Library, 197 NC Hwy 87 N in Pittsboro, on the campus of Central Carolina Community College.

CEF supports students in Chatham public schools

The Chatham Education Foundation (CEF) seeks community support for public education to provide supplemental resources to the Chatham County Schools. We do this through individual and business donations, as well as grants from organizations. Recently, three generous organizations granted funds to CEF and changed lives!

Duke Energy and the Dollar General Foundation brought smiles to children via their donations to CEF’s Books on Break program, which puts books into the hands of low-income students. Two-thirds of low-income families have few if any books in their homes, so having access to these books can help prevent the summer slide.

Duke Energy also granted funds to support the CEF SOAR program. SOAR provides specialized one-to-one tutoring to students not meeting literacy benchmarks. Students are growing and tutors are finding joy in their volunteer roles by building relationships along with student success.

More locally, the Women of Fearrington granted funds to support the Chatham County Schools' Bookmobile. During the summer months the Bookmobile, a library on wheels, visits communities in Siler City where children are unable to attend summer enrichment programs or able to get to the library. Many of these children, even if they had transportation, are unable to check out books from the library because their parents do not have the proper documentation to obtain a library card.

Women of Fearrington provided funds for popular children's books, bilingual books, and supplies for literacy enrichment activities. Each of these funders brought so many smiles to students across Chatham County, and the Chatham Education Foundation is forever grateful for their support.

More kudos for Chatham County’s Finance Office

Chatham County's Finance Office continues its long-running streak of earning the top award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), a nationwide financial reporting standards organization. The recent award recognizes the county's comprehensive 2016-17 audit report.

Vicki McConnell, Chatham County's finance officer and deputy county manager, will accept the award certificate at the July 16 Board of Commissioners meeting. The award from GFOA honors local governments that produce audit reports reflecting the "spirit of transparency and full disclosure." The guidelines also require the audit report to "clearly communicate the organization’s financial story and motivate potential users to read it."

"Chatham County has earned this award for 29 straight years, which is phenomenal," said County Manager Renee Paschal. “We have been so blessed to have Vicki's leadership in finance overall, including preparation for the annual audit."

Paschal added, "Careful management of county finances has been a key reason Chatham County is in such strong fiscal shape, even during tough economic periods."

CCEDC to host joint elected boards meeting

Chatham County Economic Development Corporation will host a joint elected boards meeting Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center.

Ryan Combs, Executive Director of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, will present an update on his team's efforts to promote the region and counties within the region for economic development purposes. Representatives from Chatham County, Siler City, Pittsboro, Goldston and the Chatham County Board of Education will have the opportunity provide an update on activities within their administrations.

The Chatham County Agriculture and Conference center is located at 1192 US 64 W Bus in Pittsboro. For any questions, contact Chatham County Economic Development Corporation at 919.542.8274.

Second Division Reunion

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army's 2nd Infantry Division at any time. For information about the association and our 97th annual reunion in Jacksonville, Florida from September 19 - 23, 2018, contact Mike Davino at, visit a href="" target="_blank"> or call 919.498.1910.

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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