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October, 2015

Spay/Neuter Services to Triangle Feral and Stray Cats

Cat overpopulation is a drain on the local economy, puts intense pressure on already over-crowded shelters, and feral colonies continue to grow at an alarming rate. Dedicated to the wellbeing of all cats, SAFE Haven for Cats serves as the community’s resource to manage feral populations with its Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program.

Today, an estimated 161,000 stray and community cats live in the Triangle, and when left unsterilized, one female and her offspring can produce up to 400 new cats over seven years. Lead by Clinic Director Kathy Phillips, DVM, SAFE Haven’s SAFE Care Feline Spay/Neuter Clinic is working to reduce over-breeding with the most humane methods, offering spay/neuter, vaccinations and ear tipping services to caretakers across the region.


A Halloween Thought: The Elusive Cob
by N.A. Booko

I have seen them for decades. I have contended with them for years. Cobwebs.

Always in corners and under the bed and in the closet and behind the cupboard. If they are in the right location, they swing and sway with ease and grace. Sometimes they even trap flies or mosquitoes. And of course too, they collect dust. Not my dust, but dust that has somehow crept into the house and is unable to find a way out.

When these webs are not busy catching bugs and dust, they like to slurp me in the face or decorate my hair. I don't appreciate the Webby Look . . .

In all these years, I have yet to see that elusive Cob that spins those wondrous creations. Maybe they are actually invisible? Well maybe not invisible, merely transparent. You just think you are not seeing them, but you are seeing them, you just don't know that you are seeing a Cob. And if you can't see them, maybe they are a lot larger than we imagined? Perhaps a whole herd or flock of Cobs, under the right circumstances, could make things “go bump in the night?” Black lights don't work . . . I already tried it . . .

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Chatham County Public Health Department continues its commitment to provide access to breast cancer screenings and educational opportunities for women in North Carolina.

According to North Carolina's State Center for Health Statistics, 9,772 women in North Carolina will be diagnosed with and 1,391 will die of breast cancer in 2015. It is more important than ever that we spread the message that early detection and prompt treatment of breast cancer saves lives. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer, celebrating the lives of the many women who survived, and remembering those lost.

The Chatham County Public Health Department will be putting the spotlight on breast cancer. If your organization is interested in a breast cancer presentation, please call the health department at 919.742.5641 and you will be directed to the appropriate person.

Breast cancer remains the most frequently occurring cancer in women and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths of women in North Carolina, but early diagnosis can make a difference. Ninety-six percent of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer-free after five years.


Nature teaches life's lessons
by Ginny Gregory

The wind gave new life to the Neuse River. The 40'x100' tent was set on the grass lawn at waters' edge. It was happening because a destination wedding knows no cancellation. Eventually even the wedding planner began to realize that she was not in charge of nature.

My niece was getting married in the most beautiful spot she could find, Oriental, N.C. The sleepy sailing village with such wonderful side gardens dotted throughout town, filled with old Southern architecture was under siege. Friends and family had descended just as the marshes swelled to meet the river at every given chance. The Bean, the only source of coffee near by had knee high water surrounding it.


You Know You're a Breast Cancer Patient When....

Contributor’s Note: As we enter the month of pervasive pink, otherwise known as Pinktober, we offer this piece that has been circulating on the Internet among some breast cancer support groups. Please don’t get us wrong. We are not publishing this because we take breast cancer lightly. It kills 44,000 women and men (yes, men get breast cancer, too) every year—just as it has been doing for the last 20 years. We still do not have what we need most: a cure.


A murder of crows -- a Chatham tale
by Donald Byrne

A murder of crows in both senses—that's the tale of this post. But my hand was stayed, and to good effect. Read on. A flock of sheep, a brace of coneys, a murder of crows. Well, there's been a murder of crows in our garden the last couple of years. It's usually about 9 individuals at a time. They find the watermelons and cantaloupes a few days before a human would deem them sweet enough—and they make a killing! Peck right down to the rind, and there's nothing to do but kick the dirt and grind your teeth.


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*Come for a Spooktacular Time!* Join Bynum Front Porch and FACES of Chatham for *BYNUM Halloween BINGO* On Saturday, October 24th, at the Bynum General Store (950 Bynum Rd., Bynum, NC 27228). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. Get into the spirit of the season—don’t miss this opportunity to wear your costume more than once this year! $10 for 10 games (cash, please!) with proceeds supporting the Bynum Front Porch educational grants for graduating Chatham County high school seniors and FACES of Chatham, a non-profit organization serving local children in need and their families.


Cooperative Extension's Heirloom Tomato Workshop

The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a workshop on Growing Heirloom Tomatoes from 1:00-5:00 pm on Monday October 19 at the Silk Hope Farm Heritage Center in Silk Hope, NC. The target audience for this workshop is market growers and serious gardeners.

This workshop offers a unique opportunity to learn from arguably our state's top heirloom tomato experts: Craig LeHoullier, a gardener who has been growing tomatoes for over 30 years, is responsible for naming and popularizing the famed Cherokee Purple variety and has been on a whirlwind tour promoting his new book Epic Tomatoes; and Alex Hitt, a highly successful market farmer who has grown over 150 varieties of tomatoes over the years.

The workshop will be presented in two sections: Tomato History, Varieties, Seed Saving, and More; and Organic Production of Heirloom Tomatoes. For complete details and registration information, visit Chatham County Cooperative Extension's Growing Small Farms website at Advance registration is required by October 13.

Bynum Front Porch hosts a themed bingo night in partnership with a local non-profit. For more information and to find out about 2016 events, visit Or check them out on Facebook:

Chatham Conservation Partnership

The next quarterly CCP meeting will be held Thursday, October 15th, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the CCCC Community Library in the Holmes Meeting Room (197 NC Hwy 87 N, Pittsboro NC). The focus of this meeting will be "Tools to Better Conserve Natural Resources during a Climate of Unprecedented Growth and Development."

Identifying and prioritizing significant natural resource areas while maintaining population growth can be challenging. Come to the October 15th meeting to learn about some of the tools that have been developed through our partnership to assist Pittsboro and other rural communities. Agenda for the Oct 15th meeting is available at the CCP wikisite:

Opportunity Chatham is October 16

Chatham Economic Development Corporation's annual Opportunity Chatham breakfast meeting, presented by the Triangle Community Foundation, is Friday, October 16, 2015 from 7:30 - 10 a.m. at the Barn at Fearrington. Chris Chung, CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, will be the keynote speaker.

Tickets can be purchased at They are $30 through October 2, after which the price increases to $35. Tickets at the door are $40 and have limited availability. For more information, contact Alyssa Byrd at 919.542.8278 or

Blood Drive

The Chatham County Employees Blood Drive will be held on Friday, October 16, 2015, in the Chatham County Agriculture Building Auditorium from 10:30am-2:30pm. The Ag Building is located at 65 East Chatham Street in Pittsboro. To schedule your life-saving appointment, go to and search by Sponsor Code: Chatham Co. Please remember to bring your photo ID. If you have any questions, please email Zach Deaton at

Pittsboro Antique Show

The third annual Pittsboro Antique Show is about to "air" this Friday Oct 16 and Saturday Oct 17th. The show enjoys a reputation as one of the best *"down home/home grown*" antique venues in Central North Carolina. This communal (40 vendors) show features a myriad of elder treasures from eras "gone but not forgotten...." Thanks to 10-day forecasts, “This event foretells blue skies and moderate fall temperature.” Also forecast is a good, old-fashioned antique fest among friends, neighbors and curious entertainment seekers. Located at the Alpha Control home site: 697 Hillsboro Street. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Co-sponsored by our local Family Violence & Rape Crisis Services of Pittsboro.

Call for Vendors from Chatham Mills Farmers Market!

Local artists and craftspeople are invited to apply to Chatham Mills Farmers' Market's 2015 Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair. Fine artists, farm-related craftspeople and artisans, kids’ crafters and art-related non-profits are all encouraged to apply.

Chatham Mills Farmers' Market is a grower/producer market held on Saturdays from April through January. It is located on the lawn of the historic Chatham Mills Building, 480 Hillsboro Street, Pittsboro, North Carolina.

Their “Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair” will be held on Saturday, November 7th from 10am to 3pm. The application deadline for the event is October 17th. The guidelines and application can be found at: Any questions about the event may be addressed to the market manager, Cheryl McNeill, at

Minimizing Deer Damage in Landscapes

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 21, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. In the auditorium of the Agriculture Building, 65 E. Chatham St., Pittsboro.

Fall is the best time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials in the southeast. All of your work and investment can be ruined overnight if you do not select deer resistant varieties or take measures to protect plants from deer browsing. Attend this free class to learn about strategies to minimize deer damage in your landscape, including the use of repellents, fencing, and plant selection. This workshop is free but registration is required by Oct. 18. To register online visit, or call the Chatham Cooperative Extension at 919.542.8202. For complete details, please visit:

Benefit for the Animals

Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge, a Pittsboro non-profit organization, is having their Annual Benefit for the Animals on October 24th from 6 - 9 p.m. The Refuge rescues abused and neglected farm animals and provides them with a safe haven at their 20 acre sanctuary. Open for tours, the organization works to educate the general public about the issues that farm animals face in our society. The fundraising event includes a silent auction, open bar, live jazz band, and more! Learn more and get your tickets to this fabulous event here:

Managing Land for Non-game Wildlife

The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are teaming up to conduct a Wildlife Workshop Series for landowners. The second workshop, Managing your Land for Non-game Wildlife, will be on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro. The program will be presented by staff from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. There is no cost to attend the workshop, but pre-registration is required. Register on-line at For more information contact Debbie Roos at 919.542.8202.

Canine Coaching Services Group Dog Walk

On Saturday, October 31st at 2 p.m., Canine Coaching Services will have a group dog walk and collect packages of dog "treats" to donate to local shelter/rescue animals. This is a great opportunity to practice leash-leadership techniques and safely socialize your dog. Contact Valerie Broadway at 919.542.4726 or for more information.

Walk to Fight Hunger in Chatham County

2015 Chatham Hunger Walk Sunday, November 1, Pittsboro Elementary School. Registration 1:30 p.m. Walk Begins 2:30 p.m. The Chatham Hunger Walk is CORA Food Pantry's biggest fundraiser of the year. CORA is expecting to distribute a week's worth of food for 20,000 people by the end of June, 2016. Help us reach our goal of $46,000 that will provide food for one week's worth of meals for 4600 of those Chatham County residents who need food support.


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