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July-August, 2015

Chatham authorities remove more than 150 animals from Pittsboro home

More than 150 animals were removed from a Chatham County property Wednesday, July 15th, most of them from a single mobile home. The mobile home sits on four acres behind the treeline at 3180 Silk Hope Gum Spring Road. A blue pole barn seen from the roadside is surrounded by wire-fenced pastures. A 400-pound hog, poultry, horses and cows were seized, along with the cats and dogs from inside the home.

Chatham County health department and animal control officers tried working with the animals’ owner for over two years to improve conditions, Sheriff’s Capt. Doug Stuart said. He called Wednesday’s operation an "intervention."

"This has been in the making for a very long period of time," he said.

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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.


Chatham Council on Aging in Critical Need of Box Fans to Cool Seniors

With many more hot days ahead of us before fall, the Chatham County Council on Aging needs help with obtaining box fans for its Heat Relief program for vulnerable seniors and adults with disabilities.

"We are down to our last few," noted Dennis Streets, director of the Council on Aging. "We were able to purchase 65 box fans, 20-inch size, with funds provided by Duke Energy Progress and individual donors. We have distributed nearly all of these, and they are making a big difference in helping people endure extreme summer heat."

The Council on Aging participates in Operation Fan/Heat Relief, a program of the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services, but the program has no public funding. The program was established to help adults at risk stay safe in the summer heat. Streets said that "as individuals age and develop chronic medical conditions, they are less likely to sense and respond to dangerous changes in temperature. They may also be taking medications that can worsen the impact of extreme heat." The Council's summer newsletter highlights not only this program but also suggests other ways to help seniors "stay cool." This includes tips for coping with extreme heat and an invitation to join the indoor activities at the Council's two Senior Centers. You can find this information at

To contribute a fan or provide funding to buy fans, visit or contact the Eastern Chatham Senior Center in Pittsboro at 919-542-4512 or the Western Chatham Senior Center in Siler City at 919-742-3975.

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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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

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

THANK YOU PITTSBORO for helping us to raise over $50,000 in our 2014-2015 Relay for Life season!

We are always looking for volunteers to help us keep our Relay for Life event going strong year after year. There are many ways to be a part of our Event Leadership Team, and we would love to meet you and share those with you. Join us at our Interest Meeting on Monday, July 20th, to learn more about what you can do to make a difference in our community while doing something you enjoy. Monday, July 20th at 6pm in the Meeting Room at Chatham Community Library. Hope to see you there!

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

Pittsboro Presbyterian Church is continuing to hosting sessions of “Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children.” These classes are sponsored by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA Darkness to Light initiative. The award-winning prevention program, Stewards of Children, is a two-hour training designed to educate adults on how to recognize, prevent, and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse, emphasizing child safety as every adult's responsibility.

Our upcoming training session is held at Pittsboro Presbyterian Church, located at 95 East St. in Pittsboro on Wednesday, July 22, from 6:00-8:00PM. To register for the session, visit the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA Darkness to Light initiative at: For more information, contact Joelle Brummitt-Yale, Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministry at or (919) 542-4706.

Football and Cheerleading Program Registration

Registration for East Chatham Chargers Football and Cheerleading is open through July 30th! Register and get more info at We have a 5/6 Flag Team as well as Tackle teams for the 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12 age groups, plus Cheer Squads for each age group. ECC is a non-profit organization founded on the principles of building character, physical fitness, and academic success through athletics and team sports. ECC works with young athletes from 5 to 12 years of age and supports more than 200 young student athletes annually.

Chatham Development Briefing Meeting

The Chatham Chamber of Commerce will host the 9th annual Chatham Development Briefing on August 26, 2015, at the Governors Club, located at 11000 Governors Club Drive in Chapel Hill.

7:30 a.m. Registration - Networking - Full Breakfast, 8:00 a.m. Briefing begins (ends at 10:15 a.m.)

Attendees can expect to hear the latest information on residential, commercial and agricultural development for Chatham County. Information will be presented by real estate professionals, county representatives, consultants, economic development experts and others. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with leaders from all areas of business. Admission: $25 Chamber Members; $35 Non-Members. Contact the Chatham Chamber of Commerce by phone (919-742-3333) or email ( to RSVP. Please RSVP by August 19, 2015.

Leadership Chatham Program Applications Due

The Chatham Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications now through August 20, 2015, for the 2015-16 class year of the Leadership Chatham Program.

Chatham County is growing, and with growth, new opportunities arise, creating an imperative need for effective leaders. The Chamber is dedicated to the support and promotion of business and to helping mold Chatham into a place where everyone is proud to do business and call home. Leadership Chatham, a signature program of the Chatham Chamber of Commerce, is an innovative program designed to develop informed, skilled and involved community leaders.

For more information about Leadership Chatham, please contact the Chamber office or take a look at the Leadership Chatham brochure and application.

Chatham Seeks Applicants for Appearance Commission Vacancies

PITTSBORO- The Chatham County Appearance Commission currently seeks applicants for two vacancies, especially applicants with expertise in plant knowledge, landscaping and landscape design. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 24, 2015.

The Appearance Commission establishes and oversees programs to enhance the appearance of the county. The commission also reviews and comments on non-residential site plans for Conditional Zoning Districts and Conditional Use Permits. It typically meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month in Pittsboro at 6:30 pm. The Appearance Commission has two vacancies for seats that would expire on June 30, 2018, and all appointees must reside in Chatham County. The appointments are made by the Board of Commissioners.

The committee application form can be found at:, or call Debra Henzey at 919-542-8258 to have a copy mailed or emailed to you.

Bringing in the Bats

The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a workshop on “Protecting and Enhancing Bat Populations to Help with Pest Control on the Farm” from 7:00-9:30 pm on Monday, August 3, at the Silk Hope Farm Heritage Center in Silk Hope, NC. The workshop will be taught by UNC-Greensboro biologist and bat expert Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Rueppell. This will be a kid-friendly workshop, so children ages 7 and up are encouraged to attend!

There are approximately 11 species of bats in the piedmont region of North Carolina, and all of them eat insects, including mosquitoes and many important agricultural pests like corn earworms, stink bugs, cucumber beetles, planthoppers, and much more. Pest-control services provided by insect-eating bats in the United States likely save the U.S. agricultural industry at least $3 billion a year, and this is a conservative estimate. A large colony of big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) can eat 18 million corn rootworms each summer, while a single evening bat (Nycticeius humeralis) can consume over 20,000 insects annually.

Bats in your Backyard: Biology, Ecology, and Relevance to Farmers and Agriculture
* Bats as fascinating mammals
* Resources that bats need for survival
* Bats as insect consumers in piedmont food webs
* Specific species on piedmont farms
* Ways to attract bats to your farm or garden
* Threats to piedmont bats
* What you can do for bat conservation
Q&A Session and On-Site Bat Observation Session with Bat Detectors. For a speaker bio and registration information, visit Cooperative Extension's Growing Small Farms website at Advance registration is required by July 29.

Become a Foster Parent

Have you ever thought about becoming a foster parent? Do you know someone who is interested in becoming a foster parent? On Thursday, August 20th, starting at 6 pm, Chatham County DSS will be hosting a free informational orientation to help those who are interested in becoming licensed learn more about foster care, adoption, and becoming a licensed foster parent. This is a no-obligation, informational session, and we encourage you to invite anyone who may be interested in becoming licensed.

This informational orientation will be held at the Chatham County Department of Social Services (102 Camp Drive Pittsboro, NC). If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call 919-642-6953 or 919-642-6956 to speak with one of our foster home licensing social workers.

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.

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!


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