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April, 2015



Democrats convene to support Foushee

Democrats gathered at the Historic Chatham Mill on a beautiful afternoon in the “Circle City” to support State Senator Valerie Foushee on March 22.

The room was filled with elected Democrats as well and citizens who came to enjoy the refreshments, good conversation and hear from Congressman David Price and Senator Valerie Foushee including State Representative Robert Reives who remarked, "I had a great time seeing our active Chatham Democrats and helping Senator Foushee get geared up for a victory in 2016!"

Cindy Perry, the President of the Chatham County Democratic Women, welcomed the assembled guests and County Chair Jan Nichols introduced Congressman David Price to the crowd.

Congressman Price thanked all who were present and singled out for Mayor Randy Voller for his leadership in Chatham County. The congressman told the group that 2016 will shape up as a referendum on the GOP-led General Assembly and the policies of Governor McCrory. He was particularly disappointed that the General Assembly and the Governor rejected the medicaid expansion in North Carolina and he felt that this decision was not in keeping with the tradition of progressivism in the mold of Terry Sanford in North Carolina.

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Public Education Funding is Inadequate

Last month approximately 100 citizens attended an educational program on the impact of state funding on their local public schools. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters in Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties and NCCU School of Education, the forum featured the four school superintendents in the three counties who, after brief, informative presentations, responded to audience questions. While each superintendent made it clear that local county commissioners are supportive of education and are using whatever means available to shore up inadequate state funds, each also painted a picture of a long term decline in state support that should move all citizens to action. While the issues are complex and deserving of close study, a few highlights help illustrate the urgency of the situation. Read more...



Speak out about proposed stream and wetlands impacts for coal ash reuse projects

Public hearings planned for April - N.C. environmental officials have announced the start of the public comment period for a state water quality certification that is one of the requirements before coal ash can be reused in open-pit clay mines in central North Carolina. Read more...



Report on the Health of Our Community

The 2014 Chatham County Community Health Assessment Report is now available. The full report and the executive summary (English and Spanish) can be downloaded at www.chathamnc.org/reports. Printed copies of these documents will also be available at the health department’s Siler City and Pittsboro sites, Chatham Hospital, local libraries, and other locations around the county.

The purpose of the Community Health Assessment, or CHA, is to foster a better understanding of the health needs of Chatham County residents. The year-long process is used to establish health priorities for the next three years and culminates in an action plan to address these priorities. The CHA helps local agencies and organizations working on health issues to plan and coordinate their efforts, and to ensure that the most pressing health concerns are being addressed. Read more...



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


TaniaThomas Life After Death and the Dysfunctional Family

Yesterday I posted up about this topic and had several people point out that every family contains some type of dysfunction. Absolutely true but the level of dysfunction does fluctuate within different familial units. For the purpose of this post I am referring to the worst of dysfunction. The difficulties encountered with loved ones that leave you feeling guilty, shamed or angry at words that were never expressed. Read more




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Veterans of the Second Division, Atten-shun

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 94th annual reunion in San Antonio, Texas from September 22 - 26, 2015, contact secretary-treasurer, Bob Haynes, at 2idahq@comcast.net or 224.2251202.

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Creative Teaching Grants in Chatham County

The Chatham Education Foundation (CEF) is honored by the generosity of the Arthur Carlsen Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation. The Arthur Carlsen Fund awarded CEF $10,000 to support Creative Teaching Grants in the Fall of 2015.

Due to shrinking statewide public school budgets, classroom teachers are not able to fund many projects that will enhance the learning and/or spark for learning that the children need and deserve. These grants, selected and awarded by CEF, provide teachers an opportunity to bring something different, or outside the box to the classroom.

Examples of projects funded in the past include:

• Flipping the Classroom. This project supported economically disadvantaged students so they can participate in video based homework assignments. Students are able to check out iPods with pre-loaded instructional videos and therefore spend more time in class with practical, hands-on activities.

• Exploring Renewable Energy with Legos. Lego Education Renewable Energy Kits will allow 8th grade students to explore the mechanical and/or chemical efficiency of solar, wind and water powers.

• Supporting our teachers is a main charge of the Chatham Education Foundation. Teachers in the top 20 percent of performance generate five to six more months of student learning each year than low performing teachers (www.ed.gov).

• Forming partnerships with local business and foundations only improves the quality and innovative education opportunities provided to students in Chatham County Schools.

For more information about how you can support CEF, please visit ChathamEducationFoundation.org or contact Jaime Detzi at Jaime@cefmail.org



Board of Health seeks new members

The Chatham County Board of Commissioners seeks residents who are interested in promoting public health to apply for four open seats on the Board of Health. Available seats are designated for an optometrist, a physician, and a nurse. Appointments will be for terms beginning on July 1, 2015 and ending on June 30, 2018.

Once appointed, the members are eligible for reappointment to an additional three-year term. Qualified applicants must be residents of Chatham County and have current licenses to practice in North Carolina.

The Chatham County Board of Health is the policymaking, rule-making, and deliberative body for the Chatham County Public Health Department. The Board of Health’s responsibility is to protect and promote the health of the community.

Meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month, beginning at 6 p.m., with dinner provided and reimbursement for mileage.

Qualified applicants are asked to complete a volunteer application form no later than April 10, 2015.

The application can be completed online at www.chathamnc.org. Look for the Quick Links box on the homepage to find the link for Board & Committee Application. You also may contact Debra Henzey at 919.542.8258 or debra.henzey@chathamnc.org.



Chatham Council on Aging Expands Storage of Equipment that Helps Many

"Thank you for the use of the mattress for my Dad and for all the help you have given both my Mom and Dad."

"I am a diabetic and both of my legs and feet were in very bad shape. I knew I would soon lose them—they were so swollen and infected. Within two weeks of receiving the wheelchair from you, a 'miracle.'"

These statements represent a few of the many expressions of thanks from seniors and their families who have benefited from the equipment that the Chatham County Council on Aging makes available. Such efforts are only possible when individuals and organizations donate a wide range of items (new and used) that the Council then loans to seniors and others in need. While this equipment often helps older adults remain living safely and more independently at home, the Council also provides some items to improve the quality of life of residents in local nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Examples of helpful donated equipment include: hospital beds and mattresses, wheelchairs, hoyer lifts, shower chairs, raised toilet seats, walkers, canes, and many other assistive devices and mobility aids. While this is an important service that the Council has offered for some time, its capacity has been limited for several reasons. A major challenge had been limited space to store such items as well as the need for additional volunteers to help provide this service.

Dennis Streets, director of the Council on Aging, reports that a generous donation has provided a new accessory building at the Eastern Chatham Senior Center in Pittsboro. “It will allow us to store much more equipment for use by our seniors and others in need.” The grant came from the Carolina Meadows Community Grants Program.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Megan Adkins at the Council on Aging at 919-542-4512 or Megan.Adkins@chathamcoa.org. You can also apply to volunteer through the Council on Aging website at http://www.chathamcouncilonaging.org/Volunteer. If you have questions about the service or have items to donate, contact Alan Russo or Ethan Lechner at 919.542.4512, or Vickie Cheek at 919.742.3975. Monetary donations to the Council are tax deductible. The Council will provide a letter to those donating equipment acknowledging receipt of the items.

- Debra Henzey
Chatham County Government

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