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March 2018

A Culture of Incompetence
by Julian Sereno

Among all the social and cultural trends that have been roiling our country recently, the one that’s getting the least attention might be the most profound — on-the-job incompetence. It has figured in everything from the wifebeaters on the White House staff to our greatest tragedies, including the mass shootings at the First Baptist Church in Southerland Springs, Texas and at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Let's start with the White House wife beaters. The Staff Secretary resigned after one of his ex-wives released a photo of herself with a big black eye and another ex-wife echoed her claims of abuse. A speechwriter resigned for the same reason. Trump defended them.

Chief of Staff General John Kelly, who defended the Secretary, subsequently said he had been uninformed of the allegations. The FBI contradicted him, said they found out the Secretary had been busted for violating a restraining order when they conducted a background check, and denied him a security clearance. They sent a report to the White House months earlier.

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Changing times in the news business
by Julian Sereno

It’s been 10 years since the bottom fell out of the newspaper business. One of the high profile casualties of the Great Recession, metropolitan dailies lost advertisers galore: real estate with the collapse of the housing market, cars dealers with the collapse of the auto industry, and classified advertising, which all went online to sites such as craigslist.

Reporters and editors were axed by the thousands, papers got smaller and went online or shut down completely. It took billionaire oligarchs such as Carlos Slim to save the New York Times and Jeff Bezos to save the Washington Post. It got so bad that Warren Buffett warned investors to not buy newspapers under any circumstances.

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Chatham Community Library to host "Focus on Women" Film Series

The Chatham Community Library will host a four-part film series entitled "Focus on Women" beginning on Thursday, March 8th, at 1 p.m. The kick-off coincides with International Women's Day and is in celebration of Women's History Month.

Films in the series include:

· March 8, 1 p.m.: She's Beautiful When She's Angry (2014). This documentary looks at the "...buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women's movement from 1966 to 1971" and is directed by Mary Dore. It was nominated twice in 2014 and 2015 for Best Documentary.

· March 14, 12 p.m.: Miss Representation (2011). Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Kimberlee Acquaro, this film, "explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman." In 2011, the film won the Women Film Critic Circle's award for Best Theatrically Unreleased Movie by or About Women and also received a nomination at the Sundance Film Festival.

· March 21, 12 p.m.: The Hunting Ground (2016). This documentary focuses on, "... rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families" and is directed by Kirby Dick. It received an Oscar nomination in 2016 for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song.

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Telling the Truth – All of It
by by Brenda Denzler

When you get a cancer diagnosis, the first few weeks are a whirlwind. There are tests to be done, doctors to be seen, information to be conveyed and plans to be made. As a patient, you are in shock and trying hard to focus your mind on what the doctors are saying. You don’t focus a lot on any other issues—like what your life will be like once your treatments are finished. All you care about—all you can think about—is "Get that cancer out!"

It’s not hard to ignore the question of what happens after that, because among all the things doctors discuss with you at such times, the long-term effects of the treatments they propose are almost never discussed—and if they are, it’s very seldom in depth. At one point or another, the patient hears or reads the happy catch-phrase "your new normal." By referencing what life was like before cancer ("normal"), the phrase conjures up images of a return to that condition. Maybe minus a prostate or a section of colon or a breast…. Maybe with a risk for lymphedema. Hence the "new." But otherwise, a return to your old self, your old life.

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Chatham hosts Spring Ag Fest

Chatham County invites residents to join us for our first annual Spring Ag Fest at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center (CCACC) on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More details with full agenda can be found here.

Drawing from the rich community tradition of Chatham County Farm Bureau's annual Ag Awareness Day, the Spring Ag Fest evolved from our very successful CCACC Grand Opening Celebration in 2017. Over 1,500 people so enjoyed the exhibits and events that we decided to make it an annual event! The Spring Ag Fest is a celebration of Chatham County's agriculture, forestry, and natural resources. The event will offer something for everyone: livestock, exhibits, demonstrations, food trucks, and more. This event is made possible by the collaborative efforts of Chatham County Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Soil & Water, Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center, and the Chatham County Farm Bureau.

VFW sponsors scholarship essay competition

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is now accepting entries for its 2018-19 Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen youth scholarship competitions. The announcement comes just a week after the VFW's 2018 Legislative Conference concluded in Washington, D.C., where the top students from across the globe were recognized.

Dedicated to encouraging a better understanding and appreciation of America, the VFW's Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen essay competitions help foster patriotism among today's youth. The programs also foster friendly competition as well as rewards success in the form of some $3 million in scholarship monies being distributed.

The Voice of Democracy theme for 2018-19 asks high school students to reflect on "Why My Vote Matters." The audio-essay competition is open to all students in grades 9-12, with the top prize being a $30,000 scholarship award. Nearly 40,000 high school students complete in the annual competition. This year's winner was Robyn Anzulis, sponsored by VFW Post 10076 and its Auxiliary in Mt. Airy, Md. Listen to her award-winning audio-essay here.

The Patriot's Pen essay competition is open to all students in grades 6-8, and the 2018-19 competition asks students to examine the statement, "Why I Honor the American Flag." The first-place winner will receive a $5,000 award. More than 132,000 students competed in this year’s Patriot's Pen competition, with the first-place winner being Karolina Mazur, sponsored by VFW Post 521 and its Auxiliary in Owings Mills, Md. Listen to her award-winning entry here.

Student entries may be submitted (along with a completed entry form) to their local participating VFW Post:
Joe Wagner VFW Post 7313, P.O. Box 1775, Pittsboro, North Carolina 27312. Submissions are evaluated and winners move up through the organization from Post to District, State and National with financial awards at each level. The deadline for both contests is October 31, 2018.

SCDO "Bringing Community Together" in Siler City

On March 31, starting at 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. come and meet all the folks on the Siler City Development Organization, and listen to some wonderful music and enjoy the festivities with Cousins Maine Lobster, Pupusas y Tacos and Sweet Funnel Cakes from Michael and Cara.

The music will start at 10 a.m. with Pete Pawsey, Joe Woodson, and Chris Crowder then at 1 p.m. Nu Blu hits the stage with some of their famous originals. Vendors must pre-register, 10x10 space is only 15.00 and admission is free. Vendors selling Jewelry, Crafts, Antiques, Services, Cosmetics, Direct Sales, please simply go ahead on line pay and register at http://www.oasisopenairmarket.com/vendor-application- space-request.html. Any 501c in Siler City is welcome to register and attend free just supply us with your ID at the time of registration, space is limited so please register early.

Opening will begin with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Color Guard at 10 a.m. Farmers market is also kicking off their season that morning.

The Siler City Development Organization (SCDO) is a non-profit organization committed to making Siler City a thriving place to live, work, and play. By working with both public and private partners, SCDO aims to foster growth in Siler City’s local economy and build a sense of community between all residents.

Key Beliefs of SCDO are: Public and private partners need to unite around a common vision for the town. Downtown is the heart of Siler City and should be nurtured first. We must grow in a way that distinguishes us from suburban areas and connects our neighborhoods. Redevelopment and infill development are critical components of our economic development strategy. Everyone brings something to the table and all skills need to be engaged in creating the town’s future. Diversity strengthens our community. Nurture future leaders.

Projects include, Celebrate Downtown, Improve Community Appearance, Downtown Redevelopment plan, and Leadership Development and Training.

Come celebrate this and more at the Oasis Siler City’s Open-Air Market 131 S Chatham Ave. Siler City 27344. First big Music Event is Friday March 16, 2017 with High on the Hog BBQ and Bert Wray Blues Band.

The History and Specter of American Decline

The Lindgren Lecture, sponsored by the Shared Learning Association, Chapel Hill, will feature Michael H. Hunt, Ph.D., Emerson Professor Emeritus, Department of History, UNC, Chapel Hill, speaking on The History and Specter of American Decline, Friday, March 30, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Expand Church, 114 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Since achieving his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, Dr. Hunt has focused his entire professional career on studying decades of America's involvement in world politics. Therefore, during this lecture, he will share his perspective about how America is now declining in its role and influence in world politics.

In addition to numerous commentaries, reports and reviews, Dr. Hunt's text pub-lications, including those reissued and translated into Chinese, include: *Arc of Empire: American's Wars from the Philippines to Vietnam, co-authored with Steve I. Levine, 2012, 2014; *A Vietnam War Reader: A Documentary History from American and Vietnamese Perspectives, 2010; *The American Ascendancy: How the U.S. Gained and Wielded Global Dominance, 2007, 2009; *The World Trans-formed, 1945 to the Present: A Documentary Reader, 2004, 2014.

Also, he has received many awards, distinctions and fellowships, e.g.: *the Out-standing Academic Title for The American Ascendance, 2007; *course development award for Curriculum on Peace, War and Defense, UNC, 1993; and *visiting scholar grant, Fairbank Center for East Asian Studies, Harvard University, 1991.

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 https://www.paypal.me/Pittsboro 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
www.marriott.com/rducv.

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 www.21cmuseumhotels.com/durham/

The Durham Hotel | Restaurant + Roof 1 block away from The Convention Center
315 East Chapel Hill Street |Durham |North Carolina| 27701| 919.768.8830
http://thedurham.com/.
Email Questions to: nhs_reunion@yahoo.com or your Class Representative.

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