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October, 2015

Coal Ash Trucks Arriving in Moncure
by Judy Hogan

On October 20, 2015 the expected coal ash trucks from Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds around the state began arriving in Brickhaven, a small community in southeast Chatham near Moncure. Residents reported seeing the large coal ash dump trucks on Corinth Road in Corinth and also the local ABC station arriving to report on the movement of coal ash which has been in Duke/Charah’s plans since November 2014. Chatham Citizens Against Coal Ash Dump (CCACAD) is challenging the permits issued by the Department of Environmental Quality (formerly Department of Environment and Natural Resources) in the NC Office of Administrative Hearings with the intention of getting a court order to stop this dumping of toxic coal ash on two small communities in southeast Chatham and northern Lee Counties. CCACAD and EnvironmentaLEE are both chapters of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, a non-profit organization working to stop pollution in small rural communities. Donations to the legal funds of both groups are being sought. Website:

Judy Hogan is Chair of CCACAD. She can be reached at 919.545.9932 or at

Chatham Arts Council Grassroots Arts Grant winners

The Chatham Arts Council continues its mission to invest in artists and educate kids through the arts with the announcement of this year’s Grassroots Arts Grants.

As the North Carolina Arts Council’s designated county partner, the Chatham Arts Council will distribute the 2015-2016 Grassroots Arts Grants to three local organizations: Child Care Networks, Sisters’ Voices, and The Small Folk Art Museum.

This year’s grants, which total nearly $9,000, are specifically earmarked for local non-profits to pay artists who produce original visual, literary, or performing arts in Chatham County communities in a manner that supports and enhances the missions of the grant recipients.


Durham leaders explore Jordan Lake

The local non-profit, Clean Jordan Lake, brought nine leaders from Durham County and City to the lake last Friday. Triangle Boat Tours donated their services for the event. Fran DiGiano, President of Clean Jordan Lake said that "we had a great response from Durham County to our first in a series of tours for leaders of the eight counties in the watershed. We want them to appreciate the beauty of the lake while also seeing why we need to educate all citizens about trash prevention."

Representing Durham County were Commissioners Michael Page (Chairman), Brenda Howerton (Vice-chairman), Wendy Jacobs and Ellen Reckhow. Coming from the City of Durham were Council members Don Moffitt and Steve Schewel along with Tobin Freid of the Sustainability Office and Tania Dautlick of Keep Durham Beautiful. Sylvia Le Goff represented El Centro Hispano, Inc.

DiGiano added "The group was impressed by soaring birds, vast expanses of water and a shoreline uninterrupted by a single dwelling. They were also shocked to see so much trash when we pulled up onto a section of shoreline where most comes from upstream on the Haw River and New Hope Creek."

Schewel said afterwards "we were reminded of our responsibility in Durham to help keep the lake clean." Moffitt added "it was an educational experience. The lake is an important drinking water source for Durham and protecting it is a priority." And Le Goff remarked that "education is the key to trash prevention and this begins by raising the awareness of our youth."

DiGiano concluded "participants made many good suggestions for how Clean Jordan Lake could more effectively partner with counties in trash prevention. I'm very encouraged to continue this outreach effort to leaders of the other seven counties."

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.


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.

Open Farm Fall Festival at CAN-TR

Chatham Area Network for Therapeutic Riding is hosting an Open Farm Fall Festival on October 24th. Activities will include Fairy Hair, Face Painting, Pumpkin Art, Paint our Ponies, games and more! Please join us at NO CHARGE to bring your family out for a fun filled day on the farm to meet our wonderful staff and learn about what we offer to the community as a non-profit organization.

Times are from 11 a.m. -3 p.m., so come hungry for delicious homemade soups, chili and bread for $5 per person and unlimited bowls. Drink included. For more information please contact Rachel at:, 919.799.1436 and at

Bynum Front Porch Bluegrass Pickin'!

On the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, Bynum General Store hosts the Bynum Front Porch Pickin'. The next pickin’ is October 24th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free event will be a circle type jam open to all skill levels and ages. If you pick, bring your (acoustic only) instrument and, if you sing, bring your voice. For more info: Bynum General Store is located at 950 Bynum Rd.

Trunk-or-Treat at Chatham’s Southwest District Park

Chatham County Parks & Recreation invites residents to its Trunk-or-Treat event with a movie on October 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Southwest District Park in Bear Creek. The evening will include children’s activities, bounce houses and concessions for purchase. The movie "Maleficent" will begin at dark. The park is located near Chatham Central High School at 15124 Highway 902 in southwestern Chatham County. Contact: Tracy Burnett, 919.545.8555.

October 30th - Fall Fun Day with 4-H!

October 30th is a Teacher Workday for many schools. Not sure to do with your kids that day? Send them to a fun-filled day with Chatham County 4-H! Join them on the Friday before Halloween as they tour a pumpkin patch, whip up some tasty fall treats, and take part in some awesome science experiments with rockets and cars in the afternoon! Space is limited and is first come first served. Half-day options are available. Fees are $5 for a half-day or $10 for the whole day. Lunch and snacks included. See for more details and for the attendance form, or call 919.542.8202 for more information.

Grief Support Group

Hope through the Holidays, a 7 week grief support group, will be held every Thursday morning 10 – 11:30, October 29 – December 17. The group will be facilitated by Ann Ritter, Grief Counselor at UNC Hospice. Anyone who has experienced a loss is welcome. To create a supportive environment, the number of participants will be limited and the group will be closed after it begins. There are no fees for this program, which will be held at the hospice office, Chatham Mill Bldg, 480 Hillsboro St, Pittsboro. For further information and to register, please contact Ann at 919.542.5545 or


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