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November, 2015

Aging in Place - Carolina Villages expands services

Carolina Villages, a local nonprofit that is part of the national village movement, provides support to residents in areas of Orange, Chatham and Durham Counties who wish to remain in their homes as they age. There are now two membership levels for households and individuals, and an expanded area served by Carolina Villages.


Volunteers Remove Trash at Jordan Lake after Heavy Rains

Fran DiGiano, president of Clean Jordan Lake said, "We are happy to report that 75 energetic volunteers in our Annual Fall Cleanup were able to remove most of the stain on one-half mile of Jordan Lake shoreline left by trash from the recent heavy rains."

DiGiano pointed out that floating trash volunteers could not reach will be removed in a later event when the lake level is lower. "We're grateful nonetheless for a few boaters who were scooping the trash out and to a few others on land who walked into the water to get it."

The area tackled was a large cove just to the north of the entrance of Stinking Creek into the Haw River Arm. This same area was part of Clean Jordan Lake's 2014 Fall Cleanup. While this area was trash-free after the 2014 cleanup, the recent heavy rains flushed more trash off the Haw River watershed.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers joined volunteer boaters in ferrying 170 bags of trash and 13 tires about two miles to a dumpster provided by Chatham County's Waste Management Department. Tires are being recycled by Bridgestone America.

Chatham Social Services Sponsors Vital Holiday Programs

All year long, Chatham County Social Services (DSS) works full time to help the county's most needy adults and children. With Christmas coming soon, DSS is asking residents to take action now to also help those in need through two established holiday giving programs.

Christmas Wishes brightens the lives of children involved in various programs with Social Services by granting them three specific wishes. The second program, Christmas Dreams, is based in the Adult Services Unit and helps bring holiday cheer to elderly and disabled adult clients.


Bringing Performing Artists into Chatham Elementary Schools

Imagine if Jackie Robinson, the all-star African-American baseball player, were still alive and able to share his first-hand account of how he pushed the color barrier in America. Would we see the courage in his gait? Hear the lilt of frustration in his voice?

Some Chatham County students will have the opportunity to experience what life might have been like for the record-setting player when acclaimed actor and playwright Mike Wiley springs to life as Jackie Robinson at North Chatham Elementary School in his one-man production of Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart.


Last Plane Out of Saigon
By Richard Pena and John Hagan
Story Merchant Books, 2014
Reviewed by John Heuer

On May 25, 2012, in announcing a 13-year long commemoration of the war in Viet Nam funded by Congress at $65 million, President Obama proclaimed: "As we observe the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, we reflect with solemn reverence upon the valor of a generation that served with honor. We pay tribute to the more than 3 million servicemen and women who left their families to serve bravely, a world away… They pushed through jungles and rice paddies, heat and monsoon, fighting heroically to protect the ideals we hold dear as Americans. Through more than a decade of combat, over air, land, and sea, these proud Americans upheld the highest traditions of our Armed Forces."

As a response to the official commemoration, Veterans For Peace has launched a campaign toward an honest commemoration of the American war in Vietnam that honors the anti-war perspective. This campaign can be followed at, and welcomes the new book Last Plane Out of Saigon, by Richard Pena and John Hagan.


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Celebration for Gregory Blaine

A benefit to help with Gregory’s medical expenses featuring music and poetry Sunday November 15, 3-6 p.m. at The Joyful Jewel, 44-A Hillsboro Street Pittsboro. Join us to honor a beloved friend Gregory Blaine. Gregory is a singer, writer, and poet-who have also organized many events for friends and performers alike, it is now time to do this for him. Joe Woodson and Sharon Blessum will welcome many well known performers in our community such as Machai st. Rain, Alice Osborn, Isabel Taylor, Suz Robinson, Don Chandler and many more! Please come out and help celebrate with us for this important event for Gregory.


Adult Community Theater in Pittsboro

There is a movement afoot to create adult community theater in Pittsboro. If you are interested, know someone who is interested, or are just curious, please come to a brainstorming session on November 17th at 6 p.m. at the Community House. All are welcome.

Chatham Count Fresh Catch Fall Seafood & Music Festival

NC Fresh Catch returns to Pittsboro this fall for the Chatham County. Fresh Catch: Fall Seafood and Music Festival Saturday, November 14th from 1-8 p.m. at the Pittsboro Fairgrounds. Menu items include oyster roast w/ smoked and steamed local oysters, low country shrimp boil, fish fry, BBQ by Chatham Barbecue, grilled pizza by Bella Donna Italian Restaurant, coffees, desserts, and cold craft beer. A variety of local musicians will perform jazz, country, rockabilly, gospel, Americana, and roots/rock. This event is both indoors and outdoors, rain or shine, with tabled seating and bleachers provided. Please bring chairs for the lawn! Tickets $7adv/$10 day of show. Kids 12 & under are FREE. Food and drink are sold separately and only while supplies last. Advance Tickets and event info can be found at

White Pines Trail Grand Opening

Please join the Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC) at White Pines Nature Preserve in Chatham County on Saturday, November 14th at 10 a.m. in celebration of the work done to reroute the Gilbert Yager Trail. Walt Tysinger with TLC will lead an informative ~2 hour hike of the trail and around the preserve. This is a free, family-friendly event open to the whole community. White Pines is located at 548 South Rocky River Road in Sanford. Please register online so that the sponsors have an approximate head count. Registration is available at

Western Chatham History Program

The small towns of Bonlee and Bennett will be the topic of a historical program by Mr. John Hudson Emerson on Sunday, November 15, 2:30 p.m. in the Historic Courthouse at Pittsboro. The towns of Bonlee and Bennett were bustling with business and community life in the early 1900’s. Many factors came into play to transition them to what they are today. Emerson’s photographic collection included in his presentation will be supplemented by some artifacts on display in the museum. Emerson has long been a friend of and featured speaker for the Chatham County Historical Association. This opportunity to hear from him again is not to be missed! The program is free and open to the public. For more information or to contact us, call 919.542.6222 or visit the Chatham County Historical Association website at

Extension workshop on Wildlife Damage Control

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 third workshop, Nuisance Wildlife, Wildlife Damage Control, and Coexisting with Wildlife, will be on Monday November 16, 2015, from 6:30-9 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. The workshop is free but pre-registration is required. To view the complete agenda, read speaker bios, and register on-line, visit Chatham County Cooperative Extension's Growing Small Farms website at


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