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November 2018

Historical Perspectives

The Duplin Story and Other Legacies, Part II
By Dr. Lynn Veach Sadler

Besides the play and a thick scrapbook, this treasure trove of Margaret Fussell contained assorted separate items. One, the play's "theme song," is the professionally published "Carolina Jubilee," words by Robert Grady and music by Tommie Haas and Rommie O’Daniel (Flatiron Building, Fort Worth, Texas: Lyric & Melody Publishers, 1949). The featured singer was Alice Gaylor of Kenansville. It was for sale ($.50) at the Amphitheatre; Kenansville Drug Store; C. E. Quinn Store; and drug stores in Warsaw, Rose Hill, Wallace, and Mount Olive, as well as by mail from The Duplin Times. The hand-lettered/-noted "North Carolina Song for School Children," words and music by Marian W. Erdman, copyrighted in 1960, was probably not connected with The Duplin Story.

Copies of three individual scenes from Act I—vii, viii, and ix (annotated in pencil)—are in the scrapbook itself, and a duplicate of ix is also among the box's contents. Scene viii, in which Margaret Fussell played Mrs. Owen Kenan, has (presumably) her extensive notations and questions in pencil, sketches of the heads of "James" [Capt. James Kenan] and Tom [not among the characters in the scene but likely Tom Kenan], the note "Harmonica for Wade," and a typed "Property List" for it (e.g., "Jug of Buttermilk" and "Pieces of Chicken").


Dogs come to the aid of diabetics
by Rachel Robinson

November is recognized as Diabetes Awareness Month, a campaign to raise awareness about Diabetes. As it currently stands, there are over 1 million people in North Carolina who have diabetes (either type 1 or type 2), and another 2.5 million who are at risk to develop type 2 diabetes. Diabetes continues to rise at alarming rates, and it’s a very difficult disease to manage. Through the work at Eyes Ears Nose and Paws (EENP), diabetic alert dogs are trained to detect and alert their human companions to fluctuations in their blood sugar, to retrieve medical kits, and to get help in an emergency.


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Free Computer Classes at Chatham Community Library
Chatham Community Library is offering a series of free computer classes in November and December. The names, dates and times of the classes are listed below. You can find a full description, including topics covered and prerequisites for attending, by visiting

Drop-in Computer Assistance: November 14, Wednesday, 4 – 5 p.m.
Intro to Facebook: November 15, Thursday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Microsoft Excel Basics, Part 1: December 4, Tuesday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Microsoft Excel Basics, Part 2: December 11, Tuesday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Drop-in Computer Assistance: December 12, Wednesday, 4 – 5 p.m.

Drop-In Computer Assistance sessions (November 14 and December 12) do not require registration. For all other classes, space is limited and you must register in advance if you wish to attend. Register online at the address above. For more information, call 919.545.8086 or email

Classes take place in the computer lab at Chatham Community Library, 197 NC Hwy 87 N in Pittsboro, on the campus of Central Carolina Community College.


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