Chatham County Line - Where all voices are heard

February 2017

Can an authoritarian government rule the United States?
by Julian Sereno

The world that we live in is changing, seemingly exponentially. Every year has been hotter than the one before, and historic droughts occur around the world. The one in Africa is fueling migrations, instability, wars and famine. Boko Haram and Al Shahab thrive; migrants flee war and poverty and head north for Europe. Thousands drown yearly attempting cross the Mediterranean.


The Age of Age
by Gaines Steer

One thing that we all have-in-common (and that’s mighty rare) is age. We all have one, and only one… Agreed! Age has been on my mind lately and most everybody else’s, I hear tell. Seems that we human beans mostly don’t like our or appreciate our current age. We are too young or too old, hardly ever "just right." Me? I came to an epiphany, just now, about my age: "My age is a precious possession!" That marvelous affirmation is significant enough to warrant front page status on my refrigerator. See!


John Heuer (1946 - 2016)

December 11, 1946 - November 16, 2016 - Pittsboro

John Heuer left this world too soon and too suddenly leaving his many loved ones and friends reeling. John was first and foremost a Peacemaker. Throughout his life John was devoted to the belief that war had to be abolished. A prophet of Peace, John exuded a personal spirit of nonviolence. His tireless work for Peace gave those around him a sense that a better world -- one where Love prevails over hate -- is indeed possible.


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Page 1 - Chief Gary Tyson talks about Mexico and 10 years at Siler City Police helm * Before Chatham County: the Native American Tribes * “ME" bubble separates us from Nature, other people - Page 2 - Briefs - Page 3 - The day the doctor cried - Page 4 - Breadfruit, Captain Bligh, Fletcher Christian * I used to think disability had nothing to do with me * ME (cont. from page 1) - Page 5 - Introducing Chatham's new Animal Services Supervisor - Page 6 -Women's Birth and Wellness Center celebrates 20 years * The importance of microchips in pets * PACE (cont. from page 12) - Page 7 - Secrets of the universe! - Page 8 - El Jefe Tyson habla sobre México y 10 años en el Departamento de Policía de Siler City * TRIBES (cont. from page 1) - Page 9 - Delicious and free food growing wild all around us! * Brainwashed and contemptuous - Page 10 - Chatham Opinion Line - Page 11 - Chatham Opinion Line - Page 12 - Preguntas Frequentes con Piedmont Health SeniorCare, (PACE) * “Q” and “A” with Piedmont Health SeniorCare (PACE)

Chatham Health Alliance wins national award

The Chatham Health Alliance was recognized with the Health Transformation Award at the Communities Joined in Action conference in San Antonio, Texas on February 16th. The award specifically recognized the work of Sarah Weller Pegna, Coordinator for the Chatham Health Alliance, in leading the implementation of the Exercise is Medicine program. A collaborative initiative between Piedmont Health Services and the Chatham County Public Health Department, Exercise is Medicine is a program originally designed by the American Medical Association and the American College of Sports Medicine to reduce chronic disease burden through physical activity referrals.

"Exercise is Medicine embodies what the Chatham Health Alliance seeks to accomplish and highlights the importance of building partnerships to improve health outcomes," the nomination letter states. "This model is replicable, evidence-based, and targets health disparities by design. Given these factors, the Chatham Health Alliance, through Sarah's leadership, has transformed health in the county and will continue to be a driver of population health in the years to come."

Sarah acknowledged the many partners involved in this initiative, stating, "This award, and the success of Exercise is Medicine, is really reflective of the whole Alliance, especially our partners at Piedmont Health Services, and a dedicated group of Alliance members on the Alliance's Obesity Subcommittee. Without these individuals and their dedication, we would not have been able to realize this project."

The Health Transformation Award is given to one idea or project nationally that “demonstrates a breakthrough model that achieves better health outcomes, addresses health inequities/disparities, improves access to health care or promotes a culture of health.” The Chatham County YMCA, Chatham Hospital, and Piedmont Health Services offered letters of support for the nomination. "All of Chatham should be very proud of this well-deserved national recognition," said Dennis Streets, who served as the inaugural Chair of the Chatham Health Alliance. "It symbolizes the tremendous effort underway across our community to bring together public and private organizations and an engaged citizenry to improve health and health care."

Chatham Health Alliance Chair Daisy Womble referred to Sarah as "a talented professional," adding, "I am not surprised she's getting an award." Chatham County Public Health Director Layton Long cited Sarah's remarkable leadership in fostering partnerships during her tenure as Alliance Chair. "Sarah's diligent efforts to engage local organizations and community members in this work will have a lasting impact on the community's health."

Since its formation in early 2015, the Chatham Health Alliance has brought together dozens of organizations and community members who are passionate about improving health outcomes in Chatham County. Along with this recognition, the Alliance has been awarded funding through The Duke Endowment's Healthy Carolinas initiative (which supported Exercise is Medicine), a Blue Cross Blue Shield NC Community-Centered Health grant, and is one of fifty participants selected for the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge through the American Public Health Association, the National Association of Counties, and the Aetna Foundation. To learn more about the Chatham Health Alliance, visit:

Ribbon Cutting for Pittsboro dentist

The Chatham Chamber of Commerce invites the public to join them as they celebrate the business opening of Enchanting Smiles Family Dentistry, located at 360 West Street, Suite 100, Pittsboro. A Ribbon Cutting will take place at 11:30a on February 24, 2017. There will be refreshments following the Ribbon Cutting and up until 1:30p.

Enchanting Smiles Family Dentistry is a family friendly general dentistry providing comprehensive care in a warm, friendly environment, with a fantastic staff!

Memorial Celebration of the Life of John Heuer

Saturday, February 25 at 3 PM
Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store
39 West St, Pittsboro, North Carolina 27312

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Triangle Hypnosis Group Elects 2017 Officers

The Triangle Chapter of the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), a professional educational group dedicated to advancing the field of hypnotism, has elected new officers for 2017 and one of the co-chairs has opened an office in Pittsboro. The group met in Pittsboro in January.

The new co-chairs are Katherine Smart of Imagine That Hypnosis ( in Pittsboro, located at 32 Thompson Street.

The other co-chair is Ault Nathanielsz of Whole Person Wellness in Chapel Hill. Elected co-treasurers are Cheryl Elman of the Dave Elman Hypnosis Institute in Raleigh and Henderson, and Betsy Lehman of Inner Gate Hypnosis in Greenville. The new secretary is Stephanie Levine of Transformative Hypnosis in Morrisville. The chapter Webmaster is Claire de la Varre of Positive Spiral Hypnosis in Chapel Hill.

Formed in 2010, the chapter meets monthly in the Triangle and is a consortium of about 20 area hypnotists and hypnosis instructors certified by the NGH and other professional organizations, including The International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT), The International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA), OMNI Hypnosis Training Institute, or the Hypnosis Motivation Institute. Members of these organizations adhere to a Code of Ethics and Standards and are required to complete annual continuing education credits.

Guests are welcome to attend the meetings on the fourth Thursday of each month from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Katherine Smart at 919.590.9545 or visit

Reflections on German Reunification

The Shared Learning Association presents the Lindgren Lecture. On Friday, February 24, at 11 a.m. at Expand Church, 114 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill. Gerhard L. Weinberg, Ph.D., William Rand Kenan, Jr., Professor-Emeritus of History at UNC. This lecture is free and open to the public.

On November 9th, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; it had separated West Berlin and East Berlin for 44 years, and its collapse began the efforts of Germans to, at last, reunite within one country. Ahead lay many challenges in economics, culture and national and European politics, plus unpacking and re-examining Germany's military history during World War II.

Dr. Gerhard Weinberg, a German-born American and military historian, with an M.A. and Ph.D. from University of Chicago, has spent his entire professional life studying the foreign policy of National Socialist Germany and the Second World War...from analyzing captured German documents ... to vigorously debating interpretations of German foreign policy and Hitler's goals with other history scholars ... to writing a landmark history, A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II (1994).

His study and debate have given him deep insights about how World War II leaders perceived a world that they thought they were fighting to create -- published in 2005 as Visions of Victory: The Hopes of Eight World War II Leaders (Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, General Hideki Tojo, Chiang Kai-shek, Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, General Charles de Gaulle and Franklin D. Roosevelt).

Since 1974, Dr. Weinberg has served as a distinguished member of the UNC history faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill, supervising over his career at UNC over two dozen Ph.D. dissertations with many more M.A. theses. In 2003, 13 of his former doctoral students presented him with a Festschrift honoring his contributions to the study of history and to their lives. Among many honors, he was elected president of the German Studies Association in 1996, and in 2009, selected to receive the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award by the Tawani Foundation for lifetime excellence in military writing.

Grant money for the Haw River Trail

Chatham County Parks & Recreation has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the NC Recreational Trail Program to complete work on the Haw River Trail that runs from Guilford County to Jordan Lake. Chatham County will provide $25,000 in matching funds.

The grant will help build a pedestrian bridge across Pokeberry Creek and provide a one-mile natural surface trail on either side of the bridge. At this time, the trail is rough and lacks a connection over the creek.

Tracy Burnett, director of Chatham County Parks & Recreation, said that Gretchen Smith gets credit for writing the successful grant proposal. Smith is the president of the Friends of Lower Haw River State Natural Area, an important partner in the project.

Burnett said that the grant project addresses one of the department's priorities to further develop greenways around the county. "It also will improve public safety, help prevent stream erosion and will help deter trail users from straying on to private land."

After construction, the bridge will be turned over to the NC Division of State Parks, which owns the land. The work is expected to begin in the first half of 2017.

Siler City wins $1.5 million grant for wastewater upgrades

The Town of Siler City has been awarded a $1.5 million grant through the Community Development Block Grant – Economic Development program, which is administered through the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA). The grant, based on Mountaire Farm’s announcement of 700 new jobs for its future processing facility in the Town of Siler City, will help the town make wastewater system upgrades.

"We are very pleased with the announcement of this grant for the Town of Siler City to upgrade our wastewater system," said Mayor John Grimes. "Mountaire Farms has already demonstrated that it is an outstanding corporate citizen. This grant will help us meet our needs to adequately serve all of our residents and future growth."

In May 2016, Mountaire Farms announced the purchase of the former Townsends poultry processing facility in Siler City. With the announcement, comes 700 new jobs and an investment of $70 million. Construction is underway at the vacant processing plant to prepare for Mountaire Farms’ anticipated opening in Spring 2019.

The CDBG-ED Program in North Carolina is designed to benefit low- and moderate-income populations through job creation. Funding eligibility is contingent on the creation of permanent, full-time jobs meeting the following qualifying condition: at least 60% must be made available to persons whose household income over the previous 12 months was less than 80 percent of the median income for the area.

For more information, contact the Chatham Economic Development Corporation at 919.542.8274.


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