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February 2018

Chatham psychologist launches group to help families living with FASD

UNC researcher says up to 1 in 20 people may have a developmental disability caused by prenatal alcohol exposure (JAMA, Online, February 6, 2018)

The New York Times reported February 6 that a new research study found up to one in 20 first graders are suspected of having a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The study, led by UNC researcher, Philip May, PhD, was published in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). "The JAMA study reinforces that prenatal alcohol exposure is a significant public health issue that cannot be dismissed," says Kathy Hotelling, PhD, executive director of newly formed nonprofit, NCFASD Informed, Inc. and longtime resident of Chatham County.

Dr. Hotelling continued, "People suffer more significantly from the lifelong effects from prenatal exposure to alcohol than drugs or other toxins. Unfortunately, the level of awareness of this fact is very low in North Carolina and around the United States. For those with exposure to alcohol in utero, proper diagnosis and appropriate interventions are essential for the best quality of life. Those who live with an FASD face extraordinary challenges throughout their lifespan. This is exacerbated by estimates that about 90 percent of those with this disability are not properly diagnosed."


Resolving for a Meaningful New Year
by Dianne Flinn

New Year’s Eve has always been a bittersweet night for me. It’s traditionally an evening when friends and family members enthusiastically reveal their resolutions and share in the hope that next year will be even better than the one we are saying goodbye to. Magazines and TV specials mesmerize us with their glossy recap a whole year of trends, events (both happy and heartbreaking), triumphs, and the loss of celebrities and others who were in the spotlight for their contributions to the world. I, on the other hand, always fret that I failed to fulfill all my resolutions from December 31st of last year. I never completed that online class I started last summer. Knitting projects and quilts sat unfinished, the yarn and fabric collecting dust. My cell phone’s storage was still full of pictures which never made it into photo albums. As the clock rapidly approached midnight, I hurriedly made a last-minute list of resolutions in my head, many of them recycled from the past few years. Would I finally be able to get everything on my list accomplished? Could next year be different than the others?

This year, my husband and I agreed to let our daughter stay up late to watch the famous crystal ball drop at the strike of midnight. After all, this was a special night that only came around once a year. Yes, I broke my 2017 (and 2016) resolution of holding her to a strict bedtime. We snuggled on our cozy couch, sharing a pile of assorted blankets and bedspreads watching the excited crowd in New York brave sub-zero wind chills with the always funny Steve Harvey. When asked what their resolutions were for 2018, people's answers ranged from pursuing a college degree to making others smile. No one responded that they aspired to finally get that closet cleaned out or organize the piles of papers in their home office. Those would certainly be good accomplishments, but were not inspiring enough to make it onto any television broadcast.


Chatham County wins Spotlight Award in Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge

Chatham County has been selected to receive $25,000 as part of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge (the Challenge) Spotlight Award. Nationwide, ten winners and five honorable mentions were selected for their ability to address the need to improve opportunities for all Americans – regardless of income, education or ethnic background – to take an active role in healthy living.

The Challenge was launched in 2016 by the Aetna Foundation, along with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the National Association of Counties (NACo), to help empower 50 small-to-midsize cities and counties to implement innovative solutions for their local public health issues. The 15 selected organizations have tackled community-specific health disparities head-on and developed practical, evidence-based strategies to improve health conditions and promote heathy living.

Chatham County has been highlighted as a Spotlight Award winner for identifying creative partnerships and enacting sustainable and replicable programs that address the unique health issues facing the Chatham community. Specifically, the award recognizes the collaborative effort of the Chatham County Public Health Department and Planning Department, along with the Chatham Health Alliance, to promote and foster health through the recently adopted Chatham County Comprehensive Plan. The partnership resulted in the inclusion of a new Plan Goal, "To foster healthy communities," and a comprehensive Health Element that details strategies and recommendations to improve community health through the plan. Moving forward, the Chatham Health Alliance will work with these and other partner agencies and organizations to enact the strategies recommended in the Health Element and advance its efforts to shape a healthier Chatham for all.


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Carolina Tiger Rescue hosts 11th Annual Black Tie & Tails Ball
The wild cat sanctuary's premier fundraiser and auction will benefit the resident animals, help build habitat for small animals

Carolina Tiger Rescue's 11th Annual Black Tie & Tails Ball will be held at the Washington Duke Inn in Durham on Feb. 24 from 7 to 11 p.m.

The ball is the wild cat sanctuary’s premier fundraising event and auction, and the proceeds will benefit the resident animals. This year's fund-a-cause is a small animal habitat that would ensure Carolina Tiger’s kinkajous and coatimundis remain outdoors all year. The organization’s three kinkajous Albert, Lola and Wednesday are housed indoors at the site’s veterinarian center during the winter months.

The ball is also a new way for supporters to connect with Carolina Tiger.

"It's a way for you to come and show your support for Carolina Tiger Rescue and to have fun," Executive Director Pam Fulk said. "Having fun, despite the formality of the event, is the single-biggest comment we get all year. I think it's a different way for people to come and support us and to introduce new people to us in a fun way."

Tickets are $169 each, and guests will enjoy a glamorous evening of fine food, beverages, music and games while on a virtual tour of Indonesia.

The ball features silent and live auctions, which open on Feb. 18. Among the featured items are vacation packages, jewelry and special experiences at the sanctuary, such as A Day with the Vet, where the winner will shadow house vet Dr. Angela Lassiter while she does an animal procedure.

The ball has attracted 31 sponsors, raising a record $25,000 in sponsorships this year.

About: Carolina Tiger Rescue is a 501(c)3 federally-accredited nonprofit wildlife sanctuary dedicated to saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild. We work toward a day when wild cats are living in their native habitats and not exploited by humans.

Pittsboro Baptist Preschool's registration

Pittsboro Baptist Preschool’s registration for the 2018-19 school year will be February 19-20, 2018 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Pittsboro Baptist Church (PBC) Fellowship Hall. Enrollment for all returning students, siblings, and PBC church members is February 19th while all new students may register February 20th. The preschool, located at 121 West Salisbury Street, Pittsboro, NC, serves ages one through four (pre-kindergarten).

According to Preschool Director Jennifer Cashion, "We seek to support the home and extend the ministry of the church by providing biblically based, age-appropriate education for our students. We have a holistic approach which addresses their development cognitively, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually."

Please contact the preschool office if you have any questions at 919.545.9268 or via email at

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 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

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

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


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