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K-8 schools foster inequity
by Elizabeth McGlaughlin Haddix

Missing from the recent news coverage of the opposition to Chatham County Superintendent Logan’s reconfiguration proposal is the perspective of parents and students from the schools which receive significantly fewer dollars per pupil than the K-8 programs. More...

Stop the poisoning
of our rivers

by Timothy Keim

Thanks to the Ladies and Gentlemen of the BOC for your service and all who are in attendance to night to take part in our local democracy. More...

Evils of bottled water

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Let the sun shine on Solar workshops at CCCC
Federal and state agencies, universities and community colleges are collaborating to bring solar closer to you. Come for a day filled with short workshops and activities to learn how you can be a part of this growing solar industry March 23, 2011 at Central Carolina Community College – Pittsboro Campus.

Activities and Workshops for the Day
10 a.m. – noon -- How to Land Your Green Energy Dream Job* - Learn to leverage your knowledge, education, skills and interests, and find out what training, certifications and organizations can help boost your chances to land your dream job.

10 a.m. – noon -- The Renewable Energy Workforce, Transportation, and Energy Careers: What Does the Future Hold For You?*

This presentation for high-school students will help them find activities and educational pathways to pursue a career in the clean energy industry. Get up-close and personal with a solar electric system and take a tour of CCCC's facilities!

*NOTE: These workshops are concurrent.

1-2 p.m. Federal and State Solar Programs for Educators
Receive an overview of the activities of the US Department of Energy, the NC Solar Center and Central Carolina Community College geared to develop solar training in the nation, the southern Mid-Atlantic region and the state.
2-2:15 p.m. Announcement of the 135 kW Solar Electric (Photovoltaic) System at CCCC, in Partnership with FLS Energy
2:15-3 p.m. Making Solar Work for Schools, Industry and Government - This short talk will enlighten the participant on how investor owned lease agreements work, and why they work.
3 -4 p.m. Solar Demonstration - Get up-close and personal with a solar electric system. Local solar instructors will be on hand to answer all your technical questions!
4-5 p.m. Economics of Solar 101 - Learn how to make the economics of solar work for you in your home or business.

To find out more about the events of the day, contact: Laura Lauffer, Sustainable Technologies Coordinator, Central Carolina Community College, 919.545.8032, or Lyra D. Rakusin, North Carolina Solar Center,, 919.513.7769.

Library to host NC filmmaker Cash Michaels
The Friends of the Chatham Community Library will present an evening with award-winning journalist and filmmaker Cash Michaels, writer, producer and director of "Obama in NC: The Path to History" on Thursday, March 17, 7:30 – 9 p.m. at the Library. Michaels will discuss the creation of this extraordinary documentary which examines North Carolina's racial backdrop from Reconstruction through the 2008 election of our first African-American president, Barack Obama.

This widely honored documentary film provides a memorable look at our state from the Jim Crow era, through the civil rights turmoil of the 1960’s, to events leading up to a presidential campaign in North Carolina that helped change our country’s history.

This program will be held at the Chatham Community Library in the Holmes Family Meeting Room. All programs are free and open to the public. The library is located at 197 Hwy. 87 North in Pittsboro, on the campus of Central Carolina Community College.

Record and CD show in Carrboro
The Twelfth Bi-annual Carrboro CD and Record Show takes place Sunday, April 3 from noon till 6 p.m. at the Carrboro Century Center: Century Hall (2nd floor) 100 North Greensboro St. (Intersection of Greensboro Street with Main & Weaver Streets.) It will feature 40 tables of new and used CDs, vinyl records and music memorabilia. Free admission. For information: 919-260-0661 or

Support adult literacy at author luncheon
Piedmont Laureate Scott Huler will talk about his latest book, "On the Grid," at the April 6 Authors for Literacy Luncheon to benefit the Chatham County Literacy Council. The prize-winning author, journalist and public radio contributor also will answer questions and sign books at the event, which will be at Governors Club in north Chatham County.

The luncheon will begin with a silent auction at 11:30 a.m., followed by Huler’s presentation and a live auction. Bidders will have a wide variety of items to choose from: dinners and golf outings, works by local artists, a Carnival cruise, a one-year membership at the Duke Center for Living, and more. All proceeds from the luncheon will be used to fund the literacy council’s free tutoring programs for Chatham County adults who cannot read, write or speak English well enough to reach their goals.

As the 2011 Piedmont Laureate, Huler is promoting literary excellence in the region through readings, workshops and presentations. The nationally published journalist and author of six non-fiction books says he’s had the chance to cover a broad range of subjects, “from the death penalty to bikini waxing, from NASCAR racing to the stealth bomber.” He also has appeared on public radio programs including “All Things Considered,” “Day to Day” and WUNC’s “The State of Things.”

The deadline for registering for Authors for Literacy is March 30. The luncheon is $50 per person, $28 of which is a tax-deductible donation to the literacy council. To register and pay online, go to To register by mail, send a check to Chatham County Literacy Council, P.O. Box 1696, Pittsboro, NC 27312, along with a note specifying the check is for Authors for Literacy and including the names of those attending, your e-mail address for an electronic confirmation, and any dietary restrictions.

For more information on the event, contact Bonnie Bechard at 919.542.0844 or go to For more on Huler, visit

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