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March, 2015


Chatham’s New Board of Adjustment needs applicants

On March 16, 2015, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners approved the creation of a Board of Adjustment that will assume the role of hearing and deciding upon appeals and variances of county land use and development regulations. Read more...

Speak out about proposed stream and wetlands impacts for coal ash reuse projects

Public hearings planned for April - N.C. environmental officials have announced the start of the public comment period for a state water quality certification that is one of the requirements before coal ash can be reused in open-pit clay mines in central North Carolina. Read more...

Report on the Health of Our Community

The 2014 Chatham County Community Health Assessment Report is now available. The full report and the executive summary (English and Spanish) can be downloaded at Printed copies of these documents will also be available at the health department’s Siler City and Pittsboro sites, Chatham Hospital, local libraries, and other locations around the county.

The purpose of the Community Health Assessment, or CHA, is to foster a better understanding of the health needs of Chatham County residents. The year-long process is used to establish health priorities for the next three years and culminates in an action plan to address these priorities. The CHA helps local agencies and organizations working on health issues to plan and coordinate their efforts, and to ensure that the most pressing health concerns are being addressed. Read more...

Chatham Cattleman with Winning Mustache

Sam Groce with Winning Mustache The Cattlemen's Beef Association hosted a Mustache Dash competition in February 2015, with Chatham County Extension Director Sam Groce taking the top prize for Best Horseshoe style mustache. A horseshoe is defined as “full moustache with vertical extensions from the corners of the lips down to the jawline and resembling an upside-down horseshoe.” The winners were decided through voting on Facebook and announced as part of an evening event at the association’s national convention on Feb. 6, 2015. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) is the national trade association representing U.S. cattle producers, with more than 28,000 individual members and 64 state affiliate, breed and industry organization members.

A Medium’s Visions
Tania Thomas – Author, Spiritual Medium,
Motivational Speaker, and Sometimes Comedian

TaniaThomas Within my Facebook fan page, Visions and Voices, I receive an abundance of questions from inquisitive minds regarding what I do for a living. I would like to share with you some of questions that have topped the list as the most unusual and thought provoking, and perhaps you can relate to them too.

Here's an interesting question from Jean. "Can prayers and praying for a miracle for someone who is ill with cancer, really alter their life chart?" Read more

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Clean Jordan Lake’s Annual Spring Cleanup Rescheduled for March 28

Fran DiGiano, president of Clean Jordan Lake, announced that "the rainy, chilly weather on March 14 forced us to postpone our annual Spring Cleanup until Saturday, March 28, but we are hoping to get many of the 130 volunteers who registered for the original date."

Walking volunteers will meet at the Wildlife Resources Commission’s Gameland Access off the end of Seaforth Road. Boating and kayaking volunteers will launch from Robeson Creek Boat Ramps in the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. They will meet up with the walkers on Wilderness Island, the peninsula forming the east side of the Haw River Arm.

Boaters will ferry trash bags back to the boat ramps for off-loading to a dumpster provided by Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will donate staff and boat support.

DiGiano noted, "We are almost certain to reach the 10,000-bag total in our six-year history. We will thank our volunteers by raffling off a gift certificate for dinner at the Pittsboro Roadhouse and serving everyone a light lunch."

Volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. for sign-in and pick up of bags, gloves and snacks. The event ends at 1 p.m. The event includes a Trash Treasure Hunt with merchandise prizes. Due to potential hazards, children under the age of 11 may not participate and those between 11 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers are encouraged to register online for this event by visiting


Annual Piedmont Earthskills Gathering

The Piedmont Wildlife Center will hold its annual Piedmont Earthskills Gathering March 25-29 at Shakori Hills in Chatham County.

The Earthskills gathering will empower people through the development of the skills of their ancestors. The event will recreate an ancestral village experience where the ancient sounds, stories and skills are brought back to life. The gathering iindividuals and families with similar passions and interests to learn about interconnectedness, cultural heritage and ecological respect. More than 20 classes will be offered each day and will be taught by masterful instructors in the field who live what they teach. Participants will have the opportunity to create and take home hands-on projects. Some examples of classes and activities include matchless fire-making, edible and medicinal plant identification, hide tanning, knife honing, stone tool creation and use, ancient weaponry, basket making and much more. Specific classes will be posted at the beginning of each day of the event. Participants of all ages will gather for fireside celebrations each evening with traditional music, storytelling, dancing and other family activities. The event will be overnight. Attendees are welcome to bring tents, etc. or car camp.

Fo information about tickets, classes or what to bring, visit or contact Karen McCall at 919.489.0900 or via email at

About Piedmont Wildlife Center

The Piedmont Wildlife Center is a 503b nonprofit organization that seeks to help people across the Triangle foster healthy connections between people, nature and wildlife. The organization offers classes to educate adults, teenagers and children about nature education and wildlife conservation.

Board of Health seeks new members

The Chatham County Board of Commissioners seeks residents who are interested in promoting public health to apply for four open seats on the Board of Health. Available seats are designated for an optometrist, a physician, and a nurse. Appointments will be for terms beginning on July 1, 2015 and ending on June 30, 2018.

Once appointed, the members are eligible for reappointment to an additional three-year term. Qualified applicants must be residents of Chatham County and have current licenses to practice in North Carolina.

The Chatham County Board of Health is the policymaking, rule-making, and deliberative body for the Chatham County Public Health Department. The Board of Health’s responsibility is to protect and promote the health of the community.

Meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month, beginning at 6 p.m., with dinner provided and reimbursement for mileage.

Qualified applicants are asked to complete a volunteer application form no later than April 10, 2015.

The application can be completed online at Look for the Quick Links box on the homepage to find the link for Board & Committee Application. You also may contact Debra Henzey at 919.542.8258 or

Chatham Council on Aging Expands Storage of Equipment that Helps Many

"Thank you for the use of the mattress for my Dad and for all the help you have given both my Mom and Dad."

"I am a diabetic and both of my legs and feet were in very bad shape. I knew I would soon lose them—they were so swollen and infected. Within two weeks of receiving the wheelchair from you, a 'miracle.'"

These statements represent a few of the many expressions of thanks from seniors and their families who have benefited from the equipment that the Chatham County Council on Aging makes available. Such efforts are only possible when individuals and organizations donate a wide range of items (new and used) that the Council then loans to seniors and others in need. While this equipment often helps older adults remain living safely and more independently at home, the Council also provides some items to improve the quality of life of residents in local nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Examples of helpful donated equipment include: hospital beds and mattresses, wheelchairs, hoyer lifts, shower chairs, raised toilet seats, walkers, canes, and many other assistive devices and mobility aids. While this is an important service that the Council has offered for some time, its capacity has been limited for several reasons. A major challenge had been limited space to store such items as well as the need for additional volunteers to help provide this service.

Dennis Streets, director of the Council on Aging, reports that a generous donation has provided a new accessory building at the Eastern Chatham Senior Center in Pittsboro. “It will allow us to store much more equipment for use by our seniors and others in need.” The grant came from the Carolina Meadows Community Grants Program.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Megan Adkins at the Council on Aging at 919-542-4512 or You can also apply to volunteer through the Council on Aging website at If you have questions about the service or have items to donate, contact Alan Russo or Ethan Lechner at 919.542.4512, or Vickie Cheek at 919.742.3975. Monetary donations to the Council are tax deductible. The Council will provide a letter to those donating equipment acknowledging receipt of the items.

- Debra Henzey
Chatham County Government


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