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March 2019

Chatham gets new Animal Services Director

Kimberly Harman, Animal Services Director The Chatham County Public Health Department is pleased to introduce Kimberly Harman as the new Animal Services Director. On March 4, Kimberly joined the Animal Services Division, which houses both the animal shelter and animal control.

Kimberly comes to the agency with 20 years of professional experience in animal welfare which, as she states, “began when a stray dog wandered into my yard and I took it to the local animal shelter.” After learning more about the organization’s efforts to help animals in her community, she applied to become a part-time Animal Caretaker at the shelter. Since that time, Kimberly’s passion for animal welfare grew stronger as her experience and knowledge became more diverse. Kimberly has held the positions of Animal Caretaker, Animal Control Officer, Deputy Chief of Animal Control, Volunteer Coordinator, Adoptions Manager, and Shelter Director for a high-volume shelter in Washington, D.C. Kimberly has also worked at The Humane Society of the United States where she was the Animal Sheltering Manager, a position where she focused on creating best practices for animal shelters across the nation.


Participate helps educators teach global citizens of the future
By David Young

As human beings, we all have an innate global curiosity. We can usually remember an educator who, through their own interests, fostered that curiosity. Maybe they traveled to a foreign country over summer vacation or hosted exchange students in their home, then came back to lead a small-scale project in our classrooms. These types of educational experiences are imperative in today’s increasingly global society.

The question we have to ask, however, is how can we make global learning accessible to all students, across all types of communities, both rural and urban? How can we make global competencies whole-school initiatives, instead of a special program only available to a select group of students? How can we create global schools that grow global citizens?


An Epidemic of Anchor Babies
by Jeff Davidson

Three years ago this coming April, testimony before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security revealed that between 350,000 and 400,000 children are born annually to an illegal-alien mother, residing in the United States. Nationwide, this total represents as many as one in ten births.

As of 2010, four out of five children of illegal aliens residing in the U.S. were born here – some 4 million kids. Said another way, 4,000,000 anchor babies in the U.S., in a family of only four, means that perhaps as many as 16,000,000 people benefit from deportation immunity. Is this what the 14th Amendment is all about? Did you get to vote on this fundamental transformation of American society? How about the many millions more illegals, as well, having babies here?


Love, Chatham County Style

Love, Chatham Style

What is this thing called Love? I don’t pretend to know much about it, but they did nickname me "Tamilove" in college. Love is beautiful. Love is painful. Love is complicated. Love is delicious. And love is -- above all -- what we strive for to reach a higher place of awareness. I know that love brings tears to my eyes, lumps to my throat and sometimes pits in my stomach. Love can make one feel fearless, super human, and invincible.

I understand what it’s like to love a child, to love a partner, to be in that obsessive state of new exciting love, to love a friend, to love nature, to love this life, and to have passion. We all experience love differently depending on how we were raised, our experiences and our ancestors. Love is a reflection, a projection and sometimes a rejection.


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Trash During Flooding

Clean Jordan Lake's Spring Trash Cleanup March 23

Van Murray, President of Clean Jordan Lake, said "this will be the largest turnout in our 10 year history and it’s because the disastrous flooding last fall brought greater awareness that rain also flushes huge amounts of trash into the water." The flooding forced Clean Jordan Lake to cancel its Annual Fall Cleanup because the shoreline was totally inaccessible to volunteers for months following Hurricane Florence and yet more rain came with Michael and two more storms.

Fran DiGiano, Past-President added that "the lake level is finally receding to normal this week after again having risen to 17 feet above in early February -- the weather should be sunny and warm for our cleanup on Saturday." The target area is a one-mile stretch on the east side of the Haw River Arm just to the south of where Robeson Creek enters it.

Murray noted "a group of neighbors in the Ryan Rd. area of Pittsboro have reached out to us because they want to add to our totals by removing trash on a shoreline section near them, across the Haw River Arm from our cleanup."

Clean Jordan Lake’s volunteers are from 11 to 80 years old. In response to this Spring's call to action, new membership in, where volunteers RSVP to attend, brought enrollment to nearly 1,100. Since 2009 when Clean Jordan Lake was founded by Fran DiGiano and Tom Colson, over 6,500 volunteers have removed 15,000 bags of trash (about 150 tons) and 4,600 tires from 20 miles of shoreline.

DiGiano said "we're grateful this year for financial support from a Syngenta Community Grant to make a large event possible and we'll continue our traditions of coffee and biscuits to welcome volunteers and a Trash Treasure Hunt with merchandise prizes to make environmental stewardship not only satisfying but fun to do."

All volunteers must register in advance at and bring a completed Liability Waiver Form to the registration table, located on the NC Wildlife Resources Commission Game Lands off the end of Seaforth Rd. in Pittsboro. The event is from 9 a.m. to Noon. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will assist by hauling trash by boat back to their headquarters on Jordan Dam Rd. and Chatham County will provide a dumpster and a recycle container for plastics and glass.

Ribbon Cutting

The public is invited to attend a Ribbon Cutting and Open House for the Chatham Council on Aging’s Western Chatham Senior Center as they celebrate the addition of newly built porches through a grant for seniors.

A Ribbon Cutting will take place at 10 a.m. on April 05 at 112 Village Lake Road, Siler City. An Open House with refreshments will follow and end by 11:30 a.m.

Chatham Council on Aging promotes independent living and physical and mental wellness through its services and activities for the population aged 60 and older.

An 11 a.m. Ribbon Cutting will take place on April 16, 2019 at 1101 East 3rd Street, Siler City. An Open House with refreshments will follow and end by 1:30 p.m. Chatham Transit Network will be available to shuttle attendees back and forth for tours of the plant and the Medical Center.

Book Sale at the Chatham Community Library

The Friends of the Chatham Community Library (FotCCL) will hold its Spring Book Sale March 28, 29 and 30 at the library on the campus of Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro. Hours of the sale are Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At the book sale, more than 18,000 hardbound and softbound books, audio books and more will be available for purchase. Audio-visual items such as DVDs, CDs, LPs and audio books will also be offered. Each sale includes a completely new assortment of titles in very good to excellent condition, and all are organized by category, subject or format.

Admission is free and there is plenty of parking, also free, plus volunteers to assist with carrying out and loading books into patrons' cars. Cash, checks and major credit cards are also accepted at the FotCCL book sales.

On Thursday, the first day of the sale, purchases of $200 or more are entitled to a 20 per cent discount; on Friday, all books and materials are half price; and on Saturday, customers may fill bags with books and other materials for $5 each, with no limit to the number of bags they fill. Paper bags are available free, compliments of local food stores, but patrons may also bring their own tote bags.

Members of the Friends of the Chatham Community Library receive discount cards worth $3 each, including all those who join at the book sale. This discount may also be used on any day of the sale.

Regular book offerings include huge assortments of general history, Civil War, World Wars I and II, biographies, classic novels, cookbooks, art books (such as antiques, architecture, film, painting, photography, etc.), philosophy, religion, humor, children’s books, reference, self-help and much more.

Proceeds from the book sale are used to benefit the library for underwriting various programs; purchasing needed books, materials and equipment; and improving its technology and services.

The Chatham Community Library is located at 197 NC Highway 87 in Pittsboro, about a half mile north of US Highway 64 Business (West Street).

More information about the book sale, including membership in the Friends and volunteer opportunities, may be found on the FotCCL Website at


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