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April 2018

Environmental Awareness Pontoon Boat Tour for Jordan Lake One Water Association

On Wednesday morning, April 18, members of the Jordan Lake One Water Association (JLOWA) were aboard an Environmental Awareness Pontoon Boat Tour organized by the Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG) in partnership with Clean Jordan Lake.

The tour left from the Seaforth Boat Ramps at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. Cary Water Systems Manager Alex Jones explained the operation of the new Cary-North Chatham County water intake structure.


Citizens United Allows Foreigners to Buy U.S. Elected Officials
by Julian Sereno

Talk about the law of unintended consequences. The Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision allows corporations, labor unions and various other institutions to spend unlimited money on political campaigns. The winning argument, presented by the Conservative plaintiffs, was that limits on donations violated their First Amendment rights under the Free Speech clause of the U.S. Constitution. Of course, the Supremes had already ruled that corporations, labor unions and other institutions have the same Constitutional rights as human beings. However the Supremes forbade Political Action Committees funded from this raging revenue torrent from coordinating with candidate campaigns. Ha!

At the time I thought it was legalizing bribery, nothing less. But it turned out much worse. Donors can remain anonymous, so there is no telling whose paying the bribes. That means wealthy citizens of the world can buy influence in U.S. elections, everybody from Vlady Putin and his oligarchs to Crown Prince Salman of Saudi Arabia and everyone in between. Foreign money is forbidden in U.S. elections. Ha! Ha! Ha!


Losing the Capital Bank of Pittsboro
By Judy Hogan

I've always loved small banks, convenient to home, where you are known and welcomed. Sadly, most were then bought out by larger banks. My favorite small bank of all has been the Capital Bank on the circle in Pittsboro. I shop in Pittsboro Thursdays, and save my deposits for when I'm there. Bridget and Debbie always welcome me. I give them poems when I take them to the Pittsboro Farmers' Market in warm weather, and they love to get them. They always decorated imaginatively for Halloween and Christmas, and they offered monthly business displays. I had my books on display there last year. I could tell that other customers also loved that bank.

I was distressed to learn not long ago that Capital Bank has been bought by First Tennessee, and our branch in Pittsboro is being closed on May 25. Debbie and Bridget are hoping to be employed after the merger, and are already studying the new procedures. How I shall miss them.


Dear Pittsboro Commissioners and Planning Board:

Thank you for the opportunity to express concerns about the over development of the area around our town and the dire need to preserve woodlands, green ways, and river quality. I first came to the area as a college student in Chapel Hill in 1968. I paddled the Haw River before Jordan Lake existed. I have hiked trails and enjoyed the beautiful countryside of Chatham County for nearly 50 years and my roots, and many of my friends' roots, go deep here. In 2000, I began teaching at Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro. Because I am retired now, I have time to speak about the importance of keeping the water quality of the Haw River, the tree canopy, and other natural resources from the disturbance new developers are creating in the rural character of our county. I speak for many who live here who do not have time, energy, or hope enough to speak out about our concern for maintaining the quality of life we treasure here. We urge you to prevent misguided or insufficient planning that will result in traffic congestion, overbuilding, and too many hard surfaces that do not absorb rainwater or provide oxygen as trees and greenery do.

Many of us were dismayed by a recent request to rezone 91 acres at 64 and 15-501 for mixed use development right next to the high school and across the road from the new city Chatham Park is putting in the watershed of the Haw River. Residents have learned of plans for a 264 unit apartment complex right across 64 in Powell Place. They feel they have no say in stopping it. (Several years ago some home owners there were told the woods on the steep slope across the street from them would remain a natural view and instead a multistory building was built with its back to the neighborhood; the Powell Place residents learned they had no power, not enough money to fight "city hall" despite many meetings with the town board when it had another mayor.)


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Day of the Books / El Día de los Libros

Join us for Day of the Books / El Día de los Libros on April 28! A free family event, All children attending will receive a brand new bilingual book. Complimentary lunch for all!

Location: Virginia Cross Elementary School
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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Chatham County Partnership for Children | PO Box 637, 220 Chatham Business Drive, Pittsboro, NC 27312

Hispanic Liaison hosts 2nd Annual Legal Fair on Immigration in Siler City

On Saturday, April 28, The Hispanic Liaison (El Vínculo Hispano) will host its 2nd Annual Legal Fair on Immigration at the First United Methodist Church, 1101 West Raleigh Street in Siler City. The event will be from noon until 5:30 p.m. The Legal Fair is free and everyone is welcome. The recent immigration raids in Siler City and the Triangle are causing widespread fear in our communities. The Legal Fair is an opportunity for the Hispanic community and other immigrants to learn about their rights and speak directly with immigration attorneys. All presentations will be in English and Spanish.

Planned activities include a dialog with the candidates for Sheriff in Chatham County, workshops on immigration issues, free consultations with immigration attorneys, free DACA renewals and an expo of legal services and agencies. Representatives from the consulates of Mexico and Guatemala will also be present.

Registration begins at noon. The free private consultations with immigration attorneys will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. The Hispanic Liaison is also offering partial scholarships toward the $495 DACA renewal application fee for Chatham County residents.

Ilana Dubester, The Hispanic Liaison’s executive director, said, "The Legal Fair is for anyone who is concerned about their rights and immigration issues, especially the immigrant community. There are no immigration attorneys in Chatham County and we are pleased that, this year, we will be offering free consultations at the event."

More details: or 919-742-1448.

Shared Learning free class deadline is April 30

Shared Learning Association of Chapel Hill invites its members and those non-members from the general public to enroll, for free, in any of the six non-credit courses, being sponsored during May – June: Classes will be conducted by Shared Learning members and are held on Monday and Tuesday mornings at Expand Church, 114 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill 27514.

As listed on the Shared Learning website, the Monday courses include: 'Views on the News,' 'Meditation,' and 'The Best Poets.' On Tuesday mornings, courses include: 'Great Scientific Ideas,' 'Mark Twain's Humor,' and 'The Age of Henry VII.'

A schedule and full description of courses, plus the registration page, is available on the Shared Learning website. Or, contact Nancy at or 703.329.2933 to receive a paper copy of the catalog. The deadline for registration is April 30th.

Also available for viewing on the website is the full catalog for the Shared Learning fall semester of 24 courses, to be held on Monday – Friday mornings. Registration for these courses takes place during July and August, and classes are held from September 7th – December 15th. A modest yearly membership fee of $60 per person entitles the member to take as many courses as he/she wishes during the fall and spring terms.

4 Chatham County Early Voting Locations for 2018 Primary

The Chatham County Board of Elections reminds voters that early voting for the 2018 Primary Election on May 8, 2018 is underway. Early voting will end on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 2 PM.

The four early voting locations and directions are:

- Chatham County Board of Elections Office, 984-DThompson Street, Pittsboro. This is located behind the Hwy 55 Burgers Restaurant on the east side of Pittsboro.
- Northeast District Park, 5408 Big Woods Road on the west side of Jordan Lake. Look for a white park entry sign. If coming from US 64, turn on Big Woods Road and go 5.4 miles to the park, which will be on the right. If coming from US 15-501, take Jack Bennett Road to Big Woods Road. Take a right on Big Woods and the park will be on your left in a mile.
- Earl Fitts Community Center, 111 S Third Avenue, Siler City. It is across the street from the Masonic Lodge.
- Goldston Town Hall (NOTE: this site does not open until April 30, 2018), 40-A Coral Avenue, Goldston. From Main Street in Goldston, turn on Coral Avenue and go over the railroad tracks. The building will be almost immediately on the right.

The Board of Elections reminds residents that it is too late to register to vote or change your registration for the 2018 Primary, except that same day registration is available at each early voting site. You must have lived in Chatham County 30 days or more to be eligible to register and vote. Also, you must bring documents showing proof of Identification and proof of residency.

"Sacred Geometry" Art Exhibition

Art exhibition and sale featuring the work of painter and mixed media artist Gray Griffin and sculptor and furniture maker Erik Wolken is happening Saturday, May 5 at the studio of Erik Wolken, 127 Lady Bug Lane Chapel Hill 27516 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wine and cheese and light refreshments served for more information visit or call 919.923.5772.

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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