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Beware Chatham, fracking attracts human snakes

Chatham County is facing an environmental crisis; Jordan Lake is impaired and fracking is likely to be forced on us and the main discussion on the chatlist is snakes and recycling. Oh we have those big time! Chatham County also has a few commissioners that don't seem to be able to think for themselves. Remember the game, "follow the leader." Even if that leader is taking Chatham County over a cliff. Where is the research and hard facts to backup their decisions of the draft Cary Land Use Map with Chatham County? Many areas of this recent map should be up for an intense review. Wake up every body, we are in trouble. More...

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Workshop to Teach Veterans about Heritage Breed Agriculture

Join the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) and the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC) May 4 – 5, 2012, for a two-day intensive workshop that will help transform today’s veterans into tomorrow’s farmers. This first-of-its kind workshop will educate and train America’s service men and women on the skills necessary to steward some of America’s most historic and endangered farm animals.

“ALBC is the perfect partner for FVC,” said Chris Ritthaler, National Veteran Outreach Coordinator for the Farmer Veteran Coalition. “Many of our veterans come to us without a background in agriculture and do not feel constricted by ‘accepted’ American agriculture practices. Most realize the need to find niche markets in order to find success as a Beginning Farmer/Rancher and heritage breeds are the perfect opportunity for these vets to find their market share.”

The workshop, titled From Service to Stewardship, will be held at Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro. Friday’s program will include a full-day classroom session featuring many local farmers. “Friday’s activities will introduce attendees to a variety of heritage breeds that are a good fit for the small farm,” said Jeannette Beranger, Research and Technical Program Manager for ALBC. On Saturday, attendees will select a track and visit local, successful small farm operations where they will get an up-close look at the realities of heritage breed farming. Over the course of the two days, veterans will learn about hog production, poultry production, heritage cattle, raising equines, and small ruminant production. In addition, vets will be introduced to the marketing aspects of raising heritage breeds.

To register for the workshop, call the ALBC office at 919.542.5704, or email The cost of the workshop is $95.

Whoa! Heads Up – Benefit for Therapeutic Riding

“Heads Up has helped me gain/build my confidence by riding horses. It has been helpful in many ways. First it has helped me be happier. Second, it is a privilege to be able to ride horse because not everyone has that in their life! And third, I have learned to take control of Rose and Quinn and not have them take control of me! Quinn makes me work to make my legs stronger. And Rose makes my hands work and it also made me have patience and more control too! Kate is a awesome instructor for me because she is patient, kind, and a cool person too! Heads Up has helped me a whole lot. I want to thank Terry for letting come and help her out at the barn!”

These words are directly from a teenage rider at Heads Up Therapeutic Riding Program in Pittsboro. This program has served individuals with exceptional needs in Chatham County for 21 years. It has remained sustainable as a result of substantial support from volunteers and contributors, all of whom are united in the mission of providing therapeutic horse-related activities to individuals, like the young woman above, who have exceptional needs and prosper from the interaction between a horse, their body, their mind, their spirit, and the instructor. The instructors have degrees in Therapeutic Horsemanship and have certifications in appropriate organizations. But most importantly they are COMMITTED to and LOVE what they do!

Exciting plans are underfoot at Heads Up! Please join the community in supporting this program that is so important to so many individuals in our area. Attend the annual Kentucky Derby Party to be held at The Tack Room, 115 Hillsboro Street in Pittsboro on Saturday, May 5 from 3-7 p.m. This is a lively and fun party…gourmet buffet, live music, hat contest, silent auction, and race coverage on big screen TV. Tickets can be ordered via or 919.542.6207 or through purchase that day. Heads Up depends on the support of the community: sponsors, volunteers, donations, and attendance at this annual fundraiser. Please join us … impact the lives of these truly exceptional individuals.

Carrboro Day Features Music, Food, Poetry and Family Fun

All citizens of Carrboro and surrounding communities are cordially invited to come to the 17th annual Carrboro Day celebration on Sunday, May 6 from 1 to 6 p.m. Carrboro Day will be celebrated at the Town Hall, 300 West Main Street. If it rains, most activities will relocate to the Carrboro Century Center at Main, Weaver and Greensboro Streets.

The Fearrington Poet’s Corner

The Fearrington Poets Corner will hold their annual public reading at the Joyful Jewel Gallery, 44A Hillsboro Street, Pittsboro on Sunday, May 6 beginning at 3 p.m.

The Fearrington Poets have been “poeting” together for nearly seven years, with a membership ranging from six to 10 regulars. The group meets on the third Monday of every month at the second floor meeting room provided by Galloway Ridge. Estimates vary but the Poet’s Group has probably produced some 700 or more poems since their first meeting in April, 2005. Many of the current and former members have published their own poetry and in 2006 the Poets’ Corner published a booklet of poems by 10 of its activists, totaling fifty poems under the title of “Beautiful Spirit.”

The May 6 production will include seven poets reading two short poems each while the audience will have copies of the poems to follow each presentation. Once the readings are concluded discussions will be encouraged between poets and audience and other poets. It’s always an exciting pro and con interchange … but at a respectable level.

Wild Things and Wild Places

Wild Things and Wild Places, a show of paintings in acrylic by Shannon Bueker at the Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro, displays 15 works from the past two years, acrylic paintings that continue to describe Shannon’s love for nature's wonders. All of the pieces have come from travels to the NC coast or sketches made right in Shannon’s backyard and neighborhood. “Everything starts in my sketchbook, from the barest gesture drawings to plans and note-taking on things I see but don't have time to draw.”

There will be a reception for the show on May 6, First Sunday, 4 – 6 p.m. at the Carolina Brewery. To see more of Shannon’s work,

Playhomes fundraiser for Prevention of Child Abuse

The Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties is pleased to announce that the 20th annual Parade of Playhomes fundraiser is currently underway at the American Tobacco District Campus in downtown Durham through May 6. Three (3) adorable custom-built child-size playhomes are on display near Cuban Revolution. These playhomes, built by Saussy Burbank, Builders FirstSource and the Professional Remodelers Council of the Home Builders Association, are valued between $2,500-$5,000. Two playhomes will be raffled and one playhome will be auctioned online at (auction begins April 28th).

One hundred percent of the proceeds of this event will be used in family outreach programs to prevent child abuse in our communities. Tickets are $3 each (or 2 for $5) and are available for purchase online at . The raffle drawing will take place on Sunday, May 6 at the American Tobacco Campus and the winner does not need to be present to win.

For more information, visit or call the Home Builders Association at 919.493.8899.

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