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May 2019

Commissioners name LaMontagne County Manager

At its meeting on March 18, 2019, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners announced that Dan J. LaMontagne would officially assume the position of county manager. LaMontagne had been serving as interim county manager since October 1, 2018 after three years in the assistant county manager role. The Board of Commissioners conducted a manager search and interviewed several candidates, but decided that LaMontagne was the best choice for Chatham. "We're delighted to make this appointment," said Commissioner Chairman Mike Dasher. "While the pool of candidates was quite impressive – and I think indicative of Chatham's reputation as a great place to live and work – in the end, we knew that Dan’s experience and established relationships were unmatched and would serve the county well as we move forward."

Dasher continued, "Dan has the strong support of a very talented staff and has demonstrated a commitment to implementing the board’s vision and priorities. We're confident that under Dan's leadership we can take full advantage of the unique opportunities available to us and continue to grow Chatham County in a measured and thoughtful way."


CORA's SNACK! to Feed 1,500 Children this Summer

SNACK! (Summer Nutritional Assistance for Chatham Kids) is CORA's summer program that distributes much needed food to Chatham County children who normally receive subsidized meals at school during the academic year. In 2018, over 1,400 children participated in SNACK!, and CORA will expand SNACK! to serve more than 1,500 kids during summer 2019.

In Chatham County 50% of public school children, receive free or low-cost meals through the federal school lunch program because their family income is at or near poverty level. That is more than 4,300 Chatham County school children who likely will experience hunger this summer. The SNACK! Program will provide 21 healthy breakfasts, 21 lunches, 21 dinners, and snacks, for each week of summer vacation. Twenty sites across Chatham County, including churches, libraries, and community organizations, are partnering with CORA to distribute this food bi-weekly. Countless volunteers are working to make SNACK! run smoothly this summer and get nutritional assistance to families who need it.


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Free Computer Classes at Chatham Community Library
Improve your computer skills at Chatham Community Library! The library is offering a series of free computer classes in May and June. You can find a description of each class, including topics covered and prerequisites for attending, by visiting < href="" target="_blank"> Drop-in Computer Assistance: May 8, Wednesday, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Microsoft Excel Basics, Part 1: May 14, Tuesday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Microsoft Excel Basics, Part 2: May 21, Tuesday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM
NEW! Google Apps: June 4, Tuesday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Drop-in Computer Assistance: June 12, Wednesday, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Microsoft PowerPoint Basics, Part 1: June 19, Wednesday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Microsoft PowerPoint Basics, Part 2: June 26, Wednesday, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

The Drop-In Computer Assistance sessions (May 8 and June 12) do not require registration. For all other classes, space is limited and you must register in advance if you wish to attend. Register online at the address above. For more information, call 919-545-8086 or email

All classes take place in the computer lab at Chatham Community Library, 197 NC Hwy 87 N in Pittsboro, on the campus of Central Carolina Community College.

Syd Ginsberg sculpture show
NC Arts incubator is excited to present the work of sculptor Syd Ginsberg. Syd was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art where her WWII veteran classmates assisted in her creative expression and growth. Syd has had her unique cast bronze sculptures as well as her drawings shown at many galleries in New York City including the Hudson River Museum, the Art Gallery of Sarah Lawrence College, and the Greenwich Art Barn. Syd spent 30 years living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where her work was shown at Instituto Allende, Galleria Libertad and Galeria Atenea, among others. Syd's pieces represent the span of her impressive 77-year career.

Come see Syd's work at the former Person to Person Gallery, 210 North Chatham Avenue, across the street from the NC Arts Incubator on May 17th from 6-8 p.m. with live music. Additionally, Chatham County High School Art students will have work on display as entries in the Annual Mary Helen Moody Art Scholarship in the Arts Incubator PAF Gallery, 223 N. Chatham Avenue in Siler City, administered by NCAI. Also visit the newly opened NC Artshop with retail items available for sale by over 30 NC artists.

Second (Indianhead) Division Reunion
The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army's 2nd Infantry Division at any time. For information about the association and our 98th annual reunion in Tucson, Arizona from September 18 - 22, 2019; contact Bob Haynes or call 224-225-1202.


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