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June 2016

Open Meetings Focus on Planning Chatham’s Future

Chatham County residents are invited to attend one of several community meetings in different locations across the county to learn about and provide feedback on two major planning efforts underway. Note that two meetings (June 21 and 23) give residents the chance to weigh in on both planning efforts at the same time.

Chatham County Comprehensive Plan Input: The Comprehensive Plan is an initiative of Chatham County Government to produce a policy document that will guide the county’s development over the next 25 years. The Comprehensive Plan will reflect the community’s priorities and a careful analysis of data and existing policy documents. Development of the plan is expected to conclude in April 2017.


A Work in Progress -- a writer’s short story
by Gaines Steer

Now Gilrod Seafront was a North Carolina Writer. Unpublished. In High School he wrote for his school’s newspaper: the Starbright Epic. Assigned to write-up publishable minutes of the Honor Society (of which he was not a member), Gil collected the minutes from the club president and published them each quarter, unabridged. In Junior College, he was hired (part-time) by the Appalachian Sentinel to write obituaries following the historic paper’s ironclad protocol. He once applied to be “Special Events Columnist” but was not hired. "Over-qualified!" the Editor appraised his bid.

After he earned the post in the parts department at Chevrolet City, Gil continued to pursue his career goal to become a published freelance writer. He enthusiastically took an exploratory six week online course titled Creative Writing: WIN NOW! and signed up to join a writer’s support group sponsored by the NC Writer’s Association, Inc. He was too nervous to attend meetings, however, and sat outside the National Guard Armory’s Neighbor Courtesy Conference Room in his pickup truck for 19 weeks trying to gain sufficient nerve to join the group. He had pre-paid a $12 membership fee to join. His confidence began to fade.


Independent bookstore opens in Saxapahaw

As if there weren't enough reasons to take a short day trip out to the cozy village of Saxapahaw, it's now home to Alamance County's only independent book store. The Red Door Books and Art opened its doors in early May to coincide with the Haw River Festival and the first Saturdays in Saxapahaw Farmer's Market. Located in the historic Sellers Building on Jordan Drive, across the road and just a short walk down from the Saxapahaw General Store and the Haw River Ballroom, The Red Door offers a wide variety of both new and used books, a selection of gift items as well as artwork, art prints, pottery, and jewelry created by local North Carolina artists.

The Red Door is family owned and operated, the culmination of a decades long dream to bring together books and art in just the right setting. Owners Glenn, Sandy, and Orin Shepherd have lived in North Carolina for nearly 40 years. It's where Glenn and Sandy raised two children, it's where their son Orin graduated from Williams High School in Burlington and where he spent most of his college years at UNC-Asheville. After Glenn and Sandy bounced around the east coast, west and southwest, becoming grandparents to two wonderful kids, Oliver and Greta, they returned to North Carolina to finally settle down. They teamed up with their son to put down roots in Saxapahaw, open the book store they'd been dreaming of, and become members of the vibrant and passionate community of Saxapahaw.


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Civil War locomotive chase reenactment

A locomotive chase, similar to James J. Andrews' commandeering of the locomotive General on the Western and Atlantic Railroad at Big Shanty (now Kennesaw) Ga., during the Civil War, will be reenacted Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, on the New Hope Valley Railway at Bonsal.

Andrews raid was designed to cut the rail line between Atlanta and Chattanooga. The North Carolina chase was trying to stop Gen. Joseph P. Johnston from sending his wounded and materiel westward to Greensboro. Reenactors of the Charlotte Artillery and other units will join railway volunteers to recreate the April 1865 event.

Tickets for the railroad chase can be obtained by visiting Triangle's The New Hope Valley Railway is operated by the North Carolina Railway Museum and all members of the museum are volunteers. The museum is a 501 (3) (c) nonprofit corporation. Bonsal is located west of Apex on Old US 1, near the Shearon Harris power plant.

Volunteers needed for Orange County Family Event

The Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer Carnival is coming to the Jerry M. Passmore Center (next to the Sportsplex), 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough on Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The Carnival will feature a "Celebrity" Dunking Booth, Side Shows, Fun Games and Activities for ALL Ages, Food Trucks, Carnival Attractions and Carnival Foods. Our Emcee will be Shanon Vickery of UNC TV, and one of our Carnival Barkers will be Mayor Tom Stevens of Hillsborough.

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, July 30 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., to assist with the following: Event Set-up and Breakdown, Paper Hand Puppets on Parade (Giant Puppets), Outdoor Games and Activities and Clown and Performance Artists.

This is a fun event for people of ALL ages and will benefit Friends of the Passmore Center (Senior Center) in Hillsborough and Friends of the Seymour Center (Senior Center) in Chapel Hill. For more volunteering information, email Lauren at


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