Chatham County Line - Where all voices are heard

June 2018

The Dope Problem in North Carolina
by Julian Sereno

Marijuana is now legal for recreational use in nine states and the District of Columbia, including the entire Pacific coast -- California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. For medical use, it is legal in 30 states plus D.C. That means that pot is illegal in less than half the states.

Public opinion polls favoring pot have swung dramatically since Y2K. Now a growing majority of Americans favor legalization, 61 percent according to a Pew Research Center report released in January. In 2001 it was 31 percent.

Among the states where pot is legal are economic powerhouses: California, with 40 million inhabitants a 2.5 trillion dollar GDP, has by far the largest economy in the U.S. Washington, Colorado, and Massachusetts all boast robust high-tech economies.

Marijuana opponents have always argued that it is gateway drug to lethal forms of dope, such as cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions makes that very argument.

Medical marijuana, they claim, merely opens the door to recreational marijuana. In that they may be right. The states that legalized medical marijuana first are the same ones to legalize recreational marijuana first. That might be because they have the most experience with weed, and none of the dire predictions of the naysayers came true.

Business is booming in everywhere recreational marijuana is legal, without any increase in traffic accidents, crime or any other social pathologies.

North Carolina is among the minority 20 states where marijuana remains illegal. North Carolina has always been socially conservative. A recent Elon University survey found 51 percent of N.C. voters oppose the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, compared to 45 percent who support it. The same survey also found that whopping 80 percent of those asked approve of the legalization of marijuana for medical use.


Joint Art Show & Sale to Benefit UNC Hospice

The work of three Chapel Hill-area artists will be on display and for sale at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro from May 25 to June 30, with a portion of sales benefiting UNC Hospice. The exhibit, titled "Layered Lives," will feature over 100 pieces by Ron Liberti, Harry Lane Wurster and the late Roger Kellison. An opening reception with music from Shark Quest will be held in conjunction with The 2nd Friday ArtWalk, June 8, from 6-9 p.m.

Subtitled "Paint, Photo Collage, Paste & Prints: Conversational Mixed Media," the show represents eight decades of work from three prolific, largely self-taught artists. The idea for the joint show came about quite organically, said Wurster.


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Citizens can learn and speak out about Overlay District

Pittsboro citizens and stakeholders alike can become familiar with Overlay District and weigh-in by attending the Town Planning Board meeting on June 4th at Town Hall and/or the Town Board meeting on June 11th. The meetings begin at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, which is located at 635 East Street.

Play Scrabble® For Literacy

"EXCITED" is the seven letter word to describe Chatham Literacy Council's new fundraiser! That could be your winning word at the First Annual "Play Scrabble® for Literacy" event on June 16th, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Anyone age 16 and older can test wits or just have fun at this event to be held at the Chatham County Agricultural and Convention Center at 1192-US-64 Business in Pittsboro.

The evening with emcee Pam Smith, includes playing Scrabble® as an individual or as part of a team, cheering on your favorite player(s) if that is more your thing, buffet dinner, live auction, music, bucket raffle, and prizes.

Chatham Literacy Council's Executive Director Vicki Newell says this fundraising event is an appropriate game for this nonprofit. "We thought a Scrabble® fundraiser would be a challenging and fun way to highlight the benefits of literacy and education. Proceeds from this event will help our organization to tutor more adults in Chatham County."

Dinner and raffle ticket purchases occur from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tickets for this FUNdraising event are $30 per game player and $20 for non-players. Registration for the event should be made before June 9th at, or by mail to Chatham Literacy at PO Box 1696, Pittsboro, NC 27312. You can also purchase bucket raffle tickets or Scrabble® mulligans the night of the event.

Chatham Literacy Council helps adults living or working in Chatham County acquire the literacy and educational skills they need to function successfully in society. All proceeds from this and other fundraisers directly fund Chatham Literacy's free one-on-one and small-group instruction.

Donations and fundraising efforts help Chatham Literacy support an increasing number of adults to read to their children, talk with their healthcare providers, obtain employment, improve their job performance, and/or become U.S. citizens.

Chatham County Board of Health honors workers, partners

At its monthly meeting on May 21st, the Chatham County Board of Health recognized individuals who work daily to improve the health of Chatham County residents. The awards, which were presented by Board of Health Chair Carol Reitz-Barlow, are given annually to an employee and community partner who embody the mission of the health department.

The first award of the evening went to Danielle White, who was named the 2018 Employee of the Year. Ms. White, Processing Assistant, has been with the department for 12 years, successfully working at the clinic before joining the Health Promotion and Policy Division. "Danielle is the ultimate team player who has given so much to the public health department over the past decade. When asked to help with something, big or small, I have only ever heard her respond in two ways: 'Sure can' or 'Already did it,' said Health Promotion and Policy Division Director Mike Zelek. "She is a true public servant and an example for all of us to follow."

The recipient of the 2018 Community Health Partnership Award was Piedmont Health Services, represented by Chief Executive Officer Brian Toomey and Leslie Sharpe, Family Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Instructor for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing Leslie. "We were pleased at the health department to see Piedmont Health Services receive the Community Partner award from the Board of Health," stated Health Director Layton Long. The nomination letter praised Piedmont’s leadership and staff for their provision of quality care and enthusiasm for collaboration. Over the past year, Piedmont has accepted the health department’s adult primary care patients to allow for an expansion of community-based services and co-managed diabetes prevention and chronic disease management programming. Mr. Long continued, "Piedmont has been a strong partner in working with the health department, the Chatham Health Alliance, and others to improve community health and increase access to health services to those in need. We are fortunate to have Piedmont as a partner in the community."

The Chatham County Public Health Department would like to congratulate Piedmont Health Services and Ms. White and thank them for their service to Chatham County.

Grand Opening for Central Piedmont Urgent Care

The public is invited to attend a 10 a.m. Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration for Central Piedmont Urgent Care on June 16. There will be family fun activities and refreshments until 2 p.m. Central Piedmont Urgent Care is located at 101 Walmart Supercenter in Siler City, North Carolina.

About Central Piedmont Urgent Care...
Central Piedmont Urgent Care was the creative vision of three local practitioners who desired to bring convenient, cost-sensitive healthcare to Siler City and the surrounding communities. Recognizing that access to high quality, immediate medical care was lacking outside of the larger North Carolina urban areas, they desired to bring the same level of urgent care service to growing suburban and rural centers that often go underserved. This includes providing full levels of emergency evaluation of sprain, fractures and wound management as well as the usual evaluation and treatment of cold, flu and common illnesses.

Second 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 97th annual reunion in Jacksonville, Florida from September 19 - 23, 2018, contact Mike Davino at, visit a href="" target="_blank"> or call 919.498.1910.

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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