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July-August, 2015

Publishing my father’s manuscript 50 years after he died
by Julian Sereno

Take Care of the Night: A Study of Religion, Dream, and Magic Father’s Day was special this year. While I’ve enjoyed it ever since I first became a father, this year I got to honor my own father who died 50 years ago. I did it by publishing his last book, Take Care of the Night: A Study of Religion, Dream, and Magic from the manuscript he was finishing when died.

The title is his. The remainder of the title, Anxiety -- An Examination by a Classically-Trained Scholar of the Mid-Twentieth Century, is mine. The topic of the book is anxiety and the ways that humanity copes.

His name was Renzo Sereno and he was a gifted scholar, Professor of Political Theory and Cultural Relations at the School for Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. He read in Greek, Latin, English, Italian, French and Spanish and remembered it all. He published one other book, The Rulers, in 1962 and authored and co-authored numerous scholarly articles.

He typed Take Care of the Night on his old portable Olivetti and then wrote extensive edits and revisions by hand that, unfortunately, were largely illegible. After he died, my mother gave the manuscript to his dear friend, Sebastian de Grazia, who was Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University (and went on win the Pulitzer Prize for biography). Sebastian, I surmise, hired a typist after he looked at the unintelligible two-hundred-plus pages. The result was a second manuscript, clearly typed, but with frequent gaps where the typist was unable to decipher my father’s handwriting.


Chatham Commissioners Adopt Two-Year Moratorium on Oil and Gas Development

PITTSBORO, NC- On August 17, 2015, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners adopted an ordinance imposing a two-year moratorium on county approvals for oil and gas development, including hydraulic fracking. The moratorium period will give the county time to update relevant land use regulations and ordinances and develop a permitting process for such operations.

The adoption of the moratorium follows several months of review of available options and a public hearing on the topic held on July 20, 2015. A law passed by the General Assembly in 2012 limits local government regulation of fracking operations, but it did not prevent temporary moratoriums, said Commissioner Chairman James Crawford.

The Chatham ordinance notes that the extraction of oil or gas in Chatham County would be a significant threat to the "health safety and welfare of residents, neighborhoods, environment and natural features" based on the record of such operations in other states.

"We identified several specific features of Chatham County that are cause for serious concern when it comes to fracking and related operations," Crawford said. "It's all about the water."

The industry consumes vast amounts of water. Oil and gas operators will use millions of gallons of water from local sources in the fracking process, at a time that the county is seeing major growth in population. Crawford said, "We have to be sure that we will have enough water as well as safe, clean drinking water."


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Chatham Economic Development Corporation retirement of President Dianne Reid

Chatham Economic Development Corporation announced that its president, Dianne Reid, will retire at the end of February 2016 after more than eight years with the organization.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the EDC and the people of Chatham County,” Reid said. “I truly believe the county is poised for greatness and I look forward to helping ensure a seamless transition and continued successes for the county.”


Northwood High Grads Get Scholarships

Three recent Northwood High School graduates have been awarded scholarships by District 25 of the State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC). Evan Dimitrov, Gabriele Eaves and Kenya Lee received their awards during District 25’s annual meeting in June.

Dimitrov is planning a career in aviation management, flying being one of his lifelong passions. He will begin his education this fall at Guilford Technical Community College in pursuit of an associate’s degree, with plans to continue elsewhere to earn a B.A. in Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Along the way, he says, he plans to get both private and commercial pilot’s licenses and an instrument flight rating.

Eaves will be attending UNC Greensboro this fall to study consumer and retail business. She cites the example of her parents and their strong support as the reason for her determination to get a 4-year degree. “I will be the first person in my family to graduate from a four-year college,” she said. “I have my mind set on what I need to be successful in life and that is a college education.”


Shakori Hills 6th Annual NC Stars in the Round - Saturday, August 29th

Pittsboro, NC - On August 29th the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center is holding their 6th Annual NC Stars in the Round fundraiser event. The organization is calling it "The perfect way to spend a summer evening with friends & festival family under a full moon!" All funds from the event will go toward the arts center to carry out their mission of being "a center for arts education and community-building for Chatham County and beyond."

The evening's highlight is a singer-songwriter circle featuring local musicians and songwriters. Each artist will share his or her unique musical talents one song at a time, then pass the mic to the next. The stars include: Dave Wilson (of Chatham County Line), Kamara Thomas, Brett Harris, Mary Johnson Rockers, Steph Stewart, and Lakota John Locklear.

Opening the show will be blues crooner, Big Ron Hunter. Ron is called "the World's Happiest Bluesman" who "owns a voice that gives people chills. It's the kind of voice that carries warmth and tenderness, a voice that is unmistakably his own and embodies everything that's raw, pure and beautiful about the blues." Ron is a represtentative of one of the event's sponsors, The Music Maker Relief Foundation of Hillsborough, NC.

Following the circle, one of the Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival's favorite new bands, Dr. Bacon, will close out the show on the Grove Stage. After the official show, DJ Khaleeb, known from the festival's Vinyl Lounge will be spinning vinyl for the late-night attendees who decide to camp but are not ready to crawl into their tents.

There will be local food trucks, local craft beer, and the Lil' Coffee Barn will have coffee and snacks. This is a family-friendly event and all attendees are encouraged to camp overnight on Saturday. Chairs and blankets welcome.

NC Stars in the Round - Gates open 4pm, Showtime 7pm, Shakori Hills Community Arts Center, 1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd. - Pittsboro, NC 27312, Tickets are $12 advance or $17 at the gate. Kids 12 and under get in free! Camping - $10 per site (which includes a vehicle and two tents). Buy online or by calling 919-542-8142 or purchase at gate - event will not sell out!

Bringing Sustainable Prosperity to Pittsboro
by Randy Voller

Housing costs for a family of three in Chatham County is 14.3 percent more expensive than the state average.

More than half of all renters in Chatham County cannot afford the fair market rent for a 2-bedroom property.

More than 1 in 5 children in Chatham County live in poverty.

More than 10,000 people in Chatham County live in poverty.

To afford basic expenses in Chatham County, a family of four must earn $27.62/hour or $57,453 per year.
The median household income for Chatham County is $56,981.

Creating positive change with regard to these sobering statistics is part of the mission Sustainable Prosperity, Inc.


A Medium’s Visions
Tania Thomas – Author, Spiritual Medium,
Motivational Speaker, and Sometimes Comedian

TaniaThomas Question: I am often asked about Alzheimer’s and would like to touch briefly on this subject that is very difficult for some family members of those who have Alzheimer’s.

Answer: Please take the opportunity to watch "I'll Be Me" - Glen Campbell’s documentary of his journey into Alzheimer’s.

As I, you will be blown away. He hasn't the first clue on how to tie a shoelace, he is forgetting conversations from seconds before, and cannot find the words to create cohesive sentences. However, he can get on a stage, grab a guitar, play it perfectly, and sing the vocals fluently. His disconnect is not evident at all. It is astounding.

It previously fascinated me when I worked in an Alzheimer unit, how someone could forget their own face, yet you'd see them singing along to familiar songs, or find them seated at the piano playing pieces they learned 50 years before. We naturally feel better when we hear music. A concert is one of the rare times where you will see unity. Everyone singing along, clapping and connected.

Consider this: Normal everyday "vocalizing" is slow, stalled by thoughts and ego. Songs do not share that stumbling because the ego is out of the picture. Music is the vocabulary of the heart, the soul and the breath. Talking is the vocabulary of the brain and is the ego. I choose music. What about you? Sing!!!

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The 2015 Chatham County Alzheimer's Walk and 5K Run

Register now for the 5th Annual Chatham County Alzheimer's Walk and 5K Run on Saturday, September 12, at Galloway Ridge at Fearrington in Pittsboro. This year's event has something for the whole family, including a new Fun Run for children ages 4-11. Among other activities are a resource fair, music, and food vendors.

To register for the run or walk, please visit Pre Registration is open until August 15th for $25. All participants registered by this date will be guaranteed a t-shirt. Registration after August 15th is $30. On-site registration begins at 7:00 a.m. on event day, with the Fun Run starting at 8:00 a.m. and the 5K Run and Walk at 8:30 a.m. For more information on how you can get involved, contact Pat Richardson at (919) 642-6893. Sponsorship opportunities are also available, including on-site booths during the event.

Alzheimer's North Carolina provides education, programs and services, advocacy, emergency respite, and research funding for cause, prevention, treatment, and cure. For information and assistance if you are dealing with Alzheimer's or a related dementia, call Alzheimers North Carolina at (919) 832-3732 or visit the website at


“Come Out and Play” Sculpture Show

For the 14th year in a row, sculptors will display their creations at the Come Out and Play sculpture show at JimGin farm. Many of the works will be for sale. Artists keep 100% of the proceeds.

The opening party will be held on Saturday, August 29, noon until dark. There are also picnic receptions on Saturday, September 5, 12, and 19 beginning at 3 p.m. and going until dark. There is no admission, and all are welcome, including dogs if they are on leashes. On opening day, there is a free shuttle running from Storybook Farm, 231 Storybook Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27516.

Sculptures of many media and forms, created by more than 80 artists, will dot the landscape of this 17-acre horse farm at 150 Wild Horse Run, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

This show began in 2002 as part of a group of shows put on by Hunter Levinsohn, Jackie Helvey, Anke Gassen, Hollie Taylor, and Debbie Meyer to honor those directly affected by the events of 9/11. Attendees, who loved seeing sculpture in an outdoor setting, and artists, who often don’t have a place to display larger sculptures, asked for it to continue. Over 1700 people attended last year's show during its five-week run.

Questions? Contact Debbie Meyer at or at 919.942.3252. She and her husband, Eric Brantley, put on the show each year as a gift to the community.

Check out their website at

Agriculture Awareness Day

Come see the face of agriculture in Chatham County on Saturday, August 22, 2015, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm on the Pittsboro campus of the Central Carolina Community College. The first 500 guests will be treated to a free lunch, and everyone will have a chance to participate in activities such as:
  • A tour of CCCC Student Farm at 11:00 am
  • A chainsaw safety demo by NC Forest Service
  • Gregg Brittenham, farrier, shoeing a horse
  • Playing in a bouncy house for the youngsters
  • Enjoying fresh cider pressed on-site
    A variety of local businesses and organizations will also be there to share information and more. This event is sponsored by the Chatham County Farm Bureau and co-sponsored by Central Carolina Community College and Chatham County Cooperative Extension.

    You can view a photo slideshow from the 2014 Ag Awareness Day on the Cooperative Extension's Growing Small Farms website at For more information, contact Debbie Roos, Chatham County Agricultural Extension Agent, at 919.542.8202 or at

    National Honey Bee Day

    This Saturday, August 22nd, is National Honey Bee Day. The Chatham County Beekeepers Association will have a booth at the Ag Awareness Day being held at the Pittsboro campus of CCCC from 10-2. Please stop by the our booth and learn about honey bees.

    They will have an observation hive, honey tasting, bees wax products, and more. Honey will be for sale. Many hobbyist beekeepers sell their honey in our county. Look for it at Chatham Market Place, Country Farm and Home, B & L Supply, just to name a few. The Phoenix Bakery uses honey from John Strickland to make their wonderful honeybuns, and the Oak Leaf Restaurant uses the honey from Michael Almond’s bees. There are even Certified Naturally Grown beekeepers that practice a more natural beekeeping method and most use no chemicals in their hives.

    Habitat for Humanity

    While this doesn't look like much, it's a big deal! This is the first foundation under construction being built at Robert's Run — the 28 acre neighborhood Habitat for Humanity will begin building this Fall. This house will be one of three that will be built this year at Robert's Run. The first is the Small House, the second is a three bedroom home for a family of four, and the third will be Habitat’s largest home ever — five bedrooms for a family of nine! Each of these three houses have families that have been selected and are already doing their sweat equity hours. Stay tuned at for more pictures as these houses are constructed.

    Green Home Design Course

    Students will learn about green building design elements, then tour a local home or business demonstrating that feature. Design elements include passive solar, alternative building material, and high performance homes.

    Start Date: August 17, 2015 End Date: August 31, 2015
    Class Meetings: Monday, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Instructor Name: Laura Lauffer
    Location: PMC (Pittsboro Main Campus)Building/Room:0045, room 0135
    Hours (CEUs): 7.50 (0.75)
    Enrollment: 8 seats of 8 available
    Cost: $70

    Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training

    Pittsboro Presbyterian Church is continuing to hosting sessions of Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children. These classes are sponsored by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA Darkness to Light initiative. The award-winning prevention program, Stewards of Children, is a two-hour training designed to educate adults on how to recognize, prevent, and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse, emphasizing child safety as every adult's responsibility.

    Our upcoming training session is held at Pittsboro Presbyterian Church, located at 95 East St. in Pittsboro on Tuesday, August 18 from 6:00-8:00PM. To register for the session, visit the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA Darkness to Light initiative at: (scroll down to August 18 training). For more information, contact Joelle Brummitt-Yale, Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministry at or (919) 542-4706.

    Wake Up Wednesday Networking Group

    Spread news about your business and share info about your non-profit’s work. The next Wake-Up Wednesday meeting is on August 19th. Networking begins at 8am at the Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro. The program runs from 8:30-9:30am. Admission is $5 and includes a fresh, hot breakfast as well as the opportunity to meet and get to know people doing business of all types in Chatham County and beyond. Brian Sansom, the owner/operator of Paul Davis Emergency Services, will be the featured speaker. For more information, contact Lesley L. Landis at 919-949-5866.

    Community Prayer Service for Schools

    On Sunday, August 23, at 4:30PM, Pittsboro Presbyterian Church will host a community prayer service for our schools in Nooe Park (the green space in front of Pittsboro Presbyterian). Several community leaders will offer prayers for our children and our school leaders as we begin a new school year. Pittsboro Presbyterian is located at 95 East Street in downtown Pittsboro.

    “DON’T BE A FATHER” DAYS! Neuter your male dogs or cats for FREE

    CARE (CHATHAM ANIMAL RESCUE AND EDUCATION) is celebrating Father’s Day all summer long by offering free neuter surgeries for male cats and dogs, thru August 31, 2015. This free offer is available to Chatham County residents who qualify for CARE’s targeted spay/neuter program, Lillie’s Fund. (Limit of three male dogs or cats per household.) Additional pets require a $20 co-pay per pet. Call (919) 542-5757 or go to or and click on any spay/neuter link for an application.

    9th Annual Chatham Development Briefing

    The 9th Annual Chatham Development Briefing sponsored by the Chatham Chamber of Commerce will take place on August 26th at the Governor’s Club. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with leaders from all areas of business and can expect to hear the latest information on residential, commercial and agricultural development for Chatham County. Real estate professionals, county representatives, planners, consultants, economic development experts and others will make presentations to the group.

    The event will begin at 7:30am with registration, a full breakfast, and an opportunity to network. Cost is $25 for Chamber members and $35 for non-members. The Governor’s Club is located at 11000 Governors Club Drive in Chapel Hill.

    For more information and to RSVP, contact the Chatham Chamber of Commerce at 919.742.3333 or

    Assistive Equipment Loan Program

    Did you know the Chatham Council on Aging loans assistive devices, such as wheelchairs, to people 60 and older in Chatham County as well as younger adults with impairments (short- or long-term)? The Council stores these devices at its Eastern Chatham Senior Center in Pittsboro where it currently has hospital beds, walkers and bedside commodes available. The Council also currently has a few lift chairs and motorized scooters that can be loaned to individuals who present a doctor's referral.

    If you know of someone in need of these items, please contact Susan Hardy at 919-542-4512 or

    HRCA Triathlon Registration Open!

    Registration is open for the 3rd annual youth triathlon on August 29th at 8am at Camp Royall! There will be an exciting parent-child tandem division option this year. Younger children can ride in a child seat on a bike with their parent or on their parent’s back during the swim portion. The parent-child team just needs to cross the finish line together. Participants can swim, run, and bike individually or choose to do one or two legs of the triathlon and partner with one or two friends to form a relay team, thus completing the triathlon as a team.

    Proceeds from this event go toward the financial aid fund for the Haw River Christian Academy. For more details, see the brochure at Payment can be made online or via check mailed to the school. Please direct questions to

    Trial-vendor Day at Chatham Mills Farmers' Market

    Chatham Mills Farmers' Market will be hosting a one-time, open-market event on Saturday, August 29th, from 8am to 1pm, during which local growers/producers are invited to come and market with us!

    Are you a local grower or producer of vegetables, meats, dairy, value added foods, prepared foods, health and body products/services or handmade arts/crafts? Have you been looking for a new market to sell your product? Do you wish to find out if you and your product and our market community are a good fit before engaging in the full market application process? If so, then we invite you to come out to Vendorpalooza and set up your wares, meet our community of vendors and customers and find out if joining the market might be right for you!

    You can learn more about the event and the guidelines for participation at Vendorpalooza at Chatham Mills Farmers' Market here. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact the market manager at

    OM -- Opportunity for Meditation

    Interested in meditation? Buddhism? The Downtown Dharmameditation group meets Thursdays 7:00 - 8:30pm and Saturdays 10:00 - 11:30am on the second floor of the Blair Hotel Building in downtown Pittsboro (above the Toy Store, use the outside stairs). Everyone welcome, any level of meditation experience (or none!). Free. Drop in anytime.

    In addition there is an introductory meeting on the second Monday (7:00pm) of every month for basic meditation instruction (this month that will be Aug. 10). This is a good time to begin for newcomers to meditation. For more informatione, mail Joe ( or Marcia (

    Bynum Front Porch for Bluegrass and Pickin’

    The Bynum Front Porch Friday Night Music Series runs from May through Labor Day weekend from 7 pm to 9 pm every Friday night. This means you have one more month to enjoy this legendary local event, which Indy readers have voted one of the best places in the Triangle to hear bluegrass.

    On August 14th, Zambamboogee will perform. To check out the rest of the amazing bands playing this season, please visit their website at Although tickets aren’t required, they pass the hat and encourage a $5 to $7 donation to compensate the performers.

    Also, don't forget that they have the Bynum Front Porch Pickin' every second and fourth Saturday each month from 10 am to 12 pm. Pickers are asked to bring acoustic instruments only. This is a circle-type jam open to all skill levels and ages. If you pick, bring your instrument. If you sing, bring your voice.

    You can find Bynum Front Porch on Facebook ( and follow them on Twitter. You might also want to visit their sponsors, Auto Pro and Hope Crossing Animal Hospital, to thank them for their support!

    Finally, a few things you need to know about the Front Porch Music Series and the Bynum General Store:

    1. The Bynum General Store is an alcohol-free venue.
    2. For safety, please make sure that children are supervised by an adult at all times.
    3. They respectfully ask that all pets be left at home.
    4. The show goes on, rain or shine. If it rains, they'll move indoors.

    The Bynum General Store is located at 950 Bynum Road in beautiful downtown Bynum.

    Chatham Development Briefing Meeting

    The Chatham Chamber of Commerce will host the 9th annual Chatham Development Briefing on August 26, 2015, at the Governors Club, located at 11000 Governors Club Drive in Chapel Hill.

    7:30 a.m. Registration - Networking - Full Breakfast, 8:00 a.m. Briefing begins (ends at 10:15 a.m.)

    Attendees can expect to hear the latest information on residential, commercial and agricultural development for Chatham County. Information will be presented by real estate professionals, county representatives, consultants, economic development experts and others. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with leaders from all areas of business. Admission: $25 Chamber Members; $35 Non-Members. Contact the Chatham Chamber of Commerce by phone (919-742-3333) or email ( to RSVP. Please RSVP by August 19, 2015.

    Leadership Chatham Program Applications Due

    The Chatham Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications now through August 20, 2015, for the 2015-16 class year of the Leadership Chatham Program.

    Chatham County is growing, and with growth, new opportunities arise, creating an imperative need for effective leaders. The Chamber is dedicated to the support and promotion of business and to helping mold Chatham into a place where everyone is proud to do business and call home. Leadership Chatham, a signature program of the Chatham Chamber of Commerce, is an innovative program designed to develop informed, skilled and involved community leaders.

    For more information about Leadership Chatham, please contact the Chamber office or take a look at the Leadership Chatham brochure and application.

    Become a Foster Parent

    Have you ever thought about becoming a foster parent? Do you know someone who is interested in becoming a foster parent? On Thursday, August 20th, starting at 6 pm, Chatham County DSS will be hosting a free informational orientation to help those who are interested in becoming licensed learn more about foster care, adoption, and becoming a licensed foster parent. This is a no-obligation, informational session, and we encourage you to invite anyone who may be interested in becoming licensed.

    This informational orientation will be held at the Chatham County Department of Social Services (102 Camp Drive Pittsboro, NC). If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call 919-642-6953 or 919-642-6956 to speak with one of our foster home licensing social workers.

    Silk Hope Ruritans host Benefit Bingo

    The Silk Hope Ruritan Club has Benefit Bingo on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Thursday of each month-except on or close to holidays. We pay out $1100 plus door prizes. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. -- early games start at 6:30 p.m.and regular games start at 7:15 p.m. We accept cash only. Duplicate winners split prize money. Usually finished playing between 9:30 and 10 p.m.. Everyone welcome-children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

    Proceeds from Benefit Bingo: Local schools, scholarships, teacher supplies, as well as aiding and improving the community. Our mission is to build a better America through fellowship, goodwill and community service. We are located at 4221 Silk Hope Rd, Siler City, NC 27344. 919.663.0331.

    Recycle for a Cause -- Chatham Council on Aging

    Can you help us make some needed funds at the Chatham Council on Aging? We have the opportunity to receive money for your old, used, new and no-longer-needed electronics and printer cartridges. We can accept the following for recycling: - Empty inkjets and laser toner cartridges - Cell phones/iPads/tablets/Small Electronics - New unused OEM inkjet &/or laser toner cartridges Please bring your items to the Eastern Chatham Senior Center at 365 NC Hwy. 87N (919.542.4512) or the Western Chatham Senior Center at 112 Village Lake Road, Siler City, NC 27344 919.742.3975 anytime between 8a.m. and 5 p.m., M-F. Tell your friends, family, churches and anyone else you can think of!


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