Chatham County Line - Where all voices are heard

July/August 2016

The Right to Cultural Preservation
by Jeff Davidson

The presumption that anyone who seeks to maintain the key facets of their culture is automatically xenophobic or racist is beyond absurd. According to most studies, Europe will likely receive another one million migrants in the coming 12 months on top of the massive influx that has already occurred. The 500 million population of Europe can, perhaps, absorb such waves of migrants but many communities are unduly impacted.

In one long-standing community in Germany, totaling 100 people, 600 migrants were relocated to a town facility. In other words, that little town is now flooded with 86 percent migrants. This bureaucratic blunder represents nothing less than the desiccation of that town’s mini-culture. Those who do not have the background, language, or customs of the long-standing villagers, or even any empathy for them, have de facto been granted the capability to overrun the town.



Once Upon Ye Divorce
by Gaines Steer

I wouldn't suggest that you read this story if you are not divorced. Don't waste your time….

Once upon a time {don't remember what year it was}, 19 single folks from somewhere down yonder, got together for a New Year's weekend in the mountains. Well past high school (and a bit of college) the idea came up at some kinda funky reunion. Billy Lee offered his grandpa’s summer place in Highlands, somewhere in the foothill of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as I recall. Yep, nine men and 10 women signed up and appeared on Friday night after successfully following Billy Lee’s handwritten directions. "Low structure" he promised in the cover letter. "Just bring some chow and promise to tell the truth…" the handwritten note requested. Little did party convener, Billy Lee, know that his request {en jest} for "truth" would be so very, very prophetic!

Only took three vehicles for all 19 folks to make the four and a half hour trek to the remote cabin. A rare southern snow fell as the sojourners made their way into the musty cabin with furniture all covered up with sheets.


Journaling -- Capturing the Zest of Life
by Carol J. Wills

I was an only child for the first six years of my life, living in a little house on the side of Black Oak Ridge in East Tennessee. Our house was small and somewhat primitive by today’s standards, with only a coal stove in the living room for heating and no air-conditioning at all. People called houses like ours "crackerboxes." But what a view we had. I could look out my bedroom window and see the Great Smoky Mountains in the far distance. Even today I remember the fresh smell of the trees in the woods on the right side of the house and the fragrance of the weedy field behind the house. My mother was constantly cooking, so odors of meatloaf baking and potatoes boiling and Granny Smith apples frying often floated through the air. The late ‘40s and early ‘50s were a good time to be a kid.

Living up on a hill in the only house on that end of the road meant I pretty much had to amuse myself with books. We didn't have TV until I was about 10 years old. By then I had read nearly every book in the local branch of the Knox County library on the kids' side of the room and was looking curiously at the adults’ side. Getting books required hiking about a mile and a half down the ridge and then lugging the allotted number of books (six at a time) back up the hills to my house. I loved doing it.


Planting Corn
by Cynthia Raxter

My dad grew up along the French Broad River in Brevard NC, on a dairy farm. He was the oldest son of 14 children - born 1921. They farmed in the spring and summer and logged in the winter.

He said down by the river the corn field was so long, he'd plow down and back, and he'd have to have a biscuit. Twice again and it'd be time for lunch. After lunch six more rows, and it was time to do the milking and get the chickens in.

When the days were long in the summer - like now - he'd get another row or two in before dark.

He wasn't plowing with a tractor - they worked mules. There was one Ford pickup on the farm to haul milk to town. (Daddy said he never had to mow ditch banks - his sisters - my aunts kept them cleaned out learning to drive.) All work was done by hand and with draft animals.

With mules you don't say, "Stop!" "Go!" "Turn right!" or "Turn left" - you say "whoa and giddyup" (which we all hopefully know from watching Bonanza!). To turn right you say "gee." To turn left, "haw."

"Gee and haw" was significant again just a few years ago:

I was home in the mountains, washing dishes with my mom. My dad was in the den. And my Jack Russel, Rascal, sneaked in despite the "no dogs in the house" rule.


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10th Annual Chatham Development Briefing

The Chatham Chamber of Commerce will host the 10th Annual Chatham Development Briefing on August 31 at Governors Club, located at 11000 Governors Club Drive in Chapel Hill. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. with registration, networking and a full breakfast.

Consultants, Real estate professionals, economic development experts, county representatives, and others will present the latest information on development for Chatham County. The public is invited to attend and can RSVP through this link – For more information, contact the Chatham Chamber of Commerce by email or phone at or 919.742.3333. Admission: $25, Chamber Members; $35, Non-Members.

Clays 4Kay 2016

The serene woodlands of Deep River Sporting Clays in peaceful Sanford, NC are soon to be the setting for a one-of-a-kind shooting tournament to benefit The Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Clays 4Kay is a unique event to spread awareness and raise funds for women's cancer research.

First diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and passing away from the disease in January of 2009, Kay Yow left a legacy of strength and determination. Wanting "to be a part of finding an answer," Kay believed the last months of her life were due to the impact of clinical trials and participation in various research projects. The Kay Yow Fund was established to advance such research by medical experts to finally find a cure for this illness and keep the hope alive. As Kay once stated, "When life kicks you, let it kick you forward." Join us for a day of fun outdoors and be a part of that legacy.

The Clays 4Kay tournament will feature teams of 5 with each participant receiving 50 clays as they compete over 13 separate stations. The event will be held on Friday, August 19th at Deep River (284 Cletus Hall Rd., Sanford, NC 27330) Cost is $100/person and includes catered breakfast and lunch, as well as special pink clays and ammo. The final date for registration is Monday, August 15. Visit us at Last year over $10,000 was donated to the Kay Yow fund from this event.

Deep River would like to thank their sponsors: Steel Pig (Lunch Sponsor), Mertek Solutions, Adcock & Associates Real Estate (Beverage Sponsor), Hendrick Chevrolet, Erwin Oil, and Simpson Construction.

About Deep River Sporting Clays and Shooting School ( Deep River has served the local community and beyond for the past 28 years by providing a respite from the daily grind with its 64 acre wooded landscape consisting of clay shooting range, wobble deck, and shooting pavilion, and pro shop. Deep River strongly emphasizes a safe, fun, and educational experience set in a natural, rustic setting. Deep River Sporting Clays - "Offering respite, education, and entertainment since 1989!"

Shared Learning invites all to its classrooms

This Fall, Shared Learning Association of Chapel Hill welcomes the public to enroll into any of its 22 14-week courses, as cited on its website: Morning meetings take place in comfortable classroom environments in Expand Church, 114 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill, 27514. Those interested may pick up a paper catalog with complete course descriptions and a course registration form at the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library Book Store, lower level of the library. Or, they may contact Nancy to receive a paper catalog: 703.329.2933 or

The Shared Learning Fall registration period ends on September 5. Classes begin on Monday, September 12, and end, December 16, 2016, with a holiday party. For the Fall term, some sample course titles include: "Controversies in the World"; "De-mystifying the Other Europe: History of Eastern Europe"; "Voices of Literary Modernism: Writers of Early 20th Century"; "Art Masterpieces from the Met"; "The Science of Information, Part I"; "Parables of Jesus"; "Short Stories"; "Homer's Iliad"; "Basics of Digital Photography"; and "Oceanography, the Final Frontier, Part I."

In addition, two, free one hour 'Lindgren Lectures,' both concerning politics, are scheduled for Fall, both held on the last Friday of the month, beginning at 11 a.m. Free and open to the public, on Friday, September 23rd, 11 a.m., popular speaker Ferrel Guillory, M.S., Director of the Program on Public Life at UNC, Chapel Hill, and a UNC Professor of Practice, will speak on the topic: "NC as a Purple Swing State." And on Friday, October 28th, 11 a.m., James Stimson, Ph.D., Bicentennial Distinguished UNC Professor of Political Science, will speak on the soon-to-occur national election.

Also, on Friday, November 5, 11 a.m., Shared Learning will sponsor a special free program on the life and influence of Oliver Sacks, presented by member Enid Handler, who was a close long time friend of Dr. Sacks.

Founded in Fall, 1979 by local residents, Shared Learning Association is a voluntary association for persons living in or near Chapel Hill, who wish to continue to learn in groups and classroom settings. It aims to encourage members to explore together topics of interest and to foster and share fellowship. Paying the annual membership fee of $50 entitles a member to take as many non-credit courses in the Fall, Spring and Summer terms as he/she wants. Members determine the study topics to be pursued per term, based on their diverse interests, experiences, travels and expertise. Also, they serve as moderators in courses and programs, using presentation formats that are learner-centered and provocative to enrollees.

Independent bookstore 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.

The Red Door offers new and used books for adults, young adults, and kids of all ages, current bestsellers and older literary gems; preschool and school-age weekly story times, and once the back room and courtyard areas are complete, will offer a wide range of programs and events including art classes, live painting, local meeting space, local music, open mic, local comedy, and many more possibilities.

Art at the Red Door is created by North Carolina artists, most being from the central part of the state. Original paintings and pastels are available, as well as art prints, pottery, clay sculpture, paper sculpture and a variety of handmade jewelry.

The Red Door is located at 1616 Jordan Dr, Saxapahaw North Carolina. They can be reached during business hours at 336.525.2553 or via, or through email at While it is expected that business hours will change in the future (open more days and more hours), The Red Door is currently closed on Mondays, open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. or later as needed. Storytimes will be starting in June, with preschool story time on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and school age story time on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Keep watching this exciting store space next to the Saxapahaw post office, as it's expected to be constantly growing and evolving-- with a growing selection of books of all kinds, more art, more live events, more to do in Saxapahaw.

Speak Up Chatham -- What is Your Vision for the County?

Chatham County wants to hear from all types of residents, workers and businesses as a key part of the Comprehensive Plan development process. Now is the time to share your vision of Chatham County over the next 25 years.

The goal is to have at least 700 people complete the 10-minute online survey to share their visions for the future.

"Absolutely every voice counts," said Hillary Pace in the Planning Department. "We need to hear from people with all types of perspectives and all parts of the county. We want to hear from people who work here or operate a business here as well as residents."

· Survey link:
· Encuesta en Español:

The Comprehensive Plan is a policy document that will provide guidance for the development of the county over the next 25 years. The Comprehensive Plan reflects the community’s priorities and a careful analysis of data and existing policy documents. The plan is expected to conclude in April 2017.

The plan will help focus growth, capital investment, and development in the county in the following areas: transportation, economic development, land use and development, environment, affordable housing, public health, utilities, parks and recreation and an array of other areas of consideration such as the aging population, schools, and attention to Chatham-specific concerns such as tick-borne illness.

The process has already involved several community meetings in June and input from many different organizations across the county, including local governments, nonprofits, the business community, education and many others.

To find out more about the Chatham County Comprehensive Plan, including viewing reports and activities, visit Join the conversation at

New Branch Chiropractic Relocating

New Branch Chiropractic & Health Center, PLLC announces its relocation to 1016 Thompson Street Unit J in Pittsboro on August 1st 2016. Upon the relocation, New Branch Chiropractic will be welcoming another provider, A. Lynn Williams, DC to their practice.

Dr. Jacqulyn Nygren is excited to make this move and to be welcoming colleague, Dr. Williams. She aid "together we can be more accessible to the people of Pittsboro, providing outstanding chiropractic care."

New Branch Chiropractic was established in 2008 with a goal of creating an office where patients come first. Dr. Nygren is well experienced in non-surgical spinal and joint conditions and sees patients of all ages. She focuses on lifestyle improvements to help support patients in the resolution of their condition. Dr. Williams is a 15 year veteran of chiropractic and focuses on low force chiropractic. She has a great deal of experience in treating pregnant women and children.


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