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July-August 2019

Delicious pawpaws and their swallowtails
by Michael Pollock

Along Northeast Creek the big leaves of pawpaws hanging over the sluggish summer waters add to the tropical atmosphere, and pawpaws (Asimina triloba) are the northernmost representative of the custard apple family, which includes exotic fruits like custard-apples, alligator apples, ylang-ylang, sweetsops and soursops. Pawpaws are usually pole-like small trees with relatively smooth dark gray bark and a few long straight twigs and curving branches. Narrow leaves up to a foot long alternate near the branch tips.

They have smooth margins and are widest towards the ends. They are supposed to have an unpleasant smell when damaged and young twigs often have fine reddish fuzz. Pawpaws can grow up to about 40' tall and 15'' wide, and I have seen some large specimens in Durham, though not that large. Around here, pawpaws are usually up to about 10-20' tall.


Best Practices I’ve Observed in My Physicians
by Brenda Denzler

It's no secret to those who know me—and especially to my doctors - that I have a deep and abiding mistrust of them and their entire profession. This is a consequence of a couple of gnarly back-to-back medical encounters when I was very young. Lasting repercussions and all that…

You'd think, given that doctors saved my life not too long ago, everything would be all better now. Sadly, PTSD doesn't work like that. Those of you who have it for whatever reason know what I’m talking about.

The upshot is that when I’m around physicians and those of similar ilk, I tend to operate with my guard up and a predisposition to hold them at arm's length in whatever ways I can and still get the job done.

Some doctors, though, know how to disarm me pretty quickly because they’re just so darned good! I don't mean "good" at knowing a lot in the field of medicine. I expect that as a bare minimum of any of my health care providers. I mean "good" at knowing how to do medicine.


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Page 1 - Fighting to Keep Pollution Out of the Rocky River * From whence do your dreams derive–the soul or the ego? * Summer Fest 2019 Blends Old and New Downtown - Page 2 - From the Publisher * Jesus and the Children - Page 3 - The Maldives: Not Just for Tourists But Learners * 12th Annual Pepper Festival Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, 3–6 pm - Page 4 - Health Matters- On a Plant-Based Diet, Where Do You Get Your Protein? * It’s HOT Outside! Cool Tips to Keep You Hydrated - Page 5 - Healing Crohn's Disease Part 2 * Acupuncture for healthy skin and to reduce signs of aging - Page 6 - Ask Ollie * How to Avoid Calling the Canine Coach - Page 7 - DREAMS (cont. from page 1) * ACUPUNCTURE (cont. from page 5) * PITTSBORO ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS - Page 8 - Why yoga? - Page 9 - SUMMER FEST (cont. from page 1) - Page 10 - The Monument - Page 11 - The Monument (cont. from page 10) - Page 12 - The Monument (cont. from page 11) - Page 13 - The Monument (cont. from page 12) - Page 14 - Chatham Opinion Line: Yes, You Can Help Prevent the Next War * Open Letter from the Senior Clergy of our National Cathedral * Trump Makes Everybody Near Him Look Bad - Page 15 - Chatham Opinion Line: Current Events – Summer 2019 * Hate Has No Home Here - Page 16 - naturally chatham * SERENO (cont. from page 14)

Old North State Water Company had a discharge of untreated wastewater on July 17, 2019 of an estimated 4,000 gallons near Hill Creek Blvd. in the Briar Chapel Community. The discharge occurred from the result of a force main break. According to Envirolink, Inc., the untreated wastewater entered an Unnamed Tributary to Pokeberry Creek which is in the Cape Fear River Basin.

Envirolink's staff found no evidence that the spill impacted surface water in the Cape Fear River Basin. However, as required, Envirolink notified the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality on June 19, 2019, and the Division of Water Resources is reviewing the matter.

Envirolink operates Old North State Water Company's wastewater collection system which provides service to the Briar Chapel Community. This notice is required by North Carolina General Statutes Article 21 Chapter 143.215.C. For more information please contact Envirolink at (252)235-4900.

Come Out and Play 2019!
Come Out and Play sculpture show, 150 Wild Horse Run, Pittsboro, NC 27312, opens with a huge reception on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25, 2019, noon until dark. It continues the next four Saturdays, August 31, September 7, 14, and 21 starting at 3 p.m. and ending at dark. It's free to everyone and dogs on leashes are encouraged to attend. There is wonderful art of all media, live music, and food and drink. The music is provided by the NC Songwriters Co-op.

The show was started 18 years ago to mark the first anniversary of 9/11 and has continued since then to promote kindness in the word through art and connecting people. Debbie Meyer and Eric Brantley host the show on their 17-acre farm in Chatham County. There are numerous artists who show their work and keep 100% of their prices, and it's a wonderful collection of the serious and the whimsical, the large and the small, and a great way to show children that art can be an integral part of every day life. Questions? Email Debbie Meyer or call 919-357-6142. Go the for more info.

Haw River Assembly brings the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival back to Carrboro
On Thursday, September 5th, 2019 the Haw River Assembly is bringing the nationally recognized Wild & Scenic Film Festival to the Carrboro Century Center for the second year! The festival focuses on short environmental and adventure films that depict the beauty of the natural world, the challenges facing our planet, including climate change, and the work communities are doing to protect people and the environment. The films inspire activism and call us all to protect the places we love.

The screening will include stories of courageous communities and individuals standing up for the places they love and call home, from Flint, Michigan and Lowndes County, Alabama to villagers in El Salvador and Morocco finding ways to combat impacts of climate change. For a list of all films and descriptions see our webpage at:

Films will also take attendees on adventures and to beautiful places -- climbers in Puerto Rico, women fighting to bring back wolves in Colorado, the Havasupa people of the Grand Canyon, and a night skyride through the Alps. Learn answers to the question posed by the film "Our National Parks belong to everyone. So why are they so white?"

The Haw River Assembly is a citizen’s group founded in 1982 to restore and protect the Haw River and Jordan Lake and to create a watershed community that shares that vision. The festival supports the Haw River Assembly’s work to inspire people to act on behalf of the environment.

Event Details:
When: Saturday, September 6th - 6:45 - 9:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:15)
Where: Carrboro Century Center 100 N Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC 27510
Admission: Tickets are $20-$30, available online at
Other information: Beer and wine available for purchase from Steel String Brewery, and food from Vimala's Curryblossom Café. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase for a chance to win prizes from local businesses.

This event is made possible with local support from the Carrboro Tourism Development Authority, Weaver Street Realty, Great Outdoors Provision Co., The Jester Group at Baird Financial, Townsend Bertram & Company, Fifth Season Gardening Co., The Dogwood Alliance, Haw River Canoe and Kayak Co., Theye Electric, and Epting and Hackney Attorneys at Law. The Festival receives national support from CLIF Bar, EarthJustice, Klean Kanteen, Peak Design, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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