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September, 2014

That elusive conversation about race

Julian Sereno

We all keep hearing about a conversation about race that we are supposed to be having, but never do. This conversation never happens because as a society we have not learned to distinguish between race and culture. Read more.

Clean Water – a Requirement for Life
By Kathleen G. Hundley

Within the last month, two major developments within at least a portion of Chatham County limits have been approved– Chatham Park approved by the Pittsboro Board of Commissioners and the Siler City Mega Site approved by DENR. Read more

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Support Democrats and the legacy of FDR
By Randy Voller

Years ago a wise man once pulled me aside at work and said "a hammer is a tool that can be used for construction or destruction. The choice is yours."

For over a century, Democratic leaders in North Carolina have chosen to invest in our state and use legislative policy to build a better future. Their hammers were used constructively.

These were deliberate policy choices by leaders in North Carolina to invest in creating infrastructure, building roads, hospitals, schools, libraries, parks, green spaces, technology centers, and world class colleges and universities. These decisions by leaders of our state took daring, imagination, vision and the faith that the social contract would be honored from one generation to the next. Read more

The Fracking Law

Session Law 2014-4 (formerly S786; ratified May 29 and signed by Governor McCrory June 4, 2014). Here is summary of important changes/additions in this 26-page bill.

1. State Geologist to hold Trade Secrets for fracking chemicals,
which can be disclosed to other agencies for Emergency Response, Fire Chiefs, and "treating" emergency health providers (not medical investigators), who must sign a confidentiality agreement. Penalties for "knowingly and willfully" disclosing is a Class I misdemeanor. Burden is on the "owner" of the info to show why it is entitled to confidentiality protection; and State Geologist must ensure compliance with state/fed law on prohibited chemicals, and certify compliance. [The State Geologist physically holding Trade Secret documents is an improvement...DENR did not want to possess any actual document, just rely on people’s memories]. Read more

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

TaniaThomas Within my Facebook fan page, Visions and Voices, I receive an abundance of questions from inquisitive minds regarding what I do for a living. I would like to share with you some of questions that have topped the list as the most unusual and thought provoking, and perhaps you can relate to them too.

Question: "Bonsoir Tania! I have a question. For a very long time now, I am wondering when we are having sex alone or with others, are our spirit family and friends there watching? I know, I can hear you laughing from here, but if the thought crosses my mind, I am pulling the sheets and losing concentration! So what is the story? Do we have an audience in those intimate moments? Or do they show good taste and good manners?"

Answer: This is a question that is on the minds of every single person at some point in their lives. "My mother just passed over; does she know what I am doing in the bedroom?" Read more

Safe Homes Pledge Helps Parents

A new resource for parents has become available in Chatham County. Chatham Drug Free, Chatham Counties’ alcohol and other drug prevention coalition, has developed the Safe Homes Pledge. Based on other initiatives around the state and country, the Safe Homes Pledge helps parents communicate clear expectations to their children about alcohol and other drug use while keeping their households safe for them and their friends. Read more

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    Carolina Premium Foods can apply for a Townsend’s Plant Upfit Grant

    The Chatham Economic Development Corporation (EDC) reports that the NC Rural Infrastructure Authority in the NC Department of Commerce had approved a pre-application that authorizes Carolina Premium Foods to apply for a $750,000 grant. If successful, the grant would upfit the former Townsend processing plant in Siler City

    "This means that Town of Siler City can move forward with an application for a Community Development Block Grant once the town is satisfied that the project is ready to move forward,” said Dianne Reid, president of the Chatham EDC.

    At this time, Carolina Premium Foods is still exploring the possibility of starting production at the old Townsend processing facility. The NC Rural Infrastructure Authority’s approval is just one of the several important steps that need to be completed before Carolina Premium Food can begin operations.

    "The Chatham EDC has spent a significant amount of time working with the principals of this startup and we remain optimistic about the company’s prospects," said Reid.

    Fearrington pairs local authors with craft beer

    Books & Beer! is a new event series at Fearrington that will spotlight local authors and connect with readers who share an interest in books, beer and music.

    Music and beer have been great partners at Roost, Fearrington’s seasonal beer garden with live music. Fearrington Village regularly hosts author events at McIntyre’s Books, one of the leading bookstores in the South. Now add all three, books, beer and music and you have Fearrington's newest series; Books & Beer! The series will provide an opportunity to meet our local North Carolina authors in an informal and intimate setting, over beer and accompanied by great music. The authors will be invited to talk about their work, and books will be sold on site.

    Books & Beer will be a series of casual, drop-in events through the fall. The first event will take place on Thursday, September 11 with Man v. Liver by Paul Friedrich and Neil Hinson. View the full series at

    Shakori Hills will be alive with the sound of music

    The Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance will hold its 11th annual fall festival from Thursday, October 9 to Sunday, October12, 2014. The festival will feature more than 50 bands and performers on two big outdoor stages, a large Dance Tent, and an intimate Cabaret Tent. Located on 72 beautiful farmland acres in Chatham County, just down the road from Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham, Burlington, and Greensboro. The festival also features local crafts, delicious food, various children's activities, healing arts practitioners, dancing and music workshops, environmental sustainability forums, and much more in a family-friendly setting. More info at

    Featured acts include: North Mississippi Allstars, Nahko & Medicine for the People, Donna the Buffalo, The Soul Rebels, The Duhks, Wassa Pan Afrika Dance Ensemble, Las Cafeteras, Preston Frank, Bubba George Stringband, The Flying Clouds of South Carolina, Suénalo, & Frank Fairfield.

    Chatham artists present their work at Carolina Brewery

    Three Chatham County artists collaborate to bring you their exhibition, Tributary at the Carolina Brewery. The show runs through October 3rd. Rusty Sieck, pottery, William Moore, sculpture, and Nathalie Worthington, paintings, will show some surprises when sculpture meets wall and vessel goes vertical. Sieck displays some pottery in series that flow together to make walls come alive with form and depth. Some of Worthington's paintings are installed in ceramic frames made by Moore, a collaboration that results in some very textural and colorful pieces.

    Chatham Education Foundation gets $10,000 donation

    The Chatham Education Foundation graciously accepted a donation in the amount of $10,000 to open an endowment with the Triangle Community Foundation. This endowment will specifically support the Jordan-Matthews High School’s annual trip to the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. The donors, Karen and Fred Shectman, moved to Chatham County seven years ago and have a son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren in the county schools. This endowment was established in the memory of Karen’s mother, Anita Woolf who died in 2013 at age 92.

    Anita Woolf and her sister, Ruth Jacobson were raised in Port Chester, NY by their parents Dr. John and Selma Rosenzweig. Selma had left Germany by herself in 1904 at age 15 to come to the United States and work with an aunt in New York City. It was here in the U.S. that Selma met and married her husband, John Rosenzweig. By the mid-nineteen thirties, it was evident that Selma’s family was in grave danger in Germany. John did not know any of Selma’s family members, but agreed to sponsor, find work and housing for 29 of Selma’s loved ones.

    If you would like to donate additional monies to this endowment, please contact Jaime Detzi (

    Remodelers Construction Award Winners in Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties

    For many homeowners, finding a local contractor for the remodel of their home can be a daunting task. Without having a referral, the majority turn to searching the internet for someone in their area and hoping for the best. With the goal of connecting professional remodelers with local homeowners, the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties put on its third annual Remodeler’s Outstanding Construction (ROC) Awards. These awards are designed to showcase outstanding remodeling contractors and the projects they’ve been working on, highlighting their presence in the industry and giving homeowners an idea of who (and what) to look for in their home renovation project.

    To see pictures of our winning entries, please click here or visit Please contact Kristina Ellis ( for more information about one of these contractors or the awards, or call 919.493.8899.

    The Home Builders Association is a 600+ member organization representing the residential construction industry in Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties.


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