Chatham County Line - Where all voices are heard

September 2019

Notice of Discharge of Untreated Wastewater

Old North State Water Company had a discharge of untreated wastewater on September 7, 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 September 8, 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 143.215.1C(a1). For more information please contact Envirolink at (252)235-4900.

The Hispanic Liaison will host 24th Anniversary Celebration

The Hispanic Liaison will host a 24th Anniversary and Cultural Celebration on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Peppercorn Café located at 138 N. Chatham Ave, Siler City. The Celebration is in place of the annual Hispanic Heritage Fiesta, which will return in 2020.

The Anniversary Celebration will feature live music by Encuesta Norteña, a delicious dinner, dancing and raffle. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, The Liaison is also hosting an art exhibit by Puerto Rican artist Rafael Osuba, which is on display at Peppercorn through early October. The three Siler City mayoral candidates were invited to share a few words at the Celebration and the nonprofit organization You Can Vote will be on hand to register voters.

"When we founded The Hispanic Liaison in 1995, Hispanic immigrants were just beginning to grow roots in our region. For 24 years, we have been helping immigrants and their families adjust to life in the US, engage in our democracy and affirm their rights. We are proud of our many successes and the power and resiliency of our community," said Ilana Dubester, founder and executive director. In the past year, The Liaison helped 921 adults and children, organized a Legal Fair with 225 participants, hosted a Hispanic Heritage Fiesta with 1,000 attendees, and won a $285,000 financial settlement for the 28 families evicted from a mobile home park in Siler City. Our Orgullo Latinx Pride Youth Program empowered 27 Latinx high school students to stay in school, develop leadership skills, pursue a higher education and give back to the community. Collectively, the youth contributed 750 hours of volunteer service in Chatham County. The Celebration is a fundraiser for The Hispanic Liaison's efforts to protect and advance the rights of the Hispanic community. Donations are requested to enjoy the event and dinner -- $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 5 to 9, and free for children under 5 years old. Deserts and other items will be on sale for $1 each.

The Anniversary raffle drawing will take place at the Celebration; you don't need to be present to win. The prizes are: $100 in cash, a chocoflan cake for 20 people by Chef Elena Gonzalez, 4 day-passes to Shakori Hills Music Festival this October, a handcrafted hammock and a large box full of new toys for kids.

For more information, contact Ilana Dubester at 919.742.1448, email or visit The Hispanic Liaison/El Vínculo Hispano is a nonprofit organization focused on advocacy, leadership development and direct services in the rural central Piedmont. Our mission is to foster intercultural understanding and to empower Hispanics to overcome the challenges they face and make their voices heard in the community.

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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.

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 at or call 224-225-1202.

Chatham Community Library Friends Fall Book Sale
The Friends of the Chatham Community Library (FotCCL) will hold its Fall Book Sale September 26, 27 and 28 at the library on the campus of Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro.

Hours of the sale are Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the book sale, more than 18,000 hardbound and softbound books, audio books and more will be available for purchase, plus audio-visual items such as DVDs, CDs, LPs and audio books. Regular offerings include huge assortments of general history, Civil War, World Wars I and II, biographies, classic novels, cookbooks, art books (such as antiques, architecture, film, painting, photography, etc.), philosophy, religion, humor, children’s books, reference, self-help and more. Each sale offers a completely new assortment of titles in very good to excellent condition, and all are organized by category, subject or format. Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking, plus volunteers to assist with carrying out and loading books.

On Thursday, the first day of the sale, purchases of $200 or more are entitled to a 20 per cent discount; on Friday, all books and materials are half price; and on Saturday, customers may fill grocery bags (or their own totes) with books and other materials for $5 each, with no limit to the number of bags they fill. Bags are available free, compliments of local food stores.

Cash, checks and major credit cards are accepted at the FotCCL book sales. Members of the Friends of the Chatham Community Library receive discount cards worth $3 each, including all those who join at the book sale. This discount may also be used on any day of the sale. Proceeds from the book sale are used to benefit the library for underwriting various programs; purchasing needed books, materials and equipment; and improving its technology and services.

The Chatham Community Library is located at 197 NC Highway 87 in Pittsboro, about a half mile north of US Highway 64 Business (West Street). More information about the book sale, including membership in the Friends and volunteer opportunities, may be found on the FotCCL Website at

Chatham Literacy's Fall Literacy Luncheon
North Carolina's Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green speaks at Chatham Literacy's Fall for Literacy Luncheon, October 12th at the Western Chatham Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Green is an award winning poet, writer, professor, and community advocate. Registration is underway: tickets $60 at or 919.214.1269.

Free computer classes at Pittsboro Library
Improve your computer skills at Chatham Community Library! The library is offering a series of free computer classes in September and October. You can find a description of each class, including topics covered and prerequisites for attending, by visiting

Drop-in Computer Assistance: September 11, Wednesday, 4 – 5 p.m. (no registration required)
Computer Basics, Part 1: September 17, Tuesday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Computer Basics, Part 2: September 24, Tuesday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Drop-in Computer Assistance: October 9, Wednesday, 4 – 5 p.m. (no registration required)
Ancestry & FamilySearch Workshop: October 10, Thursday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Internet Basics, Part 1: October 22, Tuesday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Internet Basics, Part 2: October 29, Tuesday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

The Drop-In Computer Assistance sessions (September 11 and October 9) do not require registration. For all other classes, space is limited and you must register in advance if you wish to attend. Register online at the address above. For more information, call 919.545.8086 or email All classes take place in the computer lab at Chatham Community Library, 197 NC Hwy 87 N in Pittsboro, on the campus of Central Carolina Community College.


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