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Party line prejudices in Chatham County

Well, I am glad to know someone caught me in the act. I am now prejudiced, uncompassionate, Hispanophobic, and, by inference, close-minded. Pardon me if I recount social history of Chatham County. I moved here fifty years ago and have seen too many changes to list. I have absorbed viewpoints with which I once disagreed, educated myself on the major movements of society, seen politics alter our lives, and have become friends with political foes of decades past.

Orange defense stops Northwood

Chatham County Schools BBS - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 22:31
Orange defense stops Northwood

Hillsborough, NC - Orange held off Pittsboro Northwood for a 14-7 Big Eight 3A victory. The Panthers stopped Northwood twice in the red zone on fourth down in the fourth quarter.

Trailing 14-7 with 2:20 left in the game, the Chargers began at the...

Yard Sale October 4th

Free Classifieds - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 17:54

Multi-Family Yard Sale:
Saturday, October 4th
28 Indian Landing Dr, Pittsboro (Located off River Road)[/b]
Children's toys, clothing, and sporting equipment; furniture; household goods & decor; and fashion company liquidation (new items).

BigTime at The Pittsboro Roadhouse, Saturday, October 4th 8-12

Chatham Music & Arts - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 15:45
Don't forget this coming Saturday night, October 4th, " BigTime Party Band, The Party Band For The Party People" will return for probably their last local show for 2014. This is also an annual fundraiser for Chatham Area Shag Association to raise money for their charities that they donate to for the y...

School board meeting Monday, October 6, 2014, 5pm, Chatham Central Media Cente

Chatham County Schools BBS - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 15:01
Items of note:
Jack Bennett property – logging/disposition
Revision to AIG plan
Drivers Ed funding and fees

Agenda with links http://board-of-edu...

Gratitude for Generous Hearts helping young mothers

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 14:55

Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:50:51 -0700
From: Maggie Crandall
Subject: Gratitude for Generous Hearts helping young mothers

I am writing to thank several kind persons who responded to my Chatlist posting on the need for clothing and blankets for 2 young women expecting babies. Â The response was beyond my fondest hopes. Â Lovely clean things that would make any mom smile. Â So very very generous.

If you are having a bad day – if you think the world is beyond hope — please look about. Â You may be passing one of these kind people who washed and folded and packed up and delivered baby things to be given to someone they will never ever meet. Â YES — these people are in our midst – angels too humble to call attention to themselves.

Also, many people across the years have donated yarn to the state juvenile center in Siler City. Â I am beginning year 7 of visiting there – and I see the joy it brings and the therapeutic effect of calming girls who have often experienced severe trauma.

Yes — there ARE good people in this world. Â And I say thank you Chatham!

Rev. Maggie Crandall


Brace for a ruling against NC vote law changes by 4th Circuit Appeals Court panel

Chatham Journal Newspaper Headlines - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 14:11
“NC Vote suppression Laws Struck Down by Federal Judges.” At least, that’s how those McClatchy “news” papers describe laws designed to reduce vote fraud and equalize the rights of all citizens seeking free elections; but even sadder, that will be the gist of their “news” reports. North Carolina’s trial of the century will probably suffer this setback along the way, but don’t be discouraged! There is reason for optimism.

Pittsboro Elementary 5th Annual Monster Dash 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

Chatham County Schools BBS - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:35
MONSTER DASH 2014                                           MONSTER DASH 2014                                            MONSTER DASH 2014
Please join us for our 5th Annual Monster Dash 5k & 1 mile Fun Run! Costumes are encouraged!!

We will be award...

2ns Annual Antiques Fair in Pittsboro on October 17 & 18

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:52

Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:58:43 -0400
From: Pete Jaeger
Subject: October Antiques Fair in Pittsboro – Calendar Alert

The 2nd ANNUAL PITTSBORO ANTIQUES FAIR – October 17th and 18th show dates are just around the corner!
We cordially invite you to join us this fall for the 2nd annual Pittsboro Antiques Fair on Friday Oct 17 and Saturday Oct 18th.

The location this year is 1/2 mile North of the Pittsboro Circle/Courthouse at the Alpha Install property – heretofore, the Pittsboro Chevrolet sales lot.

Our new location offers approximately 4 acres of paved area for set up and ample parking for **both visitor * *and dealer’s vehicles. All this outdoor space courtesy of the current owner, Alpha Install, Inc., **and our * *event is co-sponsored by the local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV Chapter 91). *

Some of our social media and ads can be found at: Facebook
Pittsboro Antiques Fair – https://www.facebook.com/AntiquesFairPittsboroNC

Web Site


EventfulAdvertising http://eventful.com/pittsboro/events/pittsboro-antiques-fair-/E0-001-074075038-5@2014101708

*Plus see the brochure which is being distributed to the general public and dealers via antique shows, shops & malls, county fairs, restaurants, art shows and other places of general interest. *


MAP of Area: https://www.google.com/maps/place/697+Hillsboro+St,+Pittsboro,+NC+27312/@35.7293478,-79.1748539,388m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x89acb9b53eff984f:0xcc48d3fa00c9750?hl=en-US


Permit request being filed for 2 granite quarries in Chatham County

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:51

Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:32:58 -0400
From: Suzanne
Subject: Granite Quarry

We have been notified of a permit request being filed for 2 granite quarries. They are located off Rives Chapel Church Road and McLaurin Road; the total acreage is over 200! One border of the area is Tick Creek. Because this area is unzoned, the County has no authority over use. My understanding is that the State will make the final decision to issue the mining permit.. Does anyone have any advice or help regarding how best to stop this disastrous use of so many of our beautiful Chatham acres?

Suzanne Wise


Videos of Chatham School Board candidates at Carolina Meadows candidates’ forum

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:48

Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:03:39 -0400
From: Gene Galin
Subject: Videos of Chatham School Board candidates

I attended the candidates’ forum at Carolina Meadows and shot some videos.

Below are the links to each school board candidate’s introduction. Please remember that everyone in Chatham County can vote for their favorite candidate in each district.

Incumber BOE member Gary Leonard (running unopposed)

District 3 BOE Candidate Mia Munn Introduction

Incumbent BOE District 3 Candidate Del Turner

District 4 BOE Candidate Angela Milsaps

District 4 BOE Candidate Jane Allen Wilson

I will post candidates answers to forum questions later in the week.

Coming up tomorrow – links to videos of Chatham County commission candidates at the County Courthouse debate in Pittsboro on September 23rd.


501 C3 Siler City Develpment Organization

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 09:43

Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 17:13:03 -0400
From: “John R Dykers”
Subject: Will Freedom’s post;: 501 C3 Siler City Develpment Organization

The Siler City Development Organization is a 501 C3, so recently designated such that I am still fumbling to get the letters straight. But we can accept your donation mailed to Zoann Adams, 505 Elk lane, Siler City, NC 27344.

Maybe you live too far east to be concerned about Siler City community, but we are making an earnest effort to ‘spruce up’ the community and enhance entertainment, business, and culture that will benefit the whole area. See our new directional signs and storefront facade improvements and the new efforts of the Town of Siler City in the same directions.

John Dykers


Good news - Bonlee school-wide service project

Chatham County Schools BBS - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 09:36
Bonlee School Partners with Servants With a Heart To Feed Students in Need

On Friday morning, September 26, Bonlee School students and staff teamed up with Servants With a Heart to package rice for needy students locally and abroad. Servants With a Heart is a humanitarian food-aid service organization...

Fracking is an issue for the State Legislature

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 08:41

Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 14:51:09 -0400
From: “Ginny Cole”
Subject: Fracking is an issue for the State Legislature

I have noticed that the Democrat candidates for County Commissioner seats indicate their intention to ban fracking in Chatham County. This is an issue for the State Legislature – the Chatham County Commissioners can do nothing about fracking. The Democrat candidates are consciously misleading the public on this issue.

Virginia Cole


Merritt’s Chapel BBQ pork and Brunswick Stew Supper on October 4

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 07:39

Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 14:37:54 -0400
From: Lori Hawkins
Subject: Merritt’s Chapel BBQ pork and Brunswick Stew Supper

Come one, come all Saturday Oct 4 from 4-8pm to partake in some of the best BBQ pork and brunswick stew the South has to offer.

Our brunswick stew is made from a recipe served over the past 75 years. The pork is slow cooked with a traditional vinegar based sauce. We will be serving All you can Eat pork, stew, coleslaw, hushpuppies, homemade pickles, rolls, dessert, and tea with eat in plates. We also have drive through plates available; pork, stew, coleslaw, hushpuppies, and dessert.

Adults $10 and kids 12 and under are $5.00. We will be selling quarts of stew and BBQ byt the pound for $9. Our address is 1090 Farrington Point Rd. Chapel Hill. We are close to Jordan Lake and appx 6 miles north of highway 64. Hope to see you there!


Thank you, Mark

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 05:44

Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:24:22 -0400
From: Kathy Zinn
Subject: Thank you, MArk!

I want to thank Goodnite Mark for his public apology to me and others for lumping all people who make certain statements or support certain causes in one box. It takes a gentleman with sensitivity to publicly apologize and take responsibility for his statements. I appreciate that very much, Mark.


The nap

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 05:38

Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:52:30 -0400 (EDT)
From: Brad Page
Subject: the nap

A delightful time it is to nap of an afternoon such as today in Pittsboro following a lunch provided by my friend Tim as part of his huge package of gift food. Granola with milk and raisins and yeast and a cut up kiwi fruit, slowly eaten after reciting the Five Reflections and the Four Blessings my teacher, Gentei, sent me in the hospital. What a lovely and grateful exercise it has become before each meal. It has caused me to deepen my awareness as I eat a meal.

A number of years ago I returned to Charlotte after a 7-day retreat at then Brooks Branch Zen Center, Pittsboro and now dedicated in 2007 by the late Joshi Sasaki Roshi (passed this spring at 107 years) our Master and creator of this Rinzai Lineage in America, Sosen-ji Zen Center, and in the world as the North Carolina Zen Center, the child of founders Sandy Gentei Stewart and Susanna Stewart through their great efforts on behalf of all sentient beings and especially the members of this Sangha (community of monks, nuns, students and lay people).

I lay down in my apartment then and dropped into a deep sleep only to awaken in the unlit rooms hours later. As I lay there I became aware that I was watching myself sleep and dream, and that I was hovering and observing the dreaming in angel like levitation, as I slept on the bed on my right side. For a time I watched then slowly my body responded and it’s shifted to an interior view and I sat up on the side of the bed, putting my feet on the floor.

The room and the whole apartment was lit in an eerie gray-white light that illuminated every corner, every detail. I walked into the living room and stared about in some consternation. I just knew this was not supposed to be on some level. Walking back to the bedroom I touched a flawed spot on the wall which had taken on a greenish cast.

Then I became frightened and burst into tears such as I had done as a small child. Suddenly I felt alone and helpless in the presence of a great frightening force, so this could have been a mere dreamy recollection of my early childhood called forth by the hours of stress and driving as an aftermath at the Sosen-ji 7-day retreat;as it could be at this moment some steriod-driven compulsion to write and share as I heal from my recent surgeries. Who knows for sure?
I called my teacher, Kozan Gentei back in Pittsboro, and he spoke to me gently as I cried and wished I were there with him. I wanted to seek refuge in his great gentlenessness and eventually settled down, hung up and marveled at this moment.

I say with deep regret and sorrow, over the years I attached my ego to this experience in memory and it’s recollection in a self-serving struggle to return to it during many hours of zazen (sitting meditation) at other retreats and in private meditation. It actually became a stumbling block to my practice and movement within the Dharma toward awakening.

What a day it is for the ordinary nap by an ordinary old man living again to heal this good old body for another go at the long trek along the Middle Way until just before death just as my friend and mentor and fellow human being of 2600 years ago, Shakyamuni Gautama, Mr. Gautama, The Buddha, the awakened one, that one among millions of previous Buddha’s who discovered the path of sorrow and happiness and endless possibility and sent his teaching down to this moment on the path, that superhighway, that gap in the wilderness of human experience to perfect and superb wisdom.
What a day it is in Pittsboro, NC to wake up under a comforter in a cool cabin while the gray sky above the dense forest renders me invisible and seeing the rain beat down outside my huge windows. My cat Whiplash asks for just one more check- out- the- front- door- to- see -if- he -wants- to -move- away- from- the-space- heater and its gentle heat there on the floor, occasionally giving a silent “meow” from his beautiful cat face for a handful of kibble – big snacker that kitty.

And sharing this with all of you, what joy I feel and gratitude to be alive with you in this moment that forms my whole reality as these fingers fly across these keys while I watch my words marvelously appear on a screen. I am still enthralled with this technology, having grown up in Williams, Arizona where my second job was working at The Williams News across from my step-father’s shop where each word had to be set on a monstrous linotype from the 19th century, and cast into lead slugs before the sentences could be lay upside down and backward to my view in a huge 100-pound form, locked up, run on a rolling press for checking galleys of type for errors and then on every Thursday rolled out the 12 or 16 page local newspaper filled with the obscure home town stories of people coming and going from this 3000 person hamlet up on Hwy. 66, hoping to trap a California tourist in the good smell of its shops in the warm months in their hasty rush to visit the Grand Canyon just 60 miles away.

Year in and year out, rain, snow, drought and glorious crystal clear skys and a bracing breeze, in what my mother called God’s Country at 5,000 feet in a valley wrapped by the arms of Bill Williams Mountain, 8000 ft. and covered at its summit with snow most of the year, beyond the local thunderstorms that came each summer day about 4:00 pm, and provided all the water we drank fresh and cold, and the Three Sisters foot hills to the north and Flat Rock to the northeast, where as children we gamboled and hiked and picnicked and chased each other during the summer months.

I dream of those days, enlightening my moments in memory.

Brad Page


Re: Found Older Golden Retriever

Noah's Ark - All Creatures Great & Small - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 04:28
Want to let everyone know that the owner's were found.  The dog just had a short vacation from them. 

Pittsboro Matters is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Corporation

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 00:46

Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 08:14:07 -0400
From: Pittsboro Matters
Subject: Pittsboro Matters, a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Corporation

There was a recent post to the Chatlist regarding the status of Pittsboro Matters. Pittsboro Matters pursued, and received, 501(c)(3) status shortly after incorporation this past summer. It is organized for charitable purposes to assist peoples living in Chatham County and the Town of Pittsboro, North Carolina in the preservation of the local economy, environment and culture of their community.

Pittsboro Matters is run entirely by volunteers, so any donations received go directly toward supporting this mission. Donations can be made through our website, http://www.pittsboromatters.org via PayPal or mailed to Box 1001, Pittsboro, NC 27312.


New squeak toy for dogs $4.79

Free Classifieds - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 23:38
Brand New dog toy, never has touched an animals mouth.  It squeaks at both ends. Only $4.79


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