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New book about Siler City is now out for sale

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - 8 hours 3 min ago

Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:38:57 -0400
From: Marian Lindsay
Subject: New book about Siler City

Hello Everyone,

My name is Marian Rogers-Lindsay. I was born in Siler City. I currently live in Greensboro, North Carolina.

I am a Librarian/Teacher with the Guilford County School System. I have been working with Arcadia Publishing and several individuals in Siler City to publish a book called “Images of America – Siler City.” The book is a pictorial history book about Siler City. The book is scheduled to be in the retail stores in Siler City Monday July 21, 2014. I will be at the North Carolina Arts Incubator Friday August 15, 2014 during the 3rd Friday Art Walk from 3pm – 8pm conducting a book signing event. I will have copies of the book on hand to sign or you can bring in the copies of the book you purchase in town, and I will be glad to sign them for you. You will love the pictures depicting the history of Siler City from 1887 – 2013. I know I learned alot about my home town and having access to the pictures made my learning experience even richer.

Check it out at: http://www.arcadiapublishing.com/9781467121972/Siler-City. I am sure this book will enlighten you to the wealth of excellence, and integrity that discovered, developed and established Siler City, North Carolina.

Marian Rogers-Lindsay
Arcadia Publishing – Author


Just Another Lonely Old Man

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - 9 hours 8 min ago

Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:46:57 -0400
From: “N.A. Booko”
Subject: Just Another Lonely Old Man . . .

Time was, in one of Chatham county’s small towns, there was an eighty five year old man that rode around on a motorized scooter. We’ll call him Chuck. Chuck’s scooter had all the accessories that it could accommodate. A big wire basket on the handlebars. Headlights and tail lights. Reflectors and deflectors. Pouch bags on the back and a wire that carried a small American flag high in the air.

Chuck was a World War II veteran- A navy man. Thrust into the war a very young age, he could tell you all about it, if you had the time and inclination to listen. It was his thing. He, like a lot of us, didn’t fully understand what it was all about, but he was defending his country. He was right there, in the thick of it.

On his well tanned arm was a seven inch tattoo of a nude woman- ‘Lola’ was tattooed just beneath . ‘Lola’ he told me, at the time was his girlfriend. One night, in the early 1940s , he got drunk and got the tattoo on a dare. Not too long after that, Lola and Chuck parted ways. ‘Lola’ now on his arm for a lifetime, was an old lady, with age spots and wrinkles. He did not marry Lola- He married Corrine.

Chuck would ride the streets of our small town, on the sidewalks, talking to friends and strangers. Anyone that had the time. Few did. Most of us were too busy- oblivious that we too, someday might have time on our hands and need someone to talk with. He would park his scooter outside a store, go in and if there was a place to sit, he would sit, visit and talk to the store owner and any customers that might happen in. Small town U.S.A. I spoke to one store owner, after one of Chuck’s visits and asked about him- Her cold reply summed up her opinion “Just another lonely old man . . .”

But not any more- Chuck died several years ago and with him died a part of Americana and his personal history of a war that was supposed to end all wars . . .

N.A. Booko

N.A. Booko lives and remembers in Chatham County


Writing Tutor

Chatham County Schools BBS - 9 hours 31 min ago
Greetings All,

I am in need of a tutor in the surrounding area that will teach cursive writing.  Thank you.


Ducka Kelly is opening a Healing Touch For Animals Practice in Chatham County

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - 10 hours 10 min ago

Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 06:23:18 -0400
From: Ducka
Subject: New Business

My name is Ducka Kelly. I am opening a Healing Touch For Animals Practice in Chatham Co. I am also a Registered Veterinary Technician.

In general, Healing Touch is an energy medicine with a holistic approach. It stabilizes energy systems, encourages healing and promotes well being.

Specifically, Healing Touch for Animals is an effective method for supporting animals through illness, injury, physical and emotional trauma, abuse and grief.

Healing Touch for Animals is effective for all species of animals. My personal experience with Healing Touch for Animals has included work with dogs, cats, horses and cows under a variety of conditions. As noted in follow up sessions and/ or feedback from owners, positive response is shown.

Please contact me to learn more about this holistic healing modality for your animal family.

Ducka Kelly
Healing Touch for Animals Advanced Proficiency Practitioner


Online Survey to Gauge Educational Interests of Chatham Gardeners

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - 11 hours 17 min ago

Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:16:00 +0000
From: Charlotte Glen
Subject: Online Survey – Educational Interests of Chatham Gardeners

Subject: Online Survey – Educational Interests of Chatham Gardeners

Hello! This is Charlotte Glen. I am the new horticulture agent for the Chatham County Center of NC Cooperative Extension. I started the position in June, taking over from the very knowledgeable, amiable, and now fully retired Al Cooke.

As an Extension horticulture agent, my job includes teaching classes and workshops for gardeners. If you would like to learn more about gardening, please take a few minutes to complete this short online survey: http://harvest..cals.ncsu.edu/surveybuilder/form.cfm?testID=24290

The survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete. It asks questions about which gardening topics interest you, how you would like to learn about these topics, your current gardening challenges, and important issues facing Chatham County that could be addressed through gardening education. I will use the results to prioritize education and outreach efforts for the coming year and am very interested in your feedback.

All responses are anonymous and you may opt out of any questions you prefer not to answer. Please share this link with family, friends, neighbors, and others who live and garden in Chatham County.

Charlotte Glen
Agriculture Agent – Horticulture
NC Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center
65 E. Chatham Street, P.O. Box 279
Pittsboro, N.C. 27312

Email : Charlotte_Glen@ncsu.edu
Phone : (919) 542-8202
Fax: (919) 542-8246

Stay up to date with all the latest gardening news on the Chatham Extension website:



Chatham Chamber of Commerce will host Chatham Development Briefing on August 27 at Governors Club

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - 12 hours 22 min ago

Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:35:28 -0400
From: “Chatham Chamber of Commerce”
Subject: Chatham Development Briefing – 8th Annual

The Chatham Chamber of Commerce will host the Chatham Development Briefing on August 27, 2014 at Governors Club, located at 11000 Governors Club Drive in Chapel Hill. Registration and networking will begin at 7:30 a.m., along with a full breakfast.

Attendees can expect to hear the latest information on residential, commercial and agricultural development for Chatham County. Information will be presented by real estate professionals, county representatives, consultants, economic development experts and others. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with leaders from all areas of business.

Contact the Chatham Chamber of Commerce by phone (919-742-3333) or email (info@ccucc.net) to RSVP. Please RSVP by August 20, 2014.

Admission: $25 Chamber Members; $35 Non-Members: $285 for a table with preferred seating for 8

Presenting Sponsor: CenturyLink

Gold level Sponsors: Briar Chapel by Newland Communities, Central Carolina Orthopaedic, PLLC, Julie Cummins, Debbie Hoyt, Katy McReynolds, and Lonnie West – Broker/Realtors of Chatham Homes Realty

Silver Level Sponsors: Central Carolina Membership Corporation

Event Date and Time: Aug 27 2014 – 7:30am – 10:15am

Location Name: Governors Club, 11000 Governors Drive, Chapel Hill

Admission Fee: $25 Chamber Members; $35 Non-Members; $ 285 Preferred Seating for table of 8

531 E. Third Street, Siler City, NC 27344
919-742-3333 PH | 919-742-1333

info@ccucc.net | www.ccucc.net


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Ms. Crowell’s remarks about a firearm friendly community are distorted and biased

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - 13 hours 41 min ago

Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:28:03 -0400
From: Cathy Wright
Subject: In response to: firearm friendly community?

In response to: firearm friendly community?

While I firmly believe that domestic violence is a tragedy, Ms. Crowell’s remarks are distorted and biased. We all own “assault” weapons: guns, baseball bats, cars, golf clubs, kitchen knives, andirons, hammers and fists. The general public has been duped into believing that the gun is to blame. Semi-automatic firearms used by (domestic violence) criminals are branded as “assault weapons” , two words linked with fully automatic “machine guns.” What the general public also doesn’t seem to know is that the automatic “assault rifles” have been banned outside of military use for nearly 75 years by the National Firearms Act of 1934. Semi-automatic firearms have been around for over a hundred years and are owned and lawfully used by millions of law-abiding people.

I think the confusion about semi-automatic vs. fully-automatic firearms started when the appearance of firearms began to change in the late 1960′s. Woods used for gun stocks became expensive, and plastics made it possible to produce replicas of wood stocks and keep costs down. However, the color, shape, grip, and barrel shroud gave rise to the “assault weaponâ€
and “automatic rifle” description. This new style of gun making has come to denote criminal intent and tragedy to the uninformed.

Gun ownership doesn’t cause crime. The criminal does. Whether a firearm has a long or short barrel or fires single or multiple rounds, its capacity for “good” or “evil” rests entirely with the user. No gun ban has ever kept guns out of the hands of criminals – only prisons do.

I hope we can find a way to stop domestic violence. I hope we find a way to prevent a criminal from using his or her anger to destroy families. I hope we can have swift, certain, and severe punishment for criminal behavior. Please don’t insinuate that semi-automatic gun owners are, by association, no better than criminals. I resent that.

Cathy Wright

Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:33:32 -0400
From: Karen Crowell
Subject: firearm friendly community?

Anyone who aspires to live in a “firearm friendly community” obviously isn’t concerned about how many domestic violence incidents involve guns. Anytime there are guns in the hands of angry people, someone ends up getting hurt. Or dead.

Assault with a deadly weapon is a serious crime. Referring to a deadly weapon as an “AR” is tacitly admitting that it isn’t friendly. It does nothing to diminish the fact that it is an Automatic Rifle, an assault weapon that is intended to rapidly and repeatedly fire. Indiscriminately. At a moving target, or a crowd of people. A very deadly weapon. Appropriate for use in a combat zone.

Why anyone would want to live in a combat zone, I have no idea. But if you want to live in a “firearm friendly community” and you think owning an assault rifle is the best way to defend yourself, then a combat zone is a much more accurate description of the kind of community you imagine living in.

Hardly what I would call “friendly.”

Karen Crowell

*Cathy Wright*


CCCC Continuing Education Fall Classes registration for medical classes begins August 5

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - 14 hours 25 min ago

Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:52:27 -0400
From: Maggie Zwilling
Subject: CCCC, Fall Classes

CCCC Continuing Education Fall Classes registration for medical classes begins August 5, all other classes August 6. To learn more about classes being offered please go to our website: www.cccc.edu/ecd/schedule.

To register for Chatham County Classes, please call 919.544.8044.

Maggie Zwilling
Continuing Education
Community Services Coordinator
CCCC, Pittsboro Campus


Volunteer & Get Free Admission to the Collective Biodiesel Conference in Pittsboro on August 15 & 16

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 21:18

Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:58:15 -0400
From: Camille
Subject: Free Admission to the Collective Biodiesel Conference in Pittsboro on August 15 and 16

Volunteer 6 hours of your time and get a free pass to the Collective Biodiesel Conference (CBC) August 15 and 16. The conference will take place at Central Carolina Community College during the day and at the Plant located at 220 Lorax Lane in PIttsboro during the evening.

We are planning a dynamite schedule of speakers and activities including live music, a pizza party and pig pickin’! Please visit: www.collectivebiodieselconference.org/daily-schedule.html

In return for your help you will receive a tee shirt and admission to all CBC events, including meals. If you have a preference between any of the following tasks please let me know and if not I will place you where you are most needed.

Registration and breakfast clean up (both Friday and Saturday Aug 15 and 16) 7am – 10am
AM Video operator and help setting up breakfast 7:00am – 1:00pm (Friday or Saturday)
PM Video and help setting up dinner 12:30pm – 5:30pm (Friday or Saturday)
Dinner set up and clean up 4pm – 10pm (Friday or Saturday)

If interested, please email a reply with your phone number and first
choice of volunteer task/time slot.

Camille Armantrout
Altadore Investments


Chatham County Historical Courthouse Museum is open Wednesday – Friday, 11 am – 4 pm

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:29

Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:52:29 -0400
From: Clint Walker
Subject: Subject: Chatham County Historical Courthouse Museum

Learn About the History Of Your County!!
We are open for visitors:
Wednesday – Friday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
First Sunday of Each Month 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Three young martial artists awarded black belts

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:24

Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:32:51 -0400
From: “William \”Chip\” Pate”
Subject: Three young martial artists awarded black belts

Three young martial artists awarded black belts

SILER CITY, N.C. — Carson Whitehead of Ramseur, Sammy Blanton of Bear Creek and Justin Brower of Pittsboro were awarded black belts last month when South Eastern Karate Association held its quarterly examinations. Each received the rank of First Dan Junior, a first-degree black belt designation for students under the age of 18.

Belts and certificates were presented by Master Instructor Peggy Jolly, a seventh-degree black belt, or Seventh Dan, who owns the school and has been teaching martial arts in Siler City for more than three decades.

Whitehead, who trains in South Eastern Karate Association’s Liberty school, was just 5 years old when he was watching his brother learn karate and thought it would be a good idea if he did, too. Now five years older, Whitehead is happy that he knows how to defend himself if he ever needs to take action.

But while self-defense is the most important thing for the young black belt, he also says training is fun and challenging. He particularly enjoys learning new forms — choreographed patterns of karate techniques used in training. His favorite is Kyo Lyue, an intricate form that can be a challenge even for adults to learn. “It’s my favorite,” he says, “because it’s a really long form and I can learn more from it.”

Blanton, a 13-year-old training in the Siler City School, has a lot in common with his colleague from Liberty. He also started studying karate so he could defend himself — and meet new people, too — and enjoys practicing forms. His favorite, Ba Sai, is another advanced form that incorporates a wide range of karate techniques.

He has learned more than just kicking, punching and blocking. Blanton says karate has taught him how important it is to keep control of himself. “If I don’t, I could panic if something happens and not be able to do the right thing,” he says. “It was harder when I first started, but it became easier as I was in karate longer.”

While it’s unusual for so many martial artists to have the same preferences, Brower makes it unanimous. The 12-year-old says forms are his strength and he enjoys learning the wide range of ways to defend himself in case someone ever attacks.

In fact, Brower points out that karate isn’t really about fighting. It’s about self defense — and that includes a lot more than blocks, kicks and punches.

Master Jolly is happy that message is getting across, especially to her younger students.

“Martial arts schools have changed over the years,” says Master Jolly, who trained for decades under Grandmaster Young Yu in Greensboro. “Nearly all schools used to focus on self-defense, but now many emphasize sport or exercise. Self-defense remains our primary focus. That certainly includes the kind of techniques everyone associates with karate, but also how to handle yourself in various situations.

“That’s something we constantly teach to all of our students, whether they’re young white belts, our newest students, or experienced adult black belts who have trained for decades.”

Classes are held in Siler City on Tuesdays and Thursdays — with one class primarily for children from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and another class primarily for adults from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Liberty classes are Mondays and Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Details are available at southeasternkarate.com.

South Eastern Karate Association has taught Korean martial arts in central North Carolina since 1982 to men and women from 5-years-old to well past retirement age. Schools in Siler City and Liberty feature instruction in self-defense and emphasize confidence, physical fitness and self-discipline.


School board meeting, Wed, July 30, 2014, noon, Central Office, Pittsboro

Chatham County Schools BBS - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 15:24
Looks like a short meeting
Apple Single Source quote for K-8 laptop carts
1:1 Laptop handbook for High schools
FVRC use of buses

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If you knew anything about guns you would know that its illegal to own a fully automatic repeating firearm

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 13:46

Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:52:08 -0400
From: “connectnc.net”
Subject: Response to Karen Crowell about gun fanatics

I read your recent post and I pondered on it all day Saturday . Its a typical response from a person with more fear than knowledge about firearms . I need to clarify a few things .

Firstly , If you are convicted of domestic violence you can’t own a firearm anymore . If you talk to any social worker they will enforce the fact the vast majority of domestic reports are from beatings , abuse or neglect not gun shots . Yes people get mad and use guns in arguments to kill each other but they also use anything else in the heat of the moment to get the job done if they are of a mindset on killing someone . I know what its like to be involved in domestic violence . Years ago I had someone hit me up beside the head so hard I was seeing double and he posed a threat to one of my children and myself since he clearly stated he was going to kill me when he assaulted me . I had a shot gun for self defense and nearly shot myself accidentally when it went off in the process of that situation .. I learned two important lessons . I didn’t know how to properly secure or discharge my firearm . The second thing I learned was guns don’t kill but the lack of knowledge of how to use it properly and or stupidity mixed with anger does .

Secondly more people are killed with hammers , baseball bats and fists than assault rifles every year . In fact more people by thousands are killed by automobile accidents than assault rifles . There are 250 million plus vehicles on the road in the USA and there are an estimated 250 million firearms . More people are injured and killed with millions of dollars more in damages by automobiles than firearms in the US every year . You own a car ,who is to say that you will drive madly through a crowd and kill dozens of people ,, so lets take that dangerous weapon away from you . See my point ? Responsible people own things that can be used as good or evil . The media always has been gun crazy as they report every gun related fatality and shooting but you rarely hear about the multitudes of beatings , death by other means that often happen more so than gun related incidents because they don’t get the same ratings as gun violence stories . The gun is a thing not the culprit. Not having guns will just increase the amount of deaths by other means . Bad people do bad things and when they want to kill someone they will find a way gun or not .

Thirdly and this is very important fact about guns . Guns do not have a mind of their own , they are a tool than can be used for good or evil just like a hammer , ball bat , automobile , flat iron or knife . There are millions of things in this world that can kill you just as fast as a firearm . The biggest problem with anti gun sentiment is the fact they have no real knowledge of fire arms period and they want to put the blame for the violence on the thing not the cause . If the USA spent 10% on mental health care of what they do on gun control efforts thousands of lives would be saved and mass shootings would be a rarity . Every school shooting was the result of some type of mental illness and or lack of good parenting , and most importantly lack of proper mental health treatment for those who perpetrated the crimes .

The fact you don’t know your firearms is clearly obvious in your post .. If you knew anything about guns you would know that its illegal to own a fully automatic repeating firearm ( Machine gun ) . Yes AR is an abbreviation for Assault Rifle but , and this is a big but , the military versions can be fully automatic multiple round firing guns but the AR 15 you see locals with is not . It only fires one shot for one trigger pull where a fully automatic weapon fires multiple rounds . Its is no more dangerous than that beautiful wood stocked rifle your dad ,uncle or granddad had hanging over his fireplace he took hunting on the weekends . It looks more dangerous but the fact is its like any other rifle it fires one shot per trigger pull . Average civilians cant own fully automatic firearms period but they can own a semi automatic . If you have a spotless criminal record and a large bank account you can apply for and may get after jumping through many hoops a class 3 Federal firearms license that is normally reserved for mostly gun stores and organizations who legally can sell or have fully automatic weapons . A semi automatic which is legal for most folks to own reloads the chamber automatically after a round is fired but it still only fires one round at a time per trigger pull . Older shot guns are single shot meaning you have to physically reload after each shot . Most newer 12 gauge shotguns are semi automatic just like an AR15 and both can utilize a multiple round clip depending on manufacturer . If someone breaks in your home in the middle of the night and threatens your life you wont have time to call 911 and you wont have time to reload a single shot firearm this is why semi automatic weapons are more practical for home defense .

Lastly , I took it upon my self to learn more about guns , how to properly store them and how to use them correctly . Target practice is not only fun but should be a responsibility of any gun owner to be familiar and comfortable with their firearm . When you have no experience with your firearm that is when people get hurt accidentally and killed . As a responsible gun owner you should know when to use and most importantly when not to use your firearm . Most of the people I know and just about all my neighbors have long guns and pistols . No one has been shot and killed down here in many ,many years and very few homes get broken into . We have a very safe and happy community here . I feel safer knowing my neighbors do have guns . I personally wouldn’t want to live in a gun free zone . California , Chicago and Washington DC have the strictest gun control laws in the USA . They also have the highest murder rates by firearms proving when you take guns away from law abiding citizens you create a rich environment conducive to crime as criminals do not obey gun laws .

We have a great sheriffs department with good deputies all lead by a good man . When the sheriff and deputies are off duty they are moms and dads and they also are hunters and gun owners . We have fire departments with EMTs and rescue personnel who are hunters and gun owners . These are not the only good responsible people in this county many more of us are responsible good citizens and yes we own guns and for you to make a statement that we all want to live in a combat zone is in my opinion offensive and hurtful . I am not in any way attacking you I am simply trying to get you and anyone else who is afraid of guns to become educated not with a bunch of manipulated statistics and fear mongering articles but with firearms themselves and most importantly the multitudes of good responsible people who own them . Go to a gun range , talk to people , get to know them , have someone show you how to use a firearm properly and shoot a few rounds even if its just a one time thing . Go visit Sam Perry at Country Arms he will educate you while showing you the different types of guns and you will see good decent people lots of them your neighbors have guns and its not the end of the world . Its just a safer place with good people with guns in it . It will help you see the gun isn’t the problem its the criminals , bad people and people with serious mental health issues that are the problem . You can go through life being afraid of everything or you can empower yourself with knowledge and live in a much less fearful state of mind . Oh by the way .. I never liked guns that much and I’m by no means a gun fanatic but I realize the value of having one and knowing how to properly use it to protect my family . You don’t have to own a gun but its your second amendment right that you can . Its ok if you don’t have one but please respect the millions of us who do and don’t commit crimes with them before you throw us under a bus or into a combat zone .

Goodnite Mark


Call for Pittsboro Pepper Fest Sponsors. Deadline is August 1st

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 13:06

Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:47:12 -0400
From: Jenny Schnaak
Subject: Call for Pepper Fest Sponsors – deadline August 1st!

If you want to get involved in a wonderfully exciting community resilience, local food and beer event at coming up in Chatham County in October, read on!

The Abundance Foundation is embarking on our 7th Annual Amazing Pittsboro Pepper Festival, which will be held Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at Great Meadow Park at Briar Chapel from 3-7 PM. The logo for this year’s festival’s large hand screen-printed posters, pint glasses and organic cotton t-shirts is in the works.

This year’s festival will take place in a new park and in addition to the 40+ local food and beverage vendors, we will building up the hands-on entertainment and education portion of the event. More collaborations means more delicious, fun and entertaining memories than ever before and we would love to have you all participate as a PEPPER SPONSOR (see sponsor levels and benefits link here:


This festival is an all-ages celebration of sustainable agriculture, peppers, and creativity! We think this local food and community event geared toward strengthening communities across North Carolina aligns with your values. 100% of proceeds benefit education, action and research taking place at Abundance Foundation and Piedmont Biofarm.

We’ll have around 40+ chefs, brewers, distillers and food artisans from the Piedmont of North Carolina showing off their creativity and serving amazing, fresh, pepper-centric food to the 1500+ attendees. We will also be showcasing non-profits, alternative energy businesses, and community groups that are working towards the same goals of building community resilience. As always, exciting kids’ activities, new workshops, great live bands, giant bubbles, and unexpected delights will all be a part of the day!

Please see the Sponsor Benefits Package for details


Confirmation of sponsorship due by Friday, August 1st to be included on the hand screen-printed posters and the organic cotton t-shirts.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Jenny Schnaak
Associate Director
The Abundance Foundation
Making sustainable attainable.
220 Lorax Lane #5
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Web – http://www.theabundancefoundation.org
Twitter – @abundancefound
Fb – http://www.facebook.com/TheAbundanceFoundation
YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/user/AbundanceFoundation
Join our e-newsletter sent out twice-monthly!

Pecha Kucha Night! at Pittsboro Roadhouse | Thursday, August 14th | 6-9pm
A night of thinking and drinking, storytelling and idea sharing | $5 at door


Collective Biodiesel Conference | Pittsboro, NC | August 14-17


The 7th Annual Pittsboro Pepper Festival | Briar Chapel | Oct 5th, 2014 | 3-7pm
Get Early Bird Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/7th-annual-amazing-pepper-festival-tickets-12175750999


Chatham liberal John Graybeal overwhelmed by commissioners’ awesome time management skills

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:39

Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:22:38 -0400
From: John Graybeal
Subject: Elect Commissioners Who Will Work Hard for Chatham Citizens

Heather Johnson was obviously entitled to have a little fun since my idea for a letter was leaked to her from a Democratic Party group thought to be secure. She’s actually done us a favor by flagging the security problem.

The letter proposed to raise the question why the Republican Commissioners Bock, Petty and Stewart, all of whom either have full-time occupations or businesses, actually want in addition to be Chatham County Commissioners. That was not an argument that being in business disqualifies one from being a commissioner. Indeed, some strong and progressive commissioners in Chatham have been fully employed in business or otherwise. The question here is what other than such businesses explains the Bock/Petty/Stewart inattention to important matters in Chatham.

The bios on the County website tell us that Stewart is the Web Communications Manager for Bayer CropScience, a company which makes herbicides, insecticides and fungicides. Petty owns a big business, Atlantic Power Solutions, which sells generators for agricultural and other uses to dealers in North and South Carolina and Virginia. That can’t leave him much time. Bock owns and operates at least a chunk of Amante Gourmet Pizza & Taprooms, which has five locations in Durham, Chapel Hill/Durham, Raleigh, Morrisville and Carrboro. A big plateful of time there for Mr. Bock.

One wonders whether these activities explain why these commissioners decided one meeting each month would be better than two; why the consent agenda is loaded up with items that might benefit from discussion, including final decisions on zoning matters; why budget sessions have terminated in a flash rather than go on for three or four sessions as planned; and why the Board has spent no time inquiring what the implications of Chatham Park would be for the County budget.

The solution is at hand: we can vote on November 4 for three strong Democratic candidates for the Board of County Commissioners who will do the hard work and put in the long hours required to benefit Chatham citizens: Karen Howard, Jim Crawford and Diana Hales.


Economic Development Corporation Chairman Joe Glasson talks about Chatham County’ development strategies

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:36

Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:34:07 -0400
From: Gene Galin
EDC Chairman Joe Glasson talks about Chatham County’ development strategies

In a presentation at Govenors Club, former Chatham County Economic Development chairman Joe Glasson spoke about the major development strategies in Chatham County.

The Three major areas are Moncure Megasite, Chatham Park and the Chatham-Randolph Megasite.

You can view the 14 minute video of Joe’s presentation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrUFTcKTXi8



Chatham County Liberals: Get THOSE capitalists OUT of government!!!

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:34

Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 06:23:08 -0400
From: DJ
Subject: Chatham County Liberals: Get THOSE capitalists OUT of government !!!

Looks like the news of what is going on in Chatham County is spreading

Found this article online about liberals hateful assault on the current county commissioners – http://dailyhaymaker.com/?p=8576

“Wow. Having people in government who have actually struggled to make a payroll, and make ends meet, while operating under decisions made by the bureaucracy? That actually sounds like a good thing. They’ve got a great understanding of what government does – and does not – do well.”

Is the best the liberals in Chatham County can come up with is that our current commissioners have jobs? Those darn wascally multitasking commissioners!

BTW, I changed the title from Chatham Democrats to Chatham LIBERALS. Most Chatham Democrats are decent people. Unfortunately the extreme loony liberal fringe of the party has taken over the leadership. I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me.



Survey of Independent, Unaffiliated Voters – What do you think?

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 09:10

Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:08:49 -0400
From: “Tom Glendinning”
Subject: Request a Survey of Independent Voters

Independents, Unaffiliated Voters – What do you think?

Voter registration has changed dramatically in the past thirty years. In 1980, Chatham voted 80% democratic in elections. Registration reflected that loyalty. The weight of the unaffiliated vote can swing any election today.

As of June, 2014, the statewide registration is:

42% democratic 31% republican 27% independent/unaffiliated

Chatham is not much different.

44% democratic 26% republican 30% independent/unaffiliated

This new direction must have basis in beliefs, philosophy and political conviction. I am curious what other independents believe, what motivates the change in parties, what values guide this choice. I use the term “independent” because the official term is “unaffiliated,” which is a true description, but sounds too much like “unqualified,” as on the rifle range. To me, it carries a negative meaning.

I changed my affiliation in 2010. I have listened to many voters on their choices and values. I would like to take an informal poll of independents to understand these changes and why this group is growing. I have been involved with Chatham politics for decades and am more curious than anything else.

If you are a registered “unaffiliated” or independent, please email me so I can send you a survey website for your responses.

Please rest assured that I am not promoting any candidates by this poll, cataloguing anyone’s individual responses, forming another party, or pretending to understand everyone’s motives

If you are a registered independent/unaffiliated voter, and you are willing to take the survey, please reply to this email address. I will send you a link to a web survey site.

The survey is limited to one response per email address.

Thank you.
Tom Glendinning


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