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CCCC’s Sustainable Technologies program expands to the community

Central Carolina Community College has expanded the scope of its Sustainable Technologies program through real world learning applications like small house construction and community outreach initiatives that promote green building practices. The college has auctioned off a second small house, Chatham Cottage, designed and built by CCCC students who followed environmentally friendly principles such as maximum energy efficiency and reduction of waste, pollution and negative environmental impact.

CCCC finishes fourth in NCMATYC Competition

Central Carolina Community College finished fourth in the NCMATYC (North Carolina Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges) Competition on Saturday, November 22, at Catawba Valley Community College. Twelve community colleges and 26 teams competed. Student teams from each of the colleges were challenged to complete math challenges individually and in teams. Catawba Valley was the winner, followed by Wake Tech-Main, Wake Tech-North, and CCCC.

Chatham County Schools holds district science fair

On Thursday, December 11, Chatham County Schools held its District Science Fair Awards Night in the Jordan-Matthews auditorium. A science fair emphasizes the learning of science through doing. Science fairs encourage students to design, investigate, and think critically about a particular question, guided by the scientific method. Participation in a science fair affords students opportunities to develop life long skills necessary for scientific literacy.

To those who seem to be judgmental and unknowingly unkind

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - 17 hours 40 min ago

Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 21:03:44 -0400
From: Barb Alotis
Subject: 58:0400

Kudos to Betty Phillips not only for her thoughtful response to those who seem to be judgmental and unknowingly unkind to people who are carrying heavy burdens but because she so graciously offered a complimentary session to those who are in need of her professional services.

I am one who infrequently reads The Chatlist because I am saddened to read how mean and intolerant some folks are towards people who post letters. We are all in this life together and we best be as kind as we can for we never know when we just might be “down and out” some day and need a kind word or helping hand.

Perhaps we all could read John Donne’s “No Man Is An Island” again –

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Every man is a piece of the continent .
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as is if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were.
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

Thank you again, Betty. I don’t personally know you but you sound like a good woman.


What is coming to Chatham?

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - 18 hours 20 min ago

Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:43:19 -0500 (EST)
From: carole henry
Subject: What is coming to Chatham

Did you hear the good news? While Duke Energy was saying how great they are and so concerned about our environment and the health of us and our future generations, they were caught dumping out one of the ash pools in Chatham County into the river.

Did you hear the other good news. Duke Energy will be removing ash pools and……drum role……..moving the toxic ash waste to Chatham County.Chatham County may be becoming a toxic waste dumping ground if we do not start standing up and speaking out. No one else will do it for you and this concerns not only you, but your future generations.. In their health and being able to breath clean air and drink clean water.Contact your state and local govs. and tell them no. If you think you do not count, you are mistaken. You are part of a whole lot of people who have power. Speak up, speak out, boycott and vote. It does matter, never give up and go belly up. Your officials and ALEC count on your apathy.

Because of public apathy, counties and towns in NC can not ban fracking, because of public apathy you are not allowed to know what kind of toxic chemicals are being injected into your environment,because of public apathy you stand the risk of private companies taking over your property. This and more. Be aware of public manipulation. It is real and works if you do not ask who, what, where and why. The biggest use of words in this public manipulation seems to be jobs and guns. I got so much,’ they are going to take your guns away’ propaganda in the mail during the last voting period, I asked who what where and why and guess what, there wasnt. I quit NRA years ago because of their manipulation. They seem to be too much like the Koch brothers.At the viewing of the toxic coal ash ponds DVDs that was held at the Pittsboro library, there were few Chatham county people there to find out what is going on and what is happening around them. I rather think its because they are believing what is being said by Duke Energy and assuming the company has our best interests at heart. I assume this because I use to be one who believed what was said and did not take a look at what was done. They are as highly trained as car salesmen to sell themselves. Wake up before it is too late for our county. C


Voting Rights and Jury Duty

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - 19 hours 57 min ago

Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 16:03:29 -0500
From: Glenn Carter
Subject: Voting Rights and Jury Duty

When I moved from “out in the county” into town, in addition to informing the DMV of my move, I went online and contacted the Chatham County Board of Elections about my change of address. I know that voting and jury duty are the two most powerful means I have at my disposal to influence my government. No one had to tell me to do these things – I found out how to get them done and I did them. They are important to me and I ensured they happened.

Glenn Carter


Thank you Dawn Stumpf

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - 20 hours 23 min ago

Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:04:25 -0500
From: Mike Fox
Subject: Thank you Dawn Stumpf

Thank you Dawn for your post last week clarifying questions that were raised by Goodnight Mark on the chatlist. I waited this long to thank you because I thought surely Mark would, or anyone else involved would have by now. But apparently not.

Dawn has served the county well and objectively as the elections director through many political tides in Chatham. We are fortunate to have a quality elections staff that has worked effectively through many major political changes in the county, and an elections director who will come to a public mailing list like this to answer and clarify questions on the conduct of our county’s elections.



Low taxes grow the base; attracting new business to the county

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 00:22

Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 20:31:38 -0400
From: Muddylaces
Subject: Karen C. and raising taxes

Karen, your premise that the county’s only way to invest in the county’s future is to raise taxes is just something I reject.

The conservative policies are about increasing the base. Low taxes grow the base; attracting new business to the county. See the laffer curve. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laffer_curve.

It can be argued that raising taxes, as the democrats have said they will do, will actually lower revenue, chasing business from the county. Then the democrats will be back to raise taxes again and again. That’s what they do, repeat the same mistakes again and again.

Brian Bock, Pam Stewart and Walter Petty understand this concept. You want investments in schools? Let the conservatives continue to grow the base. Revenue trumps tax percentage.

Return Bock, Stewart and Petty


Hybrid rocket wood stove

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 23:39

Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:03:59 -0500
From: “connectnc.net”
Subject: hybrid rocket wood stove

Several of you have seen my rocket stove . The second version has heated my shop for two years and provided awesome heat even on the coldest days with small amounts of wood . It uses a thermal mass to hold the combustion chamber temps high for an exceptionally clean burn . It acts like a catalytic converter . In simple terms it burns so hot that all you get is clear steam out the chimney . The stove radiates most of the heat in the room instead of up the stove pipe and out to heat the world outside . The stove is so efficient in radiating the heat inside the exhaust pipe 6 inches out of the stove is no warmer than a dryer vent pipe . I have put my hand on it as a demonstration several times when the outside of the top chamber is 450 degrees .

I want to take this thing a step further and combine several more design concepts to create a stove that is so efficient you can easily heat a home on scraps and yard waste . I’m in no health to cuts loads of fire wood so the more efficient the thing is the less wood I need to accumulate for it . I’m looking for others who want to be part of the next stove project so as I build mine you can build yours . My project needs to be done sooner than later as my heating system is dead and we are heating with small ceramic heaters . I have a manufactured fireplace that was designed for gas or wood but these things will not heat efficiently as most of the heat goes up the pipe . I want to build an insert version that will slip into the place of a traditional insert and heat a home safely and efficiently . The high temp combustion and efficient radiation of heat plus cooler and cleaner exhaust eliminates creosote build up even with pine ! If your interested in participating in the project just drop me an email

Goodnite Mark


Congratulations to "Pitch Please" and their director, Mr. Hanson

Chatham Journal Newspaper Headlines - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 23:37
Thanks to all who got out their votes. The support from the entire Chatham community and schools was overwhelming. Today it was announced that the Northwood high school A Cappella "Pitch Please" came in first place and won first prize in the MIX 101.5 Christmas Choir Competition. Mr. Hanson and these students are hard working and a joy to hear; Mr. Hanson has accomplished amazing things and has created wonderful opportunities for these students; and all after only two years at Northwood.

Pitch Please video

Chatham workshop slated for nonprofits applying for United Way and county grants

Chatham Journal Newspaper Headlines - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 23:31
Chatham County and United Way of Chatham County have a combined application process for awarding grants to area nonprofits interested in securing funding to support local programs and services. Nonprofit representatives can learn more about the application process by attending a workshop scheduled for Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 10 am to noon in the Holmes Meeting Room of the Chatham Community Library, located on the campus of the Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro.

Chatham Business Introduction: Lesley Landis Designs

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 23:19

Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:45:30 -0500
From: Lesley Landis
Subject: Lesley Landis Designs

A fascination with hieroglyphics, Morse code, pictograms, and musical notations led to a fateful day in fourth grade in the school library.

That’s when I learned that the tiny symbol on the spine of a book represented the publisher’s name and was called a logo. The people who made them were called graphic designers. I was hooked.

After college, I worked with a printer and two small graphic design studios. Then for five years I designed for both the university and the medical center at Duke University. I went on to co-own a design/print partnership on 9th Street in Durham for five years. Then in 1997, I founded Lesley Landis Designs.

I’ve done a bunch of different work including Books, Brochures, Doorhangers, Logos, Menus, Packaging, Posters, Post cards, Print ads, Rack cards, Signage, Table tents… so much more.

Some local clients include: Bella Donna Italian Restaurant, Carolina Wren Press, Chatham Mills Farmer’s Market, Mark Hewitt Pottery, North Carolina Pottery Center, Small B&B, and Oakleaf Restaurant.

I like working with clients to develop a unique visual brand that will represent them and their work -OR- take what they have and improve on it
Check out my work and call me if you have questions or have a graphic design need. ~Lesley

Lesley Landis Designs



Very happy with Dr. Laurie Weiser of the Pittsboro Animal Hospital

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 23:08

Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 15:54:03 -0500
From: Pat Shipman Subject: Veterinarian recommendation

Though we have a cat, not a dog, we have been very happy with Dr. Laurie Weiser of the Pittsboro Animal Hospital, 1065 East Street 919-542-5712. If your animal(s) is afraid of traveling to the vet, you can ever book her to come to you for a non-emergency visit. She & her staff are terrific and compassionate.


Latest statistics show Chatham is out-aging the state

Chatham Journal Newspaper Headlines - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 22:17
Based on recently released reports from the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services, Chatham County continues to outpace the state with its aging population. At the same time, state and federal funding for senior services has been declining. As of 2013, nearly three in ten Chatham residents (29 percent) were age 60 or older, as compared to 20 percent statewide. Between 2013 and 2033, Chatham's older population is projected to grow by 80 percent, compared to North Carolina's increase of 58 percent. Even more dramatic is the projected growth of the population aged 85 and older, because Chatham is expecting a 152 percent increase compared to 88 percent statewide.

Chatham County Council on Aging seeks minor home repair volunteers

Chatham Journal Newspaper Headlines - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 22:04
The Chatham County Council on Aging is looking for volunteers to join our Minor Home Repair Team. Volunteers complete simple household repairs for seniors who wish to remain safely in their homes.

CCCC and Chatham County host Citizens’ College starting January 29

Chatham Journal Newspaper Headlines - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 21:58
Do you want to know more about the Chatham County community you live or work in? For example, what is the role of local government in providing important services and programs? How are public schools managed? How can I learn all this and earn continuing education credits too? Anyone interested in learning more about county and town government is invited to enroll in Chatham County Citizens’ College, offered through the Pittsboro campus of Central Carolina Community College (CCCC). The program is offered jointly with Chatham County government.

Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church announces the winter/spring Strobilus Arts series

Chatham Journal Newspaper Headlines - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 20:58
Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church announces the winter/spring Strobilus Arts series, slated for January through May 2015. The series features free performances in a broad range of acoustic formats. Also on the calendar is an art exhibition of works by members and friends of Chapel in the Pines. Located on the south side of Chapel Hill in Chatham County, Chapel in the Pines has a hardwood interior and expansive views of the surrounding pine forests, and Strobilus Arts was conceived to take advantage of this potential.

Chatham Business Introduction: Collins Mountain Grading

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 20:21

Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 09:43:57 -0800
From: Mike Resnik
Subject: Business Introduction: Collins Mountain Grading


I am Mike Resnik, and I write to introduce my business, Collins Mountain Grading. But first I want to thank Gene for the Chatlist and for providing small businesses this opportunity. I also want to thank my friends and customers for voting Collins Mountain Grading Chatham’s Best in every Chatlist survey.

Collins Mountain Grading specializes in small jobs usually taking less than a day or two. We have worked with home owners, farmers, contractors and property owner associations. Much of our work consists in grading, repairing and graveling driveways and subdivision roads as well as solving drainage problems and installing French drains.

Although driveways have been our mainstay, our work has included a great variety of tasks: moving large rocks and boulders, spreading dirt, mulch, and gravel, digging footings and basements, digging and renovating small ponds, clearing and grading for building sites and gardens, constructing riding arenas, and doing the “final grading” for buildings under construction.

In addition to myself the business employs a very able and hard working assistant, Ken Withers. He does most of the hand work–chainsawing, shoveling, raking, placing rip-rap, etc. Sometime we collaborate with other grading contractors with bigger equipment. (We carry workers compensation insurance as well as general liability insurance.)

We usually bring just one machine to a job. One our machines is a medium sized skid steer with wheels and over the tire steel tracks; the other is a CAT 257B with rubber tracks. We generally use the rubber tracked machine for work involving crossing paved areas and lawns. Both machines weight about 7500 lbs. and are powered by 57 horsepower diesel engines. With the tracks, weight and power they can function as small “bulldozers”. The machines have a number of attachments including clam-shell buckets, a forklift, a brush grapple, and a small backhoe for digging ditches.

We also have a farm tractor for grading longer roads and driveways, and finally, a medium sized dump truck for carting brush, logs, and up to 6 tons of dirt or gravel.

More than one customer and professional grader has used the term “amazing” to describe what I can do with our small machines while making less mess than larger ones. On the other hand, when bigger equipment is needed, we rent it or enlist the help of another operator. And for hauling large amounts of gravel, dirt or mulch I turn to contractors with large dump trucks.

For 39 years I was a philosophy professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, specializing in Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics. I retired formally in June of 2006, but still retain some ties with UNC and academic philosophy. My wife, Janet, whose pottery you may know, and I have lived on our farm on Collins Mountain Road in Chatham County since 1967. We have been busy clearing pastures, building barns, studios and rental houses, and raising horses and timber ever since. Janet gave me my first “bobcat” as an anniversary present. I learned to use it on our farm by clearing pasture land, digging two small ponds, building a three quarter mile road to our children’s house sites, and then clearing and landscaping their lots, excavating their basements. My business was born when our son, Dmitri, suggested that I “stop pushing over OUR trees and go push over somebody else’s.”

I am in this business because I enjoy the challenges it provides. I will dedicate myself to doing a good job. Our equipment is suited for working on a small scale and can get into most backyards. Our rates are very reasonable: you can probably hire us for an afternoon for not much more than you can rent anything like our equipment, and get more done due to our experience. Finally, although my business keeps growing, I am still available. I can promise you that if you call or email me, I will respond quickly. If you decide to use me, I will be able to turn to your job within weeks rather than months–often within days. For example, a couple of years ago a builder called me on a Friday about digging a basement for an addition to an existing house. He needed the work done ASAP. I was able to look at the job that day, line up a friend with a backhoe, and commit to doing the job the following Monday. We were able to complete the job that Monday and to charge
the contractor less than his other estimates.

Please visit our website (www.collinsmountaingrading.com). I think you will find it entertaining as well as informative. Thank you for reading this.


You can wash your dog at Hair of the Dog, at the Lowe’s Food strip mall on 15-501

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - Sun, 12/21/2014 - 19:18

Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 11:52:20 -0500 (EST)
From: “CenturyLink Customer”
Subject: Dog Wash

Leela, you can wash your dog at Hair of the Dog, at the Lowe’s Food strip mall on 15-501. It used to be Max’s Dog Wash, phone is 919-968-6000. Great place, fabulous people.
Pam Sullivan


The Real Taylor Kish

Chatham Chatlist Highlights - Sat, 12/20/2014 - 23:04

Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:43:38 -0700
From: ken simon
Subject: The Real Taylor Kish

Chatlisters, I have at last discovered who Taylor Kish is!

It took me many hours of research, mostly on the Internet, but hours well worth spending. I will not publish his real name here because it probably would result in some real pain and suffering for this individual, and it is not my intent here to inflict personal harm. Also we know that he himself does not desire to put his real name out there, so I respect his wishes. However, in the interests of truth I am happy to share with Chatlisters some of the information that I have been able to uncover.

It turns out that Taylor Kish is a white, middle aged, middle class, male citizen, not an illegal or undocumented person. Since he claims to have never gotten anything from the government, and since he hides his true identity and pretends not to be who he really is, I had thought that perhaps he himself is one of the undocumented; after all, they are the ones who are forced to constantly pretend and hide who they are. I thought that perhaps the government had not granted him the documentation that protects him from having to lie and hide and sneak around all the time, and live in fear of being expelled, like someone who is undocumented may have to do. But no, it turns out that (although he denies it) the government GIVES him exactly what he needs to live a relatively free and prosperous life. Taylor Kish is in fact a citizen, who through no work of his own, but only by an accident of birth has been granted this status and documentation by the
government, with all its accompanying rights and protections. Those rights and protections make it possible for him to live the life he in fact lives … more freely, more securely, and with more opportunity than the great majority of people on the earth. So now we know for sure that he is lying when he says “I NEVER got anything from the government but fees and taxes I had to pay. EVERYTHING I have I worked for.” Not true: he is a white, middle class, male citizen. He never worked a moment for those rights, protections, and privileges he has. Never lifted a finger. (I guess you could say that others, in the past, did all that work for him, for his “welfare”, to use an appropriate term).

I could tell you more I discovered about Taylor Kish ….
about his ignorance,
his confusion, his cowardice, his dishonesty, his selfishness, etc, but the Chatlist is not meant to be a place of personal attacks, so I will refrain from doing so. Anyway, its all
right there in his record, and with a little effort anyone can discover
it. A good place to begin might be to carefully read his posts here.

We all know, of course, that Taylor will now Google my name on the internet (I have used my real name, I live right here in Chatham County) and will probably try his hardest to say bad things about me …. because as we have seen, this is what he does. I do respect him for researching me on the internet; after all that is exactly what I have done with him! And in case he denies any of what I have uncovered about him perhaps he will even try to sue me for libel or slander! (Note to Taylor: in spite of what you say, your government gives you many things, just one of which is protecting you against being libeled or slandered, so go ahead, Taylor, sue me. It is your right, one of the many privileges your government guarantees for you. Good luck. I am not worried, because there is absolutely nothing I have revealed about you that is untrue!).


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